Monday, July 22, 2013

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Recently, on one of my challenge teams, the discovery was made that an individual was entering the work of other designers as her own.  Not only had she done this to us, but she had entered several other challenges and won.  I don't like to ascribe motives to people, but I wondered if she did this because she felt her own work was inferior.

I have made cards that I just looked at and said, "seriously, Chana, I mean really?" and they either went into the "too ugly to post, but I need the embellishments" pile or, straight into the trash.  So,  I started thinking, "do I have the guts to post a card that I don't like and that is not my usual style?"  Well, I just made the design team at Shopping Our Stash and my first challenge theme was "create a card using something weird you purchased for crafting, but never used."

Here is my card!
 Okay, so here goes:  I purchased these awful flowers at the Dollar Tree.  There were 100 in a bag for $1.00.  Somehow, I convinced myself that I would use them to make little gifts for my grandson's class.  Never, ever, happened.  Once I go them home and had come down from my "shopping induced high," I looked at these puppies and decided that they were just tacky!  I am sure that some other designer could take these flowers and create a fabulous card.  Unfortunately, I am not that designer.

 My other purchase faux pas was cupcake papers.  I purchased these bad boys in every design imaginable (I was going to use them to make flowers) and I have used maybe four.  They make wonderful oriental umbrellas, though.

I really was at a loss as to how I would use both of these on one card.  I really think the flowers would have been okay if I had used smaller brads or something, but really, under other circumstances, I would have never posted this project.  But the challenges states that it has to be something we never used and after coming up with this card...I think you now know WHY I NEVER used these items.

Here is another card I created for a challenge recently that I just didn't like.  My teammates were very nice about it.  This was for my Greetings Team Challenge at the Outlawz.  We needed to incorporate a cookie in our design.  I don't do cutesy stuff very well...but it is something I need to incorporate into my skill set.  These projects have me on the road.

 I guess my point in all of this is simply, I don't understand how someone would rather steal than show their own work.  I am extremely proud of all my cards... The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges Entered:
Seriously, NOT!  :D)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Tranquil Moments! - 613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog - Create Your Own Challenge

Hello Crafty, Peeples!   Here is my second design for Challenge #27 at 613 Avenue Create!  My first project used an image from our sponsor, QKR. This one uses an image from our sponsor, Rick St. Dennis.

The image is "Geisha" by Rick St. Dennis
The papers are from the Graphic 45 Birdsong Collection
Image, Solid Paper, Patterned Paper, Die Cut, Liquid Pearls, Pearls, Lace, gliimmer mist
This  project is based on the same Tammy Tutterow Project that I shared when I posted my 
"You Are Matchless" Project.  I just increased the size of the Matchbook and the cards are not 
bound at the bottom.  You can find Tammy's Tutorial HERE

Here are the Journal/Photo Mats.  The back is blank


Here is the chart for  "Create Your Own Challenge"   

Thanks for Looking!  Hugz, Chana

Challenges Entered:
One Stop Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Challenges For Everybody - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
No Matter Which Challenge - Anything Goes (This is their final Challenge)
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Don't Be Square
Robyn's Fetish - Anything But A Card
That Craft Challenge - Ribbon and/or Lace
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes

You Are Matchless - Avenue 613 Challenge - Create Your Own Challenge

Hello, Crafty Peeps!  This week at 613 Avenue Create, we are asking you to create your own challenge.  We had this theme last month and it was a big hit with our "residents" so we decided to do it again.
Image, Sentiment, Patterned Paper, Solid Color Paper Any Sketch,
 Die Cut, Glimmer Mist, Pearls, Ribbon
I used Perfect Pearls Glimmer Mist on the Cover. 
 It does not show in the photo, which is too bad because it elevates the project.
 I was inspired to create this matchbook card by a project that I saw on Tammy Tutterow's Blog.  You can find Tammy's project HERE

I realized (a little too late) that I should have cut my base a little longer to accomodate by bulky embellishments on the internal pages.  I corrected this on my Geisha Matchbook, which will be posted here later today.

This is pretty much a CASE of Tammy's Project.  I liked the idea of using newsprint (Tammy used Tim Holtz Papers) so I used pages from an old book that I keep around to use on my tags and cards.

 Of course, it did not occur to me to photograph the pages BEFORE the matchbook was bound.
All of the sentiments and images are related to "Friendship"

I have ideas  for three more matchbook cards.  These puppies are loads of fun and so easy to make!  Thanks Tammy for the wonderful inspiration and the fabulous tutorial!

Our sponsors this week at 613 are:  QKR Stampede and Rick St. Dennis

Thanks, for stopping by!  Hugz, Chana

Challenges entered: 
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Left of Center Creative Challenge - Sentiment or LOC Theme
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Outlawz Greetings Challenge

 Mellon Mango Month

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
I don't believe it!  I actually finished a project and, I actually went two consecutive day without medication and NO HEADACHES. YAY, DOC!   Now, on to serious matters.  Over at The Outlawz Ning, The Greetings Team Challenge is:  Mellon Mango Month.  Use the colors below to create a project.  The only requirement is that the project must contain A GREETING/SENTIMENT!  

This image has inspired me to make some cake pops.  My hips really going to love hearing that!

The stamp set is from Unity Stamp Company - Itty Bitty Stamps

I'm Nuts About You by Tiffany DeGough

This project was originally a tag card.  I left one pocket open in case I decide to add a tag.
I added the burlap because peanuts used to be shipped in large burlap bags.  

Ranger Crackle Paint (I used Scattered Straw) makes a wonderful peanut shell. 
I intended to darken the edges and some of the crackles with Tea Dye Distress Ink, but in my rush to get my project posted at The Outlawz, I forgot.  Next time!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will JOIN us at THE OUTLAWZ!


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