Monday, September 29, 2014

Sneak Peek!

Two. more. days.
The new challenge theme is going to be a popular one! 
Come and play!
See you on October 1st.
Same time, same place!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Spotlight Feature

That time of the month is finally here! Wow....212 entries! That is absolutely awesome! One of the judges mentioned that this was truly a difficult process as there is so much to meet the eyes! Thank you so much for your participation and support. Without further ado, Here are our picks.

 2. #87 Lindsay A. 

3. #6 Therese

4. #27 Karen Amidon

  5. #106 Heather Hoffman

 6. #186 Kimberly Wiener

7.  #20 May Park 

8. # 58 Kay Miller

9. #159 Kelly Grigloine

10. #172 Sarah Gray

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

10. Sarah Gray

Congratulations, Sarah !  Please e-mail me to claim your prize before midnight, Sept. 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)
  #26 Karen Walker
Thank you so much for playing! In our eyes, you are all rock stars to us for taking up the challenge!
The new challenge will be here on October 1st! See ya!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hello and....Updates!

Hello! First of all, a big thank you for playing the pattern paper challenge. It is a HUGE success! I want to take this chance to thank our 8 guest designers for this challenge.

Shelly Kurth (Sweet Greetings) 
Vicky Papaioannou (Clips-n-Cuts) 
Lin Brandyberry (Sending Hugs)
Amy T. (Tsuruta Designs)  
 Iwona Palamountain ( Random Acts of Creativity) 
Miriam Prantner (Sooner rather than Later) 
Piali Biswas (TOUCH OF CREATION)  
Tracey McNeely (In My Creative Opinion) 

Not only did they inspire us with their awesome projects, they also made the time to visit some of your blogs and leave you some love! I am counting myself very lucky to have them this past month.

I am sorry to say that there is no wrap-up post for the pattern paper challenge. If you follow our Facebook page, you get the latest updates and peeks (see here). For nearly 3 weeks, I was busy traveling/cruising  in Italy, Greece and Turkey. Here is my pet cat Alexia who will give you some idea how much we have traveled...

 Venice was where we started
 Greece ( Olympia, Athens, Mitilini, Santorini, and Argostoli)
Turkey (Istanbul, Ephesus )
 We had tons of fun along the way...

The highlight of the trip? Meeting our guest designer Vicky Papaioannou in Santorini , Greece.
We had it all---heat, excitement and fun. Alexia got the chance to photo-bomb Vicky and Aris (Vicky's husband-the mastermind of InLinkz and now HangATag). What a lovely couple! 

You may have noticed that we only have one post this month and many of you did not get a comment from me (which is unlike me). It's not because your work is not being admired or appreciated, but I simply did not have the time with all the traveling.  I am enjoying this break so far. With a break, I am able to forge ahead and plan more exciting themes for the upcoming challenges. There will be more inspiration ahead, I promise you!

We have a whopping 212 entries for this challenge. In the next few days, I  (along with our panel of judges) hope to spend more time visiting your work.
Be sure to come right back on the 25th for the Spotlight Feature!
Thanks for stopping by!
PS: If interested, you can see more of the travel photos here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge # 7

It's a new month, a new challenge! This time, it is all about pattern paper/designer paper. You know you have them, you buy them and hoard them! Well, it's time to get your pattern paper out to play!

  We are doing something a little different this Month. Instead of having 2 guest designers, we are having several talented guest designers to showcase the Pattern Paper Challenge. The more , the merrier, right? I hope that you will be inspired to create something new, something different with pattern paper! Please note that there will be no new posts till the end of the challenge. I (Virginia) will take a break from commenting and posting.

Let's get started, shall we?
Virginia Lu (Yes, Virginia...)
Virginia:  I chose the ornate and glittery pattern paper (DCWV) to compliment this magnolia image (from Altenew). The pattern paper really gives this design an oomph factor. With the die cut, this card looks harder to make than it appears!

Shelly Kurth (Sweet Greetings)
Shelly: I used Altenew's Ori-Kami set (butterfly) and stamped my butterfly on a few different pattern papers. After, I cut the 'body' for one piece. The 'lower wings' for another piece, and etc. Then pieced together, once done with all the cutting. Added foam squares to the back of my middle butterfly and left all the others flat, on my card. Top top everything off, added some sequins. 

Vicky Papaioannou (Clips-n-Cuts)
Vicky: I stamped the cute little piggy many times in different patterned papers. Gingham for the body, pale solid pink for the ears and nose and green for the party hat and the balloon. The background was made by using embossing paste over a stencil with stars and then I applied glitter or top. "

Lin Brandyberry (Sending Hugs)
Lin: About my patchwork background: This strip-piecing background was taught to me by a special friend many years ago when I first started making cards.  It's a great way to use up scraps!  You start by cutting them into strips of various lengths. They can be all the same width, or varying widths. The first strip goes all the way across your card, and the 2nd and 3rd ones go perpendicular to it, above and below it.  Then you just fill in the card with the remaining strips, following these 3 guidelines.  Be sure to use some of the same papers in your main image that will go over the finished strip-pieced background, and everything will tie together.  Here I just used 1 green paper, and a variety of pinks, but the sky's the limit as far as what colors and how many you choose to use.  

Amy T. (Tsuruta Designs)
Amy: Hi! It's Amy T. here! So happy to be a guestie at Virginia's View! I am a huge fan of color and pattern! One of my time-saving Patter Paper tips is to stay within the same collection of paper. This makes it easy to mix and match the patterns/colors. My shaped card uses Fancy Pants' Nautical Collection. I teamed it up with Neat and Tangled Sailemates. The beauty of Neat & Tangled's images is the fact that they generally use thick borders. This makes it ideal for both paper-piecing and coloring. When I design scenery cards, I look for high contrast. Originally the sails were paper pieced with a light blue star pattern, I switched it out with the diagonal stripes for more of a contrast. A big shout out to Virginia for asking me to be a guest!

 Iwona Palamountain ( Random Acts of Creativity)
Iwona (aka Chupa): I designed this card almost entirely with the help of patterned papers, except from the boy with the kite, whom I stamped and fussy cut. I made the papers work double for me, filling in the die cut shapes with meaning by using colour and pattern, and providing a very fitting sentiment as well.

Miriam Prantner (Sooner rather than Later)
Miriam: I stamped the feathers, from Jane's Doodles' Wise Owl set, multiple times on different papers from the Little Yellow Bicycle Poppy collection and then fussy cut the different portions of the feather piecing them onto feathers that I had stamped on white cardstock. To add a little extra interest, the blue portions of the feather are popped up with foam adhesive.  For a more finished look and to add some shadow, I first colored the stamped feather portions on the base before I adhered the blue pieces. I added some offset mats and a strip of black cardstock to anchor the stamped panel.  The sentiment is from Jane's Doodles'  Doodle Flowers II set. Thanks so much for inviting me!

 Piali: I used Hero Arts background stamp and paper pieced the background using Heidi Swapp paper pad. Also added some liquid gold paint on few chevrons. The "thanks" die is from Simon Says Stamps.   
Tracey McNeely (In My Creative Opinion)
      Tracey: Tips-- When working with patterned paper it is easy when you chose patterns from the same collections when you choose patterns from the same collection as I did with the Into the Woods from Lawn Fawn. Paper-piecing is a fabulous way to add pattern paper to a CAS design without overdoing it. Sequins are also another way to balance pattern paper so it does not overwhelm your design.

Huge thanks to our talented guest designers--Shelly, Vicky, Lin, Amy, Iwona, Miriam, Piali and Tracey! It will be much appreciated if you can stop by their blogs to give them some love! Their talent (and yours) truly makes this challenge blog a successful one!

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, Studio Calico...) 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?!