Well hello doodlers! Seems to have been ages since I posted a challenge, thank goodness for the lovely beaut Doodle Dollies who can take over for me when things get manic! I hope you all like the new format with each of us taking turns to give you a challenge - far more interesting than having me dribbling on each week I'm sure you agree! I can't believe it's only 15th Jan, Crimbo is a dim and distant memory for me but hey, bring on 2010! Well, last week we launched a brand new CD-Rom perfect for this time of year - Love and Cherish - full of romantic, smoochy images, florals, hearts and flourishes and it is flying off the shelves. We're really struggling to keep up with orders on this one and I think it's because it's a really versatile CD. There are a couple of trademark Bird collections in there (of course, lol!) but I've really tried to design these collections so you can use them on a variety of projects - the OH also said I have to tell everyone he thinks they are brilliant for Guys cards as well, so consider yourselves told, lol! If you missed the TV launch of the new CD you can catch us again on the next show which is on Monday 25th Jan at 3pm, on Ideal World and Create and Craft - great for those of you on Freeview as you'll be able to catch the IW show!
Right on with the official stuff...I don't have a winner to announce this week because of the Crimbo break but remember you can still enter last week's challenge here which closes on Sunday 17th at noon...
So this week I challenged the teamies to make, obviously, a LOVE themed card using the new CD, and this is your challenge too. You can use anything you like but it must be Love, Valentines, Anniversary or a Wedding project. You have until Sunday 24th Jan lunchtime to enter this one, so get your romantic heads on and the winner of this challenge will receive a copy of the Love and Cherish CD!
"This week I've made a Frame Card with a 13.5 cm square black card, used 'shake a tailfeather' and 'Housey housey' on the inside front which are both from the Back To Nature CD. I've also used sentiments which are all from the BTN cd as well."
Krista... "Owlways Love to Read"... I used the Love and Cherish Cd. Everybody and Anybody can use a bookmark to mark those special pages.
Kris: I just love Nikky's toppers and I've used 2 of them on this easel card. The most darling little girl leaning on her umbrella and then I fussy cut the silver/black/white floral border and used a piece on the top and the bottom. The primary card is made with a pink polka-dotted piece from the new colloection and the rest is just solid cardstock and a paper doily I found in my stash.
Lou - I decided to decorate a bag using the mocha papers & toppers from the "Love, Marriage & more" CD to give that special present to the happy couple. I added a dash of exuberance with the large ostrich feather! I have also made a matching gift card secured to the handle with ribbon.
Enfys - I couldn't resist the gorgeous little owls in the tree, I printed out twice and decoupaged a few of them to add dimension. I chopped the sentiment border in half and found some velvet ribbon which I scrunched up to make it a bit more interesting. Sorry about the rather fuzzy photo, the light was very poor today.......
Fliss: I've used the gorgeous diamond hearts from the embellishments on the Love & Cherish CD combined with some of the papers from the Elegance section and printed out the same fleur de lys paper on red card as well as white (something you can do with quite a lot of the designs for even more variety!). I also made a border strip with the smallest diamond heart-you can find out how on my blog. I layered my large heart for some sparkle and added a key treated with Glossy Accents and a computer generated sentiment.
Kerry - These little hanging hearts were made using the set of papers called Heart to Heart. I love the soft pink colour of the papers.
Brenda - I've used the Heart to Heart collection from the new Love Marriage and more CD, it's just fabulous. I made an easel card, laid acetate over the main image adding some ribbon, pearls, brads and used an MS punch to create a border cutting a second layer from acetate to give some dimension.
Boni - Made this little heart album out of the Heart to Hearts. The album has eight pages and you can add photos, love quotes and poems or leave as is.
Kate...I have used the new "love and Cherish" cd . These owls are just so gorgeous i just had to use them . The flower is made using the stackies flowers printed onto the back of my chosen paper and cut out - that way it doesnt matter if you go over the lines when cutting out !
Claire - Having discovered this "Joy" fold, I thought it would look really good used with the moonlight range on the Love and Cherish CD. I think this would make fab invites!
Dolly: I used the Mocha collection and stacking flower template to create a classic wedding card. Just love these flowers, easy to make but so effective.
And a matching gift cardholder using the Interlocking Heart Template.
Nettie: I have used the Wedding Cake Box Template from the Love and Cherish CD, this CD is a must for your collection. I printed the template onto one of the Elegance patterns. To embellish I printed the stacking flowers onto some more of the patterned paper, then I topped off with some bling.
And here is my little effort for this week...Made using the Moonlight papers and the wedding couple with a simple greeting...
So that's your lot for this week, an absolute treat, I think! We all hope we've inspired you, just leave us adirect link to your card in the comments or using Mr Linky below. Remember the closing date for entries is Sunday 24th Jan by lunchtime, and please make sure you take notice of the challenge rules.