Hello again!  It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This one is based off a card I made a couple of months ago.

I’ve been trying to get some cards made for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up pretty soon, I need to make some cards for those occasions.  I thought I’d be able to tie that in with the current challenge at Addicted to CAS, where the challenge code word is “seaside”.  My first thought was to use my seashell stamps that I haven’t used for a long time.  Then I remembered this starfish image.  It fit perfectly in this rectangular scrap of watery-print designer paper.  So I built the card around that.  A strip of blue cardstock that I trimmed off from the mat for the image panel was just the right size to mat the sentiment panel.


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I’m really looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants at CC&S create this week!  Be sure to link your card at the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 3.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Picture Perfect (Stampin’ Up); sentiment from Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Marina Mist (SU); designer paper (source unknown)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)

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.

CIE 06-06-2016

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!

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!  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!

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)

Hello!  We have a fifth Saturday this month, which means that at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown it’s “Pick a Previous” week!  This week, we’d like you to pick one of our previous sketch challenges from the archives and use that to inspire your Christmas or winter-themed card.

I went back a few years and chose the sketch from May 2012.  It’s been a while since I’ve created a card with this many panels and mats and such, so that was a fun twist for me.  I used a stamp from one of my newest stamp sets for the focal panel and chose my color scheme from the strip of tree print paper.  The horizontal strip is green cardstock stamped in chocolate brown with a random “scratchy” print stamp that I felt coordinated well with the sketchy look of the tree image.  The sentiment stamp I used is actually a long narrow stamp, with the words next to each other, but it was a bit too long to fit nicely in the space I had available.  So I stamped each word separately, centering “Merry” over “Christmas”.  I have to admit I’m pretty pleased with the completed card.

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Which sketch will you pick?  There are over 30 from which to choose, so have fun deciding!  Then be sure to share your card with us at the 52{C}CT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, February 6.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Mini Blueprints (Tim Holtz); Sanded (Stampin’ Up); sentiment stamp (Purple Onion Designs)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Naturals Ivory (SU); designer paper from Nordic Holiday 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  The first challenge of the month is always a color challenge, but during the month of December, we’re doing something a little different.  This week, we’d like for our challenge participants to choose any of our previous color challenge combinations and use it to make a Christmas card.

I’ve gone back to Challenge #45 for my color combo – Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, and Soft Sky.  I have to admit that I wasn’t really thrilled with the card I made when the challenge was introduced, so I was hoping to kind of redeem myself this time.  LOL  I’ve used all three colors with two different stamp sets to create a scene.  I embossed a panel of gray cardstock and used cherry cardstock to mat it and the scenic panel.  Both panels were mounted to a sky card base, and the sentiment was stamped with cherry ink.


Which of our approximately 50 color combinations will you use?  You can check all of them out on the CAS – Colours and Sketches blog using the Color Challenges Archive tab.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Then link your card to the challenge site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 10.  We’d love to see what you come up with!  🙂  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Scenic Season (Stampin’ Up); sentiment stamp from Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky (SU)
Other: Snowflakes embossing folder (Darice); sponge

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 enamel dots.

I’ve combined a couple of other challenges in with this one.  The layout for this card is the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I also tied in tomorrow’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge requirements – but since that challenge hasn’t gone live yet, I can’t give any details on that!  Heh heh heh.  I’ve used one of my favorite little penguin images – oh what am I saying, I love all my little penguin images.  🙂  I did add a bit to the sketch by working in my enamel dots and by using a die-cut snowflake to mat the penguin.  The sentiment is from an older sentiment set by Purple Onion Designs.  I looked on their website to try to get the name of the set, but I couldn’t find it, so I’m guessing it’s been retired.

52CCT 10-25-2014

How will you use your enamel dots?  We’d love to see!  Link your card at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, October 31.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team members’ cards for more inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn); Kissmas & Mistletoe (Unity Stamp Company); sentiment stamp from Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Craft White (SU)
Other: Festive Flurries die, enamel dots (SU); markers (Copic); standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Hello! Welcome to Operation Write Home’s Virtual Cardmaking Party! If you came here looking for the Celebrate Summer Blog Hop, I hope you’ll allow yourself the chance to get sidetracked and consider helping Operation Write Home 🙂 but otherwise, you’ll want to click here –>  Celebrate Summer
If you’re here for OWH and feel like taking a little break from your cardmaking, you are welcome to check out all the creative fabulousness on the blog hop! (Don’t worry, by OWH standards this is a short hop, with less than 30 participating blogs.)


If you’ve ever been intimidated by challenges in the past, I’m here today to show you that challenges can be as Easy As 1, 2, 3.  My challenge for you is to create a card (which I hope you’ll send to Operation Write Home!) with the following elements:

1 piece of designer paper
2 different images (any combination of rubber stamps, digital images, or die cuts is OK, but you can’t use more than two distinct images)
3 or more words in the sentiment, which must be shown on the card front (the sentiment does NOT count as one of the two images)

The theme of the card, layout, and color scheme are all up to you.  You’re welcome to include any embellishments you wish EXCEPT glitter, because glitter can flake off and be detected on night vision goggles, creating a hazard for our troops.  Really lumpy, bumpy embellishments aren’t a good idea either because they can get caught in postal service machinery and make a card undeliverable.  If you have any questions about OWH’s requirements, deadlines, and/or shipping info, please click here –>  link to lots of very helpful information! If you have any questions about my challenge, please leave a comment on this blog post, and I’ll reply to you ASAP.

In the right sidebar you’ll see an announcement for OWH’s Beat the Heat card drive – to create a shipment that’s half cards for fall and winter holidays, and half general occasion cards.  I had that in mind as I was making my sample cards for this challenge. I also kept my cards pretty simple to go along with the “easy” part of my challenge.

First is a Halloween card.  I went digging way back in the OWH sketch challenge archives for the layout for this one.  This is sketch challenge 12.  I added a couple layers behind the designer paper, to mimic the mats around the focal panel.

I can only imagine how difficult it must be for our heroes serving overseas to leave their families, especially their children.  So in my packages for OWH I always like to include cards that can be sent home to kids.  My second card is a birthday card that I hope is neutral enough for either a boy or a girl.  I used one of my favorite OWH sketches, #43, for this one.  The sentiment reads, “Hope you have a monstrously cool birthday!”  I was sooooo tempted to add birthday hats to the monsters, but that would have messed up the two image requirement for the challenge.

So, now it’s up to you!  Let me see your cards using one designer paper, two images, and a sentiment with 3 or more words!  Mr. Linky should be visible at the bottom of this post, underneath my supplies list, so you can share your work.  You’ll be able to link your creations over the next month, but keep in mind that OWH is awarding prizes to random participants who link their cards by 11:59 pm Pacific time Monday, July 5.

Supplies for the Halloween card:
Stamps: Halloween Set (Purple Onion Designs)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Naturals White (Stampin’ Up); Pome designer paper from Ambrosia 6″ x 6″ pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Supplies for the birthday monster card:
Stamps: Little Monsters (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Green Galore (Stampin’ Up); Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Telegraph Hill designer paper from Phoebe 6″ x 6″ pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Thanks for visiting my blog today! 🙂

It’s time for another Paper Therapy Design Team challenge!  We have a pretty easy, timely challenge for the next two weeks.  Since Father’s Day is just 9 days away, we’d like for you to share a Father’s Day project you’ve made.  It can be a card, a scrapbooking layout, a mini album, whatever – so long as it has a Father’s Day theme, it’s good.  Just be sure to share it at Paper Therapy by Wednesday, June 22.

I decided to use the June Sketch For You To Try sketch for my card’s layout.  I kept the color scheme nearly monochromatic with several Basic Grey designer papers and Stampin’ Up cardstock. I thought the scene would look too “busy” if I colored it.  The sentiment has a kind of scratchy, sketchy look to it that I think coordinates well with the sketchy scene image. I also didn’t fuss with any embellishments, keeping the card as simple as possible while retaining the sketch elements.  I’m pleased with how it turned out.

Stamps: Seaside Sketches (Stampin’ Up); Father’s Day sentiment (Purple Onion Designs)
Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Early Espresso (SU); “Quince”, “Entice” and “Rind” from Ambrosia 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Here’s the original sketch:

Saturday my husband asked me if I could make a card for him to send a former coworker of his, who is getting married soon.  I assured him I could.  To try to get some idea to work from, I asked my husband what the wedding invitation looked like.  He said, “Um, I threw it away already.  But it was red and gold.  And they won’t care what it looks like.” 

So I kept that in the back of my mind and searched through the gallery at Splitcoaststampers for some inspiration.  Ta-da.  I try not to blatantly “CASE” other people, but this card seemed to be just what I was looking for and my husband said it looked nice.  I changed it up a bit by adding a narrow layer of gold cardstock between the white and red layers, and using a gold pen to highlight the centers of the embossed flowers.  I gave the largest butterfly some dimension by slightly bending up the wings and gluing down only the center of its body. 

It was a quick and easy card to make.  And anyone who’s been reading my blog for a while knows that I loved the chance to do something with butterflies!  🙂


Stamps: Americratika congratulations (Purple Onion Designs)
Cardstock: Real Red, Brushed Gold, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Real Red (SU)
Other: Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Beautiful Wings die (SU); gold Painty pen (Zig)

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