March 10, 2010

The Olympics of Stamping Champions: Gold, Silver, & Bronze Medal Winners

The gods of music are summoned. All around us, a chorus of trumpets. In one bright, glorious resonance of sound, their brassy tones penetrate the silence, as joyful and as exuberant as children playing in a field. Immediately, we recognize its undeniable theme. The Olympic theme. It quickens a shiver, as somewhere deep inside we know we are about to witness history.

Stepping up to the podium, fifteen winners in a field of 450 highly qualified competitors. They have tirelessly trained by spending hours and hours in their craft spaces--building their skills, improving their techniques, and testing their limits. They have wowed the judge with their stamping skills, their design ability, their execution, their risk-taking, and their creativity.

They are the champions in our Olympics of Stamping challenge, friends. Please offer them a round of well-deserved and hearty applause. A cheer or two would do nicely as well.

In the Birthday category, the bronze medal winner is:

Erica Messervy

Moxie Fab Alert:
I love this simply stamped big fat cupcake. For me, the wow-factor comes in the pairing of those colorful stripes and sprinkles with the neutrals in the cupcake and the background paper. Moxie fab!

...the silver medal winner is:

Silke Ledlow

Moxie Fab Alert: The balance in this card is divine. The brilliant color combination in the cake steals the show (as it should), but it's balanced perfectly by the white background, the black accents, and the way she's scored the left hand side of the background which helps to balance the ribbon on the right side. The black flower is perfectly placed in the "sweet spot" of the card making me want to gobble it up entirely. Delicious!

...and the gold medal winner is:

Krysten Ng

Moxie Fab Alert: Not only is this a g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s card, but it's technique-y as well. Krysten has used "stamp kissing" on the flowers which adds texture and all-around moxie fabulousness to an expertly executed card!

In the Love category, the bronze medal winner is:

Michelle Mathey

Moxie Fab Alert: I love the way Michelle has stamped the monster background, alternating and staggering those cute little guys. I also love the way she's pulled out the main monster as the focal point because it accentuates the sentiment, "one of a kind."

...the silver medal winner is:

Carly

Moxie Fab Alert: The focal point in this card is unmistakable--a heart surrounded by cute typography in a color scheme that is fresh and fun. I also love the way Carly has embossed a dotted pattern on the bottom half of the card which helps ground the focal point, eliminating any chance that it might feel like it's "floating." AND she's echoed those dots by piercing the petals of the flowers giving the card wonderful continuity and flow!

...and the gold medal winner is:

Scrappy A (Alicia)

Moxie Fab World: Talk about trendy! We've got a trendy image in this retro seamstress, a trendy technique in stamping on patterned paper, a trendy way to call attention to a focal point by placing a shape offset and behind, a trendy color combination, and a trendy accent in that puffy "love you" heart. Put that all together and what do you get? Moxie fab at its best!

In the Season's Greetings category, the bronze medal winner is:

Katie Renz

Moxie Fab Alert: The hand-stamped background shines in this card! Katie has allowed it to speak completely for itself by treating the sentiment, ribbon, and the bottom border so simply. Yummy!

...the silver medal winner is:

Tracey

Moxie Fab Alert: This beautiful card is entirely stamped. From the background to the focal point, Tracey has created movement, depth, balance, and flow with a skill and execution that I admire tremendously.

...and the gold medal winner is:

Kristin Tierney

Moxie Fab Alert: The colors in this card leave me with my jaw on the floor. The soft shades of yellow, green, and blue with the white embossing and sparkle make me think that these flakes might have fallen through a pastel rainbow. Even Kristin admits that the color combination was out-of-the-box, but girl, you nailed it as far as I'm concerned!

In the Thank You category, the bronze medal winner is:

NinaB

Moxie Fab Alert: Not only is this card beautifully stamped, but again, its balance is something rare and wonderful. The focal point is placed on the diagonal rather than on the square, which offsets the vertical background perfectly. The pearls at the bottom both ground the card and echo the pearls at the top of the focal point. And the butterfly and the bow offset one another in delicious harmony. Besides that? It's absolutely and unequivocally gorgeous!

The silver medal winner is:

Kara

Moxie Fab Alert: Speaking of gorgeous, oh my. When I first opened this card up in my browser, my heart started beating much, much faster. The flowers are amazing, aren't they? The way they're colored, the way they're layered, they way they're turned up to give them extra texture. And again, balance. The focal point on the left is balanced by the sentiment, while the bow ties them both together.

...and the gold medal winner is:

Lala aka Missbliss

Moxie Fab Alert: It's punny! It's well-executed! It's sweet! It's fun! It's super stampy! It's quirky! It's moxie fab!

And last but certainly not least, in the Thinking of You category, the bronze medal winner is:

Mariana Grigsby

Moxie Fab Alert: This card has some serious wow-factor. First you see that punch of a color scheme. Then you see that beautiful damask focal point. And then? Then you see that she's pulled a heart out of said beautiful damask focal point. And then? Then you say, "Wow!"

Karen Baker

Moxie Fab Alert: Speaking of "wow" factor, this card has it goin' on as well. "Wow" in the color scheme, "wow" in the technique she's used to reverse-silhouette those flowers, "wow" in the balance of the card (good things come in "three's"), "wow" in the font that perfectly matches the style of the card, and "wow" in that ribbon and those three little rhinestones that top it all off. I'm just sayin'. Wow.

Lea L.

Moxie Fab Alert: Um. Yeah. Wow. Super awesome gradient stamping. Super awesome echoing of gradient color in the rhinestones at the bottom. Super awesome simple treatment of the sentiment allowing the rest of it to shine, shine, shine. Oh my wow, Lea! Oh my wow!

Congratulations again to these winners, certainly, but I'd also like to thank the other 435 of you who gave this challenge a go. I could have easily chosen ten winners in each category without hesitation. As I looked at each card, I was so impressed with your passion for stamping, the fun you were having, and the joy that this craft brings you. Thanks for sharing it all with me and the rest of the Moxie Fab World!

Now friends, the Olympics of Stamping may be over, but the Paper Crafts Stamping Royalty competition is just warming up. I would just love it if every single one of you sent in your stamped card(s) for this challenge to this contest. Entries must be postmarked by March 24. Not only do you have a chance to be published in our November/December 2010 issue, but you also have a chance to win a prize package worth over $250. What have you got to lose? If you were brave enough to post your card for this challenge to your blog, certainly you're brave enough to let us humble editors take a look at your work. I know, right?

Also, I can't stress enough how much we'd love to see your work come through our submissions process. Whether you are a stamper or a non-stamper, we'd love to see your creative approaches to our calls. You can always see what we're looking for by bookmarking this link to our website. In fact, we've got a super fun call out right now. Again I say:

What have you got to lose?

OK. I'm stepping off my soap box now. Podiums. Soap boxes. We're certainly feeling elevated here in the Moxie Fab World today now aren't we?

Winners, you must send me your addresses in an email at cedvalson@papercraftsmag.com with "Olympics of Stamping Challenge Winner" in the subject line in order to claim your prize. I can't wait to hear from all fifteen of you!

Friends, leave these ladies some love by midnight MST on Sunday, March 14 and I'll rustle up a yummy prize for one random winner!

Huggin' all y'all in the Kiss & Cry section,

~Cath

PS Don't despair, the Olympics of Stamping Challenge may be officially wrapped up, but there's still the Diggin' on Doilies & Lace Challenge AND the Paper Crafts Babies & Brides Gallery Challenge. Click on the links to challenge yourself even more!

148 comments:

NinaB said...

Congratulations to all the winners. Each one is a true labor of love and it shows.

Alice Wertz said...

congratulations to all winners!! fabulous winning cards! wow!! I have a lot to learn! thanks for the inspirations, ladies!!

Donna VW said...

Amazing! What talent! Thanks for all the beautiful card ideas.

Penny D. said...

Oh that rainbow card is amazing!

Be(e) said...

Congratulations to all of the winners! Those are some fab and inspirational cards up there on the podium!

lynn said...

congrats everyone! great bunch of inspiration!

jengd said...

Congrats all! What fabulous work!!I'm definitely book marking several of these for future reference!!

ntsisterz said...

Colors, details, inspiration!

Karen said...

Awesomeness!! wow...congrats....

Jenn said...

All of these cards are fabulous! Congrats to all of the winners and thanks for the inspiration!

Purple Princess said...

Wow! Congrats to the fabulous winners! Every card is just amazing!

Karen said...

Every one was certainly a medal winner! Congrats to all.

Melissa T. said...

Awesome job! All great entries ;)

Kimmie said...

Congrats ladies....well deserved

Silke Ledlow said...

CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS!!! This was a very fun challenge and of course I'm on cloud nine for receiving a Silver Medal - wahoooo!!! Thank you so much!!! Hugs ~S~

Helen F. said...

Oh My Gosh! What AmaZing talent here! Olympic Champions for sure. HUGE Congratulations to all of you!

Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

Congratulations! These are wonderful cards and a fab showcase of all the talent out there!

debb said...

Congrats to the winners and all who entered! Beautiful cards ladies!

petunia670 said...

Wow! I don't know how you were able to select winners, the caliber of cards is amazing. There's so much talent out there! Congratulations to all!

Samantha T. said...

Congrats to the winners!

Creative Char said...

Beautiful cards, ladies. Such amazing talent. Congrats to all of you! It is well deserved.

Sue D said...

Congratulations to all the winners--I was very inspired by your creations!

~amy~ said...

congrats ladies...fabulous inspiration!!!

Claude said...

Oh my goodness, what beautiful cards!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Congratulations to all of the winners! What a great collection of lovely and unique cards! I had so much fun making a couple of cards and viewing others'.

Dana said...

Wow! Those are some amazing cards! Congrats to all the winners!

StampinCathy said...

Congrats to all the winners. WOW! All the cards were fabulous and so inspiring. I just love seeing all the amazing MOJO all in a row.

ytet said...

Congratulations to all the winners.Your creations are indeed fabulous!

Anne Thompson said...

Congratulations to the winners! The cards are fantastic and provide lots of inspiration to all of us! Thanks for sharing your papercrafting talents! Anne, yourmainestamper

Jenny McGee said...

Congrats to all the winners. Lovely cards done by all.

Nancy said...

Congratulations to all the winners! What a gorgeous group of cards!

Alyssa said...

Wow. Those cards are amazing!!!!!!

Isabel Z said...

Wow, I was blown away by the winners' creations. What a group of talented artists.

Diana Fisher said...

Wow, I can see why the choices were so difficult to make. Great work ladies, just fabulous, all of them!!!

Latisha said...

beautiful cards!!!

Kay said...

Congratulations to all of the winners! Beautiful, beautiful cards, here!

Summer Braxton said...

great choices!! Congrats ladies!

Library Lady said...

There is some serious stampin' talent out there. Congratulations to all of the well-deserved winners. Thanks for sharing all of this inspiration!

ArlaMo said...

Congratulations!! Amazing work showcased today!!

Laurel said...

Congrats everyone, such beautiful cards!

Windy Robinson said...

Great cards ladies! All are amazing:)

marley said...

wow, these are all seriously gorgeous!! congrats to all of you!!

PamS said...

All these cards are fabulous...congratulations to all the winners. I thank you all for the inspiration.

Ryann Salamon said...

Congrats ladies - amazing cards!!!

Jeanne said...

Congratulations to the winners!!!!!!! You are all a group of talented artists. Your passion is visible and you inspire creativity in each of us.

Steph Zerbe said...

Congrats to all the winners!
I bet picking winners was not an easy task!

Ellie A. said...

Congrats Ladies amazing work indeed!

Jinny Newlin said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Gorgeous cards, ladies!

sarah.hampton said...

A fantastic selection of winners! I was so intrigued by Karen Baker's card that I had to go to her blog to see how see did it!!

Karen B. said...

Congratulations to every single one of the champions and winners! What a wonderful bunch of entries, and so many of them!

rudie2shoes said...

Oh my, the creativity of these folks. Love them all!

Cheryl Nelson said...

Congratulations to the winners!! AMAZING work!! WOW!! I'm just in awe!!

peggy w said...

Thank you for all of the amazing cards. Great ideas and great talent. Congratulations. Also thank you for the giveaway.
Very generous.

Tammy said...

Wow! These are awesome creations! Great job and congrats!

Michellem said...

All these cards are fab!!

Jessica said...

love all these! great job and congrats to all the winners!!!!

Scrapycandy said...

Amazing stuff!

Kazan Clark said...

lovely lovely lovely lovely :) Congrats to all the winners one and all - and thank you to all those that posted in the gallery - uber inspiration as always

Vicki Bray said...

Congratulations to every single winner! You guys rock! Each card is such an inspiration! I'm going to be drooling over these for awhile!

rachaelwood said...

congrats girls1 That thinking of you card with the hearts and bling. WOW. SUPER WOW.

Rachel D said...

So much beautiful talent with these ladies! Thanks to all for sharing with the rest of us. :)

Meghann said...

All of these cards are amazing, ladies! I especially love Karen Baker's creation. Definitely my style.

Winter said...

Congrats ladies! These are Beautiful! :)

sandra m. said...

stunning cards! Thanks to all who competed and congrats to the winners.

Heidi Van Laar said...

My oh my, seeing all those fantabuous stamped cards makes even me want to get all inky!! Congrats ladies!

Jaclyn Miller said...

So happy for all of the winners! Congrats on being shining Olympic stars.

Die Cut Lady said...

Such fun cards as well as cool techniques. I will have to try some of these myself. Great talent out there that make us all go a step farther in our own paper crafting.
Donna

scrapper al said...

Congratulations to the winners! Your cards are so inspiring!

LaurieJ said...

Wow, what talent. I'm so impressed by all of you. Congratulations to you all!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Love all the creations! Congrats girls!!

shruti said...

wow.. amazing cards.. congratulations to the winners..

Jeryl said...

so much talent; cant'e begin to decide which is the best. Fell for ya, Cath!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE the cards--congrats to all!

kmassman said...

I am sure it was difficult to choose winners. These are all wonderful! Makes me scared to enter a challenge!

connie said...

Congratulations to the winners! Beautiful cards. I am glad I don't have to pick the winners.

Pam Abbott said...

Congrats to all the winners. Amazing cards and though some made me think I wouldn't have even come close...I'm still going to try!

Elaine A said...

Congratulations to all the Winners! These cards are just lovely! Fantastic work.

Elaine Allen

Deirdre said...

Congrats to all the winners... amazing entries and fantastic medal winners.

michib2006 said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you for the inspiration.

Melinda AKA medialady said...

Congrats to all the winners! Your cards are so inspiring and beautiful - makes my scraplifting easy!!!

Tejal said...

Each card had my jaw hitting the floor..no wonder it hurts!

all of them are masterpieces, works of art. Congratulations to each and every one who took part and more so to the winners!

Tejal

Bethany Paull said...

These are fantastic. Each and every one of you has amazed me today.

Scrap Jaci said...

Beautiful work ladies and congratulations! Thanks for sharing your creations.

Lisa said...

All of the cards are gorgeous! Congrats to all of the winners:)

Leah the Orange said...

congrats to all the super talented winners! WONDERFUL cards, and loads upon loads of yummy inspiration here!
:)

"Divine" Hand said...

The talent out there is simply amazing!!! Totally inspiring!!! Congrats ladies!!!

Alison said...

Great cards, Gals! I love the cupcake the best:)

Felicia said...

OMG! How creative! I am really diggin these cards right now. Congratulations ladies, you have done a terrific job:D

Jess said...

So many fabulous cards! Lea's gradient card is my fave!

Gwen said...

These cards are amazing. So much fun to see these ladies' designs and techniques! Congrats to all!

Chris Cross said...

Gorgeous stuff! So much talent!

Michelle said...

Such fun inspiration-thanks for sharing!

Tracey said...

congrats everyone! so many beautiful cards here!!! very inspiring! and thanks everyone for the congrats...im so giddy about winning a silver medal!!! i can't believe it!

Sally said...

to go winners! I love the outcome of this challenge, such inspiring cards.

Linda Beeson said...

"They have tirelessly trained by spending hours and hours in their craft spaces--building their skills, improving their techniques, and testing their limits." What a cute line and so true! LOVE your choices, I am in AWE!

katherine said...

congrats to all of you~~~ fab. cards guys!

Tiffani said...

So much inspiration in one spot! Wish I could spend all afternoon making cards!

Amanda Profumo said...

Holy moly... so glad I wasn't the one to have to pick the winners. All of the cards were super awesome! Congrats to you all!

ginalovesdave said...

Wow, wow, WOW! Those are absolutely beautiful, each and every one! Congratulations to all!

Carol said...

Congrats to the winners!! I read Lea L's blog and before I checked the name I knew it was her work! Everyone's cards are just fabulous - well done!!!

Heidi G said...

What beautiful cards. No wonder it was so hard to choose the best. They all did great work.

Mary said...

I really needed some inspiration today and found some here on Moxie Fab World Blog! :) Thanks for sharing these wonderfully created cards. My Mom's 80th Birthday is today and I wanted to whip-up some quick cards to give to her for stash. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies too.

Karen said...

Congrats to all the stamping Olympians! :> There is such stampy fun in all of them, but my favs are definitely Kritin, Mariana, and Karen's........they just pop off the monitor for me! :>

Nancy L. said...

congratulations to all the winner! amazing cards!!

Nancy L. said...

congratulations to all the winner! amazing cards!!

Kerry said...

Beautiful cards from everyone! Love that rainbow hearts card by Lea...fabulous!

Mel said...

Congrats...especially to Krysten and Lea (since I check their blogs daily)! Found some new ladies blogs to follow with this outstanding group!

Scrapamum said...

Those cards are gorgeous! Congratulations everyone.

Jennifer Hansen said...

Great cards everyone!

Mariana Grigsby said...

Congratulations to all the winners! and Thanks for my Bronze medal! I am jumping up and down! yaaaayyy!

Brenda Weaver said...

Congrats to all the winners! All the cards are beautiful!

Traveling Mama said...

These are some absolutely INCREDIBLE creations! Congrats to all!!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Congrats to the winners...your cards are gorgeous!

Farida Rone said...

Congratulations to all the winners. All your creations are gorgeous.

Lisa Petrella said...

All of these cards are AMAZING!!! Congratulations winners! You are such an inspiration!!!

brenlubrant said...

Ladies, all your cards are wonderful and very creative. Lala, I especially love your card. Good job!!

Bernice said...

Congrats to all the winners! That snowflake card was amazing!

Michele said...

I love ALL of the cards. Ya'll did a wonderful job ladies and congrats!

Sue in Grapevine said...

Congrats to the winners. I saw several that I would like to CASE.

Stephanie said...

It's just so exciting to see all these wonderful and unique creations. Congratulations to all the winners!

Lori said...

Congratulations everyone! I loved to see the different stamp companies and design styles. Must have been a hard job, the top 3 are each so pretty.

Janette said...

I especially love Lea's "thinking of you" card. Just beautiful. You are all so talented.

Tricia said...

All I can say is "WOW!" Congrats to all these winners!

Carla G. said...

Wow! So many inspiring ideas. All of the ladies did a fantastic job and I can't believe there were so many! Stamping has come a long way baby!!

Shawninaz said...

The talent shown her is incredible. Very nice work ladies you really did a wonderful job. Congratulations!

Sew-Ink said...

Congratulations! I love all of the cards Cath picked. Thanks for the inspiration ladies!

Kathy K said...

Congratulations to all the winners!! Fab cards...you all are so talented! Thanks for sharing your cards!!

Kay's Creative Corner said...

Congratulations Ladies!!!

Julie Overby said...

I am definitely inspired to dig a little deeper into my stamp collection! Fantastic cards! Congrats!

Chris S. said...

Once again there seems to be no end to the creative genius in the Moxie Fab World! Kudos to every one of these winners - truly inspirational!

DeniseB said...

Terrific assortment of cards! Congrats to those selected. Loads of great ideas!
DeniseB

carol h said...

What beautiful cards. Congratulations to all--your cards are definitely winners.

PinkPug,INK. said...

Congrats to all the winners! The cards are all beautiful & super inspirational! :)

Natalie said...

what I loved about all this eye candy was that it didn't matter (to me anyway!) who came first, second or third - each one inspired me in a different and wonderful way.

Carol Metully said...

OMG!! These are all such awesome cards. Congrats to all of you and Thanks for showing us what can be done when you put your heart into what you already love to do!!!

Josephine said...

So many wonderful cards! Love those rainbow hearts!

Ramona said...

Congratulations to all you deserving winners. Beautiful!

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

Congraulations to all of the winners, ever single one earned a well deserved place in The Olympics of Stamping!

Cheri Howard said...

Outstanding, gals! Your cards are definitely medal-worthy!

Beth said...

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the stampy ladies who won Bronze, Silver and Gold!

Laura Stewart said...

love your cards !!

Beverly said...

You all designed some beautiful cards. So different and all stealable. Congratulations on being winners. Good jobs.

Lilly said...

Congratulations to all the winners! And what a great work =D

LaMaMaLa said...

ladies, these are GORGEOUS! you all did an amazing job!

Heidi said...

wow! how beautiful and intimidating! :) i love ALL of the winning entries and congrats to you all!!!

Marsha said...

Congratulations Ladies. Beautiful cards. Amazing talent.

southernscraps said...

Congrats to all. Fabulous cards.

diana albright said...

stunning creations!!! thanks for the inspiration!