Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 184 - White Space

You know you love a good White Space challenge ;-)

So here's the sketch

And here is Kim's absolutely stunning example

I think the sentiment says is all!!

If you're new to our white space challenges, all you need to do is keep the decoration in the blacked out areas of the sketch, otherwise anything goes...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Day 183 - Imagine This: Wrinkled

Before I share the challenge, let's see last week's group of fabulous and talented Spotlight Designers

And here are your Weekly Challenge All-Stars

Notes by Nina
Mrs. Miles
Studio Sara
Mark Angel

Nice work, Everyone!!!

So today's challenge is called Imagine This: Wrinkled, because I want you to use the word "wrinkled" to inspire your card. 

My card features some pretty textured cardstock that looks fairly wrinkled to me

I made the the card in my usual Clean & Simple fashion, and you can see that cardstock through some patterned acrylic.

So anything goes for this challenge as long as it's inspired by the word WRINKLED.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 182 - Buttons and Bows

Good Monday Morning, 365ers!

Ready for a simpler challenge??

Here it goes

Include 5 buttons and 5 bows on your card

That's it!

Of course, is it really that simple?

Here's what Annie came up with

Bold and beautiful - and you can't miss those buttons and bows.  Well done, Annie!

So there's your Monday challenge, what will you do with it?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 181 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Here comes your Sunday Sketch

And some gorgeous DT examples



GDT Erin



Stunning work, Ladies!

Back tomorrow with a great week of challenges...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 180 - Challenge Combo

It's been a while since we've had one of these challenges, and it's about time to have another...

It's called a Challenge Combo and here's how it works

Take three 365 Cards challenges, one each from May, June and July and combine them to create your own unique challenge.

Here are the challenges that DoBea picked

May-Day 84-Ruffles
June-Day 118-Sunday Sketch
July-Day 148-Sentiment Background

And here's her card

Absolutely beautiful!!

This challenge is so fun for me because I get to see all the wonderful creations that come out of it.

BTW, if you've been waiting ever so patiently for Tuesday's post to be updated, I'm happy to report that the winners are now posted, and you can check that out HERE.

Back tomorrow with a sketch...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 179 - Boy Meets Girl

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

It's the last day of my vacation (sniff, sniff) and we're heading home.  I'll be able to update Tuesday's post this evening, so be on the lookout for that update!

A big thank you to Sophia for jumping in on today's challenge while Jennifer is away on vacation.  So let's get started.

The challenge is called Boy Meets Girl, and here's why

Use girly papers and make a card for a little boy, or take paper suitable for a little boy and make a card for a girl.  It's that simple.

Let's check out Sophia's card

Love this card - it's fun and sassy!!

Can't wait to see what y'all come up with for this challenge...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Day 178 - Buried Deep

And I'm talking about your stash here -- specifically all those things you have but have never opened before. 

And here's the challenge

Dig into your stash and crack open 2 items that you've never used before.  They can be old or they can be new, but they can't have been used.

Hannah really created a stunner for this one

To me, this is CAS perfection! 

Hannah says that the stickers are ones she bought on clearance long ago, and the rhinestones are from an unopened package that she's had for a while.  I think it's so great when we can dig deep into our stashes and make good use of something we've not ever used before.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Day 177 - Album Inspired

Today's challenge is a lot like an ad inspired challenge, except we're using an album to inspire our cards. 

I asked Kim to pick an album cover for us to use, and this is the one she chose

Such a fun and whimsical choice!  And here's her card

Gorgeous card - the buttons make for the perfect balloons!

So in the past there's been some confusion about whether you use the image we provide or your own.  In this case, we'd like you to use the one we provide.  So take the image of the album cover above and use it to inspire your beautiful creations...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 176 - Water and Sand

Here are our winners from last week

Congrats to


You've won the Graphic 45 goodies from Gloria

Please contact me HERE to claim your prize

Here are our Spotlight Designers

And we've got a large group of Weekly Challenge All-Stars

Mark A.
Lauren B.
Yvonne G.
Studio Sara

Great work, Everyone!!

The challenge for today is to use watercolor paints on your card, and to use a sanding technique -- "water and sand".

I get to share a card with you today, and here it is

I added watercolors to make a faux pom pom trim, and I sanded the background cardstock.

Don't have watercolors?  Any paint will do - just give this challenge a try...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Day 175 - Mixed Drinks

So I had this crazy idea for a challenge that would take a mixed drink of sorts and challenge you to use it to inspire your cards.  In this case I've chosen Strawberry Lemonade -- yummy, refreshing and perfect on a hot sunny day.

Here is what Annie created


And don't feel that you have to include a beverage on your card (unless you want to), just let your creativity flow when you think of strawberry lemonade.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day 174 - Super Sketchy Sunday

It's Sunday, which means it's time for a new week of challenges.  Let's kick off this week with a sketch

And some wonderful DT cards



GDT Erin


Beautiful cards!

I'll meet you back here tomorrow for a new challenge...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Day 173 - Vintage Plus Yellow

Last day of this super fun vintage themed week!

And today's color is YELLOW.

Here's DoBea's example

That is some gorgeous background paper and a lovely image!

So get those vintage cards put together.  You have until Monday night to get them linked up for up to 7 chances to win that prize.

And a great big THANK YOU to former 365 DTer Gloria Stengel for joining in with us this week and sponsoring us.  We miss you, Gloria, and we're so glad to could hang out with us for a while :-)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Day 172 - Vintage Plus Green

Well this has been a great with such wonderful cards already linked up!

I've enjoyed looking at all the DT examples with the variety of approached on the vintage theme.  They've done a wonderful job demonstrating the many different ways you can do vintage.

Here's Jennifer's oh-so gorgeous in green card

It's got a nice CAS feel to it, and yet definitely vintage is there, too!

One more day of this week of challenges to go...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Day 171 - Vintage Plus Pink

Today's "Vintage Plus ..." color is PINK, my favorite color - so I can't wait to see the cards that pop up for this one!

Hannah's card is a stunning example

Ahhh, pure vintage loveliness!

I think pink is such a great color for this style, how about you?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Day 170 - Vintage Plus Blue

Another day, another vintage card plus a dominant color.

And today's color is BLUE

Here's Kim's card

Gorgeous card, Kim!!

Do you want some Graphic 45 goodies?  All you have to do is play along at least once this week, and you'll be entered for a chance to win...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day 169 - Vintage Plus Black

Welcome to another day of vintage plus a dominant color!

But first, let's take a look at last week's Spotlight Designers

Gorgeous work!!

And a big high five to Mark A. and Granny G. for completing every challenge last week - they are our Weekly Challenge All-Stars.

Today I get to share another card with you, and the dominant color is black.

As you can see, I had some G45 stuff in my stash that I included in my card.

For those of you who are like me, and vintage is not your go-to style, you might find (like I did!) it is do-able and kind of fun to try something different.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Day 168 - Vintage Plus Red

All week long we'll have vintage-themed challenges, which means we want to see cards with a vintage feel.  But of course we need to be more specific each day, so that's where some color comes in.  Each day you need to make the color listed in the title the dominant color on your card. 

Today's color is red, and here is Annie's example

Well done, Annie - this card is absolutely beautiful in its simplicity!

Don't panic if vintage isn't really your thing.  Do the best you can with what you have to create a card with a vintage feel.

Back tomorrow with more vintage and a new dominant color...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day 167 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Well we've got a fun week for you coming up, so let's get started with today's sketch...

And the Design Team cards




Guest DT Erin

And a card from today's extra special sponsor

Gloria Stengel

Not only is she a super talented card maker, but she's also a former designer for 365 Cards!

Gloria has sponsored a prize full of Graphic 45 goodies for one lucky winner, and all you have to do is play along at least one time this week.

Also, Gloria has plans to give away another prize on her blog, so pop over there to get all the details!
And come on back every day this week as we celebrate all things vintage...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Day 166 - 30 Minutes or Less

What if you had a maximum of 30 minutes to complete your card, what might you come up with?  Well, if you take this challenge on then you'll find out!


I'd like to welcome back DoBea who managed her card in 28 minutes

And it's gorgeous - fast and fabulous!!

Try not to overthink, just dip into your stash and see what you can make in 30 minutes or less...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Day 165 - Team Colors

This one is a color scheme challenge, but it's designed by you!

Are you a sports fanatic?  If so, use your fave team's colors as your color scheme?  Not so much a fan of sports?  No problem, because there is likely someone in your life who has a favorite team, so use those to inspire your card.

Jennifer says she's a Packers fan, can ya tell?

And it's festive, too!  This is how I'd like to celebrate my team's big win :-)

So show your true colors and support your team all over your card...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Day 164 - In the Garden

So I don't technically have a garden, but I do have several pots filled with herbs, and I started thinking about how beautiful it is to have something I've grown myself to enjoy every day.  And that's where this challenge came from...

Use your garden to inspire your card.  Don't have a garden?  Is there one that you just love or remember from your childhood?  The important thing is that there is a garden somewhere that has inspired the design on your card.

Hannah's is really cool, check it out

Hannah's got great memories of growing chili peppers in her backyard - sounds great to me!

Now let's hear all about your garden...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Day 163 - Setting the Scene

These are fun challenges - well, at least for me when it comes to seeing what you all create for them!

This challenge is to "set the scene", specifically an underwater scene.

And as always, Kim did an amazing job creating her card

Gorgeous colors on this card, wow!  And it is definitely an underwater scene :)

With all the possibilities under the sea, what kind of scene will you create?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Day 162 - At Odds

Before we get started with today's challenge, let's take a look at last week's Spotlight Designers

Really wonderful cards in the gallery!!

And let's not forget those designers who completed every challenge from Sunday to Saturday.  Well done to our Weekly Challenge All-Stars

Granny Goodwitch
Mark Angel

Did I miss someone?  Don't hesitate to let me know!

And now for today's challenge.

It's called "At Odds" because the goal is to place an odd number of decorations (including the sentiment) on your card.

I must say this was a challenge for me, so I kept it simple. 

I've got my cupcake, the scalloped trim and the sentiment.  It seems everytime I wanted to add something, I realized I'd have to add something else to make it an odd number.

Remember, each embellishment counts towards the total, no matter how small, so you need to keep it "at odds"...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Day 161 - My Beautiful Balloon

Today's challenge is to create a balloon on your card - but not just any balloon...

Create at least one balloon on your card using an item or object that wasn't originally intended to be a balloon. 

Here's Annie's example to give you an idea of what I'm talking about

These really are beautiful balloons, and a gorgeous card!

Take a peek at your embellies and see if you have something that can be used to create a balloon...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Day 160 - Super Sketchy Sunday

It's Sunday again, and that means we have a sketch for you.  We've also got a brand new fabulous Guest Designer, so let's get started....

And here are the Design Team examples





Guest Designer Erin T.

Wow, I love all these interpretations of the sketch - so creative!!

And a big welcome to our Guest Designer this month, Erin T.! You will get to see her CAS style every Sunday this month.  And if you want to see more of her cards, pop over to her blog HERE.

More challenges coming right up tomorrow...