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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Whiff Of Joy Challenge DT - #85 Door Hanger

complete door hanger

close-ups of individual panels 



close-up showing layering of butterfly

The Whiff of Joy Challenge #85 is to make a Door Hanger using at least one Whiff of Joy stamp. There are numerous ways of interpreting this - have a look here at what the other members of the Design Team chose to do.

Since I have never made a door hanger before I was a little daunted by this challenge. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but increasingly find that it is only as I work physically with a project that it comes together (or doesn't). During this project I learnt a valuable lesson - when something refuses to come together after a dozen or so attempts, consider ditching the focal image. The credit for that revelation goes to my husband who muttered something about perhaps the image being wrong as he heard my sighing after a dozen experiments (trying to get the "correct" blue for the coloured image on my centre panel) ended up in the bin. That was exactly it.... I'd become so blinded by the image I'd set out to use & couldn't think outside it.

The base of the door hanger was made from 3 inch square chipboard pieces (Magenta) which I painted (Stewart Gill Pearlise Textile & Craft Paint). These were then glued together in pairs whilst sandwiching 3 strips of ribbon between. The central ribbon was extra long & looped over prior to gluing in order to form the hanging loop. The easiest way of assemblage was to lay it out, photograph it, remove all the embellishments, glue the ribbons between the chipboard pieces & leave to set under a heavy weight. When dry the panels were decorated one by one starting at the top whilst referring to the photos for placement.

The butterfly was made using a Cuttlebug cutting die & embossing folder set. Two images were cut & one inked & layered on top of the uninked one after shaping. The points of gluing were the antennae & the body so that the wings could be separated & lifted. The uppermost butterfly was then embellished with gems of varying size.

Stamps Whiff of Joy Spring Swirls (image & sentiment).
Inks etc.... VersaMark watermark stamp pad & Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder (image & sentiment), Aged Mahogany Distress Ink & Brilliance Mediterranean Blue for inking cardstock edges (& the latter for sponging the butterfly) excepting the swirls/white elements.
Colouring Stewart Gill Pearlise Textile & Craft Paint (Mermaid), Stickles Glitter Glue (Ice Stickles Crystal Ice, Dark Blue & Xmas Red).
Cardstock etc.... Magenta Paper Products (chipboard), white, navy, dark & brilliant red from "stash".
Punches. Dies etc.... Woodware (scalloped square, scalloped ovals & small hearts), EK Success (Swirl Flourish & Wave Flourish), Cuttlebug Cutting Die & Embossing Folder set (Butterflies).
Gems Papermania (crystal) & Kanban (red).
Flower Wild Orchid Crafts (Gardenia Stem).
Ribbons from "stash".

Challenges Entered
Allsorts Wk 64 - Primary Colours Only: use at least 2 of red, blue & yellow + skin, fur etc... (I used mainly blue & red but the yellow is there - add yellow to blue to make the green of my Gardenia's leaves/stem)
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight - Punches (scalloped square & ovals,small hearts & flourish punches)
Craft Your Days Away #1 - Favourite Things (there are a few of my favourites in this; the colours of deep red & blues; swirls & gems; butterflies, flowers & ribbons; using punches & stamping)
Cute Card Thursday #124 - Whateva!
Cute Stamps & Cards - Scallops (scalloped ovals & square, scallops on the butterfly's wings & the flourishes are scalloped in shape) 
Fab 'n' Funky #35 - Use Your Favourite Colours (the deep red & all blues)
Flutterby Wednesday #117 - Open Including Butterfly, Fairy or Angel
Papertake Weekly - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (old - chipboard, new - stamps, borrowed - the idea of using both colours of ribbons was my husband's, blue - paint).
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Things With Wings
Wild Orchid Challenges #3 - One For The Girls (this is most definitely girly - a man is unlikely to hang this on his door!)


Michele said...

Such a fabulous door hanger Paula. Love the design and the colours also. Hugs Michele x

Annie said...

wow Paula! I love this amazing project you have created in red, white and blue! and you reminded me I also have some SG paints in a box .. .. maybe I should dig them out before they dry out!
enjoy your day.
hugs, annie x

Lorraine said...

wow this is gorgeous i am going to enter the challenge this week and give a door hanger a go i love the swirl diecuts around the greeting and the butterfly is gorgeous xx

LynneForsythe said...

Well girlie....thinkin you did a pretty fab job for your FIRST door hanger!!!

Thanks bunches for playin' along with the Design Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!!

judie said...

well done and thanks for playin with us at crafty cardmakers xx

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

I love it Paula!! Looks like we both struggled a bit with this challenge, glad I was not alone. :) I like that yours is in 3 different panels, what an original idea. Each one flows so nicely into the next.

Thanks so much for all the sweet comments that you've been leaving on my blog. I've enjoyed them so much!!


Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

The struggle was worth it - your project is adorable and will look lovely hanging on someone's doorknob. Great colors and pretty butterfly die cut too. The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the first Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this week. Thank you!

Kim said...

Paula this is absolutely gorgeous hun! WOW what a beauty...I LOVE it!!! Love the three panel shape!
Hugs~ Kim

Michelle said...

What a pretty door hanger! Love the colors and the bling :) Thanks for joining us at FBW this week - Keep fluttering :)

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

Wow, lovely cards and more so your door hanger... and coming from Sweden, its a country dear to my heart, I shall visit again to peek some more! Don't know where Brecon in England is? as I am new to England and still trying to get my head around! Have a nice day! Hugs always!

TaraG said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Paula! It looks fabulous after all you went through...poor thing!!! I know that has happened to me too on numerous occasions. My garbage bin is full of "lessons learned", lol! Love the colours, the use of WOJ sentiment and flourish stamps and the design is just brilliant!

Danni said...

Love that butterfly!! Gorgeous creation! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

Linda Elbourne said...

That butterfly is wonderful! Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp and show for our very first challenge ... I hope to see you again next week :0)

scotspanda said...

what a fabulous door hanger it is gorgeous

thanks for joining in the fun this week at Allsorts

Amanda xx

Manuela said...

Wow this is such a lovely door hanger! ♥ Sweet, sweet!


Lorraine A said...

Fabulous door hanger ,,, absolutely GORGEOUS :-)

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

andrea said...

gorgeous project love the colours and all the details,thankyou for joining us ta fab'n'funky

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

This door hanger is fantastic! love the red and blue colour combo...

Thanks for playing at Allsorts

Emma xxx

Kim said...

Paula you are right this definitely is girly!! :) Thanks for joining us at WOC!
Hugs~ Kim

Elaine said...

Hi Paula,
Sorry I'm a bit late with this, but better late than never, right?
Stunning Paula. Very eye catching. Love the colours and the swirls and the butterfly, love everything!
You were 50 and kept it a secret!!! Naughty, naughty Paula! Well, a much belated Happy 50th birthday, hope you had a fabulous time and got thoroughly spoilt.
Love Elaine xx

Giò said...

WOW Paula, this is soooo cute!!! I love the color combo and this WOJ swirls are fantastic.


Emma said...

Sush a gorgeous door hanger, I love the colours and fabulous details.
Thanks for joining us at CYDA & good luck.
Hugs Emma

Linda said...

Love the door hanger Paula!! Must get my but in gear and see you all at planet craft. At the moment have been roped in at the last minbute to do place names for my neice`s wedding this Saturday YIKES!!! They originally didn`t want them done thinking they would do these themselves!!! Again wonderful creation

Mel X said...

What a super creation Love the colour scheme and dotty ribbon.

Thanks for joining us for our first challenge at CYDA, I hope you come back and see us again soon. Good luck.

Mel X