Sunday, March 21, 2010

Challenge #17 - Spring is in the Air! (and Top Artist winners!)

Spring Challenge
It’s officially Spring!  We love flowers and this is most everyone's favorite time of year!  With beautiful flowers in bloom everywhere, we challenge you to create a project with handmade flowers using whatever materials you choose (e.g., paper, fabric, etc.).

Check out Lia's flowers created using her Cricut (George and Basic Shapes cartridge) and glimmer mist.  She layered a five petal flower in three different sizes (.5" to 2.5"), sprayed then with water, and pinched up and then pulled down the petals one by one.  Believe it or not all of the flowers were made from white cardstock and colored with glimmer mist!  Her stems are also handmade.
Marie created this fabulous layout adorned with ribbon flowers!  She stamped the white background with Night of Navy ink from Stampin up! using an Itty Bitty background stamp and used her Cricut (Storybook and Hello Kitty cartridges) for the title and image.  
MsDee created a beautiful mini-album with lollipop flowers (so cute!) made from pages torn from a dictionary and coated with Utee embossing powder.  How gorgeous!
Myra made these begonias for her exploding box "Happy Birthday" card.  The begonias were made with a flower petal punch by the Punch Bunch.
Susie made a beautiful bouquet of roses from tissue paper and daffodils from Die Cuts With a View Gemstone cardstock in a vase decorated with an adorable Matilda stamped image.
Terry adorned her Easter egg basket with this gorgeous blinged-out carnation.
and then Terry made this awesome collage of an assortment of gorgeous flowers from patterned papers!! 
We certainly hope you're inspired!  Please show us what you've got by leaving a link to your creation in the comments!  Happy Spring!

Top Artist Winners
Thank you to all of the participants in our January and February challenges.  It was not an easy choice for us, but we are pleased to announce our Top Artist winners!  Our January winner is Yvonne for her Going Green project.  Yvonne made a gorgeous card with a recycled ribbon that had some serious sentimental value.  Check out her sweet project here.  Our February winner is Jana!  Jana made the most beautiful Valentine's day card for our Non-traditional Love challenge.  Get a peek at her card here.  Yvonne and Jana, please email us so we can send you the Top Artist badge to proudly display on your blogs!  

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Challenge #16 - We Love Accessories!

You can never have too many bags right?  Our current challenge is to create a purse or backpack mini-album.  For a tutorial on the backpack mini-album see  Our very own design team member, Denise, prepared a helpful video tutorial on to make the purse mini-album right here just for you right: Part I 
and Part II
Here are pics of the purses by Denise:
The awesome Denise also has generously shared the SCAL cut files for the purses here and here.  
Here are the rest of the gorgeous projects by our team.  The first one is a super cute purse by Lia.  She altered one of the chipboard purse albums you can get from Michaels and added a lollipop flower sprayed with glimmer mist:

Next is a beautiful butterfly embellished purse by Lisa:
Terry made this wonderful baby themed purse with adorably detailed inserts:
We hope you're inspired.  Please share with us your version by leaving a link to your project in your comment!