Monday, August 31, 2015

August Challenge Winner and Highlights and a New Bundle of Joy!

Hey, mixed media card artists! We had a  gallery full of gorgeous butterfly-inspired mixed media cards. Thank you so much for playing! :o) Time to announce the winner and highlights.

Here's the mixed media card that the design team voted as the winner:

#38 Ann Chuang

Congratulations, Ann ! Please grab your winner badge below to display proudly on your blog.

Congratulations, Ann ! Please grab your winner badge below to display proudly on your blog.

And now here are the highlights. The girls in the design team picked an entry to highlight. It's the entry that uniquely impacted us in some way -- a specific technique that was used, the colors, the creativity, or something in it that touched or inspired us.

Becca's  Highlight - #15 Scrumplescruch - This design made my jaw thud to the floor. The vibrant color, the gorgeous texture, the stitchwork - everything about it is lovely. 

Elina's Highlight #25 - Bonnie: Beautiful bright colours and eye-catching patterns in the green panel. Very creative CAS design containing just the right amounts of elements.  

Jenny's #23 Christine A (highlight) I love combination of the poppies and butterflies, the shading, stencilled embossing paste and the shimmer!

Julia's  Highlight #38  Ann Chuang (highlight) The colors of Ann's drippy painted background are beautiful with the black embossed butterfly! 

Lee-ann said #38 Ann Chuang (highlight) - Wonderful colors and the gold!

Lysa said #38 Ann Chuang (Highlight)-I Love the use of so many colors!

Kripa's Highlight  #27 loll - to me this is a perfect mm cas card. So much oomph and such pretty details on the butterfly.  

Shirley said  #27 Loll.  For me, Loll's card just goes to show that you can have mixed media and CAS in the same card.  By using small amounts of the various media, and tight grouping the elements, this card packs a huge punch.

Melissa's Highlight #24 Joan W - I love Joan's bright and beautiful card with the reverse stencil technique and the lovely, cheerful, relaxing & pretty colors. Definitely a "Pinnable" card for me!! :)

Sanna said #24 JoanW - such a beautiful card with gorgeous stencil techniques and absolutely beautiful background, colors and design! 

Michaela's Highlight: #41: Suzz´s stamping: Love this card, love colors, love work with stamps, love highlights with white gel pen... simple.. just love this card

Tenia's Highlight- #7 Mona. Wow.....that's all I got on this beyond GORGEOUS creation!!

And now for some exciting news ....

It's a STAMPbaby! A Surprise Blog Hop for Shery!

In case you don't know already, Shery the creator of this challenge, also owns the fantastic stamp company - STAMPlorations. The design team are throwing a linky party to celebrate the birth of Shery's little girl. 
You too can join in the fun. Head on over to the STAMPlorations blog to link up your card to show Shery some love!!!

Get your artsy supplies together and check back in a few hours for the September challenge. We'd love to see your mixed media cards!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Challenge #14 More Inspiration

We've been loving all the beautiful butterfly cards in this months challenge - such a pretty gallery of cards!

If you haven't yet entered or if if you want to enter again, you still have until 25 August to enter your cards here.

Here are a few more cards from our design team to inspire you.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Challenge #14 More Inspiration Cards

Have you played in this month's mixed media card challenge yet? We've got an easy and fun theme! Link up your (golden) butterfly-inspired creations here.

Check out the cards that Shirley, Becca, and Shery created to inspire!

Diecut, Distress Inks, wire, shell chips, washi tape. 

Gelatos, Distress Inks, ribbon, Bo Bunny chipboard butterfly, Embossing powder

One layer mixed media card created using gesso, Sakura Koi watercolors, Inktense pencils, stencil/mask, collage stamping, archival and pigment inks, calligraphy pen

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Challenge #14 Inspiration Cards

Have you played in this month's mixed media card challenge yet? We've got an easy and fun theme! Link up your (golden) butterfly-inspired creations here.

Check out the cards that Melissa and Lee-Anne created to inspire!

This card was made with stencil, stamps, some ink blending, homemade embossing paste, and gold embossing powder.

Stencils, stamps, Distress Inks, gold ink, clear embossing powder, sequins, and gold butterflies

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #14 {Butterflies}

A new month means a new challenge here at The Mixed Media Card Challenge! This month, our theme is "BUTTERFLIES". Show use your mixed media card that's inspired by butterflies! "Gold" is an optional element.

1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by August 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-7).
6. We'll announce the winner and highlights on August 31.

So how did the design team interpret the theme? Take a look at the cards below. We hope they inspire you to play along with us! We look forward to seeing your beautiful cards!

I made 3 different cards with an ARTplorations stencil and a STAMPlorations stamp set, some ink blending, homemade embossing paste, and gold embossing powder. This one is a very literal interpretation, don't you think? Come on over and check out the other two!

Tissue tape from Tim Holtz glued with gel m├ędium on watercolor paper. Background with Distress Paint (Evergreen bough and Abandoned Coral). Some gesso. Butterflies with die cut from Kesi Art (French company) and colored with Glimmer Mist and paint Silks Gold from Colourarte.

Stenciled brick background with Crackle Embossing Paste, stenciled right side with Distress Ink then sponged panel with Distress Ink. Die cut butterflies out of Paper Stash Wild Flower vellum and layered them over the brick. Added gold rhinestones, adhered large resin butterfly, stamped sentiment.

Background is made from layered chipboard, matte medium, gesso, acrylic paint and Dylusions spray inks. Elements include large butterfly chippie painted with acrylic paint, leaves, resin flowers, flourish chippie with stickles, frayed cotton and gold mica flakes with heavy gel medium.

Background made with gold embossing paste and ARTplorationsFoiled stencil then sprayed with Bo Bunny gold spray mist. Layers of washi tape, foiled golden doily, and mini pearls. Butterfly stamped with Black Soot Distress Paint, sprinkled with gold glitter, and painted with Distress Crackle Paint.

Background made with stencil monoprint technique and ARTplorations Bloom Silhouettes stencil. Heat embossed Trendy Butterflies in gold and sentiment from STAMPlorations Bold Sentiments.

Romantic card with gold flitters and pink butterfly. Background made by gesso and Izink.. Simple but mixed media card :)

Light modeling paste with a stencil for background, gold Spray over when dried. The butterflies are gold heat embossed.

Diecuts, gesso, Distress Paints, Distress Ink, black pen, white pen, pearls.

Embossing Paste, Gold Embossing Powder, Woodgrain Stencil, Washi Tape, Sticker Stitches, Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers

Mists, acrylic paints, heat embossing, gold + gel medium through , canvas, watercolour paper, being and metal washers

Golden texture paste stencilled on the background, punched butterflies decorated with texture stamp. Sentiment framed with gold glitter embossing powder.

Background color splodges created with Gelatos, then added some purple spray ink splatters and gold metallic structure paste thru a stencil. Stamped the butterflies with embossing ink, then applied Sticky Embossing powder and gold foil over them and finally inked them with green and yellow spray ink tones. Finally added some black Glimmer Glaze splatters, pink pearls, golden yarn and a stamped sentiment.

Watercolour background with Gansai Tambai, stamped butterfly black embossed, background stamping and masking embossed in gold and acrylic gold ink splatter.

Gesso background, stamped butterfly colored with watercolors and Inktense pencils, faux texture with stamps.

A friendly reminder: We are a CARD challenge, therefore please only submit card projects (no layouts, altered projects, ATCs, etc.). Non-card projects will be deleted.