I just discovered a fun challenge site called Send a Smile for Kids. They are a "charitable blog created for the purpose of collecting donated handmade cards to be distributed to children while they are inpatients at Children's Hospitals" around the country (they have a long list on the blog). The challenges run every other week are focused on cards for the kids or cards for the kids to give to their loved ones. Card donation is optional but very appreciated.
I found this challenge because DRS Designs is one of the sponsors for the current challenge - they are providing a $10 gift certificate to the store for one lucky winner.
The current challenge is anything goes so I made a card that could be used for lots of occasions,. I wanted it to be fun, fun, fun so I tested it on a three year old kid and a 56 year old kid and they both smiled big - mission accomplished.
I made my background circle by wetting some Tim Holtz watercolor paper all over with a brush and then sprinkling on some dark brown Brushos. It was unevenly colored so I blotted it with a paper towel which spread it all over. I was going for the look of mud since hogs love mud. Next I stamped, colored, and fussy-cut a bunch of Leonards (Leonard Pig's Dance of Joy - 718D) from DRS Designs and stacked them on the circle. I finished it off with a little banner using the DRS Hogs & Kisses sentiment (785D).