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Jenni Guynn

Jenni is our wonderful Ad Director at Northridge Publishing. She will be sharing with you some great offers and introducing us all to some fabulous companies.

June CARDS Blog Challenge winners!

Oh boy, we had so many great submissions to the CARDS Blog Challenge sketch this month — you guys made it difficult to pick a winner! Luckily we were able to choose TWO winners to this challenge, sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps:

Lisa turned the sketch on its side to make an awesome Father’s Day card:

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And Richard made this super fun birthday card, aren’t those colors great?

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They’ll each be winning these three stamp sets; you can grab them for yourself here: Bold Wishes  *  Exclamations  *  Rad

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Thanks so much for playing along, everyone! The challenge is off for July, as I’m due to have a baby in the next few days, but we’ll be back in August ready to see more of your awesome creations. See you then! :)

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Tammy Chenault

In middle school, I just thought I was being nerdy when I looked for typos on Spirit Week signage – little did I know I was training for a future career in editing. Now a mother of two young children, my days are full of crafting, writing, and activities that amuse the pre-K crowd. I can't get enough vintage typography and poster design, and never met a fabric store I didn't like.

May CARDS Blog Challenge winner!

Hey everyone! We’re excited to announce the winner of our CARDS May Blog Challenge today, sponsored by DeNami Design rubber stamps. Thanks for hanging in there while we got this up and running again. :) And the winner is… Sanketi! Check out her pretty watercolor card based on our coral, yellow, and turquoise color scheme:

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Thanks to everyone who entered, and stay tuned for the June’s CARDS Blog Challenge winner to be announced this Wednesday.

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Tammy Chenault

In middle school, I just thought I was being nerdy when I looked for typos on Spirit Week signage – little did I know I was training for a future career in editing. Now a mother of two young children, my days are full of crafting, writing, and activities that amuse the pre-K crowd. I can't get enough vintage typography and poster design, and never met a fabric store I didn't like.

JUNE CARDS BLOG CHALLENGE

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It’s time for June’s CARDS Blog Challenge! The winner of this challenge will be receiving an awesome prize package from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is a small company with big ideas located in beautiful Colorado. All the stamps are proudly made in the USA from the finest clear photopolymer. They love ink and stamp like a dream! While the stamps are created with Clean And Simple design in mind (hence the CAS in our name) they will absolutely delight any stamper’s style. Whether you are a CAS enthusiast, or lover of all things layer-licious, you will have a blast getting inky with them. New stamps are released nearly every month, and the Girl Fridays provide continuous inspiration, and tips, for your oohing and aahing pleasure. Be sure to follow along so you don’t miss a thing!

Not one, but TWO lucky winners will receive these three fabulous sets of stamps:

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Bold Wishes  *  Exclamations  *  Rad

Challenge Rules:

1. Leave a comment with a direct link to your card, or submit an image of your card to tammy@northridgepublishing.com by Monday, June 17th.

2. Our favorite cards will be featured and the winner of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps prize pack will be announced on Wednesday, June 19th.

3. You can enter as many times as you like, but please send a separate email or leave a separate comment for each card.

4. You do not have to use CAS-ual Fridays Stamps on your card, but you are more than welcome to! Find them online here.

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This month’s challenge is based on the sketch shown above. CAS-ual Fridays Stamps founder, Michele Gross, sent in this beautiful card to inspire us. It features stamps from Exclamations and Rad, two of the sets we’re giving away. So fun!

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CAS-ual Fridays Stamps talented design team participated in this challenge — hop over to each of their blogs for inspiration:

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Lynn Mangan

Virginia Lu

Kelly Griglione

Dana Seymour

Karen Baker

Michelle Woerner

Piali Biswas

Laurie Willison

We can’t wait to see what you create! Good luck to you all!

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Tammy Chenault

In middle school, I just thought I was being nerdy when I looked for typos on Spirit Week signage – little did I know I was training for a future career in editing. Now a mother of two young children, my days are full of crafting, writing, and activities that amuse the pre-K crowd. I can't get enough vintage typography and poster design, and never met a fabric store I didn't like.

Craft Junction Guest Designer

 

Craft Junction is looking for another guest designer to inspire fellow Craft Junction fans and we want to hear why it should be YOU! Make sure you send your email by this Friday, June 7 at 11:59pm MST.CJ_GuestDesiger_2

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Jenni Guynn

Jenni is our wonderful Ad Director at Northridge Publishing. She will be sharing with you some great offers and introducing us all to some fabulous companies.

May Cards Blog Challenge

We’re back with May’s CARDS Blog Challenge! The lucky winner of this challenge will be receiving a very generous prize package from DeNami Design!

DeNami Design is a well established company that has been in the forefront of crafting trends since 1989. Their designs are timeless and simple, so you can order now and use for years to come! Their rubber stamps are top of the line, but that isn’t all they offer! They have a ton of coordinating accessories and embellishments that we know you’ll love!

The winner will receive these fabulous products:

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Polka Dot Butterfly Stamp, Solid Leaf Sprig Stamp, You’re the Best Stamp, Sending You Love Stamp, Solid Leaf Vine Stamp, Decorative Butterflies Stamp Set, Clear Boutique Boxes, Clear Boutique Boxes

Challenge Rules:

1. Leave a comment with a direct link to your card, or submit an image of your card to hannah@northridgepublishing.com by May 21st.

2. Our favorite cards will be featured and the winner of the DeNami Design prize pack will be announced on May 23rd.

3. You can enter as many times as you like, but please send a separate email or leave a separate comment for each card.

4. You do not have to use DeNami Design products on your card, but you are more than welcome to!

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This month’s challenge is based on the fun color scheme shown above. Use these colors as inspiration to make your own card! DeNami Design’s very own Paulina Nakamura sent in this darling card to inspire us and get our creative juices flowing:

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DeNami’s design team each participated in this challenge. Be sure to hop over to each of their blogs for inspiration:

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Dana Seymour

Emily Keaton

Kanani Kawamura

Lisa Elton

Lisa Petrella

Tammy Hobbs

Wendy Elliot

We hope you’ll get involved with this fun challenge, and can’t wait to see what you create! Good luck to you all!

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Hannah Craner

I am a crafter. I love creating in all forms: jewelry-making, needlework, book-binding, sewing, etc. However, my passion is paper crafting.

I am the Editor and graphic designer for CARDS magazine. I feel so lucky to work in an industry I love, doing something I am passionate about. When I am not working on the magazine or playing with my three cute kids, you can usually find me with a stamp nearby and paper in hand.

You can see more of Hannah on her blog:

http://www.sherbetblossom.com/