Hello again!  It’s time for another challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we have a pretty easy theme for you to follow:  Anything Goes with a Bow.  That’s right – all you need to do for this challenge is to make an A2 sized card (4.25″ x 5.5″) with no embellishments more than 1/4″ thick so that it could be mailed at the standard postage rate – but it must include a bow of some sort.  You may use a bow made of ribbon, twine, or paper so long as it’s less than 1/4″ thick.  You could also choose to use an image of a bow.

I’ve combined our bow challenge with the current Freshly Made Sketches layout, which conveniently included a bow element.  I’ve taken the liberty of scooting the bow to the left of the main image panel.  I’ve paper pieced my scene using cardstock and Basic Grey papers.  I used a die to cut the basic cloud shape and then trimmed it down with my scissors so it would better fit in the space.

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This card was included in the package I sent to Operation Write Home last week.  I hope one of our heroes will enjoy sending it home to his or her child.

If you need additional inspiration, please go check out the Cards in Envy site and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then create a card with a bow following our challenge guidelines and share it with us using the linky tool on the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 15.  We’d love to have you play along with us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Thoughtful Rhubarb (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Bashful Blue, Early Espresso (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Blush and Oxford 6″ x 6″ paper pads (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black
Other: cloud die (SNSS); stitched landscape die (Mama Elephant); Lemon twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Hello!  Once again, it’s stash challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, where we invite our challenge participants to use particular items from their crafting stash to create a Christmas or wintry card.  This time the chosen item is markers.  Most everyone has markers, and there are so many different ways to use them, so we’re hoping to see a lot of great cards this week!

I’ve chosen one of the more obvious ways to use markers – I’ve colored an outline image with my Copics.  Although I’ve had this stamp set for a few years, this wreath image has always intimidated me a bit, so I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve actually used it for a card.  The layout for this card is OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch #219, which I hadn’t used before.  When I was fitting the pieces of the card together, I realized that the “Merry Christmas” sentiment in the stamp set was too large to fit in the available space, and the “Happy Holidays” stamp seemed too small.  So I opted to just leave well enough alone and not use a sentiment.  I figure the colors and the wreath image still lead to this being a Christmasy card, but it could be used throughout the season as a “thinking of you” card or a thank you card or really anything the sender chooses.  (This card will be donated to Operation Write Home, so I’m not going to be using it myself.)

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How will you use your markers?  We’d love to see!  Link your card at the 52{C}CT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 6.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team members’ cards for more inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Bows and Holly (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Kraft, Season of Style designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); enamel dots, grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals (SU); standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

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

I’ve rotated the sketch 90° on its side for my card.  It’s been a while since I’ve used my gel sticks, so I pulled them out and had a play with them to create the rainbow background and the coordinating yellow for the balloon.  I used my fingers to blend the colors for the background.  As I was drying my hands afterwards on a paper towel, I felt the colors were still a little too bold, but I didn’t want to dilute them too much by using water to blend them.  And I had a “light bulb moment” – and I used the damp paper towel to blend and soften the colors.  I liked that result much better!  My new Lawn Fawn dies just arrived, so I put them to use to cut the balloon and its string.  I think I’m really going to enjoy using this set of dies – there are eight different balloons in four different shapes (two shapes come in three different sizes), plus two strings and some little shapes that I thought were confetti at first, but then I realized they’re probably meant to add a highlight to the balloon.  (Of course I realized that after I’d assembled my card.)  Anyway – enough chitchat.  Here are the card and the sketch graphic:

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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, March 4 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamp: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: gel sticks (Faber Castell); Party Balloons dies (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  I recently discovered a new-to-me cardmaking challenge called Flashback Friday.  The main idea of this challenge is to use products that you’ve had for at least a year.  Goodness knows I have LOTS of items that fall under that description, LOL!  So I thought I’d give this week’s challenge a shot and try to remember to check into it each week.

This week Flashback Friday has a theme of “Geometrical”.  That played nicely into the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! with its large oval.  I’m trying to finish up a box of cards to send to Operation Write Home and wanted to get one more Easter card in there before their Easter deadline.  So I saw the oval as an Easter egg shape and cut one from designer paper.  When I used to dye Easter eggs, I’d always do at least one each year where I’d dip one end of the egg in one color dye and the other end in a different color.  That’s the effect I was going for with this designer paper.  For the vertical band element of the sketch (a rectangle – another geometric shape!) I used a coordinating designer paper from the same package, and matted it with two solid colors of cardstock.  I stamped the bunny on a scrap of white cardstock, colored him, fussy cut him, and attached him with dimensional adhesive to take the place of the heart element of the sketch.  It makes for a rather simple looking card, but I think it turned out pretty cute.

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The designer papers and the white card base are my newest items used here; I’ve had them for about 13 months.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back tomorrow to introduce a new challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.

Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Watercolor Wonder designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Pierced Oval Stax die (My Favorite Things); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  If you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you probably know that one of my favorite stamp companies is Lawn Fawn.  They have all sorts of images that are adorable, and I use them pretty regularly.  You also probably realize that I enjoy participating in various card making challenges.  There’s a challenge blog called Lawnscaping, which is a huge proponent of Lawn Fawn.  And Lawnscaping just happens to be celebrating their 100th challenge!  How fun!

To celebrate this event, Lawnscaping’s current challenge theme is Birthday Celebration.  I’ve created today’s card using two of my oldest Lawn Fawn stamp sets and one of their dies.  I did quite a bit of masking to arrange the dogs so that they look like they are posing for a photo while showing off their party hats.  (I am old enough to remember being fascinated by Polaroid photos ejecting from my uncle’s camera and developing magically in front of my eyes!)  The hats were stamped onto a scrap of cardstock, colored, fussy cut, and glued into place.  Then I drew the little frilly things on top of the hats back in.  I used an embossing folder that looks like bubble wrap on the red cardstock strip to tie in with the polka dots on the hats.

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So, congratulations to Lawnscaping for reaching this milestone!  I’m looking forward to the next 100 challenges (and hopefully more) and will try to be a more active participant!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the ‘Burbs, Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Real Red (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Say Cheese die (Lawn Fawn); markers (Copic); bubble wrap embossing folder (Tim Holtz); dimensionals (SU)

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you!  It’s time for another theme challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  Jacqueline, our challenge hostess this month, has chosen sequins and pearls to play off the sparkle and shine found during Christmastime.

I have to admit that I’ve never been too fond of sequins.  Unfortunately for me, I got married during the early 1990s era of lavishly iridescent-sequined satin wedding dresses.  I did manage to find a gown that wasn’t heavily embellished with them, but I can honestly say that I haven’t worn a single sequin since then.  Thankfully, I knew about this challenge far enough in advance that I had plenty of time to add a package onto my last order from Amazon.  I chose star shaped ones with the idea that they might add a fun touch to birthday cards, too.  But I still had to figure out what to create for this challenge.

I mentioned in my post for the 52{C}CT color challenge last Saturday that last week’s card was my third try with the colors.  I had this wreath image left over from attempt #2, and I thought maybe I could perk it up by adding in color with some sequins.  I played with a couple of other colors, but in the end, traditional green and red won out.  I didn’t like the holes in the centers of the sequins showing, so I covered them up with some tiny half pearls.  The current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, and one of their design team members’ sample cards, gave me further inspiration.  I did take the liberty of “squashing” their sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle.

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And there you have it.  If you need more inspiration, be sure to stop by the 52{C}CT website and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then share your own card with us by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, February 27.  We’d love to have you join us!

All supplies except the embellishments are from Stampin’ Up:
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Endless Wishes
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Glorious Green, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Glorious Green, Smoky Slate, Going Gray
Other: sequins (Darice); pearls (Recollections)

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

I recently noticed that one of our frequent CC&S participants, Leslie, has created a new challenge called The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge.  I wanted to support her in her initial challenge, so I’m combining her sketch with this week’s CC&S colors.  I took the liberty of turning the sketch on its side so the panel of birthday balloons would fit correctly.  I decided to go all out with the colors rather than have a lot of “white space” that is literally white or ivory.  In retrospect, I think the card would look better if I’d added strips of blue between the yellow panel and the card base.  But it’s ok the way it is.  It’ll be just fine for Operation Write Home.

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What will you create with these colors?  Check out the CC&S blog for more inspiration from the rest of the design team.  Then link your own card there by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, February 25.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity there!

Supplies:
Stamps: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Tangelo Twist, Pacific Point, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Wonder designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hi there! It’s Cards in Envy challenge introduction day! For the next two weeks we have a theme challenge of Puppy Love.  Show us your A2 sized cards featuring at least one dog.  Remember to keep your cards flat enough to fit in an envelope and be mailed at the first class postage rate.

I don’t have a lot of dog stamps or digital images, so choosing which one to use wasn’t too difficult.  I decided to make a little scene with him.  Instead of stamping him on white cardstock and coloring him, I opted to stamp him on some off-white designer paper that has some subtle color variation in it.  I did add in some color to his nose, collar, and tag.  Fussy cutting him wasn’t too difficult.  I added a scrap of designer paper behind his head as a shim, since his rear was raised up from the blue panel by the grassy strip behind him.  That helped give him a little more separation from the blue sky.  This week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches provided the layout for my card.  For the smallest rectangular element of the sketch, I decided to use a quote balloon stamp that resembles a cloud.

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The puppy also ties into the February ODBD challenge at the Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps blog.

If you need additional inspiration, please go check out the Cards in Envy site and see what the rest of the design team has made.  What kind of puppy card will you create?  Share your work with us on the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 1.  We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the ‘Burbs, Chit Chat (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Ambrosia and Oxford 6″ x 6″ paper pads (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Whisper White craft (SU)
Other: Grassy Border die (Lawn Fawn); white embossing powder (Stampendous); markers (Copic)

Hello, and Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you’re able to spend the day with someone you love.  At 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, we’re sharing our love of the Christmas season.  This week’s challenge is a color challenge with some very classic colors:  white, silver, and grey.

There’s a fairly popular saying that “the third time’s the charm”, and that seemed to be true as I was trying to make a card for this challenge.  My first attempt involved heat embossing, which didn’t turn out too well.  My second attempt probably would have worked out all right, but I started getting impatient and felt like it was a bit too much to fuss with.  I had this week’s challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch! in the back of my mind, so I decided to combine the sketch with the 52{C}CT colors.  I ended up rotating the sketch 180° so that my card makes it upside-down from the way it’s drawn.  I did that because the snowflake image I chose has words written around it, blueprint style.  In order to keep the words right side up, but to have the image going off the corner like the sketch shows, the beginning of the word “shiny” was likely going to be off the edge of the cardstock – and I just couldn’t have “hiny” showing on a Christmas card, right?!  As it worked out, the “real” sentiment on the card almost obscures it, but if you look closely and read it all together, it’s “Happy wonderful shiny Christmas”.  LOL.  My shiny silver element for the card is the eyelet in the middle of the snowflake.  I also sprayed the white cardstock with some pewter shimmer mist, but because the mist is so fine, I wasn’t able to capture the shimmer in my photo.  So the cardstock just looks speckled.

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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 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, February 20.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Christmas Blueprint (Tim Holtz); Wondrous Wreath (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray (SU)
Other: pewter Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); snowflake eyelet (source unknown)

Hello!  This week is sketch week at CAS – Colours and Sketches, and I think this week’s sketch is a pretty neat one.  It has some interesting angles.

I’ve turned the sketch on its side for my card, and as usual, I’ve stretched it out into a rectangle.  Actually now that I’m looking at my card all assembled, it looks like I’ve kind of mirror reverse flipped the triangular parts too.  Anyway, I think it’s easy enough to tell that my card was inspired by the sketch.  The ink and card base match the dark blue designer paper better in real life than the photo shows.

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Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has done with the sketch!  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, February 18 to enter the challenge.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Buckaroo Blue, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Oh Baby! Boy collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Buckaroo Blue (SU)

Hello!  I’ve made a couple more cards using the sketch from this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  This time I used one of my Mama Elephant stamp sets.  I know, the characters don’t have mouths, but I still think they are adorable.  It felt good to use some more of my older Basic Grey papers, too.  I used the mirror image of the sketch for the Cupid card so it wouldn’t look like he was shooting his arrow off the edge of the card.  It doesn’t show well in the photos, but I added some sparkle to the angel’s and Cupid’s wings with a glitter pen.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Supplies:
Stamps: Love from Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Sugar Rush 6″ x 6″ pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Stitched Scalloped Borders die (Lawn Fawn); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Here’s a quick card I made combining the Lawnscaping challenge that ends tomorrow night with the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge that ends Thursday morning.  I actually used the sketch in mirror reverse.  I’m not sure yet if I’ll give this card to my husband for Valentine’s Day or if it will go in my stash for Operation Write Home.

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Thanks for giving my card a closer look!  Comments are always appreciated – I do read every single one!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love ‘n Breakfast (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Going Gray, Real Red (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer paper from Sugar Rush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you! It’s sketch challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  As with all of our sketches, you’re welcome to use the sketch as it’s drawn, flip it mirror image, or turn it on its side.  You may also change the white area to whatever shape you please.  So long as we can see the “skeleton” of the sketch, it’s all good!

I stayed pretty close to how the sketch was drawn.  I’ve combined images from several different stamp sets for my card.  I decided to use a wreath for the focal panel part of the sketch, and this is my first time using this wreath stamp.  (It’s from a cool set that could be used all throughout the year, not just for Christmas!)  I stamped the wreath on white cardstock and used the coordinating dies to cut it out. The white background looked harsh against the wood-looking background, so I sponged some green ink all over the wreath it to soften the look. I made a little bow from ribbon to embellish the wreath, rather than stamping the bow image from the set.  I guess one could imagine that the wreath is hanging on either a door or a fence.  The sentiment comes from an older Stampin’ Up set.  I could have stamped the holly berries, but instead I decided to use half pearls.  The pearls started out white, but I colored them with a Copic marker. If I wanted to mass produce this card, I’d buy red pearls. But for just one card to include in my stash for Operation Write Home, coloring them is easy enough.

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Go see what the rest of the 52CCT design team has done with this sketch, and then show us your own take on it!  We’d love to have you link your card at the 52CCT site.  The challenge deadline is 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, February 13.  Please join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Hardwood, Madonna and Child (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Wonderful Wreath framelits dies (SU); Dimensional Banners die (My Favorite Things); half pearls (KaiserCraft); sponge, satin ribbon (source unknown)

Hello!  I’m excited to be the challenge hostess at CAS Colours and Sketches during the month of February!  I hope you’ll join in the fun and creativity of our color and sketch challenges.

The first Thursday of the month means it’s color challenge time, and I’ve picked out a trio of soft colors.  I thought they would look pretty for either Valentines or springtime cards.  I usually don’t think of Easter as a card-giving holiday, but I do like to make a few Easter cards for Operation Write Home, so that’s what I’ve done for today’s card.  This week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches provided the layout for my card, using the bunny in place of the large heart-shaped element of the sketch.  I’ve flipped the sketch mirror-image so my little bunny wouldn’t be looking off the edge of the card.  The bunny and butterfly are both fussy cut and adhered to the card front.  I raised the bunny a bit with a few scrap cardstock shims, and one side of the butterfly is attached with dimensional adhesive, to give the card a little more visual interest.

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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, February 11.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Easter, Happy Everything, Critters in the ‘Burbs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); dimensionals (SU)

Hello there!  It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy – where we make cards that fit in envelopes!  Cards for our challenges should be A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and 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 “Hearts All a Flutter”.  We’d like to see your cards that have two or more hearts on them.

I think our previous “Going Gray” challenge was giving me subliminal messages when I was working on my card for this challenge.  The card follows the current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout.  The bunny tag is raised up from the card base with dimensional adhesive.  I tried to keep the card gender-neutral and age-neutral so it would be a versatile one for Operation Write Home.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and share your heartfelt card with us at Cards in Envy!  Link your card to our challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, February 15.  Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: My Silly Valentine, Belinda’s Borders (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Smoky Slate (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); dimensionals, tag corner punch (SU); cherry twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

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