Monday, 13 December 2010

First and Last

We're having very special challenge at Crafty Cardmakers for the next 4 weeks and its something a little bit different and a lot of fun!  We've also managed to pursuade the sponsors or their representative to join in the fun :)

We'd like to see your LATEST OR GREATEST creation so anything you like or a particular favourite AND here's the important bit, we'd also like to see your FIRST or the OLDEST one you have a photo of!  I can see you cringing and thinking oooooh nooooo mine's really baaaad!  Don't worry, we ALL started somewhere and I hope you can see from the samples that everybody was new once and with a bit of practice you can get better and you'll also see how much you've already got better by digging out your first efforts!
The Rules:

You can enter up to 3 times but each must contain a picture of one of your first designs and must be different techniques or items e.g. first card, first stamped card, first scrapbook page, first tag etc.  They must also be separate posts.

You can enter your latest creations or your favourites previously published alongside your old design.  You can enter in as many other challenges as you wish but many challenges do not accept older creations so just be mindful of that.

Please link back to this blog and mention Crafty Cardmakers in your post.

The challenge runs for 4 weeks from 13th Dec and closes at 9am GMT on Monday 10th January

We are very proud to be sponsored by a number of very kind stores for this challenge with lots of winners for this one and the prizes on offer are...

£10 voucher from Joanna Sheen

£10 voucher from The Stampman

$10 voucher for Stitchy Bear Stamps

Pack of 5 promarkers from Letraset

£10 voucher for Crafts & Me

£10 worth of stamps of your choice from Stamping all day

Right then, now to show you my first and last!

This was one of the first cards I made back in November 2007.  I got the idea from a card  made with Cricut machine and just cut this out by hand as I don't own one.  As you can see even back then I was keen on White Cards.

And this is my latest card. It is a Christmas card for a friend who really inpires me.  The main stamp is by Stampsmith and I've kept to beige and browns.
I resisted making cards for ages but eventually was persuaded to start by my late and much missed Mum who made her own cards and suggested it might be a cheaper to make my own rather than buy Christmas cards! Oh Mum, what did you start, LOL. I quickly joined a group run by the fabulous Vix who encouraged me to explore rubber stamping. Now I feel I haven't made a proper card unless there is a bit of ink on it somewhere. I LOVE rubber stamps. As for style I seem to make both the cute type and arty (and everything else in between, but have to admit to being pretty useless with digital images apart from print. I have started to enter a few more challenges this year and had some success. I was particularly proud of having cards chosen by Play Date Cafe and Gingersnap recently. This is the only DT I am currently on but hopefully when I am more organised in the New Year I shall look into joining a couple more.


Terry said...

As scary as this sounds, it might be fun! I am not sure if I have the courage to show some of my first. One comes to mind that I created for Valentine's Day and at the time I thought it was pretty good! Too funny!

Melly said...

Hee we're all the same!
It has been really fun showing off our wee oldies and seeing how far we've come!
Hugs Melly xxx

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jack, these are both gorgeous. love fab the tree and the beautiful image on you latest, my first efforts were shocking.

donna x

Josephine said...

Both lovely and so very different! That first one looks so complicated and the second is just beautifully elegant.

Lin said...

Jack, I think your first card is amazing, especially considering your cut it all by hand! I love your most recent creation. You have a lovely unique style that speaks volumes.

If I don't get back before have a great Christmas teamie!!



weewiccababe said...

Hi Jack
thanks for the lovely comment you left me (think I'll pass, re the peel-offs lol)
I love both your cards, that early one is really ambitious and it looks like you pulled it off too

Wishcraft said...

Oh wow Jack, I'm so impressed that your first one was hand cut - I think it's fab! Love your latest one too, so elegant o) Lisa x

Made by Mandy said...

oooh, I love your 1st card. It is cool 3d things like that I love to do the most. They are far, far better than any shop bought cards.

Your latest card is beautiful, it has such an elegant feel to it. What a smashing legacy for your Mum to leave you when she encouraged you to craft. I am sure it is something you will always be grateful for.

I wish you a wonderful Christmas and will catch you in the New Year.

Lots of love and best wishes

Mandy xxx

Anonymous said...

Wow! I couldn't make a tree like that for toffees! For some Lindor choc, maybe I could! Love your stampsmith card, it's beautiful! Is it for me?! Lol!
Got me 'sining' now! "We 3 beatles from Liverpool are...."
Alison xx

mueppi said...

Both are just gorgeous Jack!
Hugs from germany Gisela

stampdiva said...

Jack I need to say thanks to your Mum (even though she is no longer with you) if not for your Mum you would not have started cardmaking and not have joined KCUK where I got to meet you especially in the Deco swap we shared.
You have come so far and I proudly have Serena on display. You inspire me my friend. Lynne x

Shar said...

Love your latest card! So beautiful! Your tree is outstanding!

Fluffles said...

Clever you with that 3d card - a very advanced beginner you must have been! Love your latest card too & thanks for the cheeky comment about rotating cards, gave me a giggle! Jx