Monday Card Challenge

Happy Monday.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  I had the privilege of hanging with one of my best friends to celebrate not only her birthday but her her her soon to be born baby.  We laid out at a spa and had our toes done.  Not a traditional V-day, but my husband and kids were excited that I got to spend the day with my girl, and they took off to see model trains (something I honestly had no interest in doing).  We converged back together for a family dinner and some quality family time (tacos are a romantic meal right?)

We are all off today for president and we will shortly pile onto the couch for a movie and pizza.  It is going to be the perfect thing for a day off together (the girls are not quite in agreement, but only because we are going to watch Goosebumps and they think it is scary).  But pizza seems to be bringing them to the couch.

I am sliding yesterday’s challenge to today simply because I promised my husband I would avoid all things painty yesterday to be with them.  It seemed like a fair deal, and he snuggled me close for staying away from my desk.  Ironically I spent some time with my offspring painting, but apparently when I am using my fingers it doesn’t count.

FMS223First up we have have a CAS sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  They have a great layered sketch.  Now that we are though the great love holiday, it is time to start focusing on some on the up coming spring holidays.  I figured this sketch was the perfect time to break out this die cut from My Favorite thing, since the basket is circle-ish.

Ironically there is no stamping in the is card.  The basket was


die cut and then a little bit of ink blending on the sides to help define the basket’s edges.  Then I took five shades of glittery paper and die cut bunnies, eggs and jellybeans.  I grabbed two shades of scrape green paper, (both with festive spring dots) and used it to make the scrapes it the back ground of the sketch.  I wanted the green paper to sort of look like Easter grass that you normally stuff in a basket.  It was only then that I realized that I did not have any easter stamps.  So against my better judgement I hand wrote in the sentiment.  (Funny story).  So I finished this card, and set it aside so I could set up and photograph it.  When I turned to grab the card it had completely disappeared.  It took me several minutes of thinking I was crazy to realize my five year old had stolen the card and put it on her night stand, cause “mommy, it is pretty.”  We cut a deal, she let me take a picture of it, and then she could keep it.  Needless to say for this child all something needs it glitter, and it becomes perfect.


swatch379Up next we have the gurus of color over at Color Throwdown with one last love themed card for the year.  They colors they were tossing out this week were, pink, purple/mulberry, metallic gold, and hot pink.  This week the color gurus are embracing the watercolor hype and giving us a visual image with watercolored cookies.  So how could I not pull out some watercolor and give my card a


glaze of watercolor.

I just added a simple wash of three water colors and stamped out a pretty little flower in Rose Bud Memento Ink and Elderberry ink for the leaves.  I added a bit of black card stock behind the watercolor paper to help the beautiful watercolor to pop.  Then I pulled out my die cutting machine and die cut the sentiment and the leaf detail in some metallic gold paper.  For me this is one of those cards that I’m not certain in like on first glance, but the more I study it, the more I think it sort of works in some weird way.  Might just be me, but regardless if it all works, the watercolor washed came out real pretty.


cqc328Now we have another color challenge from the queens of color themselves at Colour Q.  This week it seems the designers have dreamed of spring tossing out the calypso coral, melon mambo, pink pirouette and gold for this weeks challenge.


I pulled out a circle stamp set from Paper Smooches and started laying circles onto a piece of white card stock with Distress Ink in coordinating colors.  Then I pulled out my Big shot and die cut the sentiment from a My Favorite Thing die cut set.  I trimmed up the card stock and matted the page with some additional gold card stock.  I know the card is simple, but there is something about the circles that seem festive and happy.  The card seems like a little bit of celebration to me.

pp282Finally we have a third color challenge from the gals over at The Paper Players.  They are also apparently in a mood for spring with their springy colors of pool party, daffodil delight, and tangerine tango.

For me, the yellow tone and orange tone


reminded me of lemonade and oranges.  I remember I had the cutest little stamp set from Penny Black with little mice making lemonade.  I stamped out the images and sentiment in some Archival Jet Black Ink.  I then pulled out three shades of Distress ink that I think coordinated (i might have missed the mark with the blue) with the challenges color theme.  I colored in the lemon and lemonade and the grater with the first two colors and layered the orange shade several times in the background.  I matted out the card with some blue toned paper and adhered everything to the card.  I decided in the end to leave my mice as little white mice and love how they pop out amongst the color.  Yes the card is simple-ish, but I think those guys are so adorable.

Okay, so I am off to indulge in family time.  There really is never enough time to truly soak up all the time I want with my family, so I am so going to take full advantage while I have it.  For those of you who are off today for president’s day, enjoy your holiday and hold your loved ones close.  If you can spare the moment, make something crafty.




  1. What a great set of cards! I love that Easter basket with those little eggs and sweet bunnies! Great take on the sketch! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


  2. Lovely cards and the sweet little mice for our color challenge are adorable! The watercolor wash background is a clever way to use the color and the whole piece looks like a wonderful illustration from a children’s book. Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!


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