Sunday, 21 September 2014

Hey! Fancy a challenge?

Happy Sunday folks,

I hope you're enjoying the weekend. Looks like our Indian Summer isn't over just yet ...... the sun is shining again here (whoo hoo!)
Unfortunately though, the one over on the IndigoBlu challenge blog has come to an end ....... thanks to everyone that entered, as always we had some fabulous designs but, there's only one winner. This month, Congratulations go to (drumroll please)......

the lovely Doreen from Doreen's Dream 

Enjoy your prize, and I look forward to seeing your Guest spot on the Challenge Blog. 

Well, it's the 21st of September (not sure how that happened but hey ... here we are!) and we have a brand new challenge for you.

We've got a SKETCH for you to follow this month from our lovely Clare ......

Sketches can be a great source of inspiration when old Mr Mojo is playing tricks.  Sometimes all it needs is a great layout to follow and the ideas soon start to flow!
Don't think that you have to follow the sketch completely either ..... just by turning it slightly  you can get a completely different look, or just use some elements from it .... the choice is up to you.

Check out the challenge blog to see what the Design Team have come up with using Clare's sketch. Even though we've all followed the same layout each one looks totally different ..... here's my take on it ....

I've gone all festive (well it is only 94 days to Christmas!!!)  with a nice simple, traditional design keeping to the sketch.

I've used the brand new Snowflake Lace for the large background .... stamping with Versamark ink onto Kraft card and embossing using a fine detail white powder (I love white on Kraft, especially when you team it up with red - very festive!)

I then cut two pieces of card .... one kraft, one white.  Onto the kraft card I stamped the script background from Sarah's Choice, using Crimson Red Versafine

Added a little Vintage Photo Distress ink around the edges and then used a Distressing tool to give that aged look.

On the white piece I inked around the edge again using the Vintage Photo, and spritzed with a little water to remove some of the ink.  I think it gives the look of a snowy sky ......

I created my little scene using the trees from  'Here Comes Santa' stamped along the edge of a torn piece of copier paper, and then added the deer from 'Looks Like Rain, Deer'

I tied some festive red satin ribbon around the large background piece, arranged the two smaller pieces as shown in the sketch and finished off with a pretty bow .....

I've also carried on some of the design on the inside

Now it's your turn ...... use the sketch as is, turn it, change it up a little or just use part of it ..... the choice is all yours.  I can't wait to see what you all come up with.

You have until 8pm on October 20th to get your entries in ....... you could be our next winner like Doreen, get your hands on a fab IndigoBlu prize AND be a Guest Designer on the Challenge blog ..... go on, give it a go!

Thanks for popping by ....... I'm off now to get ready for a birthday celebration.  My little grandson is 4 today!  It's going to be a day of cake and ice cream, lots of presents, and he wants a trip to McDonald's (oh joy! I think I'll skip the burger!)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Cheerio until next time



  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous card! Have a lovely and fun day and I hope your Grandson has a wonderful birthday! xxx

  2. Linda you made a great card!
    Love the white on the craft!
    Always beautiful!

  3. Your card is beautiful Linda, you must be well on your way now with Christmas cards. Have lots of fun with the birthday celebrations! Anne xx

  4. i love this. right up my street. i think kraft card and white is very elegant too. love it. might take lots of inspiration from it xx

  5. Not sure I've ever used kraft, white & red, but I'm going to now! LOVE this card, Linda--great use of the sketch!

  6. That Snowflake lace stamps looks fabulous, and I agree, white on kraft with a touch of red is very festive. Love the card.
    Avril xx

  7. Great designed card, love the mix of colours.
    Julie x


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