There were 40 challenges this year! I didn't get all of them done for the month but I did have some fun with a few. I always look forward to this event every October. It seems to jump start my creativity after months of not making anything, just in time to think about & make holiday cards. On to the cards!!
Challenge: Stop & Smell the Roses - use roses.
Stamps: Close to my Heart-Floral Happiness Ink & Paper: Stampin'Up!
Other: Misti, scissors to fussy cut, foam tape to pop up flowers, glue
Challenge: Finish Line - include a hand draw a line & have something crossing it
Stamps: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps-Cute Critters Paper: DCWV Ink: Versafine, Tombow markers
Other: pen & ruler to draw finish line and border around sentiment
Teehee, I cracked myself up with this one, thanks to SNSS critters. Hopefully some little boy will enjoy this. : )
Challenge: use the Wrinkle Free Distress technique
Inks: TH Distress Ink pads Paper: Shimmer paper for die cuts
Other: Taylored Expressions-Silhouette Stems 3 die, Memory Box-Sketchbook Love die
I smeared a stripe for each of 3 color pads onto my craft mat, spritzed it with a water mister then swiped the paper thru it a few times to pick up the ink creating a background. I could keep doing this, it was fun!
Challenge: Strengthen the designer paper - embellishing it.
Paper: DCWV-Cafe Mediterranean Other: McGill Tag punch, Taylored Expressions-Hello die, brad,
Sakura Stardust pen (used on white flowers), foam tape
I cut out spare flowers and popped a few of them up on the background (white) and glued some of the blue flowers to the tag : )
Challenge: Strength in Numbers-use masking technique to make a group of people or animals
Stamps: Great Impressions-Fish (single fish with air bubbles), Hero Arts-sentiment
Ink: Versafine, Tombow markers Other: Spellbinders Rectangle die, Clear window plastic (fish tank window),
Stamp-a-ma-jig (to make a pool of fish with one fish)!
Challenge: Pretty Tattoo - use image and or words that would make a pretty tattoo
Stamps: Misty Mountain Rubber Stamps-flower, Art Impressions-sentiment Ink: Versafine, Tombow markers
Other: CB Distressed Stripes EF, foam tape
Challenge: Create a cure - make a colorful background using the Salting Technique
Stamp: Hero Arts-sentiment Inks: Versafine, Artist's Loft pearlescent watercolors Paper: DCWV, Shimmer paper for die cut, Watercolor paper for background Other: Spellbinders-Butterfly Magic die, Kosher salt, water mister
I didn't get the paints very wet so I had to mist the paper well before shaking the salt onto it. The salt absorbs the water (thus some color) leaving a speckled background. I really did not like this background using the pearlescent wc paint but I couldn't find my other watercolors and I didn't have time to play with this technique more before the challenge period ended. I tried to pretty it up using the die cut. : )
Challenge: I am a warrior - create a card that shows strength or inspiration
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs-Keep Climbing & Mountain sets Ink: Versafine-black & blue, Memento-brown
Basic, but colorful with the layering, inspiring, may be masculine tho I wouldn't mind receiving it. :)
Challenge: split the difference- make full card front and split it with a sentiment strip.
Stamp: Stampendous Ink: Versafine Other: Memory Box - Reverse Butterfly Collage, Faber-Castell Gelatos & water,
Perfect Pearls mist (to perk up the otherwise stark black background!)
I love this Reverse Butterfly Collage die, so much easier to adhere down than the intricate butterfly die I used on another card (below)! The sentiment I cut by hand into a banner of sorts. I didn't want to cover too much of that background. :)
Challenge: Thank Pink - make a pink thank you card
Stamp: SU Vivid Greetings Ink: SU Other: Memory Box-Fancy Blossoms flower die, Stickles, foam tape
Challenge: Orange you glad...? Make a card using Orange
Paper: Core'dinations Dies: Taylored Expressions - Curly Swirlies, Little Yellow Bicycle-Hope
Hmm, I should use orange more often, I think I like it. : )
Challenge: Trash Cancer - use an item to represent each letter in the word TRASH.
Here I used Teal/Turquoise color, Red, paper with applique background (?!), a sentiment and a hat!
Stamps: Great Impressions Ink: Versafine, Tombow markers Paper: K&Company
Other: scissors to cut out image, foam tape to pop it up : )
Challenge: Thanks Bunches - use masking to make a bunch of something
Stamps: River City Rubber Works-Tulip bunch topper (clear acrylic stamp), Unknown-pot with bow (red rubber on wood mount), Stampworkz Crafters Companion-sentiment Ink: Versafine, Tombow markers Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig,
scrap & scissors to make a mask of the bunch of tulips
Ha, Good Golly, looking at this now, several months later, how did I do this?! It was a challenge, and I only made one card, I remember that much! Notice the flowers & pot are 2 separate stamps and 2 different types, one clear, the other not! One pot with one collection of tulips apparently wasn't "a bunch" enough for me at the time, I must have been feeling creative that night! Anything to add to a challenge for myself! : )
Challenge: Relationships matter - card representing this
Stamps: Great Impressions-image, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps-sentiment Ink: Versafine, Tombow markers,
Sakura Stardust pen Other: CB-Baby's Breath EF, May Arts Ribbon
Challenge: Hearts for Hope- use 3 hearts and some red : )
Dies: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps-Bottom of my Heart, Cuttlebug-Love Language sentiment, Diamonds in the rough EF
Challenge: Can I get a ride? - use image of mode a of transportation
Stamps: Great Impressions-bicycle, CTMH-sentiment Ink: versafine, Tombow markers,
Sakura Stardust pen (traced sentiment, accent flowers) Paper: DCWV
Challenge: Food for the Body & Soul - something sweet!
Paper: Kathy Davis-Hello Sunshine Stamp: SU Watercolor Words Ink: Versamark
Other: Moon Glow EP - 2 tone Midnight Sapphire & Obsidian, Foam tape (pop up extra cupcake)
I love the look of this 2 tone EP, straight on it looks black so had to angle it so you could see the beautiful blue!! It really helps the sentiment pop on that busy paper!
Challenge: Light Days - use the ombre technique to make a background
Ink: SU Cameo Coral reinker Paper: Watercolor, Shimmer for die cuts
Dies: Memory Box - Waltzing Butterflies, Sketchbook Joy
Wet watercolor paper with water mister, spread with brush. Drip reinker on acrylic block, use brush to add color to wet watercolor paper, starting at one end and spread back and forth working way down the page, allowing color to get lighter toward opposite end.
Challenge: Candy Striper Comfort - use red & white stripes
Paper: Penny Black-Madison, Silver shimmer paper (curly swirly) Other: Taylored Expressions-Curly Swirlies die,
Little Yellow Bicycle-Love die
Challenge: First class, no extra postage needed, bonus use postage like images
Stamps: Make an Impression-postage stamp, unknown maker of cube stamp of Christmas images
Ink: Memento, Tombow markers, Versamark
Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig (to place 4 postage images as close together as possible like a sheet of stamps),
Sakura Stardust pen to accent images, Roller to apply layer of Versamark over whole thing, Clear EP for a nice shiny & sealing layer
Whew! Ok, maybe I should have split this up into a few parts. This review makes me want to go play, but sadly, I think it's time to call it a night. Besides, it's time for me to "move aaawaay from the computer"! Break away from staring, unglue from my seat and back it up & out! Good night!