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12 January, 2020

January 2020 MAIN Challenge 2nd Release - HIGHLIGHT & SUNSET COLOURS

Welcome to the 2nd Design Team Reveal of our 
January Main Challenge - HIGHLIGHT & SUNSET COLOURS

The rest of our design team members have worked hard to bring you MORE dazzling inspiration that we hope will encourage you to join in our challenge this month!

Please remember that we have some changes to 
the rules of our Challenges this year:

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 you will now find at the bottom of every post instead of over on the sidebar. Just scroll way down 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 Tool 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!

DAISY: For this challenge, I made myself the HIGHLIGHT. In 2019, I made a lot of positive changes in my life. I started physical training and improved my eating habits. I did it for better health and to be an example to my 3 sons. For the SUNSET COLOURS creative twist, I made a yellow circle to represent the sun, and I used pink, purple, and orange on my embellishments.

LANUSIA: Life is full of memorable events and moments. My HIGHLIGHTED moments are those when I find out something new which impresses me greatly. When I saw the SUNSET COLOURS in the photos by Dominic Liam, I understood at once how talented this photographer is. His silhouette photography makes me think of people and nature. 

ROSALIE: A beautiful SUNSET view over Hanoi was the inspiration for my sunset colours. It was one of the magical HIGHLIGHTS of our recent holiday. A beautiful country and welcoming people.  

YULIA:  Hello! I am pleased to present my first work. Inspired by our challenge, I made a layout with a photo of a happy day, which was a HIGHLIGHT in my life.  The photo was taken last year at the end of May during the time of the cherry blossoms. This month changed my whole life by 360 degrees and made it happy. :) To create a SUNSET background, I used a stunning collection from Prima Marketing called "Moon Child" and magical pigment colors from Lindy's Gang.  

KATRIN: HIGHLIGHT is a difficult word to explain in Italian.  With this word we describe many different things.  We use it in art to talk about light in paintings, and it is also used in everyday life to tell about the most important moments.  In this art journal, I wanted to use the same word to highlight the light of winter, together with the moment in which our dog entered our lives, illuminating them with his presence. - in Lanciano.  For the SUNSET colors I used acrylic paint By Sennelier.  I love this brand.  I applied the colors with a spatula.  This time, I used vermillion red, primary yellow, and fluo orange.  I defined the edges with watercolour indigo blu and white gesso.

PRIYA: For the word inspiration, I used the picture of our cute niece, who came to our world in 2019 and it became the HIGHLIGHT of last year for all of us.  For the creation part, I used a lot of SUNSET colors and purple, pink, and yellow flowers.

ANNA: The word, HIGHLIGHT, makes me automatically think of my loved one.  We found each other quite late, both after having some difficult experiences and life challenges.  I find this love and relationship very mature on one hand, and very fresh and "teenage-like" on the other.  He is my favourite person in the world and our time together is also a highlight for me.  SUNSET colors were a very good background to the story on my mind.  I made them a little bit softer, more on the pastel side, to make the whole project more delicate.

ELLE: My entry for January is an Art Journal spread inspired by one of the HIGHLIGHTS of this year, which was our trip to the theatre to see HAIR the Musical. It was the 50th anniversary of this show as it was first performed in 1969, in New York City.  It was really very good, the cast was amazing, and we had seats in the front row! I also added some song lyrics from the show. Let the sun shine in! For the SUNSET colours, I painted the background in purple, magenta, and orange, and then added another watercolour piece behind the frame. The frames are also watercoloured and die cut. 

(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
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$25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO
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$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 
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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*  Link up your projects BELOW using our InLinkz Tool 
by January 31st at 11:55 pm EST.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter


  1. Ehi I see a wonderful great projects ladies

  2. Amazing projects everyone, love all the sunset-y colours and highlights. ~ Elle xx


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