Friday, November 26, 2021

#TGIF344 Product Challenge

  Happy Friday, TGIF friends!!! Do you have pastels? Have you USED them?  While many of us were excited to see them in the Stampin' Up! catalog this year, we wondered if many people were actually using them. There are so many different ways that you can use them, and hopefully we inspire you.

 Here are a few ideas -

    Poppin' Pastels - 1)Stamp the image with Craft White Ink or Versamark. 2) Use Sponge Daubers to apply the pastel color directly to the inked image. 3)Blow off any excess powder. TIP - To avoid smearing, gently dab the chalk rather than rubbing it across the image.

    Chalking - 1)Apply pastel color to your card stock or paper with a cotton swab, sponge dauber, or dry Water Painter. 2)Blend the colors as desired with the applicators or Blender Pen. When using Blender Pens, just touch the tip lightly to the corner of the pastel to pick up the color.

 Of course we never want to exclude anyone from one of our challenges. If you don't have the pastels, get creative and show us ways that you can create a similar look. Although we think that after this week, you'll definitely want to add them to your list!


Thank you all so much for all of your great projects last week. We love that you played along and shared them with us.
Congrats to our winner:



Our Design Team loves to inspire you - let's see what they made this week



Carolynn Sander










Of course, the beauty of a challenge site is that you not only get to see what the Designers have made but you also get to play along!
You can go and check out our Guideline page for complete details, but here are a few things to keep in mind: 

Deadline for entries will be at 10am PST on Thursday 12/2/21


  • Uploaded projects need to be direct linked to your blog, Facebook, or other on line gallery.
  • Please post the TGIF Challenge graphic on your blog and link back to our site
  • Your project MUST be new and inspired by our challenge parameters
  • When sharing your project publicly, please use this weeks hashtag- #TGIFC344
  • Winning project(s) will be posted on next week's challenge on Friday 12/3/21
  • Questions should be left in the comment section
  • Challengers can even post your cards on our FB page too!!  "Like us" while you're there :-)


Friday, November 19, 2021

#TGIF343 Project Inspiration Challenge

 Hello TGIF friends!!! Happy Friday. Here we are, halfway through the month, we hope it's been good for you so far.  We know that this time of year can get a little busy with the Holidays coming up, so we are hoping that this week's challenge will help you cross one thing off your to-do list, or help you up your game...


Last week's sketch challenge really inspired y'all, and we loved seeing everyone's projects, thank you for sharing them!






Here's what our Design Team created for this week's challenge for ya....






Tanya Rees






Of course, the beauty of a challenge site is that you not only get to see what the Designers have made but you also get to play along!
You can go and check out our Guideline page for complete details, but here are a few things to keep in mind: m

Deadline for entries will be at 10am PST on Thursday 11/25/21


  • Uploaded projects need to be direct linked to your blog, Facebook, or other on line gallery.
  • Please post the TGIF Challenge graphic on your blog and link back to our site
  • Your project MUST be new and inspired by our challenge parameters
  • When sharing your project publicly, please use this weeks hashtag- #TGIFC343
  • Winning project(s) will be posted on next week's challenge on Friday 11/26/21
  • Questions should be left in the comment section
  • Challengers can even post your cards on our FB page too!!  "Like us" while you're there :-)




Friday, November 12, 2021

#TGIF342 Sketch Challenge

 Hello and happy Friday, TGIF friends!!! We are so grateful that you came by today to check out this week's challenge. Hopefully you were able to play along with us for last week's color challenge. We are kicking off the weekend with a great sketch for you. 


Should be a fun one, right?
Speaking of fun, we sure had fun looking at all of your projects last week. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
Congratulations to our winner:


Our team loves sketch challenges, let's see what they did with it!


Tanya Rees














Of course, the beauty of a challenge site is that you not only get to see what the Designers have made but you also get to play along!
You can go and check out our Guideline page for complete details, but here are a few things to keep in mind: 

Deadline for entries will be at 10am PST on Thursday 11/18/21


  • Uploaded projects need to be direct linked to your blog, Facebook, or other on line gallery.
  • Please post the TGIF Challenge graphic on your blog and link back to our site
  • Your project MUST be new and inspired by our challenge parameters
  • When sharing your project publicly, please use this weeks hashtag- #TGIFC342
  • Winning project(s) will be posted on next week's challenge on Friday 11/19*/21
  • Questions should be left in the comment section
  • Challengers can even post your cards on our FB page too!!  "Like us" while you're there :-)


Friday, November 5, 2021

#TGIF341 Color Challenge

 Hello! Happy Friday, TGIF friends!!! Whether we are ready or not, here we are, in November! Is anyone else wondering how that happened? If you are ready, or if you aren't, we are still kicking off the month with a pretty color challenge to get your creativity flowing.


Thank you everyone for all of your beautiful projects for last week's Mash-Up challenge!
Congratulations to our winner:


Our team created some beautiful cards for you this week - take a look.





















Of course, the beauty of a challenge site is that you not only get to see what the Designers have made but you also get to play along!
You can go and check out our Guideline page for complete details, but here are a few things to keep in mind: 

Deadline for entries will be at 10am PST on Thursday 11/11/21


  • Uploaded projects need to be direct linked to your blog, Facebook, or other on line gallery.
  • Please post the TGIF Challenge graphic on your blog and link back to our site
  • Your project MUST be new and inspired by our challenge parameters
  • When sharing your project publicly, please use this weeks hashtag- #TGIFC341
  • Winning project(s) will be posted on next week's challenge on Friday 11/12/21
  • Questions should be left in the comment section
  • Challengers can even post your cards on our FB page too!!  "Like us" while you're there :-)




Friday, October 29, 2021

#TGIF340 Challenge Mash Up

Hello! Happy Friday to you. So glad that you stopped by today to check out our last challenge for the month of October. Being as Halloween is just a few days away, we thought that this might be a fun challenge - a little like a "monster mash-up" LOL.  It's been a long time since we have done a challenge mash-up, and we are excited to see what everyone picks!


So go ahead and choose 2 or more challenges from the month
  • Color Challenge - Basic Black, Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss
  • Sketch Challenge
  • Halloween 
  • Alcohol Blending Technique
We are so grateful for all of the entries last week
Congratulations to our winner:
Simple_Stamper





Our team had fun with this mash up!


Bree Renwick

Tanya Rees














Of course, the beauty of a challenge site is that you not only get to see what the Designers have made but you also get to play along!
You can go and check out our Guideline page for complete details, but here are a few things to keep in mind: 

Deadline for entries will be at 10am PST on Thursday 11/5/21


  • Uploaded projects need to be direct linked to your blog, Facebook, or other on line gallery.
  • Please post the TGIF Challenge graphic on your blog and link back to our site
  • Your project MUST be new and inspired by our challenge parameters
  • When sharing your project publicly, please use this weeks hashtag- #TGIFC340
  • Winning project(s) will be posted on next week's challenge on Friday 11/5/21
  • Questions should be left in the comment section
  • Challengers can even post your cards on our FB page too!!  "Like us" while you're there :-)


Friday, October 22, 2021

#TGIF339 Technique Challenge

 Hey friends, happy Friday! So happy that you decided to come by today to check out this week's challenge!!! This week we decided to feature a technique that has been quite popular the last few months, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon....



Stampin' Up! definitely jumped on this trend by bringing us a great Designer Series Paper that recreates the look - Expressions in Ink! In fact, if you aren't quite ready to give this trend a try, grab a sheet of the paper to show off. If you aren't familiar with how to do the alcohol blending technique, here are a few pointers from our talented master of this technique,  Tammy Wilson...

Supplies: Stampin' Blends Markers of your choice, Vellum Cardstock, Isoproypl Alcohol (99.9% strength if possible), Small Paint Brush, Ear Syringe Bulb (Optional), Heat Tool (Optional)

Start by adding small patches of color on the vellum cardstock. Dip your paint brush in the alcohol, and sparingly add tiny drops to the colored patches. The alcohol will cause the ink to spread, so go slowly. You can also use the ear syringe bulb to blow the ink around, so that you get even more of an organic feel. Once the vellum cardstock is dry (...a Heat Tool will come in handy for this), you can always repeat the process, adding more ink and more alcohol again. The best way to add the finished product to a project is to back it with Basic White Cardstock, using little dabs of Stampin' Seal. Of course, once you start playing around with this fun technique, you'll find other little tips and tricks that work for you as well.


We want to congratulate our winner from last week's Halloween theme:


Are you ready to take a peek at what our talented Design Team created for you this week?
Without further ado.....

Tanya Rees





Of course, the beauty of a challenge site is that you not only get to see what the Designers have made but you also get to play along!
You can go and check out our Guideline page for complete details, but here are a few things to keep in mind: 

Deadline for entries will be at 10am PST on Thursday 10/28/21


  • Uploaded projects need to be direct linked to your blog, Facebook, or other on line gallery.
  • Please post the TGIF Challenge graphic on your blog and link back to our site
  • Your project MUST be new and inspired by our challenge parameters
  • When sharing your project publicly, please use this weeks hashtag- #TGIFC339
  • Winning project(s) will be posted on next week's challenge on Friday 10/29/21
  • Questions should be left in the comment section
  • Challengers can even post your cards on our FB page too!!  "Like us" while you're there :-)


Friday, October 15, 2021

#TGIFC338 Theme Challenge

 Hello TGIF Friends, Happy Friday! So happy that you are joining us today for this week's stamping inspiration challenge.


Thanks for all of your submissions for our sketch challenge last week. We loved all of your inspiring entries.

Congratulations to our winner:

Verena Shapiro

 Ready for your Design Team inspiration? Here ya go!

Tami Hewlett


Bree Renwick


Carolynn Sander


Charlet Mallett




Of course, the beauty of a challenge site is that you not only get to see what the Designers have made but you also get to play along!
You can go and check out our Guideline page for complete details, but here are a few things to keep in mind: 

Deadline for entries will be at 10am PST on Thursday 10/15/21


  • Uploaded projects need to be direct linked to your blog, Facebook, or other on line gallery.
  • Please post the TGIF Challenge graphic on your blog and link back to our site
  • Your project MUST be new and inspired by our challenge parameters
  • When sharing your project publicly, please use this weeks hashtag- #TGIFC338
  • Winning project(s) will be posted on next week's challenge on Friday 10/15/21
  • Questions should be left in the comment section
  • Challengers can even post your cards on our FB page too!!  "Like us" while you're there :-)