Here is the second weekly challenge I am doing for the Paper Outpost Facebook group. This weeks challenge is to take three items from the kitchen and make something from them or using them. Thoughts of strainers and other cool kitchen gadgets used for making marks in mixed media came to my mind. I came to my senses quickly and decided spraying inks and using acrylic paints on my cooking utensils probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do.
After opening and closing all my kitchen draws and cabinets I decided look in the recycle bin instead.
Here are the three items I pulled out to use. One is a letter from a window salesman but it is printed on very heavy white paper. Then I chose a Trader Joe’s cookie box and a pull tab off a can.
I cut the box around the cutout star and then cut it to tag shape. I cut a solid tag piece from the box for the backing of the tag. I cut the white letter paper to fit the tag and then applied white gesso and a blue mermaid marker to create an icy looking background.
A cute little snowman sticker was sandwiched between the two box pieces. The tag was then inked around the edges and the can tab was added. I embellished the tag with pompom trim, wavy glittered tape and little glittered stars. Leftover blue wool pieces were used for the ties.
These mini challenges are so fun and really get my creative juices flowing. If you would like to join this Facebook group the address is:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3469195439809733/. You will be required to answer three easy questions to enter the group. I hope you join us and stretch your creativity!
I’m at it again! I am entering another crafting challenge to benefit a charity. This one is being sponsored by Beth from Bethsscrapbookroom on YouTube. We were challenged to make cards for the residents of Boston Home which is a home for adults with MS and other degenerative muscle diseases. Please visit their site here: http://www.thebostonhome.org . Watch their videos and I guarantee you will be touched and inspired by these wonderful people!
Instead of making regular greeting cards, I stretched myself to try something new. I made easel cards that stand upright so the residents can display them and easily see them. Here are the six cards I made.
I really love participating in these challenges because I learn more about other people’s struggles as well as new crafting techniques. I urge you to stretch yourself and participate on some crafting challenges sponsored by individuals on YouTube. To find one, just type in craft challenges in the search box.
No excuses people. I have never read any books on card making or taken any classes. There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest and Youtube to get you started!
If you read my last post, “Crafting With A Cause, Part 1”, you know that I am now looking for craft challenges that benefit good causes. Well, I found another one. This one was sponsored by Stephanie Montgomery whose YouTube name is 2muchhurt. Her husband just finished his treatments for cancer. Stephanie wanted to make little “kits” for people still receiving treatments that would make their day a little brighter. As she just turned 39 years old, she decided to name her challenge Forever 39. Her goal was to receive 39 “kits” that she could take to the cancer center where her husband received his treatments. Here is what I made for my “kits”.
I made embellished paper pouches and then filled them with the goodies you see. Then the whole pouch was sealed in a plastic bag for protection.
Stephanie, like Beth in my last post, also collects ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). So I made her this one.
If you would like to see Stephanie’s YouTube video where she opens my box, you can see it here.
She shows my entries from minutes 6:45 to 11:56. Sadly, the post office looks like they played football with my kits, but I emailed Stephanie and she assured me she put them back together neatly.
That is the second challenge I have participated in. I can’t tell you how good it feels to make items for people I don’t even know, both the items for the challenges and the ATCs for the challenge hosts.
So if you love to craft, take some time and search YouTube for a challenge that strikes your fancy. You too can craft for a cause!
For any of you who don’t already know this, I LOVE CRAFTING! So how can you take something you already love to do and make it better? You can craft for a cause!
way too much a little time each day watching crafting videos on Youtube. I do this so I can learn new techniques, see what other crafters are making and see what new crafting products are out there. Youtube is like Pinterest because I can start with one video and end up ten videos later on someone else’s channel about an entirely different craft. It was through this wonderful web of videos I stumbled upon craft challenges with a cause.
One Youtube channel that really got my attention is Bethsscrrapbookroom. Beth is so funny and her sense of humor is so much like mine. Anyway, I came upon a video where she was asking crafters to make cards, or other items, for people who are currently undergoing breast cancer treatments as October is breast cancer awareness month. She is going to mail the submissions to patients in five of the top cancer research hospitals in the United States.
Since I am not a card maker, I decided to enter her challenge by submitting some small junk journals so patients could document their journeys. I also sent Beth an ATC (artist trading card) because she collects them. I am not an ATC maker, so this part of the challenge really scared me.
Here are some pictures of the items I sent her.
Last Sunday, October 19th, Beth made the videos that showed my entries. I say “videos” because as she was showing my entries her video time ran out so she had to start another one to finish. If you would like to see my 15 minutes of fame you can check out Beth showing my entries at these addresses:
My items start around 17:20 minutes into this video
My items finish about 6:55 minutes into this video
Like I said before, Beth is very funny and has such a good heart I think you would enjoy watching both videos in their entirety. You will also get to see some wonderful entries by other crafters.
So if crafting is your passion too, see if you can find a craft challenge with a cause and spread your talent and love to others who need it right now!