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Monday, 15 November 2010

Crafty Cardmakers # 34

The challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this week is to make a gift with a matching card. My crafty mojo unfortunately has been taking a back seat lately, however after a trip to the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC I came away with lots of enthusiasm and determined to get back into my crafty room as it makes me happy :) My hubby is a lot happier too as he thought I wasn't going to make cards anymore and was threatening to get rid of my stuff !!

I'd had an idea to make a couple of different things but I really wanted to make a clock. After perusing one fabulous stand I came away with bits to make not only one, but two clocks ! It was only £2 to buy the mechanism and they had a few different shaped chipboard backs. I saw the scallops in this shape and having counted there were 12 I could immediately see a flower and numbers around the edge. I had picked up a pad of papers from the new Papermania Woodland Folks set and wanted to make my set around these papers.

I used a Promarker to colour the edge of the clock and covered it in brown card. I then used a sheet of paper from the pad but it was slightly too small so used an ink pad to distress the edges and knock the colour back a little. I selected 12 Prima daisies to pop into the scallops and using a punch cut out 12 card circles. I used rub ons for the numbers and mounted them on foam pads in the flower centres.

The hedgehog is a character from one of the papers sheets which I painstakingly cut out. I can tell you the bristles were a bugger, but it is so cute it was worth it. I then poked a hole through the little hedgie and fixed the clock mechanism through it. I am so proud of how it turned out and can announce that it even works too (it has quite a loud tick though so would drive me bonkers LOL)

For the matching card I used a sheet of A4 textured card and used a large panel of a brown dotty paper from the pad. I used the left over strip of leaves paper and applied one of my new Martha Stewart punches to the edge. I added a strip of brown card underneath to provide a contrast and offset the holes so it lookes slightly different.

The centre panel was cut from a scrap of textured card which was edged with 2 colours of brown inks. I added the same image as on the clock but raised it on 3d foam pads. I added a little bit of gold stickles to the centre.

The ribbon is a gorgeous embroidered one that I picked up shopping on the cruise holiday we went on in May/June. I think it came from Funchal in Madeira. I pleated it and stitched with some hidden stitches and then used double sided tape to stick to the card. Finally I added lots of Prima flowers and some Paperchase gems to add the final touch of bling.

This is going to be a gift for a very special person. I am really pleased with how it turned out and she will appreciate the love that has gone into it.

The rest of the DT have made some fabulous projects, there are some great ideas for pressies there and I hope you will pop to their blogs and give them some love :)

We are again sponsored by
for this challenge and they are offering a great prize to the winner of this challenge. I'd love to see loads of entries for this one and look forward to visiting your blogs.


Jane said...

Now THAT is clever!!! brilliant idea xxx

Josephine said...

That's a lovely combination - the card's gorgeous, and the clock is a fabulous gift.

Cor* said...

EEK!! I am goning bit time craft shopping next weekend ...I sure hope my MOJO doesn't take a nap after that! This set is stunning Mandy! I really like the clock idea!!

Lin said...

Gorgeous Mandy. I made clocks for my Sister and Daughter last year. I had a great deal of fun making them and they both loved them, and they can be made to be so individual.

Love your colours here, and your little image, and the fact that you have used flowers to highlight the numbers.

Lin xx

Jack said...

Wow Mandy this is so gorgeous, you have certainly inspired me to dig out my clock mechanism I bought ages ago. xx

Anonymous said...

Wow! Mandy this clock and card set is amazing! I love the clock and the way the numbers are on flowers. Genius idea! x

Cheryl said...

Very cute! I love this idea.

Juls said...

wow this is such a gorgeous set! so creative! Hugs Juls