Saturday, December 4, 2010

Scrapbook Challenge 23

Good Morning everyone! Today I am happy to be hosting this months scrapbook challenge. This challenge has two parts. Below I have created a sketch for you. The second part of the challenge is to add a star somewhere on your page. Easy Peasy!
 I usually prefer to get my hands dirty when I scrapbook but I thought I'd play around with a digital kit. Here is an example I created using a FREE kit from Shabby Princess. They have a wonderful variety of kits for FREE if you are interested in trying digital scrapbooking. Also, I did my page just using Power Point...nothing fancy smancy here...oh and I'm computer challenged. So, it is possible for anyone that would like to give it a go. I have to admit I'm not ready to give up my scissors and glue just yet but it was fun to try.
I hope you all enjoy the challenge this month. We would love to see what you create. So, please link back here. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely holiday season!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Inspired Crafters ABAC Challenge 2



Whoops, the IC Anything BUT a Card challenge is supposed to be on the third Saturday of the month right? Well, my social secretary forgot to remind me LOL! So here it is, a little late, but FIRST the winner of the blog candy from last month's challenge: Lindsay! Congratulations Lindsay. If you would email me your address I will get your prize, a PTI 3rd Anniversary set--Round and Round. You can see her creation HERE (she actually linked under the wrong post, but labeled it for the ABAC challenge).

So without further ado, here is your ABAC challenge for Dec. Create a 3-D item using punches, dies, or templates. It can be an ornament, package decoration, gift box, or just about anything else you can dream up! It doesn't necessarily have to have a holiday theme either--just go wild!

Here I have used a cut file from My Time Made Easy to create a pretty package adornment. This was very quick and easy to do. I cut out the layers with SCAL and my Cricut, scored the petals, sponged the edges with Shimmer paint, and attached each layer to the next with foam tape. I put some metallic dew drops in the center.
Here I just used my SU ornament punch 4 times, scored and adhered them together with a loop down the center for a cute little ornament, or it would be a cute 3-D gift tag. Super quick and simple!
You can see lots of adorable ideas for 3-D items and find lots of templates on Splitcoast Stampers for FREE! Lauren even has a freebie or two on her site. Use the linky below to provide a DIRECT link to your post. If you upload to an online gallery please use the code ICCABAC2.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

PTI Holiday Blog Hop

Hi Friends,

We wanted to do a mini blog hop of our own to show case PTI Stamps.

THEME - Christmas / Winter 
WHEN - November 14th, Sunday- 9 AM CST
WHO - Anybody who wants to create, share and inspire with a Holiday card.

DEETS:
1. Sign up below with a link to your blog, your name and your email.
2. Sign up deadline is Friday Evening 11 PM CST.
3. One day before the blog hop, on Friday, you will get the list of participants, so that you can post the list on your blog.
4. Create a card/project using PTI Stamps with Holiday/Christmas/Winter Theme and post it / Schedule it on your blog to go live on Saturday November 13th at 9 AM CST.
5. Visit all the blogs and spreads some love and get inspired.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing some awesome creations. Please sign up below for the Hop.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

christmas card challenge #8...


did you all remember to turn back your clocks last night?  if not, make sure you do that before you head out this morning...you don't want to miss out on that extra hour of sleep.  everyone in my house looks forward to that. 

so i am back with the christmas card challenge for this month too.  i really liked the grid design of my scrapbook sketch i posted yesterday so i used that as inspiration and i used scraps from that same project.  all supplies are basic grey figgy pudding and pti. 

so here is your challenge, use this scrapbook sketch for inspiration for your card and use scraps somewhere on your card.  i know all of you have christmas scraps in your s-crapbox from last year lurking around....use them up!!  i am trying not to buy new christmas paper this year and use what i got.  one thing i have figured out, they always make more!!


when i use a colored cardstock i put a piece of this wausau cotton stationery inside and decorate it.  (i bought this at target a few years ago.)  it's easier to write on and easier for the recipient to read.  my eyes like it cuz they aren't what they use too...i think the eye doctor called it "ole lady eyes".  lol
anyway, i am off to eat breakfast, scott is making us blueberry pancakes with sausage this morning.  i froze about 9 quarts of blueberries in august so now we reap the rewards from all that work.  it's about 20' out, but i got fresh blueberries. 

be sure to link up your card to us below so we can all come over and leave you some love!!  have a fabulous sunday!!
One random winner from this Christmas Card challenge will win the Paper Trey Ink - Fillable Frames #9 stamp set and the co-ordinating Die. If you already have this set, then you can chose to get a 10$ PTI gift Certificate.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

scrapbook challenge #22...

so i made this month's sketch an easy one for you. i used scraps of basic grey figgy pudding for the circles and then decorated each one, like mini scrapbook pages. this sketch comes from inspired blueprints. so after you make this, be sure and post over there too for some love. if you don't like the circles use whatever shape floats your boat. doesn't matter to me. not only did i do ONE lo for this sketch but i did TWO more for the boys books...feel guilty, yet?? lol

i used photos from last year's Christmas. just some shots of the boys opening up gifts. i have to admit that i screwed up some of brock's gifts. i bought the RIGHT games but they were for the WRONG system. he wasn't specific and i bought the wrong ones. thank goodness we open gifts on Christmas eve and thank goodness walmart was open. Scott ran him down there to get the right ones so that his Christmas wasn't ruined. i bet this year i get a DETAILED list...lol so the photo in the top left corner is his i'm disappointed shot.
anyway, we have leaves to rake, a basement to clean up and other fun Saturday projects...have a great month and be sure to scrapbook something!!
be sure to link us to your creation by the end of the month. One Random Winner from this challenge will win a Tim Holtz Grungeboard - Plain Shapes.

chris ♥
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Inspired Crafters Sketch Challenge #11 for November

Hello Friends,

Welcome to Inspired Crafters. It is time for our Friday sketch Challenge for the Month of November. You have until December 1st to submit your entry for this Challenge. You can combine this with any other challenge, but please do mention our name and give credit to our sketch.

Here is the sketch,


Here is my card for some inspiration,

I used PTI Giga Guidelines 2 stamp set to create my own border for the panel and the sentiment is computer generated. Today is the Festival of Diwali - Festival of lights. So, here is a Diwali card and some inspiration for the sketch.

We would love to see your take on this sketch. Please submit a direct link to your project (not your main blog link) via inLinkz below. You have until December 1st to submit your projects. If you are uploading to public galleries, please use the keyword ICC11 so that we can check out your projects and get inspired.

A Random winner from this sketch will win this stamp set from Gina K Designs - Cuddles and Hugs designed by Melanie Muenchinger.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Anything BUT A Card! Challenge--3rd Saturday of the month

Hi, all you Inspired Crafters out there! I thought it might be fun to have an ABAC challenge once a month, in addition to cards and scrapbook pages. This month I challenge you to use glass (or clear plastic) to create SOMETHING. There are a ton of amazing ideas out there for using glass or clear plastic. The first pic shows a magnet, made by stamping and coloring a small image with permanent inks, adding a dollop of Crystal Effects, and squishing one of those clear glass jewels from Michaels down on top.
The second pic shows a clear glass ornament. You cut a circle of transparency plastic to fit in your ball, stamp an image with Staz-on and color with permanent markers. Roll it up, insert in the ball, add glitter and Voila! Tutorial found HERE. One helpful tip is to leave a notch of plastic sticking up at the top to stick up inside the opening and hold your clear plastic circle upright. Another cool thing to do with these glass balls is to pour in some Future Floor Wax, swirl it all around to coat the inside of your ball, and then pour in some colored glitter--HERE is a link to some adorable Halloween ones. This is great if you like to create your holiday decor around a specific color scheme.
I have had good luck with glass etching. The above example is made using a Krafty Block from Hobby Lobby and my Cricut and a vinyl stencil, but you can also heat emboss a stamped image on the glass, then etch (SCS has a great tutorial on this HERE). You can find cheap glass items at Dollar Tree and Wal-mart. You can buy glass bricks from Lowe's, but then you have to have a glass drill bit to drill a hole in it--much easier to use your 40% off coupon to buy a pre-drilled one at Hobby Lobby. Etching cream can be found at Mike's or Hobby Lobby. It's pretty easy to use, although smelly. The important thing to remember is to stick your stencil down really well so that the etching cream doesn't leak under. I also found some glass frosting spray paint type stuff at Lowe's today. I haven't tried it yet, but I will, and I'll let everyone know if it's easier or not.
You could apply a pretty rub-on to an empty wine or frappucino bottle. HERE is a cool link. If you don't want to mess with glass, you can use clear plastic. The plastic boxes that PTI packages their stamps in are perfect for this--very sturdy. Maybe you could make a clear cover for a bound mini book, or use your Nesties to cut out a shape and then stamp a design on it. The possibilities are almost endless!
Please use Mr. Linky below to add your project. You have until Friday November 19 to upload your project. I will randomly draw a winner to receive some awesome blog candy--this year's PTI anniversary set, Round and Round. If you upload to an online gallery, please use the code ICCABAC1--thanks!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Christmas Card Challenge #7

Hello Folks! I'm excited to share with you my sketch for this months Christmas card challenge. There are two parts to this months challenge. First, obviously is using the sketch. I also thought it would be fun to add a color challenge as well. White on white cards have always been one of my favorites. There is just something about the clean and crisp look. So, my color challenge to you is to create a white ( or cream or linen) on white card using this sketch. 
Or you can use just the sketch or just the color challenge.

Please remember to post a link back here and to use code ICCOCT10 when posting to a gallery.
Looking forward to seeing what you create!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

october scrapbook challenge 21...

happy saturday, peeps! time for another scrpbook challenge. the sketch came from sketch inspiration, # 143. supplies: bazzill kraft and everything else is cosmo cicket "lil man".
i wish you all a fabulous weekend! we are off to a make up soccer game.
don't forget to link up your AWESOME creation here on mr linky so we can all go check it out and leave you some love!! you have until october 31st to link it up, so get going and find some pics to scrap. this is the perfect lo to clean out your wallet and update all those old wallet photos of your kids. anyway, that's what i did...i really like scrapping these little photos.
take care, chris
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Inspired Crafters Sketch Challenge #10 for October

Hello Friends,

Welcome to Inspired Crafters. It is time for our Friday sketch Challenge for the Month of October. You have until November 3rd to submit your entry for this Challenge. You can combine this with any other challenge, but please do mention our name and give credit to our sketch.

Here is the sketch,

We are very excited to have Sankari Wegman as our Guest Designer for this sketch.


Here is our mini Interview with Sankari,

IC Blog: Something about yourself:
Sankari: Hi Everyone, My name is Sankari Wegman and I am so excited and honored to be part of the sketch challenge today! I am totally and unabashedly addicted to all things paper crafting related :) I started stamping and blogging almost 2 years ago and feel so blessed to have met such incredible bloggers and artists around the world who inspire me everyday with their creativity. I live in the midwest with my DH and two children and when I am not in the craftroom, currently I am trying to finish my PhD and also I teach a couple of courses at the University.

IC Blog: What is your must have stamping tool and accessory?
Sankari: My must have stamping tool is a corner chomper (love that it chomps through sheets of cardstock and chipboard all at once) and my must have stamping accessory are my liquid pearls (I am slightly addicted to them ;)

IC Blog: Any current trends that are inspiring to you
Sankari: One trend that is inspiring me is the pennant craze - I love cutting things out and so its fun to cut out little pennants and attach them to your card - it creates an instant celebratory tone to your card :) 

IC Blog: What patterned papers are you creating with lately
Sankari: I am a huge fan of Cosmo Cricket and just recently, I got hooked onto Echo Park paper - how cute are those designs!?! I also love Bo Bunny and My Mind's Eye and well lets face it - I will never say no to any paper - so pretty much everything!

IC Blog: What tips can you share with our blog readers
Sankari: I love using sketches and so one thing that I do is to keep a little notebook by my craft area where I can quickly draw a sketch that inspires me when I am surfing blogland. I also write the URL by the sketch so that in the future I can refer back to it.  Sometimes when I feel stuck, I will pull out the sketchbook and suddenly I might have an idea. And if you write the URL, then you always know where you got that sketch from and you won't have to surf around looking for it :) I know I will be keeping this gorgeous sketch in my notebook for the future! Thanks so much for letting me play along today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

And without further ado, here is her gorgeous card!!!
Thanks so much Sankari for joining us and for such an inspiring card.

Here is my card for this sketch,

I will be back with another post with the prize for this sketch.

Please submit a direct link to your project (not your main blog link) via inLinkz below. You have until September 29th to submit your projects. If you are uploading to public galleries, please use the keyword ICC10 so that we can check out your projects and get inspired.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Winner of September Sketch Challenge

Hello Friends,

Thanks for participating in our September Sketch Challenge. The winner this time is,

AshaLatha R K Prasad

Congrats Asha. If you can please email me at bnadahalli@gmail.com,  I will make sure to get your prize across to you.

Please visit us back tomorrow morning for the October Sketch and to see an inspiring project from a famous Guest Designer

We will be having additional posts to announce winners for our Christmas card and scrapbook page challenges as well.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September Sketch Challenge - Inspiration Part 2

Hello Friends, Hoping that you are having a fantastic Wednesday. The week is almost over. I wanted to share the two cards that our Designers Amy Smith and Sandye Curry have done for this month's sketch Challenge.

Please click here to see the Original Post and to add your project to Mr.Linky.

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Here is the sketch for your reference,



Thanks for stopping by and we hope that you get inspired by these beautiful cards to create some of your own for this sketch. Again, please click here to see the Original Post to add your project link to Mr. Linky. You can also see the link to the Original post on the Right side bar.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

September Christmas Card Challenge - Inspiration Part 1

Tracie has created such an awesome and versatile sketch for the September Sunday Christmas card challenge. Amy has created the most amazing card for this challenge. I am hoping that you will be inspired to create some stunning creations of your own.

Please click here to see the Original Post and to add your project to Mr.Linky.

Here is the Gorgeous card from Amy,


Here is the Sketch for your easy reference,



Thanks for stopping by and we hope that you get inspired by this to create some of your own for this sketch. Again, please click here to see the Original Post to add your project link to Mr. Linky. You can also see the link to the Original post on the Right side bar.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September Scrapbook Challenge - Inspiration Part 1

Chris has a beautiful Sketch for the September Scrapbook Challenge and to get you inspired to create with us, Jen has a beautiful scrapbook page to share with you.

Please click here to see the Original Post and to add your project to Mr.Linky.

Here is Jen's Beautiful Page,


Here is the sketch that Chris chose from Scrapbook Challenges.



Thanks for stopping by and we hope that you get inspired by this beautiful page to create a page or two of your own from this sketch. Again, please click here to see the Original Post to add your project link to Mr. Linky. You can also see the link to the Original post on the Right side bar.

Monday, September 6, 2010

September Sketch Challenge - Inspiration Part 1

Hello Friends, Hoping that you are having a fantastic Monday. I wanted to share two cards that our Designers Jen Alonso and Tracie Clary have done for this month's sketch Challenge.

Please click here to see the Original Post and to add your project to Mr.Linky.

Designed by Jen Alonso - Fstop Memories

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Here is the sketch for your reference,



Thanks for stopping by and we hope that you get inspired by these beautiful cards to create some of your own for this sketch. Again, please click here to see the Original Post to add your project link to Mr. Linky. You can also see the link to the Original post on the Right side bar.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

September Christmas Card Challenge

Okay everyone I am going to give my first sketch posting a try. I was excited to make a Christmas card because now I am in the groove to be creative. I would love to see what everyone comes up with on my first IC Challenge. This challenge ends on September 30th and there is a prize for it. It is a collection of 12 sheets of 6x6 sized Christmas themed papers - from Basic Grey, Kaiser Crafts etc and some Christmas themed ribbon and buttons. So, please feel free to create some Christmas cards in September...

Here is the sketch for the September Christmas cards challenge. If you upload to public galleries, please use the Keyword ICCSEPTEMBER10.




Here is my sample card,



I used my scroll embossing folder which is a favorite of mine and then cut 1 3/4 inch circles with a SU punch. I then stamped Merry Christmas and added some ribbon. Had to dig in my scraps since I haven't bought any Christmas paper yet this year.

Please leave a direct link to your project with Mr. Linky so that we can get inspired by all your creations. You have until September 30th for this challenge. This is a good time for you to build up a stash of Christmas cards.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

scrapbook challenge #20...


happy saturday peeps!! i love saturdays cuz i get to sleep in. lol but today i also get to post a new scrapbook challenge for you. i hope that you will join us. i know you are all sitting on a pile of photos that aren't in albums. so get off your "bumbleberry" (quinn's new word for your butt lol) and get something done this week? it's a super easy sketch from scrapbook challenges. there are several great sketches over there, so be sure to check them out!! this is # 213, in case you are wondering.



i happen to have LOTS of little 3.5 x 5 photos of the boys when they were babies. so they are pretty easy to crop into the smaller pics. i used rectangle spellbinders to cut them out. you could use 2 4x6 or 3 4x6. it doesn't have to be these 5 little pics. but mine happen to fit perfectly. these are just random photos of quinn when we were stationed in upstate NY. he was so cute...and this year he's a 7th grader. unbelievable!!
supplies are all basic grey oliver.

i am also going to draw a name out of the participants for a little RAK from me. so get busy! make sure you link to use in me linky below. or else we'll never know you actually scrapped this month...lol Please use the keyword inspiredsketch20 if you are uploading to online public galleries.

i wish you all a fabulous saturday! quinn and i are off to watch brock play soccer. it's the first game of the season....GO REDSKINS!!!



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Friday, September 3, 2010

Inspired Crafters September Sketch Challenge #9

Hello Friends,

Welcome to Inspired Crafters. It is time for our Friday sketch Challenge for the Month of September. You have until September 29th to submit your entry for this Challenge. You can combine this with any other challenge, but please do mention our name and give credit to our sketch.

Here is the sketch,



Here is my card for some inspiration...



Prize package for the winner of this challenge is this beautiful collection of,
12 6x6 Patterned Paper - This has patterned paper from PTI, SU, Basic Grey, Memory Box etc
Studio G Stamp set
Memory Box Jewel Sticker
Some beautiful 3/8" satin ribbon in three colors ( more than 2 yards of each color)



Please submit a direct link to your project (not your main blog link) via inLinkz below. You have until September 29th to submit your projects. If you are uploading to public galleries, please use the keyword ICC9 so that we can check out your projects and get inspired.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Updates and New Challenges

Hello Everyone,

Sorry that we have not updated the challenge blog in a while. Things have been hectic and with Summer Holidays everybody were busy traveling and spending time with their family and friends.

But now we are back with some exciting changes and new challenges. There are some changes to the Challenge formats.

1) We will continue to have three Challenges - Regular card challenge, Christmas card Challenge and scrapbook page challenge.
2) The change is in the frequency of challenges. You will now have almost one month to complete the challenges. This gives us time to come up with interesting sketches and prizes..yes there will be prizes for each of the challenges.
3) So starting with the Month of September,
First Friday of the Month - Regular Card Challenge
First Saturday of the Month - Scrapbook page Challenge
First Sunday of the Month - Christmas Card Challenge.

I am quite excited to have the challenges back and to give you all a chance to win something for each of these challenges. Having some time to work with the challenges is also helpful.

I will be back this Friday with our Regular card challenge. Please stop back and check it out and to win something exciting. Any comments and suggestions are welcome.

Thanks
Banu and IC Team

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday Scrapbook Challenge #19

Hello Folks..Time seems to be flying. It is already Mid May :) It is Saturday and time for our Saturday Scrapbook Challenge.

For this week, the challenge is to create a birthday layout - any birthday related layout and in addition you need to use a stamped image on your layout. It is not so hard..We always have plenty of birthday photos that we need to scrapbook.

Here is my layout that I created for my nephew's birthday. This page is part of his birthday album.

I wanted to show case his birthday cake. I used the cake image from SU Birthday Whimsy stamp set.



Please leave a direct link to your post or layout with Mr. Linky below. If you upload to public galleries, please use the keyword inspiredsketch19. There is no time limit for our challenges. Waiting to see the awesome creations for this challenge.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saturday Scrapbook Challenge #18

It is Saturday and time for another Scrapbook challenge from Inspired Crafters. I have created a sketch for us to use.

Please create either a 12x12 or 8x8 layout. Please feel free to change the elements of the page to suit your photographs. As long as we can still make out the sketch, that should be good enough. Please remember there is no time limit to play with our challenges. Would love to see what you create with this sketch,

Here is the sketch,



Here is my sample. I used the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Paper collection for this layout. I also used one of the Adhesive backed fabric paper for this LO. It was kind of hard to cut the fabric paper, but I loved the texture of it. Title was done using American Crafts Thicker. Stickers are all from the same collection from AC. Sorry for the bad picture of my LO.



These are our pictures from our recent visit to the Dallas Arboretum. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we had lots of fun admiring the beautiful flowers and greenery.


Please use the keyword inspiredsketch18 if you are uploading to online public galleries. Please leave a direct link to your blog post or online gallery with Mr Linky - so that we can see your project and share some love and inspiration.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Christmas Card Challenge #5

It is already May..Time is passing quickly. I am sure you all have completed your Mother day cards or maybe getting some done in last minute...if you are like me :) So the advantage of playing with IC Challenges are that there is no time limit on these. So, please feel free to create some Christmas cards in May...

Here is the sketch for the May Christmas cards challenge. If you upload to public galleries, please use the Keyword ICCMAY10.



Here is my sample card,



I used this old music sheet that somebody had sent me as RAK along with some left over stuff from card bin. The green glitter paper is American Crafts Glitter paper. the background paper is BG Eskimo Kisses. Ribbon is from the stash.

I hope you take time to create something with this sketch. Please leave a direct link to your blog or image with Mr.Linky below.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

RAK winners...

i have decided since only 2 of you did all 4 of my sketches, {shame on the rest of you!!} which was tina and sara....i am going to bring you both back something from convention. tina is not a scrapper, so for her to do them, i am most impressed! BTW, i talk to tina online all the time, but am finally going to meet her today at convention!! wahoo!! and my dear friend sara, who doesn't have internet right now...i sent her the challenges so that she could play along, she got all 4 done too...so you both deserve something good in the mail this week!
congrats!! have a nice weekend, i'm headed for convention!!
chris

Saturday Scrapbook Challenge #17



Hello Friends, Time for another Saturday Scrapbook challenge. I have created a sketch for us to use :)

Please use the provided sketch to create your project. You can create either 12x12 or 8x8 page. Please feel free to change the elements of the page to suit your photos.

I created a LO for this using the pictures from our trip to Jefferson Memorial.



Please use the keyword inspiredsketch17 if you uploading to pubic galleries. There is no time limit for our challenges. Please play along and inspire us with your creations. Please leave a direct link to your blog post or photo of the layout for with Mr.Linky.