Combining challenges - good or not so good.

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Posted 6/24/2013 by lickeyan in General Stamping


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Posted: 6/24/2013 4:43:23 PM
I am not doing much paper crafting or stamping, but did take the time to play in the gallery. Some beautiful cards there.

Going to just thrown an opinion in here and see what others think. As I was looking over the cards from WSW 13, I found that I really like the cards that are made for just one challenge or a combination of only two challenges. Sometime I feel that the cards that combine three or more challenges are a bit on the heavy or overworked.

To qualify, I really like the CAS cards, so that is where I am coming from.

I don't mean this in any negative way, just am interested in what other think.


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Posted: 6/24/2013 5:02:52 PM
Yeah, I generally don't like to combine more than 3, or it starts to look overworked. I think some challenges naturally go together, but sometimes it looks a bit forced.

I do like to combine up to three, though. I tend to leave the 'no combine' challenges to the end, cause it seems like a lot of work to just complete ONE challenge - I like to knock them off quickly by combining.

What is CAS?

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Posted: 6/24/2013 5:43:32 PM
I don't combine a lot mostly because I find it hard to combine. So those "no combine" challenges are frequently easier to tackle in some ways. However, sometimes two+ challenges seem like they are made to combine! So I do like the option.

Since I tend toward clean and simple, often I admire more the complicated cards that still are pulled together.



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Posted: 6/25/2013 12:50:02 AM
Totally depends on my mood whether I try to combine or not. When I combine for the sake of combining, I'm usually not happy with the results. For WSW13 I only completed 2 challenges, both techniques, and I considered combining, but when I finished the technique part I came up with a different idea/direction for each project. So just went with what I thought would work best at the time.

I think sometimes I feel like trying to combine is itself a challenge, so depends if that's the kind of challenge I want to take on, rather than a technique, for example.



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Posted: 6/25/2013 7:43:26 AM
Thanks for the comments, all are good and sharing opinions is helpful to others.

I don't combine much, because I want to give each challenge its own individuality and I like to give credit to each Pea who is offering the challenge.

I can definitely see combining a backgroud challenge with a image challenge - those seem to go hand in hand.

Again thanks for the comments.

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Posted: 6/25/2013 7:43:58 AM
I actually love to combine challenges! Once I learn of a number of challenges at once, even if I try hard NOT to combine them, I usually end up combining them anyway. Once the inspiration is in my head, it is hard to get it out!

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Posted: 6/25/2013 10:46:35 AM
Fun 'Q', Lickey! Perfect topic for an after-the-party discussion.

Great comments so far!

I agree with every comment & have BTDT with combinations over the course of our parties.

Currently I'm in the place where I'm less likely to combine for the sake of combining.

Since making 'cards' are not a biggie for me, doing CAS (clean & simple)is not a style I usually pursue.

Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 6/27/2013 8:37:45 AM
Daniel-what is BTDT?


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Posted: 6/27/2013 9:40:12 AM
BTDT= been there; done that.

Speaking of combining... I do enjoy seeing some where the maker has lots of different challenges. What can be really funny is hearing about how some parts of the combo'd projects fit for a particular challenge. Sometimes it's a bit of a stretch & the artist admits it in a humorous way.

Daniel R. Boone


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Posted: 6/27/2013 10:36:28 AM
Let me just say it depends on which side you are coming from...I love it from a designers side, the challenge of seeing how many different challenges you can incorporate and make one card for.

However as a person who is on a DT and views cards of people participating in a specific challenge...if you are competing in the challenge and want to win that challenge, the more challenges that you are incorporating on your card, it's less likely for many cases that you would win because you are not focused specifically on any one challenge. But, that may not be your purpose. So, it just depends on what it is you want.

Both ways can be fun.

Cheers, Holley

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Posted: 6/29/2013 6:28:48 PM
I mostly agree with you lickeyan.

I think of it this way:

1) Some people can really pull it off and make it look good.
2) Some projects look the the person tried too hard.
3) Some projects are just a happy coincidence that they meet several challenge requirements.

Over several 2peas stamping parties I have found that I work best when doing 1-2 combo. I can focus better and be happier with my finished product.

Also, if I a going to accept a challenge, I find it more respectful (polite?) to focus on the challenge put out by the host. Maybe I am wound too tight, lol. But that is what I think *for me*.

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