Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Challenge #214

Good morning, everyone.  It appears spring might actually be here now so my photo of the week is representative of that.  We planted tulips for the first time last fall, and they are starting to come up.  Here is a somewhat abstract image of one sprout.

Now, on to our top three from challenge #212.  In random order, here they are:

All the cards this week were, once again, awesome and each and every entrant deserves a pat on the back.  Congrats to the top three!

Our sketch this week is another courtesy of Lynda.
And from the team, here are your inspirations:

Beautiful cards, team!  You ladies leave me in awe every week and I am sure that our followers feel the same way.  I know everyone out there has been inspired to create a card of their own.  Please show us what you make!
Have a great week.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Challenge #213

Good Tuesday morning!  I hope you all had a beautiful Easter with lots of family time.  
Our photo this week is of a little owl we saw in our tree the other day.  He was not much bigger than a coffee mug and he let me get a lot closer than I thought he would.
What a cutie!

Now for our top 3 from challenge #211.  Here they are (in no particular order):

Gorgeous cards, ladies!  I love how everyone sees our sketch in a different way and is inspired to create something unique!  A big thank you to you three and to the other talented card makers who entered this week.  Everyone did such a great job and all of the cards are worthy of merit.

On to our challenge.....Our sketch this week is courtesy of Lynda.  
And here are the creations from the team:

Amazing cards from the team.. and all (once again) so different.  That is what makes us artists -  truly individual vision and imagination!  What is your vision for the sketch?  I cannot wait to see it.  Have a great week, all.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Challenge #212

Welcome to Try Stampin'!  I have a lot to cover today so I am going to jump right in.  Before I show you our photo of the week, I would like to introduce the new members of our design team - Ina GrehanSara LevinSandi Johnson and Connie Walsh.  I am sure you join me in welcoming these talented ladies to our team.

Now for our photo:
A spring-y dessert (lemon cream cheese squares). Thought I would try my hand at some food photography for a change - it looks pretty yummy to me.

Our top three or challenge #210 were by no means unanimous.  There were really great cards and the group was totally divided.  If it is hard for us to pick that is a really good thing - it means you are all great card makers.  So  here they are:

Honourable mention to: 

Just gorgeous, ladies!  Congrats!

This week, our sketch is thanks to Lynda.  
And here are the cards made by our talented team:

Beautiful cards, ladies!  You are one very talented group and I am sure you have inspired our viewers to make cards of their own.  I am very excited to see them.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and have a happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Challenge #211

Happy spring to all!  I hope it feels like spring where you are - it sure doesn't here. It is -17 here this morning, brrrr.  Oh well, nothing we can do about it.
Our photo this week is another of Elli, this time with my husband petting her:

There were many wonderful cards entered for challenge #209 and here are the top three as picked by the team.  I am so glad I did not have to make the choices alone:

As I said, all of the cards were very good and all who entered deserve applause.  Congrats to the top three!

Now for this week's sketch, another courtesy of Hillary:
A great sketch with lots of possibilities!  Here are the cards from the team:

What great cards!  And each so different from the rest.  I am sure you will be inspired to create a card of your own based on our sketch.  I am excited to see what everyone comes up with.

One last item of business.....next week I will introduce the new members of our design team. Four talented card makers have been selected and I look forward to showing you their work each week.  So check back to see who they are.....

Have a great week.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Challenge #210

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  And happy birthday to my younger grandson, Ian.  I hope everyone is enjoying a bit of the green today.

Our photo this week is a bit different - a shot of my husband's boot lace.  Needed to do some macro work and this is what I came up with:
(Probably not interesting for everyone but I love the textures in this photo)

The top three for Challenge #208 were very difficult to pick.  We had several great entries and the voting was divided.  Congrats to these three cards and kodos to all of the other entries as well. Great cards from all.

Wow!  Simply amazing, ladies!

Now for this week's sketch....courtesy of Hillary

(we haven't had a square one in quite a long time)

And the inspirations from the team.....

Awesome, team!  I am always amazed at the number of different ideas which come from  a single sketch.  I hope the team has inspired you.  Cannot wait to see  all of your cards.
Have a great week!