Tuesday, June 5, 2018

MIUCB #13 Winners & Top Picks

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Hi everyone and welcome back to the Mix It Up Challenge Blog! Another huge thanks to everyone who played with us in last month's "Anything Goes + Emboss Resist" challenge! We had some fabulous entries so let's see who got the Winner and Top Pick honors!

Drum roll, please...

The WINNERS are...
(in no particular order)

And the TOP PICKS are...
(in no particular order)


You all have created absolutely beautiful projects that are well deserving of Winner and Top Pick honors! Your projects will be showcased in our Facebook photos!

Be sure to grab your badges from the Badges page above to display on your blogs!

Don't forget our MIUCB #14 - Anything Goes + optional twist of Smooshing is going on right now! Grab your paper, scissors and embellishments, and mix it up with us! AND... don't forget to check out our sister blogs, Love To Scrap Challenge Blog and Love To Craft Challenge Blog - we'd love to see you there, too!

The Mixed Up Girls

Monday, June 4, 2018

Welcome Ann, Anne, Cathy and Sue!

OMG, that was probably the fastest DT Call I've ever seen, lol! I'm super stoked to announce our new design team members - Ann, Anne, Cathy and Sue!

Hello everyone! My name is Ann Chuang. I'm so delighted to be a part of the Mix It Up Challenge Blog Design Team! I live in Taiwan. I am a junior high school math teacher and a mom of 3 children Hedy, Vivian and Eason. I started crafting about 2012. I love sharing my love of stamping/ cardmaking with everyone and also love to dabble in Mixed Media. I always believe that "Handmade crafts are warm with love." I'm really looking forward to sharing my creations with all of you! 

Links to my social media:

I’m a retired public servant now escaped to the countryside in New Zealand. A serious card maker for over 10 years and a crafter for life, I was making pressed flower paper products in the 1970’s !! In recent times my focus has changed to die cuts and fabulous papers as new supplies have become more accessible. My style is a bit feminine and needs to be more two dimensional than some current trends as I mostly post them in the mail to my family and friends. At holiday times and to provide personalised gifts I make banners, wall art and other paper products. A local Museum gift store sells my cards which I customize to identify the place for the tourist market. Paper crafting is my indoor hobby when I am not in the garden. :)

HI everyone! My name is Cathy Frailey and I call West Virginia my home. I've been married for almost 34 yrs (yikes! 😃) to a Marine and have 2 grown kids: a son (32) and a daughter (28). And then those grandkids: a grandson, 2 granddaughters, and 2 step grandsons. 

I've always been crafty, going back to grade school. I started with those doll kits back in the 70s - they had the foam body with all the sequins and trims to create a masterpiece! I still have them all! But I consider my first love to be decoupaging. And from there, I got into the crazy world of mixed media. I'm a mixed media artist, art journalist, & watercolor enthusiast. Grungy, vintage, steampunk is my main style but I love experimenting. Anything outside the box or weird and wonderful and I'm there! 

Currently, I design for the 2018 Canvas Corp Brands Creative CrewEyeConnect Crafts and the Blank Page Muse Stamps company, where I also design stamps. I'm a previous DT for The Male Room Challenge Blog and MixedUp Merchandise

I hope you'll visit me on social media! 
FB page (Cathy Frailey)
Instagram (cathyfrailey)

I discovered stamping over 20 years ago while watching the Carol Duvall show. She had a guest on her show from Hot Potatoes stamp company, Mary O'Neil. That was it I was hooked and never looked back. I am self taught but have taken many classes from some of my favorite stamping instructors who taught me that there are no mistakes in stamping just happy accidents. I like to make all types of cards … cards with background techniques, cards that shake, slide or just have a fun fold. Now over 20 years, hundreds of stamps, and supplies later I'm still enthused with stamping.

Be sure to visit these blogs and leave some mixed up love for these ladies!

Mixed up hugs,

Friday, June 1, 2018

DT Call


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I'm looking for mixed media artists, 3-D paper artists, cardmakers AND scrapbookers who are proud of their work and want to show it off! :)

I'm striving for an even mix of artists who can create mixed media projects, altered art, AND paper crafts (cards, tags, mini albums, ATCs, 3-D projects and scrapbook layouts)! :)

Some of the benefits of joining our team...
  • All challenges are Anything Goes with an optional technique twist that you can play if you want! The twist schedule will be posted in advance, so create whatever you want for each challenge and work ahead to avoid stressful deadlines!
  • There are no limitations here - you're invited to delve into mixed media or altered work in addition to cards, scrapbook layouts, tags, ATCs and 3-D paper projects!
  • Your blog URL will be placed on our Design Team page and on our right sidebar!
  • Your DT inspiration projects will be showcased on our blog each month... a great advertisement for your awesome artwork!
  • An organized team function - I do all the work so you can concentrate on creating your amazing projects! 

And here's what we need from you...
  • A commitment of at least six months with the potential of staying on longer.
  • One project per month, to be posted on the 1st of the month.
  • Good photos of your projects uploaded at least 2 days prior to the start of each monthly challenge.
  • An active blog where you showcase your DT inspiration projects and link to our challenges. Sharing our challenges and your DT inspiration projects on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest would be awesome but not required. ;)
  • The ability to belong to a secret design team group on Facebook.
  • Comment on challenge entries and leave some mixed up love for your fellow teammates.
  • Vote on Winners & Top Picks after each challenge.
  • Positive team spirit and willingness to promote our challenges.
  • Prior design team experience is not required! :)

To apply, please send an email to miucb@mail.com with your name, a link to your blog, and a little bit about yourself and what kinds of projects you prefer to indulge in. :)

This DT Call will remain open until all four positions are filled.
All applicants will receive an email letting them know their application has been received.
Those applicants selected for the design team will be notified with a request to provide additional information, and once the information is received, official announcements will be made on the blog.

Mixed up hugs,

MIUCB #14 - Anything Goes + Smooshing

Hi everyone and welcome back to the Mix It Up Challenge Blog! Thanks to everyone who played with us in last month's "Anything Goes + Emboss Resist" challenge! We absolutely loved seeing all your awesome creations! The design team has a tough job ahead of them but be sure to check back on the 5th of this month for our Winners and Top Picks!

We'd like to say good-bye and bid a fond farewell to our teammies, Cheryl and Mary, who are stepping down from the team. We thank you ladies for your service to our design team and hope to continue seeing you around blogland! We wish you the very best and we'll miss you. Big hugs from all of us!

Okay, are you ready?! Our theme this month is...
Anything Goes + optional twist of Smooshing!

Our challenges are always Anything Goes but we always offer an OPTIONAL technique twist just to inspire you! It's up to you whether or not you play the twist... just remember the twist is NOT mandatory to play! ;)

The Mixed Up Girls have been busy creating some pretty amazing stuff to get your mojo going! Take a look at these pretties...

Feel free to visit our designers' blogs for full details on their DT inspiration projects and take a moment or three to let them know you love what you see - it would totally make their day! And leave us a comment when you link up... we love reading your comments!

As a reminder, you can enter up to five projects in our challenges! And be sure to check out our sister blogs, Love To Scrap Challenge Blog and Love To Craft Challenge Blog, where you can enter up to five projects as well! We'd love to see you there! :)

This challenge will run all month long, ending at 6:00 PM EST on the last day of month, so grab your papers, scissors and embellishments, and mix it up with us!

The Mixed Up Girls

Link up below for MIUCB #14 - Anything Goes + optional twist of Smooshing!
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