21 April 2012

Week 64 Theme - How Charming

 As we are being sponsored by The Ribbon Girl this month, we thought that we would have a challenge whereby you could use some of the products you might find in her store.
She has a mighty array of charms, perfect for that subtle embellishment on a Clean and Simple card, plus all manner of wonderful ribbons and trims.
Just as we don't always make One Layer Cards, we don't always want to make cards completely devoid of embellishment, the key is to keep it minimal... to enhance not overpower.
SO our theme this week is 
How Charming!
Make and/or use a charm on your project
The oval on this card was cut from a sheet which I made by squishing leaves and flowers from the garden between two pieces of card and running them through my Cuttlebug machine. I love the effect it gives, Sylvie one of our LIMettes whom I met at Alexandra Palace, used this process for one of her cards on Three shades of Green week. 
The branch is from a Memory Box die which I bought at the craft fair and the sentiment was one of the 40 odd unmounted stamps which came from my £5 grab bag! 
The colours in the paper leant towards gold rather than silver, but I only had silver charms, so I heat embossed this one with Gold Embossing powder. I dabbed it on the Versamark pad, then with my pokey tool through the hole, I dipped it in the EP and heated it. As this is a plastic or acrylic charm, I had to be careful not to melt the loop of the charm itself.
The WOW powder gave a wonderful finish to all the embossing.

I embossed the panel for this baby card with a Cuttlebug border embossing folder. In order to have no tell tale embossed lines from the edge of the folder, I use a different sandwich which is
A plate (base Plate)
Embossing folder with the card enclosed
Tan Mat
C Plate
Result... crisp embossing and NO Lines!

I hand embossed the very edges of the panel with an embossing stylus and a scoring board.

In order to get a colour match for the various elements on this card, I used the same SU marker to ink the stamp (Anita's) and to colour the edge of the scalloped circle and the ribbon.

The sentiment is from Paper Make Up punched with Stampin' Up's Label punch.


I use charms a fair bit, although with peer pressure again I sat for a few hours wondering what to do! This is basically a DL card turned lenthways. I then cut Sizzix hearts in various ivory and black card, in different shapes and sizes. I then over stamped some and embossed the black primitive one in a Cuttlebug folder. I randomly placed them along the base of the card and attached them using 3d pads or PVA glue to give plenty of dimension.  The charm is suspended on some Stampin' Up Twine. I like the look of the twine, as this overall effect has a vintage feel. If you can see the heart has a tiny rose on there, it is SO cute.
Charms and mulberry rose are from Ribbon Girl
Not a great deal of white space, but there is in comparison to the shape of the card.

We do look forward to your entries....
Have a 'charming' week


  1. Another fab challenge ladies love your cards xx Jan

  2. Gosh, what a lot of work you have put into your cards, they all look stunning

  3. Super inspirational cards again, I love charms too,off for a think now :) Viv xx

  4. Hi girls
    fab challenge, gorgeous cards as always, i no shouldnt have owt in me corner! lol, sue,xx

  5. Brilliant challenge Ladies, I have loads of charms so was a nightmare choosing which to play with, Love HAzelxo

  6. Yay! Got one together to post tomorrow! Have not played in ages!

  7. I love your inspiration every week - the first card from Chrissie and the black and white card from Mandi are absolut beautiful for me :-)

    But yesterday I thought I can't play with you this week, because I have absolut no charm.

    This morning I remember => there must be an old owl in some of my age-old stuff ..... :-)

  8. Gorgeous inspiration, as always! This is such a fun challenge.

  9. another great challenge girls and fab inspiration from yourselves..hugs kath xxx

  10. Got there in the end! You always make me think in a way that I wouldn't normally - I love this challenge! Vicky x

  11. Thank you ladies for the amazing challenge--and also for the amazing inspirational pieces! I just adore them all!!! :)

  12. Hey girls lovely creations and fabby Challenge I really hope I have got it right this time! it seems that every time I join in I muck up on the details of the theme! I have read and re read the post so I reallllly hope I have it right this time or I am gonna go hide forever! thehe :0)

  13. Nice cards.I love to join the challenge but no luck looking for charms to add to few cards ready for the challenge.



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