Sunday, 7 March 2010

A weekend of challenges

I managed to get a few challenges done this weekend, but not as many as I would have liked, because I have a ton of assessments to do for my APP data, which has to be handed in on Monday.

My first card is for Farm Fresh Friday's "Down The Rabbit Hole" challenge inspired by the release of the new Alice in Wonderland film, which I can't wait to see. I love Johnny Depp and Tim Burton together! I don't have any other "Alice-y" stamps than this one, but I think I can get away with it. I did add some brightly coloured mushrooms in the background. I also used Mercy's Sketch # 63 and Just Add Ink's Challenge #7 to use Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion and So Saffron. I didn't have any matching DSP that I wanted to use so I made my own - pretty huh?


Stamps: Easter Anya, Queue Up, Thanks Tons

Papers: Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Pink Passion

Inks: Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, So Saffron, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Ciaos

Accessories: So Saffron grosgrain ribbon, Metallic Pink Dew Drops, Scallop Edge Punch, Oval Nestabilities

My next card is for SCS' SC270 and Stamping Royalty's Challenge #9 which was to use the photo on their blog for inspiration. I have only recently just found this challenge blog and they have some great challenges and gorgeous DT cards - check them out! (And yes my sentiment is wonky! Despite using my SAMJ I still managed to slip and stamp it wrong. I didn't want to cover it up though so will have to stay like that for now!)


Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds, Sincere Salutations

Papers: Confetti White (this makes a much sturdier base than Whisper White), Ruby Red, Old Olive DSP, So Saffron DSP, Not Quite Navy DSP (from retired hostess pack)

Inks: Ruby Red, Old Olive, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Really Rust

Accessories: So Saffron grosgrain ribbon

My next one is for Linda's Purely Stamping #4 to use Certainly Celery, Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise and Apricot Appeal, Truly Scrumptious' #27 and SCS Free For All #1 (a new weekly challenge on SCS) to use textures (my flowers and ribbon), DSP (check!) and a colour you don't normally use (mine's Apricot Appeal, which I don't use at all unless I'm doing a colour challenge with it in. It's just not my kind of colour, but I do like it with a bit of bright pink though - I might be converting slightly)


Stamps: On A Pedestal, A Bit of Birthday Cheer

Papers: Apricot Appeal, Pixie Pink, Whisper White, Rainbow Sherbet DSP (retired)

Inks: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, SU Markers in Certainly Celery, Real Red, Apricot Appeal, Pixie Pink

Accessories: Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, Apricot Appeal and Certainly Celery brads, Scallop Edge Punch

Up next is a card for SCS SC269, Color Throwdown #82 to use Not Quite Navy, Old Olive and Ruby Red (I did have to swap out the Very Vanilla for Whisper White as VV looked wrong with the WW of the DSP - hope I don't get in trouble for that bit :P) and Crazy 4 Challenges #27 to use paper piercing. I used True Friend, which I haven't used in a long time and really should use more often as it's so pretty.


Stamps: True Friend

Papers: Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, Whisper White, Old Olive DSP

Inks: Old Olive, SU Markers in Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red

Accessories: Piercing tool and mat pack, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

My next card is for Stacey's Curtain Call #20 to use Real Red, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and Whisper White and for Just Us Girls #23 - the sketch. I couldn't decide where I wanted mys entiment so copied Stacey's idea of attaching it to the bow. Not sure if you can see in the photo but I added a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the centres of the flowers and the edges of the butterfly's wings.


Stamps: Live Your Dream

Papers: Real red, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Bashful Blue DSP

Inks: SU Markers in Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Real Red

Accessories: Whisper White satin ribbon, Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Certainly Celery button, Dazzling Diamonds, Circle Nestabilities, Blue Embroidery Thread

Up next is a card for Mojo128 and SCS CC260 to use Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke and Basic Gray. I love how the brightness of the Crsuhed Curry stands out on this one.


Stamps: Floral Symphony, Fluttering By both from Verve

Papers: Crushed Curry, Basic Gray ink and marker, Whisper White, Tea & Crumpets DSP

Inks: Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry

Accessories: Crushed Curry Polka Dot ribbon, Basic Gray Tafetta ribbon, Circle Nestabilties, MS Cornice Border Punch

My next card is for 5 challenges this time!! Charisma Cardz #9 to use fairies, Our Creative Corner's Sketch #5, Sweet Stamping's #16 to make something for a child (what little girl wouldn't like pink and fairies?!), SCS CC124 to use Old Olive, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink and finally, A Spoon Full of Sugar's #93 to use beads! Phew! I actually don't have many beads as I don't use them very often, but luckily I received this string of clear beads from Linda for being picked for her colour challenge winner last week. Thank you Linda for them!


Stamps: Enchanted Lily from the Pink Cat Studio

Papers: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink cs and DSP (retired hostess pack), Regal Rose, Non SU White cs, Sweet Always DSP (Retired)

Inks: Old Olive, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Ciaos

Accessories: Clear Beads on string, Circle Nestabilities, Green Card Candy from Craftwork Cards, Frosted Lace Stickles

And my final card of the weekend is for Taylored Expressions Sketch #103, Papertake Weekly's Challenge to use Bows, Brads, Buttons and Bling (I used all but the brads and went for Dew Drops instead) and ColourQ's #22 to use Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand and Whisper White. I was flicking through my stamps folder and realised that I hadn't used this stamp for ages and it's perfect for adding glitter to so out it came!


Stamps: Two Flower Flourish from Hero Arts

Papers: certainly Celery, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze DSP

Inks: SU Markers in Certainly Celery and Night of Navy

Accessories: Baja Breeze Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Dew Drops and Zoomz in Green and Pale Blue, Certainly Celery ribbon, Night of Navy button, Pale blue embroidery thread, Icicles Stickles

I hope you've enjoyed looking at my creations this week! I had lots of fun making them all.


  1. You've been a very busy bee. Great job on all of the challenges!

  2. Wow wee so many challenges love your yummy card!

    thanks for joining us on TS


  3. What a gorgeous card, love the Fairy she's really pretty.Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week.
    xx Vee

  4. sweet card, Vannessa! the button/tag looks great on your bow:) thanks so much for playing the Curtain Call!

  5. I like them all. Very sweet! Thanks for playing at OCC this week!

  6. WOW! How many totally different cards can you make in one weekend and how much SU stash do you have?! Love all of 'em. Thanks for playing at Sweet Stampin. x

  7. I love the DSP you made for your Just Add Ink Colour challenge! Cute card. Thanks for playing!

  8. Wow, you have been extremely busy!! Fantastic job on them all. Thanks for playing in the Curtain Call challenge.

  9. Wow...lots of wonderful cards here! Great job on all of them! Thanks for joining us at the Curtain Call!


  10. beautiful card! Love the layout:) Thanks so much for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty!

  11. Ohhhhhh such fabulous cards. Love the images you've used and the colours also. Thanks for joining us this week at TS. Hugs Michele x

  12. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing in the Curtain Call challenge.

  13. you've been busy- lovely fairy card
    Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week

  14. Gosh, you have been busy! All of these are wonderful---you put a lot of detail and thought into each one! Glad you were able to incorporate the CTD colors into that beautiful floral card!

  15. Wow! What a wonderful group of cards. I love you interpretation of the JUGs sketch. The little bow is perfect! Thanks so much for playing with Just Us Girls for sketch week!

  16. Lovely job on all of these. Thank you for playing along with the Papertake Weekly challenge

  17. What a great take on the inspiration picture. I love the colours and over all look of your card :-)
    Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Stampin’ Royalty!

  18. All of your cardsa re gorgeous! I really love the kids card you created! Thank you for joining us for this weeks "Sweet Stampin" challenge! Love your work!
    Rach ~ Queen La Rubba
    Hop on over and enter in my candy give away!

  19. OMGosh you certainly have been busy! I think all your cards are fabulous, especially the Mojo card and of course the JUGs card! Thanks so much for playing our JUGs challenge!

  20. Wow what a beautiful fairy card - i love the image you have used its super cute
    Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz
    love tasha xx

  21. What a great group of cards! Of course I'm a bit partial to the card for the Stamping Stage! I love the extra touch of dazzling diamonds! Really outstanding!

  22. you've been one busy crafter! all are fantastic :)

    thanks for joining us on the OCC Sketch Challenge this week :)

  23. OMG you have been really busy.... I just love looking at all your cards... thank you for taking part in my colour challenge... these cards are really gorgeous.

  24. Look at YOU! You are a very prolific card crafter! Excellent work, here! I love it! I really enjoyed your use of the JUGS challenge! I wish you luck and hope you win some of Dawn W.'s wonderful stamps!

  25. congrats for winning the SR challenge last week. Please email me for your winner's badge.