Monday, September 1, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge # 7

It's a new month, a new challenge! This time, it is all about pattern paper/designer paper. You know you have them, you buy them and then...you hoard them! Well, it's time to get your pattern paper out to play!

  We are doing something a little different this Month. Instead of having 2 guest designers, we are having several talented guest designers to showcase the Pattern Paper Challenge. The more , the merrier, right? I hope that you will be inspired to create something new, something different with pattern paper! Please note that there will be no new posts till the end of the challenge. I (Virginia) will take a break from commenting and posting.

Let's get started, shall we?
Virginia Lu (Yes, Virginia...)
congratulations
Virginia:  I chose the ornate and glittery pattern paper (DCWV) to compliment this magnolia image (from Altenew). The pattern paper really gives this design an oomph factor. With the die cut, this card looks harder to make than it appears!

Shelly Kurth (Sweet Greetings)
Shelly: I used Altenew's Ori-Kami set (butterfly) and stamped my butterfly on a few different pattern papers. After, I cut the 'body' for one piece. The 'lower wings' for another piece, and etc. Then pieced together, once done with all the cutting. Added foam squares to the back of my middle butterfly and left all the others flat, on my card. Top top everything off, added some sequins. 

Vicky Papaioannou (Clips-n-Cuts)
Vicky: I stamped the cute little piggy many times in different patterned papers. Gingham for the body, pale solid pink for the ears and nose and green for the party hat and the balloon. The background was made by using embossing paste over a stencil with stars and then I applied glitter or top. "

Lin Brandyberry (Sending Hugs)
Lin: About my patchwork background: This strip-piecing background was taught to me by a special friend many years ago when I first started making cards.  It's a great way to use up scraps!  You start by cutting them into strips of various lengths. They can be all the same width, or varying widths. The first strip goes all the way across your card, and the 2nd and 3rd ones go perpendicular to it, above and below it.  Then you just fill in the card with the remaining strips, following these 3 guidelines.  Be sure to use some of the same papers in your main image that will go over the finished strip-pieced background, and everything will tie together.  Here I just used 1 green paper, and a variety of pinks, but the sky's the limit as far as what colors and how many you choose to use.  

Amy T. (Tsuruta Designs)
Amy: Hi! It's Amy T. here! So happy to be a guestie at Virginia's View! I am a huge fan of color and pattern! One of my time-saving Patter Paper tips is to stay within the same collection of paper. This makes it easy to mix and match the patterns/colors. My shaped card uses Fancy Pants' Nautical Collection. I teamed it up with Neat and Tangled Sailemates. The beauty of Neat & Tangled's images is the fact that they generally use thick borders. This makes it ideal for both paper-piecing and coloring. When I design scenery cards, I look for high contrast. Originally the sails were paper pieced with a light blue star pattern, I switched it out with the diagonal stripes for more of a contrast. A big shout out to Virginia for asking me to be a guest!

 Iwona Palamountain ( Random Acts of Creativity)
Iwona (aka Chupa): I designed this card almost entirely with the help of patterned papers, except from the boy with the kite, whom I stamped and fussy cut. I made the papers work double for me, filling in the die cut shapes with meaning by using colour and pattern, and providing a very fitting sentiment as well.

Miriam Prantner (Sooner rather than Later)
 
Miriam: I stamped the feathers, from Jane's Doodles' Wise Owl set, multiple times on different papers from the Little Yellow Bicycle Poppy collection and then fussy cut the different portions of the feather piecing them onto feathers that I had stamped on white cardstock. To add a little extra interest, the blue portions of the feather are popped up with foam adhesive.  For a more finished look and to add some shadow, I first colored the stamped feather portions on the base before I adhered the blue pieces. I added some offset mats and a strip of black cardstock to anchor the stamped panel.  The sentiment is from Jane's Doodles'  Doodle Flowers II set. Thanks so much for inviting me!

Piali Biswas (TOUCH OF CREATION)
 Piali: I used Hero Arts background stamp and paper pieced the background using Heidi Swapp paper pad. Also added some liquid gold paint on few chevrons. The "thanks" die is from Simon Says Stamps.   
Tracey McNeely (In My Creative Opinion)
      Tracey: Tips-- When working with patterned paper it is easy when you chose patterns from the same collections when you choose patterns from the same collection as I did with the Into the Woods from Lawn Fawn. Paper-piecing is a fabulous way to add pattern paper to a CAS design without overdoing it. Sequins are also another way to balance pattern paper so it does not overwhelm your design.

Huge thanks to our talented guest designers--Shelly, Vicky, Lin, Amy, Iwona, Miriam, Piali and Tracey! It will be much appreciated if you can stop by their blogs to give them some love! Their talent (and yours) truly makes this challenge blog a successful one!

The challenge will run till the 18th (11:55pm Eastern Time) and there will be a SPOTLIGHT feature on the 25th. In this feature, I will be highlighting a few of the participants' work. We can all be oohing and aahing about a WOW design that deserves to be admired and appreciated. You are encouraged to link up as many as projects as you like. Cards, scrapbook layouts, altered projects... anything with paper, stamps and inks involved are welcome! If the linked project is not related to the challenge, it will be deleted.  Don't have a blog? No problem! Any link (Flickr, FB page, Splitcoaststampers, Pinterest, Studio Calico...) is welcome! You can use the challenge photo as your inspiration (optional).
 
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28 comments:

~amy~ said...

Yay! Such a fun challenge Virginia! Thanks so much for inviting...love what everyone has designed!

Barb said...

Great challenge. Love the cards shown today on the blog!

Rachel said...

fun challenge and gorgeous cards from your guests!!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

Wonderful inspiration from you and your guests! Thanks!

Barb said...

Wonderful inspiration from the guest designers! Gonna need to get my patterned paper out soon to play! ♥

Barb Ghig said...

So much amazing inspiration from the Guest Designers! Thanks so much for sharing all of their beautiful examples with us...I'm looking forward to playing along!

Cindy C. said...

Wonderful inspiration from the GDs!! Yup I have plenty pattern paper waiting to be stamp on, and hope to play along very soon!!

CinnamonSally said...

I need to use some of my vast paper stash so a great challenge. Great inspiration too!!

Laura Norris said...

Oh- love all the fun patterns and colors! You picked some of the best users of patterned paper for your guests, Virginia! They did and awesome job

said...

I don't know if my entry is ok, I didn't use stamps...
I found this awesome challenge blog only today, please forgive if my entry is wrong :)
thanks for the inspiration, I will follow the blog

Shelly said...

Such an AWESOME challenge!!! Thanks again for having me! :)

Nora N. said...

Super cute cards!! I LOVE this challenge!! Now I have to think of a fun design to use.

Lucy said...

I Love your card, Virginia!!! It's elegant and stunning and I may have to try it :-)
Great projects by the guests!
I hope to play along.

LauraJane:) said...

Pattern perfect inspiration!

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful cards from the DT.
Thanks for the challenge.
Gr Elly

Christine Traversa said...

Too fun!

Judy1223 said...

Virginia, your challenge is awesome and your card is stunning! Great job by all the DT...I had to play along!

Mynn xx said...

Thanks for the fun challenge and the lovely DT work for added inspiration! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Thank you for another fun challenge, V! I'm glad to see that you are taking a well-deserved break!! Hugs, Darnell

Cris G said...

Yay! Fun challenge and great samples from those talented GD's, including yourself, of course. My crush for pattern paper makes my heart sing :).
Thank you so much for the HM on challenge #6. That was a good surprise for my arrival from Summer holidays.

Anita in France said...

Such fabulous projects, Virginia ... from you and your wonderful designers! Anita :)

Lisa Petrella said...

Thanks for such a super fun challenge!!! So inspiring!!!

Karenladd said...

Love all the great cards from the DT and love paper piecing with patterned paper! Thanks for an awesome challenge.

Manuela said...

great challenge and have a good break :-)

Theresa said...

What a fun challenge! Great cards from your guests and DT.

Milka Gubo said...

Great challenge Virginia. :-D

Yana Smakula said...

yet another fantastic challenge, Virginia! So happy I finally found some time to participate as I love your challenges!

said...

Sorry Virginia, I thought it was a "anything goes" challenge, only now I read it is only for cards :(
I'd like to join again on the next challenges with cards, I'm not as familiar with them but I'll try :)
Thanks for the great inspiration on each post, your blog really helps me improving in my cardmaking :)