Wednesday 6 January 2010

First card this year (at last)

I don't know what happened to time, mojo and good intentions, but this is the first card I've made this year, in fact, the first card for over a week. I did make my resolution job box last week, but perhaps the least said about that the better - I finally took out the first paper a couple of days ago, got all set to do the stated job ... and then a friend turned up for a coffee and a chat and I never did get the job done - hopefully, I might do it today. I really needed to get on with this card earlier because I wanted to send it before we get towards the end of January! But now that the snow is really set in again I won't be going out to the post yet anyway.

I stamped up a few images yesterday afternoon, using a couple of new stamps I had for Christmas, but I didn't get any further than that - was looking for a sketch to motivate me ... finally, I found the one that Tamara has given for her challenge 101, which is actually for a LO, but was just right for a card to accommodate the labels I'd already prepared. So this is the LO sketch:For my card I used my lovely new Penny Black Fantasy stamp (Santa really did take notice of my list), stamped with Elzybells sugar candy pigment (I would highly recommend this) and embossed with clear detail. The words were done on my dymo letratag. The striped paper is old from a DCWV pad. I ripped the edges and stamped over them with one of my HOTP stitch stamp.

There are a few other challenges around atm that this card fits:

Pile it on 30: 'crystal clear' - I hope the detail clear EP counts!
Ann's creative nook 72: ' it's a brand new year' - use any new item (the stamp)
Fiskarettes: 'new year resolutions'
Dollies elements challenge: 'resolutions'
Crazy Amigo: 'brand new start'
Charisma cardz: 'celebrations!' (New Year)
3 clovers 45: 'celebrations!'
Dancing Pajamas TCP challenge: 'something new' - not just a 'new year' card, but using a new stamp
Papertake 32: 'new beginnings' - new year and new stamp
Lili of the valley 43: 'new year card'
PaperPlay 46: ;new beginnings' - anything for 'new' - new year card and new stamp
Rainbow lady: 'new' (card and stamp)
Cards for men 2: 'new'
Crafty Ann 5: 'new year, new inspiration'
Daring cardmakers: 'new beginnings'
Frosted designs: 'new year card'
Fussy & fancy 1: 'new'
No time to stamp? 120: 'new things'
Stamp something: 'new somethings' (new stamp)
Stampin' for the weekend: 'new beginnings
Penny Black 82: 'Happy New Year'
Secret crafter Saturday 64: 'new beginnings'
By the cute and girly: 'something new'
The craft garden January challenge: 'new'
Lucy's cards 3: 'monochromatic'
Kelly Jo: colour chef 33: monochromatic
Artful inkables think ink Tuesday 11: 'monochromatic'
Tuesday taggers: 'black and white'
Humble pie: 'black tie event' - black and white
Everybody art 72: 'favourite colour combo' - I still absolutely love just black and white together
ABC: 'L for layering'
Fab n Funky: 'make anything you want for any occasion'
Gingersnap GC37: 'chestnut theme challenge: time'
Your next stamp 7: 'embossing' (heat embossing)
Creative card crew 42: 'distressing' (torn paper edges)
Mixed media Monday: 'leftovers' - the Paper Cellar snowflakes - and also the striped DCWV paper
One stop craft 61: 'something beginning with B' - black
Sophisticat 16: 'fancy borders'
Stamping vacation: 'it's all about the theme': 'monochromatic', so my three things to compliment are the background paper, the embossed image and the borders
Created by hand: 'it's a freebie' - anything


  1. Wow that is a lot of challenges. I'm impressed. YOur card is beautiful. Thanks for playing at Fussy and Fancy.

  2. Wow here too. I don't think I've ever seen this many challenges all posted for one item. Amazing, to even know about them all yet to fit a project to them. And it's a beautiful card to boot.
    Sheesh. I'm just in wonder.
    Thanks for playing with Created By Hand

  3. that's a OT of challenges. WOW.
    Lovely monochromatic card.

  4. Really love this card and the detail in your description is great. Thanks for joining us over at Cards for Men and good luck with the challenge.

    Donna x

  5. I lost count of how many challenges there were there Hazel, but I was pleased to see that the DCM’s were amongst them.
    The stamps look rather yummy and I think I may have to go and investigate the Sugar candy pigment that you’ve mentioned.

    Thanks for joining in with us.

  6. Oh my word that is a lot of challenges, lol. Love the color combo and your layout, thanks for sharing.

    Fussy and Fancy Girl Juanita

  7. That is an impressive list of challenges Hazel - and a gorgeous card to put into all of them. Thank you for making Crafty Ann's one of them.
    Ann x

  8. Hi there Hazel..super card darling! WOW, How many challenges?? I admire you..I have trouble entering one lol. thanks for joining us over at sophisticats this week.

  9. Wow! You sure have a talent for combining challenges!! I love the colour combo you've used and the stitching is fab!

  10. So many challenges amazing. Great card and thanks for joining TT this week.
    Pat xx

  11. Wow.....what a combination of challenges. Thanks for joining us with the ABC challenge
    Fiona x

  12. WOW Hazel!! Not only did you combine a lengthy list of challenges into one project, but you made an amazing scrapbook page!! Thanks for playing in my challenge this week!

  13. lovely card, great image
    Thanks for joining us this week at Charisma

  14. Fantastic card Hazel. The monochrome look is so dramatic and it suits that tree stamp perfectly. Thanks for joining us at the One Stop Craft Challenge.
    Sharon xx

  15. gorgeous!!!! love the black and white with that lovely stamp! and wowzers on the challenges!! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something!!

  16. This is a great card. I love the layout and the image. The star for me is the stitch stamp though. How useful that must be.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's challenge and By the Cute and Girly.
    Beryl xx

  17. Wow how many challenges are there here Hazel well done. Love that tree too. Thanks for playing with Crafty Ann and myself. Happy New Year too Love Cynthia x

  18. Looks wonderful! Don't be so hard on yourself about the's only the 6th!

    Thanks for taking time to play the Gingersnap Creations Time Challenge!

  19. Wow - that's some amount of challenges, Hazel. Gorgeous card - I love that image, and you're right - it fits the sketch perfectly.

    Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay.

    Julie :o)

  20. Fab card! You really did your research and combined a ton of challenges - FUN! Thanks for joining us at YNS.

  21. Adorable, Love the tree! Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy!

  22. Oh my!! i dont think i have ever seen anyone entere so many challenges!!! your card is lovely and love the black and white theme and sentiment!

    Thanks for joining Stampin for the weekend!
    Hugs Di xxx

  23. Fab card Hazel. Love that stamp.

  24. Wow! You certainly have covered a few challenges all at once! Lovely card.

  25. Wow Hazel! I love how you combine so many challenges :) Great work using Tamraras sketch for a card too! Love that stiching stamp too, I thought it was real stitching until I read about it xx

  26. Holy Moly Macaroni! You have almost as many comments as you have qualified challenges! It must have taken you days to find all those challenges! Way to go!

  27. Wow! Lots of challenges there!!! Great to see you liked the Sketches! sketch and good on you for making a card with it :)

  28. WOW- this is beautiful! And quite "challenging". Awesome. Thanks for playing along!

  29. My goodness Hazel, I never knew that many challenges existed ha ha! Beautiful card xx

  30. wow girl... that is one pile it on list!!!!

    I love the monochromatic elegant look girl!

    thanks for playing w/ us at Pile It On!
    -- dalis

  31. Stunning card - love it. Thanks for joining us on Paperplay.

  32. Beautiful card, love that tree and the mono colour scheme is lovely. Well done and thank you for joining us at the Cards for Men Challenge, and good luck. With love and hugs Shirleyx

  33. Black and white cards make such a bold statement! Love this! The tree is wonderful in white. Love the zig zag stitching! Terrific Card!

    Thanks for playing along with the PICK 3 challenge!

  34. WOW! So many challenges here! :) Such a gorgeous card!! Love the colors and that tree image is so pretty!! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something!

  35. Lol it must have taken you all week to find all them challenges! Absolutely love the card and that's an all time favourite stamp of mine. Thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

    Lynda xxx

  36. Beautifukl card, love the black and white

  37. This card is fresh and fabulous!

  38. Gorgeous winter card and pretty embossed textures!! Thanks for joining us at YNS Challenge and hope to see you again for the next ones :o)

  39. Gorgeous card.
    Thank you for joining in the SCSC this week.
    Cathy xx

  40. Gosh, what a lot of followers you have - have just signed up myself. Am not surprised as your work is stunning.

    I love this card - the image is gorgeous and so elegant in black and white.

  41. Fab card - love the black & white!
    Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
    Helen x

  42. Wow how mazing to fit the one card in so many challenges! Beautiful work and thanks for joining us at YNS
    Lana x

  43. WOW Hazel, all those challenges that has to be a record in blogland! :O)

    Gorgeous card very striking with the b/w.

  44. Holy dooley Hazel, that's a LOT of challenges in one card! Well done. Love the b/w pallette, and including the "Resolutions" wording for the Design Dollies too :)

  45. Love the image. Thank you for joining the SFTW challenge this week.

  46. Whoa Hazel, just a FEW challenges then lol!
    Fabulous card, that LO was perfect for this gorgeous stamp.
    Thanks for joining in with Crafty Ann's CB.

  47. hi hazel another gorgeous card....Contact me with your address so i can send out your gift

  48. A lovely card and an amazing number of challenges you've covered. a perfect entry for Tuesday Taggers. Thanks so much for joining us this week,
    x Michelle

  49. Me again...thanks for joining us at the ABC Challenge too!
    Helen x

  50. Fab card and wow!! what an amazing nuber of challenges ... I've never seen so many!! Thanks for joining in this week's PBSC and Happy New year!
    Pauline x

  51. Happy New Year Hazel, I think I am going to visit you before I do my, love, love, what more is there to say...many thanks for playing along at Sophisticats this week. Hugs Avril xxx

  52. I am back Hazel to thank you for joining us at Tuesday Taggers this week, still loving the card....Hugs Avril xxxxx

  53. Fabulous card, Hazel:O) Love the colours and great design. Beautiful job.
    Thank you for joining us at Stampin' for the Weekend, good luck!

  54. This is a stunning card. Thanks for joining in with CACB.
    Jenny x

  55. Beautiful card and love the striking colour scheme. Also WELL DONE on entering so many challenges with one project.

    Many thanks for joining in with "Fab'n'Funky" Challenges this week.


  56. Goodness me Hazel what a lot of challenges this is fabulous loving your creation quite stunning in black and white and I do so love that image of the tree thank you for joining our challenge at Crafty Ann's

    Lorraine x

  57. Wow look at you hitting those challenges and this card is stunning I love the mono tones and the sentiment is great :D
    Thank you for joining us at stampin' for the weekend and good luck.

    X Amy X

  58. OM Goodness what a lot of challenges! Fabulous card love the stitch stamping and that tree is gorgeous x Thanks for joining us at TT this week x Janet

  59. Great take on the layout, love your image papers and wording, all work so well together. Thanks for sharing at BTC&G

  60. Hazel, Aimeslee here from Pick 3 challenge. Love your card. The sewn border just completes it. And, may I say, I think this is Guinness Record territory on number of challenges with one card. winkwink Bravo! :-))) xoxo

  61. What a goregous card, well done with fitting it in the challenges you must have a lot of patience to find them all!

    Take care

    Sal x

  62. Great card, and so many challenges.... that must be a record. Love the black and white.
    Thanks for playing along at CCC.
    Sam x


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