Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Challenge #27 {LOVE}

Welcome to The Card Concept! Each week we offer up a challenge for you to try, and we hope that you will create a card in one of the styles we have offered here.  The team is divided into the different styles and each designer explains how they were inspired by the challenge!  So come and join us and try your hand at a brand new "style" of card making or work in your comfort zone, it is totally up to you!


The styles are explained HERE.

This month we are focusing on Shabby/Chic Cards and our Guest Andrea Ewen! Andrea creates the most beautiful cards and I was absolutely delighted that she agreed to Guest with us for January! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us Andrea!


The designers have entered their cards below and they have explained the style they used and the way they were inspired...we hope the inspiration photo gets you in the mood to craft!

Shabby Chic Guest Designer



Clean & Simple

Kristie Goulet
The ombre colors and woodgrain inspired me!

Tracey McNeely
I was inspired by the ombre and the word love.


Clean & Graphic

Cindy Lovell
I was inspired by the LOVE of the inspiration photo

The stacked 'LOVE' letters and the ombre colors inspired my card.


Clean & Layered

Kerin Sylvester
I was inspired by almost every aspect of the inspiration photo: the colors, LOVE, and especially the dainty string of hearts.

Laurie Schmidt


The colors, letters and wood grain background inspired me!


Shabby Chic

Narelle Farrugia
I've used a combination of DSPs in different shades of pinks to create my card. I also went with the "Love" Theme from the inspiration pic.

Debbie Marcinkiewicz


I was inspired by the hearts, letters, banner and colors - pink and neutrals!

Freestyle Collage

Laura Jane

Ombre and wood background was my inspiration..LOVE the banners too!

Lea Lawson
What wasn't I inspired by?  The ombre & woodgrain, hearts, banner & word art all inspired my card.


Classy & Elegant
The playful ombre is so inspiring

I was inspired by the all the hearts and the word "Love".



Mixed Media

Yoonsun Hur
I was inspired by the ombre colours!

 Julie Gearinger
I was inspired by the colors of the ombre letters along with the woodgrain background. 

Our Rules
  1. Use the Challenge to create a card.
  2. Choose one of the design team "styles" to create your card. Click HERE for the different styles summary.
  3. Explain in your post which style you used.
  4. Link up your blog post here, not your whole blog.
  5. Comment on the card ahead of you and behind you in the linky. Everyone loves comments!
This challenge will end on Monday, February 2nd at Noon (PST).


One Year Anniversary Winners

Happy Wednesday! Lesley here! Wow! So much beauty in our one year celebration challenge! Thank you to everyone who joined us and helped us to celebrate! The team had a hard time picking winners!!! Congratulations to everyone who played along!


Challenge #27 goes live in one hour at 5:00 AM (PST).

If you are viewing this in Google Reader, please visit our blog, to see the winning projects, by clicking on the pictures.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Challenge #26 ~ Happy Anniversary! ~ There's Still Time!

Welcome to the Card Concept! 

You have one week left to join us in our anniversary challenge!!! Some of the team have created some more inspiration to get you in the crafting mood!!! Won't you join us?

Check out the gorgeous entries in the gallery so far, wow!


The current challenge ends on Monday, January 19th Noon (PST).

Click HERE to join us!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Card Concept #26 {Happy One Year Anniversary!}

One year of challenges already! Wow! Where has the time gone! Thank you to everyone who joins us to play along each week and thank you to our past designers, who inspired us with their wonderful creations!


This week we are hoping this picture inspires you to celebrate our One Year Anniversary with us! Feel free to use any of the styles of our team or better yet, share you own style by combining one or more of the styles. We want you to have fun and make a card in a style that you feel good about!

The styles are explained HERE.

The designers have entered their cards below and they have explained the style they used and the way they were inspired...

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This month we are focusing on Shabby/Chic Cards and I am excited to have Andrea Ewen joining us!!! Andrea creates the most beautiful cards and I was absolutely delighted that she agreed to Guest with us for January! Welcome Andrea! Isn't her card absolutely lovely!

Shabby Chic Guest Designer

Clean & Simple

Kristie Goulet
I was inspired by the flowers, colors and the stripes in the table cloth. 

Tracey McNeely
I was inspired by the delicate pink roses and elegant overall feel of the inspiration photo.

Clean & Graphic

Cindy Lovell
 I was inspired by the colors of the photo

My design was inspired by the angle of the lid on the box (top left corner) & the deep rich pinks within the roses.

Clean & Layered

Kerin Sylvester

I was inspired by the bouquet and soft pink colors of the inspiration photo.

Laurie Schmidt

The beautiful soft colors inspired me, I love the bit of blue in the photo!


Shabby Chic

Narelle Farrugia 
I love the softness of the pinks in the bouquet of flowers so I have used them on my card.

Debbie Marcinkiewicz
This week, I was inspired by the colors and theme from our beautiful inspiration photo!

Freestyle Collage

Laura Jane
I was inspired by the pinstripes and feminine colors. 

Lea Lawson
I was inspired by the colors {which are some of my faves} & the beautiful flowers.


Classy & Elegant

Angela Maine
Everything in the picture is inspiring including shape of package.

I was inspired by the beautiful flowers and stripes.

Mixed Media
Yoonsun Hur
 I couldn't resist using watercolours when I saw the beautiful flowers.

Julie Gearinger
I was inspired by the gorgeous flowers and colors :-) 

Our Rules
  1. Use the Challenge to create a card.
  2. Choose one of the design team "styles" to create your card. Click HERE for the different styles summary.
  3. Explain in your post which style you used.
  4. Link up your blog post here, not your whole blog.
  5. Comment on the card ahead of you and behind you in the linky. Everyone loves comments!

This challenge will end on Monday, January 19th at Noon (PST).


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Meet the 2015 Card Concept Design Team!

Happy New Year! Lesley here! Today I am excited to share the 2015 Card Concept Design Team! I am thrilled to be working with all of this inspiring designers. They are all lovely and talented too! It is a dream team for sure. We will be back tomorrow with our first challenge of 2015. It is also our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! WOW! Thank you to everyone who has joined us along the way!

We have some returning designers and some new faces! We also have a brand new STYLE Category!!! We have two Mixed Media designers on the team now!!!

Without further ado...here is the Card Concept Design Team for 2015:

Guest Designer Manager & Organizer
Clean & Simple Designer

Hi, I'm Tracey McNeely, and I am a Canadian girl that lives just out side of Toronto in Oshawa, Ontario. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 23 years and  have two fabulous kids Ben, 20, and Brooklyn, 17. I taught computer science and special education in high school for nearly 17 years when I had to leave my job because I was no longer able to manage my MS along with working. I have been making cards since my teens and scrapbooking now for about 12 years. I love to be in my studio playing with paper and stamps creating projects that are clean and simple. I am thrilled to be on this Design Team with some great friends and to be in a place where everyone is welcome.

Classy & Elegant Designer


Hello, I'm Angela and I live in Connecticut with my DH of 25 years, daughter and Bichon Coco. I have been crafty since childhood cutting out paper dolls from magazines and sewing for self and dolls. Scrapbooking was a passion for awhile until visiting my first Stamps and such store in New Hampshire in 2005. I made 250 Christmas cards that summer and haven’t stopped. I also enjoy traveling, tennis and yoga. What a treat to join such talented designers!


Freestyle Collage Designer

Hello, My name is LauraJane:) In the St. Louis, MO, area I'm living the DREAM with my husband of 22 years. We home school our 6 kiddos, ages 8 to 18, together. Art Therapy is my FAVORITE subject. Crafting is a HUGE part of my daily activities with paper and ink being my medium of choice since 2010. Before that I enjoyed baking, needle crafts and hook&yarn (not all at the same time:).

Thank you, Lesley,for asking me to join the DT for a few months in the freestyle/collage category! I'm honored to be here.
Classy & Elegant Designer

Hi! My name is Sheri and I live in Northern California with my husband of 21 years and our 15 year old son. I’m a SAHM who loves to create. I was first introduced to stamping just before the birth of my son and have never stopped. I currently design for By LORi Designs, Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge, i {heart} papers, The Deconstructed Challenge, and The Pink Elephant Challenge. Thank you so much, Lesley, for for asking me to join the DT in the Classy & Elegant category!! I'm super honored to be here.

Freestyle Collage Designer

My name is Lea Lawson, and I reside in {frigid} Fargo, North Dakota. I have been married to my husband for 12 years, and we have two adorable dogs. I am an engagement & wedding photographer, who also happens to be an avid paper crafter. I have "formally" been part of the paper crafting industry since 2002, and have been blessed to work as a creative team member for multiple manufacturers & stores over the years. My crafting primarily revolves around cards, but I also love to create gift packaging with my products and I dabble in digital scrapbooking.

Clean and Layered Designer

Hi! I'm Laurie and I live in Northern Minnesota. I started paper crafting 8 years ago when my hubby and I became empty nesters, and were looking for new hobbies. One day at work I was eating lunch and noticed a Stampin' Up catalog on the table. I took one look and was hooked! I have spent our long, cold Minnesota winters happily paper crafting ever since! I'm so excited to join the DT in the clean and layered category!
Clean & Simple Designer

Hi!  I'm Kristie Goulet and I live in Northern, NH with my husband of 18 years and 4 amazing children.  I am a SAHM who loves to create after our homeschooling day is finished.  I love making cards to send to family and friends.  I started my blog, Kreative Kristie, and am amazed at the friendships I have made.  I'm super excited to be on this design team with these very talented ladies and sharing my CAS style with you.
Clean & Graphic Designer

Hello fellow crafters! I'm thrilled to be back for another fun challenge season & excited as ever to be working alongside these super talented ladies!  I live in Dauphin, a small city in north central Manitoba, Canada with my DH Dan and our two cats. Playing in my craft room is THE only place to be during our freezing cold Manitoba winters! Once the warm summer sun starts to shine, I can be found playing in the yard and garden! I hope that my Clean & Graphic creations will inspire you!


 
Shabby Chic/Vintage Designer

My name is Debbie Marcinkiewicz, I am a wife and mother of two, wonderful sons!  I have been a crafter all my life and have dabbled in just about everything, but found my passion for paper crafting in 2004 and haven't looked back since!  I really find so much joy in inspiring others through my tiny, handmade from the heart shabby little treasures! I am honored to have the opportunity to design for the Card Concept challenges and I hope I inspire you to create something pretty today!


Clean and Layered Designer

My name is Kerin Sylvester, and I live in Massachusetts with my husband Jeff and our two terrific sons, Ben and Nick. I work in an accounting office by day, and love to make cards at night. I have been stamping for about 9 years, but only in recent years discovered my addiction to Copics. I am beyond thrilled to be designing on the Card Concept team, and hope you enjoy my clean and layered designs!

Clean & Graphic Designer

Hi, I'm Cindy Lovell. I was born in California but grew up and still live in Germany. I am married for almost 14 years and we have two wonderful girls, Jamie ( 13 ) and Emily ( 9 ).

I have been crafting since my Mom taught me how to crochet when i was only 3 years.I had my hands on almost everything craftable. I discovered Digital Scrapbooking back in 2005,short after i started Paper Scrapbooking.I started making cards in 2006 and became very addicted.

I am very happy to be a part of this great Team with a bunch of amazing and talented Ladies!

Shabby Chic/Vintage

Hi! My name is Narelle Farrugia and I live in Melbourne Australia.  I'm married and have two boys aged 17 and 14.  I fell into cardmaking just over 6 years ago after deciding to make a scrapbook album for my mum's birthday.  Before that, I never had any interest in crafting and back then if you gave me something to cut I would hand it back saying "I'm left handed and can't cut straight - you better do it".  Don't know how it happened as now I fussy cut everything, I'm totally addicted to challenges and want to spend all my spare time in my craft cave. I'm so excited to be creating with this team of talented ladies and can't wait to share my Vintage/Shabby creations with you!

Mixed Media Designer
Hello, I’m Yoonsun Hur a South Korean-born Australian and I live in Sydney with my husband. I am still learning and enjoying true Australian culture. I love being creative!! I really love making cards with awesome stuff such as stamps, inks, and many more. I have been working as a graphic designer since 2000 and this career has helped me in many ways when designing cards. I endlessly want to make various attempts and share my creativity with you. I am so excited to be a part of The Card Concept Team!


Mixed Media Designer

I am blessed to be the wife to my best friend for over 30 years and currently work from home as a Staff Accountant. Since childhood I have been artistic and in 1999 attended my first Stampin' Up! party. I immediately knew that this would be a great way to show others that they could be artists so to the surprise of my upline, I signed up that very night and have been a demonstrator every since!  I tend to design late at night and am fortunate to have two beautiful “kitties” as my constant companions.  I feel so honored (and excited) to be part of the Card Concept Design Team and am looking forward to seeing all of your creations each challenge!


Challenge Creator & Challenge Designer

Hi there! My name is Lesley Croghan. I am a primary school teacher and I am from Canada. I am happily married to my hubby, Corey and we have two fur babies, Rolley the Rocket dog and Penney the Princess puddy! I started making cards in 2007 and then began blogging my cards in 2009. My passion for card making and card making challenges inspired me to create my own card challenges online. I am also passionate about the performing arts and spent many years singing professionally. I am so happy to be working with this inspiring team!

We hope to see you tomorrow at 5am (PST) for our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY Challenge and to meet our Guest Designer for January!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Challenge #25 - Winners

Hello Tracey here with the winners of The Card Concept Challenge #25 - Silent Night Neutrals. This was the final challenge of 2014! We were so excited to see so many wonderful and unique tag creations this challenge.  Each of us has chosen a tag that we liked the bet but not necessarily in our own design style.  Often we are inspired by designs in a style completely opposite to ours and then we make it our own!  Thank you for your inspiration!



Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Challenge #26 goes live on January 7th at 5:00 AM (PST). See you there!


If you are viewing this in Google Reader, please visit our blog, to see the winning projects, by clicking on the pictures.





Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Challenge #25 ~ Silent Night Neutrals ~ There's Still Time!


There is still plenty of time for you to play along with our current challenge - to be inspired by the colors in this sweet photo! You could be inspired by the shapes, textures, or even the theme!

This challenge will end Monday, December 22nd at noon (PST).

There are lots of fabulous entries already, check them out if you'd like some inspiration to get you started! 



Here is a reminder of our rules if you'd like to join in the fun:

1. Use the challenge to create a card

2. Choose one of the design team "styles" to create your card. Click HERE for a summary of the different styles.

3. Explain in your post which style you used. 

4. Link to your blog post for this challenge only, not your whole blog. 

5. Comment on the card ahead of you and behind you in the linky. Everyone loves comments!

Click HERE to link your creation!