The Anonymous Alphabet – I


My friends and family know that I am not very good at remembering birthdays.  So it should come as no surprise that I ‘missed’ my blog’s first birthday.  Bloggy was 1 year old on Saturday but the Drake was here and I’d been too busy to work up a post in advance so the day came and went without a blog post.

I started this blog because I got a place on the Scrapbookers Anonymous Design Team.  SA has closed its doors and I know there are a lot of people sorry to see it go.  I have a streak of the completer finisher running through me and I like to see things through, so, having started the alphabet challenge I’d like to finish it.  Plus I’ve been having a lot of fun setting the recipe challenge at Soul Scrappers.

The idea at SA was to use stash beginning with the chosen letter, or made by a manufacturer with the chosen letter.  The subject matter being the chosen letter was optional but highly acceptable.

I’ll be posting a letter challenge every month, starting where SA left off with the letter ‘I’.  Each month I’ll ask one of my crafty bloggy friends to be a guest designer.  This month the wonderful Julie Tucker-Wolek stepped into the breach and at very short notice produced this lovely canvas using Imagine for the title and Imaginarium chipboard:

I met Julie when we both joined SA DT at the same time and she is top commenter here on the blog – she is known as the smiley girl for the volumes of smiley faces she scatters in her travels around blogland.  Her boundless energy and productivity (in terms of the sheer volume of work she produces) never cease to amaze me.  She started and ran the very popular challenge site These are a few of My Favourite Things and now designs for Nikki Sivils, Blue Moon, Helmar and Lessology. (I told you she does loads didn’t I!)

She lives in Arizona with her two kids and hubby, who feature heavily in her LOs – especially the very photogenic Brookie.  Please visit her blog and say hello to her.

I have to say I struggled for ideas with this one.  My only stash beginning with the letter I are my Inkadinkado stamps and I’ve used them a bit lately on tags (see here and here).  But I found a butterfly I hadn’t used for a while and a little cloud by Imaginisce and inspiration struck.  I borrowed the coloured inks from a painting set I bought for Puddle Duck in Frankfurt Airport and created a couple of cards.

They are not my usual style but I think I like them all the more for that.

SA regular Lizzy Hill produced her card for the alphabet challenge a little early and was then disappointed to find the challenge wasn’t going to run.  You can see Lizzy’s card and take a tour of her scrap space here

So your challenge is to use stash beginning with the letter I, or made by a manufacturer with the letter I.  The subject matter being related to I is optional but highly desirable.  The medium is also up for grabs – cards, tags, scrapbook pages, canvases, mini albums or altered art – whatever you want.  The challenge will run from 1st to the end of the month.  Please share what you make by adding the URL for your posted project in the comments box (I’ll amend this by adding a linky tool in the near future).

Please bear with me while I give bloggy a belated birthday makeover and add a linky for the alphabet challenge.  Hope to see you back here soon.

Edited to included new Linky:


7 responses »

  1. You are sooooooooooo sweet! Thank you for your kind words!!! WOW!! I am blushing!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee your cards!!! They are so bright and happy!! Thanks for having me join you this month for the letter “I”… loveeeeeee that you are keeping this going!!!

  2. I always heart Julie …shes amazing!!! Your cards are simply gorgeous too Julie… I’m glad you continue this alphabet challenge… I think its really great and easy to play along… Hugs…xoxo

  3. I’m lucky to remember family birthdays, let alone a blog birthday! Sounds like a fun challenge, and I do love your cards! Have to think of what I have that begins with I!

  4. Hi again! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier this week! In answer to your question about the color of the waterfalls:

    “Tahquamenon Falls is also called “Rootbeer Falls” because of its golden-brown color, caused by tannins from cedar swamps that drain into the river. In winter, the ice that accumulates around and in the falls is often colored in shades of green and blue.” Source: Wikipedia

    I remember asking my husband that same question, and with a straight face he replied, “Bear pee.” And I believed him. Until he started laughing. (p.s. he knew the correct answer all along)

  5. Greetings, I do think your site may be having web browser compatibility issues. When I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other than that, excellent site!

    • I’m not sure what I.E. is and i certainly wouldn’t know how to fix it. I know the title looks different on my laptop to my Mac – is that what you mean?

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