December Challenge – Traditions around the world


This time theme of our challenge is “Traditions around the world” and what better month to talk about and create tradition orientated projects then December. There is so much celebration happening it has got to invoke some inspiration. Is it a Christmas, New Years, Ester or any other maybe not so well known tradition we hope You can share your wonderful creations with us in this months challenge.

Here is the inspiration from our team:


For this challenge I created a romantic card, using a new stunning 7 Dots Studio Collection – “Cotton Candy Dreams”! With this card I wanted to tell you a touching New Year’s tradition in my country (Russia). On New year’s eve, when the clock strikes midnight, at this very moment we always think about our fondest desires, which we crave with all our hearts, that we want to come true in the coming year!

 


In kindergarten, all children dressed up in Christmas costumes and did a little matinee. This is me when I was six dressed in my fox costume.

 


The Christmas Boat (Karavaki – Little ship) is part of a very old Greek tradition. It comes from the Islands where each year children go door to door singing ‘kalanda’ (Christmas Carols) usually accompanied by instruments such as triangles, guitars, accordions and harmonicas. The children on the islands carry small wooden boats, either illuminated to light the way or with enough space to store treats given to them by the residents they sing for. Some claim that this custom’s roots are linked with the December 6th Celebration of Agios Nikolas (Saint Nicholas) who is the Patron Saint of Sailors in Greece.
So here is my take on the challenge, wishing you a Very Merry Christmas…

 



“I thought for a long time about how I would tell the story about how we celebrate Christmas in Sweden. I finally decided to make a set of Christmas Tree decorations. The Christmas Tree is essential for all Swedish homes during Christmas, even though the look of the tree differs a lot (fake, real, blue, white, even pink…). We set up our tree 1 week before Christmas Eve and decorate it with a mix of vintage glass baubles and the kids creations. I made these mixed media stars with the Yuletide Collection as a base, and used stickers, die cuts and UmWowStudio flair.”

 


Me again… For the December challenge this time “Traditions around the world” …
Christmas is around the corner and I love this period of the year so much… especially the preparations.
I love doing altered objects for Christmas, for our home decoration. It’s our tradition, changing the Christmas decoration every year .
I created these projects with the beautiful YULETIDE COLLECTION. I would like to wish you, all 7 DOTS STUDIO’s fans, HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!!
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My interpretation of the theme is my own traditions and a way to document them – so I made a mini album to document the December until the 26th and so to keep track of our family’s Christmas traditions. I decorated the cover and added some details to each spread, but all the photos and texts are coming daily during December.

 


In my part of the country, the fir tree is important. We put presents under the fir tree traditionally the night before Christmas, on December 24th. At home, me and my children as they grow older, add them throughout the month. In the morning of Christmas Day, always in pyjamas, we play and unpack presents together as family. I like giving them to my kids a lot, they unpack a present one very hour to lengthen the pleasure. Merry Christmas everyone

 

In this creation I had fun with a new collection, I love it. I like the mix of paper and medium.
The Writer’s Block collection blends wonderfully with this theme. Not to mention my splashing.
Also a little touch of flowers makes the whole thing come together nicely. Please enjoy my video.

 


In Poland we celebrate Christmas Eve as the most important day over all Christmas. Christmas Eve is known as ‘Wigilia’. It’s traditional that no food is eaten until the first star is seen in the sky. On the table there are 12 dishes. Everyone has to eat or at least try some of each dish. Carp is the main dish of the meal. On the Christmas Eve we open the presents. In most of the houses, before the presents are opened, the family sings carols together. My green Christmas tree is decorated with a star on the top, gingerbreads, sweets, lights and glass ornaments. They are usually hand-made, painted or decorated in other way.
The days after Christmas are often spent with family and friends. Happy Christmas!

 


December is a very special month. It’s the wintery month that is full of joy, happiness and light. We decorate our houses, we spread the joy to others, we give gifts and send beautiful cards to our friends. And we call it – Christmas -. Happy December and Happy Christmas!

 



For our December challenge Louise has decided to use one of our fabulous new ranges to create a combination of coordinated gift tags and mini photo albums. These albums are just the perfect personal gift for grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, and even Godparents. Just fill them up with favourite photos of the family and children and you have a wonderful gift to give at Christmas.

 


When I was a child, I made small gifts of candy for Father Frost every year, and now I wanted to remember that little tradition.

 

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The rules are as simple as A, B, C:
- create any project inspired by the theme – Traditions around the world
- use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
- publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include our “inspirational circle” in your blog post (you will find it at the top of this blog post)
- use inlinkz and please link directly to your blog post, not to whole blog
Challenge is open till January 2017, 19th midnight CET
We announce winners by the end of the January. The big Winner will get one Collection Kit and one 6×6 pad from our newest collection!
Also one random lucky person will win 10EUR coupon to our store

 

 


November challenge – Moments in Time

There are so many in our lives that we would love to remember. Every one of them gives us a something.  Little ones, big ones, happy or sad, whatever they may be We encourage you to capture them in art. That’s what this month’s challenge is all about. Share with us your projects containing moments You want to save.

Here is the inspiration from our team:


When I read the challenge theme I knew I wanted to make something vintage inspired even though “moments in time” are happening constantly. I chose to go with this photo taken near our summer house of an old stable window. I love how it’s partially in pieces and really grungy looking. What stories it holds! I love when objects have a personality and stories to tell.When they tell about those moments in time.

 


Moment in time… My moment … US moment, our wedding… Today I want to share with you my new layout with a photo of my wedding.
I sprayed blue ink with gesso on the background and dark ink for some added splatters. I love to play with textures !!!!
I used a lot of media, stencils, flowers and also papers and words stickers from 7 Dots Studio.
Love, Nathalie

 


I created these vintage looking ATC’s for the 7 Dots Studio November challenge “Moments in Time.” There are so many moments in our lives that we would love to remember. These ATC’s are perfect for remembering some of them. Each message helps us connect to what’s important in life such as “Imagine the impossible”, “draw your own map”, etc. I used the Writer’s Block collection to create these ATC’s as they were perfect for the theme.
Keren

 

In this creation I had some fun with the new collection, I love it. I like the mixture of paper and media. The Writer’s Block collection fits wonderfully with this page. We can find the theme of the challenge in this creation for sure . Not to mention my splashes.
Also please enjoy the video.

 


Every moment in time gives us a chance to love, to learn, to dream. You can always make choices as to how you want to change your life.
We have all experienced those turning points in our lives. The moments when we make a decision which changes everything.
I created a mixed media layout and I mixed two newest collections: Writer’s Block and Cotton Candy Dreams. I really love them both.

 



For this challenge I made a one page mini album, with amazing Cotton Candy Dreams collection. I love to keep memories in hand-made albums or layouts. And these are my memories from the beautiful holiday trip.

 


For me, moment in the time connect with memory. Memories, these small pleasant moments which we want to remember for the rest of our lives. One moment which we want to save in the pages of our story… There’s nothing better that the new collection of 7dots ”Writer’s block” from Dee Carton to express what I wanted for this challenge.
thanks a lot. Sandra xx

 

The challenge title “Moments in Time” inspired me to make a mini book using the Cotton Candy Dreams Collection in combination with element pictures from the Cold Country Collection. The small size makes it perfect for writing small notes in – maybe a memories of your grandparents or something similar.

 


I love old photos, they are a piece of the past stopped for a moment, and we can feel the transience of what is happening around us! The new collection of papers inspired me to create a vintage work.

 


There are some moments in time that You will never forget. As a mom of two boys I have lots of memories connected with them that are very special for me. It is hard to be a mother in full but I am sure that love, trust and friendship that is built during years are worth this effort. My summer memory is framed with the newest, fabulous collection “Writer’s Block”.

 


I had a long time to think ‘moments in time’ over, but suddenly it hit me.
Time is moving constantly. Always flying away… I took this picture of my daughter. She was not posing here, she was moving. It is blurry but that’s what ‘moments in time’ mean for me. Not posing pictures on birthdays. But the pictures from every day life. When she is not looking, the beauty she has when she doesn’t know I am taking the picture….the perfect moment in time… I used the beautiful collection Writer’s block, and I used the word stickers that represent those moments in time: that you tell your story, to turn the page, and tell the epilogue…

 


I made layout from new Cotton Candy Dreams collection. There is me and my friend in the photo. We met through scrap-booking, communicated for a long time on-line and met in a real life one year ago. Here is my moment in time! Thanks to scrap-booking that brings us together despite the distance!

 

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The rules are as simple as A, B, C:
- create any project inspired by the theme – Moments in Time
- use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
- publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include our “inspirational circle” in your blog post (you will find it at the top of this blog post)
- use inlinkz and please link directly to your blog post, not to whole blog
Challenge is open till December 2016, 19th midnight CET
We announce winners by the end of the December. The big Winner will get one Collection Kit and one 6×6 pad from our newest collection!
Also one random lucky person will win 10EUR coupon to our store

 

 


October challenge – Good Fortune and Luck

Sometimes in life we are blessed with Luck and Good Fortune. Sometimes it’s just a random act of kindness or ongoing thing we do not always notice. Whatever it may be it is always good to express gratitude and what’s better way then through art. So this month we encourage you to create projects about Fortunate and Lucky Things.

Here is the inspiration from our team:




I made a little mini book of luck and good fortune. I believe that fortune favors the bold and this little mini book I can carry with me in my handbag to remind me to be bold and brave and try new things and then in turn fortune will favor me. I especially love how the “Fortune-teller” papers have the appearance of leather. This, combined with some Vintage Photo Distress ink and some stitching makes the little book look so authentic. The little book is full of inspiration from the 6×12 word stickers to remind me to be bold and brave.


I made the card with quote: «Fortune favors the bold. Take a risk». I believe that the fate is supportive us. But we definitely need to dream, to act and to take risks. Fortune must have the chance to give us what we want!


“A fairy tale mind”
Our challenge this month is “Good fortune and luck”. When I think about my boys, I know I am blessed. I am lucky that I can be a mom of those two fantastic young men!
I made my layout using our newest, amazing collection “Writers block”.

In this creation I had fun with layers paper and splashes.
I love this. I like the mixture of paper and media. Fortune Teller collection marries wonderfully with this tag.
Of course we can find the theme of the challenge in this creation.
I thus wish you a good visualization.


Good Fortune and Luck made me think of weddings. I decided to make a layout with my favorite picture from a wedding I was invited to photograph this summer. I decided to work with the Homegrown Collection because I think the grungy & dreamy feeling in it fit perfect for a couple that are more Heavy Metal than Mozart (if you know how I mean).


Bookmark “Lucky autumn”: I made a bookmark, because that was a happy autumn for me. All I needed was a warm blanket, a good book and a cup of delicious hot chocolate)


Fortune Teller, My collection of choice for the current challenge. I played with the cards of tarots cut out from one of the papers. I also enjoyed creating some ornaments by myself, especially schrink-plastic embellishment with a hand from the Fortune-teller stamp set.
Which just goes to show that we can find everything in one and the same collection of 7dots products.
To you to play…


The theme got me thinking how fortunate I am. I have a supporting family and great friends, lovely hobby and warm home. As there (seems to be/(is) more and more chaos in the world, it’s important to look back and see all the good things there are. I’m also extremely fortunate and lucky to have all these wonderful design opportunities in my life! One can’t be nothing more than grateful!

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The rules are as simple as A, B, C:
- create any project inspired by the theme – Good Fortune and Luck
- use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
- publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include our “inspirational circle” in your blog post (you will find it at the top of this blog post)
- use inlinkz and please link directly to your blog post, not to whole blog
Challenge is open till November 2016, 19th midnight CET
We announce winners by the end of the November. One lucky person will win one NEW Collection Kit and one NEW 6×6 pad!