Sunday 19 August 2012

Trying to make a card in 10 minutes......

That's the name of the game over at the newest challenge on the block - 10 minute craft dash -  The first challenge is breaking us in easy so it's a free for all.  I'm glad it was gentle as it wasn't that easy!  I am TOTALLY a tortoise and not a hare when it comes to card making and very rarely take less than an hour to make a card so I thought it would be good to push myself and give it a go.

However, my first attempt was a total fail - I went over the time limit :(   I used the stop watch on my phone and photographed it with my finished card.

I thought this was simple enough to make in 10 minutes - even with the fussy cutting of, and acetate in the glasses (woodware stamp set) but my choice of navy card for the sentiment didn't work with black text so I flipped the strip of card over and stamped and embossed in white (and I didn't static dust as I was running out of time and this was my second mistake as it then took ages to get the bits off I didn't want!)  1 minute and 4 seconds over the time limit - damn it!

Not one to give up though, I decided to have another bash and this time be even more CAS in my design choice to ensure I got under that time limit.  I turned to a cute cat from Papersmoochest this time and stamped her on kraft cardstock in brown ink and selected a matching scrap  of DP to sit her on.  I added some glossy black to her eyes, nose, mouth and necklace, and some white, green and gold to the eyes and left the rest in kraft.  I stamped the sentiment in black directly on the card but then felt it needed a little something more so cut some thin strips of black card to put at the top and bottom of the DP to ground it a little further.  Yeah-hah - almost 2 minutes under this time (so if you average the two out I made 2 in under 20 minutes so I hope that counts!)

Looking forward to playing along with this one (it's bimonthly) to see if it makes me a faster crafter!


  1. Both of these are great cards! Glad that you didn't get discouraged by going over the first time and gave it another shot!

    Thanks for joining us in the 10 Minute Craft Dash- I hope you'll play along again!

  2. Two great cards Tara and well done for not giving up after your first attempt


  3. I'm like you Tara - all of my cards take aaaages to make, from thinking of the design to putting it together! But these two are fab!

  4. oh hooray! so glad you decided to join us! it's TOTALLY okay you went over for the first card, i don't mind one bit! i think those glasses are worth it :D and i seriously can't believe you did white embossing! :D

    and your kitty card! fabulous :D super cute stamp... we're so glad you joined us for the 10 Minute Craft Dash--we hope you'll play again! :D


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