Monday, December 1, 2008

27-Cent Challenge!

Today is Day 2 at Stamp Simply Celebrates, and there is lots more fun going on!  Sharon is offering more blog candy, and I heard that Becky has some incredible gift packaging ideas and blog candy as well!

Darlene is throwing out her challenge today –a 27¢ Challenge! Create a postcard (legal size is 4x6”) instead of a card for Christmas! Think of the money you’ll save! The challenge is that it must only be one layer—no dimension allowed. You can use ink, pencils, chalk, glitter, markers, anything but layers! (This is harder than you think!) The opposite side is for your correspondence and address. So what can you come up with?

I really wanted to keep things simple. (I kept thinking of my poor postcard, exposed to the elements, ink & color dripping on  the postman's shoes!)  I also wanted to keep with a timeworn theme, so after some trial and error, using my Crafty Secrets Vintage Christmas set, here is my first attempt:


I did put a little bit of color in the corners, and I sponged a "highlight" behind the sentiment that ended up looking like a moon--LOL!  A few vintage snowflakes were added as well as some sponged "antiquing" along the edges.  Here is the other side:


The Kraft paper and Bravo Burgundy ink really give it a true vintage feel!



Another simple attempt:



This uses a fun technique of making a wreath from  snowflake images!  These are from Verve and Crafty Secrets; the sentiment is retired SU.


And finally, a CASE from ChristineCreations:


She used a brayer on glossy cardstock; I just used sponges.  She has beautiful creations on her blog, I always enjoy visiting her!  And here is the back; pretty simple:


Remember, anyone can play ANY of the challenges by ANY of the hostesses during our 12 days of Stamp Simply Celebrates!!! You DO NOT have to have a Blog to play — uploading your project to an online gallery is not only permissible, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. When doing so, use the KEYWORD SSC08. Thanks!  So let's see what the other designers have come up with:

  • Cathy Tidwell's sample found HERE. (Cathy may or may not be able to participate. Her little 2 year old grandson is in the hospital ... please say a prayer for this little guy!)
  • Janine Orchard's sample found HERE.
  • Dee Jackson's sample found HERE.
  • Heather Telford's sample found HERE.
  • Leslie Miller's sample found - HERE

Since my post is already waaaay long, I'm not posting recipes...if you have questions about any sample, just shoot me an email!


  1. Just LOVE all of your postcards -- they are fabulous!!! I'm not sure which is my favorite -- I love the vintage, the wreath and the snowy house!!! I also like the backs of them -- what a great job you've done for this challenge!!!! Way to go!!!

  2. What a clever wreath! I can't wait to give this idea a try! Just think what a gift it is to the postal workers to be able to view these beauties when delivering!

  3. Gorgeous gorgeous!!! Have a wonderful day!!

  4. FANTASTIC!!! LOVE the vintage styled postcard ... awesome idea! They are all so lovely ... thanks so much for making these samples. WOW!!

  5. What fantastic post card designs!! I love the vintage one the best -- but they are all wonderful!

  6. Oh LeAnne, these are just fabulous! I have the crafty secrets set and didn't think to use it, but it's so perfect! Wonderful, wonderful post cards!

  7. beautifully done!! I so love the vintage feel on this.

  8. Great postcards! What a good way to save money this holiday season!!

  9. Oh, I LOVE these, LeAnne!! They're just the way I imagine they should be. I love the vintage idea for postcards, but I guess they wouldn't have to be...I just pictured them that way. Beautiful job on every one. Love that gorgeous snowflake wreath. Your wintery scene is breathtaking, as well. Oh, gosh, they're all just great!

  10. These are lovely, like Sharon, I don't know which is my favourite, but thanks for sharing all of them.

  11. LeAnne, these are BEAUTIFUL! I especially love the first one with the pine cone and branches in the corner!

  12. Absolutely beautiful...each and every one! :) Love these! TFS! Hope you have a wonderful day! :)

  13. What beautiful postcards! I love the vintage feel of the first one-- I think it's my favorite!

  14. WOW! This is wonderful!! Love all these postcards I'm seeing! TFS!

  15. Wow, this would be tough. But you did a great job.

  16. Wowzers... you rocked this challenge!! I love all of them! Do you want my address???? LOL!!!

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