Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CC#72-April 26th- {April Showers}

Welcome to The Card Concept!  We are about to start our new "April Showers" Challenge, but before we announce the details, we want to take a moment to say farewell to Laurie Schmidt!  She is stepping down from the Design Team here at The Card Concept and we are going to miss her!!

Thanks Laurie for the inspiration you have been to all of us for the past two years!  You can let Laurie know that you will miss her as well and check out her creations on her blog!

 Now, on to our new inspiration challenge!


Isn't this a gorgeous photo?  Lesley, our challenge creator, finds the most inspirational pictures, doesn't she?  So what inspires you from this picture?  The colors, the flowers, the polka dots, umbrellas, boots- whatever inspires you, we hope you will create a card style (or styles) and share your card with us!

Our design team members will also be selecting a style (or combination of styles) and will explain how they were inspired by the challenge.  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!

The styles are explained HERE.

Now for the design team and their inspiration:


Becca's Inspiration: My Mixed Media card sprung from the polka dotted patterns and some of the colors. I loved those adorable rain boots, and brought out my umbrella to match. 


Karen's Inspiration - My Mixed Media card was inspired by the vibrant flowers, the blue polka dot boots and the cream splodgy background.

Vicki's Inspiration - I was inspired by the bright colors and the gorgeous flowers to make a Mixed Media Card.

Julie's Inspiration- I was inspired by the flowers, polka dots and gorgeous colors to create a Mixed Media/Classy and Elegant card. 

Kim's Inspiration - I was inspired by those wonderful polka dots on the rain boot and the bright flowers that are popping out of them for my Clean and Graphic card. It's like springtime on a table top. 


Michele's Inspiration - I was inspired by the tiny yellow umbrellas on the table and the idea of April Showers in my Freestyle Collage card.

Nancy's Inspiration: Oh, those gorgeous, colorful flowers! My eye saw them and inspired my Classy and Elegant card.

Maureen's Inspiration: The colours, flowers, and polka dots inspired my Clean and Layered creation.

Susan's Inspiration: I was inspired by all of it - the boots, the polka dots, the flowers, the umbrellas - the whole image was inspiring for my Clean and Simple card.

Angel's Inspiration:  I loved the colors and all the flowers and created a Clean and Layered card. 

 Mackie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the fun rain boots filled with pretty flowers for my Clean and Graphic card!

Laurie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the fun boots, flowers and colors for my Clean and Layered card!

Julee's Inspiration: I took my inspiration for this Clean and Layered card from the polka dots and the bright, happy colors!

Veronica's Inspiration: My inspiration came from the lovely bouquet of Spring flowers, and the polka dot boot for my Clean and Layered card. I love those happy little gnomes!

Our Rules:

1.  Use the challenge inspiration 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.
4.  Link your post using our linky (please link to the actual post on your blog and not just your blog).
5.  Comment on the cards ahead of you and behind you in the linky.  Everyone loves comments!

This challenge will close on Monday, May 8th 
at 12:00 EDT.

Winners #71- Fresh Flutters

Happy Wednesday, Julie here and again, wow, you have all blown us away with your "Fresh Flutters" creations- we absolutely loved all of your cards! 

Again, thank you to everyone who joined us- we are always so inspired by your fabulous creations!! 

Once again, our Design Team had a difficult time choosing only four winners- and, as always, to us you are all winners!! 


Our main Challenge Winner was chosen by the entire team and 
this week's winner is....





We also have some Honorable Mentions...


Again, congratulations to all of the winners !!
Please be sure to click on the winning photos to visit their blogs to see how they created their cards and, if you have time, leave them some "love" :-) 

Our new challenge will post in an hour and we hope to see your artwork in our gallery!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Card Concept #71 {Fresh Flutters}- There's Still Time!


Just a reminder that you still have plenty of time left to join us in 
The Card Concept #71{Fresh Flutters} Challenge!!! 

We would love to see your card creations using the photo above as inspiration and you will have until Monday, April 24th at noon (EDT) to link your card to our gallery.  


Click HERE to join us!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CC#71-April 12th- {Fresh Flutters}

Welcome to The Card Concept!  We are about to start our new "Fresh Flutters" Challenge, but before we announce the details, we are so excited to introduce you to five new designers joining our Design Team here at The Card Concept!!

We asked each designer to share a little bit about themselves so you can get to know them better.  





Vicki Finger
Hi Everyone!  I'm Vicki — a wife, mom and Mimi to 12 grandkids. I am also Puppy Mom to Holly Noelle and Reese Mackenna, my two little Yorkies.  My hubby and I have been married for almost 33 years. I started out as a scrapbooker and Creative Memories Consultant in 1997. I dabbled in cardmaking very occasionally until May of 2015. Once I started my blog, Twinkling Paper Studio, on August 1st of 2015, I was "All In". I give a lot of "how to" information on my blog so that you can try to recreate a similar project if you like. My style is Classic and Elegant and usually pretty clean as well.  I hope I can inspire you in some way when you are creating. 


Hello….my name is Kim Heggins, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my hubby of almost 26 years and 25year old daughter.  I am so excited to be part of this incredible team.  I am a preschool program director/teacher and soon to be retired teacher, can't wait!   I started making cards when my daughter was born, I made her birth announcements and have not looked back. I love to sew, bake, scrapbook, quilt, cross stitch and making cards. I have a very supportive hubby and spend most of my free time in my Mickey Mouse themed craft room, I love everything Disney. My style is pretty much CAS with a twist, I love bright colors and just started using Copics and having so much fun!




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


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 joining The Card Concept Design Team!


Veronica Zalis
Hello! I am very excited to be joining The Card Concept design team! I have been a card maker for 14 years after being invited to a neighborhood stamp club. My style is usually Shabby Chic, but I enjoy mixing it up with different card styles as well. I am a SAHM of 3 children ages 9, 6, and 7 months. I love stamping and I love all of the friends I have made along the way! 


We hope you will extend a warm welcome to our new designers- we know that we are so thrilled to have them on the team!!

Now, onto our CC#71 "Fresh Flutters" challenge.  Just a reminder, that The Card Concept inspiration photo challenge posts every two weeks.  Please feel free to use any of the styles we have defined to create your card (or use a combination of styles)- we want you to have fun with our inspiration!





Our design team members will also be selecting a style (or combination of styles) and will explain how they were inspired by the challenge.  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!

The styles are explained HERE.

Now for the design team and their inspiration:



Becca's Inspiration: I loved the colors of the photo and the splash of white, which I brought into my design through a mixed media background created with Distress Oxides and Distress Spray Stains. Also - who doesn't love butterflies?!


Karen's Inspiration: The image is so beautiful as is, so my Freestyle card is my attempt to capture that.
Vicki's Inspiration - I was inspired by the gorgeous butterflies and the sort of dreamy look of the inspiration image. The gold embossed Vellum butterflies, shimmer mist, the glittered brads and sequins all add to the dreamy look for my Shabby Chic/Freestyle Collage card. 

Julie's Inspiration- The beautiful soft colors, gorgeous butterflies and texture of the baby's breath inspired me to create my Shabby Chic/Mixed Media card.

Kim's Inspiration - I was inspired by the pretty white flowers and changed the butterflies to wee dragonflies for a delicate look for my Clean and Layered card. 

Michele's Inspiration: I was really drawn to the texture of the flowers in the vase, and wanted something white and fluffy in my super CAS Clean and Layered card!

Nancy's Inspiration: The dreamy aqua jar, the white blooms and colored butterflies all influenced my take on the photo. Definitely the jar! Classy/Elegant with a bit of Mixed Media. (Inks & Embossing Paste)

Maureen's Inspiration: My Vintage/Shabby Chic card was inspired by 
the colours and darling butterflies.

Susan's Inspiration - I was inspired by the butterflies in all the whitespace of the flowers to make this Clean and Simple card.

Angel's Inspiration - I was inspired by the butterflies and colors to make this 
Clean and Simple card.

Mackie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the colors to make my Classy & Elegant style card.

Laurie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the butterflies for my Clean and Layered card. 

Julee's Inspiration: My Mixed Media card was inspired by the dreamy feel, the butterfly colors and the white flowers.

Veronica's Inspiration- I was inspired by the soft colors and beautiful butterflies for my 
Clean and Layered card. 

Our Rules:

1.  Use the challenge inspiration 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.
4.  Link your post using our linky (please link to the actual post on your blog and not just your blog).
5.  Comment on the cards ahead of you and behind you in the linky.  Everyone loves comments!


This challenge will close on Monday, April 24th at 12:00 EDT.





Winners #70- Purple Haze

Happy Wednesday, Julie here and again, wow, you have all blown us away with your "Purple Haze" creations- we loved all of your cards! 

Again, thank you to everyone who joined us- we are always so inspired  by your fabulous creations!! 

Once again, our Design Team had a difficult time choosing only four winners- and, as always, to us you are all winners!! 


Our main Challenge Winner was chosen by the entire team and 
this week's winner is....




We also have some Honorable Mentions...


Again, congratulations to all of the winners !!
Please be sure to click on the winning photos to visit their blogs to see how they created their cards and, if you have time, leave them some "love" :-) 

Our new challenge will post in an hour and we hope to see your artwork in our gallery!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Card Concept #70 {Purple Haze}- There's Still Time!

Just a reminder that you still have plenty of time left to join us in 
The Card Concept #70{Purple Haze} Challenge!!! 

We would love to see your card creations using the photo above as inspiration and you will have until Monday, April 10th at noon (EDT) to link your card to our gallery.  


Click HERE to join us!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CC #70 {Purple Haze}

Welcome to The Card Concept!  Every two weeks we post our inspiration photo challenge and we hope you will join us and create a card for our challenge gallery.  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!


Our design team members will also be selecting a style (or combination of styles) and will explain how they were inspired by the challenge.  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!

The styles are explained HERE.

Now for the design team and their inspiration:


Becca's Inspiration: I loved the variations of those glassy purples, so I brought it into my clean and elegant design. I also added in some of the glass elements through some opalescent sequins.

Karen's Inspiration: For my clean and layered card, I was very inspired by the color of the bottles and the fact they were glass. I also loved the hint of aqua in the inspiration.

Julie Gearinger
Julie's Inspiration: I was inspired by all of the purple bottles with the hazy texture for my Clean and Simple Mixed Media card.

Michele's Inspiration- I was inspired by the unique purple glass bottles and the tint of purple in my Freestyle Collage card.

Maureen's Inspiration: My Mixed Media/Freestyle Collage card was inspired by the brown, gold, and purple colours along with that sweet tag.

Susan Powell
Susan's Inspiration: For this clean and simple card I was inspired by the purple bottles

Mackie's Inspiration: My freestyle collage card was inspired by the purple and gold.

Laurie Schmidt
Laurie's Inspiration: I was inspired by the colors.

Julee's Inspiration: My mixed-media creation was inspired by those beautiful purple bottles with a hint of aqua thrown in.



Our Rules:
1.  Use the challenge inspiration 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 your post which style or combination of styles you used and link back to our challenge blog.
4.  Link your post using our linky (please link to the actual post on your blog and not just your blog).
5.  Comment on the cards ahead of you and behind you in the linky.  Everyone loves comments!


This challenge will close on Monday, April 10th at 12:00 noon EDT.