Monday, 8 June 2009

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK


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This week we are featuring the Ribbon Border as designed by Claire Brennan, one of our sponsors this week. You can create a card of any shape or size but your image must be enclosed by the Ribbon Border frame - that is it, the criteria for the Challenge this week.



Claire's brief instructions on how to create Ribbon Border




First of all create 4 slots in your card allowing sufficient space around your stamped or design image for your ribbon border. I did this using the Making Memories Ribbon Slot tool as this was just the right size to allow two thicknesses of ribbon to be threaded through. These slots are positioned diagonally across the corners. Take a piece of ribbon slightly longer than the distance between two slots and tie a knot in the middle, pulling tight. then slip the ends through the slots. Check the front to make sure the knot lay midway between the two slots before sticking the ends of the ribbon down. So simple. Here is a photo of the reverse to show you how it is constructed.
As an alternative to the Ribbon Slot Punch tool you could use a craft knife, but instead of just cutting a slit - actually cut out a skinny rectangle, the ribbon will need a little room. To find out what length to cut your skinny rectangle, look at your ribbon. Take a ruler and measure across the width of your ribbon at a 45 degree angle. Cut your skinny rectangle just short of this measurement so that the ribbon fills it nicely.


Design Team Creations


Our newly formed Design Team members have really done us proud this week with their stunning creations - so take a look below to see their interpretation of the Challenge this week and hopefully give you some inspiration. A special thank you to Fern, who is our first Weekly Guest Designer, she has made us a very beautiful card. If you click on the cards themselves they will open up in a new window so you can get a real close up of the detail. If you click on the Designer's name directly above the photographs you will go to their own blogs where there will be more detail on their work with additional photographs.


Abby

Ann

Beth


Dawn

Debbie

Fern (Guest Designer of the Week)

Mindy

True

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Please post your links and comments below


Closing date for entries to be in for the prize draw is Sunday 14th June 6pm UK time, but of course you can keep your entries coming in after that time to share with everyone if you wish to. The tutorial on how to post a link is under Hints and Tips - Enjoy!!

87 comments:

  1. WOW! Those cards are stunning - well done DT! Can't wait to have a go too. xx

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  2. Gorgeous DT cards - you are setting an incredibly high standard Ladies. The ribbon technique looks great - such a simple technique with stunning results.

    Beccy x

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  3. The DT cards are simply stunning!!! I'm going to spend ages now looking over all the wee details!!!

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  4. Another great challenge and stunning creations done by the DT!

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  5. What absolutely beautiful cards. Thanks for the challenge

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  6. These cards are just beautiful, the ribbon borders are fantastic, can't wait to get cracking on this challenge.

    Huggles
    Michelle
    xxx

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  7. Stunning examples and great tutorial - it looks like a technique that will be easy and yet very effective. Can't wait to try it. thanks for sharing.
    Ann xxx

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  8. Fun! I hope no one minds that I altered the tutorial directions a bit. Made a larger card, so did my frame with 8 slits instead of 4.
    Here’s my entry
    Eileen in NYC

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  9. What beautiful creations from the DT and really easy tutorial photos to follow too.

    here's my card

    Victoria
    x

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  10. This is a great challenge! Thankyou for teaching us this technique, it really frames the card nicely. Certainly something I will use time and time again. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for next week.Here's my card

    Thanks for looking

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  11. wow I love this technique fab challenge & gorgeous DT cards they are all stunning.

    Here's my entry

    Helen x

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  12. Wow, the DT are a super talented bunch, just ordered a slot punch so will try & play along.

    Hugs

    Sarah

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  13. Another great challenge ! Really like this ribbon frame!!

    Here is my card :)

    Thanks for looking,
    Cheryl

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  14. What beautiful cards and such a clever idea.

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  15. Gorgeous Cards and great idea.
    here's my entry

    Thank You,
    Virginia

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  16. Here is my card for this weeks challenge. Great blog, love the freebies, love the tutorial, love everything!


    Liz x

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  17. So glad I found your blog. I love the ribbon frame, my first attempt is slightly off line, but I will be trying again! You can find my card HERE

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  18. wow!! these are all so lovely and stunning... what a lovely, quick and easy technique, thanks for sharing...

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  19. Love the technique and will be using it again.

    Please check out my entry

    here's my entry

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  20. Great cards love the tutorial and I have made my card.

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  21. Excellent challenge again, and something else I have never tried. Brilliant DT cards. My effort is here
    Pinky

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  22. nice idea.... here is mine.... Hugs Finja

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  23. Nice idea, super DT Cards.
    Here is my entry.
    my card
    LG
    Kerstin

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  24. stunning cards again - i've done mine and you'll find it here

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  26. sorry for some reason my link didnt work gonna try again now.

    hopefully you will find mine Here

    Beccy x

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  27. What a fantastic idea with ribbon, loved this one too.
    here’s my entry

    Huggles
    Michelle
    xxxx

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  28. What a fun challenge love the DT cards. You can find mt entry here

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  29. WOWZER your cards are all so FABULOUS!!
    Here’s my card.

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  30. Wahoo! I did it and it wasn't painful at all - well just a little bit since my 'tucks' were near the edge of my cardstock so I had to creatively hide the ends. Cat’s Creation

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  31. Another fab challenge and gorgeous DT cards. Not sure if my card will qualify ... again lol! But it can be seen here.

    Thanks for looking
    Jillix

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  32. What a cute and easy idea, I love it
    here's my card

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  35. oh wow I so enjoyed doing this challenge. Brilliant tutorial and what a great effect the ribbon frame makes - I will certainly be doing this again and again.
    HERE IS MY CARD
    I'm doing another version today. Thanks so much.
    Ann xxx

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  36. Great cards from the DT and tutorial from Clare, many thanks.here is my entry

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  37. Stunning DT cards and a fabulous challange,loved it!!! Here is my card
    Hugs xx

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  38. Love the use of ribbon in this technique. Here's my card

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  39. Love this tutorial from Claire. I don't have any embossing tools so I made my border on the computer!

    [url=http://butlersabroad.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/two-of-a-kind] My card [/url]

    Brenda

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  40. Can't figure out how to make the linky thing work so I wrote it out in html which blogger doesn't seem to like!! What's the trick ladies please!!??

    Brenda

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  41. Wow the DT cards are fabulous.

    Here is my card!


    Hugs xx
    Pat

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  43. The DT creations are so beautiful! Claire did an excellent job showing us how to do this!
    It was a real challenge for me, not sure I'm happy with the result, but it was fun trying something new!
    ... Joyful Stamper: A Ribbon Frame!
    Thanks for taking the time to look!
    Blessings, Maria

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  44. Great challenge. Mine is here. Thanks for looking.

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  45. Love love love these frames - I can't stop trying them out.
    HERE IS MY SECOND CARD

    Ann xxx

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  46. More great content in issue 2 and an interesting tutorial. My card can be found here

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  47. These ribbon frames are great - will be used again and again. Loving The Next Level.
    Here’s my entry

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  48. Wonderful DT cards!
    Here is mine:

    http://pienikorttitehdas.blogspot.com/2009/06/next-level-challenge-ribbon-border.html


    Hugs, Hipsu

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  49. What a great challenge, and so easy. Why hasn't it been thought of before. . .?
    Here is my entry: http://handmadebyteri.blogspot.com
    Great stuff!!

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  50. I enjoyed doing this challenge, a lot better than I thought. I'm pleased with my card. Thank you for showing this great tip. Kathleen x.

    Hope you get this link ok.
    Here’s my entry

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  51. Sorry the above one failed so I typed out the address here:-
    hppt.aperfectcreation.blogspot.com/2009/06/next-level-challenge-2.html

    Kathleen.

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  52. Love the tutorial! And wonderful inspiration :) HERE is my take on the project!

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  53. Wonderful challenge and wonderful samples by the DT. I love that you require us to learn a new technique in order to enter. Thanks for such a fun challenge.

    Here’s my entry

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  54. A new and interesting technique - I attempted it...my card is not fantastic but I appreciated learning something new.

    Here is my card.

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  55. Great challenge and fabulous samples by the DT.
    Here's my card for this week.

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  56. Wow! Another fabulous challenge and awesome work by the design team. Thankyou Claire for the brilliant tutorial.
    Here's my card

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  57. Wonderful and simple tutorial. The DT-work is absolutely great. Thanks a lot!

    Here is my entry

    LG Kerstin

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  58. What an interesting technique, thank you for the tutorial!

    Here is my entry

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  59. Lots of incredible talent here. Thanks, Claire for the neat technique and clear instructions, and above all for being willing to share your talent(that's very special).My card is very simple, but I already have some other cards in mind using your technique.
    Love the site, looking forward to the next challenge.
    Here's my card
    Thanks,
    Beverly Gotthardt

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  60. This is a fun and interesting new challenge blog, thank you! =)
    Here’s my entry!
    Hugs, SannaS

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  61. Great challenge and some fab examles by the DT

    Here is my entry

    Maz

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  62. Great tutorial. I love the idea of showing us hoe, and then letting us have a go!
    My card is here
    Chrissie

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  63. Great technique! I love these kind of challenges!
    Here's my card for this week

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  64. What a wonderful technique...I just had to have a go. Thanks for the tuorial. Here is my entry

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  65. I seem to have made a slight boo boo with my linking.... hope fully I'll get the right card this time!My card is here
    Chrissie

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  66. thanks for the ideas - this is my effort for this week

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  67. Hi, what a wonderful challenge.
    Here is my entry .

    gabrimo

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  68. Thank you for another wonderful tutorial and challenge.

    My creation should be
    HERE

    Love Jules xx

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  69. Great tutorial, enjoyed the challenge. Here's my card
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  71. I'll try again! I posted my card and forgot to link it! Never mind, I'll link anyway even though I'm too late. Its here

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  72. This was nice challenge! It is always nice to try something new. Here is my Baby-bear

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  73. Oh darn! I missed the deadline:( Oh well, I really enjoyed this weeks tutorial- super easy and a great look! You guys are doing an awesome job!!

    my entry

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  74. This was a great challenge. Thank you very much. Here is my entry.

    Here is my entry

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  75. Ah i just read the dead line for the entry and i missed it by 6 hours - im so stupid lol
    anyway heres my card
    here's my entry
    love tasha

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  76. I liked this technique so much I used on the inside of my card too (a modified version).

    Here is my entry

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