Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day 153 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Here we go with another sketch!





Wonderful mix of cards, Ladies!!  I love the variety and the really creative takes on the sketch.

More challenges coming at you tomorrow...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Day 152 - Saturday Background

Ready for our last background challenge for the week?

This one requires you to add paint to the background.  You can do this any way you want and in any amount.

And up today with her take on the challenge is Manoli, stepping in for DoBea

Absolutely stunning!!

And here's a peek at how Manoli added the paint to her card

Very creative and it really works with the overall look of the card.

So go ahead and add paint in any manner to your background and decorate the foreground any way you want...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Day 151 - Friday Background

Today's challenge is all about creating layers in your background.

Specifically, you need to have a minimum of 3 layers on your card, and exactly how you do this is up to you.

Here is Jennifer's take on the challenge

Gorgeous - love the color scheme.

And how about that butterfly from Floppy Latte Designs?  Beautiful!

Back tomorrow with one last background challenge for this week...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 150 - Thursday Background

Here is today's background challenge

Create a background for your card using wet and/or dry embossing

And today Wendi is jumping in on this one with her take on the challenge

Beautiful butterflies all over this card!

And here's a close-up of the dry embossing

Back tomorrow with another background challenge...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day 149 - Wednesday Background Challenge

Good Morning and welcome back for another background challenge!

Today Kim is up with her take on this challenge

Divide the background into 4 parts - 2/4 must be solid color and 2/4 must have a pattern.  The colors and patterns to not have to be the same on each part. 

And here's Kim's card

This is absolutely stunning!!

So it sounds complicated and seems that you have to be great at fractions when you first read the challenge.  But as you can see from Kim's example it can be done simply and beautifully.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day 148 - Tuesday Background Challenge

We've got some winners for you...

Congrats to Sammibug!!!!

Please contact me here to claim your prize.

Here are your Spotlight Designers from last week

A big shout out to Yvonne and Mark A. who are not only our Weekly Challenge All-Stars, but also the only two participants who took on last week's Saturday challenge - woot woot!!

And I'm up with a card today while Audrey is on vacation.  The background challenge is to stamp your sentiment (or even just part of the sentiment) all over the background.  You can decorate the foreground anyway you want.

Here's my card

After I stamped that background, I decided I didn't want to cover any of it up since I liked the way it looked when I was done.  So I popped a button right next to the dark bluish green sentiment and called it done.

However, I decided that I wanted that one "thank you" to stand out even more, so I pulled out my glitter pen and traced over the letters to really make them shine.  Here's a close-up that might help you see it better.

And that's the challenge - there's a lot of flexibility on this as long as you stamp some words all over the background...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Day 147 - Monday Background Challenge

So here's what we've got going on this week...

We'll be focusing on backgrounds and I'll post challenges about decorating the background to your cards all week long.

Today, the background challenge is half-and-half; specifically 1/2 polka dots and 1/2 solid background.  However you choose to decorate the rest of the card is up to you.

Here is Annie's take on the challenge

So elegant, especially with that Floppy Latte image - wow!

So the challenge is nice and simple, just fill half the background with polka dots and the other half with solid paper, otherwise anything goes...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Day 146 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Here we are again on a Sunday - are you ready to take on another sketch challenge? 

Well let's go...

And some fabulous Design Team examples





GDT Amy L.

And we've got a terrific sponsor this week - thanks to Floppy Latte Digital Designs for providing images and a prize for this week's challenges!

Floppy Latte Digital Designs is a digital stamp and digital paper store with a great variety of digital stamps and digi papers.  From Silhouettes to vintage images, there is something for everyone.  Floppy Latte Digital Designs also accepts special requests for images to be produced!  Please visit us at and view all of the wonderful stamps and papers in our shop!
Thank you!
Floppy Latte of Floppy Latte’s Digital Designs

One lucky winner will receive a $10 GC to the shop!

We've got a fun themed week planned so come back tomorrow for all the details...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 145 - Dress it Up

Today's challenge is to take an image - whether stamped or digi - and dress it up 3 ways.  As for the rest of the card, anything goes.

Today I'm sharing another card with you while DoBea is on vacation.  Perhaps it's just wishful thinking, but here's what I came up with

I took the umbrella from a Digi Darla image and dressed it up with white fringe, a rhinestone at the top, and although it doesn't really show up, I traced the black lines with a glitter pen (trust me, it looks great in person, lol!).

By the way, I have updated Tuesday's post with winners, and you can read all about it here.

We'll be back tomorrow with a sketch and another sponsor...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Day 144 - So Random

Are you the kind of card maker who needs an occasion in order to make a card (I know I generally am!), or do you like to make cards that may not suit any particular event?

If you tend to lean more towards the latter, then this one is for you!

The idea is to create a card that is absolutely random - no particular occasion, no thank yous or birthday cards.  Maybe it's silly or maybe it's serious, but one thing it must absolutely have is a sentiment.

Here is Jennifer's card for the challenge

Love the bold bright colors, and the card along with its sentiment definitely fits the theme of the challenge.

Sometimes it's fun to create without needing to, and this is one of those times to let that creativity loose!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day 143 - Having a Heat Wave

Okay, I'm dreaming a little bit here, because where I live we're not having one at all!

So that's the theme of this challenge....HEAT WAVE!

And, lucky me because I get to share a card with you while Hannah is on vacation

I loved these sunglasses from Digi Darla!

Are you having a heat wave or wish you were?  Either way, let that theme inspire your card.

Note: Watch last Tuesday's post for an update on winners from last week...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day 142 - Imagine This: Earth

Here's a challenge that has all sorts of possibilities.  It's an Imagine This challenge, which gives you the freedom to creative a card based on what that image makes you think of.  You might use colors, words, or the image of the things itself.  In this case, the image is the Earth.

And here's Kim's example

Such a beautiful mix of land and water! 

Whatever you think of when you think of earth, whether it be the land you walk on or the entire planet, let that inspire your card...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Day 141 - Dream Color Combo

We have some winners...

Congrats to

Jenny H.!!!

Please contact me here to claim your prize

And here are your Spotlight Designers, including one of our very own Sketch DT members who participated in our collage challenges.

And here are your Weekly Challenge All-Stars

Mark A.
Granny G.

Well done!  One fabulous collage card (not to mention the sketch challenge) after another.

And now for today's challenge...

Do you have a dream color combo that just always seems to work beautifully on your cards?  Well if so, this is your chance to let those colors shine on this challenge.

Audrey chose green, brown, and blue, and they look oh so fabulous together on her card

And that image is from Darla's Digis - ahhhh, what a blissful thing to relax on the beach with a good book!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 140 - Raised Up

This challenge is all about giving dimension to an image.

Whether stamped or digi raise up two different parts of the image off the page.

Here's a beautifully creative example from Annie

Oh yes, this is excellent!

So take a couple parts of an image and gift them a lift to add wonderful dimension to your card.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Day 139 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Hey 365ers, we've got a sketch and a new sponsor today, so let's get started!






Wow - what's not to love about all of this fabulous takes on the sketch?  No doubt you will find inspiration from one of not all of these cards!!

And on to today's sponsor....

Welcome to Digi Darla and thank you for sharing some wonderful digi images with the team this week!  And she's got a prize for one lucky winner:

3 free digis or a One month membership in my Digital Stamp Club (which will have access to hundreds of digis for download during that month as well as store discount of 70% off).

So play along anytime this week, and you may just be the winner...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 138 - Saturday Collage Card

Here comes the final collage card challenge of the week...

Your collage card for this challenge is to include the following three items/techniques on your card

Tearing - Piercing - Painting

And today I get to play along and share a card

You can see lots of tearing and some piercing around the sentiment.  As for the painting, I pulled out some watercolors to create the background for the sentiment.

You have until Monday at 11:59 PM EST to complete any of the challenges from this past week to be eligible to win the prize for this week. 

And for the Sunday sketch, come on back tomorrow...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Day 137 - Friday Collage Card

We've got three more items for you to add to your collage card for today.

A photograph - A vintage style item - Soft colors

And here is what Jennifer came up with

How adorable is that photo??  Very!

And a beautiful card, too.

One more collage card coming up tomorrow...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 136 - Thursday Collage Card

Here is your Thursday collage trio

Sponging - Scallops - Stitching

And here's Hannah's example

Simply Stunning, Hannah!

By the way, even though some of the items that I'm listing here each day are fairly specific, if you attempt the challenge with whatever you have on hand that is close, it still counts.  The most important thing is that you are inspired by the challenge!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 135 - Wednesday Collage Card

Time for another collage trio...

Today's three required items are

Chipboard, Patterned Paper, and Fringe

And Kim really rocked this one out with some collage stamping to go with

And such beautiful colors!

Are you having fun creating cards this week?  There's so much room for creativity and I can't wait to look at all the cards in the gallery at the end of the week!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 134 - Tuesday Collage Card

We've got some winners for you!

Congrats to Nelle AKA Hobbydraken!!!!

Please contact me HERE to claim your prize.

And here are some fabulous Spotlight Designers

and congrats for a job well done to

Studio Sara


Granny Goodwitch

for completing each and every challenge from last week!!

Today's collage card must include the following three things

Buttons, Rick Rack, and Pearls

And here's Audrey's card for the challenge

Beautiful card!

And now let's see what you can do with these items...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Day 133 - Monday Collage Card

So I had this idea that it would be a lot of fun to create a week of challenges that are based around the idea of a "collage" card.  The concept is wide open to interpretation, but I think of lots of layers, filling up the card with as much decoration as you can - though it doesn't have to be cluttered - and mixing and matching lots of beautiful things.

But of course we can't just call it Collage Card Week, and leave it at that.  Each day I will offer up 3 items/techniques to include on your card - otherwise anything goes.

Today's 3 are Lace, Pins, and Glitter

Here's what Annie came up with for the challenge

Gorgeous - I love the layers of scalloped lace.

Here's a close-up of that beautiful butterfly with its stickpin antennae

Whatever your preferred cardmaking style, give the collage a try and don't forget to add the 3 items listed above!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Day 132 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Ready for a sketch and a new sponsor?

Here we go...





And a great big welcome to our Guest Designer this month, Amy, a.k.a. Redheaded Crafter!

All month long Amy will be sharing her gorgeous cards with us, starting with today's sketch

We're so glad to have her joining us this month, and if you would like to see more of her work, pop over to her blog by clicking on the link above.

This week Rona Mallard from Ippity Stamps is sponsoring a prize for one lucky winner.

Ippity is a line of stamps from Unity Stamp Company only available through 50 Unity endorsed Ippity Chicks.  They are amazing quality deeply etched red rubber stamps that mount on any acrylic block.  Your prize from me is a $15.00 gift certificate (winner does pay shipping unless the order qualifies for free shipping).  All Ippity orders from me include fun freebies of 6x6 papers and handmade fabric flowers!  I would LOVE to be YOUR Ippity chick!!
Click on the blinkie above to check out what Rona has to offer.

And we've got a fun themed week for you, so check back tomorrow for all the details and a card from Annie...