Thursday 10 September 2020

Bel's Challenge

I'm still trying to catch up with adding cards made recently to my blog, as well as catching up with blog visiting.  I'm not sure where August went and here we all are, well into September.  

A little while ago a Stampin' Up demonstrator friend set a challenge for  a few of us to do during the semi-lockdown.  She sent us all an identical little package and asked us to see what we could do with it.  Here is what I received.  We could used our own stamps, punches, dies and add little embellishments.

A rainy day in our caravan was the perfect day to do the challenge.
I think the offcut of kraft card was in the envelope to stop the other bits getting creased, as nobody else used it. I didn't want to waste it, so I decided to use it.  I used part of the kraft card as a mat on the card.  I only had enough left for four squares for the box, so I die cut a fifth square out of the kraft mat and filled the aperture with a square of scrap card.  As I was covering the mat with patterned paper, it wouldn't show.  A scrap of kraft card was used for the sentiment mat.   I used the white piece of card to die cut the stitched circles and for stamping the flowers, which I then punched out.  The sentiment banner is a scrap of the leftover white card.  The circle on the card and all the flowers are attached with foam pads.  The large leaf was snipped apart so I could put a tiny leaf behind each of the flowers round the side of the box and the rest on the top of the box.  I finished off my card with three clear gems, which are more sparkly in real life.

I am joining in the following challenges:

As we have spent a lot the last six weeks in our caravan in Devon so we are close by to daughter after her op, I missed a couple of online Stampin' Up classes I'd booked in for last month.  Although I couldn't join in the classes, I had the kits and instructions and eventually found time to make the cards this week.  I changed a few of the designs slightly, two of them because I didn't follow the instructions properly! 😉

These cards used the SU 'Lovely You' set of stamps.....

.....and these using the 'Whale of a Time' products.  The four little cards fit into the plastic box with the belly band round it. (I've left one of the cards in the box.)


  1. You have been busy Liz, a fantastic range of card designs, especially like the whale of a time makes

  2. Wow what a wonderful collection of cards Liz. I love the whale of a time collection especially. How kind of your friend to send you a package to play with too.

    Sue xx

  3. Wow, you have been busy! Getting kits like that is a great way to binge stamp! Love the results.

  4. Wow, what a lot of beautiful cards Liz and love the first project and great to use the piece of kraft card waste, and the two lots of online classes which are so pretty, and my particular favourite is the second with the cute whale and turtle, all wonderful designs and colours. Good to spend time in your caravan close to where your daughter is recuperating and hope she is continuing to recover well. x

  5. You made good use of the bits supplied, even down to using the piece pf kraft card - guess that's a true crafter (never waste anything). Good that you managed to catch up with using the other kits even if you were unable to join in.

  6. That's a great idea to send a packet and let everyone create on their own. They are always so different and creative. I love the cheerful flower cards and the marine cards are truly beautiful. That paper is awesome.

  7. Wow Liz, you keep yourself busy on holiday! Some stunning creations here, what a lovely way to relax.

  8. Wow a fabulous selection of cards,love them

  9. You certainly have been busy Liz, what a great variety

  10. A fabulous collection of cards Liz, great images, colours and designs.

    Kath x

  11. Absolutely great selection here Liz, lovely variety and charming cards. x

  12. Fabulous use of all the elements Liz - looks like you had a lot of fun! Shabneez x

  13. Wonderful creativity Liz and especially love how you did the box...Glad You where able to occupy yourself in the caravan, whilst be close to your daughter x.

  14. I must say all your cards are beautiful!

  15. Wow--so many great cards, Liz! You made perfect use of everything in the kit--including the protective kraft paper--love it! Thanks for the well wishes with the fires here. Very scary, but some improvement & not worried that we'll be in danger from flames. So sad seeing places we know so well destroyed. Thank goodness for the distration of cardmaking!

  16. Wow!! Fab use of the pieces you have at hand, the card is very beautiful and very well done to have used the kraft paper to build the box!!
    Love so much the underwater cards, too!!

  17. This is just gorgeous ...Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at TTCRD this week, Hope to see you next

  18. I love what you did with your supplies that were mailed to you! Your card and cube turned out so nice! Love too, that you used the kraft piece of card, it looks great as a mat under your green dsp and on the cube. Well done! Wow, love the other cards you made as well! The flower cards are so pretty and summery looking. The ocean cards are simply amazing and I'm in love with each one of them! That is quite a stash of cards you made there Liz! Yes, I don't know where August went either, my mind is still stuck in August, not Sept. Sigh, even embarrassed myself by trying to use coupons that ended in August! Glad you and hubby are close by your daughter. Nice to have a caravan to stay in too! Hugs, Brenda

  19. Liz this is a great card and gift box to make from your kit, what a lovely thing for your friend to do. I have seen so many stories of the craft community spreading love whilst the world has gone crazy..... Hope all is well with your daughter after her op.

    Thank you very much for entering our challenge. Good luck with the prize draw.

    Stay healthy, happy, keep crafting and Creating Joy :)

    Mandy ♥

    DT for Through The Craft Room Door

    Made By Mandy – My personal Blog

  20. Great idea to be sent a pack of supplies Liz, and I love the card and gift box you have made, very creative!
    Your SU selections of cards are always so nice, and how lovely you were able to craft in your caravan, whilst being near to your daughter.
    I hope she’s continuing to improve.
    Janice x

  21. Super creations!
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT


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