Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A few challenge entries...

... I wanted to share, from the first 7 or less challenge =) We are about halfway into the challenge today, I can't believe how time really flies by these days! Anyways, I wanted to put a spotlight on some of the cards and people that have entered so far, to say thank you for entering and supporting this new challenge =) Oh, and because they should be proud that they took on this serious challenge (believe me, I know this challenge can be difficult) and made such great cards with limited supplies!
Okay, enough rambling, here are a few of the entries I've gotten so far for the first 7 or less challenge:

Mia did a fabulous job here, I could hardly believe she only used 7 or less products when I first laid my eyes on this card, but she really did! I love the masculine color scheme on this card, and the excellent execution of all the elements on it =) Check out her blogpost here.

Christine made a card which I think is an absolute beauty. It's based on a great layout, and she chose perfect colors and patterns to compliment the layout =) I love the soft patterned paper behind the rather bold image of the red thermometer, and the arrows pointing in are so fun! Check out her blogpost here.

Tracy made this card, which really shows that the limit of 7 or less products doesn't have to limit you in special techniques to use on your card. She did dry embossing and paper piecing, as well as stamping and copic coloring. All using just 7 products! All those touches add a wonderful layered, yet uncluttered feel to the card =) Check out her blogpost here.

Each of the pictures links to the person's blog post for their card =)

I also wanted to remind everyone to please read all the rules for the challenge, and make sure you follow them. I see that a few people have not added the challenge graphic/badge to their blogpost, and if that's not in place there before the end of the challenge period, they will not be considered for the winning spot. All the challenge rules must be followed to be considered for the winning spot and great prize.

Thanks to everyone who has entered so far! I look forward to (hopefully) seeing more entries soon too =)
- Marie

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Fun Little Frog Tag

Hi everyone

This will be a quick post, I just wanted to share a small tag I made, using a technique I learnt in class (plus some regular stamping for the crown)

Here's the tag I made, with the cute frog from Paper Smooches:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Be sure and check out the first 7 or less challenge, if you haven't done so already =)
- Marie

Penguin Slider Card

Hi everyone

Today is another card I made, inspired by a card from class =)

I made a this fun interactive pull-slider card:

I stamped the penguin and sentiment on white cardstock, and cut out the penguin's belly. I then made a tiny dot print on white cardstock using copic markers, and cut out a small tie shape. I made a slider mechanism, adhered the tie onto it, and put it behind the cutout belly. I then rounded one corner, and attached the full piece to a dark turquiose cardbase =)

Have you checked out the first 7 or less challenge, sponsored by Lawn Fawn, yet? I encourage you to do so, and play along if you'd like. It is indeed challenging, but also really fun to make a card using only 7 or less products =)  

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie

Friday, February 1, 2013

7 or less - Challenge 1

Today is a very special day… It’s the day to start the first 7 or less challenge!

When I started up my 7 or less video series a short while back, I knew I wanted to show you the possibilities you have with a limited number of supplies. Each time I’ve created a video for the 7 or less series, I have found it to be a real challenge, but still, completely doable. So, I started thinking that it would be fun to see how other cardmakers would solve the same product constraint challenge, and still make something awesome! And so, the 7 or less challenge was born!

I am excited to see what you, yes I mean YOU, can create using only 7 or less supplies =) Oh, and before you run away scared, please check my lists of what counts as one product and what is not included in the count, below. If you have any questions, leave them for me in the comment section on this blog post. I will answer all questions left there =)

Challenge Theme
This challenge does not have a theme, you can create whatever kind of card you’d like, as long as you only use 7 or less products! 



This challenge is sponsored by the amazing Lawn Fawn. I am so excited about having them sponsor this first challenge! Lawn Fawn has wonderful high quality stamps, papers, stickers, twine and dies in their product line, so lots of goodness to check out on their website =)

So, before I tell you more details on how to enter the challenge, here’s a video I shot while making my card for this challenge:

And here is a picture of the finished card:

 (Stamps by Lawn Fawn)

I love the fun look of the line art stamps stamped in colored ink! I think this shows you don't always have to get your copics, pencils or watercolors out, just because you want to use a line art stamp like this cute seal and star =)

Challenge rules
You must follow all of these rules, in order to qualify for winning this challenge.

- You can only use seven or less products to make your card. Please read below to see what counts as one product, and what is not included in the count of products. You must include a supply list to show that you have used only seven or less products.

- Your card must be made after this challenge was posted. No backlinking allowed.

- Link back to this challenge post (not just a general link to my blog) in the post for your entry.

- Display the challenge graphic in the post for your entry. Photos of cards uploaded to galleries like Flickr etc. where this is not possible, are exempt from this rule.

- You may enter this challenge up to three times, with three different cards.

- You may combine this challenge with a maximum of two other challenges.

What counts as one product

- One stamp set (using several stamps from one set is okay)
- One cardstock color.
- One ink color (using the same color in marker form is also okay)
- One patterned paper pad (using more designs from one pad is okay)
- One piece of 12” patterned paper.
- One color medium. Several shades or colors of the same type marker or pencil counts as one product.
- One embellishment type (using more than one pearl, rhinestone etc. is okay)
- One die or die set (using several dies from one die set is okay)

What products are not included in the count

- Adhesives.
- Basic tools – scissors, trimmer, scoring board&bone folder, ruler&craft knife etc.

How to enter

To enter your card into the challenge, please leave a direct link to your blog post showing your card, in Inlinkz list below. 


The winner will receive a stamp set of their choice from Lawn Fawn. Thank you so much Lawn Fawn for sponsoring this fabulous prize, and supporting this new challenge =) 


This challenge will close at February 25th, 11:59 pm my time. You can see a clock showing my time in the right hand side bar =)

I will be back with the winner of the challenge as soon as I can after it has closed.

I hope you will be able to join in on this challenge! I look forward to seeing your entry, have fun creating =)

- Marie

Supplies used on my card: