Thursday, July 22, 2010

Challenge in Reverse!

Aack!  We've been without a challenge for far too long now!  So, to get things moving again we thought it would be fun to try something different!  We'd love for you to challenge us -- all you have to do is link up a card or other creation to inspire us before August 12th.  Then, each of us will choose from your amazing creations, draw inspiration, create something else fabulous, and post our creations here!   

Looking forward to seeing what you create!  (Please just add your link in the comment section below!)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

April Spring Cleaning Challenge Winner!!!

A big thanks to Kim, Robbie and Donna for joining us in our April Spring Cleaning Challenge!!!  They each made beautiful projects with the stamp sets they dusted off -- if you haven't seen them yet, you should go check them out!  After much deliberation (and with apologies for being late with our announcement again!), we've decided that our challenge winner is Donna!!!  You can see the adorable teddy bear card she created for the challenge by clicking here. Donna, please email Michelle your snail mail address so we can get your prize out to you!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

April's Spring Cleaning Challenge -- Dust off that set . . .

Hi Everyone,

We're back with our first April challenge -- for this one, we challenge you to dust off that stamp set . . . you know, the one you absolutely had to have but somehow haven't managed to use yet . . . and finally make something fabulous with it!  

We can't wait to see what you create.  Be sure to come back and link up your creations so we can see them. One person will win a Picture This Clear Mount Stamp Set (one of the hostess sets from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog)!!  You have until Wednesday, April 21st at 9pm PST to link up your creation, and then we'll pick a winner!

Here's what we've created to inspire you:

Jana pulled out Miniwagonbella, a stamp she HAD to have back in 2007 but never really got to use.

Michelle used Love Bugs, a Level 1 Hostess set she HAD to have right away when the 2009-2010 Idea Book came out last July.  You can read more about her card, and the Summer Mini sneak peek items she used on it here:

Come on back and link up YOUR creation, we can't wait to see what you've done!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter -- and St. Patrick's Challenge Winner At Last!

Hi Everyone,
        First, we'd like to wish you a very Happy Easter weekend!!! 
        And, second, we apologize for being so late in announcing our St. Patrick's Challenge winner!  So, without further ado we'd like to thank Sherry Dobreski for playing along with us, and congratulate her for winning our challenge with her beautiful shamrock card.  Be sure to check it out.

         Please stay tuned for a new challenge coming soon!

J, J, and M

Saturday, March 13, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Challenge

From shamrocks to leprechauns to lucky charms, anything is game as long as it's Irish and green. But wait... you might be saying "My favorite color is REALLY green!!" Then this challenge is for you!

Here we've got some inspiration for you. Please come back and link up your creations so we can see them. One person will win Paper Pretties' Cooper in Eggstra Special Easter!! You have until Wednesday, March 24th at 9pm PST to link up your creation, and then we'll pick a winner!

Michelle created a two page scrapbook layout using My Digital Studio and some photos from last St. Patrick's Day:
Jane created this lovely Fairy Jolinne...

And here's Jana card featuring MFT's Pure Innocence Shamrock Girl

1. Sherry Dobreski

2. Sherry Dobreski

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Gold Medal Winners!!

Hi everyone...sorry I'm so late in posting our winners - we've been busy girls out here in California!!
Without further ado, I'd like to present our winning challenge cards:

1. Color challenge

2. Heat Embossing

3. Ice, Ice Baby

4. Curling
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5. Speed Challenge

And our grand prize winner, who gets all THIS loot:Robbie for enterring ALL 5 Challenges!! Congrats to all the winners. Please email me at stamps at weavercentral dot com with your snail mail address so we can get your packages sent out to you right away!! We'll be back next week with our first "normal" bi-weekly challenge - hope to see you all back here!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time's running out...

You have until 5pm PST tomorrow (Sunday!) to link up your creations for the 5 Winter Card Olympics and your chance at some great prizes!!! We hope you'll play along with us!! And then be sure to come back on Monday to see who WON!

Monday, February 22, 2010

5th and Final Winter Olympics Challenge!!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our 5th and final Winter Card Olympics challenge here on I Dream of Stamping! This challenge is a TIME challenge. We are challenging you to make a card in 10 minutes (you get 15 if you have a handicap - such as a sleeping baby on your shoulder like Jana had!!) This is of course on the honor system, but we think you'll have fun seeing just what you can create in a time crunch!!

Have fun, and be sure to come back and link up your card using Mr. Linky so we can see what you've created, and you could win the Good Neighbor pack of paper that Jana used on her card!

Jane's card features Fairy Lily from the Enchanted Lily set from Pink Cat Studios. She used strips of various Sugar Rush (Basic Grey) designer paper over white Stamper's Select (Papertrey) cardstock. The punched edge is the ScallopTrim Border Punch (Stampin' Up). Pretty in Pink satin ribbon (SU) completes the card and accents the wavy border along the bottom of the second layer. Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU) can be seen sparkling on Lily's fairy wings.

Michelle's card uses the Stampin' Up! Sending Love Specialty Paper, with a greeting from the Good Egg set.  She used several punches to create quick and easy focal images and embellishments.

Jana's card uses the Good Neighbor paper pack along with the Trendy Trees stamp set. She also used this week's SFYTT for her layout.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Challenge #4, Curling!

What is curling you say? To be honest, I have no idea how the Olympic Sport curling works, but for the Winter Card Olympics the curling challenge can be anyway you want to include curling on your card. You can curl paper, ribbon, whatever you want to do. Just be sure to include HOW you have used curling on your card in the description!

Michelle stamped and cut some flowers from the Vintage Vogue set (can you tell this is one of her very favorites?!), then curled the edges of the petals, first with her fingers, then more as she sponged some ink on the edges.  There are also a few curls stamped by the Very Vintage wheel she used to create a background on the kraft layer of her card.


Jane curled some designer paper strips and made the curls into the tails of a bow. Just run thin strips of paper over closed scissors or twirl tightly around something long, thin, and round (like the needle part of a paper piercer). Do it slowly so as not to tear the paper or wrinkle it. If there are two layers to the paper, the bottom one might peel off, making it thinner and easier to work with.

And Jana decided to curl and scrunch some satin ribbon and make roses for her card which features another one of those adorable Pure Innocence girls!We'd love to have you play be sure to come back and link up your card here with Mr. Linky!

1. Robbie

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Challenge #3, Ice, Ice, Baby!

Ok Card Olympians, let's get frosty!! For this challenge, we want to see some ICE! Jana's favorite ice on cards is iridescent ice and the faux diamond dust technique. We'd love to see YOUR favorite ways to include ice or snow on your cards...just don't wipe out like so many of those skiers I've been watching!

Come on back and link up your Icy entry before 5pm PST on February 28th for your chance to win the Paper Pretties stamp set S.W.A.K.

Jana's card today uses a digi image from Heather Ellis (the illustrator of those adorable Pure Innocence girls everyone loves!!) along with Mercy's Tuesday sketch from this week.

Jane's card uses the adorable "Building Snowman Maya" stamp from La-La Land Crafts. She punched out a window on a scrap piece of paper to highlight the image and used VersaMark over the window. Then iridescent ice was poured over the VersaMark and heated up.

Michelle's card uses the Chocolate Bunny stamp from Stampin' Up! There's iridescent ice on the egg behind the bunny, and some bling from the Eggcellent Eggs Kit to dress up the die cut butterflies.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Challenge #2 of the Winter Card Olympics

Wow...we're already at challenge #2! This time, we're challenging you to get warmed up after watching all that ice and snow and do some HEAT EMBOSSING!

We'd love to have you play along with us. The prize for this challenge is the level II Occasions mini catalog hostess set Picnic Parade in clear mount form. Just link up your card using Mr. Linky below after posting to your blog or other online gallery. You have until February 28th to link up your entry, all winners will be posted here on March 1st!

Jane's card uses the darling "Look Who's Perky" set from Paper Pretties. She stamped the swirly window on red patterned paper and cut it out by hand. Then a VersaMark pad was used to ink up the entire image. Glassy Glaze embossing powder was sprinkled all over and heated up to create a smooth and shiny surface. You can see closeups of this on her blog.

Michelle's card uses the cracked glass technique with Glassy Glaze Embossing Powder and the versatile Vintage Vogue stamp set from Stampin' Up! The sketch is from Mojo Monday's week 126 and the colors are inspired by Mardi Gras.
Jana's card uses the emboss resist technique with some beautiful irridescent embossing powder from Judikins and the SU! I {heart} Hearts set, and this week's 2S4U sketch.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The first Challenge of the 2010 Winter Card Olympics

The 2010 Winter Olympics are well under way in Vancouver, so we've got a few challenges for you ourselves here in the blogosphere with I Dream of Stamping's Winter Card Olympics. Our first challenge to you is a color challenge. Create a card using the colors of your favorite country's flag, or, using the colors from the Olympic Logo (Green Galore, Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow and Basic Black). Once you have created your cards, please upload them to your blog, Splitcoast Stampers, or wherever your gallery may be, then come back here and add a link to it using Mr. Linky. You have until 5pm on February 28th to post your link, then we'll select a winner and post their card here on March 1st. The prize for this challenge is the Patterns Pack III Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! To get you started here are OUR challenge cards!

Michelle chose to use the colors of the US flag -- here's her card:
(The designer paper in this card is actually from the Prints Pack III -- so this is a sort of a sneak peek of the papers in the prize pack!)

Jana chose to use the colors of the German flag (After the US, I have to root for Germany, my former home!) The colors are gold, orangey red, and black.

Jane chose Japan as the inspiration for the colors and a beautiful bouquet of 18 red roses as her inspiration for the image.

Let the games begin!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Welcome to the 2010 Winter Card Olympics!

Welcome to the new I Dream of Stamping Challenge blog. We three friends (Jana, Jane & Michelle) wanted to start challenging ourselves to do more with our blogs, and thought it would be fun to share these challenges with the Blogosphere as well.

To kick off our new site, we're hosting the 2010 Winter Card Olympics, and over the course of the next 2 weeks, we'll be sharing 5 challenges with you all. We have a few fun prizes to give away, so we'd love to have you play along. Just share your creation on your blog or other forum (Splitcoast, Paper Craft Planet, or other location) and mention our new challenge blog and URL when you post it, then come back here to link it up with Mr. Linky. You'll have until 5pm PST on February 28th to complete your projects and link them up. We'll announce the winners on March 1st. We can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Prizes include stamp sets, patterned paper packs and more! We'll post the winning projects here as well, but we encourage you all to click through the links to check out everyone's artwork.

To kick it off...we each created a "Passing the torch" card for our own opening ceremonies that we've posted to our own blogs - but you can also see them here. Be sure to come back here on Sunday for our the posting of our first challenge!

Presenting Jane's amazing cupcake card:Here's Jana's card with Lady Liberty Sophia from Paper Pretties.
And Michelle's Fabulous card featuring Tote-ally Tess: