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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Monthly Challenge Round 1!

March Madness is the moniker given to the chaos created by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (college basketball) tournaments that traditionally begins the first week of March. This American tradition sends millons of fans into a synchronized frenzy each year due to the concentrated hype surrounding 69 teams vying for college basketball's biggest prize.

While March Madness is a phenomenon typically reserved for the national sports psyche, Imaginisce designers Melinda Spinks and I (Beth Moore) joined forces this month to create a little of that frenzy right here in the Imaginisce papercrafting world.

March Madness Card Sketch Challenge
Let's see if we can go one better than the college basketball and have 70 entries vying for our biggest prize:
i-top package
valued at $75
or a range of popular collections to the same value


The rules:
Use Melinda's sketch,
and incorporate the following game plan into your completed card using atleast 75% Imaginisce products:
1. Three Patterned Papers
2. Three Colors
3. Three Embellishments
(It's all about three's - well March is the third month)

Upload your completed entry into the Mr Linky at the bottom of this post before March 25th and the winner will be announced on April 1.


Before we send you off to create a little chaos in your own craft space, we thought we'd leave you with a whole lot of inspiration from our design team who joined in on our card challenge frenzy... will you be joining us too?

And don't forget
We're giving away:
The i-rock and accessories
just for leaving  a comment on today's post!
(Winner will be announced on Friday)


Melinda Spinks

Beth Moore


Cari Locken
   

Pinky Hobbs
  
Erin Bassett
  
Heather Leopard

Liz Qualman
Sophia Allison

Rhonda VanGinkel

Cari Locken

February Challenge Winner
Wow, did we have a hard time choosing the February challege winner. It was a such a close race as we had some amazing projects. So please be upstanding and charge your glasses (orange juice of course) as we congratulate...

Becky Thackston
And how could we not share Becky's gorgeous project.
You can also view more photos of this darling floral arrangement and find out the story behind Becky's great find at her blog HERE.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8HRqdrwVnOM/TVbEnFDBQZI/AAAAAAAABck/9YgSfYp3J-U/s1600/VASE1.jpg
Becky could you please email us at contact.imaginisce@gmail.com with your details so we can send out your prize pack. Congratulations!





106 comments:

isay said...

this is amazing!!! i love what the DT's created. awesome cards! i can't wait to get started. thanks for the great challenge and for the chance to win. :D

yyam said...

Oh my! How awesome are those DT creations! I'm so gonna play along! :)

Elaine said...

WOW!!!
The DT did a fantastic job, all of the cards are beautiful!
I can't wait to get started.
Thanks so much for the chance to win:)

ExpressionsByElaine.blogspot.com

Tracey said...

Question: Do the products used in the challenge have to be strictly Imaginisce? I never participated in one before.

paperpapier said...

truly spectacular projects here! love all the bright fun colour used!

Aezarien said...

It's hard to believe it is already March and what an inspiring group of projects.

Ujjwal said...

Absolutely fabulous projects and what a fun challenge :)

Question same as Tracey's : Do the products used in the challenge have to be Imaginisce? I have never participated in one before.

Melinda Spinks said...

Thanks for asking about the challenge: yes you have to use atleast 75% of Imaginisce products to be eligible. Looking forward to seeing your entries!

Sandi said...

The DT really inspries me with their gorgeous projects....I NEED to get a couple of your new collections this month!

Leanne said...

OMGosh!! I am so inspired! Thx for sharing all these gorgeous cards...x

craftymom205 said...

Great projects. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda Johnson said...

Gorgeous cards!! I am always so inspired by this design team!!! I might have to get in on this challenge!!!

ruth said...

Looks like a fun challenge!

Elisabeth said...

Wow. This is a fun challenge! I will put on my thinking hat and start creating! Love what the DT did. Each card is unique and so very special.

Melissa said...

Oh Wow, check out all the gorgoeus DT cards...so inspiring...love Melinda's sketch too

Nancie said...

I am so glad I found this blog...I love Becky's floral arrangement, if it beautiful to say the least...I tried clicking on the link to see her blog and it only makes the picture larger...is there anyway you guys can post the link...I would love to see more of her work.

Thanks a bunch,
Nancie
scooby71099@msn.com

Scrap Vamp said...

All of these cards are gorgeous and fun! Thank you for the inspiration!

Nicole said...

I love the sketch! Amazing! And all the cards also! I can't wait to start scrappin'!

Melinda Spinks said...

Nancie, thanks for pointing that out. All fixed now and you will be able to go straight to Becky's project and see the close-ups of her beautiful project.

Drayia said...

I LOVE Beth's card it is gorgeous. Congrats to Becky, when I looked at the projects that were submitted she was my top choice. Very inspired and inovative.

vixen said...

Gorgous Cards and fab challenge. cant believe its March already, but hope it will be a better month for me lol. Got several of your collections on the wish list.:)

Lisa said...

Love the cards! I love that they are so different even though based on one sketch. I am inspired!

Kim A. said...

Love all the different cards!!

Samantha T. said...

Very fun!

SavannaLea said...

what a great sketch and awesome giveaway!!!

Brenda said...

What a great sketch from Melinda!! Again there is so much awesome inspiration from the DT. Congratulations to Becky - just a beautiful project!

Kelly Massman said...

Love the sketch and the fun inspiration!!!

Shelley said...

Such great ideas to scraplift! All the designs are quite wonderful.

jrugg said...

All the projects are beautiful! I love the color combination Rhonda used for card-very spring!

Chelle said...

Great projects and I can't wait to try the challenge.

Kathy said...

What a fun contest and lots of great inspiration! Love this sketch and the added direction of "3". Thanks!

Sandra said...

what fun projects!
Love the buttons for clouds!
Sandra ltb

Manhattan Mandie said...

I love everyone's fun cards! Some of the team REALLY thinks outside the box - I LOVE it!!! I'm gonna play this month! Love the sketch and can't wait to play with it!

Jamie said...

FUN!! Can't wait to get started!

María Castillo said...

All the DT projects are awesome!! Love the sketch too!!

Brittney said...

Love these! And that "Just Beecause" card is adorable!

Larissa Heskett said...

FABULOUS CHALLENGE LADIES!! =) I so LOVE the theme and I LOVE making cards!! =) Plus with the inspiration you gave us who couldn't come up with something FABULOUS!! THANKS so much for the fun on your blog!! Have a WONDERFUL Day!!

P.S. I just got my prize package from the Getting to know the Designers win and I just wanted to say WOWZEERZ!! IMAGINISCE ROCKS!! THANKS so much for all of the goodies!! I will totally be ROCKIN with my projects now!! You could have sent just one little thing and I'd have been HAPPY, but thats what I LOVE about Imaginisce you sent a box full of product and I am still smiling with excitment!! =) THANKS SO MUCH you are GREAT and you made my MARCH!!

Shell said...

The cards are so beautiful...thank you for all the wonderful inspiration and the chance to win!

Brett said...

I love those cards and I am so excited to get started on this challenge! :D Thanks!

PamS said...

Gorgeous cards and I love Becky's project. It is darling.

connie said...

great sketch and LOVE the DT cards!

Lori said...

Love the challenge, love the sketch, can't wait to play! Bought a bunch of new Animal Crackers stuff, and it's calling me to make it into a card...

Jerri said...

Go design team! I love all of your projects, they make me want to go and make lots of cards :)

Lindy said...

WOW.....absolutely beautiful cards. I might have to try this one!

Kathy said...

Congrats, Becky!
Adorable sketch, Melinda, and I love all the wonderful examples the DTs have provided. I'm in for this one!

Queen Mary said...

Love all the DT cards, especially Rhonda's "RAWR" and Becky's "Easter Egg card!" I'm getting inspired to create!

Tabitha said...

Love everyone's projects. Amazing team of ladies. Thanks for a chance to participate. I wish someone closer sold your line. I am having a hard time finding them. I want them so bad too. LOL

Yaritza said...

Great cards. Thanks for the chance to win.

Tamra said...

These cards ROCK!! I can't wait to see what I can come up with and everyone else too!

GrannyCharlotte said...

What awesome cards. The flowers in the vase were absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Becky said...

thank you soooo much!!!!!! I'm so glad you liked the flower vase :)
LOVE the DT cards..amazing

Liz said...

Congrats to the flower Vase... Looking forward to the sketch... I'm not much of a card maker but it's a beautiful sketch.... Thanks Imagininsce once again for having great inspiration from your DT.

Liz said...

Oops hit sent to quick ment to back up Congrats to the flower vase winner becky ...

Kimberli said...

Beautiful cards!! Can't wait to use this great sketch!!

Jamie said...

all great projects.. cant wait to enter this challenge.. im waiting for my imaginisce product orders to come (right now i only have some stamps and thats not enough but they should be here any day now and i cant wait!!)
-jamie
babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

Debbie Garcia said...

Love the sketch not much of a card maker but I will give it a whirl.

Kelly Sas said...

I am excited for this challenge. I am new to sketch challenges, but with your DT incredible creative examples I have become inspired to give it a try! You have THE BEST DT!!!

DebC said...

Wow the design team nailed it again. I absolutely love each card but have two favorites. One is the princess card of course...pink and princess so that is all it took for me. I also really love the one with the little eggs and the bird hatching out of one! Very creative and kudos to all the design team because you are all so talented!!

JennyKozar said...

I think I may take this one on - looks like fun and the inspiration is just awesome!

Mandi said...

Absolutely adorable cards!!!

princess-peaches said...

These creations are gorgeous!!!

Auntie Em said...

What awesome cards! They are all so pretty and colourful.
Great sketch...I think I feel the urge to create a card sneaking up on me!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Manders said...

I have to give Kudo to the ingenious card numbetr one Melinda for the bee how clever and Rhonda with the cute springy Easter egg card.
They are all very cute but those really stand out.
I am inspired

Patchi said...

You guys must be really mad (in the good sense) to give out all these awesome prizes!!!

mitch1066 said...

I must admit the dinasour and circus cards are my favourites...raaarrr...they brought out my inner child lol.

Darla said...

Beautiful projects ladies, such great inspiration!

Treasa said...

Congratulations Becky!! I am loving all these cards, such a great sketch.

Pammejo said...

Very cool sketch, will be trying this one for sure.

debby said...

Love the sketch/challenge!!! And the samples are FAB of course! Need time to play now!!

serena said...

love the challenge. the projects by the DT are just gorgeous!

Annette A. said...

I love all of these amazing cards. Awesome creativity. Thanks for sharing

Jodi said...

What scrappy-licious cards!!!! Such a fun sketch! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance for an awesome prize!!

Cynthia B. said...

Great sketch and beautiful card examples!

Kristie Maynard said...

That is some wonderful inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win!

Scrapbooking Rocks said...

Great cards! Thanks for the chance to win

st_mccall said...

OHHHH, I have been wanting to get one of these wonderful tools!! Thank you for the projects and the inspiration! And for the great chance to win an amazing giveaway!

Candy said...

Wow! What beautiful project and wonderful inspiration! I love Imaginisce products!

kellmg said...

LOVE the cards!! Always a fan of Melinda - love her quilling and embroidery!! Her work always inspires me... all these great cards do today!! Thanks for sharing!!

jennyplace2 said...

Each and every card is just so stunning! Very well done DT TFS!

McVic said...

Great projects. GOod luck to the crafters who are going to try this!!
kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

mitchmac said...

what awesome cards - I just love the little bee card by Melinda!

Shannon said...

Those are some awesome cards!!

Samantha said...

Love the card sketch and the challenge!

kirsten said...

Congratulations to Becky! Very nice project.

The cards are very neat. Love them!

HeatherC said...

Cute cards from the DT. I love seeing the older collections used again. And the Challenge winner, sure did a fantastic job.

Brett said...

Can we only enter once? I loved doing that sketch and will definitely make more cards using it, but can I enter them all?! :)

Btrflywmn said...

Wow, such amazing cards. I love the flower arrangement too. I am not a great crafter, I have a hard time creating on my own, so I love to look around and see great projects. I have found some new sites here today, thanks for sharing.

Bobbi said...

What a pretty sketch and the DT did a wonderful job with it. TFS

LesleyfromWI said...

Wow these projects are amazing. Great job

Char Dobson said...

Wow! Fantastic cards ladies! Love all the inspiration and thanks for a chance to win. :)
craftychick99 at yahoo dot com

Maria Besada said...

Beautiful cards!
I will participate.

Kisses

Staci said...

I would love me some bling!

Samantha said...

Oh WOW! these cards are ssoo amazing! and HUGE congrats to Becky! totally love your flowers! thank you for your always needed inspiration Imaginisce! {HUGS}

Marcelle said...

I love Imaginisce products, got the Ibond and thsnks for the chance to win the IRock!!
The blog inspires me so much!

sucor said...

Awesome job DT! These cards are gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration!
sucor_2 at hotmail.com

Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

So much fun, thanks for a great challenge! Love my Imaginisce tools and if I win the prize I am going to give it straight to one of my scrappy pals who can't get enough of using mine! Love the design team work too!

http://chloeandherclipons.blogspot.com/2011/03/imaginisce-monthly-challenge-and-my-hot.html

Suzuki said...

Incredible cards - don't have one of these tools yet - still on wish list!!!

Candy said...

What great projects. Imaginisce has great ideas and products! I love them all!

Crafty Math Chick said...

I love your paper lines and hot fixx type gems - thanks for the chance to win!!

Country Bumpkins Scrapper said...

So excited about the challenge that I went ahead and nearly finished it. Re -read the instructions and realised it was a card not a layout. Have done the sketch but as a layout not a card. Can I still enter it??? Next time I will read all instructions. lol

Elsie said...

I'm ready for this challenge!

cindy said...

I probably say this every month but I'm doing this challenge for sure.

fong33 said...

Great challenge and I loved all the cards.

Country Bumpkins Scrapper said...

Great sketch. So many beautiful cards.

KellyG said...

Great cards!

Mary said...

Some March Madness teams were lousy in November and great in February. Other teams were great in November but lousy in February. If you pick a team to go far, all else being equal, the former is most likely better than the latter. Just don't assign too much importance in your 2011 March Madness predictions to the last two or three games. Recent performance isn't the only factor that should affect your March Madness picks.
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