Sunday, November 29, 2015

An ANNOUNCEMENT and sneak peek

 Hello friends!
This was one of the hardest posts to write, but I shall do it today....
Announcement: our next challenge is going to be different from our usual one. This is the LAST challenge of 2015 and then...we are going to take a break! Yes, you heard that right...I need to recharge and re-energize. As you know, this challenge blog is a one-person operation. Back in March 2014, I started this challenge blog just for fun and it took off like crazy! I volunteered two family members (Dr. John and Stephanie) as my panel of judges. Both of them faithfully do their duty without any much complaint month after month. They do not get any perks (just room and board).

 I have been thinking SO much about this for a few months now and it is one of the most difficult things to close this challenge. For nearly 2 years, I give this challenge blog my all: plan, comment, design, organize, invite, select and encourage...(repeat, repeat and repeat).

I am truly thankful for your unconditional support and encouragement. I know you love this challenge blog and I do not take that lightly. I hope that you will stick around after December's Challenge. I am not promising anything, but in time, I may return to run the challenge again if you will still have me. There may be a new format and style. Whatever the future may hold, I will still be around and am not going to ride off into the sunset. 
You will still find me over at my personal blog: "Yes, Virginia...".

Yes, the challenge must go on in December.  
There will be extra prizes, too! 
TWO $25 gift vouchers for Simon Says Stamp will be awarded.  
I do promise that we will have excellent guest designers to inspire you. 

Two. More. days.
Our next challenge awaits!
A special shout out to our Super Sponsor: Simon Says Stamp 
Thank you, Simon Says Stamp, for your continuing support!! 
Let's save the best for last!
See you on  Dec. 1st!   

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Spotlight Feature

Hello friends! The time you have all been waiting for is here! After sifting through 239 awesome entries, we sure had a very difficult time picking our Top 10 Favorites.  

Without further ado, here we go!

1. #79 Coni

2. #85 Erum

3. #169 Fran Wing

4. #158 Pinned and Penned

5 #174 Rahmat

6. #214 Ruby

7. #5 Three Trees

8. #118 Kerin Sylvester

9. #134 Ardyth

10. #195 Lin

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....  
6. #214 Ruby

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

In no particular order, here are our Honorable Mentions.

Thank you for your wonderful support and participation.
Our next challenge is coming up on Dec. 1st.
We will have a sneak peek and an important announcement on Nov. 29th.  
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wrap-Up Post

Hello friends!
First of all, I'd love to thank those of you who are new to this challenge blog and have now become followers. Welcome! A BIG round of applause to those of you who submitted your textured cards in this last challenge. The number says it all--239 of them! Wow, amazing!!

Due to time constraint, I have simplified the categories and summed up my findings. I am sure the more you look at the entries, the more you'll find that each entry has a contributing element about "Textures". That's why this challenge blog has become a good source of inspiration. At least, that's how I see it :)

Here is the highlight of "how we did it"!  

1. Dry-embossing: the good old-fashioned way of adding textures. This tried and true method never disappoints.  
2. Embossing: this is the staple for every stamper. And why not?  It is fun, effective and totally addictive! 
3. Mixed Media: adding and applying all kinds of Mixed Media onto the projects is the best part. The process of having a play with your go-to supplies is...priceless. The results are most satisfying! 

4. Scored Lines: this subtle element can enhance so much! 
5. Die-cutting: intricate dies sure make a very textured statement. 

6. Stencil/Embossing Paste: this proves to be the most popular way of added textures. It's not hard to see why...gorgeous, every. single. time. 

7. Unique and Creative Textures: burlap, felt, corrugated card board, strings....just to name a few. 

And there you have it. Please come back on Nov. 25th when we share our Top 10 Favorites and HMs. Till then. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Guest Designer-Karin Akesdotter (Part 2)

Hello friends!
Are you ready for MORE inspiration from Karin Akesdotter ?  Isn't her work beautiful!?
Today is part 2 of her projects. If you miss seeing the first one, click here or scroll down.

Karin:  Hi Everyone! Today I'm back with Another post as guest designer for one of my absolute favorite challenges; Virginia's View - I'm having so much fun with this month's theme - texture.

Karin: Because of the season I decided to go with two different types of snow fall textures. In Part 1, I shared a card using embossing paste to create snowfall texture and for today's card I used an embossing folder:
Karin: If you haven't played along yet I hope I've inspired you to do so - you can win a gift card for Simon Says Stamp - YIPPIE!!!

 My heartfelt thanks to Karin for these two posts of inspiration. Please stop by Karin's blog and leave her some love. We still have quite a few days to enter this Textures challenge. Also, I have lined up another fun challenge for December ....can 't wait to share!
Thanks for stopping by!

An InLinkz Link-up

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Guest Designer-Karin Akesdotter (Part 1)

 Hello friends! First of all, I am applauding you for taking up this month's challenge. When I decided on the theme, I thought the entries are going to be low because "Textures" seem like an unpopular and ...quite a challenge! From the entries so far, you have proved me wrong! So, yay!
Today's guest is one of my favorite card makers! She is a needle/textile teacher, water-colorist and card-making extraordinaire from Gothenberg, Sweden. I had known this artist/crafter for quite a few years now and every time I see her beautiful and detailed work, I am always in awe and am totally delighted. Please welcome the talented Karin Akesdotter (Peppermint Patty Papercraft). Karin is on numerous design teams and has been published uncountable times. We are honored to have Karin here today!

Karin: Hi Everyone! It's a very excited Karin posting today because I was asked to guest design for one of my absolute favorite challenges;  Virginia's View - Yay - so fun - I LOVE Virginia's theme and inspiring posts and feel so honoured to be asked. If I look at the number of players she has month after month I guess it is a favorite challenge for many of you too! This month it is all about texture.

Karin: Because of the season I decided to go with two different types of snow fall textures.  For my first card I started out by stamping the background - first once in a light grey tone - embarrassing but it was actually created by inking my Dirty stamp with Versamark and stamping it on grey cardstock - when I realized my mistake I thought it looked beautiful and decided to ink a darker set of trees in front of the lighter ones to create distance in the scene.
I then used my stitched rectangle die as a viewfinder and diecut what I thought was the best composition of the trees.
Karin: When I had my tree bg ready and diecut, I held my panel in Place with some Washi ape and then placed my snowfall stencil on top where I wanted the snow to come. Before applying the embossing paste I covered some of the snowflakes on the stencil with Washi tape to avoid getting too many "half" ones along the edges of my panel. 

When my snowflakes had dried I matted the scene to a slightly larger piece of dark grey cardstock Before attaching it to my card base with foam adhesive.
The moose is stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Derwents watercolor pencils. 
Karin: I wouldn't have said I use texture a lot on my cards but just for fun I went through my folder of cards made 2015 and found quite a few different uses of texture.  Hope they will inspire you to try some new texture on your cards and to play along with Virginia's fun challenge.
Please come back on the 14th when I'm sharing another card with a different kind of snowfall texture. Have a great day, big hugs, Karin

Well, how about that? Karin's work is inspiring and that I love that she went all out in sharing her thoughts and creativity on this Textured subject matter. Will you please stop by Karin's Blog and leave her some love? We'll be back for one more amazing post from Karin! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Guest Designer-Nina-Marie Trapani

 Hello friends!
We have the pleasure of having a uber talented 20-something card-maker---Nina-Marie Trapani
You may have seen her super cute designs all over blogsphere with her DT work and her illustrations in designing stamps for major stamp company, such as Simon Says Stamp (YES, I know, right?). Nina-Marie Trapani is also a frequent participant of this challenge blog and has won a few times as the Top 10 Favorites. Today is a perfect chance to showcase her talent. Let's get to it!

Nina: Hello Everyone, I'm so glad you have stopped by today! I am honored to be guesting over at my good friend Virginia's challenge blog today for her "All About Textures" challenge, and I hope you'll be joining in on this fun, month-long challenge!   

Nina: For my first card that I am sharing today, I have used some brand new stamps from both Mama Elephant and Simon Says Stamp to create a shaker card. The stamps I've used for this are the Jingle Greetings set from Mama Elephant, and the For to Us set from Simon Says Stamp.   Shaker cards are extremely popular and fun cards to make because they are interactive! Sequins are a great and inexpensive product to use to create texture on your cards. Other ideas that you can pull from my card for creating texture include:
  • Glossy Accents
  • Distress Stickles
  • glitter paper or cardstock
  • embossing powders
  • ink-splattered backgrounds using distress ink

Nina: I've got a video for you showing how I created this shaker card, which you can watch below, or over on my YouTube channel.    
Dashing Through the Snow (fox card):
 Memory Box Clear Stamps FOXY HOLIDAY POPPY STAMPS CL411 Newton's Nook Designs FESTIVE FLAMINGOS Clear Stamp Set 20151004 Newton's Nook Designs HOLIDAY WISHES Clear Stamp Set 20131003 Simon Says Stamp Stencil FALLING SNOW SSST121324 Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In Stitches Mama Elephant LOTS OF STARS DIE Creative Cuts Set Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED RASPBERRY Ranger Summer TIM34995 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SEEDLESS PRESERVES Ranger Fall TIM32847 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN Ranger Summer TIM35015 Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste WHITE Studio 490 WVPASTEWHT Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001 Ranger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE WHITE EPJ36678 Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets DCWV Cardstock 6 x 6 GLITZY GLITTER Paper Stack Matstack MS-019-00052 Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042 ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320

Nina: For my second card, I have chosen to work with the Foxy Holiday stamp set from Memory Box; this set is a pretty new set to the market, and Memory Box -always known for their high quality dies- has come out with quite a few other adorable stamps!

Nina: If you know me, you know how much I enjoy making scene cards, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make a scene from this set. I stamped all my images onto white cardstock and colored them in with my Copic markers. Everything was cut out using fine tip scissors, but you can purchase coordinating dies as well (I will link below to the dies). To add texture to this card, I used a variety of fun mediums which include:
  • distress inks creating an ink-smooshed background
  • embossing/texture paste applied over a stencil
  • layering die cuts together to create snow banks
  • Glossy Accents
  • embossing powder
  • stars die cut from glitter cardstock

Nina: There are so many fun ways to incorporate texture into your cards; the possibilities are nearly limitless! Other ideas for adding texture include: fabric, acrylic paints, burlap, canvas, buttons, hemp, foiling, spray inks, sponges and so much more.   I encourage you to explore the possibilities of adding fun textures to your cards and I also hope you will be linking up to the Virginia's View "All About Texture" challenge... I cannot wait to see what you come up with! Happy Creating!

 Please help me thank Nina-Marie by giving her a big fat thumbs-up for her You Tube video that she created for us. You can subscribe her videos here and follow her blog here.
   This young card maker is the super nova star that will keep the industry bright and shinning! I strongly encourage that you give her your love and support.
Thank you, Nina-Marie, for your outstanding work.

 Season’s Greetings (Shaker Card):
 Simon Says Clear Stamps FOR TO US sss101573 Create Joy Mama Elephant Clear Stamp JINGLE GREETINGS Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In Stitches Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS Ranger TIM27188 Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001 Ranger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE SILVER Detail EPJ37415 Judikins EMBOSSABLE WINDOW PLASTIC SHEETS AP512 Tim Holtz Distress Stickles 1.1 OZ. ROCK CANDY Glitter Glue Jar Ranger TDR35886 DCWV Cardstock 6 x 6 GLITZY GLITTER Paper Stack Matstack MS-019-00052 Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042 Pretty Pink Posh 4MM LIME SORBET Cupped Sequins Pretty Pink Posh 4MM LEMON MERINGUE Cupped Sequins Pretty Pink Posh 6MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins Pretty Pink Posh 4MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins