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Monday 12 December 2011

#58 Use It Three Times

Well here we are at the final challenge for 2011, but before we get to that I have to announce the winner and Top 5 of our Heat Embossing challenge which have been chosen by Josephine. We had some fabulous entires, thank you.

No. 55 - Irene M
A beautifully rich card, with some fabulous triple embossing.
And the top 5, in entry order because as Josephine said 'I definitely wouldn't know how to choose between them!'
No. 37, Sharon
No. 41, Claire C
No. 70, Alicia
No. 83 - Stargroves
Congratulations ladies, would the winner kindly contact me via the email address in the righthand sidebar and all of you please feel free to display our badge.

We at Crafty Cardmakers are sad to announce that this is the last challenge that will be sponsored by Joanna Sheen. We would like to thank Joanna for her enduring support of our challenge blog, so please take advantage of your last chance to win Joanna's fabulous prize of a £10 voucher for her online shop which is crammed full of goodies with new stock arriving all the time! Thanks for everything Joanna!

Next year we will be back with some exciting new Sponsors, along with our regular sponsors One Stop Card Crafts and The Stampman.
Now onto this last challenge for the year which has been chosen by Tracy, who has picked Use It Three Times as her theme. Use the same stamp/image three different ways. It could be the background, main image and a tag to match for example. (ie Christmas Wrapping Paper, Greeting Card and Gift Tag) Using different colourways is another way or, even, as a couple of the team have done three different cards or the same image three times on the one card.
I choose this theme for the challenge as I think we sometimes forget how versatile stamps can be. I have used the Swirly-Whirlies Poppies from Little Claire's for my collection of projects. I made the card using the resist technique and some distress ink. I stamped the tag and seam binding both of which are coloured with promarkers. I used some tissue paper to create the candle and dug out my shrink plastic to make a mobile charm. These are all for a friend who loves poppies. I can't wait to see what you all create for this challenge.
For this card, I kept things fairly simple. The stamp I used was a Craft Stamper freebie a while ago, and I stamped it using a Big and Juicy ink pad in Mountain Meadow, choosing different areas of the pad. I layered two of the flowers, and finished all three with sticky gems. I shaded the background using the same ink pad and an Ink Duster. Some matting, a Martha Stewart border punch and some velour ribbon, and that's it!

I was a bit stuck with this challenge for a while, but after some thought came up with this idea. I've used the same little flower in  a vase stamp 3 times. Once on the front of my card, then on the vellum insert & finally on the envelope. I must admit that I was quite pleased with the result as I don't usually decorate inserts or envelopes.
I decided to get ahead with myself and make my daughter Mia's 9th birthday card (its not her birthday til end of Jan lol) I have used a small magnolia shell stamp 3 times, the first time I have used it is with purple versamagic chalk on pink pearl card and then heat embossed it with holographic powder.I have also used the stamp in the main image with pink versamagic and the 3 little purple shells are made from shrink plastic.This was almost impossible to do as the stamp is so small the shrink plastic kept blowing away lol The image I have used is a digi from Pollycraft,the other papers are from the Me to You paper pack and Fizzy Moon paper pack. Ribbon,pearls and gems are all from my stash.
I chose to use a Christmas Stamp I've had for ages.  It's a Christmas Angel from Anita.  I stamped her onto tissue paper to make the candle, then onto white card for the Christmas Card and finally onto Shrink Plastic to make the bookmark.  All three images were coloured with Derwent Studio pencils.  I see that I've had the same ideas as Tracy but I promise I hadn't seen hers until I'd uploaded my efforts.

I must admit that I hate to make the same card twice, so I liked this challenge.
I have used a lovely Woodware clear set to create 3 different cards.
The main image on each card has been stamped onto is piece of handmade background from my stash, but you could just as easily use ready made background papers you just won't be able to bleach out the flowers..
Pop over to my blog to get instructions on how to make each card.
For this challenge, I used a freebie rubber stamp of a small angel that I got with a magazine.   I stamped it three times, masking the centre angel and then coloured them with promarkers. 
I used the same stamp to decorate the envelope, and I used an offcut of the blue card with a stamped angel decoupaged onto it as a book mark.
I decided to make 3 cards using the same image in 3 different colours!
I used the same layout for each card but stuck with the "3" theme and used only 3 patterned papers on each, 3 strands of ribbon and on each card 3 different embellishments in groups of 3! Using 3 flowers, 3 buttons and a bead pin head with 3 beads!
For my card I chose to use a sweet little digi stamp from Pink Petticoat which I printed directly onto my card and added a little colour using Promarkers.  I cut out a pretty border which I layered up with some copper mirri and a piece of green velvet ribbon.  I added three wee pearls which I colour tinted using the same shade of Promarker as I used on the mistletoe.
I decieded to make a simple and clean christmas card for this challenge. I used the Delightful Decoration Stamp Set from Stampin Up.
The fir branch is a creatables from Marianne D. The ink and paper I used is from Stampin Up too.
I embellished with rhinestones and a little bit og liquid pearl.
I decided to make a gift, card and envelope for the Use it 3 times challenge, I stamped my image twice onto shrink plastic and coloured it with Promarkers then used a Nestability die to cut them into circles before shrinking them and making a pair of earrings. I then made the card, cutting an aperture and frame again with the nesties and stamping just the centre part of my image onto the green backing paper. I also die cut the fab glittery border at the bottom using a new die from Memory box. Finally I made an envelope to contain the gift card, stamping the image onto white cardstock and again colouring with Promarkers and cutting out a red scalloped piece of cardstock to frame the image. I then ran a piece of Kraft paper through my ribbler to finish off the design.
I never got around to making my Husband a Christmas card last year so thought I'd better make sure I did this year or he'll start to think I've gone off him!!
Firstly I flipped the image of " Miss Mistletoe" using "Word" and coloured all three images with Copic's.
Printed out Sentiments again using Word. I've matted and Layered using Printable Pattern paper fro Bearly Mine Crafts and Core'dinations card stock. before finally mounting the sentiments and images I wrapped ribbon around the whole length of the card securing with DST in the areas that will be hidden and then tied the bow. I then decorated with die cut Holly & Mistletoe using Perfect Pearls to make the berries.
I'm another who doesn't like to make the same card more than once, I would be useless at Wedding Invitations! So I used this lovely free stamp that came with Card Making and Papercraft and stamped it three times and coloured it three different ways. I used the same layout for each card, but used different papers to go with the different colours.
I shall be announcing the new DT in a couple of weeks time, as this time of the year is somewhat hectic and I haven’t had a chance to check all the entrants out yet.
We will be back with a new challenge on 9th January 2012 and look forward to seeing you all back then, but in the meantime please add your project for this last challenge for 2011 below.
From all at Crafty Cardmakers we wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous, healthy and crafty New Year!



  1. What a great start to the week :-)
    I am very proud and honoured that you chose my card as your challenge winner.
    Thank you so much!
    This is another great challenge and the DT have excelled with some wonderful designs :-)
    Wishing a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all.


  2. Wow ! Thank you all for chosing my card one of the Top 5. I'm so PROUD & HONOURED.

    EXCELLENT projects by the DT.
    Will try & make something soon for this awesome challenge.

    Thanks & Hugs,

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All !

  3. Thank you for a very fun challenge--so glad I can participate! GORGEOUS DT creations again--lovely work! :) Hope you all have a very Happy Holiday season!

  4. Wow, i'm chuffed to bits to have made your Top 5, thanks so much. Congrats to Irene and the other Top 5 ladies too
    Gorgeous work from the DT as always, looking forward to playing along with your latest challenge
    Claire xx

  5. Thanks so much for picking me as one of your Top 5, it has made my day

  6. Thanks for visiting. I love this challenge posted here and all of the amazing inspiration.

  7. Beautiful DT samples! Love them!
    Happy New Year to you all!

  8. Wow, I have just had a look at everyone's entries before the closing...there so much talent here by everyone! Stunning!!!


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