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Christinmay

Member Since December 2011, 1682 forum posts, 91 public projects

Location: Sydney, Australia

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SOF13 To Experience

Chalk it up! I’ve seen the “Chalkboard Technique” around a bit lately – in magazines, on a crafty TV show, and in the Two Peas gallery, so I figured it must be pretty in vogue at the moment. And I wanted to give it a try!

The Challenge: to create a new project (card, ATC, scrapbook page etc.) using the ”Chalkboard Technique” somewhere on it.

You must obviously include some stamping, but since I think this technique is particularly effective for sentiments, it’s ok if a sentiment is the only stamping on your project.

Basically, the “Chalkboard Technique” involves stamping with white ink (or heat embossing in white) on black (or dark green or grey) card stock and then smudging white chalk or white ink around your stamped image or sentiment, to make it look like a real chalkboard. You could also try using different colours, but stick to the colours traditionally seen in chalk.

Here are some links to examples I did recently:

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/534355-christinmay/1951746-creative-embossing-baby-card/

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/534355-christinmay/1954598-chalkboard-happy-birthday/

 

Also, if you search the Two Peas gallery for “Chalkboard” you will come up with plenty of better examples. If you still have questions about the technique, feel free to ask them on the chat thread.

 

Please tick the challenge box when you upload your project, and then link it to the challenge chat thread. This challenge runs from Saturday, October 12th til Monday, October 21st, Two Peas time.

You may combine this challenge with any others, and there will be a small RAK for a randomly selected participant.

Then you can… chalk it up to experience!

 

10/9/2013 3:49:53 AM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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Border Challenge

8/19/13 - 9/9/13

I often feel that my projects don't really have adequate 'borders', or that the only border I ever seem to do is matting. So I'm looking for ideas! How do you 'border' your cards, tags, scrapbook pages etc.?

There is a RAK for this challenge, and to be eligible you must upload and link a NEW project that contains any sort of whole-project border (ie. not just a border around an image, but around the whole card, page etc.). The border CANNOT just be matting (using a different colour or pattern underneath your design, as an edging).

Here are a few examples I found in my gallery, but this is all I've got!

 

As you can see, I've used heat embossing, thread, glitter (on Glossy Accents) and embossed on the reverse of the CS using a ruler and bone folder.

Show us how YOU make interesting borders! Don't forget to link your projects here and to the thread.

8/19/2013 12:23:47 AM | Comments (1) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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Card Sketch Challenge #5

07/01/13 - 07/15/13

Inspired by Heidi's recent gatefold sketch, and a card sketch book I've been looking at, I decided to come up with a different shaped card sketch this time:

 

I've been wanting to do a round card for a while, so here was my chance! Here are my model cards:

Your card should be round, too (not just a round section on a square card!). Please link your completed card to this challenge blog, and also to the thread in the stamping/cardmaking forum. Stamping is not a requirement, but is preferred.

Feel free to combine this with any other challenges on offer. No RAK; just for fun!

6/30/2013 9:34:05 PM | Comments (2) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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Photo Inspiration #4 (3/18 - 3/31)

As Easter is almost upon us, here is a photo which may inspire you to make some more Easter cards - or something completely unrelated to Easter, as I chose to do!

Here is the photo:

and here is the link to my sample card: http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/534355-christinmay/1904326-photo-inspiration-challenge-4/

So, here's the challenge:

1) Create a project using this photo as your inspiration. If you are a stamper, please include some stamping in your project.

2) Upload it to your gallery, explain how you made it and what about the egg photo inspired you.

3) Link it to the thread in the Stamping forum.

Please feel free to combine this with any other challenge (such as Looser's Egg-static challenge!). No RAK; just for fun.

I hope you have time to play along! Have fun.

Photo credit: http://christopherdaily.com/2012/08/20/dealing-with-easter-eggs/

3/18/2013 12:00:18 AM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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WF13 White with Two

Open 2/9/2013 - 2/18/2013

The Challenge: Stamp with white ink.

Create a project on which you have stamped at least TWO completely different images with white ink.

For example, you may not use two different snowflake stamps, but you may use a snowflake stamp and a snowman stamp. (You'd be even more impressive if you didn't use any snow-related stamps at all, though!)

If you don’t have any white ink, you could use white paint (but you may NOT use white embossing powder). I like to squirt and spread some acrylic paint on a make-up sponge, and use it like a stamp pad. Just make sure that you wash your stamp straight away after stamping!

 

Please tick the challenge box when you upload your project, and then link it to the challenge thread.

You may combine this challenge with any others, and there will be a small RAK for a randomly selected participant.

"Embrace white!"

2/7/2013 3:42:33 AM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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Card Sketch Challenge #1 (1/14 - 1/28/13)

 

I used a card that I made for a colour challenge a few weeks ago as the model for the card sketch below:

As I did, you could use three different but related images. You could also use one image repeated three times, or you could even use three completely different images. It's a good sketch for using small stamps, which people can struggle to do.

Please link your completed card to this challenge blog, and also to the thread in the stamping/cardmaking forum. Feel free to combine this with any other challenges on offer.

No RAK; just for fun!

Check out my card at http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/534355-christinmay/1876891-colour-challenge/

1/11/2013 10:48:24 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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SOF12 Ban her! Challenge

 

The challenge is to create a BANNER – you know, the type with flags that are usually displayed as decorations for special occasions such as birthdays.

 

Your banner can be any size, with any shaped flags, and be for any theme, but must:

a)      Include image stamping

b)      Use some patterned paper

 

Don’t know where to start?? Try this:

1.       Choose a theme – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthday, New Years etc.

2.       Decide what shape you’d like your flags to be – triangular is the most common, but by no means the only – try oval, square, diamond, circle etc. OR a shape that suits your theme (e.g. Christmas trees).

3.       Do you want to make a word with your flags?  e.g. ‘Noel’ for Christmas. If not, decide how many flags you want – don’t go overboard! As few as four is fine.

4.       How do you want your flags connected to each other?  Ribbon? … string?… threaded through holes? … all taped together at the top?

5.       Then get to work choosing patterns and stamps!

There are also plenty of tutorials on YouTube. The key with banners is to keep them fairly simple, as they’re designed to be viewed from a distance further than that which you view a card from. It shouldn’t take very long to create a simple, 4-6 flag banner.

 

My example banner was created to hang in my daughter’s bedroom as a year-round decoration. I could also use it as a decoration for her next birthday party. Check it out here: Pink and Orange Girl Banner

 

This challenge is open from 10/13/12 to 10/21/12. I hope you’ll take the time to create a banner this week! You can combine it with any other challenge, if possible, and there will be a small RAK for a random participant.

10/1/2012 5:18:22 AM | Comments (1) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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WSW12 Snap to it! Challenge

The Challenge:

Simply, include a family photo in a card’s design, and frame it with stamps.

The Essentials:

1)      The photo must be a family photo (“family” can include close friends), taken by you or someone close to you (i.e. not a studio portrait). It can be coloured, B&W, sepia etc. It doesn’t have to be printed on photo paper – copier paper will do.

2)      You must frame the photo with a stamp/stamps. It could be a specific “frame” stamp (like my example), or it could just be framed by any sort of stamps, such as small flowers.

The Desirables:

a)      Include a sentiment.

b)      Tell us in the “information” who you could give this card to, and for what occasion.

I’ve made an example card that covers all the essential and desirable criteria: 'Snap to it!' example card

I also found some examples of cards in the gallery where photos are used very effectively (although of course they don’t necessarily meet the “frame” criteria):

Beautiful 'mom' card #1

Beautiful 'mom' card #2

Gorgeous 'little girl' card

Cute 'boy' card

This challenge runs 06/09/12 to 06/18/12. Feel free to combine this with other challenges, and there will be a small RAK for a random participant who meets the essential criteria. Here's a link to the Challenge Thread.

Have fun!

6/8/2012 4:57:37 AM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

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