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.

CIE 11-16-2015

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.

CIE 11-2-2015

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

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 getting into a Halloween mood by focusing on a theme of “Trick or Treat”.  Cards for this challenge should be A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) and flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing.  Your card can be scary, cute, or anything in between, so long as it conveys the idea of trick or treating.

I’ve used alphabet stamps to spell out the sentiment for my card.  I didn’t have enough lower case “r”s for the whole phrase “trick or treat”, so I decided to mix upper case and lower case to make the words.  The bunny in the pumpkin and the “boo” quote balloon were both stamped on scrap cardstock.  I used markers to color the bunny image, then fussy cut it and the quote balloon.  They are attached with dimensional adhesive so they kind of float above the stamped sentiment.  The layout for this card comes from the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I’m also entering this card into the Lawnscaping “Too Cute to Spook” challenge.

CIE 10-19-2015

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 trick or treating card with us at the CIE site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, November 1.  We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Jesse’s ABCs, Critters in Costume (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Tangelo Twist (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s challenge introduction day at Cards in Envy!  We are starting to get into a Halloween mood with the theme of “Creepy Crawlies”.  Cards for this challenge should feature any kind of creepy creature that crawls or slithers.  Snakes, spiders, or any sort of bug would all be appropriate.  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 personally am not a fan of crawly creepy stuff, so I wanted to keep my card as friendly-seeming as possible.  My stamp choices were pretty limited, but I pulled out a set of Halloween stamps that I bought a long time ago and used the spider from it.  I stamped the spider image several times, colored them, and then drew in the threads so it looked like they are all dangling.  I spelled out an encouraging sentiment with alphabet stamps, because I’m planning to include this card in my first shipment to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  Finally I matted the panel and attached it to a card base.

CIE 10-5-2015

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 creepy crawly card will you create?  Share your work with us on the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, October 18.  We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Halloween Set (Purple Onion Designs); Jesse’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Basic Gray (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers, multiliner pen (Copic)

Hi there!  Today marks the start of another fun challenge at Cards in Envy:  Colors of Fall.  For the next few weeks, we want to see your cards using fall colors.  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 used several different designer papers to convey the fall color scheme.  The orange leaves and sentiment were die cut from a very subtle polka dot print.  I cut the same shapes in chocolate brown and offset them a bit to add a shadow effect.  The layout for my card is from The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge.

CIE 09-21-2015


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 following our challenge guidelines and share it with us using the linky tool on the Cards in Envy site.  The challenge will close at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, October 4. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Autumn Vine designer series papers (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: none
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle); Stitched Leaves dies (Lawn Fawn)

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’d like you to be inspired by a song.  Choose any song and make a card based upon it.

When my husband and I first started dating and commuting to work together, we used to listen to the oldies station on the radio.  One song that became a favorite of ours was “My Special Angel” by Bobby Helms.  I decided to choose that song for my inspiration for this challenge since this cute little angel stamp was almost begging to be used.  I die cut some fluffy-looking clouds for the angel to stand among.  I stamped the angel on a scrap piece of cardstock, colored him, fussy cut him out, and then attached him to the card.  There’s a bit of Wink of Stella glitter pen on his wings, which was hard to capture with the camera, so that’s why I have two photos of the card here.

CIE 09-06-2015

CIE 09-06-2015 sparkle

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, September 20.  In your blog post, please be sure to let us know which song inspired you.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love from Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Real Red, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hi there! It’s Cards in Envy challenge introduction day! For the next two weeks we have a theme challenge of “Cute & Cuddly”.  Show us your A2 sized cards featuring any cute, cuddly animal.  Remember to keep your cards flat enough to fit in an envelope and be mailed at the first class postage rate.

I’ve loved cats and kittens ever since I was a little girl, so it seemed only natural to have a cat on my card for this challenge.  First I decided to use this week’s sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches (turned on its side) and chose some coordinating designer papers for the various elements of the card.  It was a great way to use up some scraps, and it makes the card eligible for the current challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.  I stamped the cat bed onto one scrap of designer paper, fussy cut it, and attached it to the focal panel.  I stamped the cat twice onto a scrap of grey paper.  I cut one cat out entirely, and cut only the head of the other.  That way I was able to adhere the second head (with a couple cardstock shims behind it) separately to give some dimension to my card.  The circle with the cat was attached with dimensional adhesive.  A coordinating sentiment finished the card.

CIE 08-17-2015

sketch 137

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has done for this challenge, and then go make a card showing off your favorite cute and cuddly animal!  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, September 6.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Furry Friends (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Dusty Durango, Naturals White (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Ambrosia 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); dimensionals (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 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 Birthday Party.  It promises to bring a load of fun party cards!

I’m not sure yet who the eventual recipient of my card will be, so I kept it gender-neutral and suitable for a person of any age.  The layout is taken from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge that closes later today.  The coordinating designer papers in the package made it easy to match the balloons to the colors in the banner element.  To give some dimension to the balloons, I’ve used a shim of scrap cardstock behind the yellow balloon and dimensional adhesive behind the blue one.

CIE 08-03-2015

We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and join in our Birthday Party at Cards in Envy!  Link your card to our challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, August 16.  Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Island Indigo (SU)
Other: Party Balloons and stitched square dies (Lawn Fawn); linen thread, dimensionals (SU)

Cards in Envy - Christmas in July

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Jul 202015

Hello there!  What better way to cool off in the summer heat of mid-July than to think of Christmas?  That’s what the Cards in Envy design team has planned for the next couple of weeks.  Our current challenge theme is “Christmas in July”.

I have a confession to make about my card for this challenge.  It’s the card design that my family sent out to our friends and family last Christmas.  Last week when my sample card was due in to the design team, my family was getting ready to go out of town to visit my husband’s parents, so I knew I had to do something quick and easy.  I always make a few extra Christmas cards “just in case” and then donate any remaining ones to Operation Write Home.  I just happened to have a couple left over, and I looked through both my computer’s database and my blog and realized I never shared the card online.  So I did the quickest and easiest thing possible – I snapped a few photos of one of my leftover cards and chose the best photo to use here.  My card was heavily inspired by this one at Splitcoaststampers.com.  I’ve changed the colors and sentiment, stretched the card into a portrait-oriented rectangle, and used just one little rhinestone as an embellishment.

CIE 07-20-2015

What kind of Christmas card will you create for this challenge?  Just remember that it needs to be A2 sized and it must be flat enough to mail at the standard first class postage rate.  Link it to the Cards in Envy challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, August 2.  We’d love to have you join us!

All supplies for this card except the rhinestone are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Festive Flurry, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Buckaroo Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Buckaroo Blue
Other: rhinestone (Recollections)

Hello there!  It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy!  Our theme for the next two weeks is “Just Beachy”.  Make a card depicting whatever says “beach” to you – an ocean scene, beach balls, starfish, anything that you think of when you think of going to the beach.  Remember, though, that the main requirement for Cards in Envy challenges is that your card must be A2 sized and not have any lumpy, bumpy embellishments that could push it over the first class postage rate.

I’ve used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout for my card.  I paired some watery-looking designer paper with a lightly speckled cardstock that reminds me of sand on the beach.  I stamped various seashells and a sand dollar on scraps of speckled cardstock, fussy cut them, and arranged them on the front of the card.  The largest shell is raised up with cardstock shims to add a little dimension to the card.  A simple sentiment finishes off the card and makes it a suitable addition to the cards I’m compiling to send to Operation Write Home by the end of the month.  The beachy theme also makes this card suitable for the current Paper Players challenge.

CIE 07-06-2015

Be sure to check out the Cards in Envy site for all the challenge details and to see what the rest of the design team has created!  Then create a beachy card of your own and share it with us using the linky tool on the site.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 19 to play along with us!

Edited on July 12, 2015:  Thank you to Joanne of the Paper Players Design Team for choosing this card as “A Cut Above”!  It was a wonderful surprise to start my week!

Supplies:
Stamps: Stipple Shells (Stampin’ Up); Year Round Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Naturals White (SU); designer paper (source unknown – I’ve had this stuff for years!)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)

Hello!  Here in the United States, Flag Day was yesterday, and the Fourth of July is coming up soon, so at Cards in Envy we’re getting into the spirit with a Red, White, AND Blue color challenge.  Cards made for this challenge don’t need to be of a patriotic theme, but they do have to feature those three colors.

I will admit that my brain wasn’t in one of its most creative modes when I was figuring out what to make for this challenge.  So I tweaked the basic idea of a card I’d made last year and went with that.  It’s a quick and easy design with some bold, eye-catching blocks of color.  The sentiment makes this a great any occasion card to include in the box I’m filling for Operation Write Home.

CIE 06-15-2015

Because we have a fifth Monday in June, this challenge will run for three weeks, closing on Sunday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.  We’d love to have you join us!  Just remember that cards for all of our CIE challenges need to be A2 sized and flat enough to mail in an envelope at the standard first class postage rate.

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Real Red, Pacific Point (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: none
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle); Bracket Edge die (My Favorite Things)

Hello there, and welcome!  Today marks the beginning of a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  We’re following up our “Hey Dude!” challenge with “Girls, Girls, Girls”.  Cards for this challenge should be A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and be thin enough to be mailed at the standard postage rate – and be suitable to send to a girl of any age.

Even though Operation Write Home will stop accepting cards after August 1, 2015, I’m still working on filling up a box to send them in July.  So I decided to make a “miss you” themed card that one of our military men or women could send home to their daughter.  I think this little girl image is really cute.  When she’s colored with dark hair, she reminds me of Boo from the movie “Monsters, Inc.”  OK, so the eyes are really different, but the hair style is exactly the same.  I used the current Splitcoaststampers.com sketch challenge for layout inspiration, turning the sketch on its side to give me more space for the sentiment.  It felt good to use up a few scraps of some of my oldest Basic Grey papers for the banners.

CIE 06-01-2015

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 girly creation(s) with us by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, June 14. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: In My Heart (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); scraps from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched circle 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.  For the next two weeks, we’re focusing on creating cards for the guys in our lives.  Your card can be for a young boy, a young adult, or an older gentleman – so long as it’s A2 sized, doesn’t have lumpy, bumpy embellishments, and can be mailed at the regular first class postage rate.

I have to confess that I wasn’t feeling very creative when I was trying to make my sample card for this challenge, so I decided to browse through the sketch library on the OWH Stars & Stamps blog.  I found an older one that looked like it would work well with designer papers.  So I chose it and let the designer papers do most of the creative work for me.  Once I chose the papers, it was pretty simple to put it all together.  The dew drop embellishments are a little thicker than what I normally use on cards, but because they are less than 1/4″ thick they still fit the CIE challenge requirements.

CIE 05-18-2015

We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and share your masculine card with us at Cards in Envy!  Link your card to our challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 31.  Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Marjolaine 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: corner rounder punch (EK Success); dew drops (Robin’s Nest)

Hello, and happy Monday!  It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next couple of weeks, we have a challenge theme of “When Nature Calls”.  Your card should feature something found in nature.  Remember to make it A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) and thin enough to fit in an envelope.

I pulled out a lot of retired supplies for my card – the stamps, the multicolored ink pad, and the red and mustard cardstocks.  I made the focal panel by liberally spritzing water onto a piece of natural cardstock, inking up the leaf stamps with the multicolored ink pad, and stamping onto the wet cardstock, which caused the dye ink to run and blur.  After the cardstock dried, I stamped the leaves again, providing the detailed veining in them.  The layout of my card is OWH Stars & Stamps sketch #253.  I’m also going to enter this card into the current Retro Rubber “Anything Goes” challenge.

CIE 05-04-2015

sketch 253

Now it’s your turn!  Show us your own card depicting something found in nature by linking it to the Cards in Envy challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 17.  We’d love to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by today.

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Autumn, Always On My Mind
Cardstock: Ruby Red, More Mustard, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Pumpkin Patch Spectrum pad
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

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 – “Pretty in Pink”.

I wanted to use the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! for the layout of my card.  The vase of flowers in the inspiration photo at Addicted to Stamps and More nudged me in the direction of using pink flowers on my card, and the creamy white table and chairs inspired me to choose ivory for my card base.  I looked through my stamp sets to figure out which one to use, and found this one that I hadn’t used for a long time.  I thought it might work well with some of my stash of Prima flowers, so I went through them and found these that were just the right size, with the bonus of the darker ones matching the dark pink cardstock perfectly.  The rediscovered stamp set and flowers tie into the current Shopping Our Stash challenge.  The current challenge at Retro Rubber is to use brads, so I looked through my horde of brads and found these little green ones that would work as the centers of the flowers.  So I was able to combine all the challenges together and came up with this:

CIE 04-20-2015

RRBC12

Now that I’ve completed my card for this challenge, I have the Psychedelic Furs song “Pretty in Pink” running through my head, and I’m tempted to see if I can find the Molly Ringwald movie on Netflix.  Ah, the 1980s.  Good times!  :)

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, May 3.  You can make your card  for any occasion or theme you like, so long as the dominant color is pink, it’s A2 sized, and that there are no lumpy, bumpy embellishments that would prevent the card from being mailed at the first class postage rate.  We’d love to have you play along with us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Edited on April 24, 2015:  Thank you to the Addicted to Stamps and More team for naming me as an Honourable Addict for their challenge!  What a sweet surprise!

Edited on April 26, 2015:  Thank you also to the Retro Rubber Mod Squad for selecting my card as one of their Fab Five!  What a happy way for my week to start!

Supplies:
Stamps: Artfully Asian, Three Little Words (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Pink Passion, Pink Pirouette (SU)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Pink Passion (SU)
Other: marker (Copic); flowers (Prima); brads (Recollections)

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