Hi there!  Today marks the start of another fun challenge at Cards in Envy:  EnTWINEd.  For the next few weeks, we want to see your cards using twine as an embellishment.  Just remember to keep your card A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) and flat enough to mail in an envelope at the standard first class postage rate.

I’ve created a rather clean and simple birthday card for this challenge.  I wrapped some twine around a scrap of designer paper and added a twine bow to create a present.  It’s mounted on a textured cardstock background.  The layout for this card comes from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made!  How will you use twine on your card?  We’d love to see your creativity!  Share your card using the linky tool at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, October 5.

Supplies:
Stamps: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Very Vanilla textured, Everyday Enchantment designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Other: Pool Party twine, Subtles candy dots, dimensionals (SU)

 

Hello! This week is color challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. Our September challenge hostess, Asha, has chosen a fun color palette that each participant can choose to customize.  Black and white are required colors, plus either blue or red, and either silver or gold.

I’ve chosen to go with the red scheme in a cherry shade.  I added some gold pen to the dotted part of the embossing and embellished the corners of the focal panel with gold mini brads.  There’s really not much else to say about this card so I’ll just go ahead and share it:

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Which colors will you play with?  Create your Christmas or winter themed card and share it with us at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, September 19.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Cozy Friends (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); mini brads (Recollections); gold paint pen (Zig); Snowflakes embossing folder (Sizzix)

Hello, and happy Thursday!  It’s sketch week at CAS – Colours and Sketches, and our challenge hostess Louise has drawn up an interesting one for us.

I’ve stretched the sketch out to a landscape-oriented rectangle.  I’ve added a few mats to my layers, so I guess technically my card is more “clean and layered” than “clean and simple”, but I think it’s close enough to count!  :)  I’ve used some of my long-retired Lizzie Anne Designs stamps and designer paper here along with one of Stampin’ Up’s newest In Colors. I figure this is a good any occasion card for Operation Write Home.

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If you need further inspiration for this challenge, go see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple card using this week’s sketch and link it to the challenge blog by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, September 17.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Supplies:
Stamps: Jolies Fleurs, Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Tangelo Twist (Stampin’ Up); French Floral Pretty Papers (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  We’re starting off another month of challenges at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown with a sketch challenge.  This one has some fun circles as well as rectangles and the chance to add a ribbon bow.

During September our challenges are being sponsored by Deedee’s Digis, and I’ve used one of their image sets for my card.  The set comes with an outline version of the image as well as a pre-colored version.  Because our color printer is out of ink, I’ve used the outline version and colored it myself.  Since I put a sentiment in one of the circular elements, I added a few rhinestones where the sketch suggested to put the sentiment.  The rhinestones started out clear, but I colored them with a Copic marker to coordinate with the deep red designer paper I’d used for the mats.

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Now it’s time for you to show us what you can do with this sketch.  If you need more inspiration first, be sure to check out the 52{C}CT site to see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then link your card there by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, September 12.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Digital Images: Meowy Christmas (Deedee’s Digis)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Fruitcake collection pack (Basic Grey)
Ink: printer ink
Other: rhinestones (Bazzill); markers (Copic); standard circle and big scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Pear Pizzazz seam binding (SU)

Hello!  It’s time for a new color challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches!  Louise is the challenge hostess this month, and she’s picked some rich, bold colors for us to work with.

In a kind of rare twist for me, I literally used only the challenge colors.  Normally I add a neutral but this time I just didn’t think it would look right to add one in.  The sentiment looks black, but trust me, I used my blackberry ink pad for it.  The layout for this card is from CAS(E) this Sketch!, but with a few small tweaks.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these colors!  Then share your own card with us by linking it to the challenge post by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, September 10.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Blackberry Bliss (SU)
Other: Beautiful Bows die (My Favorite Things)

Hello there!  With so many schools starting back up again this time of year, Cards in Envy is starting a new challenge today with the theme of School Colors.  Use the team colors of your favorite school to create an A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) card that can be mailed at the standard postage rate.  Any embellishments should be less than 1/4″ thick.

I’ve chosen the colors for my sons’ high school.  The “official” school colors are blue and white, but the marching band and the athletic teams also have a lot of black on their uniforms.  I didn’t want to make yet another penguin card, LOL, so I decided to go with a music theme and came up with this very simply styled thank you card.

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Now it’s time for you to show us your school colors!  Share your card with us at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, September 14.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Musical Score (JudiKins); Picture This (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Basic Black, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Hello!  We have a fifth Saturday in the month of August, which means it’s time for a Pick a Previous challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  Gill, our challenge hostess, is asking us to choose a previous 52{C}CT sketch for our inspiration this time.  Go to the 52{C}CT site, click on the “Sketches Archive” tab, and select one of the 30+ sketches to use in creating your Christmas or wintry card.

I’ve chosen the June 2014 sketch for my card this week.  It’s been a while since I’ve used this penguin image so I thought I’d get him inky again.  For the horizontal and vertical crossing elements, I’ve layered two different ribbons – a very sheer white one, and a satin one to match the darker blue-green cardstock.  The penguin panel is adhered with dimensional adhesive to accommodate the thickness of the ribbons.

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Which sketch 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, September 5.  We’d really appreciate it if you join us!  Thanks for stopping by here today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Warm Penguin (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Winter Frost designer paper stack (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); white Simply Sheer ribbon (Offray); Island Indigo satin ribbon, dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches!   As always, the sketch can be rotated or flipped or stretched – so long as we can see the basic elements of the original sketch, it’s all good!

I dressed up the sketch a bit with an embossed panel and an extra mat for the entire card, and a mat for the oval element.  The cat’s birthday hat was stamped on a scrap of cardstock, colored, fussy cut, and then adhered to the cat’s head. I drew in the little frilly things on top of the hat because they are just too fussy for me to try to cut!  The sentiment is all stretched out in one line on the stamp, but I broke it into two lines so it would fit better on the card.  I had the darnedest time working with this photo to get the fuchsia color to show true while having the white look white, but in the end I figure you can imagine what it’s supposed to look like.

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Aug sketch 2

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS – Colours and Sketches with your own take on this sketch!  You have until 1:00 p.m. eastern time Wednesday, September 3 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the ‘Burbs, Hats Off to You, Year Three (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers, multiliner pen (Copic); petite oval and petite scalloped oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); D’Vine Swirls embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

Hello!  It’s time for stash challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  Our August hostess, Gill, has thrown a double doozy at us this week – our challenge cards must use both glitter and bling.  Now, those of you who know my crafting habits know that I tend to avoid glitter whenever possible – so this was indeed a challenge for me!  But I was able to work it in with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, and I have to admit I’m pretty pleased with the result.  I did take the liberty of turning the sketch on its side.  I couldn’t decide on a sentiment to add to the card front, so I decided to just go without, so that way it can be either a Christmas card or a wintertime “thinking of you” or any other occasion card.

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What will you make with your glitter and bling?  Be sure to share your card with us at the 52{C}CT blog by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time/6:00 p.m. GMT Friday, August 29.  While you’re at it, be sure to check out the cards the rest of the design team has created.  We look forward to having you join us!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Festive Flurry, Season of Joy
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Whisper White, silver glimmer
Ink: Soft Sky
Other: Festive Flurry dies, rhinestones

Hello there!  This week at CAS – Colours and Sketches we have a soft color palette for you to work with.  The pastel green color is called Pistachio Pudding, but it reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream (without the chocolate chips).  So I decided to go with an ice cream themed card.  I figured it makes a cute card for Operation Write Home.

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The Stampin’ Up color names are only for reference; you do NOT need to use Stampin’ Up products to make your card for this challenge.  Simply use whatever you have in your craft supplies that is closest to these colors.  We’ll also allow white, cream, or black for your card base and black ink for outlines and sentiments. 

Now it’s your turn! You have until 6:00 p.m. GMT/1:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, August 27 to share your artwork with us. We’d love to see what you create!

Supplies:
Stamps: Here’s the Scoop (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Plaid embossing folder (Sizzix); Classic Rectangles Plain and Classic Rectangles Scalloped Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello, and welcome to another Monday!  Since it’s the third Monday of the month, it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next couple of weeks we’re focusing on a theme of “Best Friends”.

I went through my stamps trying to figure out just what I would make for my design team sample card for this challenge, and I wasn’t coming up with anything I liked.  Finally I browsed through my digital images and landed upon this cute digi set that had several different images of foods that always seem to go together – salt & pepper, milk & cookies, you get the idea.  I decided to go with coffee & doughnuts.  (OK, so the actual image says “donuts”, but I prefer the longer spelling.)  I remembered I had this designer paper with lots of circles against the brown background, and thought that might work well with the image.  I borrowed the layout idea from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, added a few mats and embossed the horizontal strips, and colored the image to coordinate with the designer paper.  Once I had all my pieces completed, it didn’t take long to assemble.

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FMS Final 149I just realized as I’m typing this that the designer paper I used is from the very first 6″ x 6″ paper pad I bought… back in 2007!  Eeep!  I guess it’s about time I used it, LOL!

So, how will you interpret our Best of Friends theme?  Create an A2 sized card, being sure not to use any lumpy, bumpy embellishments that would prevent your card from fitting into an envelope and being mailed at the standard postage rate.  Share it with us at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, August 31.  We’d love to see what you create!

Supplies:
Digital Images: You & Me (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Cool Caribbean (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); designer paper from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); Swiss Dots embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

This is just a quick post to share a card for the current AEIHeartU challenge to use kraft cardstock.  Really, the card is pretty self-explanatory.  I die cut the red and blue cardstock and the “hello” sentiment, added a stamped sentiment, and assembled the whole thing together.  I figure it’s a good any-time-of-year, gender-neutral and age-neutral card for Operation Write Home.  I have to admit that I was pretty heavily inspired by this card and I’ve been wanting to do something similar to it for a while now.

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Challenge 13

Thanks for stopping by today!  :)

Supplies:
Stamps: Handwritten Notes (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Real Red (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU)
Other: Simply Said Hello die and Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello, and happy Saturday to you!  I hope your weekend has gotten off to a good start.

This week is theme week at 52 {Christmas} Card ThrowdownGill, our hostess, has chosen an interesting one: mistletoe and wine.  I knew I had a couple of mistletoe images, but I had to think about the wine… and I finally settled on using burgundy cardstock for it.  (Get it?  Burgundy?  Wine?  OK, maybe that’s a stretch, but going by Gill’s rules it works!)  The mistletoe berries have been covered with crystal lacquer so they have a bit of shine to them in real life.  I used a subtle background stamp on the burgundy strip of cardstock to give it a little more visual interest.  The narrow green strip has a scored line above and below the piercing – I’m not sure how well that shows in the photo.

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If you need more ideas, go check out the 52{C}CT blog and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then link your card at the challenge site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, August 22.  We’d love to see how you interpret this challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: Kissmas & Mistletoe (Unity Stamp Company); Sanded (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Bravo Burgundy, Naturals White (SU)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Bravo Burgundy (SU)
Other: petite scalloped circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); Crystal Lacquer (Sakura); piercing tool; score board

Hello again!  This week is sketch week at CAS Colours and Sketches.  I hope you’ll consider joining in the fun and creativity there by creating a card of your own with this sketch!

I couldn’t decide between making the tilted rectangular portion of the sketch into a window of sorts or more like a Polaroid photograph.  It ended up kind of a combination of both ideas.  This stamp set has been wanting to be inked, so I figured I’d make it look like the little angel is leaning on a windowsill. First I die cut the window and added designer paper to create the sky background. I stamped the angel on a scrap of cardstock, colored him, fussy cut him, and glued him to the sky so his arm slightly overlaps the die cut. The wing and the heart have a bit of glitter on them from a new-to-me product called a Wink of Stella pen.  It was super easy to use, but I’m disappointed in how easily the glitter rubs off.

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Aug sketch 1

Be sure to visit the CAS – Colours and Sketches blog to see the terrific cards the rest of the design team has made.  I’m sure they’d love it if you left them comments, too.  Then show us what you can do with this sketch!  Link your card to the CAS – Colours and Sketches site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 20.

Supplies:
Stamps: Love From Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Naturals White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K Designs); designer papers from Blitzen collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Say Cheese and Critters in Costume dies (Lawn Fawn); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello there!  It’s time for another color challenge this week at 52 {Christmas} Card ThrowdownGill, our hostess for the month of August, is asking us to create our Christmas or wintry cards using only four colors – white, cream, silver and gold – and all four of those colors must be used.

I tossed a few different ideas around in my head for this week’s card.  I finally settled on a rather clean and simple design using the current sketch from Seize the Sketch.  For the star, I die cut cream textured cardstock, dabbed it onto my Versamark ink pad, sprinkled gold embossing powder on it, and heated up the embossing powder.  I repeated the inking and embossing several times until I achieved the grungy effect I wanted.  I used a stamp from one of my newest stamp sets for the background behind the star, and heat embossed that with silver embossing powder.  The sentiment is also heat embossed in silver.  I used dimensionals to adhere the star, attached the panel to a mat of gold foil cardstock, and then put it on a cream colored base.  The grunge look is something I haven’t really tried, but I’m pleased with the final result.

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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 52{C}CT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, August 15.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Work of Art, More Merry Messages (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory, Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); gold foil, Very Vanilla textured (SU)
Ink: silver (Colorbox); VersaMark
Other: Stars die (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); dimensionals (SU)

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