July Challenge Spotlight

Written by The Lilypad. Posted in Blog, Challenges

Hello everyone!  Polly Karen here, bringing you the July edition of the Challenge Spotlight.  Once a month I have the privilege of looking through the challenge galleries to find just a few of my favorite layouts and shine my spotlight on them here.

If you aren’t familiar with the challenges, here’s a little information about them to get you started. If you play along with our 7 monthly challenges you can earn yourself a coupon to use on your next Lilypad shopping spree.  You will earn as follows:  2 challenges = 10% off, 4 challenges = 20% off and 6 challenges = 30% off.  Also if you finish all 7 challenges, in addition to your coupon, you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a guest spot on the Creative Team (be a Polly) for a month!  Now let’s look at some of the standout pages created for this month’s challenges:

 1.  One Word Challenge – “Create”:

 by amandajane:   by corrin:
2.  BYOC Challenge Use 90% BYOC products from at least 3 designers: by Jeanet: by zinzilah: by bjc:

3.  Journaling Challenge – Magical Moments:

 by MrsPeel: by karbolik:

4. Inspiration Challenge – Use the quote:  “Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life.” - Brian Andreas:

 by MiekSter:   by Shivani:   by bcnatty:
5.  Fill-It-Up Challenge – The anti-white space challenge, to fill your whole page: by Sharon Evans:   by elseepe:   by nowens:

6.  Random Challenge – Use a song lyric:

 by dvhoward:   by Ga_L:

7.  Product Challenge –  Word Art:

 by weaselwatchr: by JenEm:

Wow!  So many fabulous pages to choose from!  I truly love doing this post each month because it never fails to leave me excited to scrap!   If you loved looking through these layouts as much as I did, go ahead and click on them and leave these artists a little love.  All images are linked.  Also, this is your reminder that you have until July 31st to complete these challenges yourself and earn a discount coupon and possibly even a guest spot on the Creative Team!  I’ll be back near the 1st of the month to show you the next batch of monthly challenges.  Until then, happy scrapping!


Create a Card – Summer Edition

Written by The Lilypad. Posted in Blog, Printable Projects -Hybrid

I really enjoy giving cards to family and friends.  Cards are perfect way to send birthday wishes, celebrate a special event, or even to just say hello to someone.  I always try to have a selection of homemade cards on hand to give out for any of these occasions.  I’ve noticed my supply of cards has been getting a bit low and committed myself to making a few cards to bolster it up.  Today I’m going to share a summer card I created and a tip for creating dimension on your card. This tip is meant to help those who are a bit afraid of hybrid crafting. It is simple but adds a huge effect to your cards.


To make this card you will need the following supplies:

1. Using papers and embellishments from Pink Reptile Designs kit create your card design.

2. Duplicate all layers of your card to a new 8.5 in x 11 in document.  Spread the pieces of your card out so they are not touching.  Select pieces of the card design that you want to add additional dimension to and duplicate these images. Again spread the pieces out so they are not touching. Print this sheet and use your scissors to cut out the card pieces.

3. Assemble your card using your original file as a guide.  Add additional embellishments as needed. Place foam adhesive on the back of your “duplicate pieces.” Place these pieces directly on top of their duplicate.

4. Add additional embellishments as needed.

All finished! With just that one simple step you have taken a flat hybrid card to the next level.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this short tutorial!  Stay tuned next month for another Create a Card Tutorial.  Be sure and share any cards you make with us!  We love to see your creations in TLP gallery!