Full Deck Challenge

The Cards

The Full Deck Challenge is a creation by Shanouki Design by Shana this is the second pack challenge but with prompts.. I discovered it on You Tube while watching craft vids. It’s great idea and gives you a boundary of something small to fit your work into which isn’t always easy. Having prompts take me out of my comfort zone and makes me do something different. Often, finding it takes two or three goes to get one  The base for most of my cards is a book page as it takes the ink/paint really easily and makes a good starting point for each set of prompts. This can be done a head of time to allow for drying. There’s also enjoyment on seeing the diversity of others creativity. 


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Challenge No. 25


Flowers – Splatter – Label 

As always I covered my card with a book page then my first idea was Tim Holtz Abstract Elements.  Looking through my stash I picked out some papers with flowers on. Cut three sized circles to make the Flowers. In the die set there one die I love using and it’s the dotty one.  Randomly cut out the holes and saved the dots. In this die set theres also leaf shapes, perfect for the prompts. 

The label was a shaped label, in brown that I cut in half to make a vase. Splatter in Bronze paint. 


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Challenge No. 24


Frame, Lace, Mushrooms

This one took some thinking about. Tag 2 I remembered I’d made some mushrooms as a make for another project. As usual I covered the card in a book page, punching a hole 2″  towards the top like a Frame and added the “bricks”.  This was the perfect place to put the lace, putting the flower in the frame. Then I played with the layout before sticking anything. Flattened the bottom of stalks on the mushrooms after placing some green paper as a base. The rocks are from my stash and the flowers are a piece of ribbon cut into small piece’s as  leaves. Final touch was the wooden ladybird  and a number to fill th top corner. 


Challenge No. 23



Love Steampunk so this was a gift as many of my cards are themed Steampunk.  I have lots of charms and ribbons and used to make Steampunk Medals.  As I used to do Steampunk and go to the Big Festival  at Lincoln. Starting with covering the card with a book page, a couple of pieces of handmade paper next.  At this point I decides to place the charm to see on the balance of the card, placing the cogs etc before sticking down. Once, I was happy with the that then I allied the glue. The final touches of the star and the letter N that was stuck on a button beforehand.  Imagination was the obvious word to add as a final touch to the card. I made two cards in total. 

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Challenge No. 22


Brown, Smooshing, Numbers, Tag

No real focus on this challenge. Smoothing ? I had to look it up a You Tube but it’s using water/ink on cell to make colour. Everyday is a school day. 

Book page background to start.  Using three colours on that using smoothing technique. Looked at number stamps (TIM HOLTZ) trying various surfaces from my stash. I really like the big one of the brown so added smoothing to this. The Tag strip was a bit of something different with numbers and adding a bit of red to brighten it up. 

the was till something missing, more rummaging through my stash of die cuts and found the hat and added colour. That Brough me to a bow tie and the cheesecloth died to match the numbers in Aged Mahogany. Great fun this one.

Challenge No. 21


Paper Doll

Not being a fan of dolls even when I was little.  Watched the video and tried various idea but another challenge. Most of which failed. 

This is not really a doll but many on the group convinced me it was :O) 

A rectangle was my starting point and it realised it looked like robot. The face came next and while looking for eyelets I found the picture hanging equipment. From this I found arms and screws for the legs fitted perfectly.  The background came last but I need something to hold it all together as it was heavy. The finishing touches are the cogs  and chain from my steampunk collection.

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Challenge No. 20


Purple – Stars – Marker/pen – Metallic

No 20 took my eye straight away starts are easy to do. 

There were circles sat on my table from another project so thought I’d use those. Needing metallic I cut a few more with a punch and noticed the star punch in the drawer. played around the with punches on shades of purple. The cut out starts worked well to make planets. Gold felt tit to add more metallic.

Adding thread was an after thought and a tab n text to finish it off. 


Challenge No. 19


One colour – frame – sewing – strips

This one didn’t jump into my mind straight away.  I went with a vintage feel of brown, as the cats are brown ( TIM HOLTZ Die). A Frame I tried two different ones, a film strip and science slide cut to fit. They make great frames theres a scrap paper behind to add something to the frame background.

Back to book page  and scrap paper. Next, stencilled and stamped to add interest and colour. Sewing isn’t something I’ve tried so I use felt-tip to add zigzags etc.  The heart was a finishing touch and offset the balance a little and I do love my cat. 


Challenge No. 18


Postage Stamp – Spot/ dots – Text – Blue

Spot & Dots are my background created with a stencil.The text is stamped with a TIM HOLTZ stamp in Chipped Sapphire. The blank stamps are from a Dies and hand decorated with the addition of the UK 2nd class stamps. I added the STAMP HERE as an extra nod to the stage stamps. 

The tab is a tag that was in my stash that I’d used for something and cut off the top. I like to offset the balance of the card shape with a tab. 



Challenge No. 16


Orange Vintage – Script – Splatter

Orange isn’t my favourite colour and it created a barrier  in my mind. Recently adding the pumpkins to the other tag there was a couple over..There are several variations to this one but this one the final orange choice. I called  in Dunelm I bought a box of Halloween bits and bobs in a coffin shaped  box. The background was yellow and orange ink with black splatter plaint. The rest of the card was layers of vellum, stamped with webs or vintage script. Orange spiders have been coloured with markers. The spiders need something to hold on to. Constructed a simple web with cotton, the lace was a final touch, to compliment the web and add additional vintage.

Challenge No. 17


Green – Napkin – Numbers – Tag

you tube to watch the video as I’ve not used napkins before. . It was in interesting idea to work with and creates texture and plain ply sheets to play after. Lucky to find tropical leaves on one in the cupboard. I do look at napkins in a different way now :O)

Stamped numbers (Tim Holtz) then  added texture with cloth & cheese cloth and a science slide back   This builds up the card and adds depth too.  The butterfly was from a little bit of left over wrapping paper I had in my stash. Shades of green give it a real tropical  look.. 


Challenge No. 15


Animal –  Washi Tape – Bright – Sentiment

Finding an animal that would fit the card took some time. Eventually, decided to look at the stamps I have to see if that would inspire me. Once, I found this it was perfect and the rest just flowed.  Finding inspiration was in the colours and content of the stamp. 

All animals deserve freedom to live without free from humanity. 


Challenge No. 14


Blue – Cheesecloth – Ticket – Stamping

 After watching the example You Tube video. the stash bit and bobs came out and this is what I found inn blue and a ticket. Plenty of variations to play with but I likes the typewriter tag and the clocks. Building height with swatches of cloth. In the end it overlaps a little but that’s part of the freedom of the challenge. 


Challenge No. 13


Botanicals – fabric – texture – label

Recently, I’d been pressing flowers perfect for botanicals. The Background leaf was deep Burgundy and used my handmade paper behind that. This I ran through the Sizzix using Tim Holts hearts die but didn’t push them all out to give texture. Many little hearts that were left, perfect to add later, dying some with  Forrest Moss ink.  My fabric choice of one pattern and one plain. Gave a good contrast. The Bow was made from an old crepe bandage tied with string. (more texture) and label was the last addition which just gave it something different. Love the Victorian feel from this one. 


Challenge No. 12


Yellow – Glitter – Button – Doily 

This is the second try at FDC2 no.12 as I didn’t’t have a doily for the first one. 

 This started with the napkin that I founds crumpled up in the cupboard. This was a first for me , I’ve never done a napkin background and it was perfect for yellow. Glitter reminds me of being at work at Christmas with the children. It was added to the wings of the main bee  (Silver) and the body ones on the napkin (gold). The doily was white so that need to change. and was then added behind card to make a frame. 

Buttons for a holder for the main bee card and balanced that with a button at the bottom 

The main bee was from a free download from thegraphicsfairy.com which was painted.


Challenge No. 11


Coffee – Paper Rolls – Hearts – Button

Coffee stained paper glued to the card to start. The rolls? I originally made book pages rolls but they didn’t do anything to inspire me.i Found some card that worked better. Glued these first as they were the hardest to fit into the card.  Inked with TH Walnut Stain. Tim Holtz Thinlets Hearts are amazing to use.,  These I created months ago batch making from my heart project. 

Pumpkins  from Tim Holtz, (pumpkinhead CMS309) stamped and hand touched and shaded. 



Challenge No. 10


Green – Circles – Staples – Words

Words as a start place are placed as a background on the card. Trying various ribbons stacked and crossed but only used one. As a child my grandad use to tell me the poem about the green eye. The cogs in this case say steampunk and of course brought me to the top hat a good addition and another nod to steampunk. A decoration for the hat  was an obvious spot for staples. Beads adding colour and more circles. The title words added on tags as a final touch.

Challenge No. 9


Magazine – Weaving –  Vellum – Flowers

Created two for this challenge. Another with a book page to the base card. in the recycling was a Tate magazine perfect for weaving. Reminiscent of a piece of art. The frame was a slide die from Tim Holtz cutting one in vellum. Woven ribbon in the background for texture..Flowers that was the hard one  I added a sheet with flowers and the other roses added with woven material. The text is all from the magazine which created a different text to my normal.


Challenge No. 8


Napkin – Tab – Scribbles – Metallic 

This one I had fun with.  In my stash I had a gold metallic envelope from the junk mail. This was my background. Created some scribble writing by repeating words or phrase onto tissue paper. The gold printed napkin, I decided not to use it as background. Created a bow and it all fell into place after that. The head came from the Tate Mag used in the previous challenge. The buttons (paper ties) and hearts all metallic. The final addition was the tags in colours to match the hearts,

Challenge No. 7


Book Page – Coral ( Colour) – Zig Zag – Tree

Step one, to cover the card is adding a a craft sheet of coral paper, that was the first prompt done then the book pages with skeleton leaves glued on and then inked them. They make a perfect tree.

Now, zig zag, there’s always one that throws me. this was it. Zig Zag, ribbon? stencil? drawn shapes? My nan used to use pinking shears – that was it. The cut wasn’t that good  and backed the card with the green to contrast with the Coral. 

Extras, the sun, cloth and flowers with twinkles stud on the make them Sparkle. 


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Challenge No. 6


Sheet Music – Black Mark Making – Flowers – Turquoise

Sheet Music from the charity shop as a background. A it was different writing a black mark making sheet  on tissue paper. Lots of scraps to build the card up including some of the painted scraps in turquoise. A little spooky grey cheesecloth to add texture. Painted the edges of the flowers frame. The circles with dots to matched the flower shapes as a finishing touch.. A little Gold because you can. 

Challenge No. 5


Happy Scraps – Lace – Buttons – Sentiment

I certainly had messy fun making Happy Snaps with Jade, Gold and Black. I layered these horizontally onto the card. Found a small piece of black lace to the left to add balance. Buttons next, looked in my mixed box of button and beads and found one of my steampunk medals with buttons on, perfect.  The sentiment  I always find hard as it has to say something about the prompts. I’d never made happy scraps before so went with the explorer. 


Challenge No. 4


Person – Glitter – Yellow –  Ribbon

Full Deck Challenge 9 was magazine, the only magazine I had was a Tate members one. This gave me an opportunity to use it again. The portrait (person)  having a yellow background it fitted perfectly. I just built up the scraps adding more colours from the person. Ribbon was easy just add it as a tag. I didn’t have yellow ribbon so added gold

Glitter!  was my sticking point on this one. I eventually, added two small circles in gold.  in the background to balance the card. Glitter get everywhere. 

Challenge No. 3


Cat – Red – Stamp – Ticket

This one I was looking forward to. I had an image of my cat from card I made. Tickets from Tim Holtz, stamps and dies. I looked through my stamps and found a red one.

I have a selection of remade scrap stacks , so delved into those fro add height. The “L ” shaped construction worked with the rickets and gave  a base for the image. 

Th little fish bones added a fun element to the card.

Enjoyed this one and no sticking points. .