Welcome to the Everything but the Kitchen Sink Challenge!

The big surprise is here! Courtney Baker at One Day at a Time has started a new challenge called "Everything but the Kitchen Sink". Why is it called that? Well, each month we will host a new challenge using every day things from your home. All the fun bloggers involved will take turns hosting! The idea is to get us all thinking out of the box and using everyday things to make fun embellishments and cards.
Courtney is hosting this first challenge, and the challenge is to use something from that day's mail in your card. How fun is that?! Make sure to go to her blog to check out the official challenge, all the details, enter the challenge and possibly win a $25 gift certificate to Papertrey Ink.
The challenges runs from 9/30 - 10/9. Let's move on to a card. I'll give you more details at the end!
I had so much fun with this challenge. It was such a blast going through all the catalogs. I was so glad my beloved J Crew catalog came in time. I used this photo of these beautiful sweaters as my "rising sun". Then I received a package from my Mom (thanks, Mom!) and used the box to create these hills. I ran some distress ink over it to give it more dimension.
These letters were from a Pottery Barn catalog. I cut them out and popped them up on foam adhesive.
Then I used bubble wrap from my Mom's package. I popped all the bubbles first, then I inked that part with alcohol inks. Then on the other side I used StazOn ink for the butterfly. On my first try of this, impatience got the best of me, and I decided to heat set it. Bad idea, Kelly! It shrank like a shrinky dink and let off the worst fumes. I was loopy (well, more than usual!) for a while. So, definitely don't heat set your bubble wrap. I made the butterfly again and let it dry naturally. Much better!

So to recap: Head on over to Courtney's blog to get all the details and enter the challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to Papertrey Ink! Woo!!

Then check out the other designers:

Ann Cox (Creative Antics) - http://creativeantics.blogspot.com/
Kelley Eubanks (My Front Porch)- http://myfrontporch-kelley.blogspot.com/
Lynette Kauffman (Netter's Notables)- http://nettersnotables.blogspot.com/
Winter Sims (Winter Wonderland) - http://winterwonderlandcrafter.blogspot.com/

Thanks for playing along with all my clues! Some of you had some guesses of stuff I might have going on in the future ;). I know, I am so bad with the teasing!

I cannot wait to see what you guys create. Have fun and stay away from bubble wrap fumes! :)
Paper: Neenah Paper Classic Crest (solar white), J Crew Catalog, Pottery Barn Catalog, Mailing box cardboard, bubble wrap
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink (soft pool), StazOn (black), Ranger Alcohol Ink (cranberry, terra cotta, butterscotch, mountain rose), Ranger Distress Ink (shabby shutters)
Stamps: Hero Arts (heart winged butterfly, clouds)
Etc: bubble wrap, Ranger inking tool, foam, felt, Spellbinders scalloped circle nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Ranger alcohol ink solution
Thank you so much for visiting!

Have an amazing day,


  1. What a great idea - sounds like a fun challenge! I will have to go check it out :)

    Love your card - oh so clever!

  2. Such a cute card! You are too funny with the bubble wrap fumes! :)

  3. What a creative way to use "trash"! I love the cardboard hill, and the bubble-wrap butterfly. But the JCrew sweater pic is too perfect! How fun.

  4. OMGoodness....whatta fun card!!!! This is such a fun challenge!

  5. LOVE your card! And what a fun challenge! I cannot wait to play along! Hugs!

  6. Awesome! I am loving all the creativity from your Kitchen Sink gals...truly trash to treasure goodness! I am a huge fan of card board accents and your bubble wrap antics...well, good advice! Thank goodness you were able to escape the fumes. You've saved us all with your public service announcement. eeek! Your butterfly is quite the cutie!

  7. You rock girlie! This is awesome

  8. How fun! Great idea for the sun!!!

  9. Absolutely GORGEOUS!! You are just ridiculously creative. I love it.

  10. You did so great with the girl! I still am in love with your bubble wrap butterfly! Thanks for going on this adventure with me!

  11. I love your bubble wrap butterfly! Your card is great Kelly! All your cards are great!

  12. Kelly, this is fabulous! I love the scene you've created! I'm SO looking forward to working with you on these challenges! :D

  13. That sounds like a fun new challenge! I hope there's some cool stuff in the mail over the next days ...and your card scenes are just the bestest, Kelly :-)


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