Welcome to Freebie Friday! We’re wrapping up our Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week with an inspiring challenge. I asked the top five designers of Card Creations: Favorite Occasions to create a brand new card in one of these five occasions: Birthday, Thank You, Congrats, Love and All Occasion.
And because every challenge is always better with a twist, all five designers were sent the exact same product – Pink Paislee’s Sweetness collection. The purpose: to show not only the versatility of product, but how different designers adapt product for different occasions.
And boy did they deliver the goods! I also had each designer tell me what occasion they find the most challenging/rewarding to design for. Here’s the results of the Five Designers Create Five Cards in Five Different Occasions with ONE Product Line Challenge. (Say that five times fast!)
Most Rewarding Occasion: “Creating a card for any reason is a joy, but the occasion I find most rewarding to design for is encouragement or thinking of you. There is something so special about getting an unexpected card in the mail. In these busy times, a personal touch is sometimes lacking and we all go through days when we just need to know someone cares. A handcrafted card is a wonderful way to share your art and also your heart. The ability to touch someone’s life with this small gesture is a very unique and special thing.”
Most Rewarding Occasion: “Thank you is the most rewarding occasion for me because I think it’s so important to let loved ones know how much they are appreciated. Creatively, the sky is the limit when I create thank you cards, and I love that freedom.”
Most Challenging Occasion: “I’d say the most challenging would be to create sympathy cards. Not only is it an occasion that I don’t look forward to crafting for, but it’s also an occasion that seems to call for a card style that isn’t my strength. I like crafting good ol’ fun & cute!”
Most Challenging Occasion: “I find that sympathy cards are the most challenging for me to create. When designing a sympathy card, I find myself wanting to include a meaningful and thoughtful message inside. Yet, at the same time, I’d like a card design that can express those same feelings, not only on the inside, but on the outside of the card as well.”
Most Rewarding Occasion: “My very favorite occasion to create cards for is birthday. For this occasion there are almost no restrictions and I am able to just play and have fun with my supplies.”
Thanks to Julia, Kim, Chan, Maile and Vanessa for accepting my challenge (with a twist!) and creating such diverse, yet complementary cards. I know several of them have created additional cards in different occasions, so make sure to stop by their blogs for even more inspiration.
I also wanted to thank our friends at Pink Paislee for sending our five designers the Sweetness collection. (Speaking of diversity, we had shipments going to Germany, Canada (x2), California and Arizona!) Pink Paislee was also kind enough to send another set of Sweetness to me…to give away to one lucky winner! Leave a comment telling me what occasion you find the most sweet. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Dec. 5.
P.S. Cath has one more fun challenge ready to go over on Moxie Fab World. Go check it out!
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Betsy’s Inspired By Card Creations: Favorite Occasions post!
Marla J. (Dec. 1, 11:33 a.m.)
Congrats, Marla! You’ve won the three cards featured in Betsy’s post, plus a copy of Card Creations: Favorite Occasions! I’ll be in touch shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!