Thursday, July 28, 2022

FQCB Theme #9 Weathervane or Windmill and or a Barn starts 28 July 2022

 Howdy! Yee-haw! It's time for another theme at FarmQuest!

Theme #9

July 28, 2022 at 12:30 am CT/Chicago to August 13, 2022 at 12:30am CT/Chicago 

Required elements:

*a weathervane OR windmill OR a barn

You can do and/or if you want. Have at least 1 of these elements on your project(s).

Acceptable formats are: scrapbook layouts, journals/planners, TN spreads, bookmarks, tags, ATCs, or cards.

You may enter 3 new themed projects for each two-week challenge. 



Owner Becca S inspiration card: Farm Charm card with windmill and barn=

I chose to use a windmill fan ephemera with added staples to be its support legs along with a barn ephemera that are backed by gingham checked cardstocks and then a light yellow background cardstock and a flat black base. The lettering stickers are old stash items. 

Credits: red gingham and green gingham cardstocks = Hot Off The Press and available through Paper Wishes website

*barn and windmill ephemera are from Echo Park's Farmhouse Kitchen Ephemera

*the golden yellow and white gingham frame/tag is from Echo Park's Farmers Market frames and tags


For participation: use the provide Inlinkz tool address to submit your project's photo blog link.


Make sure to enter up to 3 times before early hours of August 13, 2022!



So long. Farewell. See you back at the farm real soon.

--Becca S, owner of FarmQuest

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

FQCB Top 3 Picks Announcement plus 10th entry was made for Theme #8 wagon and or animal

 Howdy! FarmQuest is happy to announce the Top 3 Picks for Theme #8!

Competition ended at 12:30am July 27, 2022. The theme duo requirements were given a new "and/or" flexibility option. #8 theme was wagon and/or animal.  

Back to the business of who are Top 3. There were a whopping 10 entries and these talented crafters are appreciated for supporting FarmQuest. I hope everyone returns for Theme #9. 

By order of entry, the Top 3 Picks are: 

Entry #2 by Sarah T=

This little bunny with glasses is too adorable! And I think it is marvelous how Sarah paired it with the muted tones to contrast with the brighter hues used to color that cute bunny! It's a hoppy/happy card!!!


Entry #3 by Melanie H=

Another adorable card with pets showing their patriotic support! Melanie was able to use both theme elements in this darling image! She even kept as CAS style. The embossed stars are a delightful touch that also serve to anchor/ground the wagon. This card is purr-fect! 


Entry #7 by Asha K=

Asha K (Savyakala) submitted 2 entries. This one's humorous setting of a fox enjoying his beachside location brought a smile to my face! The soft muted tones work perfectly for this summer inspired card! It's certainly foxie with some moxie! :) 


Three wonderful busy talented artisans get Top 3 honors for FarmQuest Theme #8! Thanks again, Sarah T, Melanie H, and Asha K!!!


and for many challenges now I've had a goal for the challenge blog to get to 10 entries and you all did it for this Theme #8!!! The Inlinkz tool closed with 10. #10 was entered by Granmargaret (Margaret Ashby). As I promised many challenges ago, I will be sending a prize of 2 rolls of metallic micro-thin decorative tape to you through snail mail for having the 10th submission for this challenge! WOO-HOO!!!

Granmargaret's card followed a great sketch to feature 3 sweet little festive scenes. Two of the scenes have animals. There is a horse-drawn sleigh on the left and the cute puppies on the right. This card reminds us of warm cozy and sometimes furry moments of the holidays! 


Appreciatively, Becca S (FQCB owner)

This is what I shared back in April. So one set/card with 2 thin rolls will be mailed to the 10th submission artist. 

PS. Make sure to catch the release of Theme #9 in less than 1 hour!!!


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

FQCB REMINDER Theme #8 started 14 July 2022

 Howdy! Yippee! It must be the midway point in the current theme challenge at


Theme #8 requires a wagon AND/OR an animal(s). 

You get to determine all the other factors. 


You have an assortment of formats that are acceptable for your project(s). 

Cards, ATCs, tags, bookmarks, journals/planners, TN spreads, and various types of scrapbook layouts.

Competition ends at 12:30am CT/Chicago or 6:30am UK for your time references on July 27, 2022.


Welcome to Guest Designer Karen! She's marvelously talented and has mastered layering and clustering of embellishments beautifully! She's done it again for more Theme #8 design inspiration--

Guest Designer Karen Letchworth's theme interpretation is=

Karen opted to use the butterfly clip as her animal and not have a wagon. She's filled the card with lots of gardening, farmhouse, vintage folk art/home economics elements that pack tons of charm!!!

Absolutely darling! Thanks so much, Karen!

Guest Designer insight=

Karen is blog administrator of Word Art Wednesday challenge blog. She also designs for Paper Sweeties and stays busy with other blogs and groups. 

Karen's personal crafting blog can be found here=

My Cup Runneth Over (with a direct link to a July 18th post to get you close to publishing date of July 20th)



FQCB owner Becca's theme interpretation is=

A few credits to share are: (1) teal/aqua barn siding with chevron stripe paper is part of my last scrap section (The Paper Studio); (2) "life is better in the country" was cut from an ephemera piece; (3) the "TOY" stamp is  (2001 Stampin' Up); (4) the stars print and acorn print scraps (Lake Life paper pad); (5) the golden yellow scrap (My Mind's Eye--?); (6) the white with black short marks print is recycled/upcycled inside business envelope security paper!!! YES!!!; (7) covered wagon is free clipart printable (ClipArt Library website); and the shaggy longhorn in front of the wagon is a rub-on transfer!!!!

A tidbit to learn about Becca S:

I lived in metro Dallas, TX for two years before the big suburban sprawl. I used to take Saturday or Sunday drives to the 'little' farm towns like Parker, Wiley, and Sachse. I've toured the ranch house where the 80s-90s TV show "Dallas" was filmed. I also got to stand about 75 feet from a park scene being filmed in the North Dallas/Highland Park area that actress Victoria Principal was part of. That was super cool! I only watched for an hour. The crew was there for several hours but later in the episode, only about 3-5 seconds worth of that park scene were actually used!!! I was just 22-24 years old and came back to the Midwest after that brief time.


If you want to participate in this FarmQuest theme before the deadline, use this provided link to take you back to the main original post from July 14th=

LINK to Theme #8 with the Inlinkz tool to submit your entries (up to 3)



So long. Farewell. See you back here at the farm--

FarmQuest Challenge Blog!

--owner Becca S


Thursday, July 14, 2022

FQCB Theme #8 Wagon AND OR Animal starting 14 July 2022

 Howdy! Yee-haw! Welcome to the farm--

FarmQuest Challenge Blog!

Theme #8

starts July 14, 2022 at 12:30am CT/Chicago or 6:30 am UK


ends July 27, 2022 at 12:30am CT/Chicago or 6:30am UK.

Required elements=

*use a wagon


*use an image/print of an animal(s)

This is definitely a rural set of topics, whether you go ranching, farming, gardening, backyard with pets or frontier. The EITHER OR AND is now available with the theme elements and hopefully this will increase participation. Can't wait to see how FQCB readers will interpret the theme options for #8!!!


Guest Designer for Theme #8 is Lori Barrett-Stroup, scrap layout and card maker extraordinaire!!! Lori has chosen to just use a wagon/hay wagon for her TN layout.

Guest Designer Inspiration Project:

What a wonderful layout and I'm thankful to see both red and green tractors in the border!!! Talk about a debate subject amongst the men in my extended family!!! My father had an Allis Chalmers dealership for a few years when I was a youngster and even was a John Deere salesman before that and years after that! So it's difficult for me to go with red, green or orange. To make it worse my husband has owner Minneapolis-Moline (yellow) and Ford (gray)!!!--reflection by Becca

Lori always has the best Travelers Notebook layouts! If you need inspiration and motivation, check out her blog to see more of them.


GD's profile info:

Lori's TN layout was inspired by her childhood memories of summer hay being mowed and baled. Isn't that the cutest little tractor with hay wagon border you've seen?!!! 

Lori's blog sidebar has links to her crafty endeavors like The Great Stash Bash and TN Times with Lisa and Lori. 

link to her personal blog to get the details=



FQCB owner Becca's Inspiration Project:

I've chosen to use a wagon and some cows. I went for a western US frontier ranch/farm look with the covered wagon clipart (ClipArt Library website) and the cow rub-on transfers. Barn siding chevron striped paper (The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby). The star and acorn scraps (Lake Life paper pad). The golden yellow and white scrap (My Mind's Eye-?). The white with little black line geometric print is recycled/upcycled interior business envelope---YES! Twine is the only embellishment. And old black lettering stickers for the simple sentiment.



Participants: please use the provided Inlinkz tool address for submitting your project's photo blog link for each entry. You may enter 3 new themed projects per challenge.



So long. Farewell. See you real soon back here at the farm!

FarmQuest Challenge Blog

--owner Becca S

FQCB Top 2 Picks for Theme #7 Announcement

 Howdy! FarmQuest is happy to announce the Top 2 Picks for Theme #7!

Competition ended at 12:30am July 13, 2022. The theme duo requirements were using a barrel image and 1 of these--bucket, pitcher, or watering can. 

The new #8 theme will be published in under 30 minutes once this gets released! I'm staying up late. We did 3 hours of babysitting tonight with only a 15 minute warning! :) 

Back to the business of who are Top 2. There were only 2 entries and these talented crafters have been very supportive of FarmQuest. I am very appreciative of their loyalty. Please leave some loving comments for them. 

Entry #1 by Katrina Brown=

The rusty sparkle on the barrel bands is just incredible. And all the amazing country life details that got placed with the barrel and watering can just add lots of charm. Even posing a cow figurine and having some barn siding behind the card just pack on more farm country accents!!! So clever!


Entry #2 by Kelly Sullins-Joehrs=

I tried twice to save her card photo but it's not letting me, so I'm including her Instagram address for this particular card. I hope this is an acceptable way to do this, Kelly. 

Two wonderful busy talented artisans get Top 2 honors for FarmQuest Theme #7! Thanks again, Katrina and Kelly!!!


Appreciatively, Becca S (FQCB owner)

PS. Make sure to catch the release of Theme #8 in just a couple of minutes!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

FQCB REMINDER Theme #7 using a barrel and a watering can or pitcher or bucket

Howdy! Glad you all are here at the farm--FarmQuest that is!!!

It's the midway point for Theme #7 challenge that started on June 28th.

Competition ends at 12:30am Central Time/Chicago on July 13, 2022. 

Participants may enter 3 new themed projects to each FQCB challenge. 

Theme #7 required pair of elements are:

*barrel (water, wine, whiskey, pickle barrel...)


*watering can/sprinkling or pitcher or a bucket

Guest Designer for Theme #7's REMINDER post is= Mags B or Maggie Brinkley

Some personal info about Mags shared on her blog: from the UK; She volunteers at her church to help with a baby club and a toddler club. Her interests are birdwatching, cricket, cross stitch, needlepoint, writing, and reading besides terrific cardmaking. 

She's on several design teams and we are very lucky that she's made this card for FarmQuest! 

Inspiration project from Guest Designer Mags:

Mags shared a few lines with me about how she created this cute cottage/farmhouse scene: The card is mostly made with images fussy-cut from an old Stamperia paper pad; I made the water barrel by transferring an image onto card that I stamped with a woodgrain background by Altenew then added shading by sponging Distress Inks on top.  The bands are cut from silver card. 

Very clever and such a cute setting. Looks like a wonderful home that is very active with abundant flowers, worn work boots, more than 1 watering can and their own water barrel! Marvelous!

Her blog is Madcap Manor=


Owner, Becca S, inspiration project for Theme #7=

A few credits are: Simple Stories card kit   (for the background paper panel, the sentiment focal, the boots and watering can ephemera); purple glitter butterfly die-cut is from Studio 112 for Spotted Canary; the yellow layered butterfly has been in my stash for awhile; and the barrel is free clipart image from Clipart Library website that I printed on kraft paper and applied gold stamp pad ink. The white card base is from the kit. The 2 required elements are stacked on the right side which with the other elements and prints gives a spring outdoor garden look to this greeting card!


How will you interpret this theme? Country? Ranch? Frontier? Homesteader? 

For participation and/or to read the original main posting for Theme #7, please use this provided link.



So long. Farewell. See you all back here very soon!

With a barrel full of blessings,

Becca S, owner of FQCB


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