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May 12, 2008

Designer Style Challenge

This week's CHF Challenge Chicks Challenge was to pick one member of the design team and case either 1) something from their gallery OR 2) their style. This has probably been the most intimidating challenge I've been a part of because I got to case THE Kim Hughes! :)

I really would like to BE Kim one day... but, if this is as close as I can get to that --- that's ok too! :) LOL! Kim's stamp line called my name from the very beggining... and was the spark that lead me to start designing with CHF. Her style is just so SWEET & FUN! And, after meeting her -- I discovered that her paper crafting style is a perfect replica of her personality. She is just so genuine and real. If you take a look at her online resume, you'll see that she has over 400 publications! She has her own stamp line... her own digital sentiments... embellishments (ooh! if I could just figure out where to buy that bling!) And... even with all of this success, she is so modest & down-to-earth. The first time she called me on the phone, I just about passed out. It was like I had picked up the phone and discovered the President was on the other line. :) I'm such a dork!

I was scrolling through Kim's gallery and was having a little trouble finding a card to case because so many of her cards have been picked up for publication! She just rocks!

The card on the left is by Kim Hughes. (Click here to see Kim's gallery) I love her clean, uncluttered style. She always knows how to pair colors and textures perfectly.

The blue card above is the card I created based off of Kim's 'thank you' card. I'm always looking for a good masculine card... and I think this card would be perfect for anyone.

I stamped & the tree image from the new Making the Grade set twice (once directly onto the card front & once onto lined paper) and then paper pieced the top portion. I love how the tree top coordinates with the Grid Paper Backgrounder. I used Waxy Flax to tie onto the ribbon & thread the buttons. I learned about Waxy Flax off of Kim's blog (she's made me buy a lot of things!) ;)

The card on the left is also one of Kim's. This card was recently published in CARDS magazine. I picked this one to case because I think it's a good example of Kim's style.

I think I share Kim's love of anything lined... and I love how she backed this card with notebook scrapbooking paper! It's gives great, subtle visual interest.

And... I would have to say Kim's signature color is red... or at least I know she likes it a lot. :) It's so bright and cheery! And... after taking one look at my blog, you'll see that I'm really drawn to red and white polka dots too! :)

One of the things I really love about Kim's style is how she creats those perfectly unexpected details on her projects. I love how she created the tab on the top of her card! And... wasn't that so clever how she placed a flower behind her circle panel? So smart!

This is the card I made based off of Kim's original design. Instead of using scrapbooking paper, I made my own 'patterned paper' by using some of CHF's Backgrounder stamps. I made a little file folder out of Kraft paper and decorated the card using more images from the Making the Grade set.

This is just a close up of the brad I found. PERFECTION!

And here is a close up of the file folder. Don't you just love that texture on the Core'dinations paper. (yeah. Another product that Kim has made me buy.)

Make sure you check out the other Designer Style Players! I can't wait to see what they've come up with!



Supply List:

(blue tree card)


- Making the Grade (the Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms (CHF)

- Grid Paper Backgrounder by CHF


- Zoom Collection (traffic) by Crate Paper

- Core'dinations Cardstock
- Ledger Me by Making Memories


- Charcoal fluid chalk by Color Box

- Stream Adirondack ink by Ranger


- Cogsmo ribbon by Cosmo Cricket

- Waxy Flax by ScrapWorks

- Mod Buttons by Autumn Leaves

(School Card)


- Making the Grade (the Kim Hughes Collection) by CHF

- Lined Paper & Polka Dot Backgrounders by CHF


- Kraft Cardstock by Prism

- Core'dinations Cardstock


- Chestnut Roan fluid chalk by Color Box

- Red Pepper & Pitch Black Adirondack ink by Ranger

- Versamark by Tsukineko


- Foo fa la Hall Pass kit (ribbon)

- Flower Ghost Shapes by Heidi Swapp

- School Days brad by Around the Block

- White Detail Embossing Powder by CHF

- Cornice Edge Punch by Martha Stewart

- Copic marker

- Small Corner Rounder by EK Success

- staples


  1. wow! you did such a fabulous job Julie!! I love them all, but I think my favorite is that little file folder!! too cute!

  2. Ilove them both Julie! Fabulous Kim-style cards! You rocked this challenge!

  3. Both totally adorable!! I love how you tied the ribbon on the first card and the little file folder on the second is just too cute!

  4. OK girl...your write up would make anyone is exactly how you described and I love how you have shown her style through these GORGEOUS cards you created. Julie, I don't think you too far behind her in style...I look up to you too!

  5. I agree... you're a stamping rock star in my eyes too! Wonderful blog post and fabulous projects!

    big hugs,

  6. FAB- YOU - LOUS cards! Love them!

  7. You really know how to make a girl blush. Thank you for making my day. :) I am honored that you chose to case my work. Your cards are absolutely adorable, just like you, awesome job.

  8. Yup, I wanna be like Kim too when I grow up (Smiles)....what a fabulous case! Love your colors and your style is in it that!

  9. Your cards here are awesome. Kim is one of my very favorite designers and you totally did her justice. Course you are also one of my favorites, so no suprise there! :)

  10. I love Kim's new stamps and YOU DID SUCH A COOL JOB!!! LOVE your cards.

  11. Love these cards - great stamp sets - I especially love the tree!

  12. OH JULIE! YOU ROCKED this! Your cards are wonderful! Your take on Kim's work is right on. I love that first tree card with those siggy buttons. The 'thank you teacher' card is wonderful, too! GREAT JOB!


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