Thursday, August 8, 2013

Happy Birthday 10 Minute Craft Dash!

 One year ago, a very creative lady said "I know, let's make a challenge where you have 10 minutes to complete a card!" One year later the challenge is still going strong, so of course there's a party to celebrate.

Yes, I said 10 minutes. From start to finish. You can get your supplies ready ahead of time and may use anything premade in your stash, but that's it. Easy, right?

I'll let you finish laughing.

It IS, however, fun to stretch your crafty boundaries to see if it's possible. So this time, I played along. I got my workspace all set up and set my timer to 10 minutes.

Doesn't it look all neat and organized? Just ignore the box o'ribbons
I took a deep breath and started the timer. Thanks to some technical difficulties including a mis-stamp of my image and my sentiment not coming out dark enough, it took me EXACTLY 10 minutes. Seriously. Like I tossed down my Sharpie when the timer went off in true "pencils down" fashion. PHEW!

Here's the aftermath:
It hurts not tidying up as I go, it really does. I had to find all the stamps again!
So, what was the end result? Oh, you know, just a cute little birthday package...

Who wouldn't' want to open a box and find a cute kitty??
I started with, *gasp*, a pre-cut card base. I know, it's sinful, but it turns out I have three boxes of DCWV ones so I figured I would start using them up. The adorable chevron paper is from one of the 6x6 MME paper pads in my pile that was cut with a cute Sizzix die. The kitty and sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp and are one of my new favorites. I mean, come on; it's a kitty. In a box. CUTE! I colored him in with watercolor pencils and then blended with my water brush. Then the kitty and the patterned paper for the present were fussy-cut (yeah, I was starting to freak by this point) and everything was attached with foam tape.
 The 'happy birthday' gave me problems; I could not, for the life of me, get the 'a' in 'happy' to stamp. At the last minute (erm, literally) I grabbed a Sharpie and traced over the whole thing. A tiny bit of bling and this card was done!

Side shot of the layers
I'm linking up to the 10 Minute Craft Dash (of course!) and the Moxie Fab World Birthday Creations challenge.
One last look!
I hope to be back tomorrow with another Friends with Flair Friday with Unity!

Don't forget, the DeNami August blog hop starts Sunday!

Happy Crafting!


  1. That kitty is so cute, love that you use patterned paper on the box. Thanks for playing with us in the 10 Minute Craft Dash.

  2. Oh, this is so sweet! That little kitty is darling!
    Thanks so much for playing along with the 10 Minute Craft Dash!

  3. Cool birthday card - love the cat in the box. Thanks for playing along with us in the 10 Minute Craft Dash and hope to see you again.

  4. Hey Jennifer! Thanks for linking this up to the Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

  5. I can't believe you did fussy cutting in 10 minutes!! I'd be way to nervous to cut straight. This is adorable, thanks so much for playing with the Craft Dash!


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