The Card Concept returns with Challenge #119!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am so happy to announce that The Card Concept has returned for another creative season! We are kicking things off with Challenge #119, Beautiful Butterflies! It’s so easy to play along with The Card Concept. Every two weeks, we show you a fabulous inspiration photo, and invite you to create a card that shows off one of amazing card styles! Pick one style, or mix and match, then share your creations over on The Card Concept blog right here: https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

What’s more inspiring than these beautiful butterflies? They look like they have been painted with watercolors! I really love the fresh greens and cheerful pinks, and brought them into my mixed media design. I wanted a CAS look with the details of the different media.

I created the background with watercolor paints, then added a few sequins. The fun part, of course, is the butterflies themselves, which I created out of alcohol inks and YUPO paper. The blended colors of the alcohol inks are perfect for butterfly wings, and the look is so much prettier in “real life” than in these photos. How about giving alcohol inks a try?

Take a look at all of the wonderful inspiration over on The Card Concept today, and meet the 2019/2020 Design team!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

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Cacti Clusters with The Card Concept #118

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am so happy you could drop by today to take a look at our newest challenge from The Card Concept, Cacti Clusters! I just LOVE this week’s inspiration photo, which looks a little bit like the nice succulent arrangement I have on my lanai! I was really inspired by that juicy agave with the purple tint. You can link up your amazing Cacti Clusters card over on The Card Concept Blog right here: https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

Now it’s your turn! We’d love to see what you’ll create! You can select one of our six styles we use at The Card Concept Blog, or combine styles for something new and amazing! Stop by our blog to see even more great ideas and inspiration from our Design Team!

Thank you so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Pink Retro with The Card Concept #116

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We are so happy you could join us today for another great challenge from The Card Concept! This week, the theme is Pink Retro, and I thought way outside the box! Welcome to old Florida, where old pickup trucks are the new trend, and those iconic pink flamingos are now in a lot more shades than just pink! I was really inspired by the idea of the whole theme, and that beautiful contrast of pink and black. I had to throw in a little nod to the celebration of music too. You can find my design, along with some really amazing projects from our design team over on The Card Concept blog right here: https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

My card is Clean and Layered, or maybe even Clean and Graphic, but we want to see your take on Pink Retro. You can enter your project over on The Card Concept Blog!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Mosaic Madness with The card Concept #115

Hello Crafty Friends!

We are so glad you could join us today for our next challenge with The Card Concept, Mosaic Madness!  This week, our inspiration photo features rows of beautiful details in bright pops of teal, orange, and yellow. I was inspired by those shapes and colors in my super Clean and Simple Layered card. You can find more great design ideas and link up your own Mosaic Madness design over at The Card Concept blog right here: https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

I love how this photo reminds me of the beautiful Moorish designs of the Alhambra in Spain, and I wanted to capture some of those pretty details in my card. But after it was finished, the round shape in the center actually reminded me of the miraculous Rose Window, which survived the great fire in Notre Dame Cathedral last month. Either way, remembering two of the world’s greatest architectural achievements has always brought amazing inspiration to me, and I hope it will inspire you too.

Now it’s your turn! We would love to see what you will create, and how you will be inspired by our Mosaic Madness challenge this week!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Galoshes Galore with The Card Concept #114

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We are so happy you could join us today for a rainy day challenge with The Card Concept, Galoshes Galore! This week, our design team was inspired by colorful rain boots and rainy day weather. You can find more great inspiration and ideas over at The Card Concept Blog right here: https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

I love the inspiration photo, but I really had to think outside of the box because I do not have ANY  rain boots! I wanted to use my picket fence, but then I had to get creative. I kept thinking about what colorful objects could I hang off a fence, and then the idea of the colorful birds flew into my head! I used the bright color palette against the grey fence to create my Clean and Layered card.

Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ll create!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Spring Celebration with The Card Concept #113

Hello Crafty Friends!

We are so happy that you have stopped by today for a very special Spring Celebration from The Card Concept! This week, our theme is Spring Celebration, and these beautiful pink blossoms and that sweet bunny will make you feel like celebrating all season long! You can see more great inspiration and ideas, and link up your Spring Celebration card over at The Card Concept blog right here: https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

I loved this week’s inspiration photo, and wanted to make sure my Clean and Layered card featured a cute bunny and those big pink blooms! I experimented with the striped plaid background panel in a few different darker colors, but decided to stay with white to compliment the light minty green and keep the pastel palette.

Now it’s your turn! We can’t wait to see what you will design for your own Spring Celebration. Pick one of our six styles, or create one of your own!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Scattered Seashells with The Card Concept #111

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am so glad you could join us today for another amazing challenge from The Card Concept! This week, our inspiration is Scattered Seashells, and you are going to LOVE all the amazing ideas our design team has put together for you! You can learn about all of our styles, see more great inspiration and ideas, and link up your Scattered Seashells project over at The Card Concept blog right here: https://thecardconcept.blogspot.com

This is one of my favorite inspiration photos this season! I love the pale color of the shells, mixed in with the starfish and beach sand.  For my mixed media card, I started with a blended oxide ink background splashed with water. I stamped the shells, starfish, and mermaid tail with gold ink, then embossed them with pearl gold Wow! Embossing Glitter. I just love that beautiful sparkle when the the light hits it just right. Then I painted all my stamped images with water color paint, and glued them to my card along with a few tiny pearls and a few REAL sea shells I picked up off the beach near my house. It’s a shell-a-bration!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!