Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Card Concept #126 {Time To Celebrate}

Welcome back to The Card Concept

We hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and 
Happy New Year!! 

Before we show you our challenge photo, we would like to welcome another new designer to the team- LeAnne Pugliese!  

LeAnne is a fabulous designer and we are sure many of you have seen her beautiful artwork in our gallery as well as the other Design Teams that she has graced over the years!  We are so excited to have her on the team!

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!

Now, on to our first challenge for 2020!  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, 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 gold, the pearls, 
and the color of the candlelight to create this 
"Classy & Elegant" floral card.

Tangii Crain
Tangii's Inspiration: I was inspired by the colors 
and the gold shimmer for my 
Clean and Layered/ Mixed Media card!

Julie Gearinger
Julie's Inspiration: I was inspired by all of the clocks, the black 
and gold as well as the pearls to create a Classy & Elegant/
Mixed Media easel card! 

Michele K. Henderson
Michele's Inspiration: I love the combination of the black, gold, 
and pearl, and used that combination in my
Classy & Elegant card to kick off 2020!

Nancy Penir
Nancy's Inspiration: All the gold elements, shiny bright 
inspired my Classy & Elegant card with some layering too!

LeAnne Pugliese

LeAnne's Inspiration: I was inspired by the beautiful gold 
elements in the photo, as well as the vanilla candles
 to create a Clean and Layered card.

Angel Rivera
Angel's Inspiration: I was inspired by all 
the glitter plus the clock to create 
my Clean & Simple style card!

Mackie Robertson

Mackie's Inspiration:  I was inspired by the gold, copper & silver 
colors plus the sense of celebration in the photo to create
 my Clean and Layered/ Classy & Elegant style card!

Marcie Sharp
Marcie's Inspiration: The inspiration photo calls to mind 
New Year's Eve which I love and find awesome- 
and so my Classy & Elegant card uses an 'awesome' 
sentiment and a dramatic colour scheme with sparkle!

Anita Trippi

Anita's Inspiration: The entire picture inspired me!
The clocks, the glitz, the pearls and even the silver 

noisemaker in the background for 
my Clean & Layered/Classy & Elegant card.

Betty Wright
Betty's Inspiration: I was inspired by the circle elements, the gold,
 the silver, and the layout of the table to create 
a Clean & Layered/Classy & Elegant 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!

The deadline to participate is 
Monday, January 20th at 12:00 pm EST.

Our Challenge Winner and the Honorable Mentions will be announced on Wednesday, January 22nd.

We look forward to seeing your artwork in our gallery! 


  1. What brilliant inspiration ... gorgeous cards, thank you! Congratulations to LeAnne on joining such a great team ... and Happy New Year to all! Anita :)

  2. Welcome back ladies and thanks for the wonderful inspiration! Congrats to you LeAnne!