Monday 2 December 2013

Challenge #30 for Unstampabelles - Final for Merry

WARNING: You might need to get a drink first!

Firstly some news: This challenge will be Merry's last one with this challenge blog called Unstampabelles. How sad are we all to see this day?  Very sad indeed.  Merry has been an excellent organiser for this great blog and a great friend to all the DT members. She is going to be missed big time.  This blog provides a chance for crafters who like to play with paper and ink and not always just with stamps!

Some more news: Remember previously I was talking about door opening and door closing and doors half-way open - if you read this blurb religiously you will perhaps remember that comment.  Anyhow, one new door was as a member of the DT at the Squirrel and the Fox which I love. Another half open door was the chance to run my own challenge blog.............and I thought and I thought and I had another gin, and I thought some more......and I finally decided that if I was going to die wondering that would be a shame! So, I have talked to Merry and.........very deep breath............ I will be taking over the running of Unstampabelles from January onward and we will see how it all pans out! So, Merry will be leaving but the blog will still be running, everything being equal!

Now, I will take another deep breath - keep breathing, keep breathing...... and we will go on;

 with the last challenge of Unstampabelles for 2013

Why, it's Christmas of course!

The sponsor for this month is .......drum roll........ MERRY!
And here is a photo of the prize she is offering

Prize includes:
Laser cut cards and card fronts - Christmas Designs
Card front designs pre-holed ready for stitching.
Card front designs with the stitching pattern printed on the card.
Christmas stickers.
3 types of star brads
Christmas foil shapes
Four pads of Sticky Notes

Now, for my contribution this time, I had a go at making up some cards from a freebie package given away with a magazine called Creative Cardmaking.  How many of us buy the magazines and then don't  know what to do with the stamps or papers or such.  They sit in bins or boxes and so I have made a decision - to either use them straight away or put them in my "give away" box that I have for school or grandchildren rather than horde them.

These papers were by Hot off the Press and were outstanding in quality and flexibility.  There were also three sheets of diecuts included with the set and a small  frame and sentiment stamp.   I made 11 cards - still have several pieces left from the die cuts, and at least three sheets of paper. Only two cards used the stamp. I initially CASed the suggested card designs from the magazine, but soon gave that away and went by instinct.

Here are all 11 cards - pretty colours

I used scraps up too - the white was left over from another card.  The sticker sentiment has been in my Christmas box for about four years now. Another thing used up!

A bit of ribbon and some dots of gold Perfect Pearls, as well as the stickers

See the dots of gold! Oh, a a bit of bling!

Some more bits of ribbon and the card blanks of course, trimmed on one side at the front for one of these. 

This is a CASed one - pretty isn't it

A sticker and a rub-on

Some dots of gold here too, and some paper lace

I like this trimmed edge thing so used it several times with the die cuts sticking over the edge. 

Again - some ribbon and bling

This ribbon bow came from some chocolates and the stamp is used here

The background paper here is a scrap of embossed music paper and the bling was added too. 

So, a lot of cards to add to the stash and a sense of achievement for getting rid of the freebie - of course, all the new stamps and papers that I have bought are still sitting there looking at me, and the new die cuts and stuff......guess you cannot have everything!

I will enter these in the following challenges:


CathyC said...

WOW such a great selection of cards - and such a great start on the Christmas Card stash :) Congratulations on taking over the UnstampaBelles Challenge Blog, I know it will be in good hands :)

Gail said...

Congrats on the decision ,I'm sure you will do a good job .

JanR said...

Well, fair leader, you sure rocked this challenge! 11 cards - wowzers!!

Merry said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, I know that Unstampabelles will be in great hands and can't wait to see how it evolves. I do like how you had to have a gin or two for the decision. I do remember you making the comment about doors too and had my fingers crossed it was Unstampbelles you were talking about. :-) Love this collection of cards….to think you can make 11 cards and not (or barely) a stamp to be found. Lovely papers.

A Consuming Passion said...

Good luck with your brave new venture Susan!Good for you say you'll never know unless you try.
Fabulous collection of cards here today too and all from a magazine freebie!!! I hope you send them a picture so they can admire your work!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new venture. I'm sure you will do well.
Great set of cards - fab feeling to use up some stash. You will use all the new stuff too, just not today! TFS.

happyglitzygirl said...

Congratulations Susan, I know you will rock being the new head honcho at unstampables, love all the cards you made....looking forward to upcoming challenges as I just joined..and congrats on your new DT position at Squirrel, lol, blessings Hilde

mags said...

Congratulations on your new venture running Unstampabelles. I am sure you will do a fantastic job.
Your cards are gorgeous today. I have that freebie kit and it is just sitting there. Must use it.

Sarah C said...

Wow!! These are all beautiful and I love how they all coordinate but have their own personalities. I can't imagine how much time this must have taken! IMAP so so happy that you've taken over Unstampabelles :-) you will be fabulous, I know, and do I can't wait to see where the blog goes next!

Pia S said...

I've just become a follower of Unstampabelles - love the concept of it and I wish you good luck taking over this blog !
You've made so many gorgeous cards for this challenge - it shows that it isn't necessary to get new images all the time to be creative and make something beautiful and personal!

HuggiesCrafts said...

I think Unstampabelles will be in very capable hands with you at the helm Susan. Congratulations and thanks so much for taking it on.