Monday, October 22, 2012

Something new for ABC Challenges

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Hello friends - Happy Monday (if there is such a thing - hahaha)! So happy to announce today that this is my first card to share with you as a member of the brand spankin' new challenge called ABC Challenges. The ABC stands for All Beautiful Cards. I'm so delighted to be part of this challenge launch and am looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations and visiting your blogs. In honor of our first challenge our delightful blog leader and challenger owner Patty Gorka has decided to use the theme "New to You". That means we want to see you make a card using something that is either new to you (this can be something you've had for a while but never used - or it can be something that is brand new to you) and/or try a new technique that you've not done before. How fun is that??? I think it's very fun and here is what I came up with to inspire you:
My card today uses the following "new" things:
1) a NEW technique called bargello (see more info below)
2) a NEW stamp called Frightening Feline
3) an retired ribbon that I ordered and never used til now (and a NEW way of tying the bow -new for me that is).
Here's a close up of the words on the cat:
Not sure if the photos show this very well but I embossed the cat in black.  I was worried that the works might not stay clear with the embossing process but it seems to have worked out just wonderfully (other than where my fat thumb bumped the top of the left ear).

I had a lot of fun creating this card to share with you today.  The background is made from strips of patterned paper (1/4" each) put together in a technique called Bargello.  I learned this technique by following Mynette's fabulous instructions on the Technique Tuesday blog.  It's really quite easy - and I'm quite pleased with how my first attempt turned out.  What a super fun way to make you own paper!  To get the instructions pop on into the Technique Tuesday blog site and then make your own creation to share there.   

I'm a big fan of combining challenges when I can.  I find that it give me an extra level of challenge fun and inspiration as I'm deciding what to make.  At ABC Challenges we allow you to combine up to 10 challenges in total.  I used a couple more challenges for today's card in addition to the ABC Challenge.  I took my color inspiration from the Dynamic Duos Challenge #25 - Orange and Black.
I took further inspiration in terms of my theme for Divas By Design Challenge #57 -"Something Spooky" and Halloween at Sweet Stampin' Challenges.

Please pop on over to the  ABC Challenges blog and visit us.  We have a fabulous design team who have created some terrific cards for your inspiration to jump start this new challenge.  We would really love your support and can't wait to see what you create!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me today. Til next time... Hugs and Happy Crafting!

Supplies (all from Stampin Up!): Cardstock - Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black.  DSP - Howlstooth and Scaringbone.  Stamp - Frightening Feline. Ribbon (retired - black lace). Other - Versamark in and black embossing powder. 


  1. I really like the background technique you used for this! I'm going to check that out. Your embossed cat is so cute too!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I have a card in mind I could make for the challenge. :) That cat is amazing! The Bargello technique looks great: I also practiced it once but couldn't get the lines straight, will give it another go. :)

  3. I've never tried the Bargello technique myself, but the end result looks so impressive and I'm considering to have a go at it soon. LOVE the cat image and the black ribbon is a nice detail. Sweet!!

  4. Daniele, I love your card... that SU cat image is a favorite of mine.

  5. Fun Halloween card, love the cat! Thanks for playing with us at Dynamic Duos!

  6. The cat is gorgeous and love the papers and layout. Thank you for sharing this with us at Diva's by Design.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  7. You clever girl! What an amazing use of the bargello technique--and an amazing combination of the challenges! :) Hope to join in with the ABC challenges--looks so much fun! Thanks for joining us at Technique Tuesday--I LOVE seeing your entries! HUGS and happy stamping! ;)

  8. I love this little cat stamp sooooo much, but as we don't celebrate Halloween that much in the UK, certainly not in a card-sending way, I don't think I would ever get to use him :( You have certainly used him brilliantly, with the bargello background and that gorgeous bow.
    So many challenges too - you are a very talented lady Danielle!

    Louise xx

  9. Hi Danielle, my what a lovely card! The image is fabulous and love your paper technique. Great bow as well!!

    Thanks for joining in with us this week at Sweet Stampin.


  10. Wow, love that stamp! What a fab card!
    Thank you for joining the spooky fun at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

  11. Fun design, love the cat and the bow. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos.

  12. Hi Danielle, thank you so much for joining this months technique at Mynnette's Technique Tuesday Challenge Blog. We really appreciate that you have taken the time to join in and hope to see you again next month.
    Fantastic use of this months technique, the colour combination is brilliant! Thank you for the heads up of the new challenge, I'll check it out hugs Karen, TT Crew

  13. This is so sweet and fun, love the style and image. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week and good luck xxx

  14. This is so cute! Love how you made the window! And I love your spooky cat stamp! :) Thank you for joining us at Technique Tuesday!

  15. Wow Danielle; this card is amazing! I love the papers and colour scheme. Your bow is fabulous. Everything just goes so well together. Terrific job on the technique this month. Thank you for joining us at Technique Tuesday this month and good luck in the challenge! We hope you will be back for the next challenge.
    Hugs, Tracey [DT]
    (I'm sorry I am commenting so late but I have been sick)

  16. Congratulations on the new blog challenge. Your card is fantastic. I love your colors, your bargello and that cat stamp! Thanks for joining us for Mynnette's Technique Tuesday challenge!


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