Creative Confetti: One Challenge, Three Ways!

Hello all! So sorry for the delay today! It's been a bit nutty in my neck of the woods! ;-) But, I'm here now and excited to usher in this week's Creative Confetti Challenge -- when we throw up bits of creativity and you decide where they fall in your own artsy endeavors! Now... speaking of "neck of the woods", that's kind of the topic today in our challenge this week!

HOW TO PLAY: While this challenge may seem a bit all over the map, once you see my creation and the reason behind it, hopefully, it will all make sense! So, just as the graphic suggests, you have THREE options this week!

OPTION 1: Create a card or project inspired by nature -- either with the color scheme or the image!

OPTION 2: Create a tag!

OPTION 3: Create with a charity or charitable giving in mind!

On to my creation! 

You might be asking yourself what on earth does a knitting project have to do with this week's challenge? Let me explain! Last Friday, I got a note from my local yarn shop saying that they were going to start taking donations for a program called Casting For Recovery.  The non-profit hosts retreats -- fly fishing retreats -- for women with breast cancer who are on the road to recovery. Just a little bit about Casting for Recovery, did you know that fly fishing -- the gentle motion of casting can be a little like physical therapy? That, along with being with other women going through the same thing, AND being out in some gorgeous countryside is what the program is all about. 

So, to make a long story even longer, my local yarn shop was collecting cowls that the women could be gifted during their September retreat in Bozeman, Montana. So, I got knitting right away and whipped up this cowl using THIS pattern (Broken Rib Cowl) and it came together after just a few nights of TV watching. I will mention, the color scheme is not what I would have chosen but the yarn shop owner said it was earthy and even had some of the same colors as a brown trout -- so, I snatched it up! I am going to raid my yarn stash and whip up a few more. I'm thinking THIS one looks fun too! Or, maybe THIS one! ;-) 

And you can see, this is where my challenge comes into play! I wanted to make a tag to go along with my gift and I chose Power Poppy's Leapin' Trout digital stamp. I sized it so that I could use my 2-1/2" circle punch and added the words "Handmake just for you!" 

I colored the fish up with Copic Markers using YG91, YG91, Y32, R81, R83 R85, and BG72 and BG000 for the water. I also added some white gel pen for the splashes! 

And here's what I printed on the other side. Since the yarn is 100% Merino, I wanted them to know that this is a hand wash in cool, lay flat to dry kind of accessory. The good news is, it's soft to the touch and hopefully nice around a woman's neck! I will also add a nice little note letting her know I am sending blessings for her on her road to recovery. 

And that, my friends, is it. Just a little project that is super quick but from the heart none the less! So, take my lead -- create with nature in mind (like my leaping trout!), create a tag, or create with a charity in mind! Just that simple!

Thanks for stopping by y'all! I hope you have a fabulous week and remember, to play along, all you need to do is create, link up your card or tag below and then, once a month, we draw one random and lucky stamper to win $25! Can't wait to see what you come up with.  

Until next time!

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Barbara said...

Wow Julie! This certainly is a Challenge! I am going to give it some thought. Your tags and the cowls super cute for this charity and will certainly be cherished by the receivers. Now to put on my thinking hat!

KathyA. said...

Julie, I love your cowl and tag, your caring heart, and this fun challenge. Thanks for the inspiration. (PS the women who receive these items are going to feel so blessed.)

creatingincolors said...

I had never heard of Casting for Recovery. What a wonderful cause!

Henri√ętte Creatively Happy said...

Wow Julie, what a story. I think this is a awesome cause and see where the challenge came from. I love your cowl and the gorgeous tags with lovely sentiment.
Have a great week.

Lagene said...

Love the knitted cowls and the fish tags are awesome! What a great cause!