Monday, 19 September 2011

Challenging Challenges

One of the many reasons I love to participate in blog challenges is that you often come across a challenge which really stretches you, makes you craft in different ways, using unusual colour schemes or layouts. I think it's a wonderful way to stretch your creativity. For instance a couple of weeks ago I created my first card based on a sketch and this week I plan to make a project for an ABC challenge, "anything but a card".

The card I'm blogging about today was one of those challenging subjects, the card is predominantly white which was really difficult to do and is also particularly hard to photograph, so apologies if it doesn't show up very well.

Using just one colour does make you think more about textures as you have to find a way of clearly defining the different elements of the card so I used a textured card stock as my base card, then embossed a plain card stock with a lovely snowflake pattern. I found some white glitter card which I cut out with a spellbinder die. The cake image is from the Polka doodle - Magical Winter cd. I had to use a very pale blue promarker just to add a bit of shadow and definition and I also used some ice white stickles for a bit of sparkle. I attached each of the background layers with foam pads as I liked the effect and shadows it creates. I also decoupaged the cake for some extra dimension. Next step will be to make a card box for this card as it won't fit in an envelope :o) I think I've got about 5 christmas cards made now whoop, well it's a start.
Happy Crafting
Mel :o)
This card is being entered into the following challenges:-
Polka doodles Challenge Blog - theme whiteout

Totally papercrafts - challenge 84 - clean and simple

Rainbow ladys challenge - challenge #170 - christmas sweet treats

Less is more Challenge - week 33 - anything goes


  1. I love white on white and this is super Mel.
    Thanks so much for helping us in our attempt at 1000 submissions this week.
    "Less is More"

  2. Great card Mel, thanks for sharing with us at Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week and good luck. Elizabeth x

  3. Hi Mel, Very cute card today, love the whole white on white look and you've got loads of texture going on, Gay xxx

  4. Lovely looking Christmas cupcake, good enough to it. Thank you for sharing with us at Rainbow Lady's this week.
    Jen x

  5. Very pretty
    Love that cupcake
    Thanks so much for helping us in our challenge for 1000 entries!
    "Less is More"

  6. Great card - love all the shimmer
    Thanks for joining in at Totally Papercrafts this week - Good Luck
    Sarah x

  7. Ooh now that does look good enough to eat.
    Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady's this week.
    Jenny x

  8. fabby card.. love it !
    Thanks for joining us over at Polkadoodles this week
    Hugs xx

  9. This is just gorgeous Mel, and I think the photo catches the shine really well. Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles this week

  10. Wow Mel this is a gorgeous creation and looks yummy. Thanks for sharing
    Love Cynthia x

  11. Well done on the thought process of this design, I love the detail and you can tell some thought went into it, glad you enjoyed the challenge, thanks for joining in with us this week at Polkadoodles,

  12. Lovely card and great use of the hint of blue! Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge - hope you can join us again next week!

  13. A beautiful card, thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles challenge.

  14. Lovely card Mel.
    Thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles Whiteout challenge and good luck.
    Fliss x


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Mel :o)