I am becoming positively obsessed with craft challenges, it seems to me that once you start it is VERY hard to stop! Why would you wish to stop? Because they start to take over your life! Its not that I'm dreaming of them or anything (although I might be about to), or that I haven't showered in a fortnight with my obsession taking over ALL aspects of my life (now that I think about it, as soon as I've posted this, I'm going for a long soak in the tub!).
But you know its beginning to get out of hand, when you are putting post-it notes (virtual ones) on your desktop to remind you when a challenge starts, when it finishes, what the requirements are and/or what 'linky' number you are. AND your desktop now looks like its been wallpapered with lots of little square, you know its time to give it up! Do I sound obsessed... yes I think I do.
But worse... it has now got to the point where, not only am I 'piling it on' (that's more than one challenge for only one card/project) but I am tailoring my cards to fit half a dozen challenges! The other day I made a card that a.) followed a sketch; b.) followed a colour combo; c.) Incorporated a digi stamp; d.) incorporated punches x 2; e.) matched a 'bingo' or 'tic tac toe' and f.) was masculine! What is going on... obsessed much?
I think the challenges are beginning to 'suck' the joy out of crafting. Although it is nice to follow, say? A sketch or a colour combo, (the operative word here is OR), I'm beginning to confuse myself (what goes with what, when, how, why, why, why!). So this self-confessed challenge-aholic is going to cut-back on the challenges (or at least the combining of said same), and concentrate on simply 'making', for making's sake...
MY NAME IS KAREN... AND I AM A CHALLENGE -AHOLIC
I draw the line at 'cold turkey', I'm not that good! And I DO so like to hear comments from other experts and crafters, and let's be honest here... you (or is it only me?) get 'loads' of comments when you've entered a challenge. That, in itself, has reduced me to a challenge freak of epic proportions! And if you should win? WOW don't get me started on that one... Oh, the joy of having your name randomly picked as the best (huh?, how can it be the best if its random? It doesn't matter does it, oh no, 'cause you're the best!). Or being chosen as a 'top pick' and getting a blinky... is it any wonder that I'm becoming obsessed, when they (the challenge sites) prey so disgracefully upon my poor weak soul!
"If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On"
From Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, 1602
My current list of challenges (remember all those post-it notes), requires... a 'manly' card; which follows a sketch; that has a tag and features a cut from my 'CRICUT', so...
(... those are not little aliens you can see, but headphones! You most certainly could be forgiven for thinking otherwise!)
The card base is a piece of dk. brown cardstock, scored and folded in half. To this I have added a patterned paper mat, where the paper came from, is anybody's guess! I followed a sketch and cut pieces of 'KANBAN' cardstock ('Retro Sounds' and 'Retro Music' from the 'So Feminine/So Macho kit) and mounted these onto more dk. brown cardstock. Everything has had its edges inked with 'TIM HOTZ' distressed ink ('Tea Dye') and layered with foam pads.
The tag was very simply cut 'free-hand' and been layered with both the patterned paper and more 'Retro Sounds' cardstock. With a piece of ribbon and a 'Dad' peel-off for added effect. Oh and some faux stitching around the sentiment (just so you know its there!).
The 'CRICUT' cut was achieved with the 'CRICUT AMERICAN ALPHABET' cartridge. All four cuts were used - 'shadow', 'shadow+shift', '<radio>' (p.45) and '<radio-s>' all cut at 2 1/4". I love the simplicity of the cuts on this cartridge.
Its a shame my camera (or rather my phone) cannot pick up the beauty of this 'KANBAN' cardstock, it is foiled, and really is quite lovely.
No Cold Turkey For Me, challenges...
DIE CUTTIN DIVA - Ch. #105 - 'Try A Sketch'
CRAFTS AND ME CHALLENGES - Ch. #123 - 'Tag It'
CARDS GALORE CHALLENGE BLOG - March Ch. - 'Music'
CRAFTY CARDMAKERS - Ch. #86 - 'Masculine Birthday featuring Technology or a gadget'
A CARD A DAY Blogging - 'Wednesday'
... and repeat - MY NAME IS KAREN
... AND I'M A CHALLENGE-AHOLIC
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