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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Blog Hop Winners!

A HUGE "Thank You!" to everyone who participated in our Holiday Blog Hop to celebrate the end of our first term here at House of Cards!  Those of you who applied to be on the DT should hear back by the end of the week after everyone has been considered.  Thank you for your patience!  But enough about that!  We've got some winners to announce, so let's get to it!

Top Winner is~


Top 5 are~
(In numerical order.)

Congratulations to all of you!  Please grab your badges and display them proudly on your blogs--they were all very well deserved!!!  And now we've got some prizes to give away!  ALL WINNERS MUST CONTACT MYNN VIA EMAIL (onastampage@yahoo.com) BY DECEMBER 31ST, 2014 OR PRIZES WILL BE REDRAWN.

The winner of the Dilly Beans prize is~
Turwen who left this comment on Daen'Ys blog:
"Oh, your card is so, become so beautiful again! Really quite fantastic! I like the cold colors anyway! LG"

The winner of the Eclectic Anthology prize is~
cohenna who left this comment on Ruth's blog:
Wonderful cards! I just love it. :)

The winner of the Inspired By Stamping prize is~
Ang who left this comment on Joanna's blog:
"Gorgeous card, I love the ribbon.  Ang"

The winner of the Sami Stamps prize is~
PaNaKo who left this comment on Nonni's blog:
"Sooo beautiful! I just love it!"

And the winner of the Stitchy Bear prize is~
LyndallA who left this comment on Rocky's blog:
"Love the effect of the subtle colours!"


Congratulations to you all!!!  Thank you so much for the support we've had the past six months!  We'll be back in January with a new look, new challenges, and some new DT members!  Happy holidays and happy stamping to you all!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday Blog Hop + DT CALL!

BEFORE WE START--we'd like you all to know that this blog hop is also a DT CALL!!!  If you're interested in working with us a HOC for a six month term from January through June of 2014, please put DT at the end of your entry name when you link up!!!  We're looking for crafters comfortable in any card making style and it might just be YOU!  You will be contacted by December 18th to know if you've made the team. :)  Also, we will be going to a bi-weekly challenge format in 2014.  Each DT member will just be in charge of one or two cards/projects per month plus commenting.  Please email Mynn at onastampageATyahooDOTcom if you have any other questions!  And now...

Hi, friends, and welcome to the last challenge of our first DT term here at House of Cards!  This month we're doing things a little different.  Our challenge will run FROM DECEMBER 1ST UNTIL DECEMBER 15TH ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment!

Here's our photo inspiration~
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e325/pballrsgirl/white%20christmas/bhg7.jpg

Oh, and did I mention this is a BLOG HOP?!  Yep, and we've got some fabulous sponsors with prizes!  Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog along the way because the prizes are hidden and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where they are hiding! :)  After you're done, make a creation to share with us here, too, for another chance to win!  AND we're lucky to have the design team from Inspired By Stamping as our special guests, too!!!

Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
Our team will be using a variety of products
from these amazing stores!~

Dilly Beans Digi Stamps

Inspired by Stamping


Feel Free to Grab My Badge for Your Blog!




And here's the blog hop order~

You're here -----> House of Cards Challenge Blog<-----You're here

Grace Tolman

Leah Cornelius

Irit Shalom

Kendra Sand

Nazeema Bastian

Rebecca Deeprose

Rose Miller

Tina Hale


Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop is Joanna Munster's blog--she's the fabulous owner of Inspired By Stamping!  Don't forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all! :)

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Winner, Month 5 Classic and Elegant

  Think a greeting card from Hallmark.  These are not really cards that fit into any other category.  They usually feature floral or other classic elements.  Less embellishments than Shabby & Vintage or Fun & Cute, but more than CAS.  These cards also utilize clean lines and classic elements--distressing is not usually a part of the Classic & Elegant style.

Classic and Elegant Winner:  #2 Mrs. Duck



color nature

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL WINNERS MUST FOLLOW OUR CHALLENGE RULES IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR  TOP WINNER OR A SPOT IN OUR TOP FIVE.  Please review the rules at the end of each challenge post or in the tab up top.  Thank you.

There is still time to play along with Shabby/Vintage Photo/Color challenge here.



Monday, November 25, 2013

Month Five: Shabby/Vintage Photo/Color Challenge

Welcome to the fifth month here at House of Cards!  We love seeing you push your limits and trying out new card making styles!  We hope you're loving it as much as we are!

It's the first week of the month, so we need you to create something in the Shabby & Vintage style. These cards can utilize many kinds of embellishments such as lace, ribbon, doilies, flowers, pearls, rhinestones, metal, etc. and are usually made using vintage and/or steampunk images.  Distressing, art journaling techniques, and collage stamping are very common in this type of card making. 


And please combine the Shabby/Vintage style with this~
color nature

We want you to be inspired by the photo, the colors, or both!  If you go with the colors, please choose at least 3.  Let your imagination take flight!  Some of us are in autumn, some in spring, so we tried to find a combo that would work for both seasons.  And perhaps even holiday cards?!

And now some inspiration from our team~

Mynnette

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Winner, Month 5 CAS Photo/Color Challenge

 These cards use minimal or NO embellishment.  There should be lots of "white space" present on your card--open space with no stamping or anything else.  One layer cards are usually considered CAS as long as they are not covered in stamping.

color nature

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL WINNERS MUST FOLLOW OUR CHALLENGE RULES IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR  TOP WINNER OR A SPOT IN OUR TOP FIVE.  Please review the rules at the end of each challenge post or in the tab up top.  Thank you.

Winner:  #3 Ang



There is still time to play along with the Classic and Elegant team.  You can join us at House of Cards.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Month Five: Classic & Elegant Photo/Color Challenge

Welcome to the fifth month here at House of Cards!  We love seeing you push your limits and trying out new card making styles!  We hope you're loving it as much as we are!

It's the third week of the month, so we need you to create something in the Classic & Elegant style.  Think a greeting card from Hallmark.  These are not really cards that fit into any other category.  They usually feature floral or other classic elements.  Less embellishments than Shabby & Vintage or Fun & Cute, but more than CAS.  These cards also utilize clean lines and classic elements--distressing is not usually a part of the Classic & Elegant style.


And please combine the Classic & Elegant style with this~
color nature

We want you to be inspired by the photo, the colors, or both!  If you go with the colors, please choose at least 3.  Let your imagination take flight!  Some of us are in autumn, some in spring, so we tried to find a combo that would work for both seasons.  And perhaps even holiday cards?!

And now some inspiration from our team~

Donna

Mynnette

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Winner, Month 5, Cute & Fun Challenge


Winner:  #4 KatheD.

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL WINNERS MUST FOLLOW OUR CHALLENGE RULES IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR  TOP WINNER OR A SPOT IN OUR TOP FIVE.  Please review the rules at the end of each challenge post or in the tab up top.  Thank you.

There's still time to join in for the clean & Simple style challenge.  These cards use minimal or NO embellishment.  There should be lots of "white space" present on your card--open space with no stamping or anything else.  One layer cards are usually considered CAS as long as they are not covered in stamping.

color nature
Our current challenge for your crafting pleasure is the color/photo challenge above.
We want you to be inspired by the photo, the colors, or both!  If you go with the colors, please choose at least 3.  Let your imagination take flight!  Some of us are in autumn, some in spring, so we tried to find a combo that would work for both seasons.  And perhaps even holiday cards?!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Month Five: Clean & Simple Photo/Color Challenge

Welcome to the fifth month here at House of Cards!  We love seeing you push your limits and trying out new card making styles!  We hope you're loving it as much as we are!

It's the first week of the month, so we need you to create something in the Clean & Simple style.  These cards use minimal or NO embellishment.  There should be lots of "white space" present on your card--open space with no stamping or anything else.  One layer cards are usually considered CAS as long as they are not covered in stamping.

And please combine the Clean & Simple style with this~
color nature

We want you to be inspired by the photo, the colors, or both!  If you go with the colors, please choose at least 3.  Let your imagination take flight!  Some of us are in autumn, some in spring, so we tried to find a combo that would work for both seasons.  And perhaps even holiday cards?!

And now some inspiration from our team~

Mynnette
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Winners: Month 4, Shabby & Vintage Sketch

Thank you so much to everyone who played along last week with our  Shabby & Vintage sketch challenge!!!  We had some amazing entries and we loved everything we saw!  Our team has now voted and so we've got some winners to announce.





Winner:  #10 Karola


Top Five in Numerical Order
#2 Aquarius
#4 H3
#5 Margaret K.
#6 Carole Robb Bisson
#9 Julie P.
PLEASE NOTE:  ALL WINNERS MUST FOLLOW OUR CHALLENGE RULES IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR  TOP WINNER OR A SPOT IN OUR TOP FIVE.  Please review the rules at the end of each challenge post or in the tab up top.  Thank you.

color nature
Our current challenge for your crafting pleasure is the color/photo challenge above.
We want you to be inspired by the photo, the colors, or both!  If you go with the colors, please choose at least 3.  Let your imagination take flight!  Some of us are in autumn, some in spring, so we tried to find a combo that would work for both seasons.  And perhaps even holiday cards?!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Month Five: Fun & Cute Photo/Color Challenge

Welcome to the fifth month here at House of Cards!  We love seeing you push your limits and trying out new card making styles!  We hope you're loving it as much as we are!

It's the first week of the month, so we need you to create something in the Fun & Cute style.  Fun & Cute cards usually use an image that could be considered "childish" but in a good way.  Images that are funny or in an "illustration" type style also fall into this category.  These cards usually incorporate lots of embellishments and fun, bright colors, but don't have to.

And please combine the Fun & Cute style with this~
color nature

We want you to be inspired by the photo, the colors, or both!  If you go with the colors, please choose at least 3.  Let your imagination take flight!  Some of us are in autumn, some in spring, so we tried to find a combo that would work for both seasons.  And perhaps even holiday cards?!

And now some inspiration from our team~

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Winner: Month 4: Classic 7 Elegant

Thank you so much to everyone who played along last week with our  Classic & Elegant sketch challenge!!!  We had some amazing entries and we loved everything we saw!  Our team has now voted and so we've got a winner to announce

Winner:  #2 Margaret K.



We hope that you will have a chance to play along with our sketch this month.  


PLEASE NOTE:  ALL WINNERS MUST FOLLOW OUR CHALLENGE RULES IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR  TOP WINNER OR A SPOT IN OUR TOP FIVE.  Please review the rules at the end of each challenge post or in the tab up top.  Thank you.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Month Four: Shabby & Vintage

Hello friends and WELCOME home to House of Cards!  This challenge idea was the brain child of co-owner Mynnette--she wanted to have a reason to practice different card making styles and so the purpose of this challenge is to encourage YOU to branch out and try different card making styles along with her and the fabulous DT we've got here!  We hope that you will learn a lot and that you will participate with us each week here and practice your card making talents.  :)

Not sure what we're looking for and want some clarification on what constitutes each style we feature here at HOC?  Help is at hand with our useful Definitions of Styles tab

Shabby/Vintage cards can utilize many kinds of embellishments such as lace, ribbon, doilies, flowers, pearls, rhinestones, metal, etc. and are usually made using vintage and/or steampunk images.  Distressing, art journaling techniques, and collage stamping are very common in this type of card making.

Now, onto our October challenge!  This month we will be working with this wonderful sketch layout.  Feel free to rotate the sketch and/or use different shapes - as long as the original sketch comes through to us, it's all good!

 


And this week we'd like to see
SHABBY & VINTAGE CARDS

Here's our Shabby & Vintage DT with some samples~

Irena/Rudlis

Jules



Macarena


Mynnette

Rocky 

Sue B





Please follow our HOUSE RULES when you participate in our challenges to make things fair for all participants and to help the DT out when commenting, etc.  Here they are:
  • You must follow the weekly card style and theme in the project that you choose to link up.
  • You may join in other challenges other than ours, but please keep it to a maximum of 10 (ours and 9 more).
  • You must link up with the POST address, not your entire blog address.
  • Please link back to our challenge in your entry post so that others know where to come to play along!
  • Do not expect a comment if you have Word Verification turned on. We do our best to comment, but it takes quite a bit of time to figure out what in the world you're supposed to type when Word Verification is used. Please opt for comment moderation as a most wonderful alternative!
  • HAVE FUN!
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