Makeover Monday Challenge #7: Inspired by Maille Bells….& A Winner

Christmas Ornament Card by Andrea Walford

Welcome to our Make Over Monday Challenge – a weekly challenge brought to you by the Paper Crafter’s Library and Sunny Stampin’ Studios.  The purpose of Makeover Monday is to help you learn how to take the ideas and inspiration you find on the internet, and make it your own. This challenge is strictly a “work from your stash” challenge. 

Over the last 7 years of teaching in the paper crafting industry, I’ve noticed that many of my students feel like they have to run out and buy the exact same products I used, rather than looking to their own stash to see if they having something that might work instead.

Now  I’ll be the first to admit, shopping for paper crafting supplies is fun, and I certainly do my share of it, but why spend your money on a product that may be similar to what you already have?………………and that’s where the concept for Makeover Monday was born.

Every Monday I take a project I found on the internet, and show you my process for recreating it and making it my own, using supplies from my own stash.

This week’s inspiration for the project shown above, comes from the picture you see below – a clean and simple, but striking Christmas Card by Maille Bells. I just discovered Maille’s blog about a year ago, and was really taken by her clean style, and the fact that she incorporates some really neat design elements into her projects.

 You can watch the video on how I made my project below:

Here are the details on how you can participate in the Makeover Monday Challenge:  

  • A new Makeover Monday Challenge & video will go up every Monday
  • Work from your own stash to create a project based on the inspiration project provided – you can use any products you would like, and make any type of project you like – card, scrapbook page, album, 3D item etc.
  • Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
  • Click on our inLinkz button below to add a link to your project for our challenge
  • You will have until 7am, Monday, December 19h, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win.  And you can enter as many times as you like.
  • One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday, December 19h, in the afternoon. 
  • The winner will be posted here.  The randomly selected winner will win a Digital Tutorial of their choice valued at up to $25 from the Sunny Stampin’ Store ( 

 Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing your projects!

 Before I sign off, I’d also like to announce the winner of the Makeover Monday Challenge #6 and thank everyone who participated. The winner was randomly drawn, and it is……..Jessica! You can see her entry below.  Congratulations  Jessica – you have won a $25 gift certificate towards a digital product of your choice from


To claim your prize please email me and andrea@sunnystampin.comand be sure to put “Makover Monday Challenge #6 Winner” in the subject line of your email. 




9 replies on “Makeover Monday Challenge #7: Inspired by Maille Bells….& A Winner”

  1. Very pretty. I like the clean lines and white expanse of the original, but the fancy make-over is a nice touch too!

  2. So simple but effective. Love it. I am enjoying 12 days of christmas so much as well as the challenges. Keep up the brill work.

  3. I always look forward to Makeover Mondays. I get to see 2 great cards. Thanks so much for your continued efforts and introducing to so many other fine card makers.

  4. I love to CAS cards. It often inspires me to make new designs when I feel like I have “stamper’s block”.

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