Sunday, 1 January 2012

Pile It On! Challenge - Anything Goes

Happy New Year everybody!

Today sees the start of a brand new challenge over at Pile It On!...where our theme is:

'Anything Goes!'

As this is the first challenge of the month, we are sponsored by our fabulous regular sponsor:

The prize is a $15 voucher to spend in the wonderful Simon Says Stamp store!

We are joined today for the first time by our lovely new DT buddies, and both teams of DT members are playing this week, so there's a bumper crop of inspiration for you over on the Pile It On! blog.

My project is an easel card calendar...I usually make a few of these to give as gifts for the New Year...and for this one I decided to go for a 'non-cute' stamp...using my Hero Arts 'Blooming Meadows' stamp with the watercolour stamping technique. To make sure that my 'papers' matched...I blended the same colours of Distress Inks ('Victorian Velvet', 'Dusty Concord', 'Faded Jeans', 'Chipped Sapphire' & 'Forest Moss') on to white card. I used my Cuttlebug 'Victoria', 'D'Vine Swirls', 'Flower Fantasy' and Craft Concepts 'Budding Vine' folders to emboss, then lightly sanded over the surfaces to reveal some of the white card beneath. I distressed all of the edges a little, added a border punched with my EK Success 'Scalloped Diamonds' punch, and a calendar tab from Hobbycraft.

Here's a view from the front:

Here are the challenges I've piled on:
For lots more inspiration, and to meet the new DT members, please pop over to Pile It On!


Squirrel x said...

Beautiful hun, love the flowers and colours! HNY bud. Hugs Sxx

craftymum said...

Your Easel card is wonderful! Thank you for playing along with us at Hotshot Craft

Hugs Sarah.

p.s. I will be posting some blog candy on my personal blog for all my followers to have a chance to win soon

Anonymous said...

This is Fabulous hunny! love it and YAY!!! so pleased to be on PIO with you too! xx

Kat said...

This is beautiful Helen. Love how all the colours go so well together. Love that HA image.

Best wishes for 2012.

Kat xx

Hanneke said...

Wow, what a lovely gift! Love the colors. Great idea to sand the card a bit so the embossing jumps out more. Hugs, Hanneke

lalkygirl said...

goegeous easel card ,love all the embossing and pretty image
thanks for joining us at digi doodle shops challenges and good luck
tracey x

Tracy said...

Lovely creation! Thanks for joining us at MMCS
Best Wishes
Tracy x

Jennifer Scull said...

this is just so beautiful with those soft colors and embossing! I'm thrilled to be one of the new members of the PIO team!
Happy New Year to you! :)

Vicky said...

Gorgeous the embossing hun and the pretty colours too:o)

Wishing you a happy new year....big hugs Vicky xx

Heather P said...

Hi Helen! I simply LOVE your project- it's like a card and a gift in one! I want to make one now, lol! Your embossing is bbeautiful. Love everything about it! New follower :)
Heather (your PIO DT sister) ;)

Claire said...

This is lovely, fab colours and love the embossing. Hugs, Claire x

Cleota said...

What a cool idea to put a calendar on the stand part of the easel card. Very nice. Thanks for joining us for our anything goes challenge at Little Miss Muffet.

DT Member

Michelle B. said...

Fantastic creations! Your use of techniques are amazing! Thanks for playing with us at Aud Sentiments!

Sandra said...

Hi Helen, Fabulous Easel card and a Calendar one at that its brilliant:) Sandra H

MARY B said...

So Beautiful, Mary x

Little K Smith said...

This is lovely Helen, I love the pretty colours and gorgeous stamp too :)

Krafty Kows said...

Wow what a fab project - lovely colours. Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. challenge this week. Jeanette

Karen Letchworth said...

Thanks for joining us at Wags-n-Whiskers. This calendar project is wonderful. Great job!
karen - design team member

deesdesigns said...

Helen, this is a wonderful keepsake - anyone would love to receive this card! I want to wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and thank you for sharing your creativity with us at Aud Sentiments and our Anything Goes challenge. I hope you'll join us for our next challenge too!

Gunn (Merete) said...

Wow, this is such a georgeus calendar. I love it.
Thanks for joining us at SFTW.

Bea und Doreen said...

beautiful creation - lovely colors
Many thanks for joining us at creative stamp friends this week

Annie said...

Happy New Year! and a beautiful card to share with us - loving the soft colours.
hugs, annie x

Pauline C said...

This is fabulous Helen - I really think I so need this stamp!!
pauline x

debby4000 said...

Love your beautiful, elegant calendar Helen.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Anonymous said...

The colours are so pretty.Some great techniques have been used to make this beautiful calendar.Thanks for joining us at DDSC.Hope to see you again next time :D
Lisa x

Sheena said...

A gorgeous calendar - love all the embossing! Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft, Sheena xx

Paddington fan said...

Fantastic calendar, love that stamp! Thank you for joining us at CRAFT this time and hope you can join us again soon. Happy New Year, love Jacky x

Karen said...

Ooooh Helen, I think this is brilliant, what a great image, must put that on my list, thanks for joining us at DDSC.

Starla B. said...

This is just stunning! What a fabulous calendar, and I love the embossing. Thank you for playing along with us at Digi Doodle Shop!

xx Star

Digi Darla said...

Love emboss style of your card and also the colour combo...

Great job!

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