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November Challenge Results!

Hi All,

I’m sorry to be so late with the results. With the distraction of Monday’s post, I have to admit that I completely forgot about it until I was lying in my bed this morning! So here goes…

Thank you to everyone who submitted a card to the November Kraft Challenge! I just loved this challenge theme – the cards were so beautiful. What really struck me was the beautiful coloring – many of you colored on the kraft for this challenge. You can see all the entries here.

This month’s random winner of the Simon Says Stamp $25 gift voucher is entry #24 by Sherry W. Congrats Sherry!

Here are a few highlights for the month…

First, I really like the way Connie colored this card – very simple yet effective:


Notice the shading details – the palm trees, the stockings… and see how she added just a little bit of color to the sand and water. Not overdone at all – just perfect.

The coloring on this next card by Sherry really blew me away:


Look at the shading on the cow’s left leg – it’s white in the front and shadowed toward the side. That’s Sherry – not the stamp. Next look at the shadow from the front left leg on the scarf. And then, of course, the shadow on the ground. Fantastic.

There’s something about cows this month. I also loved this next card by Sarah:


The bandana paper is so cute, and I like how she added those cans to the kraft in white ink for the background. Nice job!

Andrea created candy canes out of circles and they look a little psychedelic:


I’ve never seen this done before – very clever! I also like how she used the ribbon in two places on the card. It makes the card look very cohesive.

Finally, this stunner by mojo3386:


Of course the coloring is amazing, but my favorite part about the card is that there isn’t a dark contrast. I always feel the need to add black or brown to a card – but this card shows that you don’t need it – not even for the sentiment. The card is gorgeous.

Thank you again to everyone who submitted a card. And sorry for the delay!



  1. wrote on December 6th, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Sherry W.

    Whee! I am excited to win the prize this month! Aw, thanks so much for the shout out on my coloring. I can’t take all the credit, though….Art Impressions put a nice suggestion for coloring on the packaging. I followed that pretty closely. I did add the shadow on the ground – I thought that added to the feeling of the cow jumping.

    • wrote on December 6th, 2018 at 1:48 pm


      Sherry, I’m so glad you won this challenge. You are such a kind and thoughtful person. And your cards are always wonderful. Congrats!

      • wrote on December 6th, 2018 at 2:37 pm

        Sherry W.

        Thanks so much, Cheryl! 😘

    • wrote on December 6th, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Carol Mac

      Congrats Sherry! Your card was my favourite too! Have fun spending your $25!!

      • wrote on December 6th, 2018 at 5:08 pm

        Sherry W.

        Thanks so much, Carol. You are such an encouraging cheerleader. It won’t take very long to spend the $25!

  2. wrote on December 6th, 2018 at 1:12 pm


    Congratulations Sherry, and to those highlighted colourists well done. They were all wonderful and inspiring.

    • wrote on December 6th, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Sherry W.

      Thanks, Dayse!

    • wrote on December 6th, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Sherry W.

      Thank you, Linda!

  3. wrote on December 6th, 2018 at 3:40 pm


    Congratulations, Sherry!!! Hope you really enjoy your shopping spree! And thank you, Darlene, for featuring my card! I never thought of the candy canes as psychedelic, but I can see that now. LOL And I also didn’t think about the ribbon being in 2 places adding cohesiveness–thanks for pointing that out. I added the bow first, kind of following my inspiration piece, & just felt like the greeting needed something to ground it. Hence that length of ribbon. Gosh–I feel like a “real” designer, now! 😺 Great cards, everyone–I also loved the coloring ones! Thank you for a wonderful challenge, Darlene! 🐱 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on December 8th, 2018 at 11:59 pm


      You are a great designer, Andrea! 🙂

  4. wrote on January 10th, 2019 at 5:07 pm


    For some reason, I never got these results until now (January 11). Thank you Darlene for featuring my card. I loved making it – so appropriate to Australian conditions at Christmas. Sherry is a lucky girl to start the year with a SSS gift certificate. And all the other cards that were featured were so well done. There’s some real talent out there.

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