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-ninth installment 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:
One word: YUM! From the colours to the sweet deliciousness itself, this inspiration gets my creative juices flowing! There’s a lot you can do with this one, even if it’s not the usual interior design I tend to call on for inspiration images! I hope you’ll have fun with this one!!
Here’s what I came up with:
I love how this turned out!!
I started with a panel of Pure White cardstock and watercoloured it with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick, and SU! ink in Pool Party. I then used the underside of the paper, which had a paler look from the watercolour seeping through, and die cut it using the Friendship Jar die, then stamping it with the jar from Friendship Jar using Versamark ink and heat embossed with WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder. I added some splatter from Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Mist in Gold Lame then added some chipboard stickers from the Crate Paper Love Notes collection, and some Studio Calico Wood Veneer stars to represent the biscuit pieces. Love this fun interpretation!!
I adhered the jar to my Rustic White card base which I had added a layer of patterned paper from the Heidi Swapp Dreamy collection and a strip of Pinkfresh Studio glitter tape and some splatter, then added a single sequin and I was all done!
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 7th September 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!