Friday, July 30, 2021

You Still Have Time to Play Challenge #255 - Autumn Warmth

  You still have time to play with our Sketch Challenge #255 at As You See It Challenges! Why don't you give it a try, here?



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The Challenge will close on Wednesday, Aug.4th, at 11:55 pm Pacific time.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Challenge #255 - Autumn Warmth

I love Colour Challenges and our Design Team member Jane came up with this gorgeous combination that embodies the warmth of autumn colours. Enjoy using all your new autumn stamps for this one!

If you remember, we announced back in January that each time we have a colour challenge, the Featured Artist would have a chance to become a Guest Designer for our next Recipe Challenge 4 weeks from now. So enter with that in mind! We're so excited to work with you for a challenge!!

Remember, if you don't have the Stampin' Up! colours, use the colours you have that are the closest. Your project should use all these colours only and 1 neutral. (Neutrals include black, white, vanilla or Crumb Cake.)



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Here's what the Design Team were warming up on the burner this week:


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Taking a break this week.


Here are some guidelines for the challenge:

  • Create any card, scrapbooking page, 3D project or packaging project that fits the challenge.
  • Stampin' Up! colours are used for reference but any matching colours are welcome. You can use black/neutral for outlines and sentiments but don’t use any other colours. Make sure you use all the colours in the challenge banner. Neutrals include black, white, vanilla, Crumb Cake.
  • Please include the challenge graphic and link back to the   challenge in your blog post. Turn off word verification so we can send you lots of feedback. Make sure you link the post not the whole blog to the Linky. Use #AYSI255 when uploading to a public gallery.
  • If you’re unsure about ‘the rules’, check the details under the Challenge Guidelines tab.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Winners for Challenge #254 - Focal Point

Everyone love a good sketch challenge and this was a great one because it turned out great cards!  A focal point is a must for an effective design. Yours were varied and surprising and beautiful and made choosing winners very challenging, but we rose to the challenge and here they are:

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Our Top Pick is: Mary Deatherage


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While Mary's background was layered, meticulous, varied and precision made, it was her stunning focal point that made us all gasp for breath! Then we had to take the advice in her sentiment to breathe deep! The cabin stamp presented like an old time photo with that effective torn paper old time photo frame, catches your eye and holds it, drawing you deep into the image! 

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Our Featured Artist is: Nora Noll


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Nora created a seaside birthday card complete with handmade sand designer paper! Her seashells were carefully created and everything was distressed and sponged. Then the sentiment is the real show stopper as it is embossed in white on black in perfect contrast to the soft colours on the card. Who can't use a little beach time in the summer?



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And we think you may want to check out the following Honorable Mentions on their sites:



11. Zoe S.

12. Jules


Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who played along! Come and check out our new Colour Challenge tomorrow morning on our blog and participate with the chance of becoming our next guest designer! Our winners today can pick up their badges on this page and display them with pride on their blogs or sites. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

There are Still a Few Hours Left to Play Challenge #254 - Focal Point

 You still have a few hours left to play with our Sketch Challenge #254 at As You See It Challenges! Why don't you give it a try, here?



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The Challenge will close on Wednesday, Jul. 21st, at 11:55 pm Pacific time. 

Friday, July 16, 2021

You Still Have Time to Play Challenge #254 - Focal Point

 You still have time to play with our Sketch Challenge #254 at As You See It Challenges! Why don't you give it a try, here?



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The Challenge will close on Wednesday, Jul. 21st, at 11:55 pm Pacific time.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Challenge #254 - Focal Point

This awesome sketch comes to you courtesy of Design Team member, Amy! The feature that helps you create a great project is a focal point on the left! It doesn't need a flower. It can be any shape, but a focal point always helps your project catch the eyes of your observers! What image will you use? Will it be a stamp or a die cut or a large sentiment? We can't wait to find out!

Feel free to rotate or flip the sketch, just keep the integrity of it, so we can recognize it. 

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How creative did the Design Team get with the sketch? Let's see:


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Here are some guidelines for the challenge:

  • Create any card, scrapbooking page, 3D project or packaging project that fits the challenge.
  • Feel free to flip or rotate the sketch and to substitute one shape for another but we must still be able to see the sketch in your finished submission.
  • Please include the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge in your blog post. Turn off word verification so we can send you lots of feedback. Make sure you link the post not the whole blog to the Linky. Use #AYSI254 when uploading to a public gallery.
  • If you’re unsure about ‘the rules’, check the details under the Challenge Guidelines tab.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Winners for Challenge #253 - Fast Foliage

We had a few brave and daring risk-takers who were willing to pit their crafting skills against the clock for our last speed-stamping challenge, Fast Foliage! Always in good fun, it is nonetheless a great adrenaline rush, trying to fit on one last embellishment, or trying to fix that crooked sentiment before the stop watch runs out! The blog posts are almost as delightful as the projects themselves! Here are the cards which particularly delighted the Design Team with their simple artistry and what they were able to accomplish in under 10 minutes:

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Our Top Pick is: Jules


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Jules learned to reduce the layers in order to complete her design on time, but it didn't take away from the amazing embossed leafy background for her cute striped honeybee-like heart and her whimsical sentiment plus the actual stitching she did around the sentiment and the embossed layer. Now that is speedy!!

We had a tie for Featured Artist!

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Our first Featured Artist is: Deborah Wheeler


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Deborah created a stepped up project by adding a narrow white frame to her square shaped card, adding a silhouette die cut in white to the dark green leaf sprig, and popping up her birthday sentiment on a strip of cardstock, which was again popped up on dimensionals. The background paper was so perfect for this foliage theme!

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Our second Featured Artist is: Jolanda Johnston


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Jolanda's design is striking but simple which is a perfect solution for a speed stamping challenge. There are amazing contrasts in this simplicity, though, that create the polished look that is so hard to come by in a time crunch. The dark colours against the light image panel really create a crisp, clean final look. The black die cuts against the stamped graphic backgrounds in a geometrical arrangement is so eye-pleasing! And the texture in the center adds a finished note to it all!
                                                      
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And we think you may want to check out the following Honorable Mentions on their sites:



Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who played along! Come and check out our new Sketch Challenge tomorrow morning on our blog! Our winners today can pick up their badges on this page and display them with pride on their blogs or sites.     

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

You Still Have a Few Hours Left to Play Challenge #253 - Fast Foliage

 You still have a few hours left to play with our Speed Challenge #253 at As You See It Challenges! Why don't you give it a try, here?



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The Challenge will close on Wednesday, Jul. 7th, at 11:55 pm Pacific time.

Monday, July 5, 2021

You Still Have Time to Play Challenge #253 - Fast Foliage

You still have time to play with our Speed Challenge #253 at As You See It Challenges! Why don't you give it a try, here?



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The Challenge will close on Wednesday, Jul. 7th, at 11:55 pm Pacific time.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Challenge #253 - Fast Foliage

Our last speed challenge was blossoms! Continuing on the same flora speed track, this time we move on to leaves - fast foliage. How quickly do you think you can make a card featuring greenery? Under 10 minutes? Good, because that's what a Speed Challenge requires and what Design Team member Jan had in mind when she chose this theme for the speedy stampers you all are!

When we do a speed challenge we are not expecting a detailed masterpiece from you. We want you to have fun and see what you can create in under 10 minutes! You can design it in your head or sketch it out first. You can gather all your supplies ahead of time. But once you start the cutting/stamping/die cutting/embossing /etc. process, you must start the timer! 

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You have 10 minutes! 
Let us know, with your entry, how long it took you to complete your card or project! The key is to KISS!! Keep It Simple, Stamper!


Let's see how many leaves our Design Team members stamped in 10 min.:




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Amy Jasper  8m29s



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Jane Knudsen 8m0s



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                                    LeAnne Pugliese 9m2s                                        



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Here are some guidelines for the challenge:

  • Create any card, scrapbooking page, 3D project or packaging   project that fits the challenge.
  • You can come up with your design and gather materials before you start the clock, but once you start work, you have to complete your design in 10 min. State in your blog or description, how long it took you to make it.
  • Use the given theme in your project.
  • Please include the challenge graphic and link back to the   challenge in your blog post. Turn off word verification so we   can send you lots of feedback. Make sure you link the post not the whole blog to the Linky. Use #AYS253 when uploading to a public gallery.
  • If you’re unsure about ‘the rules’, check the details under the Challenge Guidelines

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Winners for Challenge #252 - Apply the Y!

If you were searching for a Father's Day card last week, you could have browsed our gallery for ideas! There were some amazing projects there! So many variations on a masculine theme, there was something for everyone! I'm sure there were many happy dads out there if they were the recipients of these cards! Thank you to all of you who shared your designs with us! It was sheer agony to choose! Here are the cards which applied the "Y" in a way that particularly caught the eye of the Design Team:

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Our Top Pick is: Rosemary D.


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Rosemary created a really unique masculine card using a triangle graphic design. The interesting thing about this clean graphic piece is that the triangles are all offset on the top left and balanced with the sentiment on the bottom right which enhances the risky vibe of it. The heavy use of navy with the white background gives a nautical feel to it as well. Top marks for originality!

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Our Featured Artist is: Deborah Wheeler


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Deborah's stag image almost jumps off the page at you with the beautiful sponged background and the over stamped layers of trees. The Design Team loved the heart in the antlers of the majestic deer. Her professional framing and paper layering really made the whole project come alive. All these elements created a very artistic design.

                                                      
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And we think you may want to check out the following Honorable Mentions on their sites:

4. dj


17.  Jules

18.  Renee Daley  

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who played along! Come and check out our new Speed Challenge tomorrow morning on our blog! Our winners today can pick up their badges on this page and display them with pride on their blogs or sites.     

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

You Still Have a Few Hours Left to Play Challenge #252 - Apply the Y!

 You still have a few hours to play with our Theme Challenge #252 at As You See It Challenges! Why don't you give it a try, here?



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The Challenge will close on Wednesday, Jun. 23rd, at 11:55 pm Pacific time.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

You Still Have Time to Play Challenge #252 - Apply the Y!

You still have time to play with our Theme Challenge #252 at As You See It Challenges! Why don't you give it a try, here?



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The Challenge will close on Wednesday, Jun. 23rd, at 11:55 pm Pacific time.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Challenge #252 - Apply the Y!

Father's Day is just around the corner, so our next Theme Challenge is timely. The goal is to create a project in honour of the Y chromosome! Make a masculine-themed card for Father's Day or any occasion! And that's all the direction I'm going to give you. The rest I'll let your taste dictate!


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How does our Design Team apply the Y?


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Here are some guidelines for the challenge:

  • Create any card, scrapbooking page, 3D project or packaging project that fits the challenge.
  • Please include the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge in your blog post. Turn off word verification so we can send you lots of feedback. Make sure you link the post not the whole blog to the Linky. Use #AYSI252 when uploading to a public gallery.
  • If you’re unsure about 'the rules’, check the details under the Challenge Guidelines.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter