Sunday, September 28, 2014

Announcing the NEW Anything But a Card Challenges Designers and one more week of STEAMPUNKtember!

Happy Sunday Everyone! A few weeks back we put out a call to grow our team of Designers here at Anything But a Card Challenges. Thank you to everyone who submitted – there were so many fabulously creative applicants {which made the job of selecting a little difficult}. So today we announce our newest additions... ten amazing creatives which bring the ABAC Design Team to twenty! Some may be familiar faces as they have played along with our challenges along with you. SO say hello to the new ladies as we celebrate by extending STEAMPUNKtember one more week!


The current Challenge... is one that is near and dear to most of our creative heARTs so we have brought this one back again. For Anything But a Card Challenges No. 39 - welcome to "STEAMPUNKtember"!!! YES... Steampunk!!! Anything Goes within this ever popular genre!

Popular Collage Stamp from Darkroom Door

Victorian, Airships, Industrial & Mechanical – need we say more!!! The theme is full of so many possibilities. Just remember create anything except a card... get GEARED up for all things Steampunk!!!

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Please share any current project you have created and JUST REMEMBER... create anything EXCEPT a card for this challenge. ALSO - Please new projects only {no-backlinking}. Please do us the favor to mention Anything But a Card Challenges, Challenge Name and Number, and LINK BACK to this challenge using this PERMALINK:
http://anythingbutacard.blogspot.com/2014/09/welcome-to-steampunktember-anything-but.html  :)

This Challenge has been extended one more week through Saturday October 4th for you to play along, be inspired by our new designers and ENJOY the creative process! We will have a brand new challenge next Sunday.

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Welcome to our new DESIGNERS
and their Steampunktember creations!!

Please click on the designers' name to visit their blog. We hope you’ll take a minute to go see their work up close... and as long as you’re there – please give them a warm ABAC welcome and show them a little {or a lot of} love!



An altered box using various paints, old chains and wooden cogs made to look aged. Please visit my blog Handcrafted by Ellapu for more details.




I'm excited to be a part of the Anything But A Card Design Team, but wondered what I got myself into when the first project due was "Steampunk" - I have NOTHING steampunk related! A search online for a digital steampunk kit to download and I was on my way to creating a project with the digital scrapbook software I use... in fact I created two! Please visit my blog for more details.



For STEAMPUNKtember, I created an art journal vision featuring cogs, weathered clock, metal foil, blue print and self-rusted found objects. Come and visit my blog to see all the textures.



Mixed media project using a canvas for a shadow box, I filled it with "Steampunk Absurdities". Please visit my blog "StudioGarageBand" for more details.



I tried my hand at a reverse canvas. The texture is created by using die cut gears, stencils and modelling paste. I used Ranger Color wash and some Lindy's sprays for colour. The colourful heart on the left is made out of chipboard, covered with embossed aluminum foil tape and alcohol inked. Please visit my blog to see more details.



I'm thrilled to be one of the newest members of this phenomenal Design Team and thank them for adding me!!!! For my project today, I used my embroidery machine with a design from Urban Threads as a free-standing Steampunk Clockwork Snowflake Ornament with the pendulums as keys from Miriam's Crafting Supplies, brad holding the clock hands that they are moveable along with a gear on top of the brad. Please visit my blog for more details.



I usually don't do Steampunk, but I had made a few Steampunk Fairies for a Glass House Project I did and had them saved on my computer. I printed her, touched up the color and cut her out for this project. I also had some gears in my stash and to my surprise I had a Steampunk Heart Die, so it all came together. I hope this looks good enough to be considered a Steampunk Project. I did a video on this, if anyone would like to see how I made this. It won't be up for a few days or so I have to edit. Please drop my blog for more details!




After a lot of struggle, this being my first attempt in this genre... and surprisingly I enjoyed making it! Please visit my blog "TOFA" for more details.


 

I had a blast creating my version of STEAMPUNKtember! I've done a composition book cover before, but not with dimensional elements. I found vinyl covers made for composition books at Wal-mart, so YEAH! This is a very usable project. I don't know if my sons will get this one or not... I might just keep it for myself. Please visit my blog for more details.



This is my first EVER DT project and I was so pleased when I heard we could make something STEAMPUNK... I have to confess I did a little dance in my craft room!! I love all things steampunk and this is what I came up with. Please visit my blog "Jo's Crafty Corner" for more details.

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We hope our NEW Designers have you INSPIRED to take some time to be creative!! Please take a little time to get to know these amazing ladies. We can't wait to see your Steampunk creations and we hope that you will join in and share them with us! Stop back next Sunday to for a brand new Challenge No. 40.  :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Week Three of STEAMPUNKtember - Anything But a Card Challenges No. 39

Good Morning Everyone! Welcome to week three of Anything But a Card Challenges No. 39... STEAMPUNKtember! We hope you enjoyed meeting and getting to know our special Guest Designer Jessica Baker last week {click here to view her gorgeous Steampunk Purse Box}.


The current Challenge... is one that is near and dear to most of our creative heARTs so we have brought this one back again. For Anything But a Card Challenges No. 39 - welcome to "STEAMPUNKtember"!!! YES... Steampunk!!! Anything Goes within this ever popular genre!

Popular Collage Stamp from Darkroom Door

Victorian, Airships, Industrial & Mechanical – need we say more!!! The theme is full of so many possibilities. Just remember create anything except a card... get GEARED up for all things Steampunk!!!

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Please share any current project you have created and JUST REMEMBER... create anything EXCEPT a card for this challenge. ALSO - Please new projects only {no-backlinking}. Please do us the favor to mention Anything But a Card Challenges, Challenge Name and Number, and LINK BACK to this challenge using this PERMALINK: http://anythingbutacard.blogspot.com/2014/09/welcome-to-steampunktember-anything-but.html  :)

**A REMINDER** This Challenge will go through midnight September 27th giving you 1 more week to play along and ENJOY the creative process! We will share more of our Design Team's creations each Sunday to keep you inspired.

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Let's see what more of our DT has created!!

Please click on the designers' name to visit their blog. We hope you’ll take a minute to go see their work up close... and as long as you’re there – please leave them a little love!

Don't adjust your sets! I went for a very silvery blue colour way for my feminine Steampunk tag to try and create a metal feel. I had great fun and my Weathered Wood Distress Ink Pad was grateful for the outing (he has sat at the back of the shelf for too long!). Please visit my blog here to see more details.



So, here is what I did. I actually had to search dos and don'ts of Steampunk since I've never done anything like this before. I'm pretty happy with the outcome! Please hop over to my blog here to see more details.



The tag has been made of a number of layers and diecut foil cogs. Since we celebrated Father's Day in Australia recently, this was the perfect opportuity to produce a male-inspired piece. Pop on over to my blog to see what I did.


I honestly had NO clue what this was going to be when I started.  I'm still not sure I know exactly what it is, but it was a lot of fun to play!  All I can tell you it is an ATC that features some industrial flower- like things growing in an imperfect garden! Please visit my blog for more details!



I have loved Steampunk since the style became popular.
Come by my blog and check out my "Steampunk Sweetheart"!


I created a new page in my art journal that is full of creative inspiration... a little bit girly and a little grungy, too. Pop on over on my BLOG to see all the details.
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We hope our designers have you INSPIRED to take some time to be creative!! We can't wait to see your creations and we hope that you will join in and share them with us! Stop back next Sunday a brand new Artist Spotlight + Mini Challenge. Have a wonderfully creative Sunday!

Featured Artists for Anything But a Card Challenges No. 38

Good Morning!!! Thanks to those who tried something new exploring patterns and joined us for our REPEATING MOTIFS Challenge #38! If you missed out on seeing all of the amazing submissions... please CLICK HERE.


Presenting the Featured Artists
Congratulations! 
Feel free to snag our badge for your blog!

We hope you join us later today with week three of STEAMPUNKtember! Have a fabulous Sunday :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fashion Forward for Week 2 of Challenge 39 "STEAMPUNKtember" with Guest Designer Jessica Baker


Good Morning Everyone! It's week two of our current challenge and we are excited to introduce a new Guest Designer to join us for here at ABAC. Jessica Baker is our Guest Designer this month and joining us for our current STEAMPUNKtember Challenge.


The current Challenge... is one that is near and dear to most of our creative heARTs so we have brought this one back again. For Anything But a Card Challenges No. 39 - welcome to "STEAMPUNKtember"!!! YES... Steampunk!!! Anything Goes within this ever popular genre!

Popular Collage Stamp from Darkroom Door

Victorian, Airships, Industrial & Mechanical – need we say more!!! The theme is full of so many possibilities. Just remember create anything except a card... get GEARED up for all things Steampunk!!!

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Please share any current project you have created and JUST REMEMBER... create anything EXCEPT a card for this challenge. Please mention and LINK BACK to this challenge. ALSO - Please new projects only {no-backlinking}. :)

**A REMINDER** This Challenge will go through midnight September 27th giving you 2 weeks to play along and ENJOY the creative process! We will share more of our Design Team's creations each Sunday to keep you inspired.

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Jessica created a girly Steampunk-a-licious purse box for our current Challenge that is full of die cut gears, and luscious layers of embossing in gorgeous greens and metallics!

We hope you enjoy getting to know our Guest Designer...

Please click on the images to visit her blog
and give her a warm welcome!


She's all Geared up for a night on the town!

   

"Thatz Uneek" to see all the details.

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Hello my name is Jessica Baker, a wife, a mother of three beautiful children and living in the Mid-West. I have worked in the Administrative field since my senior year in high school.

I've always dabbled in art since I was able to stand but never realized how important art is in my life. At 24, I handmade my cousins QuinceƱera invitations and my journey started. I love all types of materials. I currently find myself in altered designs and mixed media. Steampunk has a special place in my metal heart. I enjoy inspiring others to think outside the box.

I am currently an independent designer making great changes that I hope to share with you in 2015.

If you like this little creation hop on over to my link

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We hope our Guest Designer Jessica Baker has INSPIRED you to take some time to be creative!! We can't wait to see your creations and we hope that you will join in and share them with us! Stop back next Sunday to see more of our Design Team creations!

Thanks so much for joining us!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Welcome to STEAMPUNKtember!!! Anything But a Card Challenges No. 39

Good Morning Everyone! It's a brand new month and time for a brand new ABAC Challenge to excite your creative muse. Last Sunday we announced that we are adding to our design team here at Anything But a Card Challenges... and are inviting you to APPLY! CLICK HERE to view our DT call which closes Sept. 13th. ABAC has no sponsors + no expectations + no having to use particular stuff! No Rules and a variety of themes and possible makes = doing projects you REALLY want to do! We are all about CREATING and SHARING... ABAC is all inclusive – and all levels of expertise are welcome too. If you love to create everything under the sun that is NOT CARDS... throw your hat in and apply!

Now we get down to business... it's time for a new challenge today here at Anything But a Card Challenges... let's get ready to play and have some fun! Thanks to all who took the challenge and perhaps tried something new in joining our Repeating Motifs Challenge #38. If you missed out on seeing the wonderfully patterned creations... please CLICK HERE to check them out.


The new Challenge... is one that is near and dear to most of our creative heARTs so we have brought this one back again. For Anything But a Card Challenges No. 39 - welcome to "STEAMPUNKtember"!!! YES... Steampunk!!! Anything Goes within this ever popular genre!

Popular Collage Stamp from Darkroom Door

Victorian, Airships, Industrial & Mechanical – need we say more!!! The theme is full of so many possibilities. Just remember create anything except a card... get GEARED up for all things Steampunk!!!

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Please share any current project you have created and JUST REMEMBER... create anything EXCEPT a card for this challenge. Please mention and LINK BACK to this challenge. ALSO - Please new projects only {no-backlinking}. :)

**A REMINDER** This Challenge will go through midnight September 27th giving you 3 weeks to play along and ENJOY the creative process! We will share more of our Design Team's creations each Sunday to keep you inspired.

Let's see what part of our DT has created!!

Please click on the designers' name to visit their blog. We hope you’ll take a minute to go see their work up close... and as long as you’re there – please leave them a little love!



I was so excited to discover the new(ish) bee die and matching embossing folder from Tim Holtz and it's perfect for a little bit of steampunkery. Check out my BLOG for more details.


A new page in my art journal. For the gear accents, I used Mod Molds from Mod Podge and Amazing Casting Resin from Amazing Crafting ProductsPlease visit my BLOG for more details!


My make for our Steampunk challenge is mixed up and a little chaotic - very reflective of how my life is at the moment. This is not so much a scrapbook page as a BIG post it note to hang near my desk to remind me that we all make choices! Visit my BLOG to read more.

I altered this upcycled picture frame that I found for 50 cents at the second hand store. I added a little bit of gold to the frame, and then I raided my stash of metal and lace goodies! Hop over to my BLOG to see more yummy pictures.

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We hope our designers have you INSPIRED to take some time to be creative!! We can't wait to see your creations and we hope that you will join in and share them with us! Stop back next Sunday to see more of our Design Team creations!


Featured Artists for Anything But a Card Challenges No. 37

Good Morning!!! Thanks to the loads of creative inspiration shared for our ANYTHING GOES Challenge #37... one hundred and eleven amazing entries! If you missed out on seeing all of the fantastic submissions... please CLICK HERE.

We are adding to our design team here at Anything But a Card Challenges... and are inviting you to APPLY! CLICK HERE to view our DT call which closes Sept. 13th. ABAC has no sponsors + no expectations + no having to use particular stuff! No Rules and a variety of themes and possible makes = doing projects you REALLY want to do! We are all about CREATING and SHARING... ABAC is all inclusive – and all levels of expertise are welcome too. If you love to create everything under the sun that is NOT CARDS... throw your hat in and apply!


Presenting the Featured Artists
for ABAC Challenge No. 37... 


We'd like to point out today we are acknowledging one special creative who shared in this challenge – our team was overwhemlingly thrilled with her creation – showing such talent and attention to detail for a young artist, age 8! Art knows no age and we are so proud she joined us here at ABAC.
Congratulations! 
Feel free to snag our badge for your blog!

We hope you join us later today with a brand new Challenge No. 39! Have a fabulous Sunday :)