HYCCT, Post #4

I’m doing a pretty good job of getting these challenges done! I suppose a few of you wonder where on earth I find the time to do all of these, but I usually sit down in the evening after the toddler’s in bed. Many nights, I’m too tired to sit at the craft desk, but I try to surf a bit and think about the challenges, come up with a plan so that when I do find the time to sit down, I’m ready to go! The baby does like his attention in the evenings too, but he’s goes through periods of exploration and cuddles. Gives me a bit of time to play!

Anyway, on two particularly successful nights, I managed to get six cards done!

This challenge was to use a sugary sweet image “to help the medicine go down”. I found this stamp that has never been used. I debated using the accompanying images, but in the end I liked the fit of this Riley & Company sentiment better. This card was also the Viva la Verve sketch week 2 for October.

Next up was to make a card inspired by your hero. This was hard for me, as I’m not really sure who I consider my “hero”. While going through a list of names of people I admired, I noted many of them were women. So, this card was for the”girls” in my life that I admire and look up to.

Next challenge was for an uplifting card with a funny image or sentiment. Straight to my Riley & Company challenge for this one!

Next up was the challenge titled “something missing”, which inspired us to use our creativity and make a card with something missing. There were lots of fabulous samples for this challenge – spots of color missing, a hat off of a snowman trio, missing leaves on a tree, etc. I went with “missing” color and did a black and white card…not a stitch of color in this one!

This challenge was called “chicks stick together” and was meant to celebrate friendship. I love how this card turned out!

And that last card I got done was to use warm colors and something fuzzy. The warm colors was easy, but I went through my stamp drawers several times trying to figure out the perfect “fuzzy” image. It’s getting colder here, so I decided to honor my fuzzy warm socks!

Today Claire wasn’t around the house, so I reserved some time for a bit of crafting. I decided today was “messy day”, dedicated to the technique challenges that have popped up. They didn’t take nearly as long as I thought, but now I have to make full cards with all the pieces.

Here’s the run down:

- 16 cards done

-parts of 4 more done

- 11 more posted challenges to complete

- 4 more challenges to be posted.

- 9 more evenings before the HYCCT entry deadline.

Can I get them all done?

Riley & Company – Think Pink

Happy Riley & Company challenge time! Glad you could join us this week. Kerin’s got a great challenge for us. Monochromatic Pink is the name of the game. Her challenge is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This Funny Bones image is called “Give them Something to Talk About”. What a great piece of advice!

Want to play along with us? Then all you have to do is make a project with a Riley & Company image and then head over to the Riley & Company blog to link up your card/project so that we can see what you created. No blog? No problem! Just use the keyword RILEY2214 when uploading your card to a public gallery (such as Splitcoast Stampers).  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Riley & Company Design Team’s blogs to see what fabulous creation they made for this challenge:

This card used MFT Sketch MFTWSC49.

HYCCT 2014, Post #3

Hey, I’m back with a few more cards from the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at SplitCoast Stampers.

First challenge was to make a card with music, birds, hearts or words of encouragement. So, I made this fun thinking of you card. I haven’t used much of this music themed paper I was given, so it was fun to pull it out and make an interesting background. This card was inspired by one of the October 2014 Viva la Verve sketch (and inspiration) challenges. The colors were perfect!

The next challenge was to “go stampless”. No stamps on your card. I used a background technique I’ve admired. I put my circles onto the paper and then ran it all through my embossing folder. I also used rub ons for my sentiment, rather than a stamp.

This challenge was to use a bear image and pink colors. Truthfully, I’m not 100% sure I like the way this one turned out. My biggest complaint is the dark bear. He was supposed to be a shade lighter, but my copic ran out of color. I’ll have to go get it refilled her shortly.

And finally this card was to use pink and purple and 2 of something. I found this great pink and purple butterfly paper in a card kit I was sent and paired it with my brand new Butterfly of Happiness stamp set…see my 2 butterflies? This sketch came from this week’s Mojo Monday challenge.

That makes 10 cards done. Hey, it’s not a 100% record, but pretty good for how it’s been around here!

HYCCT 2014, Post #2

I’m back with another three creations from the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at SplitCoast Stampers. These ones were fun! And, I’m quite happy with the cards.

This first challenge was to use an image of something with a handle. I muddled this over for a bit and then chose this SU Espress Yourself set and a little “pick me up” card. Again, I used a challenge sketch for this card, from Sketch N Stas.

The next challenge was so much fun! The challenge was to “hold it together” without your usual resources – aka, your adhesive. You weren’t allowed to do a one layer card, but had to find ways to “stick” everything together in other ways…stitching, brads, staples, etc.  At first, it was a bit scary to contemplate. But then I found this sketch over at Nacho Challenge and was inspired! Here is my creation.

The blue piece has been stitched on with bakers twine and my hole puncher. The flags are attached by brads, as are the flowers. Not a single strip of adhesive on this baby! :)

And, the last challenge was to “strip down” and use your leftover papers to make your project background. I have a ton of scraps, so this challenge was kind of exciting. And, I love the quilting technique and haven’t done it in awhile. I also didn’t do my usual straight layers, but overlapped the pieces a bit.

This card used the color combination posted over at colourQ this week. I suppose the combination was supposed to be more of a Halloween inspired combo, but I went with a birthday card instead.

Well, today’s the 16th of October. 18 challenges posted, six down. Gotta get working on a bit more!

Unidentified Image Swap

I’m a couple of days late with this one, but kept forgetting to grab a picture of my creation!

The next round of my Unidentified Image Swap finished on October 10th. Lela chose our image this month and she picked this cute holiday image. Here’s how I finished the card for the swap.

See you in two months. Wonder what Barb will pick for our December image?

Hope You Can Cling To

Scroll one post down for today’s Riley & Company Challenge!

October is Hope You Can Cling To month over at SplitCoast Stampers. It’s an entire month of challenges – one every day plus a few. The cards created are meant to be sent to a cancer treatment centre in Texas. For me, its quite expensive to mail all that paper from Canada to the US, but I’ve found a place here in my town that I’m going to try to donate my cards to.

I’m not sure how many cards I’ll be able to get done. Here we are the 14th of the month, 16 challenges in and I’m posting my first three cards. But, I’m going to keep at it and try to get as many done as I wanted to.

The first challenge was a technique challenge and the technique creates a raised image. This is definitely a technique that requires a couple of attempts, but this one is okay for now. I used the sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for this one.

The second challenge was to use something to represent light on our card. I have this great new stamp from Unity, which I love, and chose to use it. Again, I used a challenge sketch for my card. This one came from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

And the final card for now required “something that floats”. I used one of my favorite Riley images, Balloon Riley, and also used the October Week 1 sketch from Viva La Verve.

Riley & Company – Halloween Creations!

It’s time to celebrate Halloween over at the Riley & Company challenges! What will you scare up for us?

Vampire Riley helped me scare up this beauty for you. You can find him over at the Riley & Company store with many other fabulous Halloween images.

Want to play along with us? Then all you have to do is make a project with a Riley & Company image and then head over to the Riley & Company blog to link up your card/project so that we can see what you created. No blog? No problem! Just use the keyword RILEY2114 when uploading your card to a public gallery (such as Splitcoast Stampers).  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Riley & Company Design Team’s blogs to see what fabulous creation they made for this challenge:

This card used MFT Sketch MFTWSC8.