Sunday, July 6, 2008

Welcome to a whole new kind of challenge site!

This blog was the brainchild of two stampers who ink with abandon and love it when their cards "rock." They often create with tunes pumped loud and thus, the creation of a site that is inspired by their rockin' styles.

This isn't your mother's challenge blog. We're bound to get a bit wacky around here! And, this site is perfect for those people who like to blog without obligation. Once a month - that's how often we'll post a challenge! Every 15th of the month, here it will be waiting for you! You'll have 3 weeks to get the challenge done and the last week the voting begins!

What do you get when you win? Aside from our true appreciation for playing? You win the Y.K.Y.R blog icon and you'll be entered in a chance to win the 'Ultimate Rocker' contest at the end of the year. At year's end, we'll take all the challenge winners, give them a new challenge - and you get to decide who wins it all. For this ultimate rocker - there'll be some rockin' prizes!

Take a look at the CD in your player. Check out the art on the cover and be inspired in some way! We're not going to be literal here. Just take an element that you like and use it in a card!

Julie's Take

When we dreamt up this idea, I didn't cheat! The Black Eyed Peas was playing in the player and, although I stared at the cover and wondered how I was going to make a card from this I had to ask -- What do I see here? I saw the popping red color, the flourishes, the fun script, the circle. Let's face it - I could be inspired by the "look" or I could have used the monkey for inspiration. Well, I don't have monkey stamps!! At least - not yet!

So, I inked up some fun flourish stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms Rummage Bin) and used the word "Dream" from one of my word window sets from Impression Obsession. The circle scallop is also an Impression Obsession stamp that I gold embossed. Add some bling and some hot fix nail head brads and VOILA - you're done. It's funny because this is a card I would never have dreamt up on my own. So, look at the world through rockin' sunglasses! You never know when you just might find that fun inspiration!
Deb's Take

Like Julie, this CD really IS in my player ... in my studio. Honestly, I've never been a Mandy Moore fan, but I love every song on this CD and have played it practically non-stop since it was released.

For my project, I was inspired by the filmy, lacy dress and the cowboy boots Mandy's wearing on this cover. I was tempted to work off the owl, but owls are everywhere right now and I wanted to create something with more of a "western" feel:

I created this paper bag card using walnut-inked stained lace, die-cuts and designer paper from Cosmo Cricket's "Wanted" collection. I embellished the card with metal brads and washers, punched out photo corners and file tabs. I bound the card with a length of dark brown leather cord.

I stamped my focal image, from Comotion, and my numerals, from MaVinci's, using "Black Soot" Distress Ink by Ranger Industries.

The Deets

Link your card in a comment here OR use the keyword YKYR1 on Splitcoast Stampers. After all, we'd all love to be able to check out the entries in one spot--- wouldn't we??

Voting will begin on Tuesday, August 6th, so get your entries up on your blog, leave us a link-up here in the comments, and we'll get your card and your inspiration CD cover in the gallery. Remember: the last day to submit entries is Tuesday, August 5th ... voting will continue until August 14. On August 15, we'll post the winner!

So, turn on the CD player and blast the stereo louder. This ride is about to get interesting!


Deb Neerman said...

Me Likey!!!!

Juanita said...

I just found this site and like where you are going here!
I made a card and put it on my blog...take a peek.

Sue said...

oh this looks like fun!

Grace said...

I love it!! Cool challenges! That's what we need.

wendyp said...
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wendyp said...

sorry, goofed adding the link the first time so let me try this again...

Anne said...

LUUURVED this challenge ladies!! Your samples were really inspiring - fabulous cards (though I confess to the fact that I've never heard of Mandy Moore...sorry blush!!!) and Monkey Business is one of MY most favourites too!!

Anyway, I waffle - here's my card and album:
Thanks girls!

malieta said...

Great job and I love the red and black combo!

{S} said...

this sounds like fun!!

Tanya said...

I LOVE this idea! So here's my card: thanks so much! What a way to get you thinking!

Kristine said...

This was soooo much fun! It was so easy to be inspired. Here's a link to my card, and inspiration piece.

Thanks so much! I can't wait to see what the challenge is for next month!

Juliann said...

Great idea and great blog gals!!!!

Sue at StampnDaly said...

Hey there,
Any extra points since Julie is my SBS5 sister. Oh, teasing. She said she was going to send me a challenge so here is my entry.

I chose Taylor Swift.

Mel M. M. M. said...

Congrats! Your new challenge blog ROCKs! And so do you two! LOVE those cards! Julie your black & red and gold is gorgeous! Deb, you know how I feel about yours ;0) I want to marry those tabs! heehee!
Here's my entry. Thank goodness you aren't bein' literal here, because my cover was a humdinger! Thanks for the wicked inspiration!

Dawn said...

Oooh this ROCKS!!
Your cards are beautiful - will definitely be adding this to my blog, what a great idea.
Don't think there's much I can do with Paul McKennas I can make you slim CD - LOL!!
Will be back late with my entry!


Juliann said...

Ok I just couldn't wait to participate in this one!!!!
I am in love with the idea!
Here is my Rockin' Cover:

Kisa Peters said...
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Kisa Peters said...

That was a blast! Thanks for telling me about it Deb!

Check'r out

Stacy said...

Oooh, oooh, oooh, sounds like fun! Of course, I'll have to cheat a little because I don't actually use my CD player anymore, just my MP3 player, but maybe I'll do a random thing and pick whatever album the next song is from.

Would y'all consider doing a feedblitz (or similar) subscribe thing for those of us who are too lazy or too memory-challenged to remember to check back often?

Will be fun!

Stacy said...

Yay, so finally I have a card to show for the challenge! You can find it here:

It was fun to do! I'm looking forward to more great challenges!

Ann said...

Here's my attempt:

Thanks for a fun challenge.

Kristine said...

What a fun challenge blog! You rock;)
I loved this challenge and you can find my card here


Charli said...

Great challenge!
I really enjoyed taking part.
I based my card on the newest Evanescence album - The Open Door
I have posted my card on my blog - Charli's Crafts.

Erica B. said...

Yes! I finally finished. It was easy as soon as I got my lightbulb of inspiration!

Check it out right here

Allison said...

Whoa...hard one for me! But I did it!

SmilynStef said...

What a fun idea ... can't wait to keep rockin' with you ladies.

Here's my CD inspired creation.

Dressy Bessy

Annapurna said...

The whole world already knows you ladies rock. Lovely creations based on your inspirations by both of you.

Want to checkout mine here?

Ann said...

How fun is this?! I will definitely be back with a card later! :D

Libby Hickson said...

This is such a fun idea!! Love it! But man... in my cd player right now is a Music Together kids' cd. I so don't rock. :-(

Jennifer (SCS: jennifer-g) said...

I about fell off my chair giggling when I saw Libby's comment above mine here. See why:

YOU ladies rock though. What a fun idea, I am so in with ya, can't wait for next month's idea!

PS-I so need to figure out how to make a clickable link in my comment instead of big long lame URL all typed out.

Anonymous said...

Whew, well, I procrastinated over this one for a long time. nerves! But here goes. I am submitting a card for the challenge. Hope it falls somewhere in the rules, hehehe

Yamil said...

Hi Girls!! I got to say that all of you rock!! All the cards are simply awesome.. great job!! This Challenge blog is perfect for me... its a great idea. Here's my card:

Take care! See ya!

pdunbar9255 said...

I hope this is how you enter your contest but here goes..

Bonnie said...

I love your creations!! Here is mine: