Monday, August 19, 2013

For the Birds Challenge!

9/4/13  WINNERS ANNOUNCED!  Thank you to all who joined in for this challenge!  Our winners are:

FIRST CLASS:   #16 Kathleen Barrett

IN THE MAILBOX:  #1 Sherry H, #2 Kathy Stacy, #6 Lyn T., #9 Seongsook Duncan and #14 Cissy M

Congratulations! Please email me at for you badge!  Please put First Class Birds or Mailbox Birds as applicable in your subject line.  We loved all the birdy cards for this challenge and it was very hard to narrow it down to these 6 favorites!  Again thank you for participating! We'd love to have you join us again!  ~Sandy

Hello, and welcome to a new challenge for this third Monday in August!  Our challenges go live on the first Monday and the third Monday of each month.

Today's challenge is FOR THE BIRDS!  Yep, we want to see cards you create that have a bird or birds on it.  The birds can be on the paper, stamped, pieced etc.  We just want to see BIRDS!  Crows, blue birds, red birds, owls, hummingbirds, chickens,  even storks. As long as they are a bird it qualifies!  Remember, that for the Cards in Envy challenge, we only accept A2 cards (4.25"x5.5") that are relatively flat to fit in a first class envelope for regular postage.  That means no lumpy, bumpy cards.

At the close of this challenge, our Designers will choose their favorite cards from the entries.  We will have one FIRST CLASS winner and three or more IN THE MAILBOX winners as runners-up.  Each will receive one of our fun badges for their blog!

And now, our inspiring FOR THE BIRDS cards created by our fabulous Cards in Envy Designers! Be sure to welcome our newest Designer, Patricia--an awesome addition to our wonderful group of card designers.  We'd also like to invite you to visit their blogs, just click on the blog link by their names.

Danie created a beautiful multi-colored bird for her card.  I love the bright colors of this fabulous "Thinking of You" card!  The white oval really makes the bird pop off this card and the embossing is a wonderful touch!

 Debbie, Scrap Enabler
Debbie created a beautiful teal green birdie perched on a stunning paper flower and black embossed background!  The flower center is a flat decorative button which keeps the total thickness of this card at under 1/4"--perfect for sending in the mail! I love the two colors of the flower and the cloud background too!

Hooo????  A bunch of owls that's Whoooo!!  Denise's cute and whimsical row of adorable owls is sure to make someone's birthday very happy!  Denise's coloring of these cute birds is amazing!

 Karen, Calm Creations
Karen's card is created with a bright and beautiful patterned paper featuring lots of birdies!  Plus the tiny bird on the flower makes this a very cute "Thank You" card!  Love the brightly colored polka dots too!

Okay, I'll admit it....I'm not sure what kind of bird this is but he's a cutie!  Love his red bowtie and all the wonderfully coordinated patterned papers Kristie used for the background! Another fun "Thinking of You" card!

Lisa created this adorable "Fun in the Sun", "Happy Sunshine Day" card with these wonderful papers, cute birdies and stitching! This card really makes me smile!

Marilyn, is our Cricut expert!  She designed this adorable chick (yes, chick's are birds too) who's bringing a happy "Hello" to someone special.  Love the striped background paper with the black!

 Patricia, Thinking of Inking
This is Patricia's first card with us as a Designer and she did fabulous! This bright and also patriotic card is "Sending Love" to someone special.  Love the red bird carrying the letter to the mailbox!

Sandy (Challenge Host), Sandy's Crafty Creations
I went on a "wire" and created this simple card with an inked background and stamped image. These three colors have become one of my favorite ink color combinations.  Makes me think of a pretty sunset or sunrise!

Wendi's birdie card features a lovely trio on a beautiful pink background! Love Wendi's stitching and distressed edges.  "Enjoy" this lovely card!

Now, it's your turn to share your FOR THE BIRDS card creation.  First, a few reminders:

  1. No square cards.  All cards entered must be A2 size (4.25" x 5.5")
  2. No lumpy, bumpy cards.  Elements on your card need to be relatively flat (no thicker than 1/4")
  3. Limit entries to 3 per challenge.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Rev it Up! Challenge

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!  The designers have voted and their favorite card for the Rev It Up! Challenge is #4 Sherry Hickey! Sherry will receive our FIRST IN CLASS badge! Congratulations Sherry!  The other 3 entries for this challenge will all receive the IN THE MAILBOX BADGE! Thanks so much for joining in on this challenge with us.  Due to a mix-up during moving to a new blog from Feline Playful to Paper Playful, our challenge was not listed so we ended up fewer entries for this challenge but that's okay.  We are back on the Paper Playful Lists and we loved the cards that did enter this challenge! Again, Thank you to each of you!

Let's REV IT UP!  For this challenge we'd like to see your A2 (4.25" x5.5") card creations that feature things with motors that one can "rev up." Think motorcycles, cars, airplanes, helicopters etc.  Any transportation type vehicle that has a motor that revs up.  We can't wait to see what you create and share!

Remember, your card needs to be relatively flat (no lumpy, bumpy embellishments, flowers, buttons etc.) The total thickness of your  card and the envelope should be no more than 1/4" so it will fit through the USA post office guide, if it's thicker than that, it will cost extra postage and will not be a card for our Cards in Envy challenge.

With our first challenge in August, comes the end of our first 6 months as a challenge blog! I want to thank everyone who visits our blog, follows, likes us on Facebook and/or participates in our challenges! We are so happy to have you join us.  It is also the end of our first term for our Designers and a few will be leaving us to design for other challenges or to take a break to spend time with family or focus on their personal life. With this post, we are saying goodbye to Cissy, Katie,  Lisa B and Tanya.  We will miss them but are happy to have new Designers in our family--Debbie , Lisa M. and Wendi joined us in July and with this challenge we welcome Kristie!  Please visit their blogs and let them know you were there.

And now, let's see what our designers have found that will REV IT UP!

Beep, beep! How about a shopping trip in a pickup truck?  Danie created this fabulous birthday card with bright colors and an adorable city scene!

Ptttttt, ptttttt! Debbie wishes a Happy Birthday with this cute helicopter that's flying by!

Toot, toot!  Denise created a simple CAS card with lots of impact and a vintage blue pickup. Any man would be thrilled with this card!

Jingle, jingle! It's the chime and melody of an ice cream truck!  Karen created this super fun and yummy card wishing a Happy Birthday!

Honk, honk! Kristie's bright and fun card lets someone know that they "make the road of life more Fun!"

Vroom, vroom!  Lisa's super cute race car card is zipping by to wish a Happy Birthday 2 U!

Whirrrr, Whirrrr!  While not reving it up as fast as the others, it certainly can when it needs too!  Marilyn's adorable yellow submarine sends a greeting of "Best Fishes!"

Zoom, zoom!  Sandy's red hot race car revs by with a special "you make my heart race" sentiment for a loved one!
Sandy's Crafty Creations  (Challenge Host)

Swoosh, Swoosh!   Wendi's Happy Birthday card covers the sky with a cute helicopter and fast moving jets!

Now it's your turn!  Please use the linky below to share your card creations AND please read our challenge guidelines.  At the end of the challenge, our Designers will choose one FIRST CLASS card and three or more IN THE MAILBOX cards that will be awarded one of our fun badges for their blog!  Challenge runs from August 5th thru August 18th, 11:55 p.m. (Central Time)