Just a quick post on Christmas Eve to wish everyone out there a joyous holiday season – whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, or you’ve already celebrated Hanukkah.

Today’s card features this week’s Dynamic Duos colors of black and cherry red.  I will admit I’ve used this layout several times in the past; it’s one of the first several OWH Stars & Stamps sketch challenge layouts.

Thanks for stopping by today!  As the sentiment inside the card reads, “Warm holiday wishes to you and yours!”

Edited to add:  Thank you to Cindy B. of the Dynamic Duos Design Team for choosing my card as a Dynamic Runner Up for the week!


Stamps: Cozy Friends (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler (SU); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Snowflakes embossing folder (Sizzix)

If you’re like me, you’ve been seeing a lot of Christmasy and wintry creations online lately, or even still finishing up some of those projects yourself!  Today I felt the need for a little visual break from it.  I figured if people do “Christmas in July”, why not do something summery in December?

The current CAS(E) this Sketch and Dynamic Duos challenges easily lent themselves to my way of thinking.  Since I had the supplies out, I went ahead and made two very similar cards.  The first one follows the sketch challenge more closely than the second one. The designer paper is some old stuff I bought back when I did more scrapbooking than cardmaking – I would guess that it’s close to 10 years old. Yes, really. One of the sand dollars on each card is popped up with dimensional adhesive.



At the risk of sounding presumptuous, maybe you could even call this post a mini vacation for the eyes.  😉

I’m going to be sending both of these cards off to Operation Write Home.  Although I suppose these cards really could be gender neutral, I’m going to link them to the December OWH/Our Daily Bread Designs challenge for masculine cards.

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

Stamps: Stipple Shells (Stampin’ Up); Year Round Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Kraft, Naturals White, Naturals Ivory (SU); designer paper (Creative Memories)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  Since it’s the third Monday of the month, it’s time for another challenge at Cards in Envy.  Our theme for the next few weeks is “Icy Hot”.  Show us your A2 size cards that feature either something icy cold, or something very hot.  Remember to keep your cards less than 1/4″ thick – after all, the “in envy” part of our challenge name means that the cards should fit in an envelope and be mailable at the standard first class postage rate.

I ended up putting my own spin on the challenge theme and featured things that are both hot and cold.  I’d seen a few “melted snowman” cards at Splitcoaststampers.com and decided to make one of my own.  The current challenge over at Seize the Sketch helped spark this idea, too, because the banner element of the sketch reminded me of cartoonish sunshine images.  I cut the snowman puddle shape freehand and added some various stamped and/or punched snowman parts – eyes, buttons, carrot nose, arms, and a heart to tie in with the sentiment.  The scarf is a scrap of ribbon I had left over from my last CAS – Colours and Sketches card; the photo probably doesn’t show that I snipped into the ends of the ribbon with scissors to resemble the fringe on the ends of a scarf.  I debated adding a hat, too, but thought the card would look too crowded.  The sentiment makes this fit in as as love-themed card for Operation Write Home.


What will you choose – icy, hot, or something combining the two? Share your work with us at the Cards in Envy site by 6:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, January 5, 2014.  (Because of the holiday season, there’s an extra week to participate!) 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!

Stamps: Here’s the Scoop (Lawn Fawn); Snowman (Basic Grey)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Basic Black, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, River Rock (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Real Red (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Grass border die (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Dahlia and standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); River Rock ribbon (SU); 1/4″ hole punch

Hello!  Today brings us another sketch challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  This one has some block shapes that can be interpreted in a number of fun ways!  You’ll have to check out the CAS – Colours and Sketches site to see what the rest of the design team has done with it!

I stretched the sketch out to a rectangular format.  I envisioned the blocks as gift boxes, so I decided to make them birthday presents.  Some of Stampin’ Ups older In Colors are working together for the color scheme. I haven’t used much ribbon on my cards lately, so it was fun to work with some again.  Because the ribbon bow turned out a bit thick and lumpy, I will probably keep this card in my personal stash instead of donating it to Operation Write Home.

What will you do with this sketch?  We’d love to see!  Link your creation to the CAS – Colours and Sketches site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 18.

Please note that this is our last CAS – Colours and Sketches challenge of 2013.  We’ll be back again in January!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Birthday Whimsy
Cardstock: River Rock, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Blue Bayou
Other: River Rock ribbon, dimensionals

Here’s a quick card I put together, combining the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! with the colors from Dynamic Duos and the theme from the OWH Stars & Stamps Midweek Throwdown.  This is almost a one-layer card.  The sentiment is stamped directly on the card base, but the floral stamping is on a separate panel. The lighter shades of ink were created by stamping off onto a scrap piece of paper. I added a bit of sponging around the edge of the triangular panel to help set it off visually from the card base.

This card will be sent to Operation Write Home.  Hopefully one of our military heroes stationed overseas will enjoy sending it home to someone he or she loves.

Thanks for stopping by today!  As always, comments are welcome and appreciated!

Stamps: Wild Rose, Three Little Words (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Primrose Petals, Gumball Green (SU)
Other: sponge

Today’s card is just a relatively quick and easy one I made to combine the Splitcoaststampers.com Clean and Simple challenge from last Monday with the current OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge.  These two challenges meshed together easily – the CAS challenge was to use the colors red and white, and the OWH MWT challenge was to create a valentine.  I’ve used this card layout before, but I changed the colors and sentiment this time.

I like the neutrality of this card.  It could be sent to a man, woman, or child of any age, which makes it seem especially suitable for Operation Write Home!

Stamps: Belinda’s Borders, My Silly Valentine, Winter Owl (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Real Red (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  If you’ve been playing along with 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown all year long, you should have a nice supply of Christmas cards that are ready to be signed, put in envelopes and mailed now that it’s December.  Or, if you’re like me, you’ve already sent them to a charitable organization of your choice so that others may use them.  Either way, those cards are going to be spreading cheer very soon!

Since December tends to be a busy month for most people, at 52{C}CT we’ve decided to have just one challenge this month – but it will last for two weeks!  So you have until 1:00 p.m. eastern time Friday, December 20 to link a card that uses any of our challenges from 2013.  You’re welcome to choose one of our color challenges, sketch challenges, theme or recipe challenges, or embellishment challenges – or, you can even combine two or more of our challenges!  You can find the challenge ideas on the 52{C}CT site.

I’ve decided to use the July 2013 sketch (turned on its side) with the October 2013 “no red or green” color scheme.  I’ve had these cute little birdies for a while and finally got a good chance to use them.  There are three birds in the stamp set; one of them is peeking out from inside the card.  For the two on the outside of the card, I stamped them on the image panel as well as on a scrap piece of white cardstock.  I colored the ones on the white cardstock and fussy cut them out – well, except for the legs, because that would have been too fussy, LOL!  Then I glued the colored birds over top of the ones stamped directly on the panel.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has made, and leave some love for them on their blogs, too!  Then share your own card with us!  We’re looking forward to seeing what you create!

Stamps: Winter Sparrows, Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); “Jack Frost” designer paper from Blitzen collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); sponge

Hello!  It’s time for our first challenge of December at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  We have a color challenge for you this time:  Gumball Green, Crushed Curry, and Real Red.  Although we use Stampin’ Up color names for reference, you’re welcome to use whatever brand products you have that are close to those colors.

I have to admit that the first thing I thought of when I saw the colors was “traffic light”.  Yes, really!  I toyed with the idea of making something with a traffic light design, but I wasn’t coming up with a good sentiment to put with it, so I figured I’d better scrap that thought and go on to something else.  As I fill up a box of cards for Operation Write Home, I keep a tally of the different card themes in it, and I noticed that I’m low on birthday cards for my current box.  So I decided to make a birthday card.  I checked out the current Seize the Sketch challenge and it fit perfectly into the clean and simple style necessary for the CAS – Colours and Sketches challenge.  Then I just needed to figure out what to do to put the colors into the sketch.  I finally chose to use a set of my Nestabilities dies that I’ve been neglecting lately, and I created a flower with them.  I added that to a card base, stamped the sentiment, and ended up with a very simple one-layer card (well, not counting the layers of the flower!).  I wanted the flower center to have some visual texture, so I lightly “stamped” my Gumball Green ink cube on it.  In retrospect, I probably should have added some leaves to the flower… oh well.

Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then we’d love it if you join in our challenge by making a clean and simple styled card of your own using these colors.  Share your work with us at the CAS – Colours and Sketches site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 11.  We’d love to see what you make!

Stamps: Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Real Red, Crushed Curry, Gumball Green (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Gumball Green (SU)
Other: Dahlia Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

This week’s color combo at Dynamic Duos was to pair Midnight Muse with a color of my own choosing.  I’ve been meaning to make some more AnyHero cards for Operation Write Home, so I chose a deep red to go along with the dark blue, and added white and another neutral, for a different take on the patriotic red, white and blue.  The layout for this card is from this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge; I’ve added a banner so the sentiment would show off against the card base.

Now I just need to write a note in it, thanking one of our service members for the work he or she is doing to help make our world a better place.

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

Stamps: Patriotic Cocoa (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, Sahara Sand textured (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Midnight Muse (SU)
Other: Stars die, Stars Scallop die (SNSS)

Hello!  How did it get to be December already?  Boy, the year has flown!

Since it’s the first Monday of the month, Cards in Envy is presenting a new challenge today:  “Tag, You’re It!”  Use a tag on your A2 sized card, remembering to keep the card flat enough to fit into a standard A2 envelope.  You can use a large tag or a small tag, a stamped tag or a die cut tag, so long as your card meets our challenge requirements.

Last week as I was going over my list of cards I needed to make for design team assignments, my older son reminded me that I also needed to make a card for my younger son’s birthday.  Until he mentioned it, it hadn’t dawned on me how quickly that December 1 birthday was approaching!  So my card for this challenge became my son’s birthday card.  He has liked penguins ever since he studied them in first grade, and he has commented before on how he likes one particular penguin stamp I have.  So it seemed like a no-brainer to use that stamp on his card.  The papers from Basic Grey’s Oh Baby! Boy collection work well for boys of most ages, so I’ve used a few of them here.  (One of them even shares my son’s name!)  Once again, I’ve used white cardstock covered with shimmery white paint to replicate snow.  I went through the OWH Stars & Stamps sketch archives looking for a sketch with a large rectangular panel that could be turned into a tag.  I hadn’t yet used sketch #17, so I decided to give it a try.  However, it looked better to use the mirror image of the sketch so the penguin wouldn’t seem to be looking off the edge of the card.

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 tagged creation(s) with us by 7:00 p.m. eastern time Sunday, December 15. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Stamps: Critters in the Snow, A Birdie Told Me, Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Gray (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); “Matthew”, “Isaac”, and “Larkspur” designer papers from Oh Baby! Boy collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Frost White shimmer paint (SU); markers (Copic); grosgrain ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon); mini star brad (The Paper Studio)

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