Wednesday, February 19, 2014

To Gift...or Not To Gift?

Hi all, it’s my turn to host the newest challenge for Digistamps4Joy…and I have chosen Dies and/or Punches. Warning: this is going to be a long post so you might want to grab a drink and pull up a seat…it’s going to be a bumpy ride lol.

So I don’t know about all of you, but I absolutely adore my die’s and punches, so this type of challenge is just perfect for me. I am using 3 new images that you can find at Digistamps4Joy…”We are late”, “Best foot forward” and “Time to go”. So I see these 3 images and zing pow wow…I get this great idea for a card!! Whoo hooo…I am on the imagination train! O.K…so that might not be quite as accurate as what I would like. Have you ever had those times when you just know what you want to do, but the execution of it just seems to be beyond your grasp? Well, that’s what happened to me. I had this great idea…could see it so clearly in my head, but finding the papers that I could see in my mind was another matter again. The images have an “Egyptian or Arabian” type feel to them…so I wanted Egyptian type papers. So I searched and searched and…well you just can’t find anything with hieroglyphics on them where I needed them. So, I thought outside the box and oh joy of joys, I found what I needed…hieroglyphics in a font (you can find them here if you want some yourself). So I made up my own background paper by printing out a bunch of hieroglyphics on parchment paper.


So here we go, I’m on a roll…nope…the paper that I bought to go with it…not even close to what I needed. Now what? Search the net again of course. Unfortunately that ended up being a waste of time, so I changed tactics again…change the base color. And here is what I came up with (you knew this had to come up soon lol…thanks for hanging in there). 

The fold of the card is called a Squash Fold card…and this is what the inside looks like (I know, you were wondering where the other images were weren’t you?).

Please excuse the difference of the colors between the last 2 pics…it was very hard to get a proper picture with this type of card. The right color is the color of the front of the card). The sentiments read: “When I heard it was your birthday I wanted to rush right out and get you a gift” “But my transportation had other ideas” and “So all you’re getting is this card (just kidding) Have a very Happy 25th Birthday Josh! (I came up with this and Josh is my son).

I hope that you have enjoyed (managed to get through) this posting. So now I am hoping that you will head on over to our Challenge blog and join in the fun. All you need is to add either a die cut or a punch of some sort…or like me a combination of both. And while you’re there, check out the rules and prizes…and all of the incredible creations my team mates have made to dazzle and inspire you.

Thanks for visiting ~ Charlene

Brown CS: Bazzil
Green DP: My Mind’s Eye Bohemia
Hieroglyphics Paper: Font by Neferchichi
Memory Box: Swaying Palms
Nestibilities: Decorative Labels One
Nestibilities: Labels One Small
Corner Punch: Maped
Ribbon: From My Stash
Flower Soft: Ultra Fine Sand (for under palm trees inside)
Crayola Crayons and oms, gold glitter pen, SU felts

Challenges Entered:

Scribbles Designs: Challenge #14 - Frame it
Sweet Stamps Blog: Monthly Challenge - Fun Folds 
Baffies Kreativeladen: Challenge #28 - Anything Goes


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Desire Fourie said...

An awesome creation Charlene, The images have been brought to live so wonderfully with your stunning colouring and design. A sure winning project.
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Donna K said...

LOVE this fold…great job sharing your secrets to this pretty creation. I made my first "squash card" recently too! Thanks for joining our Fun Folds challenge at Have a beautiful day! ~Donna K

Sandy Sommerfeld said...

What a great card! You did fabulous to put it all together once you had it in your mind's eye!

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Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

That is soooo creative!! Just love how you persevered even if you were not finding what you had in your mind initially! Love that fold!!!! Totally awesome sentiments as well with these images!

Thanks for joining our monthly challenge here at Scribbles Design challenge. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky. I’m doing a little giveaway to celebrate 500 followers come and join in

Shelly Schmidt said...

I lvoe this- I have never made one of these- but it looks awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at

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