Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Card Concept #125 {Home for the Holidays}

Welcome to The Card Concept

Before we show you our challenge photo, we would like to say farewell to Pam Staples- she is stepping down from the Design Team to spend more time with her family.  We will miss Pam's beautiful cards and we wish her all the best in the future!  

 Plus, we are welcoming another new designer to the team- 
Anita Trippi !  We have enjoyed seeing Anita's artwork in our challenge galleries and we are so excited to have her on the team!

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 11 years in Durham, North Carolina. I have been married to my best friend for 44 years, We have 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren. Through the years I have been a Decorative Painter and quilter. That love of color translates now into card making! I enjoy mixed media with a somewhat clean and simple style. Let's see what we can create together!

Now, on to our new challenge!  As you know, 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, in addition to letting us know what inspired you from the photo, please let us know what style and/or styles you chose.  

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!

You will notice that our designers will also be selecting a style (or combination of styles) 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!

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

Now for the design team's inspiration: 

Esther Asbury
Esther's Inspiration: I was inspired by the red truck, black
 and white plaid, and snowflake to create this fun 
Mixed Media Christmas card.

Tangii Crain
Tangii's Inspiration: I just LOVE that buffalo check!!!  
The colors, snowflakes and check really inspired 
my Clean and Layered card!

Julie Gearinger
Julie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the reds, greens as well 
as the black and white checked pillows to create a 
Classy and Elegant Mixed Media vintage style card.

Michele K. Henderson
Michele's Inspiration: I LOVE that bright red Christmas 
truck and had to include it in my 
Clean and Layered design!

Nancy Penir
Nancy's Inspiration: Black and White and Red with
 a hint of Christmas green inspired my 
Clean, Classy and Layered card.

Susan Powell
Susan's Inspiration: I was inspired by the plaid pillows 
and the overall theme of the card to make 
my Clean and Layered card!

Angel is taking a break for this challenge!

Mackie Robertson
Mackie's Inspiration: The buffalo checked patterns and
 the red, black and white colors inspired me to create
 my Clean & Layered style card.

Marcie Sharp
Marcie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the buffalo plaid 
along  with the cute red truck to create 
a Clean and Layered card.

Anita Trippi

Anita's Inspiration: My style is Clean and Layered and 
I was inspired by the checked pillows, the snowflake 
and the pops of pure white and green.

Betty Wright
Betty's Inspiration: I was inspired by the word sign, the
 snowflakes, the touches of gold with the Christmas tree lights, 
and the blue/gray tones in the background to
create a Clean and Layered card.

The Card Concept Rules:
1.  Use the challenge inspiration photo 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 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 graphic (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, December 16th at 12:00 pm EST.

Our Challenge Winner and the Honorable Mentions will be announced on Wednesday, December 18th.

We look forward to seeing your artwork in our gallery! 


  1. Fantastic takes on the beautiful photo inspiration!! Thank you! Hugs, Darnell

  2. I'm seeing some really cute projects here! My blog doesn't qualify this week, but I'll keep checking for ideas!