Thursday, July 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  Aug.  1st!  

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Spotlight Feature

Hello! Can you believe that July just flew by? It's time to do our spotlight feature!
It's no small feat to pick Top 10  Top 12 Favorites from 240 entries. We are going to break the rule a bit just because I have a few more favorites than usual. Yay!
(note to myself: ...Yes, Virginia, you can bend the rules in your own challenge blog. LOL).
 You all knocked this challenge out of the ball park. Without further ado, here we go!
1 #150 Michelle

2. #222 Wiebke K.

3. #68 Lisa Elton

 4. #77 Lydia

5 #87. Darnell K. 

6 #139  Erum (E.T.)

7 #192 Nina Marie Design

8 # 226 May Park

9 #56 Mayline

10 #74 Kara

11 #110 bhavana

12 #164 Ruby N

Please grab your badge, Top 10 favorites!

From the Top 10 Top 12 Favorites, the Random. Org picked one lucky winners for this challenge. 
 Drum roll, please ...
  The 1st prize $25 Gift voucher goes to....  
9 #56 Mayline 
Congratulations, Mayline! Please e-mail me to claim your prize before midnight, July 28 Eastern Time. If not, another Top 10 Favorite will be randomly picked! 

In no particular order, here are our Honorable Mentions.
212.  Gayatri

Thank you for your wonderful support and participation. Our next challenge is coming up on Sept. 1st! Till then!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Wrap-Up

Hello friends! 
I hope this posts finds you well. As you can imagine, sifting through 240 entries is a huge task. Our 100% Stamped Challenge proved to be another huge success! You have truly risen to the challenge and stamped your heart out. 

I highlighted and categorized a few beautiful examples, so we can better understand and learn from each other. For your viewing enjoyment, please click on the links for more details. It would be awesome to leave these designers some blog love while you visit.

1. Background Stamping: these designers utilize every inch of their cards and did a superb job!

2. Border Stamping: the white space and stamping are in beautiful balance.

3. Stamp a Scene: with a creative mind, you can stamp anything...

4. Stamp a Focal Point: get the point.

5. Stamp a Pattern: repeated stamping at its best

6. Colorful Stamping: we can always use more colors!

Are you enjoying these beautiful samples? In order to keep the post concise, I chose only 6 in each category to showcase.
 A special shout out to the following challenge players who also shared some awesome videos. If you have not checked them out, you really should and give them a thumbs-up!

Watercolour Florals by Lydia
A Floral Card Video by Deepti S.
Elephant Card with Silver Embossing Paste by Joanna Harty
One Layer Umbrella Card Video by May Park
Dog Greeting Card with Copic Coloring by May Park
Thank You Card with Faux Stitched Background by May Park

There are a lot MORE gorgeous samples among the entries. We are only getting a glimpse of our fabulous entries. Please come back on the 25th for our Spotlight Feature.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

More 100% Stamped Inspiration

Hi there! Have you taken up the "100% Stamped" Challenge yet? If not, there is still TIME! The challenge ends on the 18th, 11:55pm Eastern Time.You can make any style of cards: Clean and Simple, Shabby Chic, Vintage, Graphic or Fun and Cute....and Scene cards! You can use your latest stamps or an old favorite or just mix a few sets up for the fun of it.

I am sharing one more card that is 100% Stamped. 
It really is easy, just stamp a few of your favorite images. With the new Simon Says Stamp "One with Nature", I did some selective stamping with the help of MISTI. It is even more fun to stamp, especially since I just got some new inks! Please take some time to visit and comment on our fellow participants' creations. I am sure you will be inspired!
Lastly, I have a new 100% Stamped card in my own blog (see here), if interested.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Guest Designer-Jayne (paperpicnic)

 Hello friends! It is with great pleasure to introduce you to our next guest designer. Jayne (paperpicnic) is one of the best stampers around. You may have also noticed her beautiful work if you play Virginia's View Challenge often. I found out about Jayne through Hero Arts Flickr group about 3 years ago. Her stamping skills are top-notch! The way she layers her stamping/elements always delight me. And let's not forget how she uses colors .....bold!  Her gorgeous work is always pleasing to the eyes. Take a look at her Flickr photos. This bird card is her latest win over Hero Arts Tic Tac Toe Challenge.
 Jayne: Hello! I am so thrilled to be a guest designer on Virginia's challenge blog today - it's such an honor for me and a dream come true! As a regular participant and an avid fan of Virginia's View Challenge, I am continually inspired by the quality, beauty and creativity of the cards featured on and submitted to this challenge blog. So each month, I've enjoyed pushing myself to create interesting and quality cards. I hope that you enjoy these that I'm sharing today.
Sending Hugs card:
Jayne: As soon as I heard that this month's challenge was to create "100% Stamped" projects, I knew that I wanted to stamp my own patterned paper and embellishments. Background stamps are great tools for creating custom patterned papers. To create the patterned card base, I stamped and clear embossed a Hero Arts striped background stamp on a piece of watercolor paper. Then, I watercolored over the embossed stripes with Distress Ink. After the ink dried, I covered the panel with a sheet of copy paper and removed the shine from the embossed stripes by ironing with low-heat. I love this technique for creating beautiful patterned papers. For a final detail, I used the top of an eraser to stamp a smattering of faux paint-splatters (truly 100% Stamped).
Jayne: To create a focal point in my design, I stamped and white embossed a leafy, wreath image from the Hero Arts Best Time Ever stamp set on a strip of vellum that I wrapped around the card base. The wreath embossed on vellum became a design element for grouping embellishments without adding bulk to the card. I stamped a sentiment from Altenew's Scribble Flowers stamp set on a watercolored paper strip and centered the sentiment across the wreath. To create floral embellishments, I stamped and fussy cut six flowers from the Hero Arts Color Layering Hibiscus stamp set and then positioned and layered the flowers around the focal point. 

Pace of Nature card:

Jayne: To create the watercolored background for this card, I started by creating a palette of pink and yellow Distress Inks, sprayed with water, on my largest acrylic stamp block. I gently pushed the smooth side of a piece of watercolor cardstock into the ink. When the cardstock had absorbed enough color, I slowly lifted it from the block and set it aside to dry. I stamped a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Explore Nature stamp set across the card front.

Jayne: Inspired by Virginia's signature colorful style, I covered another piece of watercolor cardstock with vibrant pink and yellow Distress Inks, using a mini blending tool to apply layers of color. I stamped and silver embossed a graphic leaf image, also from the Explore Nature stamp set, three times across the inked panel. I decided to create individual elements, so I cut the images apart, into three, similar rectangles. To add brightness to each leaf, I removed the color from inside each leaf with a paintbrush, some water, and a paper towel. Using the paintbrush, I carefully applied water to the interior portion of each leaf. When the water reacts with the Distress Ink, it magically removes much of the color from the dampened area. I blotted the excess water with a paper towel and then allowed each to dry. To balance the card design, I stamped and fussy cut a smaller leaf that I added to finish the card.
Aren't they amazing or what?  I am so thrilled that Jayne shared her BEAUTIFUL ART with us. In her notes to me about the guest design, Jayne wrote: "I tried to embrace the "100% Stamped" theme completely - I didn't use any patterned paper unless I stamped it myself and I didn't use any embellishments unless I created them with paper, ink and scissors. (It was so hard not to add bows :) as they are my favorite, lol...". What a beautiful example Jayne has given us. I hope that you are, like Jayne, embracing the 100% Stamped Challenge! My heartfelt thanks to Jayne for always being supportive as she contributes so fabulously to this challenge blog. Stampers like Jayne makes this blog a special place! The gallery is filling up with gorgeous projects! Please keep them coming!