Sep 26, 2013

Triple Sweet Thursday: Fusion Card Challenge

Hey everyone!

Happy Thursday!! It's Alyssa here again from My Thoughts Exactly with another Triple Sweet Thursday - 3 Cards, 3 Ways, 1 Challenge! Once again I'll be spotlighting ONE challenge and rocking it THREE ways to get you inspired!

This week's featured challenge:

About the Challenge:

Fusion Card Challenge offers a new challenge every other week in which you are provided with BOTH an inspiration image AND a card sketch. You use JUST the image, JUST the sketch, or BOTH. Once the entry period has ended all of the entries are opened up to voting. The entry that receives the most votes is declared the Zen Master and 3 Honorable Mentions are also chosen.

Why I Love This Challenge:

OPTIONS. This challenge is basically TWO challenges in one: and inspiring image AND a sketch, PLUS the added option of combining the two. I LOVE options when it comes to challenges, the more inspiration the better, and Fusion Card Challenge really delivers. Another thing I love is that this challenge offers the chance for our peers to VOTE. Most challenges seem to be random or judged by a design team, Fusion is more of a people's choice. And don't we all just LOVE to have a say and get a VOTE these days?

The Current Challenge:

I just LOVED this funky inspiration photo (which just happened to include my two favorite colors: teal and green!), and who doesn't love a classic sketch with banners??

3 Cards - 3 Ways - ONE Challenge

Way 1 : Inspiration Photo ONLY

For this first card I decided to pull inspiration from the photo ONLY. I chose to use the colors mostly, but I also pulled from some of the shapes on the cups which is what pulled me to use the trees from the Sweet Stamp Shop Fall Gratitude stamp set. The "Fall in Love" sentiment is also from this set.

Way 2 : Sketch ONLY

For this next card I decided to focus on the sketch ONLY. I turned the sketch on it's side and used the bullseye from the Sweet Stamp Shop Wheely Like You stamp set as my circle. In place of two of the banners I used arrows (one from Wheely Like You and the other from Made By #2). The sentiment is also from Wheely Like You. Instead of using a patterned paper I decided to create a similar effect with watercolor.

Way 3 : Inspiration Photo AND Sketch

For this final card I decided to combine the inspiration photo AND the sketch. All of the stamps you see here are from the Sweet Stamp Shop Chalkboard Sign set. Once again I turned the sketch on it's side. I stamped the hearts in the colors I pulled from the inspiration photo. In place of the main circle I used my "I Love You" sentiment, and in place of the banners I used arrows.

Don't you just LOVE the OPTIONS??

SSS Used in These Projects:

I'm looking for MORE challenges to feature right here on the SSS blog! What is YOUR favorite challenge to play along with? Leave me a comment and let me know!

If you were to enter this Fusion challenge which route would you take? Inspiration photo, sketch, or both??

Have you checked out the SSS Pinterest and Flickr pages?
There's TONS more fantastic inspiration on those pages so be sure to click and check them out!!

And before I go I just want to say that Sweet Stamp Shop has some REALLY exciting things around the corner, so be on the lookout for the next release, I know you're going to LOVE it!

Big bloggy hugs,
<3 Alyssa
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  1. Alyssa - your three 'takes' on FUSION are both delightful and inspiring! Triple Sweet Thursdays are fabulous, especially for a newcomer to card-making, like I am! Thank you so much for sharing ideas and techniques. With Christmas themed cards becoming more prevalent, might you consider tackling Merry Monday or Festive Friday at some point? I bet you'd design something extraordinary!!

  2. wow! these are AMAZING, Alyssa! so glad your found so much inspiration at Fusion! thanks for playing along and sharing these masterpieces with us!

  3. Alyssa, all three cards are fabulous! I agree, Fusion s a great challenge...and I love that the winners are chosen by vote! Great post!

  4. Wow, Alyssa, I hardly know where to start! First off, I absolutely love your concept of taking one challenge and making three different cards based on the challenge. I'm headed off to find last Thursday's feature after this comment. Second, your cards are so well done! The background of your first card is so engaging, and the coloring and design of your second card are top-notch. Third, I'm so glad you featured and played in the FUSION challenge!

  5. Now how fun is this?! seriously fun! Love how you were inspired and absolutely LOVE all of your cards!
    Thanks so much for playing with us at Fusion!

  6. I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have bookmarked you to check out new stuff you post.

  7. Great job on your three takes Alyssa!!! :) Love your cards :)

  8. These are really fabulous, I love the 'fall in love' card! x

  9. Such an innovative approach to the challenge Alyssa. Very inspiring.