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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 thirty-eighth 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!
As I mentioned in my last blog post, the challenge this month is very kindly being sponsored by Winnie & Walter – which means that there’s a prize up for grabs! I’ll give more details at the end of this post! 🙂
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:
With it being my birthday this week, I just couldn’t resist these sweet cupcakes with those delicious colours and wonderful sprinkles!!
I’ve been really keen to keep up the momentum in bringing you crafting videos, so not only do I have a card created for this challenge but I’ve actually filmed it too! I’ve put in a lot of time and effort to try and create a more professional video, so hopefully you’ll think it’s paid off!
So, before I share, here is what I created:
*squeal* Love all those pretty stars and that fun shaker card!
And here’s the video!!
I’m not going to give too many details here (that’s what the video is for! *wink*) but I’ll give a summary:
I used Pink Shimmer cardstock for my base and frame, and a Pure White cardstock panel for the inside of my shaker. I impressed the cardstock with the Heart Doily die to evoke that pretty lace tablecloth. 🙂
I created my own shaker filling by die cutting lots of stars using the Star Confetti die from Studio Calico, but I had to chuck in a few sequins too! And I talk about using Pinflair Glue Gel to build up custom dimension to adhere the shaker together! I really enjoyed talking through my process in the video so I do hope you’ll enjoy it too! 🙂
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 11th January at 11pm GMT/6pm EST
As I mentioned, every challenge this month is being sponsored by the super-generous Winnie & Walter! I’ll be giving a $30 gift card away to one winner from every challenge! I’ll be picking one top winner from my Top 3 Cures, and most likely there’ll be more entries throughout this month there being the chance of a prize *wink*, so really do create your best work to increase your chances of winning! Remember you can enter each challenge as many times as you like!
So are you ready to play?! I can’t wait to see your creations!!
PS: if you would like to check out all of the previous challenge images you can see them here on my Pinterest board!