Monday, April 27, 2015

Guest Designer--Isha Gupta

Hello friends!
I am so very pleased to welcome my friend Isha Gupta (New Ideas) who is our guest designer today! What can I tell you about Isha? She is sweet, kind and truly talented!
Isha's work is always so detailed, well thought-out and she executes her designs in true Isha perfection. Isha has mad coloring skills and is an expert on all sorts of color mediums....
I could go on and on about Isha but let's get right to it, shall we?

Isha: Hello everyone!! I am so excited and honored to be a guest at Virginia’s challenge blog. Thank you Virginia for inviting me, I had so much fun creating. The challenge this month is layers and dimension. I love giving dimension to my cards using various techniques. Today, I decided to share 2 very different cards with you  :)
For my 1st card, I decided to challenge myself. As you know I love stamping but here I created a card without stamping…I can’t even believe myself…lol
I simply used some beautiful patterned paper collection kit by Bella Blvd. and some vellum. I die-cut that small tiny heart element using Waffle Flower die.
Cardstock: (Neenah) Solar White
Vellum: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: (Bella Blvd.) Scattered Sprinkles Collection; (DCWV)  gold foil paper
Die: (Waffle Flower) Tiny Heart Die
Other: Paper clip, Embroidery Floss; 3D foam squares by Scrapbook adhesives
Isha: Now layering and dimension doesn’t always have to be patterned paper only. I incorporated foiling, watercoloring on my 2nd card. I foiled some Heidi Swapp Minc papers and foiled it using my laminator. I stamped and embossed some flowers and leaves onto watercolor paper. Colored them in using some inks. Die-cut a tag out of white cardstock and Vellum, layered them together for extra dimension :) 

Cardstock: (Neenah) Solar White, Black; (Canson) Watercolor Paper; (Bazzill) Vellum
Patterned Paper: (Heidi Swapp - Minc) 5th Avenue
Stamp: (Winnie & Walter) The Big, the Bold and the Party; The Big, the Bold and Extras
Die: (Winnie & Walter) Katharine Cutaways
Ink: (Imagine Craft/ Tsukineko) VersaMark
Foil: (WOW!) Pink Fab Foil; (Heidi Swapp) Teal
Other: Embossing powder (Opaque Bright White – WOW!); Doilie; Pretty Pink Posh sequins clear; Hemp Twine; Gansai watercolor; 3D foam squares by Scrapbook adhesives

Wow, are you inspired by Isha's beautiful work? I know I am. Please stop by Isha's blog and leave her some blog love. Thank you, Isha, for taking the time to do this guest design for us. 
And thank YOU, for linking up your gorgeous entries and keeping this challenge blog alive and a happy place to be.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Guest Designer--Miriam Prantner

Dear friends, it's time to introduce you to our next guest designer. Please welcome the sweet and talented Miriam Prantner (Sooner rather than Later). I have the pleasure of knowing Miriam through blogging for at least 3 years now. Miriam is one of those kind papercrafters who tirelessly offers her positive feedback and generous comments. This talented mother of two cute daughters has won many huge paper-crafting titles (Gallery Idol, WCMD winner...etc) and has been published numerous times in major paper crafting magazines. In the last year or so, Miriam has even designed stamp sets for Neat and Tangled (see Origami Map and Dala Horse).
This is one of the most memorable cards (for me) with Washi tape from Miriam. It won her the Top 20 entry to Gallery Idol and eventually she advanced to Top 5 in 2014. Her Origami stamp design was also inspired by this card. How cool and fun is that?

edited:  this is her latest rendition from the stamp set. (thud!)

Miriam: Hi!  I'm excited to be guest designing for Virginia Lu's Challenge today.  The challenge this month is layers and dimension, which is right up my alley.
I thought I would pull out some new goodies I haven't had a chance to use for this card.  
I'm using Papretrey Ink's Quilted: Spring stamps and dies.  For this card I wanted to put a modern/elegant spin on the quilt.
For the bottom panel, I adhered a piece of chevron vellum to some Grout Gray cardstock and then stitched them together with gold thread before adhering the entire piece to the card base.
Miriam: The quilt die was cut from both vellum and gold metallic cardstock.  I stamped and embossed the quilt image on the vellum, ran it through my Xyron machine and then adhered it to the gold die cut piece to soften the color.  This was adhered to the card with foam tape. 

After stamping/embossing the center negative cut piece with the sentiment, I popped that up on three layers of foam tape and adhered it to the card.  To add one more layer of dimension, the corner negative cuts were adhered just beneath the main die cut image to the card base.
Miriam: I love the intricate feel from all the layers and the complexity that it adds to a card that looks relatively CAS.  All told, not including the card base, there are six layers on this card.

Thanks to Virginia for inviting me to participate this month! 

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Cosmo Cricket - Simple Surfaces 12x12 pad; Recollections - Gold cardstock and vellum; MFT - Sweet Tooth and Grout Gray cardstock
Stamps:  PTI - Quilted Spring Stamp Set; WPlus9 - Fresh Cut Florals
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  PTI - Quilted Spring Dies; Stampendous - White Detail Embossing Powder; Xyron - 5" Machine; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Scotch - Foam Adhesive

Well, how about that!? I am SO wowed by Miriam's brilliant use of dies and play on layers and dimensions. Please stop by Miriam's blog and leave her some blog love. Thanks so much for your entries. It is strongly encouraged that you give your fellow players a comment for two. I think the biggest fun is that we all learn and share the challenge experience. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Guest Designer--Clare Prezzia

Hello dear friends!
It brings me a great pleasure to introduce you our 2nd guest designer for this challenge--Clare
(bearydo paperie). You can find out more about Clare here and her NUMEROUS publications here.
 She is young, super talented and full of creative ideas! And yeah, this girl's got SKILLS, obviously! I started to know about Clare back in my early days in stamping and we all hung out over Hero Arts Flickr Group. Clare's style is eclectic, fun, creative and gorgeous. Take a glance over her Flickr photos and you'd know what I mean...She happens to be the winner of our last challenge (see here). Remember her winning card?
Without further ado, let's hear it from Clare!
Clare: Layering cards are a bit like piecing together a puzzle, for me. I love to try to pull random elements lying around on my desk (pros of being a messy crafter!) and make them all work on one 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch canvas.
Sometimes I'll begin by pulling those random pieces together, and sometimes I like to make a focal point, and arrange everything around it.
For this card, I knew I wanted to use the sweet little fawn from Avery Elle's Storybook stamp set, so I first stamped that, die cut it, and began to arrange everything around it.

Clare: Before I pulled all the elements of the focal point together, I found a piece of patterned paper that worked well with the fawn. The striped paper from the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6x6 paper pad worked very well, because when I do layered cards, I usually try to make sure the largest piece of paper that is exposed on the card is a basic, lighter feel.

If you use a very busy pattern as the main paper, then it tends to distract from your focal point, so for the busier patterns, I use smaller pieces of and tend to concentrate them in one spot. Using papers from one company or paper pad usually makes it easier to make sure the layered papers flow together well.

Clare: Once I had my patterns picked out, I looked for textures.
On the focal point, I started with a piece of fabric that was a tag on a pair of pants in its previous life. Then I slipped a light piece of doily underneath the smaller, layered busy patterns, to lighten them up.
I used a wood veneer frame to set the stage for the fawn, and once the fawn was placed, I added some orange butterflies and pearls to add a pop of color to the card.

Clare: To make sure the card didn't get too heavy, I embossed the sentiment on vellum and cut it out for an airy feel.
Thanks so much for sticking through this long post, and thanks to Virginia for inviting me! I had a blast with this challenge, and I know everyone else will too!

 I hope that Clare's card inspires you to create cards with layers and dimensions. I always appreciate card-makers who genuinely cares and shares their insightful tips and creative process with us here. Thank you very much, Clare, for sharing your talent with us today. Please stop by Clare's blog and thank her, too! 
The entries for this challenge have been AMAZING so far. I hope that you take the time to visit our fellow players' cards and leave each other some blog love! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Guest Designer--Danielle Flanders

Hello, friends! 
I am so honored to have our first guest designer for this challenge! 
Please help me welcome the uber talented Danielle Flanders!
Danielle is so well-known in the paper-crafting industry. Her style and designs are quite the trend setters! In fact, I find her designs inspiring and quintessential.
Just recently I took a class "Cards with Dimensions" from Danielle in Craftsy and I really really enjoyed her class!
Boy, I learned quite a few design tips from Danielle!
Adding layers and dimensions are Danielle's specialty, in my view. I highly recommend that you take her class if you have not yet done so. You will not regret it!
And guess what? Because Danielle is SUPER sweet and generous, she is offering us readers
...... (yes, you!!)....

 50% off the class ----> sign up for the class here! <---- BEST deal you can get!
It's so easy to sign up. You can use your e-mail or Facebook account (like I did) to sign up for the class!

Let's hear from Danielle now!

Hello card:
Danielle: I love dimension, but don't like overshadowing the focal point of the card, so a great way to add dimension and interest to your card background is with dry embossing. Here I've used a Maggie Holmes floral embossing folder to dry emboss the white cardstock in the background. I love the subtle texture it adds! The flowers were die cut and stamped with Papertrey Ink's Quilted: Spring stamp and coordinating die set. The "Hello" is cut with the Noted die by Papertrey Ink with Aqua Mist cardstock. 
Danielle: Did you notice the dots on the hello? I added texture to that also with a Swiss Dot embossing folder by Cuttlebug. Dry embossing is so addicting, and you can emboss almost anything...even wood veneer like I mentioned in my Layers and Dimension class with Craftsy. Although this card is full of texture and dimension, it's very flat for mailing.

Hugs card:
Danielle: On the background of this card, I created a watercolored stripe effect by cutting out a striped die cut to use as a stencil, placing it over my cardstock and watercoloring through the openings. To do this, I used the Cover Plate: Stripes Diagonal die by Papertrey Ink as a stencil. Next, I added a vellum panel! I am just so addicted to adding vellum panels over the backgrounds to soften the whole look! You can see a bit of the stripes peeking out the sides. I've machine stitched the vellum at the top, then added a few more details. 
Danielle: Vellum is another chapter included in my Craftsy class. There are so many things you can do with it! Over the top, I've added a Scribbles Circle die and another Quilted: Spring die cut that I've stamped. For a sentiment, I've cut a Big Hugs die and stamped a sentiment with Mat Stack 5 Collection - all supplies you can find at Papertrey Ink. Small groupings like this on a card allow the design to have some "white space" around it and keep the items on the card from feeling like they are floating away. This keeps the card feeling cohesive.

Are you INSPIRED yet? 
I think Danielle just gave us a free mini class right here! You've got to check out her class at Craftsy!
BIG ginormous thanks to Danielle for sharing her talent with us. Please stop by Danielle's blog 
(Homespun with Heart) and give her some well-deserved blog love! Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Virginia's View Challenge #14

Hello April! It's that exciting time to announce our new challenge!
 We all love to add layers and dimensions to our card designs! Let's explore the possibilities of how you can take these elements to the next level. Since we have done the Clean Slate (One Layer) Challenge this past January, it is high time to check out layers and dimensions!

What you can create with this challenge:
~layering with paper
~using dies to add dimensions
~using ANY paper (vellum, pattern paper, foil, acetate....) creatively
~using pop dots and fun foam to create height
~making your own embellishments with layers of paper...
~ANYTHING that has layers and/or dimensions

Here is my take on "Layers":
on your wedding day
With vellum, pattern paper and layered paper, this card may look busy, but it doesn't look cluttered. There are 4 layers of paper! There is a piece of white card stock underneath the vellum.

My take on "Dimensions":
happy Easter
  I used Double-sided Tape and Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Border Die to create dimensions.They definitely help in adding another fun element to the design!

Important info: As most of you know, this challenge is really a one-person run challenge--that's me, Virginia! My two helpers- fellow panel judges (my hubby Dr. John and my daughter Stephanie) play big roles in this challenge blog. I've decided that we are going to make a small change--just for the month of April. Both of them have their birthday in April... I think they deserve a BREAK ! That means this month's challenge will be extended to May 18th (instead of April 18th). This is no April fool's joke. I simply need some time to plan ahead for this challenge blog. I hope this is not disappointing to you in any way. As usual, we have a few uber talented guest designers throughout the entire challenge to inspire you. Be sure to watch out for new posts!

About the challenge: This monthly card-making challenge blog will run till May 18th (11:55pm Eastern Time) and there will be a SPOTLIGHT feature of Top 10 Favorites on May 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.
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We will have TWO winners from this nearly two-month long challenge.  

One winner will be randomly selected from Top 10 Favorites  
one participant will be randomly selected to win a $25 voucher! It could be ANYONE!

  AWESOME, eh?!
I hope that you are up to this challenge. I can't wait to see what you are up to...
Thanks for stopping by!
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