Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Challenge #220

Hi, everyone!  A belated Happy Memorial Day to anyone in the US and just plain Happy Tuesday to all.
Our photo this week is one of the centre of a tulip.
This flower was on its last legs so I wanted to get one last photo.

Our top three from challenge #218 are as follows (in no particular order):
(from our facebook page)

Great cards, ladies!  Thanks to all who participated.

Now on to this week's sketch....I tried a theme last week in stead of a sketch since several people thought we should switch it up.  Our response was no better so we are back to a sketch this week.  I will, over the next few weeks, try a few more things, but here is our sketch for this challenge:

And here are the samples from the team:


Wow!  I am sure you will agree that the team has outdone themselves.  Stunning cards, designers!  I am certain that we will see some amazing entries from our followers.

Before I go, I just want to apologize for this being a little late going up.  Linky tools was down for a little while and I was unable to add the link.  All is well now though.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Challenge #219

Good morning!  If you live in Canada, I hope you had a great Victoria Day weekend  If you are in the US, I am sure you are gearing up for a big Memorial Day.  If you live in the rest of the world, I simply hope your weekend was fun and relaxing!

Our photo this week is one I took on my walk in the park on Sunday.  There is a duck pond and i got some pretty good shots.
This of the male bobbing for food and the female swimming is one of my favourites.

Now for our top 3 from challenge #217.  We had lots of entries (brings a smile to my face) and the choices were difficult to make.  Here are the top 3:

Wow!  beautiful cards from all the entrants and absolutely stunning ones from the top three.  Thanks to the team members who helped me choose and to everyone who participated.

On to this week's challenge.....
After asking for input from followers, facebook followers and our designers, I have decided to try something new this week.  Our inspiration is not from a sketch, but from a photo I found on the web.  It is bright and cheery and whatever it makes you think of is perfect for this challenge.  Here is the photo:

And here are the cards from our team:

As you can see, some of our designers were inspired by the colours in the photo.  Others were inspired by the items in the photo.  While others were inspired by the mood.  What does this photo inspire you to create?  Please show us below.
And remember to visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1624326894466151/  to check out the fun over there.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Challenge #218

Good Tuesday morning to you and a big "Thank You" to all the viewers who entered last week's challenge.  I am so glad you took the time to create with us.

Our photo this week is one of a tulip bloom.  We never grew tulips before and I just love the colour they bring to our garden.
This is my favourite to date.  In fact, I have made up sets of note cards to sell with this image on the front.  I am charging $6.50 for a set of 4.  Does anyone know if this price is OK?  I am looking for input if you care to comment.

On a bit of a downer note - once again there were not enough cards to pick a top three for challenge #216 but I thought I would show you the two entries we did have.  They are both beautiful.

Thank you so much, ladies, for playing along.

Now for this week's sketch courtesy of Crystal:
I love all the stars on her original sketch!
Now here are the samples from the team:

Wow!  Great cards, team!  And really fabulous inspiration for our viewers!  I am sure we will get lots of entries again this week.

Before I go, two items of business.  First, I would like to welcome LeAnne Pugliese to our team.  She is a very talented card maker and I am sure you will enjoy seeing her creations.    Second, remember to visit our facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/1624326894466151/ and join in the discussions and challenges over there.  I try to have something going on all the time.
Have a great week, all!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Challenge #217

Hello again, and welcome to Try Stampin' - Or Not.  It has been a hectic couple of weeks for me but I think things are beginning to settle down.  Hoping your world is good!

Our photo of the week is one I took this morning of rain drops on our new little tulips:
It is taken up very close so as to feature the droplets.  These are our very first tulips and my husband is very proud of them.

Unfortunately, there is no top three for challenge #215.  There were only three entries.  Here are the three cards we received:

Thank you, ladies, for participating in our challenge.  Your cards are lovely.

I am sorry to have to mention this but our designers put a lot of effort into their samples each week.  It is very disheartening to have more designer samples than entries a lot of the time.  If you want us to continue, we have to get the interest up.  And I am at whits end as to how to do that.  I have started a facebook page in conjunction with this site in hopes of increasing interest.  Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1624326894466151
to check it out.  There are discussions and contests over there.  This month, any member of the facebook group who enters our sketch challenges here has a chance to win a prize.  The rules are posted over there.
I really hope we can get things going.  We have a great team who works really hard for you.

Now, on to our sketch for this week (courtesy of Lynda):
And here are the cards from our team:

Once again, beautiful cards, ladies.  Thanks so much for being on this team.  I know you have inspired our followers to create cards of their own.

See everyone later.