Friday, July 19, 2013

Challenge? Oh YES it was!!!


I'm behind on my homework for Summer Card Class - because I spent way too much time, again, working on this card!  Thankfully, a day and a half later (!), I like how it turned out!  Thursday was challenge day over at class.  And the challenge was to use a holiday set to make a non-holiday card.  I went searching through my Christmas stamp sets, and fairly quickly found a TAWS set that I thought would work.  First I tried embossing them, one by one, to create a background.  Nope, didn't work.  Then embossed them again, one by one, on watercolour paper and tried that.  Nope!  Then I decided to try the rock and roll technique that Maile Belles showed in week one and I loved how it turned out.  That only took a couple of hours.  Not bad.  So now, I had this really pretty background with a giant question mark hanging over it.  I could not figure out where I was going to go for a design.  I tried everything.  Embossing, banners, embossing again, birds, frames, twine, move this here, no, how about there, nope!  Nope, nope and nope!  I was struggling and almost gave up on it.  And then, finally, FINALLY, seriously a day and a half after I started this epic journey, it came together!  And just in time to get the last little bit of outside light to snap my photo tonight before the sun goes down!

Here it is!

And here's the Christmas stamp that I used for the challenge:

A couple of my friends are celebrating Eid coming up.  I thought the background had a bit of an eastern flare, so thought that's what I would do.  One of the hiccups for this card is that there are no Eid stamps - anywhere!  At least not that I know of.  There's Kwaanza and Hanukkah but not any Eid to be found.  And I didn't have any alphabet sets that really worked with the style of this card.  Whimsical just did not fit the bill for this one!  So, I created my own.  I hand wrote Eid on some heavy weight cardstock and cut it out.  It's not perfect, but it will work!  All I can say is that it's a good thing Eid is only three letters long!

Phew, a challenge it was, but I'm glad I finished it!  Going to try to make a card over the weekend using the new colour combos.  Lots to choose from and they are lovely colours.  Hopefully it won't take as long as this one!!

Thanks for the visit!


  1. Love the ornament as a background! Perfect for this kind of challenge! Love it!

  2. Hmmm.. I don't know what Eid is, but I love your card! Way to hang in there!

  3. Pretty card and I like what you did with the background to do the holiday part of the challenge. I did the same thing but used a Christmas present was fun!

  4. Love it!!! I have absolutely no idea what Eid is either, but I'm guessing that the background stamp works perfectly for it! Awesome job using such a small image for the entire background - not an easy task to get everything so PERFECTLY lined up! Love your selection of colors, love the elements and LOVE your hand cut sentiment! Truly a beautiful, creative and resourceful creation!

    Another A++++++.

  5. WOW, WOW and WOW! Like Geri, I'm not familiar with Eid, but your card certainly offers an introduction with those amazing 'eastern' images you've created here, and of course, the hand-cut letters. Impressive creativity and your resourcefulness is utterly and totally phenomenal! Not in a zillion years would I come up with the strategies you have for using your products the way you do! Talk about getting supreme mileage (kilo-meterage?) from your investments! You could easily give lessons on maximizing what you have on hand with all the cards you've made in class (and those before, too!). Your friends will LOVE this; yet again, your thoughtfulness shines through! I bet your Eid card is the first one to be created!! AWESOME++++++

  6. This is amazing! Love that background!!!


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