Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sneak Peek

Two more days until our next challenge!
You are going to LOVE the next one. We all have it, we all use it...and we all love it!

Here is a sneak peek for you...
 What do you think?
Here's what Ryan thinks...
And you are going to be wowed by our guest designers' inspiration! 
See you on July 1st! Same time , same place! Ciao!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Spotlight Feature

The moment you have been waiting for is here! It's time to announce our Top 10 Favorites! We are amazed at the recycled items that you had incorporated into the tags and scraplings. From junk to art, that's what we crafters do! Thank you for your wonderful participation! 

Let's get on with the Top 10 Fav! 
 "Dr. John: I like the awesome colors and details."

 KIS 41, ABNH 45, VV 4, SSSW 4-6
No 2  #58 Cris G.

Virginia: "I admire the originality and the awesome executions behind these creations."
No. 4 # 22 Katy
No. 5  #66 Lin
 Virginia's View Tag
No. 6  #104 Jenny

 Stephanie:" I picked these tags/scraplings because the colors really stand out. They also use the recycled elements very creatively."
No 8  #37 Lysa
No. 10 #100 Ivy W.
 Here is your winning blog badge, please grab it and display in your blog! Congrats!

 From the Top 10 Favorites, the Random. org picked one lucky winner for this challenge.
 Drum roll, please....the $25 Gift voucher goes to...
#5 Lin

Congratulations, Lin! 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, here are the Honorable Mentions. These are super fabulous work! 
#11 Shelly K.
#16 Cindy 
#17 Jeanette M.
#25 Karin
#85 Deepti S.  
 #91 Ingrid 
#96 Gunilla/Nilla
#101 Sally 

Thank you so much for playing this month's challenge. I know you are going to be REALLY excited about July's challenge! The amazing guest designers will definitely knock your socks off.
I will have a sneak peek for you on June 29th. So you can start "planning" :)  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Wrap-up!

It's time to take a look at the wonderful entries that we had this past month! Yes, it proved to be quite a challenge to use a  recycle/household item with a tag/scrapling. Some of you mentioned that you had never heard of a was a term coined by the talented Shari Carroll. The best thing about playing challenges is learn a few new things along the way.

Here are a few highlights from the entries. 
 diaper wipes (#37 Lysa)                    foil (# 20 Barb E.)                          coffee filter (#31 Kailash) 

Oh the places you'll go... 

   ear buds (# 85 Deepti S.)                  old lace (# 54 Lin)                          paper-scraps ( #91 Ingrid)

DSC01468               VV Scrapling #1

 Paint Chip (# 101 Sally)      old shoe charm ( #104 Jenny)        (more) baby wipes(#74LauraJane)


 Thank you so much for sharing your AMAZING creativity. Please check out the entries and be inspired. I will be back on the 25th for our Spotlight Feature. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 16, 2014

More Tags....(and an Interview)!

Hello! Have you made some tags/scraplings lately?
I am popping in to share three scraplings I made for my guest design over Chaitali Narla's Cuts, Crops and Creativity .

The sweet and talented Chaitali is the host of Iron Craft and starting in Season 2, she is doing interviews with a guest. And guess what? I am the latest guest designer on Iron Craft. You can see our interview here.  (be warned: Virginia has a strong accent and was not very photogenic!!)
I wish I could have a do-over....but I guess that's just the way I am! LOL
Here are my scraplings that I made along with Chaitali.
Love Jar
My recycled element are the coffee sleeves at the bottom of the scraplings. I have combined a few trends on my scraplings--stenciled embossing paste and chalkboard effect. I used these as the centerpiece for my daughter Stephanie's birthday party.

There are less than two days left for our June challenge. You can easily make a tag/scrapling. It's not too late yet. I know that using a recycle/household item is a challenge, but you must know that this process will help you become a better/clever card designer! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Guest Designer- Catherine Pooler

Hello hello! We are super honored to have our 3rd guest designer joining the fun here. The talented Catherine Pooler (founder and host of StampNation) was so kind to do this upon short notice! Catherine started StampNation back in 2010 and this online stamping community has been growing in leaps and bounds ever since. This tight knit stamping community has SN members coming from 23 countries. Catherine is the mastermind in providing weekly inspiration and videos for the members. I came to know Catherine just this March and we have fast become fabulous stamping friends! Catherine's teaching is always fun and clever. She often adds her own twist with awesome techniques and designs. And she is so down to earth that she would also share her trials and errors with you!   You often learn a few great tips from her just by watching her numerous
videos. You can subscribe to Catherine's You Tube channel here.

Without further ado, here is Catherine's video that she crated for our Tags and Scrapling Challenge (with a recycle item).

 Catherine: "Thank you, Virginia for inviting me to participate in your challenges!  I had a BALL making this tag.  Can you guess what the leaf is made out of and what I colored it with? You’ll have to view the video to find out :)
I keep a pile of leftovers and discards on my desk, so I pulled a few pieces from that pile and went to town.
Isn't Catherine's tag GORGEOUS!? 
 I love how she shared her creative process with us. She sure knows how to make great use of her piles of scraps!
My deepest thanks to Catherine for taking the time to create this tag/video for us. I know it's been a super busy time for Catherine and family since there are lots of dance recitals, relative visits and graduations going on in her household. Please stop by Catherine's blog and give her some love! 
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I had seen some amazing entries coming in the last few days. Please keep them coming!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Guest Designer-Donna Mikasa

Hello, dear friends! It brings me great pleasure to introduce our 2nd guest designer! Donna Mikasa is one of the most well-known, respected and admired stamper! I have been a huge fan of Donna since I joined Hero Arts Flickr in 2008. If you have come across Donna and her beautiful stamping art work, I am sure that you already know how sweet, genuine and kind she is. Donna's seemingly simple yet thoughtful designs often leave you with a huge smile once you see her beautifully-executed cards/tags. Lucky for us, Donna is here to share her big talent with us!

I had such fun looking through Donna's Flickr photos and found these gorgeous tag samples from the last 2-3 years.
Texture Tiles tags
Blossom tagsBlessings to you

Today  Donna created 3 scraplings for our challenge...

Donna: My scraplings are pretty straight forward. The recycled element I used is a coffee cup protector sleeve from Starbucks for the "ground" portion on all three.
The new ones have quotes from Oprah Winfrey (whose mentor is Maya Angelou!) and I used both sides, the right side and the back side with the ridges

Aren't they adorable or what? Will you please stop by Donna's blog here and leave her some love!? Thank you, Donna, for your amazing inspiration.

 I hope that you are now inspired and ready join the fun! There are still lots of time to experiment and play!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Guest Designer-Jacqueline De Groot

Hi there! It brings me great joy and honor to introduce our guest designer for the Tags and Scraplings Challenge. If you are active in the Hero Arts Flickr Group, you definitely will know Jacqueline De Groot's beautiful work. Jacqueline's stamping is one of a kind and oh. so. artful. Maybe it's her English heritage or perhaps it's the French country side that she resides in, or maybe it's the Dutch hubby that influences her... Jacqueline's poetic style in stamping is timeless and inspiring!

Here are the scraplings that Jacqueline created for this guest design.
from Jacqueline:
Scraplings are 1 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.
On the first one I have used a punch 1.75 x 1.75cm on projects which never got used.
The second one uses a scrap of patterned paper to cover the surface on which is lightly stamped and added a bird and a sentiment which I found in my scrap basket.
The third scrapling has punched out circles which I retrieved from scraps of patterned paper. The little dragonfly was also in my scrap basket.

 3 gorgeous tags that Jacqueline created
From Jacqueline:
The left tag: has two 'recycled clothing tags' which have been covered with scraps of PP. I did a little stamping and retrieved the bird from my scrap basket. I have a large number of clothing tags which I keep if I have a new item of clothing for the family.
The middle tag: I cut out from a tag-template and stamped. I covered another small clothing-tag with pp and cut out the butterfly from a very old Nature Book which is my second 'recycled item' on my projects.
The right tag: was a stamped tag from Hero Arts, from the Forever set (AC037). I had stamped it a while ago but didn't like the dark red color. So I used another clothing tag which I covered with a scrap of PP to adhere to the centre, giving it a softer look. The butterfly was once again retrieved from the scrap basket and I colored it to match the tag colors. I added sequins to the centers.
From Jacqueline: The third set of pictures are my source: scrap basket/clothing tags/punched out squares from unused projects. (I don't usually throw anything away, I believe everything can be recycled!).

Wow, what do you think? Let's give Jacqueline a round of applause! I hope that you are so inspired that you want to rush to your craft desk (and recycle bin) and start creating! Please keep your projects coming and feel free to submit multiple projects.
Because once your creative juice is flowing, you have to keep going!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge # 4

Welcome to June's Challenge! 
This month we are thinking of Spring cleaning, keeping things simple and all things GREEN.
And that is why we are having a Tag and Scrapling Challenge.
You can make a tag or scrapling or both. 
The twist is you have to incorporate a recycled item into your project.

About tags: you can create your own tags with/without diecut. You can trace an actual tag's shape to make your own. Basically tags should have strings, twines,....ribbons attached to them.

About scraplings: they are basically the scraps that you end up with after you cut from your 11x14 card stock (when you make a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card). You can easily fold the rectangular paper into a a small tall card ( see the top left inspiration photo --courtesy of Jacqueline De Groot)

Recycle item:
things deemed to be junk. They can be anything from envelopes, packaging, toilet paper rolls, old labels, scrap paper, old fabric, twist ties, plastic straws, old magazine, used wrapping paper, clothing tag, old buttons....etc. A lot of everyday household items can be incorporated into your designs, too! You can get some more ideas here.

tag (V. V. Challenge #4)

Any types or styles in this challenge are welcome. They can be Shabby Chic, Modern and Graphic, Clean and and Simple or Ornate and Elegant. I made a tag tutorial and you will see what I mean....
1. Use Distress Stain  (Picket Fence) to prepare the white wash surface, let dry
2. Apply Gelatos, then rub the surface till the colors are even (with a damp finger)
3. Apply "Rub and Seal" with old dictionary paper (my recycle item) and BG pattern paper
4. Apply Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Peacock Feathers)

5- 6. Mix white embossing paste with Peacock Feathers till it's blended
7. Apply the paste over Hexagon stencil, let dry
8. Stamp Twirls (Penny Black) with Tide Pool (Hero Arts)
9. Stamp Twirls (Penny Black) with Cup Ol' Joe (Hero Arts)
10. Cut a small piece of cork and adhere to the bottom
11. Apply Washi Tape
12-13. Emboss the birds and branch image (Forever) in gold
14. Use Wink of Stella pen to add fine details on the stamped leaves (in gold and in green)
15. Stamp sentiment and add ribbons (not shown)

I hope that you will be inspired. Please know that you can keep the designs clean and simple like the following:034 
For the recycled materials, I used old lace gloves and rubber band for the accents.
The sky is the limit! 

The challenge will run till the 18th (12:55pm Eastern Time) and there will be a SPOTLIGHT feature on the 25th. In this feature, I will be highlighting a few of the participants' work. We can all be oohing and aahing about a WOW design that deserves to be admired and appreciated. You are encouraged to link up as many as projects as you like. Cards, scrapbook layouts, altered projects... anything with paper, stamps and inks involved are welcome! If the linked project is not related to the challenge, it will be deleted.  Don't have a blog? No problem! Any link (Flickr, FB page, Splitcoaststampers, Pinterest, Two Peas in a Bucket...) is welcome! You can use the challenge photo as your inspiration (optional).

In order to qualify for the top prize ( $25 from Simon Says Stamp)
~your project has to be NEW (not linked back to a previously made project)
~you have to be a follower (you can use Bloglovin') of this blog
~you are welcome to combine other challenges; please limit your total number of challenges to no more than 4.

Our Sponsor: Simon Says Stamp

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