Saturday, 9 January 2010

Challenges Galore

Hello and Happy New Year to you all. I've been on a challenges kick today and thought I'd show you some of the cards I've made for the various challenges I like to do. I love doing different challenges as they always make me try things I would probably never try on my own.

I've got 5 cards to show you so bare with the long posting today.

The first challenge was from Our Creative Corner and was to create a 3D project. I made a very simple but necessary calendar for my desk, using one of the calendar thingys that were left over after making the kids calendars at school.

These are ever so quick and easy to make - just cover 2 blank beer mats with DSP, punch 3 holes in the top with a Crop-a-dile, tie them together with some ribbon, stick the calendar on the front and voila all done!


Stamps: None

Papers: DCWV The Sweet Matpack, SU Chocolate Chip cs


Accessories: Chocolate satin ribbon, calendar thingy (no idea what you call these), blank beer mats

My next card is for
A Passion for Papertrey's Superstars challenge which is to use stars on your project. I'm not a fan of stars as such, but have tons of stamp sets with stars in, which is good for this challenge. I haven't done one of these Papertrey challenges for ages and have missed doing them so I'm definitely going to put these challenges back on one of my regular challenges to do list.


Stamps: Everyday Classics, Polka Dot Basics - PTI

Papers: Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, White - PTI

Inks: Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush - PTI

Accessories: Hibiscus Burst polka dot and stitched grosgrain ribbons and button, Sweet Blush grosgrain ribbon, Labels 4 Nestabilities

The next card is for the
Stamp With Us colour challenge using this photo for inspiration.
I made a flowerpot card as I have never done one before and used the colours Summer Sun, Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke. You can't really see in the photo but I did fold up the petals of the flowers slightly to make them a little more 3D rather than just flat flowers.

This is the closed version if you like, with the insert inside the pot.

And this is the insert with a little greeting from Curvy Verses added.


Stamps: Sanded, Curvy Verses

Papers: Always Artichoke, Summer Sun, Bravo Burgundy

Inks: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy

Accessories: Bravo Burgundy ribbon, 5 petal flower punch, 1/2" circle punch, scallop edge punch

My next card is a triple challenge one! It is for Splendid Stamping's Fresh Farm Friday challenge to use a Greeting Farm stamp and glitter - definately covered that one! The sketch is Taylored Expressions #97 and Papertake's New Beginnings challenge - this is a new Anya stamp that I got just this week.


Stamps: Lolli Anya - TGF

Papers: Melon Mambo, Baja Breeze, non SU white cs, DCWV The Sweet Matpack

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Ciaos

Accessories: Melon Mambo ribbon, pink and turquoise glitter glues on the lolly

And my final card is another triple challenge one! The sketch is for Mojo Monday's #120 challenge. The colour combo comes from Stacey's Curtain Call #11 and also for A Spoonful of Sugar's challenge to use hearts on a card.


Stamps: Kindred Spirits - Verve

Papers: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Whisper White, Going Gray, Merry Moments DSP, Tea & Crumpets DSP

Inks: Always Artichoke, Old Olive

Accessories: MS Heart Border punch, Oval nestabilities, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Grey brads covered with irridescent glitter glue
 Phew glad all that's done. Now I just have to link my cards to the various challenge blogs!!


  1. Wow! You have been a busy little stamper, Vannessa! Love all of your cards:) Thanks so much for playing the Curtain Call!

  2. Goodness me! what a busy girl you've been - they're all fantabulous! xx

  3. Wowza! Look at all these fabulous cards! Love them! Thanks for playing along with TESC97!
    :) Rachel

  4. WOW stunning cards you have been busy!

  5. Wow! what a lot of cards. I love the flower pot card you've made for our challenge. The five petal punch makes short work of those flowers, doesn't it. Thanks for playing along.

    Sara xx
    Stamp With Us Design Team

  6. Hey Vannessa! So lovely to see you entering so many challenges (including ours ;D)
    Your card doesn't show you're not a fan of stars, it looks fabulous!
    Thanks so much for joining in! I hope to see you join in again soon!

  7. Holy moly, I can't believe you did all this in one day! Amazing work - two fab 3-D projects and several cards and all really beautiful! Thanks so much for joining in the 3-D fun at the OCC this week!

  8. Wow you really have been busy! Love them ALL ...

    Dawn xxx

  9. Wow you have been busy! LOVE your flower pot card!

    Thank you so much for joining in this week don't forget to pop over on the 17th Jan to see if you have won the Stamp With Us Top Spot!