Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Prepare to Be Challenged!

I'm thrilled to announce a brand *new* endeavor--the brain child of the fabulous Courtney Baker--called Everything But the Kitchen Sink Challenge! Each month we'll challenge you to incorporate household items into your crafting. We want to push you--and ourselves--to think outside the box.

Courtney's put together a great team who'll share hostessing duties:
Courtney Baker
Kelly Alvarez
Kelley Eubanks
Lynette Kauffman
Winter Sims
ME! Smileys

Courtney is our host for this month, and she's challenging us to use items from the mail in our creations. I added a extra challenge for myself--I didn't let the mail pile up; when I sat down to make my card, I used that day's mail only.

That being said, I really lucked out. My leafy panel came from the local hospital's seasonal magazine, and the yellow-y layer under my sentiment is the packaging from a free sample.

So, are you up for the challenge? If so, a $25 Papertrey gift card might be in your future. You have until Oct. 9th to play along. Stop by Courtney's blog for all the details...

Paper: Kraft, Basic Black, magazine, packaging
Accessories: Nestabilities circles & scalloped circles, American Crafts Thickers, PTI ribbon

27 comments:

Pat (mspfd) said...

Wow! What a great challenge and your card is amazing. What creative use of mail!

Cindy Lee said...

This is what i call recycle at its best! Way to go, Ann!

StampinCathy said...

Your card is awesome and love the colors. What a creative challenge.

Laurel said...

What a pretty card! And made from mail, wow!

Deanna said...

This sounds interesting! I will def check it out!

~amy~ said...

woot! What a fun challenge blog...can't wait to play! Love your card...can't believe you used a magazine!

Becky Carafa said...

What a fun challenge! I would never have guessed this looking at your clue, lol! Fabulous card too.

Winter said...

Great Autumn card Ann! I love the leaves! :)

travelingmama said...

What a fun challenge! You really did luck out- that paper is awesome! Hugs from Morocco!

Leah said...

Very fun! Congrats on being such a fun, innovative team:) Love how your card came out! I can't wait to tell you my news *lol*

Dana Gustafson said...

Quite fall, y'all! I love your card, Ann and this new challenge sounds like a blast! So excited!

Elise said...

Okay, you green MACHINES! What a terrific premise for a challenge! I'm swooning! Your card is such fun: I would have never guessed it came from JUNK MAIL! This is soooo clever! Excellent fun! Most EXCELLENT!

Sue Stampin Daly said...

Great recycled card!!

~*Joni said...

WOW~ What a fabulous idea!! And congrats to another DT Ann! You are so in demand. Or should I say Dem-ann. lol! Can't wait to try this one out, I just got a hoard of junk mail today. :D Great card, love the autumn feel to it, and what a perfect way to recycle.

Courtney Baker said...

Ann your card is fabulous! Thanks so much for going on this adventure with me!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Great card Ann!! So excited about our new venture together! :) Lots of fun in our future!

Heidi Van Laar said...

How fun!
Congrats on the new DT! Love this fun fall card!

(-: Heidi

Erika M. said...

Awesome - love your card and will go check out the challenge!

PaperCrafty said...

Darling card Ann!! Love the new challenge!! Congrats on the new DT!!

~kelly marie~ said...

I love you card! It is making wish we had fall here! :)

I can't wait to work with you on these challenges. It is going to be so fun!!

BLJ Graves Studio said...

Love your card. Great recycling.

AUsome mom said...

Well, weren't you the lucky one with the perfect mail for this challenge?! I'll hop over there and check it all out. Congrats on being on the DT!

Lynnette said...

Ann, way to kick off the challenge with a gorgeous card. This is going to be a lot of fun!

Steph Zerbe said...

Your card turned out great. What fun challenge! Go green are we?!

Susan (peebsmama) said...

What a neat idea for a challenge blog. That leafy print is nice. You get good mail! Congrats on the DT selection.

lauren said...

oh wow, i LOVE the leafy panel...i loooooooooove the card you made featuring the leafy panel...and i *LOVE* the idea of this new challenge blog!!! i can't wait to get over there and PLAY!!! :)

LeAnne said...

VERY cool! I love it!