Posts Tagged ‘Challenges’

Now I know why I don’t combine challenges. Too hard, too many things to remember.

I did give it a go, though, with combining Kim’s Artful INKable challenge:

No PP permitted, only 3 layers max, only 1 kind of accessory (either ribbon or brads).

with Steph’s Inspiration challenge, using this image colour, whatever inspires you, from Athleta Swimwear:

I had used the wrong colour in one of Kristina Werners Challenges, so I had the “Wrought Iron” trim left over. Reuse, recycle, baby.

No stamps?? What’s up with that? But that’s what I ended up with. Ha, I just realized that I lost a piece of the white die cut in between the ‘a & the n’ in thanks. I’ll have to check the craft room floor. Ribbon was tough to give up on this one:

Cuttlebug die Combo with Gratitude and Combo for You, Christmas Ornaments Embossing Folder, Martha stewart Pearl stickers, Wrought Iron Punch (S.U. Retired), Rose Red CS, Rose Red Ink.

Check out other submissions for the Swimsuit cards on SCS IC141 and the Artful Inkables limited supplies under ARTINK on SCS.

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Here’s another Colour Inspiration from Kristina Werner. I must say, I was hoping she’d pick one of the new colours, because I JUST got my package yesterday. :) YEAH Pink Pirouette!

The Inspiration was from Pottery Barn for kids, thanks Kelly for suggesting it, great pick. What fun chairs for children or grown ups.

I really wanted to use the Cricket for this challenge too, (check out this new cartridge: Home Accents) but the blade is dull, & I can’t get a new one right now. Ah well. Many other new toys to play with.

Here’s what I came up with:

I made the Certain Celery ‘Brackets’ using the new Curly Label Punch, by punching and then moving it slightly over like I did here, when I used the tag punch. The bottom ‘lace’ was using the Wrought Iron Punch with the bottom clip removed.

The Embossing on the tag was done by stamping in Versamark first and then Pink Pirouette & then Embossing with Clear Powder.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else does. Just too many wonderful ideas.

Paper: Pink Pirouette CS, Regal Rose Textured CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Certainly Celery Textured CS, Martha Stewart Ribbon, INK: VersaMark, Pink Pirouette, Stazon Brown, Stamps: SU Lots of Thoughts, SU Cute and Curly, Anna Griffin Filligree Stamp, Stampin up Punches: Wrought Iron (SU Retired), Curly Label, Coluzzle Oval, & dimensionals.

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Here, Kelly of SCS, has a challenge: AUG08VSNA, Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do you see?.  We were permitted to use the any of the animals of the beloved classic, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Eric Carle, and the only condition is … match the colour.  I started off with Red Bird, but that didn’t work, then Brown Bear, nope … I ended up with this tiny baby card:

The inside of the card, I just put a bit of trim to cover the Rick Rack bits & the underside of the Circle Scallops.

Used:  Bashful Blue Ink & Markers, Bashful Blue CS, Yoho Yellow textured CS & Certainly Celery textured CS, 1/4 inch circle punch, Cuddles & Tickles & Baby Frame stamps (S.U. Retired), Mini Glue Dots, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8″ Punch, Versa Mark Ink & Mustard Yellow Embossing Powder (S.U. Retired).

Check out what others on SCS have come up with here.

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What a weekend it’s been for challenges on SCS.  So much fun, so little time.  

Here’s another challenge, this time from Paula, I found on SplitCoastStampers called “Pride and Prejudice“.  The challenge was to create a “warm and fuzzy” feeling card using felt or flocking.  The warm and fuzzy comes from the feeling you get while reading a good book.

I’m hoping this count, as it is not quite “flocking”.  I have not ‘flocked’ before and my felt collection has been raided by the children for puppets.  So I thought I would use a very thin polar fleece like material that I have in the ‘big bin of fabric’. (please indulge me:  that should be echoed: the big bin of fabric, fabric, fabric ….)

I cut the flowers (Large Daisies) using an old Sizzix die cut.  The are pretty strong, kinda like a smaller version of the new S.U. Big Shot.  Which means all the new die cuts from S.U. will not fit in my old machine.  Sigh.  Might be time to save my coins for the New Big Shots.  The BigzTM and OriginalsTM are Rule Based Dies and cut through a lot!  Even this polar fleece flower (which doesn’t fray, so would be great for all kinds of quick projects).

Stamps used:  Love with out End (S.U.),  PP Stampin’ Up (Afternoon Tea?), PP:  My Mind’s Eye Bohemia Backyard “My Journey” Brocade/Brown, Chocolate Chip CS, Close To Cocoa CS, Coluzzle Banners, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Chocolate Chip Ink, Certainly Celery Ink, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Buttons, 1/4″ Circle Punch, Sizzix Die Cuts (Bowl & Large Daisies)

Check out other ‘Warm & Fuzzy’ interpretations at SCS AUG08VSND ~ Pride and Prejudice.  Man, Virtual Stamping Weekends are fun.  Don’t get a lot of house chores done, but VSN Fun!

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Saw this challenge on SplitCoastStampers and couldn’t help but play along.  How could you not?  

Task:  Make a mask in under an hour.  Jean gave us links to templates, which I used, but did add a nose.  

You can give it a 3-D look by simply popping the snout (just a heart shape) on after:

My DD is at a sleep over, she would have gladly modeled it for me.  Ah well.  The boys?  um no, they wouldn’t.  Well, actually my 2 year old MAY have, but I can rarely take a picture with high enough speed so that he isn’t blurry, while running away from the camera.  So meet my model:  Bunny.

Stamp Set:  Wanted.  Brayered on Pumpkin Pie & Creamy Caramel.  Used Really Rust & Ruby Red Ink, Rhinestone Brads & some diamond stickers, Martha Stewart Glitter, Dazzlin’ Diamonds Glue, Versa marker, Brown Embossing Powder (S.U. Retired), Chocolate Chip Marker, and finally an Oval Coluzzle for cutting the eyes.

Thanks for the fun, Jean!

Check out the other fun creations on SCS at Keyword: AUG08VSNJ

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Yeah! Kristina’s Blog is up & running (yes, I checked it daily, so did you!) and she has her Colour Inspiration posted.

Okay, I had a bit of a hard time seeing the image of the bedroom from the Orange Beautiful Blog, but I hope I got the general idea. So here’s the bedroom:

The Colours we could use were:

and one of our choice, used in small amounts.

I went with:

And here’s my card:

With these see Acetate Cards, just remember, it’s a card & needs to be able to be written on inside. Try pasting on some white CS to match the outside graphics.

Used Stazon Jet Black Ink to define the edges. Also used cuttlebug dies, just love those things. Rhinestone stickers, Ribbon.

Night all! The kids have (one hockey & other art) camp in the morning & I promised Cinnamon Buns for breakie as a treat to get them up early. I will solely rely on copious amounts of coffee to keep up with Liam. Perhaps he can watch a bit of Wonder Pets tomorrow.

EDIT:  Here is the link for the Cuttlebug Embossing Die Folder called:  Combo With Gratitude

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Here’s the fun Inspiration Challenge from Beate. Thanks for the fun, BEATE!

For the challenge we could use whatever moved us in the inspiration below, colour, patterns, etc.

The chosen inspiration is the ‘Paolo Bed Linens’ from the CB2 Store:

Here’s my card: You can see I was a bit rushed, evident with the maniacal glueing. Wow, didn’t realize how bad it was until I uploaded the picture. Ah well, you get the idea.

For other fun interpretations check out SplitCoaststampers BIC19.

PP: American Crafts a la Carte Pesto, Really Rust CS, Old Olive CS, Cuttlebug die cuts, Ribbon, & dimensionals.

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Here’s a quick sketch challenge from Kristina Werner: Hope your back is feeling better soon, Kristina.

Here’s the card I made & tried to use colours that I normally wouldn’t use. She did mention that we could use the sketch challenge as a “general idea” and it need not be a literal interpretation. (phew)

PP: Anna Griffin, Mellow Moss Ink, Purely Pumpkin Ink, Purple Stazon Ink, Flowers, Rhinestone brad, paper Crimper, Chocolate Coins!

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Okay, this is the first time I tried two cards for Kristina’s Colour Inspiration. These bright colours were way out of my comfort zone. Honestly, it was just too hard for me, not sure why, each colour was so bold & I couldn’t make it come together. Maybe if I had only used minimal amounts, of each bold colour. I can’t wait to see how everyone else pulled it off. I’ve never missed one of Kristina’s Colour Inspirations, so I wanted to give it a go & see what I could come up with. They are too much fun to pass, as hundreds of other know.

I thought it might be fun to knit a little blanket, to mirror the afgan in the Photo, but if you could see me, you would have laughed. The only “wool” I could find (in my arsenal in the craft room) in Pumpkin Pie was Cross Stitch Thread, so I used that, but it was taking so long, & I felt like a GIANT with wee thread & the smallest knitting needles I owned:

Anyways, here’s the result from that silly endeavor. For anyone who ever wanted to know, you can’t easily cable with Cross Stitch Thread, so I just did regular k/p:

And after looking at it, it was just too much Green Galore for my liking so I took it down a bit & came up with this, my second attempt at these colours:

Kristina’s Colour Inspiration #18 was taken from this photo of CB2

Here’s the bedding photo:

The colours we were to use were:

and either one of these colours


I did the best I could, but it just wasn’t coming together for me.

I used Green Galore CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Rose Red Textured CS, Rose Red PP, Petite Scallop Circles Nestabilites, Black Embossing Powder, Versamark, dimensionals, Stamps: Seeing Spots, Toile Blossoms, Favourite Greetings & some ribbon.

Check out Kristina’s blog for the Round Up & her card next week!

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Kristina Weekly Colour Inspiration is here, number 17!  This week her colour inspiration comes from this beautiful dress.  I love it!


The Colours that were pulled were:


And here’s the card.  I actually started off with something completely different, as I had a bunch of “flower buttons” that matched & was thinking of working off of the ‘pleats’ idea with the buttons, but I had the focus of a butterfly & ended up with something completely different, looking more like a bureau drawer:

The PP is from Anna Griffin, NRN Designs: RoseBuds & Blooms, NRG Designs: Orchids, Martha Stewart: Heirloom, S.U. CS: Rose Red, Regal Rose, & Sage Shadow.

Check out Kristina’s Blog next week for the Round UP!

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