Saturday, November 15, 2008

3 challenges in one day, that is a record for me!

I have had so much fun today just doing challenges for the November release party that was held at GinaK Designs on Thursday November 13, I really couldn't buy anything so I am hoping to win a set by doing the challenges. The winners are chosen at random so I have a chance :).

Here are the pictures of the challenges that I did:

What do you think? I guess I should tell you what they are supposed to be and then you will know better if they are acceptable.

The first challenge was by Erika, a scrapbooker extraordinare, who challenged us to use stamps with our scrapbooking. That was easy for me, I use stamps for everything. I had never done a scrapbook challenge before and was completely done with the page before I realized that it was a sketch challenge. Okay, here's your sign!!! There was supposed to be a main image, mine had two, there were supposed to be two embellishments in the upper right section, mine had journaling. There was supposed to be several rows of journaling under the photo, mine was photos with journaling on the side, couldn't even justify my mistake by saying I turned the challenge sideways to make it fit. Oh, well. It was fun. I submitted it anyway, they don't have to count it if they don't want.

The second challenge was by Melanie, to use several GinaK sets all on one item. I chose a single layer card. I had never done the mirror image technique with acetate paper but I wanted the sleigh turned the other way so I did it and it worked, added bonus. Then I masked the sleigh and stamped the bear from Jumpin for Joy, another of Melanie's sets, I stamped the deer from Christmas Blessings in front of the sleigh. I then stamped the everygreen branches and pine cones from Winter Foliage, Last but not least I stamped Go Team? from Melanie's Just so Sporty set. In all I used 5 images and 4 different sets. I colored it with copic markers, drew in a horizon, added reins to the deer and placed them in the bears hands. I made him a Santa hat which is the only thing that was 2 dimensional. I had fun and it turned out cute, if I do say so myself.

Last but not least is Jessica Fick's sketch challenge. I love to color the little boy with the Christmas tree from Cozy and Warm Christmas. I had colored him in red and blue. I didn't have any DP that matched the blue so I decided to make a frame using my decorative corner punch in a rectangle shape. I hadn't tried this shape before but fortunately the rectangle that I cut matched the punch cuts so they really came out even. I glued my frame to the main image. I found a piece of blue checked paper to accent the blue in the little boy's snowsuit and glued my main image to the blue. Finally I glued the blue to another red so that it would not fade into my background paper. My backgrond paper is a piece of white card stock that I ran through my cuttlebug using the negative ink technique, which is just to ink the negative(indented) side of the embossing folder before you run it through the cuttlebug. This method is so much easier than trying to ink the paper after it has been embossed.

I ended up with a dark blue line in the middle where the folder overlapped from the second run through because the paper was larger than the folder. I decided that I would just turn the challenge card around and have the verticle piece be on the right side instead of on top. I used a piece of 1 inch red satin ribbon to cover my blue line. I then mounted my main image on framing mounting squares so that it had some dimension.

The last thing I did was tie a red bow at the top of the card from the same red satin ribbon.

Now you know what I did today, more than you wanted to know? The challenges always teach me things that I didn't know like today I did the mirror image and a rectangle frame with a corner punch. It just goes to show you that you are never too old to learn new things and I am trainable!!!

1 comment:

Theresa said...

Cathy, these are gorgeous! I love how you put the bear in the sleigh. Too cute!