Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I'll post more later this week if I can!!
Happy stamping!!!! And don't forget the Creative challenge this week, Embellishment Encore!!!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Hello everyone!!! Today is Sunday and that means another Getting Creative with Ann challenge!!! This week the focus is on all those UNOPENED, had to have them, love em and you haven't used them since you bought/received them, embellishments!! And I'm not talking about the embellies you just bought yesterday! I want you to scrounge your stamp space and find those poor neglected embellishments and put them to good use!
The embellishments you choose could be some you have purchased or you may have received as a gift from someone!
My sample for you combines two challenges: the GCA and the Featured Stamper #77 on SCS. You can see Julia's card here, that I choose.
Here are the changes I made:
* Stamp set: Dreams du Jour by SU! - coming soon to the new catalog!!
* Colors: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Choc. Chip, WW & Bella Rosa dsp.
* Instead of the slit punch for my scallop, I used the new SU! scallop edge punch. I then used my white Signo gel pen to put dots on each scallop.
* Used a choc. chip stitched (non SU!) ribbon.
* Instead of buttons, I used 1/2" circle tile spots with punch outs from the stamp for my embellishment.
* Left off the sentiment strip.
* Used 2 scallop circles under the main image for bordering. Main image is up on dimensionals and then the entire panel is up on dimensionals.
The two embellishments I used, which until today were unopened, are the ribbon and the tile spots. The ribbon I received from a secret sister exchange quite awhile ago and the tile spots I bought months ago, because I had to have them, and not used since then!!! I included a pic of my embellies for you to see.
So take a minute and look around your stamp room and see what you can use that has, until today, been unopened and unused!! You know you have something, now is the time to get it out and put it on a fabulous creation!!!
To be entered in the challenge drawing, make a card with your unused embellishments, upload it either to your blog, or to an online gallery and post a link to your card to this blog entry as a comment by August 2, 2008 at 12 midnight. I will choose the winner through a random number generator and post the next day. Even if you can't make the drawing deadline, PLEASE feel free to participate in the challenge and upload your creations at any time. I would love to see it!
If you upload your card on SCS, please put GCA2 (NO SPACE IN BETWEEN GCA AND 1) in the keyword section. That way everyone can look at all of the creations at once!
Please remember I am leaving for SU!'s convention Tuesday morning and will return home late Sunday night. I will check in as often as I can during the week, when I find a computer!!! I will most likely post next week's challenge on Monday, August 4th. So I've given you extra time to work on this challenge!!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I noticed all the increased foot traffic to my blog (THANK YOU!), but only two cards made it in by the drawing deadline. Since I created two samples, I will be sending one to each of this week's winner's!
Who are they you ask?? That would be Brandy and Cathy!!! These two lucky ladies are receiving goodies from me two weeks in a row!! C'mon ladies, I know you can give them a run for their money!!!
Here are the cards they created with the sketch. Just fabulous ladies and thank you so much for playing!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
What exactly does that mean for you? Well, the majority of weekends I will be posting my challenge either late Saturday evening, or Sunday. Since I have a full time job outside the home, Saturdays are usually days where I try to catch up with housework and such. You notice, I said try. Stamping usually interferes with that!!! But on the chance I actually do some housework, I don't want to be stressed about also getting my challenge posted. Once I get into a groove, I know I'll find the perfect time to post.
With all that being said, I'm working on my sample for the first challenge right now!! I couldn't decide what I wanted to do first and so it took me a while to get my sample started. So check back later today, or tomorrow to see the first challenge posted.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I have awesome news to share with all of stamping friends!! Brandy and Stamp Fanatic are the winners of the blog candy!! Each of them created just darling bags and they were the only two who sent me a photo. You can click on each of their names to see the bags they created.
I know may of you visited, as I saw my site meter keep climbing, but during the summer I know it's hard to find time to do stuff! I hope if you visited at some point you will find time to make one of these adorable bags for a someone!!
So, Brandy and Stamp Fanatic, send me your snail mail address to: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get these bags out to you in a jiffy!! And thanks for playing!
Don't forget to check out my poll (on the right) and post just below about the upcoming Getting Creative with Ann challenge which starts this weekend!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
What is this creative challenge you ask? Let me explain! My weekly creative challenge will embrace many types of challenges such as:
Sketch challenges - My own sketches, old SCS sketches or sketches from any of the popular crafting magazines, to name a few.
Color challenges - just like the color challenge on SCS, a grouping of colors will be provided for you to create with. You may see old color challenges from SCS or anywhere!
Technique challenges - here you will get to try out a variety of techniques such as; easy & familiar heat embossing, Cuttlebug Smoosh or something I come up with!!
Spotlighted Stamper challenge - we all know the "famous" stampers in our venue such as Beate, MaryJo Albright and Sharon Johnson just to name a few, but what about all the others out there who quietly stamp and share their work with world? This challenge will spotlight those "unknowns" and their creations. This could be a stamper with only an SCS gallery or a stamper who has a blog and an SCS gallery. I have a few ideas for a fun twist with this challenge!!
Minimum Materials - are materials at a minimum? Then this challenge is for you! Here materials you would be allowed to use on your creation would be kept to a minimum! Remember the early days of stamping, or if you're just getting started you don't own everything you would like to!!
Embellishment Encore - with this challenge the focus will be on the embellishments and finding avenues to showcase them on your creations. How many embellishments do you have sitting around, still in the package, you just aren't sure how to use??? I know have my fair share!!
Creative Idea - this challenge will motivate you to create based on a visual stimulus. Like a picture of a beach sunset, photo of nature scene or just looking around your home or out of your stamp room window.
So, my idea is to focus on a different challenge every week to help you, and me, grow in our stamping talents. On each challenge I will choose a random winner who will receive the creation I post as my sample, along with some simple stamping goodies. How's that sound??
Do a lot of these challenges sound familiar? They should, as many of them are featured on SCS and is where my idea came from. I have my own ideas to put a spin or a twist on each of these, but also going back into the early days of these challenges and focusing on them too. Credit will always be given where I found my ideas. SCS is a major influence on my stamping and what helped be to grow as a stamper.
I have a poll going on the right asking what day of the weekend, Saturday, Sunday or either day sounds good for you. I know a lot of the challenges already out there are during the week and I want to focus more on the weekend. Especially since I work during the week, as I know many of you do too.
So cast your vote and let me know what you think about new feature to begin!! I hope many of can join me in Getting Creative!!!
Happy Stamping everyone!!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I'm so excited that so many of you are loving the Bag in a Box project and I want you to know how happy that makes me!
I have received a few emails asking me just how do you link a photo to my blog?? It's really not that difficult, yet if you don't have a blog or upload to SCS, you might find it more challenging!! Let me explain the best I can.
If you have a blog, all you need to do is post a comment here and then copy & paste your blog's web address along with your comment. I can then go back and check out your creation.
If you don't have a blog, BUT you DO upload to SCS, then you simply repeat the steps above, but this time you are copying & pasting your online gallery web address. Also, if you have an SCS gallery, please include the keyword BBB1 with your upload and everyone can find them easier!!
Clear as mud right? If you do not have either, then simply email me a pick of your creation to email@example.com and I'll see your project that way. And you'll still be included for the blog candy!!
With all of this said I am going to extend the time for creating your bag and getting me a picture, one way or another! The new deadline is now Monday, July 14th by midnight and I will pick the winner with a random number generator on Tuesday, July 15th by 8pm!
Happy creating everyone!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Designer/Patterned paper – cut to 5 ½” x 11”
Coordinating cardstock – cut to 4 ½” x 4 ½” and 1 ½” x 11”
Scoring blade/Scor-Pal ®
Round Tab punch – 2 needed for handles
stamps/ribbon and other accessories to finish your bag
You can now begin assembling your box. Fold the squares with the sticky strip into the box.
Using the strip of cardstock, and your slit punch, punch out a scalloped edge. If you have the new SU! scallop border punch, or any border punch, this works great too!
Place two strips of sticky strip on the Round Tab punched pieces. DO NOT remove backing yet!!