Card Challenge Corner
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Thanks for stopping by Card Challenge Corner. The challenges will be posted on the respective day on the CardMaker Facebook page. You are welcome to do the challenges at any time, though, and share your creations with us on Facebook. Whether you do one, all or just plan to do the challenges, you are part of the challenge family.
If you have questions about the challenges, please feel free to contact me at LoraBrinkman@gmail.com.
I have to hope I am not the only one who loved crayons as a child. Admittedly, I still love them. For this challenge, use crayons on your card, whether it’s making the background paper, creating a batik effect with the seldom used white crayon, or coloring in an image.
My stepdaughter loves to ask “What’s your favorite color today?” Apparently, your favorite is supposed to change on a daily basis. My reply is always Mustang blue, but it’s true, although some days I feel like lime green or cherry red. Think about it for a moment. What’s your favorite color today? Create a card with the color of the day.
Do you have a neglected stamp set? You know the one I’m talking about—the one at the bottom of the pile that you just knew you’d use so much. Dust off the stamp and ink it up, and let it be the focal point of your card this week. You may need to condition it first if it’s been a really long time since you’ve used it.
More Than Just a Card
This week I’d like you to think of someone that needs a little pick-me-up. Create a card that holds a candy bar, tea packet, gift card or a special token they can keep to remember that you thought of them.
The Wheels on the Bus
School is ready to begin or has already started in some areas, and the big yellow school buses are on the road again with their wheels going round and round. Design a card inspired by the bus. It can be the circular wheels, the color yellow, the road it drives on or anything you decide.
Don’t run screaming … we aren’t actually going to do laundry! Have you seen those T-shirt folders that make folding shirts easy? We are a household that wears a lot of T-shirts, so I think I may have to get one. You fold the shirt in from each side, then up from the bottom for a perfectly folded rectangular shirt. Use the same process to create a cleverly folded card.
In the Blink of an Eye
We’ve all been there. You forgot a birthday, anniversary or other occasion, and you need a quick card. When trying to make a last-minute card, my problem is always narrowing down what materials to use. So, follow this recipe to get it done quickly: 1 cardstock sheet, 1 patterned paper, 3 ribbons or washi tape, 1 sentiment and 1 button.
Sketch Book Challenge
Each issue of CardMaker includes a great card sketch. Flip to the Sketch Book feature on page 98 in this issue and use the sketch as inspiration to make your card.
You’re HOW Old?
“The girl” is turning 12 this month. I came into her life when she was 3, so this is hard for me to process. Make a birthday card for someone special in your life and include their age on the front. The numbers can be stamped, hand- printed, die-cut or quick and easy stickers.
Thank You Randomly
Let’s start something fun. Make a generic thank you card, sign it and have it ready to deliver. Now, put it in your purse, car, office drawer or anywhere handy. The next time anyone does something nice for you, hand them the card—the smaller the favor, the bigger the impact. Maybe someone let you in front of them in the checkout line, or the store clerk helped you find the perfect pair of jeans, or the barista at the coffee shop brewed your drink perfectly. Whatever happens, be sure to share the card and the story.
The trees are turning and the winds are getting crisp in Mid-Missouri. Make a card depicting what the fall season means to you.
Write It With Style
Typography is certainly a hot trend in the crafting world. Have you noticed all the cool lettering styles? For this challenge, make a card that includes pretty hand lettering in your favorite style and drop it in the mail. Handwritten notes are becoming a thing of the past in our society, but who doesn’t love receiving one?
This week’s challenge is a little different. I want you to cut a 3 x 4-inch piece of cardstock and doodle all over it … write words, draw simple pictures, or cover it with hearts or flowers. Let yourself remember the days of sitting in class and doodling up your notebooks with your personal artwork. After you are done, put it on a card and give it to someone you care about.
Halloween is close, but there is still time to create quick treat holders to make candy even sweeter! Make a holder for your favorite sweet treat and share with a friend. If you’re ambitious, you can make them up for all your trick-or-treaters. •