Saturday, 6 November 2010

Challenge Hels...

... Occasionally I have a mooch through my basket of stuff I have made and I look at my recent blog posts and then set myself a challenge to make something that is nowt like the rut I have dropped into. Does anyone else drop in to a crafty rut? I do it all the time... I have a suspicion it is because I am inordinately lazy and never put away my stash like I promise myself I will... so I just grab the nearest thing to me and usually it means that everything looks ever so similar.




So, my challenge for today was to make a card with a masculine look without using typical "mans" stuff on it. Part 2 of the challenge was to use only one shade of colour and being as it was a masculine card, that colour had to be brown... Part 3 to use stamps I haven't used for like yonks... Part 4 was to include an inky technique and Part 5 was to make it in 20 mins!!! Nowt like a challenge to get the old creative juices... erm... panicking!!



So, armed with cream cardstock, brown shades of Distress Ink, some water, a heatgun and two stamps, I got cracking. With clock ticking I figured doing resist techniques would take too long so I did the Wrinkle Free Distress technique, drying the cardstock in between each dipping so I could get some little splatters on there too. The stamping... the diamond block pattern from Stampers Anon is one of my fave stamps and is so versatile... I have stamped it twice and cut out random diamonds and then flipped them and puffed them with a paperstump, then they are on 3D foam and onto their relevant diamond on the main image. The "girly" bit is the bow and the beaded fringing.. .which normally I would have coloured but tick tock went the clock and time ran out.



So, whatcha fink? I like a good challenge and I am thinking I will make myself do this more often... plus, the bonus is that while I am clock watching and making quicky cards, I am not having to tidy up - infact, it is worse now than ever, there are beads all over the floor, card on the floor, papers on the floor and the bin needs emptying... tis no good, I have to go and tidy up... before I do though I think I will just give myself another 20 min challenge ROFL Thanks for looking... have a goodly day! TTFN

Hels x

29 comments:

The Scrappy Tree said...

Love that distressed look! Think you rose to the challenge awesomely :)

Linda Ledbetter said...

It's fabulous, Hels! You absolutely achieved your goal-- masculine without the usual masculine trappings!

And yes, I fall into ruts all the time, and find myself accidentally doing the same look over and over. I love that your challenged yourself to do something different, and I'm going to follow your lead!

Helen said...

Think I realy like this but can't see properly - been to optician - need glasses - and got sent to Moorfields Eye Hosp as have some loss of vision in left eye - not meant to be using computer. So, can't really see your art but am sure it is beeautiful!!

aisling said...

I absolutely love this different card of yours! Really gives me inspiration!

Cardarian said...

I love this card - so beautiful!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Andrea said...

a fantastic card Hels and I will set you a challenge, to make a shabby cute card :-) lots love xx

Saskia said...

Lovely card, amazing what you can do in twenty minutes!

Elaine said...

I know the feeling about ruts - stuck on autumn leaves at the moment!!! But maybe Sunday's Challenge will make me do something different. Love your card by the way!!

Tracy Evans said...

Love the masculine card Hels, the colour is fab and so are the images. I find I fall into a rut on many occasions and often find it very difficult to move onto something new. I do challenge myself but it's not easy. Well done you for setting yourself a challenge and sticking to it and you met the criteria perfectly. Tracy Evans x

Joanna K said...

Wow, how clever is that! I love the diamonds pattern and "puffing up" some of them looks great, I need to try that :) It's a 20 minute masterpiece, I would never be able to achieve that in 20 mins!!! xx

Heather x said...

what an awesome idea to challenge yourself.....and you do it so well!!!!
*hugs* Heather x

Lisa Phillippi llelsik@aol.com said...

Wow...truly beautiful-elegant and masculine all rolled into one!

Lisa Phillippi llelsik@aol.com said...

Wow...truly beautiful-elegant and masculine all rolled into one!

Fliss said...

Fabulous card here Hels and a very good idea to challenge yourself, the results show it certainly paid off.
x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Fantastic card Hels, really love it :-)
Anne xx

Tinkertaylor said...

Love what you've done with one of my most favourite stamps, will be trying that out

Netty said...

woo hoo all done in 20 mins, how brilliant and you have done a fab job Hels. Annette x

Krisha said...

20 minutes huh? How many energy drinks did you have before you said go? ROTFLOL Oh Hels, this is a great card. I think I'll borrow your challenge myself, then I can get out of my RUT!

Nancy said...

Beautiful!!!
I want to make a "masculine" card tonight - thank you for the inspiration!

* Shaz * said...

very masculine really lovely card and great challenge hope you are well hugs Shaz xx

Fiona said...

excellent 20 min challenge Hels - I could never do that to myself - I'm sure I would fail miserably!!

She said...

Love this card..............those Diamonds are FAB! S x

Sarah Anderson said...

stunning Hels, just fabulous :)

craftimamma said...

Wonderful card Hels. I just love the colours and you've reminded me I have that lovely quote stamp too. Must get it used!!! 20 minutes though? I dread to think how long that would take me, Lol!
Hugs
Lesley Xx

Sandy said...

Oh Hels this is one of my favorite stamp.
Wonderful artfoul mosaic card. Unbelievabel.
Love it.

Have a lovely sunday hun. Hugs.

Jolanda said...

Its a wonderful card - quite masculine without the football or fishing! (when you look for ideas its always those two subjects) The card is very elegant and Im amazed you made it so quickly.
Jolanda x

Shelley said...

20 minutes? Really, no way I could challenge myself to do one in 20 minutes with all the parameters you set for yourself. It's fabulous!

Marijane said...

Mission accomplished! What a great card in so little time. I love that stamp of square/diamonds too.

Juls~ said...

Hi Hels!

What an awesome sentiment! So true! Great stamp too, if you get tired of it, ship it to me ;)

Cool piece!

Juls~

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