Hi ladies! Congrats on a great first week! It's wonderful to have you all on board. The Linky is all set up to go for tomorrow. The challenge closes at 12:00pm EST. At that time, the Winners link-up here on the DT blog will become active.Here's how it works:1) The hostess for the week will come here as early as possible to add her Captivator for the week. If you can't make the post on here, please email the group (or just me and Hayley) and let us know who you're choosing so the rest can add their pics!2) You'll know you're the hostess (picking the Captivator) from the Challenge Schedule, as well, I will add the name of who is the hostess for the challenge each time I update on Tuesday. 3) I try my very best to send out a reminder (via comment here) that the linky is ready, but sometimes I forget! If you know you're the hostess for the week and you've added your Captivator pick and don't see anything from me, feel free to pop a comment in here and let others know you've made your selection :)If you have any questions at all, please contact either myself or Hayley and we'll try and answer as quickly as possible!
Hi! I posted my winner! I never realized how difficult this was to chose one card as a favorite. Julie's card #20 caught my eye and I kept going back to it, so that is the one I decided on. I hope I did this correctly. I am having so much fun being on the team with all of you! Hayley and Tara, please let me know if I did this right. I did comment on my column and a few others. Thanks again for everything! XX, Claire
Hello Claire :) Thanks so much! The only thing that we do a little differently is rather than posting the full blog address we create a hyperlink with the winners blog name! I will do that for this week for you. Is this something you know how to do for next time? I would be happy to help with instructions if not!
Who picked Brenda's card? Just have to make sure when you add your comment you put your name and a : before the comment... Example - Hayley: I loved so and so cards becaude...! :) Thanks ladies!!!
Thank you, Hayley! I am sorry that I didn't do it that way. I will let you know if I need help next time! :))) You are the BEST! Also, just wanted to say, I find it amazing that all the cards chosen were my favorites, too. I sure had a hard time picking a winner! Thanks for everything! XX
I just want to let you know I have scheduled all the cards since we are going on vacation from the 14th till the 28th. I don't know if I will be able to comment during that time depends on the acces to internet in Greece. So I'm sorry if I can't pick a connoisseur.
Hi ladies, Hayley has picked the Captivator for this week - please go in and add your connoisseur to the linky when you have a chance. All picks must be made no later than 8:55am EST tomorrow (Tuesday).Thank you :)
Hey ladies, just wanted to let you know: I tried to comment on all the cards and of course on your projects, too, but for some reason my Google account is acting up and swallowing some comments as if I'd never typed them *urgh*. So, please don't think I've ignored you, I just haven't yet figured out where the problem is.
Hi ladies - don't know what I did wrong this week but I went in and thought I'd chosen my connoisseur as no.2 Kim but something obviously went wrong somewhere :-/ I think I might have done it in the wrong place! And I have been diligently commenting on entrants cards all week. Will try better next week - honestly not sure what happened though!
No problem Joanne! Don't worry about it - these things happen. The mysteries of Blogger and InLinkz still confuse me to this day - there seems to be no rhyme or reason behind the glitches!
Hi ladies! The linkup for the weekly winners is ready to go for when the challenge closes today at noon. Joanne, you'll be picking the Captivator this week. Everyone else, please add your pick to the linky before 8:55am EST tomorrow. Thanks, and Happy Monday! :)
Hey Tara,Since I'm seeing quite a few challenge entries that are entered into more than 3 challenges (sometimes up to 6), how strictly are we adhering to those rules? Also: is it OK (or not) to kindly point that out to the challenge participants when we comment?
Hi Julia, thanks for asking this! Hayley and I decided awhile back that although these entries will not be considered for a top pick position, we will not directly say they are breaking the rules. We leave it up to you guys whether or not you want to comment as well! You are not obligated to do so if they do not adhere to the rules.
Ladies I've posted my choice for Captivator this week - I'm hoping it has worked properly! I've also commented on all the cards in the gallery this week (just a few additional ones from today to catch up on once I've typed this) - I figured you lucky ladies would all be busy at Convention this week and might not have time to comment so thought this might just make things a little easier.
Hi Joanne, thank you for doing that! That's very considerate of you! :)
Hi ladies! The linkup for the weekly winners is ready to go for when the challenge closes today at noon. Julia, you'll be picking the Captivator this week. Everyone else, please add your pick to the linky before 8:55am EST tomorrow. Good luck to us all in picking just 1... the gallery this week is amazing!
Hi Tara, not sure where I'm supposed to put the winner, so I'msimply commenting here and on the blog post on our DT blog: My winner for this week is Carole: http://ttumom.blogspot.no/2014/07/shameless-caseing.htmlBlurb: My winner for this week is Carole with her gorgeous CAS style card. The bold background makes the challenge colors pop & the sprinkle of sparkles is just beautiful. Congrats, Carole!
Haha, just after I posted my last comment, I figured it out. Duh. My brain is in total vacation mode, sorry :)
I agree, Tara! There were some amazing cards! The first 3 chosen were my first choices. I guess great minds think alike! I love that! XX
Hi ladies! The linkup for the weekly winners is ready to go. Hayley and I will be picking the Captivators this week. Everyone else, please add your pick to the linky before 8:55am EST tomorrow. Thank you!
Hi Friends! I wanted to post my winner before 3 if possible. I am leaving to spend the night in Atlanta for doctor appts. in the a.m. Thanks so much! I am loving being all the team with all of you! XX, Claire
Hey team,since it's getting close to midnight here in Germany, I'll let you know about my winner this way since I don't know if I'll be up by the time the linky closes: My pick is Kim Heggins, entry #2. http://cupcakescardsandkim.blogspot.de/2014/08/one-card-and-coolest-socks-ever.htmlCould someone enter me into the linky when it opens? Don't recall if an email is needed, but if that's the case, use juliacardmaker AT gmail DOT com.Text for the entry:Julia: I love the simplicity and elegance of this card. Well done, Kim!Thanks, gals, and good night :)
Hi ladies....I think I get to pick the winner today but the link isn't up yet. Was gonna pick Kim's card too! Guess great minds think alike! Guess I'll find another winner...
Hey Sherrie,no, please pick Kim as the winner, she deserves it. I will vote instead for Tonya: http://theheartdesires.com/2014/08/blessed/Julia's pick: Stunning combination of die cutting and washi tape. Well done, Tonya!
It's getting to my bedtime here in the UK too and I can't seem to find the linkup yet - so I'm going to add my choice too if that's OK. Mine is #4, LeAnne: http://weeinklings.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/cmcc32-tssc326-another-recipe.html Joanne's Pick: This is the perfect pastel baby card - congrats LeAnne!
So sorry ladies I thought I had set the linky up! I can't get to a computer now, so please leave your picks in the comments as you've been doing and I'll add them when I get home. Again, my apologies and thank you all for being on the ball!
My pick is #2 - My winner for this week's Captivator is Kim with her clean and elegant card. The glittered stripes really highlighted the beauty of the challenge color and made her butterfly stand out. Congrats Kim!
No worries Tara, life has a way of sneaking up on us at times!!! xoxoMy Pick is http://zedsquaredcrafts.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/cmcc32/ Hayley: My son helped me this week and you know he LOVED your card Julia. He noticed all if the Dinos you used, Congrats!
I think I'm allowed to pick too...if not, no worries... :) A couple of my favs have already been chosen but I really liked Stephanie L's card as well:http://slanzalotto.blogspot.ca/2014/08/cmcc32-im-here-for-you.htmlSteph's pick: I loved how Stephanie used both the colour challenge and the photo as her inspiration for her beautiful card. I loved everything about it! Congrats Stephanie!
My pick is Angel #6. Her card truly showcased the colors and I LOVE the splashes of gold everywhere! Thank you for doing this for us! XX, Claire
Hi ladies - thank you all so much for getting your picks in here tonight. Again, I apologize for the delay in getting the linky posted. I have added all the entries but wanted to give you a heads up - I had to use some creative license with the verbiage as some of them exceeded the 100 characters allowed. Funny how quick 100 characters goes, eh? You can never seem to say all you want to say :) If your 'blurb' looks off, that's why. If you want to make any changes, please let me know before 8:30am EST time tomorrow.
Hey gals, since it's getting towards bedtime here in Germany, I want to get my pick in, but I'm not sure whom Tara is going to choose as winner. In case you are not picking Julia from Zed Squared cards, can you enter her as my pick? Sorry for the inconvenience, but to me she's the winner and if you think so too, I don't want to rob her of it ;)Julia's pick: Easily one of the most hilarious cards I've ever seen! Amazing job, Julia!And if you are going to pick Julia and her super funny card, I'm picking Lynn Put instead.Julia's pick: Amazing coloring, great layers – a wonderfully cheerful card by Lynn. Thanks for playing!Again, my apologies for causing you extra work, but I just don't want to vote "officially" before Tara has gotten her vote in. :)
Hi Julia,Sorry for my tardiness, I'm putting my pick up now. Ironically, I was going with Lynn Put ;) I'll add Julia's card to the linky for you! Thanks!
Thank you so much, Tara! And I just realized that the Linky is open for 7 more hours, so the next time I can just do this right after getting up on Tuesday :) Gotta love time zones, haha. Cheers!
Hi ladies!So I made a bit of a boo-boo with the linky this week on the main blog and had it close at 8:55am EST instead of 12:00pm. I have extended the deadline until 4:00pm EST today to hopefully make up for it! I'm not sure if we'll get any additional entries, but wanted to give people the opportunity to get their projects in if they missed it. Claire, you're up for picking the top pick tonight. For those of you across the pond that don't want to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to make your pick, you can leave a comment here with your pick and I'll add it to the linky. Sorry for the mix-up!Tara
Hi Tara - time for bed here so my pick would be Sue's card: http://suescardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ocean-sunset.html This beautifully calm and serene card makes subtle use of this week's colours to dramatic effect. Congrats Sue! Or alternatively, if this is Claire's choice too I would go with Cindy's card: http://cindymajor.typepad.com/encre_papier_ciseaux/2014/08/bokeh-technique-joy.html Cindy uses bokeh to great effect as a background to her Christmas joy card - gorgeous! Thanks Tara x
Just seen yesterday's picks come up in my blog feed - wondered where mine was, then realised: what are the odds on me choosing both the card Tara had as top pick and my second choice picked by Sherrie. All in the timing, I guess! Next time if I need to put in the comments I'll make 3 choices - reassuring to see that great minds think alike though!
Hi Joanne, I checked your top 2 picks before selecting my winner....Julia had your second choice. I would have picked that one too if I could have...great minds do think alike!
Hi Joanne, I'm very sorry - this was my fault! You can still go ahead and just pick two in situations like this. Joanne and Julia, I think going forward if the Captivator hasn't been picked by the time you need to add your selection you can just go ahead and add it directly to the Linky and we can all work around it! Does this sound fair to everyone?
Sounds fair to me.
Oh my goodness! I am so embarrassed. We had a sudden death to deal with and my Granddaughter had strep and sinus and I had her here and I totally forgot to do this!!!!!!!! I am so, so sorry! Please forgive me! Claire
Don't be embarrassed Claire - you are totally forgiven!!! I hadn't realised you were up for the captivator pick - I was too busy watching the clock! Sometimes life well and truly takes over - and we all know what that's like! Hugs to you xxx
Thanks Joanne and Tara for being so kind about my mess up last week!I don't think it is ready to post yet, but I am selecting Anja's card #2 for the winner this week! I will check back soon to post it. Hope you are having a great holiday weekend if you celebrate Labor Day! I have company here, but at least y'all can plan ahead. How is that for some "Southern" talk! XX
There are only 10 entries this week and seven people picking. You think we should all pick a winner? Just feel bad for the other 3 who don't get picked.... Or am I overthinking this and it doesn't matter?
I was actually thinking the same thing ;)
Hi Sherrie,No, you are absolutely right - I'm glad you posted this comment. In cases like these, we'd prefer to have fewer winners than 'non-winners'. So we'll go with 4 picks this week.Captivator = ClaireConnoisseurs = Hayley, Joanne, Steph (since this is her last week with us).Is this OK with everyone? Feel free to switch out who is picking if you can't get your pick in - I just went in order of how we host.I'll get the link up in about 5!!
Sounds fair to me :)
Thanks Julia :)Claire, I added your pick to the main blog post, so you just need to go in and write your little blurb.Thanks ladies, you're the best! xo
Sounds great to me! I didn't know how that worked. I agree, it would be hurtful! XX
Great idea! Thanks for a great month ladies! I had a wonderful time!!
Perfect suggestion ladies - I've done my linky! Great choice Claire for captivator - that was my favourite too! Hope all you ladies who've had a long labor day weekend have had a good one and sad to see you go Stephanie - looking forward to our paths crossing again! xx
Thanks Joanne, I never knew how hard it was to select a winner until I got on a Design Team. XX
Good evening ladies (or it is here anyway!) I've updated the winner's page with my captivator choice - Alyson M - so it's all yours! Hugs xx
Joanne, good choice! That was my first pick, too! XX
Hi everyone,The linky is ready for the winners picks! Julia, you'll be picking out Captivator this week; everyone else, please have your picks in the linky before 8:55am EST tomorrow. Thank you :)
Ha, I wasn't even aware it was my turn :) Winner already picked - it was really easy this time (ok, there was another one that made my heart flutter, but I'm sure one of you ladies will pick the other card that caught my eye). Cheers!
Oh Julia, such a great choice! That was my first pick, too!
Great minds :) And woot for Sherrie who picked my other favorite :)
Just picked my winner for this week ladies....
Yay! I've uploaded my pick too!
Sherrie, that was my first choice, too! LOL! Love those mugs! XX
Hi ladies - I've picked my Captivator for the week. Please add your picks to the linky before 8:55am EST :) Thanks!! Tara
Great cards this week - Claire's was my first choice lol, aren't this week's picks an awesome set of cards?! Thanks for the early post Tara. xx
Thanks, Joanne! I loved the one Tara picked! Great colors and cards this week! I love all the brights! Have a great week, My Friends! XX
Hey ladies,So sorry for the late availability of the linky today. Claire, you'll be choosing the Captivator this week! Thanks everyone.
I'm off to bed but on the off chance one of you reads this, my pick this week would be #4 Sue - Sue's delicate sponging and the way she framed her scene are just beautiful. My second choice is #22 Julie Gearinger - Julie's bold sunflower is so realistic I feel as if I can touch it. Just in case Claire prefers Sue's too! I'll try and check back first thing in the morning just to make sure everything is sorted before the link closes. If I need a third choice, it's #21 Shona - I just love that watercoloured sentiment panel. Thanks ladies!
Thanks Joanne! I'll keep an eye out and add it in tonight/tomorrow when I schedule the post!
Good evening, Friends! I had such a difficult time picking a winner. There were so many beauties! I will post Joanne's card for her! Have a wonderful week! Much Love, Claire
Thank you Claire - you're a star! Great choice for the connoisseur - LOVE Julie's card! xx
My pleasure, Joanne! I forget you are 6 hours ahead of us in time! It was so hard to make a decision this week! XX
I'm so sorry ladies. I completely forgot that I was supposed to check in here with a winner last week. I promise I'll do better tomorrow! :)
No worries, Jen! :)
Hi ladies! The linkup for the weekly winners is ready to go for when the challenge closes today at noon. Hayley, you'll be picking the Captivator this week. Everyone else, please add your pick to the linky before 8:55am EST tomorrow. Thanks :)
Hi everyone. If it's ok, I'd like to choose #2 Michelle Bala.
Just an FYI--Sherrie picked the same card as Hayley. Not sure if she wants to choose another card before you post the winners! :))) XX
Thanks Claire!! Don't know what I was looking at! Just changed my winner.
Great minds think alike! :))))
Apologies ladies - was completely up to date with my comments then had an SU party last night and was so shattered when I got in I totally forgot to do a connoisseurs choice - hopefully no one in the gallery noticed! I am off to SU European Convention on Thursday too and still fighting the lurgy, so I am somewhat distracted this week! Please forgive me xx
No problem, Joanne!You'll be up for Captivator next week, but if you'll be away and/or busy, we can switch you with someone else (me, for example). Let me know!
It's OK Tara - I'll be back Sunday afternoon so will be fine for Monday and choosing, thanks for the heads up! I won't get a chance to make my card for next week until Monday though, so will be close to the wire on that one! So much for forward planning! At least the Colour Me! deadlines fit nicely around Convention so I don't need to miss anything, and I'll do all my comments next Sunday/Monday. I'm presenting on Friday afternoon, so wish me luck!!
Hi everyone! Just got back from NC for my brother's wedding week and didn't get a chance to comment. Since there are not a lot of entries this week (but there are some great cards in that bunch), I can skip picking a connoisseur this week.
Thanks Shirley for volunteering!
I have loaded my captivator pick and caught up and commented on all the cards in the gallery, so ladies you are good to go!
Julia, are you able to make your pick tonight?
I am going to have to make my pick now as I am likely heading to work again over night!
Sorry, was sound asleep :) Just picked my winner. Cheers!
I am going to go ahead and make my pick, too! If Julia picks the same one, I will change mine! :))
Hey ladies, can't get to a computer right now - I'm
Ugh... I'm selecting #17 - Allie. I'll update when I can!
Hi ladies, In the UK it's almost bed time and I will only have about an hour window in the morning to make my pick before I head off to work, after that I won't have access to the admin blog. So, as long as Sherrie has picked the Captivator before 7.15am UK time I should be able to link up with my choice. Loving my time on your team so far :) xx
Hi Sherrie - you're up for Captivator this week! Everyone else, please add your picks to the Linky when you can!
Oops, almost forgot! Picked mine....all yours ladies!
Thanks, Sherrie. Goodnight from the UK x
Hi ladies, I've chosen my Captivator for the week. Everyone else can add their pick to the linky by 8:55am tomorrow. Thanks!!
Done mine Tara - I was stalking you before bedtime ;-) Great choice for captivator this week - I loved the scrapbook page too!
Hi Ladies,So sorry for the late reminder. Claire, please add your Captivator pick; everyone else can add their pick to the Linky. Thanks!!Tara
I am picking Karren's card! Thank you so much! XX
Thanks for the quick reply, Claire!
I am trying to post and can't remember how to get into the link. DUH!
Just click on the 'pencil' at the bottom of the post (right below the linky), then you can edit :)
Ok, I was clicking on the link button! THANKS! XX
I hope I did it correctly! Thanks for your patience!
Hello Ladies :) I am going to go with #18 for my Captivator today, not sure if I will be back at 3pm to pick but wanted to let you all know so I do not hold anyone up. Thanks gals!!!
I have to leave for an event soon, but I am picking number 6 Cornelia! Love the plaid! Being an old preppy girl, I couldn't resist!
Not sure what time the link will go up but I'm picking # 8 leslie's card. Will check in later.
Hi everyone - sorry again for the delay. Despite the fact that I had to put on 'big people' clothes and stumble my way to work today, I somehow managed to forget it was Monday.The linky is up and ready to go.
Hi Tara. I updated the Winner's Post with my pick this week - no. 6 Martha - and my comment, but am not sure how to update the linky. I hope that doesn't cause you a problem, but if I don't do my pick now I won't get to it before bedtime and you will all be waiting for me to get up in the morning. Hope that all makes sense! Joanne xx
I am picking Number 1 Marsha! Thanks Friends!Have a great evening! XX
No linky yet so I'm picking # 15 Kim's. I'll check back later.
Hi ladies! I'll have the linky up in the next hour. If you can't make it in to upload, just leave your pick and a short blurb in the comments and I'll get it in for you!I promise, this is the last week of me bein spacey! I have an interview tomorrow that I have to travel for, so when it's over I'll be much more focused ;)
Hi again all,the linky is up and ready to go now.Thanks
Tara, good luck with your interview! Such a busy time of year for all of us! No problem! XX
Hi ladies,The linky is set up and will open when the challenge closes today at noon. Julia, you will be selecting our Captivator; everyone else can add their picks to the linky.Thank you!
Aaaaaaaand, picked my winner. Cheers!
Evening ladies! My pick for this week's challenge is no. 2 Deepti http://deesartutopia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/one-stamp-many-cards.htmlwith the comment "Deepti's trio of stockings against the hardwood reminded me of a festive log cabin - love it!". If this is Sherrie's first choice, then my second choice alternative is no. 14 Tania "Tania's gingerbread folk are the perfect focal point for this festive shaker card". If you could link up for me Tara, that would be great - I'll check back in the morning just to make sure all is well. Thanks!
Hi everyone - the linky is up and ready to go! Sherrie, you're up for picking the Captivator this week.Joanne, thanks for getting your pick in already - I'll add it to the inlinkz after Sherrie has picked her Captivator :)
My first choice is Tanja, #14 if Sherrie does not pick it. If she does, I will pick Karren J. Thanks! XX
I remembered to check back - all linked up!