Saturday 7 February 2009

BasicGrey Challenge #21

Wow, what a week ! Sorry I have been AWOL but I have been very busy making - snowmen and snowladies !! We had over 6" of snow here in Wiltshire - totally unheard of for this area so we all made the most of it. The school has been closed for the past 2 days and its been fantastic.

Back to business and this week on the BasicGrey Challenge Blog .......

It's time to mix it all up. We would like you to use at least two different BasicGrey ranges in your creations, for eg Blush papers and Boxer Brads or Archaic chip stickers, Sultry papers and cupcake fibers, the possibilities are endless, so what are you waiting for lets mix it up.

What a fantastic challenge and it certainly gets your thinking cap on. This is the card I made for this week's challenge.....

I started off with the image because I had just received this little cutie from Tracy at Dies to Die For. It is a High Hopes stamp called "Froggy Gift" and I love it ! He has been coloured with ProMarkers and these are the colours :

Hat - ruby and poppy and satin and sandstone
Top - ruby, poppy and satin
Dungarees - petrol blue, ruby and poppy
Frog - marsh green, olive green and ruby
Catapult - cinnamon and henna
skin - ivory and blush

The base card is brown Bazzill on top of which I have layed some sandy coloured Core'dinations card and distressed the edges with a Heidi Swapp distresser (great buy for £1.50 or so). All the papers I have used have been distressed as I wanted that "rough" look !

I also used some dark brown Core'dinations which I punched with my SU spiral punch and an oval piece for the image to sit on which I ran through my Cuttlebug with the bubbles embossing folder and then sanded.

The patterned papers are Archaic for the green and Wassail for the red spotty one. As my good friend Tara says "Christmas paper is not just for Christmas" !!

The red brads are BasicGrey Wassail brads.

The copper star brads and ribbon are from my stash.

I also decorated the inside too......

The left hand piece of paper is from Archaic. I wouldn't have bothered to add a piece of paper to this side of the card but I have this difficulty in remembering to add the brads before sticking all the layers down and so consequently a lot of the time, I have the backs of the brads showing through to the otherside of the card ! I must try and think in advance before sticking everything down !!

The right hand side patterned paper is Wassail again and I stamped the same image on one of my label nesties, distressed the edges with old paper distress ink, coloured him in the same colours as the outer image and added "Hoppy Birthday" with some Studio G alphabet stamps.

I am looking forward to seeing what combinations you come up with.

You must see the rest of the DT's creations - they are stunning and again, so very, very different to each other.

Take care and keep warm and enjoy the snow if you still have it !


  1. Fabby card Jo, Hope you are enjoying the snow :) Kim

  2. Fantastic card Jo! I love the cute stamp and your gorgeous colouring. Brilliant on mixing up the papers, I love the effect of these ones together. Glad you had fun in the snow, got to make the most of it as it's so rare in the South. Have a great weekend. Chris xxx

  3. What a great blend of papers! I love the stamp you used. Although that would be my daughter handing me a frog as a gift. I feel so much better this morning after a good night sleep. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

  4. Great card Jo!! I also have been busy with' snow days' this week and as I type it is still coming down. What fun :))
    Anyway great image and great combination of papers! Love it!
    Judy xx

  5. Hi Jo ,fabulous card super cute image and beautiful papers ,love it ,hugs Dawnxxx

  6. Well, you really did make me smile and I'm so glad you confessed....
    You see, I kow know I'm not the only one who has the back of brads showing through! Perhaps we should start having confession time about all the shortcuts we make as cardmakers, hee hee! So glad to see that you're giving your Wassail papers an airing too! :o)
    I love your card, especially because of the fact that you went for the male theme, always that bit more daring methinks!!
    I'm glad you had so much fun in the snow - your kids will always remember that time.
    Hugs, Tara xx

  7. Brilliant card! I love the image and the colouring is superb!
    Love, Georgia xx

  8. Brilliant card Jo - love that image is delightful (sounds lile your daughter is like mine - frongs in the bed were a huge joke). Great combination of colours too.
    hugs Heather xx

  9. Such a sweet card, Jo! I love the image..coloured so beautifully!!! Great paper combo too!!!

  10. Fab card! Just right for a boy!
    Helen x

  11. this is just adorable jo!!! Great job with the colors and the papers are just perfect!! Great job and thanks for the awesome inspiration this week!!!


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