Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Card Concept #64 {Pretty Things}- There 's Still Time!




Just a reminder that you still have plenty of time left to join us in The Card Concept #64 {Pretty Things} Challenge!!! There are fabulous entries in the gallery so far! Won't you join us?

We'd love to see your card creations using the photo above as inspiration and you will have until Monday, January 16th at Noon (EST) to link your card to our gallery. 

Click HERE to join us!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Card Concept #64- Pretty Things

Happy New Year!!  Welcome to The Card Concept!  Every two weeks we post our inspiration photo challenge and hope you will join in with us by creating a card for our challenge gallery.  Please feel free to use any of the styles we have defined or create your own with a combination of styles.  We want you to have fun with our inspiration!



Our design team members will also be selecting a style and will explain how they were inspired by the challenge.  So come and join us!  We'd love for you to try your hand at a brand new style of card making or feel free to work in your comfort zone.  It is totally up to you!

The styles are explained HERE.

Now for the design team and their inspiration:

Becca's Inspiration- I loved the idea of mixing gold patterns and black & white patterns. I also loved the pink flowers that softened the overall feel of the picture.

Karen's Inspiration- I loved this image and was so inspired by the gold stripes, the black irregular dots, the peonies and the black keys. I believe this card falls in the Classy and Elegant category.

Julie's Inspiration- I just love the gold, white and black elements in our challenge photo and decided to incorporate them into my Parisian Postcard "Freestyle Collage-Mixed Media" card.

Michele’s Inspiration- For my Freestyle Collage card, I wanted to bring in rich, luxe gold tones, dots, a splash of pink and of course, a kitty! What could be prettier?

Maureen’s Inspiration- My Clean and Layered card was inspired by the "hello lovely," the flowers and the black and white and gold and white patterns.

Susan’s Inspiration- I was inspired by the colors, the flowers and the word hello to make this CAS card.

 Rahmat’s Inspiration- I was inspired by the colors, the flowers for my CAS card.

Mackie’s Inspiration- I was inspired by the gold, black and pink colors for my Classy & Elegant style card.

Laurie’s Inspiration- I was inspired by the pink, black and grey colors in the photo.

Julee Tilman
(taking off for this challenge- please stop by and say "hi") 

Jennifer's Inspiration- I was inspired by the gold plus the pink flowers for my Clean and Graphic card.


Our Rules:

1.  Use the challenge inspiration to create a card.
2.  Use one of the challenge styles to create a card (or if you prefer, combine a few styles).
3.  Explain in a post which style or combination of styles you used.
4.  Link your post using our linky (please link to the actual post on your blog and not just your blog).
5.  Comment on the cards ahead of you and behind you in the linky.  Everyone loves comments!


This challenge will close on Monday, January 16th at 3:00 pm Eastern Time.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year and Welcome to Our New Designers!

Happy New Year!!  We hope all of you are having a great New Year so far!  This year we are welcoming two very talented ladies to The Card Concept Design Team- Becca Cruger and Susan Powell!  We have asked each designer to share a bit about themselves and we are looking forward to sharing their creations with all of you!  We hope you will join us in giving them a warm welcome!!



Becca Cruger

I've been crafting ever since I discovered how to attach glitter to paper! You'll frequently find me with ink all over my hands because I LOVE working with messy products - especially Ranger Distress products. I am the owner of Damsel of Distressed Cards in Grand Forks, ND and teach card making and mixed media art classes. I also design stamps for STAMPlorations. My card designs are very eclectic and my favorite way to create is by layering and incorporating mixed media.



Hi there! My name is Susan. I live in a small town in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada with my husband of 25 years and one of our daughters (who is getting ready to go off to University). Our other daughter left a few years ago and is almost finished her schooling. There aren't any craft stores where I live but thankfully there's the internet or I'd go crazy. My husband and my kids would tell you that's not a long trip - haha. By day I'm an Education Assistant in the town high school (we only have one) and by night I'm a stamper. I love all styles of cardmaking but usually find myself gravitating towards the CAS style. 

I'm super excited to be joining The Card Concept Design Team as a designer!

Thanks for visiting and we hope you will be back tomorrow for our first  challenge in 2017!! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winners #64- Love and Joy

Happy Wednesday, Julie here and again, what a wonderful gallery for our 
"Love and Joy" Challenge!

Again, thank you to everyone who joined us!  We are always so impressed by all of your gorgeous creations!! Even with the busy Christmas season, you were able to grace our gallery with so many lovely entries and I know I have already said this before, but each week, it is becoming so difficult for our Design Team to narrow the choices down to four- congratulations to everyone who played along!


Our main Challenge Winner was chosen by the entire team and 
this week's winner is....




We also have some Honorable Mentions...











Again, congratulations to all of the winners !!
Please be sure to click on the winning photos to visit their blogs to see how they created their cards and, if you have time, leave them some "love" :-) 

Just a reminder that this was our last challenge for 2016- we will be back on 
January 4, 2017 with a new challenge for the New Year!! 

We hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas holiday and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Card Concept #63 {Love & Joy} ~ There's Still Time!

Welcome to the Card Concept! 


You still have plenty of time left to join us in our Love & Joy holiday themed challenge!!! There are fabulous entries in the gallery so far! Won't you join us?

We'd love to see your creations using the photo above as inspiration!


The current challenge ends on Monday, December 12th at Noon (PST).

Click HERE to join us!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

CC#63-November 30- Love & Joy

Welcome to The Card Concept!   Our inspiration photo challenge is a bi-weekly challenge and we hope that you will create a card in one of the styles we have offered here.    

Before we proceed to the inspiration photo, just a reminder that this will be our last challenge of 2016 and we will be back on January 4, 2017 with a brand new challenge as well as some changes :-) 

One of the changes for the New Year is that several of our designers are stepping down from the Design Team and we are so sad to say “goodbye” to Sandie Munro, Alison Barclay, Kerin Sylvester and Lilian Forsyth.  Many of these ladies have been with the team from the beginning of The Card Concept Challenge and we have loved designing with them over the years! 

I know that they have inspired us with their gorgeous creations and we wish them all of the best in the New Year!  Thank you so much ladies for all of your hard work and dedication to The Card Concept!

But, the good news is that we will have a few new designers joining our team in 2017 and will introduce them to you with our next challenge as well as a bit of a surprise!  

Now onto our fun “Love and Joy” Challenge:



Isn’t this photo just so warm and cozy? Each designer explains how they were inspired by the challenge and has designed a card in one of the style categories!

Please 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 love.

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.





November Shabby Chic Guest Designer

I was inspired by the gingham chair and all of the wispy pine!!


Clean & Simple


I was inspired by the 'Joy' panel and the ferns


I was inspired by the pine and the white. 



Clean & Graphic

(taking a break, please stop by and say "hi")


Jennifer Timko
I was inspired by the colors and the blanket patterns.

Clean & Layered

I was inspired by the fabric on the armchair and the holiday decor.


I was inspired by the cozy scene and colors.

Shabby Chic

I was inspired by the Joy Banner, the colors along with the white.  
I was inspired by the colours, the plaid, the banners, and the word "Joy!"

Freestyle Collage

I was inspired by the 'JOY', the brick and the foliage.

I was inspired by some of the items in the photo, and the things that
 bring me love and joy too!



Classy & Elegant


I was inspired by the greenery and the large banners (JOY and WISH)

Mackie Robertson
I was inspired by JOY and the pretty greenery in the photo.

Mixed Media

I was inspired by the banner and pine garland hanging across the fireplace. 


I was inspired by colors and greenery.



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, December 12th at Noon (PST) and the winners will be announced on December 14th.  We hope all of you will have a chance to play along with us for the last challenge of 2016 and we will see you again on January 4th, 2017! 

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year- enjoy the holidays!!

Winners #63- Thanksgiving

Happy Wednesday, Julie here and again, what a gorgeous gallery for our 
"Thankgiving" Challenge!

Thank you to everyone who joined us!  Again, we are wowed by all of your creations!! Even with the busy week of Thanksgiving, you were able to grace our gallery with so many lovely entries and trust me, each week, it is becoming so difficult for our Design Team to narrow the choices down to four- congratulations to everyone who played along!


Our main winner was chosen by the entire team and 
this week's winner is....







And we also have some Honorable Mentions...













Again, congratulations to all of the winners !!
Please be sure to click on the winning photos to visit their blogs to see how they created their cards and, if you have time, leave them some "love" :-) 


Our new challenge will post in a few hours and we hope to see your artwork in our gallery!