Sunday, June 28, 2020

Awesome !

     This morning, I want to share with you something both fun and awesome!  Most of you who follow my blog or who have browsed around it are aware that I tend toward coloring images when I'm making cards and I rarely vary from that tried and true formula (OK, so it's a rut.  Give me a rut and I'll furnish it!) 

     However, I've joined a small group of crafty ladies (3 of us so far but we hope more of you will join us, thereby increasing the fun) who are trying to stretch their comfort zone by following a 'recipe' of four "Must Do" things and another three "Can Do if you choose" things in making a card or other project.  One of us chooses the Must Dos and the Can Dos, makes a sample card (or other project), emails a photo of it to each person in the group, along with the list of Must and Can Dos.  The single catch is that one of the Must Dos is given to the next 'Cook' (cook = recipe) by the person who made up the previous recipe.  It does NOT have to be something they had in their recipe, just something they have designated as a Must Do for the new recipe.

     This is only the second month we've done this and it was my turn to choose the recipe items.  I was given the first Must Do of  Make it Monochromatic.  I added three more items to the Must Do list:

1.  Make it Monochromatic
2.  Make the Sentiment your focus - Sentiment can be die cut, stamped (digi or rubber), &/or typed/ computer font/ hand written
3.  Use "Paint Chips" - If you can't get any of those from your local paint store, make your own by coloring card stock "chips" to look like paint chips
4.  Use patterned paper in the background - if you don't have any dp, make your own & use as much or as little as you like

The additional three Can Do items are:

1. Use a Die Cut
2. Use your favorite color
3. Use summer fruits

     Here's my sample which I photographed & emailed to the other gals this morning (actually, I emailed the URL of this post to them but they'll get all the info when they visit.)  They are NOT required to CASE this card; they are only required to follow the four Must Do parts of the recipe to make anything they like.

Paint chips (scraps) in purples (my favorite color)
"Awesome" sentiment cut w/ Your Next Stamp die
Stampin' Up dp scrap used for the sentiment
Background dp is a scrap from the basket

     The other players have as much time as they want to complete their projects, post them to their blogs whenever they are finished, and send the rest of the group a link to their blog post, but the next Recipe will be sent out by our next 'Cook' on or just before August 1, regardless of how many have or haven't finished the July Recipe.  There's no deadline for completing the July Recipe because there are no rules other than the four Must Do items and there are no kits to send or receive, no prizes, no pressures, and no drama.  We are in this simply because we want to try some new things with a little shared inspiration.

     Think you might like to try this one or to join our fun Recipe group?  Email me and I'll get you added to the list.   Does a particular recipe not appeal to you?  Fine, don't use it; just wait for the next one.  We'll keep emailing you the new recipes once a month as they are ready.  And every few months (depending on how many Cooks we get on our list) your name will come up in the rotation and it'll be your turn to make up a recipe with one Must Do item supplied by the previous Cook.  :-D



Donna Ellis said...

How fun! It's a wonderful thing to jump out of our ruts and try something new, or different, isn't it? I especially love using my old, old stash in new ways with newer techniques and products! I love your card, Connie, and see that purple is still your number one fave! hugs, de

Linda Simpson said...

What a fabulous idea, and just love your card. I think I would love to try this too!
Linda xxx

Jo said...

Love your card NanaConnie, it's so great to step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while. Hope you & kitties are well x

meg said...

Your card is awesome,what a lovely idea

Di said...

Hi Sweetie! Just spotted your comment and although I'll hop back to comment properly here - yes, paint chips DO so certainly count. I used a bunch for a tiny butterflies card not so long ago as a snippets example. But aren't we funny how we sidle out of a store, looking for all the world as if we really DO mean to check a sample out when we get back home? I used to do that with wallpaper samples as well as borders when I first began this journey? Tee, hee! xx

*Vicki* said...

What a great way to use your stash and older items as well as stretch your crafty muscles!! Love your purple theme going on here my friend!! :)

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Love your mono purple card Connie, inventive too.
Take care
Faith x

Joy Wilson said...

Great card! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!Hugs, JoyJoyfully StampsLil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator
Joyfully Stamps

Joy Wilson said...

Loving your purple monochromatic! Thank you for joining our challenge!
Hugs, Joy
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge
Joyfully Stamps said...

Great card. Thanks for play with us at Gem of a craft challenge blog.
good luck with your entry.

pst said...

Great card, lovely colors. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafty Friends, we hope to see you back again.

creationsnz said...

What fun! CarolG

Di said...

What a great card this is Connie! Love the colours and how great to make a sentiment the focal point.

Sorry for my lateness commenting!


Di xx

Karen Page said...

Love this card and already you have taken a peek outside the rut! Though I think there is nothing wrong with tired and true unless you are feeling stifled or bored with it. I can't wait to see how you adjust your style to some of the Must Do's, especially if they are techniques you haven't tried or haven't used in ages. One of my groups is a monthly supply driven challenge, forcing us to dig out some rarely used supplies and pulling us out of our comfort zones. Can't wait to see how this plays out. You should consider making this a hop so we can see the others' interpretations of the "recipe" If it stays under a dozen, it isn't too hard to manage, and if you keep the hop order the same, its even easier. Those passing on the recipe could simply show support that day for the others by posting the hop list. Just a thought! Have fun with this, my friend!!!

Creative world said...

Fabulous card design and colors.Love it...Thank you for joining us at DIGI CHOOSDAY CHALLENGE,hope to see you again
Željka DT xx