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On the first Sunday of the month, at 6pm UK time, we will set a new challenge which will close on the 28th of that month at midday. The DT will pick their top three favourites and you could win a prize and join us as a Guest Designer. Winners are posted on the first Sunday in the month (midday usually) before the new challenge - don't forget to come and check if you are a winner.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Challenge 24 - Clean and Simple

What a wonderful lot of attitude we saw for the last challenge. There really were some amazing entries so thank you all so much for joining in. This week it is my (Caro's) turn to set the challenge and I am choosing one of my favourite styles: CLEAN and SIMPLE. By this I mean there must not be too many embellishments and there must be plenty of 'white space' left on your card or creation. For those non-cardmakers out there, this style isn't just for cards and can be used very effectively in altered art and scrapbooking as well.

We have a great sponsor back again this week; Digital Delights by Louby Lou, who provided some great images for the team to use. The top three designers will be chosen by the DT and will be invited to join us as guest designers on a future challenge and will be able to display a winners badge on their blog (new badges are currently being designed). The prize for the winner is three images of their choice from the Digital Delights website as well.

Now here are some examples from the team:

The first Guest Designer this time is Jan Del Bone. Jan used the sentiment "You're a Treasure on her elegant clean and simple card.

Our next Guest Designer is Fliss who said: "It's as simple as I could make it and was done by masking the card blank with a circle aperture then stamping Rubber Stamp Tapestry flowers in the aperture. I made a border with the MS punch stamped with the same flowers. The bear and sentiment were both inked then colour added with a mix of pencils and Promarkers with a glitter gel pen for a little sparkle in places." Fliss used Boo Boo bear with the sentiment "Sending you Smiles".

Clean and Simple is a style I really admire. You would think it would be easier than other, more elaborate styles, but I find it harder to do. I love the Boo Boo Bear image I chose from our sponsor. She is so sweet. Coloured with promarkers...hope you like!

I printed the pirate, sentiment (from our sponsor) and the spotty edge, straight on to pearl card and coloured with my ProMarkers. No glue used at all!Lyn
I also made another card using Bongo the little puppy and the 'Sending You Smiles' sentiment (from our sponsor) I decoupaged Bongo, so this time fixed everything on either with photo or silicone glue. I used my Nestabilites and coloured with ProMarkers.

I always think that clean and simple on a scrapbook page is so effective as it really lets the photos shine through and after all they are supposed to be the main focus of the page. This layout has no patterned papers, just some speckling with distress inks, a few stamped waves (using a stamp I have had since I was 12!), some sticker embellishments and alphabets, and Presley the Pirate and You're a Treasure digital stamps from our sponsor coloured in with promarkers. The wavy dotted line to the 'X' marks the spot symbolises the dodgy steering of my 4 year old pirate!

I often keep my cards clean and simple though I have lots of pretty papers and feel guilty I don't use them more. I used Claudia Cow and the sentiment I love Moo, coloured with Promarkers and Trias, and some Crafty Ribbon added.

I couldn't resist making a second entry this week as this really is my favourite style. This time I used Bongo the dog and coloured him with promarkers before cutting and embossing him with nestabilities and layering him on a brown card. I printed the sentiment (also from our sponsor) directly onto the background card and added some light doodling in the corners.

Lets see what you can do!

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  1. Well done that team! Lovely examples.

    Cazzy x

  2. Such wonderful creations from the DT! Wow.xx

  3. adorable DT work!
    enjoyed the CAS style, great challenge during this busy time!!

  4. Hi guys - thanks for a great challenge, and thanks to Lyn (Spyder) for the tip-off!!
    Sylvia x

  5. Hi everyone,
    Wonderful projects from all the DT ! Another great challenge too !
    Susan x

  6. Here as instructed Lynn LOL
    super DT cards

    mandi [Less is More]

  7. Message for Cazzy !
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog :) l have tried to use the email link that is on the blog,but it won't let me connect..Here is my email addy sue_c_jones@hotmail.com Hope this will be of help.
    Susan x

  8. I've only just found this site.. thank you for a lovely inspirational challenge.
    Suzi b :D

  9. Here's mine.


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