Tuesday 7 July 2020

August 2020 Card Chain Challenge Sign Up

Hello and welcome! Did you guys enjoy the Blog Hop? We had a blast and would like to thank each and every one of you for playing along and making it such a special celebration of our 3,000 card milestone!
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 3,026 cards by participants from 39 of the 50 United States and 30 countries. Yes, we've added an additional American state with the arrival of Janis from Idaho, USA in the chain! Welcome, Janis, it's great to have you playing.
  • 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 (craftynomad at gmail dot com) a 100-200k photo of your handmade card by 31st August, 2020
  •  Your card should arrive at its destination by 31st August, 2020.

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

Color Palette Option

(Exact matching is not required.)


Sketch Option
(Orient as desired.)


Theme Options: Summer / Pets / Friendship


Product / Technique Options:  Vellum / Paper Piecing

Sign Up Deadline  
You have until August 6th 2020, 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 September 2nd 2020.
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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter
Thanks for signing up!
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.        

Thursday 2 July 2020

June 2020 Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Hello and welcome to the June 2020 Card Chain Challenge Reveal!

We had 26 participants who exchanged cards across the globe this month (making our total number of exchanged cards a dizzying 3,026 thus far!) using at least one of the following options:

Colour Palette Option


Sketch Option


Theme Options: The Beach / CAS / Friendship


Product / Technique Options: Book Paper / Tape

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 3,026 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!)

Our Next Two Challenges
Hey, Gentle Readers, if you want to join in the fun, you can sign up for the July Card Chain Challenge here until 6th July. All cards exchanged will be revealed here on 2nd August 2020.

The August Card Chain Challenge sign-up begins on 7th July and ends on 6th August. All cards exchanged in that challenge should arrive at their destinations by 31st August and will be revealed here on 2nd September 2020.
Hope to see you here!

Thanks for stopping!
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 30th June,
we've exchanged over 3,026 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.

3000 Card Celebration Winners

Hello Card Chain Challenge friends.  Ooops, a little later than planned.  I am having challenges with my wi-fi connection.   My old laptop is wheezing and huffing as I write.

Gosh, what a month it's been!!  We have had a blast looking back with you at all the awesome cards sent and received, hearing your stories, reading your poems and suggestions.  A big huge thank you to everyone who has joined in with our celebration and a special hi and hello to all our new friends, especially those who have signed up to the July Card Chain Challenge for the very first time.

We are impressed that two of our current participants have been with the Card Chain Challenge since day 1!  Well done to our friends Dawn and Arlene.  That is just so awesome.

We'd also like to say a very grateful thank you to the fabulous sponsors who offered prizes.  Thanks so much for your awesome generosity.  We wanted to give everyone a prize, cos you are all fabulous, but unfortunately Jo didn't win the lottery.  The lucky winners have all been picked from the relevant blogs and posts using Mr Random.... Here we go..........

Blog hop winners
 And the lucky winner drawn from Robyn's blog is

Congrats Betty! 
You have won your choice of one stamp from the new release
Please email Gail craftynomad at gmail dot com with your choice and snail mail address.

And the lucky winner drawn from Hilary's blog is

Congrats Gundi!
 You have won two stamp of your choice (max value £15)
Please email Gail craftynomad at gmail dot com with your choices and snail mail address.

And the lucky winner drawn from Helen's blog is

Congrats Kath!
   You have won a £15 voucher to the store.
Please email Jo dottypudding at aol dot com to claim your prize

Thanks to everyone who shared their poetic talents with us.  It was such fun reading all your fabulous poems, haikus and limericks.  
Poetry winner chosen by Mr Random is

Congrats Mia! 
You have won a Lost Coast Designs gardener gnome and sentiment stamp.
Please email Gail craftynomad at gmail dot com with your snail mail address.

OK, isn't that great!!  But wait!!!  Jo and Gail have a few prizes to give away as well.......
We are going to award 1 more prize for each game so 5 more lucky winners....

Game #1 - Your first card sent..........Linda W.
Congrats Linda. 
I have a voucher for CASual Fridays so let me know which in stock stamp set you like best and your address and I'll get it ordered for you...........
Please email Gail craftynomad at gmail dot com to claim your prize.

Game #2 - Your favourite card you sent............. Hilary
Congrats Hilary.
Jo has this cute Clearly Besotted set to send you.
Please email Jo dottypudding at aol dot com to claim your prize

Game #3 - Poems! 
These were all awesome and it's you........... Arlene
Congrats Arlene.
Gail has a cute Panduro animal band stamp set for you.  
Please email Gail craftynomad at gmail dot com to claim your prize.

Game #4 - Favourite card received. 
I gotta say this one was super hard so well done everyone who took part........... Robyn
Congrats Robyn.
These fun AALL and Create stamps will be winging their way to you
Please email Jo dottypudding at aol dot com to claim your prize.

Game #5 - Ideas for future challenges.  

Thanks for all the ideas everyone.  Some will be popping up soon......  Tina
Congrats Tina.
Gail has this Joy! Crafts Lovebird stamp set for you.
Please email Gail craftynomad at gmail dot com to claim your prize.

Congrats to all the winners.  Gosh,  what fun.......

Thanks to everyone who continues to play along and offer love and support to the team behind the scenes and to everyone else in this precious, lovely and generous chain of crafty talent.  You rock!!