Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Slideshow & Winner! Challenge #40

Thanks to everyone who participated in our "non-traditional stamping" challenge!

The winner for this challenge is Grace Tolman - she stamped on pieces of leather to make trees for her layout. How creative! Grace, please send us your addy and we'll get your RAK right out.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Challenge #41 - Monochromatic Color Scheme

This time around... I want to issue a color scheme challenge... Here it is... Simple, straight forward, and very versatile!

Use a monochromatic color scheme on your page... Period!... Any subject, any materials, any journaling, any title, any size... Just make the page a "one color wonder"!!

Monochromatic color schemes, by definition... Use one hue (color), plus tints and shades (lights, mediums, and darks) of that chosen hue, and possibly, achromatics (whites, blacks and grays), or possibly neutrals (browns, beiges, tans, etc...).

How do you choose your hue?... Randomly, inspirationally, emotionally, etc... Or, the hue you choose can reflect the "feel" and or theme/subject of the photos... Red for love, blue for sadness, green for nature/serenity, etc...

So... Remember to have fun, check out the FAB DT examples below, and then LINK your take on the challenge here, by Sunday, April 5th, 12 midnite EST... And, I will pick a winner from the participants, and I will send a RAK off to the LUCKY WINNER!!

Good luck and make some art!!

PAMELA's layout...

BRENDA's layout...

JENNIFER's layout...

DEBORAH's layout...

Monday, March 16, 2009

5 Patterned Papers Slide show & Winners!

Thanks to all who participated. I let pick 2 winners from the 33 participants, and here are the lucky winners....


Send us an email with your address and I will get each of you an add-on kit from Studio Calico
And here is a photo of that kit, ladies. The name is "Sophia" and it is GORGEOUS.

Monday, March 9, 2009

#40 - Non-Traditional Stamping

Are you a stamp addict? Got some new stamps laying around that you've been waiting to use? Tired of stamping on paper? Your challenge: stamp on something other than paper. It can be ribbon, fabric, acrylic, buttons ... the possibilities are endless!

Our sponsor for this challenge is ScraPerfect and they gave us the Perfect Printing Pouch to use for this challenge. The pouch was created to stop printing ink from smearing on vellum paper -- but it does so much more. But you can use it when stamping or with markers, and it works on many surfaces from textured paper to fabric to Sculpy. It stops bleeding and smearing on vellum, shiny papers, textured cardstock, transparencies, twill tape, ribbon, muslin fabric, shrink plastic, wood, postage stamps, mulberry paper and other challenging surfaces. The print quality is crisp and the ink dries quickly with different inks including ink jet printers, water based and permanent markers, gel pens and stamp dye pads. Try it with Staz-on ink on acrylic. You will be amazed! It also contains a drying agent so the ink is dry within 15 seconds of coming out of the printer. When stamping, the pouch prevents embossing powder from sticking where it's not wanted, too!

Here's how we used it:

I stamped on ribbon, a clear button, and a scrap of acrylic. To help keep the ribbon straight, I used a bit of adhesive and tacked it onto my craft mat before stamping. The button was stamped and embossed.

Paloma used the pouch on twill before running it through her printer, as well as two pieces of cotton fabric.

Pamela stamped on fabric. The photo was altered first with bleach and watersoluable crayons, scanned, and printed on fabric, using freezer paper and an ink-jet printer. Then, after adhering it to cardstock, she stamped the wood pattern, clockface, some words, and the little frames by October Afternoon in fabric and solvent inks.
Jennifer: Jennifer used the pouch on some vellum and ran it through the printer to print out a digital frame. She also stamped with some blue ink on fabric for her heart embellishment.

Guest Designer Susie Bentz:
I gave Susie one of the pouches and asked her to try it out. She stamped on the ribbon and some shrinky-dinks.

So break out those stamps! You don't need the Perfect Printing Pouch to participate - just stamps, ink and your imagination. Post your creations here by Sunday, March 22nd to be eligible for a RAK.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Challenge #38 slide show and Winner

Thanks so much for playing ladies! It was so hard to choose!

**The winner is SHARONA for her "my baby' layout! Email me at and i will get a package out to you ASAP! Thanks!