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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 36

First and Last

Good Morning!!  We're having very special challenge over 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 persuade 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 Crafty Cardmakers  and mention them 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

So here are my embarassing efforts!

I thought I would take this challenge back to the FIRST card I made. At least the first one my lovely Mum decided was worthy of saving! Awwww I bet we have all done that I know I have some cringeworthy efforts stored away from my own Daughter. Anyhow this one I believe I was around 5! Good writing for a 5 year old, but I had started school at 4 and a half. Perhaps I was a child genius, lol, who knows. If you are still awake and want to see more of my early efforts scroll to the bottom of the post!

Early Christmas Card (1960s) Front Early Christmas Card (1960s) Inside

Now my first ‘official’ first card, or at least one of the first I made. This one was made in December 2005, and is basically a shaped card with shaped peel offs stuck on and a santa image with a small sentiment. I cannot believe I sent that to someone, lol

Xmas - 002

And my most recent card, which I would also like to enter into a few challenges. Apologies to any DT members who might have had to read this far to see how my card meets their criteria, but hey, it’s Christmas!

First and Last

I have taken a digi image called Birthday Boy from Stitchy Bear Stamps (scroll up for details as they are one of our sponsors for this challenge), and coloured it with prisma pencils, with just a little promarkering for his skin.  I dusted stormy sky DI around the edge of the image. The papers are all Basic Grey from their Blush pad and the sentiment I made myself on the pc. I was gonna make it a christmas themed card with a ‘who gave Grandpa sprouts!!!’ sentiment, or ‘a Grandad is for life, not just for Christmas’ but I didn’t know if everyone would get the joke, so made a birthday card instead.  Buttons from my stash.

I am entering this into the following challenges

Order of the Opus Gluei – Anything Goes

Creative Card Crew – Anything Goes

Stamp Something – December Digi Day

Now for any of you who are still with me, the rest of my early masterpieces. You can just tell what a talented person I was going to turn out, can’t you (NOT!) I was 7 when I made this.

Jan 1965 B'day Card Outside from Me To Mum Aged 7  Jan 1965 B'day Card InsideLeft from Me To Mum Aged 7 Jan 1965 B'day Card InsideRight from Me To Mum Aged 7

I believe I based my exceptionally witty prose on something that might have been in a card sent to me! Cos my Mum actually shrunk as she got older, lol

The next one is a birthday card made when I was 9, oh dear the excuse of age is rapidly disappearing – in fact, don’t know about you, but I actually thing the one I did when I was 7 was better, lol

Jan 1967 B'day Card to Mum from Me Aged 9

and inside

Jan 1965 B'day Card Inside from Me To Mum Aged 7

Two Mother’s Day cards, showing exceptional flair, LMAO clearly in the first one I invented the cut away card as you can see the inside on the outside!

Mother's Day 2 Outside  Mothers Day 2 Inside

IN this final effort I was just again mistress of the prose as the inside reads

Dear Mother whom I dearly love

I wish I were a little dove

A sitting on your window sill

where all is still

My dearest fairest one of whom

I deeply love moon after moon


Mothers Day 1 Outside Mothers Day 1 Inside

Oh dear, I have to confess that when I found these it made me cry, and not cos they are so awful but because my lovely Mum obviously treasured them as she kept them for the best part of 45 years!

And this last one is just because……..

I am not sure how old I was here but my Sister and I left this out for ‘Santa’ one year

Note to Santa Front

and our Dad replied

Note to Santa Back

You can see where I get my artistic talent, and particularly my witty rhymes from now can’t you!!! ………………. LOL, LOL *voice dripping with sarcasm here*

So if I haven’t bored you all rigid by now, PLEASE pop on over and enter our huge Christmas/New Year Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers (rules above), and show us your first efforts. Heaps of prizes on offer ladies, so don’t be shy. I am going to enjoy visiting your blogs and seeing your amazing creations; and Crafty Cardmakers will be back in the New Year!

Happy Christmas everyone, and best wishes for 2011.

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin


  1. This made me smile reading through, I enjoyed it. I think your efforts from your earliest childhoos are pretty darn amazing (and it isn't JUST the exceptionally neat handwriting or the prose). I think it shows a strong lifelong intent of paper arts!

    Your current card also brings a smile, that image and sentiment are PERFECT, really great!

    Thanks for participating with us at Opus Gluei!

  2. Boy oh boy am I impressed with you. Fancy still having cards you made when you were little (good thing mine were all destroyed relatively recently cos my Mum used to do that too!). LOVE your poetry!!!! And as for the latest card, fabulous!
    Have a great Christmas and we WILL get together in the New Year. xx

  3. I love love love this image! And the entire card is just gorgeous! As a matter of fact, all your creations are simply lovely!

    Floppy Latte Designs @ StitchyBear Digital Stamps

  4. Aww lovely to see those early creations! My mum's not the sentimental type, but I know she's got a few of mine... I won't go digging them out though lol! Love your latest one - fab image and papers o) Lisa x

  5. You were busy in years gone by, weren't you? And your mum kept them! (I don't think we ever had supplies to make cards when growing up, but if we had, you can bet they'd be thrown out the following Monday when the dusting was done ...)

    A lovely selection there, all lovely in their own way, and the most recent is really fabulous!

  6. Wow Lin you've been at this cardmaking business for a while! Love the first and the last - great image!
    Jenni x

  7. Bloody Brilliant Mate!!!! love everything, i so love the joke "Who gave grandad Sprouts" i really think EVERYONE would have got that hahahaha love it mate xxxxx love vick xxxxx

  8. I really enjoyed reading this post !! aww ,, how lovely of your Mum to save all those cards :-) I love the first one you made too lol ,,, yup ,, you have come a long way !! :-) Your recent card is fabulous !! :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Stamp Something Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  9. Your earlier cards are amazing. I can see why your mother kept, and treasured them. Your dad's note has me cracking up. I love your most recent card as well. Thanks so much for playing along with us at OPUS GLUEI.

  10. Your first 'official' card is certainly much better than mine and I love your latest.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on mine :o)
    No, that doily isn't punched, it is a shop bought one which I sprayed lightly with Crafters Companion gold, It's the flower and leaves which are punched :o)
    Jackie xx

  11. hi thanks so much for leaving such a lovley comment on my blog and i am so glad to be joining you at crafty cardmakers only started doing challenges this year but so glad i did such fun
    love the grandad card so funny
    and your treasured old cards are so special wish i had some that old. and i can assure you i have sent out many cards worse than your early card just haven't any photos of them what a shame lol
    hope to see you again
    gill x


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