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Thanks to everyone who participated in our latest challenge. It's been fun seeing what everything thinks of when they think, "Summer!"
Thanks especially to our Top 3 whom we felt did the best job of capturing our theme for the week! Click on the pictures of their projects to go to their blogs or galleries for more details.
Julia Quinn. What a soft beach collage Julia created! The colors and embellishments she used created a gorgeous depth and texture to this project. The decorated inside of this card is the perfect finishing touch! Definitely a work of art!
Melissa Cochran (Crazy Paper Freak). This is another beautiful collage. The colors are so different, but the details are equally compelling. The red color accenets and the coloring in of some of the background map really make this card pop. All of the elements seemed to be arranged perfectly!
Joanne James (The Crafty Owl). We love the balance of this design, with the colors on the ship, as ween through the "porthole," beautifully catching the Island Indigo color of the background. The porthole is so much fun, too, as it catches the sense of the ship at sea.
While our coordinator is on a longish trip away from home, the rest of the Design Team is holding down the fort! Robin will set up the voting for this challenge, as well as the next one, when she returns from her trip. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail her as she's never far from some way of reading her e-mail!
BUT OUR CHALLENGES WILL BE PUBLISHED ON TIME! So check back here tomorrow for our next fun challenge!
I personally am so pleased that Stampin' Up! has chosen to keep my favorite Butterfly products for the 2013-2014 Catalog year. I just love what we can do with the Punches, Sizzlits, Sizzix Die, and Stamp Sets (including the Best of Butterflies that will be around for the next year!). And obviously our Design Team has fun with the Stampin' Up! Butterflies, too!
You may notice a couple of new names in the group today. Yes, we have TWO new Design Team members joining us as of this week's SUO Challenge, and we are so excited to be introducing them to you today. You'll recognize one of them as someone who has participated in some of our challenges. And the other is completely new to SUO Challenges. We're thrilled to have them both join us.
Deena Boos. Her blog is My Home Grown Art.
I am a wife to a wonderful husband (who puts up with my crazy craftiness) and a mother of two children; a teenage boy, and a newly grown-up girl.
I fell in love with paper crafting the minute I put my first stamp to paper, at a Stampin’ Up! class, and I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator only one week after that! My passion for paper crafting, and sharing with others, has now been going on for nearly 7 years.
I have enjoyed playing along with SU-Only Challenges, and now I’m thrilled to be a part of such a talented group, who share the same love for paper crafting as I do.
Justin Krieger. His blog is JK Cards.
I’m a techie that does computer consulting. I live in Long Island, NY and I have a wonderful daughter Taylor and Mini Schnauzer Winston.
I have always done some kind of paper crafting ever since I was little when I made entire car dashboards out of oaktag. I discovered my love of card making in January of 2010 while watching a show on PBS. I saw them make a waterfall card and I thought I can do that so I went out and got some supplies and made one.
My friend introduced me to Stampin’ Up! in August of that year and I became an Independent Demonstrator in September. I’m completely hooked and take some time to make something every day. It relaxes me and is my wind down at the end of the day!
I'm sure you'll be as happy as the Design Team is to welcome their new styles to the bi-weekly SUO Challenge Blog! Here are their entries for the Butterflies Are So Much Fun challenge – and we're looking forward to seeing your entries! The link to enter is at the end of the blog.
To participate in our challenge, make a card or other paper-crafted project and post a photo of it to your blog or a gallery on the internet. Then come back here and use our link tool at the bottom of this post to share the photo with us.
PLEASE remember this: We're looking for projects posted to the internet after May 6, 2013. This is a NEW challenge!
And, of course, your projects should be made with Stampin' Up! products only. The products may be those that are in current catalogs, or they may be retired products. But (as our blog title says) SUO – Stampin' Up! Only! This means that products from other papercrafting, rubber stamp, die-making or other companies may not be included in your project or in any other project included in your blog post if Stampin' Up! sells a like product. For example, Stampin' Up! does not sell sewing thread. So use of sewing thread from another company is just fine. Stampin' Up! does sell the Sizzix Big Shot, so use of die-cuts, texture plates or other such products from another company is not fine. If you have a question, please send an e-mail to our Coordinator, Robin Messenheimer, and she'll be glad to answer it!
Challenge Dates: May 7, 2013 (3 am USA Eastern Time) –
May 18, 2013 (6 am USA Eastern Time)
Not as many of you as usual were interested in our challenge to make a monochromatic project. But, wow, did you all submit some wonderful! projects! The vast majority of those who entered projects in this challenge got at least one vote from our Design Team. So you know we had a hard time coming up with our Top 3!
So here they are and congratulations to all! You can click on their photo to go to the blog post about their entry. The Top 3 can pick up the sidebar code for their blogs over at the left.
Sue Rowe. Sue said that she is going to miss Baja Breeze in the Stampin' Up! color collection and she showed this favorite color off with a stunningly beautiful design. We were so impressed with the dimension and detail of the central flower on this card, and the Netting background gives just the perfect amount of texture to everything in the foreground. So much elegance in a clean and simple design!
Chris Smith. Chris said that she is going to miss River Rock in the Stampin' Up! color collection, and she, too, certainly showed us all why she likes to use it! What an elegant design with the doily and butterflies and the way Chris combined the River Rock with her background color. And there is so much dainty elegance in the texture that she used with all of her layers.
Fiona Whitten. We all loved the reverse design that Fiona made with her sponging of the Sizzix doily design. It's especially effective with the dark to light tones, and with the punched butterflies landing perfectly on the edge to show off the color!