This is my first DT Challenge with Lexi's Creation.  I am very excited about this.  Working with Susan, who runs Lexi's has been a fantastic experience thus far.  I can only imagine it getting better and better.  Not only has she pulled together a fantastic forum for the DT to linger and meet, but she has pulled together a wonderful new Design Team (ahem - personally speaking, since I'm on it too!)  You must pop over to Lexi's Creations FIRST CHALLENGE OF THE NEW YEAR to meet the DT's and see their incredible artistry.  You will be in awe!

Now onto the first challenge .  Susan has decided to start with something really easy to give you all a chance to get back from a well deserved holiday season.  Thus, the theme is one we all LOVE...'ANYTHING GOES'

As the title says, you can produce anything you want, cards, 3D items, bookmarks, tags etc. and use any paper, images, embellies and accents.  It is always exciting to get free range to create as we all do it differently and we all have our OWN style!

Our sponsor this week is Fairy Dust Crafts....

My New Store :D

If you are familiar with their designs - you will NOT be disappointed, but rather be VERY excited to enter our challenge! Lexi's Creations is:

giving away 5 lovely images to the uber winner of the Anything Goes Challenge!  

How generous is that!!

We are looking forward to all your wonderful creations for this challenge, but in the meantime our Design Team have created some fabulous inspiration for you all. Take a look at their individual blogs by clicking on the links above their creations to find out how they were made and to give them each some of your artistic lovin';  we can all use some of that!

Below is MY first composition of Lexi's Creation First Challenge of the New Year.  I hope you like JT.  He was really Fun to create.  While JT is an image from Lexi's Creations, the rest of my creation uses Close to My Heart, a Stampin' Up! Basket Ball Stamp and my beloved Copics to Color JT.  Gotta say, I loved coloring his muscles! It was a HUGE challenge; but don't they look yummalicious! lol  Pretty simple to name the product here rather than writing my usual "lovingly made with" under the photos.  That area is saved for the bazillion challenges I enter.

By the way, if you want a dandy list of CHALLENGES TO ENTER, just copy my list (click and copy) and you will get all the URL's with it.  I'd be MORE than happy to share it with you!  It is so fun to meet and make great friends this way, as I have.  Besides, you've worked really, really hard on your cards...share them with others - they'd love to see what you are doing...I promise you that!

You can't really see this, but the front of the card is round with the tags attached.  The back of the card is black and square with rounded edges.  It was all in the photography that this distinction does not show up - sorry about that!  I wanted the black to match JT's hat but the round to match the ball!


If you want to double click and copy my challenge list and use any part or all - please do.
For me, yes - it has been WONDERFUL to win challenges, however more important -
it is the connection to new and loving friends, when in return to a comment, I visit their blog and genuinely study THEIR artisty, appreciating THEIR hard work and THEIR particular styles, and leave them comments, friendships begin,  just as they have with me.
Being a DT on several Teams, I am in appreciation of this.
I would love to share my list with you.
It has been my key to blogging love.
Divine Love

Card Shared With
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Frosted Designs 
Joyful stamper 
Aud Sentiments 
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little red wagon 
Simon Says Stamp Challenge
inky impressions challenge 
Party time Tuesday 
shopping our stash weekly challenge 
Top Tip Tuesday 
The Kraft Journal 
Mojo Monday
fairy tale challenge blog 

stamping with dragon
one stop craft challenge 
fussy and fancy challenge
bizzy bec store 
polly craft challenge blog
picture and scrap
cupcake craft challenges 

Partytime Tuesdays  
Stitch in time 
Digi doodle 
Sparkles forum
Colour create 
Pile it on 
I did it
Let's craft and create 
Secret crafter Saturday 
Simon says
Everybody art 

Auds Sentiments 
My Mums Craft Shop 
The Secret Crafter
Cheery Lynn Designs
Crafty Boots 
Totally Gorjuss 
The Shabby Tearoom
Come and Get It 
Creative Stamp Friends 
Paper Pretties 
Cute Card Thursday 
Cutie Pie
Little Red Wagon 
Frosted Designs 
Creative Inspirations Paint 
Cards by Jovan
Splendiferous Creations
Card Crafters Circle 
Joyful stamper 
Paper Shelter 
If the Shoe Fits...Scrap It 
Alphabet Challenge 
Fun With Shapes and More 
Glitter Geeks
Do You Stack Up? 

Bugaboo Stamps
Lollipop Crafts 
Double Dutch 
2 Sketches 4 You 
Mojo Monday 
Cupcake Craft Stamp with fun 
Sweet Pea; Stampers 
The Pink Elephant 
A Pocket Full Of Posies 
Roses on Paper
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps 
Our Creative Corner
The Sweet Stop
Create4fun Challenge
sketch saturday 
allsorts challenge blog
Oh, Alice! 
Crazy 4 Challenges
Saturday Challenge


  1. Congrats on the design team! Great looking masculine card! So many details!

  2. Your message at mine made me giggle, thanks for taking the time. BTW, Sweet Cheeks is my toddler! He's a monkey! Anyway, loving this fab, bright card. Cool colouring too. xx

  3. This is an awesome guy card Samara! Those are really hard to do but you did a wonderful job! Congrats on your first post for Lexi's! Hugs!

  4. Fab card, Samara,love the layout too! Perfect! Great to be working alongside you!
    Jo x

  5. Gorgeous card Samara, the colour palette is fabulous and you colouring is awesome,
    Have a very lovely day,
    Hugs Bridget :0) x

  6. Very cool and I love how you mastered it all into the card.

  7. Love how displayed the JT image, great layout for a masculine card.Super colouring.

    Love your list of challenges!

  8. great card for a guy! thanks for playing along at Pile it on!

  9. forgot to add, thank you for playing along at Jellypark Friends, too!

  10. Hello Samara, this is a fantastic male card, love the layout.. and thank you so much for your lovely comment on my card. Hugs xxx

  11. oh massive congratulations on the DT hun,this is one amazing card just love the image and the layout hugs cherylxxxxxx

  12. I really like the tone of the card and the 'street' look, especially with the paint speckles on the sentiments. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Crafty Boots for our New Beginnings Challenge. xx Denise

  13. A great card !!
    Congrats on the DT too
    Thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT for our 3 embellishments challenge.
    Good Luck !
    Hope to see you back next week ;O)
    Choccy x

  14. Great card for a man and I love the way you have used colour.

    Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  15. Samara, this is amazing. You have so much going on here and your colouring is fab.

    Happy New Year teamie.


  16. Cool card Samara, thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week!

  17. Beautiful card!

    Thanks for playing at Alphabet Challenges

    hope you will join again soon.

  18. I just love your card, the colour scheme is amazing so bright and perfect for the image. Well done on your first DT card for Lexis can't wait to see what you make next. Sharon x

  19. Very interesting card.
    Thanks for playing at Alphabet Challenges.

  20. Great card, thanks for playing with us at OSAAT

    xoxo Marjo

  21. What a cool card, I like the fab design!

    Many thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Craft Challenges.

    Warm hugs

  22. wow this is very interesting and great - thanks so much for playing with lollipopcrafts - hugs Joanna

  23. Such a cool card! Great to have you play along at One Stitch at a Time this week.
    Carol Ann xx


My wish for you is a great day full of laughter! Samara x