Friday, February 27, 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!! 
Here is a sneak peek for you.

See you on  March 1st!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spotlight Feature

Hello! 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. Shakers cards are slightly fussy to make, but you all ACED the challenge!  The sheer number of entries is mind-boggling: 184 of shaker goodness!

So here we go.....

 3. #85 Emily Frasier

4. #96 Heather Hoffman

5.  #117 Sue McRae

6. #122  Kay Miller

7. (#1)Maria F.

8. ( #106) Preeya Stanley

9. (#160) Goldie from Cut and Paste

10. (#164) Julia Altermann (with a video!!)

Top 10 favorites, please grab your winning badge!

$25 Simon Says Stamp gift voucher for this challenge goes to ...
(drum roll, please)

10. (#164) Julia Altermann

and Pretty Pink Posh prize
goes to....
1. (#10) Jess (All That Sparkle)

Congratulations, Julia and Jess! Please e-mail/private message me over Facebook to claim your prize before Feb. 28, midnight Eastern Time. If not, another Top 10 Favorite will be randomly picked!

#154 Mary M.
#178 Archana

 It was not easy to do this you can imagine. If you didn't win the challenge, please do not despair! We are here to learn and share and that is what this challenge blog is about. I hope that you continue to play and enjoy card-making! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Wrap-Up

Hello, friends! Have you enjoyed the Shaker Cards Challenge? I think you did because we have nearly 200 entries (184 to be exact)! It's that fun time of the month to highlight and categorize the entries. Now we can ooh and aah over the creativity here in this blog. Here are the highlights:

1. Multiple compartments: these cards have multiple "windows" or "panels" for the shaker elements. I am amazed how varied and beautifully-executed they are.

2. Tell A Story: each shaker element contains a scene....tells a story, evokes some thoughts and feelings. Creativity at its best. Period.

3. Shaker cards are more than just sequins: from black sand in Tahiti, micro beads, wood veneer, stamped and diecut pieces, you have proved that you can use pretty much anything in the shaker element.

4. Unusual Shapes: shaker elements are not limited to heart shapes, circles, rectangles and squares....just take a look at these examples --->amazing creativity!

I know that I have missed a few to highlight in these categories, but you get the idea how amazing (and overwhelming) it is to see all these awesome shaker cards right in this very blog.

 A special shout out to people who created Shaker Cards for the very first time!
LeniRichard, Jill , Michelle, Lissy , Melissa, Maura, Sonja, Donnadoll
 .... and more!
  I know I have missed quite a few... If you made a shaker card(s) for the first time for this very challenge, please leave your name in the comment section of this post. I will be sure to add your name to this list; that way we can stop by and leave you some blog love! 

As you can tell, the panel of judges will have a tough time picking Top 10 Favorites and HMs. Please know that each entry is carefully examined and admired. I apologize that I can't possibly leave a comment in each and every entry due to time constraints... because my family still needs ME (LOL).

Please come back on the 25th for the Spotlight Feature when we will find out who wins these prizes.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Guest Designer-Paulina Nakamura

 Happy Valentine's Day, friends!
We are counting down to the shaker cards deadline (on the 18th!). There are just 4 more days to enter! Today we are thrilled to have the sweet and talented founder/owner/designer of Pretty Pink Posh Paulina Nakamura as our guest designer for this shaker card challenge.

Paulina's shaker card
 How gorgeous is that jar with all sorts of yummy sequins and then Paulina topped it off with the big red bow? Paulina's attention to detail really show through in this beauty!

Here is a bit about Pretty Pink Posh from Paulina: 
Founded in December 2013, Pretty Pink Posh is dedicated to providing tips, ideas and products for arts and craft lovers everywhere.

What began as a blog about life and crafts has grown into a fun-sized business, including our very own shop where you can find inspiration and products to make your next crafting project pop with perfect blend of trendy, colorful and pretty bling.

Whether you're adding sequins to a handmade card or wrapping a brown paper package with baker's twine, Pretty Pink Posh is your one-stop shop for an assortment of crafting embellishments, or what we refer to as "embellies". Recently, we have added steel dies that are designed in-house to our line and we think they're perfect for your future crafting projects.

In addition to our blog and online shop, follow along with Pretty Pink Posh on Instagram, Twitter , Facebook and YouTube.

 As mentioned, Pretty Pink Posh will be offering $25 to one of the Top 10 Favorites .
There are TWO prizes (Simon Says Stamp $25 Gift voucher) in this challenge!
Huge thanks to Paulina and her talented design team for providing the inspiration.
Now... don't delay, the challenge ends in 4 days!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Guest Designers-Amy K., Maureen M.

Have you heard?
Pretty Pink Posh is offering $25 Gift card to one of our Top 10 Favorites! 
And let's not forget Simon Says Stamp is our sponsor for this challenge blog and as usual, one of the Top 10 Favorites gets this!
Better yet, we have two hugely talented DT from Pretty Pink Posh to inspire us. Let's get right to it!

Amy Kolling (Stamp-n-Paradise)
Amy: I created a full card shaker using some amazing dies from Lil' Inker Designs.......pair that up with this large sentiment heat embossed in the background and the fabulous sequins from Pretty Pink Posh makes me very happy!  
Stamps:  All you need is Love
Paper:  Papertrey Ink and MFT
Ink:  Versamark
Dies:  Side Stitched Rectangles and Heart Banners Dies (Lil' Inker Designs)
Sequins:  6mm Marshmallow, Pink Peonies, Pink Blush, and Amethyst, 4mm Sparkling Clear and Pink Blush (PPP)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive, White Embossing Powder
Maureen Merritt (Mama Mo Stamps)

Maureen's tip: You can make shakers in all shapes and sizes, have fun with them! Remember to use two layers of foam dots to give your sequins more room to move around.  Glue several sequins around the the inside tool.  

What do you think? My heartfelt thanks to Amy and Maureen for taking time to create these beauties for us!  From all the amazing entries, I can tell that you are LOVING this shaker cards challenge! We are approaching 100 entries and that is HUGE! Shaker cards are a bit more work to make, but you know, it is totally worth it!

The challenge ends on the 18th! There is still plenty of time to enter. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Guest Designers-Leigh P., Gayatri M. and Lisa E.

Hello! Are you hesitant about playing the Shaker Card challenge? Need more convincing? Well, today's inspiration will make you want to run to your craft table and make shaker cards!!

It is my honor to have the design team from Pretty Pink Posh to share their talent! The sweet and talented owner of Pretty Pink Posh Paulina is offering a PRIZE to one of our Top 10 favorites! That means, we have TWO prizes for this shaker card challenge! Squeal!
Let's get started, shall we?

Leigh Penner (To the Full)
Leigh: For my card, I used Paulina's Stitched Duos 3 dies & I mixed some white glitter with her Silver Shimmer Seed Beeds.

Tips from Leigh: I used narrow strips of double sided foam tape to form a rectangle around the "bad" side of the window diecut, which was lined with clear acetate.
I put a mix of the beads and glitter onto the card and then adhered the window over top.

Gayatri Murali (Handmade by G3)
Gayatri: I have used Simon Says Stamp TV Shaker Craft Die using the birch wood paper for my shaker card. Inside the shaker, I have used Blush Pink, Pink Peonies 4mm sequins and Silver Shimmer beads from Pretty Pink Posh. I put the TV on the stand on the wall using stamps from To Thine Own Shelf stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.

Lisa Elton (My Paper Tales)
Lisa: First I die cut a heart (PTI) from a piece of fun foam and daisy print paper. I've filled my shaker with Sparkling Clear Seed Beads, Sweetheart Mix Sequins, 4mm Marshmallow & 4mm Pink Blush Sequins. Two punched hearts stamped with DeNami Design sentiments were added to the mix.
Lisa: Next came Piglet who is perched upon a small rectangle cut with one of the Stitched Borders 1 dies topped with Washi Tape. He's nestled into a few die cut leaves and flowers. A couple of Chevron Twill Ribbon: {Celery} tails help to anchor this little cluster of cuteness!

Are you loving the EYE CANDY? I know I am! Big thanks to Leigh, Gayatri and Lisa for creating these jaw-dropping projects for us. These is more awesomeness to come from the Pretty Pink Posh design team. Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Guest Designer- May Park

Hello! What's shaking!?
It brings me great pleasure to introduce to you our first guest designer for this shaker card challenge. It is the amazingly talented May Sukyong Park from Mayholics in Crafts. I first knew about May and her work through her active participation in ...what else... Virginia's View Challenge! Each one of her designs is so clean, composed, uncluttered and stylish! I am often amazed by May's photo tutorials because they look like that they are straight from a magazine! May is on several design teams and has been published many times and has a few winning titles under her belt. She also has been published in Korean paper-crafting magazines! Just this past January, May designed a new stamp set Jump Start My Heart (Neat and Tangled). Boy, this girl does get around, let me tell ya! 
Without further ado, let's see what magic May brings to us....

May: Hello, crafty friends! I'm beyond excited to be here today as a guest designer for Virginia's View challenge! For my shaker card project, I took an idea from my own Fresh Soda card that I made for Gallery Idol contest last year.

May: Here is what I came up with:
May: I created a soft drink themed card using Silhouette cutting machine along with my own random wave pattern. (I’m sharing my cutting file I designed, and you can download HERE for only personal use.). Doesn’t it look like a bottle of sparkling lemonade to you? *wink*

May: I filled in the shaker box with Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh along with Yellow Stars from Art-C. I’m not sure you could see in the photo, but I added some shades of yellow behind the shaker window to look like freshly squeezed lemonade. Just looking at those sequin scatters in yellowy backdrop makes my mouth water. Yum!
 May: This is how I put together my card.
①Create a bottle image using Silhoutte design studio and cut it out using Silhouette cutting machine. ② Heat emboss the sentiment from My Favorite Sentiments using white embossing powder.
③ Draw some random waves on the green panel using white gel pen.
④ Blend in colors on a piece of white cardstock using blending tools and Distress Inks.
⑤ Cut a piece of acetate and glue it to the back of the bottle window. Fill up the window with sequins. Then place the panel over the inked background using foam tape.
⑥Cut some droplets and adhere them onto the card. Apply some glitter and glossy accents over them.
May: I’m so happy with how my card turned out. So delightful and refreshing! Hope you all enjoyed my card and got some inspiration to make your own shaker card. Can’t wait to see your take on this FAB challenge. Thank you Virginia for having me as your guest designer.

And wow....are you in awe yet? The sequin mix is absolutely dreamy and tantalizing! I adore this fun and gorgeous card!  Please stop by May's blog and give her some blog love or leave her comments here! Thank you so much, May, for the inspiration!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Virginia View Challenge #12

Happy February, my friends!
Welcome to the new challenge! I can't believe this is already the 12th one! Time flies when you are having fun! Well, the fun starts right now as we are into the month of LOVE! What can be more fitting than creating shaker cards? If you are new to card-making and are not familiar with shaker cards, you can find a few tutorials about making shaker cards.

Here are some great tutorials. You should definitely check them out if you haven't already.
Kristina Werner: Sewn Shaker Card
Nichol Magouirk: Shaker Card with Beads

You can use anything for your shaker card content: confetti, beads, sequins, flowers, hearts..and shape images (from punches and die-cutting). Sky is the limit! Think outside the box!

Your shaker element can be small or large.

You can also create faux shaker cards (see here).
You can create any shape and sizes (see here)
My take on a shaker card.
love to you
I started out with creating the card front. With water-coloring, you can create any image you want. I placed foam tape underneath the large rectangle frame and added sequins and acetate on top. Voila!
Please gather your sequins, confetti, bits and pieces of die cut, beads....
 Let's start shaking!

This monthly card-making challenge blog will run till the 18th (11:55pm Eastern Time) and there will be a SPOTLIGHT feature of Top 10 Favorites on the 25th. Any style and all levels are most welcome! You can read more about the challenge guidelines at the bottom of the page.

Among the Top 10 Fav, there will be a random draw for a lucky (and talented) winner who will then receive the top prize. In order to qualify for the top prize, your project has to be NEW (not linked back to a previously made project). You are welcome to combine other challenges, but please limit your total number of challenges to no more than 4.

Our Sponsor: Simon Says Stamp
Thank you, Simon Says Stamp!!

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