Guest designer and notable mentions: challenge #1

Thank you all so much for participating in our first challenge! I’m really happy to announce our first guest designer…


Now for our honorable mentions, in no particular order:



Here’s a button for your blogs, to say you’ve been featured on the Anything But A Card challenge blog!

Thank you all so much for participating in our first challenge!
Check back tomorrow to find out who our next sponsor will be!

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Challenge #1.

I’ve been waiting and waiting for this day, for oh so long! We’ve had a sort of count down on FaceBook, trying to get everyone pumped up! And here it is… our first challenge!

To recap, the rules:

  1. No back linking.
  2. Please include a link to in your blog post.
  3. You must use at least one stamp in your project.

Projects can be anything but a card. (Hence the name… get it? ha.) That means, a door hanger, bookmark, wrapping paper, art journaling, smashing, candles, altered arts, home decor projects, etc. There is only ONE limit… cards. I almost said “hard limit.” :)

Today’s incredible sponsor is Simply B Stamps. She’s offering a $25.00 gift certificate to her shoppe… good for whatever your heart desires!

Now remember, if you want to participate in the challenge to win the prize and be a guest designer, featured on the Anything But A Card blog and FaceBook page, you’ll need to add “GDT” after your name in the linky tool at the bottom. I’ve gone ahead and entered my personal blog as the first entry as an example. Please, if you have questions, ASK… OR check out the challenge and rules explained HERE.

Now, lets see what the design team has cooked up for us, shall we!?






You have until September 12th to enter the Anything But A Card challenge. The winner will be notified on the 13th and announced on the 15th! Please remember if you want to enter our challenge to win the loot you’ll need to add GD in your link. Also keep in mind, when you add ‘GD’ you’re agreeing to be a guest designer, featured right here on the Anything But A Card blog, FaceBook page, and Twitter. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Can’t wait to be inspired by YOU!!

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Sponsor intro: Simply B Stamps

Hi friends!! Thanks for joining us today. I want to introduce you to our first sponsor:
Betty of Simply B Stamps!

Betty writes: “I started Simply B Stamps for fun, I never imagined I’d have a following let alone “fans”… I have always loved drawing, of course I had no idea how to create a digi. I had no clue how to make a rubber stamp, but where there’s a will there’s a way. When I first started SBS I had to hire artists, because I had NO clue on how to make said digis or stamps. I had no clue about Photoshop, about Illustrator nothing. After a few months of research, and tutorials, books and etc. about how to I finally learned how to! Whoop! I took over everything. I love to draw, love the dark but quirky. I find that I can’t seem to do just CUTESY! As much as I do love some cutesy stuff out there, when I sit to draw what comes out onto my paper are always quirky and different. I also have immortalize my family in my characters. All my main Characters (Teen Scenes and Jude and the Rockers) are inspired by real people in my life. My kids Rio, Christian, and Jude. My husband and myself, and of course family friends like Miller and London. Lola is actually after a dear friend from my childhood that passed when we were teenagers. I am completely obsessed with Halloween, but what fun for everyone else would it be if I only did Halloween right? I hope to inspire, share, and grow with all the wonderful people I have met online. I hope to continue to let my art blossom and grow with SBS…one day I hope to take over the crafting out Martha Stewart! HA HA HA HA I joke of course ;)”

If you love Betty’s images as much as we do, you can join her FaceBook group by clicking HERE. It is a closed group, but, never fear… you’ll be granted access in no time at all! While you’re surfing FaceBook, stop by her fan page and let her know Anything But A Card sent you.
Now some inspiration from Betty herself…
Betty offers a variety of digital images as well as rubber stamps. She’s donated a gift certificate in the amount of $25.00 for the winner to choose as he or she would like! Thank you so much Betty for your generous donation! Head on over to Simply B Stamps and start making your list… while the design team prepares for tomorrows first challenge!
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Challenge rules and blog badges.

The response has been awesome, and I can’t wait to get the challenges up and going! Before we can do that, you need to know how things are going to work around here. It will be a little different than most challenge blogs, so it’s really important that you understand how to participate, and the benefits available to you!

First things first. This is a challenge blog. There will be semi monthly challenges, semi-monthly meaning, the 1st and the 15th of each month. The only real change you have is to create ANYTHING BUT A CARD.

Just to recap: challenge = anything but a card.

I don’t want to limit you to certain colors, photos, patterns, etc. I want you to feel inspired to create a project without limitations. So there have to be a few rules…


  • Please don’t back link. All projects should be posted with in the challenge time frame, so the 1st-12th or the 15th-26th.
  • Please be sure to include a link to our challenge in your blog post. It helps others find us as well!
  • Projects have to be anything but a card.
  • If you wish to be entered into the giveaway please include GD after your inlinkz entry. Should you forget to do this, please add it in your blog posting, or edit your inlinkz entry.

The fun part!

We have a lot of really great companies lined up to sponsor Anything But A Card’s challenges for the rest of 2012- that’s eight different companies, eight different challenges. LOTS of opportunity to win more than $500 in prizes!

For each challenge you have the choice to participate in a few different ways. The first way is to participate for fun, with the opportunity to be featured as our *very creative* entry. We all love to have fun, right!? So, you can participate for fun. OR you can participate with the hope of winning the loot, the gold, the grand prize! BUT, winning the grand prize comes with a big responsibility. As the grand prize winner, you will be featured as a guest designer for Anything But A Card! As a guest designer, you’ll have to use the products you won from the sponsor. (or other products you may have from the company who sponsored the challenge). You’ll be featured on our blog, FaceBook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram! If you want to participate to be a guest designer, you’ll need to mention that in your blog post, or by adding “GD” after your name in the link tool.

How does that sound? Exciting! I know it’s different than most challenges, but, I’m hoping it’ll work out! Here’s your chance to ask questions if you have any! Just leave them here in our comment section and I’ll be sure to answer them ASAP!

To use the badges below, you’ll need to copy the entire HTML code, and paste it where you want to use it. :) Thank you for sharing our site with your friends!

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Meet the team!

I wanted to take a few minutes and introduce you to our new Design Team!

Please join me in welcoming…
(in no particular order)












There they are! Please take a minute to congratulate them, they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them. We’ll be back September 1st with our first challenge post. Big thanks to Simply B Stamps for sponsoring our first challenge! Until then, feel free to join us on FaceBook where we have TONS of giveaways!

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