Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Card Concept #36 & Introducing new Design Team Members!

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!

Before we get to this week's challenge, we have three new designers we are excited for you to meet! Welcome ladies!

{CAS Designer}

"Hi there! I'm Sandie and I am passionate about making cards. I started crafting a few years ago and once I started I couldn't stop! My style is Clean and Simple. I am happiest when I have created a card with just stamps and inks and lots of white space! When I am not crafting, I like to walk, grow my own vegetable, and watch movies. I live in London and I love to explore all that it has to offer!

{CAG Designer}

Hi There! I'm Shannon K Jaramillo (pronounced Har-a-me-yo) and I live in Southern California. I have always been a crafty person who discovered scrapbooking while my boys were young. I discovered card making and stamping in particular in 2010 and have been making cards ever since! I am an empty nester and spend my spare moments in my crafting room.  The creative process brings me great joy, as does organizing all of my beloved tools, stamps and papers. Oh! and ribbon and embellishments, we mustn’t forget about those! My style has been defining itself over the years until now I find myself tending toward clean and simple/layered/graphic but I do LOVE pretty papers and sparkles!

(Classy & Elegant Designer)

Hi! My name is Vicki Burdick and I live in Southwest Missouri with my husband of 38 years.
We have one daughter and sadly no grandbabies yet! I have been a crafter most of my life but a paper crafter since early 2004 when I attended a Stampin' Up party with a friend and the rest is as they say history. I love to color and make pretty things. I am thrilled to be joining the Card Concept design team!

This week we are serving up cupcakes 
but you can be inspired by:

The colours, the textures, the food, the layout of the cupcakes and so on!

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.

May Clean & Simple Guest Designer




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


Clean & Simple

Kristie Goulet
The colors and cupcakes inspired my CAS card.

Sandie Munro


I was inspired by the long thin straws, colours and cake!



Clean & Graphic

Geri Greening


I was inspired by the striped straws & the vibrant green on the cupcake liners.

Shannon Jaramillo
 I was inspired by the bright color and graphic patterns!


Clean & Layered

Kerin Sylvester
I was inspired by the colors and cupcake theme.

Laurie Schmidt
I was inspired by the colors!

Shabby Chic

Narelle Farrugia
I carried the green, white & gray over from the inspiration pic. 

Debbie Marcinkiewicz

 I was inspired by the colors, cupcakes with white frosting and straws!


Freestyle Collage

I was inspired by the color green and pretty white frosting.

Cindy Lovell
 I was inspired by the cupcakes and colors

Classy & Elegant

Vicki Burdick
I was inspired by the green and white colors and the texture of the cupcake liners.

I was inspired by the Green & White color combo!


Mixed Media

Yoonsun Hur
 I was inspired by the colours and diagonal striped paper straws!

Julie Gearinger
I was inspired by the colors and the gorgeous frosting swirls. 
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, June 8th at Noon (PST).






Winners and a Farewell

Happy Wednesday! Lesley here! Wow! Thank you to everyone who joined us! The team had a hard time picking winners!!! Congratulations to everyone who played along!

Before we get to the winners this week we have some news to share! First of all, I wanted to let you that we have three designers leaving us. Real life comes first and I am sad to say farewell to Angela Maine, Lea Lawson and Tracey McNeely. All three ladies have had to step down from designing for personal reasons. We will miss you ladies! Thank you for your hard work, inspiration and dedication. 

Tracey will be staying on until the end of June as our Guest Designer coordinator. I have been so fortunate to have Tracey as my friend and co-partner on this challenge! She has done so much to make it work well. Thank you dear friend. You will be missed.

The winners have been listed below. We will be back with a new challenge in one hour and we will be introducing some new teammates. 

Challenge #36 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, May 20, 2015

Card Concept #35 {Frilly & Fabulous} ~ There's Still Time!

Welcome to the Card Concept! 

You have one week left to join us in our challenge, based on the inspiration photo below!!!  Won't you join us?



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



The current challenge ends on Monday, May 25th at Noon (PST).

Click HERE to join us!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Card Concept #35 {Frilly & Fabulous}

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!


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.

May Clean and Simple Guest Designer


Shelly Kurth 

This month we are focusing on Clean and Simple designs. For the month of May we have talented Shelly Kurth joining us. If you haven't visited her blog,  Simply Sweet Greetings, you are in for CAS delight. CAS design is very often misinterpreted as being easy, it is anything but. Often CAS designs take every bit as much time as any other design style, if not longer, to complete. Balancing white space, patterns, colours and difficulty to find the perfect blend is very challenging. Shelly's blog is full of designs to learn this design style from.


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


Clean & Simple

Kristie Goulet
 The colors of the flowers inspired my CAS design.

tracey_CC#35

Clean & Graphic

Geri Greening

The cupcake icing & the silver fork inspired the colors on my card.

(coming soon)


Clean & Layered

I was inspired by the pretty flowers and distressed wood.

Laurie Schmidt
I was inspired by the colors of the cupcakes!

Shabby Chic

Narelle Farrugia
I took inspiration from the colours and the woodgrain for my card. 

Debbie Marcinkiewicz

 I was inspired by the flowers, tulle, colors and weathered wood pattern for my design this week!


Freestyle Collage

Laura Jane
I simply wanted to re-create the whole SCRUMPTIOUS rose cupcake scene!!


Cindy Lovell 
  I was inspired by actualy everything of the inspiration photo

Classy & Elegant

Angela Maine
Dark wood, soft roses and crinoline - all are uniquely inspiring

I was inspired by the flowers and woodgrain backdrop!

Mixed Media
Yoonsun Hur
 Beautiful pastel coloured icing is so inspiring!

Julie Gearinger
I was inspired by the soft colors and gray in 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, May 25th at Noon (PST).




Card Concept Winners

Happy Wednesday! Lesley here! Wow! Thank you to everyone who joined us! The team had a hard time picking winners!!! Congratulations to everyone who played along!




Challenge #35 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, May 6, 2015

Card Concept #34 {Pretty Paper Packaging} ~ There's Still Time!

Welcome to the Card Concept! 

You have one week left to join us in our challenge, based on the inspiration photo below!!!  Won't you join us?



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



The current challenge ends on Monday, May 11th at Noon (PST).

Click HERE to join us!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Card Concept #34 {Pretty Paper Packaging}

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!


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.


April Mixed Media Guest Designer

Maria Fischer

Thank you Maria for joining us this month.

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


Clean & Simple

Kristie Goulet
 I was inspired by the pink polka dots and blue stripes.



I was inspired by the tag and the pretty flowers.


tracey_CC#34
I was inspired by the flowers and tags in this pretty packaging ensemble.


Clean & Graphic

Geri Greening
I chose to focus on the deep shades of vibrant pink & blue in the flowers.

Lea Lawson
I was inspired by the floral tag, & chose to recreate one with stamps!


Clean & Layered

Kerin Sylvester
The polka dots inspired me to create a shaker card with sequins.



Shabby Chic

Narelle Farrugia
Sometimes I choose a few things from the inspiration pic - this time I found I carried over almost all of the colours and patterns from the picture!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz

 Oh my gosh -- LOVE this gorgeous inspiration board!  I was inspired by everything ... the color palette, the flowers, the stripes, the polka dots!  Right up my shabby little alley!


Freestyle Collage


Cindy Lovell
I was inspired by the colors,polka dots and stripes

Classy & Elegant

Angela Maine
Inspiration abound! I love the colors and stripes.
I was inspired by the pink polka dots and beautiful roses!

Mixed Media

Yoonsun Hur
 I was inspired by the colours and beautiful vintage roses!

Julie Gearinger

I was inspired by the colors and the flowers!
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, May 11th at Noon (PST).