More Challenges Galore

I'm on a serious challenge kick at the minute and just can't stop doing them. I have to make a list of all the ones I want to do, then sort them out to see if I can combine any as I know I haven't got enough time in my very short weekend to do a card for each individual challenge. Most of today's cards have been doubled up to meet 2 challenges at a time.

The first one is for the sketch challenege Mojo#121 and Stacey's Curtain Call #12 color challenge to use Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink and Very Vanilla. I had to add a bit of green though for the stems.


Stamps: Petals & Stems, Circular Sayings from Verve

Papers: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red DP

Inks: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Mellow Moss

Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1" stitched grosgrain ribbon, scalloped circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch I think

My next card is for A Passion for Papertrey's Embossing challenge. I bought this stamp set ages ago and have never used it so thought I'd make just a little 4x4 inch card, but I can't quite decide which way round the sign part should go. I tried both ways and neither looked wrong! I embossed the post, sign and present bit, but the greeting didn't come out very well when I embossed it the first time. I think it's because it's so tiny!


Stamps: Sign Language - Papertrey Ink

Papers: White card blank from stash, Scarlet Jewel and Bitty Dots DP from Papertrey Ink, Whisper White cardstock

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Scarlet Jewel from PTI

Accessories: Stampin' Up Clear embossing powder, Scarlet Jewel ribbon

My third card is for Taylored Expressions Sketch challenge #98 and Sweet Stampin's Challenge #9 Feeling Fruity. I didn't want to use the cherries paper in the now retired Summer Picnic DSP pack from Stampin' Up that I usually use when I want cherries as it has a blue background and I didn't want to use blue, so I made my own. How long did that take?! About 30-40 mins for the one piece of almost A6 sized card! Looks pretty though don't ya think? I did have to move the image panel over to the left hand side though as my giant bow got in the way too much, but I love that ribbon and couldn't take it off. It was just too naked without it!


Stamps: On A Pedestal, Happy Moments

Papers: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Very Vanilla

Inks: Creamy Caramel, SU Markers in Old Olive, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1" stitched grosgrain ribbon, Latte and Playground buttons from SU, White embroidery thread from stash, Word Window Punch, Martha Stewart border punch

Getting there - halfway through them all now! The next one is for the Just Us Girls challenge #16 to use Burgundy, Blush, Vanilla and Gray and for Carol's Sketch Fun #18. I had the pleasure of meeting Carol on Saturday at some Stampin' Up training I went to and she told me all about her sketch challenge blog, so I just had to join in!

This is so not my usual style, but actually I kind of like the almost vintage look of it. The colours are great together, but not ones I would choose myself.


Stamps: On A Pedestal, Oval All, Bella Toile

Papers: Basic Gray, Bravo Burgundy, Blush Blossom, Very Vanilla, Nouveau Chic DSP

Inks: Bravo Burgundy, Basic Gray, SU Markers in Bravo Burgundy, Blush Blossom, Summer Sun

Accessories: Oval punch, Scalloped oval punch, Self adhesive gems from stash

My final card is a triple challenge one and is for Mercy's Sketch Challenge #56, Charisma Cardz Challenge #2 to use something new, and Our Creative Corner's color challenge to use blue and green in any hue. I used my newly won Animal Stories stamp set (more about that later on this week) and hunted for some blue papers in my SU stash and found all these in the Kaleidoscope DSP. They all give me the impression of seaweed in water and bubbles and thought they would go well with my new whale! I just needed a "I had a whale of a time" stamp but we don't have one of them in our SU catalogue at the minute, so I'll have to write it in the inside.


Stamps: Animal Stories

Papers: Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Kaleidoscope DSP

Inks: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue and Tempting Turquoise SU markers

Accessories: Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon

So another fun filled day of challenges. Can't wait to do some more next weekend too!


  1. All of your cards are lovely! However I really love the cherries that you created for your card that you entered with us for "Sweet Stampin" weekly Challenge! The time was well spent cause your card is FAB! I too love your bib bow! Nicely done!! Love'n your blog and your work. Thank you for hop'n over and joining in this week! I did not find a place to follow you along however I would love it if you would hop on over and follow along with me too!
    Rach ~ Queen La Rubba

  2. How much do I love all your cards? But I'm here to visit your fruity one, which is fab, loving the colour combo! Thanks for playing at Sweet Stampin. xxx

  3. Hi Vannessa,
    It was great to put a 'face to a name' yesterday :)
    A gorgeous line up of cards, love the one you've done for my sketch....i don't have that particular set...yet!!
    See you at the next all-dayer maybe :)

    Carol x

  4. Well aren't you the busy little bee? LOL!!! These are all fabulous, and I cannot believe you made all these in such a short period of time! I'm glad the JUGs challenge colors were actually a challenge for you...that's what we like to see! You really made a beautiful card with them! Thanks so much for playing our JUGs challenge...we hope to see you again!

  5. Fabbulous cards
    Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz
    love tasha xx

  6. Vanessa, you have been one little busy stamper! Awesome display of cards :) Your cupcake card for the Just Us Girls color challenge is very sweet! Love what you did with this weeks color combo for the Just Us Girls color challenge - Hope to see you next Saturday!

  7. Stunning lot of cards!

    Thank you for joining us at Charisma this week - good luck!


  8. Love your cards - that cherry paper is so fun!

  9. super cute cards, Vanessa! you have been a busy little stamper:) i especially love that cherry bg! thanks so much for sharing your talent at the Curtain Call!

  10. Wow talk about a busy bee!!! I'm so jealous! I love your sweet card for JUGS.Your cupcake is quite delightful. Thanks for playing along with Just Us Girls - we hope you are enjoying the challenges. Look for a brand new challenge this Saturday!

  11. Phew! Way to rock a huge number of challenges! All of your cards are fabulous!
    Thanks so much for joining our challenge on A Passion For Papertrey - you've reminded me how sweet that Sign Language set is!

  12. Fabulous cards. I really like the colors you have used on each of them. I love the soft colors. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.

  13. Wow that is alot of challenges and all your cards rock! Nice job!! And thanks for playing along with Just Us Girls!

  14. Your JUGS card was FAB! I love the jewels on the cake stand!

  15. You are rockin' the challenges, for sure! All your cards are wonderful. Love your pretty blue and green one - it's a whale of a great card! So happy you could have some fun with the OCC this week!

  16. Beautiful cards, my friend! Love the JUGS card of course and especially like the Victorian feel it has! Great job with the color challenge :]

    Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week!!

  17. Wow! You've sure been busy! :> So glad I stopped by and got to look at all your creativity at work. :>

  18. what a lot of creations........super!
    thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin!
    xxx Margreet

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