Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Dirty Dazzle Design Challenge

Happy 2013 Lovas:)


In the interest of awesomeness and avoiding housework for the entire year, I am running a little challenge/experiment/contest for 2013. You, the fine reader, will use one very ordinary party item (that I will choose because I am controlling and it is my idea;) and work it into your party/playdate/holiday/craft/DIY sometime this year. Will collect links/posts throughout the year and at the end of 2013, we can see who used the items in the most dazzling + interesting fashion. The winners will be world famous, heralded in all social media circles and will cause jelly rages everywhere. All are welcome to enter~party lovas, bloggers, business chicks, dudes, crafters, painters, candy makers, designers, event planners, fondant chicks, tutu makers, graphics girls and party lovas all over the world. You down?

I dig the challenge of taking ordinary + under appreciated junk and turning it into something unexpected and beautiful. I am choosing an item that is cheap, readily available, old school, often ignored and snubbed by most of us. The staple of my party packaging youth, the ancient way to make things cute that has been kicked to the party supply curb by baker's twine, washi tape, tulle, jute, and every ribbon in the aisle of every craft store.  A lonely little item that does not get asked to the dance much. And she certainly does not get much dessert table action.

I'm talking curling ribbon. I shudder. I wince. I need a Diet Dr. Pepper. And a jelly donut. It took me years to perfect the "curl with scissors" technique, only to be tossed aside like last month's InStyle mag.

Can you make curling ribbon cute, cool and clever? Totes. Glam? Without a doubt.
Take the dirty discards and turn it into dazzle.

Your Iron Craft challenge is to use curling ribbon-any kind or color-in a beautiful, exciting, glam, dazzling way for any event, craft, party, play date, business venture, classroom, DIY, food stuff or anything else you do this year. Then send me a picture.

I'm bringing curly back. In?


UPDATED: There will be QUARTERLY results posted and quarterly winners. At the end of the year there will be the GRAND DIRTY DAZZLE crowning:)

Submit your entries whenever you are you ready. You can enter as many times as you like:)

22 comments :

Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams said...

I am sooooooo in!!!! This is gonna be fun!

Michelle said...

Love this. Can't wait to join in :)

Theresa at Smidge and Pinch said...

Hate the stuff, but for some reason I have tons of it! I'm in!

SwishDesigns said...

{admitting that I'm a closet-curling ribbon lova} Oh - and I'm in!

Catherine Joy said...

I will admit...jaw dropped to floor when I read and saw curly ribbon...it was a "da da daaaaaaaaaaa" moment. LOL! While it is NOT most peoples fave...This brings me back to my childhood...and I too was a curling fantactic at one point..I still use it on gifts today. I even already know exactly how I am working this into a design. :) Leave it to you to come up this this!!

Jamie J. said...

I'm in! I worked at a florist for a few months and got to where I could curl ribbon with my fingernail. It was like magic. People were in awe at how I could tie ribbon to a balloon or around their wrapped bouquet, curl it, and NEVER PICK UP THE SCISSORS. Woot! Now to find another curling ribbon wonder to bestow upon the world...

Bellenza Bistro said...

What a fantastic idea!!! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with...for curly ribbon and BEYOND!

Tiffany@Fizzy Party! said...

Looks fun Pug. Curly ribbon is totally taking us all back and can be found for cheap at the Dollar Stores. Fun idea Pug!

God's PurpleGirl said...

Fun! I'm working on a banquet for Valentine's Day, so this will be perfect! :D Excited!! And thanks for the idea!

Nedra said...

I'm in! I am a big fan of curling ribbon, but seem to never have a reason to use it. Now I do :) Can't wait!

Lauren Atwaters said...

I fear the curl... have you seen my hair?!?! My curls have traumatized me!!

But for you, I will overcome my fear of curls... I am IN!!

Great Gatherings said...

Ok, I give. I AM IN!

Great Gatherings said...

Ok, I give. I AM IN!

Feather Snell said...

Count me in!

Stefani said...

I am totally thinking of curling ribbon like poor Molly Ringwald in her homemade prom dress in Pretty in Pink.
I feel terrible for kicking curling ribbon to the curb. Count me in.

Blog fiestafacil said...

I love the idea! If I have time I'm sending a picture or two, and if it's ok with you, I'll mention to the Spanish market, let's make it international!

All the best,
Noelle

Jahna@House Of J said...

Totally down for the challenge , count in House of J

Rebecca said...

This is SO awesome! I am totally going to try my hand at this! :)

Stephanie Smith said...

Love this idea! Can't wait!!

Dynesha Greene said...

Glitter Yes I actually said it out loud!!!

Gemma Touchstone said...

YES PLEASE - I take that curly challenge your bringing the Curl back and I am behind you. watch out world the sister of CCCR 9 ( Crafty, Cute Curling Ribbon )are going to start sharing curly creations.

Chief, Cook and Bottle Washer said...

Love this! Where do we submit pics/links? This comment section or somewhere else? Thanks!