Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Card Concept #140 {Fanciful Fall}

 Welcome to The Card Concept!  

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 the 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 Asbury
Esther's Inspiration: I was inspired by the brightly 
colored leaves  to create this Clean and Layered card. 


Tangii's Inspiration: I was inspired by the fun fall colors 
and those great leaves, for my Clean and Simple card.


Julie Gearinger
Julie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the fun colors
 and patterns on the leaves to create a Classy and Elegant/ 
Clean and Simple with a little bit of Mixed Media card:-)


Michele's Inspiration: I was so inspired by the beautiful 
layers of bright color along with the repeating shape of the leaves
for my Clean and Simple autumn card! 


Nancy Penir
Nancy's Inspiration: The colors, and the patterns 
of all those leaves inspired my Classy and Elegant 
with a bit of Mixed Media card.


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne's Inspiration: I was inspired by the layout 
of the leaves as well as the varied colors and fanciful 
patterns to create my Clean and Layered thankful card!


Angel Rivera
Angel's card is on the way!


Mackie Robertson
Mackie's Inspiration:  I was inspired by the beautiful 
and fanciful leaves to create my combination 
of styles Clean & Layered + Mixed Media card!


Marcie Sharp
Marcie's Inspiration: My Clean and Layered card was
 inspired by the patterns, colours and overall design 
of the inspiration photo. 
Anita's Inspiration:  I was inspired by the colors, shapes 
and overall design for this zentangled 
Clean and Graphic card!

Betty Wright
Betty's Inspiration: I was inspired by the assortment of colors 
and leaves for my Clean and Layered styled card.


The Card Concept Rules:
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 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!

FYI- We have noticed that recently a few of our entrants are not following our rules, especially Rule #3 , #4 and #5(see above).  

The deadline to participate is 
Monday, October 5th at 12:00 pm EDT.

Our Challenge Winner and the Honorable Mentions will be announced on Wednesday, October 7th.

We look forward to seeing your artwork in our gallery!


Winners #139 {Summer Harvest}

 Happy Wednesday!  Julie, here with the winners and honorable mentions for our #139 {Summer Harvest} challenge!


Wow, what another wonderful gallery!  Truly, each of your cards could be the winners and you make it so difficult for us to choose! Thank you so much for playing along with us!

Again, we had several ties with our Design Team voting, so we have chosen two Winners and four Honorable Mentions- woohoo!



...Listed in order that they appeared in the gallery...


Vicky



     And our four Honorable Mentions ...




...Listed in order that they appeared in the gallery...


Cat C




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 new challenge!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Card Concept #139 {Summer Harvest}- There's Still Time!

        Just a reminder that you still have plenty of time left to play along with us

                          for the #139 {Summer Harvest} Challenge!!! 




We would love to have you join us!

You have until 
Monday, September 21st
 at noon (EDT) to
link up your card to our gallery!  
Click HERE to play along!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Card Concept #139 {Summer Harvest}

Welcome to The Card Concept!  


We are so excited to be back with our full Design Team for our Fall/Winter session!

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 the 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 Asbury
Esther's Inspiration: I was inspired by the chalkboard
and the sunflowers to make this Mixed Media gate-fold card.




Tangii Crain
Tangii will be joining us in our next challenge!


Julie Gearinger
Julie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the little bee image on the 
vase holding the sunflowers as well as the colors with 
all of the black accents plus the  striped pillows 
to create a Shabby and Vintage/Mixed Media card.



Michele K. Henderson
Michele's Inspiration:  I was inspired by that big sunflower,
of course, along with 
a few summer harvest colors too 

for my Clean and Layered card!



Nancy Penir
Nancy's Inspiration: The gorgeous fall sunflowers 
inspired my Classy and Elegant/ Mixed Media card.  


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne's Inspiration: I used the chalkboard, the 
sunflowers and all the greenery to create 
my Clean and Layered card!


Angel Rivera
Angel's Inspiration:  I loved the pop of the black and white 
stripes with the beautiful sunflowers for 
my Clean And Simple card.


Mackie Robertson


Mackie's Inspiration:  My Clean and Layered style card 
was inspired by the beautiful yellows and greens.



Marcie Sharp
Marcie's Inspiration:  My Clean and Layered card was 
inspired by the gorgeous sunflowers, the striped pillows 
and the script font on the chalkboard.


Anita Trippi
Anita's Inspiration:  The colors of black, white, yellow and
 green, and of course, the image itself for 
my Clean and Graphic card!

Betty Wright
Betty's Inspiration: I was inspired by the black and white stripes, 
the texture, and the sunflowers for my Classy and Elegant/
Clean and Layered styled card.


The Card Concept Rules:
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 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!

FYI- We have noticed that recently a few of our entrants are not following our rules, especially Rule #3 , #4 and #5(see above).  

The deadline to participate is 
Monday, September 21st at 12:00 pm EDT.

Our Challenge Winner and the Honorable Mentions will be announced on Wednesday, September 23rd.

We look forward to seeing your artwork in our gallery!



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Design Team!

Welcome back to The Card Concept!  We hope all of you had a wonderful summer and we are so thrilled to have our whole team back with our bi-weekly challenges!

Another thanks to all of you who were able to participate with our summer session and to our Summer Design Team as well! We had a great turn-out and hope to be able to have summer challenges again in the future :-)

We will be resuming our Fall/Winter challenges starting next week on
Wednesday, September 9th  at 8 am EDT, but in the meantime, 
 we wanted introduce you to our wonderful 2020 Design Team!

The Card Concept 2020 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!




Hello, my name is Tangii and I love Latte's and makin' pretty things!  I love stamping/paper crafting, coloring, quilting and decorating my home.  I live in my dream home in Southern Nevada with my amazing Hubby, my Favorite child (our blonde lab, Huck) and a sprinkling of my kiddos, lol (one lives with us full time, one is frequently away at College and one is most frequently here though her home is up the road, lol).  One of my newest loves is traveling with my Hubby, a hobby we've taken up now that the kiddo's are "grown"... and I #LoveThisLife 


Julie Gearinger

Hi Everyone!  I’m Julie- I live in Maryland with my wonderful husband of 37+ years and our beautiful "fur-baby", Victoria.  I have been artistic all of my life and love creating cards, sewing, 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!



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!


Hi all!  My name is Angel and I am from Louisiana but live just north of San Antonio, TX with my hubby of over 22 years and the two youngest of our three boys (19, 16, and 13). I started out as a scrapbooker way back in 1998 (decorative-edged scissors, anyone??), then slowly moved over to card making about 11 years ago.  I feel my style is mostly Clean And Simple (CAS) but every now and then I get a bit fancier ;)  I am thrilled to be part of The Card Concept Design Team!


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! My two children keep me busy with their interests and my husband and I enjoy geocaching with them. I'm an avid reader and lead the book club at our local library. 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. I enjoy creating felt flower creations and spray-painting and adding glitter to anything in our house the family will allow.


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!


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 Fall/Winter session- stop back again next 
Wednesday, September 9th at 8 am EDT for our first challenge!!

Winners #138d {Sunset at the Seashore}

Happy Wednesday!  Julie, here with the winners and honorable mentions for our #138d {Sunset at the Shore} challenge!

We were excited to see how you would be inspired by the challenge- so many creative ideas! 

We know that the end of summer is a very busy time and while our gallery entry count was down a bit, all of your cards were gorgeous- thanks so much for playing along!

As a Design Team, it is truly difficult to pick our winners and since entry count was below twenty, we are choosing one Main Winner and Two Honorable Mentions....



     And our two Honorable Mentions ...




...Listed in order that they appeared in the gallery...


Ishani


Robyn Rasset

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.  

Thanks again to all who played along with us this summer! 

We will be back in an hour to introduce our Fall/Winter Design Team and our new Fall Challenge will start on Wednesday, Sept. 9th!