Introducing the 2015 Card Design Superstars!

Introducing the 2015 Card Design Superstars

MFT_DT_SusanOpel_200pxThe results are in! And we couldn’t be more excited! What a fantastic group of inspiring cards (and cardmakers!) We absolutely LOVED poring over your amazing creations. Let me just say, there are a lot of passionate and talented designers out there, and we are thrilled that our contest brought so many of them together all in one spot!

Before we announce our 10 winners, I wanted to share a few fun statistics about our very first Card Design Superstar contest.

Once the contest was announced, you got busy ordering, sketching, and scheming to create your very best card(s). In the end 258 contestants submitted 654 cards for 10 spots. Believe me, it was NOT an easy decision to narrow it down but the judges have deliberated, and we’ve come up with a stellar group (<– see what I did there?) of cards that secure Superstar status for these ten ladies.

When choosing our Top Ten, we were looking for cards using My Favorite Things stamps and Die-namics that incorporated the following:

  • Great design
  • Superb execution
  • Clever uses of our product
  • Fresh approaches
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the inaugural group of My Favorite Things Card Design Superstars (in alphabetical order by last name)!

Therese Calvird – Australia

Handmade card from Therese Calvird featuring Birdie Brown I Knead You

Wow, Therese! We are in awe of your masking and alignment in this card! Therese shared a video on her blog showing exactly how she created this card that features highlight stamping. She sure did make the I Knead You stamp set shine in this labor intensive design. And what a fantastic result!

Jane Clempson – United Kingdom

Handmade card from Jane Clempson featuring Birds of Paradise

We were so tickled with the concept behind Jane’s card — her version of The Beatles and their Abbey Road crossing! Jane admits, “Some of my greatest ideas for cards come just as I fall asleep. 99.9% of my ideas have disappeared by the time morning arrives, so it was a miracle that this card made it beyond breakfast.” Jane panicked (Help!) when she realized that the birds from the Birds of Paradise set don’t all face right, but she did some research and found a video on how to reverse your stamps. We’re so glad she didn’t Let it Be and was able to make everything Come Together. 😉

Debra James – Australia

Handmade card from Debra James featuring Birdie Brown Polynesian Paradise

Beside her awesome background created with the Balloon Strings Background (which she embossed and then colored with distress inks), we were particulary taken with Debra’s inventive surfboard which she created using our Stitched Speech Bubble Edges Die-namics. Sometimes it takes a little ingenuity to take an idea to fruition. Add in her popped up panel and the sweet hula girl from the Polynesian Paradise stamp set, and Debra’s card reaches Superstar status.

Anna Kossakovskaya – Russia

Handmade card from Anna Kossakovskaya featuring Birdie Brown Harvest Mouse

Anna’s card is an absolute knock-out! Every single one of the judges put this card in their top ten and with good reason. To begin with, it is impeccably designed and executed. She embossed the Brick Wall Cover-Up Die-namics with a knife and added distress ink to create the worn effect. She added contrast with the Skyline Border cut from black card stock and added a magnificent night sky. We love how the soft light of the streetlight spills into the night shedding light on Anna’s favorite mouse from the Harvest Mouse stamp set. Truly superb.

Lexa Levana – Indonesia

Handmade card from Lexa Levana featuring London Mouse

Lexa admits that she is totally in love with the London Mouse stamp set (and who can blame her)! Using eleven of the stamps from the set, she water colored each image and gathered them together in this adorable scene. As she says in her post it’s, “So easy to make a card look cute if you have [these] super adorable images.”

Kate McClatchy – France

Handmade card from Kate McClatchy featuring Paris Skyline Die-namics

I have to admit, I gasped when I saw this card! Kate’s stark Paris Skyline silhouette comes to life with her absolutely GORGEOUS background created with the Abstract Background stamp. Kate heat-embossed the background stamp in gold and then smooshed pink, yellow, orange, and gold inks. The result is simply breathtaking.

Vanessa Menhorn – Germany

Handmade card from Vanessa Menhorn featuring London Mouse

Concept cards often result in something spectacular, and Vanessa nailed it with this design. If you are familiar with the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Vanessa’s favorite!), you will note that this is the Knight’s Bus. Vanessa used the bus and the buildings from the London Mouse stamp set. To create the modified bus, she did a little masking and voilà — a triple decker! Now THAT is inventive.

Vera Rhuhay – Indonesia

Handmade card from Vera Rhuhay featuring London Mouse

It’s easy to fall into a rut of using stamps that all come from the same set, but Vera surveyed her collection of My Favorite Things stamp sets and came up with a unique combination. She paired the band of mice from the London Mouse stamp set (a favorite for many of our contestants!) with the sweet sentiment from the Birthday Wishes & Balloons stamp set. The golden heat embossing, popped up heart, vivid coloring, and perfectly placed sequins make this a stand out design.

Angel Rivera – Oklahoma

Handmade card from Angel Rivera featuring New York Skyline Die-namics

Christmas in New York is a bucket list item for many, and this Christmas card by Angel is unexpectedly chic. Using silver foil paper, she cut the New York Skyline Die-namics and set it against a watercolored background. We loved the detail she added by cutting the background and skyline with the rectangle from Blueprints 13, and the white sentiment on the black cut with the curvy flag from Blueprints 25 adds contrast to this sophisticated design. Bonus for Angel? Her husband was born in New York making this card all the more special.

Shemaine Smith – California

Handmade card from Shemaine Smith featuring Pure Innocence Mummy

Tomorrow marks the beginning of October when we go gaga for Halloween, so this sweet design from Shemaine perfectly rounds out our top ten! This card is very eye-catching and well designed, and Shemaine incorporates a lot fun elements. The sweet girl from the Mummy stamp set seems to be running from the spider in the Spooky Window Die-namics, but somehow it’s not so scary in polka dots! The Cheesecloth Background adds just the right texture in this intricate creation. Of course, the pretty sky created with distress inks takes it to another level. Simply superb!

Congratulations, ladies! In a pool of amazing talent, your cards stood out to the judges. And that is pretty exciting!

Here’s what the winners will take away — Over $200 worth of goodies from My Favorite Things of course, but also from our contest sponsors: Sizzix, Pretty Pink Posh, Simple Stories, Hazel & Ruby, Xyron, and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Card Design Superstars Prizes

Winners: Please send an email to sropel87 (at) gmail (dot) com with your preferred mailing address so that we can send you your voucher and your prizes! Also, we’d love for you to declare your win by using this badge on your blog. Link to this post and let the world know what you’ve known for a LONG time. YOU are a SUPERSTAR!

I'm an MFT Card Design Superstar!

blank dividerBefore I go, I want to give a shout out to the other 248 designers who took a leap of faith and submitted one or more cards for this contest. All of you are winners! You made cards you love, and you spent time doing something that fuels your soul and makes you happy. Many of you responded to the contest as a way to really stretch your creativity.

  • Nancy L. said, “I just wanted to say that this contest has really inspired me to think about dies and stamps in a different way. I think it’s helped me to be more creative, so I thank you!”
  • Paula S. said, “Thanks for getting me motivated and excited to dig out my MFT stuff and create again.”
  • Heather N. said, “I discovered a few things about myself working on cards for this [contest]. Some are strengths, some are weaknesses, but it is making me a better crafter!”

And THAT is what it’s all about.

Until next year…

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blank dividerSusan R. Opel, Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things