Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Classic TV Show: The Flintstones

Good morning and welcome to Child's Play Challenges!
It's the second Wednesday of the month which means we have a new childhood classic ready to inspire you.  Remember these guys?
I don't know about you, but I grew up watching this family!

Remember the opening song?

Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones. 
They're the modern stone age family. 
From the town of Bedrock, 
They're a page right out of history. 

Let's ride with the family down the street. 
Through the courtesy of Fred's two feet. 

When you're with the Flintstones 
Have a yabba dabba doo time. 
A dabba doo time. 
We'll have a gay old time. 

Sorry if I have planted this song in your head for the rest of the day...but at least it's a happy one! 
Our Game Players got busy with this one and here is what they created to share with you:

Well I didn't had to think a long time what I could do with the Flintstones :-) , I had this photo of my son at our local themepark from a few years ago and guess what; the Flintstones were on his car !

I was inspired by Fred driving the car in the opening scene of the show. I used photos of my family in the Autopia Cars at Disneyland.

When I think of The Flintstones I think of prehistoric and there is nothing more prehistoric then watching a bunch of school kids digging feverishly in the dirt looking for fossils.

Like Jane, I also thought of dinosaurs.  In the world of the Flintstones, people and dinosaurs live side by side, so I scrapped some photos of my family side by side with (animatronic) dinos.

The only photo I could find to use for this Flintstones challenge was one I had taken recently of my son playing Minecraft on his computer.  The Flintstones just happen to be on TV when I snapped the photo!!  
(Sketch #275 from Creative Scrappers)

When I think of the Flinestones I really think the whole show is about Fred (the father) so I made a layout for pictures of my man. Unfortunately, I thought this challenge was due a week later so my photos weren't ready at the printers in time.  The tool space is large enough to hold three 3.5 x 5 inches photos.  
(Sketch by Paper Secrets)

The Flintstones lived in the stone age complete with dinosaurs, right?  Well, what better photos could I be inspired to scrap than these ones taken at the dinosaur exhibit at our local zoo?  
(sketch by Brenda Ragsdale at Scrap Our Stash)

When I think of the Flintstones, I always think of how they have to use their feet when driving their cars. This photo of my son in his push car was great for this challenge.

I took this picture of my husband at Gettysburg National Park in the area of the battlefield known as the "Devil's Den."  Huge prehistoric rocks are found throughout this part of the park, and it reminded me of something from the Flintstones.

My inspiration is an odd one for this challenge. Ever since I was little my mom called my feet Fred Flintstone. The reason is because they were wide looking when I was little. 

Now it's your turn!  Channel your inner stone age and see what you come up with.  Be sure to share your layout with us by using the link in the upper right side bar and be entered to win the monthly prize.  
Yabba - Dabba - Do!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Classic Toy Challenge-Weebles

Good morning and welcome to our first challenge for August. Wow, where has the summer gone? Any way, before we get to our challenge, we have some business to take care of.

First, our winner for July 
Although we didn't post a photo this month (oops) we have a prize to send you.  Please email us at idesignscrapbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com with your address by Wed Aug 12.

We do have a prize up for grabs this month as well. 

Now on to our first challenge. Oh this was one we laughed and laughed at as kids. I think we remember the song, more than we remember the toy itself.  They are round, happy and wobbly...
Weebles!  Remember the song? "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.." 

I must be toy deprived because I had to Google about these little guys as I had never heard of them. Apparently they were huge in the 1970s and then had a resurgence in the 2000's.  They are cute but certainly weren't something my kids played with.  I did learn however that "Weebles Wobble but they don't fall down", which got me to thinking about all those other things that do wobble ... and a layout was born!

I had a hard time thinking about how to use these "weeble" images. I had never heard of them, finally I decided to go with the colors and here it is.

Weebles wooble, and in my case they do fall down.  We had a hurricane here back in 2012 and everything was down.  Daycare had no power so my then 2 year old came to work with me.

The Weebles' painted-on, perpetual smiles inspired me to use a smiley face stamp on my layout.

Weebles were in our house when I was little but sad to say I don't have any photos of them. Luckily, a friend looked online for the definition of a Weeble. The word roly-poly was in it and it made me think of my dog, he webbles and wobbles but don't fall down. 

Weebles - they are egg shaped and painted with really bright colours, so I chose to create a layout using a picture I had taken of my son's Easter goodies because there were some chocolate eggs in the photo and then took the colour cues from the inspiration photo.

The motion of the Weebles reminded me of my son's bouncy chair. We would push back on his chair & he would bounce back & forth.

I was inspired by my daughter trying to pick up the watermelon from her garden.  She was wobbling around trying to carry that heavy watermelon from our garden to the inside of the house.  She looked like a weeble trying to lift that heavy load!

I was definitley inspired by the toy itself and its ability to stay upright no matter how you tried to knock it down.  Our puppy got this treat dispensing toy that has a weighted bottom making it much 
like a always pops back upright!

These are cousins sharing the pieces of the Bat Cave and playing together. It reminded me of the houses and other themes that were available for Weebles.

I haven't got a picture of the weebles I had for my 5th birthday- a very vivid memory. so instead I used the idea of "don't fall" and used some pictures of my son sliding down the steep hills at Kenilworth Castle

Our team created some fantastic LO's. What kind of memories do you have with Weebles? We hope you are ready to try your hand with this challenge. Please use the link at the top of the page to add your LO's.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Classic toy-Cooties

Hey there everyone. It's time for our second challenge this month. It is classic game week. Who remembers COOTIES!
Would you believe this game has been around since 1949? It has sold millions of games and has been updated several times through the years. Cooties remains a favorite of many today.

Let's see how our team used Cooties on their LO's.

The green-faced "cootie" reminded me of the green face of the witch in these
pictures of my son and daughter posing w/ a Halloween prop.

I had never heard of this game but after doing some research I began wondering if this might be a modern American version of a game I played as a child myself called Creepy Critters.  I loved playing this - it was quick and easy and something my mother was happy to play with me.  It was certainly a family favourite for many years.
Inspired by the critters ! When my boy was little he loves to search for any kind of critter, on the photo he got a snail in his hand. Snails were his favorite kind of critters, when he was about two years old, he even took a snail out of his "house" , eeeeekkkk. These days he luckily don't like them anymore and even run away if he sees any, lol. 

(**Sketch from Scrap Our Stash**)
I was inspired by the critter bug that the game is about.  I had these photos of my son holding a praying mantis from a few years ago and decided this was the perfect opportunity to get them scrapped.  As I look at the inspiration photo again along with my layout, the colors kind of tie in well too!

(sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap)
Even though the pictures aren't the greatest since they were snapped on my phone I knew I wanted to scrap these pictures from our sons first time playing the game.  I went with an outer space feel to the layout since Cooties can't be from earth right?

This challenge stumped me until I thought of cooties as the term in Love. I created a layout of the Valentine cards I made for my family this year. 

For this challenge, I kept thinking about bugs.  (Since the cootie game had big bugs as the game piece).  And I instantly thought of my daughter who we've always called "Caity Bug" dressed up as a lady bug for her second Halloween.

Running with the idea of bugs/insects, I made a page about a visit to a local butterfly garden.  Butterflies are some of my favorite bugs.  :)

Going with the Cootie bug, these photos reminded me how little brother used to "bug" his big sister. I also thought the blinged out bug was perfect for this layout.

 I was inspired by the fact that the "Cooties" look like caterpillars and created this tone on tone layout of my son playing with a caterpillar he found on our front stoop.

 I found these close upshots of my boys, reminding me that my son used to carry around the head of the Cootie. He liked it more than he liked playing the game.

There is a great variety of inspiration here. Color, bugs. Love...What will you do with Cooties? We want to see your layouts! Please use the link at the top of the page to add your projects by 7/31.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Classic Craft: Colorforms

Good morning and happy Wednesday!  First off, we need to announce the winner from our June challenges---

 Congratulations to
What a cute Tinkerbell layout!  In case you missed it, you can check it out here.
Janessa, please email us at idesignscrapbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com with your contact info so we can get your prize out to you.

Thanks so much to everyone who played along last month with Child's Play and Scrap Our Stash!

Now...let's get on with our first July challenge!

Do you remember Colorforms?  Perhaps you remember the slogan---
"It's more fun to play the Colorforms way!"
Founded in 1951, Colorforms are thin, die-cut vinyl shapes and images that can be placed and repositioned on top of a shiny laminated board that usually contains some type of neutral backgound.  With these playsets, children are able to create endless scenes to the delight of their imagination.

What you see above is likely the original set, containing simple geometric shapes.  As the toy evolved, many licensed character playsets were created, the first of which was Popeye in 1957.  In addition to scenery sets, games, puzzles and interactive books were also developed.

Now that you know a little more about Colorforms, let's see how our Game Players were inspired.

I honestly don't remember ever having Colorforms as a child or buying them for my own kids so I struggled to find inspiration for this challenge until I realised that the version of Colorforms shown is all about shapes so this is what I have done.  I've used  squares, rectangles, circles and triangles both as shapes and in patterned paper design.

Hi, I'm so glad to join the DT here at Child's Play Challenges ! I hope I can inspire you with my first project here . For my page I was inspired by the circles and triangles. The blue triangles I cut out of paper, the white ones I created with a self made stencil and selfmade modeling paste, the circles can be found in the spinners and gears.

I too was inspired by the primary colors and shapes of the Colorforms.

So happy to be joining the team here at CPC!  For my first layout I was inspired by the squares and the colors of the Colorforms.  My dad's birthday is July fourth, and now I'm all ready for a picture of him and our son.

I took a break from scrapbooking and since that time, 4 months ago, I have only created 4 layouts.
I've noticed that my layouts so far have a minimalist feel to them. Because of that you may not see how I incorporated the inspiration piece into my layout...
Colorforms are like reusable stickers so I was inspired to use stickers on my layout: I used 5.
Also, the Colorforms in the picture example are shapes which inspired me to include arrow and triangle shaped stickers.

I have a LO for the Colorforms challenge but I just can't seem to get Blogger to upload at the moment. I've posted my LO here in the hope someone can help

i have put an explanation on the post
I had no idea what colorforms were! I decided to go with the idea of one ( or two) shapes in the same colour. this is what I came up with.

I took the challenge literally creating my tree out of circles, squares and rectangles like you would have if you had to use the Colorforms.  Then I used some triangles as my photo corners.

 I used the black background and the bright, colorful shapes from the Colorforms inspiration image.  This page is about my son demonstrating self-defense moves in order to earn a new belt in kung fu class.

Oddly, I was inspired by the smell of colorforms.  I loved opening up a new package  of colorforms and smelling that unique plastic smell; very similar to the smell of a newly unwrapped plastic slip in slide.  In addition, the colors and shapes of the paper reminded me of the colorforms I used to play with.

I never heard of this craft toy before so I didn't really know what to create for this challenge. After, staring at the challenge image for a while I realized this had to do with basic shapes so I ended up using that for my page.


I was inspired by the geometric shapes.  I used triangles and a few circle elements.  I also was inspired to use primary colors.

Now it's your turn---show us how you're inspired by Colorforms!
Be sure to link up your layout in the right sidebar for your chance to win our monthly prize.
Have fun creating!