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Monday 7 September 2009


Many thanks for all your fabulous entries for our first challenge Blossoms! I will announce the winner of the Joanna Sheen £10 voucher later on today in a separate post (Don't forget its free P&P!) Thank You for your support Joanna!
Please scroll down for newer posts as the challenge is stickied :)

We also have blinkie awards for our favourite top 3 for each challenge which will be coming up later too.

It's now time for our 2nd challenge but firstly I'd like to introduce you to our 2nd regular sponsor Cardmaking with Imag-e-nation and La Pashe

Their names might seem familiar and a quick look at their site and you'll say "Oh yes its them!" La Pashe are the producers of the very famous Flippin' range of decoupage and the beautiful "Remember when" series. They'e taken decoupage to the next level and made it not only 2 sided but extremely comical and loved by many. Their Remember when series is loved by young and old. Stop by their websites La Pashe and Cardmaking with Imag-e-nation to check out their full range including the cuttlebug range and the Top Score Multiboard.

Our prize worth a collosal £50 this challenge kindly donated by La Pashe is....

The full range of the NEW Flippin' Christmas series

Flippin' Santa Suit
Flippin' Xmas Bath
Flippin' Xmas Cheers
Flippin' Xmas Peace
Flippin' Little Donkey
Flippin' Xmas Cat
Flippin' Xmas Dog
Flippin' Xmas Owls
3 packs of aperture cards (contains 2 including envelopes)
10 sheets of acetate
2 packs from the "Remember when" series containing 3 designs each
A full set of "Flippin' Women" decoupage
A full set of "Flippin' Kids" decoupage

(Some example pics below)

Thank You La Pashe and Cardmaking with Imag-e-nation!

Onto the challenge!

Our challenge this time is the use of Complimentary colours. These sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. If you're not familiar with them or want to remind youself then check the colour theory post here.


Here are the design team examples

Here is my card for the second challenge - it's violet and yellow/green
It is a magnolia pony watercoloured with Whispers pens. The BG paper is from Pocket full of Posies (DCWV). The violet card is embossed with the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder and the Green is punched with an EasyCut Craft Geo Punch (Daisy). The card, ribbon, flower and brad were from my stash and the bling dots were from Dovecraft.


Piece of acetate to make the glass.(free template from t'net), Lemonade and rosebud bazzill basic card. (to make border 2cm and 1cm of each), Circle hole punch.(for ice cream), Glitter glue and flock for embellishment. Wording created in word

Joy (N/A yet)

I used a tall pink bordered glitter card and added one of the larger green gingham pieces of paper in roughly the centre of it with double sided tape, then I added one of the ladies in pink using 3 strips of the thicker double sided tape and then put 2 bits of Sellotape Foam pads on top of that. I added a pink parcel at an angle in the left top corner and a 2nd one in the centre at the bottom which was also at an angle.


I used textured paper in pink, light brown and green acetate, the stamp is an Anya ?? I have added the dots which i have thousands of now in every concievable colour, I tend to do this when I like something new - the green ribbon i had to put on twice as on the reel it looked lovely but once on the card couldnt see the colour at all.

I started my card with a blank white square card, again I used papers from "Hot off the press" and cut the green background sheet to size and stuck it on with a glue roller, then the pink and layered it on the top. Next I stamped the image onto a white piece of card, coloured it in using Jelly Roll pens and then cut it out. I purposely stuck the image to one side of the card in order to put the green check ribbon down the otherside. I used a rub on sticker onto a brad and placed the brad at the top of the card. The card seemed to need something else which is why I stuck on the little gems. An easy card to make, any questions please ask away.

Tina Wenke Stampavie stamp, coloured in with promarkers and with a little glamour dust added. The papers are from the My Mind's Eye 'bloom & grow' pack with coredinations cardstock. I've added a strip of tulle that I've coloured orange with promarkers. The flowers are held together with a little brad and then I've sprinkled them with glamour dust. The brad is also holding the little beaded charm on - I threaded a little star charm and some coloured beads onto some jewellery wire, made a loop and attached it to the back of the flower.


I have used a colour combination I would never have done before. I have used a sketch by Di Hickman Sketch July #2, it is well balanced and has a nice mixture of elements.
The main card is a sheet of A4 card folded to A5 size. The yellow spotted paper is HOTP. All the other papers are textured handmade ones which have come from various sources. I have used a Sizzlits 'Build a Butterfly' die set which has all the separate elements to make your butterfly. I have had them for about 18 months and it is the first time I have used them. I have added a little glitter with a clear Sakura pen.
The flowers are Prima daisies, the gems are from Poundland, ribbon from stash and the rub-on is from a Let's Make Cards pack.

Use a small square card from my stock, 2 scraps coordinating backing paper, layered it over and covered the join with gingham ribbon
Stamped the flower using purple whispers inks, coloured it in using water colour pencils, stuck it onto the card using foam pads then I stamped the fairy using stazon. Coloured the wings and dress using sakura stardust pens, water coloured the face, hair and shoes.
Mounted her onto the flower by taping the lower half of her body and a foam pad to give her head stability. The greeting is an acrylic greeting tile placed on yellow card. Finished the card off by rounding off the corners using a corner punch.

I used the Red and Green combination. I really like how it came out, but wasn't sure how these Complimentary colors would work together. It is surprisingly pretty! I used Bazzill Cardstock in a red and the patterned paper is just something I had in my rather large stash. I added a bunch of vintage looking labels and postcard, also in my stash. These had red in them and Prima flowers in shades of red and green.

I have used - Cute Companions Especially For You Stamp Set by Jayne Nestorenko, which I stamped twice. One I left uncoloured and the other, I coloured in using Aquacolor Crayons. On the uncoloured image I added sky and grass. The cut out the coloured one and decoupaged on the background. I matted the image on to Yellow and Purple glitter paper and added purple heart brads to the corners.

Using the same papers, as I used to on the main image to create a strip with I then braded 3 flowers on to. I then mounted both of them on to lilac card and added 3 brads under the main image.

For this challenge I chose a Red/Green combo that ISN'T Christmas! The image is by Sugar Nellie and is called Fragile Beauty which I coloured using copic markers. I rubbed some adirondack ink around the image and the oval with some cut n dry foam and drew in faux stitching with a black sakura glaze pen. Adirondack lights inks are really nice to use as they're subtle and build up colour. The background papers are from a set I have, maker unknown so maybe someone can enlighten me! The large flower is coloured with starburst stains in maidenhair fern green and a HOTP great big brad added. The red flowers are from stash, I just cut off most of the stem and curled the remaining stem underneath.

And now let me introduce our special guest for this challenge Lilian Tan. She is very well known in blog land for her amazing colouring using copic markers and the airbrush system. She is also a designer for The Sugar Bowl and has been a guest designer for Sugar Nellie, Belles n Whistles, and A spoonful of sugar and now us!


I used ollyfant stamp (in the garden) coloured it with whispers pens,plain green & pink card from papermill, used x-cut cutter (oval) template my corner punch to make the scallops, butterfly was from papermania and scallop punch from stampin up , a circle punch an peel off.


I’ve used pale pink & pale green to compliment each other.
My stamps are Penny Blacks & the card is finished with a broad ribbon, a silver heart & some punched flowers – with a blob of glossy accent to make them like iced gem biscuits!!!


  1. Great work Design Team! This challenge was fun and very effective! The color combos come out awesome!

  2. Wow, don't they all look great together? Love that even the use of the same colour scheme produces such different cards. Love the stamp Lisa used and Vix's colour combination works really well even if it isn't a Christmas card :)

  3. Well done DT, the cards are really gorgeous, can't believe of all of the colours available how similar the colours we have used are obviously popular choices. Well done again Vix for all of your organising.

  4. What brilliant cards Team, i love them all xx

  5. Great challenge Girl's

  6. I really like this one - made me step out of my comfort zone!

    Click here for my card

  7. Great DT cards and what a different challenge than just telling us what colours to use. Here's my card
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  8. The DT has done a great job, and it is such a fun challenge, congratulations on your new challenge blog.
    I had fun making this card so I could play, too.

  9. Here is my card

    Sorry for not finding my last card so thanks for put it in for me. If this does not work. here is my addy ~ http://aperfectcreation.blogspot.com/2009/08/cc2-and-mmsc-16.html

  10. Gorgeous work from the DT. You can see my attempts here.

  11. Great samples ladies! You inspired me today:Slowly TOY

  12. there are some stunning entries this time, well done every one xx

  13. What a great idea! Lovely cards.
    Here's my attempt. Not wuite at your standards but I really enjoyed doing it.


  14. Here is my effort, no where near the standard of others but its my first competition and my supplies are limited!


  15. Hiya
    great dt cards again and great prize! heres mine
    rachel xx

  16. Hi Ladies
    Gorgeous cards from you all,mine is now done for the challenge,thankyou.
    Hugs Dianne xx

  17. Love the DT cards and it's a great idea to give us the colours this way rather than telling us exactly what colours to use.

    Here's my card

    Kat x

  18. Great challenge and some lovely DT cards.

    My card is here


    Sorry, still haven't worked out how to just get a link from the words my card to my blog

  19. Just found your challenge :-) Gorgeous DT cards.

    My card is here


  20. Hi girls great Dt cards you can find my entry HERE

  21. here's my card

    sorry it's the same card that I posted earlier but I've finally managed to do it using the html code!

  22. Wonderful samples from the DT, and great challenge. My card


  23. I thought I would have a go because my mum always takes part, hope you like my card.
    My Card

  24. Brilliant cards everyone keep them coming xx

  25. hello i have just added my card you can find it here
    Great DT cards loved the challenge x carol

  26. Fab challenge girls, I liked that we had to pick our own colours.
    I've not sussed how to do the "here is my card" yet, hope that's o.k xx


  27. Here's mine!

    I hope that this has worked, Loved the idea of using complementary colours and have printed off your colour wheel for the future. If it hasn't worked here is the link


  28. here's my card! this is my second challenge i've entered, so exciting!

  29. Just wanted to add a good luck with from myselt and all the team at La Pashe


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