Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Wash Day Blues?

This is my first post of the day - please scroll up to see my second post.

Good morning friends and what a busy few days it's been here at Crafty Mamma Mia!

As it's the first Tuesday of the month, it's New Release time at The Crafty Pad Designs! This time Debbie has gone all vintage on us, and has designed this gorgeous Laundry Day Set. There are 5 lovely images in this set, and one sentiment and it's available from the New Releases part of the store.

As usual, the Design Team were asked to showcase the new set, and I must admit to struggling a bit with this as I haven't made many vintage cards. However I had a flash of inspiration, and here is my project ... a Laundry Room Door Hanger, pictured nestled in my ironing basket! Yes, (blushing here) my ironing pile really is that huge!!!!!

My Door Hanger recipe is as follows:
  • Base Card - made from Centura Pearl in Ivory which is made from one panel of A4 tri-fold. I found the centre of my panel, judged how high I wanted my door handle 'hole' to be and then embossed the smallest circle shape from the "nest" on the Ultimate Pro Embossing Board Springtime Sweets and Cupcake Treats which I then cut out. I used the corner punch on my Clevercut to round the corners.
  • Image - I've got two different images which I printed onto ordinary cream coloured card. To give it a vintage feel, I chalk distressed the edges using Light Brown chalk. 
    • The first image is one of the New Release Images and it is called "Wash Tub" - I've tried to get some perspective on my design by keeping this image large. To bring this empty tub to life I used my chalks in the following colours:
      •  Tan, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Grey
    • My second image is called Vintage Clothes Line and this is by Paulette at Create with TLC, and was one of the freebies on her blog around February this year. I also used my chalks to brighten this billowing line of laundry:
      • Light Blue, Grey, White, Green
  • Design Paper - is from the  Vintage/Distressed Plain Paper Pack by Debbie and is called Blue Grunge. I again used my  Clevercut to round the corners before using my chalks in Dark Brown to distress the edges.
  • Sentiment - was computer generated in my word processing package and "wrapped around" my images. I wanted something quirky and funny so I used Google and found a site with some sayings. This is one of theirs, although I've formatted it myself, however I can't remember the site. If anyone discovers it, please do let me know as I'll be pleased to credit them.

Debbie is giving away this set (remember it's 5 images and a sentiment) to one lucky "Crafty Pad-der"! For your chance to add "Wash Day" to your stash, all you have to do is head over to The Crafty Pad Challenge Blog and leave us a comment on the New Release Post letting us know what you think of the new images, and your name will go into the draw! For a second chance in the draw either be or become a follower of The Crafty Pad Challenge Blog, and then leave us a further comment letting us know that you're a follower! It really is that easy!!! Commenting will close at 12 noon (BST) on Monday 10th September, and we'll announce the lucky winner on Thursday 13th September. Good Luck!

I would like to enter this project into the following challenge:

Happy Crafting!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. brilliant work Helen - fabulous xx

  2. Hi Helen this is lovely, love the image.

    Hugs Julie x

  3. I love your door hanger! It's just lovely! Thank you for joining us at anything but a card

  4. I love this, so clever Helen!

    Hugs, Estelle xx

  5. This is one lovely door hanger! Perfect for our challenge "So Old/Vintage" at Simply Create Too. Well done!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this fortnight at Simply Create Too.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  6. If I had a door hanger this lovely, I might actually enjoy doing the laundry...NAH!!! But seriously, this is such a fun piece! The distressed edges add to the vintage style!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card Challenges!

  7. This is totally adorable! I love the blog design too...great minds think alike right?! :) :) Thanks for joining us at ABAC :) :)

  8. This is fab, love the idea, thank you for joining us at The Digi Doodle Shop Challenge this week
    Ruth x

  9. Great little door hanger with a vintage feel. I love your little washing line full of clothes!
    Thanks so for sharing your work with us at ABAC'S first challenge.

  10. This is lovely. Like your image.
    Thanks for joining Digi Doodle Shop Challenge.
    Hugs Berit

  11. Love your door hanger Helen! Thanks for playing along with us at Anything But A Card!


  12. Helen: Love your door hangar! Glad you could join in our Challenge #21 - "So Old/Vintage.`

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  13. So great. I love the pun and the colors. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.

  14. you pulled off the vintage wonderfully and i love how you chose to colour the laundry...a perfect touch! Thanks for joining us on our debut challenge at Anything But A Card!


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Helen x