Monday, June 29, 2015

Sneak Peek

Two. More. days.
Our next challenge awaits!

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Thank you, Simon Says Stamp, for your continuing support!! 
See you on July 1st!  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Spotlight Feature

Hello there! It's time to share the talents of this challenge blog. Again, we faced a tough task of choosing Top 10 Favorites from 226 entries. Thank you for linking up your beautiful creations and giving each other blog love. This is essentially what this challenge is all about. 

Without further ado, here we go...

1. #73 Shirley-bee

2.  #193 Brandi Hall 

3. #5 Jess (all the sparkle)

4. #42 Hussena

5. #69 Sonja K.

#6. #109 Ruby N.
Hang in There

7. #9 Melissa L.
8. #55 Anita

9.  #58 Lindsay A. 

10. #223 Marcie Sharp
Please grab your badge, Top 10 favorites!

From the Top 10 Favorites, the Random. Org picked one lucky winner for this challenge. 
 Drum roll, please ...
  The 1st prize $25 Gift voucher goes to....  

9.  #58 Lindsay A. 

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

In no particular order, here are our Honorable Mentions.

Our challenge is coming up on July 1st!
Thank you very much for your wonderful support and participation.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Wrap-Up

Hello hello!!!!!
What an amazing Ombre/Monochromatic Challenge we just had!
I didn't think there will be too many entries because the theme can be a bit daunting for some. BUT the numbers speak for themselves--all 226 of them!

It is time to reflect on our theme and categorize and highlight a few fabulous entries. Quite a few of you indicate to me that you love the Wrap-Up posts. I want you to know that I do not take it lightly to make one with each challenge. Each time seems harder to do than the last. But you know, I do try my best...

Since the theme is so straight-forward, I think it's easy to start with the monochromatic theme. I picked these cards and arranged them in a sort of "rainbow" order.  They are quite pleasing to the eyes, aren't they?

Next, we have colorful entries with Ombre Effect. This is much more popular than I had anticipated.

Please take some time to visit each other's blogs and leave some blog love. Here is the entire list of entries. We now have over 540 Likes on Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, please go ahead and like the page. You can get the latest updates over FB.

See you on 25th for our Spotlight Feature! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 12, 2015

More Monochromatic/Ombre Inspiration

Hi friends!
Have you joined the challenge yet? There is still TIME to enter. 
I am popping in for a quick post about Monochromatic/Ombre inspiration.
I have 2 similar interpretations.
 This is how I did it...
In order to control the density and shades of purple, I created my own watercolor paper with Spectrum Aqua Markers. You can use any type of medium: distress inks/markers, Zig pens, Peerless, Zig Kuretake Gansai...etc. They will all work.
I then selectively made the die cut and put them on card stock. Easy peasy!
Here is another example in blue. enjoy yourself
Monochromatic/Ombre cards do not have to be boring.  The designs are much more interesting with the variation of hues and shades. Don't ya think?
I hope this challenge inspires you to create. Your best work might just be the NEXT one!
Thank you so much for stopping by!

I hope this inspire you to create. Your best work might just be the NEXT one!
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Guest Designer-Maria Fischer

Hello friends!
Today I am welcoming our next guest designer--Maria Fischer from rieslingmama! Recently I joked to Maria over Facebook that she reminded me of the song "how do you solve a problem like Maria" (from "The Sound of Music").... But honestly, I want to say: "How do you create a trendy card like Maria?"

Maria is a thinker when it comes to designing and adding elements to her cards. Her designs are always fresh, clean and stylish. Her creations with watercolor, stitching and vellum are especially divine....take it away, Maria!

Maria: Immediately charmed by the lineup of chairs in varying green tones on the mood board, I decided to line up some die cuts in a similar fashion. But which die? I settled on this cute little fawn from Kesi Art and decided it would make the perfect baby card. Kinda like the four older siblings welcoming the newest addition to the family :)
Maria: A pack of cardstock delivered four of the teal tones that I needed. I added a fifth, following the design rule of three or five. I kept the rest of the card stark white to let the die cuts have center stage, adding only a sentiment from STAMPlorations heat embossed on vellum. Well, and the dry embossed dotted background which mimics the sweet, little dots on the fawns behinds. See?
Maria: So many possibilities with this design. How about pink onesies for a baby girl? Or orange flowers for a birthday card? Or black/gray die cut letters spelling out "congrats" for a chic anniversary card?
Maria: On to my next card. Intrigued by the model's black ombre gown on the mood board, the ideas swarmed in my head about how to achieve that seamless dip-dyed look. How about dip-dying?
Maria: Now this is not for the faint of heart. Picture me holding a piece of thin watercolor cardstock with a clothespin, dipping it into a tall plastic container filled with water and purple pigment. Waiting for it to dry naturally to avoid "edges". Then dipping again. Then adding more pigment. Then dipping again. Get the picture?

Maria: Because my die cut sentiment was an afterthought (as it often is!) and my patience was exhausted, I dipped it four times, drying with the heat gun in between. You can make out the "edges" in the closeup. A few Studio Calico gold rub-on stars completed my card design. Couldn't cover up all that luscious dip-dye, ya know?

Maria: Want seamless monochromatic color schemes? Dip-dye. I dare ya :) How about dying fabric? Or ribbon? Otherwise, grab a big brush and your choice of watercolor and paint it on in layers ;)
I've got one more ombre card design for you, appropriate for this time of year. Know a graduate? Know his/her school colors? You can find the full details of my card here. Vielen Dank for having me, Virginia.
How about that? Aren't these two cards DELIGHTFUL? I must say Danke Scheon to Maria. Meeting her in Germany is still on my bucket list. Isn't this the beauty of getting to know crafting friends through blogging/card-making? Please stop by Maria's blog and leave her some love.
The gallery is filling up with gorgeous creations. I strongly suggest that you visit a few, leave each other some feedback and be inspired. Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Guest Designer-Vanessa Menhorn

Hello friends!
It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to our first guest designer for this challenge! Please welcome Vanessa Menhorn from wings of a butterfly. I have known Vanessa since back in the Hero Arts Flickr days circa 2009. Vanessa is a natural.... she is the kind of paper-crafter who can pick up design sense and techniques FAST. Vanessa has won numerous challenges, titles and worked on many DTs.  She is one of the most prolific card makers that has been published (see the long list here).
Need I say more? Let's hear it from Vanessa!

Vanessa: Hi everybody! I am so honored and happy to be sweet Virginia's Guest Designer! When she asked me and told me about this month's challenge, I got so excited. OMBRE! What's not to love? Here is the card I created:
Vanessa: I have to blame Virginia for enabling me to finally buy a MISTI. After seeing her great videos, I couldn't resist any longer! So, for my card I used it to create the background. I first die-cut a scalloped panel using Winnie & Walter Essentials: Audrey Cutaways from white cardstock. Then I used an oldie but goldie Houndstooth Background stamp from Hero Arts with my MISTI. I first inked the bottom part of the stamp using Mama Elephant Blush Ink and stamped it onto the panel. Now, without cleaning the stamp, I inked the next portion of the stamp with Mama Elephant Bubble Gum Ink and stamped again. I moved on to ME Piggy Bank Ink and finally stamped with ME Smoke Ink. Then I adhered the panel to a grey cardbase. I used the same ME Smoke Ink and an Ink Blending Tool to ink a piece of white cardstock, applying more color to the bottom part and less to the top. Then I die-cut the hello from the Winnie & Walter In a Word: Hello Cutaway and adhered it to the card with foam tape. Now I stamped the cute Elephant from the WPLUS9 set Unforgettable onto cardstock and die-cut it with the matching die. I colored it with Copics and adhered it with foam-tape, too. Then I finished my card off with pink sequins. Here is a closer look at the little elephant:

Vanessa: I hope to have inspired you with my card today! Thank you again to Virginia for having me!

 Isn't that elephant DARLING? I am absolutely in love with her color blending with pink and grey. Vanessa is one cool card designer! Please stop by Vanessa's blog and leave her some love!  Lastly, I want to say: "Vielen Dank" to Vanessa for taking time to create for us.
Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Virginia's View Challenge #15

Hello June!
How are you, friends? Our NEW monthly challenge is here! Woohoo!
You know that you see it everywhere and it is still so on trend!
We are talking about Ombre/ Monochromatic!

First of all, let's check the definition of these words(from Wikipedia):
Ombré describes the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.The technique is commonly seen as a surface treatment in fashion and art. During the early 21st century ombré became a popular feature for hair coloring, nail art, and even baking, in addition to its uses in home decorating and graphic design.

Monochromatic colors are all the colors (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue.
Monochromatic colour schemes provide opportunities in art and visual communications design as they allow for a greater range of contrasting tones that can be used to attract attention, create focus and support legibility.The use of a monochromatic color provides a strong sense of visual cohesion and can help support communication objectives through the use of connotative colour. The relative absence of hue contrast can be offset by variations in tone and the addition of texture.

I hope the definitions are as clear as a bell to you. In order to keep the theme simple and fun, you can enter either theme: monochromatic or ombre or both!

Here is my interpretation with this challenge:Mr. & Mrs. 
I used the sequins and painstakingly hand-stitched each and every sequin. I highly recommend that you do this while you are in a long car ride (not while driving!), waiting for appointments....or even watching TV! It is so rewarding and well worth the effort!

My 2nd card is loosely based on the following Ombre trend.
 (Ombre Love from Pinterest)

 I chose to have multiple colors for this design. Those we love don't go away...
 I stamped and clear-embossed the images. Then comes the fun part...I took out all of my Distress Inks and inked up the background with shades of blue, purple, yellow and orange. The water droplets were a mixture of Perfect Pearl and water. Easy peasy!

Please feel free to interpret the Ombre and/or Monochromatic theme  however you like. It is strongly suggested that you stretch your creativity and challenge yourself to do something different. There is no limit as to how many entries you can enter.

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.
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Our Top Winner (randomly selected from Top 10 Favorites) will receive a $25 voucher!
  AWESOME, eh?!
I can't wait to see what you come up with! Let the inking fun begin!