Monday, November 18, 2019

Thank You For Your Kindness -- for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's Monday, and it's time for some mid-challenge inspiration on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  Our theme this month is Thankfulness.  Our sponsor is A Day For Daisies.

I thought these Sunflowers is a Mason Jar would make a lovely Thank You card:

I colored them with Copic Markers, then used some Spellbinders Edger dies to create the card.  The papers on the card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  These are 2 of the Sunflower papers.  The sentiment was hand stamped from my stash.

Join us for our Thankfulness challenge at the Path of Positivity

Happy Holidays -- For Jan's Digi Stamps

Here we go!  Challenge #2 at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges, or, as those of us that have followed her work affectionately refer to it as, JDS Designs Challenge Blog.  The challenges will be on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, so what a great way to start out your week! The will run until noon (Eastern) the Sunday before the new challenge.  You'll find all the rules on a tab at the JDS Designs Challenge Blog.  Her beautiful digis can be found in her shop here.

Starting to feel the need to make Christmas cards? Maybe you need to mass produce a few? Jan's Digi Stamps are perfect for this.  Each set comes with both a black & white version, and a pre-colored version.  Today, I'm showcasing a pre-colored image to show how easily they make up into a card, and how pretty they are!



This card uses 2 different sets from Jan's store:  Tree Scene and Reindeer There are several options of trees in the Tree Scene set, but this is the one I chose to work with that awesome reindeer.  What a rack on that guy!  The sentiment is also from the Tree Scene set.

I used edger dies from Queen & Company to cut out the image and back it.  Papers on this card are from Lemoncraft, out of Poland. The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

You have 2 weeks to join in the Anything Goes Challenge at JDS Challenge blog.  You can truly link up anything -- cards, mini albums, sewing projects, knitting -- Anything Goes!  You have until noon Eastern of the Sunday before the next challenge begins.  You might win a $9 gift certificate to the store!



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thank you, Vets -- for Bugaboo Stamps

It's Wednesday, and this is usually Humor Me Wednesday on the Catch the Bug Blog.  However, since Veteran's Day was just a couple days ago, I'm taking the opportunity to thank a vet with the card, using USA Cupcake:


I colored USA Cupcake with Copic markers.  Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are part of the Nautical Love Collection.

You'll find other great inspiration from the Bugaboo Stamps designers on the Catch the Bug Blog.  Most, I'm guessing, will even be humorous!  Please check it out.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

3 Kings Noel -- for Lavinia World Challenges

It's Thursday, and it's been 2 weeks, so it's time for another challenge at Lavinia World Challenges.  It seems like this all just got started, and here we are at challenge #13 already.  The challenges are always anything goes, as long as you use an acrylic or rubber stamp -- no digital images allowed. Of course, we'd love to see your Lavinia Stamps being used!  One $15 gift certificate will be awarded each challenge.

I'm thinking Christmas cards this time of years I used the beautiful Three Kings stamp to create this: 


I used 2 different shades of VersaFine Clair inks to obtain the color of green that I wanted.  I have this "thing" about green.  There seem to be many shades of it, but rarely is it the shade I want!  So, I first stamped with Green Oasis, then Rain Forest, repeating back and forth until I got the shade I wanted.  You'll find many shades of VersaFine Clair ink in the Lavinia World Store

Designer papers on this card are from the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The dies are all from Queen & Company, except for the sentiment die.  That is from Diamond Press. 

Three Kings-- perfect for Christmas cards!  Come shop the Lavinia World Store, then join us at Lavinia World Challenges.  I'd love to see what you create, and you could be the lucky winner of the $15 gift certificate, or one of the designer choice awards! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
D.L. Art -- November Linky Party
AUD Sentiment -- ATG with a sentiment
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Christmas

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Truck Full of Thanks -- for Scrapy Land Challenges

Today is the first Wednesday of November (how did that happen, anyway?), and that means there is a new challenge starting today at the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog.  Challenges are always Anything Goes, as long as you use a brand of die that is sold in the Scrapy Land Store.  Scrapy Land sells dozens and dozens of brands of dies, so this is very easy to do!  Shop the Scrapy Land Store here, and see for yourself!

Since it is November, and Thanksgiving is celebrated this month here in the USA, I wanted to make a Fall/Thanksgiving card for today's challenge.  Here's my creation:




The truck is a die from Cheapo Dies called Loads of Love.  It is no longer available, but search for 'trucks' in the search engine, and we will find several very cute ones, including this one from Impression Obsession and Bob's Old Truck in 2 sizes from Frantic Stamper. 

I made the truck look a bit "rusty" using some metallic wax from Spectrum Noir.  

That big pumpkin in the back of truck is on its way to a pumpkin weighing contest.  It might just win!!  It is a die from Yvonne Creations.  It is called Fabulous Fall Collection - Autumn Leaves.  Of all the die collections I've purchased from the Scrapy Land Store, this is my go-to set, especially this time of year!  It makes beautiful fall leaves, acorns, toadstools, and yes, pumpkins!

The stitched oval die is from Spellbinders.  Many companies have similar dies, including these from Lawn Fawn, these from Tutti Design, and these from Elizabeth Craft

The paisley print background paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is from the Howdy Autumn Collection. The sentiment, also from the We Are 3 Digital Shop, is one of the Itty Bitty Collection.

The burlap ribbon behind the stitched oval die is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I thought it added just the right amount of texture to a fall card.

I hope you can join us the next 2 weeks at the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog.  One winner gets a $15 gift certificate to the Scrapy Land Store!


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- November Linky Party
Lemon Shortbread Challenge -- ATG
TTCRD -- ATG
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- Autumn Colors

Monday, November 4, 2019

Surprise! for Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

I'm posting today on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  I always enjoy having a chance to play with fun dies!  It's such a treat for me.  There are dozens and dozens of brands of dies for sale in the Dies R Us Store. Today, I'm focusing on dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Can one ever have too many birthday cards?  I volunteer in a nursing home, and bring cards to the residents there when I know it's their birthday, so I always need a stash of cards.  So, when I saw this fun balloon die from Elizabeth Craft Designs in the Dies R Us Store, I knew I had to have it in my collection:


The balloon is called Big Balloon, and it has 2 dies -- the balloon and the string.  The 'surprise' sentiment is also from Elizabeth Craft, and of course fits on the Big Balloon perfectly. 

Here's a photo of the supplies used.  They will be linked at the bottom of this post.

In this next photo, all the pieces have been die cut.  They just need to be assembled.  I used both Stick  It Adhesive Sheets (for the sentiment and the string) and the Best Glue Ever for the rest of the card assembly. 


The card went together so quickly that it was just about as easy to make 2 as it was to make one.  Here's a second one, but a slightly different color scheme:


Dies used on these cards, found in the Dies R Us Store:




The background paper on the first card is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is one of the Celebrate papers.  The designer paper on the second paper is actually a foil paper from a Spellbinders card kit.  The foil doesn't show up in the picture, but is very pretty IRL. 

Check out the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog often for wonderful ways to use incredible dies found in the Dies R Us Store!  You won't be disappointed!  Then, join in on the Dies R Us Challenges, too!




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I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L.Art --November Linky Party 

Many Thanks --for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's the first Monday of the month, and that means a new challenge is starting on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  For the month of November, our optional theme is, Thankfulness.

Our sponsor this month is A Day for Daisies.  My card uses the darling Mouse Daisy image:

I colored Mouse Daisy with Copic Markers.  The background panel is a Spellbinders panel, and I added rhinestones to the flowers.  the Many Thanks, was hand stamped on the card.

The Path of Positivity Challenge runs from today until Dec 2, so I hope you have time to join us with you option Thankful projects (or any positive themed projects).

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- cute
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a Critter
Craft Animals -- ATG
D.L. Art -- November Linky Party

Oh Deer, Christmas is Here! For Jan's Digi Stamps

Here we go!  The first ever challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges, or, as those of us that have followed her work affectionately refer to it as, JDS Designs Challenge Blog.  The challenges will be on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, so what a great way to start out your week! The will run until noon (Eastern) the Sunday before the new challenge.  You'll find all the rules on a tab at the JDS Designs Challenge Blog.  Her beautiful digis can be found in her shop here.

For the first challenge, I wanted to showcase one of Jan's beautiful Christmas images.  I decided on a silhouette so I could play with inks.  This is 722J Reindeer:



Each of Jan's Digi Stamp's sets comes with a black and white version (what I used here), a pre-colored image, and several sentiments.  This set also has each of the deer separated, so you can also use them in whatever configuration you wish.  Lots of flexibility here!

I placed the Reindeer family to my liking on white card stock, then placed the sentiment (included in the Reindeer set) where it appealed to my eye. Then, it was time to ink it up.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks to achieve the look I wanted, and lightly spritzed some water on it to give the look of snow. 

The snowbanks were cut out with dies from Lawn Fawn.  The snowflake background was created using a Gemini Hot Foil Press machine and a foil stamp.   The blue snowflakes are dies from Cheery Lynn.

That's it!  My first card for the first challenge at JDS Designs Challenge Blog.  It's Anything Goes! You might win a $9 gift certificate to the store!



I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Fridays --Christmas
D.L. Art -- November Linky Party
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge -- Christmas/Winter
The Paper Players Challenge -- Into the Woods 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Thank You Flower -- for Bugaboo Stamps

It's Saturday, and that means there's a new challenge starting on the Catch the Bug Challenge Blog. This week the theme is a favorite -- Anything Goes!

I am often in need of thank you cards, so I took advantage of the anything goes theme and made one for today's challenge.  This card uses Thank You Flower:



I colored Thank You Flower with Copic markers.  It's a very quick color and you're on to creating the card.

Papers on the card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are part of the Miss Daisy Collection

I used dies from Queen & Company to cut out the Thank You Flower, back it, cut out the scalloped base, and the scalloped border piece.  The 1/2 back pearls are from Crafter's Companion.

I hope you join us this week at Catch the Bug Challenges.  Jodie offers the most generous prizes, and with the Anything Goes Theme, it's easy to link up!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- November Linky Party
A Gem of  a challenge -- ATG 
Just  Us Girls -- Thanks

Friday, November 1, 2019

Fall Greetings -- for Di's Digi Designs Challenges

It's Saturday, and it's time for a new challenge at Di's Digi Designs Challenges.  For the next 2 weeks the theme is, The Colors of Autumn.

Di Carubia has some of the most darling images available for this and any theme is new shoppe, Di's Digi Stamps.

For today's  DT inspiration card, I used Henry's Windfall. It is available in both a black & white and a colored version.   This  is the black and white version.




I colored Henry's Windfall with Copic markers.  I cut it out with a die.  leaving the die in place, I inked around the edges with distress ink.

 The "Fall Greetings"sentiment is from We Are 3 Digital Shop, as are the Autumn Woodland papers.

The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I hope you can join us this next 2 weeks at Di's Digi Designs Challenges for our Colors of Autumn Challenge!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Animals Challenges -- ATG with an animal
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a critter

Dasching all the way -- for the 12 Months of Christmas

It's the start of a new month, so it's the start of a new challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. The theme this month is red and green  Now, that's an easy theme for Christmas!

Our sponsor this month is Imagine That Digistamp.  I used her Daschshund Christmas set to create this:



I used the pre-colored image that comes in the set.  Papers on this card are from on our ongoing sponsor, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  These Papers are from her 12 days of Papers collections. The sentiment is part of the  Daschshund Christmas Set.

I hope you link up your Christmas cards this month at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Christmas
Cute Card Thursday --Christmas
Imagine That DigiStamp -- ATG

Peace -- for Sheepski Designs

It's November  1,  and there's a new challenge starting at the SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog.  Our theme this month is  Christmas is coming (and it is!).

I loved this relatively new image to the SheepSki Design Etsy Shop. and used it  on my card, winter deer:



I created the card by using various distress oxide inks on the background.  Then, I mounted it with a piece of black cardstock.  The snowflake background  is foiled with my  crafters companion foiling machine.

You'll find Winter Deer and other beautiful SheepSki Designs Images in the Etsy Shop.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Christmas
AUD Sentiments -- ATG with a sentiment
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
CRAFT Challenge -- Winter

Jingle All The Way -- for All Dressed Up Stamps

It's November 1, and we've starting a new challenge in the All Dressed Up Facebook Group.  This month, the theme is, "Christmas is coming".  You will find many wonderful image that fit this theme in the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop.

For my inspiration card, I used the adorable "Christmas Hair do


I colored up Christmas Hair Do with Copic markers, and used a variety of foil papers and dies in my collection to decorate it up.

I hope you are able to join us this month for our "Christmas is Coming" challenge is the All Dressed Up Facebook Group!

I'd like enter this in the following challenges:
D.L.Art -- November Linky Party

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Welcome to Winter -- a New Release at Bugaboo Stamps

It's Tuesday.  For some, that may mean tacos, for others, that means New Release day at Bugaboo Stamps!  I find new releases more exciting than tacos, myself!  Today's New Release is a great one!  I had such pleasure coloring it up!



This is Snowman Winter, and I colored him with Copic markers.  He'll be 1/2 price for the week in the Bugaboo Stamps Store.  He's a quick and easy color, so you're on to designing your card in no time -- great for mass producing, if you'd need to.

I used a wonky stitched oval die from The Scrapping Cottage (Cottage Cutz) to cut him out.  The snowflakes were cut out with dies from Lawn Fawn. Papers on this card are new from We Are 3 Digital Shop. These are 3 of the Shabby Christmas papers. 

Check out what the other talented Bugaboo Stamps designers made with this darling Snowman Winter digi over on the Catch the Bug blog
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Festive Fridays --Christmas
DigiChoosday--ATG
Winter Wonderland -- favorite embellishment -- snowflakes

Monday, October 28, 2019

One Card Panel, 3 Cards -- for Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

I'm pleased to be posting today for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.    I had a great time with today's post!  

I've been playing with a card panel die, and I want to show you what I've come up with!  One panel, 3 looks!

The die is a Diagonal Striped Card Panel Die from Frantic Stamper.  There's lots you can do with this!

The first card I created was a Christmas card:

I'll tell you more about it in a bit, but first, a photo of all the supplies used in today's projects:


All the die cut pieces for the first card look like this:
Once it was die cut, it was easy to put together.  I used Stick It Adhesive for small die cuts and the Best Glue Ever for everything else.

Card 2 is a thank you card.  In this one, the card is a landscape card, and I cut out a square to go behind the diagonal panel.  Here are all the parts of the card after they are die cut, but before they are put together:

Here's the assembled Thank You card:


The final card is a sympathy card.  I went back to the original orientation with this one.  Here are all the pieces die cut:
Here's the last card, assembled:

I'll give you links for all the wonderful dies and products I used on these cards, found in the Dies R Us Store




I also used dies from Crafter's CompanionSizzix, and Memory Box.   

I hope you enjoyed your visit and that I was able to inspire you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along with us at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the 1st and 15th of every month.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest too.




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I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Festive Fridays --Christmas
D.L. Art --Oct linky Party

Friday, October 25, 2019

Winter Cuddle-- for Colour Crazy Challenge Blog

It's Friday, and that means it's time for a new challenge at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.  There is a new challenge every Friday, with rotating teams.  It is my week to post, and I had the great fun of working with an image from Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps

This is Winter Cuddle:


I colored Winter Cuddle with Copic markers.  It's not my best job of coloring, but I'm trying not to shy away from my darkest marker shades. 

Once I got Winter Cuddle colored up, I used 2 sizes of a Spellbinders die set to cut her out and back her.  The snowflake paper is from Close To My Heart.  I no longer know who makes the beautiful snowflake border die.  It's been in my collection for quite some time.  

The Colour Crazy Challenge Blog -- challenges are always Anything Goes, as long as you hand color your image.  You can use any coloring medium you want.  We have great sponsors, so you can win great prizes!  Come link up with us this week.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

'Tis the Season for Reindeer -- for Lavinia World Challenges

'Tis the season to start thinking seriously about making Christmas cards.  'Tis also time for a new challenge at Lavinia World Challenge Blog.  Challenges are Anything Goes, as long as you use a rubber or acrylic stamp (no digis).  There is a $15 gift certificate winner each challenge, and the design team chooses a few honorable mentions.  It's all great fun!

For this challenge, I made a Christmas card using a beautiful reindeer stamp.  It is one of the most realistic reindeer stamps I've ever seen!



I started by inking my background with distress inks and spritzed them with a light spray of water to make the "snow".  I let that dry very well.  In the meantime, I die cut the snow drifts and the Tis the Season sentiment.  Once I knew the background was good and dry, I stamped the Reindeer stamp (small)  onto the inked background.  I stamped the Reindeer with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne.  All I had to do was glue the pieces of the card together and I was done!

I hope you join us at Lavinia World Challenges.  I'd love to see what you make, and you just might win that $15 gift certificate from the Lavinia World Store

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Christmas
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge -- ATG with a Critter
DigiChoosday -- ATG
Pink Gem Challenge -- ATG
We Love 2 Create Challenge -- ATG
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Boo! for Scribbles Designs

It's the 23rd of the month, and it's the day I leave a bit of inspiration on the Scribbles Designs Blog.  

I've been working hard to get enough Halloween cards made for the residents I visit in the nursing home where I volunteer.  I took advantage of this adorable #f97 pumpkin (free) that I found in the Scribbles Designs Store to create another Halloween Card:



I colored #F97 Pumpkin with Copic markers, then fussy cut it.  The die cuts are all from Spellbinders. The papers are from Close To My Heart. 

Check out what the other Scribbles Designs team members created today! You won't be disappointed! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafting Happiness Challenge -- Halloween Colors
Double Trouble Challenge -- Batty Color
Addicted to Stamps Challenge -- add a pumpkin
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party

I'm Nuts About Books! for Bugaboo Stamps

It's Wednesday, and every Wednesday is "Humor Me Wednesday" on the Catch the Bug Blog.  Did you know that October 22 was both Nut Day AND Smart is Cool Day? I did not want two such important milestones to go unnoticed, so I created this bookmark for the occasion!



I used Nuts About - Books, colored him up with Copic markers, then fussy cut him out.  

I found the fun books paper at Pixel Scrapper.  The sentiment is my own, and was computer generated.  The fibers are retired, from Close To My Heart.  All the die cuts on this project are dies from Paper Wishes. 

There will be other significantly {humorous} days that the Bugaboo Stamps design team honors on the Catch the Bug Blog.  Please take a look to pay homage!   

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
AUD Sentiment -- for a child
Dream Valley Challenges -- ATG

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Autumn Leaves -- an All Dressed Up Stamps New Release

Oct.22--that means it's time to showcase this month's new releases at All Dressed Up Stamps. There are 4 new releases.  You'll find them showcased on the the All Dressed Up blog, and in the All Dressed Up Facebook group.  They, and all the All Dressed Up Stamps, are available in the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop.

It was pure joy to color up one of this month's New Releases, Autumn Leaves:



I colored Autumn Leaves with Copic markers.  Isn't she adorable? She is kicking up those leaves and enjoying the wonders of the season!

I cut the card front out on my Silhouette Cameo 3 with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

I hope you find time to check out the other new releases this month.  You may find them the perfect digi to grab, then color up for this month's challenges at the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog, and in the All Dressed Up Facebook Group.  Join us both places! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Friday -- ATG
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
Cutie Pie Challenge -- Anything Cute Goes
Lemon Shortbread  -- ATG
TTCRD -- ATG

We Have a KOALA-ty Friendship -- for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez

I'm posting today for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez.  Patricia has some of the cutest stamps -- both acrylic and digital!  They are more than just Kinda Cute!

Today, I have a bit of inspiration for you using one of her Koala digital stamps.  It is one set that comes with 3 different bear in it.  I happened to love the little koala butt in this digi! 



See?  Doesn't he have a cute butt?  Well, he's cute all over, don't you think?

I colored the Koala with Copic markers, then fussy cut him.  I heated up my foiling machine, and foiled a background for him.  It's hard to see too much shine, but it's very shiny on that Moroccan pattern in real life.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are from the Trees Paper Collection, except for the paper that the sentiment is printed on.  That's from the Dreamy Creamy paper pack

There's a wonderful Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez Facebook Group with inspiration, a monthly contest, and great camaraderie.  Also, make sure you visit the Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez Shop to see all she has to offer!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Friday -- ATG
Cutie Pie Challenge -- Anything Cute Goes
Incy Wincy Designs -- use something metallic (foiled background)
Crafty Creations Challenge -- ATG

Monday, October 21, 2019

You are Strong! for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's the 3rd Monday of the month, so it's time for some mid-month inspiration over at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  The optional twist this month is "courage", or you can link up anything you create with a positive theme.

Every month, our ongoing sponsor is Scribbles Designs.  I found an awesome, free sentiment in the Scribbles Designs Store that I used as the focal point of my card:



I printed the sentiment large and bold onto white card stock, then began inking.  I used a few pink shades of ink from my Spectrum Noir Harmony ink pads. I love the way they blend!   I found the wonderful pink ribbon designer paper in the Imagine That Digistamp Store. The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and the very old brad is from Close To My Heart.

We are also sponsored this month from Beccy's Place.  Link up your projects to be eligible to win a gift certificate from her store!  You have until Nov. 3. 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- Pink Ribbon
CAS on Friday -- Big sentiment or word
Craft Rocket Challenge -- Pink
Unicorn Challenge -- Pretty in Pink