Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Challenge #311

Hi! Welcome back!

Last week, I mentioned that there was something special to me about this week.  Well, first, my husband and I celebrated out 45th anniversary on Sunday and that was pretty special.....but that is NOT what I was talking about.
No, it is Try Stampin' on Tuesday's SEVENTH birthday this week!  Happy birthday to us. There have been lots of designers and lots of changes but I think we are still going strong.  To celebrate this milestone, we have a giveaway.  We will draw one lucky winner from all the cards for challenge #311.  That person will be a guest designer for challenge #314 and will also win a goodie bag.  So, I hope lots of you get busy and help us with out festivities.

Now for our challenge:
(Sketch from Vicki with the optional theme "Checks or plaid")
And here are the samples from our team:

Gorgeous, ladies!  I am so lucky to have the most talented designers on our team.  Now, viewers, it is your turn.  You have two weeks to play along and you can enter below (using the linky) or as a post on our facebook page.  Happy creating...and Happy Birthday to Us!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Challenge #308 Top Choices

Good morning!
Here are the top picks from challenge #308.  I have included three favourite cards AND my pick for best card of the challenge.  The cards this week were all top notch and each and every one made me smile.  And, after all, is that not the criteria for a good card...it touches you in some way.  I hope you enjoy these choices.
Here are my three favourites:

And this is my pick for best card of the week.  It has great workmanship, beautiful colour and a real artistic flair.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Challenge #310

Good morning, all.  I hope your week was a good one.  It was busy here with volleyball finals, basketball finals, my niece and nephew turned 17, and a cruise information session at work. And next weekend, we are off to Sudbury for volleyball and basketball Northern Ontario finals.  Whew, I am tired just thinking about it. But enough about me.............

Our sketch this week is another courtesy of Vicki with the optional theme "Sweet Thoughts".  I know Valentines has passed but one should always think "sweet thoughts".

And here are the cards from our team:

Beautiful cards, ladies!  I LOVE each and every one of them.  You have  shown our viewers several different interpretations of our sketch and I am certain they will come up with several more.  You are the greatest team on the web.  Thank you so much!

I hope everyone can find some time to play along with our sketch.  You can enter below or on our Facebook page.  As always, you have two weeks to get your card in and we cannot wait to see what you come up with.

Oh, and, by the way, next week is a special one for me so make sure you check in with our February 28th post.  Happy card making, everyone! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Challenge #307 Favourite Cards

Good morning!  It is Wednesday and that means you get to see our picks for the top cards from challenge #307.  Only thing is...I will no longer be choosing the top cards.  From now on, this post will showcase our FAVOURITE cards.  The quality of the entries we get is very high and it is impossible to choose cards which are better than others. So, from now on, we will show you the cards which melt our hearts, make us smile, show exceptional technique or craftsmanship, or implement interesting supplies.  In that way, card makers of every experience level have an equal chance of making the list.  
So, here are this week's choices......

Congrats and hugs, ladies!  You made our list for this week.  Thanks to all who played along and I hope to see your work again next week!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Challenge #309

Good morning and happy Valentine's Day!  I hope everyone gets hearts and candy today.

Our sketch this week is courtesy of Vicki and the optional theme is .................. (in other words, "whatever you want").  I am sure you will just LOVE the cards from our team.
Our sketch:
And the design team cards:

Wow!  Such great cards from our talented team.  And very inspirational.  I know that all of you viewers will want to participate after seeing these samples.  They are amazing...and each so different.

As always, our challenge runs for two weeks and you can enter below using the linky or on our  Facebook page.  Happy card making, all! and again, happy "Hearts and Flowers" day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Well, today is the first post of our new format.  We will be announcing our top cards in a separate post each week.  This should do a much better job of showcasing the great efforts of our followers.
Since our challenges run for two weeks, and this week is #308, here are the top cards from challenge #306. They are in no particular order.

There you go....our top cards for challenge #306.  There were so many entries and so many great cards that I simply could not stop at three.  A huge "hooray" for these talented card makers and a hugs and thank you to all who participated.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Challenge #308

Good Tuesday morning!  Well, good news, our design team is complete.  As well as Maria and Sarah who we welcomed last week, I want to thank Dawn Morris for also joining our team. I am so excited to have these three talented ladies on our team.

I would normally post the top cards from challenge #306 now but I am beginning a new format.  I will post the top cards on Wednesday in stead.  I have received emails from card makers who would like to see more posts here --rather than only once a week -- so I am going to try this to see if we can have a bit more interactive blog.  If it does not work, I will go back to posting everything on Tuesday.....but I will give it a go for a couple of weeks and see how it goes.

So, without further adieu, here is this week's challenge.  You will notice that the theme is the same as last week (HUGS AND KISSES) but that was so everyone could do a Valentine themed card if they wanted. Thanks to Donna for this sketch.
And here are the samples from our creative team: