Hello again!  It’s time for another challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we’ll be focusing on the theme of “April showers”.

For my card, I pulled out a stamp set I haven’t used recently because I felt the image was pretty close to perfect for the theme, and I created a little scene with it.  The raindrops are dry embossed.  The chick and the umbrella were stamped on scraps of cardstock and cut out and paper pieced to the scene.  I used a marker to color in the chick’s beak.  I drew in the umbrella “pole” because it was easier than trying to stamp it in.  Even though the stamp set with the chick image includes a few rain-related sentiments, I decided to go with something different that I felt was more versatile.  The layout for this card is kind of a mirror-image reversal of Freshly Made Sketches challenge #132.

So what will you do with this theme?  Create your A2 sized card, remembering to keep it less than 1/4″ thick, and share it with us at Cards in Envy by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 4.  We’d love to see your artwork!

Stamps: Singing in the Rain (Lizzie Anne Designs); Simply Said Hello (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Swiss Dots embossing folder (ProvoCraft); corner rounder punch (SU); marker (Copic)

Hello!  It’s time for another weekly challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  This time we have a theme challenge – “The 12 Days of Christmas”.

It took me a while to remember I had this designer paper depicting the partridge in a pear tree.  Once I rediscovered it, all I had to do was figure out a layout that showcased it.  OWH Stars & Stamps sketch challenge #220 fit that bill.  The Spring-y pastel colors in the designer paper make it seem a little less strange to be blogging about a Christmas card on the day before Easter.  :)

Check out the 52{C}CT blog for more inspiration from the other members of the Design Team.  Then make your own card following this team and share it with us via the linky tool on the challenge post.  You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 25 to link your work.  We hope you’ll join us!

Stamps: Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pool Party, So Saffron, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Fa La La 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Pool Party (SU)

It’s time for another color challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches!  This week we have a classic monochromatic color combo for you – black, dark grey, and light grey.

I’ve modeled my card after this week’s Freshly Made Sketches layout.  I misjudged the size I needed for my fence panel and cut it smaller than I would have liked it.  Oh well.  I’ve added some highlighting to the fence and the butterfly with black ink.  The middle of the butterfly, where the body would be, is glued directly to the fence panel, but the wings are popped up with dimensional adhesive.


Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple styled card with these colors and link it to the CC&S site by 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.  We’d love to see what you make!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Hardwood, Three Little Words
Cardstock: Naturals White, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black
Other: Beautiful Wings die, Bitty Banners die, dimensionals, sponge dauber

Today’s card combines Dynamic Duos challenge #98 with Seize the Sketch challenge #18.  I’ve used them to create a birthday card.  I took the liberty of squashing the sketch into a landscape-oriented layout.  This card is a little more layered than most of the ones I make, and I had to use a double layer of dimensional adhesive to attach the punched flower, but that’s OK because I’ll be using this one personally instead of donating it to Operation Write Home.  It’s been a while since I’ve used this much thickness on a card!  I have to admit it felt good to do something different.

Thanks for stopping by today!  All comments are read and appreciated – and I apologize for my blog’s spam catcher program that tends to flag comments from outside of the United States.

Stamps: Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Tea Party designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Wisteria Wonder (SU)
Other: Spring Bouquet Flower punch, Almost Amethyst stitched ribbon, dimensionals (SU); petite oval and petite scalloped oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); mini brad (Making Memories)

Once again, it’s sketch week at CAS – Colours and Sketches!  I’ve stretched the sketch out into a rectangle and turned it on its side.  UPS just delivered these stamps yesterday, and I wanted to put them to use right away!  The twine I used here set the color scheme for the card.  I’m not sure how well it will show up for  you, but the sentiment quote bubble is stamped on regular white cardstock, and adhered to a panel of textured white cardstock.

What will you create with this sketch?  Check out what the rest of the design team has made for further inspiration.  Share your artwork with us at the CAS – Colours and Sketches site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 16.  We’d love to have you join us!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Banner Blast, Just Sayin’
Cardstock: Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Whisper White textured
Ink: Calypso Coral
Other: Calypso Coral twine, Banner punch, dimensionals; Icon Fill in the Blank balloon die (Avery Elle)

Just a quick post to share a card combining Dynamic Duos challenge #97 with AEIHeartU challenge #4.  I created a randomly watercolored background with the Dynamic Duos colors, added a sentiment and a couple die cuts with a brad, and corner mats – and there it is.  As much as I love the look of watercoloring, I don’t like the way the water makes the cardstock wrinkle, and I just wasn’t in the mood to pull out the iron to try to flatten it. Even if this isn’t one of my favorite cards I’ve ever made, it’s still a good one for Operation Write Home.

Challenge 4

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Stamps: Fill in the Blank (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Naturals White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise ink refills (SU)
Other: Icon Fill in the Blank die (Avery Elle); black brad (Making Memories); dimensional adhesive (Scotch)

Hello!  I hope Monday isn’t getting you down, because it’s time for a new Cards in Envy challenge!  This time the theme is “Hippity, Hoppity, Easter’s on its Way”.  Interpret that however you like into an A2 sized card with no lumpy, bumpy embellishments, and you’ve made a card that would be perfect for this challenge!

I’ve decided to use a cute bunny image and springlike colors with a sentiment that helps keep this card from being strictly an Easter card.  That gives it a longer “shelf life” for Operation Write Home.  The layout for this card comes from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge that ends today.  I needed to use dimensional adhesive on the right side of the sentiment panel to accommodate the thickness of the image panels underneath the left side.  But the card is still less than 1/4″ thick, and it will still fit easily into an envelope for mailing.

Now it’s your turn! Check out the Cards in Envy site for all the challenge details and to see what the rest of the design team has made. Then share your creation(s) with us by 7:00 p.m. eastern time Sunday, April 20. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Stamps: Cute Critters (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Tea Party designer paper (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Dahlia and standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello!  It’s sketch challenge week again at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, and we have a nice, simple sketch for you this time.  I’ve kept it very clean and simple, without adding a lot of layers, because I wanted to keep it easy to mail for Operation Write Home.  Instead of adding a ribbon to the “any shape” piece, I’ve taken creative license and dressed my snowflake up with a small rhinestone in the center.  There really isn’t much else to say about it, so here it is:

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then share your own creation with us by linking it at the 52{C}CT blog by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 11.  We’d love to see what you make with our sketch!

All supplies for today’s card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Festive Flurry, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Winter Frost designer paper stack
Ink: Basic Gray
Other: rhinestone, Festive Flurry framelits, dimensionals

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and SketchesJacqueline is our challenge hostess for the month of April, and she’s chosen some nice springtime-y colors to get us started this week.  The green with the delicate pink made me think of flowers, and I’ve added a vine to incorporate the dark brown.  I’ve added some sponging to the focal panel and matted it with the dark brown to help bring those colors more into play on my card.  These Prima flowers were just the right shade of pink.  I had exactly enough of these rhinestones to add one to the center of each blossom. The layout is based off a card I made several years ago, inspired by the awesome Taylor.


Go see what the rest of the design team has done with these colors.  Then show us what you can create with them!  You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 9 to link your card at the challenge site.

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Stamps: Just Vine, Always in My Thoughts (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Other: rhinestones (Bazzill); sponge

Just a quick post to share a card combining the current Seize the Sketch layout with the latest Dynamic Duos color combination.  Well, actually, the Dynamic Duos combo is half my own creation – because the challenge is from the fifth Saturday of March, the challenge team chooses one color and the participants get to pick a color to pair with it.  They gave us Gumball Green, and I’ve decided to use Real Red with it to create another love-themed card for Operation Write Home.


That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Unfrogettable (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Kraft, Real Red, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red marker (SU)
Other: Icon Fill in the Blank Die (Avery Elle); Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Hampton Arts); Heart Blocks embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

Just a quick post here to share a card I’ve made for the AEIHeartU challenge.  They want to see gradient/ombre colors, so I’ve chosen some shades of blue to carry that out.  I could have used pink and red to go along with the love theme, but that seemed too obvious, so I went with something different.  I think this stamp set is a fun one with its little words with the carets to add some adjectives and adverbs!

Challenge 3

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Stamps: Handwritten Notes (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Not Quite Navy (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Not Quite Navy (SU)
Other: heart from Icon Fill in the Blank Die set (AE)

Hello!  It’s the fifth Saturday of the month, which means that at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, it’s Pick a Previous week!  Since I’m hosting the challenges this month, I had the opportunity to choose exactly what type of “previous” to use for inspiration, and I’ve chosen Previous Colors.  Go to the 52{C}CT site, click on the “Colour Combos Archive” tab, and select one of the 25+ color combinations to use in creating your Christmas or wintry card.

I’ve chosen the July 2012 combo for my card:  black and white with a splash of blue.  This gave me the chance to use this cute penguin stamp again.  I colored his scarf blue and stamped some blue snowflakes on the background panel.  The layout for this card is from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, and I’ve squished it into a rectangle.

Which color combination will you choose?  Link your creation at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time/6:00 p.m. GMT Friday, April 4.  We’d really appreciate it if you join us!  Thanks for stopping by here today.

Stamps: Warm Penguin (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps); Kissmas & Mistletoe (Unity Stamp Company)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Ballet Blue, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Ballet Blue (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Today’s card combines the sketch for this week’s CAS – Colours and Sketches challenge with the colors from the Dynamic Duos challenge that’s about to end.  I’ve taken the liberty of turning the sketch on its side.  The butterflies were stamped, fussy cut, and then attached to the card panel, with the bodies glued directly onto the panel and the wings popped up with dimensional adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the CAS – Colours and Sketches Design Team has made.  Then show us your own take on the sketch!  Link your card at the challenge site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 2.  We’d love to have you join us!

Stamps: Priceless (Stampin’ Up); Tag Lines (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum (SU)
Other: dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s Stash Challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, where we invite you to use products you probably already own in creating your Christmas or wintry card.   This week we want to see what you can create with dimensional paper flowers.  The flowers on your card can be store bought, or you can create them with your cardstock and punches or dies.  You could even stamp a flower and then cut it out to give it some dimension.  Simply using a floral patterned paper isn’t going to count for this challenge.

I’ve had these paper poinsettias for a good seven years or so, never really knowing exactly when or how to use them.  When I came up with this challenge idea, I told myself that I was finally going to use them.  I kept my card clean and simple to keep the focus on the poinsettias and the sentiment.  The card base is textured cardstock, to give the card a little more interest, but I’m not sure how well that shows in the photo.  The tiny pearls started out white, but I colored them with a pale yellow Copic marker to make them look a little more realistic.

Be sure to visit the rest of the 52{C}CT Design Team members’ blogs and give them a little blog love! They’ve done a super job with this challenge! Then show us what you can do by linking your own card to the challenge post. You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 28 to share your card with us. We’d love to have you join in our fun and creativity!

Stamp: Christmas Messages (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Kraft, Whisper White textured (SU)
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU)
Other: poinsettias (Making Memories); half pearls (KaiserCraft); marker (Copic); petite oval Nestabilities die and Labels Six Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Hello!  It’s the third Thursday of the month, which means it’s color challenge time again at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  I’ve created a birthday card that can be sent to pretty much any person of any age – making it a good choice for Operation Write Home.  This card also works for the current Lawnscaping challenge.




Now it’s your turn to create a clean and simple styled card using these colors, and share it with us at the CAS – Colours and Sketches site!  You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, March 26 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Stamps: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

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