Saturday, June 18, 2011

Challenges Past & Present ...

I have actually missed the last two Friday Mashups!  Having been a Guest Designer for May I feel quite bad that I didn't get to put in an entry for the last two Mashups, especially since I had actually made a project for one of them!!!  Luckily I am back on track.  I thought I would still share with you the one I missed, and then the current one.   The one I missed was the Colourful Kids Challenge ...

I have to say I am cranky at myself for not getting this posted in time - it was a bit of a struggle for me to complete the project having found I don't have any "kid" stamps and these are just not my usual colours!  However I did get the project done in time but was waiting for some sunny weather to take a decent picture, and here in Canberra in winter that is not such an easy thing.  At least I can now take pics at night with my new natural light lamp!  Anyway onto my attempt ... not a card this time but rather a little decorated dvd box.  I hope we get these empty cases in our next Idea Book & Catalogue here in Australia, they are so great.

This is the outside of the case.  I used the Colour Collections Stack of dsp and made the binding with the Daffodil Delight.  The little owl was just too cute not to put on the front of this one.  The idea of the parachute was from a Secret Santa gift I received last year, and I think it just looks really adorable.  My daughter however took one look and said "why would an owl need a parachute? Owls have wings!"

 Inside the case I put a matching decorated notebook and two matching mini gel pens.  My plan for this was to give it to my sister to keep in her hand bag for those times when they are out shopping and my adorable little niece is being not so adorable!  I am thinking of doing up one for my own handbag to keep a notebook and pen handy and neat and tidy. 

The challenge this week was to
  1. Create a Summer Theme Project
  2. Create a project using Polka Dots
  3. Or Mash It Up and create a Summer Themed Project using Polka Dots

I decided, as usual to go for the Mashup.   I picked nice summery colours Melon Mambo and Peach Parfait and used the Eastern Blooms set to make the feature flowers and to make the matching background paper.  The sentiment is from the Short & Sweet stamp set, I love this little set, great little sentiments that go with so many projects, and fit inside the word window punch (not used here).  The polka dots are a bit of a stretch but if you look closely at the centre of each flower you will see that they are covered in polka dots! 

I am also entering this card in the Stamping 411 sketch challenge this week.

Pop over to both sites and see what others have done with these challenges, let them know what you think when you visit their blogs.  I love comments too so please let me know what you think of my creations.

Happy Stamping


  1. Monique, both fabulous creations, as usual.

    You're a naughty girl for dropping me a line to say you've got a sensational idea for Fan Favourites and NOT sharing it with me....I have to wait till your post goes live! *sigh*

  2. Wow - these are awesome! So creative and colorful! Thanks so much for playing with us at the Friday Mashup!

  3. Fantastic job on both cards Monique! So glad to have you playing along again with us at The Friday Mashup, we missed you!

  4. Those cases are in our new Catty that comes out in July.. So all fingers crossed you should get them too.. I love both of these, Glad to see you back creating again.. we missed you! Thanks for sharing them with us at the Friday Mashup!

  5. So good to have you back! I love both projects...especially that first one. What a great gift! Thanks for playing with us again this week!

  6. Love the bright summery colors on your Stamping 411 sketch card! Great job!

  7. This set looks totally different with these colors. Amazing what color can do.

  8. I love the blend of colors on the flowers! Perfect summer card! Thanks for playing along with Stamping 411 :)

  9. This is such a bright, happy card! Just beautiful! Thanks so much for being part of the Stamping 411 Challenge this week! Blessings, Gretchen

  10. Great job on this one. Such bright and fun summer colours and a wonderful layout! Thanks for playing at The Friday Mashup this week.

  11. Oooh! Bold, bright and wonderful!!!

  12. What a bright and cheery card!! Love it! Thanks for playing along with us!!

  13. I sometimes struggle with kiddie cards too.. you knocked it out of the park! totally worth the wait! Thanks for playing along with stamping 411 this week.


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