Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Wrap-Up

 Hello friends!
Normally I post the wrap-up on the 21st. Since I am WAY ahead of schedule, I am posting it one day early so we can enjoy the eye candy longer! Let's get started!

What a GREAT way to start our first challenge in 2015 with a clean slate, eh!?
You have done it and.... what an amazing job you did! 
It was not easy to sift through all the creations (a whopping 312 entries!!). 
Here is the summary of how we created with a clean slate in mind.


1. It's all about the white space: one object, one theme and one/no sentiment. CAS and PERFECT.

 2. It's all about the contrast with white: effective and oh. so. colorful

3. Let it be white: these creations are far from boring...each one of them shows depth, interesting textures and dimensions! Wow!

4.White with muted tones: beautiful and sophisticated, don't you think?

5. When in doubt, just add a strong dose of RED to spice things up.

 6. One layer beauties: it's hard to believe these are all one layer cards. These talented card-makers really know how to make the stamped/diecut images shine! We have so many inspiring entries that I have divided them into two groups. 

Group 1: 

Group 2: 

How about a round of applause for these amazing entries? I apologize if I have missed seeing your entry that belongs to the above categories. I only wish I have more eyes and time...!

Along with the panel of judges (Dr. John and Stephanie), I have a very difficult task ahead--picking Top 10 Favorites and HMs!  If your card is featured here today, you are definitely a winner in our eyes!

Thanks so much for your participation and support! For the Spotlight Feature on the 25th, we will announce the winners and HMs. As usual, one of the Top 10 favorites will receive a $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift voucher. A random winner (from all of the entries) will receive $30 Gift Certificate Coupon code for Art Impression Stamps, thanks to the generosity of our guest designer Piali.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

34 comments:

Cathy said...

Fabulous showcase Virginia, this was such a fun challenge, I got a surprise to see my CAS card up there! Thank you for the inspiration :) Cathy x

experimentswithcardmakingetc said...

Wow! Its rare to see so many fabulous entires in one place! So glad I decided to participate! Thanks a lot Virginia!

Jasleen said...

Truly a beautiful treat to the eyes. All the cards are just amazing. And hats off to you for categorizing them so efficiently!! Sadly, I couldn't take part this time, but looking forward to playing along next month :)

Eveline said...

Love this challenge blog.
There is so much inspiraties among the cards shown here.
Eveline.

Anita in France said...

What a stunning selection of cards, Virginia ... so much Pinability! Thanks so much for featuring my card in your wrap up! Anita :)

Michelle said...

Wow! Fabulous wrap up filled with beautiful cards!

Milka Gubo said...

Fabulous selection of cards, Virginia! Gorgeous and very inspirational. Have a lovely day.:-D

Sazzle Dazzle said...

What a fantastic way to display these wonderful creations by categories.
What a delight to look at. Totally inspired. xx

Cecilia Hsieh said...

Wow, what a great collection of cards! I spy one of mine in the Red section!!

maria f. said...

This gallery is a CAS extremist's heaven, Virginia! A wonderful wrap-up. You picked a couple of my faves - Cathy's cat, Hannelie's red carpet and Tracey's golden beauty.

Hannelie said...

Thanks so much for featuring my cards here Virginia!

~amy~ said...

gorgeous inspiration!

joy said...

another plethora of awesome cards, Virginia!

Kara Lynne said...

Amazing entries! Thanks for highlighting them, it's a real treat for the eyes!

Neets B said...

Wow, what a fabulous CAS showcase, so many wonderful creations. Thanks so much for featuring my card in the one layer group! x

Kim M said...

Such a gorgeous array of cards! Thanks for putting one of mine up there in the one layer section! You're so amazing, Virginia!

Kristie Goulet said...

WOW! I love seeing all these together like this. Some of them I missed. Thank you for showcasing one of my cards. I am honored! Hugs!

Cindy C. said...

Fantastic wrap up!!

Neha said...

wow! what a way to showcase the beauties...you are awesome virginia!

Shelly said...

Wow! AMAZING cards! Thanks for the showcasing my card! <3

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

What a lovely surprise to see my card here! Thanks so much and congratulations to all shout outs! And thanks Virginia for all your hard work - commenting and then choosing is a BIG job!

Monica Maier said...

Was so excited to see my card, thanks! Congrats to everyone, so many wonderful cards out here. I don't envy Virginia in having to narrow things down and making the choices. Good Luck! ;-)

Kailash said...

A gorgeous gallery of cards. Thanks Virginia for choosing my card as well. Congratulations to everyone!!!

LauraJane:) said...

YAY!! The Wrap-Up a day early!!!
Thanks for making my day:)

Taunya Butler said...

Wow - what amazing cards!! Loved seeing them in groups like this! Awestruck with how much talent is out there!! Thank you for hosting this challenge blog - so excited about it and I cannot wait until the next one!!! Thanks, Virginia for all you do!!!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous cards!

Loll Thompson said...

Wow ... all incredibly creative cards. Thanks so much for including mine in your wrap-up. And, thanks so much for all your hard work at putting together these amazing challenges, Virginia! Loll xx

Maura R said...

Thanks for including my cards in your wrap-up, Virginia - and for all the specific and thoughtful comments you write on our blogs or galleries. It makes a difference to me, and I am guessing I am not alone in that.

Judy1223 said...

Virginia, this wrap-up is full of clean slate GORGEOUSNESS! I could look at these cards for hours, so FULL of ideas and inspiration!! Thank you for all of your hard work!

Roxy Timmons said...

Sooooo many PRETTIES............Wow

Thordis said...

So many amazing cards in one place! The are all a winner :) I'm just glad that it isn't me who has to pick only 10 out *sighs*
And thank you Virginia for showcasing my card... I'm honored :)
*hugs*

ionabunny said...

So many gorgeous cards. Great challenge. Hugz

Julie Hoffman said...

WOW! You have some talented card makers playing along in your challenge Virginia! Thank you so much for including my card in your wrap up!

donna mikasa said...

Thanks for the shout out, Virginia!