Sunday, 31 August 2014

31st Aug - Tic tac toe

Hey, everyone!

Today we have a tic-tac-toe challenge for you.  This month's tic-tac-toe board was designed by team member Kat Benjamin.  Here is the board:

And here is what our designers created with it:

Anastasia:
I just loved this tic-tac-toe challenge, although it wasn't easy to choose which line I would use for my layout - but this time it was because I liked all of them. Finally I went for the third vertical line: stars (used lots of them and different types, in background vellum, stickers and wood veneer), paint splatters and at least 3 types of alphas. And here is the result:


Cari:
For this challenge I choose the third horizontal line (Something that sparkles-doily- 3 types of alpha). I been wanting to use a world background for A while and I finally did it! I love the result. I took this photo when I arrived to Brazil, for the second time in my life. I love Brasil and can't wait next summer to go there again =)


HeeSun Kim:

I used the top row - hot pink, at least 2 kinds of washi, stars
I'm collecting the washi. (so pretty!) I collected hundreds of washi. But I almost never have used it. Because I didn't want to be breaking the packaging too. Today is the day of the washi! Let's use freely! She's my niece! adorable~~





Hilde:

I chose one of the diagonals: Hot pink, chipboard and three kinds of alphas


Every photo has a story to tell - but it might not be the obvious one. I bet you are sure the journaling is about our kitten riding with my son, but it's not *lol*. Title/journaling says: " Every picture has a story to tell - like that 2014 was the year M decided he no longer would wear regular t-shirts, shirts with collars only, and that Polo Ralph Lauren was the only desent brand". He has become such a snob - sigh.


Jinny:
What a great tic-tac-toe board Kat has whipped up, for us, this month!  Matter of fact, it was uber difficult for me to pick just one row/column.  I took lots of inspiration from the entire grid but ended up making my tic-tac-toe across the bottom (sparkly letters, doily, and three types of alphas), using a smorgasbord of products from a medley of different manufacturers, including Stampin' Up!, My Mind's Eye, and American Crafts.

Kat:
I used the top row across: hot pink, at least 2 types of washi (I used 3) and stars.  I love the results!!  I've been playing around with washi tape a bunch recently, so I've had this idea floating around in my head for awhile.  I'm glad it worked out and I was able to highlight this photo of my husband and I with our adorable niece.

Leslie:
I really liked the proposal of Tic-Tac-Toe proposed by Kat, it was hard to choose because everything I liked, until I finally chose the first horizontal line (hot pink, 2 different washi tape and stars). Take this challenge to continue using cuts cameo, taking advantage is mine so recently I have to take advantage. Photography is my husband, at the scene of a deserted theater in Salitera Humberstone Iquique, a city in northern Chile, a tourist place you can not miss the magic that has to be there....


Petra:
Time has come for me to say farewell to  The Studio Challenges.
I have been on the team since August 2012 and I have made some of my favorite pages for this team and I will truly miss all my sweet team mates. This is my final page (I chose the middle horisontal row) and I used chipboard from this months sponsor A2Z Scraplets on my page:


Sindi:
I had a hard time choosing a row, but I am happy with what I decided to use. I went with four kinds of patterned paper, chipboard, and paint splatters. Love the way this layout turned out!


Tessa:
It was really hard to choose a row or column to work with, but once I started combing through my stash, I settled on the stars, paint splatters, 3 alphas column. I made the alphas the star of the show and used the mist and stars as accents.


Guest Designer - Kerry Bruce
Such an awesome choice of Tic Tac Toe items but in the end I opted for the last column - stars, paint splatters and three different alpha's.
I had kept the 'Photo Bomb' Project Life card with this photo as I knew I wanted to use them together and I decided to make a fun page with a masculine feel  so the stars were a perfect fit! I chucked around some co-ordinating paint and kept the title short but appropriate!

Hope you have been inspired by our team and will play along!

This month the winner will receive a package of chippies from this month's sponsor A2Z Scraplets.



A2Z Scraplets manufactures lasercut chipboard products in Australia for the scrapbooking world. We have an extensive range with 1000's of products to choose. You can paint them, ink them, emboss them, glitter them - the possibilities are endless! We are WHOLESALE ONLY ... Head over to our website to see our great range of products.

A2Z Scraplets can cut designs or titles to suit your needs. Whether it is a single title or a bulk order for a retreat, we can accommodate your needs.

You will find the products here >>> http://www.a2zscraplets.com.au <<< and some inspiration here
>>> http://a2zscraplets.blogspot.se <<<

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Julys Favourites and a Winner!

I know I've been a bad blogger and not sorted out our favourites and winner for July, I blame the holidays and too many lovely entries to choose from! Thanks so much to everyone that entered, we loved seeing all of your lovely creations!

So on to our favourites......




Sweet T. Park

And the winner is ......

Danielle

Congratulations Daniele, please email me Anna at thestudiochallenges@gmail.com to arrange your prize of £15 worth of Washi tape from Washi Tapes.

See you next week for another inspiring challenge!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

17th August - Mood Board

The wonderful Tessa has created an awesome mood board for us to work with today:

Here's what this great design team created from it;

Anastasia:
What a great mood board - especially when most of your friends are on summer holiday and you are about to go on holiday as well ;) I was obviously inspired by the photos of the sea and the beach theme and decided to scrap about my favourite beach in Greece, although I had to find a photo online since I wasn't into photography back when I went to that place!


Cari:
I just love this mood board, the colors, photos, everything! For this challenge I use papers from My minds eye "ashbury heights" that match perfect the colors on the mood board. The photo is me on my summer vacations back in 2011! I can't believe how the times flies I hadn't realized how old was the photo 'til the moment I stamped the date LOL!


HeeSun:
Don't forget our promise....

<Eres Tu>
Como una promesa eres tu
Como una maƱana de verano
Como una sonrisa eres tu
Asi eres tu







Hilde:

The entire mood board inspired me to make this layout: the theme, the colors and the details as the swim wear, sun deck chairs and the waves.

My youngest son just loves to swim - ocean or pool - it doesn't matter as long as he may swim.



Want to use a sun burst paper background but don't have one? DIY! It's so easy - all you need is two paers and a craft knife. I sketch up where I wanted the burst with a pencil and cut out the parts free hand. No ruler involved :-)


Jinny:
Obviously, I was drawn to somehow include the beach on my page this time; but being as I'm from Kansas, and the nearest real beach is like 18 hours away by car, I decided to scrap pictures of my family at the lake.  Believe it or not, us land-locked people still call the sandy plot pictured below the beach.  My Jenni Bowlin kit arrived, on my doorstep, just in time for this challenge, and eeek!  It is packed to the brim with delicious, beachy goodies, y'all!  I was especially inspired by the Webster's Pages designer papers.

Kat:
I was really inspired by Tessa's mood board.  I stuck to the turquoise, red, yellow and navy color scheme and made sure my layout was about the beach.  My title work was inspired by the great stenciled sign that says "The beach is my happy place."  My favorite part of the mood board was the turquoise sequins, so I made a shaker card that incorporated my favorite turquoise sparklers.

Leslie
The board inspired me one of my favorite holidays, definitely summer colors, turquoise sky and the sea, and a bright yellow sun, I love these colors and are perfect for my photo in a moment of pure fun!!!. Use Simple Stories collection, I {Heart} Summer, perfect for this challenge.


Petra:
I got inspired by the beach theme but also the colors of the mood board. I used a chipboard from this month's sponsor A2Z Scraplets on my page.


Sindi:
The color scheme jumped out at me as soon as I saw this mood board. Red, yellow, and turquoise is one of my favorite color combinations. I decided to use this photo of my sweet boy enjoying the sunshine in our yard.

Tessa:
I had so much fun creating this mood board! I was inspired by one of my all-time favorite color palettes and the summer season. When I sat down to create a layout, I found a summer photo that matched the colors of the mood board. This is my little Adlyn on her first 4th of July. The yellow is a fun addition to a traditionally red, white and blue holiday.



Guest Designer - Kerry Bruce

I'm so glad the mood board was a beachy one as I am still scrapping my Ibiza holiday from last year! From the board I took on the colour yellow, waves, sequins and the beach of course!

A2Z Scraplets team member Bel Woods:
I went with the blues, yellows and aqua colours for my inspiration.


This month the winner will receive a package of chippies from this month's sponsorA2Z Scraplets.


A2Z Scraplets manufactures lasercut chipboard products in Australia for the scrapbooking world. We have an extensive range with 1000's of products to choose. You can paint them, ink them, emboss them, glitter them - the possibilities are endless! We are WHOLESALE ONLY ... Head over to our website to see our great range of products.

A2Z Scraplets can cut designs or titles to suit your needs. Whether it is a single title or a bulk order for a retreat, we can accommodate your needs.

You will find the products here >>> http://www.a2zscraplets.com.au <<< and some inspiration here
>>> http://a2zscraplets.blogspot.se <<<

Please link up your layouts to the side bar. We are lucky this month as we happen to get three challenges in August so we will be back in two weeks for another challenge!

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

3rd August - Buttons


Today's challenge is all about Buttons! We want to see the creative ways you use buttons on your layouts!

Here's what the new and improved design team came up with!

Cari

When I first started scrapbooking I thought buttons were a must, then I got rid of them so it was fun to use again the embellishment that it used to be my number one. I chose some old photos from an old layout that I destroy and, certainly, it had lots of buttons on it LOL. Now I think I did a lot better job than in that old layout.





Hilde

I very often use buttons on my layouts: as the main part of my layouts are masculine, and masculine embilleshments can be hard to find, I find buttons very handy. I usually scatter them around to balance the design, like on the layout below:


This is my FIL, who passed away last Wednesday night. He was very special to us as he has lived with us since 1995 - my kids has grown up with him too, not their parents only. The journaling says: "The last week grandpa was alive, he chose to stay at the hospital. There he would get the nursing, and the care, he needed. Cliff visited him every day, and the day before grandpa died, grandpa asked to be taken on a stroll - a wish Cliff gladly made come true".

I just love how many colors and structures buttons come in!



Jinny
I have to admit that while I love to just toss and tuck buttons round about my pages to add dimension and interest, I really wanted to do something different for this take.  So much so, that I was completely overthinking it and paralyzed to start the creative process.  In the end, I leaned a trio of photos of my beautiful girl on last year's trip to the orchard, as well as some gorgeous papers from We R Memory Keepers, and used buttons to simulate apples in my embossed tree embellishment.  You'll also find a few stamped buttons, laced with string, throughout the page.


Kat
I've had a pink/purple button assortment that I've wanted to use for awhile, but didn't quite know what I wanted to do with them.  I'm glad this challenge came along and forced me to make a decision!  I went with a very simple design for this layout and I think that really makes the buttons stand out.


Leslie
A while ago I had this layout half done, finding the time and the perfect complement to finish, buttons are transforaron the must to make it harmonious with the photo of my son, just a playgroundand some buttons paper and other wood infantile forms, a hand, a car and a flower.



Petra
I used buttons both as part of the background colour splatter and as centerpieces of my flowers and I like the happy addition they make to this page.

Sindi 
I freely admit to having a large cache of buttons in my possession. They just seem to accumulate somehow! I used the buttons on this layout as centers for my decorative elements and also scattered a few around the page.


  Tessa

I couldn't bear to cut up this darling patterned paper, but embellishing such a busy pattern is difficult at best. Sewing red buttons onto the red flowers adds dimension without creating more visual busyness. Using contrasting thread is an easy, colorful detail.

Hee Sun Kim
Buttons that came pouring from the bottle....Love it!
It is a very humorous and adorable. seems like a little child.


Guest designer Kerry Bruce

I'm not one to use buttons very often so this was a real challenge for me to think of a way to add them to my page without just sticking them down. So I decided on a hand stitched circle and incorporated the buttons on the way round.


This month the winner will receive a package of chippies from this month's sponsorA2Z Scraplets.



A2Z Scraplets manufactures lasercut chipboard products in Australia for the scrapbooking world. We have an extensive range with 1000's of products to choose. You can paint them, ink them, emboss them, glitter them - the possibilities are endless! We are WHOLESALE ONLY ... Head over to our website to see our great range of products.

A2Z Scraplets can cut designs or titles to suit your needs. Whether it is a single title or a bulk order for a retreat, we can accommodate your needs.

You will find the products here and some inspiration here


Hope that's inspired you to dug through your button stash and get creating!
Please link up to the side bar when you have, as we would love to see!

Come back next Sunday for our favourites and the winner of last months challenges, will it be you?! 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

New Design team members!

Im delighted to announce the new additions to The Studio design team!
They are;

HeeSun Kim
My name is Hee Sun Kim and I'm from Korean. (MIYAKE called)

I live in Seoul, Korea with my father, mother and an older brother. My mother and brother are pastors!
It was 2009.
I found such a beautiful handmade card on the Internet while searching for collage techniques and images I could use to decorate my personal planner.
I was very much surprised to find out that there were so many people in the world making cards.
I am enjoying this craft to this day!
I am seeking a unique and vintage mixed media.
To express the feeling, I have used many materials and made various attempts.
I am continuously seeking inspiration, making an effort to share it, teaching students every day and making works.
I always enjoy finding new inspiration and sharing what I found.
Above all, I found a joy of my life through this crafts so that I am happy to share it.


Leslie Cornejo

Hello, my name is Leslie Cornejo, I'm Chilean, I have 33 years old, and I am social worker by profession, I am married and I have 1 small child named Santi.

All my life I've been curious in crafts, have gone through different techniques but had not found any that I liked so much, until in 2012 discovered the scrapbook and fascinated me.

Each design has special features that delight and inspire me for projects. Today my family is involved in this hobby accompanying me in time and space that makes me happy.
I think even novice in the scrap, but every day I try to find my style and perfection and my tastes, tratanto to make a line that fits me and I projected my taste, rather simple and clean.

My blog : http://www.leslies-scrap.blogspot.co.uk


Sindi Jeffers

My name is Sindi Jeffers. I am from the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. I live in the middle of nowhere with my husband, little boy (who is suddenly not so little), 12 chickens (which we have to chase around the yard on a regular basis), and two very spoiled basset hounds (who are the cutest little things on four legs). I have been scrapbooking since 2002, when I was pregnant with my son. I wandered into a little scrapbooking store and was instantly hooked. My style is very eclectic and changes with my mood, but my pages almost always include paint or mist. I also love to crochet and spend a lot of time reading. When I'm not scrapping, I am a second grade teacher.  

My blog: sindiscraps.blogspot.com



And I'm also really pleased to welcome back Tessa who is returning to The Studio!

Tessa Buys

I call northern California home, where three rambunctious boys and a brand new baby girl call me mom and my dear husband calls me "Tess". I joined The Studio community in 2009 and became a part of the design team shortly after that. I am excited to be back after taking a break to bring little Adlyn into the world. You'll find white space, layers, die-cut handwritten titles, a bit of mist and floral details on just about every layout I create, although I like to play and experiment from time to time, too. When I'm not playing with paper, I am teaching and choreographing dance at a local performing arts school.

Blog: http://precociouspaper.blogspot.com/


Hope you all give them a warm welcome! If you would like to see the whole design teams profiles they are in the tab on the top of the page so you can view them at anytime.

I'm very excited about the next weeks challenge with the new design team, I know it going to be great!