Thursday, January 22, 2015


... Erika for her striking hashtag thank you card!

Erika, we loved the way your bold sentiment popped against that patterned paper. Please contact me at cards[dot]by[dot]sybrina[at]gmail[dot]com about cashing in on your prize to Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Our thanks to everyone who joined us for our first challenge of 2015.

So, what's in store for February? Let's just say it's perfect for all of us who've experienced a crafting rut or two. Hope to see you next month.  :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

W2SB Challenge #13: #youchoosetheword(s)

Happy 2015!

Sybrina here with wishes from our entire team for a wonderful New Year. We hope you like our first 2015 challenge -- an out-of-the-box challenge to kick off our second year. But before we get to Challenge #13....

It's hard to imagine that W2SB is one year old today! Huge thanks to everyone who made our first year possible: my partner-in-craft Bobbi, our amazing Inspiration Team, sponsors, friends, Guest Designers and last, but certainly not least, all of you who found our blog, left lovely comments, and/or entered our challenges. Thanks so much!

As we start a new year of challenges, we have a couple of changes to our I-Team.
  • We send our thanks and best wishes to I-Teamer Mary Anne who will not be able to join us on a regular basis this year. Mary Anne, we loved your clever creations and hope you join us for a challenge or two this coming year.
  • We welcome Greta to our team. Greta, who blogs at GG Creations, joined us for a number of challenges in 2014 and won our November challenge. Greta, we can't wait to see what you have in store for us this coming year.


It seems like it's impossible to watch television these days without a hashtag (#) message appearing in the corner of the screen. A hashtag is a word or phrase used on social-networking sites (such as Twitter or Instagram) that is preceded by a hash mark (#). It is used within a message to identify a keyword or topic of interest and facilitate a search for it.

Examples include:
  • #sandiegofire -- used to coordinate an emergency response to last spring's San Diego fire,
  • #decembertoremember -- used in a holiday commercial for a luxury car, and 
  • #tribalcouncil -- used on a popular reality show.
W2SB #13: #youchoosetheword(s)

Our first challenge of the New Year is to make a card or project that includes a hashtag sentiment.
There are stamp sets with hashtag sentiments that you could certainly use. But, maybe, you'll take this opportunity to make a card or project with a uniquely personal sentiment for the coming  year.
  • #kudostothenewestohiostatealum for a college graduation from Ohio State
  • #happyfortiethdad for Dad's milestone birthday
  • #bestwishesjackandjill for your friend Jill's upcoming wedding
Inspiration Cards

Our newest I-Teamer Greta's card is perfect to ring in the New Year or celebrate a birthday. Love her choice of papers and patterns!


Annie's card is a perfect New Year's card. How clever to use gems as champagne bubbles!


Penny's card is sure to bring a smile to a friend or loved one in need of a pick me up. Penny's cards always have such fun, creative elements, and those banners, doily, and brad make for a perfect focal point.


Bobbi's cards always have such wonderful texture! I love that pop of red against the crispness of her embossed white background.


Newly-retired me is in the process of deciding what this stage of life will hold. So, it's #createthelifeyouwant for me! (Appropriately, I gave this card to our mail carrier yesterday because TODAY marks the first day of her retirement. Thanks and best wishes, Patsy.)


This Month's  Prize Package

Bonnie at Really Reasonable Ribbon is offering a $15 gift certificate for the lucky crafter who wins this month's challenge. Thanks so much, Bonnie! We love your yummy ribbons, like the gorgeous silver ribbon on my #createthelifeyouwant card.

In addition, our January winner will be invited to be a Guest I-Teamer for our March challenge and will receive our W2SB winner badge.