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!
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our 'There's Something In the Air' dare last week. We always enjoy popping over to your blogs/websites to admire your creations.
Hi it's Keryn here and the theme of this weeks dare came from the fact that I was really naughtly and forgot it was my turn and didn't give the design team a lot of notice of my dare. So this week we are making cards that say SORRY for anything, forgetting a birthday, forgetting it was my turn to set the dare, anything you like really.
Scroll down and have a look at how the design team have interpreted the dare then leave us a comment so we can come and admire your creation.
Thanks to everyone who joined in with our challenge to use or make masks in your card-making. It was fun to travel around and see all your ideas and I know I learned a lot of new techniques by visiting your blogs - I hope you enjoyed it too.
This week it's me (Kathy) here to set the new dare and I'd like you to
Come Fly With Me
My theme is All Up in the Air, really ;-) - I'd like to see the main elements of your card being things that fly, flutter, hover or waft about "up there" in the sky.
Please float back this way and let us know where we can see your flighty creations this week.
Here are some ideas from our design team to help get you thinking:
It has been wonderful seeing all your sparkly sapphire blue (and pink!) cards this last week. Today's challenge gives you a choice...
Now you could make a card featuring a mask; or use a masking technique for stamping or use a mask to spray or paint on. The decision is yours!
Just don't forget to leave a link in the comments section so we can see your creation.
Here are all the wonderful ways that the team have interpreted the dare
Thank you for helping us bring smiles to the faces of some sick children through the wonderful Post Pals scheme. We were so happy to see all the lovely cards you made.
Thank you also too The Ribbon Girl for offering such a gorgeous prize to one lucky darer this week.
Asia will be along soon to announce the name of the winner, so please check back later to see if it's You!
Another Thank You message goes to our wonderful Guest Designers Ania and Julia, who have shared their inspiring crafting with us over the last few weeks - thank you both, it's been a real treat to have you with us and we hope you'll continue to join in with our dares each week!
As it's the first Friday of September, we're looking at the birthstone for for this month which is the
Sapphires are also the traditional gemstone for the 45th Wedding Anniversary and we'd like you to use the Sapphire as your inspiration for your DCM card this week
Here are a few bits of Sapphire info that might spark off some ideas:
* The word Sapphire derives from the Greek word for blue, "sapphirus"
* They have been associated with Priests, who considered them symbolic of purity, and Kings, who thought them symbolic of wisdom
*Sapphires were mined as early as the 7th Century BC in India and what is now Sri Lanka. Today they are found in Sri Lanka, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Kashmir, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Madagascar, and the US
* It was believed that a venomous snake put in a vessel made of sapphire would quickly die. Sapphires therefore earned the reputation as an excellent all-purpose medicine and were ingested as an antidote to poison. Sapphires were sometimes ground into powders as a remedy for everything from colic to rheumatism and mental illness. They were also believed to be able to stop bleeding and cure disorders of the eye.
* Egyptians associated the clear sapphire with the eye of Horas -- the all-seeing, all-knowing "eye in the sky" -- while the gemstone was used by the Greeks to to tap into the subconscious mind by stimulating the opening of the "third eye."
* Sapphires represent sincerity and faithfulness and therefore were a popular marriage gift
* Clear sapphires, like diamonds, are the guardians of love. When exchanged with a loved one, sapphires are believed to enhance feelings for one another and attune the two psyches. Sapphires have the power to banish envy and jealousy, and are said to promote chastity in virgins and fidelity in marriage.
* Fancy sapphires come in various colours such as yellow, orange, lavender and other pastel shades, but the most prized is the pink sapphire or more precisely the pink-orange sapphire due to its rarity.
Please come back and leave a link so that we can pop along and see your creations