January 2019 Monthly Mix Challenge

91

(See this post for January’s winners)

Good morning and Happy New Year!

Today, we have our very first challenge on our new website and this month’s Challenge Hostess is Cathy Tidwell! Each month we will have a new challenge and they will be posted here on our blog.  You can play along by clicking the link at the bottom of the post and adding your card.

From Cathy:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  This is Cat with your first challenge of the year!  Brand new year, brand new site…how awesome is it?!  We love it and everyone is going to too I’m sure!  We might still have a few glitches to work out, but it all works for the better and it won’t be long you will be reaping the benefits of this new site and getting around it just like an old pro!   OK!  Enough of me babbling!  

The title of this challenge is “My Sentiments Exactly!”  That is a saying I have heard all my life here in Texas!  What it means for the challenge is to use a sentiment ONLY!  No stamped image or patterned paper image is to be used at all!  See?  It’s an easy one!  What works well with this challenge…try your hand at making a fun background with inks, or paints!  Here is my example:

I stamped my sentiment from the stamp set Thankful and Blessed 

with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed it in clear.  I used a metallic wax paste and my finger to add the color around the stamped sentiment!  Best paint brush ever that finger, lol!  

Ok, it’s your turn now!  Show me a favorite sentiment of yours!  We have like a gazillion awesome ones here at Gina K. Designs!  Just add your card using the link below and make sure you add your name so we know who you are when we pick the winners. 

AND brand new this year, we will have THREE winners of $25 gift certificates each!  Spreading the love around!  How wonderful is that?!  The deadline for your entry is January 31st and winner of this challenge will be announced on February 1st!  Now, go forth and create!  Most of all, HAVE FUN!
To add your card, join our InLinkz party here!!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Congratulations to our December 2018 Monthly Mix Challenge Winner!
It’s Retta Rae!
Retta- send your name and address to info@ginakdesigns.com and let them know you won the December 2018 Challenge.
Here is Retta’s beautiful card:

91 Comments

  1. Karen Hightower

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    I Love this Challenge Cat, Happy New Year and Love our New Home! <3

  2. Dorothy Mutafopulos

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Hi Cat, Happy New Year and what a great challenge . Your card ideas are always great!

  3. Lisa Hetrick

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    YAY! This is a great challenge Cat! Love a Sentiment challenge because, well, I’m sentiment challenged. Tee Hee!

  4. Lisa Hetrick

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Yay Cat! Great challenge for the sentiment challenged like me! Thank you!

  5. Lisa Hetrick

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Yay Cat! This is great. Perfect challenge for the sentiment challenged like me. Tee hee!

  6. Judy Inukai

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    What a fun challenge and an easy one to start off the new year. Congrats to Retta for winning the last challenge of last year.

  7. sharonsalerno

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Awesome card! Love this idea so now to see what I can come up with!

  8. lovinpaper

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Looking forward to playing. Great idea! Congratulations, Retta!

  9. arlinverna

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Sounds like a fun challenge. I will see if I can work up a design for it.

  10. Margaret

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Hi Cat, Happy New Year! It always amazes me on how beautiful the simplest card can be. Great challenge.

  11. Rema B. DeLeeuw

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    This is a beautiful card Cat. Can’t wait to play!

  12. Roberta Broquard

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Happy New Year, Cat! Keep the challenges coming. I always enjoy seeming what you and the other illustrators come up with.

  13. Johanna Rundell

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    An interesting challenge, a fun new site and a winner for the December challenge. Congrats to you Retta, and good luck to those who participate in this months event. Need to put my thinking cap on.
    Happy New Year to all.

  14. RobinLogue

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Great Challenge. Can’t wait to dip my toes in.

  15. Bonnie McClure

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Now this is a challenge we can sink our fingers into. Love your colors and ribbons Cat!

  16. Bonnie

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    WOW, this is a challenge I can really sink my fingers into. Love your colors and a ribbons, Cat.

  17. Selina

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Great challenge Cat, and Happy New Year to you! Congrats to you Retta Rae! Have fun shopping! 🙂

  18. Rema DeLeeuw

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Beautiful card Cat! I cant wait to play!

  19. Rema DeLeeuw

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Beautiful card Cat! I can’t wait to play along!

  20. Laurie W Bradshaw

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Beautiful card! Love its simplicity, yet elegance, as well as its powerful sentiment. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to all at Gina K!

  21. Theresa P

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Lovely card, Cat! Found my way to the challenge and linked my entry.

  22. Jan Brazier

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Wonderful card and challenge, Cat! Can’t wait to play along! Congratulations, Retta! Awesome card.

  23. arlinverna

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Well, I hope I added my card in the correct way. It takes you to my blog so was not sure that was the right format or not.

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Friday, January 4, 2019

      Yes, that’s perfect!

  24. Karen Goodfellow

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    I love your card!

  25. Joyce Erb

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Love your card!

  26. Gayle A. Chrvala

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Excited for a new challenge and congrats to Retta our December winner. Thanks for hosting , Cat, love your card.

  27. Linda Kupstas

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Well I love this idea so I think I will have to join this challenge! Head spinning with ideas already! Thanks for the inspiration an your card is stunning!

  28. Arjita

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Great challenge and beautiful card Cat!

  29. Retta Lutte

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Oh my goodness! I was scrolling as I read about the new challenge and couldn’t believe it when I saw my name! So exciting! Love the new challenge! Your card is just beautiful!

  30. jemathena

    Friday, January 4, 2019

    Happy New Years Gina and Staff! Nice card Cat, not sure how to upload to the challenges, so I’ll just have to take a leap of faith and go for it.
    CONGRATS RETTA!!! you did a wonderful job on your card. Enjoy shopping.

  31. ckat41

    Friday, January 4, 2019

    Thanks so much everybody! I am super excited to see everyone’s entries to our new and first challenge for 2019 on our brand spanking new site! 😀

  32. Pamela Haskin

    Friday, January 4, 2019

    Beautiful card! And, a fun challenge. Love the new three-winner change.

  33. Sylvia R.

    Friday, January 4, 2019

    Happy New Year everyone. I’m loving this first 2019 challenge in our brand new site! Congrats Retta on winning the last challenge of 2018 with your beautiful card.

  34. Joanna

    Friday, January 4, 2019

    Do you have to have a blog to submit a card in a challenge?

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Saturday, January 5, 2019

      No, you don’t have to have a blog. You can share from Facebook, or anywhere that hosts photos. You can also upload you card to the gallery here and then share it from there.

  35. Marianne Hansen

    Friday, January 4, 2019

    Help…can’t get into the site.
    Says my email is invalid and my name is invalid. ☹️
    Does everyone still have their pages where we put our cards?
    Marianne Hansen

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Saturday, January 5, 2019

      This is a new website so you will have to create a new account. The old accounts didn’t come over with the new site

  36. Carol Brown

    Saturday, January 5, 2019

    How do I know I have joined the new email site for your new web?

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Saturday, January 5, 2019

      If you were a member at StampTV, we do have your email address. 🙂

  37. Verna Angerhofer

    Saturday, January 5, 2019

    Thanks Gina. Now that brings up a question from me…what if people don’t have a blog. Is there still a way for them to upload their cards?

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Saturday, January 5, 2019

      You can share it from Facebook if you want! 🙂

  38. Angie

    Saturday, January 5, 2019

    Great challenge and I love your card! Congrats to Retta for the win – your card is awesome! The new website is so pretty and has lots of beautiful features! Congrats!

  39. funstamper74

    Sunday, January 6, 2019

    When I get ready upload cards were do I upload them since Gallery not up let? I don’t have Facebook either, nor a blog either So what do I do to get the card enter for the challenge?
    I will be out of town next weeks. For my mom cancer checkup. So it will most likely be the middle Jan. before I have the card ready to go for the challenge anyway. I just need know do? And wanted to make sure I understand the replies anyway! Thanks Linda

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Sunday, January 6, 2019

      You can upload it to our gallery and then link it from there. 🙂
      Here is the link to the gallery: https://www.ginakdesigns.com/album/community-photos/

  40. funstamper74

    Sunday, January 6, 2019

    Gina K I am confused and cards I am see here. Are for the Monthly Mix Challenge Cat January challenge right? Just wanted sure I am understanding right. Yes or No Thanks Linda

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Monday, January 7, 2019

      The monthly Mix Challenge is posted on my blog. And the InLinkz used are the cards that people are posting who are playing along with the challenge. 🙂

  41. korimou

    Monday, January 7, 2019

    Have we all lost our pages and where we had our personal photo galleries?

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Monday, January 7, 2019

      You can still visit the old site at http://www.stamptv.ning.com for a little while longer if you want to download your pictures from your old page.

  42. funstamper74

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019

    We want be going home today. They think my mom pneumonia. We has see lung doctor tomorrow there shades on scan.The doctor doesn’t think it cancer. But we also come back in month. I am not happy she sick but that away it is Linda

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Wednesday, January 9, 2019

      Hope she feels better soon and I am glad they don’t think it’s cancer!

  43. funstamper74

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    Hello everyone
    We just got back home. I am heart broken I have good news and bad news. I feel bad coming here all time. But I know everyone tried me coming saying go come. One doctor say pneumonia and another doctor saying more cancer. They did another test and won’t until Monday, and not doing anything until test resultant come. They had coming next Friday do scope on lugs. And she is anemic. And her marks down and bone scan looking better But blood was good other. then that. We are praying that is pneumonia so they can treat it. But, I am so tried and stress out! worried I am tried of this battle And know my parents are too! But we are talking about mom life here and my care taken. I know that Jesus Know all about and he cares. But I wishes people reach out to me. But them if they do. It like frozen or shunt them down. I know that’s not good. But this effect me in so many different sways do my handicapped too. thanks Linda

  44. Gail S

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Thank you for the challenge – I just received the new NEWSletter and have not entered a challenge here like forever. I hope to be a regular – thank you and have a blessed week

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Friday, January 11, 2019

      Haha, I know! My typo! So sorry! Glad you received it! XO

  45. Nancy Thorn

    Saturday, January 12, 2019

    Love this challenge.

  46. Cassandra J

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    Cat, that card is stunning! I love, love, love it! I guess I’m going to have to purchase that set and sneak it into the house, LOL! Remember when we used to sneak new clothes in the house? Now it’s crafting supplies. My how life has changed.

  47. Lynn Legault

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    Hi I’m new to stamping and only have one Gina K stamp I received in my Stamping for Less box and its a a christmas deck the halls is that considered a sentiment… I want to play along with the January challenge. Gina K I can only get by ordering online and it wouldn’t be here on time

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Wednesday, January 23, 2019

      Oh, I’m so sorry! You can either do a holiday card or join us next month! XO

  48. Robin Logue

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    Tried to submit my card but it asked for a URL which I don’t have cause I just tried to submit using my camera from my computer. I don’t have a blog and would like to just submit to the challenge gallery and not FB and all that stuff. I know it is all new but very confusing for me. I don’t know if I will be doing any more challenges.

  49. Sue White

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Hi! I am a little confused about this months challenge. It states No stamped image and no patterned paper. Is it ok to use and embossed background or foil backgrounds. Thanks.

  50. funstamper74

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    need help how to do enter my two cards for this challenge I scan them save to the computer. Gina save to gallery. And link. But the new gallery is not open yet?

    I don’t have a Blog or facebook! I am going out town tomorrow. Not sure when I will need to get this ASAP.

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Wednesday, January 23, 2019

      I will be approving cards that have been uploaded today.

  51. funstamper74

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Gina K
    say to use this link https://www.ginakdesigns.com/album/community-photos/ to upload cards for the challenge. But, I don’t see how we are to upload them. How do we do that? And then once I see the cards I can link to the InLinkz.

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Wednesday, January 23, 2019

      You upload your cards from your account by clicking on the little lock at the top. We approve the photo and it ends up in the gallery. 🙂

  52. utb01

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    I am checking on the process of entering a card from the gallery – I uploaded a card – and if it is approved – does someone post it to the blog for me or do I have to post it from the gallery to this blog challenge? Thanks for helping me to understand and for the challenge. Also, are we allowed to use other items or products with our Gina K Stamps when creating for these challenges?

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Wednesday, January 23, 2019

      Yes, we are approving cards now and you will link it from the gallery if you don’t have a blog or facebook page to link from.

  53. funstamper74

    Sunday, January 20, 2019

    Question How long dose it take too get cads Approval? Will the store be open Monday, do to the holiday? thanks

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Wednesday, January 23, 2019

      We were away for the Creativation show. I usually approve photos and comments once per day. 🙂

  54. Diana Brottlund

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    Cathy, I can’t save my picture and I don’t know what URL link is. I don’t have a blog and I uploaded my picture from my computer. This is the first time I’m doing this. Any advice?
    Thank you,
    Diana

  55. utb01

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Is there instructions on how to upload from the Gallery? I see my card there and I am so confuse on how to upload from the gallery to the challenge.Thank you for your help.

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Wednesday, January 23, 2019

      Right click on the card and copy the address and link that url into inLinkz. 🙂

  56. Diana Brottlund

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    I uploaded a picture of my card to my account but I don’t see it there anymore. Am I doing something wrong? Thank you for your help.

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Thursday, January 24, 2019

      Diana, We had a few photos that didn’t come through, they were blank. One of them may have been yours. Can you upload it again and we will approve it? Thank you!

  57. Diana Brottlund

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Thanks Gina. I will do that.

  58. Lynise Vance

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    I am having a problem uploading my picture. Please guide me how to upload my photo.

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Thursday, January 24, 2019

      Load it into the gallery here. We do have to approve them first. Once approved it will show up. 🙂 That is maybe why you aren’t seeing it yet.

  59. Diana Brottlund

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Gina, I’ve uploaded my picture again and it’s showing 3 blank frames in my account page. What am I doing wrong? Sorry, but this is my first time doing a challenge. Thank you for your patience.

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Friday, January 25, 2019

      Diana, I will look into what’s going on!

    2. Gina Krupsky

      Friday, January 25, 2019

      Diana, If there is no photo uploaded, we don’t approve it to the gallery. It will end up being just a black photo in the gallery. You have to upload a photo first and then we approve it for the gallery.

  60. Diana Brottlund

    Friday, January 25, 2019

    Thank you. I just checked and there’s nothing in my account page anymore.

  61. Diana Brottlund

    Friday, January 25, 2019

    I uploaded a photo and it showed the picture for a while. It then went to a blank frame and now it’s all not there, There’s no black photo in the gallery. That’s OK. Thanks for your feedback.

  62. Diana Brottlund

    Friday, January 25, 2019

    Sorry to be such a pest Gina, but I got a message that my photo was uploaded and sent to GinaKDesigns.com. I am trying to learn how to go about this uploading thing, so I apologize for so many questions. Thanks again.

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Friday, January 25, 2019

      You’re not a pest! Once I see an uploaded photo from you, I will approve it! 🙂

      1. Gina Krupsky

        Friday, January 25, 2019

        I keep receiving empty photos from you. Email the photo to info@ginakdesigns.com and I will see if I can upload it for you.

  63. Diana Brottlund

    Saturday, January 26, 2019

    Gina. I have sent you an email with a couple of photos. Please let me know what I am not doing correctly? Thank you so so much.

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Saturday, January 26, 2019

      I uploaded them to the gallery for you.

  64. Diana Brottlund

    Saturday, January 26, 2019

    Thank you.

  65. ArrermSicther

    Monday, January 28, 2019
  66. Selina

    Thursday, January 31, 2019

    A couple of weeks ago I entered 2 cards for the challenge. Last I heard, they were waiting for approval. Now, I can’t find them and am just wondering where they went to??? I have several more cards to upload, but am afraid that the same thing will happen. Can some one please tell me what I am doing wrong?

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Thursday, January 31, 2019

      Hi Selina,
      Several uploads had no photos so they were deleted. If you want to add them again, I will approve them. There was only the description and no actual photo attached.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *