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12 March, 2021

March 2021 Main Challenge 2nd Reveal - CARPE DIEM AND MARKMAKING

Welcome to the 2nd reveal of our March Main Challenge! This month we ask you to share what CARPE DIEM means to you and to add some MARKMAKING to your project.

As always, our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge. The word inspiration can appear on your project or not but you must show that you have been inspired by it. The creative challenge must be used on your project!

Word Inspiration - CARPE DIEM
Creative Challenge - MARKMAKING

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

CARPE DIEM means "seize the day!" How do you or your friends or family make the most of life's opportunities? Does your child love school? Are you starting a new job? Maybe you're simply enjoying what life has to offer. 

For an extra challenge, add some MARKMAKING to your project. Add lines, doodles, or hand-drawn designs.

And now let's look at our second DT Inspiration for this month:

Anna: For our CARPE DIEM challenge I decided to make an art journal entry with photos cut out from magazines. I was focusing on photos that made me smile, were full of colors, textures, that made me dream of fun, traveling and discovering new places! I also played a little with MARKMAKING, which in my opinion is the best way to add personal style to the page.

AsiaI associated both the required elements of the challenge with fun in an art journal. I decided to vent my emotions, just have fun without thinking about whether the given colors and shapes fit together. In this project CARPE DIEM is also about using techniques that I am still learning. I captured the free moment and decided to use it for learning. In the project, I used a gelly plate and stencil from our sponsor AB Studio. When I was satisfied with the colors created with paints, I started MARKMAKING. I used acrylic markers and a hot foil pen, which helped me transfer the turquoise and purple foils from AB Studio into the paper.

AudeThe word CARPE DIEM makes sense for me especially when creating art. I love life and it's a real invitation to enjoy the moment. Every word is important to me especially in these difficult times. I used the MARKMAKING because I love to use my large collection of sprays and wax.

DanaI often wish I could carry the sun around on a string so that I could CARPE DIEM shining in bright light and warmth. It is definitely harder to get motivated on the darker days. I enjoyed MARKMAKING around the stenciled and stamped designs on these art journal pages.

Emma: Let's SEIZE THE DAY or CARPE DIEM in our lives and create days of creativity! This is my reality! For the MARKMAKING concept I have doodled a border around my pages and added scribbles to them. My pages feature Darkroom Door stamps.

Heikes: The month of March is my favorite month of the year. Not because it is my birthday month, but because it is World Women's Day on the 8th of March. The phrase CARPE DIEM is my honor to Mother Teresa. In my eyes she lived her life according to the words "CARPE DIEM." She sacrificed herself to the poor, sick and dying people. In it she saw the value of life, her personal "CARPE DIEM." The Mother Teresa image is from ScrapFX. I painted the word "CARPE DIEM" with black watercolor. For the creative challenge "MARKMAKING" I used Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 Pencils and Crayons for my "MARKMAKING" and as you can see I used the whole background, that was fun!


Priya: The past year taught us how important it is to spend time with your dear ones, taking care of yourself and your health. Everyday is special and we should learn to make it beautiful in our own special way. This is what my layout shows too. For the word inspiration CARPE DIEM, I used the actual word in the background and a lot of quotes to complement it. For the creative inspiration, MARKMAKING, I created all background work with my black marker without any stamps or stencils. It's so much fun working on this project. I used watercolors too.

SharonOur youngest daughter, Anne, has shown us from day one that she is able to overcome many obstacles to obtain her dreams. I took this photo during the fall of her high school senior year, and to me, it definitely illustrates how she loves to seize the day, aka CARPE DIEM! For the creative challenge, MARKMAKING, I marked my border with hand-drawn squares to draw your eye in to the photo. And to accentuate it more, I drew scallops around Anne's photo.

AgaCARPE DIEM means 'seize the day.' For me it means 'celebrate every single day.' Time flies quicker than we think, no one will wait for us and we need to work at our top speed. That’s why I decided to create these art journal pages with acting words (love, laugh, be brave, etc.). I used color glows by 13Arts to paint the circles and a black pen to do some MARKMAKING between them.

And now for some of those changes mentioned above. There will no longer be Runner Up, Random, or Mystery winners for our Main Challenge. This year we have changed to a Regional Prize structure, whereby there will be multiple Main Challenge Winners, one or more from each Region. The number of Winners/Prizes for each Region is dependent on the number of Sponsors for that Region. Some of our Sponsors remain as International Sponsors but many are now Region specific. It is now more important than ever that you add your NAME and COUNTRY to your Inlinkz entries!   

For our March Main Challenge, here are the prizes that you can win. 

Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 2

(as voted by our DT) 

USD value prize from ITD COLLECTION

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 3

(as voted by our DT) 

USD value prize from 13@RTS

Regional Challenge Winner - USA

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from DECOUPAGE QUEEN

Regional Challenge Winner - International 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT

Regional Challenge Winner - International 2

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value from FABRIKA DECORU

Regional Challenge Winner - International 3

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value from 3QUARTER DESIGNS

We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes.
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