Florrie’s ATC Challenge – Week 100

March 21, 2008 at 8:28 pm (Challenge) (, , , , )

Thank you Simon for setting last week’s challenge.

This week is very special because it is the 100th week of Florrie’s challenge. Helen has set the theme for us this week and it is


As it is a special week for the challenge, everyone who takes part this week and puts their entry in the forum bucket will be entered into a draw for some Candy, which can be seen on the Florrie page of the bucket, kindly donated by Helen. All entrants will be put in a hat and the winner will be drawn on Thursday morning 27th March – so please have a go this week.



By Helen


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Simon’s Triple Challenge – Number 2 (real post this time)

March 21, 2008 at 12:22 am (Challenge, Hidden Depths, Moo, Skinny) (, , , , , )

Right, having spent 2 days getting it how I wanted, I have to start again!!

I have made a slight change to the challenge: there will still be three themes – but you will get to choose which of the themes you want to use.

The projects stay the same:

 Moo Cards

Skinny Cards

Hidden Depths

(Check out the first challenge for details)

The themes this week all begin with the letter P





You can explore these with whatever techniques and products you have.

Here are my samples:

Moo Cards – Punctuation

Punctuation Moos

The bases of these were scraps of SEI papers from other projects.  I used CACTUS PINK chipboard for the embellishments.  Two are finished with pearly embossing powder, the question mark is ink followed by Glossy Accents.  All very simple to do and a great way to use up scraps.

Skinny Cards – Presents and Passion

Skinny - Presents

The Present skinny is a piece of purple/red card stock with an overall stamped design to look like wrapping paper.  I then tied some thin ribbon and attached a stamped tag – simple – but effective – I hope. 

Skinny - Passion

The Passion skinny is Parisian Passion.  I stamped a couple of images from a Crafty Individuals stamp.  The card is embellished with torn strips of paper, a brad and a length of velvet ribbon.  Quite rich and passionate – I thought!

Hidden Depths – Purple Passion

Outside of Passion HD

Another bit of thrifty crafting.  I cut the base from the cover of my SEI pink and purple pad and altered the outside with Dusty Concord and Worn Lipstick distress inks.  I added a metallic Prima flower for texture.

Inside of Passion HD

The inside is three panels of UTEE over inks – the middle panel has a Craft Individuals dragonfly stamp and the right hand panel has a Drama Queen tag.

Something a bit different.

I hope you enjoy playing and look forward to seeing the results

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Simon’s Triple Challenges – Number 2

March 21, 2008 at 12:03 am (Challenge, Hidden Depths, Moo, Skinny) (, , , , , , )


This just managed to delete itself…

Got to start again from scratch…

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Birthday Envelope Book Sample

March 19, 2008 at 3:55 pm (Birthday Project)

In order to give you a better idea of what this project involves, here is a sample envelope and insert.

I have rather gone to town with decorating it – you don’t need to go quite so mad!

I started by taking my envelope and using distress inks and glimmer mists to take away the whiteness.

I then took a sheet of new Basic Grey Sultry 6×6 paper (which arrived this morning!) and used them to cover the front (in 2 in strips)

Envelope Front

New Front(this is the revised front  – I didn’t like the dragonfly and so I added an address plate, some flowers and a bow!)

The Envelope flap is covered in another piece of paper – just attached with DST.  I inserted a piece of card into the envelope (having first done a bit of inking and stamping) just to cover that gap.

 Envelope Back

The insert is just  a piece of card with inks and stamps – it could be further decorated or just left blank ready for a message.

Insert 1Insert 2

If you have any more questions, send me a message!

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Birthday Envelope Books

March 17, 2008 at 11:19 am (Birthday Project) (, , )

Following the huge success of the birthday circle books last year, I thought we should find another way of celebrating our birthday and raising money for our charity – the Lymphoma Association.

This year, we will be making our books from decorated envelopes

There will be three sizes:

* DL
* C5
* C6

The themes this year are:

* Messy and Grungey
* Going Postal
* Love Letters
* A Blast from the Past
* Floral Memories
* Nature’s Wonders
* Seaside Fun
* Childhood
* Bugs and Critters

Each theme can be made in each size of envelope – so we could get three books for each theme!

And as with last year there will be teams of 6-8 people (who will elect a leader who will also be responsible for making up the books )

Each team member will obtain an envelope of the right size and cut a piece of card that is 10mm smaller on each dimension than the envelope.

The team will decide whether the envelopes are to be bound together in a landscape or portrait fashion (so that they all work together in the book)

And then you just decorate away – both the card insert and the envelope

Everything is to be sent to your chosen team leader by the published date – ready for the auctions….

Launch Date:  Monday 17th March

Sign-Up by:  Sunday 30th March

Teams Allocated:  Tuesday 1st April

Team Leaders Selected:  Friday 4th April

Theme/Size Preferences submitted:  Monday 7th April

Theme/Size Preferences announced:  Tuesday 8th April

Envelopes sent to Team Leader by:  Tuesday 6th May

Auctions start:  Monday 19th May

To sign up, visit the forum and follow the instructions there.

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Florrie’s ATC Challenge – Week 99

March 14, 2008 at 11:51 pm (ATC, Challenge) (, , , )

As no-one else has set it, I have stepped in with a theme!


Use anything you like – as long as there is something purple on there.

I haven’t made a sample yet – but once the play is over, I will

Have fun and come back next week for the 100th


Here are my samples (the pics are awful – will try to redo)


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Fat Book Challenge – Weeks 73/74

March 14, 2008 at 8:33 pm (Challenge) (, , )

Thank you to Terryessa for last week’s challenge.

This week the challenge has been set by Shaz and is


Anything goes for this challenge as long as the theme is Easter.

Have a look in the forum photobucket to see what others have done, and post a link to your blog or bucket here if you take part. Please pm a Forum Mod for the photobucket password if you need it.

Look out for the next challenge which will be on Friday March 28th March.


By Shaz

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Florrie’s Weekly ATC Challenge – Week 98

March 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm (Challenge) (, , , , )

Thank you to Mrs. Spook for last week’s challenge.

This week the challenge has been set by shazzapat and is


Have a look in the forum photobucket to see what others have done.


By shazzapat

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NEW CHALLENGE – Hidden Depths

March 6, 2008 at 11:56 pm (Challenge, Hidden Depths) (, , )

Having seen the sorts of challenges that are out there, I was struck by the fact that they are only really concerned with one side of your chosen project. 

I have come up with a simple piece of paper folding that allows you to create a more dimensional piece with ‘HIDDEN DEPTHS’ 

First you take a piece of cardweight stock (it can be single or double-sided) 

Cut it to 5in by 5in (12.5cm x 12.5cm)

Score it at 2in (5cm) and at 4in (10cm)

Fold them in so you end up with a folded card that is 5in by 2in (12.5cm x 5cm) 

Now you can start decorating. 

The only other rules are that you should use different techniques on the inside and the outside and that there should be a contrast in styles. 

Each challenge will be set on a different theme – and the theme must be used inside and out…. 

Our first theme will be  Springtime 

Here is my sample:   

Hidden Depths 1 - Outside 

 Hidden Depths Inside.

On the outside, I used some adhesive ribbon on the top flap. 

On the lower flap, I tore two strips of contrasting cardstock and layered them up to create a grass. 

I then created a wrap of the same darker green card.  To this I attached a sheep!

The sheep (from Magnolia) was stamped using black Staz-on and then coloured using watercolour pencils. 

On the inside, I cut three strips of Basic Grey Periphery paper and attached them – aligning the pattern as I went. I created a simple layered title block and added a bit of glitter here and there. 

So I used stamping and paper tearing on the outside and on the inside I used patterned paper, journaling and glittering. 

The two styles are very different – creating Hidden Depths! 

I look forward to seeing what you come up with  (please post your links in the comments) Next challenge in a fortnight!

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Skinny Challenge – Number 1

March 6, 2008 at 11:56 pm (Challenge, Skinny) (, , )

I have slightly broken the rules with my skinnies

The base is 3in by 5in and should be decorated with the card in a portrait orientation.

I have done one portrait and one landscape – I am such a rebel.

CSF Skinnies can be either way – there, I have said it.

The first challenge theme is


You can choose to interpret it literally (images of playing) or do what I did and use this challenge to explore a few new techniques or products.

The first sample is a lovely Penny Black cat trio stamp which I stamped (using Brown Staz-on) over a background of alcohol inks (I have had these for ages and never used them).  I finished the card with some paper scraps and a blast of glimmer mists.

Skinny 1

The second is a Tilda!  Stamped on a background of Radiant Rain Dabbers – really lovely pearly inky paints.  A blast of sapphire Glimmer Mist created a nice dabbled effect.  I added a handwritten title block (the stamp reminds me of my niece)

Skinny 2

Enjoy playing and come back in a fortnight. 

Don’t forget to leave a comment with a link to your creations

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