The challenge for So You Think You Can Dance Week 5 is the Contemporary, Fresh and modern, think clean lines and simple style. I've been thinking about this challenge since I read it on Wednesday. We're down to two challenges before the 6 finalists are challenged one last time so I wanted something really good but that clean simple can be the kiss of death to my thought processes. For some reason I had elegant stuck in my head and I had a whole different card ready to go and then I re-read the criteria and had to cancel that card, at least for now. So I was back to drawing board. In the meantime I had about a dozen other challenges meandering around in my head. The one I most wanted to try my hand at is the Crazy for Challenges Week 10 - Make an Easel Card. This type of card has been popping up a lot lately in the card blog world and I think they look fantastic. If you haven't seen what the design team at Crazy for Challenges cooked up this week click the link and you'll see what I'm talking about. I didn't know if I would be able to use it with the MFT card but it was on my mind. I decided to go through my MFT stamps to see if anything would jump out. The search criteria was for something modern with clean and simple lines. I had a couple sets put on the side as having potential but the minute I looked the "Grow Love, Plant a Tree" set I knew this was the stamp set to use. I recently purchased a Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg collection pad and knew that was the paper to use. I also remembered that the color challenge Fashionista #10 at If the Shoe Fits is to use Orange, Kreme and Kraft. I love creamsicles and any dessert with orange and vanilla is a-okay in my book so I had to, just had to do this challenge and the main color in the papers is orange. So I used a piece of SU kraft cs for the base and used a white mat and tag. I didn't want to use bling or border punches, to keep it simple but I thought it needed a little something more that just the tree so I used a Martha Stewart punch to make a tag and hung it off some SU twine. The card has an autumn feel to it so I wrote the quintessential fall sentiment "give thanks" on it and that's the Simon Says challenge - Give Thanks. I popped the tree up on dimensionals and cut out a leaf to pop up on the tree. The white mat is also mounted on dimensionals. Since I still have a couple of the leaf buttons that is the perfect "stopper" for the easel card. And it turns out that the Pile It On challenge #23 is to use a Leaf or Leaves, so the leaf button and the paper with leaves that the tree is pieced with are perfect. I stamped the sentiment with SU Close to Cocoa and embossed it with clear powder.
I hope you enjoyed your visit, and that you'll keep your fingers crossed for me, I'd sure like to be one of the six finalists in the MFT challenge.
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