Monday, December 31, 2012

Day 306 - All About Argyle

Tomorrow you'll see the first of some fun changes coming your way here at 365 Cards.  For now let's get to another challenge...
 
Here is Eesha's take on a card featuring an ARGYLE pattern

 
I love that super artsy and creative background.
 
Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve!!!
The pattern is a stamp from DRS Designs.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 305 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Today we've got a sketch and a sponsor.
 
Here is the sketch


And the Design Team cards
 
ANNIE

 
ERIN

 
JANICE

 
JENNY

 
ROSE

 
WENDI

 
All of these wonderful cards feature stamps from this week's sponsor
 
 
DRS Designs - a family owned company since 1950 - boasts hundreds of original rubber
stamp designs. All images are available fully mounted, completely unmounted or mounted
on cling cushion and are proudly hand crafted in the USA. Our rubber stamp collection
includes a wide assortment of images including sentiments for all occasions, easy
background designs and fun technique stamps such as our stained glass and plaid designs.
The DRS Designs website features a huge card sample gallery, online demos and tips, a
secure shopping area and more. Be sure to visit our daily blog with posts from our fantastic
design team for inspiration and ideas.
 
And the winner, drawn at random, will receive
 

 
The new year is just one more day away.  We've got some new changes coming, plus a fresh look, so keep hanging out with us so that you can be among the first to particpate in all the fun!
 
 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Day 304 - Tuck it in Your Pocket

Today's challenge is create a pocket inside your card, and to be sure to give it some decoration - preferably something that coincides with the theme on the front of your card.
 
Here's DoBea's marvelous example


 
{Inside}
 
 
"Love" this card!
 
I really enjoy putting pockets on the inside of the card, but I'm looking for some new inspiration.  Let's see what ideas you come up with.  Start crafting and link those cards up here.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Day 303 - Color Scheme

Today I bring you my take on the Color Scheme (created by DoBea, of course)


 
And here's my card

I loved the toned down colors - nothing super bright, and I wanted a card that reflected it.
 
I have this wonderful collection of quotations that are already printed up this way, and they are perfect for cards (in size and sentiment).
 
We are nearly to the New Year, are you ready for it?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Day 302 - Blended

Your challenge for today is about taking ink, marker, paint, pencil, or some such item and blend colors in any manner you wish.
 
This is how Michelle did it

 
Wow is that stunning!!
 
And here's a close-up

 
By the way, here are the Spotlight Designers from last week
 
 

Too many celebrations and not enough work for me this week!!  But things are finally winding down and I am getting caught up now.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Day 301 - Pick Two

Pick one from each of these two categories to inspire your card creation:
 
1) Pattern choices: Paisley, Polka Dot, Houndstooth, or Toile
2) Themes: Love, New Year's, or Winter
 
Here's what Yvonne chose:
 

 
Polka Dots and Love
 
Gorgeous!!
 
This puts me in the mood to start my valentines :-)
 
 
As long as you select an item/theme from each list above, you are free to add anything else you wish.
 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Day 300 - Light a Candle


A very Merry Christmas to all of our crafty friends near and far.  Whether or not you celebrate this particular holiday, we wish you much love and happiness this holiday season!

 
Today's challenge is to "light a candle" so to speak, whether you choose to put a candle on your card or simply add a flame.
 
Here's Audrey's example


Beautiful in blue!
 
You can choose any theme for your card, as long as you include a candle and/or a flame.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 299 - Pretty Petals

Let's see you do flowers two ways on your cards:
1) Use a stamp or patterned paper
AND
2) Use at least one faux flower
Here's Eesha's example
Gorgeous!
What a lovely anniversary card.
If you're busy preparing for various Holiday celebrations, I hope you're finding a little peace and creative time for yourself.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Day 298 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Well, I don't know about you, but I do believe Wendi's sketches have been fabulous these past several weeks - like a breath of fresh air really, and I've so enjoyed seeing what the DT creates with them.
 
Here's her sketch for us today

 
And here are the DT's takes
 
 
ERIN
 
 
JANICE
 
 
JENNY
 
 
ROSE
 
WENDI
 
 
Have a wonderfully festive week!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 297 - Boy oh Boy

This one would definitely be a challenge for me
 
Create a card that is appropriate for a teenage boy
 
Here's DoBea's example
 
 
This is a terrific example!  I tried to imagine what I would come up with, and it wasn't as nice as this :)
 
For those who have a reason to make one, you might have fun inventing new designs for such a theme.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 296 - Color Scheme

Here are the colors for today


Here's Jennifer's card for the challenge


Oh this is just lovely - such a soft color scheme and this card design works beautifully for it.

You know what to do - create a card using this color scheme and link it up here.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 295 - Streeeeeetchy

Let's see what you can do with this one...
 
The challenge is to use an item that is considered to be
 
 
You can use any item you want, and the theme is entirely up to you.
 
Here's Michelle's example

 
Very cool - I  love how she framed the image.
 
There are no strict rules for this one, as long as one item you use fits the description of "stretchy".

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 294 - Shape Up

Today's challenge is use an OVAL and a SQUARE as the dominant shapes on your card.  You can do this any way you want, but they need to really stand out on the card.
 
Here's Yvonne's example


That's sooooo pretty, and both shapes definitely stand out on this card!
 
You can use large shapes, or several small ones, but you must incorporate an oval and a square into your card design.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 293 - Imagine This: Tinsel

Here are your
 
 
 
 
And congrats to
 
Lisa M!!!
 
You've won a prize from Crimson cloud.
 
Contact me HERE to claim your prize.
 
I just love tinsel - so festive, shiny and fun.  I thought it would make a fun Imagine This challenge.
 
Here's how it inspired Audrey
 
 
There is tinsel-like fringe running along the fold of her card - fabulous!
 

What do you think of you image TINSEL?  Let's see - create a card and link it up here...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 292 - Tone on Tone

Today's challenge is to create a stamped background using tone-on-tone coloring.
 
So essentially, the stamp that you use on the background should be slight darker than the cardstock, but otherwise the same color.
 
Here's Eesha's example for us


 
Such a beautiful contrast between the neutral background and the vibrate rainbow of colors on the foreground!
 
There is so much you can do with this, and you are only required to stamp a tone-on-tone background.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day 291 - Super Sketchy Sunday

Ready for another sketch brought to you by our sketch designer, Wendi?
 
Here it is

 
Here's what the Design Team created for us today
 
{ERIN}


{JANICE}
 
{JENNY}

 
{ROSE}

 
{WENDI}


Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day 290 - Opposite Week

Today we've got our last pair of opposites for the week...
 
LONG
 
and
 
SHORT
 
And here's DoBea's example

 
Perfect!
 
It's beautifully simple.
 
Remember, there are no rules for these opposite challenges - as long is they inspire you.  Get busy creating (if you haven't already) and link those cards up for any or all of the week's challenges.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Day 289 - Color Scheme

Normally I don't bring up current events on this blog, but with the country reeling from the massacre in Connecticut this morning, I just want to express our grief for those who have suffered in that small community.  It's difficult to comprehend that such a thing can happen and it makes us all feel more vulnerable because of it. 
 
It's hard to switch gears abruptly, so I will simply share the color scheme and Jennifer's card for today.
 

 
It's more appropriate than ever this holiday season to wish you all peace and love from your 365 Cards Design Team...
 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 288 - Opposite Week

Today I challenged Michelle (and you, too) to create a card using these Opposites as inspiration
 
Rough
 
and
 
Smooth
 
Here's what Michelle created


Wow, that's a beautiful sentiment, and the card so fits this pair of opposites.
 
You can use a quotation like Michelle did, or you can use textures - or a combination of these.  Your options are wide open!
 
Have fun with it...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 287 - Opposite Week

Yvonne's up today with her take on an Opposite pair, and that pair is
 
HAPPY and SAD
 
Here's what she came up with

 
 
Isn't that fabulous?
 
Initially, I think these opposite challenges seem tough, but when you see what the DT comes up with, you're sure to be inspired!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 286 - Opposite Week

Congratulations
 
 
You've won the prize from Crimson Cloud!
 
Please contact me HERE to claim your prize
 
Here are the Spotlight Designers from last week's challenges
 
 
Such talent and creativity out there!!
 
If you look over at the top of the sidebar, you will find the current Weekly Challenge All-Stars.  I think it's simply fantastic that they are able to create a card for every challenge we offer during the week, that I wanted to give them a special place of honor.  Each week, I will change that list accordingly.
 
Today's Opposite challenge is
 
{HOT AND COLD}
 
Audrey came up with a super clever way to use these opposites, check it out
 
 
Perfect for the cold weather I'm currently experiencing!
 
You can create a card of any theme as long as it's inspired by the words
 
Hot and Cold.
 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 285 - Opposite Week

I'm doing a little something called "Opposite Week" where I give you a set of opposites and you get creative with them.
 
The key to these challenges is not to feel too restricted by the opposites and let those creative juices flow.
 
I thought we'd kick off these challenges with a more straightforward one.
 
On the color wheel, there "opposites" at least in how they are positioned.  So you'll find Red opposite Green, Blue opposite Orange, and Purple opposite Yellow.  Choose one of these pairs as your color scheme and see what you come up with.
 
Here is Eesha's example

 
Beautiful - I love the use of the sequins.
 
You can add other colors if you wish, but try to stick primarily to the two colors use choose for this first "opposite".