Challenge Cards!

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!

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18 thoughts on “Challenge Cards!

  1. These are all so beautiful! I love how bright and cheerful they are.. and of course how springy! The papers are beautiful and I love the embossing and sparkle throughout. Wonderful work! Thank you for playing along with us at Whimsical Wednesday!

  2. Wow all the cards are gorgeous, I love the the colours and the embossing, and the layout is fab. Thank you for joining us at 2 Sisters Challenge Blog this week 🙂 Kezzy x

  3. You did a wonderful job on your creations. Great interpretation for our decoupage challenge on creations by gill m. Thanks for participating.
    Creations by Gill M design team member!

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