Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rising to the challenge / Daring Cardmakers

Hi again, 
And hope you are having a splendid Easter! Enfys over at Going Buggy is GDing at the Daring Cardmakers, and the inspiration picture is just so fabulous that I was instantly inspired to make a little something for it! 

Challenge accepted!

Now, as I told you before, my cardmaking started with me buying my Big Shot. Which roughly translates to "I've never done a card without die cuts". Well, a fantastically talented lady in one of my facebook groups, Tiina, decided to challenge us all to make a card *without using die-cuts or any kind of stamping*! If you can picture the most horrified look in the world - insert it here! 

If I've ever managed to make a card without dies, it's definitely been one with some type of stamping technique, and if I don't use stamps then I use diecuts! (Have you noticed I don't know how to spell die cuts? So I use every version possible in the same text, gah!)

So as it's Easter I wanted some greens, purples, yellows.. But no diecuts?? Ahhaah! I have a bunch of paper punches! They're not dies! So - a punched out butterfly dipped in different Distress Marker scribblings, and two lines of music sponged through a punched stencil.. 

Not. Happy. With. It.

Then I happened upon Enfys's new post, saw the inspiration picture, and suddenly was inspired! Much better than the first draft :) I will probably add a tag to it, with a sentiment of some kind - but I think it works like this too.. 

The challenge was real easy for the folks that regularly use 3D images and possibly stickers for sentiments too.. Also, most people buy their flowers, so those would be fair game too - I usually make my own, from diecuts! Good thing I still keep those little cherry blossoms at hand! 

All in all, I loved the challenge! Was so much fun being forced to use different ways of filling a card.. To be honest, though, I still used my Big Shot for the dot-embossed background ;)

Hope you have a nice day! I'm off to colour some eggs with my son :)

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Nicely done! I would kind of panic at that one too! Most of my cards these days are stamping, and yes I love to use my big shot!

  2. Fabulous card! Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers this week x

  3. Stunning card Sofia, thanks for joining in with the dare this week

  4. Aww, thanks ladies - you're making me blush :) and a big Thanks for having these challenges, it was so much fun playing along, that I think I'm going to have to play more often!

  5. I'm so pleased to hear you found the picture inspirational! Your card is beautiful, thank you for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers' April Elemental Inspiration picture challenge .

  6. No stamping would be too tough for me! I like your card, though. The embossed polka dots are lovely.

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I was in a panic with not being allowed to use my go-to tools for making cards, but I'm surprisingly happy with the result! (The polka dot card, not the butterfly-music one) ;)

  7. Actually I've become accustomed to CAS cards so I actually prefer the butterfly don't throw anything away! You really did rise to the occasion, though, and made two cards without diecuts or stamping -- I don't think I'd have figured out how to accomplish that.