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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Classic Children's Book:The Cat in the Hat

Happy Wednesday!  Are you ready for another fun challenge?  Today we have a classic book by none other than the fanous Dr Seuss---The Cat in the Hat!

 Don't you just love all the rhyming and craziness of his books?  I don't know how many this talented author penned in his lifetime but this is certainly one of the most well known. What does it make you think of?  Better yet, what does it inspire you to CREATE???

Here is what our game players have to share with you today:

 In this photo we are celebrating our cat Jerry's 17th birthday in September 2011 and my son had put a birthday hat on him, lol.

I couldn't resist playing around with the title a little :)

I also did a play on words and called my layout "The Cat In My Lap" since the pictures on it are of my daughter's cat cuddling w/ me.

Not a cat in a hat but a kitty in a box instead.  Works for me!
(Sketch by Rochelle Spears at Scrap Our Stash)

I was inspired by the colours of the Cat - black, white and red. 
(sketch by Jenny Evans at Creative Scrappers)

I was inspired by the red, white & blue on the front cover of the book. I also thought my son looked like a cool cat with his hat on.

I was inspired to scrap these 2010 Halloween photos that I had forgotten about.

I was inspired by The Cat in the Hat's story plot.  My daughter was quite the mess maker when she was a little one; much like The Cat in the Hat!

 I took a color cue from Dr. Seuss and used only blue, red, black, and white for my page.  I also tried to capture the zany feel of The Cat in the Hat by using bold patterns and carefree splashes of paint.

My nephew's favorite movie is The Lorax by Dr. Suess.

I chose to use a photobooth picture of me from 1978 when I was four and called my LO "Me in the Hat".

I was inspired with the cat. I originally, was going to scrap a photo of a cat I use to pet sit but it magically disappeared. Instead, I scrapped a pic of a simple cat costume that was used for three halloweens.

Now it's your turn!  As you can see, there are a variety of ways to be inspired by this childhood classic.  Just be sure to point it out in your blog post.  And don't forget to upload your link using the tool at the top of the right sidebar for your chance to win!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Classic Craft Callenge: Sequins

Welcome to September at Child's Play Challenges and our first challenge of the month. We are going to get a little crafty this time around so get out your glue (or glue dots) because you might need them for 

They aren't just for kids anymore but they sure do bring our the kid in us.  It's interesting how items come and go. Right now, sequins are all the rage in crafting as well as decor and fashion.  Whether they are sprinkled on in little bits or used to create and image, they are versatile and fun to use! Let's see how our team  was inspired by sequins.

 I scattered some sequins in areas I wanted to highlight.


I used a sprinkling of sequins to add some interest and sparkle to the kraft background of my page.

I've also used a scattering of sequins over my page to add some interest and help my page pop.

 This was my thought process: sequins make me think of dressing up in a fancy dress and going out. My husband and I don't go out on many "fancy" dates, but we do "go out" a lot so I decided to scrap one of our latest outings. Also to help tie in the sequins just a little bit I scattered paper circles and self-adhesive gem stones across my page to mimic the look of sequins.

This was so hard for me. I searched through all my draws and all i could come up with was three sequins and a few gems. so all of them are on this page

When I saw the inspiration photo, the blue really popped out at me so I decided to scrapbook this photo I had a taken about a month ago of a new nail polish colour I had bought.  Also, not owning a sequin to save my life, I improvised and used some blue gem stones that look similar to sequins.

This one was so easy for me because I love sequins, and have many different varieties.  I used all Doodlebug paper and sequins to highlight the only picture I have of M's first Halloween since we don't really celebrate that holiday.

This is a picture of my daughter posing in her tap dance costume where she was a sparkly green "cuddle bug."  Her little jacket was made of green sequins which is what inspired this layout.  On the white dots of the background paper, I also added random green sequins to play up her jacket.

Although I Love bling, I do not own any sequins. I was able to get to Hobby Lobby to buy some though. It took me awhile to choose since there are so many colors & different shapes. I remembered I did not have many leaves for all my  flowers so I picked out the green leaves sequins.

I used sequins to give the illusion of water trickling down like it is on my son in the lower left photo.

I used sequins to fill the negative space in the wood veneer circles.

We are excited to see how you are inspired by sequins. Will you use them in a trendy way or in an unexpected way? Use the link at the top of the page to add your LO using sequins as your inspiration.

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!!