That's the title of a challenge marathon that Splitcoast Stampers hosts every October for breast cancer awareness. You can read all about it HERE and join in, if you like! There will be a total of 40 challenges this year. There were three on October 1, and one every day since. We're not sure when the extras will get thrown into the mix, but it's so fun! All of the cards will be sent to a cancer center in Texas for people to give to the patients, or for the patients to give to their loved ones, or whatever! I'm currently six challenges behind but, since I've actually made ELEVEN cards so far, I think I should share a few:
(Stamps: WhipperSnapper Snowman in Heart Sweater, Studio G sentiment; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin'Up! Riding Hood Red; Papers: Basic Grey Nordic Holiday; Tools/accessories: Stampin'Up! Labels Collection and Deco Labels dies, Spellbinders Back to Basics tag die, SU! Festive paper piercing template, Spectrum Noir markers, Zig Painty gold pen, Micron black pen, spiral clip, baker's twine)
Lydia (UnderstandBlue) hosted the "Whatever the Weather" challenge, and asked us to make a card representing our LEAST favorite weather. I HATE to be cold, so that's why I have a bundled-up snowman. His clothes are all paper-pieced, and I doodled around the blue panel and added a pierced border to the white one...
(Stamps: Stampin'Up! You're Amazing, Recollections alphabet, Purple Onion Designs pointing finger; Ink: Stampin'Up! Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Crumb Cake and Memento Tuxedo Black; Papers: Stampin'Up! Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar and Fresh Prints dp; Accessories/tools: Stampin'Up! Apothecary Accents dies, Essentials Paper Piercing template, ribbon, gems, Prismacolor and Spectrum Noir markers)
Dina (Dini) wanted us to "Lend a Hand", as in use one on a card (either literally, like fingerpainting, or an image of one - I opted for the latter). Some more piercing, some fussy-cutting, and some layering...
(Stamps: Stampingbella Uptown Girls Felicity and Blair; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Papers: Stampin'Up! Melon Mambo, Recollections Butterfly Wings, and Recollections white; Accessories/tools: Perfect Layers, Bic and Spectrum Noir and Prismacolor markers)
Lori (Stamp_Momma) wanted us to "Split the Difference" - use an image for the entire front of the card and split it with a sentiment. I'm still not sure if she meant to actually CUT the image, but I did it this way... Those Perfect Layers that Amber gifted me a few weeks ago? Yup - used 'em on the card AND the banner - so much easier than trying to measure accurately and then place it accurately when you glue things together!
(Papers: Stampin'Up! Cherry Cobbler, Recollections white, K & Company Sweet Talk mat stack; Accessories/tools: Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder, Sizzix Branch with Leaves die, EK Success flower punch, Stampin'Up! Rose Red seam binding, doily, pearls, hope stick pin)
This card truly WAS a challenge for me! Teresa (va. sunshine) thought that a freestyle collage card would be a good way to represent "Cancer FREE". I'm not confident at all in my skills on that dealie-o, but I gave it a shot, anyway. It turned out better than expected, but I'm not sure how "freestyle" it is...
(Stamps: Stampin'Up! Bronc Buster; Ink: Stampin'Up! Baked Brown Sugar and Cajun Craze; Papers: Stampin'Up! Naturals Ivory and Cajun Craze; Accessories/tools: Heidi Swapp edge distressing tool, makeup sponge)
Kathy (CaKath) channeled some Patty Smyth for her "I Am a Warrior" challenge - included a YouTube link and everything, lol! She wanted us to use images that invoked strength and/or fierceness. I don't really have anything warrior-ish, so I chose an animal that represents strength of will and lots of heart. A little distressing and inking on the edges and I decided that was it!
(Stamps: Stampendous Calligraphy Alphabet; Ink: Hero Hues Soft Olive; Papers: Stampin'Up! Old Olive and Pink Pirouette, Best Occasions Gold, Basic Grey Sugared dp; Accessories/tools: Stampin'Up! Top Note and Apothecary Accents dies, Spellbinders ribbon banners die, Paper Studio woodgrain embossing folder, EK Success deer head punch, gold mini brads)
Since so many of those stricken with breast cancer undergo reconstructive surgery, Diane (fionna51) thought that we should be "Under Renovation", too, and re-work a card that we'd made previously. I chose a card from last year's HYCCT challenges, since I liked the idea and parts of the execution, but always thought that it could have been done better. This version looks more like a trophy plaque, and is far more interesting to look at. It also photographs considerably better than the previous very pastel version.
Well, that's probably enough for tonight! I have five more that are finished, but I'm fading fast and that will give me a reason to come back sooner, right? Have a good one, and catch ya on the next go 'round! Thanks for stopping by!