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Dash of Inspiration: June Design Challenge

June 1, 2015

DashInspirationBanner_2015And the winners are …

1st Place: Barbara Schreiber with PID1383360

1st Place Winner by Barbara Schreiber – June 2015

2nd Place: Liz Van Steenburgh with PID 1383634

2nd Place Winner Liz Van Steenburgh – June 2015

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Congratulations Julia and Audrey, our winners for May’s Challenge!

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This month’s challenge will stretch your ability to visually create matching imagery for something you hear or read. We’re working with Idioms this month. What’s an Idiom? Here’s an example: A Chip On Your Shoulder when it’s said to us, we understand it to mean: Being upset for something that happened in the past. Idioms have no copyright attached, they simply are common words used in phrases which were created and understood by a culture – in this case English – where the meaning of the phrase differs from the exclusive meaning of the individual words in the idiom.  GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!

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June Design Challenge Theme: Bring an idiom to life.

Requirements: Choose one Idiom from the offered list and create imagery which visually represents the idiom. Matching it well to a category and occasion.  You must use the Idiom in your card front text OR inside verse as part of your message. Full Idiom List – Choose ONE

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Entry Deadline: June 29th, 2015

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How to Enter: Post the PID (card number) and the URL (public storefront link – please WAIT for the card to be available in the public marketplace, please DO NOT post a link to your Manage Cards area) as a post in the challenge blog. We’ll forward your entry to the jury.

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Category:  Any Category / Any Occasion

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Rules:

  • Submission must meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and be Approved through the usual Review Cycle – Fast Track your submission with this in the Notes to Reviewer: June Design Challenge Submission here is the link to the blog post: (include THIS blog post URL)
  • Only ONE card per artist per challenge.
  • Submissions must be NEW, no existing designs.
  • Your entry must meet the Challenge Requirements and Theme or it will not be included in the challenge.
  • Stock Card Creations entries will not be accepted.

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Judging: Entries will be judged by the GCU Challenge Jury with results posting on the Community Blog – due to the 4th of July holiday – between July 2nd and July 8th. The jury will judge the entries on the following criteria:

  • How well the card meets the Challenge Requirements and Theme.
  • How well the card speaks to the Category the artist chooses for the card submission.
  • Creativity, Execution and Marketability.

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Winners: 1st Place:

  • The winning designer’s card and store will be featured on the GCU Public Blog – the blog which customers view and follow.
  • As well as featured on the GCU Public Facebook Page – nearly 17,000 followers, now THAT’S exposure!
  • The winning card will be Design of the Day following the announcement of the winners (within 48-hours).

    EXCEPTION: Horizontal (landscape) cards can not be DOD due to GCU Home Page space restrictionsIn these cases, GCU will choose a different vertically oriented card from your store to feature as DOD. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for this limitation.

  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board currently over 800 followers.
  • The winning card, should the artist choose, may be referenced in a new series by the winning artist and he/she may Fast Track all cards in the new series (being sure to give the Challenge URL and winning card PID in your Notes to Reviewer for each card in this series).
  •  Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!

2nd Place:

  • Your submission will be Design of the Day the following week of announcing the Challenge winners (within 7-days).

    EXCEPTION: Horizontal (landscape) cards can not be DOD due to GCU Home Page space restrictions. In these cases, GCU will choose a different vertically oriented card from your store to feature as DOD. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for this limitation.

  • Your card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board.
  • Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!

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Tips:

Check out these tips, tricks, freebies, and tutorials from our own GCU Community Blog which might be helpful in this month’s Challenge

Nuts and Bolts: The Right Image

Dash of Inspiration – What’s In a Verse

Nuts and Bolts: Writing Funny Greeting Cards

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Example of bringing an Idiom to life for the June 2015 Dash of Inspiration Design Challenge. Doreen Erhardt©

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Many thanks to all our participants this month:

Ciscillia Tay

Michelle Lanoue

Myrna Migala

Julia Bryant

Betsy Bush

Christi Madden

Teri Nelson Kuster

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30 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2015 8:33 am

    Hi Doreen,
    Another great theme! This was so much fun again. Got so inspired, that I made two different cards, but as only one can participate in the challenge, I’m entering the “Water under the Bridge” card. I think these challenges are great, because it makes you think in different ways and makes you leave your comfort zone.

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/12-step-addiction-recovery-cards/recovery-encouragement/yesterday-is-water-under-the-1383360

    Keep those great themes coming!
    🙂 Barbara

    • June 9, 2015 3:55 pm

      Entry received, Barbara. So great to hear how much fun you are having and that you are happily leaving your comfort zone! Good luck!

  2. Liz permalink
    June 9, 2015 9:51 pm

    It was so difficult to pick just one of this great list of idioms. I will definitely be revisiting it, but for now, here is my entry:

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/get-well-feel-better-cards/under-the-weather/under-the-weather-get-well-1383634?aid=133634

    Great cards so far!

  3. Michelle Lanoue permalink
    June 11, 2015 5:34 pm

    Hi Doreen, Well here is my entry for this month’s contest. It sure was fun! 1383712http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/occasions/secretpal/generalsecretpal/mums-the-word-secret-pal-1383712?aid=276330

  4. Myrna Migala permalink
    June 17, 2015 4:37 am

    It is such fun just looking at the different ideas and yet another one from me to add here. Dear to my heart especially since I just celebrated my 75th this past May.

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/75th-birthday-cards/happy-birthday-at-75-years-1384178?aid=134142

  5. June 17, 2015 7:19 pm

    Doreen,

    Here’s my entry. I decided to use ‘sick as a dog’. Review Team #758 and I went through a lot to get it here. LOL

    PID#1384270:
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/get-well-feel-better-cards/animals-pets/dogs/greeting-card-1384270?aid=269112

  6. June 21, 2015 1:39 pm

    Thus far, I see pretty ones, and funny ones, and cute ones. So I guess it’s up to me to add the bad puns 🙂 as I explore another way of looking at the graveyard shift:

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/skeletons/skeletons-on-the-graveyard-shift-1385036?aid=179654

    This one was a lot of work, and even more fun!

  7. Myrna Migala permalink
    June 22, 2015 5:27 pm

    My bet is on Christi’s graveyard shift card for the winner!

  8. June 25, 2015 6:31 pm

    Doreen,

    All of the cards look fantastic!
    Here’s my entry:
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/for-friend-birthday-cards/general/birthday-piece-of-cake-custom-1383554?gcu=56379288310
    (Did I post this correctly?)

  9. July 6, 2015 6:44 pm

    Congratulations on wonderful wins, Barbara and Liz! Great job!

  10. July 6, 2015 7:31 pm

    Congrats, Liz, Your card is so sweet!

    Kudos to all other participants, I am always amazed at the great designs that are entered for the contests – I often think “Hey, I wish I had made that card or had that idea”. I always find the cards entered for every design contest very inspiring, creative and imaginative!

  11. juliat2 permalink
    July 6, 2015 8:12 pm

    Awesome! Congrats winners!!

  12. July 6, 2015 9:45 pm

    Congratulations, Liz, your duck card is so sweet!
    Thank you, Dragonfire Graphics and juliat2 🙂 I’m honored and thrilled!

  13. July 6, 2015 10:54 pm

    Just checked your cards, Dragonfire Graphics and juliat2 – they are great! Lovely designs!

  14. Liz permalink
    July 6, 2015 11:01 pm

    What a nice surprise! Barbara, your card is beautiful with a sentiment to match. Thank you fellow GCUers for your well-wishes. Hmm, apostrophe after the U? Well-wishes with a hyphen or without … where is #758 when you need her/him?! 🙂

  15. July 7, 2015 12:07 am

    Congratulations, Barbara and Liz. Nicely done!

  16. July 7, 2015 7:54 am

    Thank you, Christi. Your Graveyard shift card is very clever!

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