Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Here it is! Week 2 of The Chicks' Inspiration Challenge. Last week, we had five participants in our brand new challenge. It's a great start, but next week when all five of them are the guest designers, we're going to need some new players! So don't be shy, join us and play! As with last week, there are no rules! Just look at the picture and make any project it leads you to! You have until Sunday, April 5th at midnight EST to link up using the Mr. Linky form at the bottom of this post. If you need help with any part of this process, simply click on the lable "Tutorials" in the right sidebar for step by step instructions.
Start by checking out the samples our guest designers made this week!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Happy 17th Birthday, Connor! It was my nephew's birthday on Monday and this is the card we gave him. He has had a litte grass-cutting business for about 4 summers (he's very entrepreneurial!). He's a great kid and as quirky as he sometimes is, he's got a heart of gold. The sentiment inside says "and many mower". The card base is Sahara Sand and I stamped the Sanded background on it (see what I did there?). I watercoloured the image with various markers and layered it with Riding Hood Red and Basic Black. I've had some retired ribbon for a couple of years and since it matched, threw that on as well. The ticket corner punch was used and the card was finished off with a few black brads.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This is one of those cards that started out as a swirling mass of little inspiration sparks in the deep recesses of my brain combining all kinds of lovely details that I had collected over the past week in my travels through blogland. It began its slow journey with this sketch from the excellent 2sketches4you blog which posts a challenge every Monday. I loved the sketch and I really loved the samples the design team had come up with. In particular, a few of the ladies had used that Nesties lable shape I love so much, and one of them had added a gorgeous detail using eyelets and ribbon that I decided I had to try!Paperfections on colouring fruit with Copic Markers. I was in love! But....I didn't own any images of fruit to try it on. So, hot on my (perceived) success at creating a hand drawn image of my dog, I spent a day coming up with some of my own drawn images of fruit. In particular, I was pleased with this image of a bushel of apples. And you know what they say about apples!
So I happily coloured my image using all the wonderful tips and tricks I had learned. And it looked pretty good, I thought. Then I thought of my friend Karen Motz over at Paper Playground and how she sometimes used Crystal Effects to glaze parts of her images and how much I like that. And I realized that I could make the apples....shiny! Even better! (I also borrowed the idea of a little bow made of two strands of twine from Karen's sample for this week's Chicks Challenge).
Finally, I traipsed down the street to my faithful blogging buddy Donna's house to steal some of her fabulous SU punches because my sentiments always look so boring and I love the layered look she always gets using these. Thanks, Donna!
And that, my friends, is the long tortuous road of begging, borrowing, and stealing that this card sent me on. It was a lot of fun!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
It's here, it's here! It's Tuesday morning and it's finally here - the very first Chicks Inspiration Challenge! And here is your very first inspiration photo!
Just look at the picture and let it lead you anywhere you want to go! Maybe the colour combination speaks to you, or maybe the positioning of certain items inspires you. You might get distracted by one tiny element that reminds you of your favourite embossing folder. It's all good! There are no rules! We'll even get you started with samples made by us and our hand picked guest designers. Just make a card with anything you like and link it up using Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post before midnight on Monday, March 29, 2009. If you are uploading to a public gallery such as Splitcoast Stampers, please include the code CHIC1 in your keywords so that we can see all the cards for the challenge in one place. And of course, feel free to mention our blog and the challenge by name in your description!
We'll be picking our favourites and announcing the top five next Tuesday along with a new challenge for you to try. If your card is selected for the top five, you will be invited to be a guest designer for the following week's challenge. Awesome!
If you're new to challenges, or unsure how to participate, simply click on the "tutorials" label on the right side of the blog. You'll find easy step by step instructions for everything you need to know to play!
Check out these samples to get started:
by Donna MacDonald
by Cathy Lewis
by Karen Motz
by Joy Atkinson
by Laurel Halliwushka
Thank you so much to all of our fabulous guest designers! Thanks for playing along!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Okay. So you've been busily making cards, photographing them beautifully using your very own home studio and all the right settings on your camera. You've discovered the wonderful world of Splitcoast Stampers and you've been uploading your artwork into your very own gallery online. There's only one more thing you need to know in order to participate in tomorrow's Chicks Inspiration Challenge: how to link your card to our blog!
It's super easy. First, hop over to Splitcoast Stampers and login using your name and password. Click on the "Gallery" option on the menu across the top of the page. Now you will see your personal options appear in the left margin. Click on "My Gallery" and you will see a screen like this:
but with your cards, of course! Select the card you want to link to the challenge and click on it. You will get a big screen, showing just that card, like this:
Now come back tomorrow and quit all this messing around - we've got the real thing happening here!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I really like this stamp and it seemed to fit the sketch somewhat, with it's three framed teacups. I stamped it with Black Memento Ink and coloured the images with my Copic markers. Scalloped edges seemed to fight with the image, so I layered straight black strips over the mat and mounted the whole thing on a lovely scrap of patterned paper from my stash (I'm not sure, but I think it's from Autumn Leaves Foofala). Next, I've been dying to do some hand stitching on a card, inspired by Mel over at Mel Stampz, of course! So I alternated colours and did a tidy little border all around.
For the sentiment, I thought it would be fun to fold a little tea bag out of some pearlescent vellum. I added an eyelet and embroidery floss to the top to make it look more realistic, and tucked a little scrap of scalloped black cardstock inside to mimic tea. I stamped my sentiment on the outside and stuck it on! Here's a closeup of the tea bag:
To finish it off, I balanced the card with three self adhesive pearls from Hero Arts in the bottom left corner and then applied Crystal Effects to the three teacups for extra dimension and shine. It's not very faithful to the original sketch but I love how it turned out!