Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Card Concept #146 {Winter Warmth}- There's Still Time!

 Just a reminder that you still have a few days left to play along with us for the 

   #146 {Winter Warmth} Challenge!




We would love to have you join us!

You have until 
Monday, January 18th
 at noon (EST) to
link up your card to our gallery!  
Click HERE to play along!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Card Concept #146 {Winter Warmth}

                            Welcome to The Card Concept! 

Happy New Year!!  For those of you who are new to our challenge, every two weeks we will post our inspiration photo challenge and hope that you will join us by creating a card for our challenge gallery.  


Just a reminder, an inspiration photo is exactly that- a starting point for inspiration. Will it be the colors, the overall theme, the texture, the actual items and/or something else that will inspire your card? 


Choose a design style (or combine styles), create a card, and in your blog post, let us know what inspired you from th
e photo, what style and/or styles you chose and don't forget to display our inspiration photo and link back to our challenge :-)

At the end of the challenge, our Design Team will choose one Main Winner and at least three Honorable Mentions.  We will announce the winners here on our challenge blog, as well as our Facebook page and our new Pinterest board.  

Again, as we mentioned above, 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!

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!

In case you missed the link above, the styles are explained HERE.

Now for our Design Team's inspiration: 

Esther's Inspiration: I was inspired by the red cup and 
snowflakes to create this warm and cozy Mixed Media card.


Julie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the red and white as 
well as the images/textures to create my vintage style
 Clean and Layered card. 


Michele's Inspiration: I was inspired by the big, inviting 
coffee cup, and the idea of a warm and cozy home 
for my Freestyle Collage shaker card!


Karen's Inspiration: I was inspired by the entire photo, 
the cappuccino, the colors and the snowflakes to 
create this Fun Freestyle Collage card!


Nancy's Inspiration: The warm red cuppa inspired 
my Clean and Layered card.


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne's Inspiration:  I was inspired by the warmth of 
the cup, the Nordic elements, and the colors to create 
my Clean and Layered card this week!



Mackie will be taking a break for a while and 
will return as soon as she can!

Marcie's Inspiration: My Clean and Layered card was 
inspired by the Scandinavian/folk art feel to the coffee cup. 


Kim's Inspiration:  I was inspired by the red mug with 
the decorative foam, the square pattern on the mug, and
 by the warm coffee colors and sprinkles for 
my Clean and Layered card. 


Anita's Inspiration: The cup and colors inspired me 
to create this Clean and Layered card. 


Betty's Inspiration: I was inspired by the cup, snowflakes, 
and cocoa for my vintage inspired Classy and Elegant card.


The Card Concept Guidelines:

1.  Use the challenge inspiration photo to create a card- no back linking.

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 and what inspired you from our photo. 
 
4.  Link your post using our linky (please link to the actual post on your blog and not just your blog) and please display our inspiration photo in your blog post.  

5. We do not mind if you combine our challenge with others, but please do not combine ours with another inspiration challenge.  
 
6.  Please try to comment on the cards ahead of you and behind you in the linky.  Everyone loves comments!


The deadline to participate is 
Monday, January 18th at 12:00 pm EST.

Our Challenge Winner and the Honorable Mentions will be announced on Wednesday, January 20th.

We look forward to seeing your artwork in our gallery!
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FYI- We have noticed that recently a few of our entrants are not following our guidelines, especially  #3 , #4 and #5(see above).  

We have had to disqualify many entries lately and would love to be able to include all into our voting for Winner/HM!

If you would like to be included in our entries for possible Winner or Honorable Mention, please make sure you include our inspiration photo in your blog post, link to our challenge site and do not include any other inspiration challenges.  Thanks again for playing along with us!


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Design Team!

 Happy New Year and welcome back to The Card Concept!  We hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas/Holiday season and we are so thrilled to be back with our regular bi-weekly photo inspiration challenges!


We will be resuming our challenge starting tomorrow 
Wednesday, January 6th at 8 am EST, but in the meantime, 
 we wanted introduce you to our wonderful 2021 Design Team!

We are excited to announce two new designers to our team, Karen Ksenzakovic and Kim Singdahlsen!

Welcome Karen and Kim!!


The Card Concept January- June 2021 Design Team


Hello, my name is Esther and I live in the beautiful state of Virginia. I've been making handmade cards since 2005.  My style has developed and changed over the years, with my current love being textures and layers.  I belong to a card ministry that sends happy mail to hurting people all over the USA, so I send them out about as fast as I can make them. I hope my work will inspire you to be creative in your own unique way - and to brighten someone's day with an encouraging note in their mailbox!


Hi Everyone!  I’m Julie- I live in Maryland with my wonderful husband of 38+ years and our beautiful "fur-baby", Victoria.  I have been artistic all of my life and love creating cards, sewing, pen and ink drawing, watercolor painting and recently, vintage junk journals!  Since I love to experiment, my style tends to be a bit eclectic. Hopefully I will inspire you to create a card and join us!
Hi! My name is Michele. I have traded winter snow for some year-long sandy beaches here on Florida's Atlantic coast! My husband and I, along with our feline fur babies have found a new home here in tropical Florida where we love the beautiful beaches and the year-round golf! I've been artsy all my life but started card making a few years ago and fell in love with this wonderful crafting community.  I love working with layers of paper and color and am thrilled to join to be designing with The Card Concept!



Hello stampers!  My name is Karen Ksenzakovic and I am so excited to be a part of this creative team.  I live in central New Jersey with my husband of 32 years, 2 adult children and my almost 13 year young lab mix.  I have a soccer coach son and a daughter who is in college for Forensic Chemistry.  I've worked in accounting for over 35 years and also work for a Dog Bakery Boutique for the past 3 years.  I love to cook & bake and I've always done some kind of crafting. I've sewed, crocheted, knitted, cross stitched and have been doing paper crafting for about 15yrs when I was introduced to Stampin' Up!  I decided to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator 2 1/2 years ago and love it.  I love designing all styles of cards from clean and simple to collage and I've also done some scrap booking.  I love layering and especially love watercoloring and coloring with alcohol markers.


Hi! I'm Nancy Penir, and I'm overjoyed to be part of one of my favorite challenges, The Card Concept! Married, mom of 5, and grandmother of 11 darlings; 6 boys, 5 girls. I'd like to say my life's slowed down with an empty nest, but I've filled it with crafting! I love making cards, sewing, keeping up the garden, (we live on 2 1/2 acres), raising chickens, and watching it all grow! I've found the most wonderful community of talent and kindness through all of you. Nurturing our connection is my passion! Style? Making layers and patterns all work on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" canvas!


LeAnne Pugliese
Hi stampers!  I am excited to be a part of this creative team!  I have always enjoyed crafts of almost any sort, but I truly love stamping cards and mailing them to friends and family!  I discovered Stampin' Up in 1999, joined as a demo in 2002 and have been using ink, paper and stamps ever since!  I live in southeastern PA, have a patient husband, a wonderful daughter and son-in-law and a granddaughter that I am "training" to love crafts as well.  I would say I have an eclectic style, although I do love vintage as well as clean and simple!


Hello! My name is Mackie Robertson! I live in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina.  My very understanding of my stamping addiction , husband and I have been married over 40 years. We have a grown son and lovely daughter-in-law. I am a retired Dental Hygienist. I went to my first  Stampin' Up party several years ago and I have been inky ever since! I love ALL styles of stamping...from CAS to Mixed Media. If I'm not in my craft room creating something, then I am on Pinterest or Blogland looking at other's creations for inspiration!  I started my blog to share my creations, and  to hopefully inspire others to join this wonderful art form! Happy Stamping!


Marcie Sharp
I'm a fun-loving, dance party enthusiast living in rural Ontario that fills my time with creativity! I'm an avid reader, love binge-watching tv shows while I work in my crafty corner, and enjoy hanging out with my husband and kids. I work on our property growing flowers for bouquets that I sell at a roadside stand. My cardmaking style adapts to whatever mood I'm in. I range from feeling comfortable creating clean, bold designs with pops of colour and sparkle, to lots of layers and fussier designs. 


Hello! My name is Kim Singdahlsen and I live in Colorado with my husband and two cats. We have two college-aged sons - one is nearby, the other far away.  I fill my weekdays as an accountant for my local town government and weekends enjoying our Colorado mountains. Living in a household of men and spending my days with numbers and spreadsheets, is it any wonder that I love the world of cardmaking?! I am most comfortable in the Clean and Layered style - a fresh look but not necessarily simple!


Hi crafting friends! My name is Anita and I am so excited to be part of The Card Concept team. I am originally from Buffalo, NY but have lived for the last 12 years in Durham, North Carolina. I have been married to my best friend for 45 years, We have 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren. Through the years I have been a Decorative Painter, quilter and cross-stitcher. That love of color translates now into card making, paper crafting and for this year, 2021, more journaling. I enjoy mixed media with a somewhat clean and simple style. Let's see what we can create together!


Betty Wright
Hello, I am Betty. I am thrilled to design for The Card Concept Challenge. Inspiration Challenges are my favorite.  I live in North Carolina with my husband, Greg, and our two cats. I am a high school English teacher. I have two children. My daughter Erica is a nurse, and my son Dawson is in college. I feel I have always done some sort of crafting since I was a kid. However, I really started paper crafting when I was a stay at home mom. I started scrapbooking our memories which led to cardmaking.


We are looking forward to inspiring you to join us for our new 2021 session- stop back again tomorrow, Wednesday January 6th at 8 am EST for our first challenge!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

#HOL20 {Christmas Tree, Holiday Decorations or Fav 2020 Card} Challenge

 Just a reminder that you still have a few days left to play along with us for the

            #HOL20 {Christmas Tree, Holiday Decorations or                                                         Fav 2020 Card} Challenge!


We would love to have you join us!

You have until 
Monday, January 4th
 at noon (EDT) to
link up your card to our gallery!  
Click HERE to play along!

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Card Concept #HOL20 {Christmas Tree, Holiday Decorations or Fav 2020 Card}

                  Welcome to The Card Concept! 

 For those of you who are new to our challenge, every two weeks we normally post an inspiration photo challenge and hope that you will join us by creating a card for our challenge gallery. 

We will be giving our Design Team a well deserved break for the holidays, so we have an easy challenge for all of you for the next few weeks!  

Before we give you the details for the next challenge, we would like to say farewell to Tangii Crain.  She will be stepping down from the Design Team to spend more time with her family.

We will miss Tangii greatly, but know that she will continue creating beautiful cards- best wishes to you and your family, Tangii!

Also, we will be announcing two new Design Team members for 2021, so stay tuned!!

Now, on to our HOL20 Challenge!


For this challenge, we would like for you to share your favorite card that you created this year (any card that you designed) or a picture of your Christmas tree and/or holiday decorations.

This challenge will be our last one for 2020 and the gallery link will remain open until Monday, January 4th!


Now for the Design Team's favorite card from 2020 and/or Christmas tree/holiday decorations:


Esther's Inspiration:  My Willow Tree nativity -- 
My favorite decoration since it reminds me of the 
reason we celebrate this season!



Julie's Inspiration: It is difficult for me to choose a favorite card 
since I tend to spend hours creating each one, lol!  
I had fun creating this Mixed Media card with a distress oxide 
background technique and a bit of layering. 


Michele's Inspiration: This is my favorite card of 2020! 
It reminds me of our new home and life here in Florida, 
where we've said goodbye to all the snow and ice. We're doing 
a crabby happy dance as we celebrate the holidays, despite 
the difficult year we've all had. Merry Christmas! 


Nancy's Inspiration: This Santa was one of several I 
made a few years ago, and I look forward to placing him on 
our piano in the family room. Complete with tree, toys 
and presents, he's a focal point when you enter the room.


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne's Inspiration: This was my favorite card from 2020...
I love watching the birds from my craft room window, so this 
sweet little bird, combined with the soft colors of blue, yellow 
and gray, made it one that I enjoyed creating!  I would say 
that it is Clean and Layered.  



Mackie is taking a break for this challenge and
 wishes all of you Happy Holidays!
Marcie's Inspiration:  My Christmas tree this year is full 
of love and decorated with family style ornaments! Lots of 
fun ones from our childhood, handmade ones by our children, 
pretty baubles gifted to us...I just love it. 


Anita's Inspiration: This was my favorite card in 2020! 
Bright, colorful slimline water colored card. 
Happy Holidays to all!


Betty's Inspiration: This was my favorite card of 2020!  
I love the dramatic black background with pops of 
colorful flowers and touches of gold!


We look forward to seeing your entry in our gallery!

Since this challenge is just for fun, we will not be choosing a winner at the end of the challenge.  We hope that you will join us as our Design Team members will be taking a break for the holidays.  We will try to visit your blogs and leave comments, but if we are not able to do so, please know that we are thrilled to have you play along with us.  

The deadline to participate is 
Monday, January 4th at 12:00 pm EST.

We will return with our new Design Team for 2021 along with our regular inspiration challenge on January 6th, 2021!  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Winners #145 {Festive Celebration}

 Happy Wednesday!  Julie, here with the winners and honorable mentions for our

#145 {Festive Celebration} Challenge!

Wow, what a fun and gorgeous gallery!  We loved seeing all of your cards, and as we have mentioned many times before, each one of you could be winners! 
Thank you so much for playing along with us!

Our Design Team has voted, and again, we had a few ties 
so we have our Main Winner and Four Honorable Mentions....





     And four Honorable Mentions ...



 listed in order that they appeared in our gallery...






MKCreate


Congratulations to all of the our winners!!
Please be sure to click on the winner's names to visit their blogs to see how they created their cards and, if you have time, leave them some "love" :-) 

Just a reminder, this year we will be highlighting our winners and honorable mentions on our Facebook page as well as on our Pinterest board.  

We will be back in an hour with our last challenge for 2020!