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Oct 25, 2010

DTC #82 - use a non-craft item

Hi everyone and happy tuesday!

We have a super exciting challenge for you this week at Digital Tuesday. Sandy is our hostess and she wanted us to think outside the box this week and

use something in our creations that is not usually used for crafting.

How's that for a challenge! I hope you will all join because I'd love to see everyone's ideas!

I ended up making two cards for this challenge both using different non-craft items.

First I am showing you the card made with a super cute image from our sponsor of this week, Doodle Pantry. It's from the set called Holiday Sheep.

It's been printed on couture 80lb card stock which I got from I heart papers. Then I colored the "skin" with a copic marker. The ornaments were colored with derwent coloursoft pencils and blended with baby oil.

For my non-craft-item on this card I thought it would be fun to use some cotton from a cotton ball for the sheep's wool. I applied two-way glue to it and then just stuck bits of a cotton ball to it. I tore most of the cotton ball off just left a thin layer on the sheep. It was really soft and fuzzy. Somehow I couldn't help myself but add stickles to the fur so now it isn't fuzzy and soft anymore :-( but it still does have a nice textured feel to it.

My Designer Papers and colored card stock are from Stampin up. The pretty poinsettia flowers are from a clear stamp set from Penny Black called Christmas Treasures. (Did I mention I was one of the winners of some Penny Black Blog candy that was offered for Word Card Making Day? Not only did I get the beautiful clear stamp set, but 4 additional Rubber Stamps too!! )
I've also used some stampin up ribbon and martha stewart's branch punch. Then sentiment is from stampin up.


Now onto my second card - I actually wanted to use twigs from the garden for this one. But it just didn't work out the way I wanted it to. So while I was drinking my coffee one morning I remembered reading about something being done with coffeefilters.

And that is what I did. The multicolored paper in the background is a coffeefilter.
Here's how I did it:

Step 1: wipe ink pads across a large plastic cutting board (I used old olive, creamy caramel, pumpkin pie)

Step 2: spritz cutting board with some water

Step 3: spread coffee filter out on the cutting board and get it covered with the ink mixture.

Step 4: Lightly crumble up coffee filter to make sure it is covered in colors

Step 5: Flatten out and dry with heating tool. Then cut to shape.

There is a tutorial on how to do it on SCS in the resource section but they used re-inkers on the tutorial. I tried that and the filter came out too dark so I thought I'd try it with just inkpads. I am really happy how it turned out.

After I adhered it to my card front I applied some rub-ons to the paper. Would you believe this was the first time I used rub-ons? (I do think I had something similar to rubons as a child many years ago).
Then I also sponged the edges with some chocolate chip ink.

I've embellished my card with some paper flowers and brads and of course glitter. The sentiment is from our sponsor, Doodle Pantry.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I do hope that you'll join us this week. A fun prize from Doodle Pantry will be up for grabs for one lucky winner!

I also want to remind you that there is still a little time to join in the fun at Penny Black @ All Sorts. The theme is Fall, so if you have any Penny Black stamps be sure to play along. A new challenge will be posted on the first so keep you eyes open for that one too! Several prizes are up for grabs there every month.

Have a great day,
Ellie .


Anneke said...

Hi Ellie,
your card are so beautiful!
Love the sheep
Hugs Anneke

brenda said...

Hi Ellie

Two super cards, but think the first one has to be my favourite. Love the colours and that image is so very cute.

B x

Unknown said...

Wow, gorgeous cards... I was wondering what were your non-crafting items on your cards and just had to check them out.. fantastic ideas!!! Love your coffee filter papers and that cotton wool sheep is ever so cute xxx

L.Wilson said...

Wonderful ideas and beautiful cards! i especially love how you used real cotton on the sheep, that just made him ever so cute!

Maria Matter said...

oh Ellie, these are both beyond fabulous!! I love all you did for this challenge! The sheep is super sweet and the coffee filter backing is brilliant! Very inspirational pieces Ellie...I'm off to find a coffee filter! lol
hugs & blessings!