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Dash of Inspiration: September 2016 Design Challenge

September 1, 2016

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August’s challenge is over an will soon be in the hands of the judging panel, so let’s get to September’s design challenge. We’ll be staying in the ‘holiday spirit’ again this month and creating a fresh infusion of greetings for a Christmas category with too few cards. So, off we go …

Theme: Jingle Bells

Requirements:

  • Must be approved for the Holidays > Christmas Cards > Bells / Jingle Bells / Sleigh Bells category.
  • Recipient must be ‘general’, in other words; any relation-specific creations should be done after the challenge – not for the challenge.
  • Imagery must include at least one bell of the ‘sleigh bells and/or jingle bell’ variety. Other bells in the image okay too, but the “Jingle Bell” must be prominently represented.

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Entry Deadline: Friday, September 30th

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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 > Christmas Cards > Bells / Jingle Bells / Sleigh Bells

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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: September 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 37,000 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: 2K!
  • 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!
  • NEW starting this month, GCU will create a Meet the Team board for the winning artist under the Pinterest GCU account where the winning artist will be able to pin and promote her own storefront and all that makes them a unique card designer and one of GCU’s artistic community team member.

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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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

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Doreen Erhardt©

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurie Schneider permalink
    September 13, 2016 7:49 pm

    Hi Doreen, Merry Christmas 🙂 here is my entry Pid#1449542 http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/bellsjinglebellssleighbells/christmas-general-jingle-bells-theme-1449542. Bullwinkle and I had fun making this one. Good luck to everyone! Take care, Laurie

    • Laurie Schneider permalink
      September 13, 2016 8:04 pm

      Congratulations to the winners of last month! Always well deserved!

    • September 13, 2016 9:58 pm

      Glad you had fun, Laurie! Entry received, good luck!

  2. Tam Moody permalink
    September 13, 2016 8:49 pm

    Thought I would give this month’s design challenge a try.
    Pid# 1450336
    Url: http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/bellsjinglebellssleighbells/prim-jingle-bell-country-snowman-1450336?aid=131374

    • September 13, 2016 9:59 pm

      Hi Tam. Is this your first time joining the monthly challenge? Great to have you! Your entry has been received. Good luck!

      • Tam Moody permalink
        September 13, 2016 10:23 pm

        No I have done a few in the past. Have been busy over the summer and haven’t done any challenges for awhile. I like to participate though- I think they are fun. They give artists a theme to work with and a broader spectrum of cards that they might not otherwise have. I always enjoyed theme events that in various online art groups I’ve been in over the years. Thanks for wishing me luck! Good luck to all who participate! 🙂

  3. September 14, 2016 7:41 am

    Hi Doreen,

    Here is my entry, a collage of two different vintage images – I just love vintage 🙂

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/bellsjinglebellssleighbells/jingle-all-the-way-sleigh-1450082?aid=289338

  4. September 15, 2016 3:40 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    Here is my entry for the September challenge.
    Pid# 1450284

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/bellsjinglebellssleighbells/jingle-all-the-way-christmas-1450284?aid=132784

    Thank you.

  5. September 22, 2016 3:25 am

    Hi Doreen,

    I’m new to Greeting Card Universe and decided to enter the challenge, ’cause why not? 🙂

    So I decided to do a type solution. And here’s my card:
    PID: 1450122
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/bellsjinglebellssleighbells/greeting-card-1450122

    Ring those bells!

    Thanks so much,
    Donna

  6. Michelle Lanoue permalink
    September 23, 2016 6:00 pm

    Hi, it is so hard not to try the challenge every month, when time permits:) So far the entries are wonderful as usual. Here is mine for this month. Thank you!
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/bellsjinglebellssleighbells/jingle-bells-are-ringing-with-1450806

  7. September 27, 2016 1:09 am

    Hi Doreen. Here’s my entry for this month. PID#1451078 http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/bellsjinglebellssleighbells/jingle-bell-christmas-with-bokeh-1451078?aid=357842

    Christmas is just around the corner 🙂

    • September 27, 2016 2:14 am

      Yes it is! 🙂 Entry received. Good luck, Joy, glad to have you join us!

      • September 27, 2016 6:34 am

        Oh, I couldn’t let this challenge pass. Christmas is my favorite season! 🙂

  8. September 30, 2016 9:51 am

    Hi Doreen,
    Just popping in to wish everyone the best of luck with their awesome designs and to enter my design. Have a great weekend!
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/bellsjinglebellssleighbells/greeting-card-1452106

  9. Susan Hughes permalink
    September 30, 2016 11:36 pm

    Hello–Here is my entry: PID#: 1450358

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/bellsjinglebellssleighbells/father-christmas-ringing-a-bell-1450358?aid=275134

    Thanks! Susan

  10. CAROL KEARNS permalink
    September 30, 2016 11:57 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    Here is my card PID 1452418

    Thanks again, Carol

    • October 1, 2016 12:01 am

      Hi Carol,

      Okay. Your entry will be logged as soon as it’s public and we’ll hope that’s by midnight tonight, California time 🙂 I have the PID so I can keep checking, but until it shows up in the public marketplace there is no way to log it into the voting system.

      Be patient, I’m sure it will make it in 🙂 I’ll post here as soon as it’s been logged in to the challenge.

    • October 1, 2016 2:43 am

      Thank you, Carol! Entry received and logged in to meet the deadline! So happy you decided to join us and good luck!

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