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01 May, 2021

May 2021 Main Challenge - FACES and KRAFT BACKGROUND

 Hello again and welcome to our May Main Challenge!  

We have a treat for you! For the month of May, we have joined with Kraft Plus Challenges to create one challenge that you can enter both challenge sites with!

Here’s how it works:

    Create a project on a KRAFT background using FACES as your inspiration.
    Enter your project in either one, or both, challenges.

That’s it! Each challenge site will run their challenges as usual.

You can find the More Than Words challenge here:

And the Kraft Plus challenge here

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 - FACES
Creative Challenge - KRAFT BACKGROUND

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

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!

Design Team Inspiration

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


Lisa:  For those that know my creative process, know absolutely that creating with a brown/Kraft element is not really my bag. That stated, when I saw the theme, it took a few days for me to push myself into it. The DWM journal, luckily, provided a perfect substrate, and with a coat of gold gesso, I disconnected from the Kraft to celebrate the gold. A friend has sent me this Da Vinci printed book mark, and I'm so happy it caught my eye. A few ephemera elements and this baby was birthed.


Marie: Creating a layout with a Kraft paper as base might be the most natural thing to do for this challenge - and I do love working on Kraft for a layout - but as usual I want to give myself a real challenge. I had this piece of vintage book page in a Kraft type of paper that was gifted to me a couple of years ago. It's precious to me, and I have holding on to it for the perfect project. This was it! I added it as base to this Art Journal page. With a small amount of ink and a lovely stamped girl face I´m happy with the interpretation of this challenge.


Olya: hello everyone! For this month my inspiration is the passport gift box and passport cover. I used KRAFT for the base of the box, also KRAFT paper cutting. I made the word FACE from toothpicks and placed it on the box. I made many FACES of the Moon from clay and moulds.


Sarah:  To illustrate this challenge, I wanted to represent different FACES across time and space. So I worked on my journal art with a KRAFT coffee filter background then put some planets and circles stamps using a stencil. For the portraits and the frames I used an AB Studio collection.


Vidhi:  Hello, I have created an art Journal page on Kraft paper. I was inspired to add a FACE and paint it. I used a stamp image of this girl and painted with acrylic colours. Added a tagline of " I am enough. A thousand times enough. " Added this tagline for them who thinks Girls are not enough, for each and every step they need support. But sorry, times have changed. We are enough and can take all steps by our own. A thousand times enough.....

Heather:  The word FACES made me think of the different faces that we wear during our lives. This led to think about the different 'hats' we wear.  I seem to be switching from one hat to another a lot lately and sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming. I feel like it's a mystery which hat I'm going to be wearing from one hour to the next.
With this in mind I made a tongue-in-cheek board game - spin the spinner and see which hat to wear next!  This was a great way to use up paper scraps and leftover alphas. I printed an assortment of hats and typed the names of some of the 'hats' I wear on them. The spinner is a chipboard arrow and the face is one from ArtStacks.

Elle:  She wore a thousand faces all to hide her own. With the challenge being FACES and it being for May, I immediately though of Gemini, the twins, and so I drew two faces on the Kraft background, and drew little gold Gemini symbols on it. As it was an astrological theme (for me) I gave both of them galaxy background hair, eyes and mouth, with stars in their hair.


Jinal:  Hey my crafty fam! Hope you are well! I have used Kraft as my base.. And here is my abstract which is totally inspired by the ongoing pandemic... There is so much going on out there.. yet our lives don't stop.. Let us believe this is just a phase of life which will eventually fade so why not FACE it with all your teeth and a cuppa coffee!

Kat: For May challenge Faces and Kraft, I decided to make it romantic.
The beautiful woman's image was my focal point (Kraft picture). I built my art work around this FACE.
In my work I used KRAFT background paper but I love colour I decided to get some brown and gold.

This year we have changed to a Regional Prize structure, whereby there will be multiple Main Challenge Winners, one or more for 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 May 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 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 3QUARTER DESIGN

Regional Challenge Winner - International 2

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value from ARTSTACKS

Regional Challenge Winner - International 3

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value from LEMONCRAFT

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.

Special Guest Designer

One participant, handpicked by our Admin team, may be invited to be our Special Guest Designer.

Challenge closes on the last day of the month at 11:59 pm EST.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

1 comment:

  1. Love all the DT inspiration for this challenge and so cool that it's a joint challenge with Kraft+ More Than Words - Elle xx


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