A Challenge – To Be Inspired!

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

Regular event participants here will have seen this coming… it’s time for the Challenge to be Inspired!

There’s going to be all kinds of inspiration this weekend (including a card further on in this post, layouts and more to come later), and while you’re reading I hope you’ll be thinking how to put the ideas into your own projects! To encourage you to dive straight in, this challenge comes with a tempting prize for one participant:

Challenge Prize - Jillibean Soup Chilled Cucumber

Some Jillibean Soup Chilled Cucumber items

Including 2 Sheets of Paper, a Sheet of Bite Sized Bits, and the Pea Pod Parts!

So, while you’re reading any posts from this weekend (by me or by others), make sure you pin or bookmark them, then get creating! When you’ve finished your project, you can come back here and add it to the Linky tool at the bottom of this post.

There will be a ‘Be Inspired’ section at the end of most of the posts this weekend, to suggest ideas you can lift to make your own crafts. Your projects don’t have to look anything like the original, as long as you’ve gained inspiration from something, somehow!

And here’s a card to add to the inspiration:

You are Amazing card by Jennifer Grace

I used lots of things to give the recipient of the card some ‘direction’ in their life! The triangles, arrows, and chevrons all add power to the card, making you look all around because they point in different directions, but the main ones are pointing at the sentiment so you know where your focus should be. The ombre effect on the green ledger paper helps enhance the uplifting sentiment, hopefully whoever receives the card will feel energised thanks to it!

To make this card:

1. Cut a piece of triangle patterned paper (from Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6×6 Pad) down to 3” x 5½“. Ink the edges with a grey ink pad, and adhere to an A6 (4” x 5¾“) kraft card blank.

2. Stick 2 lengths of American Crafts Aqua Glitter tape vertically on the triangle paper, leaving approx ” of triangle paper showing at the left and right edges.

3. Cut a green ombre ledger piece of paper (also from Lucky Charm) down to 2¾” x 5½“. Ink the edges with black ink. Machine stitch a border around it using white thread.

4. Heat emboss the ‘You are Amazing’ sentiment onto the ombre paper, using black ink and clear embossing powder. Adhere this paper to the front of the card using 3D foam tape.

5. Paint 5 Studio Calico Wood Veneer Chevrons with white acrylic paint, and then a coat of Crystal Stickles. Glue them to the card (I use Glossy Accents), so they are pointing up at the sentiment. Finish the card by cutting some Aqua Glitter Tape triangles, and adding them to look like photo corners!

You are Amazing card by Jennifer Grace

Be Inspired:

– Create direction on a project with lots of arrows or triangles

– Use a bold black sentiment or title on some lighter colours

– Paint and/or glitter an embellishment to change its appearance

Your project for this challenge does not have to be inspired by this card, it can be inspired by ANY post from this weekend. It doesn’t even have to be inspired by one of my posts – if you want to lift something from one of the blog hop participant’s posts that’s fine too.

If you’re worrying because there’s been no scrapbook layouts shown here so far, don’t panic, there’s one of mine coming up in an hour as part of the blog hop!

Need any more inspiration? Check out the Onwards and Upwards Pinterest Board I created HERE. At the moment it’s filled with things I was using for inspiration for the event, but over this weekend I’m going to be adding my projects, the blog hop projects, and challenge submissions to it!

To enter this challenge: Make something inspired by this weekend, then blog about it or upload it to an online gallery, with a link back to the project that inspired you. Then come here and add your project to the Linky Tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can combine it with other challenges (either mine or other online challenges).

The challenge will close next Sunday 19th May at 10.59pm BST (NOW SLIGHTLY EXTENDED TO 05.59am BST on Monday 20th May). It is open internationally.

Finally, don’t forget that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE.

I’ll be back again soon with a blog hop! x



20 Comments
  • Julie
    Reply

    Well, you’ve inspired me! I think I like the lettering the most on your card. Now to figure out something for the challenge. Going now to check out the pinterest board you created. Maybe I can get a few ideas from there.

    Julie
    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm
  • Ooooh I adore the colours in this prize, perfect for my project life. I’ll need to get inspired now. I’m going to do some more photos from my mum’s bday a few years ago,
    Jo xxxx

    May 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm
  • Louise
    Reply

    I hope I get time to create something this weekend….I just know you will inspire me too. Another great card x

    May 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm
  • Love the card Jennifer! x

    May 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm
  • Becky
    Reply

    So much inspiration and you’ve hardly got going yet! Loving this 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm
  • This is so pretty! I LOVE the CAS design of this!

    May 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm
  • How exciting!!!

    May 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm
  • Ali Parris
    Reply

    I love the idea of giving the recipient a positive direction :0) delicious wooden chevrons…..I can’t get enough of them!!

    May 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm
  • That *is* a lovely inspiring card to make for someone … love the bold black stamp!

    May 11, 2013 at 12:44 am
  • Pam Sohan
    Reply

    I love that card. The colors are wonderful !

    May 11, 2013 at 4:05 am
  • I love the sentiment ont he card.
    I need so much more time to do allt he things yoyu are inspiring me to make

    May 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm
  • Karen
    Reply

    There is already so much inspiration from this blog event – I have a very big list of all the things I want to try and do – had better stop procrastinating and get on LOL!!!!!

    May 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm
  • Annette
    Reply

    Love your kit and the bold black letters

    May 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm
  • Bethany Hardy
    Reply

    I uploaded my project…very pinterest inspired. You are keeping me on my toes!

    May 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm
  • You have inspired me Jennifer, I love arrows and chervrons

    May 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm
  • Frances
    Reply

    Love the card; the sewing; the directional design and the handmade corners! Really great.

    May 12, 2013 at 2:48 am
  • my layout is inspired by the theme of sunshine, yellow and birds

    May 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm
  • joyce
    Reply

    icould not get the linky thing to work. here is my counterfeit kit for onwards and upwards …sometimes my links can be round about – http://www.flickr.com/photos/25086269@N06/8746239142/ir

    May 17, 2013 at 2:26 am
  • joyce
    Reply

    here is the card: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25086269@N06/8745116651/ir

    May 17, 2013 at 2:28 am
  • Great card – I used this prompt to create a layout using chevrons but it won’t let me link it: http://melgetsscrappy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/saturday-scrapping-layouts-inspired-by.html

    May 19, 2013 at 3:49 am

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