Saturday, August 4, 2012


I am glued to the Olympics!  But as I watch, I am blog hopping all over the place.  Today, I came across three different challenges which I managed to combine.  (You should see the mess in my craft room, though.  Wow!)
The first challenge is a sketch being sponsored by Karen Giron at the sweetest thing.  I go to Karen's blog on a regular basis, so it's fun to play along for the first time with one of her challenges.  My card is only 4.25x4.25, so I had to scale everything way back as you will see in a moment.
Color Throwdown is another challenge I follow regularly though--again--this is my first time to join the fun.  I used a discontinued paper pack by CTMH called Caboodle.  It's one of those packs I don't pull out very often, but it had all the colors of this challenge.  I just needed to add some kraft (substitute for Crumb Cake).  The other CTMH colors to substitute for this are Sorbet, Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf, and Buttercup.  The tag is also CTMH from their line of Dimensional Elements.

The last challenge I combined into this card is Operation Write Home: Masculine.  I need a card for my soon-to-be 26 year old son.  Yikes...can I be that old??

And now, without further ado...

The scalloped ends of the banners were created using a flower punch.  I saw it done with a square bunch so I put a little twist on it. 

I originally had a blue button where the ribbon is but it was just a shade too bright.

I also decided not to cut my brown zig-zag thread but wrap it around the bottom edge and secure it with tape on the back side. (It really is brown.  So is the button.  And the stamped sentiments. Really!)

The "U" was done by stamping on the back side of some corrugated kraft paper and then fussy cutting.

I tried to emulate Karen's style with lots of layers and stitching. 

Pretty pleased with  myself getting three challenges combined in a card I needed to make anyway.

And now...back to the Olympics.  Go team USA!

Until next time,


  1. very cute - love the elements

    Barb Housner

  2. What a wonderful card! You added so many sweet touches. I like the way you placed the large "U" to go with "Happy B'Day to". I have been watching the Olympics all week as well. I can always find some paper crafting to do while watching ;)

  3. Cool card! I LOVE the U done in corrugated kraft! Thanks for joining us at the Color Throwdown. :)

  4. Fun! I love that Kraft paper! That looks like a fun thing to use.

  5. What a great happy card. The U is my favorite element. Love the texture of it. Thanks for playing in the ODBD challenge this month!

  6. I love the colors in this card and all the details! I like how you cut out the U from the corrugated kraft paper. I like the affect! Nice job!


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