July 4, 2012

The Card Creations Week Challenge Winners!


I suppose I was asking for trouble when I extended the deadline for our Card Creations Week Challenges, as the number of astounding entries just continued to grow and grow. And believe you me, after looking at all 806 entries, it has been sheer torture narrowing it down to the final 10. In fact, it was so difficult, I've also linked to three additional cards in each category for your viewing pleasure. And though my shoulder continues to improve, I didn't leave comments this time because it's really all I can do just to post each day. Thanks so much for your understanding.

And now, may I have a drum roll, please?

Here are the winners of our most popular challenge, the Gingham Challenge:


Moxie Fab Alert: I absolutely adore the concept and execution of this card. The idea of using gingham to represent a trendy landscape is super clever, and the scale of the road sign and the car to said landscape is just perfect. The sentiment is so incredibly encouraging, and is a perfect compliment to the squiggle in the road sign which implies that life always throws us curves. And the font Nina chose? Another perfect detail that caused this card to rise to the top of the pile.


Moxie Fab Alert: This card is so fun and funky I can hardly stand it. I moxie love the gingham fabric ruffle Jinny has stitched to the card, reminding me of a country curtain or tablecloth. I especially love that she took a risk and paired it with the bold damask on the wood grain background paper, giving it a mixxy-matchy sophistication that is simply delightful. And once again, check out the movement in the design. Your eye first lands on the rooster whose beak takes you up to the button where the ribbon takes your eye to the right of the card where it's picked up by the fence post which takes it down to the sentiment where it's swept up by the gingham ruffle which takes you straight back to the rooster. Now that's some great flow in design!

Other gingham noteworthies you'll want to "check" out include Clare, Jingle, and Michele Gross.

I was utterly blown away by the number of you brave Moxie Fabbers who tackled the Spatter Challenge, and I delighted in the many engaging diatribes that explored the nature of the word "spatter" versus "splatter." Hilarious! Though each word works, to me "splatter" has more of a negative connotation, so I chose the word "spatter" for the purposes of our challenge.

To be honest, I thought this would be the least popular of the five challenges, but I was pleasantly surprised, and even more so, because this was one of the most difficult categories to judge.


Moxie Fab Alert: What I love most about this card is that it just feels like a celebration from top to bottom. The bright colors; the fun, layered and stitched banners; and the double "happy" in the sentiment make me grin from ear to ear. But what I love the very most is that the multi-colored spatters Piali has incorporated add so much to the festive atmosphere she has created. It's as though someone has thrown confetti into the card just as it came into our view.


Moxie Fab Alert: Once again, the spatter in this card adds so much to the design of the card. It fits perfectly with the retro-messy vibe this card has going on--and I mean that in a really good way!

Here are three additional spatter-ific cards you'll want to take a look at:  Alice W. (second card), Heather Maria, and Jaclyn Miller.

We all love our brocade and damask, don't we? While it's a go-to pattern for classy and elegant projects, I was especially enamored of these two projects that took the classy and elegant style and jazzed it up notch. Check it:


Moxie Fab Alert: I'm not sure I would have ever thought to pair wood grain with damask, but Chupa has done it with such flare and such style that I can't take my eyes off of it. It doesn't hurt that the color combination is surprisingly astounding either, does it?


Moxie Fab Alert: Talk about turning classy and elegant on its proverbial ear! The idea of coloring each element of this brocade pattern in such pleasingly different colors has my eyes popping in wonder and awe! But you know what makes this card really work? The sentiment stylized in that funky font! If Ardyth had chosen something scripty and pretty? Notsamuch.

Again, there were so many yummies in this category, I just have to offer you three more: erin t, Donna M., and Karen B.

Of all the trends I've covered in the last couple of years, the doilies and lace trend is one of my favorites, and clearly it's one of yours, too. Here are the winning entries:

 

Moxie Fab Alert: If there ever were a card that personifies "pretty," this is it. From the doily-stamped kraft background to the actual doily itself to the beautifully stamped and colored flower to the banner with its scripty font, this card does what doilies do--exaggerate the feminine. And the rhinestones? Sheer perfection!


Moxie Fab Alert: Today's gasp goes to this moxie gorgeous card. The "why" of this card is difficult for me to put into words. For the "why" is in the unbelievably soft color that is repeated in the butterfly and the flower. It's in the lacey-ness of the doily that is repeated in the die-cut butterfly. It's in the simplicity of the stylized sentiment. It's in the exquisite placement of each of these magnificent elements. I find that in cards where it is difficult to examine the "why"--they always begin with a gasp.

Other lovelies include these cards by Emily Niehaus, Kerrianne Gwin, and Nona.

And last but certainly not least, the Postage Challenge. Check out these moxie fab winning entries:


Moxie Fab Alert: This fun and cute card is perfectly executed. I love that the bike and postcard elements are on a diagonal, causing the sentiment to stand out on its own. The fact that Gayatri has raised the front panel gives me the sense that we're dealing with an envelope somehow, which adds to the "postal" nature of the card itself. I wouldn't necessarily think of a bike in terms of postage, but it works absolutely perfectly. It is as though the message is being "sent" on the bike, the "love" is the postcard, and the cancelled stamp is all the validation that we need that this card is as heartfelt as it ever gets. And the color choices? Moxie to the fab!


 Moxie Fab Alert: Here's a smile for you. The vintage elements in this card are so sweet I can almost taste them. A kraft envie wrapped in lace? A strawberry-topped die-cut flap? A ticket that poses as a stamp? Zig-zag stitching that functions as cancellation marks? Put it all together and what do you have? A moxie creative approach to this challenge that makes my heart sing with love and joy!

Here are three more innovative postage projects that will make your hearts sing as well: Lin, Emily Niehaus, and Trinh.

Phew! I am exhausted and in need of some ice on my poor shoulder after all of that! But what a way to go! I mean, the entries to these challenges were about as fun as it ever gets around here. Thanks for giving me so much eye candy to cheer me up through my rehabilitation!

Winners (that is, those of you whose pictured cards were featured), please send me your address in an email to cedvalson@papercraftsmag.com and I'll set you up with your "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winning buttons for your blogs as well as a copy of Card Creations, Volume 10.

And lest we forget, it's Independence Day here in the States, so let's celebrate with a giveaway, shall we? Leave these talented ladies a comment by midnight EST on Sunday, July 8 and I'll draw 2 random luckies to win a copy of Card Creations to inspire your card making!

Bring on the Stamp It! Cards Week challenges!

~Cath

108 comments:

Jackie said...

Beautiful cards!!! I can imagine how difficult the task was to narrow it down to a few, but these are clear winners! Congrats to these talented ladies!

Piali said...

Thank you soooooooooooo much Cath!!!!
Gorgeous card Ladies!!! Congrats to all of you!!

lostinpaper said...

A.MaZing! Well done everyone, these cards are totally FAB!

Jen W. said...

Whoop whoop to all the winners! So much yumminess first thing in the morning!!

tape said...

Yes, totally moxie fab! Publication quality.

Jackie Rockwell said...

What a lovely 4th of July surprise! Thanks Cath!!! Congrats to all the winners your cards are fantastic!

craftymom205 said...

Great projects by everyone.

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Lucy said...

Congrats! All the cards are lovely :) Great job girls.

Jeanette M. said...

Congratulations to the winners! All gorgeous cards.

Kelly said...

These are incredible!!!! Congratulations !

Susan said...

Congrats to the winners! Lovely and inspiring cards!

Karen B. said...

Great cards! Thanks, Cath, for your hard work, and thanks for the mention!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I can see from these amazing cards that picking a winner in each category had to be daunting. I loved them all...the wonderful happy, happy birthday spatter card was a fave, and so was the wonderful red gingham rooster...and the blue and white doily/butterfly card? Sigh......

Cindy C. said...

Awesome beautiful cards! Congrats to all winners!

Carol said...

Wishing you continued success with your recovery. I had my shoulder blade and collar bone broke in an accident in March and I can relate to how you feel somewhat; but I understand the pain from surgery is a lot worse. Congrats on being able to type so much, though - that is REAL progress. Continued wishes for a complete recovery. And, I love reading Moxie Fab World. :0)

Kailash said...

Gorgeous cards, so much talent and inspiration, congrats to all the winners!!!

Renae C. from NC said...

Great cards! Congratulations to all the winners!

Jinny Newlin said...

Eeek! Thank you so much for featuring my country gingham number! What an honor, especially considering there were so many entries! And a HUGE congrats to all the other winners! What a glorious line-up! Have a safe and blessed 4th of July, Cath! Hugs!

Sandi said...

All the featured cards are stunning with my favorites being Piali's and Lin's. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Betty said...

Congrats, ladies! Great cards! Thanks for the inspiration!!

diana said...

A wonderful collection of cards!! Thanks for the ideas & inspiration. ;-)

diana said...

A wonderful collection of cards!! Thanks for the ideas & inspiration. ;-)

Lin said...

Thank you, Cath - what a lovely way to start my morning! These challenges were all fun, and it was great to see all the beautiful entries - congrats to all the winners!

Barb said...

Fabulous choices, Cath! Congrats to all the winners! Happy 4th! :)

Jingle said...

Congratulations to the winners and thanks for the shout out, Cath! :-)

Angela said...

Congrats winners! I love the ones you picked! What a hard time it must have been to decide! Beautiful work ladies!

Houses Built of Cards said...

Congrats to all of you! And AMAZING work narrowing it down Cath! That had to be one hard job, and I think you nailed it perfectly!

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Jennifer Scull said...

all of those cards are just wonderful! congrats to each of the winners! :)
and I am proud of EVERYONE who submitted.... it isn't easy getting the nerve up to enter the contests!

Hussena said...

Congrats to all the Winners..Beautiful Cards...loved each one of Them :)

Laura Jane said...

WOWSZA doesn't come close to expressing the awe of beauty in these cards!Thank you ladies for your inspiration! and Thank you Cathy for the MOXIE FAB ALERTS...I'm learning eversomuch about design!
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!

Sisters Craft Cafe said...

Congratulations to all ladies! absolutely gorgeous cards, hands down.

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Congrats to the winners!

Angi said...

Fab designs! Congrats to the winners.

Michele Gross said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for choosing my gingham spectacles as a noteworthy!! Tooooootally made my day! Happy 4th of July!!!

Scrapycandy said...

Ladies, your cards are professional! Go out and sell sell sell! And Cath... takes time to heal. My best friend is now the physical therapist. Take care.

Mary Mac said...

Beautiful creations ladies. Wishing everyone a Happy 4th.

Anita Rex said...

What a great post to wake up to! Thank you for picking my card! What makes me happiest is that I made them to say thank you to wonderful older ladies who babysit my mom's group kids each Tuesday! Love all the cards today so inspiring and beautiful! Congrats ladies!

pamela said...

Happy 4th! Those cards are amazing especially the splatter ones!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! Such beautiful cards and so inspiring. Have a wonderful, safe and happy 4th!

Shirley said...

Such lovely cards! I especially like Lin's card with the doily and butterfly.

TLady said...

WOW! CONGRATULATIONS LADIES! :)

Jacquie Southas said...

congratulations to all - fabulous cards ^ great inspiration!

Laura {aka scrapaddict} said...

Congrats to all the winners! Clean and Simple style in every card!

Barbara said...

These cards are all so fabulous!

flowerdisco said...

oh my goodness....those cards are awesome. i think you ladies are so out of this world with so much creativity. wow!

Teresa Zuehls said...

Congratulations to all the winners! All creations are so wonderful. Great job Cath. I can't even imagine how hard it was to pick from so many wonderful cards.

charli said...

seriously gorgeous work!

Jeni said...

Congratulations of all of the winners! And, Happy 4th of July! Try & stay cool.

Veronica Z said...

All of the winning cards are AMAZING!! Congrats to the winners!

Nina Yang said...

What a wonderful surprise to start the morning! Thank you so much Cath! Wish you a full recover soon!

Michele from MS said...

806 Entries?? Holy moly! These winners certainly deserved this honor!! Such beauty, creativity and uniqueness to each one....Congratulations to the lucky winners!! Can't wait to see what's next! msmith38652@gmail.com

Diane S. said...

beautiful and jaw dropping! I can't even begin to say how much I am in love with all these cards-the honorable mentions blow me away too!

stamplover2011 said...

Congrats ladies!! Awesome cards by all of you!!

stamplover2011 said...

Congrats ladies!! Awesome cards by all of you!!

Katie said...

Amazing, amazing cards! I love them all but especially the UR Fabulous and the one below with the green woodgrain. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

these are amazing!!! Congrats ladies!!!

Liz said...

wonderfully creative women ! The cards are wonderful too !

Mirta Sanchez said...

Congratulations to all the winners! And well done Cath on getting through all those entries!

Rebecca Ednie said...

Amazing cards! But over 800 entries in only one category? Fab eye candy but your eyes must have gotten tired and your shoulder too!

Angie Tieman said...

Beautiful cards! Congrats to all the Moxie winners and mentions!

Lisa Brown, ink and inspirations said...

Congratulations, everyone! Beautiful work!

Janet said...

Congrats ladies! All of you did a beautiful job!

Virginia L. said...

What beautiful creations! Congrats to the MF winners and HMs!!

Agata said...

Congrats ladies!!! Your work is amazing!

donna mikasa said...

Hi Cath! Thanks for the shout out on my brocade card! Congrats to all the Moxie winners! Happy 4th to you!

Nita K. said...

Congrats to all the winners! You all did an amazing job.

JessicaK said...

Gorgeous cards, and such a variety of styles. Congratulations to everyone!

Creative M said...

Congrats to the winners!!!Beautiful Creations!!!

Eileen said...

Totally amazing cards .... loved checking them all out ... so inspiring! Congrats to all those who were featured!

Lindsey said...

I don't envy you having to narrow down all those entries... or your aching shoulder! Excellent picks, though.

Robin K. said...

Congrats to all the winners!!! Loved seeing the creations of some of my blogging buddies amongst the winners:). Going through that many entries must have been a daunting task! Hope your 4th was a festive one!

Sue D said...

Oh my--all the cards are wonderful!!

Laraine R said...

What great cards! I agree well done! Thanks for sharing all of these amazing cards!

Bethany said...

Great cards ladies. I have to say that the spatters were my fav.

Alice Wertz said...

Gorgeous cards, ladies!! Congratulations to all! And thanks so much for the shout out, Cath! =)

Dana Nelson said...

Such fabby projects!!

Denacline88 said...

Wow...Amazing cards everyone. You all did a great job. Cath your in my thoughts and prayers each day as you continue to heal your shoulder. Blessings to all !!

rush said...

the talent here is overwhelming!

yyam said...

Oh wow! I'm so honoured to have been picked as one of the winners! Thank you so much Cath! Congrats to all the winners and honourable mentions! Fabulous creations!

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Thanks so much!! What a nice surprise :) Congrats to all of the ladies, and all the best on the way to recovery to you, Cath!

Helen L said...

What fun and lovely cards: thanks for sharing then Kathy, and take it easy on that shoulder!!

Gayatri said...

Wow! Thanks so much Cath! What a great start today!
Great work everybody. Congratulations.
Hope you recover soon, Cath! Take it easy on your shoulders:)

Marie / Legojenta said...

Such wonderful cards, ladies! TFS =)

Alienka said...

Like all of the winners' cards but some of them - most of all :)))

Arlene said...

WOW, Cath you have made my day! Thanks for choosing my card...truly a great surprise! Congrats to all the other winners as well, a job well done. :)

Donna said...

These cards are wonderful, Lin's smile card is my favorite though.

Julie S. said...

Wow...all of the cards are so great. Congrats to all of the winners !! Great job ladies .

Julie S. said...

Wow...all of the cards are so great. Congrats to all of the winners !! Great job ladies .

Linda said...

congratulations winners! Really FABULOUS cards. Each one with a very high Moxie-Fab-GASP-factor!

April said...

Wow what gorgeous creations! Congrats ladies. ;)

Judy1223 said...

Congratulations to ALL the winners...its obvious why they won! Awesome job, ladies! (So nice to see so many familiar names, too!)

Aixa M. said...

Congrats to all winners! Gorgeous cards!

SheriE. said...

What wonderful cards. Great job! I wish I wasn't supposed to be working right now as I am inspired to try some of these great ideas.

DonnaSue said...

What a great job by all of you! Congrats!

Gill said...

You are all fabulous. Thank you for such wonderful inspiration.

*Jennyfer L* said...

All of these ladies have done a fab job! I cant have a favorite, they are way too gorgeous and inspiring!

Karen T said...

Amazing entries... And congrats to those lucky and very deserving winners too!! What a job it must have been to pick.
Great job everyone

SusanB said...

Wow! Very inspiring group of cards. Great take away ideas - love the little details.
Bravo, ladies!

Helen F. said...

Oh My Gosh!What an enormous task for Cath. These cards are all so fabulous~yes, moxie fab indeed!
Congrats to all of the winners.

mtscrapgal said...

I can see what a hard time you had picking winners for all the challenges, Cath. The extra cards yu linked us to were inspiting too. Thanks and congrats to all the winners.

Tammy said...

Awesome job everyone! Great works of art!

Katy said...

Congratulations to the winners! These are cards are fabulous! Way to go ladies! :)

Jen said...

These are amazing! Congrats to the winners!

bjmartin said...

Wow, what awesome selections! Congratulations to the winners - your creativity is inspiring!

Cynthia Rose said...

To be choosen out of over 800 entries is really spectacular - congratulations!

julie e said...

This collection reminds me of summertime family get togethers - picnics, reunions, campfires. Thanks for the chance to win.

Heather Maria said...

Wow what fantastic cards - big congrats to all the winners! Cath, thanks so much for mentioning my card:)I have to tell you I had so much fun spattering/splattering, something I probably haven't done in over thirty years!

Nona said...

Amazing cards, ladies! Congrats to all the winners! And thank you so much for the shout out :)