27 May, 2011

Get Funky Challenge for May - Master Chef Recipe

Hi Everyone, it's Paula here.

It's my turn to show you what I've come up with for this months challenge, which was set by our Kathy on the 'Funky Fifteenth'!  Kathy has set us a great challenge this month by giving us a recipe to follow - and I know that all the DT have been cookin' up a storm for your inspiration this month!

Kathy has asked us to include the following in her recipe: 5 flowers, 3 different papers, 2 buttons and a ribbon - all mixed up with a light seasoning of a sprinkle of gems and/or pearls.

Well, well, well.  Where to start huh!  I knew straight away that I wanted to do a larger card, so I got two sheets of 300gsm A4 card and printed this months freebie on one side of each of the sheets.  I love how Anice has designed this paper which some of us think resembles Kraft paper (with a bit of a pattern to it).

I decided to use the 'Shabby Saturday' collection of papers because of the lovely pinks and creams that have a 'shabby chic' quality about them.  The collection includes 24 sheets of papers and element sheets which include flowers that are ready to just print and cut.  The collection also includes a co-ordinating alpha collection and has sentiment toppers too.  Check it out here in the download section of the web shop where you will also see some more samples in the gallery.  

Anyway, I decided to print the cream and pink polka dot paper on the reverse of the freebie paper - and did this to both sheets.  I then scored both pieces at 8" because at first I was going to make an 8x8" card - then decided not to cut it down entirely and instead, make a sort of a spine - with the 8x8 bit as my 'canvas'

To attach the sheets together, I punched each sheet, starting in exactly the same place so they would match up perfectly, with my EK Success ribbon border punch, then threaded pink 5mm grosgrain ribbon through - this attached the two sheets securely enough not to warrant doing anything else, but in the end I did put some adhesive up to the scored marks where the card will open. (Check - one ribbon used!).

The large flowers were printed then cut from the elements sheet included in the collection.  The smaller flowers are from exactly the same elements sheet but printed at 50% (through the windows live photo gallery), then cut and mounted.  I scrunched and folded them to make them look like they do - infact, I gave them a right rough time!!!  The leaves were cut freehand from a sheet found in the 'Mint Madness' collection, folded to resemble veins in the leaves then lightly touched with a green chalk ink stamp pad. (Check - 5 flowers used - and so far, 3 different design papers used).

The square mat in the centre of the card was printed again, from the Shabby Saturday collection - this was to create a contrast on the whole page.  To invert the corners, I simply used a circle punch each corner - which does the opposite to rounding it off.  Spellbinders Large Labels and Small Labels makes the same shape - but not the size I needed, so measure and cut your square / rectangle, and nip each corner with a circle punch.  Obviously different size circle punches will give a different effect.

The ribbon across the page is another design from the Shabby Saturday collection.  I cut 2 strips from the length of the A4 sheet then did a random pleat across the page - just secure in place with a glue runner.  To here I attached my sentiment, which wasn't the original one I wanted to use... I had cut one of the sentiments from the sentiments sheet in the collection - then lost it.  Because I wanted to complete my project, I used a topper from a selection I had in my stash and distressed the edge with an ink pad just to leave it looking less plain.  Either side of the sentiment I added my final ingredients - 2 buttons.  (oops - I sneaked some mirri card onto my card - please forgive me!).  The ornamental corner is a cuttlebug

Finally, I mixed all my ingredients together - then added my seasoning, which was a generous portion of diamond Stickles, and here is the final result:

Granted, it will never qualify for a 'clean and simple' challenge - but sometimes its good to indulge!

Please remember to go HERE to Kathy's post to read how to qualify for the challenge - but if you know by know what is required of you - use the linky thing below to upload your challenge entry card/project.

Thank you so much for dropping in and looking at my DT Challenge card - 'til next time, this is Paula signing out!!! x x x


  1. This pretty card follows the recipe well - I might just need those Shabby Saturday papers now!!

  2. It's so pretty and girly, Paula - a really lovely way to use the ingredients. Fab Cooking!

  3. Hiya Paula. Those flowers look gorgeous on this lovely, lovely card. Have a great weekend hun. xxx

  4. Hi Paula

    Great make.

    Love all of those gorgeous flowers and that fab pleating!!

    Love Jules xx

  5. Although this card has a lot of ingredients it seems very calm and muted. I love the colour combinations Lxx

  6. This card is fab! I love all the colours together very classy.
    Anice xx


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