Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sneak Peek!

Two. more. days! 

Any idea what the theme might be?
See you on November 1st! 
 When you purchase through this link, you are helping to fund this challenge.
Thank you!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

GREAT shopping info.

Hello friends!
Are you gearing up to our next challenge? 
In fact, some of the tools will come in really handy in our next challenge...
just saying.

Do you know when you shop through the Simon Says Stamp links (top side bar) in the challenge blog will help fund this challenge? The small commission I get from Simon Says Stamp will go to the prize and mailing cost of the prizes (donated by yours truly). 
Disclaimer: I am not personally benefiting from this.

If you are shopping, you should definitely check out the amazing sale here.
 I decided to share this post early because you need to shop early for best selections.
You can use code HARVESTto get $5 off (that really helps with shipping and handling, isn't it?).
 I also want to point out that Simon Says Stamp has the best online shopping for Canadian stampers. The shipping and selection are by far the best for Canadian customers in comparison. With the deals and coupon, the shipping is practically FREE (getting that MISTI is worth it).

Copic sale is 25% off when using the code Use Code: COPICSALE.

Use Code TRICKY at checkout when you spend $75 or more and get $15 off! Valid until 10/31/16

See you on Nov. 1st.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Spotlight Feature

Hello friends!
Thank you for your participation in the last challenge "Focal Point".
We had a respectful 115 entries and your beautiful work really light up the gallery in this blog.
I want to share some thoughts about "doing challenges"...

Why participating in a challenge blog and put your work out there?  
I can easily think of a few purposes.
1. challenge yourself and create something out of your norm
2. enjoy the camaraderie of being in the same challenge
3. admire your fellow card-makers gorgeous work
 4. have FUN (and perhaps win a prize!)

If you are nodding yes to all of the above, I then hope to see that you continue and support this challenge blog.

Enough of my public broadcasting....
 it's time to announce our Top 10 Favorite and HMs.
The following really catch my eyes and show excellent design principals, execution and skills.
 (in no particular order)

1. #26 Shelly K. 

 2. #29 Tasha Vovchuk

3. #37 Hussena

 4. #40 Deepti Malik

 5. #79 Marion

6. #81 Maryam

7. #85 Marcie Sharp 

8. #99 Laura Jane

9. #100 Shona Chamber

 10 #110 Karin Akesdotter

Among the Top 10 Favorites, a random winner is picked and will receive a $15 oneline gift card to shop over Simon Says Stamp
(Drum roll please)
1. #26 Shelly K.  

Congratulations, Shelly, please claim your prize by midnight EST. Oct. 30th, or another Top 10 Favorite will be randomly picked for the prize. E-mail me at The following are our Honorable Mentions that are worth checking out.

Thank you for your participation and support. Please support our challenge by shopping through the affiliate link here  over Simon Says Stamp. The commission will go into the prizes for our winners.

We'll have another exciting and fun (and an amazing winning prize) for our next challenge.
You definitely do not want to miss it!
See you on Nov. 1st!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Guest Designer--Kymona Tracey

 Hello friends!
I am delighted to introduce you our guest design for the "Focal Point" Challenge. One of the many joys in running this challenge blog is getting to know the new (to me) talent out there. Today's guest designer is one of those....Kymona has been the regular in entering the challenge here. Her work is always polished and well-executed. I always treat her artistic projects as "Eye Candy". Her beautifully-stylized photography is something that I admire as well. Kymona happens to be our last month's change winner and it is high time we put her work in focus...

 Kymona: Hello everyone!!  It's Kymona from Kreative Kymona and I'm over the top excited about being here with you today.

This month's theme is Focal Point!  What is focal point you ask? Its the center of interest or activity!  I love that definition.  
As crafters, we are always focused on the project we are creating. Now image zoning in on one particular image in your project.  Check out my card:
Kymona: The middle butterfly is the focal point of this card for two reasons: 
  1. It's the middle butterfly, and
  2. It's the only butterfly with color. 
The colors and placement draws your eyes right to it!
Here's a close up:

Kymona: Watercoloring was a perfect medium for this butterfly!
Here's how I created this card:
I used Taylored Expressions Discover Your Wings stamp set and the Mini Misti to stamp the butterflies and the sentiment using Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Black Ink.
Then I used Sakura Koi Watercolors to add mixed colors to the middle butterfly.
Nice, simple and elegant.  My type of clean and simple card!! Lets take another look:

Kymona:What do you think?  Would you give this challenge a try?
I can't wait to see what you create.
Thanks for stopping by!

I love the simplicity of Kymona's gorgeous CAS project.  Please stop by Kymona's blog Kreative Kymona and leave her some love. There is still plenty of time to enter this month's challenge! Please keep them coming! Thanks so much for stopping by!

ps: there is a sale going on....
use code: NEWHA 
Shop here

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Adding Details to Your Focal Point

Hello friends!
I am popping in to share another take on Focal Point. Thank you for your fabulous entries! I may not give proper individual comment in each entry, but trust me, I visit everyone's blog and will try my best to give some blog love.


This stamp Butterfly Trio is versatile and can be use all year round. Even though butterflies are gone for the season now, butterfly-themed cards are great for all occasions and seasons.

you are beautiful inside and out

I love the embossing that give so much details to the image. 
About the butterfly:
~emboss Script in gold on vellum
~emboss the butterfly in white on vellum
~fussy cut the butterfly
~color the butterfly on the backside 

About the background:
~tone on tone stamping on kraft card stock
~add a piece of dry embossed panel to ground the image
Hope you get inky and please link up your creation to this challenge.
Thank you for stopping by! 
In case you are shopping over Simon Says Stamp....
 You can check out the awesome sale HERE.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Virginia's View Challenge #24

Happy October!
Happy World Card-making Day!
What could be more perfect than starting the challenge on this very special day?

Focal Point: the point at which rays or waves meet after reflection or refraction, or the point from which diverging rays or waves appear to proceed. The center of interest or activity.

As card makers, we all know how to place the important elements on our cards. This challenge will help us examine the main element of your design-- the focal point.
You can apply a few techniques with this challenge: Spotlighting, Color Layering and Add a Splash of Color...etc. The photos from our challenge theme also provide you some inspiration. Please feel free to use it as your jumping point.

Here's my take on this challenge. I created a cluster of flower bouquet and also used a few large drop of splatter to draw our eyes to the "Focal Point".

add a splash of color

With the layering stamps, the focal point may appear simple but it is certainly not boring.


Please let your focal point be the STAR of your designs.
You can add dimensions, textures or a splash of is the limit.

 I also have a video to illustrate the focal point. Hope this will give you some ideas.

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 Top Winner (randomly selected from Top 10 Favorites) will receive a $15 gift card!
  AWESOME, eh?! 

Simon Says Stamp

If you like prizes for this challenge, please help me fund the challenge by starting your shopping here and complete with your shopping there. Thank you! 

update: If you spend over $50, use code: VIPSONLYto get $10 off.
Good till Oct. 9th 11:59 pm EST. 
I can't wait to see what you come up with! Thanks for stopping by!