SUO Challenge #51 – Love Those Designer Papers – and a New Design Team Member!

     What a fun challenge we have for you this time around, and a fun announcement as well!

     First our announcement – we have a new Design Team Member!  We at SUO Challenges are excited to announce that the fabulous Connie Babbert has joined our team!!  She has shared the following brief bio with us:

I've been stamping for over 11 years and just had my 10 year anniversary with Stampin' Up! in May!  I've always been "crafty", participating in many craft fairs before I found stamping.  Since then, it has been stamping all the way and I've given up all of my other crafts.  I just finished building a wonderful stamp studio in our home and I love having my space organized and behind cabinet doors!  I don't know that I have a typical "style"…but I love challenges to stretch my creativity.  I frequently wake up dreaming about a card or project that I want to make!

I took the early retirement incentive from my job as manager in the engineering department for the local phone company…a decision I have NEVER regretted.  I've been married to my husband, Eric, for 33 years in September (yes, I was young!) and we have two wonderful sons, Adam – 30 and Ross – 26.  Both married wonderful girls.  It is SO nice to finally have some GIRLS in the family!  Bleach, our cat, keeps us company now that the kids are out of the house.

I'm excited to be a part of the SUO Challenge Team!

     Welcome, Connie!

     And now for this week's challenge, which is to use some Stampin' Up! Designer Series paper in a creative way on any kind of a project.  Our design team has taken on this challenge in quite a few different ways, and we can hardly wait to see what you share with us, too!

Connie's Card

Connie Babbert

 

Cindy Elam's Card

Cindy Elam

 

Heidi's Card

Heidi Baks

 

Mary Brown

 

Robin's Card

Robin Messenheimer

 

Jennifer Timko

 

Cindy Coutts

 

Pam's Card

Pam Staples

 

Karen Barber's Card

Karen Barber

 

Deb Hoekstra

     To participate in our challenge, make a card or other project and post a photo of it to your blog or a gallery on the internet.  Then come back here and use our link tool at the bottom of this post to share the photo with us!  We're looking for cards posted to the internet after August 6, 2012, and (of course!) made with Stampin' Up! products only.    The products may be those that are in current catalogs, or they may be retired products.  But (as our blog title says) SUO – Stampin' Up! Only!  This means that Products from other papercrafting, rubber stamp, die-making or other companies may not be included in your project if Stampin' Up! sells a like product.  For example, Stampin' Up! does not sell sewing thread.  So use of sewing thread from another company is just fine.  Stampin' Up! does sell the Sizzix Big Shot, so use of die-cuts, texture plates or other such products from another company is not fine.  If you have a question, please send an e-mail to our Coordinator, Robin Messenheimer, and she'll be glad to answer it!

Challenge Dates:  August 7, 2012 (3 am USA Eastern Time) –

August 18, 2012 (Noon USA Eastern Time)

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SUO Challenge #49 – A Special Thank You!

     My favorite type of greeting card to make is a "Thank You" card. There are always people to thank for something, whether it be a little random act of kindness, a gift for a special occasion, or a very special treat.  And it's so easy to pull out some paper, ink and embellishments and whip up a quick note card!

     Sometimes, though, a kindness seems to call for just a bit more time and effort on my "Thank You," whether it be a card or a gift. And I want this to be a Special Thank You!  We in the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge crew are pretty sure that this happens to you, too.  So this week we challenge you create that Special Thank You card or gift and share it with all of us and our blog readers.

     A big benefit of your participating in this challenge?  The next time YOU need a Special Thank You, it will be there ready for you to use!

     As always, you'll have 12 days for our challenge and, as always, please be sure that your projects are Stampin' Up! Only!  When you've finished with your project, just click on the link tool at the end of the post and follow the instructions!  And now here are our Design Team Member Special Thank You projects!

 

Michelle's Card

Michelle Laycock

 

Deb's Card

Deb Hoekstra

 

Karen's Card

Karen Barber

 

Heidi's Card

Heidi Baks

 

Mary's Card

Mary Brown

 

Robin's Card

Robin Messenheimer

 

Jennifer's Card

Jennifer Timko

 

Pam's Card

Pam Staples

 

     To participate in our challenge, make a card or other project and post a photo of it to your blog or a gallery on the internet.  Then come back here and use our link tool at the bottom of this post to share the photo with us!  We're looking for cards posted to the internet after July 9, 2012, and (of course!) made with Stampin' Up! products only.    The products may be those that are in current catalogs, or they may be retired products.  But (as our blog title says) SUO – Stampin' Up! Only!  This means that Products from other papercrafting, rubber stamp, die-making or other companies may not be included in your project if Stampin' Up! sells a like product.  For example, Stampin' Up! does not sell sewing thread.  So use of sewing thread from another company is just fine.  Stampin' Up! does sell the Sizzix Big Shot, so use of die-cuts, texture plates or other such products from another company is not fine.  If you have a question, please send an e-mail to our Coordinator, Robin Messenheimer, and she'll be glad to answer it!

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SUO Challenge #48 – Our Top 3!

     Oh, my, you all seem to love our Stampin' Up! Birds!  From chicks to chickadees and robins to roosters, you used at least 15 different Stampin' Up! Bird stamps and even a few punches!  What fun it was for us at the SUO Challenges Design Team to review all of them.  And, as always, it was a challenge for us to come up with a Top 3!

     But we did manage to select three of the entries for our ""For the Birds" challenge as our favorites, though we really did love them all!

 

Diane's CardDiane Vander Galien. This is a perfect stamp for the spotlighting technique!  And the card itself is beautiful overall, especially with the way that Diane used the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder and the Large Scallop Edgelit on the mat as well as on the stamped/embossed layer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vicki's CardVicki Parson.  What an elegant card, with all those perfectly coordinated neutral colors!  The understated tone and simplicity of this card is accented beautifully with that carefully designed bow. 

 

 

 

 

Crystal's CardCrystal Langton.  What a gorgeous vintage-style cover for this journal!  The collage is just done perfectly.  I, for one, find something new and different in this project every time I look at it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUO Challenge 39 – Happy Birthday!

I love birthday cards, especially on MY birthday.  No, my birthday isn't this week – but someone's birthday must be sometime soon!  And even if you don't have a special friend or relative who has a birthday coming up, you're going to need a birthday card sooner or later!  So why not take some fun time to make a birthday card you'll have a blast making – with no deadline except for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge team deadline of two weeks from now! 

Our design team has started out with a wide variety of designs for this challenge theme.  And I can hardly wait to see what kind of a card YOU make.  Use your favorite of everything – stamps, papers, embellishments – anything in your stash, as long as it's a Stampin' Up! product, and you make the card for this challenge.  And when you're finished, you'll have a card ready for that next special birthday in your life!

Jennifer Timko

 

Mary Brown

 

Heidi Baks

 

Robin Messenheimer

 

Karen Barber

 

Deb Hoekstra

 

Cindy Couts

 

Cindy Elam

 

Pam Staples

Michelle Laycock

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