Monday, June 27, 2011

How awesome winner #173 - this is adorable.

Our chosen winner for challenge #173 Going around in circles is Tracee with this cute and fresh looking layout, I really like the colors in this and the little details in each of the circles. Her 6 butterflies add a perfect touch to the layout. Great job on this Tracee.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Challenge #174 - Sunny Flowers (June 20 - July 3)

Happy Summer!!

Midsummer is celebrated in a traditional way in Sweden in June, and includes dancing around a maypole and eating traditional food, and always strawberries. A lot of people wear flower wreaths/crowns on their heads. There is also a myth that if young people pick 7 different kinds of wildflowers, jump over 7 fences, and place the flowers under their pillow on this night, they will dream of the man/woman they will marry. This year Midsummer’s Eve falls on Friday 24 June.

My challenge is to do a layout:

- Using mainly light colours, and it must include at least a bit of yellow (for the summer solstice)
- 1 circle (for the sun)
- 7 different types of flowers (if you want to, try making one or more handmade flowers)
- 7 rub-ons or stamped images
- 24 other items

Anna-Karin: I made a difficult challenge for myself! I wanted to include a bit too many things on this layout: an enlarged photo, a woven piece of fabric depicting a Midsummer celebration, a rather big stamp and then of course the flowers. I struggled a bit to pull it all together. The seven flowers are all different: cut from paper, die cut daisy, layers of watercoloured canvas, die cut from patterned papers, made of twisted and inked sticky-backed canvas, stamped, embossed and coloured vellum, die cut and embossed Core’dinations cardstock. The stamps are: music, script, strawberry, silhouette children, date, month, and a flower stamp. The photo is from a midsummer celebration when we were children. Journaling is behind the layout.

Janet M - I just loved this challenge , anytime I can pull out a picture of my granddaughter and get it scrapped it good. The yellow, the sun and all the fun embellishments were just the right mixture for this picture from 10 years ago of Cynthia. Bumblee bees, heart, flowers , bling and everything worked perfect for me in capturing the sunny mood of her.

Debbi T: This was the perfect challenge to get me to scrap this Easter photo of my nephews that I've had sitting on my desk forever. I was happy for the rub-on part of the challenge because I always forget to use them. It was tricky getting 7 on my page, but I snuck them in here and there. Thanks for the fun challenge, Anna-Karin!

Elizabeth: Fun challenge this week. I used a bunch of different flowers, in the patterned paper, lace cardstock, Prima flowers and some sticker flowers. I used lots of little butterfly rubons and plenty of sparkle. The pictures scanned a little yellowish, but i guess that matches part of the challenge too :P

Fi - Loved the Challenge this week, its great how these challenges push you that little further, either by using products you haven't used or to reach in and use that stash that has just been sitting there. If you would like to read more about my page I would love you to pop on over to my blog. Can't wait to see what everyone does.

To play, and have a shot at being chosen for our How Awesome Is Too Awesome Hall of Fame and creating as a HMITM Guest Designer, just share your layout through Mr. Linky below! Have fun! We can't wait to see what you create!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

#172 The Inner Geek Winner

We had such a fun group of layouts to choose from on this challenge it was hard to pick one. I loved all the different "Geek" confessions from everyone . This was a fun challenge.

The winner of this post is : Susan Stringfellow
Her fun layout is titled Sweeter on the Inside. It gives us a little bit of fun things to know about her.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Challenge #173 - 6/6 - All about 6 {June 6 - June 19}

Going around in Circles

Did you know that 6 circles of any size when put together will make a complete circle with no gap in it? So you can guess where this is leading - the date for the challenge is 6/6 so we're going to use six punched out circles, buttons or brads and use it on the page in a circle.
Easy almost too easy so lets add something else in six, flowers, butterflies, bugs or anything that works for your page and 6 patterned papers.
So that's :
6 circles made into a circle
6 similar embellishments
6 patterned papers.

Janet M - I think doing your own challenge is a challenge in it's self, I really had fun with this one though. I'm sure my daughter will be impressed to see the picture of her up dressed in her Halloween costume as a geek.
I used 6 pattern papers in the frame on the picture.
6 circles into a circle
6 brads
6 modes of transporation
6 in the title and on the speed sign.

Elizabeth: I love working with circles. This was a good one! I don't know if I cheated by using the brads in the shape of a circle, but I thought it did qualify the instructions. :) Plus I used 6 pictures shaped as circles, so that counts for a bonus!

Anna-Karin: Thank you for this clever challenge Janet! I cut six circles from six different patterned papers, arranged them into a circle and stitched around each one. The big white circle was scratched into the Core’dinations cardstock to reveal the inner core. For the six embellishments, I used stars and gave each one a different texture (UTEE embossing, flocking, crackle paint, ink, glitter and Flower Soft). The title of the layout translates ‘Eyelashes’ and the journaling is about all the attention Anton get for his blue eyes and long eyelashes.

Fi - This was definitely a challenge for me this week, I felt I was going around in circles trying to get my punched circles to look remotely like circles. I punched the polka dots from Kaiser Seaside Collection and adhered these onto a circle that I punched from acetate. I made 6 of these and raised and 3D'd them on my page. I have used 6 patterned papers, 6 birds and 6 flowers to complete my lots of 6. I cut the photo into a circle and overlayed with a LYB printed circle overlay. I will post more details on my blog. Looking forward to see what other come up with.

Debbi T: This was a serious challenge for me! For some reason, the even number 6 really stumped me. I managed to use the required six of everything--six brads, six rub-ons, six chipboard numbers, six pearls, even a six-word title (if you read 1,000 as "one thousand"), except that I used 3 pieces of burlap--but I did use 6 staples to adhere them. I love a challenge, though, so I definitely had fun!

Debbie F: I don't use circles as design elements all that often, so this was a challenge for me. I dug into my first Studio Calico kit that I'd been hoarding for a few years. I created the splatters with black acrylic paint by running my fingers along the paint dipped brush. I even used a stamp that was still in the package! I added 6 star stickers, six bling circles, and 12 other stickers (title letters and star strip). Fun challenge!

To play, and have a shot at being chosen for our How Awesome Is Too Awesome Hall of Fame and creating as a HMITM Guest Designer, just share your layout through Mr. Linky below!

We can't wait to see what you create!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

A Fond Farewell to Amanda Torres

We are so sad to say goodbye to Amanda. She has delighted us with some of the most creative challenges since she has been on the team and has provided so much wonderful inspiration with her whimsical, vibrant style. We are happy to say that she has a blog where we can keep tabs on what she's creating: Just Dalovely and Delicious. Thank you, Amanda, for serving as such an inspirational, creative member of our team this past year! We will miss your sweet smile and bright sense of humor!