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New challenges every two weeks and open to YOUR interpretation - all art forms are welcome!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Challenge #82 - Let's get Frosted

This week we're Getting Frosted.
Actually we are extending this challenge for 2 weeks.
So you can get Frosted if you want to and then still have time to create something with a Frosted theme.

With the Holidays upon us, we figure that just like us, you need more time to do things.  (perhaps LOTS more time)

So we are going to alter our schedule for the next few challenges to a 2-week per challenge deadline.
(whew, more opportunity to play with us!)

We'll resume our normal weekly challenges on January 9th.

In the next 2 weeks we'd like to see Frosted things.
You know, snowmen, snowflakes, snow bunnies, snow scene, you at the office Holiday party (wearing a snowflake lampshade would be awesome)... you get the idea. (Kinda felt like Forest Gump's buddy there for a second. LOL)

Ice Princess Poobah Rosemary here and I have a FROSTY Christmas card to share with you in icy shades of blue and white.  (honest, I wasn't drinking frosty adult beverages while making this - although it appears crooked and isn't in real life)

Used my Inkadinkado/Brenda Walton stamp set and stamped the kids on the sled in Distress Ink - Broken China, embossed with iridescent powder for an icy look.  The background is a Cuttlebug embossing folder of snowflakes that I used Versamark Frost ink to give it a sheen and then more of the Broken China Distress Ink.  A little icy blue ribbon, punched, inked and pop-dotted snowflakes for more visual interest and texture with random bits of bling (rhinestone, pearl, and silver) in the centers of some snowflakes.  Also, you aren't seeing things  - Gertie the Birdy happened by to provide encouragement!


Ice Princess Poobah Jana will be by shortly after she's gotten Frosted

Ice Princess here: I finally got the time to finish my feeble little Frosted cards and tags. I made some Christmas cards, because I needed them AND I made some gift tags.

I made a bakers dozen of these cute little tags.
I still need to add stick arms, but wanted to get them up here for you.

Until then, let's see what you create when you

Add your FROSTED project to our Linky Blog Hop:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Challenge # 81 - Color

The challenge this week is to use COLOR.
Specific colors that is.

Use these colors in your project this week:

Jana here:  Rosemary and I have discussed the challenges for over a year now. We talk about them and agree on the subject for each week. Well, this one was no different. We discussed it. She emailed a color palette to me. I agreed that the colors are gorgeous, and that some beautiful projects would result from the color combo above. Then I came home and started my project. I went through several projects but couldn't decide. So I just started making the background paper. A technique from Tim Holtz's book. I picked out the colors that I thought I remembered from the color swatch above. As you can see, I missed the mark. But only by a little. I got the green, and the cranberry and the orange. But where in the world did I get the purple????? Ah, well. Here's one of a set of four cards that I made.

I mounted the background directly onto the card. I really love the way the colors POP against the black. I added a piece of white cardstock on the inside to write the message. Although, I could just use a white pen. All four cards turned out differently and I have the others posted on my blog here if you are interested.  

I hope you do better than I did in remembering the colors.


Join us in our color adventure this week. Won't you?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Challenge #80 - Men Men Men Men Manly Men

We love them, they make us crazy. 
They are simple but complex, funny and moody,
lovable and maddening.
They are our dads, brothers, husbands, boyfriends, teachers, partners, co-workers, bosses, helpers, and so on. 

They comprise half the population (or thereabouts)

They are the male species, that's right,

Your challenge this week is to create a project with the theme of men.

Might be for one, might be about one.  The choice is entirely yours!


Rosemary here - Okay, I was originally quite stumped about what to make for this theme.  I don't have any male relatives with birthdays in the near future (and I do my best work under pressure), and then it was Veterans' day and I immediately thought of my Dad.

So, here's my first project, a layout for my Dad.
It's simple because he never liked frou-frou for men.
Never thought a man should wear more than a watch (unless it was something dressy)
Besides, he's so handsome he didn't need further embellishing.

I am honoring his military service and I put a little personal journaling in a pocket behind the photos.  You can read it on my blog (because I'm that way too, I want to read what the journaling says, for Pete's sake)

My photography is atrocious but love me anyway. (please)

My second project is not serious at all, just something funny I pulled together. I love Anne Taintor's sassy work, pairing photos and ads with witty sayings.  This is my substandard attempt to do the same.  (Forgive me, Uncle Jus and Aunt Betty)


Jana here: I have used up my supply of manly birthday cards, and used this challenge as an opportunity to replenish my stash. (Well, 2 cards IS a start to replenishment anyway.)

First up is one that I made during a stamping club meeting.

And here is the inside of the card.

All of the supplies used are Stampin' Up. Pictures are not the best, but you get the idea.

Second on deck is one I designed using mostly Tim Holtz's goodies. (Yup, I am smitten with this Man. My DH has no worries of me running off with him though. He's taken. LOL)

This one was made to enter into another challenge too.
For details, go to my blog HERE.


So?  Are you inspired?  How about now?
Maybe NOW?

Okay, then get cracking and start inspiring us with YOUR creations!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

We have a WINNER folks... Scroll down for the current challenge.

I know it's a bit late in announcing, but the hopefully the winner won't mind.

Last week's Challenge of Trick Or Treat included a drawing for a Tim Holtz Configurations Box.

I used the random number generator to decide the winner. (Because I am wimpy that way.)

And the WINNER is ...


I'll get that out in the mail to you in the next week. I'll send you an email to let you know it's coming. Thank you SO MUCH for playing with us.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Challenge #79 - An Attitude of Gratitude (THANKS)

TODAY is Jana's Birthday - she's officially 21 and I'm so glad she is because now I can finally take her out to grownup places to celebrate!

Leave her a lovely message of birthday love, ok?


Now, onto our challenge for this week.

Do you have an attitude of gratitude?  Are you thankful for the little and large blessings in your life?

How do you express gratitude, thanks, appreciation?

Here in the U.S., we are going to soon be celebrating Thanksgiving, 
to thank God for the bountiful blessings in our lives

That seemed like a good theme for Opus Gluei - Thanks

Thank you for reading our blog
Thank you for participating in our challenges
Thank you for inspiring us with your projects
Thanks for the kind words you give to us
Thank you, God, for a great friend like Jana (and she's a pretty fantastic Poobah to boot)
Thankful for Rosemary. She's a very good friend. And a wonderful person and Poobah too. 

Rosemary - Okay, so here I am with another banner project.  This one reads "Give Thanks" and it's gracing my front door as we speak so that the UPS and FedEx guys have something to look at when they drop off goody boxes.  It was easy, it's colorful, and definitely has a feel of the season. 

Look out, here's the Birthday Girl!!!
Jana here: Rosemary is too sweet. Yes, it's my B-day. And I am now old enough to order drinks in public now. LOL. Anyway, onto this week's gratitude. I have been inundated with those pesky kids of mine. Somehow, they think that because it's my birthday that I have to spend ALL of my time with them. Watching movies, being served meals, snacks and drinks by them, and just hanging out. They really are a bit put out because I am taking time to post this card I managed to squeeze in this morning. It's really kind of sweet. I am so very grateful that they still want to hang with their old mama. Very, very grateful.

For the details go to my BLOG here.
Now, let's see YOUR take on this theme of Thanksgiving, thanks, appreciation, gratitude!