Theme & Sketch Challenge | Mixed Media Challenge | CUTplorations Challenge | CAS Card Challenge
The Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge | Spotlight Project Showcase | Challenge Rules


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Challenge Rules and Guidelines

We run a number of challenges here on the blog and each challenge has its set of guidelines. Our challenges are:
  • Monthly Theme & Sketch Challenge
  • Mixed Media Challenge
  • CUTplorations
  • CAS Card Challenge
  • Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge
  • Spotlight Project Showcase

Beginning with the winners and top picks of all January 2017 challenges, here are our updated challenge guidelines and prizes:

Every month, 1 winner will be randomly drawn from all entries linked up in the Theme & Sketch, CAS, Mixed Media, and CUTplorations challenges to receive a $25 gift certificate to the store.

A note about gift certificates: Gift certificate prizes for our challenges will expire 1 year from the date they are issued to the winners and top picks. They can be combined and used in one order. For example, a challenge participant can win multiple times in our challenges over the course of several months and use all the gift certificates she won and apply them in one order before her first gift certificate expires.

THEME & SKETCH CHALLENGE GUIDELINES
This challenge starts on the first Friday of the month and ends on the last day of the month.
  • Link up any type of project(s) based on the theme, the sketch, or both.
  • You must use stamps in your project(s) -- rubber, clear, or digi from any company. Non-STAMPlorations stamps are OK (although please don't link up a project you've created for the sole purpose of promoting another company; those projects will be deleted or will not be considered in the running for winner or top pick.)
  • Link up to 6 entries and link up to as many other challenges as you want.
  • Link directly to your blog post, not to your main blog. (This makes it easy for us to find and comment on your entry.)
  • If you have word verification turned on, our design team may not be able to leave a comment, so please consider turning it off.
  • Link back to the challenge post (not just our main blog) to encourage others to play too. Please also display the challenge graphic (for the theme or the sketch or both) if possible. Blog entries not linking back to our challenge will not be eligible to win and receive the corresponding prize.
  • Link up by the last day of the month, 11:55 p.m. Pacific.

Prizes
- $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the T&S challenge team
- $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
- If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of product of choice (3x5 stamp set OR 2 standard size stencils OR 1 CUTplorations word/phrase die)


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MIXED MEDIA CHALLENGE GUIDELINES
This challenge starts on the first Sunday of the month and ends on the last day of the month.
  • Your project(s) can be anything mixed media except a card (so no cards, please!).
  • You must use a stencil or stencils (any brand) in your project(s).
  • You can enter as many projects as you wish as long as they are in separate blog posts and that they are new and not created prior to the start of the current month's challenge.
  • Your project photo must be posted in full in your blog post to be eligible to win and receive the corresponding prize. Please don't link up to our challenge if you're only showing a sneak peek of it (as is the case if you made it as a design team project for another company). In the same vein, please do not link up your project if it's solely to promote another company.
  • You must display the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge post (not just the main blog) in order to be eligible to win (and receive the corresponding prize).
  • Link up by the last day of the month, 11:55 p.m. Pacific.

Prizes
- $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the Mixed Media team
- $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
- If there are 25 or more entries: 1 random winner of any 2 standard size stencils
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CUTplorations CHALLENGE GUIDELINES
This challenge starts on the fifth of the month and ends on the last day of the month.
  • Create a project inspired by the inspiration photo for the current month. You can create any type of project -- card, ATC, altered project, mixed media, art journal page, scrapbook page, etc. -- but make sure you use die cuts and at least one STAMPlorations product. (A STAMPlorations product can be a stamp, stencil, thin metal die, or even a page from our coloring book. If you don't own a STAMPlorations product, you can still join by using the free digital stamp we are offering here.)
  • Please don't link up projects that you create solely to promote another stamp company.
  • Include the challenge graphic and link back to the CUTplorations post in your blog post to be eligible to win and receive the corresponding prize.
  • Don't forget to link up your project(s) to the CUTplorations gallery!

Prize
- $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the Inspiration team
- $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
- If there are 30 or more entries: 1 random winner of any 2 CUTplorations word/phrase dies used by the design team
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CAS CARD CHALLENGE GUIDELINES
This challenge starts on the first Thursday of the month and ends on the last day of the month.
  • Create a CAS card with or without the optional color twist.
  • Non-STAMPlorations products are OK (although please don't link up a project you've created for the sole purpose of promoting another company; those projects will be deleted or will not be considered in the running for winner or top pick.)
  • Link up to 3 entries and link up to as many other challenges as you want.
  • Link directly to your blog post, not to your main blog. (This makes it easy for us to find and comment on your entry.)
  • You must display the challenge graphic in your blog post. (This is not required if you're linking from online galleries like Splitcoast, Flickr, or Pinterest.)
  • If you have word verification turned on, our design team may not be able to leave a comment, so please consider turning it off.
  • Link back to the challenge post (not just our main blog) to encourage others to play too. You must also display the challenge graphic. Blog entries not linking back to our challenge and not displaying the challenge graphic will not be eligible to win and receive the corresponding prize.
  • Link up by the last day of the month, 11:55 p.m. Pacific.

Prize
- $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the CAS team 
- $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks 
- If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of product of choice (3x5 stamp set OR 2 standard size stencils OR 1 CUTplorations word/phrase die)

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ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE GUIDELINES
This challenge is a never-ending challenge.
  • You must use STAMPlorations products (clear stamps, digi stamps, ARTplorations stencils, and/or CUTplorations dies) in order to link up to this challenge. You may use stamps/stencils/dies by other companies but STAMPlorations products must be the "star" of your projects. (Using a small sentiment from any of our sets and then images from other stamp companies doesn't qualify - you can enter those to our other challenges, but not to this one. STAMPlorations stamps must be obvious and front-and-center in your creations.)
  • NEW creations only please.
  • Submit as often as you want and combine with as many challenges as you want, so long as each project you submit is different.
  • Any and all types of projects are welcome.
  • Link directly to your blog post.
  • To be eligible for the prizes, display our special challenge badge on your blog post and link to this page and encourage others who have STAMPlorations stamps to play.

Prize
- $10 gift certificate each to 2 winners every month


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SPOTLIGHT PROJECT SHOWCASE GUIDELINES
This challenge is a neverending challenge.
  • Pick a Spotlight Project post (you have lots to choose from!) and create a new project inspired by that post. You can use whatever supplies you have on hand -- STAMPlorations products are not required -- we'd love to see them in action, though, if you do have them!
  • Blog about your project. Include the challenge graphic and link back to the Spotlight Project you picked (so others will know how exactly you were inspired to create your project), as well as link back to the Spotlight Project Showcase page in your post.
  • Add your project to the linky found on Spotlight Project Showcase page.
  • You can link up as many projects as you want -- just make sure they're in separate blog posts.

Prizes

For every 25 entries in the linky, a winner will be randomly drawn to receive a $15 gift certificate to the shop. We'll also pick 3 entries that wow us and one of them will win her choice of 5x7 stamp set + a Spotlight Project guest designer spot.

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