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9 posts from March 2011

March 30, 2011

DT Thursday

And our Design Team hostess for today's DT Thursday is Julie Koerber.  Most of you already know how very artistically feminine she is.  Today's creation is no exception!  It is truly feminine, sophisticated and hot, all rolled into one beautiful card.

Below is Julie's 'sneak peek' card and her link HERE, so you can see not just her lovely card, but how she did it too!  She has used a great new Cover-A-CardTM stamp, as well as two new images.  I encourage you to let Julie know what you think too while you are there!  Thank you, Julie, for sharing your wonderful and inspirational card!

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Encouragement Challenge

Our  "Encouragement Challenge", is Thursday, April 7.  Below is the information about it:

  • Ending time for this the "Encouragement" challenge (will be picked by the most votes in the poll) at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format and guidelines at the end of the post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted that evening too.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to play, have a stamping party and/or create your card using at least one die and all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the April 7 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

Hope your week was great!!  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to look and say hi!

 

 Shirley

 

March 23, 2011

Design Team Thursday

And our hostess for today's DT Thursday is Jeanne Streiff.  I am sure many of you are already aware of how truly talented she really is.  Check out her terrific design for today, and check out her other art while you are there

Jeanne designs beautiful cards and also has a unique talent for the unusual and cards with a sense of humor too.  I am going to give you a sneak peak of her card she created for us today (below) with her link HERE so you can see, not just her lovely card, but how she did it too!  She has used some great Cover-A-CardTM stamps, a Clear Stamp Set, and added her own personal artistic touch too!  I encourage you to let her know what you think too!  Thank you so much, Jeanne, for your very creative and feminine card that makes me think of a very caring and deep friendship!

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Encouragement Challenge

Our next challenge, in two weeks, is "Encouragement" on April 7.  Below is the information about it:

  • Ending time for this the "Encouragement" challenge (will be picked by the most votes in the poll) at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format and guidelines at the end of the post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted that evening too.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to play, have a stamping party and/or create your card using at least one die and all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the April 7 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

Hope your week was great!!  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to look and say hi!

 

 Shirley

 

March 20, 2011

It's Your Choice!

I am inviting you all to tell me when you think the Thursday challenges should end for you.  The Design Team will all still post the day of the challenge.  I am posting the poll below for you to enter your vote.  I will let you know the morning of the next challenge on Thursday, April 7, which ending time received the most votes. 

Encouragement Challenge

Our next challenge, in three weeks, is "Encouragement" on April 7.  Below is the information about it:

  • Ending time for this the "Encouragement" challenge (will be picked by the most votes in the poll) at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format and guidelines at the end of the post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted that evening too.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to play, have a stamping party and/or create your card using at least one die and all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the April 7 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

Hope your week was great!!  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to look and say hi!

 

 Shirley

 

March 18, 2011

We Have A New Winner

Our new winner is Pat Adams.  Congratulations, Pat, and happy shopping.  I also want to thank all of the wonderful customers who participated with their creative and pretty "Anything But A Card" entries.

Encouragement Challenge

Our next challenge, in three weeks, is "Encouragement" on April 7.  Below is the information about it:

  • Ending time for this the "Encouragement" challenge is Friday, April 8, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format and guidelines at the end of the post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted that evening too.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to play, have a stamping party and/or create your card using at least one die and all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the April 7 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

Hope your week was great!!  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to look and say hi!

 

 Shirley

 

March 17, 2011

Our Anything But A Card Challenge

We are doing something a little different today because it's an Our "Anything But A Card" challenge.  We have DT member, Julie Koerber, sharing her beautiful "Anything But A Card" design here.  Her creativity will surely get you ready to check out the great creations by the IO DT members and the customers too.

Julie shows us just how easy it is to create a little treat box, just in time for Easter using some of IO's new stamps and a few sheets of decorative paper.

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She used this darling chocolate bunny atop a cupcake called Happy Wishes, and colored it up with Copic Markers. Here’s how she created the box:

The lid was created by taking a 6-1/2” square and scoring it 1” all the way around; the base was created by taking a 8-1/4” paper and scoring it 2” all the way around. Create the box flaps with the help of some scissors, and tape them down to create your box and lid. Deck out your box with some crochet lace.

Inside, you’ll find chocolate eggs and a fun, flag style sentiment perfect for Easter (stamp is called Multiplied Blessings).

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She tells us these are super easy to whip up and dozens could be created in just an afternoon!  Does that look yummmmmy or what!!

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Thank you so much, Julie, for sharing this great idea that can be used for lots of different reasons at work for a sweet thought, for children, and everywhere.  A really "Sweet" and creative way to start our Anything But A Card Challenge.

Now take a look at the great projects on the links below shared by our DT and our customers at the bottom of the post!

Today we are using the Inlinkz thumbnail format for customers posting their "Anything But A Card" entries.  A new Challenge Guideline widget has also been posted in the first sidebar to your right.  If some of you still have questions about this you can EMAIL ME.  Please note I have extended the time on Friday to 10 p.m. EST.  Below are the details modified with the new changes.  I think you will really like them.

  • Ending time for this the "Anything But A Card" challenge is Friday, March 18, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format  and guidelines at the end of the post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted that evening too.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to play, have a stamping party and/or create your card using at least one die and all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

DT Thursdays

A reminder that the DT has decided to post new creations on their blogs on Thursdays when challenges are not done.  Check here on those Thursdays to see which DT member is posting on her blog.  Daniela Dobson was our first "DT Thursday" Hostess and if you missed her wonderful post you can see it HERE.  I am so excited to see what they create next.

So.....have fun out there.  Check out the DT creations for inspiration and the linkz below too!!  Thanks for stopping by to share and look too!

 

 Shirley

 

March 15, 2011

Thursday Is The Day

For our "Anything But A Card" challenge.  We will be using Inlinkz thumbnail format for customers posting their cards for the first time!  I put some information together, for those who don't have blogs, so you can select who you would like to use for your gallery.  You can view it HERE.

On the day you come to the IO blog to enter your card, look at the bottom of the post.  You will see the

(Submissions close in 2d 10h 41m)

Link tool by inlinkz.com

1.  Where you see (Submissions, etc.,) it lets you know how much time you have to enter.  It will say "Collection closed" when the challenge is over.

2.  You click on the Add your link.

3.  You will see a screen

URL: (URL of your blog)
Name:
Email: (Not visible)

3.  Please fill in every line.  If I don't have your email I can't ask questions if needed.  If you have participated in the past you know I also email all of you to let you know who won before posting on the IO blog.

I am really excited to use Inlinkz and I hope you are too.  If you still have questions, please EMAIL ME.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your week is turning out great, and hope to see you Thursday!!!

 

 Shirley

 

March 09, 2011

It's Design Team Thursday

Our DT member for today's DT Thursday is Daniela Dobson.  To say that she has a exceptional talent for using color, images, and space is an understatement.  I am sure your will agree after checking out her design for today.

Daniela designs wonderful cards and scrapbook pages too.  I am going to give you a sneak peak of her card she created for us today (below) with her link HERE so you can see, not just the beautiful card, but how she did it too!  She has used some great Cover-A-CardTM stamps and Clear Stamp Sets too!  She is showing the exact stamps at the bottom of her post.  I encourage you to let her know what you think too!  Thank you so much, Daniela, for a wonderful warm and beautiful card that makes me think of Spring!


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Customer Challenge Change

Starting March 17, with our "Anything But A Card" challenge, we will be trying out the Inlinkz thumbnail format for participating customers .  I have a list of sites that have free galleries if some of you need them.  For those of you who are interested in that information, please Email Me.  If all of this is new to you, I will help if I can with "how to".  It's pretty straight forward.  I think you will find it really easy after doing it once.

Below are the guidelines modified with the new changes.  I think you will really like them.

  • Ending time for this the "Anything But A Card" challenge is Friday, March 18, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format  and guidelines at the end of the post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted that evening too.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to play, have a stamping party and/or create your card using at least one die and all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the March 17 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

 

 Shirley

 

March 04, 2011

A Color Blue Winner!

Our new winner is Karen McAlpine.  Congratulations, Karen.  Your will be receiving your gift certificate in an email shortly.  Thank you all for playing.  The next challenge results should be a lot quicker with the new way you can all post your wonderful cards.

DT Thursdays

Second, the DT has decided to do posts on their blogs on Thursdays when challenges are not done.  Check here on those Thursdays to see which DT member is posting for that day.  I am so excited to see what they create next.

Customer Challenge Change

Starting March 17, with our "Anything But A Card" challenge, we will be trying out the Inlinkz thumbnail format for participating customers .  I have a list of sites that have free galleries if some of you need them.  For those of you who are interested in that information, please Email Me.  If all of this is new to you, I will help if I can with "how to".  It's pretty straight forward.  I think you will find it really easy after doing it once.

Below are the guidelines modified with the new changes.  I think you will really like them.

  • Ending time for this the "Anything But A Card" challenge is Friday, March 18, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format  and guidelines at the end of the post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted that evening too.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to play, have a stamping party and/or create your card using at least one die and all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the March 17 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

 

 Shirley

 

March 03, 2011

The Color Blue Challenge And Current News

News From The Cruise

First, I've had reports from attendees that they loved every minute, including the classes!!!  Mitra said she had a great time too.  There may be plans for another in the future, so start planning.

DT Thursdays

Second, the DT has decided to do posts on their blogs on Thursdays when challenges are not done.  Check here on those Thursdays to see which DT member is posting for that day.  I am so excited to see what they create next.

Customer Challenge Change

Third, starting March 17, with our "Anything But A Card" challenge, we will be trying out the Inlinkz thumbnail format for customers posting on the challenges, starting .  I will have a list of sites that have free galleries if some customers need them.  For those of you who are interested in that information, please Email Me.  If all of this is new to you, I will help if I can with "how to".  It's pretty straight forward.  I think you will find it really easy after doing it once.

The Color Blue Challenge

On to our Color Blue Challenge!! Start by checking out the IO DT blogs listed below and their great designs.  Then just below that is the beautiful cards shared by our customers.

Our first pretty card for this post is by Tracey Kuzinak at My World of Cards, Scrapbooking, and Triathlons.  She chose Cover-A-CardTM Doodle Flowers to create her beautiful birthday card!  What you did with the supporting colors and the flower really makes that beautiful blue come through!! 

Tracey's card IO

This next pretty card is shared with us by Trace's friend Donna Jarvis.  Trace says she is new to stamping, but you would never know it here.  She used used Cover-A-CardsTM Flower Doodles and Wavy Lines to create the backgrounds for her pretty card.  Her flower is Flower 2.  Talk about wow, with that pretty flower and the ribbon to match.

Donna's card IO
This sweet entry is from Carol Hartery at Carol Hartery's Creations.  She chose Eggs-cellent Easter and Basket to create her vision of a blue Easter!  Very creative and pretty with the DP eggs too.

Carol Hatery - Blue Challenge
This next beautiful card is from April Williams at Stamp Willy Designs.  She was very creative and used House to create this beautiful vision of a vintage home with beautiful blue flowers.  The lace edge and flower are perfect for it! Very pretty and the matte really makes those flowers pop!!

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This next cool and sophisticated card is shared with us by Paula Huiras.  Paula chose Cover-A-CardsTM Wispy to create the background.  For her image she used Textured Evening Gown.  Very creative with the ribbon cummerbund too!

Paula Hurias - Blue Challenge

Steph L sent this next festive and blue accented cupcake card as her entry.  She used Cover-A-CardsTM Circles for her left-hand background.  That background for your card just really makes it stand out so well, Steph.

Steph L - Blue Challenge
Our last participant is Marsha Labanow.  She used Iris (which can also be purchased as part of Red Rubber Stamp Cling Set Iris & Tulips) for her main image and Have A Sweet Day for her verse.  How very lovely and the pearls are the perfect final touch, Marsha!

Marsha Labanow - Blue Challenge
Last we have Shannon White at Enchanted Ladybug Creations.  She chose to use Clear Stamp Set Baby to create her lovely and cute card!  One stamp can also be purchased in Red Rubber as Man In The Moon.  What an adorable card, Shannon.  The colors are gorgeous!

Shannon White - Blue Chalolenge
The pretty card below is by Tami French at Team Gingerbread.  She used Clear Stamp Set Cupcakes to create her vision of sweet blue.  The images can also be purchased in Red Rubber as Cupcakes, and Cupcake Kind Of Day.  That ribbon and the flower really gives those cupcakes class!

Tami French
This next beautiful creation is from Karen McAlpine at Dreaming and Creating. To create her whispy vision she chose Small Swirl Background and Happy Birthday, and Lg. Solid Bird.

Karen McAlpine - Blue Challenge
The last entry for this post is from Cindy Messer at In Love With Paper.  She chose Clear Stamp Sets Birthday Cakes and Sentiments I to create her blue birthday!  Very creative of DP and lines too!

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The pretty card below is by Pat Adam the The Rubber Maid.  She used Wire Garden Bench, to create her beautiful card.  The embellishments make it very simply elegant.

Pat Adams - Blue Challenge

This next beautiful creation is from Deloris Thiede at Stamping At The Lake.  She chose Gary Robertson's Small Lighthouse and Thank You to create her lovely seaside card.  How absolutely sea beautiful, Denise!

Deloris Thiede - Blue Challenge

The wonderful entry is from Mary Ann Cost. She used Book - Cap and Flourish 1 to create this lovely graduation card!!!  I love what you did with the punched edge, the ribbon, and the DP too!

Mary Ann Cost - Blue Challenge

Our next to last entry is from Katie Bondroff.  Katie chose to use Cover-A-CardsTM Damask and Scratches, for her backgrounds. For her image she chose Lg. Solid Bird.  Katie, your card is lovely!  The twine reminds me of nesting and the blue puffs remind me of the color of some bird eggs!

Katie Bondroff - Blue Challenge

Our last entry is from E. Marie at CraftE Marie!  She chose Cover-A-CardsTM Sm. Paisley and Primrose and Butterfly to create her beautiful vision below!  A really beautiful use of space and color, E. Marie.

E, Marie - Blue Challenge

What a great bunch of beautiful "Blue" creations, ladies.   Thank you for joining in the fun and good luck in the drawing!!

The rest of you can have a chance to win too by joining in the fun and sending me a card following the guidelines below:

  • Challenges are held the First and Third Thursdays of each month.
  • Please use at least one Impression Obsession stamp.
  • Please provide the name(s) and/or stamp number(s) of IO stamps only with your email to me.
  • Entries will be accepted until Friday, March 4, 9 p.m., EST.
  • Email your entry to me using the "Email Shirley" link provided near the top of the right-hand sidebar.
  • Participant cards will be posted here the day they are entered.
  • Cards with only all IO Stamps will be added to our IO Customer Gallery under the Card Galleries tab.
  • Participants will be entered in the drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate for use at our a Online Store.

Thanks for stopping by to look and say hi!

 

 Shirley

 

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