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Dash of Inspiration: May 2016 Design Challenge

May 2, 2016

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And our 1st Place Winner is …

Betsy Bush with PID 1435518

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1st Place May 2016 Design Challenge – Betsy Bush©

With our Runner Up going to Christi Madden with PID 1436022

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2nd Place May 2016 Design Challenge – Christi Madden©

Congratulations to both of you! Your beautiful cards are a welcome addition to the GCU marketplace, as are all the entries this month. Many thanks to each of you for participating and making this another fun and incredibly creative challenge!

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As our judges get to work today on judging April’s challenge, we are ready to kick off our new May Design Challenge …

Theme: National & International JUNE Days

Requirements:

  • The Day you create a card for must be from this list of Days of the Year https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/2016/06/
  • Text and/or inside verse must speak to the Day in June you’ve chosen and you need to represent the reason behind the ‘holiday’, so do your research to understand why the day you chose is celebrated and what the message is they wish to get across.
  • Create a card which accurately reflects the unique qualities of these unusual ‘holidays’ by visually creating imagery which ties to the Day to celebrate and your message together.

NOTE: Some of you have been working on these new categories already. IF you have created a card which was approved within the last 30-days for one of these Days in June, you may enter that card into the challenge.

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Entry Deadline: Tuesday, May 31st

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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: Holidays > National & International Days Cards (http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays)

Remember ONLY new cards for JUNE DAYS are eligible for entry.

GCU is adding these Days of the Year as fast as they can, so if the day you choose in the month of June is not listed in the category list yet, then choose OTHER (http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/other)

and REQUEST the new category in your Notes to Reviewer when you submit the card by clearly stating: Created for May 2016 Challenge – please consider adding “Upsy Daisy Day” to the National & International Days categories here is the link: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/upsy-daisy-day/

Also, please note your request for a new category to fill this challenge in the forum announcement for the May 2016 challenge – this gives Mindy a central place to look for all the new category requests to fill this challenge.

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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: May 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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BLIND Judging: We hope each of you enters every month. Entries are submitted anonymously for judging by the GCU Challenge Jury which means that before and during the challenge, judges do not have any way of knowing what artist is behind each entry. This eliminates any and all concerns with ‘favoritism’. Results will post on the Community Blog. 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 30,000 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 may not be featured as 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.

  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board currently GCU’s Pinterest Page followers: 1.4K!
  • 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 may not be featured as 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.

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Off you go then! Be inspired to create and learn something new!1432260_3d

Created for International Jazz Day in April – Doreen Erhardt©

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Participants:

 

 

 

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2016 12:52 am

    Hi Doreen. This is my first time joining this kind of challenge 🙂 I chose Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Product ID 1432744, Link to Store: http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/other/chocolate-ice-cream-day-card-1432744?aid=357842

    • May 5, 2016 1:27 am

      Hello, Joy! How wonderful to have you at GCU and joining our challenge! Your entry has been received and entered, good luck! And, my I thank you for so thoroughly reading the entry rules, your entry was processed perfectly. 🙂

  2. Liz permalink
    May 10, 2016 11:17 pm

    Here’s one for Sewing Machine Day! This is actually something I enjoy doing myself and should take the advice given in my verse! PID1432926
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/other/sewing-machine-day-june-13-1432926?aid=133634

  3. Laurie Schneider permalink
    May 11, 2016 12:58 am

    Hi Doreen, here is my entry for Hot Air Balloon Day pid #1432852 http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/other/hot-air-balloon-day-june-1432852 Good luck Joy, Liz and all who participate! Take care, Laurie

  4. May 13, 2016 11:36 am

    Hi Doreen,

    Just couldn’t resist this one. I chose 8th June, Best Friends Day. I have two or three really best friends whom I have know since over 16 years and who stand by me in all the upheavals, the good times and bad times. Good friends are very precious 🙂

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/nationalbestfriendsdayjune8/greeting-card-1433040?aid=289338

    Ladies, what great entries!
    Laurie, I just love your raccoons, glad to see them soaring 🙂
    Good luck to everyone.

    🙂 Barbara

  5. juliat2 permalink
    May 18, 2016 12:34 pm

    Doreen,

    My submission to this month’s contest is for Go Fishing Day, Saturday, June 18th.

    PID# 1434252

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/nationalgofishingdayjune18/lets-go-fishing-to-celebrate-1434252?aid=269112

    Great cards, everyone!
    Julia

  6. May 31, 2016 8:18 pm

    Hi, Doreen,

    So, after fishing for food to take along and collecting our chocolate ice cream into a cooler, then sewing up any holes in our hot air balloon, we’ll gather up our cancer survivor and other friends for a nice sky-borne outing, remembering to make some music along the way.

    Here’s my entry:
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/other/musical-instruments-and-notes-make-1436022?aid=179654

    😉
    Christi

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