Thursday, March 7, 2013

Doing the Dash for May Arts...

I always seem to like to challenge myself to the almost impossible when I start my 10 Minute Craft Dash!
This week I managed to JUST squeak in at 9 minutes 55 seconds - I had a last second panic because I had forgotten to stamp my sentiment, so I risked stamping after it was all assembled, luckily it paid off with 5 seconds to spare!  I need to be super, super organised before I start my timer - a clear picture in my mind of what my card will look like (or at the very least a sketch), the papers, cardstock & extras close at hand, my craft space tidy, all the tools I know (or think) I'll need handy.  I usually set up my Cuttlebug on the floor next to me so it doesn't take up valuable real estate on the table LOL.  First thing I do is cut all my cardstock and patterned paper to size and create my card base.  This week my scalloped circle was created using a punch - a much more time effective option than the Cuttlebug, but you are restricted by its size.  To save time, and because I knew I only needed part of my grass die-cut, I did not roll the last inch or so of my diecut through the machine - this meant it was MUCH easier to remove the die-cut grass from the die.  I glue penned my tree foliage to my kraft cardstock before I die-cut the tree trunk, so it was perfectly aligned and adhered with only one die-cut cut needed.  I knew I wanted the tree trunk longer than the die cut, so I just elongated my tree trunk cut out using scissors.  Perfect for playing along at Emphasise the Negative Challenge at Moxie Fab World too.  I stamped my deer onto a spare piece of the woodgrain patterned paper before fussy cutting.  The whole time I was cutting I was thinking - it would have been much faster to stamp this little guy onto the kraft cardstock, but once I had those scissors in my hand there was no stopping me!  A glue pen is super handy & super quick for sticking down all those fiddly bits in a hurry, and as always I peel the backing from my foam tape roll before I cut to it size to pop-dot my card.

Hope this weeks 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge inspires you to give it a try, 
especially with a FAB ribbon pack from May Arts up for grabs!

Playing along with this weeks Simon Says Stamp A Bit 'o Green Challenge too.


  1. This card is so adorable, Lyndal. I am totally loving that die cut tree and the grass! You squeaked by on this one, but it totally paid off!

  2. This card is really cute. I love the color combo.

  3. That tree is just fantastic Lyndal, I am always is awe of people who can fussy cut!

  4. This is so sweet! I love it!

  5. Fabulous Lyndal, very ambitious to be die cutting in this challenge lol, glad to hear that you made it though.

  6. Lyndal: This is SO adorable. You are super creative, and I really enjoyed looking through your blog. This card would be so perfect for our challenge this month at V's Sweet Ideas (masculine theme). I hope you will consider sharing it with us, it would be great!
    Have a blessed week and please stop by to check us out here:

  7. Cute, that deer is so sweet.. thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  8. Hey Lyndal! Thanks for linking this up to the Emphasize the Negative Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)


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