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Card Challenges You’ll Enjoy

June 1, 2017

Hey, glad you’re joining me today.  Sometimes I feel stuck in a rut, making the same card over and over.  Or I have a new supplies I’m not sure how to use.  If you ever need fresh inspiration, card challenges are wonderful.  Bonus:  a chance to win awesome prizes and/or bragging rights!  And many of these winners are chosen at random, so anyone, regardless of experience or talent, has a chance to win.

 

Some of the challenges use a card sketch, like the one on the left, for inspiration.  Other choose a picture, or a theme, like “sports.”

Simon Says Stamp – This stamp company has 2 challenges a week, with a new theme each Monday and Wednesday.

A Blog Named Hero – This site features a new theme every month, along with a spotlight on a up-and-coming new company.  I love this, because it’s always fun to find out about new products!

My Favorite Things – This site for card challenges is part of the stamp company My Favorite Things.  They have a new sketch challenge every week, and a new color challenge twice a month.

Freshly Made Sketches – This site introduces a new sketch every Monday.

CASology – This site has a new theme each week, and the challenge is to create a clean and simple card.

Fusion – This website has a new challenge every week twice a month.  They give you a picture and a card sketch, and encourage you to use either, or both, to create your card.

There are far more challenges than I could feature here, so I just narrowed it down to a few that I’ve done in the past.  Have you ever taken part in a card challenge?  Let me know in the comments if you have, or would like to.  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  If your missing my card tutorials, I’m working hard on a few things to show you next week.  See you again soon!

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Resources

10 Blogs You Need To See

May 25, 2017

Hey, thanks for coming by today.  I’ve put together a list of some wonderful blogs you should check out.  Each one is amazing, and they all have a passion for sharing what they know.  I know there are plenty more blogs out there, but these are ones I follow, and each has plenty of simple tutorials for someone new to cardmaking.  Here they are, in no particular order:

10.  The Creative Grove – Ingrid Blackburn – Ingrid uses all kinds of mediums, and combines them with bright colors to make amazing, one-of-a-kind cards.  I love her ink blending tutorials, and her fresh style.

9.  Inklipse – Simon Hurley – The youngest cardmaker on my list (he’s 14!), Simon makes simple cards with lots of color and a youthful edge that I love.  His videos always make me smile while I learn.

8.  Lime Doodle Design – Debby Hughes – She creates lovely cards with soft colors, unfussy designs, and beautiful details.  She does amazing things with colored pencils and watercolor!

7.  The Daily Marker – Kathy Racoosin – Kathy does a 30 Day Coloring Challenge regularly on her blog, encouraging everyone to take a break and color for a few minutes each day.  She uses Copic markers (and lots of other mediums) to make images look so real, they pop off the page.

6.  K Werner Design – Kristina Werner – Kristina is incredibly talented with a paintbrush, and her hand lettering videos are a joy to watch.  I’ve learned so much about watercolor from her tutorials.

5.  laurafedora – Laura Bassen – Laura’s tutorials always make me smile.  She loves bright color, simple designs, and having lots of fun.

4.  You And Your Big Dreams – Kelly Latevola – I love watching Kelly color.  She makes it look so easy and effortless!

3.  Rejoicing Crafts – Yoonsun Hur – If you like watercolor, you’ll enjoy the cards Yoonsun creates.  She makes simple images into works of art.

2.  Jennifer McGuire Ink – Jennifer McGuire – I love trying new techniques, and Jennifer has tons of them.  She’s a gifted teacher, with new videos every week.

1.  Catherine Pooler – Catherine is awesome because she doesn’t make “perfect” videos.  Sometimes things go wrong, and she makes even the mistakes into something beautiful!  She’s taught me so much about being flexible, and enjoying the process, instead of getting everything “just right.”

And that’s my resource of the day.  I had fun putting this list together, and if you like any of these blogs, make sure you subscribe to them!  Who’s your favorite crafter?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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