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Take the Challenge with Mou, April 2016 Edition


Hi there! Welcome to the fourth Take the Challenge of 2016 with Mou!

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick ONE winner from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®. 

We are already into April! Spring has sprung. Nature is renewed and young again. So, how about creating something that relates to the new and young for your challenge?
I decorated the above paper mache chick as my take for this challenge. We have lots of farms around here and the new hatchlings are just ADORABLE! Follow along as I walk you through the steps.
I found her in Wal Mart. You can find such pieces in other places as well, especially around Easter.
Start with a coat of gesso.
The feet were lightly glued on and easily removable. Remove them or color around the base with Gelatos® color Iced Coffee. Blend with wet brush.
Color the body with Gelatos® colors: Buttercream, Banana, and a touch of Orange Soda.
Blend the colors with gesso. Color the beaks and feet with Gelatos® colors Orange Soda and Tangerine.
Color the eye with Gelatos® color Chocolate and Textural accent Chalk Board Paint.
Add finishing touches to the chick with gesso.
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Banana, Buttercream, Chocolate, Iced Coffee, Orange Soda, Tangerine
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Gesso, Chalk Board Paint
Other: Paper Mache Chick
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to this challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Sunday, 4/24. Since, many of you will be on Spring Break, I wanted to give you an extra week this time.
We will pick TWO winners randomly to win any FOUR OPEN STOCK GELATOS® COLORS OF YOUR CHOICE.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 4/25 to see if YOU won! Good luck to all!


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Beverly Jordan

I loved you little chickie!!! Great idea!!
Here's my post:

Mou Saha

Thanks Beverly! I have and love that stamp :)

Super Stick Chick

I had so much fun using the Glass Bead Glitter Gel, as well as my Gelatos, on this card! Thanks for the inspiration! Here's mine:


That little chick is so sweet...and a perfect icon of springtime! Here is my young and new project, signifying spring when all the plants are growing and in bloom!


Here is another project with a springtime theme. I pulled out more vellum, and used gold staples. My vellum and staples are so old that I almost forgot I had them! Loving direct-to-paper for coloring my plain vellum .

Mou Saha

Pretty cards Ladies!!!
Karen, I hear you about the old forgotten stash... I have them too. So glad you are digging into them and giving them new life.


I am feeling very inspired this weekend and having a ball pulling out craft supplies that I haven't used in ages, or even at all. I used a brand new set of Brusho crystals that have been languishing in my stash for months! My card shows the dawning of a new day, when the sky is just barely lit and everything is ahead of us


I'm not sure if there is a limit to the number of projects I can enter, but if not, here is another card. I used spring colors, and made a little springtime scene. I found some bright green fun foam that I cut with old deco scissors to make grass.

Teresa Godines #6857

For my project I was thinking about how a sunrise brings on a New Day.

Janis in ID

Adorable little chickie, Mou! So sweet.
Here's my entry for this time around:
I went with a different kind of new....although it is a spring card, too.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Mou Saha

Ladies, I'm ABSOLUTELY loving your interpretations of new and fresh!
Karen, and anyone else who might be wondering, there is no limit to your number of entries. Take the Challenge is really an exercise in exploring your creativity and of course, we would not want to limit that :) Enter however many projects you wish. Try to stay focused on the topic and go for it!

Janis in ID

Thank you for clarifying for us about the number of entries! I have another project that was a little bit scary because I haven't made a collage style card like this with bits and pieces of ephemera here and there. It's a new technique for me and waaaaaaay out of my "try-to-get-everything-precisely-lined-up" comfort zone!!! lol... It felt like I just tossed it all up in the air like confetti and glued it where it landed. Ha. I hope it doesn't look quite that bad. Anyway, it was really fun trying something new. Thank you for this challenge!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Janis in ID

One more project!
This one reminds me of new life....the newly-emerged butterfly in spring and the new life we have in Christ Jesus.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com


This was fun!


Lovely challenge! Here's my take on it...

Super Stick Chick

I was super-inspired this month! Here's another project using my Gelatos:

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