Make Something Monday #1

I know I teased about lots of new things coming to the blog this year. The first thing will be a weekly challenge that you can link your blog with a thumbnail. You already know that you can expect new content every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Be sure to come back on Wednesday to see what I’ll be doing!

Here’s how the challenges will work: Each Monday, at 8am, I’ll post a new challenge. You have one week to make something – that’s the theme – MAKE SOMETHING – take time to be creative each week! You can link your projects below. You’ll have until Sunday at midnight to submit your link. Then on Monday, I’ll pick my favorite project and feature it on my blog and issue a new challenge.

Our first challenge is…make a WINDOW CARD!

Have a design on the inside that is visible when the card is closed.

Here are two examples of cards I’ve made using this technique.

hello front

This first card, I used a circle cutter to cut the front panel and the colored cardstock. I used some American Crafts die-cuts from an Amy Tangerine line. This made the card come together super fast! Both the die-cuts are on pop dots for some depth. Some quick pen lines similar to the design of the die-cuts and some tone on tone sequin action completed the card. I really like the sequins on this one! They give the perfect amount of shine and interest without overpowering and taking the attention from the die-cuts.

hello open

When the card is opened, you still see the greeting and have plenty of room to jot a short note.

The next card I want to share with you is too stinkin’ cute! I really love how it turned out!

bird cover

This one is a square card and I used a circle punch to get the circles in all the layers. The card is made from scraps that were destined for the garbage, but I loved the colors and patterns, so I put them to use to make this card. I think it would be a great birthday card for anyone!

bird opening

As you open the card, you see a flash of the inside scalloped frame around the stamped bird.

bird inside

And here is the inside. I have to admit, that little birdie gave me a couple of fits. The first stamping didn’t take dark enough, so I used a pen to trace it but I didn’t like how it was looking. So, then I stamped it onto another piece and cut around it and used the scalloped frame to hide the patchwork. (the inside frame was not in my original design idea) I started coloring the bird using my Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens and a paintbrush and water to use like a watercolor. I was loving how the bird was turning out!! Then I painted the beak. And it went wrong…My hand shook JUST as I touched the brush down and my adorable birdie now had an orange blob for a nose. DRAT! Well, I had patched it once…..now what? I stamped the bird once again onto another piece of paper and painted the beak FIRST, then painted the turquoise, and fussy cut him out to put him in the card. WHEW! I love the final result!!

My friend, Sam Pirkle, is joining me on the challenges to give you even MORE inspiration! You can find her blog HERE. She has all the details posted over there on how she made this awesome card!

sam monday 1

Now, how can you get in on this challenge? Make a window card and link it below. Make sure you have an element on the inside that is visible when the card is closed. Next Monday, I’ll pick a favorite and highlight it on my blog when I issue the new challenge. It’s that easy! Now, go make something! Get creative this week!

Challenge Rules:
*If it’s a color challenge, make sure you feature the colors in the challenge, additional colors may be added as accents.
*Limit of 3 projects linked per challenge. Each submission must have a unique link. Do not upload multiple submissions with the same link.
*Only link new projects.
*Please provide a link back to the challenge on your blog post.
*We reserve the right to remove any posting that does not meet this criteria.

11 thoughts on “Make Something Monday #1

  1. I am so looking forward to this new adventure with you this year. Both your cards are just too cute but I think the little birdie is just my favorite. Great job and I can’t wait to see what your making for next week.

  2. These cards are just wonderful! LOVE the cute birdie card and especially like the first one where you doodled around the cut-out and the card edges. Such a fun whimsical look!

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  5. Susan!! How are you? I hope you & your family enjoyed the holidays! I just saw this post and since I’m off tomorrow and it’s NFL playoffs.. Hubby will be occupied so I hope to have a whole day of crafting to myself!! I can’t wait to try out your challenge. I will also share it on my blog when I get my card done tomorrow :)

    • We’re doing well! I’m sure you’re enjoying your first winter up there! YAY on getting some time to craft! I can’t wait to see your card! Be sure to link it up before midnight, central time!

    • Cyndy – I’m not sure what types of digital elements are available, but if they have an embossing equivalent, you are more than welcome to link up! I’d love to see your layout! If there is no embossing type element in digi, then keep an eye on future challenges – I know there will be tons that you can jump into! :)

    • Cyndy – I’m not sure what types of digital elements are available, but if they have an embossing equivalent, you are more than welcome to link up! I’d love to see your layout! If there is no embossing type element in digi, then keep an eye on future challenges – I know there will be tons that you can jump into! :)

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