Join us for a Weekend Challenge

Join us for a Weekend Challenge

Getting over the blank-page hurdle is often the hardest part of being creative. By participating in the Weekend Challenge you will exercise your “getting started” brain power. With every challenge, you will stretch your thinking and hopefully learn to find unexpected inspiration in the world around you.

Each week, on Friday, I will post a weekly weekend challenge in our Facebook Group (Click HERE to Join)  – this could be a Clean & Simple Challenge, Try a new technique, Colour combination, Card Sketch or a new Ways to Use current stamping tools

How it Works

– A new challenge will be posted every Friday afternoon in our Facebook Group (approx. 2pm). There is no time limit; this is not a contest and no prizes will be awarded. However, you maybe featured on my blog (with your permission of course)

– This challenge is all about fun. I will give no criticism about how you interpreted the inspiration piece (actually I like the long stretches because it helps demonstrate that you can get just the ‘kick’ you need from anything around you even if it ends up totally different than how you expected).

– Upload your card to the weekly challenge thread in our facebook group for all to see, feel free to comment and like others projects

Can’t wait to see you in our facebook group soon.

Weekend Challenge #3

Weekend Challenge #3

This week we have a sketch challenge.  I use to think sketches were hard, but after you’ve done a few they become quite easy and to be honest a sketch is now my go to for inspiration when I need a “Kickstart in my Creativity”

How to Use a Sketch 

Sketches are basically blueprints for your creativity. Sketches are made up of different shapes and elements and are basically an outline to follow.  The purpose of a sketch is to give you inspiration for the layout of your card design.

I’ve stamped the outline image of the flower from Garden Bloom stamp set with Rich Razzleberry ink over the top portion of my cardbase.  The bottom portion is 2″ x 5-7/8″ piece DSP from the Garden Bloom DSP pack.

I’ve stamped my greeting from Teeny Tiny Sentiments in Rich Razzleberry Ink, and finished my card with some Whisper White Bakers Twine.

Alternative Tips & Ideas

There are different ways you can interpret this sketch try one of the following suggestions

  • Emboss a piece of cardstock with your favourite embossing folder to add texture or your favourite Patterned Paper
  • Change the orientation of the sketch design and create a portrait card
  • Replace the bow for a button

Now it’s Your Turn

Create a project using the sketch above as inspiration.  Add your project to our Facebook Group HERE

Weekend Challenge: Use Those Scraps

Weekend Challenge: Use Those Scraps

Getting over the blank-page hurdle is often the hardest part of being creative. By participating in the Weekend Challenge you will exercise your “getting started” brain power. With every challenge, you will stretch your thinking and hopefully learn to find unexpected inspiration in the world around you.

Each week, on Friday, I will post a weekly weekend challenge in our Facebook Group (Click HERE to Join)  – this could be a Clean & Simple Challenge, Try a new technique, Colour combination, Card Sketch or a new way to use current stamping tools

How it Works

– A new challenge will be posted every Friday afternoon in our Facebook Group (approx. 2pm). There is no time limit; this is not a contest and no prizes will be awarded. However, you maybe featured on my blog (with your permission of course)

– This challenge is all about fun. I will give no criticism about how you interpreted the inspiration piece (actually I like the long stretches because it helps demonstrate that you can get just the ‘kick’ you need from anything around you even if it ends up totally different than how you expected).

– Upload your card to the weekly challenge thread in our facebook group for all to see, feel free to comment and like others projects

Here’s my project this week

Birthday Blooms, You've Got This

For today’s project I’ve used all my scraps, I has so many off cuts of coloured cardstock, and this challenge provided an opportunity for me to use them.  I love the rainbow look.  Stampin’ Up! make it so easy on page 183 on the Annual Catalogue, a colour key has been provided.  This made it super easy to decide which colour goes in what order.

Birthday Blooms, You've Got This

I’ve used the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Versamark ink n the rainbow panel.  I love how the colour just pops.  Versarmark was also used on my greeting and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Birthday Blooms, You've Got This

Now it’s Your Turn

I need an easy challenge this week and my stampin desk sure could use some cleaning so….this week’s challenge is to find ways to use up your SCRAPS. For this challenge you are allowed to use one half sheet of cardstock and the rest of your cardstock (and ribbon if you desire) should come from you scrap pile. I used to do this a lot and sometimes it would help me come up with creative colour combos or designs. Once I got a really great colour combo just by dropping my scrap bag and the first few pieces that fell out looked really cool together…now if I could just remember what it was. Also if you have any neat ideas for storing your scraps or what you do with them, be sure to post your ideas to share with us. in our facebook group HERE

Please remember to put WC02 in your keywords section and post a link to this thread. As always, there are no time limits and feel free to add some tips or techniques in this thread as well. Also feel free to post as many cards as you wish and feel free to keep posting even after this week is done…no limits.

Weekend Challenge: Patterned Paper

Weekend Challenge: Patterned Paper 

It’s been raining here for the past week perfect weather for crafting.  However, our little town received 226mm in three days which caused a lot of flooding. Although we are safe, other parts of town were not.  Many were evacuated from their homes, others were stranded on property with no way in or out.  Roads were blocked from all directions.  Despite all the water, everyone was in high spirits and enjoying the long awaited needed rain.

View across the street from my house

With so much water and nowhere to go, gave me the perfect opportunity to sit down and complete our first Weekend Challenge.  

What is the Weekend Challenge

Getting over the blank-page hurdle is often the hardest part of being creative. By participating in the Weekend Challenge you will exercise your “getting started” brain power. With every challenge, you will stretch your thinking and hopefully learn to find unexpected inspiration in the world around you.

Each week, on Friday, I will post a weekly weekend challenge in our Facebook Group (Click HERE to Join)  – this could be a Clean & Simple Challenge, Try a new technique, Colour combination, Card Sketch or a new way to use current stamping tools

How it Works

– A new challenge will be posted every Friday afternoon in our Facebook Group (approx. 2pm). There is no time limit; this is not a contest and no prizes will be awarded. However, you maybe featured on my blog (with your permission of course)

– This challenge is all about fun. I will give no criticism about how you interpreted the inspiration piece (actually I like the long stretches because it helps demonstrate that you can get just the ‘kick’ you need from anything around you even if it ends up totally different than how you expected).

– Upload your card to the weekly challenge thread in our facebook group for all to see, feel free to comment and like others projects.

Weekend Challenge 01

Try to find ways to use Patterned Paper in your work. You can make anything you wish and use the SU designer series paper or just plain any printed or scrapbooking papers you have on hand. These papers can add a fun, quick and easy way to jazz up your work. Have fun and don’t forget to put WC01 in your keywords section when you upload and post a link back to this thread. As always, there are no time limits and feel free to add some tips or techniques in this thread as well.

Weekend Challenge- Patterned Paper

My project today, I’ve created a weaving patterned using the Picture Perfect Party DSP Pack.  To create the weaving pattern, I cut strips of Pattern Paper 1″ wide and laid them in opposite directions across each other to create the weaving look.

My greeting is from Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set, and is heat embossed in silver embossing powder. Cut the greeting out using Layed Circle Framelit dies.

Check out my Patterned Paper Online class for other ideas on how to use your Designer Paper differently.

Now it’s Your Turn

Try to find ways to use Patterned Paper in your work. You can make anything you wish and use the SU designer series paper or just plain any printed or scrapbooking papers you have on hand. These papers can add a fun, quick and easy way to jazz up your work. Have fun and don’t forget to put WC01 in your keywords section when you upload and post a link back to this thread. As always, there are no time limits and feel free to add some tips or techniques in this thread as well.