Cropped Challenge, March

Welcome to the Cropped Challenge!
So if you’re new to my blog, a bit of explanation.  Back in October it was my blog-a-versary.  So I wanted to do something FUN!!! to celebrate.  I have a TV in my craft room, and I often watch/listen to the show Chopped on Food Network. If you’ve never seen the show, it’s quite entertaining. Chefs get a basket of mystery ingredients with just a few minutes, and have to come up with an amazing meal. I find the show quite entertaining, especially when the ingredients seem so… random…
So I posted on my Facebook page that I wanted to do something different and was looking for volunteers – and there were 8 ladies who were brave enough to join me in an unknown challenge!
It was such a hit that I’ve done it a few times since… Everyone seems to enjoy it and it’s definitely a challenge to use these random products together… And so cool to see how everyone does it differently!
Here’s what I told them:
The contents of the envelopes are:
1) Border strip, and a flower. Both were cut from my Cameo, and are white. You have discretion to add whatever color/texture to them; but they should be recognizable on your card. If you haven’t made a flower like this before, let me know, I can try & put a video up or something…  if you’d like to play, you can find them in the Silhoutte market – silhouette rolled rose

silhouette assorted decorative lace band

2) A toilet paper roll. Lots of people have been doing great things with them. You don’t have to use the whole thing; and you can change the color. But I should be able to tell that there is some added dimension to some object on your card (for example, you punch or cut shapes or letters out of it).
3) Some Stampin Up! silver stamping glass. This is a really chunky glitter. You can do whatever you want with it but I must be able to see that some of it is on your card.
4) One more thing – not in your envelope. You must have some sort of texture evident on your card – you can use your cuttlebug, make lines with a scoring tool, whatever you want to do. But the card must have some texture (doesn’t have to be on the whole card).

The only rules were:
You 1) can use any other items you like (card stock, bling, stickers, markers, stamps, etc) on the card. You clearly will need a card base 2) You must use all of the items I sent you, and they have to be identifiable (but you don’t have to use all of it in the card). 3) This challenge only – you can change the color of any item I’ve sent you. They don’t have to stay white. 4) Card can be any size, and any fold you like. 5) Card can be any theme you like….
I gave them a few weeks (just in case the mail was slow), and they created some phenominal cards!!! I have to say, when I was putting all of the pieces together, I couldn’t imagine any cards as awesome as what was created!

Here’s the contents of the envelope:

Here are the cards: (name of designer below the card):
Be sure to visit their blogs and give them some love!

 Donna Phelan

 Jamie Rogers Moore

Jennifer Restivo
(you’re already here –

 Kimberly Scott

 Rachelle Larsen

 Robyn Yee-Tarjamo

Shawnee Penkacik

Regina Cooper Hardy

Crafty Card Gallery is an iPhone app (works on iPad and iPod Touch) that is also available for Android Phones. It is a card gallery for handmade cards. You can follow great designers, and look for ideas. It’s updated monthly so there’s always new great content for you… Now featuring over 800 cards!!! and growing every month!  New update was just released!

You can get it in the iTunes app store and the android marketplace.

Hope you enjoyed all of these beautiful cards!So, to make this more interesting, you, my blog readers get to vote for your favorite card……

Please put your favorite card in your comment… If you can’t choose one that’s o.k. too!
I will select one comment from a follower randomly for a prize.. I’ll be giving away:
1)  some Tim Holtz alcohol inks for one commenter…  
2)  some Tim Holtz alcohol inks for one card maker 
3) and if you want to play along, you can link up a card too! I’ll select one of those for a prize too!  
I’d love to hear if you’d like to participate in one of these types of challenges in the future or see more of these..
Voting will take place until April 3rd..

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you enjoyed the challenge!
Have a great day!

Winners… and a card!
Winner & a card!


  1. Beautiful cards everyone. I am so honored to do this challenge with you.

  2. My vote is for Shawnee 🙂

  3. Heather Stoddard
    March 31, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    My vote is for the talented Regina!

  4. I liked them all but I vote for Regina's card 🙂

  5. I vote for Regina!

  6. I cast my ballot fro REGINA!!!!! REGINA RULES !!!!!! REGINA ! REGINA !!!! she's like the Charlie Daniels of cards !!!!!

  7. A job well done ladies, beautiful cards!! A tough choice but my vote goes to Regina.

  8. Regina's card is beautiful and gets my vote!!!!!!

  9. Cards by Regina! I love her cards!

  10. What awesome creations by each designer, very inspiring…but my favorite and the one that gets my vote would be Regina's!

  11. Beautiful Cards everyone 🙂

  12. Cricutbug – Marie
    April 1, 2012 - 3:57 am

    They are all beautiful! However, I really think Donna's card is special!

  13. Evethmoon Crafty Creations
    April 1, 2012 - 5:14 am

    They are all so pretty so I can't pick a winner. I am glad to have found your blog it is so different and special. I love the games you play, I also watch the Foods Network Chopped program. I am new to blogging and would love it if you could visit my blog and become a follower. I am now following you. Hugs and God bless!

  14. I vote for Regina, her cards are awesome!

  15. I vote for Regina's card.

  16. Donna Phelan's card rocks!

  17. I love Regina's card and I vote for it! She has made me several cards and I love how personal she makes them for each person.

  18. Love cards by Regina, she has my vote!

  19. I love them all, but Donna's really catches my eye. What great materials to work with! Every one of them is a winner.

  20. My vote goes to Donna's. Loved the center of the flower and the trail dots of the butterfly!

  21. I choose Regina…she is so gifted. Her cards are the most amazing!

  22. I love the card made by Regina!!!

  23. I love how Donna used purple and green together to make the card pop. Also, the attention to detail, using the chunky glitter as the butterfly's flight path, was a great idea!

  24. I love Regina Hardy's card.

  25. I vote for Regina's card. Beautiful!

  26. Voting for Cards by Regina (Regina Hardy).

  27. Voting for Regina's card, Cards By Regina! Simply beautiful!

  28. I absolutely the the card by Regina. It's beautiful and like no other cards I've seen before.

  29. Crafting With Blue
    April 2, 2012 - 7:50 pm

    Kimberly Scott is my choice

  30. Loved the card by Regina. She's got my vote!

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