Monday, March 1, 2010

Design Team submission + 2 more challenges

I've set a couple of crafting goals for myself this year. One I've already shared is that I want to design more cards that are outside my normal style. Sketches are a great way to expand my repertoire. Another more lofty goal is to be accepted as part of a Design Team. Well, I just took my first step towards that goal by submitting a card for the Twisted Sketches DT call. Twisted Sketches is branching out into cards and is looking for 6-8 design team members, each of whom will submit 2 sketches per month (week on/week off).

This is the sketch for the DT call, and the twist is *transparent* -- up to each individual's interpretation.

Here's the card I submitted. As soon as I saw the word *transparent*, I immediately thought of Heidi Swapp's ghost clocks. I love their versatility because it's always *time* for something! In this case, I went with *time to celebrate* and will probably use it as a birthday card. It could easily be used to congratulate someone or to mark an anniversary.

Supplies: American Crafts (cardstock), KI Memories (Painters Palette patterned paper), Heidi Swapp (ghost clocks), Build-a-Blossom (flower), Martha Stewart (doily lace punch), Simple Scrapbooks (*time* sticker), 7 Gypsies (metal arrow photo turn & brad), Xyron adhesive & glue dots.

Next are two challenges from last week. The first is CPS155, and I liked working with this one, too. You can see what their crafty design team came up with on the CPS blog.

Below is my version. I love the color combo. Unfortunately, the wide ribbon doesn't come across very well in the photo. It's actually a lovely plum ribbon with a sheer edge that resembles a filmstrip. We haven't had sunshine for several days now, and I just didn't want to wait any longer to post my creations. Natural light makes all the difference. Plus, it just puts me in the mood to craft!

Supplies: Keeping Memories Alive (Dirty Laundry distressed cardstock), Foof-a-La (button), Brenda Walton for K & Co. (rhinestones), ribbon & flower unknown

My final challenge for this post isn't based on a sketch. I came across 365 Cards last week while blog hopping. They were getting close to wrapping up their first year of cards. This photo was from Day 361, when they were showcasing the contemporary signature style of one of their designers, Kristie. The challenge was to find inspiration in modern styles and to scraplift some feature of Kristie's style.

When I saw the frame, I knew that's what I would be scraplifting from Kristie's design. In true shop-in-your-own-store fashion, I knew I had a big stash of frames from My Mind's Eye. They're called Flip-Over Frame-Ups. They're reversible and have two frames that fit inside each other. I used the smaller frames on these cards. They fit perfectly on an A4 card. Plaid was all the rage for Fall; so, that was my inspiration. These cards are ultra simple and very quick to make.

Supplies: My Mind's Eye (Flip-Over Frame-Ups), Anita's (stamped sentiment), Ranger (black ink & clear embossing powder), cardstock & ribbon unknown


  1. Wow - this is some beautiful work here!!

  2. Hi Pauline,
    Your cards are fantastic! I love the plaid frames and your card for the DT call is really NICE!! Good luck to you!
    :) Janice

  3. Great job! Good luck on reaching your goals!

  4. These are all beautiful! GL with your DT quest!

    (-: Heidi

  5. Love all of the cards Pauline. I'm sure someone is going to grab you up as a DT member as your cards are beautiful!

  6. Great mix of creations! Nice clean design the color tones of that first one!

  7. Wow pauline you have been a busy gal! All your cards are fabulous but I really LOVE the time card- that transparent clock is too cool!

  8. Oooh, really like the simplistic nature of the framed cards, would be perfect for a man (don't know if that is your intention or not, but I'm always amazed that someone can come up with a masculine type card)!

  9. I forgot to mention-Good Luck with your Design Team Submission! (And it really DOES make my day when someone leaves a comment on my blog-I love to hear how people interpret my creations)

  10. Pauline, your cards are gorgeous!! Good luck with your DT submission. I especially love the Happy Birthday cards, very striking!

  11. Lots of fun cards but the background on the first one is stunning!!!!!! Way to challenge yourself :)