05 November 2011

Week 40

Remember, remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot!
In the UK, it is traditionally on 'firework night' that the 'Gunpowder plot' of 1605 is commemorated. It was then that Guy Fawkes was arrested for laying explosives under the House of Lords.

Our first week of the month is another Colour challenge and redolent of bonfire flames we have chosen
Red and Orange
We are sponsored again this month by 


My first card for this week's challenge uses a couple of Anita's stamps... some of the first ones I ever acquired. They are similar in design, but differ in size and texture, one being solid and the other simply lines. The orange flowers were inked with  Scattered Straw Distress ink with a little Wild Honey added around the edges. The stamp was lightly spritzed with water before stamping. The red ones were stamped with Barn Door and Fired Brick DIs. I found a little flower centre in an old box of SEE Ds, which I used to fill in the centre of the flowers. The large open flowers were stamped with Fired Brick ink.
The sentiment tag and the border are from Spellbinder's dies.

I made this card from one of Arielle's images from the Wax Fruit Company. I just love her images. It's a quarter of a gerbera which I flipped and rotated to make a full flower image. It's coloured with Copics.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts.
As Mandi is off enjoying herself on the Queen Mary, I thought I'd pop in an extra one this week. I made this a few weeks ago for a friend.

I'm sorry that this is such a rubbish picture ... I can't even enhance it very well in Picasa.
Once more, I used  Distress inks. I swiped pieces of card with them before cutting out the butterflies with my SU embosslits folder. I double mounted the butterflies and then added a little Glamour Dust to each of the smaller butterflies. The sentiment was computer generated but I can't think what font I used... I'll add it later if I can find it!

Let's see lots of vivid reds and oranges this week, but remember that white space and minimal layering too!
Have a great week!


  1. oh wow these are just stunning girls just love what you have done this week,hugs cherylxxx

  2. FAB choice of colour theme this week and some lovely examples from the Design Team. Well done to Lizy and Jan on having an entry posted already (at 08:24!!!). I'm still not able to craft yet so may or may not have the opportunity to enter again this week ...... but I'm cerainly with you in spirit!!!
    Happy Bonfire night


  3. Well done Chrissie. xx Jan

  4. Hi all. I don't do this challenge but I love all the design teams cards this month. Lovely colour choice. Kate x

  5. What a beautiful cards. I love the flower cards very much. Such a warm colors and layout. Super.
    Have a nice weekend and lovely greet

  6. Well done indeed! Love this combination of explosive colour and your sample cards rock as always! So proud to be a sponsor of simply the best challenge blog around :D

  7. Gorgeous samples Chrissie and another fab challenge to get our teeth into! Vx

  8. Thanks Chrissie for yet another great challenge. Such amazing cards already girls wow!..... what to make now I have no idea !!! :O) Viv xx

  9. I love your cards Chris, especially the first one. They're fabulous. I'll try to find time to do the challenge.

  10. Great challenge again, I love your samples Chrissie, you have done Mandi proud with your three xx

  11. Thank you for your lovely comments on my star card - I was beaming all evening! I've really enjoyed this challenge because red & orange are my favourite colours. Beautiful cards to inspire us too!

  12. Just a quick hello and a HUGE thank u to my lovely friend and LIM colleague Chrissie for covering for me

    Having THE best time
    See you Saturday


  13. Chrissie, what striking cards you've made! Love them all! Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Fantastic Inspiration once again Chrissie (and Mandi too, in spirit!). Look forward to seeing all the wonderful orange/red creations.

  15. Hi, Thanks ladies for another fabulous challenge Red & Orange go so well together, so Clean and Simply and so Elegant:) Sandra H

  16. although I often don't get to play along this particular challenge always has some of the most amazing cards I have ever seen! It is always a joy to come and see first of all, Chrissie and Mandi's cards but then to dive into the pool of talent that makes up this gallery week after week is always is always an inspirational dip!

  17. What a fun challenge. I knew right away what I wanted to do, since I had this new stamp sitting on my stamping table.
    Wonderful cards, ladies - I always love your takes on the challenges. TFS!
    Cheers, Karen

  18. Gorgeous DT cards, Ladies - LOVE that gerbera!

  19. Wish I'd had some great fireworks stamps to go with your holiday, but alas, the sky is still the limit ;-)

  20. Chrissie .... sorry, not even sure if I am in the right place to leave you a message! Wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog and to send HUGE apologies for not getting back to you before now. Debbie xXx

  21. Took me awhile to fine tune my card...thanks so much for the awesome inspirational colors. I'm glad I'm not you...you have so many gorgeous creations linked so far-don't know how you'll choose! ;)

  22. Hi Girls
    as always a fab challenge, im better late than never eh!! i no im gona get me legs slapped this week, i am ready for it! lol, sue,x



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