Hello there!  It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is “Just Us Girls”.  Create a card suitable to give a girl or woman of any age from 1 to 101.  Remember that for our challenges, any embellishments must be less than 1/4″ thick, so that the cards can fit in an envelope and be mailed at the regular first-class postage rate.

I’m trying to build up a stash of cards again for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I decided to make my card suitable for a child.  I confess that I was in a time crunch when I was making this card, so I fell back on a design I’ve used in the past.  I cut a strip of designer paper that’s mostly pink and white.  I pleated it to give it some extra visual interest before I attached it to the card base.  I colored the bunny on a small piece of cardstock that I’d cut into a circle.  I die cut a couple of mats for the bunny and assembled them all together.  I added a sweet little sentiment, rounded the bottom corners, and my card was done.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made!  Then we’d love to see your creativity!  What kind of girly card will you make?  Share your card using the linky tool at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 15.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Tea & Crumpets designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); corner rounder punch (SU)

 

Hello there!  It’s the fifth Saturday of the month, which means that at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, we get into the creative spirit by giving some of our previous challenges another go.  As challenge hostess for April, I’ve chosen to revisit our previous theme challenges.

I decided to go with the theme from June 2014, Rudolph or reindeer.  I stamped the reindeer onto scraps of cardstock, fussy cut him out, and reassembled him onto the designer paper I chose for the background of my scene.  I added a red rhinestone to the reindeer’s nose to turn him into Rudolph.  It’s a pretty simple and straightforward card, so without further chitter chatter, here it is:

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I’ve used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the design of my card.  I’m also entering this into the current Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge, to create a card with an animal on it for a child.

Which previous 52CCT theme will you choose for your card?  Check them all out at the Themes tab on the challenge site.  Then share your card with us on the challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 6 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Fa La La petite paper pack (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red (SU)
Other: red rhinestone (KaiserCraft)

Hello!  It’s time for the last challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a sketch challenge.  It’s a bit unusual with some interesting curvy elements.

The curved lines of the sketch made me think of one of my oldest Stampin’ Up stamp sets.  This set has four small border stamps, and three of the stamps have the images arranged in a curve.  I decided to go with the little bug design and paired it with an appropriate sentiment from a different stamp set.  I turned the sketch on its side.  For each pair of curved lines in the sketch, I used the bugs for the “upper” line, and drew in some grass for the “lower” line.  To add a little extra visual interest, I offset the mat behind the focal panel.  Although this isn’t the type of card I personally would send someone, I think it’ll be a cute one to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the design team has made, and then join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on this sketch!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, May 4 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Itty Bitty Borders (Stampin’ Up); Somebuggy Loves You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Real Red, Green Galore, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  It’s time for another challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This week we’re encouraging our challenge participants to use up some of their stash of metal embellishments.

I’ve used a small variety of metal embellishments on my card.  There is a ribbon slide on the ribbon (which, contrary to how it appears in the photo, matches the dark green cardstock).  After I stamped the tree, I “decorated” it with small round brads in three different metallic colors, and used a star-shaped brad for the top of the tree.  Even though I still have about two dozen more ribbon slides and a gazillion more brads among my craft supplies, it feels good to have used some of them on this card.

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What will you make with your metal embellishments?  Link your card at the 52CCT challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 29.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

All supplies except the metal embellishments are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Season of Joy, Warmest Regards
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Confetti Cream, Celery Prints designer series paper
Ink: Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke
Other: Spring Moss grosgrain ribbon; ribbon slide, round mini brads (Making Memories); star-shaped brad (The Paper Studio)

Well hi there!  It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we have some nature-inspired colors for you.

I’ve decided to combine the color challenge with a few other challenges.  The Paper Players challenge is to use at least one butterfly on a clean and simple card.  At Less is More, the challenge is to use three stamps; my three are the butterfly, the wordy sentiment, and the “happy birthday”.  Since I didn’t want the ends of the chocolate brown ribbon to show, I’ve attached the turquoise card front to a blush pink card base.  The butterfly was stamped onto a scrap of white cardstock, colored, and fussy cut.  The left side is attached directly to the card front, but the right side is adhered with dimensional adhesive to add a little visual interest to the card.

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Be sure to see what the rest of the CC&S design team has done with these colors!  Then create your own card and share it with us at the CC&S blog.  You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 27 to enter the challenge.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Flutter By (Lawn Fawn); Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (GKD)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, dimensionals (SU); markers (Copic)

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy – where we make cards that fit in envelopes!  Cards for our challenges should have no lumpy, bumpy embellishments more than 1/4″ thick, so that the cards can be mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.

For the next two weeks, we’re focusing on the theme of “Another Year Older.”  Birthday cards are always fun ones to send!  I’ve used some older digital designer papers for my card.  I stamped a party hat onto a scrap of white cardstock and colored it to coordinate with the designer papers. Then I fussy cut it out and attached it to the card with dimensional adhesive.  I’ve used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for the layout of my card, but turned it upside-down so the triangular element would work better with the party hat.

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What kind of birthday card will you create?  Will it be masculine or feminine?  For a child or an adult?  Or will it be neutral enough to be given to any person of any age?  No matter what you make, we’d love to have you share it with us at Cards in Envy!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 1 to link your card at our challenge post.   Thanks for visiting my blog today!  :)  Comments are always welcome.

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Vintage Birthday digital designer paper (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s theme week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  Because I’m the hostess there for the month of April, I get to decide what the challenges will be, and I’ve chosen Christmas Foliage for this month’s theme.

My card ended up pretty much as a revision of a card I made about a year ago.  I started off by giving some watercolor paper a very light green wash of color.  When it was dry, I stamped the sketchy holly image with green ink.  Then I “colored” the leaves by going over them with a slightly wet watercolor brush.  The ink that I used to stamp the image provided the amount of color I wanted.  I colored the holly berries with a drop of cherry colored ink mixed with some water.  When I was done with the red ink, I mixed it in a bit of water, and splattered it around the image to give the background a little more color and interest.  Once the image was dry, I attached it to a mat of cherry cardstock, and then to a green card base.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made!  Then craft your own card showing off Christmas foliage and link it to our challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 22 to share your card.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you create!  Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Supplies:
Stamp: Christmas Blueprint 4 (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: paintbrush

Hello!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Any shape can be used in place of the circular shapes on the sketch graphic, but the elements at the top and at the bottom should be distinctly different sizes.  It’s OK to tweak the sketch by turning it on its side or changing it to an A2 sized card.  So long as we can see the basic elements of the sketch in your card, it’s all good.

I will admit that I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do with this sketch, other than taking it from a square into a rectangular formatted card.  Finally I spotted this butterfly die that I hadn’t used in a long time and decided to go with that, using the butterflies for the circular shapes.  The butterflies are cut from designer paper that has some very large roses on it.  The design is scaled more for scrapbooking than cardmaking, but I figured cutting the butterflies from the middles of the roses would work to give them a slightly multicolor effect.  I’ve glued the middles of the butterflies down to the card base and popped up the wings for some dimension.  Some tiny rhinestones add a little sparkle.  I used some scraps of very old designer paper for the rectangular elements of the sketch, to give a sense of sky to the card.  I wanted to get another Mother’s Day card made for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that’s what decided the sentiment I chose.  I’ll be entering this card into their current challenge.  Even though it isn’t one of my favorite cards I’ve ever made, I’m satisfied with how it turned out.

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What will you create with this sketch?  For further inspiration, check out what the rest of the design team and our guest designer have made.  Share your artwork with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 20.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies:
Stamps: It’s Good to be Queen (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Watercolor Wonder designer paper (Stampin’ Up); scraps of designer paper from an unknown source
Ink: Going Gray (SU)
Other: Beautiful Wings die, rhinestones, dimensionals (SU)

Hi there!  It’s the second Saturday of the month, which means it’s time for another color challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!  Since I’m hosting the challenges there this month, I got to choose the colors for this week’s challenge.  I’ve kept it very simple and festive with just two colors to work with.  Which two colors?  Keep on and you’ll find out…

I’ve used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for inspiring the layout of my card.  Hopefully my rows of die-cut jingle bells and the sentiment will work for the “banner” elements of sketch!  Since it’s “holiday” week at Addicted to Stamps and More, I’m going to enter my card in their challenge, too.

This is actually a one-layer card; I stamped the sentiment directly on the card base and glued the jingle bells in place above it.  To help define the edges of the card, I heat embossed them with gold ink and gold embossing powder.  The hardest part of making this card was lining up the alphabet stamps on an acrylic block to form the sentiment.

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Now it’s your turn to show us what you can make with these colors!  If you need more inspiration first, go visit the 52CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the 52CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, April 15.  We look forward to having you join us!  Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Jesse’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); gold foil (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Gold (ColorBox)
Other: Jolly Jingle Bells die (Memory Box); gold embossing powder (Ranger)

Well hello there!  It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means we have a new hostess of the month over at CAS Colours & SketchesLouise has come up with some neat challenges for us, and we hope you’ll join in to show us what you can do with them.

We’re starting off the month with a color challenge, and Louise has chosen some bright colors for it.  I used them to create a watercolored background, so the colors are toned down a bit on my card.  The way the colors blended kind of created a fourth color, but trust me, I used only the three challenge colors for the background.  When it was dry, I stamped some silhouetted flowers to make it look like the flowers are set against a sunset sky.  Or maybe it’s a sunrise.  Use your imagination!  :)  I added a simple thin black mat to the image to make it stand out from the card base, stamped a sentiment, and called it done. It felt good to use some of my older stamps for this card.

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I’m going to submit this to the current Less is More challenge, where the theme is “white space that isn’t white”.

Go see what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these vibrant colors!  Then make your own card with these colors and share it with us at the CC&S challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 13 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Serene Silhouettes (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Tangerine Tango reinkers (SU)

Hello there!  The first Monday of the month brings a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we’d like to see cards based on the theme of “Flowers or Fantasy”.  So long as your card shows some sort of flowers or fantasy creature, or a combination of them, it’ll be just fine for the challenge.  Be sure that your card has no lumpy, bumpy embellishments more than 1/4″ thick, so that it could be mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.

I wasn’t feeling a floral mood when I needed to make my card for this challenge.  I have a stamp set with several fantasy creatures and decided to use the dragon image.  I colored the dragon with metallic Gelatos, blending the colors with a damp paintbrush.  I hope you can see the shimmer in the photograph.  The rainbow-like background was made by rubbing yellow, orange, and red gel sticks on watercolor paper and blending them with a damp paper towel.  (Some of my products are plain ol’ gel sticks, and some are the brand name Gelatos.)  I fussy cut the dragon, fit him to the card with temporary adhesive to figure out where his fiery breath should be, and then stamped and colored the flames by touching the damp paintbrush to the gel sticks to pick up the color.  I also stamped the sentiment before I glued the dragon into place, and then I attached the card panel to a coordinating colored base.  I’ve used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for the layout of my card.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Now go check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made.  I’m sure they’d love it if you visit their blogs and leave a comment.  Then share your own fantasy or floral card with us at the CIE site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, April 17.  We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters Ever After, So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: metallic Gelatos, gel sticks (Faber Castell)

Hello!  Saturday means it’s time for a new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, where we celebrate Christmas all year round. Each week we offer a cardmaking challenge to help you create Christmas or wintry cards so you’ll have a bunch of cards ready to send when the holiday season rolls around.  I’m excited to be the challenge hostess for the month of April!  We’re kicking the month off with a sketch challenge that I’ve designed.  You’re welcome to rotate the sketch onto its side, flip it mirror-image, or manipulate it into a square if you like.  So long as you keep the semicircle and circle elements, you’re on the right track!

I hadn’t used this cute penguin image for a long time, so I decided to dust him off and give him a little love.  I colored the snowflakes to coordinate with the cardstock I used for the semicircle, which is embossed with a snowflake design.  I’ve added narrow red mats to the white panels to show them off better.  The end result is a rather clean and simple styled card.

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Now it’s time for you to check out all the challenge details at the 52CCT site, and visit the rest of the design team members’ blogs for more inspiration.  Then create your own card and link it at the 52CCT site by 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, April 8.  I’d love to see what you do with my sketch!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Sweet Christmas Wishes (Unity Stamp Company)
Cardstock: Real Red, Pool Party (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine); Pool Party (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); standard circle and big scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Snowflake Background embossing folder (Darice); circle cutting system (Creative Memories)

Hi there!  It’s the fifth Thursday of March, and that means it’s time for a double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  “Double challenge” means that we provide the sketch and the colors for you to use for your clean and simple styled card.  It’s not as difficult as it might sound!

Jane has given us a nice, bright color scheme and a simple, straightforward sketch to work with.  I’ve used a cute little butterfly for the image and paired it with a happy sentiment.  The butterfly was colored with my Copic markers.  To give a little extra visual interest to the blue strip, I stamped it with a background stamp.  I chose to mat the butterfly and sentiment panels just to make the chocolate brown color more prominent.  I think it’ll be a cute card to add to the ones I’m stockpiling to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  This week is “Make Your Mark” challenge week at Addicted to Stamps and More, so I’m going to enter this card into that challenge.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made.  Then get your craft on and link your own card to our challenge post!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 6 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: Somebuggy Loves You, Thoughtful Rhubarb (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Sanded (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello friends!  It’s time for a technique challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and it’s a fun and fairly popular one – paper piecing.  It’s a great one for using up scraps of designer paper!

It took me a while to get everything planned out in my head for this card, but once it all took shape, the card came together pretty easily.  I debated using one of my digital images, but I opted to use traditional stamps instead because I felt that would be simpler to work with all the different parts I wanted to piece.  I used two different mostly solid papers for the owl’s body and a striped paper for his scarf.  For the beak, I just colored the one I’d stamped on the off-white piece of paper.  The sky blue background was splattered with white shimmer paint to look like falling snow.  I wasn’t sure if the blue background would alter the color of the tree branch if I stamped directly on the blue, so I stamped the branch on a piece of white paper and (verrrrry carefully) cut it out and glued it to the background.  Then I added the sentiment and put the owl into place.  The layout for this card is from the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch!

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The rest of the 52CCT design team and I are looking forward to seeing what paper pieced Christmas or wintry cards you’ll share with us this week!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 1 to link your card to our challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Owl (Lawn Fawn); Season of Friendship (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky (SU); scraps from Blush and Blitzen collections (Basic Grey)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Frost White shimmer paint (SU); marker (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s the fourth Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’ve turned the sketch on its side for my card.  Although our hostess, Jane, has said that other shapes can be used in place of the five rectangles, I was having a hard time figuring what else I might use.  So I just stayed true to the sketch there and used the rectangles to ground part of the sentiment on my card.  For the word “happy”, I die cut the letters, stamped the outlines on them, and then colored them.  I die cut an extra set of the letters so that I could stack them for extra dimension.  The “birthday” part of the sentiment is stamped.  I like the contrast of the colorful, rounded lower case letters with the narrow black upper case letters.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to see what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with the sketch.  Then show us your own take on it by linking your card at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, March 30.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Quinn’s ABCs, So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Quinn’s ABCs dies (Lawn Fawn); markers (Copic)

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