Saturday, December 1, 2007

Blog Candy Challenge Day 1

Don't forget to drop by Card Inspired for that site's challenge

Good Morning Everyone! I'm sorry that this blog candy challenge is a little late but my Internet server flaked out on me this morning - AGAIN! Saturdays are the worst day to go on the Internet. Anyway, the clear stamps above is the first prize to go into the prize bucket. It's a stamp set by Hampton Arts "Art Warehouse" design. No, it's not the only prize for this blog candy. . .each day I will post a picture of each prize that will be accumulated for the next 5 days and ONE lucky winner will win all of them. It's sort of fun to see what prize you can receive each day if you play along. I got this idea from Angel at "Angelosity" when she was doing a blog candy for her birthday. I thought the idea was so ingenious.

Okay. . .now to the challenge! Before I tell you what it is. . .my two blog sites have different challenges, therefore you have two chances each day to add your name to the blog candy bucket! I will be drawing the name of the winner out of this bucket on December 6th. There will only be one winner of the blog candy prize even if you participated on both sites. Participating on both sites just provides you more entries! Don't worry the challenges will be easy so you won't have to work so hard to enter your name.

Day 1 Blog Candy Challenge for today is. . . .

"Provide a link to a blogger whom you feel is very talented but is not recognized in the capacity that they should."

There are so many talented artist/bloggers out there but because there are so many bloggers, they sort of get lost in the crowd. I've come across many talented artist in blogland but noticed that because they are not as well known in the stamping or crafting community, their blog sites are not as recognized as others that are active on design teams or what not.

Choose an artist that you feel creates unique, innovative, and awe inspiring work but whose blog site is not as recognized as they should be. You have until December 5th to link your "inspiring artist/blogger" . Post a comment on this post with the link of the blogger. I will add all the links to this post as I receive them so you can visit these chosen bloggers and check out their awesome creations!
UPDATE
Here's a few links of inspiring artist/bloggers that you have chosen so far. I'll add the links as I receive them!

Please link bloggers that are not very well known. Indications would be the amount of visitors to their site, not being part of a design team, not a lot of comments, etc. I want to highlight artist/bloggers that need a bit of recognition for their inspiring work and for some reason or another may not have the recognition they deserve.

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Just a few cards I made last night


Sick of House Mouse Cards? Sorry, I'm planning to make more of them. I want to use all of the Christmas House Mouse stamps that I bought last year. Some of which, by the way, have never been inked. This year, I promised myself that I will use them no matter what!!

I colored the image using the "Coloring with Pastel and SU Markers" technique. If you haven't seen it yet, I created a tutorial for it the other day. Scroll down to the previous day!

I colored the bird using "Twinkling H20". The bird is sparkly looking in person.

Nothing much else to the card. I made another card below using the same image but using a different layout!








Everything about the image is exactly the same as the first card.



41 comments:

Allison said...

Wow...great question Maria! Gosh, I look at so many...it is so hard to pick one. I honestly have always thought (and this is not for brownie points esp. since I am post #1) that you were underrated...just those sketches of yours everyday blow the mind! Since I want to inform you of someone you might not know, I will offer up another: http://melstampz.blogspot.com/. Gosh, this was harder than you know!

Juliann said...

Yeah this is tough...so I am going to go with my friend Diane who is my other daily blog dose, Diane is very talented and posts a project just about everyday, she rarely skips! Check her out here: http://stampwithdiane.blogspot.com/
I also agree with with Allison, you are very underrated, and fabulous!

MissaTooU said...

It is hard to recognize just one blogger so I would have to say Joanna came to mind first
http://creativeexpressionsbyjoanna.blogspot.com/
Missa

Adrian said...

I always have to be different! This isn't a Stampin' Up! website, but it's a fascinating blog all the same. It's called "Things Look Like Things" and it's all about how things in nature look like other things. Beautiful and very unusual photography - http://tlltworld.blogspot.com/

Diane said...

Here is a site I visit regularly she always has great ideas! http://kathiemcguire.blogspot.com/
This is a super nice challenge of you!!
Diane

Alicia said...

this lady always has such cute ideahttp://mamadinis.blogspot.com/

Danni said...

I really enjoy looking at Kim's site: http://sunshinydayswithkim.blogspot.com/

kathy said...

Besides you another underrated stamper is kelly over at http://diariesofastamper.blogspot.com/ if you haven't already checked her out you need to

Ret said...

Maria, when I read your question, to be quite honest, I thought of your site immediately. After the first time I looked at your site, I subscribed to it, because you always have such beautiful cards & idea's. I also like how you put the sketch in, too.

Now, I'll give you one I like to check out...
http://paperdelightz.blogspot.com/
congrats on your 1 year & high hits!!!!! wowzer!!!!

Gerriann said...

I think that http://cardpositioningsystems.blogspot.com/ is a great site and inspirational!

CAKVD said...

Here's one of my favorite sites:
http://gettinsketchy.blogspot.com/
I get so many good scrapbooking ideas from that site! Awesome stamps, Maria!
Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

Ret said...

I forgot to mention your card. It was interesting to see how the identical images, used in 2 different ways...produces 2 very different cards. loved them!!!

Rita said...

Wow...this is a toughie! I'm going to have to put down Jan Hunnicutt http://jans-gonestampin.blogspot.com/ She's awesome & I don't think she gets enough recognition. She's very inspirational!

I luv those mouse cards of yours!

Michelle said...

I want to nominate Just for You by Jenn. She makes some great cards.

justforyoubyjenn.blogspot.com

Kim said...

OH wow thanks Danni!!! I saw the links and went look someone has the same blog name as me and then did a double take when I opened it and saw a familiar face, LOL. Thanks sweetie!

One of my favs is my friends Rachel's blog: http://hopestampseternal.blogspot.com/

Congrats on your 1 year blog bday Maria. You know I use your sketches a lot :) Thanks for all the inspiration!

Cindy Vernon said...

I also visit this site mentioned already:
http://diariesofastamper.blogspot.com

Shannon McGann said...

One of the bloggers I visit daily is Amy of AmyGDesigns. I think she's becoming more well-known, but I love her work and she's a sweet person as well! http://amygdesigns.wordpress.com/

mshbluesky said...

It was hard to chose just one! There are many talented bloggers who are not greatly recognized, you included. If I have to chose just one, I would say Laurie Schmidlin at:
http://justgivemestamps.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Beth Norman said...

Here's a gal that I like to visit:
http://creationsbysarah.blogspot.com/

I love your cards, Maria. No, I'm not sick of house mouse. I never get a chance to see h.m. because no one is posting them. I love your colouring job. That bird is truly wonderful.

Donna said...

Here is a blog that not many American gals know about. I discovered it while attempting to get my hands on some stamps that are NOT available in the US:( The blog is in Swedish but has some awesome tutorials. Extremely talent European stampers. Can you tell I wanted to be different! Enjoy your visit to the site.
http://hanglar.blogg.se/

Cathy said...

Here is a blog that I love checking out here altered die cuts. Plus she gives out candy weekly...there's alittle bonus.
Here is the link:

http://debbiesdiecuts.blogspot.com/

Thanks for a chance.

dd2njoy said...

Oh some of the blogs I love are already on here...Stamp with Diane,
She's gone stamping and I would like to add Stamp til you cramp,Shannon Mcgann. She posts almost everyday,and her work is fantastic!
Thanks at a chance to win!

Darlene L said...

My choice for this honor is

http://amycelona.com/ at

Stampin On. I hope you can appreciate her work.

Darlene L

Debbie G said...

I have two which I really love (as well as many more):
http://agedtoperfection-elaine.blogspot.com/

http://lisakavanaugh.blogspot.com/

2 Worlds said...

I dont know if I can still post this
but anyway I can put her site
its brazilian
http://cacauwaller.blogspot.com/

Tanja said...

Here's a new great site to check out. I love it!
http://geekgirl415.wordpress.com/
She just hit 10,000!

Anonymous said...

That is one good looking stamp set! I love looking at Kristina's blog, kwernerdesignblog at: http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/index.html
TFS! Monika/Buzsy

Tracy.H said...

Okay...you know what? This one was pretty easy for me...other than you?? I would have to say Toni! She is amazing and I think does not give herself as much credit as she should!!
http://inkyfingersart.blogspot.com/

Pegg S said...

I really like http://berrycreativeinspiration.blogspot.com/

She makes really great cards and projects!!

Jan Scholl said...

Here is my nomination http://farnorthdesigns.blogspot.com

I love the rustic designs.

debbiedee said...

Here is one I found recently and subscribe to. I love her work.
http://smileycollector.blogspot.com/

cmc mom in oh-Laura said...

I usually visit your site and Dawn's site every day. So here is her site. http://dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com/dawns_stamping_thoughts/

She always has some great ideas on her site.

Sonya said...

WEll besides yours..i visit yours daily..I go here daily aswell.
http://www.stampingmoments.blogspot.com/

Sheri said...

too cool!!! Three of the blogs on your list are already in my google reader!! Gotta love it. I had ahard time picking who to "nominate. I went to my Google Reader stats to see which blog I had starred the most. Of the top three, I want to nominate my cyberpal SAndy. Not only does she make fantastic cards and 3D projects, but she donates a ton of her time and talent to making and corrdinating cards for soldiers. you have got to check her out!! She deserves way more recognition that she gets. Check her out at It's A Colorful World.

http://acolourfulworld.blogspot.com

Monika/Buzsy said...

Did I do this already? Can't remember... if yes, please just disrigard my post... I would pick Beatriz' blog... love her style... http://iralamija.blogspot.com/

Gabby said...

Can I plug my own...lol. No...I really like visiting this blogger here: http://www.stamping-therapy.blogspot.com/ It was hard to pick just that one, but I really like her work and it doesn't look like she has millions of comments like others I could have chosen. Jen and I are in that same "unknown" category. :(

Dawn Easton said...

Oh! I would like to nominate Nancy Riley from iSTAMP...she has such fabulous ideas! She is also a very sweet person and supportive!
Thanks Maria!
Here is her link:
http://stampinat6213.blogspot.com/

Pat S. said...

A blog that I really like to visit is "Rubber Soul" - Daniela Siegenthaler not only inspires...she makes you think :)

http://danisoul.typepad.com/rubber_soul/

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Here's one of my favorites:
http://samm-l.blogspot.com/

I also love Beatriz's blog, but I already saw her name on your list!

Here's one more:
http://reginaeaster.blogspot.com/

vestidadelmar said...

The ones I had in mind are in your list already. There is another
http://craftblog.craftybutterfly.co.uk/
Her challenges are cool.

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