Sunday, June 23, 2013

Challenging Myself

On Friday, June 14th I hosted FNC over at Scraps of Color. I love Friday Night Challenges because they really help me to hone my crafting skills. I especially enjoy hosting because it forces me to try different techniques in order to prepare fun challenges for the participants.

The challenges and my projects were as follows:

Challenge #1Create a card (shape and size your choice) using a sponge and two or more colors of ink to make a background on white cardstock. Then stamp an image on it using a RUBBER stamp. Add some bling, ribbon, a corner punch and a sentiment. You may mat your sponged cardstock if you desire; however, NO PATTERNED PAPER ALLOWED!

Challenge #2Create a card (shape and size your choice) using white cardstock, two or more background stamps and no more than two colors of ink. If you don’t have any background stamps, you can sponge through a template onto the cardstock as well.Then stamp one or more images (they can be the same or different) on it using a RUBBER stamp and BLACK ink. Add ONLY a sentiment and mat to the white cardstock. No bling, ribbon, brads/buttons or other embellishments. Again, NO PATTERNED PAPER ALLOWED! (I got this idea from Stampers Sampler Take Ten magazine and managed to make two cards for this one!)

Challenge #3Use the following sketch to create a Father’s Day card. That’s it…added touches are up to you!

And finally, there was a challenge that participants had a week to complete. They were to use one of Classygirl's sketches to make a layout. I struggled a lot with making my pictures fit the sketch, but that's the beauty of sketches, you can rotate or flip them to suit your needs. And sometimes, the sketch really is just a jumping off point that gets your creativity cranked and cookin'!

If you've read this far, sorry... I have no profound lesson today. Just me and my sketches in this post!

Thanks for lookin'!


  1. Karen your challenges were fun and made me get out of my comfort zone. All of your projects came out really nice

    1. Thank you and thanks for participating MJ!

  2. I am impressed with alll your lovely creations and how beautifully you follow the parameters of each challenge. No pattern paper? That would be difficult all by itself.I really really like your Father's Day card. I find masculine cards to be more of a challenge and your card really appeals to me. I find myself looking at masculine cards and generally finding some part that I don't like or wouldn't use if I wanted to scraplift your card. With your card, I loved everything about it and would change nothing!

    That said, I think my favorite project is the first card. The way you sponged and then stamped in the same ink and then in black ink with the same image on top makes the card come together in a very appealing way. I also like your color choices. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

    1. Easy for me to follow the parameters since I made up the challenges LOL! I used magazines for inspiration for one or two of them, and I was taking an online stamping class which inspired the first challenge AND allowed me to get an assignment done. Thank you so much for your kind comments Sandra.

  3. all of these fabulous projects! I really like how you used a sponge. I may have to try that soon.