The Card Concept Challenge #80: Autumn Love

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We have got a great new challenge starting up today over on The Card Concept! This week, the theme is Autumn Love, and what could be more exciting? Autumn is an amazing time to fall in love! You can get all the details and link up your Autumn Love creation over at The Card Concept right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

I just LOVE these sweet little owls! They were my inspiration for my Bold and Graphic Freestyle Collage card! I made the background, inlay leaves, and love in a crisp white, and the little owl couple in bright Autumn orange! What could be cuter?

We can’t wait to see what you will create!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

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The Card Concept #79: Rustic Neutrals

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Welcome to The Card Concept’s newest Challenge #79, Rustic Neutrals! We have got a great inspiration photo for you this week, featuring pretty white country pumpkins! You can get all the details, link up your Rustic Neutrals card, and find more amazing inspiration and ideas over at The Card Concept Blog right here:  http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

I went with a super CAS white pumpkin design! I cut tiny leaves in shades of rustic greys and slate to create a very easy breezy fall scene. Now it’s your turn! We can’t wait to see what you will create!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

The Card Concept Challenge #78: Pastel Party

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It’s time for another awesome challenge at The Card Concept, Pastel Party! All you have to do is create a project in one of our featured styles, or mix and match and make your own, and link it up over at The Card Concept blog right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

You are going to love this month’s inspiration photo! Take a Look!

There are so many fun elements to be inspired by! I wanted to do something fun with that little sweater, so I pulled out my Poppystamps Christmas Sweater! When hubbie and I were on vacation back in Wisconsin, we stopped at one of my favorite crafty stores, Let’s Create, in Wisconsin Rapids, WI! Frankie is an amazing crafter and savvy business owner, and she has a fully stocked Poppystamps collection. How could I resist? I threw the Christmas Sweater in my basket and hubbie told me, “There’s no way you are going to make a card with that ugly sweater!” I don’t think he quite gets the Christmas Sweater craze, right? So I had my little sweater all ready to go for Challenge #78, Pastel Party! I used Christmas Sweater and Clothesline Hearts from Poppystamps to create this bright pastel CAS Freestyle Collage card!

We’d love to see what you will create! Link up your Pastel Party projects to The Card Concept Blog right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

The Card Concept Challenge #77: Weathered Floral

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I have finally returned home from my many travels and am so excited to be a part of the The Card Concept team this year! Our first project for the season has opened, and are so excited to see what all of you will be creating! Our brand new challenge is the lovely Weathered Floral inspiration shown here. You can get all the details and play along with The Card Concept right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

I was really inspired by that basket of flowers, and the way they fall to the side. It reminds me of a doorway in France! I used those elements to create a Freestyle Collage card, which is made using random elements in any style.  Now it’s your turn! We’d love to see what you will create!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Romantic Roses with The Card Concept Challenge #76

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It’s time for our latest challenge over at The Card Concept! This week’s inspiration photo is a real American Beauty, Romantic Roses! You can get all the details how to play along and link up your creation over at The Card Concept blog right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

I love the deep, rich red color of these roses, and also the unusual placement on the background.  Is that a window shutter?  I made a Clean and Layered card by using a tiny spiral die to create red rolled roses in a window box. It’s a very simple CAS design, with the focus right on the roses. It’s a very romantic morning at the house!

Thanks so much for joining us today, and all season long with The Card Concept!

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Right at Home with The Card Concept #75

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Welcome to The Card Concept Challenge #75! We have a great challenge for you this week with a beautiful inspiration photo! For me, inspiration photos that feature a room are some of the most challenging. Sometimes there are dozens of little objects or details that can make it hard to focus. Other times, there may be too little to find inspiration other than colors or shapes. So for this week’s challenge, I tried to capture the sophisticated and elegant mood of the dining room, along with the eye-grabbing flowers, and of course, the idea of “home.”  How does the inspiration photo challenge and inspire you? Link up your creation over at The Card Concept Blog right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

To create my Classy and Elegant, Mixed Media Freestyle Collage card, I started by making a base out of paper “tiles” I created by marbleizing paper with nail polish! I love the shimmery, glittery effect when the light hits it. I made a small stack of marbleized papers a while ago, and thought one of those sheets would be perfect for this card.

I used the sheet on the bottom right, which featured shades of gold, bronze, and violet red, and cut them into tiles. Then I stamped the gorgeous Beautiful Day flower from Altenew onto a crisp white sheet of cardstock. I took a large word die that reads “home” and carefully secured it in place with a little removable tape on top of the flower and ran it through my machine. Then I cut off all the white space around the flower, cut out a few more “home” cuts and stacked them up, then carefully pieced it all together on my card base. When everything was in place and dry, I added some pink Stickles glitter glue to make the flower shine, then the gold birds and the pink pearls. Lots of mixed media, elegant and classy, and a freestyle collage.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll create, and what style you will try. Will you experiment with something new or use an old favorite that always comes through? Link it up over at The Card Concept, and see all the great inspiration and ideas from our design team this week!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

Vintage Notes with The Card Concept #73

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Welcome to The Card Concept Challenge #73, Vintage Notes! We have got a challenging inspiration photo for you this week, featuring a very eclectic mix of images, embellishments, and vintage charm. Will you go light and airy, or maybe a little dark and goth? We’d love to see how you are inspired! You can get all the details and link up your card over at The Card Concept right here:http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

There are so many wonderful details in this photo you could really do just about anything! I felt really inspired to do something with a vintage vibe, even though I don’t create a lot of vintage or shabby chic vintage designs. So, I pulled out a big box of tricks for a major production using tons of mixed media, embellishments, embossing paste, stencils, inks, stains, and a few bits and baubles to boot. But then I began creating in a true freestyle collage method, just cutting out and arranging a few unrelated images, cuts, and patterned papers, and voila! I had created an easy card I was really happy with that had a great vintage vibe to it. if you’ve never created a vintage look card before, give it a try with what you already have in your stash. You might just amaze yourself!

I can’t wait to see what my design team has created this week, for we have a few vintage look pros that take AMAZING to the next level! You can find all of their amazing ideas on The Card Concept blog, and link up your own project in your favorite style!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!