Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Another year of challenges begins :o)

Here we are again, Liz, Terri & I, with challenge parcels galore to get through :o) This month's choice was Terri's & she chose *Love & Hate*. She wanted us to send each other those background papers, toppers, embellishments etc. that we loved & hated, in the hopes that we'd find something to love about everything !!
Oh, how wrong she was . . .
I'm really sorry Terri, but I hated your love parcel & your hate parcel wasn't much better !! :o)
For her love parcel, Terri included fairies & butterflies, neither of which float my boat & she just HAD to include red, which she loves & knows I hate !! Apart from at Christmas, that is :o)
 For her hate parcel all she gave me was 4 pieces of  green card - which happenes to be my favourite colour - one piece of purple card & a picture of a dog. Yep. THAT was it. Now, as much as I love dogs, green & purple, I was at a complete loss as to how to use it, but after a good talking to from Liz,  I set to & I have to say, I'm quite pleased with what I came up with.
So. Here are my 4 cards from Terri's parcel:
This card is from the hate parcel.
I die cut the dog card & embossed the dark green card from the parcel. I then had a root about in my stash & came across the red & green tartan type card. So, I just die cut a piece to mount the dog pic on & used a strip of it on one side of the cardstock. I then added a plain green strip down where the green & patterned card met, stuck the dog pic on & that was it.
This card is from the love parcel.
Now, I love the colours, but I'm not particularly fond of butterflies, so I wasn't sure what to do. In the end, I die cut the silver glitter card, glued the butterfly on it & then mounted that on a piece of die cut purple card I found in my stash. The birthday greeting was also included in the parcel so I just added that & the card was finished. I have to say, I rather like it, more than I thought I would when I first saw the contents of the parcel.

This card is also from Terri's love parcel. Considering it's red, I like it. A lot :o)
She had included a piece of plain red card & I thought it would look good with the agapanthus stamp I'd been given for my birthday. I mounted it on a small piece of cream coloured card & then covered the cardstock with the flowery background paper, which was also in the parcel. From my stash, I added a plain red strip, the green card candi & the happy birthday sentiment.
This is the last from Terri's hate parcel.
It was just a plain piece of green card. That was it. So, I embossed it with my Christmas wreath folder, found a small topper left over from last Christmas & plonked that in the middle. I then added the glitter strip, greeting & holly & berry.
Plain and simple :o)
Now on to Liz's parcels.
This card is from her love parcel.
The butterfly die is one of her favourite things. As I said earlier, I'm not over fond of things like fairies & butterflies, but I do like the way this card turned out. All I did was cover a card with the blue background paper, mount the butterfly on a stamped piece of card, stuck the ribbon & card candi on & added the greeting. I had a small bit of ribbon left, so decided to add that to the greeting.Other than the greeting, everything came from the parcel.
This card is from her hate parcel & I have to say - I'm not keen on it, either !! I like the background paper, but that's it. I die cut some green card & white card that I had in my stash, stuck the flower sticker in the middle & then stuck it to the card. I added the sentiment & green bow & that was all I could think of.
Not one of my best, I'm afraid.
 This red card is also from Liz's hate parcel.
The red card I had in my stash, so I just embossed that & stuck it on a plain white card. From my stash, I  added the red strip, the greeting & silver card candi & then cut 3 flower toppers from a small square block of 4 that was in the parcel.
Lastly, another from the love parcel.
Yes, it's that butterfly again !! :o)
I just have NO idea when it comes to butterflies, so all I did was stick it on the netty type ribbon & then wrap it around the cardstock that was included in the parcel. I stuck the whole lot on a plain card & added the sentiment from my stash. Again, it's not a favourite of mine.
I now have a week or two off before attacking February's parcels, the topic being 1, 2, 3 & chosen by Liz.
GULP !! :o)


  1. You did a great job especially considering you had so much that just wasn't you, well done. I love the last card especially although I like them all. We have quite different tastes and I found it interesting to see the different bits we "loved & hated".

  2. Well done ........ was a given that I would include butterflies and sorry you didn't really get on well with my parcel.

  3. HI Pat, followed the link from Liz after enjoying her pretty butterfly card (I DO like butterflies), and reading about your Love & Hate parcels. What fun, and I got a kick out of reading your comments about what you liked and didn't, and then saw your creations - especially when you said you didn't much like the supplies. You surely managed to make a bunch of really spectacular cards from all the parcels. This sounds like so much fun! I'll be joining as your newest follower and hope you might find time to come & visit me too if you can. TFS & enjoyed your post a lot.