Sunday, 31 January 2010

A Weekend of Challenges

I had a great time this weekend doing a ton of challenges! (So glad my BF doesn't mind too much :P I needed the stress relief after teaching 30 8 year olds all week including a fab trip to CadburyWorld on Thursday!!) Splitcoast Stampers had a mini Virtual Stamp Night and I love doing these challenges. You get 45 minutes to do each challenge, but I will admit I do sometimes go over the time limit by a few minutes here and there. (I'm going to be a hostess for one of the challenges in the main VSN on February 26th too!!) I always try to combine my challenges so lots of my cards are for several different ones, so bare with me through the long post.

My first card is for VSN#1 - to use the colours of a partcipating country's flag on your project. I chose Estonia's colours for no other reason than I liked them. It's also for Sweet Stamping's Challenge #11 to use scallops and the Sketch Challenge #265 on SCS too. This is a Stampin' Up Only card as well (SUO). All of these products for this card can be purchased through me!! 


Recipe:

Stamps: A Beautiful Thing, Vintage Labels

Papers: Basic Black, Whisper Whiste, Bashful Blue DSP

Inks: Basic Black, Bashful Blue

Accessories: Black striped grosgrain ribbon, Scalloped circle punch


VSN#2 was to use snow on a card. I also combined this one with Papertake's Weekly Sketch Challenge #33 and Farm Fresh Friday's challenge to use monochromatics on your card. I used blues as they were perfect colours for this snow challenge. I masked off the wheels on my Skateboarding Ian to make him snowboard instead and it worked!


Recipe:

Stamps: Best Wishes & More, Skateboarding Ian

Papers: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Navy pearlescet paper, Non SU white card

Inks: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Ciaos

Accessories: Doodlebug Lily White Velvet Flock, Circle Nestabilities


VSN#3 was to use red, white and wool! I never use wool for anything so I had to "borrow" some from school for this challenge. I combined it with Our Creative Corner's Sketch Challenge as well. I'm not a particular fan of hearts so all my Valentine inspired challenge cards will be using these 2 SU stamp sets!


Recipe:

Stamps: Simply Said, Darling Dots

Papers: Whisper White, Real Red cs and Dp from a retired hostess pack

Inks: Basic Black, Real Red

Accessories: Red wool, red heart gems


VSN#4 was to use the chalkboard technique. I love this technique and used it here on a previous Inspiring Inkin' challenge. I also used Mercy's Sketch #58 and Color Throwdown's #77 for the combo.


Recipe:

Stamps: Live Your Dream

Papers: Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze DSP, Basic Black

Inks: Whisper White craft ink, Stampin' Pastels

Accessories: Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, Fleur de Lis Borderabilities, Blue Zoomz

VSN#5 was to use the letter S, the Kissing technique, white as the only neutral and pink. I used Truly Scrumptious' Sketch #24, CC#255 on SCS and it is also for A Passion for Papertrey's Nature Challenge. Phew!!


Recipe:

Stamps: Everyday Classics, Signature Greetings, Polka Dot Basics, Wishing You all from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Pretty in Pink cs and DP from retired hostess pack, Melon Mambo DP, Blush Blossom, Whisper White

Inks: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, White gel pen

Accessories: Melon Mambo polka dot grosgrain ribbon


VSN#6 was to use the spotlighting technique. I used the colours from Stacey's Curtain Call #14 as well and I love these ones together. 


Recipe:

Stamps: Upsy Daisy

Papers: Orchid Opulence, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Bashful Blue DSP

Inks: Orchid Opulence, Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon, Clear Zoomz, Ticket Corner punch


And that was all the VSN challenges done so I started on some others! This first one is for Carol's Sketch Fun #19 and SCS CC242 (an old colour combo I missed). It's those same 2 heart stamps again LOL



Recipe:

Stamps: Simply Said, Darling Dots

Papers: Kraft, Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo cs and DP, Groom DSP

Inks: Basic Black, Melon Mambo 

Accessories: Black organza ribbon, Scallop edge punch

My next one is for Mojo#123 and another old colour combo on SCS, CC179. I'm slowly catching up with all the old colour challenges that I've missed but it will take me a while. I've done all the sketch challenges and am now working through the colour and featured stamper ones. This colour combo is gorgeous though! How on earth did I miss it when it came out??!! I also attempted to use my blender pens again on this card - not too bad a job! I'm slowly getting there with them!


Recipe:

Stamps: Floral Symphony and Circular Sayings from Verve

Papers: Taken With Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive DSP

Inks: Taken With Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive

Accessories: Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, Circle Nestabilities, purple buttons from stash.


And my final card of the weekend was another triple challenge: CC247 on SCS, Our Creative Corner's Music Challenge and Just Us Girls#18 to create a pennant banner. I was going to miss out the JUGS challenge as I don't do pennant banners, but then I saw one of the other ladies had done a mini one on a card and knew I had to copy her idea! It goes perfectly with this guitarist stamp as well.


Recipe:

Stamps: Extreme Guitar, Swirling Stars wheel

Papers: basic Black, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede

Inks: Basic Black, Soft Suede

Accessories: Sizzix Chocolatey Goodness alphabet

Phew! that's all my cards for this weekend. I'll be back during the week with another new project for you all. Enjoy!!

17 comments:

  1. your cards are all fabulous, Vannessa! I especially love the spotlighting technique on your Curtain Call card:) Thanks so much for playing...better late than never, I always say...LOL! Have a great week...and make sure you check out the new Curtain Call challenge I posted today:)

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  2. My goodness you've been busy! Love the banner you created on your card! Thanks for playing our JUGs challenge!

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  3. OMG! You are one busy person! All of these cards are amazing! I like every single one of them!
    Welsome to "Sweet Stampin"!
    I do truly love what you did for our challenge this week! The blue on this card is a wonderful colr! I love it! Thank you for joining us for this weeks "Sweet Stampin" challenge! Please do come back and enter! Your cards are all wonderful!
    HUGS
    Rach ~ Queen La Rubba

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  4. Fabulous collection Vannessa! you have indeed been busy!!
    I managed 7 cards this weekend, but they are all samples for my class on Tuesday :)
    thanks so much for joining my sketch challenge again this time, you've done a great job!

    Carol x

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  5. you have really got some beauties here!! I love the CTD card--that chalkboard technique is perfect for this color combo!! Thanks for playing along with the CTD challenge this week!!

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  6. Wow, you have been busy! So many wonderful creations!

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  7. WOW!!! you've been one busy lady! these are all great!

    thanks for playing along with my sketch challenge for last week...you did a beautiful job! :)

    {{{hugs}}}
    mercy

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  8. OMG! how busy have you been! did you sleep atall over the weekend?! lol
    all of your cards are an inspiration. TFS

    thank you so much for joining us for a Sweet Stampin Challenge. I really hope that you will be joining us again soon
    love emma xxx

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  9. Check you out!! Look at all of these wonderful challenge cards. Awesome! I love your rockin pennant card for the just us girls challenge, so glad you could join us this week!

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  10. WOW - what a ton of projects - I'm jealous! Love the mini pennant banner you created for your card - that's using your noggin' in a creative way - thanks for playing along with Just Us Girls.

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  11. WOW, what card bonanza! Lovely all of them!! Thanks for playing with the OCC!!!

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  12. WOW, what card bonanza! Lovely all of them!! Thanks for playing with the OCC!!!

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  13. OMG way to rock the challenges! You have been getting super inky with these creations!
    I love the card you've submitted for our challenge, that kissing technique is brilliant! I'll have to try that sometime - in stamp terminology of course ;D
    Thanks so much for playing along!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  14. wow you've been on busy crafter!! all of the cards are fantastic ;)

    thanks for joining us on the OCC this week :)

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  15. So many cards and all so lovely!
    Thanks for joining Sweet Stampin!
    xxx Margreet

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  16. Great cards!!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Our Creative Corner.

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  17. What a lovely bunch of cards, loving the scallops too! Thanks for playing at Sweet Stampin. x

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