Sunday, 8 January 2012

I had a fun time with this card

When I saw yesterday's challenge on Sugar creek 'let's save some trees' I thought  'NO WAY!' - they were asking us to re-purpose paper towels, toilet paper or coffee filters! Well, I don't have coffee filters, so I was left with the choice of kitchen paper towel or toilet paper. I remembered that mum had some fancy Christmas toilet paper given to her, so I thought perhaps I could get some from her, but she might well have used it up by now.

Anyway, I put the challenge to the back of my mind, thinking it was one I wouldn't be taking part in. However, I'm still quite unwell with this chest infection (a bit better, thank goodness), so I was unable to go out to church this morning. I was miffed about that, but the bonus was that I was here to watch Barbara Gray of Clarity stamps on Create & Craft. One of the things she did today was to scrunch up tissue, distress it and sandwich it between acetate with a coloured-in stamped image. This gave me the idea of use some already-embossed kitchen towel paper, which I swiped with victorian velvet and then dusty concord and chipped sapphire DIs:

Having done this I found a piece of acetate that I've had for ages and ages - it already had silver foiled flowers on it, so I just coloured them with copic V09. I then stamped the Clarity stamp lady with Stazon ultramarine (having had a try first with some versafine that didn't stay put) and very lightly coloured with copic V04 - this was done on the 'wrong side' so there could be no smearing. I then ran this through my Xyron (I'm so glad I have this for tasks like this) and matted on to an offcut piece of lilac paper which has a slightly distressed look to it. This was then mounted on to a piece of 'oil on water' card that looks pink in some light and more purple in another. A couple of brads were added at two corners - so this is also for Paper pretties 187: use brads or eyelets, and Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 89: use brads of eyelets.

Then came the learning curve! I didn't want to just put the kitchen paper straight on to card because I'm sure it would have become tatty very quickly so I ran a piece of acetate through the Xyron and stuck the kitchen paper to it. Meanwhile, I backed an 8 x 8 card with some of the 'oil on water' card (I had gutted the inside of this because I only had one piece).

Then on to the final step - ah! this is where the learning curve really kicked in! I ran the acetate through the Xyron so that the kitchen paper towel side got sticky - laid it on the card only to find that, because the kitchen towel is 2-play, the bottom part stuck the card but started to come away from the top piece - I managed to rescue this by gently using my trusty ATG glue tape gun.

So, here it is - a large 8 x 8 card:

As well as the challenge on Sugar Creek, I'm linking this for these challenges that ask for something old and/or something new - the old being the supplies I used and the new being the new technique of using kitchen paper towel:

Crafts by Carolyn forum TTC12-01: something old, something new
Corrosive 140: ring in the new year
Order of the opus gluei 121: out with the old and in with the new (house button is very old, stamp is new)
Stamps R us: anything goes
Digistamps4joy 34: anything (something old, something new) goes
Freshly brewed January: use something new (technique)
My mum's craft shop 38: something new (technique)
Simon says: new something
Cute card Thursday 198: what's new (technique)
Fairytale 32: something new (technique)
Crazy4challenges 118: new year - new technique
Di's digis: it's all new (technique)
Our daily bread 91: in with the new, out with the old
Crafty calendar January: new news (technique)
St Luke's January: new year, new start - give new lease of life to something (piece of kitchen paper towel)

Also for:

Sparkles forum 27: anything but a Christmas card
Getting cricky simply Sunday challenge: it's a celebration
Alota 74: A, B or C - B birthday, C celebration
Kaboodle 100: let's celebrate
Critter 96: celebrations
Tuesday throwdown 79: shiny new year - something shiny
Craft your passion 91: anything goes + distressing
Let's craft and create 35: anything goes
House of gilli 23: anything goes
Heart song 29: anything goes
The pink elephant 129: anything goes
Cupcake craftroom January: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Blog a doodle: anything goes
The paper shelter 45: anything goes
Bizzy Becs January: anything goes
Art impressions 46: anything goes
CES 67: anything goes
Dream valley 23: anything goes
Gingerloft 31: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 40
Make my Monday 71


  1. Stunning background and card Hazel.
    Chris x

  2. Fab card great background. Thanks for joining us at Papertake weekly.
    Angie x

  3. Love the background Hazel.Thanks for sharing with us at Craft your Passion this

  4. Wow this card is fantastic and the background is a good idea.
    Thank for joining with us at Satmp-N-doodle this week.
    Good luck and get well soon.

  5. Awesome technique, Hazel. Your card turned out excellent. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion Challenges this week.
    Cathy Lee

  6. Love the technique, the stamp is beautiful. Thanks for sharing at CYP! Shelley

  7. beautiful card love how your BG turned out on the paper towel

  8. Well I'd have never have thought to use a piece of kitchen towel in my finished card!! Great effect and totally gripped by the process too :)
    Thanks again for another entry at St Luke's.
    Jenny x

  9. If you did this when you were feeling not so hot, I can only imagine what you can do when you are 100%. This turned out beautifully and the paper towel makes an awesome background. The pattern on it goes so well with the vintage image too. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

  10. Wow! I like that one Hazel. Very clever!

  11. great background Hazel thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

  12. Hazel, hope you are feeling much better soon. Your card is so full of creativity...I would have never thought that your bg was a paper towel. Thanks for sharing your technique in such detail and for taking our challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow, beautiful card.

    Patti SCH/DT

  13. Hello HAZEL
    hugs Sylvie

  14. 8x8" Wow! Big card!! Love the background you created. Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week!!

  15. Such a beautiful card.. Thanks for sharing it with us at TPS.. Good luck with the Challenge. hugs, Linda

  16. Brilliant Hazel - all that hard work certainly paid off! Di xx

  17. What a lot of work you put into that card, and great outcome. Thank you for joining in with us at Dream Valley and have a good week. Hugs x

  18. Gorgeous card with such a stylish image, great technique! Thanks for joining us at Di's Digi Designs Challenge! Shelly

  19. Very cool technique, i can't say i have seen it before!! Thanks for joining us for the Simply Sunday Challenge.
    Getting Cricky Jr. DTM

  20. What a stunning idea! I love your card! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

  21. This is great! i'm so pleased I saw it on MIM.
    I have some blog candy here.
    xx Jan

  22. What a clever technique - and this is from when you were feeling challenged? Good grief, look at world when you are feeling better! By the way, I hope you feel well very soon!

    This card is so cool, that texture adds such a great element to this card and you get a real fashion feel. Very classy and elegant, thank you for sharing an inspiring piece with us at Opus Gluei!

  23. LOL, who would think a paper towel could look like this? This is truly inspired, it came out beautifully. Love the texture and color of it, it's brilliant. Hope you are feeling much better soon.

    Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge Blog this week.

  24. Fantastic technique. Feel better. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox & Friends.

  25. Your card is lovely! Thank you for playing along with ODBD Shining the Light challenge.

  26. This is unbelievable. I can't believe that the background is a paper towel. This is a gorgeous card. You did a great job on it.
    Thanks for sharing with us in the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge.

    Getting Cricky Jr DTM

  27. Very cool! I love the background. Thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday!


  28. Great card!

    Thank you for joining us at Sparkles for our “Anything but a Christmas card” Challenge

    Hope you will join us again soon, good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

  29. Another fantastic card Hazel. Thank you for joining us at Bizzy Becs
    Hugs Jackie

  30. Hazel,
    What a process! I'm worn out just reading it and in awe all at the same time. REALLY, really unique and wonderful card you've created here. Thanks for sharing your tips on the learning curve with us! :)

    Wonderful entry for us at MIM.
    Best of luck
    Lisa xx

  31. so beautiful!
    Many thanks for joining in our first Cute Card Challenge of 2012!
    Happy crafting, Debxx

  32. Great Card, love the technique! Thanks for playing along with us for the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge!
    Miranda :)
    Getting Cricky JRDT

  33. Nice technique. Thanks for joining us for challenge #140 at the Corrosive Challenge.

  34. I LOVE your creation! Thanks for joining us at our Digistamps 4 Joy Something old, Something new - Anything Goes" challenge.
    Jen Leeflang
    DS4J DT Lead

  35. Can I just say WOW!!!! This is an awesome technique and I can't wait to try it. Thanks for playing along with us at Speedy Fox Friends this week. Hope to see you again next week. Check out the challenges with Friends of SpeedyTV for more fun here at Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

  36. WOW!!! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for playing along in the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge!!!

    Getting Cricky JrDT

  37. Very neat idea. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Getting Cricky Sunday Challenge.

    Cheri - Getting Cricky JrDT

  38. Beautiful!!! Thanks for joining Art Impressions Challenge!!

  39. Holy challenges, Hazel! This is awesome! I love the image! I am in awe of those that can find so many challenges for one card! Wheww!
    Thank you for joining in at the Opus Gluei and sharing your talent with us!

  40. I would never have guessed that it was a kitchen towel! I do like the colours you've used and the technique looks like fun! Thanks for playing along with St Luke's Charity Card Challenge!

  41. so glad you did join us as your card is wonderful, thanks for sharing it with us at Sugar Creek Hollow

  42. What an awesome technique! And who knew an inked up paper towel could create such a fabulous background. Thanks for joining us at the month long "Something New" challenge at the Fresh Brewed Blog.


  43. fabby creation..thanks for joining us at DVC and good luck..hugs Debs x

  44. Another gorgeous make, Hazel! Thanks for playing along with us at CES Challenges this week, Juliexx

  45. Stunning card! Thanks for joining in Di's DigiDesigns Challenge.

  46. Lovely card! Thank you for joining our month long prize challenge at

    Hugs and Smiles,


  47. What a fun chic card! Thanks for joining in the fun at the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge
    Heather Getting Cricky Jr DT

  48. Great idea using kitchen roll Hazel...lovely card..thank you for your continued support over at St Lukes


  49. Well if I hadn't read your explanation I would NEVER have guessed that lovely backing was a sheet of humble kitchen paper.
    What a great technique.
    Thanks again
    St Luke's Charity Cards Challenge Founder

  50. Hi Hazel,
    What a fab technique! Will be giving this a go for sure.
    Your card is gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar this month again!!

    Hope your having a lovely weekend!

    Lynne x x

  51. I love your new technique Hazel and what a gorgeous card too! Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Calendar this month. Good luck!


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