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Cards in Envy Challenge: Pretty Pastels

Happy Monday!  We here at Cards in Envy hope you are enjoying Spring.  Today we begin a new challenge highlighting “Pretty Pastels”.  What a great way to give some creative license.

As a quick reminder, please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, April 30th.  The design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

Today, my card features a Technique Junkies Stamp called “Large Poppies” which I stamped in Versamark Ink and white heat embossed over My Favorite Things watercolor design paper.  The “because die” and sentiment are also My Favorite Things.  To create the dimension in the “because”, I die cut it four times and stacked it up, then applied with Matte Medium Gel.  I finished off with Hero Arts hearts.

We can’t wait to see your Pretty Pastel entries over at Cards in Envy this challenge.  If you are interested in purchasing the above stamp, you can use my discount TJ10Kathy at the Technique Junkies Store.

From The Heart Stamps: Mid-week Design Team Inspiration 2-22-17

It’s Wednesday and time for the From The Heart Stamps  Mid-week Design Team Highlights.  Today, I made a spring inspired love card using Love You Mouse by From the Heart Digital Images.   As a reminder we have the Stamp of the Month challenge as well as the current sketch challenge for you to join.

I colored this sweetie with cool grey Copic Markers then cut him out with an oldie but goodie Spellbinders circle die. My papers are by Lawn Fawn.


We hope we see you this week over at From the Heart Stamps.  We are glad to back and seeing your beautiful cards. In addition to posting your card in the challenge, We’d love to see you on the FTHS Facebook group.

Cards in Envy Challenge – Red & Blue!

This Cards in Envy Challenge, which is named, “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue”, is a color challenging using the colors red and blue.  You don’t have to use roses or violets, just the color red and blue.  Don’t worry, the white in your card base does not matter.

Here at Cards in Envy we ask that you make your card fit into a standard A2 envelope.  This challenge will run through Sunday, March 5th.

My card uses the My Favorite Things stamp and die set called, “Geometric Greenery”.  I stamped and cut out the images in hot press watercolor paper which I prefer as it’s very smooth.  I then colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush.  I then used the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles to cut out two panels.  I don’t do a lot of clean and simple cards so this was really fun.


I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your Red & Blue cards!

Cards in Envy: Pumpkin Challenge

Hello Friends!  It’s Monday and time for a Cards in Envy challenge.  Our theme this challenge is all about PUMPKINS!  You can use a pumpkin on your card, or just use pumpkin colors. Our rules have lightened up a little bit and now your card entries can be any size as long as it still fits into an envelope.  You can use a little more dimension too. Our challenge will run through Sunday, November 20, just in time to get those Thanksgiving cards made and in the mail.

For my card today I used a pumpkin stamp that I pulled from my stash that I got years ago in a grab bag so I don’t know the artist.  I colored up the image with Copic Markers and added some distress inks.  The paper is Carta Bella’s “Autumn” collection and the leaves are from Impression Obsession dies with a bit of Distressed Glitter on the edges.  The background is gold heat embossed and I finished off with some Nuvo drops in gold.


Hope you stop by and enter a card this challenge over at Cards in Envy!


Cards in Envy Challenge: “Purple & Green”

Happy Monday!  That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating “Purple & Green.”

Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, October 30th and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

For my card I used the My Favorite Things “Witch Way Candy” an adorable  stamp set I’ve been wanting to use for some time.  I colored all the images with Copic Markers and fussy cut them all.  The window die is also MFT and the background stamp is Hero Arts.  I finished up distressing the edges.


I’m looking forward to seeing your “Purple & Green” entries this week!  I’ve also added this card into the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #29 using this Mood Board.


From The Heart Stamps September Blog Hop!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps  September blog hop. This month our theme is “A Random Image”. The design team was asked to pick a number and from that number, a From The Heart Stamps image was provided.  I received “Birthday Pick-up”.  YEAH!!

If you have arrived from Kathy Curry’s website, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

For my card, I colored up “Birthday Pick-up” with Copic Markers in Y04, B23, RV23, G12, W1, W3, W5, W7, C1, C3, C5, & C7.  My design paper is “Rise & Shine” from Amy Tangerine paper.  My sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

Sept Hop

Sept Hop1

Now head over to Kelly Schelske’s and see what she has created.

Thanks for hopping with us today!

Sketch Saturday Challenge #425

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who is offering a very generous $25.00 gift certificate to their store for our random winner.  You have until Friday, August 19th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


For my card I used one of the older Simon Say Stamp card kits that was tucked away in my stash.  The background is stamped with a My Favorite Things background script and I distress the edges of my die cut from the kit.  I also used cut out words from the paper paper to create a sentiment. Instead of the flag, I used the ampersand.

Sketch 425

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new sketch this week at Sketch Saturday!  Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the Sketch Saturday Facebook Page and give is a like!

Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge #130; For The Girls

Happy Weekend!  It’s time for the new challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids and this time it’s, “For The Girls!”   We have some great sponsors offering prizes to our winners.  You have until Friday, August 19th to enter.

I also wanted to remind you that Send a Smile 4 Kids needs your cards for hospitalized kids.  Here’s how to donate.

Here’s our sponsors:

1) All Dressed Up – offering 2 Digital Images of Winners Choice

2) Repeat Impressions – A $15 Gift Certificate

My card today features All Dressed Up’s, Summer Fayre” image which I colored with Copic Markers.  The background is stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Ink using a My Favorite Things script background.  The paper is Glitz’s “Felicity” collection cut out with My Favorite Things square and rectangle dies.  Finally, the sentiments are a Wplu9 “That is All” set.

All Dressed Up


Thanks for stopping by and we sure hope you’ll come on over to Send a Smile 4 Kids an play along!


Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge #128 Clean and Simple Cards 4 Kids

Happy Weekend Friends!  I sure hope you have some extra time this wonderful 4th of July Weekend to spend time with your family and make more cards!!!  Today, at Send a Smile 4 Kids  we are starting a new challenge, featuring Clean & Simple cards 4 Kids.  You have until Friday, July 15th to enter.

I also wanted to remind you that Send a Smile 4 Kids is growing by adding more hospitals and more volunteers to take your donated cards.  We hope that after you enter the challenge you consider sending your cards to SAS4Kids for children in need.  Check out how.

Our sponsors for this challenge are:

1) A Day For Daisies – Offering a $12.00 Gift Certificate to their online store

2) Die-versions – offering a $15.00 Gift Certificate to their online store

Now how about some inspiration?   My card today uses “Boy at the Beach.”   The gorgeous image is colored with Copic Markers.  The background is created using distress inks and stencil. The dies and sentiment are My Favorite Things.


Thanks for stopping by and we hope you’ll join us at Send a Smile 4 Kids and play along in our Clean & Simple 4 Kids challenge!  We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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Simon Says Stamp: ATG

From The Heart Stamps – Mid-Week Inspiration

Happy Wednesday!  Today I have some mid-week design team inspiration using From The Heart Stamps!

My card today uses a beautiful bird image, “Warbler and Magnolias” which I colored using Daniel Smith watercolors.  I stamped the background in Hero Arts Vanilla shadow ink with My Favorite Things script stamp.  I finished off with Ellen Hutson ribbon and Lawn Fawn Sequins.

Design Team

I look forward to seeing you over at From The Heart Stamps Community both on the blog and on Facebook. 

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