February 10, 2007

What's Black & White And Worth $50???

Your winning entry in my new Black & White contest! The rules (yes, I'm a lawyer and there MUST be rules!): 1. Your entry must be a card. If it is not the standard A2 size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4), provide the correct size. 2. List all materials used. You may list your materials on your comment or they can simply be listed on your blog, gallery, etc. 3. You must use at least one stamp. 4. Keeping with the 2007 trends (as of course, your faithful blogger MUST do), your card must be Black and White and/or Cream. A smidgeon of another color is allowed as an accent but not necessary. So, to be clear the card must have black. It must have white and/or cream. It may have a smidgeon of another color. Don't ask me what smidgeon means. A touch, an accent, a whatever. You get the drift? The red ribbon on this card is a smidgeon. 5. Provide a link to your card on line on this post only by adding a comment to this post and including a link in that comment. It will not function as a hyper-link, meaning the reader will have to cut and paste the link into a browser. Once the deadline has passed, I'll post a message with a hypelink to all the entries so you can see them all without having to do the cut and paste thing! If you don't already have a gallery, there are many free places to start one Splitcoaststampers Simply Sentiments Picture Trail or your own blog here at Blogger. 6. You may submit only one card -- it can be one you posted on line 3 years ago or one you made just for this contest. 7. If you are PAID to design papercrafts for a living -- you receive free products to use to make designs for a company or you receive cash (lucky devil!!), you are NOT eligible. If all you do by way of earning things with papercrafts is submit cards and win contests, you may enter. If you are a demo, that's ok. I'm trying to remove the professionals from the contest so us amateurs have a fighting chance!! 8. If you are Liz (RedApron) or Me or related to ME you are NOT eligible. (More on why I'm kicking out Liz in a minute) (oh, none of my relatives stamp, but I can just see them starting!). 9. Entries MUST be posted ON THIS POST no later than 9 pm Friday February 16th 2007 (gives you lots of time to tear up your mistakes!! -- you should see my craft room...). Late entries may be wonderful but will not be considered. 10. Entries will be judged on 4 criteria: 1. Did you follow these rules??? (if not, you are out); 2. Overall Design; 3. Craftsmanship, and 4. Originality. The Judges? My Husband and I are the judges. I will not be looking at any entries until the bitter end!! 11. There will be a second prize!!! Enough with the lawyer talk, what's the First Prize???? A 50$ gift certificate to be used with Liz (Redapron on splitcoast). Liz is an SU demo and you may redeem your certificate with her to purchase any SU goodies you want! You must redeem the certificate no later than April 15, 2007. Why am I sending Liz $50 so you can win something? First, as my most loyal blogettes know, Liz is amazing -- she's been sending my Mom and me cards almost every week for the last few months and I've never met this woman. Really, Liz, it is getting embarrassing!!! She's a sweetie. So, I wanted to throw some business her way. And, why am I offering 50 bucks to one of you guys? I'm now lying down on the virtual therapist's couch here -- you bring meaning to my life and I talk about the blog non stop to anyone I can corner? Because the blog has taken off -- almost a thousand hits a day (is the counter broken??, please say no...), and that doesn't count the number of times I check to see the counter (ok, all you other bloggers, you KNOW you do the same thing...). The real reason -- I just love you guys and am feeling great lately. My mom is doing well, my kid is reasonably well behaved (he's 16, enough said), and I JUST FEEL LIKE IT. What's the 2nd prize? A box of suprise goodies. So, clear off the mess on your desk, find your black and white and/or cream stuff and get stamping!! I'll provide details on my posted card in my next post. I think this one has gone on long enough! Note: folks are asking a lot of good questions in the comments. I am updating this post in red to respond to all questions! Here are some answers to some questions: 1. If you are on a Design Team for a papercrafting website or company and are reimbursed with product or cash, you are not eligible. If you are on a Design Team and are not reimbursed you are eligible. 2. To link to your card, go to the website where your card is and copy the browswer address. Go back to this website, post a link to this posting and go to Edit and then Paste. The address to your card should appear. I will go to it and cut and paste all over again to actually see your card. 3. The Mon Ami card I made with the Cuttlebug Textile folder (thanks sooo much for asking LOL) is a smidge smaller than a traditional 5 and 1/2 x 4 and 1/4 card. I had to do that because the Cuttlebug folders are not a true A2 card size (can someone explain why not????).


  1. do we link our card to the comments section? i am sorry i am blog illiterate sometimes and i was curious if we posted everything here?

  2. Janice, yes, I edited the post to make it clear that you include a link in your comment to this post. Thanks for asking. Your trusty blogger, Joan

  3. Joan

    fun contest. Now lets see if I can link this card!


    I used the Deer from A Beautiful Season, Black ink, white and black card stock, black/white gingham ribbon and a white eyelet.

    Hope my entry is correct, and I followed all the rules!


  4. Oh well - if you copy/paste the link - it does take you to the card.

    JOan - if there is a better way - I'll be watching for your instruction!


  5. Joan... I'm slighly fuzzy on whether I'm to have instructions of used items on my posted photo here on your blog COMMENTS with my link to B&W card or it can be over on my blog/site with my card to qualify? Want to follow directions to the letter prior to my posting! *wink* No e-mail to make contact on your blog?!

  6. Hi Joan: At the encouragment of Smitty2004, I plan on entering a card and I will do so once I have written down all of the information but the reason for this post is....I would like to donate a card for an additional prize for the contest. It would either be for the winner or the 2nd place winner. When you see this card, you will see why....it is appropriate not only because it matches the black and white theme but because of the sentiment as well....I made it sometime back.

    Let me know if you are interested and I will mail it to you along with the other little something I am preparing for you! Here it is:


    This is fun, thanks! Also thanks once more for featuring my card!

  7. Ooh, I love a competition, here is my card!


    Love your blog btw! Hugs, Ally xxx

  8. What a wonderful idea Joan... Love your blog! I read and re-read your rules, but I must admit was slightly confused & hope that I do this correctly! *wink*

    Here's the link to my B&W Bling with items used within my post...


    Good Luck ladies! (I am computer challenged if this doesn't come out correctly) *wink*

  9. Joan you are a riot! I love your commentary so very much. Thank you for my daily dose of laughter (I feel as if I know you, even though we've never met), LOL!

  10. yeah a contest!!! Over and out gotta go to stamp!!

  11. What a great idea...I will put my thinking cap on!

  12. Joan,
    Here is my entry via my SCS site.

    Thanks for hosting the contest!!! Good luck to all.

  13. I was in a swap last month.....Black & White with a Colour Pop.
    The link to my cards (tho only one qualifies for your contest) is:

  14. In looking at the others.....mine probably has too much Colour Pop.....

  15. I'm lost. So far I can only see the one Mothermark posted. The other links don't take me anywhere. And I haven't a clue how to participate in entering a card. I'm hopelessly computer illiterate. :(

  16. oh how fun! I love contests! here is my card I just made especially for this! not sure I know what a smidgeon is but here goes


    Christine aka LOVINTX

  17. Here is my entry Joan.....Hope this link works.....


  18. I have to enter this card cause it was a favorite of mine and all i used was a white card, some vellum and black ink.... of course a little bluebird ribbon too.


    I know it is an old one but i have too many swaps i have to get done this week. TFS

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  20. GREAT challenge! love that B&W card of yours too. So simple yet so elegant! I will get right on it! TFS


  21. wow! what a cool contest!!!
    if you are on a DT for a site does that count? not that I am a professional.. just lucky lol!
    I would love to join- even my dd wants to try :)

    thanks for the chance

  22. Joan,

    I have a question regarding your sample. Are you cutting your cards a smidge smaller so that you don't have an outline from where the cuddlebug folders do fill a whole card front? Thanks for your answer.

  23. WELL you've knocked me out of the running since I do design for a couple of places now...but I love the challenge and will be following the entries! how very cool of you to host this!

  24. Krazy4Bears@yahoo.com2/11/2007 11:02:00 AM

    Here's mine....

    I used: Ageless Adornment, Brighter Tomorrow stamp sets
    Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Blush Blossom, White Vellum
    Ink: Basic Black
    Accessories: Jumbo Wheel Lilies, Stampin Write Markers: Mellow Moss, Blush Blossom, Black Grosgrain Ribbon

    C:\Documents and Settings\Terry\My Documents\Cards\SU Ageless Adornment.jpg

  25. Wow Joan! Your generosity and kindness continue to floor me!

    Here's one I made a week or two back.


  26. janice (smitty2004)2/11/2007 11:22:00 AM

    Hello! here is my entry to this fun contest! my card is 4 1/4 X 4 1/4
    all details concerning the card are posted with the picture.
    thanks for looking! and thanks for this fun contest!!!
    here is the link:

  27. Gorgeous card, this will remind me to leave my CB embossed images white some time, instead of shading it....Lovely!

  28. Thank for your the contest!! Your card is stunning!

    Cindy Keery's entry

    Materials Used:
    SU Black CS
    SU Vanilla CS
    SU Vanilla Craft Ink
    SU Clear Embossing Powder
    Marvy Heat Tool
    Giga Scallop Oval Punch
    Coluzzle Oval template
    Lasting Impressions piercing template
    Making Memories Piercing Tool
    A piece of styrofoam
    Velvet ribbon - source unknown
    SU organza ribbon
    SU Delight in Life stamp set
    SU Paisley Stamp Set
    Prima Flowers
    SU Brad
    Tim Holtz Distressing Tool
    Fiskars 12" personal trimmer

    *whew* that's a lot of supplies for such a simple card! :-)

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  30. WOW! Great contest! You can find my card at Nancy Entry

    Materials Used
    *Whisper White Cardstock
    *Basic Black Cardstock
    *Real Red Cardstock
    *Black 3/8" grosgrain ribbon
    *Red 3/8" grosgrain ribbon
    *Cuttlebug and the D'vine Swirl embossing folder
    *Basic Black Classic Ink
    *Real Red Classic Ink
    *pop dot
    *Stampin' Up! Riveting stamp set
    *1 3/8" circle punch
    *1 1/4" circle punch
    *1/2" circle punch
    *double sided adhesive

  31. Your card is very inspiring and beautiful. I must say I am extreemly creatively challenged and had you not posted your card to start my not so creative juices flowing...well, thanks for the good start.

    Stephanie's Entry

    The supplies I used are:
    white SU cs cuttlebugged with the swirl folder inked with blk ink on top
    white cs sponged with blk SU ink
    Bella stamp inked in blk
    SU wide organdy ribbon
    scallop sizzors
    Black SU card stock
    Fiskars trimmer

    Very generous give away...thank you!!!

  32. Just by accident I found my way to this blog and see such wonderful artwork. So I took up this challenge in black and white and you can see my card here:


    Thanks for letting my creative fluids run!
    The Netherlands

  33. Sounds like a fun challenge. Here's the link to my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=55893

    I hope it works.

  34. Here is my black/white card. A neat challenge, Joan. It's a regular sized card. The background in the photo is just a piece of paper to set it off since the card itself is white.


  35. Wow...the winner is going to be one lucky lady! Here is the link to my black/white card...thanks for a fun contest! http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=473581&cat=500&ppuser=101013

    Lisa Keeffe

  36. Hello...here is my black & white card entry. I have NEVER entered anything into a contest before but I had just made this card in Jan and it fit the critera so what the hey...

    I hope I have done this corretly as I am a novice at these contest and do not have a blog. My cards are on Webshots so I hope this works. I have the materials used posted with my card.

    Thanks so much


  37. Joan,

    quick question...What is the DEADLINE to enter our card by? Thanks this is fantastic of you to do...Hugs, Tracy

  38. Here is my entry for the Black & White contest.

    Thanks for such a fun contest.

  39. Hi Joan;

    Here is the Link to my card. I originally had some red brads on it for a "splash" of colour, but they were driving me nuts as I found them distracting!!!! I reworked the card. You can see it on my splitcoaststampers gallery

  40. Denise in AZ (gingerwood)2/12/2007 05:06:00 PM

    Joan, here's my entry into the contest:


    I love your card -- it would be wonderful for a wedding or anniversary card.

    Thanks for having this contest. It made me actually do some stamping -- minor, but some! LOL!


  41. Quick question.....if we're on a design team and NOT using the stamps from that particular company, can we still participate?

  42. this is fantastic....the design is classic for these colors, very nice.

  43. Coolies! I'd like to post my entry, just for fun!

    What a fun contest, can't wait to look at all the other entries!

  44. What a striking card and great contest idea! Will have to give this one some thought...

  45. Well, let's see if this works. My entry certainly doesn't rank with others I've seen, buy oh well--nothing ventured, nothing gained. Here's one I posted in my gallery yesterday: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=473506&cat=500&ppuser=3328


  46. I've enjoyed looking at some of the other entries...stiff competition!

    Anyway, here is a card I made for my parents' 45th anniversary in just 11 more days...this was perfect timing. I'm hoping the small amount of silver is smidgeon-y enough! I'll post to my blog after 2/24 when I know my parents have received their card!! For now, it's on splitcoast at:
    and I put all the deets in my post on splitcoast.
    Thanks for the fun contest!!!

  47. Hi Joan....your card is so elegant. This is so much fun and I want to thank you for offering such a generous prize! The description for my card is listed underneath the picture on SCS except that since I made that card...I found out that the flower stamp is made by Just for Fun rubber stamps. Ok here is the link:


    Thank you for all your inspiration
    Sharon K

  48. Thanks Joan for the great contest with the chance for such an amazing prize!!

    Forget any photography awards, but here is my entry:


    Thanks again!
    Jodie Sylvester

  49. What a cool contest! and I just *LOVE* black and white cards (I usually add a little red to mine ;)


  50. I just noticed that my link was cut off :(

  51. Here is my link for my card, your card is gorgeous Joan, and not sure if mine will add up compared to lots of girls


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  53. Here's my card in my Splitcoast gallery. Can't wait to see all the b/w cards here! Thanks!


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  55. Here's my link...


    All of the supplies are listed in the gallery post except the paper: generic black and white paper.

  56. Trying again. After seeing some of the other entries all I can say is WOW!

    Here's mine:


    Thanks for a super fun contest.

  57. Joan, this is fabulous! Can you believe I've never made a black & white card before :) You made me think outside of the box and your own card inspired me to just try something simple!

    Here's a link to my card:


  58. oops let me try the link again, sorry bout that...


  59. Hmm... not sure about posting the link thing. I'm not able to see other people's cards either :( You can find the card on my blog and my SCS gallery Tracy-Stamper. Go ahead and delete my two extra comments, LOL.

    PS Thanks for all your time and effort for us crazy stampers, LOL!

  60. Missy (Lexismoo on SCS)2/13/2007 11:03:00 PM

    This is just what I needed to get another card made. Thanks for offering such a kind and generous contest!! Here's the link to my card:


  61. Sandy Rails fpgifts@hometelco.net2/14/2007 01:55:00 AM

    I've enjoyed reading your blog since I stumbled onto it through the Gingerwood bulletin board.
    I would like to enter your contest with my card, the link is at the bottom of my message.
    I used stardust cardstock for the base card, layering it with Black Bazzill Bling. On top of that I used the elegance Cuttlebug folder to emboss on white Bazzill bling. I layered a piece of black Bazzill bling that I embossed with a Sizzix music note that I stamped with TAC snow white ink and a PSX stamp that says With Love. To the top I added a piece of black sheer ribbon (source unknown) threaded thru a pretty silver heart I bought at Walmart. I hope you like my card!http://www.picturetrail.com/members/edit?p=25

  62. Hi Joan,

    Great site! I've enjoyed peeking at it!

    I just made this card for my hubby for Valentine's Day, may have a bit more than a smidgeon of red, but thought I would enter it anyway! lol :)
    Here's my link:

    The stamps and supplies that I used are posted in my blog.

    This is fun! Thanks!

  63. OY! Some very stiff competition here. But heck, I will give it a try. :) You can't win if you do not try.

    Here is the link to my card which is located on my blog.


    I have only made 2 black and white cards so it was a tough decison as to which one I should submit. The card that I entered was made for an SCS color challenge.

    Thank you Joan for doing this.Good luck ladies. :)


  64. Great contest! Hopefully you will post some of the wonderful cards. :o)
    Here is mine from SCS with the list of supplies...
    Hopefully the link works.
    Thank for doing this!

  65. Here is my card.

    I used Black and White SU paper, Basic Black dye ink and White craft ink. The cat was an alcohol soaked cotton ball with black reinker drops, then dabbed on the stamp. All the stamps are from Cool Cat and I used SU gingham for the bow.

    I tie my tiny bows while they are still on the roll, so they are easier to adjust.


  66. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=476776&cat=500&ppuser=5767

    Here's my submission, thanks for the challenge!

  67. Well, here it is.
    Hope you like it!

  68. Oops, I forgot to post my materials in my comment so let's try this again. Please don't disqualify me for being a space case!!!

    Materials: Polka Dots and Paisley stamp set, Whisper white an black card stock, basic black ink, stamping sponge.

    Here's the address again:


  69. Here is my entry:


  70. Dear Joan:

    I played a lot with this challenge this past week and had a lot of help from my blog visitors in picking which one to enter. This is the one they chose since I couldn't: http://stampinwhenican.blogspot.com/2007/02/b-w-contest.html

    If you have some time, have a scan through the past week's posts...it was much fun getting everyone involved in your brainchild. Cheers!

  71. Here is my entry (linked from SCS):


    All details for this are listed in the link as well. Fun contest!!

  72. fun contest...I was in need of a few wedding cards for the upcoming months and black and white always looks elegant.
    Here is my entry:
    he tag is stamped with "always" from the Happy Harmony SU set. he black paper was done with the cuttlebug and swiped with a white pigment ink pad. he only smigeons of colors are the blue thin ribbon and 4 blue beads. Hope that counts as a smigeon...LOL
    hanks for the fun contest, and awesome blog...

  73. I did this card a while ago, but it fits your contest. I thought I would link to it for fun. Thanks for looking.


  74. Joan - thanks for offering this contest - it reminded me how much I loved the black and white theme!

    Thelink to my card is:


    Materials used:

    Big Blossom Stamp Set
    Wonderful Words Stamp Set
    Seeing Spots Stamp Set
    Neutral Buttons
    Antique Brads
    Black Gingham Ribbon
    White Gel Pen
    Basic Black Cardstock
    Whisper White Cardstock


  75. Hopefully I read the rules correctly. (and comprehended.)
    Card is 4 1/4 X 5 1/2.

    Here is my link:


    Thank you .

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  77. My link above doesn't seem to be working... problem with where I hosted it... sigh... so, in case you missed it, you can see my card on my blog


    Scroll for the post that has "What's Black & White and Worth $50" as the title

  78. Joan,

    Love the black and white "thing", very fun! Have lots of ideas for other cards...but here's mine for the contest. And thanks for holding!!



  79. michelle/Eliotstamps2/16/2007 11:36:00 AM

    I tried to post this last night, but somehow it didn't go through. Hopefully this one will work! Thanks for a great challenge and a great contest!

  80. WOW, there are a lot of entries to this contest. I feel almost sorry for the two of you and trying to choose a winner (or two)! I am so excited, though, because I now have my own Blog! Thanks for running the contest since it is what encouraged me to start my own blog. Here is my blog: http://moosisk.blogspot.com/
    I hope this goes through since I am new at this. Good luck to all.

  81. Great idea Joan!! Love it and am glad I squeaked it in in time!
    mine can be found on my blog http://inky-doodles.blogspot.com/
    I look forward to seeing all the entries.
    have fun judging all the cards.
    Tracy Harp (lodichick)

  82. Love your card Joan! Thanks for the contest. My entry can be found at http://poeticartistry.blogspot.com. I'll also email it to ya.

    -Julee aka Shadowcatcher

  83. Hey Joan -

    I e-mailed you a picture of my card but it came through kinda small. You can see it better here: http://www.addictedstamper.blogspot.com

    Have a great week-end!

  84. Hi Joan...awesome idea for a contest! Here's my submission: http://dawn10211.blogspot.com/2007/02/black-white.html

    I'm going to email it to you also. By the way...I really love your blog!

  85. Joan, this has been a fantastic experience. Thanks for lighting the fire. My card and details are posted here:


  86. Joan: Thanks again for hosting this contest. My card is listed on my website at http://stampingoddess.typepad.com/stampin_with_the_goddess/2007/02/whats_black_whi.html. All of the materials are listed in the blog entry, but they include Floral background, Label Classics and Headline Alphabet, Basic Black and Real Red classic inks, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock, and finally a piece of Black grosgrain ribbon.
    I can't wait to see everyone else's cards.