Category Archives: Challenges

TCCCB – Recipe Challenge

Hello, welcome to the mid-month challenge with The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog!

Twice a month we roll out fantastic challenges for your to play along with and we work with great sponsors so you get to see art from a wide variety of talented artists.

Our challenge this fortnight is a Recipe Challenge. The recipe is – 3 papers, 2 butterflies, 1 flower. Ready, set go!

The sponsor I’m working with this time is one of my favorites, Bugaboo Stamps. A fellow Canadian, I always love working with their terrific images. And, the image is Flower Jar.

I’m also entering this card in the tic tac toe challenge over at The House that Stamps Built. I selected their Stitching/Pattern Papers/Bright Colors line.

Come on and play in this great challenge! You can link up your entry over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog from now through the end of the month. Come and check us out!

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Sketch Saturday #499

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new sketch challenge over at Sketch Saturday. Every Saturday a new sketch is posted and you have until Friday the following week to enter for a chance to win a prize from their terrific sponsors. We hope you’ll come play with us!

Here is sketch challenge #499:

The sponsor this week is Scrap N’ Dipity and the image I’m working with is the adorable I Love Carrots Too! Scrap N’ Dipity is sponsoring a prize, so make sure you create along with us and link it up for a chance to win!

Here is my card created with this sketch.

I hope you come and play along with us! Head on over to the Sketch Saturday blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!

Teapotter Tuesdays

Another first over at SplitCoast Stampers. They do these Teapotter Tuesday challenges. As best as I can figure, the challenge inspiration used to come from these creative teapot pictures. But, I think it’s evolved over the years into a number of things. Usually, there is a “Teaparty”, which means someone is on the receiving end of the cards (optional).

Then, depending on that persons story, the inspiration may come from their likes, interests, challenges in life, etc. And, then we’re given “inspiration” picture, which often includes a beautifully decorated teapot.

So, this is my first time playing in the challenge. This week, the card recipient is a lady in the US who is older, lives alone and needs some mid-winter cheering up. She loves farm animals, flowers and bible verses, so this is what I created.

Hope she enjoys it!

TCCCB – Humourous

Hello, welcome to the February 1st challenge with The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog!

Twice a month we roll out fantastic challenges for your to play along with and we work with great sponsors so you get to see art from a wide variety of talented artists.

Our challenge theme this fortnight is Humourous. So, grab your puns, jokes and wise crack advice and let’s see ’em!

The sponsor I’m working with this challenge is My Stitch Back in Twine. I had the opportunity to play with Bite Me Lips.  This was great because it’s an image I wouldn’t normally pick, but I got to try some new techniques and playing with my gel pen for highlights. It turned out quite well!

To add the funny, I also paired it with a Riley and Company sentiment, which is quite perfect for this image!

Come on and play in this great challenge! You can link up your entry over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog from now through the middle of the month. Come and check us out!

Mystery Image Swap – January 2018

Well, I didn’t think I’d make it, but here I am with my Mystery Image card before the end of the month (cue horn, release balloons, light the cake).

That’s right, I’m back again for another year and, as usual, Imke leads us off with her image.

I HAVE to buy this. I have been eyeing it for so long and it’s BOO-TI-FUL!! It’s Poppy Girl from Unity Stamps. Definitely a must have.

While working on my card shower kits, I found this piece of bright green paper in one kit and had to pull it out for this card…it just spoke to me. I wanted to pair it with orange, so off to my pattern paper scrap stash to find the perfect piece.

What a great way to kick off the year, with this beauty!

And, it’s off to Ruby…watch your mailbox! 😉

Craft Your Stash! January 2018

I have continued on in the Craft Your Stash group at SplitCoast Stampers. Every month, a new challenge designed to “use your stash”. Oh, I so need this!

Jeanette was our challenge ringleader this month and her challenge of choice was to use three different designer/patterned papers. I happened to glance through the challenge thread earlier today and there were some GREAT cards!

And, here’s mine!

So, to start with, last night I decided to clean up my craft room a bit. I had a bunch of kits that had been “used” and have leftover bibs and bobs. Usually, I start to reorganize them into papers, images, ribbon and embellishments to use for other projects. It was simply a sorting activity, but I came across this set of images and papers and decided it needed to be my Craft Your Stash creation.

So then, I went after a sketch and found Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.  Dilemma time. I really wanted to use that doily, but I needed a third pattern! So, I did a quick and simple edit/addition and added the black and white paper across the front and…there I go! Best of both worlds.

I will be back next month! See you then.

2017 Card Kits – #4

I’m crafting at a snail’s pace, but I’m working on it! My next card shower kit off my desk is one from Laura Jean. She sent me these adorable Crazy Birds and accessories.

First card up was a challenge sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Of course, this challenge was from LAST week, so I missed the link up, but wanted to give them proper credit for their inspiration.

And this one was from the Feeling Sketchy, sketch #185. This took a ridiculous amount of fiddling to get it just the way I wanted it, but overall, I’m happy!

Thanks Laura Jean! Great kit.

Whose up next? Not quite sure yet…or when I’ll get to it. But, I”m having a really tweet time!