01 January, 2020

January 2020 Main Challenge - HIGHLIGHT & SUNSET COLOURS

Happy New Year Everyone!

Best wishes to all in 2020! We have new teams, new rules, and new challenges to inspire you this year. Our wonderful DT will share their amazing talent with you, and as always there are awesome prizes from our fabulous sponsors.

It gives us great pleasure and happiness to be able to ring in this 
new year with the reveal of our January Main Challenge!

Please note the following changes to the rules:

A very important first change is that we will now be allowing ANY ENTRY 
for the Main Challenge, EXCEPT FOR cards, tags, ATCs, and postcards... 
as these can be entered in our Mini Challenges.

The next change is please enter your projects through the InLinkz Tool 
which is now at the BOTTOM of this post instead of over on the sidebar. 
Just scroll down past the sponsors and prizes and you will see it. 

Last, but not least, if you don't have a blog, you may also enter
your projects via your social media links such as Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest as long as you enter them via our InLinkz Took AND include our challenge blog image plus a link to our blog in your entry.
Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - HIGHLIGHT
Creative Challenge - SUNSET COLOURS

We want to hear about the HIGHLIGHT of your day, week, year or life! 
Has there been a birthday to celebrate, a good day spent 
with a friend, or simply an event that made you
happy? Maybe the birth of a child, or a wedding, is a highlight. 
Maybe it's a good book or a cup of coffee. 
We need to see in your project how our word inspired you. 
If it isn't obvious in your work, then please explain it in your post.

Whatever your highlight is, we want to see it shown 
off with glorious SUNSET COLOURS!
Please check out ALL our challenge rules in the RULES tab above.

Now let's see what our fabulous DT has come up with, 
inspired by the HIGHLIGHT & SUNSET COLOURS Main Challenge!

HEMA: Hello Lovely Ladies... This is my inspiration for this New Year, 2020. "The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in." - Henry Green. For me, art has been one of the best and most memorable HIGHLIGHTS of my life. Good art inspires, good design motivates, and good friends are always there when you need them the most. For the creative part of the challenge SUNSET COLOURS... who doesn't like the sunrise and sunset with their lovely change of colors in the sky, and the mild sun with its gentle warmth! I loved the moodboard colors, and as always, played with them and depicted their blend in my work.  The colors and texture beautify my project.  This is my take on the challenge, and I hope you all love it too and agree with me. Thank you and Hugs XOXO!

HEIKES: How did the word HIGHLIGHT inspire me? My youngest daughter, Mia, is a special highlight in my life... her generation will have to deal with climate changes, plastic garbage, and water shortage. She has chosen to study about water management and agriculture. She is a highlight in my life with her ideas and interest for others. I found a photo of her that was taken on one of her journeys around the world. The photo is taken at a sunset, and I think the colors fit perfectly with the mood board. For the creative challenge SUNSET COLOURS, I have stamped the background in the colors of the sunset.

SABRINA: Hi! Sab here! With great pleasure, I am showing you my first project. I have many different HIGHLIGHTS in my life, but my daughter is at the centre of everything! In December, 2019, she turned 8 and is all my joy! The SUNSET COLOURS are perfect for her, she's my sun!!!!!

CECILIA: One of the HIGHLIGHTS of my life is my husband - the right person always shows you how to be the best person you can be, and to discover your strength and creativity. I started scrapbooking seven years ago, and last year started in mixed media. The happiness this gives me is also a highlight for me.
I've used beautiful SUNSET COLORS in purples and blues. I filled the project with some of Frank's things that I found in his tool box. Even a watch was there.

JOLANDE: A HIGHLIGHT in your life does not necessarily have to be something very nice. For me, the highlight occurred on my missions with the army to Afghanistan. I have learned so much about myself, winning, losing, courage, and not giving up. Not something you choose, it happens to you. I used a photo of SUNSET COLORS with the Chinook in the foreground. Every evening I was happy that the Chinook returned safely.

SARAH: For me, the HIGHLIGHT in my life was the day I became a mother. It was 4 years ago and today, I am still filled with joy at the recent birth of my daughter. My two children are my happiness, and they give me the strength to move forward every day. For the creative challenge of SUNSET COLOURS, I was inspired by the colour yellow that represents my ray of happiness.

HEATHER: One of my creative HIGHLIGHTS for 2019 was the discovery of gelli printing, so I decided to use gelli prints to cover my 2020 desk diary. I used yellows, oranges, and pinks for my SUNSET COLOURS and even added some gold stencilling that looks a bit like sun rays.

DI: One of the HIGHLIGHTS of my life was when I became a grandmother for the first time. I now have three gorgeous little ones, but THIS gorgeous girl was my first, and so holds a special place in my heart. To fit in with the creative part of this challenge being SUNSET COLOURS, I thought I would create my layout in the pinks, purples, & orange tones of a sunset.

DANA: A HIGHLIGHT for me is seeing a favorite band, Big Wreck, play live in a small concert venue in my hometown of Detroit, Michigan. My husband and I have followed this band for over 20 years. We have been extremely lucky to see them on almost every major tour, a total of six times. Their latest album is called "...But For The Sun," and it fits perfectly with this challenge! I included some song lyrics on the page that read, "You erase my alone and get me through the day." These words really resonated with me and are true of a good partner and great music. I used a stencil and some molding paste to create a sunburst pattern on a striped transparency. I colored the paste with SUNSET COLOURS OF pink, orange, and yellow dye ink, and then added photos and embellishments in the center of the sunburst. I added touches of gold to my design that catch the light similar to the amber glow of the setting sun.

ANASTASIA: For this challenge, I chose a photo of my daughter, that was captured in an interesting location - the Candy Museum in Philadelphia. It was one of our HIGHLIGHTS in the outgoing "Year of the Pig" (according to the Eastern calendar) so that was the reason I chose this photo. For the creative challenge of SUNSET COLOURS, I decided to repeat the background scenery in the photo, and intertwined pieces of paper with each other. Then I added some paints, texture paste, chipboard, and paper layers.

Our design team has shared their HIGHLIGHTS with you
using spectacular SUNSET COLOURS.
We hope that they will have inspired you to play along.

Here are the fabulous prizes up for grabs!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC 
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

$25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

$25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

$25 USD value prize from EXPRESSIONS CRAFT

$25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN


(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

(hand picked by our Admin team - two entries not in our Top 5,
but that have that special something that captured our attention)

$25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET

$25 USD value prize from MINTAY 
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, 
will be invited to be our March 2020 Special Guest Designer.

We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes.
To learn more about any of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our
January Main Challenge:  HIGHLIGHT & SUNSET COLOURS

*NEW*  Please link up your projects 
by clicking on the "Add Link" button below.
Challenge closes January 31st at 11:55 pm EST.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!


  1. Awesome challenge! Thanks for the inspiration ladies!

  2. A wonderful start to a new year! Fabulous projects!

  3. Fantastic inspiration and what a fun challenge! ~ Elle xx


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