Friday 6 May 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge # 18 - Poppies

Welcome to a new Friday challenge at The Stamp Man and the theme of Poppies has been set by the lovely Janet. Where she lives in Skipton, The British Legion are very active and her husband is organising a fund raising concert on the 25th October; he would love to have some poppy cards to sell at the function. So this week we would like to see Poppies on your creations and if you would like to donate your creation to The Concert in Skipton you can post your card to The Stamp Man, that is only an 'if' - you can enter the challenge with any Poppy themed project and will be eligible for the prize and top places whether you send them in or not.

So here is my design. I was also inspired by the red and gold colour challenge at Gingersnap Creations, where last month the overall theme was The Far East.

The supplies list and photo tell most of the story, but I found this great tutorial at Stampin Up, on how to make this poppy embellishment. Simply die cut an appropriate flower shape in thick card. Scrunch it, roll it and twist it until the layers seperate and can then be made to look like the petals of the poppy. Punch a small hole in the middle and fray some black gros-grain ribbon. I cut along the edge of a piece, frayed it out, then rolled it to fit through the hole - then you have created a very life-like poppy. The other and very unusual thing I have used is the very thin strips of red card, that curl when you trim them off. Can you see them round the poppies? I thought they looked quite funky. The bottom and right hand edge of the DP has gilding flakes added to it.

Supplies -
Poppy Stamp - created by Jill (at The Stamp Man) on her 'Framies'.
DIs - victorian velvet, barn door, forest moss, vintage photo.
Paper - unknown
TH stamps - music stamp from festive sounds
Nestabilities - Labels 5
Embossing folder - D'vine swirl
Paper Artsy dies - Grungeflowers 2 and 3
Stickles - diamond
Gilding Flake - variegated red and gold
Cosmic Shimmer Mist - red firefly
Adirondack Paint Dabber - gold
Spray and Sparkle - gold
Sentiment - my own

Go take a look at the Famies at The Stamp Man shop - they fit with the Nesties labels 5 and there are some gorgeous designs. If you click here, you will be taken staright to the page in the shop to see what these are.

I hope you have had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Bloggers Challenge - Nature
Crafts and Me - Swirls (embossing folder)
The Paper Variety - inks, mists or paint.(I've used all 3)