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Monday, December 6, 2021

DECEMBER 2021 - CHALLENGE #12 - ANYTHING GOES w/OPTIONAL TWIST: A BLUE CHRISTMAS

I'll Have A Blue Christmas...
Hello, Crafty Mates!
We are so happy that you have joined us for the final challenge of 2021.  This year has flown by and our little challenge has grown more than we ever anticipated.  Thanks so much for your support!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
BEST WISHES FOR THE COMING YEAR!
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November Honors
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Card and Christmas Gift Box






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Monday, November 1, 2021

NOVEMBER 2021 - CHALLENGE #11 - CRAFT A FAVORITE MEMORY

Happy November!

This is the month when we express our gratitude for family and faith!  November is also my birth month so it is my FAVORITE month.
NOVEMBER CHALLENGE THEME
Create a project that represents your favorite memory (i.e., 1st date, 1st child, 1st kiss, 1st Thanksgiving, etc.)  The sky is the limit!  Your project does not have to be a card.

October Honors
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DESIGN TEAM INSPIRATION MAKES

My first trip alone outside Spain
Making A Snowman
My husband took me to Paris for my 60th Birthday
Trip to Charleston, SC 

Lisa
This tag represents a surprise trip to Disney World
we took for my 21st birthday.



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Monday, October 4, 2021

October 2021 - Challenge #10 - Purely Handmade

Hello, Crafty People!

This month, I thought it would be fun to challenge our players to create projects the old-fashioned way!  I don't expect a ton of entries, but it will be interesting to see the kinds of projects we will get from those of you who decide to accept this challenge.  I hope it will be fun and challenging to put away all the electronic devices and get our hands a little dirty and a little cramped!   Good luck and have fun! Chana 😍

Guidelines for this challenge:

1. No electronic die-cuts(i.e. Silhouette, Cricut, etc). Fussy cutting and manual cutting only! (i.e., Sizzix Big Shot, etc.)
2. At least one stamped image.
3. No pre-colored digitals and no digital papers.
4. Machine-cut embellishments are okay, but they cannot be the main focus of the design.  Twine, buttons, sequins, etc., are all okay!

SEPTEMBER HONORS
The remaining Rising Stars and Top Sprouts will be posted on Monday!  Life intervened and I am a bit behind.  Thanks for your patience and understanding, and for your support of our challenge!  Hugz, Chana
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Fauxbonich Weeks
100%handmade stitched planner

Guidelines for this challenge:

1. No electronic die-cuts(i.e. Silhouette, Cricut, etc). Fussy cutting and manual cutting only! (i.e., Sizzix Big Shot, etc.)
2. At least one stamped image.
3. No pre-colored digitals and no digital papers.
4. Machine-cut embellishments are okay, but they cannot be the main focus of the design.  Twine, buttons, sequins, etc., are all okay!

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Monday, September 6, 2021

SEPTEMBER 2021 - CHALLENGE #9 - PATTERNED PAPER, PLEASE!

Hello, Crafty Makers!
Time really does fly when you are having fun!  This month's challenge is to revisit using Patterned Paper.  Designer papers aren't used as much now that we are all learning faux watercolor techniques, and becoming blending experts using our various inks.  But a slimline or step card made with patterned paper can be equally as exciting!

THE ENTIRE PROJECT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE DSP, BUT AT LEAST 25% OF THE PROJECT SHOULD BE DSP.
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We were so impressed with all the wonderful crafting styles that were shared with us last month.  Trying to narrow the list of Top Sprouts was difficult!  Thanks to all of you for your lovely responses to our challenge!  We have tried to capture a Top Sprout from each style submitted.

AUGUST TOP SPROUTS

Stamping on a Tea Bag
Acrylic Pour

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DESIGN TEAM INSPIRATION SAMPLES

 Welcome, Lisa, to the APTS Design Team!

My name's Lisa and I'm the computer savvy half of a mother-daughter card business.   I love having a blog to share my projects with everyone.  I have been crafting almost my entire life.  Stamping and jewelry making are the two things that have really stuck with me.  I am so excited to join A Place to Start as a designer!


I apologize for the tardy posting of our August Rising Stars.  I have been a little under the weather and I am now playing catch up.  All the Rising Stars for August have now been posted.  Please check to see if you are on the list!
Hugz,
Chana Malkah, Owner

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