Happy Mother’s Day with The Card Concept

Hello Friends,

It’s time to celebrate MOMS of all shapes and sizes with this month’s challenge from The Card Concept, Happy Mother’s Day! Take a look at our beautiful inspiration photo today!

There are so many beautiful elements to choose from in this photo, I didn’t know where to start. I do know, however, that any mom would love this bright and cheerful springtime bouquet. I chose to focus on the color palette from a few bright blooms, and the pretty blue and white tableware. So many of us are unable to celebrate with our moms with year, so instead, we must think about them every day, and send them our love from a distance.

Now it’s your turn to create a card or project in any style and link it up over at The card Concept. This design is Clean and Layered, but you may be inspired by mixed media, or Shabby Chic and Vintage, or Classy and Elegant. Show us what you can do, and include our link over to The Card Concept https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Welcome Wee One with The Card Concept #149

Hello Friends!

I am so glad you dropped by today to take a look at our newest challenge from The Card Concept, Welcome Wee One! Our challenge this week features beautiful hues of corals and blues, and a welcome to the newest wee ones in our family! You can get all the details, link up YOUR inspired Welcome Wee One project, and see more great inspiration and ideas over at The card Concept right here https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

I was inspired by the beautiful color palette, the flowers in the curtain, and the friendly owls on the wall for my Clean and Layered card. This little chick is ready to meet the world!

Now it’s your turn to design something new and fresh, link it up, and feature our card Concept challenge photo and you might be selected as our newest challenge winner!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Daring to Dream with The Card Concept #147

Hello Friends!

We have a really fun challenge for you this week over at The Card Concept! Today our inspiration photo and challenge is Daring to Dream. You can get all the details, see more great inspiration and ideas from our own daring design team, and link up your Daring to Dream inspired card over at The Card Concept right here https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

To be perfectly honest, whenI first saw the inspiration photo, I thought, okay, the artistically designed side table, suitcases, globes, it’s a travel thing. But when I sat down to work, and read the theme, Daring to Dream, I thought of the challenge in a different way. With a sheltered in place 2020, travel truly is a wonderful dream, whether it’s an exotic place or a nice trip to the midwest to visit our folks. What if that dream took us to a REALLY exotic place?

I used a few elements from the photo, such as the greenery, the muted grays, the dark square, a pet (do you see the doggie?), the dark chair, and the concept of Earth as a planet, to create this Clean and Layered dreamy card. I was thinking about all the little girls dreaming about space exploration and astronomy, fields that were nearly impossible to enter when I was young. What do YOU see when you look at this card? Is the kitty dreaming about space too? Is he curiously watching the rocket because he knows who is inside? Is someone outside in the yard watching the launch? Dare to dream about the possibilities.

Now it’s your turn to Dare to Dream! Create a card that features one of our card styles, link it up over at The Card Concept, and be sure to include our Card Concept linky and photo in your post, and your beautiful project could be selected by our design team as this challenge’s winner!

Thank you so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Autumn Bounty with The Card Concept

Hello Crafty Friends!

We have got an ah-ma-zing challenge over on The Card Concept Blog this week, Autumn Bounty! This is one of my favorite inspiration photos. I just love those familiar shiny buckets that will always remind me of gardening, and those colorful little gourds and pumpkins! Nothing says Autumn to me like those patty pan, acorn, butternut, spaghetti, gooseneck, Turkish Turban, and tiny pumpkins you will find at every farmer’s market and supermarket display every October! I made tiny little gourds and pumpkins, and a tiny seed packet and threw it all together for my Freestyle Collage card! You can see more great inspiration and ideas, and link up your Autumn Bounty project over on The Card Concept blog right here https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

It’s so easy to play along at a Card Concept challenge too! Just create an Autumn Bounty card and link it up! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

The Card Concept #102: Homestyle Holiday

Hello Everybody!

Welcome to this week’s exciting challenge from The Card Concept, Homestyle Holiday! The holidays are here , and what a better way to celebrate than a comfy, cozy celebration at home with friends and family! You can get all the details, and link up your Homestyle Holiday card over at The Card Concept, right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

I was so inspired by that darling pillow under the tree! The little red car and the green tree really remind me of warm holiday memories growing up in Wisconsin! I started with a distressed ink background, then added die cuts and snowflake sequins to turn this into a mixed media holiday shaker, ready for a homestyle holiday!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

 

The Card Concept #71: Fresh Flutters

Hello Everyone!

It’s time for another amazing challenge from The Card Concept! We have a pretty inspiration photo for you to play along with, Fresh Flutters! You can get all the details and link up your creation over at The Card Concept right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

I was so inspired by the fluffy white puffiness of the blooms in the vase. So, I thought a little outside of the box with a card that I hope all of “ewe” will love! I am going to declare this is a Clean and Layered card too. You can find more great inspiration and ideas from our design team over at The Card Concept!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

 

The Card Concept #64: Pretty Things

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our very first challenge of 2017 from The Card Concept! We’re kicking off 2017 with Pretty Things! What’s prettier than a kitty?

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To play along, all you need to do is link up your Pretty Things project over at the Card Concept! You can see loads of inspiration and ideas from our brand new 2017 design team, and get all the details over at The Card Concept blog right here! http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

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I created a Freestyle Collage card, which can be done in any style and combines unrelated elements to create a finished card. It’s my favorite because it is so versatile. There were so many elements that I found great inspiration from: the rich, luxe gold colors, the shiny foil, the gold dots, the pink blooms, and the beautiful cat coat patterns.Of course, that kitty sure is pretty too!

2016 was a wonderful year for me with The Card Concept. I was so inspired by the creativity of the entire team, and am sorry to bid a fond farewell to a few designers of 2016. I would also love to welcome our newest members to the 2017 team! Be sure to visit their blogs and wish them a warm welcome!

Thanks to all of you who create beautiful designs and play along with our challenges every month. We hope to see a lot more from you in 2017!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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The Card Concept #60

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to The Card Concept Challenge #60! Today, it’s all about the pumpkins! You can learn all about the different styles, get all the details, and link up your project over at The Card Concept right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

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I was inspired by the pattern on the pumpkin, the leaves, and the rich autumn oranges. I used texture paste and a Memory Box plastic stencil, Garden Falling Maple, to create the background. Then I used an embossing plate to make the asymmetrical chevron on my little pumpkin for this freestyle collage card.

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You can find more great inspiration and ideas from our design team over at The card Concept!

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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The Card Concept Challenge #54

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Hello everyone! We’ve got a gorgeous inspiration photo this week over at The Card Concept right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

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I just fell in love with these cascading lilacs in the galvanized steel bucket! I experimented with different kinds of flowers until I found the pretty Small Hydrangea Blooms from Poppystamps. I die cut dozens and dozens of tiny little petals, burnished them for dimension, glued them all together, then pinched each one into a tight cone shape, then added them into my “bucket” to create my own lilacs.

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The background was created by painting watercolor paper in shades of green and emerald, then cutting it into nine grid squares. Lately, I’ve been making a collection of watercolor painted grid backgrounds, I love the technique so much! I added a few more finishing touches for my Fusion Collage card.

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You can find buckets of more great inspiration and ideas from our talented design team over at The Card Concept that you will just love!

I am also linking this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes! http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

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Live your life in color!

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The Card Concept Challenge #49

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Look at this gorgeous inspiration photo from The Card Concept! This image is so bright and whimsical I could frame it and hang it in my crafty space! I was inspired by the whimsical crafty goodness and created this colorful Fusion Collage card!

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The Card Concept sponsors wonderful challenges that let you play along in six different crafty styles! You can choose your favorite, try something new, or mix and match! Get all the details and play along over at The Card Concept right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

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Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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