Hello and welcome to The Daring Cardmakers blog!
We are a team of card-makers from the UK, mainland Europe and India who'll try to inspire and encourage you to make some wonderful cards.
Every Friday at about 10am UK time, one of our design team will post a new dare/challenge, along with our creations to get you inspired.
So go on, give it a try - we dare you!
Leave us a comment with a link to your card so that we can view your lovely creations too!
First of all: a great "thank you" to everyone who let themselves be inspired by Dawn's "room with a view"-challenge. We got to see some very interesting views: wintry, summery, submarine... it was fun!
It's Svenja here and this week I want to try and preserve that summer feeling just a little longer with some mouth-watering fresh & bright colours: use a combo of
raspberry pinkandlime green
on your card! Sounds like a bit of an odd couple to you? Not at all - just look at the Design Team's fab creations:
Its Dawn here with this weeks dare but first of all I would like to thank everyone that took part in Nat's elemental inspiration challenge last week. Such a pretty picture and so many elements to choose from.
For my challenge this week and as I live in the beautiful countryside of Brittany in France I would like to see a window or aperture on your card with a picturesque view. So I have called my challenge:
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
This is the view from my front door.
Here's what the DT made to help inspire you this week
It's the first Friday of a new month, so of course it's time for a brand new elemental inspiration challenge! But first we've some news for you - we are thrilled to announce that Purvi Gadewar has agreed to join us as a permanent member of our Design Team - well with her clever and inspirational style, we couldn't really let her go, could we?
It's Nat here this time and I've picked this lovely photo as a jumping off point - so many different elements you can incorporate in your cards!
You need to focus on 3 separate elements and the colour scheme counts as one element, so here are a few ideas to get you started:
Use lots of different scraps of patterned paper with punches and dies for a background or as bunting and other design elements
Organza/ribbon flowers (a la that cream cushion in the photo)
Layered stamping featuring florals
Embrace a little steampunk or industrial style a la the lamp
Plaid and tartans
Mandala/geometric circle designs like the leather pouf
A little birdie - did you spot him on the light blue rug?
Shabby chic and vintage techniques
Here are some gorgeous card projects from the design team - it's amazing how the same photo can inspire such different looks isn't it? :-D
As always we look forward to seeing your interpretation! Remember to link up your project so we know where to find it.
Thanks for all the doodles that you shared with us - what a creative bunch!
This week I (Lythan) am bringing together two of my crafty loves - card making and crochet in a dare called
I have been involved in (also very far behind) in what is called a CAL - crochet a-long, attempting to make this blanket
I suspect mine won't look quite as good as this but I have enjoyed learning lots of new crochet techniques with all the different patterned squares. So I would like you to be inspired by crochet - maybe by the square
patterns, or using some wool on your card or even a bit of crochet.
Thisweek we are saying goodbye to the lovely Shabneez - it has been so good having you as a Guest Designer and we look forward to seeing more of your creations in due course.
And here is some inspiration from the design team who all have a very different take on the dare this week...
If you've been following our blog for the last few weeks, you'll have 'met' Purvi, one of our Guest Designers - but did you know that a lot of the lovely cards she's been sharing feature Purvi's own, hand-drawn elements? Well, we've been so impressed we thought we'd all have a go, and would like you all to join in too!
Doodle, Doodle, Do!
As Purvi says: "Make your pen your friend...scribble, doodle, draw shapes/patterns, make marks...just go with the flow"
So this week, please follow Purvi's lead and add a drawing or a doodled element to your card this week