My daughter and I decided to enter the CPS challenge for the first time this week! If you’re not familiar with CPS sketches, they are a great way to design cards! Basically, a CPS sketch is a simple, black and white layout for the general placement and shape of the elements on a card. You can use these sketches as a jumping off point for design, putting your own tweaks and spin on it as you like. The CPS blog (the link is on the right side of my blog) has over 250 CPS sketches and hosts a weekly challenge to create a card using the sketch of the week. I recently bought the book ”Cardmaker’s Sketchbook”, edited by Tanya Fox and highly recommend it. It has more than 200 additional CPS sketches and examples!
The following cards were all made using CPS sketch 252. Check it out at: http://cardpositioningsystems.blogspot.com/2012/01/cps-252-part-1.html Luckily, we were able to combine several challenges with these cards!
This card uses some 3-D elements made by my daughter. I love the sparkle! This card is also an entry in the Make My Monday Challenge: Flowers and Leaves. Find the challenge at http://mimchallegeblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/mmm-week-33.html
The card features dry embossing in the background and oval medallion so it is part of the 2 Sisters Challenge: Embossing. http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/challenge-75-embossing.html
With the pink and white color scheme, I thought it also fits the bill for the Just Us Girls Color Challenge #120: Red, White, and Pink. http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2012/01/just-us-girls-color-challenge-120.html
This is an entry in My Mums Craft Shop ”Flowers” challenge: http://mymumscraftshopchallenges.blogspot.com/2012/01/challenge-41-flowers.html
PaperCrafting Journey also has a floral challenge: http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.com/2012/01/pcj-challenge-1-floral.html
With the rose and dragonfly, this had to be part of the ”decoupage” challenge at http://creationsbygillm.blogspot.com/2012/01/cbgm-challenge-1-for-2012.html
Additionally, this card is an entry in the Sentimental Sundays Challenge: Use a diecut! Check it out here: http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/2012/01/challenge-86-die-cuts.html
I used a new technique on this card. The side panels with the vine pattern use a resist stamping technique. Stamp and emboss the image. Lightly coat the paper with white acrylic paint, using a sponge brush or wide paint brush then gently wipe the paint off the embossing with a paper towel moistened with window cleaner. I like how it gave the card a kind of whitewashed look! With this embossing resist and the dry embossing on the medallion, I’m also entering this card in the 2 Sisters Embossing Challenge.
This card is also an entry into the Paper Take Weekly Challenge at http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com This week’s theme is Buttons, Bows, Bling & Blooms and you can use any or all of those elements. This card has a bow and bling on the butterfly wings!
Additionally, I’m entering this card in the Whimsical Designs ”Anything Goes” challenge: http://www.whimsical-designs.com/2012/01/anything-goes-whimsical-wednesday.html
This is my daughter’s interpretation. She used a Gelly Roll pen to add shimmer to the patterned paper. The sentiment is another great digi stamp by Paulette at Create with TLC. Love the dragonfly! She has also entered this card in the Sentimental Sundays Challenge: Diecuts and the 2 Sisters Embossing Challenge and in My Mums Craft Shop ”Flowers” challenge: http://mymumscraftshopchallenges.blogspot.com/2012/01/challenge-41-flowers.html . Also, this had to be entered in the ”decoupage” challenge at http://creationsbygillm.blogspot.com/2012/01/cbgm-challenge-1-for-2012.html and the floral challenge at PaperCrafting Journey: http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.com/2012/01/pcj-challenge-1-floral.html
I hope you’ll give the CPS sketches a try and maybe join me in next week’s challenges!