Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tri-coloured challenge at AiFactory

I am back, finally, with another post. I am struggling somewhat these last two week s to get into 'blog' crafting mode. I have been making so many things to send away to people that I can't show here, that I sort of feel stumped as to what to make for my emergency card stash and scrapbook collection. Giving a big ole tut sigh* right now. Hopefully I will come right over the weekend. I plan on hauling my entire papercrafting stash out in the open and going mad. Nothing like crafting with everything you have in front of you for inspiration :)

So, anyway, the choice of image and challenge theme this week was mine. Choosing the image was easy peasy, choosing the theme was difficult! All that pressure to come up with a theme that everyone will like :) and want to participate in! Hectic I tell you, Hectic!

I went with the Fairy holding an empty placard image, she looks like this:

You can find here as a free download on the AiF blog, but she's only available to the first 10 users. After that you can buy her in the store, she's actually on sale too :)

Before I go on with the theme explanation and my make this week, I need to let you all know that the challenge format has changed. You no longer need to use the specific AiF image given for the challenge. You can use ANY AiFactory image to enter for the win :) how nice is that? with so many wonderful digi's, clip art and vector images available in the store you have a wide range to choose from! Not to mention all of you that have won images for free in the past, break out your stash and come join us! show us the magic you can make with an AiF image!

OK, rambling done, I promise. On to the theme! I chose tri-coloured as the theme this week. It's simple, use only three colours on your project. This could mean only 3 markers to colour your image, 3 colours as your project theme...whatever! just use 3 colours! I used the 3 colours as my card theme and used different shades of orange, green and brown. not my usual taste but I thought I would challenge myself :)


I used ONLY scraps from my paper stash for this card, thank goodness there was a piece of orange large enough for the card base and easel. Not too much fine work work really. I coloured the image using my sharpies, stamped a sentiment (the name of the company evades me) into her placard and fussy cut the whole thing out. I cut a circle with my Martha Stewart circle cutter, put it through the cuttlebug in the swiss dots embossing folder and layered it on a self-made scalloped circle. yes, you read right...self-made. i.e no die!

I stuck silver bling stones on each scallop and adhered it over a brown cardstock strip, also put through the cuttlebug in the same folder, and also punched with my martha stewart lace border punch. Over this, I put a scrap piece of green netting. I have had this netting in my stash forever. It is so difficult to stick down and I never thought it would go with anything. It was doomed to lie in the stash pile for the rest of it's life... thank goodness I found a use for it!

I doodled around the edges of the card with a steadler fine tip pen in brown ink and used a fancy brad from my Ace of a pal in Scotland to prop the easel up. Three hours later, and I had a card to show and tell about:

hope you'll all join us these next two weeks! the DT have some wonderful inspiration for your perusal, remember to leave them some love :) Have a great Thursday! One day to go to the weekend!



  1. Great colours, love the doodling and the mesh.A lovely card x

  2. And well worth those 3 hours Petra!
    Have to say love the way you used the know me and netting...ha!
    Love the image (think I might have that one)and really like the colour combo...might have a go at this one!

  3. Loving the colors, P. Using mesh was a brain wave, would never have thought to use something like that. So creative.

  4. Petra this is soo cute! love the colors you chose and the scalloped circles you made is soo neat!! well done! :)

  5. Excellent card! Toomie likes especially the hair and I loved the netting :-) xo


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