Saturday, March 26, 2011

Challenge #39-Clean and Simple Winners

Hi Everyone.
Phenomenal cards this week. So many incredible creations really made it difficult for the team to choose. Thank you to all of you who played along in our inaugural CAS challenge. It was such a pleasure visiting with you all.

Without further ado, here are the design team choices for Cut Above. Congratulations to all of our winners.

Nance's choice: Allison Ohran

Oh my gosh--I loved Allison's elegant and sophisticated take on our sketch this week! Love the Crumb Cake base with just a sliver mat of black but the real show stopper for me are those flowers! I love how they look in the trio of neutrals and the hemp twine is the finishing touch on this naturally elegant beauty--congratulations Allison!

Ann's Choice - Julie DiMatteo

"Cute to the max" describes Julie's adorable card! With its trio of cheerful buttons, this clean and simple card would put the "happy" in anyone's birthday! It's a perfect interpretation of the sketch! I loved how crisply Julie stamped the sentiment. Just look how the hemp twine sets off those fabulous buttons. Of course, the Pear Pizzazz bow is just the icing on the cake! Congratulations, Julie for being my selection for A Cut Above!

Lesley's Choice - Jenn Picard

I chose Jenn's crisp and bright card because of the clean lines! The thin piece of Espresso paper outlining the main rectangle made the card pop! The butterflies look so cute, stamped each way and then popped up slightly in the middle. I love that she used the Nursery Sweet DSP...and of course the light and airy bow, made the card all come together perfectly! Congratulations Jenn!

LeAnne's Choice - Teresa Giordano

I love the colors that Teresa chose; the elegant colors of black, red and vanilla paired with the Manhattan Flower embossing folder and satin ribbon made for a stunning clean & simple card. That embossing flower looks totally different when it is trimmed down for the main panel! I thought the sweet little "Mr & Mrs" fit so nicely in the empty space---just a real beauty all the way around! Congratulations, Teresa!

Marian's Choice: Pam

Pam Giudici from Alabama amazing masterpiece brought a huge smile to my face this week. This gal can think outside the box. I love her attention to details and all aspects of the card. Her circles are filled with happiness, clean, crisp and classy. Love the extra PIZZAZ with the rhinestones and especially the polka dot background and how it adds so much strength. Congratulations Pam! Your card is wonderfully accomplished.

Anne Marie's Choice: Linda

Linda is my choice for A Cut Above this week because I just love how she used a clean and simple design, with so many wonderful details. The little rosebuds are so sweet and the soft color just pops off the neutral background. I really liked how she used the border punch to create such a gorgeous accent to her ribbon, too. So creative! Congratulations Linda, your card is gorgeous!

And for our HEADLINER this week.....

Jaydee's Choice: Elaine

This fabulous clean and simple beauty from Elaine really made me smile! I loved the amazing amount of texture and interest that she captured in this card and the little pop of red for the truck was the perfect touch. The vertical lines of the terrain and the black stripe were offset by the punched holes. The black and red matting were perfect for the focal point. Absolutely loved this card. Congratulations, Elaine.


  1. Yes, I agree phenomenal cards this week. Congrats to all the winners! Come back and play again tomorrow.

    xo, Marian (Studio M)
    The Paper Players March 2011 Guest Designer

  2. Congrats to all the other winners! Marian, thank you so much for your kind words! You made my weekend! Keep up the great challenges Gals, I love this place!

  3. Congrats to all of the winners! This was a stellar group of cards this week!

  4. We have the best Players at our challenge! Congrats to all the winners and thank you to all the participants! :-)

  5. This was a terrific week! Thank you to all our participants!

  6. Thank you so much - I am so honored to be a winner this week an congratulations to all the winners! Looking forward to playing again!

  7. Thank you for choosing me for Headliner of the week. I had so much fun playing along with your sketch. Congrats to all the other winners too. Elaine


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