Monday, April 12, 2010

October Elite Challenges

Every month the lovely and talented Carol Dunstan prepares some challenges for us over at the Elite Challenges Blog.
I love to join in, and I was shocked (and I think it says a lot about what my life has been like over the past few months) when I realised that the last challenge I did was back in September! *gasp!*
Any stamping that I've done in the last few months has been purely for business not pleasure (and here I count myself so lucky that I have to stamp for my job, and it is always fun, even when it's "work"). I've designed projects for classes and Blog Hops, but haven't sat down and stamped "just because". When I do stamp for fun, I find that I enjoy it more if it has a bit of structure, and that's why I love challenges. I find having a few boundaries makes the creativity flow in the right direction, instead of spilling out everywhere into a confused muddle.

Anyway, I'll stop rambling and get to the point... I've had a lovely time over the past week catching up on Challenges. Over the next few days I'll show you my creations for the Challenges from October through to March, 12 cards in all. I've done the Sketch Challenge and Colour Challenge for each month (I didn't do the stamp set challenges as they were all from Mini Catalogues that are now retired...thank goodness, or I think I'd still be going!!), and it was so much fun to sit and stamp again. I'm never leaving it this long again!

October Colour Challenge (Pink Passion, Kiwi Kiss and Basic Black)
Carol called this one Passionate Kisses, but I've actually cheated and substituted Melon Mambo for Pink Passion, so maybe this one would be called Mambo Kisses or Kiwi Melons LOL

I just couldn't resist using the new In Colour, especially since Melon Mambo has the gorgeous Polka Dot ribbon to go with it. I pulled out Garden Whimsy, which I love, but has been terribly neglected lately. This one was also a Mojo Monday Sketch from Jan 11. You can find all the details for this card HERE.

October Sketch Challenge:

I love these colours together, so rich and Autumnal. I pulled out Eastern Blooms stamp set, another old fave that I hadn't used in an age. I'd always wished that this set had leaves in it, and now the Big Shot has come to the rescue with the Little Leaves Die. It's so versatile and I've used it heaps already. You can find the details of this card HERE.
I'll be back with November's challenges soon!


  1. Love the october sketch challenge Marelle - mmm, chocolatey :)

  2. I also love your Sketch Challenge card - the 2 tones in the flower look brilliant! I might have to pull that set out again!! I always get such good inspiration from your blog - thanks for sharing!

  3. Well firstly, congrats on making 12 cards - marathon effort! And secondly, wowser! that first card is bright! I like it, but man, I need my sunnies! Great work on the challenges.

  4. Gorgeous cards Marelle! Yay for having some stamping time all to yourself. :)
    Love the "autumny" eastern blooms card. Looks fantastic!

  5. This is so calm and cool! Love the beautiful colors and the flowers. Super job!



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