Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 275 - A Novel Idea

Here are your winners from our Vintage Love Blog Hop:

Weekly Winner (the random drawing from all the entries for the entire week): Stephi
Comment Winner (random drawing from everyone who commented on all 11 blogs): Lori/Frugal Scrapper
Card Recipe Winner (random drawing from all the entries on that challenge): Sally McD

Congrats to you all!!  Please email me here with your snail mail addresses so I can get your prizes off to you.

It was sooooo hard to select cards for the Spotlight Designer group, because the cards were A-MAZ-ING!  However, we managed to get it down to these 7 card makers:

Whether vintage is your favorite style, or you found it to be a challenge, you all rocked the challenge for your day and you definitely deserve to be acknowledged for it!!

I was so excited to see how many people tackled every last challenge for the week - it is a fine group of card makers who make up the Weekly Challenge All-Stars, and here they are:

Doreen, libeeti, Heather B, Stephi, Janice, Lori M., Johanna, Sally McD, Linda B., Paula M., Studio Sara, and Heather H.

Thanks, Everyone, for making it such a great blog hop week, and thanks for your patience as I completed the daunting task of determining winners!!

And now for today's challenge...
The title of the challenge pretty much says it all - I had this idea to take the cover of a novel and use it for inspiration.  I was searching around for one and here is what I found:

A classic novel, and such a lovely cover illustration!  You can use the look of the cover or even the story itself to inspire your card.

Audrey really captured the colors in her card:

That is some gorgeous background paper, and the perfect contrast to the other colors!

As I mentioned above, I will be back later today to update the post with all the winners.  I am also still going through entries for the DT call, and I make that decision a little later in the week...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 274 - Floral Fantasy

If you like putting flowers on your cards, then this is definitely the challenge for you!

Here are the specifics of the challenge:

Put at least 10 flowers on your card, and find 3 different ways to do it.

You can use patterned paper, paper flowers, stickers, whatever you've got on hand.

Gloria's really is a floral fantasy, check it out:

She's got mulberry paper flowers, crocheted flowers (from Pixie Petals), a flower pin, and there are flowers on the paper - and such a beautiful blend!

So pull out those blossoms and see what you can create!

I'll be back tomorrow with some winners...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 273 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Welcome to Pixie Petals Week!!  We are pleased to share card creations with gorgeous ribbon and crocheted blossoms from this fabulous little Etsy shop! 

Pixie Petals is currently under rennovation, but I assure you that you will want to check it out when it's up and running again, and you'll see why when you see the DT cards this week.

Let's get started with a sketch:

And some DT cards:





Wonderful cards - each one is beautifully different from the others!

You've got until tomorrow night to link up those cards for a shot at some great prizes.  I'll be going back through all the entries for the DT spot as well.  If you participated in last week's Sunday sketch challenge, you'll only be considered for the spot if you've emailed me to let me know that you're interested.

Have a great week!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 272 - Card Recipe

Are you ready???

It's Card Recipe Day, but there's a catch, of course!

The catch is that I'm not going to tell you what the recipe is ;-)

You'll have to visit all of our blogs to get the recipe piece by piece.  You can find the links on the sidebar, and when you're done, you should have TEN ingredients (one of these ingredients is the size of the card).  Heidi does not have an ingredient for you, but she does have a card.  Here is her stunning creation:

I think it's safe to say that I "Love" this card!  Nicely done, Heidi!!

Participating in this challenge can earn you an entry into TWO different drawings.  One drawing is the regular weekly drawing where you can earn up to seven chances to win a prize, and the other is a drawing just for Card Recipe participants.  It's such a challenge by itself, that I decided it was worth offering a prize for!

And what exactly is that prize??

Here's a photo to give you an idea:

This is a class kit to make an album, and Gloria has even provided instructions on how to put it together!  And that is an entire pad of 8x8 paper hidden under there.  Check out that bag of embellies, too!!  Each prize is a class kit (there's one on tags!) that has a pad of paper, lots of drool-worthy embellishments and details on putting the items together. 

So get those cards linked up by Monday night, at 11:59 PM EST, and you can earn some chances to win.  The 3rd way to win is to comment on all the DT blogs.  If you been to all of them except for Heidi's, then get on over to her blog and leave a comment.

Thanks for joining in on the fun - we've really had a wonderful time and we'll definitely do this again!

I'll be back tomorrow with a sketch and a new sponsor...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 271 - Vintage Plus Lace

Another embellishment that just fits with the vintage style is lace, so this challenge requires that you include lace on your vintage card.

Lace is just the right touch for Sophie's card:

Ahhhh, beautiful!

Have you enjoyed seeing all the G45 goodness all over our cards this week?  Well this is just a fraction of what you will receive if you win one of those 3 prizes.  Tomorrow I'll share the specific details of those prizes.

Now, hop on over to Sophie's blog...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 270 - Vintage Plus Dimensional Sticker


Here in the U.S. we are sitting down with our friends and families and celebrating this holiday, and taking a moment to appreciate all the things we are thankful for.  I am thankful for many things, and high on my list is 365 Cards and all the wonderful crafters out there I have been fortunate enough to meet in blogland.

Today's challenge is to add a dimensional sticker to your vintage creation.  Any sticker that is raised off the page counts - and you can create dimension by using Pop Dots or something similar to raise an image if necessary.

Hannah's card is truly elegant, check it out:

I love the font on that sentiment!  Hannah has used the clock to meet the requirement for the challenge. 

Now you can pop over to her blog and answer a question along with your comment which is perfect for today.

If you are celebrating today, have a safe and wonderful day!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 269 - Vintage Plus Distressing

For those who are all about vintage cards, distressing may be a no brainer - they really seem to go together, don't they?  Whether we're talking about using distress inks, or sanding/distressing tools to rough up the edges, the purpose is to give those items some age.
And that's the requirement for this challenge.  Here's what Kim created:

Well done, Kim - and that is a wonderful sentiment as well!

If you're joining in our blog hop, then you'll want to head over to Kim's blog and be sure to leave a comment!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 268 - Vintage Plus Stamp

Let's have some winners, shall we?

Congrats to Juanita, you are the winner of Wink Wink Ink Week - contact me here for all the details! 

And here are your Spotlight Designers:

Even when there are just a few participants on those tougher challenges, we love to see what you come up with, so thanks to those who gave them a try! 

Here are your Weekly Challenge All-Stars:

Linda B., Chris H., and Christel

Great work getting all those challenges done!

Now to get back to the blog hop... Today you'll hop over to Audrey's blog to get all the details on her card, but I can tell you that the challenge is to create a vintage card with at least one stamp.

Here is her card:

I looooooove the stamps you've used here Audrey - fab card!

This is one of two cards that Audrey made for the challenge, but you'll have to hop over to her blog and check out the other one there.

I want to thank all of you who have already expressed interest in joining the design team - you will all be seriously considered for the spot, and I will respond to your emails when I get a chance to let you know that I've received them.  And to anyone else who is interested in that spot - don't hesitate to let me know!

So head on over to Audrey's blog and don't forget to leave a comment...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 267 - Vintage Plus Stickpin

Are you having fun so far?  We sure are, and we have so much more planned for you!

So, if we're calling this "Vintage Love", then I supposed we'd better throw some vintage challenges at you, so from Monday (today) to Thursday, the challenges will all be Vintage + A Design Element.  That means that we want to see your cards representing the vintage style plus a specific item or technique.  Today's challenge is to create a vintage card plus you need to add at least one stickpin of some sort. 

This challenge is perfect for Gloria, because she rocks the vintage style on her cards:

Here's a close-up of her stickpins:

And a photo of the inside:

Wow - definitely a great example!

Now, if you are like me, then vintage is not in your comfort zone, but as long as you give it a try, then it counts. 

Now it's time to get back to the hop - so head on over to Gloria's blog and she'll have a question for you, as well as a RAK that she's offering on her blog as well!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 266 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Welcome to the 365 Cards Vintage Love Blog Hop!!!!!

We are super excited to celebrate all things vintage this week in honor of the THREE AMAZING PRIZES offered by Design Team Member Gloria Stengel!  As you may or may not know, Gloria is on the Graphic 45 Design Team, and she has generously offered to share some of the goodness.  She also shared some paper and embellies with the rest of us on the DT (thanks G!) so we'll be featuring G45 on our cards all week long!!

Let's kick the week of with a sketch:

And here are the DT examples:





So here are the basics of how this will work:

1) Each DT Member has included one specific item, design element, or technique on her card, and you will have to visit each blog to find out what it is.  At the end of the week, Saturday's challenge will be a Card Recipe, with those 10 items.  Make sense?

2) Today you can visit 5 blogs to get 5 of the items.  You will start your hopping at my blog HERE.  And I will tell you where to go next.  By the end of the week you will have visited every blog. 

3) There are 3 prizes to be won this week, and there are 3 different ways to win.  The first is the usual way - just participate in the challenges and earn up to 7 changes to win the random drawing.  The second is to leave comments on each of the designer's blogs on their blog hop posts (but read carefully, you may have to answer a specific question to qualify).  The third is to participate in the Card Recipe challenge at the end of the week.

For complete details, visit the 365 Cards Extra Blog

We are also looking for a new designer to join our Sunday Sketch Team, and in order to be considered for the spot, you need to participate in this sketch challenge.  You also need to email me here to let me know that you would like to be considered for the spot.

It's going to be a fun week, so stick around and you just might have some fun, too :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 265 - Super "Stretchy" Saturday

Once again I am entertaining myself with my play on words :-)

I got the title Super "Stretchy" Saturday because the challenge is to use something stretchy (for example something made with elastic) on your card or to create your card.  It can be anything you want as long as something stretchy is used in the creation of your card.

I know there are probably a dozen other ways to use something stretchy on your card, and I know you all will come up with some clever ideas!

I'll bet that you can't tell what Heidi used just by looking at her card:

 She used a cool technique for creating the distressed look in the background with a rubber band (stretched tight) and some ink. 

If you can't think of anything else to try, just grab a rubber band and some ink, and you can try Heidi's technique!

Are you ready for some blog hopping?  Come back bright and early tomorrow morning, and we'll have a sketch and some serious vintage fun...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 264 - Fun Folds

Okay, 365ers, I've seen a few of you create cards using this technique, so let's try it as a challenge!

And the challenge is simple:  Create a Tri-Fold Shutter Card

Sophie tackles the folding challenges beautifully, as you can see with this one:

Such a lovely card!

And in the middle photo, you can see a frame image from Wink Wink Ink peeking out.

If you want to give this card challenge a try, you have several tutorials right at your fingertips.  If you Google "tri-fold shutter card" several options appear.  You can find great one HERE.

We are just a couple of days away from the start of our Blog Hop, and we can't wait to get started...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 263 - Imagine This: Naptime

Ahhhh, it sounds lovely doesn't it?  I wouldn't mind being a child again, just for an afternoon, so that someone could make me take a nap!

Many things are associated with naps, and you can use any of those things on your card.  You can even use "naptime" on your card.  It's up to you, as long as it fits with the theme.

Hannah's is so lovely, it just makes me want to put my head on a pillow right now and go to sleep:

See what I mean?  Even the colors are soothing!

Have you seen the new blinkie at the top of the sidebar?  We're pretty excited about the upcoming Blog Hop, and we hope you are, too.  And to add to the fun, I'm adding a call for a new Design Team member to the mix.  We need a new designer for the Sunday Sketch Team, and it might just be you.  For all the details about the Blog Hop and the DT Call, visit 365 Cards Extra.

Back tomorrow with some more Wink Wink Ink goodness...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 262 - Setting the Scene

The purpose of the "Setting the Scene" challenge is to create a specific type of scene using paper and embellishments on your card. 

Here are the specifics of this challenge:

On the front of your card, create a window and create an indoor scene on the inside of your card.  You can use both flaps of the inside or just one, but the idea is that when you peek through the window, you get a glimpse of what's inside.

Kim really embraced this challenge and it shows all over her card:



How about that added dimension?  Incredible work, Kim! 

Kim has set an amazing example, and it will no doubt inspire you, but don't feel you have to get too fancy.  Get creative with the challenge, and most importantly, have fun with it!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 261 - One Stands Alone

We have a winner from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Week...

Congrats to Christel!!!!!

You can contact me here so you can receive your gift certificate to the Prickley Pear shop!

So many new (to 365 Cards, that is) card makers in the gallery this week.  We are so glad to have you join us!!  Here are our super fabulous 7 Spotlight Designers from last week:

Thank you for sharing these wonderful and inspiring cards with us!

Here are your Weekly Challenge All-Stars:

Chris H., Studio Sara, Willa Jean C., Linda B., and Christel

Great job keeping up with the challenges!!

Now let's get to the challenge for today...

It's called One Stands Alone, because we're looking for ONE AND ONLY ONE COLOR (besides black and white) to appear on your card.  And there are 3 specific requirements in addition to the one color rule:
  1. You must use at least one stamp (digi or rubber)
  2. You must add at least 2 embellishments that are also that color
  3. NO patterned paper
Can it be done?  Why yes it can, just look at Audrey's card:

Wow - that sentiment just pops with that frame and ribbon!!

More fun challenges coming up....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day 260 - Just a Fraction

Many months ago we had a challenge called "Just a Fraction" that called for participants to use a partial image (digi or rubber stamp).  I am intrigued by all the ways that we can use stamps, is this is just another way to make the most of the ones you want.

Well, since we already had a challenge calling for one partial image - how about a challenge calling for two?

Great idea, let's do it!

Here's Gloria's example, using an image and sentiments from Wink Wink Ink:

Beautiful patterns and colors! 

So you probably guessed that the potted plant is a partial image, but for the other, Gloria got really clever (and you know how she likes to bend the rules!) - she combined two sentiments "I am so sorry" and "Thinking of you" to create a whole new sentiment.  Great example, Gloria!

So, 365ers, now it's your turn to give it a try...

Day 259 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Welcome to Wink Wink Ink Week!!!

We are happy to welcome back Wink Wink Ink for another fun week of sponsored challenges!
The Design Team got to play with these fabulous stamps, which they will feature on their cards all week long.

So let's get started with the Sunday sketch:

And here are the Design Team examples:



Card 1

Card 2



Wow, I just love all of these cards and tags - gorgeous work, ladies!!

So I'll leave you with a little bit of news for today.  Next week, starting Sunday November 21st we'll begin a blog hop, and the search for a new Design Team member!  I will have more details for you later this week...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 258 - Tone on Tone

Well, after seeing Sophie do this so beautifully on one of her cards, I decided to make it a challenge!

The challenge is to use this technique on your card.  You can punch/cut out any shape (circles, squares, letters, numbers) in any quantity or combination and stick it to your card. 

Heidi's card is fabulous and loaded with inspiration:

Isn't that tree wonderful?  And I love the addition of the faux texture on the tree!

Tomorrow I'll be back with a sketch and a new sponsor, but you still have until Monday night to link those cards up from Prickley Pear Week.  Also, I will have some fun news....

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 257 - Warm and Cozy

This time of year, we start to think about hot cups of cocoa, fuzzy slippers, and sitting by the fireplace. Whatever the words 'warm and cozy' mean to you, the challenge is to let them inspire your card.

Sophie is sharing a card with us today, featuring stamps from Prickley Pear:

Ahhhh, I feel warm and cozy just looking at this card. 

You can use any images, colors, embellies, sentiment, etc. that you wish, as long is it reflects the expression "warm and cozy"!