Monday, 11 June 2018

May Winner and Reminiscence

Hi fans and participants of the Card Chain Challenge.  Gail here, and in case you don't know me, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??!!!  No, but really......  I have been taking a little wander through my past Card Chain Challenge cards and found myself at the very first one I sent.  I joined the January exchange in 2014 and I am humbled to say I haven't missed a month since.  I was no means an early participant.  Deborah had been running this for years before I joined and many of you had been participating long before I found it.  In fact I sent my first card to Greta, and got my first card from Jo, both of whom were CCC veterans by the time I stumbled over this wonderful card exchange.  I am so proud to be a link in this awesome chain of amazingly crafty ladies.  Thanks to you all for your continued support and participation. What would I do without you and that precious card dropping into my mail box every month!

OK, enough of the memories.  You are undoubtedly here to discover the winner of the Taylored Expressions gift certificate.  Our amazing, fabulous, generous sponsor for the May exchange was


Joyful. Creative. Caring. At Taylored Expressions, our company mission goes beyond manufacturing high quality craft products. Born from a passion to share the art of paper crafting with others, we strive to provide meaningful ways for people to express joy and live their lives creatively.
Based in Iowa, Taylored Expressions has proudly manufactured rubber stamps and dies in the U.S. since 2008. From coordinated essentials to inspiring project guides, our retail web-based store offers hand-selected products to make paper crafting simple and fun. Taylored Expressions products may also be found in retail stores across the globe and through our growing list of wholesale customers. 
Taylored Expressions is a family business and we thank you for allowing us to share in the joy of your creative journey.
 
We would like to thank Taylored Expressions so much for generously supplying a $25 gift voucher to one of our participants this month.  And the lucky randomly selected winner is

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LaVon

Big congrats LaVon.  Enjoy shopping.

Sorry, there can only be one winner.

But wait!!

We have a new sponsor for July!!!  

 
Thanks so much Rubber Dance Stamps for supporting us.

Check out the July sign up for details.  Hugz

Thursday, 7 June 2018

July 2018 - Card Chain Challenge Sign-Up

Hello and welcome! If this is the first time you've visited the Card Chain Challenge*, we hope you'll sign up and join in the fun! We've now exchanged over 2,576 cards by participants from 38 of the 50 United States and 30 countries.
  • This is an international card exchange. Please do not sign up unless you are willing to actually make and send a card.  
  • Please email us (cardchainchallenge[at]yahoo[dot]com) a 100-200k photo of your handmade card by July 31st 2018
  •  Your card should arrive at its destination by July 31st 2018.

Challenge Directions 
Make a card using at least one of the following four options. (You can actually use two, three, or all four options, but you are only required to use one of them.)  

Color Palette Option

(Exact matching is not required.)

or

Sketch Option
(Orient as desired.)

or

Theme Options: Fish/ Beach/ Friendship

or

Product / Technique Options: Rubberdance/ Washi Tape



This month the Card Chain Challenge is sponsored by

Rubber Dance Stamps


Rubber Dance is a Norwegian stamp company.  All the deeply etched red rubber stamps are lovingly handmade by the owner Bibi in her home based workshop and sold unmounted.  Bibi has generously provided the new and beautiful Hydrangea which will be given to one of our eligible participants this month.

To be eligible to win this beautiful stamp you must fulfill the requirements of the Card Chain Challenge.  The winner will be randomly drawn from all eligible participants.

Sign Up Deadline  
You have until 31st, June, 2018, to sign up below.  

Reveal Post
All of the cards with links to their creators' blogs or online photo galleries will be revealed here on 2nd August 2018.
Sign up below (please include a link to your blog/photo gallery). Please sign up using your first name and your state, province or country. EX: Ann in Texas; Betty in Ontario; Cathy in Wales; Darla in Italy.


Thanks for signing up!
Deborah, Gail, and Jo 

*This is an international card exchange - you send a handmade card to the person above you on the list, and you receive one from the person below you on the list. We do a reveal of all the cards with links to the challenge participants' blogs or online photo galleries - which is a great way to increase exposure to your blog or photo gallery! 

Helpful Links

   

Please read the Rules & FAQs if you want to play along.        


Saturday, 2 June 2018

May 2018 Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Hello and welcome to the May 2018 Card Chain Challenge Reveal! Is it just me, or is this one a Super-Beaut of a Reveal???

We had 23 participants who exchanged cards across the globe this month (making our total number of exchanged cards 2,576 thus far!) using at least one of the following options:

Colour Palette Option
or

Sketch Option
or 
Theme Options: Flowers/ CAS/ Friendship
or 
Product / Technique Options: Taylored Expressions/ Gems/ Pearls

The May Card Chain Challenge was sponsored by


Joyful. Creative. Caring. At Taylored Expressions, our company mission goes beyond manufacturing high quality craft products. Born from a passion to share the art of paper crafting with others, we strive to provide meaningful ways for people to express joy and live their lives creatively.
Based in Iowa, Taylored Expressions has proudly manufactured rubber stamps and dies in the U.S. since 2008. From coordinated essentials to inspiring project guides, our retail web-based store offers hand-selected products to make paper crafting simple and fun. Taylored Expressions products may also be found in retail stores across the globe and through our growing list of wholesale customers. 
Taylored Expressions is a family business and we thank you for allowing us to share in the joy of your creative journey.

We would like to thank Taylored Expressions so much for generously suppling a $25 gift voucher to one of our participants this month.  The winner will be randomly picked and announced soon. 

Who Sent What To Whom

And that brings us full circle.

Thank you, everyone, for sharing your artistic talent and doing your part for global relations! We've now exchanged over 2,576 cards by participants from 38 of the 50 United States and 30 countries!!!

If you want to see more of these artists' card art, check out their blogs and please leave 'em some love in the comments! (Don't forget to Pin your favorites!)

The July 2018 Card Chain Challenge sign-up begins on 7th June and ends on 6th July. All cards exchanged in that challenge should arrive at their destinations by 30th July and will be revealed here on 2nd August, 2018.
Hope to see you here!

Thanks for stopping!
Deborah, Gail, and Jo


W H O' S   B E E N   P L A Y I N G
(If you're reading this and have never participated, please consider doing so. And if you see that your country or state has never been represented, you are honor-bound to sign up and show that y'all are friendly and interested in building global peace - and your stamp collection - one card at a time!)

As of 31st May, 2018, we've exchanged over 2,576 cards in this little jaunt - most of which were made by regular participants. And where do they come from? Read on....

Past participants have hailed from: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland (aka: The Netherlands), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya,  Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, The Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa. (We only need to get some countries that begin with L, O, Q, R, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z to keep up with our alphabet list! We have 161 countries to go before we have total global participation!!!

As for the USA, past participants come from: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. We're still missing: Connecticut, South Dakota, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

If you're new to the Card Chain Challenge ("CCC") this is an event where everybody wins. Basically, you make a card for the person above you on the chain and you receive a card from the person below you on the chain. It's a personalized swap, sort of, and it's a ton of fun! Go here for past Chains.


Monday, 7 May 2018

June 2018 - Card Chain Challenge Sign-Up

Hello and welcome! If this is the first time you've visited the Card Chain Challenge*, we hope you'll sign up and join in the fun! We've now exchanged over 2,553 cards by participants from 38 of the 50 United States and 30 countries.
  • This is an international card exchange. Please do not sign up unless you are willing to actually make and send a card.  
  • Please email us (cardchainchallenge[at]yahoo[dot]com) a 100-200k photo of your handmade card by 28th June, 2018.
  •  Your card should arrive at its destination by 30th June, 2018.

Challenge Directions 
Make a card using at least one of the following four options. (You can actually use two, three, or all four options, but you are only required to use one of them.)  

Color Palette Option

(Exact matching is not required.)

or

Sketch Option
(Orient as desired.)

or
Theme Options: Trees /Jungle Animals / Friendship

or
Product / Technique Options: Stitching (Real or Faux)

Sign Up Deadline  
You have until 6th June 2018, to sign up below.  

Reveal Post
All of the cards with links to their creators' blogs or online photo galleries will be revealed here on Monday 2nd July2018.
Sign up below (please include a link to your blog/photo gallery). Please sign up using your first name and your state, province or country. EX: Ann in Texas; Betty in Ontario; Cathy in Wales; Darla in Italy.

In line with new European Data Protection legislation (GDPR) 2018 by linking to our challenge you do so in the knowledge that your name, photograph and link are visible to all who visit this blog and thereby consent to the use of your personal information for the specific purpose of creating the links of the card chain.





Thanks for signing up!
Deborah, Gail, and Jo 

*This is an international card exchange - you send a handmade card to the person above you on the list, and you receive one from the person below you on the list. We do a reveal of all the cards with links to the challenge participants' blogs or online photo galleries - which is a great way to increase exposure to your blog or photo gallery! 

Helpful Links

   

Please read the Rules & FAQs if you want to play along.