As most of you know I really LOVE to take part in challenges and today my first plan to to visit my favorite groups and figure out what new challenge I could join in. I had also been missing the interaction I share with the groups and it's nice to be back.
My first stop today was at the Hero Arts Flickr group and I was excited to hear about the new Scramble that is taking place tomorrow, unfortunately, it's a night challenge and based on the time differences, it will be starting at 8PM, which is a bummer and must to late for me. I'm a terrible night person and simply unable to create at night or really do much of anything other than rest. I know I'll miss out, but it was fun to see some of new projects in the Gallery and I'm also very excited about the brand new Hero Arts Challenge Blog - A Blog Named Hero, which opened earlier this week and is hosting their very first challenge tomorrow! The blog opened earlier this month and is open to all, and perfect for those who LOVE creating with Hero Products. I'm excited to have joined the group and will look forward to being there often.
Stop on over and check out all the fabulous cards that have been shared by a wonderful group of Guest Designers. The first challenge starts tomorrow, which I just realized is also April 1st. WOW!! What happened to March??
My next visit was to The Outlawz, which is like my home group and the group I love to visit every day, as they host a new challenge daily. It's also a group that I've been a part of since Day One and many of the original members and Design Team Members are friends I known from creating with them online for the past few years. I'm extra excited to finally be meeting a bunch of the gals when I head down to Baltimore in May for the first Outlawz Rodeo a fun-filled Getaway Weekend that we've been planning for the post couple of months. I can't wait to be there and I'm also very much looking forward to taking a class that weekend with Marti Wills and Suzanne Dean, two wonderful designers, who I am also thrilled to finally meet! If you love to craft and love to getaway, please think about joining us. You can find all the details over on the main site - HERE!!
Today's challenge is the Paper a La Mode Challenge which is new every Saturday and I knew right away that I wanted to join the fun. The challenge this week is to create a project, using shapes - no square and no rectangles - you can find ALL the details in that group HERE!!
I knew for me that the best way to start my project would be to create a fun and unique shaped card and for that I wanted to use my Silhouette Cameo. Perfect timing, as I'm also started a new class on Monday that's all about Getting to Know and Use my Silhouette, more to follow on that!!
I started by heading to the Silhouette store and finding something new and different to use as my card. I have a month subscription and can buy several new shapes each month, ($150 value) all for $15.99, which is a great deal. I bought into the subscription when I first bought my machine and it's a great value to this price. Plus any funds left over at the end of each month are then carried over and as of this morning I have over $200 in credits to shop with!!! I ended up picking out several new card images, lots of fun new flourish and shapes and even some Spring flowers. Just in case any of you want to find this card in the store, I am sharing a link and a preview image below. You can find it in the store HERE!
Next, it was time for me to cut my card and then put it all together. I chose a very detailed and delicate design and then edited the design to make it a bit easier for the cut and then cut the design four different time on a variety of papers. Next, it picked out different parts form each of the papers and actually ended up making two new cards. This is the card that was created for the this challenge and it also features my papers from my favorite new set - Viola by Memory Box.
As you can see I added a computer generated sentiment to the center and made this one into a Mother's Day card, but you would easily change it around and make it a card for every day use, which is exactly what I did for my next card, which I am submitting to the new Die Cut Challenge over at Crafting By Designs, another of my favorite online challenge groups.
After having cut the same design four times in a variety of papers, I was able to selection different colors and piece to make two of the same card, but in different designs and colors and this card was designed to be a Friendship card ! I hope you'll like it.
In the end, I think I like the Friendship Card the best, probably because of the bling. I also used different pieces and this one was actually easier to put together. It's a lot more than simply cutting out the card, and it's NOT as easy as I thought it would be, but I do LOVE my Cameo and all the fun new things I can create with it.
Before I sign off, I wanted to tell you all to keep an eye on your Credit and Debit Card Statements. I received a Visa bill today and there were two charges on it that I had never made. Both were charges that came through from Experian (yes, the Credit Agency) and both were under two names I had never heard of, but they have some how and some way managed to get my Visa number and both people were from out of state? They ordered their Credit Report with my number.....imagine that? I was NOT happy to find this out and had to close my VISA and place a fraud alert on my Credit Report. Of all places to try and use it, they picked Experian? One bought a credit report and the other person subscribed to Credit Monitoring, which I find to be very odd. The good news is that I caught it and the charges have now been removed and the account is now closed? But, even so I can't image how this happens, especially since I had not used that card in ages? I did hear something about a major credit breach on the news last night, so I am guessing that may have some connection. Please be careful and keep an eye on your cards and charges.
See you all tomorrow and Happy Crafting!!