August 14, 2013


The winner  of the very first Build Your Own Challenge (BYOC) is ready to be announced! Are YOU ready?

First of all, I would like to say that I received some really wonderful entries into this first of our Challenges. It was really a challenge in itself to come up with a winner. Impossible, in fact.

THUS . . .

I have declared THREE winners!

The above beauty was created by Marge. Her embedded embossing is very effective. And I love how she incorporated printed papers in her diecuts. It adds another dimension of interest. The movement of this card front is wonderful and perfectly balanced.

Christina's entry was a bit more complicated than I expected from submissions. While it is beautiful fully closed, I had to include a photo of her creation open:

The three tiers in this little treasure are, each and every one, unique and precious. The top layer of the card features one of the new Expressions Thinlits Dies as found on page 36 of the Holiday Catalog. "Love" is wonderfully appropriate when speaking of friendship. Wouldn't you agree?

The third winner was created by Joyce. The lovely little bird and its accompanying flowers give lots of charm to this card front. Basic Rhinestones add just the right amount of bling. Paper piercing around the circle and each of the scallops on the outer circle finish off the focal point beautifully. And I love how she matted the wonderful quote by Thoreau, finished by an echo of a flower. 

Girls, you all did an awesome job meeting the parameters of this challenge. A prize will be going out to all three of our winners! Congratulations!!

As soon as the building blocks of the challenge were finally arrived at, I was anxious to get down to my creation station to do my own version. This is what I came up with:

I must say this Build Your Own Challenge was really fun. I will probably do another one in the near future. If you have any additions/subtractions/comments/suggestions about the second challenge, please share them with me. 

Stay tuned.



  1. What fun cards! I especially love the one in the middle {the three tier card}. Thanks for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party!


  2. Yay! I'm sure glad I wasn't the one that had to decide between all of them. It was fun working the brain and I'll be waiting for the next challenge!

  3. Hi Linda
    Your cards are great.
    Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    Angel @

  4. Wow these are really cool....thanks for sharing them....found you from the Saturday hop...hope you follow back

  5. I love both your linkups this week but this one is awesome - such fantastic entries!

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  6. Thanks for linking up my Friday Flash Blog on The Jenny Evolution. I'm back from vacation in central Colorado and ready for a great party this week. See you there!


  7. Great cards - I especially love the 3-tiered card! Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends last week - I hope you'll join us again tomorrow. I look forward to seeing what you've been working on this week! :)