Wednesday, January 10, 2018

W2CB #49: The Magic of Beginnings

Hi, everyone! Sybrina here with our first W2CB of the new year.

But, before we get to our challenge, we have Inspiration Team news to share.
  • We start by saying goodbye and thank you to Designers Penny Ward and Marty Fishman. The only thing  more impressive that Penny and Marty's talent is their kindness. Both have been absolute delights to work with. While they will be missed, we have promises that they will not be strangers.  All the best, ladies, in your future crafting adventures.  :)
  • We are thrilled to welcome Celeste Goff of Crafting Junky to our I-Team! Celeste and I met through Send a Smile 4 Kids. In addition to the adorable cards for the kids at Nationwide Children's, you may have seen the wonderful cards she makes for her blog's monthly Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb feature. Welcome, Celeste! 

Now for this month's words. Our inspiration for our January/February challenge come to us from Meister Eckhart. 

And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.

Let's see how our gals were inspired, starting with our newest I-Teammer.  :)

Celeste chose a gorgeous sentiment to commemorate a new beginning, and her leaf is absolutely beautiful. What a pretty card!

Kristina's made an absolutely adorable wedding card. Don't you just love her fab CAS design?! That waft of smoke is just too clever.

Bobbi also made a wedding card... for friends who love to scuba dive. What a perfect card to celebrate their new beginning!

Finally, I was inspired to use a stamp set gifted by a friend who had a few designs made into stamps for the very first time! Talk about the magic of beginnings!

So, what do these words mean to you? Maybe it's a new beginning of your very own. Maybe one of your loved ones is celebrating a big event... like an upcoming wedding, a newborn baby, a college graduation, or a well-deserved retirement. Maybe there's a friend facing a new challenge who would appreciate a handmade card with a note of encouragement.

Whatever the inspiration, we'd love to see your card/project. Share your creation for a chance to win a gift certificate. Our challenge winner will receive a gift certificate to the e-tailer of her/his choice. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

And Our W2CB Winner Is...

Marty here with the winner of our Christmas-themed challenge.

The winner is Jennifer H... who created this absolutely stunning white-on-white Christmas card!

Congratulations, Jennifer! Please contact Sybrina at cards[dot]by[dot]sybrina[at]gmail[dot]com to make prize arrangements. We hope you'll join us as a Guest I-Teamer for a future challenge.

On a personal note, this is my last time posting on the W2CB blog.  I've enjoyed being on the team and have loved seeing the wonderful creations submitted to our challenges each month.  Thank you to the W2CB DT for everything and for the opportunity to join the team - I appreciate it!  Happy New Year, everyone!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Hello! It's Marty and I'm hosting this month's challenge. Let's get right to this month's words:

                "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." ─ Charles Dickens

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again!  Let's look at the beautiful Christmas projects from our I-Teamers.  Welcome to our Guest I-Teamer, Mary Beth!



We'd love to see your Christmas project in our gallery! Whether it's a card, tag, scrapbook layout, canvas, mixed media, travel journal, etc....why not join us for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to your favorite online retailer. See you in the Gallery through January 3, 2018!

Christmas in my heart...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

And our W2CB Winner Is...

... Marsha D, who created this lovely Thanksgiving card for our Abundance Challenge! We just loved those pretty leaves and gorgeous fall colors.


Congratulations, Marsha! Please contact me at cards[dot]by[dot]sybrina[at]gmail[dot]com to make prize arrangements. We hope you'll join us as a Guest I-Teamer.

Thanks to all who visited this past month. We'll have a new challenge Wednesday the 13th. Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

W2CB #47 - Abundance

It's time for a new challenge here at Words 2 Craft By and with it being the month of Thanksgiving, I think the word Abundance seems appropriate.

One of my mother's favorite things to say to me was "My cup runneth over". She showed her love for me in everything she did and I remember her whispering those words in my ear every time she hugged me.
I continue this with my grandsons and hopefully one day, they will repeat these words to their children.

We would love to see a card from you that lets the receiver know how grateful you are that they are in your life.

To give you a bit of inspiration our designers have a few creations for you:

Sybrina has created a beautiful card to share with a youngster at a Children's Hospital.
A cute shaker card that is sure delight any child with it's fun interactive feature and those adorable mice!

Bobbi created a special card for her coffee loving friend, whose cup is always (almost) running over!

Kristina has created the cutest Fall Blessings card. 
Oh. My. Word. .....her coloring is just perfection!!!!

I used a cardmaking kit to express "My Cup Runneth Over".
More info about this card on my Blog.

Let's see what Abundance means to you.
Play along with us this month for a chance to win a $10 crafty Gift Certificate at
 Crafter's Companion.

Be sure to add your creation below to the "linky thing". 
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Autumn Leaves Challenge Winner....

... and DT Call Reminder!

Winner Announcement

First, huge congratulations to challenge winner Mary Elizabeth! We just fell in love with your gorgeous multi-media tag.

Mary Elizabeth, please e-mail me at cards[dot]by[dot]sybrina[at]gmail[dot]com to make prize arrangements.  :)

DT Call

A quick reminder that we are accepting applications to join our W2CB I-Team. Details can be found here, and you all have until November 15 to apply.  :)

In the meantime, we'll be back next Wednesday with a new challenge. See you all then!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

W2CB: DT Announcement!

Hi, everyone! Sybrina here to announce that we are looking for a few crafty friends to join our W2CB Inspiration Team.  :)

2018 I-Team Information

I-Teamers are responsible for making a card/project for each quote-inspired monthly challenge, starting with the January/February Challenge. And, as you know, we are equal opportunity crafters when it comes to making our cards/projects.

  • Team members receive all twelve of the 2018 quotes prior to the start of the 2018 calendar year.
  • Any type of project is welcome. While most of the team typically makes cards, projects are not limited to cards. They can range from a bookmark or tag to a multi-media framed canvas. 
  • Any products/tools can be used.
  • Any and all styles all welcome, from CAS to highly ornamental vintage/Victorian. 
  • I-Teamers feature their projects for each new W2CB challenge on their blogs on the day that the challenge posts (the second Wednesday of each month).

Application Requirements

To apply, please e-mail  the following -- using DT Search in the subject line -- to cards[dot]by[dot]sybrina[at]gmail[dot]com by November 15.

  • A quote that could serve as the inspiration for a monthly W2CB challenge,
  • A new card/project inspired by your chosen quote, and
  • Your blog's URL/link. 

If you love words and crafting, ours is the challenge blog for you. We hope you'll consider joining us for a year of creative fun in 2018!

Our Current Challenge

In the meantime, there's still time to play along with our current autumn-themed challenge. Click here or scroll down for our current words to craft by.  :)