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!! 


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!


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!


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.


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!!


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. 


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


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!


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.


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!!


  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:)

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

  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!
    Rach ~ Queen La Rubba

  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

  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!!

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

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

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


  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

  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!

  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.

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

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

  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!

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

    thanks for joining us on the OCC this week :)

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

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

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