Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #38 AND Video AND Giveaway!!

By Taheerah | 5th January 2015 | 31 Comments

Hey everyone!

If you’re looking for the Season’s Givings Blog Hop please click here. But there’s a giveaway on this post too (and the one before it!) so you might want to stick around! 🙂

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:

vicki dutcher
Kathy Schweinfurth
Cornelia (fun stamping)

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:

Source: Pinterest 

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!

The Rules

  • 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!

I’ll be back again soon with something new! Thanks so much for stopping by – I would love it if you left some love before you went on your way! And I would love some feedback on the challenge itself!!


31 thoughts on “Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #38 AND Video AND Giveaway!!”

  1. Happy Birthday Taheerah! I found you through the Seasons Givings blog hop, and I'm excited to start participating in your challenge! I'm a very new cardmaker so there will be a lot of learning going on for me. I don't think my card this week did your birthday justice, but I think it's the spirit of it that counts, right?! Oh, and I snagged your challenge badge, yay! It's the first one I've added to my blog. 🙂

  2. Back again – my card is finished and entered. I'm not sure what is happening, but for some reason the link doesn't work the 1st time I click on it, but when I click the 2nd time it goes straight to the image in my Flickr gallery. Here is the link again
    Please let me know if you want me to link it again Taheerah.
    Tomorrow I hope to make a pretty shaker – got my sequins ready, looking forward to making my 1st shaker card => THANK YOU for hosting this challenge 🙂

  3. Beautiful card, and loved watching your video!!

    I've linked up my card to this challenge, but because I am on the W&W creative team…please don't make me eligible for the prize!! I just wanted to come play along!! 🙂

    1. LOVE your shaker & tutorial too!!! It is lovely to listen to your accent 🙂
      WOW – I have never embossed with a die before => THANK YOU for the CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

  4. Happy Birthday, Taheerah! I love your shaker card with those sweet stars (I've never seen that die before!) and the detail of the embossed background! I have never made a shaker card. Maybe this will be the week I attempt one. Even if I don't, I AM going to find some time to join your challenge this week. I've been MIA for too long! Again, Happy Happy early birthday!

  5. Oh my goodness your card is so stinkin' sweet! LOVE it! And a very HAPPY HAPPY birthday to you. I hope it is as full of kindness and warmth as you are! Can't wait to play along with the challenge – I'm glad the Season's Giving got me hopping to you so I knew about your great challenge. 😀

  6. Hi Taheera, fabulous inspiration cards and fab picture for this weeks Monday Blues. Thanks for the shout-out! Gotta play again this week….Have to watch your video later (curious about your accent 😉 – I am at work right now, would not be good being caught watching videos…..) Have a great Birthday!

  7. I have to start with YAY ME for making the Top 3 🙂 — thanks. On to, I LOVE YOUR ACCENT. I could listen all day long. Great video with an awesome end result shaker card. I plan on playing, your photo inspiration is so fun. Have a fabulous birthday too! Happy! Happy!

  8. Love this card!! The colors make me happy and it's really cool too see the embossed background. I'll watch the video when I get home…. Curious about the glue you mentioned!

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