Friday, January 30, 2015

Sneak Peek

Two. More. days.
Our next challenge awaits!

A special shout out to our Sponsor: Simon Says Stamp 
Thank you, Simon Says Stamp, for your continuing support!! 
See you on Feb. 1st!  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

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. 

Here we go!
Dr. John: "I like Happy Hippo and Peppy Penguin."

Virginia: These cards are original, creative, dramatic and stunning.

Stephanie: I love fun images and colors with a clean and crisp background.

7. #13 Deepti

8. #100 May Park

9. #205 Julia (Zed Squared Crafts)

10. #221 Ceal

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

 4. #51 Anni

The 2nd prize $30 gift card to Art Impression Stamps (generously offered by our guest designer Piali) goes to a randomly selected challenge player

Congratulations,  Anni and Valentyna ! Please e-mail me to claim your prize before Jan 28, midnight Eastern Time. If not, another Top 10 Favorite and a player will be randomly picked! 
In no particular order, here are our Honorable Mentions.
#79 Thordis
#128 Gloria Lee
#136 Ujjwal Gupta
#140 Joanna Harty
#190 Francine 
#208 Deanne@Threetrees
#249 Cathy
#258 Ardyth
#266 Angela Walters
#312 Mayline

Your participation and comments are what makes this challenge a SUCCESS! Thank YOU!
We will have a sneak peek for next challenge on the 30th!
See you then!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Wrap-Up

 Hello friends!
Normally I post the wrap-up on the 21st. Since I am WAY ahead of schedule, I am posting it one day early so we can enjoy the eye candy longer! Let's get started!

What a GREAT way to start our first challenge in 2015 with a clean slate, eh!?
You have done it and.... what an amazing job you did! 
It was not easy to sift through all the creations (a whopping 312 entries!!). 
Here is the summary of how we created with a clean slate in mind.

1. It's all about the white space: one object, one theme and one/no sentiment. CAS and PERFECT.

 2. It's all about the contrast with white: effective and oh. so. colorful

3. Let it be white: these creations are far from boring...each one of them shows depth, interesting textures and dimensions! Wow!

4.White with muted tones: beautiful and sophisticated, don't you think?

5. When in doubt, just add a strong dose of RED to spice things up.

 6. One layer beauties: it's hard to believe these are all one layer cards. These talented card-makers really know how to make the stamped/diecut images shine! We have so many inspiring entries that I have divided them into two groups. 

Group 1: 

Group 2: 

How about a round of applause for these amazing entries? I apologize if I have missed seeing your entry that belongs to the above categories. I only wish I have more eyes and time...!

Along with the panel of judges (Dr. John and Stephanie), I have a very difficult task ahead--picking Top 10 Favorites and HMs!  If your card is featured here today, you are definitely a winner in our eyes!

Thanks so much for your participation and support! For the Spotlight Feature on the 25th, we will announce the winners and HMs. As usual, one of the Top 10 favorites will receive a $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift voucher. A random winner (from all of the entries) will receive $30 Gift Certificate Coupon code for Art Impression Stamps, thanks to the generosity of our guest designer Piali.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Guest Designer-Judy Marino

 This is another exciting day in our challenge blog. Each time I present to you a new guest designer, I feel like that I am introducing a new friend to you! Indeed, today's guest was an old stamping friend that I "met" through Hero Arts Flickr. Please welcome Judy Marino from Judy's Card Corner! Judy's creations are absolutely delightful! There is always a sense of sweetness in her clean and simple designs. Way back around 2009-2010, Judy had won the One Layer Challenge over Hero Arts; I took note and have been a fan of her work since....let's hear it from Judy!

Judy: Hello, friends! I'm so excited to be here today as a guest designer for Virginia's View! I am so grateful to Virginia for inviting me. I am beyond honored!
For my clean and simple, one-layered projects today, I revisited an idea that had been done before (I know Virginia and I have both done it!)...I decided to jazz up a set of blank thank you notes from the local craft store using one of my favorite stamp sets.
Judy: I purchased this package of thank you notes (my "clean slate") at the local craft store for $1.50. Inspired by the floral photos in Virginia's challenge photo, I decided to ink up my WPlus9 "Folk Art Florals" set and individualize a few cards. Here is what I came up with all together.
For my first card, I combined some Hero Arts inks and a Martha Stewart border punch for a true folk art floral card. I masked the inside of the card in order to run the ink pad cross the bottom so the border would stand out.
Judy: For my second card, I masked the center of the note card with a Post-It, then stamped a Hero Arts/Basic Grey background stamp to make a border around the edge of the card. I added score lines to accentuate the border, then stamped the flowers (inked with LePlume markers).
Judy: For my next card, I masked the center of the entire card to cover the sentiment, then stamped several flowers using coral and khaki Simon Says Stamp inks. Once I removed the mask, I stamped two extra leaves (using Hero Arts soft granite ink) and added score lines to accentuate the center. I like adding score lines -- I think they add some dimension and interest to an otherwise flat card.
Judy: I used several techniques on my last card. First I masked the sentiment with a Post-It. Next, I inked the inside of an embossing folder with Her Arts soft pool shadow ink. I ran it through my Cuttlebug, then removed the mask and stamped the flowers in the corner. 
Judy: Finally, I once again added some score lines for added interest. While there is more going on with this card's texture, it is still one layer and there is still plenty of white space. What I love about these cards is that they are all flat, easy to mail, and all unique. I hope to make more cards using this package of thank you notes...if I do, I'll be sure to link them up to the challenge! I hope I've inspired you to play with your favorite stamp set using different colors and layouts. I can't wait to see what "clean slate" projects you come up with! 

Well, aren't you in awe of Judy's projects? Her write-up of the creative process is thorough and clear. I feel that we are right in her stamping corner! Judy's way of using white space and dimensions (also the savvy purchase of the inexpensive envelops) are inspiring. 
 Please stop by Judy's blog and give her some blog love. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Guest Designer- Alice Wertz

Hello, friends! 
Have you joined the challenge yet? 
If not, today's guest designer will surely get you inspired. 
This girl has mad (I mean, MAD) coloring skills and her stamping techniques are absolutely top-notch. With numerous stamping winning titles under her belt, she is....
the wonderful Alice Wertz from Alice's {Little} Wonderland.

Here are Alice's amazing projects. 
Alice: I used Jane's Doodles Read All Bout It set. The image is colored with Copic markers. I masked the girl before stamping the stack of books behind her. It's an "almost" one layer card if you don't count the washi tape sentiment. =)
Alice: In this card, I used stamps from My Favorite Things. The girl is from Class Act set and the sentiment is from Mason Jar Labels set. It's colored with Copic markers and this one is hopefully good for the "white space" feature.

Alice: Thanks so much once again for the invitation! I had such fun making these cards for your challenge! =)

Don't you just wish you could watch Alice doing the coloring? I was lucky to have met Alice in San Francisco (August, 2013). Both of us were born and raised in Taiwan, so there is that extra special connection and bond that we have. We chatted mostly with each other in Mandarin, except when we had to translate for our non-Chinese speaking husbands and my kids!

Virginia and Alice
Alice is just as sweet as her creations and is also very humble and kind. We are truly blessed to have such a talented card-maker amongst us! Please stop by Alice's blog and leave her some blog love! 
Thank you, Alice, for inspiring us with your creations.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Guest Designer- Piali Biswas

Hello! Are you inspired to create for the latest challenge "Clean Slate"? 
Today we are in for a real treat as we have a special guest--Piali Biswas ( Touch of Creation). I have known Piali through our DT and blogging for a few years now. She always wowed me with her artistic flair and design sense. With Piali's skills and techniques, her handmade cards are truly outstanding. No wonder that Piali is a much sought-after designer and has won numerous competitions and challenges. Let's hear it from Piali...

Piali: Thank you Virginia for having me as your guest designer. It’s a true honor to be here!!!
Love this month’s theme…one of my favorite!! I love CAS cards and especially cards with lots of white space.
I had a blast creating for this challenge, I have not one but 4 cards to share.
First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone….
Piali: A super simple new year’s card, very easy to mass produce. I used Avery Elle –Bunting stamp set and sentiment from CASual Fridays Stamps for this card. I heat embossed the strings, dots and stars with WOW embossing powder .  Just added few tiny clear rhinestones for extra shine.
Next card is simple water-colored one….
Piali: I heat embossed the Stampendous image on watercolor paper and water colored it with distress inks…super simple!!!
Next one is one of my favorite…
Piali: Simple one layer card!! The gorgeous rose stamp is from Waltzing Mouse.
Just added a few Gold shine splatters.
My last card is a cute one using patterned paper… 
Piali: Sometimes PP can be used for CAS cards.
I just added a sentiment from Avery Elle stamps and few tiny gold diecut hearts.
Hope you liked these cards!!!  Can’t wait to see your take on this FAB challenge.
Thanks again ,Virginia!!!

Wow, isn't Piali amazing!? Because she is also super generous, Piali has a special giveaway. One of the players (randomly chosen from all players, not just Top 10 favorites) will receive a $30 Gift Certificate Coupon code for Art Impression Stamps. The winner will be announced on the 25th along with Top 10 favorites and HM. The more cards you enter, the more chances you will have to win Piali's giveaway.  Please stop by Piali's blog and leave her some blog love! 
 Thanks for stopping by!