Friday, August 15, 2008

Rockin' It Heavy-Metal Style

Are you ready to rock? It's time for our August challenge! This month, we challenge you to create a card featuring metal! Lots of metal, the heavier the better. We want to see your most metalicious card creations evuh! Here's our "Heavy Metal" samples to get you going:

Deb's Kickin' It With Heavy Metal!

I have literally dozens of these Rusty Tin-Tiques shapes in my studio ... and I rarely use 'em; wow, that's unusual, huh?!? But, today's the day!

My card was created on Bazzill card stock then matted with designer paper from Making Memories. To create 'waves,' I tore strips of BasicGrey heavy-weight paper, distressing the edges and curling them forward. I stamped my sentiment, from "Healing Expressions Art Stamps", available HERE, using black distress ink. I created my 'sun' with a circle punch, hand-drew and cut-out some pathetic lookin' sea gulls, stuck my rusted tin sailboat between the 'waves' ... and anchor's away!

Julie's Kickin' It With Heavy Metal!

I have to admit, this idea threw me for a loop! I thought I had a ton of ideas and I just kept staring at all my supplies in my stamp room, I came up with a blank every time! So, I emailed my creative genius and bud Deb and said, "Hey, what are you doing for the challenge? I need some help." Well, shortly after came an email with no less than 50 things you can do with metal on a card!! LOL! I am sure she'll email it to you if you are stumped! :-)

I decided to keep it simple and predictable. I used a piece of solid brass. I have no idea why I had this in hand. It is not a stamping grade metal, it is about twice as thick. It was down the wood working aisle at my local craft store. I cut off the size of a card front, ran it through my Wizard with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and called that part good.

The sentiment is actually part of a background stamp from Flourishes that I just inked up one part of and then added the word "Thank You." You can see the set by clicking
HERE. Notch off two corners, add some hot fix nail heads and a piece of black satin ribbon.... and you're done. Pretty easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy!!


We can't wait to see where your rockin' creativity takes you ... whether you kick it with a metal embellishment or rock the card with a whole bunch of heavy metal!

Just remember to get your entries posted on your blog, with a link-up here in the Comments, by September 5th at 11:59 PM. We'll do the rest ... meaning getting your card in the YKYR gallery so everyone can "ooooh and ahhhhh" over it!

If you'd like, you can upload your card to Splitcoast Stampers, keyword YKYR2. If you don't have a blog, but would still like to play, let us know: we'll get your photo into our gallery for you! Click HERE to see the "Rockin' it Heavy Metal Style" entries.

Voting starts September 6th at midnight and the winner will be announced here on the 15th when we kick off a whole new rockin' challenge!!

Finally, please, just one entry per person, per challenge.


Before we go... The votes have been cast, the poll is closed, and congratulations are in order for Kristine B., winner of our first challenge, "Rock the Cover." Y.ou Y.ou R.ock, Kristine!! Here's a look at Kristine's winning card:

And here's Kristine's inspiration CD:

Kristine, please send us your email address so we can send you a rockin' graphic for your blog. Congrats!


See you back here in blog land because, let's face it - Y.ou Y.ou R.ock!

Deb & Julie

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Vote Now! Because YOU Decide Who "Rocked The Cover!"

First off, Julie and I would like to thank all of you for making our first Y.ou Y.ou R.ock challenge a success! We're blown away by your response and hope you'll continue to visit the blog and participate in more of our rockin' challenges!

And WoWzA, we're simply amazed by the talented card makers who took part in this challenge ... every card is truly outstanding! Thank goodness WE don't have to choose the winner.

If you had fun participating in this "Rock The Cover" challenge, we hope you'll be back to participate in our next rockin' challenge which will be announced here, and on our personal blogs, Out To Impress and Paper, Ink, Scissors, & Stamps, on August 15, 2008. Remember: everyone is eligible to enter, including previous winners, but please, only one entry per person, per challenge.

Now that all the entries are in, it's time to select the winner. And we need your participation. That's right, the winner is decided by your votes!

In the unlikely event of a tie, the challenge moderators (ummm, that's Deb and Julie), will choose a winner. Please, we beg of you ... don't let it come to a tie; Julie and I will be forever picking just one entry from this amazing field! So please, ask your friends, bloggin' sistahs, family members, co-workers, and penpals to come vote for you ...

And here's how: Notice the poll on the top right side-bar? Well, that's it! Everyone receives just one, completely anonymous vote and voting will end at midnight on August 13, 2008. You'll be able to see who's winning by checking back here for polling results ... but you can't see the results unless you've cast a vote. And with only one vote per person, per challenge, don't hesitate to cast your one and only vote for yourself!!

Because we (happily!) have so many entries, it's nearly impossible (well, with our busy lives, it is), to upload and link out 44 photographs. So, the best way to view the challenge entries is to check out the large slideshow post, below. Or, you can visit our Gallery, located HERE. You may click on any photo for a larger view.

The winner of the "Rock the Cover" challenge will be announced here and on our personal blogs on Friday, August 15, 2008. Deb's blog is HERE and Julie's blog is THERE.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't don't hesitate to leave a comment or email us; we love to hear from you!

Enjoy the slide show and thanks so much for playing and voting ... Y.ou Y.ou R.ock!

Deb & Julie