Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Challenge #257

Hello everyone!  Let me begin this post by offering you all an apology.  Our linkytool expired for a day and I did not realize it.  I knew it was almost renewal time but did not receive a notice.  It was back up and running within a couple of hours of me finding out.  I am truly sorry if anyone tried to post an entry and could not.  All is good now though so lets get on with it.

Our photo this week is one I took in the snow the other day and gave a slightly blue edit in post processing.

Now for  the top three from challenge #255:

Beautiful, ladies!  Congrats to our top three and thanks to all who participated.

For our main event, we have another basic sketch  for you.  
For some unknown reason, I really seem to like circles.
Now for the inspirational samples from the team:

Great examples from our team!  I am sure they will  inspire lots of participation from our visitors out there.  Remember, our challenge runs until February 23rd and you can enter below or on our Facebook page.
Before I go I just wanted to let everyone know that Sarah Cameron (who has been with us for   over 4 years, I believe) is taking a well deserved six month leave to  devote more time to the necessities of her busy family life.  She will be missed and I will be counting the weeks until she returns.  Please join me in wishing her the best.  That being said, Lynne Jardine has kindly agreed to join our team so let's welcome her with open arms and kind comments on her blog.
Happy creating, everyone!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Challenge #256

Welcome to Try  Stampin' - Or Not!  If you visit us often, thank you so much, if it is your  first time here, I hope you enjoy our site and that you will come back time and again.

As always, I am starting off with our photo for the week.
Finnegan, my daughter's labradoodle comes to play with Elli while the family is working and at school.  He just LOVES the snow.

Our top three for Challenge #254 are as follows (in random order):

And, since we had soooo many entries (thank you), here is an honourable mention:

In truth, the cards were so great this week that EVERYONE deserves a top 3.  Thanks everyone! and a big round of applause for our top choices!

Now, for the main event - our sketch for this week:
Another simpler sketch open to lots of possibilities.  Once again, there is no theme but we will start the optional themes up again next challenge (by popular demand).
Here are the cards from the ladies on our team - sure to inspire you:

Beautiful cards, team!  Thanks so much.  I know everyone will be inspired by these great samples to create a card of her own.
Remember everyone, our challenge runs for two weeks (until February 16th) and you can enter below with the linky or on our Facebook page as a comment to the appropriate post.  Also, you should check out on Facebook for our challenges, discussions and some cool interaction with other card makers.
Happy creating, all!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Challenge #255

Good day to everyone out there!  Hope everything is well with you.  Like a lot of places, we are in the throes of winter now and the photo this week represents the season.  Weeds covered in snow are, to me at least, often a pretty sight.
White on white makes for an unusual photo  but I am really happy with this one.

Our top three from challenge #253 are as follows:
(from Facebook)

Great  cards, ladies!  And the other entries ere awesome as well.  Thanks, everyone who participated.

Now for this week's sketch...We are going back to a bit simpler sketches for a while with no theme attached.  I want to see if we get more people joining in the fun.
Pretty simple, eh?  Let's see what you come up with.  Here are the samples from our team:

Only two samples today but I am sure you will agree that they are both beautiful cards and both very different from the other.  I am sure you will be inspired.

Remember, our challenge runs for two weeks (Until February 9th)  and you may enter below or as a comment on our Facebook page.  Happy crafting, everyone!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Challenge #254

Good morning, or afternoon, or evening... no matter what your time zone, Hello!
This is a few minutes late but  I am having computer issues so please be patient with me.

Our photo this week is one of a cardinal in one of our feeders.  They are very shy and scatter when we go outside so I have been trying to sit outside so they get accustomed to me  being there.

Our top three from challenge #252 were difficult choices to make - we had loads of entries!  Thanks, everyone.
Here they are - in no particular order......

Honourable Mention goes to:

I LOVE IT when we have so many cards that we cannot pick just three!

On that note, we have no cards yet for last week's challenge but you still have a full week to get something done.  So, please try to make the time to  enter.  Our designers (and myself) would really appreciate it.  And, if you want our site to continue, we need your support.

On to our challenge for this week...Our sketch is a pretty clean and simple one and the optional theme is SIMPLE ELEGANCE (use it or not):

And here are the cards from our talented team:

Thanks, ladies,  for all of the gorgeous cards and for the inspiration you give us.  Amazing use of the sketch!
I know we will see some great cards from our followers.  Remember  that you have two weeks to get your cards done and you can enter below or on our Facebook page.

To end, I just want to say thank you to Barb.  She has decided to leave our team and we all wish her the best.  We will miss her... lot!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Challenge #253

Happy Tuesday, all!  I hope everyone can now relax a bit after the holiday season.  Holidays are lovely but it is always nice to get back to the everyday routine.  

This week's photo is one I took of some dried and withered maple keys still "hanging on":

Now for our top three from challenge # 251.  Here they are - in no particular order:

Wow!  Congratulations to our top three and a hearty thank you to everyone who participated this week.  It has been a long time since we had so many entries and I so appreciate you following us - and I know all of our designers echo that sentiment as well.  

Our sketch this week is a bit different from our norm.  I put it together but am not sure I did such a great job.

I thought it might give everyone a chance to work on a bit of a detailed background.  Here are the cards the team came up with:

Beautiful as always, ladies!  We have four completely different interpretations from our sketch to give everyone some great ideas.  I cannot wait to see what you think of.
Our sketch runs for two weeks (until January 26th) and you can enter below or as a comment on our Facebook Page.  I look forward to seeing your  interpretations for this challenge  Happy crafting this week!