Sunday, May 23, 2010

#4 Layers : Edited

Edit added at the bottom. Scroll down to see!
Welcome to Sunday's With Crissy's 4th Challenge!  Today we are encouraging "Layers".  As always, this is open to your interpretation. 
Take a look at what my Crew Members have dished up for you this week!

This first one is by Zoe McGrath.  You have to look at the difference between photo 1 and 2 to get the drift of what is happening here.  Look at how she engineered the paper to make the dog pop up from the box!  

 You have two weeks to enter this challenge! On June 6 I will announce the randomly drawn winner of the blog candy.  Look what you could win! :   
Fancy Tags by Spellbinders

At that time I will also announce the winners of the Artist's Choice Award.  In case you are wondering how the winners are chosen, they are quite simply my personal favourite creations out of all the challenge uploads.   :-D
I will post the thumbnail links of the winners of this award in the next challenge post.  And I hope they would feel honoured to display this trophy on their blog:

One more item today:  Our lovely designer Lisa has a special request on her blog regarding her sister Jayme.  Lisa is asking us to send a card to Jayme who has terminal lung cancer.  She'd like us to send a funny card (with a frog if we have one!) but not a get well card, to give her sister some joy and smiles at this time.   She is offering a huge blog candy to a random participant and many companies have donated to the cause. Please see the details on her post HERE. 
Edited to add: I am now offering a free froggie image, inspired by Jayme.  If you are interested in having this image, just go to this SITE and download it free of charge.  Its a gift from me and Whimsy Stamps for anyone who wold like it.  Please respect that we still do not want you to share digital image files, even when they are free.  Just send your friends to that site so they can grab it too!  Here is the image I call, "Beach Baby Jayme"

And now, over to you:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

#3 Favourite Things AND Introducing: Crissy's Crew!!

Welcome to Sundays With Crissy's third challenge!  Today I would like to introduce you to my super talented, extremely wonderful design team!  Also, I will be announcing the winner from the last two challenges and I'll show you what you can win four weeks from now too!  And, I have this announcement:  If you are joining the challenge in hopes of winning the monthly prize, you can now use my digital images from Wags 'n Whiskers as well as my digital line from Whimsy Stamps and Squigglefly!  Also, I have chosen some beautiful cards from the two challenges that will get my Artist's Choice award to display on their blogs!  Lots of excitement going on here today!

First of all, I wish to thank everyone who showed an interest in being on my team.  It was heart warming and encouraging to see the enthusiastic response and I was very touched.  I wish I could have chosen everybody that applied.  But, in lieu of giving the shop away, I did narrow it down to nine ladies who I felt could best show off my digi art!  And so, in no particular order, here are the nine fantastic paper crafters that have agreed to be on Crissy's Crew and help me with these challenges!
Introducing Patricia:

Hello my name is Patricia Garcia.  I am a native from Mexico but have lived here in California since I was a little girl.  I have always liked papercrafting and coloring is my passion.  I enjoy making my own greeting cards and sending them to friends and family.  I am a big fan of Crissy's images!  It's a very big honor to be part of Crissy Armstrong's awesome design team!

And here is Melanie:

Hi there! My name is Melanie Holtz and I live in Southwestern Ontario with my wonderful husband Dean and our two beautiful children Nathan and Ainsleigh.  I have always had a love of art, and discovered the world of cardmaking and Copic markers in 2009.  What a journey it has been!!  I am such a big fan of Crissy's artwork, and feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to represent her work along with this amazingly talented team of ladies!!

Welcome Lisa:

My name is Lisa Cook.  I am blessed to be Mom to Jordan (16 son) and Ashley (14 daughter).  My wonderful husband Aaron, of 19 years is very supportive of my stamping addiction!  I love various lines and see new ones every day that are fun to look at and inspire me!  I enjoy blogging and getting new ideas from the creativity of others!

This is Mary:

Hello from Wisconsin!  I have three amazing grown children and SIX adorable grandkids, with two more on the way!  I’ve been making cardz for about two years now, it definitely is my “therapy”.  My true passion in this craft is using my Copic markers ~ they’re so much better than crayons!    I’ve been a huge fan of Crissy Armstrong and her work for a VERY long time and  am honored to be a part of Crissy’s Crew and delighted to work with such talented designers.

Here's Jodi:

Hi my name Jodi, I live in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii and work as a nurse during day and a crafter at night.  I’ve been married to the best guy on the planet for a year and have one fur baby!!  I’ve been a lover of crafts and crafting for as long as I can remember.  My first craft memory was learning how to crochet in 5th grade from my grandma and I was first introduced to rubberstamps when my mom bought one for me (when I was in elementary school) and I still have it today.   Being able to have a blog really gave me the drive to create and share what I love with everyone.  I’ve met some amazingly talented people and have built wonderful friendships too!

Introducing Sarah:

I live in SW Ontario, Canada with my husband, daughter, and two crazy cats. I have been an avid scrapbooker for most of my life and started making cards about 4 years ago. Most of my stamp collection at the moment is rubber but I have also fallen madly in love with digital stamps too!! I gravitate to using alcohol based markers to colour my images but also love to use Prismacolor pencils with mineral spirits too; sometimes combining both methods. I feel very excited, blessed and honoured to be a member of Crissy's Crew!!

Welcome Debbie:

Hi my name is Debbie, and I am a stay at home mum from the UK.  I have been crafting for as long as I can remember and I just love images that are cute and whimsical.

Here's Maria:

Papercrafting is my creative outlet.  My beautiful daughters are my inspiration and thank goodness hubby is supportive, cause there's lots of clutter when I'm in the middle of creating! 

And last but not least, Zoe 
G'day all from the land down under, where I have a very supportive partner who supports my crafting addiction, two gorgeous dogs and a very noisy Quaker Parrot!  I have been stamping and making cards for about 15 years.  I just love working with paper and am continually thinking up ideas of how I can make paper MOVE...  I am so excited to be a part of Crissy's Crew and to have the chance to inspire you with her gorgeous images. 

Am I blessed or what! These ladies are amazing, loving and sweet, and talented beyond words!
And they are all supporting me on this wild adventure in challenge blogging!

Now today's challenge is to use your "Favourite Things".  Open to your interpretation. 
Here are the gorgeous samples the DT has made to inspire you!










Yours Truly's:

Now, I would like to give my Artist Choice award to the following crafters who linked their creations to my first two challenges!  Their creations were some of my top favourites out of both challenges.  It was tough to decide, there were so many great entries! Please feel free to grab your Award badge from the right side bar to proudly display on your blog!

Chris Olsen
maddy hill

Now without further ado, I just picked the winner of the fifteen Copics using Random Integer Generator, and it is,... drum roll please!!...

Mary Lou of Mary Lou's Corner
Congratulations Mary Lou!  You won the Copics!! Please contact me by e-mail and I'll get your yummy blog candy sent to you!

For the next four weeks, I will have the following prize up for grabs, if you join in my challenges and use one of my digital (only my digital images count) images from Squigglefly, Whimsy or Wags 'n Whiskers.  Here is what you could win:

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you can join me and the rest of Crissy's Crew in our "Favourite Things" challenge!
Don't forget to follow the rules of play (posted on the right side bar) if you want to be eligible for the blog candy!
God bless and have fun crafting!