Happy Monday! I know, I know, Mondays are tough. We all need a little tonic to help us get through the day. Luckily there’s a new challenge in town to help us do just that – the Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge!!
This is a challenge which I’ve created myself, yay me! Every Monday I will bring you a photo inspiration challenge, with images that focus on lifting us out of those Monday doldrums and all inspired to create!! I’ll be asking you to play along as well and linking up your creations! At the end of each week I’ll pick a Top 3 who’ll be my Cures For The Monday Blues and receive a special badge to add to your blog!!
This challenge is in its twenty-eighth week now – woo hoo!! Thank you to everyone who has given it love and support and helped it to grow – especially the weeks where you’ve been patient with me while I’ve extended the challenges!
In case you missed this previous post, please read on for some of the recent changes made to the Challenge – including info on how to be in with a chance of becoming a Guest Designer!
Right then. Back to business, lol!
Before we get to this week’s challenge I want to once again thank all of you that submitted entries for the last challenge. I am always especially happy to see some new faces to the Challenge, as well as ‘regulars’! They were all truly beautiful entries and you did not make my life easy when choosing the winners!! I really wanted to pick you all!! Here are my Top 3 Cures For The Monday Blues:
Winners please contact me to be sent your challenge winner’s badges!
Yet again I had some absolute stunners for entries. It is seriously getting harder and harder each week to pick out only a Top 3! All of you have really been putting in some amazing designs and it makes me so happy when you play, so please keep playing along!
One final thing before we get underway! I’ve finally created a badge for the challenge for anyone who wishes to add it to their blog, you’d make me so happy! I’ve included it on my blog sidebar along with the code you need to use it, so it couldn’t be simpler! And just in case you’d like to see it here, here’s what it looks like!
Fun right?! I’d love to see some of you grab it and use it!!
So are you excited to get this week’s challenge under way?! Let’s see what’s up for this week’s inspiration:
So, at first the angle is probably making you a little dizzy, right?! But get past that and breathe in that plethora of textures, colours and patterns! Oh my!!
Here’s what I came up with:
*squeal* Really loving this! The tray on the bed really reminded me of a chalkboard so I just went with it!
I started with a panel of True Black cardstock and stamped the big greeting from Mama Elephant’s Make A Wish set using Versamark ink, being careful not to ink the ‘to’. I heat embossed it with WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder then overstamped with GinaK White Pigment ink. The ‘TO’ came from Waltzingmouse Stamps’ Putting On The Ritz set and was added in the same manner. I drew some pencil lines near the ‘TO’ to accentuate it slightly.
I sandwiched the chalkboard panel between a thin piece of patterned paper from the My Mind’s Eye Necessities Wood collection then a panel of Purplicious cardstock, which I’d stamped using the largest stamp from Irresistible Ikat (I just *had* to have some ikat there after seeing that pillow!). All was adhered to a Pinefeather card base, and some Studio Calico wood veneers added a finishing touch!
So now it’s your turn to cure the Monday Blues! Here’s how to participate in the challenge!
- Create a brand new project using the photo inspiration
- Post on your blog or to an online photo album. Ensure you link up to this challenge post in your blog post and include the inspiration photo
- If it is not obvious how the image inspired you then please explain your process in your post
- Link up your creations to this post using the Inlinkz below. Please use the link to your actual post rather than the link to your blog
- You can enter as many times as you like!
- The deadline for linking submissions is Sunday 31st August at 11pm BST/6pm EST
PS: if you would like to check out all of the previous challenge images you can see them here on my Pinterest board!