Friday, January 15, 2010

Virginia's "Beat the Winter Blahs" Challenge

My dear friends/sweet blog followers,

I'm hosting a challenge of my own right here in my blog. In order to beat the winter blahs, I would love to see what you create while we hibernate indoors!! Since I live in the Great White North, I spent time mostly indoors and there's nothing pleases me more to see your fantastic creations.

The rule is simple: create a card/page/project to cheer some one special up in the winter. However, the creation has to have a WOW factor, meaning that it will have a special feature. It can be a special/new technique, color combo, unique embellishment or an original design...anything your heart desires! Whatever you consider is a WOW factor all qualifies. This challenge is open to anyone. You can enter as many as you like and combine this challenge with others. So please tell your friend/relatives about it or just blog it.

The prize: 
1st place- Hero Arts 4x6 stamp set ("Treasure The moment" see here) and some stamping goodies as a small token of the win.
2nd place-Hero Arts cling stamp (CG 135 Scroll Label see here)
Honorable Mentions-one small stamp set (2x3)

The judges: myself (Virginia), my DH (aka Dr. John), my DD (Stephanie, university student ) and my DS (David, high school student).

The deadline: Feb. 5, Friday 2010 at midnight (Eastern Time). The winner will be announced on Feb.7!! There's LOTS of time to put that thinking cap on...
Here's my take on the challenge:

Sources: Jane's digital monster images (see squigglefly),
Linda Tortagialla 's FREE heart digital images here. See her Etsy shop here
Let's get the party started!

57 comments:

Arlene said...

Oh Virginia, You made me smile this morning! I don't know if I will have time to enter, but, I think everyone up North is feeling like they want to end the winter blahs....

Jane said...

This is too ADORABLE! LOVE LOVE it! What an awesome challenge! Can't wait to play along!

Kathy (krolski) said...

I wish I could play, but I'm heading down to Florida to beat the winter blues. I won't be back until January 30th, so if I have time when we return, I'll be sure to enter. What a great idea Virginia! And your card rocks!!

Lucy Abrams said...

I'm in Virginia - will get my thinking cap on... LOVE the cute card. :)

CinnamonSally said...

Will definately have a go at this challenge Virginia, will have to get my thinking cap on !!!

Vicky said...

Great card! I am in for the challenge... I have to run to my scrapbook and think of something WOW!

Linda aka Oz said...

WOW is right, monsters and starbucks always cheer me up...LOl I'm in and will do my best! the Oz

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Virginia, love this card--very cute. I will play along in this challenge. Don't know what I will come up with yet, so I better start thinking about what I want to do.

linda said...

Oh Virginia! Fabulous challenge, I will definitely participate...going to figure out what I want to make first - hehe! Thank you for using my little heart stamps and adding link to my digital stamps. For those looking for heart themed - you can download them for free on my blog as well - http://www.backtopaper.com/2009/05/19/hearts-on-the-brain-digital-stamps/

Barbara said...

I love your card today Virginia! I'm with you on the winter blahs and I hope that I have time to enter!

:-D Barbara

Susan McRae said...

Such cute monsters and great idea to put them on corrugated hills!

Ashley M said...

I'm totally going to play! This looks like so much fun! Love your monster card too....it sure did WOW me! :)

Tiffany said...

Sweet little card you've created there! Hmmm...I'll see what I can come up with! How fun!!

Alice Wertz said...

awww... this is super duper cute Virginia!!!!!!!!!! LOVE how you used Jane's monsters and the design is just darling! LOVE THIS!! Hope i'll get to play!! this sounds like a super fun challenge!!

Jill said...

This is just too fun! Can't wait to play along!!!

Karen from MI said...

HOW FUN, Virginia! What a GREAT idea you've come up with and it should be lots of FUN seeing what everyone designs! I LOVE your choice in JUDGES, too! :) I hope I can get organized BEFORE the contest ends. Sounds like a perfect one for me to ENTER!!! Love, Karen xo

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

So darn cute!!! Love those cute monsters:)

donna mikasa said...

you totally rocked Jane's monsters! Love your card and those corrugated hills....too cute! I hope to enter your fun challenge--must look for some WOW......

Heather Maria said...

Love your monster card Virginia - it's adorable! Your challenge sounds like great fun. Now I'll have to see if I can come up with anything with a WOW! Thanks for organising the fun Virginia!

Suzanne C said...

Adorable card and will definitely have to think about a wow factor!

What a fun idea to host a challenge while we are all snowed under and chillin!

moccavanila said...

Your monsters are sooooo adorable,Virginia!
Hope..I get some Wow in head,soon :)

Tainan Jane said...

有趣又生動的設計 , 可愛活潑的色彩感覺像是揮別冬季迎接春天的到來 , 快樂可愛的卡片我也被妳的愉快心情感染 , 它讓我微笑...Virginia !!

Nancy said...

I just love Jane's sweet little monsters and your card certainly has the WOW factor!! I'll have to do some thinking to come up with my own version of wow. Thanks for this fun challenge, Virginia! I hope you are staying warm.

Tomo H. said...

So cute card you made, Virginia!
Sounds like so much fun for the participants and the judges, your family members!

Stamping Cafe said...

WOW, Virginia! Love your card, super cuteness! You ROCK with Jane's sweet monsters, love it!

Very fun challenge and thank you for a chance to win the gorgeous stamp set, so nice of you! I will definitely join!

ivy said...

hope i get time to play!

Dawn said...

HI Virginia - even though it's summer here in NZ, I have entered my card.... my WOW is the flower that Dawn McVey showed on her video.... it is a new technique for me. Hope you like it and it is okay.

Vicky said...

I just submitted my alien card! My WOW factor is making male and female out of the same stamp!

linda said...

Hi Virginia - just submitted my entry for your lovely challenge...hope it's happy enough and wow enough - hehe! Glad you started this because it's such a nice theme to create something to beat the winter blues. Ciao!

Janetcraft said...

Really awesome submissions!! If I have ample time, I think I would want to submit mine. Still about a week ahead...

Lin said...

Finally I found something I could enter (I hope it qualifies)...but take my name out of the hat, as I already have that stamp set. I've loved looking at all the fun submissions - you've done a good thing!

fika said...

I just see this.. definitely would love to play.. your card is sooo cute V.. love your WOOW factor :)

TuKara said...

Hi Virginia, love this card!!!!I am in for the challenge.

TuKara said...

Votr carte est belles!!!
Avec plaisir je prendre part au jeu.
Ma carte est déjà sur le blog.

JoanieB said...

Looks like a fun challenge and I always LOVE a prize! Thanks, JoanieB
www.joanieb-creativeoutlets.blogspot.com

Anne said...

Your monster card is too cute- love the big eyes on them and the hear balloons! Thanks for the fun challenge- I hope I linked my card correctly.

Anary said...

Okay..I had a perfect card to join you all! Thanks for the opportunity to band with some great talents.

Hannah. F said...

Thanks for the challenge! the Wow of my card would have to be layers of distressing 8~)

LindaC said...

Great challenge. I have posted my card.

Be(e) said...

Thanks for this fun challenge, Virginia! I had a good time taking part in it.

Anonymous said...

Fun challenge, Virginia! The Wow factor to my Valentine ATCs was the eyelashes to my froggie :)
Linda W.

Heather Maria said...

I just posted a card for the challenge Virginia. My "wow"? factors are that it's my first time to use glossy accents, using lots of pink and orange on the card and a card design I haven't tried before - hope it's okay!

dustypenny said...

Fun challenge, Virginia! Your card is super cute. I'll have to check out all the entries!

Dwita said...

Love to join the challenge, Virginia.... Your card is so cute...

Dawn said...

Got your note Virginia... but can't relink. will try again later.

Fika said...

Hi Virginia, i can't relink my card.. but don't worry i'll keep trying :)

CinnamonSally said...
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Vicky said...

I hope everyone will link back their cards! I am so sorry for loosing your links! Good luck with Inlinkz! ;)

Axes DesigNs said...

Oh.. this blog rocks.. I'll try to make my card soon!!!

Tina said...

I just linked another card. It is such a fun challenge, just can`t stop. I decided to send this one to Cards for kids drive. They really need that `beat the...` courage.

Ayoune said...

I like your monster card virginia. That's fun
Thx for the challenge. ^^

donna mikasa said...

Virginia...it must be me. Or my Mac! I can't see anything. But thank you for linking my card! Big, big hugs!

judkajudi said...

Hi, Virginia! I made a card, but the wow factor is pitiful compared to the magnificent entries you have received! But the goal is to defeat the January blahs, so I had fun making it and feel good to have entered your challenge! Thanks for doing this. Hugs. Judy

Dwita said...

Finally, can submit my link.. Have a nice start of the week, Virginia...

Dotty Jo said...

Hi Virginia, what a great idea for a challenge - those nasty 'blahs' will be banished in no time at all! Jo x

Anonymous said...

It was actually thinking about your challenge I came up with my design Virginia! Thanks! --Debstamps

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Hi Virginia! I came by to post my entry but your linky thing says submissions are closed... It's only 3:10pm here on the West Side, so I think it's just 6:10 pm over there!

Here's a link to my blog:

http://andisperfectgravy.blogspot.com/2010/02/virginias-beat-winter-blahs-wow.html