around the world challenges

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Yesterday, Nichole Heady posted a series of challenges on her blog featuring design styles from around the world: Japan, Mexico, India, and Australia. What a fun idea! I had to try my hand at capturing the essence of these countries (in my own way of course). I actually did these challenges totally backwards, starting with India, going to Mexico, then Australia, and ending with Japan — what can I say: I’m a dizzyingly disorganized world-traveler. {giggles} But, for the sake of the challenges, we’re going to present them in proper order here.

Let’s start with Japan. In my mind, Japanese culture always conjures up one of two things:

  • Kawaii: all that is uber-cute, fun, bright, and happy.
  • Zen: peaceful, cultured, and elegant.

For my Japan project, I went with the elegant picture in my mind. Nichole had posted a really cute tri-fold tea bag holder (with instructions) on her blog earlier in the week, and I wanted to make one for this challenge.

japan project recipe: stamps: eastern blooms (su) + autumn 2009 tags (pti); cardstock: bamboo (bazzill) + very vanilla (su); paper: bali breeze (su); ink: old olive (su) + vintage touch tea dye (pti); fibers: very vanilla grosgrain (su); accessories: silver brads (su); tools: parisian edger punch (ek success) + sponge daubers (su)

Next up is Mexico! Bright colors and fun patterns are definitely the hallmark of great Mexican style. Oh how I wish I had Stampin’ Up!’s Quincenera stamp set right now! Well, since I didn’t have that set, I turned to Hello Again, which had just the right playful look that I was going for.

mexico project recipe: stamps: hello again (su); card stock: bermuda bay textured + whisper white (both su); patterned paper: bali breeze (su) + june bug (basicgrey); ink: vintage touch tea dye (pti) + kiwi kiss + riding hood red (both su); fibers: summer sunrise twill (pti); accessories: melon berry buttons (pti); tools: small corner rounder punch + wide oval punch (both su) + sizzix big shot (su) + lots of tags sizzlits dies (su)

India is our next stop in the world tour and this card was inspired by Indian fabrics. It’s all about the bright colors and patterns on this adorable invitation. Chris says it’s an invitation to go visit the new baby elephant at Utah’s Hogle Zoo — trust Chris to make my wacky idea actually have a relevant use in the real world {giggles and claps hands}.

india project recipe: stamps: morocco bitty (basicgrey) + stocking prints (pti); card stock: crushed curry textured + whisper white (both su); patterned paper: june bug (basicgrey) + oasis (sei); ink: melon mambo + tempting turquoise (both su) + vintage touch tea dye (pti); fibers: kiwi kiss/very vanilla satin ribbon (su); accessories: rhinestones (kaiser); tools: parisian edger punch (ek success) + sponge daubers (su)

Lastly, we take a moment to visit our friends down under. Australian style is inspired by Aboriginal culture (oooh, Aussies, you are so lucky to have the Maori SU set!), and I chose to embrace the masking aspect of the challenge for my project focal point. But, I really wanted to capture the white dots somehow in my design: my dotted ribbon came to the rescue and I echoed the dots in the piercing around the focal point. I think that totally works! {grins}

aussie project recipe: stamps: all through the year (su) + autumn 2009 tags (pti); cardstock: kraft + very vanilla (both su); patterned paper: offbeat (basicgrey); ink: baja breeze + pumpkin pie (both su); fibers: simply chic brown polka-dot (american crafts); tools: paper-piercing tool + mat pack + small corner rounder punch (all su)

Seriously, I may be going strong with World Card Making Day challenges for the next week! For me, it’s going to be World Card Making Week instead. {grins}

9 thoughts on “around the world challenges

  1. CMN says:

    Ummmm, Kim? Maori are from New Zealand. Aborigines are from Oz. Personally, I think your card design goes well with Aborigine design. You just need a diggereedoo to go with it…

  2. PurpleD says:

    Totally love the Indian one. The Mexican card is so full of color, very cheery. I like the masking and the piercing on the Australian one, besides it’s really classy looking.

  3. Travelingmama says:

    I absolutely love these! I think we should all get together in the States and make cards together! Of course, we’d probably just end up chit chatting the whole time. Sigh… but it would be fun either way!

  4. kelly marie says:

    Wow!! These are all so gorgeous. I love that they have the signature “Kim” style yet still carry the style of each country. I can’t believe Stampin’ Up has a Quincenera set! I have always lamented not having any Spanish stamps.
    If I had to pic a favorite of these cards, I would pick India. Your combo of patterns and colors is perfection, and I just love that elephant!

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