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Toiny
09-12-2011, 01:01 AM
Jen & Christine, are you ready? I'm very, very ready.

Yesterday was 9.11.11 Ten years since the Twin Towers. I think a lot of us, American and non-American alike were caught up in our thoughts, remembering. I know, for me, a fierce pride came up. A pride of country, and I'm not even American.

This got me thinking of the pride I have in being Dutch, and how incredibly excited I am to be going 'home' later this week. And also, as I'm putting together German gifts for my cousins and Oma, how much pride I have in my newest country as well.

I know that Jen just moved a whole ocean away to a new country. I know Christine has also left the land of her birth, half a planet away, for a new country. Today's challenge is to put all your love of country into a kit. This can be the "old" or the "new" but when I look at that preview, I want to feel the love.

There will be no palette, this is up to each of you to create. The theme of your challenge: Love of Country.

The Rules


You must use the theme.
Name your kit.
8-12 papers
20-40 elements.
You may use your CU stash.
There is also $20 waiting for each of you to spend in our CU store. You may spend all, or none, on CU products to help in the creation of this kit.
Please credit the CU designers in your TOU.
You must post the previews here, in the forum, no later than midnight, EST on Saturday, September 17th.
Please upload to your FTP and email me the file names. I will share with the judges.
Your judges this month will be Me, Tracy {Ambowife Designs (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=13_85)} and Mystery Judge. You will be judged on how well you fullfill the criteria, how well you create the palette, the scrapability of your kit, as well as the visual impact of your preview.

Have fun and good luck!

DigiliciousDesigns
09-12-2011, 01:15 AM
Oh my, what a fantastic challenge!! This is going to be soooooo tough 8| Good luck, Jen, and no sneaky peeking 8D ROFL!!!

jencdesigns
09-12-2011, 02:05 AM
Christine I'm with you entirely about this both being amazing - and fantastic - and super tough!! What a great challenge - now to put my thinking cap on! This is a tough one!

Toiny
09-12-2011, 02:49 AM
Yay! I'm so excited to see what you create. This will truly be a treat. Game on.

boo.6204
09-12-2011, 03:07 AM
What a fantastic challenge. Can't wait to see what you both come up with. So glad I'm not on the judging panel.

Good luck girls

Twin Mom Scraps
09-12-2011, 07:42 AM
good luck girls:)

ScrappyCocoa
09-12-2011, 08:25 AM
What a challenge! Good Luck!

kimberkatt
09-12-2011, 09:01 AM
Wow, now that's a challenge!! lol Best of luck gals, can't wait to see what you guys come up with! These will be fabulous kits!! :DD

DeannaS
09-12-2011, 11:14 AM
Good luck girls!! Love you both!

Janet-B
09-12-2011, 01:30 PM
Oh, wow!! What a challenge! I can't wait to see what each of you comes up with for this!

kcarlsen
09-12-2011, 01:40 PM
This should be great! Good luck you guys! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Min
09-12-2011, 02:08 PM
Oh my, what a challenge ... good luck to both of you, can't wait to see your kits! :D

amsangel
09-12-2011, 09:30 PM
I cal already feel the love and pride of country, Good Luck Ladies!!

Aveziur
09-13-2011, 05:16 AM
I love both of your works ladies, this is going to be an amazing challenge!!

Chrismar
09-13-2011, 07:08 AM
Good luck to both of you. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

mama4bears
09-13-2011, 10:08 AM
This is going to be great! You both do such fantastic work, good luck!

msbrad
09-13-2011, 11:47 AM
Wow- what a challenge! Can't wait to see what y'all create.
Best of luck.
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kimberkatt
09-13-2011, 11:57 AM
What?? No previews yet?? :l

jencdesigns
09-13-2011, 03:14 PM
What?? No previews yet?? :l


LOL!! I wish - I keep having to restart my idea! But I'm finally settled now! :) Fingers crossed this attempt works!

Paper Capers Designs
09-13-2011, 05:28 PM
Okay - you had three hours....previews now? LOL

DigiliciousDesigns
09-13-2011, 09:21 PM
Progress Report......

Concept confirmed (only took 2 days 8|)...Papers done (and re-done, and agonized over)... on to the ellies.... :DD

Toiny, you sure know how to throw out a tough... ahhh, I mean 'great' challenge 8D!!!

How are you going, Jen....?

Anyway, can't dawdle, got some designing to do!!!

Toiny
09-14-2011, 01:18 AM
(((Christine)))... now hurry up! I'm dying over here. Again.

DigiliciousDesigns
09-14-2011, 01:26 AM
Ha!! Boss lady's cracking the whip 8D!!!

Well, I'll let you in on a little secret...

It took me aaaaaallllll day to do ONE element today - *eeeeek*!! It was the ultimate test of my somewhat unpolished doodling and template-making skills! Now I've just got to color it - and I'll be devastated if I get to the end then don't like it ROFL 8D!!!

bcalberti
09-14-2011, 03:06 AM
sending calmness your way Christine.

DigiliciousDesigns
09-14-2011, 07:48 AM
Thanks, Barb - is it that obvious that I'm not calm over here...ROFL!?

I got my tricky element finished, and it surprisingly looks like it's supposed to 8D!!!

jencdesigns
09-14-2011, 08:58 AM
Progress Report......

Concept confirmed (only took 2 days 8|)...Papers done (and re-done, and agonized over)... on to the ellies.... :DD

Toiny, you sure know how to throw out a tough... ahhh, I mean 'great' challenge 8D!!!

How are you going, Jen....?

Anyway, can't dawdle, got some designing to do!!!


I know the feeling Christine! I don't know if I've ever agonized over a kit so much! I'm about half way done ... and trying to figure out the balance of everything - it's making me crazy! :) But I'm really loving how it's coming together!

Paper Capers Designs
09-14-2011, 09:03 AM
any sneak peeks to be had and enjoyed for the rest of us???

Toiny
09-14-2011, 09:35 AM
Yeah! Sneak peek us!

Aveziur
09-14-2011, 09:41 AM
Christine and Jen, you're making me nervous too lol

kimberkatt
09-14-2011, 09:50 AM
LOL Eva.... the suspense is killing me!!

mandak
09-14-2011, 12:20 PM
Good luck gals! So glad I'm not doing this challenge, I don't know what I'd do!

DigiliciousDesigns
09-14-2011, 04:49 PM
Can't wait to see it Jen!! I'm out all day visiting my mum & dad before they go away on another big camping adventure... I miss them terribly when they go holidaying (how dare they :P!!!) and I want to spend as much time with them today as possible, BUT I know my little brain will be churning and trying to mentally conquer this challenge ROFL!!!!! Oh well, another late night tonight, hee, hee :DD

kimberkatt
09-14-2011, 05:07 PM
Wait..... can you please explain this "holiday" thing you mention.... I seem to recall something from many, many, MANY years ago....................... :rolleyes:

DeannaS
09-15-2011, 01:04 PM
I'm positive both of you are going to come up with something just fantastic!! I love you both!! Can't wait to see your kits!

girlboheme
09-15-2011, 01:35 PM
I'm so excited to see what you both do! So exciting XD

jencdesigns
09-16-2011, 02:58 AM
Mine is almost there!! Almost almost done - all being well I'll have it all ready tonight - I hope and I think :)

DigiliciousDesigns
09-16-2011, 03:04 AM
YAY, Jen!!! Can't wait to see it! I'm on the home stretch, and as long as I don't decide to change anything, I should be previewing in (my) morning!

lala_ina
09-16-2011, 03:46 AM
Can't wait to see your kits. Good luck ^_^

jencdesigns
09-16-2011, 08:33 AM
Can't wait to see your kit Christine!! I'm sure it will be stunning!

Janet-B
09-16-2011, 08:26 PM
Is it your morning yet?? Huh?

DigiliciousDesigns
09-16-2011, 08:43 PM
Hee, hee... yes, and I'm just finishing off my preview :)) But I'm not sure if I should post it yet - maybe I should wait till tonight?? I'm notorious for changing my mind (it's a Libra thing ;)), and I'm a bit concerned that I may have a last minute urge to switcharoo (so to speak - it'll all make sense soon :DD ROFL)

Ambowife Designs
09-17-2011, 05:27 AM
Okay so it's night here in Aussie Land, where's the candy ladies, you've been teasing us LOL

can't wait to see it, but now I am worried about the judging urgh!!

DigiliciousDesigns
09-17-2011, 06:36 AM
Okay, I'll go first (I have butterflies in my tummy!!!!)....

Firstly, a bit about why I did what I did ;). I chose Australia as my theme and thought long and hard about a concept. In the end I chose 'Home Is Where The Heart Is', but I couldn't decide on whether to use our flag colors or the very popular 'green & gold', so I incorporated both! My family & I are extremely passionate supporters of our fellow country men & women when it comes to sports - of any kind, both at a national and international level. Just a few mornings ago I found myself jumping around like a crazy woman, with tears in my eyes, after watching Sam Stosur win the US Open Tennis Tournament! That said it all, really 8D!!! I love every inch of this country, and I love to support the people who do us proud. I also love big, bright, bold colors, so I wanted to stay true to that as well ;) Here is what I came up with...

http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww166/digi_licious/digilicious_homeheart_prev600.jpg

*Eeeeek* I just sat here for 5 minutes daring myself to hit the send button 8D!!!!!

8)

girlboheme
09-17-2011, 07:00 AM
WOW! GORGEOUS, Christine!!! I love that Kangaroo XD

jencdesigns
09-17-2011, 07:19 AM
Christine - WOW - that is amazing!!! Really amazing!!

jencdesigns
09-17-2011, 07:24 AM
I've called my kit "Best of Britain". As Toiny mentioned, I have recently emigrated to the UK - Northern Ireland specifically. My Dad was born and raised in England - and moved to Canada when he was a teenager. His side of the family has always taken pride in all things British. My mum's side of the family is Scottish. So growing up I've always been exposed to British-isms - whether it's the monarchy, tea, certain expressions, or secretly cheering on the Brits in the Olympics - I've always taken pride in my British roots - and visited the UK several times. Now having made the move I'm excited to raise our family here and just want to embrace all things British! :)

Participating in this challenge has been amazing - I loved the process and the cheering here - what a wonderful friendly group you are here!! <3

So now I present to you, Best of Britain:

http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae28/jencdesigns/jencdesigns_bestofuk_preview.jpg

Min
09-17-2011, 07:24 AM
Awesome job, Christine!!! :)

(..actually my daughter is a fan of the "socceroos", both, male and female... LOL)

Min
09-17-2011, 07:26 AM
LOL, Jen, you posted while I typed... gorgeous kit, as well!! :)

Boy, am I glad I don't have to judge these, you both did a wonderful job!!!

girlboheme
09-17-2011, 07:37 AM
Oh Jen, that is fabulous! I love this travel series! Wonderful, wonderful!

Ambowife Designs
09-17-2011, 07:38 AM
OH wow this is going to be so hard to judge. The kits look awesome and hey I am from both camps too.
I am a Berlin born Scottish Aussie LOL talk about being pulled in different directions. I love both previews. Now to go and check out the kits. Well done ladies you did an awesome job on those previews!! :)

DigiliciousDesigns
09-18-2011, 12:21 AM
Fabulous, Jen!!! Yours' looks amazing 8D!! Love your theme, and that telephone box!!

kcarlsen
09-19-2011, 12:07 AM
Wow! You two did wonders! Glad I'm not judging this one! You can definitely feel the heart in both! Great job you guys! Christine, love the lips.. nice touch! & Jen, love the phone booth!

Aveziur
09-19-2011, 02:15 AM
OK girls, the two have done a wonderful job 8D. I love the two kits :XX, since I'm so far from both cultures. But I would not be in your skin :confused: :DD

Toiny
09-19-2011, 02:47 AM
Oh WOW! What a great little treat to come home too. I love both. You did an amazing job showcasing your countries. Despite my travels this weekend, I'm all ready to saddle up & go again LOL.

Eeek today will be difficult. Poor me :((

Janet-B
09-19-2011, 08:32 AM
Wow!! Absolutely outstanding kits, both of them! I don't envy the judges -- not one bit!

Paper Capers Designs
09-19-2011, 08:35 AM
They're both gorgeous!! I don't envy the judges either!! This is definitely a case of "better them than me"!

redplaid3
09-20-2011, 12:39 PM
They are both great. How can you ever choose?

SkrapperDigitals
09-20-2011, 01:06 PM
fabulous kits ladies!! wow! both are so gorgeous! :-)

amsangel
09-20-2011, 10:33 PM
Yep, sucky day to be a judge, both kits are FAB! I'd move to either place based on the pride you've shown here :) Good luck ladies!!