6/10/10 THIS CARD WON AT AUD SENTIMENTS! THANK YOU!
6/5/10 THIS CARD WON TOP 3 AT ALY'S SUNDAY SKETCH CHALLENGE...THANK YOUHi, How is everyone this fine, sunny afternoon? I'm doing great! I just had so much fun making this card....and Yes, it is being entered into all of the challenges you see listed below! I think this is my record!!!
Maybe some of you wonder how I do this? Well, I figure today is a good day to tell you my secrets, lol... I have an Excel spreadsheet that has listed all the challenges that I am aware of. Everyday I get on the computer and log on to each of the challenges for that day and then update the spreadsheet with the new challenge of the week, if applicable...some are fortnightly or monthly. This gives me one place for me to have all of the challenges listed.
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Today, I decided I wanted to make a card using as many possible challenges as possible. So I went through my spreadsheet and chose all of the challenges that I thought could possibly work together on one card. I need to decide on a theme and sketch first, so I chose my theme to be vintage with hot air balloons. I chose the sketch at Papertake Weekly. I then rummaged through my masses of paper to try and pick out just the right ones. After choosing papers, I went through my embellishments and ribbons and fabrics to see what I thought might just work. I decided on the 2 K&Company ones and the music one was in my stash drawer. I looked at stamps and digis, too, but I decided for this card I wanted to use the Cricut. I then laid out all the elements I had picked and went to work....lol...trust me, the above, is a lot of work. Putting the card together is the easy part, as most of you know.
For this card, I used the Cricut to cut the balloons, butterfly, and tag. The balloons are from Summer in Paris, the butterfly from Storybook, and the tag from Plantin Schoolbook. I embossed one of the patterned papers using Cuttlebug's Textile folder, but it is hard to tell in the photo. I distressed all of the paper with the Tim Holtz distresser and then ink distressed on top of that. I added an eyelet to my tag and the sentiment is handwritten. I love how so many people keep track of who made each embellishment. Mine are not so organzed, unfortunately, so I can't say who made each little embelli. Just for FYI, the pearl in the center of the flower is actually a brad. The little square of fabric is from K&Company. The corner punch and one of the border punches are Fiskars. The lace border punch is MS. Everything else is from my stash drawers.
OK....ready for all of the challenges:
Create 4 Fun - vintage
Kraftin' Kimmie - how charming!
Bee Crafty - something new (just bought Summer in Paris)
Aly's Sunday Sketch - bows and ribbon
Creative Inspirations - punches or die cuts
Moxie Fab World - fabric
Polly Craft - buttons and butterflies
Pile it On - out of the box (Summer in Paris just came out of the box)
Practical Scrappers - felt, fabric, or tule
Craft Your Passion - crackles or distressing
There She Goes Color Challenge - altered corners and border punch
The Crazy Challenge - It's a girl thing (lace and pearls and flowers)
Basic Grey - punch it
A Spoon Full of Sugar - celebrations
Papertake Weekly - sketch
Creative Card Crew - pink and green
Partner in Crime - birthday
Little Red Wagon - birthday
Cricut Cardtz - brads or eyelets
Quixotic - emboss
Flutter by Wednesday - open
Tellen's Place - pink and brown
Stamp Something - birthday with DP, ribbon, bow, tag
The Creative Cottage - blooming charming
Crafts and Me - distressed
Cooking it up with Katie - wings, petals, pink
Stampin Royalty - rich razzleberry, certainly celery, pretty in pink
Aud Sentiments - "It's Your Day..."
Your Next Stamp - border punch
Sew Many Challenges - 3 embellishments or techniques and a charm
ABC Challenge - vintage
Simon Says - pink, green, brown
Fussy and Fancy - 3 images, 3 embellishments, 3 dp
My Favorite Thing - take note (music paper)
Digi Doodle Shop - anything goes
Pixie Cottage - tag
Creative Craft - ribbons and bows
Paperplay - "Up in the Air"
Pixie Dust - anything round (pearl, eyelet, buttons)
Totally Gorguss - things with wings
Delightful Sketches - texture