Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spotlight Feature!

This is the moment we've all been waiting for...We have so many beautiful entries for the first challenge! My initial estimate was around 10-15 (alright, maybe 20 at best) entries! To my disbelief, it is a whopping 359!

Our Top winner will get a $25 gift from CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Store.

It was SO VERY tough to narrow it down to Top 10 Favorites from 359 entries, as you can imagine. Dr. John, Stephanie and I tried our best. There were quite a few stunning entries that are EVERYONE's favorite choices and we are taking notes! These players will be invited to guest design for our challenge blog in the coming months. 

Without further ado, let's get right to it...
In no particular order, these are our Top 10 Favorites:

Dr. John: " I like trains, I like cars...these are great examples of manly cards with water-colors!"
1. Claire  (player #2)
2. Susan Joyce ( #145) 
 " I picked these cards because they had a huge impact with their designs and styles. They stuck in my head and left an imprint in my heart".
3. Leigh Penner (# 60)

4. May Park ( #72 & # 277)
5. Jacqueline ( # 189)
 6. Jo Nevill ( #319)

Stephanie: "I like clean and simple cards with interesting textures. Monochromatic colouring always catches my eye!"
7. Michelle W. ( #55)
8. Sarah G. (# 92)

9. Natasha K. (#175)

10. Christine Drogt (#317)
 
Our Top 10 Favorites, please grab your blog badge! 
The following are our Honorable Mentions ( in no particular order)
Alice W.
Lin ( 2nd card)
 Sherry E.
  Piali
 Karen D. 
Beth S.
Gayatri 
Bethany 

With the random. org. selection, the CAS-ual Fridays $25 gift card goes to one of the Top 10 Favorites

.... (drum roll, please...)

 #10 Christine Drogt


Congrats, Christine, please e-mail me to redeem your prize! 
Thank you so much for participating in our first challenge. I can't wait to share next month's challenge with you. It's going to be fun, exciting and inky!
I will see you right here on April 1, same time, same place!
yours truly, Virginia

42 comments:

Sarah Gough said...

Thank you so much! I'm so thrilled to see my card in the top ten. What an amazing group of creations to be part of!

Dawn Turley said...

congratulations to all the featured cards. It was a fun challenge thank you Virginia.

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Congrats to all of the featured cards and to the winner!!!!

Michelle said...

I was sure I already commented...anyway... Thank-you so much Stephanie for selecting my card in the Top 10 Favourites! The gallery was so filled with amazing talent, so this is an extra-special honour. Congratulations to all of the other winners, and congratulations Virginia on such a successful inaugural challenge! :-)

donna mikasa said...

Congratulations to all the winners and to you, Virginia, for the fantastic turnout on your first challenge! Looking forward to the next one!

Jo Nevill said...

Thank you so much for selecting my card to be in your Top 10 - I am totally blown away and can't thank you enough. Many congratulations on the success of your challenge and I can't wait to see what the next one is on 1st April ! :-)

Kim Hall said...

Congrats to all the winners, and a big thank you to Virginia, for a fabulous first challenge, way to go!!

Sherry Eckblad said...

Thanks for picking me as an honorable mention out of so many entries.
Can't wait for the next challenge.

Karen said...

Thanks so much for giving my card an honorable mention. Such a fun challenge. thanks mf.

Jacqueline said...

Oh thank you, Virginia - you made my day!! Congrats to all of the winners and HM's - what a lovely challenge this was! Looking forward to the next one. Thanks to the whole VV team for all the time and effort that went into this first challenge!!

Kristie Goulet said...

Congratulations to all the winners! So many amazing cards and a great first challenge, Virginia!

joy said...

Congrats to the winners and honorable mentions! And, congrats to you, Virginia, for such a whopping response to this challenge. I think your method of choosing the winners was very thoughtful and fair to everyone!!

Barb said...

Woo, hoo! Congrats to all the featured designer! And big congrats to Christine!

So exciting to see how this new challenge has really taken off, V! I couldn't be happier for you! looking forward to April 1st! :)

Lin said...

I don't know how you ever managed to pick 10, but they are all great ones! Thanks for the hm nod, my friend - looking forward to what you've got planned for April!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Congrats to all the featured artists! Such a fun challenge Virginia! Looking forward to the next one!

Cat Craig said...

Wonderful selections, had to be difficult with such a fantastic turn out. Congrats to the top 10 and HM's. Looking forward to the next challenge!

Cindy C. said...

Congratulations to all the featured artists.

Bethany Stellpflug said...

Love all the cards...they are gorgeous and congrats to everyone! And YAY! thanks so very much for picking one of my cards as a favorite! :D

Lisa Petrella said...

Wow! So many incredible creations!!! Congrats on such a super successful first challenge, Virginia Lu!!! Looking forward to many more in the future! And a BIG HOORAY for the Top Ten! So inspiring!!!

conil said...

Just how were you all able to make choices. I'd be totally lost. That being said, you really chose some great ones. Congrats to all the winners.

Laura Jane said...

Oh Virginia this was so much FUN! Each time you highlighted a card I'd say, "oh I missed seeing that lovely one!"
Congratulations to all!
Now, just wondering if Alexia will be on a winner's badge?

Shelly said...

Oh, wow! What fabulous picks! Love them all!!! Congrats, to everyone! :)

Leni said...

Congratulations to all the winners! It is really an amazing amount of entries! So great how you picked the winners as a family! Wonderful! I am so curious for next months challenge.

ThePurplePlace said...

So many wonderful cards and such a fun challenge!!

I Love the you had the family participate in the picks and comments a very fun and nice touch!!

Thanks for the fun, I will look forward to your next challenge!!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Virginia, this post left me smiling from ear to ear, with the adorable picture features of your cute family, to the comments of leaving a lasting impression on your heart, this post will stay with me. I love the diversity of the picks and Christine was a FAVE of mine from the start!!! And I certainly let her know, lots of serious talent, and now that you have their attention, I can't wait to see what is in store next!!!! Thanks for this challenge, you made so many comments to all, it is very appreciated!! I will be on pins and needles till the 1st!!!

Happy Day Virginia!

Karen L K said...

Congrats to you Virginia for such a success on your first run. Congrats to the top 10, the honorable mentions and congrats to the gift card winner.

Maria said...

Congratulations on this successful first challenge, Virginia! So fun to have family join in and choose their favorites! Big congrats to all the winners! I truly enjoyed this challenge, thank you!

Jennifer said...

What an awesome first challenge! Congratulations to all of the winners, truly beautiful cards!

Robin K. said...

Congrats to all the featured card makers! Looking forward to another fun challenge!!

May Park said...

Thanks so much for picking my card as one of the winners. You totally made my day, Virginia! Congrats to everyone. Can't wait to see what you have for next challenge. May

Lesley Croghan said...

Congratulations to everyone!! Such a fun challenge and so much inspiration!

Barb Ghig said...

Congrats to Christine, and to all the the players whose cards were featured today! WTG, ladies!!!

I had so much fun playing along and I'm really looking forward to the next challenge!

Lyndal said...

Huge CONGRATS to all the fabulous cards - I think I would have had a top 200!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Congratulations to the winners and congratulations to you Virginia - you've built a challenge that everyone loves! I'm so sorry I didn't get a chance to play along - I hope to join in your next challenge!

Susan Joyce said...

Congratulation's on such a successful 1st challenge Virginia, waiting in anticipation to see the next challenge. A very big Thank You to Dr. John for choosing my card as a Winner, greatly appreciated. Congrats' to the other Winners and Honourable Mentions.

MarcyK924 said...

Great job to all the winners! That had to be quite a feat, narrowing them down! Kudos for an awesome kick-off to your new blog, my friend! I am looking forward to April 1st! WOO HOO!

Beth said...

Eeep!! I can't believe my name is in the Honourable Mentions! I had to click the link to make sure ;-) Thank you so much Virginia, it was such a fun challenge and I can't wait for the next :-)

Beth xx

Maureen Morton said...

Wow! Look at this amazing talent you inspired! This is super-cool. And, why doesn't David get to pick? ha!

keren said...

You excelled with this one Virginia! I just couldn't have picked! Love that Stephanie got to feature too. Will there be a family pick next time?! Congrats to all the worthy winners!

Cris G said...

First of all congratulations to all the winners, this must have been a difficult choice...
Your challenge came to stay, that's for sure, Virginia! I agree with Maureen Morton; it was a surprise seeing Stephanie choose her favorites, so where is David? :).
My guess for the new challenge is blending: Distress inks or not, stencils, edges and so on... or you show a blending tool just for distraction :).

Donna Cala said...

Congrats to all the winners and to Virginia. This challenge blog is a huge hit and all the entries were creative, artistic and inspiring. The entries that made me sigh from their beauty were from #41 Sherry and Donna Mikasa.

Leigh Penner said...

Thanks so much for choosing me as a winner, Virginia! This has totally made my day!