Challenge/Leaf Notecard Challenge - March 23
Decoupage 'til you PUKE,
it's time for the third Deathmatch.
Tonight, it's girls against
guys as knitter Liana takes on sewer Sam.
Lily Chin (author, "The Urban Knitter"; also the world's
Khaliah Ali (designer; owner of www.simplicity.com;
daughter of the Greatest)
Karen Bussen (author, "Simple Stunning Weddings")
Tonight's grand prize: a
Scrapbook Cruise for two from Days Off Travel. A reminder of the
rules: the crafters will be competing against each other
and the clock for two ten-minute rounds. Their creations
will be judged by each judge on a scale of 1 to 10,
based on beauty, creativity, and utility. The player
with the most points at the end of round 1 takes on the
Craft Lady of Steel in the Bonus Round.
Nothing more to say except
RELEASE THE BEASTS!
Round 1: The Snack Cake Challenge.
Build a multi-tiered wedding cake using only Ding Dongs,
Ho Hos, Twinkies, and maybe a Hostess fruit pie. Nummy!
Ten minutes... Go crazy!
Liana is more of the
Snoball fan, while Sam like his chocolate. Liana, going
for chocolate filling, is a student at FIT studying
accessories design. She's never crafted competitively,
but she's very competitive. Or so she says. Sam starts
with a Cup Cake foundation. He's an actor/graphic
artist/interior designer. He is only going to please
Stop the clock, Jason has a
bonus. Tallest cake gets a mini-bride-and-groom. Could
go a long way in the beauty department.
And believe it or not, a
snack cake... cake... is indeed possible. Just create
layers and pillars using the icing as glue. Hell, you
could even fashion a piping bag from a ziploc baggie if
you're cheap enough...
Liana's cake looks like a
pink nightmare, while Sam's cake is an architectural
masterpiece. He's done this before, hasn't he? While
they're crafting, Jason has a piping bag malfunction
while trying to squirt cream filling into the crowd.
Liana's going for height as we run out of time.
Liana won the height
competition, but will not get the figurine on top of the
cake. And if you saw the lone snoball on top, and if you
know what a snoball looks like and how structurally
sound one is... you'd know why. She wanted a
non-traditional cake. Lily like the color but not the
structure. Khaliah is FAR less forgiving. Karen... even
LESS forgiving. One of the rules of the cake: You have
to want to eat it.
Sam wanted to mix his
two favorite colors, brown and white. He was going for
elegance. Lily thinks so. As does Khaliah and Karen.
Yeah, fancy use of the
decimals, there, Lily. Stop it. Sam wins round 1. Can he
seal the deal in round 2?
Round 2: The Leaf
Notecard Challenge. Craft greeting cards from autumn
leaves. The theme... Halloween for Liana. Christmas for
Sam. Each crafter is given card stock and decorating
tools, but they must also use the leaves in some
fashion. Ten minutes... craft hard!
And leave it to Jason to
cause mayhem as he breaks out the leaf blower!
Nothing really complex
here. Trim card stock. Trim leaves. Decorate and glue as
desired. Today's my mom's birthday, so I made her a nice
little card here.
Sam goes for angels,
while Liana is still being pressured to "use some damn
leaves!", even with 11 seconds to go! That's time!
Before we judge, we get some other uses for the leaf:
underwear, teas, herbs, herb, tobacco, aiding plant life
and making life on earth possible.
Liana was going for a
leaf ghost. Lily wanted some more leaves instead of just
a leaf ghost. Same with Khaliah. Same with Karen.
Sam wanted to go for an
angelic whimsy with his collection of clear leaves. the
judges are feeling angelic!
Blowout! Sam's the man
today, as he sends Liana back to FIT. By the way, in the
way of prizes, Sam takes home a Roarocket skateboard
design kit for his nearly perfect designs. But is he
perfect enough for the Craft Lady of Steel? A cruise is
hanging in the balance.
And the balance is about
to be tipped, because here she comes! The professional
textile designer and recipient of the National Endowment
for the Arts fellowship has 10 years of professional
craft stylistics under her belt and is known the world
over. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of
Design AND she was once an employee of Martha Stewart.
It's David and Goliath for people who like felt.
The final challenge:
you're going to make... winter accessories. Embellish
scarves, hats and boots to form the ultimate ensemble.
The catch: the embellishments are stuffed animals.. or
the byproducts thereof. It's the Stuffed Animal
Accessory Challenge for all the marbles. The judges are in isolation and....
Ten minutes on the clock... BEGIN!
Sam is going for his
stufties while the CLOS takes her clothes first. "I
think she met her match." We'll see. Some hints: plan
your design before gluing anything. In the end, Sam
starts with a hat while the CLOS decorates a scarf. Hint
#2: to avoid glue burns, keep a bowl of icewater nearby.
The CLOS is killing teddy bears for fashion, while Sam
is feeling ears. Time's up, and we go to judge...
We have "roadkill" (a) versus
adorable teddy bear heads (b).
All three judges give it to... B... the Craft Lady of Steel.
Sam played hard, but the Craft Lady of Steel chalks up
another victim. Until the next deathmatch, remember the CCDM
credo: "It's cheaper and easier just to buy stuff."