Archive for February, 2012:
I love birthday cards, especially on MY birthday. No, my birthday isn't this week – but someone's birthday must be sometime soon! And even if you don't have a special friend or relative who has a birthday coming up, you're going to need a birthday card sooner or later! So why not take some fun time to make a birthday card you'll have a blast making – with no deadline except for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge team deadline of two weeks from now!
Our design team has started out with a wide variety of designs for this challenge theme. And I can hardly wait to see what kind of a card YOU make. Use your favorite of everything – stamps, papers, embellishments – anything in your stash, as long as it's a Stampin' Up! product, and you make the card for this challenge. And when you're finished, you'll have a card ready for that next special birthday in your life!
What fun to see all the color combinations that you all showed off in response to our last challenge. It started off as a Valentine Color challenge, and segued into use of two colors for any project once we got past Valentine's Day. Thanks so much for everyone for participating, and especially to this week's Top Three:
Bonnie Klass. We all loved the way Bonnie used the white space on this card to set off her colors so nicely, and we really enjoyed the way that she used the black gingham ribbon to accent the white as well as the colors. And those pearls on the hearts are just the perfect accents for this beautiful Love card!
Sczcepkowski. What a unique color duo for this Anniversary/Valentine's card. We loved the way she stamped on the side panels and then used the embossing to accent the top and the bottom panels. Lovely combo, and I think a couple of us may be using this color combo before long!
Lana Horton. Lana showed us how we can transition from Valentine's Day to St. Patrick's day with this unusual set of colors to set off her sparkly heart! The way she tied the ribbon was a beautiful way to finish off this card!
(I'm sneaking in at the end of Valentine's Day to make an addendum to this challenge! Now that Valentine's Day is over, you may want to focus on some other kind of card the rest of this week? By all means, if you have an idea for a two-color card, we'd love to see it, Valentine's or not! This is somewhat self-serving as I've been sick and Valentine card-making got left by the wayside for me this year. But now that I'm feeling back among the living, I decided on a two-color card, and it's not a Valentine! Of course, we'll still love to see Valentine Cards! But other themes would be fine at this point.)
All too often when I'm making a Valentine Card, I either make my card all one color (with a bit of Whisper White or Very Vanilla) or I end up using a lot of Designer Series Paper to make what I think is an interesting card. So my challenge to myself – and to the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team – is to make a Valentine Card with two main colors – along with a Stampin' Up! neutral or two.
So that's YOUR challenge this time around at SUO Challenges – make a Valentine Card with two main colors (and you can add a neutral or two) and share it with us at the SUO Challenge Design Team! When you've finished your card and have it uploaded to your blog on online gallery, go to the Link Tool at the bottom of this post and link your card photo.
Please remember that this challenge is for projects that use Stampin' Up! products only and your card should be made in response to this challenge (not posted weeks or months earlier!).
and sneaking in after Valentine's Day with a non-Valentine is
Oh my did we have some variety with this challenge and what fun it was to look through them all again as we were trying hard to pick our top 3. But pick we did (despite just about everyone getting a vote somewhere!). Thanks to everyone who joined us this time, and special congratulations to our Top 3!
Sally McD That lion is just TOO cute! And we all loved how Sally used the colors from the Sale-A-Bration sets for this over-the-top cute baby card!
Erika Clark. What an A-Maze-Ing Twisted Easel Card with the pleated ribbon all around to set it off.
Lori Rider. We loved the layering with the Framelit and the Doily Triple Layer punch, and the precision with which she did everything in this card!