Monday, February 4, 2019

Final Farewell Card Challenge with Sketch #1

Click >HERE< for the Love Me, Love My Pet Badge Winners

Well, here we are with  our final Cards in Envy Card Challenge. After this challenge, we will no longer be posting new challenges.   It's been  an amazing 6 years since Denise came up with the idea to start a card challenge that required only flat cards that could easily be put in an envelope for mailing.  It was her brain child and she invited Sandy to join her as co-hosts.  Over time, Denise became overwhelmed with running Cards in Envy and another card challenge she created called Digi Haven.  She decided to step down and hand over Cards in Envy to Sandy, remain as a CIE designer but  focus on hosting Digi Haven.  Sadly, on July 1, 2014, Denise was diagnosed with cancer and decided to close her Digi Haven challenge.  On February 1, 2016, Denise lost her battle with cancer and earned her angel wings.  To honor her, we are going to end this blog challenge by using the same theme as her very first challenge with a Sketch designed by her.  So for this challenge, we ask that you create a card that's flat enough to fit in an envelope using Sketch #1 by Denise Gray below.


You can use different elements, not just circles to create your card and you can turn it into a vertical orientation if you wish.  For this challenge, we will not be voting for a First Class card nor choosing any personal favorites for In the Mailbox.  Instead, in appreciation of all of you who have participated in our challenges in the past  and created a card for this challenge, we are awarding EVERYONE our First Class Sketch #1 Final Challenge badge for your blog.  If you link a card using Sketch #1, you may copy and save this badge and post it on your own blog.


Along with you, our Cards in Envy designers are sad to see this challenge end but we hope to see each other in other challenges and in social media.  Each designer has created their own interpretation of Denise's Sketch #1 and share them here for your inspiration.  For more information about each card design, click on the Designer's blog link that is listed beside their name.






















Sherry, Bits of Cheer 











We'd love to see your "Sketch #1" card!

Here are a few reminders about our challenge requirements:
  • No lumpy, bumpy cards.  Elements on your card need to be relatively flat (no thicker than 1/4") so your card would fit in an envy (envelope) for mailing
  • Limit entries to 3 per challenge.
  • No Back Linking--cards must be posted to your blog or an online album during the challenge dates. If it was posted online BEFORE the beginning of our challenge, it cannot be linked.
  • Entry must be for the current theme.
  • Cards Only--NO TAGS
Entries not following our rules and not for the current challenge theme will be deleted without notice or comment. We accept any size/shape of card BUT all cards must be flat enough to fit in an envy for mailing (no thicker than 1/4") which means no lumpy, bumpy embellishments. 

Challenge ends Sunday, February 17, 2019  at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. 

Thank you for sharing your card using Sketch #1 that is flat enough to mail in an envelope with us at Cards in Envy and for participating in our final challenge!  We appreciate all of you so much!

Thank you & Goodbye, 

Sandy & the Cards in Envy Designers

Please note:  The Cards in Envy blog will remain open in case you want to check out any of the designers' card creations at a later date.  We expect that the InLinkz linked cards will no longer be available after the close of this challenge as it is a paid subscription and once cancelled the links may no longer show up.  The sidebar will continue to link to the current Cards in Envy Designers personal blogs unless a designer closes her blog. If you have not already, you might want to follow their blogs. There will be no new challenge posts for this blog after this one.  Again, Thank you so much!



Love Me, Love My Pet Badge Winners

We absolutely loved all the wonderful love cards for this challenge, both the ones for just love and the ones featuring pets!  It's made it hard to choose just one, but after voting, we did have one card picked to be First Class for this challenge!

Congratulations to #4 Karen Brown!
First Class Badge Winner
We loved this adorable shop scene with the brick wall and stripe awning and the two pups!  So cute and heart balloons! 



Thank you Karen for this super cute card and again congratulations! You may grab the First Class badge below to proudly showcase on your own blog.


The Cards in Envy Designers then each picked their one personal favorite card from all the entries to be In The Mailbox.  here they are in no particular order:


#27 Julie O, In the Mailbox as Sherri's Personal Favorite


#28 Maikreation, In the Mailbox as Lisa & Kristie"s Personal Favorite


#3 Nat's Paper World, In the Mailbox as Toni & Wei's Personal Favorite

#12 Kuni, In the Mailbox as Wendi's Personal Favorite


#8 A. Rose, In the Mailbox as Sherry's Personal Favorite


#33 Darnell, In the Mailbox as Donna's Personal Favorite


#30 Ellie, In the Mailbox as Sandy's Personal Favorite


Congratulations to each of you! Please grab the In the Mailbox badge below to proudly showcase on your own blog.


Again, thank you so much to all of you for playing along with this challenge and all the challenges over the past 6 years! Our last challenge is now live and will run for 2 weeks with a theme of Sketch #1.

~ Sandy and the CIE Designers

Monday, January 21, 2019

Love Me or Love My Pet Card Challenge

Click >HERE< for the It's All in the Numbers Badge Winners!

Hello and welcome to our second card challenge for January!  With Valentine's Day coming soon, we thought you might be in the mood to make some Love cards.  And so, our challenge for the next two weeks is "Love Me or Love My Pet."  We'd love to see your Love card and better yet, your Love card featuring a pet!  Remember, this is a CARDS ONLY challenge and your card must be flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing--no thick buttons, flowers, bows etc.

Our Cards in Envy Designers have create a lovely assortment of Love cards to inspire you.  Please click on the blog name by each designer's name for more details about their card.


















Sherry, Bits of Cheer 














We'd love to see your "Love Me or Love My Pet" card!

Here are a few reminders about our challenge requirements:
  • No lumpy, bumpy cards.  Elements on your card need to be relatively flat (no thicker than 1/4") so your card would fit in an envy (envelope) for mailing
  • Limit entries to 3 per challenge.
  • No Back Linking--cards must be posted to your blog or an online album during the challenge dates. If it was posted online BEFORE the beginning of our challenge, it cannot be linked.
  • Entry must be for the current theme.
  • Cards Only--NO TAGS

Additional rules can be found under the Challenge Guidelines tab at the top under our blog header.  Entries not following our rules and not for the current challenge theme will be deleted without notice or comment. We accept any size/shape of card BUT all cards must be flat enough to fit in an envy for mailing (no thicker than 1/4") which means no lumpy, bumpy embellishments. 

Challenge ends Sunday, February 3, 2019  at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. 

Our Designers will be voting on the cards after the challenge ends and the winners will be announced by Wednesday morning  following the close of the challenge.. We will have one FIRST CLASS which is the card that receives the most votes from the Designers and considered the best overall card for the theme.  The Designers will also pick one card as their personal favorite for an IN THE MAILBOX badge. That means we may have up to 10 In the Mailbox cards for a challenge.  We decided to go with this fun method as each Designer has their own unique style and preference.  Each chosen may grab one of our fun badges for their blog! The badges for the challenge will be in the winners post following the close of the challenge after all the Designer votes are in.  The winners will also be announced on our Facebook Page, so come Like us so you'll know quickly if you are a winner. 

Thank you for sharing your card that is flat enough to mail in an envelope with us at Cards in Envy! 


Please note: By sharing your card in the Linky below, your email and blog  information will be stored and available to us on the InLinkz site. Your privacy is important to us.  We will not share your information to any other parties.  You may read the Inlinkz privacy policy at: http://www.inlinkz.com/new/privacy.php  



It's All About the Numbers Badge Winners

Thank you to each of you that played along with our "It's All About the Numbers" card challenge.  We loved every card entered but after voting we had one First Class Badge Winner!

Congratulations to
#2 Stempelomi 
FIRST CLASS BADGE WINNER
We love the bright colors of ribbon and confetti in the background celebrating the New Year! 2019!!


Stempelomi you may grab the First Class Badge below to proudly showcase on your own blog.

After selecting the First Class card, the CIE Designers then each picked their one personal favorite from all the entries. Here they are in no particular order:



#6 Arlene R, In the Mailbox as Kristie's Personal Favorite




#10 Rose, In the Mailbox as Wendi's Personal Favorite




#15 Joy Wilson, In the Mailbox as Sandy & Toni's Personal Favorite





#19 Ma-Mi, In the Mailbox  as Sherri's Personal Favorite



#7 Theresa P, In the Mailbox as Sherry, Donna, Lisa, and Wei's Personal Favorite

Congratulations to each of our In the Mailbox Badge Winners! You may grab the badge below to proudly showcase on your own blog.

Again, thank you to each of you for sharing your wonderful cards for this challenge.  Please join us in our new card challenge, Love Me or Love My Pet.

~Sandy & the CIE Designers

Monday, January 7, 2019

It's All About the Numbers Card Challenge

Click >HERE< for the "Hang Your Stockings With Care" Badge Winners!


Hello and welcome to our first card challenge for 2019!  This time "It's All About the Numbers!"  We want to see cards featuring, of course, numbers.....birthday numbers, a date, 2019 etc.  Remember your card must be flat enough to go into an envelope for mailing. No lumpy bumpy bows, flowers or embellishments.  

As we start the new year, we have an announcement to share with your about Cards in Envy.  After 6 years, we will be closing this blog challenge with our Februray 4, 2019 card challenge.  Ironically we started Cards in Envy on February 4th in 2013, so it seems appropriate to end with our last challenge starting on that same date.  It will be a bittersweet final challenge.  In honor of our co-founder, Denise, who passed away in 2016, our last challenge will be the same as our very first challenge featuring a sketch by Denise.  We hope you will join us in celebrating her and the card challenge blog she helped to create and that you will join us for both our January challenges and the last one in February.

Now on with the current challenge, "It's All About the Numbers!" Please take a look at our designers' card creation for ideas and inspiration. Click on the blog name (link) by each Designer's name for more details about their cards.














Sherry, Bits of Cheer 









We'd love to see your "It's All About the Numbers" card!

Here are a few reminders about our challenge requirements:
  • No lumpy, bumpy cards.  Elements on your card need to be relatively flat (no thicker than 1/4") so your card would fit in an envy (envelope) for mailing
  • Limit entries to 3 per challenge.
  • No Back Linking--cards must be posted to your blog or an online album during the challenge dates. If it was posted online BEFORE the beginning of our challenge, it cannot be linked.
  • Entry must be for the current theme.
  • Cards Only--NO TAGS

Additional rules can be found under the Challenge Guidelines tab at the top under our blog header.  Entries not following our rules and not for the current challenge theme will be deleted without notice or comment. We accept any size/shape of card BUT all cards must be flat enough to fit in an envy for mailing (no thicker than 1/4") which means no lumpy, bumpy embellishments. 

Challenge ends Sunday, January 20, 2019  at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. 

Our Designers will be voting on the cards after the challenge ends and the winners will be announced by Wednesday morning  following the close of the challenge.. We will have one FIRST CLASS which is the card that receives the most votes from the Designers and considered the best overall card for the theme.  The Designers will also pick one card as their personal favorite for an IN THE MAILBOX badge. That means we may have up to 10 In the Mailbox cards for a challenge.  We decided to go with this fun method as each Designer has their own unique style and preference.  Each chosen may grab one of our fun badges for their blog! The badges for the challenge will be in the winners post following the close of the challenge after all the Designer votes are in.  The winners will also be announced on our Facebook Page, so come Like us so you'll know quickly if you are a winner. 

Thank you for sharing your card that is flat enough to mail in an envelope with us at Cards in Envy! 


Please note: By sharing your card in the Linky below, your email and blog  information will be stored and available to us on the InLinkz site. Your privacy is important to us.  We will not share your information to any other parties.  You may read the Inlinkz privacy policy at: http://www.inlinkz.com/new/privacy.php  



Hang Your Stocking with Care Badge Winners

Thank you to each of you that took the time during the busiest time of the year to create and share your card for our "Hang Your Stocking with Care" card challenge.  The number of entries was low but that does not make it easy to pick badge winners.  All of the entries were wonderful but after tallying the votes, we have our First Class Badge card.

Congratulations #9 Kuni
First Class Badge Winner
We loved this adorable, perfectly colored Christmas scene with the cute bear holding his stocking!
 

Kuni, you may grab the First Class Badge below to proudly showcase on your own blog.
Again, Congratulations!


The CIE Designers then each picked their one personal favorite card from all the entries. Here they are in no particular order:


#6 Anita, In the Mailbox as Toni, Sherri & Kristie's Personal Favorite


#11 Earl-lea Riser, In the Mailbox as Sherry & Wendi's Personal Favorite


#2 Tracy B, In the Mailbox as Wei's Personal Favorite


#10 KartenKram, In the Mailbox as Lisa & Sandy's Personal Favorite


#8 Ma-Mi, In the Mailbox as Donna's Personal Favorite

Congratulations to each of you! In the Mailbox winners, you may grab the badge below
to proudly showcase it on your own blog.


Again, thank you to each of you for sharing your wonderful stocking cards with us for this challenge! We have a new card challenge going on for the next two weeks:  It's All About the NUMBERS.  We hope you'll join us!

~Sandy & the CIE Designers