Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sneak Peek!

Two. more. days. till out next challenge!
Hope you will be ready and eager to play ... 

because we have some amazing guest designers to inspire you for this challenge!
See you on September 1st, same time, same place! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Spotlight Feature!

It's that time...Spotlight Feature is here! You have worked so hard with this challenge! I am loving each and every one of the shape cards. It's challenges like this that prompts you to create something out of your norm. Those of you who entered truly rose to the challenge! We panel judges are super impressed with the quality of your beautiful work! It was tough to pick the Top 10 Favorites...

Without further we go! 
 1. (# 53  Manuela)
2. (# 68) Leni

3. (# 33) Amy

4 (#51) Isha

 5. (# 66) Cindy
6. (# 66) Kay Miller

 7. (# 10 ) Angi Barrs

8. (#35) Shelly

9. (# 47) Heather
10. # 76 (Paperpicnic Jayne)

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

8. (#35) Shelly

Congratulations, Shelly!  Please e-mail quilt14@gmail. com to claim your prize before midnight, August 28 Eastern Time. If not, another Top 10 Favorite will be randomly picked!

 Here are the Honorable Mentions. These are super fabulous work! 

(in no particular order)

Lindsay A.
Annette A.
Cris G.
Penny Ward
Jenny Martin 
  Laura Jane

Thank you so much for your participation and support!
The new challenge will be  here on September 1st! See ya!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Wrap-Up

We have excellent shape cards entries! Shape cards do take more time to plan and design, thank you so much for your wonderful participation.  For each and every entry, I think it deserves a round of applause. Here are a few categories that I had compiled. These entries are most definitely worth noting...

1. An instant shape card? Use your dies! This is the most popular way to create shape cards! And why not, we all have some dies in our stash, right?

2. No shape? No problem...just draw the shape or use a template! These cards are handcrafted in great details! Hats off to these passionate and talented card makers!

3. Use the digies: this is the most convenient way to create a shape card. Working with digie is easier than you think.

4. Use a stamp to create a shape card: it's easy to get these stamps to create a shape. These cards may be smaller, but they sure pack a punch!

5. Put that Silhouette/ Cricut to work! These lean mean machines really give the designs an extra edge-it's peerless, professional-looking and!

6. Be creative! Where there is a will, there is a way....just ask Cindy!
The AMPERSAND was generated using MS Word and enlarged, then printed it on scrap paper, then used as a template to cut two pieces from white CS....(details are here). 

I hope that you take some time to visit the gallery! Our challenge entries are always brimming with creativity!  Our next post Spotlight Feature is on the 25th, do stop by to see if you are the winner!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Simple Shape Card

Have you tried making shape cards yet? I decided to make one more shape card for the challenge. I simply took out my dies and created a shape card...

When you put a half hexagon and a half circle together, what do you get?
A Cupcake! 

I used this Craft-A-Board (Ellen Hutson)to make the shape of a cupcake with my Hexagon dies (LifeStyle Craft) and circle dies (Spellbinders). The color mediums are Gelatos
happy birthday
For the "icing", I used Wendi Vecchi Embossing Paste with Martha Stewart glitter. After mixing three colors of distress inks (Pickled Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers) and paste, I applied the paste over Chevron stencil (Studio Calico).
 The "cherry" on top? It's a large moonshine sequin (from Simon Says Stamp) colored with the bright red copic marker. I added a ribbon and Perfect Pearl Liquid for the dotty details. I used Ice Cream Dream for the sentiment and polka dot stamp.

What do you think? I bet you have some random dies that are just "dying" to have you whip them into shape! Give it a go and you will be surprised with what you can come up with!
BE CREATIVE and don't forget to have FUN! 
 Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Guest Designer-Kelly Griglione!

Hello! It gives me great pleasure to introduce our guest designer to you!
She is the innovative, thinking-outside-the-box type of paper crafter-Kelly Griglione.
Kelly's brain is wired slightly differently....she often impresses her followers and card-makers like me with her ingenious and thoughtful designs. I strongly encourage you to take a look at her blog Notable Nest and you will definitely find something that prompts you to say: " Hm...why didn't I think of that? "

Kelly has made quite a few shape cards. In fact, our current challenge sample (see top right side bar) is contributed by Kelly. See the Charlie Brown ,squirrel, Dad, ball shape and owl card? Yup, they were all fabulously crafted by Kelly! Now let's hear it from Kelly!

Kelly: Hi folks! I am so very honored that Virginia asked me to share a shaped card for the sixth Virginia's View Challenge! Shaped cards are such a fun and easy way to make a card really stand out from the expected A2-sized cards. And you don't necessarily need fancy equipment to make one. Since I wanted to make the shape myself, I thought of a shape that's fairly simple and would fit in a standard envelope. A hat came to mind, so I sketched this one and cut it out with scissors. If sketching's not your thing, then bring up an image on your computer screen and trace it onto copy paper to make a template.
Kelly: Whenever you can, try and use the natural features of the shape to your advantage. For instance, the band of the hat makes a great place to line up the sentiment. The rest of the sentiment continues on the feather which is cut from pre-printed paper.

 Kelly: For the back of the card I chose to just cut out the main hat shape and not the brim, to avoid seeing double features when the card is standing open. A fun patterned paper on the inside reminds me of a lining on an expensive hat or coat. It's not much, but it adds a little somethin' : ) 
Kelly: Thanks so much to Virginia for hosting such a crazy-successful challenge for us all to play with and be inspired by! I know she spends a ton of hours to make this happen, and I would say to amazing results!!

Wow, how awesome are Kelly's card, instructions and tips! Please stop by Kelly's blog and give her some blog love! Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your big talent!

I hope this inspired you to create a shape card. And remember, you can use any die cut to create shapes. As long as it is not a square or a rectangle, then it qualifies!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Guest Designer- Lucy Abrams

Hello! Today we have a very special guest designer with us. Please help me welcome the talented and sweet Lucy Abrams! Lucy has a sweet and lovely style all of her own. I've known Lucy since our early online crafting days over Hero Arts Flickr. She continues to impress me with her takes on stamps and inks...and she loves PINK and GLITTER
Lucy: "I am so excited and honoured to be here today, especially as shaped cards are one of my very favourite kind of cards. :)  I have created a fun shaped birthday card using my Silhouette. I think shaped cards are great for kids, and this cute Octopus from the Silhouette store just called out to me. 

 ( use Washi Tape to keep the glitter paper in place)

I cut him from glitter card and twice from white card. I layered the glitter octopus over one of the white ones, then added Glossy Accents to all the dots and some large wiggle eyes (kids' cards NEED wiggle eyes, right?). 

 ( layer the white and glitter paper for sentiment)

Finally, I scored the top of the 2nd white octopus and adhered it behind the glittery one. So simple. A stamped label with a bit of stitching finished it off.  

Virginia, thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of this fun fun challenge. I can't wait to see what everyone makes."

Thank you so much, Lucy, for your wonderful inspiration! If you can stop by Lucy's Cards to leave her some love, that will be awesome! I hope that you are inspired to make a shape card!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge # 6

Hello, friends! Are you excited to embrace another new theme for the challenge? This month's challenge is a fun and creative one. Since we are in the middle of summer, why not get in shape to fit into that bikini outfit...yes, we are talking about SHAPE cards! For this very special occasion, I made a VIDEO for you (see You Tube)!


Get creative with your die cut, Silhouette, Cricut....or any hand drawn shapes that your heart desires!

 As long as your card is not a rectangle or a square, then it qualifies! 
 Here is a useful link to get you started if you want some free patterns to get creative!

These are my humble goals that I am aiming to achieve:
1. to foster the love of stamping/card making among the online community
2. to grow as a stamper/card-maker regardless of level and experience
3. to make new friends and encourage the camaraderie amongst the participants/blog followers. 

The challenge will run till the 18th (11:55pm 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...) is welcome! You can use the challenge photo as your inspiration (optional).
Our Sponsor: Simon Says Stamp 
Our Top Winner (randomly selected from Top 10 Favorites) will receive a $25 voucher!
  AWESOME, eh?!