Friday, May 30, 2014

Sneak Peek!

Two. More. Days.
And this...
Enough said :)
See you on June 1 right here!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Spotlight Feature

Today is the day to showcase the Top 10 Favorites!
For me, this proves to be the most challenging part of running this challenge blog. Among 166 entries, each one of them was created with attention, love and skill! Thank you for creating these beauties to share here. One of the panel judges Stephanie (aka, my daughter) is away to Dominican Republic for her PhD field research and is not able to judge this round. Thank goodness, she is coming home in two days!

Alrighty, let's get right to it....
" I like boats, especially sailboats!"

1. ( player #1 Lyndal)
2. (player#35 Yana Smakula )
You Float My Boat Card

Virginia: "These cards have "creativity" written all over them. The designs are unique and well thought-out. From faux stitching (Leni) to advanced stitching (Laura, Maria and Jayne), these designers apply their stitching skills brilliantly!"

3 ( player#7 Laura Jane)

4 (player #60 Jo)

5 (player #92 Katie Gehrig )

6 (player #104 Sarah G.)

7 (player #123 Hamutal)

6 ( player #158 Maria)
9 (player #161 Leni)

10 (player#162 Paperpicnic/Jayne)

Please grab your winning badge, Top 10 Favorites! 
With the random draw from the Top 10 Favorites,  the winner is
(Drum roll, please....)

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

Last but not least, our Honorable Mentions are:
( grab your NEW badge)

#4 Annette A.
#30 Jenny 
#40 Rachel
#57 Shelly
# 69 Alexandra
87 Amy
103 Heather

A special shout out goes to Rahmat who made 8 entries to this challenge. Each one of them is full of charm and delight!

Thank you, everyone, for making this challenge a success! I am sure you are going to love our next challenge even more! See you on June 1, same place ,same time! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Wrap-Up!

Hello! Have you checked out all of the amazing stitching entries? I bet if you take a look at a few of the entries, you will feel so inspired and that you will want to do stitching all over again? Stitching does take a bit of time and planning, but as you know, the result is almost always awesome and satisfying. The love and passion of card-making truly comes through in each stitch that you make! 

Today I am highlighting a few special features from the entries. Every time I do the Wrap-Up post, I realize how much work that you put into your entries to make this challenge a success.
With that, thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Here is the summary of this challenge:
1. Let the stitching be the star!
These masterpieces truly make the stitching shine! They used the creative and colorful stitched images as the main design element. I think each one of them deserves to be FRAMED, don't you think? Bravo!!

2. Faux stitching rocks! 
Need I say more? These clever designs have all the fine stitched  touches without all the work! The results can be as simple or complex as you want them to be.

3. Machine-stitching makes the most beautiful borders! 
These amazing machine -stitched cards convey the refined and sophisticated touches so perfectly. Stitching helps kick the designs up a huge notch!

4. Messy stitching can be a GOOD thing
The messy stitching provides a funky and playful feel to these lovely and whimsical designs. Kudos to these talented designers who really know to make their stamps and stitching SING!
5. Let's MOVE with the stitching! 
Who knew that stitching can make the design MOVE and FLOW? The stitched lines draw your attention to assorted directions and curves...genius stroke, I'd say!
So there you have it! I am planning a lot of fun themes for the challenge blog and I know you will love the future challenges to come. Wait till you find out about our upcoming guest designers....Wow! It has been another exciting month here in this blog.

Our Spotlight Feature is coming up on the 25th! We'll then find out who wins the Top Prize $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp
 Thank you for taking the time to visit!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Get Stitching!

 We have 4 more days left to enter the Virginia's View Challenge!!!! To keep the inspiration going, I have this little card of mine to share.
a bright sunshiney day
Supplies: Basic Grey (Fresh Cut), Simon Says Stamp ( All Season Tree Die), sentiment (CAS-ual Friday's Sunbeams), embroidery (Michaels), Perfect Peal Liquid Droplets (for ground)

See, a little stitching goes a long way? Yes?

Here are the links and videos that I have recently discovered in blog land about stitching on cards:

~Some eye candy from this Sew Easy/Waffle Flower giveaway (you can comment to win here)
~The talented Lucy Abrams has shared her stitching in her tutorials (see here and here)
~You can find this gorgeous embroidery card here in MS Living  
~A wonderful article about hand-stitching

Also, here's an update from Stephanie: 
"Dear family and friends, I've arrived safely in the Dominican Republic and I'm currently enjoying a little paradise here! No free wifi anywhere...". Stephanie is working on her PhD project in DR and will NOT be judging this month's stitching challenge. She will be missed.

 So what do you think? Thanks for stopping by!  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Guest Designer-Keren Baker (Part 2)

 We are in for another treat today! Our guest design Karen Baker has a 2nd project to share with us. Here is part 1 in case you missed seeing it. Do check it out!

  Without further ado, let's get right to Keren's project....

From Keren about her project:

Once I’d stamped a portion of the woodgrain on cardstock, I trimmed it down to make a ‘swing seat’, coloured in with Promarkers & put the seat onto the cardstock & marked with a pencil where the seat ended. I then added the ‘rope’ lines with pencil and  pricked them. I stamped the bunnies on in between the marked lines

Products: Hero Arts ‘Designer Woodgrain’ S5208 stamp, Mama Elephant’s Hunny Bunny se
Then I sewed in a graduated colourway using cotton thread. I stamped the sentiment, stamped out the tails again, coloured them in with Promarkers & added them & the swing with 3D foam pads. I finished off with sequins.
Top tip from Keren:

1. If you want to avoid ‘covering up’ the back of the sewing on the inside of the card, do the sewing onto a panel of cardstock & then attach that to the blank.
2. Do all your stamping first before you begin the more time consuming stitching. Stamping mistakes can be quickly repeated whereas you don’t want to have to redo all the stitching because of dodgy stamping (yup, I’ve done that before!)

Isn't Keren inspiring or what? Let's give her a round of applause for her beautiful work by visiting Keren's blog and leave her some love!? I hope that you are now eager to create something with stitching! We are close to 100 entries and that is simply amazing! You still have lots of time to create, so keep them coming! Wish you all a Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Stamp Feature -- Waffle Flower!

Hello, dear friends! We have a very special segment for today's post. It gives me great pleasure to highlight a new stamp company today. The reason this stamp company came to my attention is because they have a perfect set for our monthly theme-sewing/stitching.
 Also, this company was founded by a talented blog friend of mine-Nina Yang!
Let's welcome Nina Yang from Waffle Flower Papercrafts

Nina: Waffle Flower Crafts specializes in stamps and dies. We're dedicated to provide Fun, Inspiring, Versatile and Easy to Use products to our craft community.

 Nina created with one of her lovely stamp sets Bowtiful

The stitching of the bow and use of gingham pattern paper really add to the homespun feel!
Nina was SEW kind to send me a Notions Stamp set to create today's projects.
Notions Stamp Set Preview
 I must tell you that the quality and stamp design are simply superb! I had SEW much fun that I made two cards from this stamp set. I played up the word SEW and did some embroidery stitching
love you sew much 
It was WELL WORTH the effort!
My 2nd card is more of a CAS approach, I couldn't help adding some hand-stitching details for the wow factor!
 to mom

Nina: Thanks Virginia for featuring us today! Please visit our Store to read more about our FIVE code and Meet Our Team! We also offer tutorials and ideas in our blog.

 Hope you can find something new or inspiring here!

If you like a stamp feature that goes with the challenge theme, please let me know. I would love to do more of this type of segment in the future (with your encouragement, of course)!
BIG thanks to Nina for sharing her FABULOUS stamps and talent.
You can visit Waffle Flower here.
edited: The SRM Prize pack winner is Carol. Congrats and enjoy the SRM goodies!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Guest Designer--Keren Baker (Part 1)

Hello!! I am excited to have our 2nd guest designer for this month here! Please welcome Keren Baker from the UK! I first knew about Keren through Gallery Idol 2012 and shortly after that, I "discovered" Keren's numerous publications when I took out magazines from our local library! She and I (along with Taheerah) organized the biggest farewell blog hop for Cath last November. It's been such a pleasure to know this talented lady! Keren's style is creative, beautiful and eclectic. One of her many talents is stitching and sewing with cards! Here's Keren....

I’m a work from home girl who is very lucky to be working nearly fulltime in the UK craft industry. I work for several magazines on a freelance basis & teach and demonstrate for a couple of retailers/manufacturers.

Products Used: Paper Artsy (Hot Picks)  
Descriptions from Keren: 
"Before I stitch, I tend to draw a faint line, then prick with a pricking tool, using some foam underneath 
I stamped the butterfly part, embossed in clear & used some markers, watered down to give a watercolour look.
For embellishing the butterflies, I added vellum trimmed to a similar shape & added buttons, adhesive stones & for the yellow butterfly, added a small circle with lots of French knots on it.
I trimmed a slither of cardstock to create the curved white ‘string’."
 Wow....isn't Keren's card stunning? I know that you will be so inspired to add stitching to your designs after seeing Keren's project today. And lucky for us, Keren has another project to share with us here on the 11th! So please watch out for Part 2!

Please stop by Keren's blog and give her some blog love! Thank you, Keren, for sharing your BIG talent with us today!