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Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC762 – Happy Anniversary!

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

Popping in today with a quick card I made for my parents’ Anniversary with the fun sketch from Diane for this week’s Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast.

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THANKS so much for dropping by!  Please consider joining in on the fun for this or any other challenge over on SplitCoast!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Title: SC762 Happy Anniversary
Keywords: SC762, MFT, My Favorite Things, MyFavoriteThings, Anniversary, Love
Stamps: Wonderful Woodland Friends(MFT), Well-Connected Numbers (MFT), Wedding (Inkadinkado), unknown background stamp
Ink: Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Always Artichoke
Paper: Always Artichoke, White
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: CAS, colored pencils, second-generation stamping (background)
Accessories: Colored pencils, Stampin’ Write Markers
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Challenges · Paper Crafting · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Sunny Studio · Thinking of You

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC760 Rainbows for Kate – featuring Altenew Academy Project

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

Good day, friends!

Remember last week when I set out to make a card for my friend undergoing treatment for a serious health condition, and I ended up making something that looked much more like a sympathy card instead?  Well, that card has indeed been finished off as a sympathy card and is at the ready for the next time we have a need for one of those, but my friend is still battling her condition and in need of a little cheer.

Enter exhibit B…

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This week’s fun sketch from Carey had me at first thinking of another card I on my “must make” list, and I had all the colors picked out (I was going to do a gradient/ombre backdrop), the stamp set and the whole works.  But as I thought about how to bring it all together, another idea popped into my head – the waves in the background had me thinking ocean waves, a waving flag, and then, something more cheerful yet: rainbows.  Perfect for making a card to bring Kate some cheer!

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Last year I was accepted into the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) and ended up reaching level 1 certification by last fall.  This year, I’m working on level 2!  I recently finished their Beyond Basic Backgrounds course, and this card is also my final project for that fun and inspiring class.   I learned so many things from the instructor, and was inspired by the homework for one of the classes to make this rainbow version of a “repeating” background.  I can’t wait to try more of the fun techniques shared in this course!

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I have to say, this card brought me a lot of cheer just to make!  From picking out the perfect bright pops of color to determining how to put it all together, it as a joy from start to finish.

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And speaking of finish, no cheerful rainbow card would be complete without a little bit of glitter… or a lot! 🙂 The entire background is spritzed with sparkle, and after watercoloring the individual arches of the rainbow with coordinating SU inks, I gave them some extra pizzaz with the use of more glitter.

THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you’ll take the time to say hello!

Blessings,

Chrissy

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Title: SC760 AECP – Rainbows for Kate
Keywords: SC760, AECP, Sunny Studio, SunnyStudio, #altenew, #altenewacademy
Stamps: Over the Rainbow (Sunny Studio)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Gray Granite
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, River Rock, Black Ore Metallic (The Paper Studio), watercolor paper
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Watercolor, die cutting, glitter/sparkle
Accessories: Sunny Studio “Rainbow” die, Momenta rainbow cutting templates, Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, Tsunkineko shimmer spritz in “frost,” watercolor pen
Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Simon Says Stamp · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Spring · Summer · Thinking of You

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – Thinking of You – SC759

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

Just popping in with a quick last-minute card today!  I had hoped to have time to get something made for this week’s sketch challenge over the weekend, but a full day working on the property combined with another day spent traveling to/from my horse ate up any time I had to do so. I hope you enjoy!

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Monday’s Clean and Simple challenge: Black & White with a POP, proved just the creativity-ignitor needed to come up with something for Ally’s fun sketch this week!  I thought I’d combine it with Friday’s Free For All Challenge of “base +1” and use just the card base plus one layer. I had “the vision” as I got ready for bed Monday night, and built on it a bit with additional thoughts during a few points at work where my brain needed a bit of a rest while my computer saved what I was working on.  I thought I had a great plan, and that I could crank out something quick last night on top of folding laundry, having dinner with my husband, and going to try out a “faith based yoga” class I’d been wanting to try in town… all while getting to bed on time of course. HA!  I ended up skipping the yoga class entirely, as God moved me that He wanted me to focus on my husband last night a bit more since we hadn’t hardly seen each other since Saturday, and spent time in the kitchen making a decent dinner vs. the hot dogs I had planned on in order to get to yoga on time. 🙂 Ok, so now I’m getting off track here, but needless to say, after dinner and after dishes were soaking, I got started on the card, excited to see what I could come up with.  I had just gotten this gorgeous stamp set delivered a few days ago (I’ve had my eye on it since SSS released it in one of their kits this spring, and when it went on sale last week I sprung on it!), and I thought it would be the perfect ticket to create a pretty, girly, “pick-me-up” sort of thinking of you for an old coworker and friend who has just begun treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Though I at first thought I’d do a hot pink “pop” for the accent of this B&W design, I had the brilliant idea (or so I thought at the time) to look up what ribbon color is generally associated with the disease she is currently battling and found lavender is frequently used.  Since it too was girly I thought I’d go that route.  And the final result looks, well, more like a sympathy card. :-p So I left the inside blank for now, but I think I will finish it as a sympathy card since I always seem to need those regularly anyway, and never enjoy making them because of the sorrow associated. I’ll try again another time to make a much more cheerful card for my friend. 😉

I actually had to stop this card last night and call it “done” so I could get some sleep, though I wasn’t happy with it at all.  I went back in this morning and added a wash of glitter with my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen thinking that was just what this card needed and due to an oops, moved my ribbon down on the card front (from Ally’s original sketch positioning) to cover that up. 🙂

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In case you’re curious, this is what the card looked like last night:

THANKS so much for dropping by!  I truly appreciate it!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Title: SC759 Thinking of You
Keywords: SC759, CAS542, F4A491, CAS, sketch challenge, SimonSaysStamp, Simon Says Stamp, SSS
Stamps: Delicate Flowers (SSS)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Stampabilities black
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: CAS, Black & White, glitter, dimension
Accessories: Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, ribbon, flower charm (SU), foam mounting tape
Challenges · Paper Crafting · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Sunny Studio · Thank-You

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC758

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

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Hello everyone and happy Wednesday to you!

I am SO thrilled to have a card this week to participate in the sketch challenge design team… it wasn’t looking too promising after another full week of obligations and traveling, but I snuck into my craft room Monday night and got busy.

This past year, I was doing the job of two people for approximately six months after my previous colleague left for another job.  The workload she and I had shared prior to that was already greater than other regions of our organization who had at least three or four staff tackling the job, so to say I was in over my head for awhile is a bit of an understatement.  However, I did get some support from a neighboring region that was fully staffed, and they took on a portion of my job that greatly helped me out.  They did a phenomenal job, and I have been wanting to make them something for quite some time as a thank you for all they did to help me.  (Thankfully, my colleague decided to return to her old position last month so I am no longer flying solo! Phew!)

I and my colleagues work for a natural resources organization, so I thought this stamp set and sentiment would be particularly appropriate for them. 🙂

Carey had quite the sketch for us this week.  Inspiring, but hard to visualize how I wanted the finished result to look.  I opted to take the square design and re-create it, sideways, as a traditional A2 sized card.

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Of course, no project is complete without a little glitter, and I thought the flames and the log were in need of a little extra sparkle to bring some life to the finished project.

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THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you’ll take the time to say hello!

Blessings,

Chrissy

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Title: SC758
Keywords: SC758, Sunny Studio, sunny_studio, sunnystudio,
Stamps: Critter Campout (Sunny Studio)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Paper Studio “craft,” Recollections Blossoms & Bliss paper pack
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Colored pencil blending, dimension
Accessories: Colored pencils & blending pencils, foam mounting tape, Gelly Roll glitter pen
Challenges · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays)

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC757

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

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I’ve been MIA these past two weeks from not just these sketch challenges, but my cardmaking too… this having to drive just shy of one hundred miles one way just to see my horse right now is sure eating on my discretionary time!

That said, there are several things coming up in the near future that I consider a handmade card a “must” for, so with Diane’s fun sketch for this week, I made time over a few days to get in the craft room for at least a little bit.  In fact, I nearly completed this clean and simple design in about 20 minutes, but had to leave it to get to work on time.  When I came back to it several days later, I spent some time eyeing it up and trying to decide what to add to it to make it finished, and added the colored pencil accents to the tag, the nuvo drops (seems to be a steep learning curve for me with these – not on how to apply them, but where and how many! This one almost looks like the poor card got pimples!), and the burlap ribbon.

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This card is for a “horse family” friend who is retiring next week, after a long career in a very demanding career.  In his free time, he busies himself with the care of his ranch, and does a superb job keeping both horses and human clients there happy as well.  He is one of the hardest working folks I know, but always in good spirits, and always has the time to ask you how you are doing.  Naturally, I wanted to do something not too showy for him – something that was warm yet still clean and simple, and of course using one of my favorite farm-related stamp sets naturally followed. 🙂

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed this card!  May it inspire you to get in your own crafting spot and create a little handmade happiness to share with another!

Blessings,

Chrissy

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Title: SC757 Congratulations Joe!
Keywords: SC757, monochromatic, CAS
Stamps: Farm Life
Ink: Sahara Sand, Stazon Jet Black
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Monochromatic, clean and simple, tag, colored pencil
Accessories: Nuvo Crystal drops (morning dew, pale gold), burlap ribbon, colored pencils, foam mounting tape
Birthdays · Challenges · Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Stampin Up

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC754 – Floral Birthday

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

I have two birthdays coming up for two sweet souls who happen to have a thing for florals. 🙂  In fact, one is a master gardener, and has graced me many times with one of her beautiful blooms to bring me cheer in an often-gloomy office environment!

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I decided to use this week’s sketch to make a pair of matching cards for the two ladies.  Carey’s awesome layout kind of reminded me of a quilt, which I thought played well with the floral and feminine feel I wanted to come up with.

I was actually borrowing from my Mother’s stamping “stash” to create these cards, as I was using up time waiting for my horse to get a full belly for his morning breakfast.   Alas, I’m not sure the name of the floral layering stamp set I found and used for this creation, but I think I’ll need to borrow it from mom again sometime. 😉

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For CC741 (Petal Pink/Soft Seafoam/Crumb Cake), I “subbed” for what my mom had in her stash, and used Pretty in Pink in place of the Petal Pink (and “stamping off” to achieve two different pinks from it for each layer of the flower), and River Rock of all things in place of Soft Seafoam.  It’s amazing to me how much green is really in River Rock!  I sure wish I myself had this ink in my stash!

THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you’ll take the time to say hello!

Blessings,

Chrissy

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Title: SC754 Floral Birthday
Keywords: SC754, CC741, floral, birthday
Stamps: unknown floral layering stamp set; Small Sayings, Checkerboard, and Linen (all SU)
Ink: River Rock, Crumb Cake, Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, River Rock
Paper Size:   4.25 x 4.25
Technique: 2-step stamping
Accessories: 
Challenges · My Favorite Things · Occasions · Paper Crafting · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Thank-You

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC753

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

Just a quick and straightforward card to share with you today!  Because, sometimes you need a card for an occasion right now, and sometimes you have less than an hour to make it!  🙂  I was very grateful to have a gorgeous paper pack from Recollections that seemed to fit both my recipient and the new stamp set that I was itching to ink up. 🙂

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I hope you enjoy!

(Full disclosure: I had several pictures ready to go for this post that were bright, cheerful, and I felt accurately showed off the card… but I somehow deleted them by mistake over the weekend!  In the words of Homer Simpson: “d’OH!” )

 

 

THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you’ll take the time to say hello!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Title: You’re the Nicest
Keywords: SC753, MyFavoriteThings, My Favorite Things, MFT
Stamps: Raving Raccoons (MFT)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: 110# white, Recollections paper pack
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: dimension
Accessories: colored pencils, fun foam board