Monday, July 6, 2020

The Card Concept- Introducing Our Summer Team!

Welcome to The Card Concept!  

We are so excited to announce that we will be continuing our bi-weekly challenge with a few of our Designers for the summer- woohoo!!

We normally take a break from our challenges at the end of June to give our Design Team the summer off, but this year, several of our Designers wanted to keep the fun going all summer long!  

With the pandemic and so many of us still staying at home, we hope that you will be inspired to create a card based on our challenges and join us!

Here is a group shot our our Summer Design Team and 
we have a short bio for each of our designers below....




Esther Asbury
Hello, my name is Esther and I live in the beautiful state of Virginia with my husband, daughter, and two spoiled rotten dogs. I've enjoyed many different hobbies over the years, but have recently narrowed my interest to mainly card-making/paper-crafts. I don't really have one definable style but instead enjoy trying new techniques and experimenting with different products. I hope my work will inspire you to be yourself and create beauty in your own unique way!

Hi! My name is Lesley and I live in Canada with my family. I’ve been crafting since 2007 and began blogging in 2009. I love to watercolour and I tend to create more clean and layered cards. I love playing with paper and ink!



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 stamping along with all of you!


Hi! I'm Nancy Penir, and I'm overjoyed to be part 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!


 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.


Anita Trippi
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!


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 so excited to get started with our summer session!  

Please stop back this Wednesday, July 8th at 8 am EDT to check out our Design Team cards along with our first summer inspiration photo challenge! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Card Concept #138 {Summer Fun}- It's Not Too Late!

Just a reminder that you still have plenty of time left to play along 
with us for the #138 {Summer Fun} Challenge!!! 

We would love to have you join us!

You have until 
Monday, July 6th at noon (EST) to 

link up your card to our gallery!  
Click HERE to join us!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Card Concept #138 {Summer Fun}

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 nautical
 theme to create this Clean and Layered card.


Tangii Crain
Tangii's card is on the way!



Lesley Croghan
Lesley's Inspiration: I was inspired by the gorgeous, 
masculine colours and the Nautical theme to 
create Clean and Layered card.


Julie Gearinger
Julie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the colors as well 
as the coastal feel to create a Mixed Media/
Shabby and Vintage card!


Michele K. Henderson
Michele's Inspiration:  I was inspired by the colors 
and all those tiny anchors, and used them in 
an easy breezy Clean and Layered card!


Nancy Penir
Nancy's Inspiration: The colors and the sea elements in 
the lantern inspired my Clean and Layered card.


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne's Inspiration: I was inspired by the starfish as 
well as the blue hues to create my 
Clean and Layered card.

Angel Rivera
Due to the pandemic, Angel is taking a break from 
the Design Team- she is spending quality time with her family 
and hopefully will be able to re-join the team in the fall. 



Mackie Robertson
Mackie's Inspiration: My Clean and Layered style Pop-Up 
card was inspired by the Nautical theme and 
the pretty blue colors in the photo!


Marcie Sharp
Marcie's Inspiration: My Clean and Layered card 
was inspired by the pattern on the tablecloth 
and the nautical theme and colours!



Anita Trippi
Anita's Inspiration: I was inspired by the sailboat image
for this Clean and Graphic style card.



Betty Wright


Betty's Inspiration: I was inspired by the colors, 
patterns and beach theme 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 and  Rule #4 (see above).  

The deadline to participate is 
Monday, July 6th at 12:00 pm EDT.

Our Challenge Winner and the Honorable Mentions will be announced on Wednesday, July 8th. 

We look forward to seeing your artwork in our gallery!



Winners #137 {Fun at the Lake}

Happy Wednesday!  Julie, here with the winners and honorable mentions for our #137 {Fun at the Lake} challenge!  

Wow, what another fabulous gallery!! We were so excited to see how all of you were inspired!

Our Design Team had a difficult time narrowing the winners down to only four, so we have five total winners- two main winners and three Honorable Mentions! 

Our Main Winners ...




     And our three Honorable Mentions ...




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


Tinstar Designs

MKCcreate


A. Rose


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! 
We hope you will join us in our next challenge that will be posted in one hour!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Challenge #137 {Fun at the Lake}- It's Not Too Late!

Just a reminder that you still have plenty of time left to play along 
with us for the #137 {Fun at the Lake} Challenge!!! 





We would love to have you join us!

You have until 
Monday, June 22nd at noon (EST) to 

link up your card to our gallery!  
Click HERE to join us!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Card Concept #137 {Fun at the Lake}

Welcome to The Card Concept!  

Before we get started with our new inspiration photo, 
we would like to introduce a new designer to our team,
 Lesley Croghan!  

Lesley is the original creator of The Card Concept Challenge (along with many other card challenges) and we are so excited to have her designing with us!


Lesley Croghan
Hi! My name is Lesley and I live in Canada with my family. I’ve been crafting since 2007 and began blogging in 2009. I love to watercolour and I tend to create more clean and layered cards. I love playing with paper and ink!

Welcome, Lesley!!
Now, back to our challenge :-)
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 fishing theme 
and colors to create this fun Mixed Media card.

Tangii Crain
Tangii's Inspiration: I was inspired by the blues 
and greens for my Clean and Layered card!

Lesley Croghan

 Lesley's Inspiration: I was inspired by the colors, the stripes
 and the colorful coffee cups to create a 
Clean and Layered card!
Julie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the colors, the textures 
as well as the various fishing gear to create a 
Mixed Media Father's Day card!

Michele K. Henderson
Michele's Inspiration:  I was inspired by the lantern, 
and the red, green, and yellow color palette 
for my Clean and Layered card.


Nancy Penir
Nancy's Inspiration:  Rustic and Vintage summer fun
 inspired my Clean and Layered card.


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne's Inspiration: I was inspired by the retro vibe of the 
metal signs as well as the colors and textures, to 
create my Shabby Chic and Vintage card!

Angel Rivera
Due to the pandemic, Angel is taking a break from 
the Design Team- she is spending quality time with her family 
and hopefully will be able to re-join the team in the fall. 


Mackie Robertson
Mackie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the forest to 
create my Clean and Layered style card.

Marcie Sharp
Marcie's Inspiration: My Clean and Layered card was 
inspired by the lake scene and the colours of nature. 


Anita Trippi
Anita's Inspiration: The Lake and all the fun there...
for my Clean and Layered slimline card!

Betty Wright
Betty's Inspiration: I was inspired by the colors and 
stripes on the two canteens for my 
Clean and Graphic Father's Day 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 and  Rule #4 (see above).  

The deadline to participate is 
Monday, June 22nd at 12:00 pm EDT.

Our Challenge Winner and the Honorable Mentions will be announced on Wednesday, June 24th.

We look forward to seeing your artwork in our gallery!