This week's CAS challenge is ways to use gingham. Once again I was stumped. I didn't want to make a card and just tie a gingham ribbon on it. I didn't want to make a baby card, either, even though babies and gingham go so well together. I wanted to come up with something really creative using gingham. Many thoughts came to mind, but executing them would have been a real challenge.
One thought was a checkered race flag. I have no stamps for that, and my drawing skills aren't that skilled. Another thought was a gingham tablecloth. Once again, no stamps and lack of drawing skills. A picnic with ants crawling around on a red and white checkered cloth - way too complicated.
What was I going to do? I waited too late to start thinking about this week's challenge, and I was feeling the pressure. So I slept on it. And I made cards all night long. In the morning when I told my husband I had been making cards all night, he replied "Literally or figuratively?" He knows me well enough to know I'm not beyond getting up in the middle of the night to make cards. Fortunately, I had slept all night, and the only cards I had made were in my dreams. I had come up with some ideas, though.
This first card started out as a vertical card, but quickly turned into a horizontal layout. I did something different with the gingham ribbon by pleating it, and I also die cut the end with a scallop die to match the scallop layer around the image. I put a piece of regular ol' Scotch tape on the back of the ribbon before I die cut it so the ends wouldn't fray.
This next card gave me migraines. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but it just wouldn't happen. It took me hours and several walk-aways to make this stupid thing!
I still had one more idea that I wanted to put to the test. While searching the galleries at SCS for ideas (is that cheating?), I came across a card made by Kittie that had a beautiful bow on it. And she just happened to have a link to a tutorial on her blog on tying bows. Beautiful bows need a wreath to go with them. That led to this card.
Here is a little tutorial on how I made the wreath.
Punch out several (I used 24) branches with the MS branch punch. Then make a ring with either 2 circle punches close in size, or with nestabilities, which is what I used here. This will be the base of your wreath.
Now you are ready to adhere the wreath to the front of the card. Apply glue to the back side of the wreath ring and center over the circle on the front of the card. Attach your pretty bow, and you are done!
I hope you are inspired by some different ways to use gingham. Sometimes it's good to think a little outside the box.