Monday, 10 December 2012

Challenge 81 Inspired by a Song–Final Challenge for 2012 at Crafty Cardmakers

Evening Everyone,
Our challenge to you at Crafty Cardmakers for the next month is to take inspiration from the song lyrics of  'Time In A Bottle' written and performed by Jim Croce.
The prize this month, which I have provided is pictured on the left. As I told Lin I have been lucky enough to work with some fantastic companies during this last year, both teaching and making samples, so I was more than happy to donate a prize to Crafty Cardmakers' representing those companies ClarityHobbyArtSir StampalotStampcraft and Woodware.
We are also sponsored by MILK COFFEE DIGITAL STAMPS with their usual 5 digi images of the Winners choice.

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
Till Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with

I must confess that I do struggle with my memories at this time of year, since it was when I lost  both my Son and my Dad, so it was great to have something else to focus on.
Like Lin we also saw the sale of the family home after a similar number of years, so I chose Time and Memories of when I was young as the theme for my card.
I have used one of my old Lili of the Valley pre-coloured images cut out using S4-116 standard Circles Small. The Greetings are also from Lili of the Valley.
I gently sponged the edges of the image with Antique Linen and Stormy Sky Distress inks whilst the die was still in place, and then added a stitched line with a fine black micron pen. 
The clock has been die cut from brown card using a Tim Holtz Clock die.
I coloured it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then used a Sanding Block to give it a slightly old and distressed look.
I used a Tim Holtz Texture Fade Embossing Folder of clocks on a piece of background paper from my stash and then sponged Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink onto it.
'Time' was cut using Tim holtz Alterations - Alphabetical.
The brown fabric ribbon is from my stash, now all neatly sorted and colour co-ordinated into drawers lol.
I layered it over some lace and added Card Candi and a clock charm.
I also added some faux stitching around the edge of the card with a pricking tool and fine black pen.
I spritzed the bow with Gimmer Mist and screwed it up before drying it with my heat tool to try and fix in the texture.

I would like to think that this is Me reading to my little Sister in front of a roaring fire at home.
I'm sure that my Mum would probably remind me that it never happened like this, we probably never stopped fighting long enough lol. Still I suppose we can dream.
I hope that you will feel inspired to join us this time, and please don't forget to check out what the rest of the Team have come up with HERE.
The challenge is running until the beginning of January when the whole Team will be voting for the Winners and Top Spots, in fact we may even have a Top Ten if there are enough entries.
I am entering this into the challenge over at Our Creative Corner where they are looking for Fabric (my brown ribbon is made from thick cotton fabric) and stitch either Faux (as in my card) or Real.
Have a great Evening. We have just had a visit from Santa and all of his Elves (the local Rotary Club float comes round every year to visit all of the children at bedtime) so the Grandchildren have gone to bed very excited!!
Hugs Kimx


  1. Oh Kim, lovey, I'm so sorry that this time of year brings such bittersweet memories. It must be so hard when the {commercial} world is gearing up for fun and frolics - but it's good for us all to be reminded that it's not a joyful time for everyone. *hugs*

    What can I say about your card except that it's lovely?! I really like how you've used the clock face as a mat for the LotV image, it's a great idea!

    love Mags B x

  2. Beautiful, Kim. I love that image - they look so cosy like that! The aged look is fabulous too.

  3. Love this card Kim, and I think it expresses perfectly what you were hoping it would.Christmas always makes me think of people I've lost, too.Hope you have a fabulous family time. Jenny B x

  4. Gorgeous card Kim! Love the adorable image, your background is fantastic. The bow and the clock charm are perfect additions to your card. Thanks for playing along with us at OCC this week!

  5. That's a lovely card Kim, i love the colours, the details and the layout :)


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