Hello and welcome to The Daring Cardmakers blog!
We are a team of card-makers from the UK, mainland Europe and India who'll try to inspire and encourage you to make some wonderful cards.
Every Friday at about 10am UK time, one of our design team will post a new dare/challenge, along with our creations to get you inspired.
So go on, give it a try - we dare you!
Leave us a comment with a link to your card so that we can view your lovely creations too!
Hello, it's Sharon here to set this week's challenge. Firstly, thanks to all that joined in with our 'pop of neon' dare, quite a hard one I thought, but you all made it look easy and came up with some fabulous ideas. The winner of the Quirky Kit goodies from last weeks sponsored dare is Anita from http://neetandcrafty.blogspot.co.uk/. Get in touch with Leo at firstname.lastname@example.org so your prize can get sent out to you.
For my dare, I want you to think back to your very first crafty purchases and try and use something
Old but not forgotten
Have a look through your stash and see what you can find - maybe you've still got some of the very first stamp sets you bought, or if you're like me, you've still got papers and embellishments because you hate to throw anything away.
To give you some ideas, here's what the DT have come up with:
Thank you for sharing your colour challenge cards last week! It's Leo back again this week and I've got an extra treat for you! This week the dare is sponsored by Quirky Kits papercrafting kits available from http://www.craftytemplates.co.uk. Each of the Daring Cardmakers team was sent a parcel of goodies to use from the brand new Jan/Feb Quirky Kits and extras. You can read about what's in the new kits from the Quirky Kits page in the Crafty Templates store here. One of the trends included in the current kits is using a little pop of neon colour so the challenge for this week I've set you is to:
Use a pop of neon colour on your card
As a little extra bonus this week there's also a prize! You can win this special kit of Quirky Kit goodies made up just for Daring Cardmakers. There's things in there the design team have been using to make their cards as well as a few extras.
To be in with a chance of winning the kit all you need to do is make a card for this weeks challenge as usual and post your link here. If you can't work the linky feature leave a link in the comments and I'll come find your card that way. The prize is open to all countries. I'll pick a winner from all the entries made from the time the challenge is posted up until 9am on Friday 21st February, just before the next dare is posted up.
Have fun this week! x Leo
Thank you to everyone who had a go at Lythan's Belts and Braces dare last week, those were some really fun cards!
It's Leo here today and as it's the first week of a new month it's the colour challenge and I've picked out this image to take colours from to inspire your cardmaking this week:
Soft grey and warm yellows and oranges. I think these colours say 'February' here in the UK. Mostly grey skies but with little bits of yellows and oranges popping up in the first signs of spring.
I do find these colour challenges great for using up scraps as I'm often going to my box of off cut papers and jar of random embellishments to see what I've got in those colours and making up little kits with what I've found to put together my card with. Do you find that too? Maybe let us know in the comments this week how you use these colour challenges. If you need more inspiration check out the samples the design team have come up with this week: