Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It's in the details

I love browsing the Nook Gallery - there is so much to be inspired from, both from the DT and the members.

I find studying the details useful. How do the designers layer their embellishments, how do they group them? Does inking the edges make a difference? How do they make their add depth to their projects?

Here is some close up photos of projects made by the DT with the January Kit.

Card by Danni

layout by deanna

Layout by Gina

Layout by Hilde

Layout by Nicole

 tell us. Did you pick up any ideas by looking at this close ups? Anything new you want to try out?

Monday, January 30, 2012

good morning ladies. danni here with another monday CARDS challenge. let's get started creating tons of inspiration in anticipation of the upcoming kit. while we wait for our incredibly FUN kit filled with October Afternoon Sasparilla, let's play with some wood grain.

monday challenge: create a card with a wood grain element

(can be paper, embellishment, stamp, alpha, anything, you name it. your card just has to have one element of wood grain somewhere on it.

deadline for card submissions: sunday feb 5th 11:59pm PST

prize: $5 PP (paypal) payment

let's look at some of these amazing pics found courtesy of Etsy, all sources are below the pics.

aren't those fabulous?

and just because i know it might get asked.........
you can use ANY COLOR woodgrain paper, embellies, alphas, stamps, you name it

and here is some inspiration from our dt

card by marinette

cards by danni

we can't wait to see your amazing inspiration!

please post your cards in the CARDS forum here: wood you create with me?

happy creating♥

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hey there everyone! Deanna here with the New Year Crop Challenge #8.
It's time yet at again for another crop challenge.
Hope you all are ready for this one, because it's called "10 things on a string".

As you all know banners or garlands, or whatever you want to call them, are extremely popular right now. In fact they may be a little overdone, but I still love them. I'm sure you do too. So for today's challenge I'm going to challenge you to to make a banner consisting of at least 10 shapes. That sounds easy enough, but here's the twist. The challenge is actually to make a banner full of DIFFERENT shapes, and not repeat any one shape more than 3 times.

Here's my example. "It's a Love Thing"

I included more than 10 pieces:

1. 3 half doilies
2. 1 "remember this" pennant
3. 1 small rose bud
4. 1 heart
5. 1 tea kettle
6. 1 "all smiles" pennant
7. 1 spoon
8. 1 "love to you" circle punch
9. 1 misted fabric flower (from the add-on section)

Now. This challenge is NOT limited to only layouts. If you'd like to make a card, an actual banner, or have something else in mind, then go for it! All types of projects are welcome!

The deadline is next Sunday, Feb. 4th at 12pm NOON PST. I will randomly draw a winner who will win a package full of ribbon, flowers, and bling!!!

I can't wait to see what you all make!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Crop Challenge #7

Good Morning girls!! It's Pam here today, and I hope you all are having a blast so far with all of these fun challenges:) I have one for you today that has to do with one of my very favorite things...color!

I am most often inspired by color as a starting point for my projects, so I have compiled a list of my top 10 ways to use color:

1. Pull a color(s) from your photo and be influenced by that in choosing what papers/embellishments you use on your layout.
2. Have a story to tell, but the papers you want to use don't match? No problem...turn your photos black and white or sepia and they will match instantly!
3. Go monochromatic. Choose one color and use it in various shades of that color.
4. Be complimentary. Complimentary colors are any 2 colors that are opposite from each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and orange:
5. If you can't decide on 2, throw another one in there and do triadic colors. That would be any 3 colors on the color wheel that make a triangle. For example: red/yellow/blue or orange/green/purple.
6. Use analogous colors, which are colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel.
7. Be trendy. Every year, Pantone sets a new color for color of the year. The color for 2012 is tangerine tango:
Make this color be the dominating color in your project.
8. Pair a color with a neutral, such as black or white, to make it pop. Here I paired pink against black:
9. ROY G BIV it. Use all of the colors and make a rainbow:)
10. Use a color combination that is preset for you. There are tons of gorgeous combinations floating around on pinterest, or you can find some HERE as well. For this challenge, I have created this combination for you:
This is the card I made using these colors:
soooooo, are you ready for the challenge?!

I challenge you to create 2 projects (can be layouts, cards, tags, altered items-the 2 can be the same type of project or any combination) using 2 of the ways to use color that are listed above (one different one for each project).

All of your projects need to be linked in the challenge thread on the forum by Saturday, February 4th, 12 noon PST.

I will be giving away a December kit to one lucky winner:)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Fave for Jan. 27th

This week's Friday Fave comes to us from Wendy Antenucci.

When I saw this one in the gallery it just jumped right out at me.
I can't say how much I LOOVE the way Wendy clusters the flowers
around her photo strips, and then journaled to fill in the rest of the heart.
And then the "love" touch on the edge is just perfect!

Fantastic LO Wendy! Congrats on being this week's Friday Fave!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CARDS Pinspo Challenge: To Bake, To Bathe or Both?

Hello, Nookers!
Shellye here with your Wednesday CARDS Challenge.
I enjoy perusing Pinterest...maybe a little too much!
We like to use PINSPO Challenges here at the Nook...what is a Pinspo challenge?  Simply using some of our favorite photos (found at Pinterest) and using them as inspiration in creating cards, layouts, etc.  You may see patterns, a certain color scheme or an actual image.
I ran across a couple of photos that I thought would go well with the January Nook Kit.

The first photo:
Yumm-O Cupcake
My Take:

The Second Photo:
Luxurious Bath

My Take:

Thanks for looking!
Happy crafting :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January Inspiration

 Carol here, with another edition of our January inspiration!  The design team keeps pumping out awesome work with the our Lily Bee kit.  How is yours going?  Have you destroyed your kit yet??

We've got some amazing card girls on our team and they blow me away every time with their sweet card making skills ;)




 Up next, we've got a few fun layouts.

This one by Lilith is amazing with it's horizontal theme.

Loving the orange and gray that Jessy has put together....just goes to show how fun this line is.
Perfect for boys AND girls ;)

Aren't those snowflakes that Deanna made amazing??  Such a cute wintery layout!

Last but not least, some title work by Carol.
Sometimes there just isn't a reason why you took a picture, or are scrapping it ;)

Monday, January 23, 2012

♥monday CARDS challenge♥

ready for another monday CARDS challenge? there is so much inspiration (as we all know) on Pinterest. and while i love the inspo, if i don't use it, it can all be overwhelming. so today, let's use some of my favorite recent inspiration.

today's challenge: create a card or layout inspired by ONE of the Pinspos below. upload your creation by monday 1.30.12 here: 5 Times the Pinspo

the winner? let's have a twist. the first person to complete this challenge will receive a card kit from danni. ALSO, the last person to complete this challenge will receive a card kit. everyone is eligible to play, dt too, and you do NOT have to use a 'Nook kit to create your cards or lo.

the deadline for submissions will be: sunday 1.29.12 11:59 pm PST

so, ready to see the Pinspos? :)

i chose three of the Pinspos to create three very different cards

to see the cards, in full, please pop over to the CARDS forum for the challenge here:
5 Times the Pinspo

here are a couple of sneak peeks.

we can't wait to see your creations

happy creating♥

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Crop Challenge #6

Hi all!  Welcome again to our ten week crop!  As you know, we are celebrating all things ten! Top 10 lists, the number 10 and ten step challenges. Today I am focusing on embellishments. We all love them from buttons to trim to chipboard.


1. Create a top ten embellishment list for yourself. Make a layout that incorporates at least 3 of them....wait, that would be to easy. Here is the challenge.

2. Use one embellishment (or more) in a different way than intended! Be creative!

3. Alter an embellishment in some way! Stamp on a ribbon, use glitter...just make that embellishment yours!

4. Mix up the title with different types of alphabets!

Here is my take on the challenge!

My top ten:

1. chipboard
2. buttons
3. brads
4. stickers
5. acrylic items
6. ribbon
7. twine
8. flowers
9. bling
10. journaling cards

My layout using the beautiful January kit:

I turned the banner sticker into sun rays, the spoons into beams and flocked my ice cream cup!  Notice the mixed title!  All pages completed for this challenge must be linked to the challenge thread over at the forum by January 29th 12 noon PST.  I will choose a winner to receive an American Crafts Thickers prize pack!!

Happy creating!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Year Crop Challenge #5

Hi girls!
Hope your have fun with our Crop challenges;)
Are you ready for another fun challenge?
Let's go!!
Here's my challenge:New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back in the past and also for forward to the coming year... So it's time to reflect on the changes we want and therefore time to take some resolutions!
Did your New Year resolutions make our top ten list?

My challenge is: journaling your 2O12 resolutions with ten lines minimum

Here's my layout:

I created this LO with the gorgeous January kit;) I challenged myself to create a page without a photo!
(Click to enlarge)

Deadline: January 28th 12 noon PST
Make sure you add your layouts to this thread in the forum :)
The prize up for grabs is: a december kit;-)

Happy creating♥

Thursday, January 19, 2012

More Crop Inspiration!

Have you been following our top ten crop for the new year???
2 more challenges were posted this last weekend and gorgeous inspiration is pouring into the galleries!

We'd like to share a few of those with you because we loooooove our members ;)

Katarina posted a sweet little tag challenge, you can check it out here




Hilde posted a challenge to scraplift yourself...why re-invent the wheel right??
along with the layouts these lovely girls lifted ;)




Don't forget these challenges are due this coming weekend and there will also be 2 more challenges posted!!!