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!
It's Nat here welcoming you to another Friday and another dare here on the blog. Thanks to all those who joined in with the fab sketch dare last week. This week I want to see you get creative with felt.
I just love the stuff but seem to always do the same old same old with it... so I'm really looking forward to seeing what creative ideas you come up with.
You can use felt to make your own handmade embellishments (even include some threading and beading if you're feeling energetic), use some pre-made felties, or even raid the accessories sale bins for something unique to add to your project!
We've used the random number generator at random.org and checked that the Darer selected had kept to the rules - you'd be amazed at how many people didn't and therefore missed out on any chance of winning the wonderful prize shown above and donated by our wonderful sponsor
Congratulation, Helen - please email us at email@example.com with your postal inforamtion and your lovely prize will soon be on it's way.
For all those who entered our challenge last week but didn't win the prize there is still the chance to own the same pack of ribbons and trims at a special "Darer's" price. Check back to last Friday's post for the code you need to enter when you place your order at The Ribbon Reel- we look forward to seeing lots of those goodies on cards you share in the future.
This offer is only available to those who entered a card for Rein's "A Little Bird...." challenge and only while stocks last.
Our thanks to The Ribbon Reel for offering such a fab prize and for offering all our Darers the chance to buy at such a special price
Thank you to every single one of you who joined in with our Ribbon Reel dare last week - obviously the sight of all that yummy-scrummy ribbon really inspired you to have a go....
If you're hoping to win the prize, please keep your fingers crossed for just a little while longer while we do the random draw and check that whoever it comes up with adhered to the rules - we'll be back soon to announce the lucky winner.
Well, it all got a bit chaotic around Daring Central this week, so we had to jiggle our calendar just a bit and instead of the planned challenge (that one will be along in a few weeks time), we have a sketch challenge for you this week. This is the October "2Circles2Go" layout idea from The Sketch File - so don't forget to add your link there too!
You can make any card you like - and you can shrink, twist, turn the sketch upside down if you want - just as long as the layout is all there for us to see.
Most of all, have fun!
Please come and leave a link and a comment (we do like to hear from you!) so we know where to find your creations.
Here are some ideas from the team to start you thinking, but come back and have another look because there are sure to be late additions!
Thanks to all of you that joined with us last week, it was lovely to see all those gorgeous flowers.
It's Rein here this week,
my dare for you is very easy and simple...
I would love to see a bird on your card - it can be stamped, die-cut or made in another way, just join in and have fun - and you might even win a prize!
This week's dare is sponsored by The Ribbon Reel
who are one of the best places around for fuelling your ribbon addiction - visit the shop to see a wonderful range not just of ribbon but lace, trims and even stamps.
For DCM Darers this week there's the chance of winning a fab prize for one lucky winner but also the opportunity for every single person who joins in and shares their card with us this week to buy the same pack of goodies
at a Very Special DCM "Darers Only" price!
We'll use a random number picker to choose our one prize winner from all those who enter a card (and adhere to the rules below) for this week's challenge and they will receive the ribbons, lace and trims you can see in this photo
Rules for entry to our prize draw:
1. Make a card for Rein's BIRDS challenge and share it on your blog
2. In the main message part of your blog, please mention (and add links to) the Daring Cardmakers and our fab sponsors The Ribbon Reel,
3. Enter your card for no more than 10 challenges in total
Now for the Special Offer!
You can make sure of owning this wonderful 'Made with Love' collection by joining in this week, then ordering from The Ribbon Reel using this special code at checkout: DCMSP - remember only those who enter a card for this week's challenge are eligible to buy at this special price.
Don't forget to spread the word and tell your friends so they can join in and take advantage of this offer too.
Here are the Birdy cards the team have made this week, we're looking forward to seeing your own creations, so please come and let us know where we can see your cards
Thank you all for joining in with Lythan's "Ooh La La and Wunderbar" challenge last week - what a lot of different languages and ways to feature them we saw on our journey around the world of crafting blogs!
We hope you'll join in again this week with the next in our series of
"Flowers of the Month" challenges.
The Birth Flowers for the month of October are
Calendula and Cosmos
so our challenge is to use either or both of these lovely flowers as the inspiration for your card-making
We'd love you to join in and play along with us, and we are really looking forward to seeing what you create, so please remember to come and leave a link and a comment when you're ready to share.
Here are the cards the team have made this week