Monday, March 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 April 1st (no April Fool's joke here)!

Wednesday, March 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. If you saw my wrap-up post, you know what I mean.
We had a huge number of entries (305!!!), each one of them is stellar in its own right.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Favorites.

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

7. 77 Clare

Congratulations,  Clare! Please e-mail me to claim your prize before midnight, March 28 Eastern Time. If not, another Top 10 Favorite will be randomly picked! 

In no particular order, here are our Honorable Mentions.

295 Broni

Thank you for your wonderful support and participation. I am sure you'd agree that we have SO many talented card makers playing this challenge. I can absolutely say that this is one giant successful party here in this blog! I can't wait for the NEXT party! See you on April 1st

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Wrap-Up

Hello friends!
It's not easy to do a Wrap-Up post...
In fact, I get intimidated dread doing it because of the astounding number of your gorgeous creations. 
I get overwhelmed, very overwhelmed...but again, I digress, this challenge is not about me :) 
With SO many AMAZING entries, I only got to share a few for these categories. 
Let's get inspired, shall we? 

1. Embossing and Watercolor: These two techniques are still immensely popular. You can tell why it is still all the rage from these beauties!

2. Emboss Resist: Can you resist embossing? I think not. This proves to be the kicker for this challenge!

3. Multiple Embossing: For those who go to great lengths to emboss the images multiple times, the results say it all.

4. Clear Embossing: It's plainly clear to see that Clear-Embossing is the unsung hero when it comes to embossing. Because it makes everything POP!!

5. White Embossing: there is something special about those white outlines... everything looks better with white embossing. 

6: Dry-Embossing: let's face it, were you tempted to buy EVERY dry-embossing folder out there when you first got your die cut machine? I am sure we can all relate :) 

7. Embossing Paste with stencils: stencils with embossing paste have quite the presence in paper-crafting; it is now all about that PASTE! 

There are a few more categories (gold embossing, silver embossing...etc), but I must put a stop here. You get the idea. Well, thank you so much for hanging out here! 
This is THE place to share our stamping obsession.
Thank you for your participation and enthusiasm. I really can't ask for more. 
See you on 25th. Top 10 Favorites and HMs will be announced! Ciao!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Guest Designer--Heather Hoffman

Hi there! 
Are you having fun with the All Things Embossed Challenge? I think so! The number of entries keep going up and up...there is still lots of time to enter.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to our guest designer--Heather Hoffman. When I first started to know about Heather, I noticed her unique and catchy blog name--House Built of Cards.
You see, Heather is a prolific card maker with huge talent and a BIG heart. Heather has won numerous stamping titles/competitions and publications. The cool thing about Heather is that she also donates her earning from cards to build houses in Burundi, Africa, through a ministry called Sister Connection. Hence, her blog name is House Built of Cards.

Now, please get a cup of coffee, snacks, drinks, cocktail...etc and settle yourself down for a real treat....

Heather: I’m super excited to be here guest designing on Virginia’s View Challenge! Virginia is always inspiring, kind, and ever so encouraging to everyone that plays along here! I made 3 cards today using this month’s technique – embossing! There are SOOOO many different ways to incorporate this on your cards, so I decided to hit on several! :)
First up, one fun technique I came up with – embossing on vellum in black, then coloring with Copic Markers to give a stained glass effect:
Heather: I used a Unity Stamp Company image – images with dark solid lines work best for this. Color quickly with your Copics for this technique, or the color will show lines – I think this is because the ink dries so quickly on the vellum! Here is a close up of the butterfly:
Heather: I also used one of my other favorite techniques combined with embossing – watercolors! I heat embossed my sentiment on watercolor paper, then used watercolor paints to color around it. Finally, I also debossed the solid cardstock with a couple of Papertrey Ink Impression Plates
Heather: Next up, I started thinking about different ways to incorporate embossing, and it hit me – Embossing Paste! Since embossing is all about adding dimension and texture, embossing paste is a perfect medium!
Heather: For this one, I used distress ink to blend a roughly shaped square on the front of my white cardstock, then used white embossing paste and a Hero Arts stencil. I also love heat embossing my sentiments on black cardstock – makes them pop so well, and adds a great grounding to the cute little Lawn Fawn image that I colored with Copics and fussy cut out before adhering with foam adhesive.

Heather: Finally, I thought I would try one with good old fashioned dry embossing!
Heather: I used an older embossing folder from my stash that is just so classic. Polka dots go with EVERYTHING! Matted it with a pinked edge die from Avery Elle, added another adorable Lawn Fawn image with a bit of vellum at the bottom to ground it, then again, heat embossed my sentiment on black cardstock and hand trimmed a banner.
Heather:  Thanks for stopping by – and thanks SOOOO much Virginia for inviting me! I am truly honored! And I hope you will join along and play this month with whatever form of embossing is your favorite – or stretch yourself and try something new! :)

 Are you amazed as I am? I think Heather's projects really showcase the Embossing theme perfectly. Thank you, Heather, for working hard on this guest design. It would be awesome if you can leave Heather's blog some love! I am sure you would want to rush to your craft desk to create now that you are feeling SO inspired.
Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Guest Designer-Linda Brandyberry

Hello, friends!
It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to our guest designer Linda Brandyberry (aka Lin over Sending Hugs). I have known Lin since my early days (circa 2009) of online stamping over Hero Arts Flickr. Lin and I have met 3 times in person and she is beautiful inside and out. Lin is one of the most prolific and talented card makers. Lin loves all things flowers and blue. Her signature style leans towards Classy and Elegant and her paper-piecing is always a treat to see. But really, she can do all styles!
Without further ado, here are the inspiration and pearls of wisdom from Lin.

Lin:  Everyone remembers the magic we all felt when we first heat embossed our first stamped images, and now with the beautiful colors and variety of embossing powders, the sky's the limit!  But I think my favorite kind of embossing is the tone-on-tone look we achieve when we introduce dry embossing into a design.  The result is something you want to reach out and touch and yet it's a subtle addition of texture that works every time, whether it's a whole background or just a smaller area on your card!
Lin: "Just Because" uses an inlaid die-cut.  Cut a panel a bit smaller than the card front, then center the stitched rectangle die on it and cut it out, setting aside the rectangle while you dry emboss the "frame" that is left.  Stamp the sentiment on the stitched panel, then reinsert it into the embossed frame and attach the whole thing to your card front.  Add flowers, leaves and enamel dots.  (Flowers and leaves are white-embossed on printed papers)

Lin:  "Happy Birthday":  Cut aqua panel slightly smaller than card front, and using an embossing STRIP, emboss once across the top and again down the left side of the panel; sand to bring out the details, affix to card base, and add die-cut details.

Lin:  "Special":  Heat emboss flowers and leaves in gold on watercolor cardstock, using masking, then paint with watered-down distress inks.  Emboss sentiment in gold.  Gold emboss flowers only on vellum, fussy-cut them out and attach to painted flowers using tiny dots of glossy accents, as little as possible, around the edges and the tiniest piece of foam square in center to raise vellum in center slightly.  Affix to pink card base and sprinkle gold sequins.

Lin: Thank you so much, Virginia, for allowing me to play with some of my favorite techniques!  I hope they'll inspire others to play in your anniversary challenge! 

How about that? I bet you can feel that Spring is in the air after seeing Lin's creations. A big round of applause to Lin for sharing her inspiring work. Please stop by Lin's blog and leave her some blog love. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Guest Designer--Laura Bassen

 Hello, friends! It's time to welcome our first guest designer for the All Things Embossed Challenge!
You all know her, you all love her and her videos totally makes you smile....
Need I say more?
Please welcome my dear friend Laura Bassen who returned as a guest designer to help us celebrate this one-year old challenge blog!
Laura is most well-known for her rainbow-colored scheme, light and airy, happy and cheery designs!
We are super duper lucky that she had prepared a You Tube Video for us! YEEEESSS!

Noticed how Laura clear-embossed the main section of the card and left out the borders?
This card reminds me of the painter's color palette? Simply superb!
Triangle card
cardstock: Neenah solar white 80lb., Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
stamps: Rectangled & Triangled-Winnie & Walter
brush: Ranger Studio Paint brushes
clear embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp)
Silhouette machine
The next card, Laura embossed and water-colored the area that she used the Triangle stamp.
It's seems like such a simple idea, but the way how Laura executed is outstanding.
Beautiful card
cardstock: Neenah solar white 80lb., Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
stamps: Grid Background, Hello You (Simon Says Stamp)
ink: versafine onyx black
Copic multiliner pen 0.3
dies: Beautiful (Simon Says Stamp)
brush: Ranger Studio Paint brushes
clear embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp)

 Aren't they super GORGEOUS!? 
Lastly, I want to mention that Laura is teaching an online course "Vibrant Stamping"
This class is held over Craftsy (details here) and it is currently on sale for only $19.99! $24.99 . I also take lessons over Craftsy and the classes are awesome and the videos are a joy to watch!
A huge round of applause for Laura's superb creations. Please stop by Laura's blog and leave her some love! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Virginia's View Challenge #13

Welcome to the new March Challenge! This challenge is a special one...
Can you believe that Virginia's View Challenge blog turns ONE YEAR OLD today?

When I started this challenge, I didn't plan to go on this long because it is quite a commitment! Seeking best guest designers, commenting, posting updates and more commenting, choosing Top 10  Favorites...the tasks can be daunting. 
But, with the amazing support and the avid participation, YOU make this all possible! For that, thank you for your amazing support and participation during this past year!
For our 13th challenge, We are going rekindle the old flame in stamping....
 As you may have experienced, when you fell in love with stamping, it's all because embossing rocks!
Well, let's get back to the basics, that is, embossing.

All Things Embossed ( please choose at least one)
~heat-embossing (using embossing powder)
~multiple embossing
~dry embossing
   embossing folders
   stencils (see example below)
   dies: please see Jennifer McGuire's video here
   household objects: get creative!
   Here is a quick guide for some dry-embossing with diecut machine.
~de-bossing is welcome, too! If interested, please see link: here
~any kind of embossing that you like to is the limit!

Here is my take on embossing (using two different bold embossing powder)
so very thankful

 Here is my card using stencil as an embossing folder. You can find out the details here.

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?!