It’s time for another challenge at Cards in Envy, and this time we’re taking on the theme of “It’s a Heat Wave”.  This can be illustrated by using summery images or bright colors – anything that reminds you of summertime heat!

For my design team sample, I’ve done a remix of a card I shared late last week, using bright summery colors.  I masked off a square area and stamped around it to create a frame for the cake image.  Then I removed the mask, stamped the cake, and colored it to coordinate with the colors of the ink I’d used.  I added a coordinating mat and ribbon and rounded the bottom corner of the card before attaching the main card panel to the card base.

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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, July 31. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Year Three (Lawn Fawn); Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Party Pants (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Only Orange (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); orange grosgrain ribbon (Offray); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello!  Here in the United States, it’s Independence Day, and at Cards in Envy we’re tieing into the patriotic mood with a theme of Stripes.  For this challenge, create a card featuring stripes of some sort.  It doesn’t have to be a patriotic card; it can be for any occasion.  The stripes can be stamped, die-cut, stenciled, or designer paper – whatever you can imagine, so long as it’s striped, it’ll work for the challenge.  Remember too that your card needs to be flat enough to fit into an envelope and be mailed at the regular first class postage rate.

I’ve gone with a birthday card for my card for the challenge.  After all, Independence Day is regarded as America’s birthday.  I gave my card a more neutral color scheme, though.  I’ll be donating this card to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I thought it was best to make it suitable to give to any person of any age.  I used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for layout inspiration, but rotated the sketch 180 degrees.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and join in the fun and creativity!  Link your card at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 17.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Watercolor Wonder designer series papers (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU)
Other: Party Balloons dies (LF)

It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy!  I have to admit that the full title of the challenge, “It’s a Great Day for a White Wedding”, has had me hearing Billy Idol in my head for the last several days.  (I know the actual lyrics say “nice day”, but close enough.)  Although the challenge title references “wedding”, we’re also accepting anniversary cards as part of the challenge.  Just make sure that your celebratory card is flat enough to fit in an envelope so that it could be mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.

I suppose my card really could go either way – wedding or anniversary.  I haven’t put any sort of sentiment inside of it yet.  It was really quick and easy to make.  I started by coloring a scrap of white cardstock with a metallic pink Gelato and blending the color with a paintbrush dipped in a mix of water and bright pink reinker.  When it was dry, I die cut a heart from it.  I embossed a panel of white cardstock, stamped my “congratulations” sentiment on a scrap of pink cardstock, and attached the pink to the bottom of the embossed white panel.  I attached the panel to a white card base, using scrap cardstock shims behind the panel for a little bit of dimension, and adhered the die cut heart in place.   The layout comes from the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’m also entering this card into this week’s challenge at The Paper Players.  It’s their 300th challenge – WOW!  Congrats to them for such a successful challenge blog!

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The Cards in Envy team has come up with some other great ideas, so be sure to check them out!  We hope you’ll share your own wedding or anniversary card with us before the challenge closes.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 3, 2016 to link your card at the challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Melon Mambo (SU)
Other: Gelato (Faber Castell); Melon Mambo reinker, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder (SU); heart die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s Cards in Envy challenge introduction day!  A few weeks ago we had the theme of “Just Us Girls”.  This time we’re turning the tables with the theme of “No Girls Allowed.”  Make a card suitable for a boy or a man, and make sure it’s flat enough to be mailed at the standard first class postage rate.

Since Father’s Day will be coming up soon, I’m sharing a clean and simple Father’s Day card.  It was a quick and easy one to make.  I laid strips of designer paper on a diagonal, trimmed off the ends, added a sentiment, and attached the main panel of the card to a base of coordinating cardstock.  It really doesn’t get much simpler!  And it fits into the theme of the current challenge at The Paper Players.

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So 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, June 19. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Father’s Day sentiment (Purple Onion Designs)
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Pyrus 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cajun Craze (SU)

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!  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 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)

Well hello!  It’s time for another fun challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we have a spring-inspired color scheme of “Just Purple”.  Cards made for this challenge should use purple as the dominant color, and have no lumpy, bumpy embellishments.

I’ve used a number of retired Stampin’ Up products for my card.  The purple colors I chose have been out of the regular product line for several years, but I prefer their lighter shades to the current darker purples offered.  The floral stamp set is also an “oldie but goodie”.  The layout for my card is the current sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’ve moved the sentiment, but otherwise kept the sketch as it’s drawn.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and share your purple card with us at Cards in Envy!  Link your card to our challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, April 3.  Happy crafting!

All supplies except the scalloped die are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Wild Rose, Delightful Dozen
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Whisper White
Ink: Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Mellow Moss
Other: Stitched Scalloped Borders die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s the third Monday of the month, which means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  This time we have a color challenge for you – “Tickled Pink”.  You can make your card for any occasion or theme you like, featuring the color pink, with no lumpy, bumpy embellishments that would prevent the card from being mailed at the first class postage rate.

I actually made two “twin” cards for this challenge, so that my family could send one to my parents and one to my husbands’ parents for Valentine’s Day.  The layout for this card comes from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I’ve used scraps of two different designer papers for the crossed strips elements.  The heart was cut from white cardstock, embossed using one of my favorite embossing folders, and then sponged with pink ink to highlight the embossing and to give a little definition to the edges of the heart.  A few scrap cardstock shims attached to the back of the heart help to raise it over the crossed strips.  The sentiment banner is attached with dimensional adhesive so it can “float” above the heart.  Since these cards were given from my family, I didn’t want the sentiment to read “I love you”, so I stamped the “love you” from one stamp and the “we” from a different stamp in the same set.

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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 your own pink card following our challenge guidelines and share it with us on the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 6.  We’d love to have you play along with us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Love ‘n Breakfast (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Berry Bliss designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Pretty in Pink (SU)
Other: heart die (Sizzix); stitched rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn); Victoria embossing folder (ProvoCraft); dimensionals (SU); sponge

Hello!  It’s challenge introduction day at Cards in Envy!  We are starting to get into a Valentine mood with the theme of “From the Heart”.  Cards for this challenge should feature anything pertaining to hearts or love.  Be sure to make your card A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and thin enough to be mailed at the standard first class postage rate.

I’ve used the layout from the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for my card.  I kept pretty true to the cloud idea of the sketch graphic, and used die-cut clouds as a backdrop for this cute little angel image.  I stamped the angel on a piece of scrap cardstock, colored him, fussy cut him, added some shimmer to his wings, and adhered him in place on a cloud of his very own. As soon as the sentiment was stamped, I was done.  Pretty easy!

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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 share your work with us on the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, February 14.  We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love From Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Clouds dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); markers (Copic); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hi there!  It’s the third Monday of the month, which means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we’re asking our challenge participants to share cards that are mostly white.  Remember, though, that the “in Envy” part of our challenge name means that cards for our challenges must be A2 sized and flat enough to be mailed at the first class postage rate.

I’ve kept my card all white except for the sentiment.  For the main panel, first I die cut the heart from white cardstock before using an embossing folder to give it some design.  The sentiment is stamped on the card base, and the main panel is attached to the card with dimensional adhesive.  Really, it was quite quick and simple to make!

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I’m going to submit this card into the current challenge at The Paper Players, where they are asking for clean and simple Valentines.

We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and join in the fun and creativity!  Link your card at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, January 31.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Delightful Dozen (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Strawberry Slush (SU)
Other: Paisley embossing folder (ProvoCraft); heart die (Sizzix); dimensionals (SU)

It’s a busy time of year, but we’re squeezing in one more challenge at Cards in Envy for the next two weeks.   This time our theme is “Let it Snow”.  Any images depicting snow, snowflakes, snowmen, etc. are suitable for the challenge.  Just remember to keep your card A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and flat enough to be mailed at the regular first-class postage rate.

I have to confess that I was running short on time before I needed to present my design team sample, so instead of making a card with a big snowy scene like I really wanted to do, I’ve simply used the Christmas card that my family is sending out this year… which, I must admit, is a revisit of a card I made earlier this year.  I’ve made a few changes, mainly to the color scheme.  This time I’ve heat embossed the sentiment in silver to coordinate with the silver snowflake eyelet.  I’m sharing two photos here; the second one does a little better job of showing the silver shimmer mist that I sprayed on the ivory layer.  In real life, when the light catches it just right, it really glistens.

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I actually did the Christmas cards in two different shades of blue because I didn’t have quite enough of each color to make all of the card bases I needed.  On the bright side, I did not need to buy any new materials right before Christmas to make the cards this year!  And it felt good to use a lot of those snowflake eyelets – I’ve had them for a very long time!

Shopping Our Stash also has the “Let it Snow” theme going on, so I’m going to enter this card into their challenge.

The Cards in Envy team has come up with some other great snowy ideas, so be sure to check them out!  We hope you’ll share your own snowy card with us before the challenge closes.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, January 3, 2016 to link your card at the challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Christmas Blueprint (Tim Holtz); Wondrous Wreath (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Baja Breeze (SU); silver (ColorBox)
Other: silver embossing powder, pewter Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); snowflake eyelet (source unknown)

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 “Very Vintage Christmas”.  So long as it’s vintage looking and Christmassy, it’ll work.  Be sure that your card is A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and has no lumpy, bumpy embellishments more than 1/4″ thick.

Some people create vintage styled cards that are gorgeous.  Unfortunately for me, I am not one of them.  I’m just not comfortable with the style.  But that’s why this is called a “challenge”, so I forged on with it anyway.  None of my Christmas stamp images looked particularly vintage to me, so I browsed through my designer papers, and I found a print of sheet music for a song called “The Christmas Tree”.  I looked back over my Christmas tree stamps, and something about the sketchiness of my blueprint stamps seemed a bit vintage to me.  I decided to try combining the stamp with the designer paper.  Since the stamp image is nearly the size of a card front, I had the thought of stamping the image on the designer paper.  I gave the image some translucent color with colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits, and I sponged the edges of the paper to add to the vintage look.  I added a mat, tilted to give some extra visual interest, attached it to a base of textured cardstock, and ended up with a card that I think is OK.  It doesn’t show well in the photo, but the star was colored with a gold pencil.

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I’m entering this card into the Holiday challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

How will you do vintage?  Share your work with us at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, December 20.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made and give them some blog love, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Christmas Blueprint (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Real Red textured, Mellow Moss (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Very Merry Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Vintage Sepia (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Hampton Arts); sponge

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 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.

We’re getting ready for cooler weather with a challenge theme of “Put Some Extra Layers On”.  This can be depicted either by having a number of layers of cardstock or designer paper on your card, or by using images that show layers in some sort.  Be sure to check out the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team has made!

For my card, I decided to let some designer paper do most of the work for me.  I’ve matted it with a coordinating solid color cardstock, and the card base serves as a mat for the main panel.  The layout comes from the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and join in the fun and creativity!  Link your card at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, December 6.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Red Hot, Moonlit Fog, Poppy Prints designer papers (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Poppy Parade (Stampin’ Up)

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 Gratitude.  There are so many things in our lives for which we can be thankful – so make a card showing your thankfulness, and share it with us!  Keep in mind that cards for our challenges must be A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and must not have any thick embellishments that would prevent the card from being mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.

It’s been a long time since I made a starburst card, so I picked out some designer papers in colors that I felt represented the autumn season and went to work with them.  Since the papers had a lot of blue in them, I chose to stamp a bird in the circle element so I could color it to coordinate with the papers.  The sentiment is from a long-retired stamp set.

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The Paper Players also has a thankfulness theme going on, so I’ve decided to enter my card in their challenge.

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!  Share your card using the linky tool at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, November 15.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love Quotes (Mama Elephant); Simple Sayings II (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory, Blue Bayou (SU); designer papers from Pyrus 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); sponge

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