Thursday, August 4, 2016

New Challenge 190 - Glitter & Shimmer!

Hello, Ai Fans!
We're back with another challenge this Thursday! First, let's wrap of last week! We had some fabulous entrants for our "Sweet Summertime" Challenge!

Top Spot is awarded to...

 Congrats, Heidi! We love your sweet watercolor card wit the Cottage by the Beach, Flower & Foliage sets! Beautiful job! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable mentions awarded to...

Amy Marshall!

Linda M!

Way to go, ladies! Amy, your Days Spent Windows to the World card is so sweet and bright, with great pattern coordination! Linda, your bright colors with Mrs. Ed chilling is fabulous! Love the glittery accents you used, too! Be sure to email with you address and the stamp set of your choice as a prize!

Thanks to everyone who entered the challenge! Be sure to play again next time, with out Glitter & Shimmer challenge! Cheri is here to kick off the challenge with a beautiful card tutorial! Take it away, Cheri!

Hi Ai Fans!
It's the start of a new Challenge called Glitter and Shimmer! This Challenge is right up my alley! If you know me, you know that I almost always add some sort of glitter or shimmer to my cards!
Today I am using the Girlfriends "Dancers" set (Sku# 3580). I thought their tutus would be the perfect thing to glitter up! I recently took a card class at my local Scrapbook store (Two Scrapbook Friends) on how to do a starburst background and decided that this would be a cool technique to use on this card.
I started by gathering up all my supplies and pre-coloured my image. I decided to use papers from the Julie Nutting Belle Vie 6x6 collection. I picked out 5 patterned papers from the collection, some pink glitter paper and some cardstock to layer behind everything.
 The first step is to cut the papers you will be using for the starburst into strips. I cut mine at 2x6". Then cut each piece on the diagonal with your paper trimmer.
To cut on the diagonal,  all I did was place opposite corners of the paper on the cutting line and cut through them to get a "triangle"
 Depending on the size of background you want, cut a slightly bigger piece of paper. Since my starburst is coming from the middle find the middle mark on your paper. You can make the starburst come from wherever you like such as the side or bottom.
Starting in one corner, glue your triangle with the small point in the middle. Continue gluing until you fill the circle all the way around.
As you can see, my starburst isn't perfectly in the middle. That's ok as my image will cover up the overlap.
Flip your starburst over and cut off the excess pieces.
I choose to cut the starburst out with a MFT Stitched Rectangle die. You can use any shape that you want.
 Now that your background is complete, it's time to go ahead and decorate your card base.
You might notice that I changed some of the cardstock. I wasn't happy with the original choice of the pink paper and found a different piece in my stash that actually has a bit of a shimmer to it. Perfect to go along with the Challenge theme!
Here's the finished card. I added a strip of ribbon and some pearls to finish it off. The sentiment comes with the "Dancers" set. I added Pink Taffeta Stickles to the tutus to fit with the Challenge theme! What I love about the starburst background is that you can use up those scraps that we all hoard  LOL. You can make it any size from a small background in a pocket page to a full scrapbook layout! The technique is the same but the size choice is up to you. 
Here's the inside of my cards with another sentiment from the "Dancers" set.
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: E43, E44, E47 / YR31, YR14
Ballet suits: C1, C2, C3, C5
Shoes & accessories: R85, R89
Tutu: Pink Taffeta Stickles

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!


Thanks, Cheri! What a lovely card! Now it's your turn, fans! We want to see what you can create for our challenge! Just be sure to include some sparkle!

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Here are the challenge rules …
✻ Please make a new card or creation. You can make any crafty item you wish; this is not limited to cards!
✻ Limit two submissions per person. You will receive extra votes if you use Art Impressions stamps!
✻ The Ai Challenge is open to everyone, international submissions are welcome!
✻ Include a link back to the Ai Blog or grab our button on the top right of our sidebar!
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✻ Make sure to get your link up by Wednesday, July 20th at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

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