Monday, April 18, 2011

HSC4 Case-A-Cake!

Hello! welcome back to The Hotspot this month! Before we go on let's see the winner of our last challenge...Congratulations goes out to Darling Ho! You can email me at to redeem your prize! And our Star player this month is , Mary C. because I have to say those funny quirky recycled newspaper people just made me giggle and smile! Such a fun project! It's always a hard decision! Thank you to all of our players! As usual you will have until the last day of the month to link up your entry, be sure to link back to The Hotspot in your post and you will be entered to win 25.00 worth of digi's from McMahon Five Designs store! Our new challenge will begin on the 1st of every month. You don't have to use any of our images to play (of course we're happy for you to though!)and you can enter as often as you like! We have soooo much inspiration this time! I thought with all of the weddings coming up this season it would be a fun challenge to see what's hot for weddings this season and I have to say the cakes blew me away! So when I saw them I knew what the challenge would be. Gone are the days of the traditional bland white wedding cakes and I say good riddance! Today's cakes are colorful, unique and full of personality and INSPIRATION! I couldn't pick just one so you can choose your favorite among these delectable beauties! You can't help but to be inspired by them! I would love to know which one inspired your card design so if you want to go ahead, share that in your post. Can't wait to see what you creative ladies come up with! The hardest part will be picking just one, or don't you could combine a few looks!I also want to just note that your card doesn't have to have a cake on or be a wedding card to be inspired by these cake designs, any type of image will do! On to some inspiration! And even more from our DT! Designed by Michelle Pearson
Inspiration: Brown Cake Photo for swirls and flower placement
Designed by Sue using Bird On A Frail Branchinspired by Bright and Colorful cake #2! Designed by Michelle A. using Flower Fairy Vertie inspired by the Bright and Colorful Collection! Designed by Carolyn inspired by the Romantic Florals, swirling patterns and draping trends! Designed by Sazzle using Young Lovers inspired by the "ribboning" trend on cakes! Designed by Charlotte using Miss You inspired by the Lavender collection!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mid-Month Update!

Hello ladies! I just wanted to show you a little mid-month inspiration and introduce to you are newest DT Member Sazzle! She created this gorgeous card to inspire us all using a tissue box as her dp! How cool is that! It looks like it was made to go with this image! Beautiful card! We are so excited to have her on our team and am sure you will be inspired seeing her work in our line up each month. You still have two weeks left to create your own "trash art" card and link it up in the post below for your chance at winning the prize, 25.00 in your choice of digi's. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

Friday, April 1, 2011

HSC3 - Earth Day and Trash Art!

Hello Ladies! Can you believe it is April already? Spring has sprung! Everything is in bloom, the World is waking! Which brings us to this challenge, most of you know we celebrate Earth day in April so in honor of that this month we are challenging you to get creative and recycle, repurpose or alter something that might otherwise fill the earth with more junk! I know it's a small thing but if we could only remember to do this in our daily routines maybe it would help a tiny bit! Besides once you try to see things through different eyes and get the ball rolling you will think of tons of creative idea's for your "trash" or maybe you could pull outone of those containers you've been saving because maybe SOMEDAY you'll use it to make SOMETHING! That's right, I know you have a secret stash ;) My husband just shakes his head, men just don't get the crafter's mentality! We would LOVE to see what you can come up, show us as many creative idea's as you would like! Here are some cool links I found inspiring that you might enjoy! Non Trashy Trash Art, Nature Inspired Photo's on surreal art!), 40 Terriffic works of Art Made From Trash I thought these were a lot of fun! Oh but wait! we have winner's! The winner for our regular 25.00 in digital images is Sammibug congrats! Email me at to collect on your prize! And thank you ALL for playing, we really enjoyed all of your entries! And we are awarding our first ever Wall Of Fame star and it goes to Betty Benton! Congrats to you too! As always we'll see you back here this time next month to announce the next winner of the $25.00 digi gift certificate(good on ANY digital image at M5D), and our next Star Player! Please sign up for the M5D newsletter HERE to stay up to date on our newest digi's and FREEBIES and challenge announcements! Any image you see at our challenge can be found at the McMahon Five designs store, but you can use ANY image to play in our challenge! Just link back to us in your post! Designed by Amy using the The Egg Hunt digi and Easter Bunny digital paper! She used left over easter grass from last years baskets to embellish her card, what could be more perfect on this card?! For I Know...Repurposed/recycled tin Tea Container! Designed by: Sue The Egg Hunt embellished with flowers handmade from used(but rinsed!) coffee filters! Heart Of A Dragon on Dp cut from a freezer pizza box! Hatching Eggs on DP cut from a Fresca 12 pack! Designed by:Shawne Trash: Envelope Liner is my designer paper, ribbon was tied around some washcloths I recently purchased and the buttons are vintage...someone else's trash! The Easter Bunny image makes a cute treat jar on this cool Ortega Taco Sauce bottle!Designed by:Shawne