Saturday, February 20, 2010

One day ... four sketch challenges!

It's official -- I've caught the challenge bug. I hear it's highly contagious. Just one innocent little sketch challenge can infect you with creativity and a burning desire to get your craft on. I know because it happened to me. :-) I have lots to show you, so I'd better get to it.

First up is CPS#154. For you non-crafters, the challenge usually involves a sketch you use as inspiration for your card (see below). You can read about the challenge and find links to the other participants at the CPS website.

Here's my interpretation of the design. The plaid cardstock was my jumping-off point. The card is a light sage green. I layered cardstock in burgundy and two additional shades of green from the plaid. I found three rich burgundy buttons in my stash, tied them with raffia and layered them on punched circles.

Supplies: DCWV (sage green cardstock), Imagination Project / Chloe's Closet (plaid c/s), QuicKutz (all other self-adhesive c/s), Xyron adhesive, glue dots, buttons & raffia.

Next stop on the challenge train is Crazy 4 Challenges. The sketch for C4C25 looks like this:

Another cool sketch!

And, here's my take on it. I was still feelin' the sage green from the previous challenge, so I went with it. One of my favorite things to do is mix patterns. The only three colors used on this card are red, green and black. The red flower is made of thick wool felt.

Supplies: Imaginisce (red, green & black graphic c/s), QuicKutz (dark green self-adhesive c/s), Hampton Art (sentiment stamp), Ranger (black ink and clear embossing powder), Prima (small flower), Brenda Walton for K & Co. (sage green rhinestones), Suze Weinberg (wonder tape), additional c/s, felt flower, rhinestone brad, Xyron adhesive, foam adhesive.

All aboard! There are still two more stops ... er, challenges to go! Next up is Card Patterns Sketch 52

This one was definitely out of my comfort zone, and I thought I was in trouble. I did some shopping in my own store to see what I had on hand. Like most of you, I've got -- dare I say -- too much stuff. Nah, who am I kidding? There's no such thing. Want to see what I found?

This Scenic Route chipboard set seemed to fit the bill. When I bought the set, I was planning to use the main girlfriends embellishment on a card. Now I had a reason to use the two square pieces, along with the 12x12 border that I cut in half. Finally, I've made a dent in that set!

I call this card, "Girl Power." The outer message says, "You are kind, beautiful, smart, genuine. I am kind, beautiful, smart, genuine." For the interior message, depending on the recipient, I like either: 
  • We must be related! (or)
  • Are you sure we're not related?
Supplies: Bazzill Basics (cardstock), Scenic Route Paper Co. (chipboard set), Provo Crafts & Art Accentz (Terrifically Tacky Tape), glue dots.

And, last but not least is the SSS44 challenge from The Sweet Stop. I love using flowers on my cards and have lots of different styles and brands. This challenge, I figured, should be right up my alley.

I had used a few of these glittered chipboard flowers before and didn't have enough of just the pink or white to make the entire card. So, I layered the pink & white, alternating them in each square. In the center, I added a large gem -- light pink on the white flowers and a darker, purplish pink on the pink flowers. The photo doesn't do this card justice. It's very girly-girl with lots of glittery goodness.

Supplies: Creative Memories (raspberry & pink cardstock), Making Memories (Shimmer Jigsaw pre-glittered chipboard flowers), Zig marker (aubergine), gems, glue dots, foam adhesive.

Thanks for looking! I'd love to know which card is your favorite and why. Comments and questions are always appreciated!!!


  1. You've been busy! Lovely cards, nice and clean! :)

  2. Wow, gorgeous cards Pauline! I really admire how your CP card turned out. Love how you simplified it and didn't add too much elements in it coz it's perfect as it is!

  3. Hi Pauline,
    All of your cards are great! My favorite is the birthday card because of the bright colors, the layout, and the big red flower.
    :) Janice

  4. What great cards and so quick! Love the bright colors and your clean lines! Thanks for playing with us at CP!

  5. They're all so lovely! Aren't challenges fun? TFS
    Firenze Cards

  6. Wow you certainly have the challenge bug and you posted them all so nicely. Love the simple elegance in all your cards :)

  7. Lovely cards! I love clean and crisp! Good job on using your stash! :)

  8. Wow, Pauline,
    All of your cards are beautiful. I don't know if I could pick a favorite.
    I've been bitten by that same bug!!! *Ü*
    Thanks for playing along with us at the Sweet Stop this week.

  9. I love the sparkly effect! Thanks for playing with us at The Sweet Stop!