Wednesday, August 26, 2009

And it all started with this:

It all started with this little pack of paper on August 1st what an amazing challenge for my girls on Stampin Trades and Treasured Friendships. Most of us started out as Stampin UP demo's then we explained our horizons and went outside the box. I would say over half of the girls are still SU demo's and most of us have been together in Cyber land for 3 years. I'm always trying to come up with a way to challenge the girls and so I sent each one of them this packet of paper and told them to use any or all of the paper. We had 10 people enter the challenge of which they could use any stamp they wanted and any embellishments but the finished products were coming back to me for my daughter to draw the winning card. All of these cards will go with my card donations to Cards for Hero's if your interested go to their website and check them out.
Well I have tons of ribbon so I'm going to send the winner a bunch of cool ribbons and the winner is:

Rhonda Sands from Connecticut is the WINNER with this amazing card using all the beautiful papers and she used a SU stamp set, wow this is amazing.
This card was done by Michele in Minnesota. She is one of our newest members, she is a SU demo and has a passion for SU. She is amazing and you will find that out when you go to her blog at

This card was sent in by Marjori in Arizona and its a SU stamp set, beautiful with all that work on the tree and the pretty blue bird. Just amazing Marjori you can see more at her blog

Deedee in California sent me this card, ironically I sent her the image of Riley the Moose from Gina K stamps and I adore the card its so cute. You can see more of Deedee's stuff at her blog and she designs for Sweet N Sassy Stamps.

Sandy in West Virginia sent in this cute card with all the beautiful flowers she is such an inspiration to me. Check out her blog at Sandy also works with Sweet N Sassy Stamps.
Rainy in Georgia sent in this quilt type card and although its simple its so cute anyone would love to get it. She does such nice designs.
This is another card from Rhonda, she has lost a significant amount of weight last check was 75 pounds. She is amazing inspiration to all of us at STTF. The reason she did two is because I sent her two kits and true to form she made two beautiful cards and sent them back. I absolutely love the font on her card 'Thinking of You'.
'Hey there, Mama' is done by Micki in Kansas she is so much fun and busy as can be with designing cards for a website or two. You can see all of her beautiful and zany cards at you will love her stuff as much as I do.

This card is done by my friend Debi in Missouri, she is so creative. Debi is so lucky to have a daughter that shares her love of stamping. Beautiful work I'm afraid my photo didn't capture the 3 dimensional work on this one, Debi does wonderful work.
Now this card was done by Karen in Maryland and she does beautiful watercoloring work, heck all her work is good but she does excellent work and you can see more of it at

Jeanna is a full fledged SU demo and does tons of workshops, parties and she enters several craft fairs in the Kansas. If you ever need something you can see her work and find out about SU at I just love how she used every piece of paper I sent her.
I can't say much about this one I'm running out of words and what I did I didn't do to good. This was colored with Copic's and the girl that did it loves bling I love the blue pearls she added. Jeanine did this card and she's from Tennessee he he he.
I so enjoyed this challenge and I think all of you will agree that out of 10 women each and every card is beautiful, amazing and creative from the heart. We may come from all across the U.S.A. but we all share the same love of family, God and stamping. I was never really good with words and I wish I could have done justice by describing each woman's work. We have a very supportive, talented group of girls that I know will listen to my thoughts and not judge me but help and support me in anything need or have to do. Thank you Rhonda, Marjorie, Micki, Debi, Michele, Karen, Jeanna, Deedee, Sandy and Rainy you so inspire me to do my best each and every day.
God Bless.


Deedee Anderson said...

Oh, they all came out so wonderful!! It's fun to see how many different cards can be made from one set of materials. Congrats to Rhonda on her win! Jeanine, thank you again for sponsoring this, and for all the love and support you give all of us every day!! HUGS!!!

Anonymous said...

AHhhhhhhhhhhhh Congrats to RHONDA!!
Wonderful, no, awesome cards by ALL
Jeanien the cards all speak 4 themselves. :}

Marjori said...

GREAT JOB LADIES!! And Congrats Rhonda! Your card is go-jus with all those scalloped layers! Can't wait to do the next one!

Thanks "Granny"!


Anonymous said...

Congrats to Rhonda, truly amazing card.

I enjoyed this challenge, especially seeing all the beautfiul cards you all made.


Micki said...

woohoo....congratulations Rhonda! Granny, you're right, it was fun to see how everyone of us used the supplies you sent in a different way! All the cards are beautiful and unique. Had tons of fun.... as soon as I get my craft room remodeled and moved back, I'm going supply the supplies for another round!.

Michelle said...

Congratulations, Rhonda, on both counts!

Thank you, Jeanine, for doing this challenge and for posting all of the cards and saying such nice things about all of us. This was so much fun to do and I really enjoyed seeing all the cards together. Everyone did such a great job!

Sandy said...

They all turned out so pretty! Isn't it fun to see how our minds all work in different ways when we have exactly the same papers? This was lots of fun!

Karen said...

fantabulous job girls - they are all beautiful!! Rhonda - Congrats...well deserved!! Jeanine thanks so much for the fun challenge!!

TN Granny said...

I got 8 comments thats a record for me Woooooooooo Hooooooooooo!!!
You all make me so happy!

willow said...

Wow! Love your blog; and been reading thru it; maybe more reading on it tomorrow...I am in the middle of trying to figure out the whole "blog" thing..I have the blog; but cant figure out how to get it so "customized" like everyone elses..with the backgrounds bear with me..Thanks For sharing the beautiful cards!!