Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Thank Goodness For Challenges...

I can't believe how many cards I'm starting to accumulate! I think I mentioned in one of my previous posts that one of my goals for this year (I didn't dare make any 'official' resolutions!) was to have a variety of cards on hand so that I would not be caught short without one at the last minute. Less than two weeks into the new year, I think I'm ahead of myself for once! There are SO many card challenge sites out there - it would be a full time commitment to even try to stay caught up with them, so instead, I'm taking my time and enjoying all the inspiration there is to be had.

Here is a breakdown of the challenges used with these cards - and again, I've got a three card to four challenge ratio.

The card on the left is based on sketch #149 over at CPS/Card Positioning Systems. The card at top middle is in response to a challenge over at Caardvarks, this time using a sketch designed for Caardvarks by Becky Fleck. This card also qualifies for a challenge at the 'new to me' challenge blog, "Just Us Girls" - aka 'JUGS'. I'm telling ya, it's fun blog hopping for nothing more than to come across unique, cheeky, and/or entertaining blog names! The JUGS 15 challenge was to use stitching on a project. I appreciated this challenge because not only do I love the effect of stitching on a card, but I don't do it nearly enough AND - it forced me to clear up yet some more space in my scrappin' lair, this time in front of and beneath my sewing machine, so thank you JUGS for a very beneficial challenge!

Lastly, the card on the right is in response to a 3D challenge at Our Creative Corner. It's hard to tell from the photo, but the four flowers across the middle of the card have three layers plus a rhinestone to top them off. I did this simply by using two sizes of circle punches to cut out additional flower centres from the patterned paper that I used for the card. I then layered them, adhering them with pop dots, and then finished the middles with self-adhesive rhinestone centres. Super quick, super easy.

The biggest challenge that I'm currently facing is how best to photograph my cards or other scrapbooking related projects. I get the best results if I can photograph them outside, but when we're in the throes of rainy season, the opportunities for almost anything photography related are few and far between. I would love to hear suggestions from any readers who are satisfied with their project presentation.


Lea L. said...

Very pretty little set of cards! Thanks for joining us at CPS this week!


Charity Hassel said...

lovely! thanks for using the sketch at card positioning system's blog this week!

rae said...

FABulous take on this week's CPS sketch, thanks for joining us!!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jillian - someone who used to work for my mother at her Care Home, sadly she has cancer but keeps on hanging in there, .. she makes wonderful cards as a peaceful therapy and sends Mum up a handmade card .. Mum loves them - as it shows the care Carolynn has put in .. along with her message, note or letter.

It's a wonderful gift to be able to use .. and wonderful for Mum who can only feel with one hand. Mum used to buy cards with bumps, raised parts, or 3D bits for her blind and very ill residents .. they were always appreciated and weren't around so much in the '80s.

Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

Anonymous said...

Lovely set, great take on the sketch!


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