Some would say that I have, well and truly, been bitten by the challenge bug and I'd have to cheerfully agree that they just may be right. I have had so much fun participating in the challenges that I have of late. I am gently trying to muster up the courage to take on another one or two additional challenges, as I have been having such a blast with Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenges and (*whispers* my gorgeously squidgy favorite) CR84FN, but am not really sure where else to take the plunge. I'd love to hear which are your favorite challenges and what you'd recommend for me. What I love most about the CR84FN and Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenges is that, with them, I feel free to be creative using any of my much coveted stamps, tools, papers and techniques etc., while branching out and trying new and innovative shapes, compositions and color combinations. Plus, I am really enjoying the good old stretch that my beloved newfound challenge sites are offering me at present.
My most current card entry into both the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge and the CR84FN Color Challenge was a fun one indeed. Fun like a hard workout is once the soreness fades and the realizations start to come to the fore that you've actually broken through a barrier or jumped over a hurdle and have been inspired to move beyond one's own personal best. Mind you, I sure would love to win one of these challenges one day (I can always wish and dream, right?), but I can already see how just participating in them makes me a winner already, as with each entry there is exponential growth. How fabulous is that? Maybe I should make up my own blinkies. Hmm, now that might just be one of my more kooky, albeit crafty, (yet still hairbrained) ideas to date. Oh well, you know me...if there is merrymaking to be had, why not have it? *wink*
I just adored the challenge of making another shaped card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge, although I still find it a struggle to come up with the right sized envelope. Currently, my circle card is in a standard rectangular envie and looks much like one's little brother wearing big bro's sweater (a jumper for my fellow Australian compadres). Not the best look. As for the colors used for the CR84FN Color Challenge (talk about skinning up my nose when I first saw the trio for this week's color challenge), I just couldn't see how I could personally make them work. But now, I do declare...I think that they work exceptionally well together and I even got to use that Larry bright blue bit of lace that I certainly never imagined that I would before now. Bonus! I also cracked opened a pot of white acrylic paint and got to use some cool iridescent paint to tjuz up the card's edges and that natty little butterfly. Bliss. All in all, another great challenge workout was had.
My Fun, Free To Be Flutterby Card:
With flash in order to capture the iridescence:
Thank you ever so much for stopping by. Your visits mean so much to me. x
- Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Asian Gardens
- Paper: Papertrey Ink Soft Stone and Aqua Mist Cardstock, BoBunny Gabrielle PP (the aqua butterfly PP), K&C Company Julianne DP (the blue/gray bottom half of the scallop with leaf flourishes)
- Ink: Brilliance Lightening Black, Distress Ink in Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood, Broken China, and Vintage Photo
- Accessories: Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Scalloped Circles, Standard Scalloped Circles Large, Blue Vintage Lace, Papertrey Ink Baker's Twine in New Leaf, Enchanted Evening, and Chocolate, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gloss Acrylic White Paint, Jo Sonja Blue and Tourquoise Iridescent Acrylic Paint, KaiserCraft Blue Rhinestones, and Blue/Green Iridescent ribbon 1/4"(behind sentiment), Signo White Gel Pen, and Tim Holtz Embossing Folder in Rays.