Saturday, July 28, 2012

Color Challenge with a twist

Several weeks ago we introduced the new design team members and now it is time to say a sad goodbye to the team members who are leaving us. We have so enjoyed all their individual contributions to our weekly mojo inspiration. We will sorely miss these wonderful artists. We thank them and wish all the best to:

So let's wipe our tears and get on to this week's challenge! I'm Lori Rider, back to host again this week. Thanks to everyone who played along with last week's makeover challenge - it was fun to see you join in the transformation process! This week we will be doing a color challenge with a bit of a twist:

I loved these fun round fabric buttons (I found them on Pinterest but the link to the original source was broken) so I thought it would be a great challenge to use the colors with either fabric or circles - or both, if you wish! (By fabric I mean actual fabric, not ribbon or other fibers. Sorry for any confusion.) Let's move on to our team samples:

Lori Rider - The Diva Stamper

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie

Paula McClane - Scrap Addicts Attic

Kim Price - Inkognito

Meihsia Liu - Simply Paper Crafts

Lisa Minckler - You Made Me Ink!

Susan Butler-scrumplescrunch

Christina Barnes - Dot Dot Stamping Design

Anita Houston - The Artful Maven Haven

Liliana Inguanti - Stampin' From Home

Irena Kowalczyk/ Rudlis - love, life and crafts

Tui Nathan - Stampin Time

Wendy Janson - It's All About Stamping

Holly Kean - Kean On Paper

Marcy Kaminski - En Papillote Arts

Anne Marie Hile - Stampin' Anne

Sharon Wheet - Designs by Sharon


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Color Challenge Top Talent

Welcome to our challenge site, and we are always happy and thrilled to have you visit and participate with our weekly challenges.  We are especially glad that you have stopped by today, to see who are Top Talent goes to in our previous color challenge.  We asked that you use Navy, Pink, and any color of your choose, just not a neutral (black, white, brown, or cream).  We were excited to see all the entries and the creative color combos.  But, we were just blown away by the attention to detail and creativity by LeAnne @ WEEinklings.  Congratulations!

LeAnne, created a sympathy card with elements of love, and peace.  To stamp the frame and sentiment right onto the pattern paper was both creative and bold.  We loved the fussy cut images and that crinkled seam binding.   What a truly gorgeous card, and a wonderful color choice: Rose Red.  Here is your Top Talent badge, and we hope you display it on your blog.  Thank you for participating in our weekly challenge!

It is not too late to participate in our current weekly challenge: What Not to Stamp; a card make-over challenge.  There is still time to WOW us, and show us just how far you have come in your creative paper talents!  So, create, and participate!  It will provide us with an opportunity to visit your blog and see your talents!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

What Not to Stamp - a card makeover challenge

Good morning and welcome to another challenge! Thanks to everyone who played along last week - we always appreciate your joining us! This is Lori Rider, your hostess for this week. I love watching makeovers on TV and we're going to adapt the makeover concept for this week's challenge. When I look back on those cards I made when I first started stamping, I cringe... what was I thinking? Well, we all had to start somewhere. That's where the challenge comes in! First go hunt through your photos and find one of those old cringe-worthy cards – but then choose one or two things about it that you *do* like and use those on a new card. Think of it as CASEing yourself. Maybe you keep the layout, the colors, a technique you used... anything is fair game. The only catch: you have to show us the old card so we can see how far you’ve come!

Here are the samples from our team to get you started. This post is heavy with pics, but they are absolutely worth it to see the transformations everyone created!

Lori Rider - The Diva Stamper
The original card - one of the first I posted on my blog in 2007.

For my makeover I used similar colors and types of images, along with a similar background technique.

Christina Barnes - Dot Dot Stamping

The original.... made in the first few weeks after I first started stamping, and blogging for that matter!

My makeover card...keeping the grid technique on the background, various shades of pink, and a similar layout.

Lisa Minckler - You Made Me Ink!
I chose to keep the lattice work
Original Card
Make-Over Card
Susan Butler-scrumplescrunch
Original card. (what was I thinking!)
I liked the bird and the water-colour Bg.

Here's my old card I made sometime during 2011, really don't care for this paper at all (why did I buy it?) and find the overall card boring
I really like the stripe background & the bling

Meihsia Liu - Simply Paper Crafts
Original Card - I must be in a very good mood
so I put everything on this card...
Make Over - Same sketch
but interpret in different way

Kim Price - Inkognito
My original card made a few years ago - I love the colour scheme used here and I'm still infatuated with butterflies so I used both these elements.
Makeover - My love of layers, colour and fussy cutting is still apparent in my new version.

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie
This card was originally made right after I started with the OCC in September 2009. You can see it here on the OCC blog and here on my personal blog.
For my makeover, I wanted to keep the same feminine romantic theme,
but wanted to lighten and brighten it.

Liliana Inguanti - Stampin' From Home
This card was from my pre-blogging days. I like the design, but find it dull and boring and too monochromatic. I actually cringed when I found this one in my stash, lol.
Here is my makeover card. I kept the overall design but you can see how I learned to combine colors to bring the card to life, and create contrast to make the design elements "pop."

Anita Houston - The Artful Maven Haven
The Original (Yes, it's the one from last week...I hated it.)
The Make-over (I kept the inky background.)

Irena Kowalczyk/Rudlis - love, life and crafts
My first card. It was created in 2008.

Make-over: I changed the background and added a little elements.
Also, they are stitching.

Holly Kean - Kean On Paper
My first card was made September 2011.
This was one of my first OCC cards. I'm not sure what I was thinking with any of it.
For my makeover version, I used the same layout (rotated it 90°) and colors of light blue and pink.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Party Winner

Hello, and thank you for stopping back by, to see who we selected as our winner for the 'Party' challenge last week.  We had some very beautiful entries and the decision was difficult.  But we were able to select one outstanding entry by Eva of Mimowolne Zauroczenia:

Eva really captured our eye with her soft color palate and simply elegant design.  We loved how she took the time to sew on the card, to help give the card a home-y feeling, and the baby neutral color remains fresh, soft, and delightful.  To help soften her card, she added a strip of lace and tulle.  The black and white floral pattern paper helps pull the card together and the paper blossoms are just beautiful additions.  Here is your Top Talent badge, and we hope you display it on your blog.  Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who played along with us in this challenge.  We really did enjoy visiting your blogs and learning about your summer time parties.  There is still time to play along with our Color challenge, and we hope you have a chance to play along with us!