Sunday, 20 November 2011

November 20th Challenge

Tessa here again, ready with the next challenge! Around this time of year, many people wax poetic about being thankful for their blessings. Your challenge is to create a layout about something you are grateful for. However, rather than the typical answers of family and health, you must choose something superficial, silly, or something you could easily live without. 

Ready to see what the design team is grateful for?

Such a little, silly thing...but I love my Starbucks hot chocolate. (If you can still call it hot at 140 degrees!) And like I wrote, I love that they know what I want before I even say anything. :) It helps that I order the same thing every time. ;)


It seems like such a small, frivolous thing but it's almost like a security blanket for me; my favorite brand & color of lipstick. I always have it with me and I'm thankful for the little splash of color it provides every time I wear it.

I do try and be grateful for the little things in life like when you are making cakes for a special event and they turn out just as well as they were planned!


Having IBD means that there is a long list of food that I can't eat - I will be forever grateful that chocolate isn't on that list!

While thinking about what I would scrap, I realized that my little blessings still have a big impact in my life. For example, I'm grateful that my husband doesn't mind when I steal his comfy athletic socks to wear to work as a hip hop dance teacher. He's a keeper :).

By playing along in November you could win $25.00 from Precocious Paper in the form of the Very Merry line, the Vintage Poinsettia line, or a shop credit (your choice). We can't wait to see what blessings you count - happy scrapping!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

November 6th Challenge

Happy November! Tessa here, and I'm excited to be hosting the challenges this month. Ready for a new one?

Your challenge is to use hand-cut shapes in a layout. Whether you cut hearts, stars, or even just circles, no die-cutting tools are allowed! Scissors only :).

Such a fun challenge! I didn't realize how often I was reaching for border punches. :)
For this layout I hand cut two layers of border scallops, as well as the hearts.

I had fun hand cutting the pennants underneath the photo - you can tell they're hand cut because they're all wonky - never mind!

This was a great challenge for me as my scissors are my best friend!! I used them all the time to cut things, I don't even own a cutting machine! Everything on my layout is hand cut!


I love my die cutting machines so this was definitely a challenge for me! I hand cut my title, which I made by first priting the letters from my computer, then using them as templates to cut around. I also hand cut the little mixed banner from a strip of scrap. 


I hoard punches and use my die-cut machine on a daily basis, but I loved the freedom of sitting down with just a pair of scissors and my patterned paper. I kept it simple with circles (well, round-ish shapes - they're far from circles!).

We hope you'll join us! Your scissors will appreciate the attention :). Should you choose to play, you could win your choice of the Very Merry line, Vintage Poinsettia line, or a shop credit for $25.00 USD from Precocious Paper:

To be in the running, simply create a layout that satisfies the challenge, post it on your blog or in a gallery, and leave a direct link to your layout in the comments below. Happy scrapping!