Monday, December 29, 2014

Sneak Peek

Three. More. Days!
The New Year will be here ....

and the new challenge will commence!!!

See you in 2015!  

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Spotlight Feature

It's that time of the month that we are announcing the winners of our last challenge "All things Distressed". Today happens to be Christmas Day and I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your love ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead.

Let's get to business, shall we?
1. #68 Annikarten (the water background with distress inks is awesome)
2. #45 Jo (the distressed edges with glitter make this card a stand out)

 3. #31 Cecilia Cards ( love how the colors blend/bleed into each other in rainbow colors)

4. #32 Gayatri (distress inks+white embossing+kraft= MAGIC)
5. #125 Kyllie (the watercoloring with distress inks makes this a delightful and poetic design)

6. #144 Gloria Lee ( the inking and colors are absolutely exquisite)

7. #27 Kate ( love the magical background and its simplicity)
Virginia's View Challenge:  Distress

8. #85 Periwinkle Creations (Neha) ( love the depth and colors)

9. #148  Deepti (love the attentions to details)

10. #137 Kristi ( CAS and perfect)

Top 10 favorites, please grab your winning badges!
From the Top 10 Favorites, the Random. Org picked two lucky winners for this challenge.
            Drum roll, please ...
  The prize $25 Gift voucher goes to....  
5. #125 Kyllie
Congratulations, Kyllie! Please e-mail me to claim your prize before Jan. 3, midnight Eastern Time. 

Coni Longley  
Rachel Kleinman
 Directions for claiming prize: Please email Penny Black at with your selection of $25 worth of products.  All available products can be viewed on the Penny Black online store.  Include "Virginia's View Giveaway Winner" as the subject line of your email.  Don't forget to also include your shipping information as well.  Happy shopping!

In no particular order, here are our Honorable Mentions.
#114 Lisa Lara
#115 Barb E.
#134 Laura Norris
#138 Donna Mikasa
#142 Jasleen 
#150 Macie Sharp
#164 Heather H. 
#168 Lee-Ann

Thank you so much for your amazing support and feedback with this challenge blog this past year! Your participation and encouragement make it possible for me (along with Dr. John and Stephanie) to run this challenge blog a JOY! We will have a brand new challenge in the New Year!
See you in 2015!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Wrap-Up!

Hello, friends!
We know that this month is truly the busiest time of the year. 
The fact that we had almost 200 entries truly amazes me!
That means you really love the challenge...the theme...and that you really just want to have fun!
I guess it's all of the above!

Here is a quick wrap-up for this challenge. 
Distressing is the key ingredient and you really played up to the challenge. Just take a look at the beautiful entries (see here), every single one is full of inky goodness!

1. Distressing is not for the faint of heart. Distress colors are bold and colorful.

2. A hint of distressing goes a long way. 

3. Distress inks are handy if you are still in love with watercolors!

4. Distress inks blend like BUTTER--smooth!

5. Creating a scene with distress ink proves to be dramatic and effective!

6. Distressed edges give your card design an extra EDGE!

Are you inspired? I am loving all of your entries.
I will be back on 25th to announce the Top 10 Favorites, Honorable Mentions and our two Penny Black random winners.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

More on All Things Distressed

Hello friends! I am sharing two more cards with Distressing.

 The first card's coloring is entirely stamped and sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. 
Stamps: Penny Black (Sparkler)
Inks: TH Distress Ink ( Barn Door, Festive Berrie, Mowed Lawn, Peel Paint, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed))
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Snow Day Collection)
Accessories: Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Markers (Faber-Castell, Marvey)

For my 2nd card, I took a water coloring approach with Distress Inks. I find it easy to add a touch of vintage feel by adding some Distress Inks and a bit of water. The inking for this card plays a huge role in this design.
Merry Christmas
Stamps: Clearly Besotted (Christmas Sparkle)
Inks: Versafine, Distress Ink
Paper: Bazzille Basics
Accessories:Watercolor paper (Strathmore), gold embossing powder (Michael's)
I hope that you try distressing techniques if you have not done so before. Mind you, you do not have to have Distress Inks to get the distressed look on your card. You can use any dye ink to add colors to your designs!

We still have a few days left if you haven't got inky yet! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Guest Designer-Alexandra Sirugue-Macleod

Happy Sunday, dear friends! It is my absolute pleasure to introduce to you my dear talented friend Alexandra as our guest designer for the "All Things Distressed" Challenge. I have known Alexandra since my early days of blogging (circa 2009). She and I are much alike in so many ways. We both enjoy cooking, traveling and making pretty cards and scrapboooking. Both of us came to North America to study and ended up settling here. She is French and married an American and I am Taiwanese and married a Canadian.  There is one special essence in all of Alexandra's work. I can't quite explain it but I attribute it to her artistic French flair! She can make any project look ARTFUL and effortless. Her ideas and designs are original and soulful. When you see her work, you'll know what I mean....She has prepared 3 cards for us!

CARD #1: Coloring with Distress Inks
Alexandra: I like to use the Distress Inks to color my stamped image for the soft watercolor effect it gives. It's easy to achieve, I usually dip my reservoir brush directly onto the Distress ink, it dries fast and if the color is too pale the first time around, I go back and add more of the same color or one of a different shade.
Alexandra: Adding another shade of brown to her hair for instance, added dimension.
Same for the bow she wears in her hair, the center part is darker that the edge thus creating some depth.
Alexandra:   the end of the message is found inside the card and is
CARD#2: Coloring with Distress Inks & Distressing the edges
Alexandra: If  I had to answer the question "what does distressing do?" I would have to say that it instantly adds dimension.
With card #1, we saw that varying the intensity of Distressing Inks creates dimension. Another way to add dimension to a piece of paper is to tear it or to distress its edges.

To achieve that look, all that is needed is a pair of old preferably scissors. Open them and glide the blades along the edges of your paper. In the card below, the distressed edges also add a sense of movement and personally they make me think of the marks on the ice...
 CARD#3: Combining Color Mists & Distress Inks
Alexandra: For this card, I started by spraying a background with three shades of color mists. Once it was dry, I stamped the image with Distress Ink "Brushed Corduroy". Then with my reservoir brush, I softly went over the lines to smudge them. The following step was to add color. This was also done with Distress Inks, the exact same way I did for card #1.
Alexandra: The last step was adding a darker shade of Distress ink to the edges of the image. I accentuated the process in the corners to, once again, create depth.

Wow, are you inspired yet? I bet you want to head to the craft table and start to get inky!?
Please join me and thank Alexandra for her beautiful guest design work here today.
You can visit Alexandra's blog at art scrap & more. She has MORE inspiring work in her blog.

Here is a photo of me and Alexandra. We met for the first time in Chicago (Oct. 2013).
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

All Things Distressed

Hello, friends!
Are you having fun with this month's theme--All Things Distressed?
If you have not commented on Jill's video, please do so. You never know, you just might be one of  the lucky winners of the Penny Black $25 Gift Giveaway!

I am popping in to share my take on the distressed cards. First up is this super easy design. It may look rather flat, but it certainly has some dimension and textures...thanks to the distressing!
Season's Greetings
Stamps: Holly Berries (Simon Says Stamp/Clearly Besotted)
Ink: Distress Inks (Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Fire Brick, Peel Paint, Mowed Lawn), Embossing Powder (Cayenne) by Recollections
Paper: Epiphany by Prima Flowers (6x6 Paper Pad)
Accessories: sequins, Smooch (gold)

My 2nd card is all about torn/distressed edges. Let's not forget...distressing is not all about inking. You can tear up the edges of card stock to create a very unique and handmade look.
I am here for you
Stamps: Avery Elle Weather It Die, Weather It Stamp
Inks: Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), VersaFine
Paper: DIY Boutique (Simple Stories), DCWV Color card stock , Brighton Pier (Studio Calico)
Accessories: IrRESISTible Ink (Blue)

 I hope that you like  the distressed look and start getting inky if you haven't already. 

What do you think? You've. Got. This.
 Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #10 ( Guest Designer-Jill Foster)

Happy December, my friends! It's that exciting time to announce the new challenge!

 How about "All Things Distressed"?
Why distressing you ask? When I first started card-making back in 2008, the first thing I learned on line was "distressing". It involves inking up the edges of the paper or simply applying distress inks to your images and background. Distressing is such a fun and basic technique that any stamper can apply to the design,  no matter what the style is. And yes, torn edges/paper are considered distressed. Coloring with distress inks/markers is part of the theme, too!

This month, I am doing something a little differently. We are going to have our uber talented guest designer Jill Foster from Penny Black  take charge and help us get the challenge started. Jill is known to use Distress Inks and she truly is a master in all things distressed! Her creative use of  Distress Inks often makes me drop my jaw!

Because we are super special...Jill made a You Tube video just for our challenge.
 Jill made this fun and whimsical card with distress markers and inks.

 Her distressing makes the card design so warm and cozy.

Notice the torn edges? Wow!
Here is the video, enjoy!

And if that was not enough, Jill delights us with her 2nd project!
 The distress inks show so much depth and textures! Are you in love yet?
You can find out the details and instructions over Jill's blog Studio Sessions (co-owned with the talented Elizabeth Allen) and video. A huge thank-you to Jill for these two amazing projects! I hope that you are inspired and can't wait to get inky!

This monthly card-making challenge blog will run till the 18th (11:55pm Eastern Time) and there will be a SPOTLIGHT feature of Top 10 Favorites on the 25th. Any style and all levels are most welcome! You can read more about the challenge guidelines at the bottom of the page.

Among the Top 10 Fav, there will be a random draw for a lucky (and talented) winner who will then receive the top prize. In order to qualify for the top prize, your project has to be NEW (not linked back to a previously made project). You are welcome to combine other challenges, but please limit your total number of challenges to no more than 4.

Our Sponsor: Simon Says Stamp 
Thank you, Simon Says Stamp!!

Our Top Winner (randomly selected from Top 10 Favorites) will receive a $25 voucher!
  AWESOME, eh?! 

Lastly, here is an announcement from Penny Black...
Penny Black loves Virginia's View and is sooo excited to share "J" of their PB&J videos that they also are offering a special giveaway... two $25 gift cards to the Penny Black store.  

There are two ways to enter...
1)"Like" the Penny Black Facebook page (the like button at the top of the page) and leave a comment anywhere on the page that Virginia's View sent you.
2) Subscribe to the Penny Black YouTube channel and leave a comment on today's video.

What do you think? Be sure to leave Jill some love and like Penny Black's Facebook page for your chance to win two $25 gift cards! We will announce the 2 winners and Top 10 favorites on the 25th.
Now.... let's get the challenge started! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sneak Peek

Two. More. Days!
It's hard to believe that we are into the 10th challenge and the last one for 2014. This challenge blog is made for card makers like YOU and ME! Without your participation and support, it would not exist.

Here is a shout out to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring our past challenges!
 I am happy to share that Simon Says Stamp will continue to do so in 2015 (Yay!)
Wait till you see our next challenge, I promise you that you will want to get inky!
See you on Dec. 1st!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Spotlight Feature!

The moment that you all have been waiting for is HERE! You must all know difficult it is for us to pick Top 10 Favorites. We hope that you are not feeling discouraged if you were not picked this time. As an avid challenge player myself, I know you have certainly put your heart and passion into your entry/entries.

Let's get right to it ....
Dr. John: " I like flaky things."
1. #228 Karen D.
 2. #265 Amy Kolling

Virginia: "These GORGEOUS projects dazzled me!"
3. #49 Gayatri

4. #167 Lea Lawson 

5. # 226 May Park
6. #239 Maria F.

Stephanie: "These cards really stood out to me in my selective process! "

7. #19 Hannelie
8. #78 Lyndal
9. #140 shirley-bee
10. #170 Shona Chambers

Please grab your badge, Top 10 favorites!
From the Top 10 Favorites, the Random. Org picked two lucky winners for this challenge.
            Drum roll, please ...
  The 1st prize $25 Gift voucher goes to....  

 8. #78 Lyndal
The 2nd prize $15 Gift Pack of Metal Sheets  generously offered 
by "Add a Little Dazzle" goes to

6. #239 Maria F. 

Congratulations, Lyndal and Maria ! Please e-mail me to claim your prize before midnight, Nov. 28 Eastern Time. If not, another Top 10 Favorite will be randomly picked! 

In no particular order, here are our Honorable Mentions.
We will have a sneak peek for next challenge on the 29th!
See you then!