Saturday, November 15, 2014

Classic Toy Challenge: Hot Wheels

It's time for our mid-month challenge!  Today we bring you the ever popular Hot Wheels.  If you have brothers or are the mother of boys, you are undoubtedly very familiar with these miniature die-cast cars.  Heck, many of us probably got down on the floor and zoomed these little wheeled wonders around ourselves.

Here are some fun facts about Hot Wheels:
*There were 16 cars released in the 1968 (the first year of production)---these are often referred to as the "sweet 16" by collector's
 *Many automobile manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of their cars, allowing the use of original design blueprints and detailing
*They were conceived to be more like "tricked out" cars as compared to Matchbox cars which were more city or "real life" cars

Now it's time to get creative. Here are some examples created by our design team to get you started!

What is a boy without a car ? For this challenge I choose to work with this photo from a few years ago in a toy museum in France. The stamp under the photo was made with a lego wheel :-)

The flames in the Hot Wheels logo inspired me to make this page.

When I think of "hot wheels" I remember my son zooming around the kart track when we were on vacation a few years ago.  He loved it.

I was instantly inspired to create a layout about the High School Graduation present
we gave our son: a car...his "First Car".

 I was inspired by the "wheels" part of the "Hot Wheels" inspiration (my son on his bike) and also Hot Wheels made me think of going fast. So, I created this layout using a patterned paper that suggests a lot of movement.
(created using a sketch from Creative Scrappers)

For this page I was inspired to scrap about pinewood derby cars. Those were the only type of car my brother was interested in.

Hot Wheels made me think of when my son used to go kart race. Just like the picture of the Hot Wheels, my son would sometimes get his wheels in the air. This layout was of the night he won his first race.

My boys love their Hot Wheels and have quite a collection.  Sadly, when I went to find photos of them playing with these beloved cars, this was all I came across....and you can barely even see the car!  Oh well.  It's about the story, right?

I was inspired by the racing stripes on the package. I recreated that with strips of paper across the pages.

I was inspired by this picture of my daughter cruising around the neighborhood with her
dog on her big wheel.

I was inspired by the wheels concept and photos of our son getting his first two wheeled bike.
(sketch by Let's Get Sketchy)

Now it's your turn!  Create a Hot Wheels inspired layout and link up here for your chance to win our monthly prize.  Hope to see yours in our side bar!! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Crossover Challenge

Welcome to our first challenge of November.   Before we get to our challenge, we need to announce our October Winner:
Congratualtions #7 Giorgia
Please contact us at idesignscrapbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com for further information on winning.We thank you for entering and hope to see you playing along with us again. 

We are starting the month out with a crossover challenge with Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog. They, like us use a photo to inspire your layout.  If you are not familiar with them, this is the perfect opportunity to try them out
This week's photo comes to us courtesy of Pixels an Paper. Seeing that this is a special event, we here at Child's Play decided to add a recipe challenge to the mix. We would like you to use this photo, AND incorporate the following items onto your layouts.

something older than 1 year
3 patterned papers
Our team took on the challenge with great enthusiasm. Let's see what they created:

Gold washi and stars on the trees.  Animal - hubby (lol).
Tree border is probably five years old.
Bling - red dots on the top of two trees.  The photo inspired by color choice.

 Gold--ribbons.  Animal--lions.  Something older than one year--lion sticker is about ten years old.  3 patterned papers--medallion print (photo mat), swirls (title tag), polka dots (die cut pieces).  Bling--crystal cabochon to the right of the tag.

Gold = Brads and in the patterned paper
Animal = Ladybirds
Bling = Black rhinestones
3 x patterned papers and
everything is over one year old 


Gold; the stars
Animal; on the photo
Something older than a year; the reindeer
Bling; the heart of the metal piece
Three patterned pp's from Bo Bunny
From the inspiration photo; using the colors red and green

Gold:  The rick rack ribbon framing the pictures
Animal:  My husband posing in the pink rabbit costume from the A Christmas Story movie
Something older than a year:  Pictures were taken in 2010 at the Christmas Story House Museum in Cleveland, OH
Bling:  The holly embellishments are red rhinestones
Three patterned papers from October Afternoon

Gold: misted background
Animal: reindeer rub-on (& my cat!)
Something older than 1 year: green glitter alpha
3 patterned papers: I used six, all from Echo Park
Bling: sequins
From the photo, I took inspiration from the colors---red, green, gold and cream---and also the Christmas theme.

 I used 5 patterned papers from Gossamer Blue, a cute bear sticker (inspired by the photo), a picture that is nearing 40 years old!! and gold enamel dots that are also glittery!! (the gold & bling). 

Gold: Washi tape, gold heart brad, large bling swirl 
Animal: Photo of our cat
Something older than 1 yr: the 2 Christmas Colored PPs (10 years old) and the black and
tan square behind the title tag (3 years old)
3 patterned papers: 3 Used
Bling: Heart brad and large gold swirl
Photo Inspiration: the Christmas themed Jack-in-the-Box

Gold:brads and mist
Animal:the book my son is reading
Something 1 year or older:brads and sew easy for stitching
3 patterned papers
bling: green squares
I loved the green and the idea of toys in the photo

Gold: gelatos & stickles
Animal: Dog in the photo
Older than 1 yr: title
3+ patterned papers
Bling is the stickles on the paw prints, bones & ornaments
The photo inspiration was to do a Christmas layout. 

Gold: doily
Animal: Dog in the photo
Older than 1 yr: Chipboard frame
3 patterned papers
Bling: the big brad
The photo inspired me to go with antique looking photos. 

We are excited for this challenge and hope you as too. Be sure to link your entries both he AND at  Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog to double your chances of being selected the November winner.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Classic Story: Alice in Wonderland

Good morning and welcome to Child's Play!

Our challenge today is brought to you by Alice in Wonderland.  If you're not familiar with this story, it's about a girl named Alice who falls down into a rabbit hole and enters a fantasy world full of peculiar creatures. Talk about a plethora of inspiration, right?!?

Still stumped?  Here are some examples from our talented game players...

Totally inspired by the Alice in Wonderland theme, I found the rabbit in a park last year :-)

Okay - here's my convoluted thinking.  Alice = Tea Party.  Tea Party = Cake.  Cake = Celebration.  Celebration = Wedding.  

What is Alice in Wonderland without a Mad Hatter's tea party?

I was inspired by these crazy hats my daughters decided to model last Halloween.  When I think crazy hats, I instantly think of the Mad Hatter!

I think it's pretty obvious the direction I went w/ this one, LOL!  
But what you don't know is that the "Alice In Wonderland" BG paper I used is paper I bought when I first started scrapping...15 years ago!!

I used lots of imagery from the movie, including a playing card, a butterfly, a clock, a rose painted red, keys, and hearts.

I was inspired by the story of Alice In Wonderland.  Or more specifically, where it starts...with Alice falling down the rabbit hole.  These photos are "holes" left behind by trees burned away by surrounding lava.
(sketch from Scrap Our Stash by Brenda Ragsdale)

I took inspiration from the picture of Alice in Wonderland and found these photos of everyone sitting around a table. They may not be drinking tea but I think it is similar to the picture.

I decided to scrapbook the pictures of my husband's birthday celebration because the inspiration photo is of a party and there's a cake on the table!
(sketch 279 by Creative Scrappers)

When I think of Alice I think of the colors of her. I chose to use yellow, blue, white and black for the color of this page. 

Now it's your turn!  Get inspired by Alice in Wonderland and create a layout.  We love to hear how you got from our inspiration to your finished page so be sure to mention that in your post.  Link up in our sidebar so we can check it out and leave you some love.  You will also be entered to win our monthly prize!  Have fun!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Jack in the Box

Welcome to October at Child's Play Challenges. We have great challenges in store for you this month including a change. 
Beginning today, Child's Play will post challenges on the 1st and 15th of the month. 
You will have the whole month to enter the challenges. 

Before we get to the first challenge, we need to announce a September winner. 

Kathy M
Please contact us at to clam your prize. Prizes will be shipped to US/Canada only
We want to thank every single entrant for participating. We value you and appreciate your support. We hope to see all of you playing along with us again.

It's time for a classic toy challenge.  Do you remember this song?

All around the mulberry bush, 
the monkey chased the weasel
the monkey thought
it was all in good fun
Pop! Goes the weasel

Or do you just remember 
Jack in the Box?

 Do you have a memory about this toy? Did you know the words to the song? Does it remind you of something in your stash? We would like you to create a LO inspired by Jack in the Box. 
Here is how our team was inspired. For more information about their layouts, click on their name for a link to their blog.

I was inspired by the colors and the fun theme, so I thought that this photo would be perfect for it.

  My title comes from the last line of the lyrics for the tune that usually accompanies a Jack in the Box---POP! Goes the Weasel!

I used a paper collection that includes an image of a Jack in the Box monkey.


This little guy reminded me very much of a clown toy my daughter had as a little person.  Her clown had lots of dressing skills attached to him/her to help her learn new and exciting skills.

The clown in the jack-in-the-box was the perfect inspiration for me to scrap these pictures of
my husband and I getting ready to go to a Halloween party!

I took my cue from the name of the toy "Jack in the Box" and titled my layout "M in the Hood".  Also in this series of photos, my son had his hood up on his jacket and then "popped" out of it!

Jack in the box pops out and makes you smile.  This make me think of all the smiling family photos we got on vacation!

I was inspired by the word "Jack" in "Jack in the Box."  My daughter had a thing for anything Jack Skellington from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

I was inspired by the colors of the Jack in the Box & used them on the mat for the photos. I also was inspired to use these photos since it had a clown on them.

I went for the bright colours and made a large chevron pattern to echo the box shape

The inspiration photo made me think of Bozo the Clown. My brother and I watched it every week before church so I wanted to document that.

I went after the clown aspect of the photo and was inspired to use these Circus themed papers.

We hope to see you adding your layouts using the link at the top of the page. You have until 10/30 to enter the challenge.