June 30, 2010

The I Want to Ride My Bicycle Challenge Winners

You know that you're killing me, right?

These challenge-winning decisions seem to get more agonizing as we progress. So many delightful entries. So few to spotlight. And while I loved cards by Angeline Yong, Rae Barthel, Kazan, Michelle S., and Dina K., I did have to narrow it to five. So, my bike-loving friends, I give you the winners of the I Want to Ride My Bicycle challenge. Check it:

Hello Card by Kelley Eubanks

Moxie Fab Alert: I love that this card is so simple...and yet...it's all the different colors that draw me in. Notice how each element has been stamped in a different color. And the color choices? They are so happy, bright, and cheerful that I really felt like this card was actually articulating the word "hello" to me. And that variegated thread at the bottom for the road? The moxie fab touch that seals the deal!

Enjoy the Ride Card by Karolyn Loncon

Moxie Fab Alert: For me, the magic in this card is the background. I love that Karolyn has just stamped the door and the window to the house. We know it's a house without it being a house, if you knowaddamean. And the fact that she's stamped those elements in addition to the path in a soft white causes it to fade into the background even more. It's not the focal point of the card--that's the bike balanced by the same-colored ribbon, of course--but it is the music in the background that makes this card sing!

Enjoy the Journey Card by Julia Stainton

Moxie Fab Alert: Well my goodness but Julia's done a great job combining so many moxie fab patterns in this card, hasn't she? And that little basket she's created? TDF cute! And let's not gloss over the sentiment that goes around the wheel--'cause isn't that how the journey is laid out in front of us? Round and round as the wheels on the bike turn? Moxie love, Miss Julia, moxie love!

Wishing You Card by Cindy Holshouser

Moxie Fab Alert: Have you ever seen a sweeter, more summery card in your life? Doesn't that image put you smack dab on a country road where there is nary a care or concern in the whole entire world? And where there might even be a picnic waiting for us just around the corner? And talk about the sentiment perfectly complementing the image! Oh my! I think I've died and gone to a heavenly summer of sweet splendor!

The Places You Will Go Card by Courtney Kelley

Moxie Fab Alert: This card! This card! My oh my but it sends me to a really happy place! The little bike by the house with tree (love the colors!) on its way to the big city (those buildings so perfectly placed including color depth as you go deeper in perspective) , all implying that everything lies ahead and it is all good! What a joyful, hopeful, simply delightful card! You go, Courtney!

Friends, I know all y'all are inspired by these amazing cards. Leave me a comment by midnight MDT on Sunday, July 4 saying which you like the most and why and I'll draw one random winner to receive something yummy from my moxie magical prize drawer!

Winners, please send me an email with your addresses to cedvalson@papercraftsmag.com and I'll get you set up with your "I'm Moxie Fab Badges" as well as a moxie fab prize!

Thanks to everyone who gave this challenge a try! If you haven't clicked through the links, I highly recommend that you do so because these entries were all just stellar!

Ready for more? Be sure and stop by tomorrow where I'll be announcing the next fun challenge in the Moxie Fab World, straight from the pages of both Paper Crafts AND Creating Keepsakes magazines!

All pedaled out,

~Cath

PS You still have until noon MDT tomorrow to vote for the next Paper Crafts Gallery Idol! Click here to stand up and be counted!

144 comments:

Sandy said...

Enjoy the Journey Card is inspiring to me for it's bold combinations of colours and patterns

waldenbunch said...

Love the hello card. It's crisp and clean and simple yet charming.

tape said...

I love the colours & stamping in the Enjoy the Ride card!

Eveline said...

I can imagine you having a hard time choosing the winners. From these 5 cards I like the Hello card (#1)by Kelly Eubanks best. But that doesn't mean I don't like the other 4.
Eveline.

Donna VW said...

They are all so great, but I love Kelly's because I had a blue bike just like that growing up (even with the basket on front).

Milliesmarvels said...

I love the Enjoy the Journey card, it'ws stunning and I love the mix of papers and textures used to create the scene. Simply Stunning!
Jane
x

Jenny McGee said...

I like the Oh The Places You will Go. It reminds me of the name of a Dr. Suess book. cute card too.

mommyabbytommy said...

I like the simplicity of the Hello card. I love the inspiration, I wouldn't think a bicycle could be so versatile.

dahlhousedesigns said...

I do love Courtney's! What a great graduation or congrats kind of card.

lisa a.

StampinCathy said...

All the cards are fabulous. I would have to say my favorite would have to be the Enjoy the Journey Card. Love the colors, layout, and details of this card.

naturecoastcrafter said...

I love Karolyn Loncon's "house". Long ago in art class, we learned to let the viewer connect the pieces and let the theme carry beyond what you see--this card does exactly that!

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Does narrowing it down to two count? I love the card Hello by Kelley Eubanks, but also the Wishing You card by Cindy Holshouser. They are all great, but those two are my faves!

suzARTe said...

I love Courtney Kelly's card.I am a city girl at heart and although I can't ride a bike this depicts the perfect setting for riding a bicylce in the big smoke.Love the colours and imagery

Michele said...

My fav is the Hello card because of it's simplicity and how different ink colors were used on the bike.

Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

Sorry, but I just can't pick! They are all so unique and fun. And I'm including all, just not those pictured! Congratulations!

Helen F. said...

WOW, these are all so fabulous! I love the sentiment, image and soft colors of "Wishing You Butterfly Mornings and Wildflower Afternoons" by Cindy Holshouser!

vegetablog said...

I love Julia's "Enjoy the Journey" card. I wish I could be so talented to combine patterns like that! So perfect!

jan said...

Way too hard to chose just one!! All great cards ladies! Love the depth of the Journey card and the sweetness of Wishing You, such a unique look with pink and kraft!

Angie said...

Love them all, but I especially love the hello card. Must be so hard choosing winners from all those great cards!!!!

Patti J said...

I really, truly can't pick! So....I did the old 'eenie meenie miney o' thing! The card I chose was Karolyn's! (Kinda like my own homemade version or Random Org!)

Ellie A. said...

I would have to say the "Wishing you Card" is just amazing has all my fav. things. Kraft,coloring and sweet butterfly and awesome font on sentiment :)

Tanja S. said...

What gorgeous cards all of them, but my fave by a slight marin is the Wishing You Card by Cindy Holshouser.

Deborah said...

All the cards are GREAT! My favorite is "Enjoy the Journey Card" by Julia Stainton.

Alyssa B said...

they have been narrowed down enough as they are, they all deserve my vote! Also congratulations to the "almost" moxie fab winners, I loved your cards too!

lynn said...

great cards, everyone! all are inspiring!

AshKuku said...

All are awesome as it is their own creative awesomeness that has been liked & picked by the host...... But my favorite would be Enjoy the ride by Karolyn because it is an out of the box idea..... Very simple & subtly colored, but still being able to capture your attention & thoughts..... Kudos to her!!!!

Ash...
(http://hastkala-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Tiffany Heilman said...

love all of those fabulous bike. Love Julie's card with all of those fabulous patterns.

Maria Matter said...

what a great bunch of inspiration!

love Karolyn's house for the wonderful illusion of a house and the pop of color!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Wow!!! Thanks so much Cath! All of these cards are great! I don't want your job of having to choose... that is for sure! Thank you for doing it though....You have absolutely made my day! :)

Georgette S. said...

Its always so hard for me to choose because I don't have the talents that all of these entries have...I long for that creative juice to flow. Anyway if i have to choose it would be "Wishing You" by Cindy. It elegantly simple.

Lindzie said...

I like the first card...The hello one! So cute. Love everyone's ideas!

Mary (Happy Now) said...

Oh my, these are all AWESOME! I can't pick a favorite!

Natalie Elphinstone said...

I love Courtney's card. The bold colours and graphic design ..... loveeee!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

They are all lovely, but I find myself drawn to Courtney's The Places You'll Go! Fantastic.

catnap said...

A very tough decision; they all have their charms. Maybe the Hello card by Kelley, for its simplicity.

Manhattan Mandie said...

I love the Enjoy the Journey card! I like the patterns all working together!

Veronica said...

I love the hello card. I love the bright colors and how simple and clean it looks!

Jess said...

I love the colors on the first and last cards. I"m not much for pastels so these strong colors draw me in.

Jo said...

Fabulous cards! Love the sentiment on the butterfly card!

Sarah said...

I fell over myself when I saw the way Cindy paired her image and sentiment. I don't usually go for romantic imagery in my cards, but this one really touched me.

Linda (LSN on SCS) said...

I would have to say Julia S' Enjoy the Journey card! I have always loved Julia's style and today is no exception!

Linda

marilyn said...

WISHING YOU BUTTERFLIES-- love the sentiment and the butterfly on that one!

Cindy said...

My favorite is "The Places You Will Go." So cute.

Kazan Clark said...

awwww thanks for the shout out Cath :) Your top 5 picks are fab. The two that really caught my eye are Kelley's and Courtney's cards. Love the different colors on Kelley's bicycle and the beautiful details and creativity on Courney's card. Congrats to all the ladies :)

Janette said...

All of these cards are awesome. I like Kelly Eubanks best, but they are all fantastic.

Kelly Massman said...

They are all great! My favorite(s) are Enjoy the Ride Card by Karolyn Loncon (love the background and that red bicycle looks like it's jut waiting for ME to ride it) and The Places You Will Go Card by Courtney Kelley! (mainly because the phrase is based off of a book and I'm a librarian and love the graphic design of the city) See, they are all so good I can't even narrow 5 to 1. You must have had a hard time!

Jamie said...

My personal fav is enjoy the Journey by Julia. They are all so fabulous, Great job!!

Alison said...

I love the "Oh the places you'll go" card. Perfect for graduation or starting a new job!

theelfqueen said...

These are all so darned cute!!! Adore the Hello card!

Nancy B said...

They are all great & so inspiring. I love the pink bike in Wishing You.

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Absolutely freaking out here!! Thanks, Cath, for choosing my Enjoy the Ride card. I am doing the silliest happy dance you ever did see, especially in light of all the other wonderful cards that you chose. I am thrilled beyond belief to be included in such amazing company. You've made my day, my week, my year, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Hugs!

rkokes said...

love the enjoy the ride card!

Erica Hettwer said...

I love Kelley's hello card, it just makes me happy!

Donna Sue said...

Cindy's card is so nice with a pink bike and that cute little butterfly! All are nice.

Sue D said...

Hard to pick a favorite but I choose Wishing You Card by Cindy. She really captured the sentiment.

Tammy said...

I love the Wishing You card by Cindy...love the sentiment and the soft colors...a very relaxing card feeling!

Margie said...

M favorite is Julia's-love the mix of patterns!

julie m said...

it is a difficult choice, but the places you will go card grabs my imagination and lures it to visualize places i have not visited yet.

Michelle said...

Love the oh the places you'll go sentiment! Perfect!

Toni K said...

I love the Hello card by Kelley Eubanks. So simple, but so gorgeous! The colors are phenominal!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I visit all of these gals' blogs...love them all:) How could I pick just one! SO FAB! Thanks for the chance to win!

Poppy said...

I love the Enjoy the Ride card! The colors go together so well and that red bow is just delicious!

charli said...

Love the Oh the Places You'll Go card--the colors and the slightly tilty elements are very like Dr. Seuss to me.

Samantha said...

Wow, a really wonderful bunch of cards, I was blown away. My fave is Courtney's. Such a clever little card, and the city buildings are awesome.

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I love all of the cards you picked...especially Kelley's- just wonderful!

Denise said...

I love the places you will go card the best. I think the colors are awesome, and those buildings she made rock.

Sylvia said...

I do feel for you Cathy, There were so many awesome cards and I love and congratulate the winnders! My favorite is Julia Stainton, Enjoy the Journey. Her card is fresh, like a new summer, funky , fab, and all those different patterns create so much interest! The other four are equally as wonderful, but you said pick your fav.

Christine said...

They are all amazing cards but I have to say that the card by Julia Stainton, Enjoy the Journay, just touched my heart. I too love the beautiful patterns and the circle stamp behind the wheel of the bike. Just pure genius!!
xoxo, Christine

ArlaMo said...

Love the Hello card! Simply stunning.

Lexi said...

The stitched road is too cute! Loving that card :)

scarthur said...

I can't decide between the "hello" card and the enjoy the journey card - both stunning, and amazingly clever!

Courtney K said...

thanks so much for choosing my card Cath!!

i love the simplicity of Kelley's card, and how Karolyn used the white on kraft, and just about everything on Julia's card but especially the sentiment in a circle, and Cindy's coloring along with the little butterfly is too cute!!

Laura Isham said...

Love Kelley's card! She always makes CAS look so good!

Amy said...

Wow!! They are all wonderful!! I think that the Wishing You Card by Cindy Holshouser is so serene. I want to go there. ;)

kelly said...

what beautiful cards! i know how hard it was for me to pick a favorite from your 10... bless your heart having to narrow down from ALL the entries! as much as i enjoyed them all, karolyn loncon's card--with its kraft and red--just sings to me!

Sue in Grapevine said...

I love Karolyn's card the best - it's striking & I have all the stuff to make it.

Angelica said...

These are wonderful! They seem to bring you back to a simpler time! I love that! If I HAD to choose a favorite, it would be the Enjoy the Journey card. I really liked how she cut out the bike from patterned papter...so cute!

rudie2shoes said...

Oh my, these cards are beautiful. I especially love Karolyn's bicycle, simply adorable!

Jinny Newlin said...

These are fantastic! Congrats, winners! I love Cindy's card the best. Who can resist a PINK bicycle?! So gorgeous!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Congratulations to all the honorable mentions and the fab 5!! Wowsers...what great entries - love each one!

My fave is julia's. I love her choice of elements - that bike rocks and the sentiment just flows with it... Awesome card:)

Deb Neerman said...

WoW, these are ALL fabulous ... how to choose just one?!?

Okay, eeny-meany-minny-moe, pick a bicycle and off we go: Julia's card.

Rebecca Ednie said...

It is so hard to choose btwn Julia's and Cindy's. I love the mixy matchy patterns and the sentiment round the wheel on the one but who can resist flowers and a pink bike with a fabulous sentiment on the other. Hmmm... Maybe I'll go for the pink bike as my fave!

Christine said...

I love Kelly's card! The simplicity is beautiful and I love her stitching technique!

Blessings,
Christine N

Cindy Holshouser said...

Congratulations everyone and thank you for selecting my card. I really do love bikes, and bike riding, and looked at every single entry for this reason. What a super fun challenge this was:)

Mel said...

I love Cindy's Butterfly wishes card...adorable!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Oh my goodness those are fabulous! I think I like the Oh the places you'll go, love the white with the bold colors. I had a lot fun with the challenge, so great to see so many other awesome bikes.

jen said...

I am beyond thrilled to see my friend Cindy's card here! On her birthday no less! Congrats to all- so many great entries for this challenge!!! :)

Valerie said...

They are all gorgeous but I particularly love the hand-drawn, unique quality of Cindy's card. Nice work ladies!

Julie Overby said...

Fun, fun cards! I liked Kelley's the best. Simple, yet elegant. Love it.

Smriti said...

all the cards are beautiful however I like Karolyn Loncon's card the most. It has that sweet homely touch to it which makes me want to be at home...now! :)

I love the way you've described the attributes of each card -it's simply WOW! In fact everytime there's a contest the thing that I look forward to is how you'll explain what you've picked; because you've an eye that totally astounds me! It gives me a totally new perspective for looking at cards.

Agata said...

I understand why to choose only few cards is such a hard job!!! I love the one by Cindy, it's a perfect lady's bike calling for a ride in fields of flowers!

Jessi Fogan said...

I love Cindy's Wishing You card - so feminine and CAS while still being full of gorgeous detail...I love it :)

Geri said...

I love Kelley's Hello card! I marvel at her ability to use a different color on each part of the bike! Wow! Now that takes time and patience! Well done!

brenlubrant said...

I love the "Places you will Go" card because I love the way the city buildings on the card pop out.

Janice said...

Wow- you do have a tough job. The creativity in all of these is great. But I will choose 1 fave and it is the bicyle with the summer sentiment and the basket full of flowers- Cindy's card. It has a wonderful, nostalgic feel

Summer Braxton said...

I really adore Julia's card. The dimension, the design layout, the pop of flowers... perfection.

Kimberly S said...

While they're all lovely, my favorite is the Wishing You Card by Cindy Holshouser. It really is just so sweet from the image to the perfect sentiment she used. :)

quilter said...

The "enjoy the ride" card colors of red and green are so striking. It's just perfect, but--what a hard job to have to choose!

PinkPug,INK. said...

Love Julia's card.

Janet S said...

Oh my, what a decision! I LOVE all of these cards. I guess if I had to pick one it would be Cindy's sweet card. I love the wildflowers and the little butterfly plus the greeting is perfect with the image. Thanks for a chance to win a little goody from the drawer, too. :D

bzyPTmom said...

I'm loving the wishing you card-love the lovely pink bicycle on the light brown background--so cute and lovely.

Danielle said...

Wow-They are all fantastic but i do love the Enjoy the journey card by Julia:)

Steph said...

They are all amazing but I think I love Julia's best. It really caught my eye.

Tricia said...

I love Cindy's Wishing You card - it really does take you to a summer's day!

Natalie Winterstein said...

I really love all of these cards but I would say Cindy's is my favorite - the colors are so beautiful. :)

Sew-Ink said...

All five cards are lovely! Thanks for sharing!

serena said...

love the Hello card. I just love the stamped "road".

Kathy Martin said...

All are AWESOME! The Wishing You by Cindy is my fave, however! :)

Adventures in Alice Land said...

Oh my ...so many beautiful cards! I love theHello Card by Kelley Eubanks.
It's just so darn cute, bright and cheerful!

thestampinglady said...

I keep going back to the very first card, the Hello Card by Kelly. You do have a very difficult job in choosing just the right ones--picking this one was very hard for me--they were all great.

sarah.hampton said...

I love Karolyn's Enjoy the Ride card. What a great design! The bicycle really pops!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Congrats to all the winners! I totally love Julia's Enjoy The Journey card! She incorporated so many awesome patterns and so much dimension to her design!

Christina said...

So hard to pick between these adorable cards, but I would have to say Karolyn Loncon's Enjoy the Ride is my favorite! Such a soft, sweet background, and I love that big bow!

horseygal said...

O M Goodness!!! What a hard decision!
I guess if I HAD to chose, the 1st and 3rd card made me want to make them..... NOW! They had put that extra "moxie" in the Moxe Fab!!!

Laura Stewart said...

I love The Places You Will Go Card - I got that book as a gift when I graduated & I still have it

madebykarla said...

I love all the cards, but I feel the same way about the 'hello' card. It's so simple and great!

horseygal said...

Sorry, I spelled "Moxie" wrong in my previous post. It was an accident, I really do know how to spell! (**insert red faced smilie**)

Carol said...

My fav- The Places You'll Go

Reasons- So Many!
The colors and design are great and I love the Dr. Suess book by that title too! I knew this card would win when I saw it!

Carol B

Sharon said...

The Hello Card is really cute. I like how it's simple, yet colorful and has flair. But the others are really cute, too. It gives me sympathy for whoever has to choose a winner. IT'S SO HARD!

Tanya Rudd said...

Enjoy the Journey card is just too amazing. Love the dark bike and the circles on the card.
Hugs
Tanya

Tammy said...

It is really hard to pick! There were so many that weren't chosen that were favs too. I guess if I had to narrow it down I would pick "Wishing you"
Congrats ladies!

Ann Cicilie said...

The first card shown, the hello card, is my favourite. I'm crazy about the simple style with a couple of funky details right now :)

Janet L. said...

I love the Hello card for its colors and simplicity although the others are great, too. They all remind me of riding to the library with my books in the basket and my little dog running along beside me.

Shelly Greybeck said...

I really like the Wishing you... card because that 3-D butterfly just makes that card POP! What a great inspiration piece.

Sharri said...

Wow, do I really have to pick just one. I love them all but my fav is the butterfly mornings.

calamity jane said...

Tough choice!! All are so very beautifully done. My guess my fave is Kelley's "Hello" card. I have to get a bicycle stamp or two now. Thanks for sharing!!

Karen B. said...

All the cards are great, but I love the city scape card, what a great way to create a scene and take you to that place.

LMcBurney said...

All of them are great but I pick Courtney Kelly's as a stand out for me. I thought it would make a great graduation card. It certainly makes me think of my moving from home into the city headed for college out of high school. Great card made with ink and not a boat load of embellishments.

LaurieJ said...

Oh, they are all fantastic, but I'd have to say that the Enjoy the Ride card is my favorite. I love that little red bicycle! And the white elements in the background are perfect.

Gearhart Gang said...

My fav is the last card you featured. so simple, almost dr. seuss-ish as the sentiment suggests. PERFECT!

Rachel D said...

Don't make me pick ONE. Two are my favorite. :) The polka dot bicycle card is cute and colorful, but I also love the sentiment and originality of the Places You'll Go card.

Stephanie said...

Honestly, I cannot pick a favorite because they all have something so lovely, so endearing, that there is no best here. They are so perfect in their own way that I love each and every one!!

Chloe said...

I adore Cindy Holshouser's gorgeous card! The CAS design is perfect and the sentiment so sweet!

FrancineB said...

I love the Wishing You Card by Cindy Holshouser. It reminds me of younger days. :)

Gina said...

Oh my. The Hello card from Kelley Eubanks is incredible in its simplicity. It is the card that would grab my attention if it were in a display. Love it!

Marty said...

I love Kelley's- simple and classy.

kathy/North Carolina said...

I love them all...but I keep going back to the simple hello card by Kelley. It's magical!

Heather said...

There are all charming...love the Dr Seuss line on courtney's card!

Cynthia B. said...

Love Julia's "journey" card - the basket with flowers, the circular sentiment, plus the houndstooth background won me over.
But these are ALL fabulous cards! Thanks for sharing, ladies!

Nancy L. said...

Congrats to all the ladies!! I love Karolyn's card. The bike popping out is really nice!

The McCullough Family said...

I love the use of white space in the first card. Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I love the Hello card b/c it is clean but still so colorful.

Thanks for the giveaway and have a great weekend!
Josiane

Chriss Blagrave said...

Oh my, what lovely cards these gals created! Love all of their unique takes on the challenge, but Cindy's summery one really sings to me!

aallen66 said...

All of the cards are great, but I particularly like the "Hello" card. I love that it is simple and straightforward and it is something I would love to receive from someone. Thanks for the contest.