Recently we had a Zoom virtual team meeting and I provided a Crafting Forever Challenge as one of the projects.  They were all sent the same items as shown in the first photograph. A card base in a coordinating color, three different strips of InColor Designer Series Paper, a 3″ strip of striped paper from the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper, a 12″ piece of Whisper White Crinkle ribbon, and a strip of Whisper White cardstock to only stamp the scissors multiple times onto from the Crafting Forever stamp set. They were given 15 minutes to take the items and design a card using any current stamp set for a sentiment.  What would you have done with these items?

Cynthia McQueen, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Best Dressed DSP, 2018-20 InColor DSP, Crafting Forever stamp set. Click thru more info.

Did you find that this exercise seemed pretty scary to you? Often times at our regular in person meetings, I would give them a card base, a layer to put on it (either an embossed cardstock or a piece of DSP) and give them 10-15 minutes to design a card. I always called it an ice breaker of sorts to get their creative juices flowing. I think of our creativity as a muscle, the more you use it, the better it gets.;-)

Here are photos they sent me of their projects. Don’t you just love how people got creative with the pieces to create such different types of cards. I find it inspirational!

The second Challenge Card was a little different, because i provided a couple of daisies and sprigs in their packet and the Garden Lane DSP.Challenge?  They could use all the products or just some and make a card.

Cynthia McQueen, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Garden Lane DSP, Daisy Punch and Sprig Punch. Click thru more info.

This is what was included in their kit:  a Thick Whisper White card base, a layer of a pattern from the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper, 2 flowers from the Daisy Punch and 2 pieces from the Sprig Punch in a coordinating green color, 12” of 1/8” Mint Macaron sheer ribbon and 12” Old Olive/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon, too.  So many options…  They could use a sentiment to add, if they wanted.

Here is what they made:

I just love all the different design ideas people use and the creativity in changing the colors, etc. Thanx so much for stopping by and why not go challenge yourself with a few items to see what you can come up with. I would love to see your projects in the comments section.

until next time…


~Cynthia McQueen~

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