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75K Card Contest

Well, amazingly enough you guys keep coming back and reading my odd little ramblings and my counter keeps clicking upwards. I'm almost at 75,000 hits so I thought I'd host a little contest for y'all.

So how about a sketch challenge? Create any card you want to using the sketch below and link me up in the comments of this post (or email me with a photo of your card) by 10PM mountain time on Friday, August 31. I will announce two random winners on Saturday, September 1. The first prize is a Marvy Super Jumbo Scallop Square Punch and the second prize is a Marvy Extra Jumbo Scallop Rectangle Punch. (These have both been removed from their packaging, but have never been used.) You may enter as many cards as you like, but can only win one prize. To be eligible to win, you must have a shipping address in the US or Canada.

So what do you think of the sketch? I really like it, but my sample card is lacking some serious mojo. I've been feeling a bit under the weather and it's kind of wreaking havoc with my creativity. :(

The tree and snowflakes are from a new clear set I just got from Impression Obsession (I got it at my LSS, but I can't find the set on the Impression Obsession website to show you. It's brand new and designed by Leigh Hannan). This tree just called out my name, and who can resist a talking stamp? I stamped the tree in Black Stazon on a light blue paper from the Periphery BasicGrey line and then colored with Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke markers. Next I used my Stamp-A-Majig to stamp the tree again with VersaMark and emboss with Irridescent Ice. Next I stamped the snowflake with VersaMark randomly around the edges and embossed with Irridescent Ice.

Next up, I sewed! Holy moley, can you believe it? My mom has always been an excellent seamstress and when I was growing up she tried to teach me how to sew. There was only one rule... I wasn't allowed to sew with fabric and thread until I could sew a straight line on a piece of paper. I spent many many summer days with scrap paper my mom had drawn lines on and an old clunker sewing machine to no avail! As you can see by my not so straight lines, I never did graduate to fabric and thus never learned how to sew! I even messed this card up. I didn't know how to end the stitching without going past the edge (which I didn't want to do) so I just stopped the machine and cut the thread. Wouldn't suggest this, as the thread then starts unraveling!!! Oh well, I'm a creative gal, a metal WeRMemory Keepers photo corner glued down with a little Diamond Glaze covered up my booboo until I fessed up to y'all.

Next I layered this piece onto the dark green paper from the Periphery pad and used my spiral notebook punch down the side. I then tied Celery grosgrain ribbon across the panels every third hole. The red piece is some Paper Accents Pearlized Garnet paper that I stamped with Versamark snowflakes and embossed with Irridescent Ice. For the sentiment, I stamped the snowflake in Certainly Celery (stamped off once on scratch paper to soften the color) and then overstamped in Always Artichoke with the Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbons sentiment. I then punched it out with the Extra Jumbo Scallop Circle Punch, sponged with Artichoke ink and added an accent to each scallop with a White Glaze Pen. There you have it. I made a booboo that I had to cover up with the sentiment, so the placement isn't exactly where I normally would have placed it. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

Have a great weekend, peeps! I can't wait to see what you create with my sketch.

64 comments

Allison said...

I love your card...that stamp seems to be whispering to me (not talking just yet since I have spent way too much money lately!). Super sketch...I'll have to do it soon!

Dana said...

Julee, that card is beautiful. No way have you lost your mojo. I think the simplicity of it really makes it stand out from your other work!
I'm liking the sketch too, so I'll definitely be playing along.

beate said...

What a fun layout! I love the card you made with it. It's gorgeous! I so need to play with this one. I love sketch challenges!

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

Gorgeous card, Julee! I will have to give this sketch a try!

Cathrine StClair said...

Very beautiful card. That same set called out to me at a stamp convention. I love that artist. Have you seen the tall coffee cup? I really want that one.

Here is the first cards I made with that set:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/645345?cat=500&ppuser=69793

Lisa said...

I almost bought the same set yesterday at my LSS! Too funny! I was looking for a different shape tho... I have a specific sketch in my head for my Christmas cards and now I am in search of the perfect stamp to pull it off. Wish me luck on that.... LOL!

I'll have to come to Idaho and give you a sewing lesson sometime......

Shannan said...

Yay you...you sewed!! Awesome job!!!!!

Dottie K said...

Julee this is beautiful and love the sketch. Will have to try that one. Your sewing is perfect on your card. :)

Julie Campbell said...

I think your card is fab! Lost your mojo? Are you nuts!?! :) I'll be working on a card! I 'need' both of those punches!!!!

Kacey Elliott said...

What a beautiful tree! Your card is fabulous! Now I want to play!

Colleen Schaan said...

I really like the card. It is pretty straight forward with no extra frills...sometimes that is exactly how a card should be...(and this is one of those times.)

I love the sketch and will see what I can do with it.

Rose Ann said...

I love this card! It's so pretty!!

malieta said...

This is a beautiful card!!!!
I like the sketch also and I will have my card ready next week.
Malieta:)

Michelle said...

Very pretty! Simple and elegant

Beth said...

Such a beautiful card. Very inspirational.

Paula said...

Julee,
This has nothing to do with your card contest. I received your stamps in the mail and wanted you to know I got to play with them.
You can check out what I have done at: http://inkyfingersbypaula.blogspot.com

Dede Rhodes said...

Julee, love the card. Thanks for inspiring me to get started on Christmas cards. Here is mine.
http://doodleedeestamper.blogspot.com
I don't think you could ever lose your mojo.
I just received your stamps in the mail but forgot to order foam so I will play as soon as I receive the foam (duh!)

Rachel Hope said...

Love your card! Your challenge got me looking at my stamps...

I actually got something done!!!!

http://hopestampseternal.blogspot.com/2007/08/precious-little-one.html

Quilt Nut said...

gorgeous card. i almost got that set and now i'm wishing i had!

karrie baker said...

What you talking about? I love your card, so fresh, great colors, love that stamps...ahhhh.... :)
Darn it, I wish I would have seen your post yesterday but alas, I was off galavanting around town. I'll still have to make a card using that sketch though... hmmm, maybe I will have to use the new TCP images!! :)

Lisa said...

Beautiful card, love that tree, so I just had to take the challenge to finding the stamp so for those of you who "need to know" here's the link: http://impression-obsession.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=J2004&Category_Code=

Nikki said...

What a great sketch challenge! I love you demo....that is a fabulous stamp! Well here is a link to my submission. I hope you like it!
http://militarywifestampinspot.blogspot.com/2007/08/early-holiday-card.html

Kim said...

What a super cute Christmas card and a wonderful sketch! Thanks for the inspiration!
http://sunshinydayswithkim.blogspot.com/2007/08/another-sketch-challenge.html

Suzy said...

Hi Julee~
here is my entry. thanks for the fun!
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/651058?cat=500&ppuser=102658
suzy

Linda said...

Julee, Love the card and covering your boo-boo added interest to the card. That is a darling tree. For future reference to stop stitching on a machine just back up over the stitches you just did and that keeps it from unraveling.

Paula said...

Julee, I did your card sketch. Boy did this on stretch my creativeness. I had a hard time with the little piece on the right. Just did not know what to do with it.

See the card:
http://inkyfingersbypaula.blogspot.com
Just keep challenging me and I will get better and faster. I try hard. Big Big hugs.

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

Awesome sketch, Julee! Congrats on 75K! Here's my card: http://oodabugalley.blogspot.com/2007/08/julees-sketch.html

lacyquilter said...

Great card. Actually sewing on paper can be more difficult than fabric, because it's slippery.

Here's my card:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=651471&cat=11110

Rein said...

What a beautiful card!

mara g said...

i love sketches. Great challenge. Here is my take.
thanks
http://scrapbooktakeoutgallery.com//displayimage.php?pos=-1187

mara g said...

Here's another card.

http://scrapbooktakeoutgallery.com//displayimage.php?pos=-1186

malieta said...

Hi Julee!
I have finished the sketch challenge and it is here;

http://malieta-lifessimplepleasures.blogspot.com/

Thank you very much Julee!
Malieta:)

Flossie's Follies said...

My card is on my site.
www.flofollies.blogspot.com

Peggy S said...

Congrats on 75K!!! That's quite a milestone..... Always fun and inspiring when visiting your blog!

I was able to get a card made this weekend using your great sketch!
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/652166

mustangsarah said...

I love your card.

Awesome sketch, here is my card;

Wanted

Libby said...

Hi Julee! Congrats on the hits!! No surprise though, your blog is awesome! I tried your sketch - loved it!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

http://stampinlibby.blogspot.com/2007/08/another-birthday-in-hickson-household.html

Libby said...

I think my link to my card cut off, let me see if I can get some fancy html to work...

Libby's Card

Libby said...

YEAH IT WORKED!!! Sorry for all the comments, but that's the first time I did that and I'm excited. Yes, I am a dork. :-)

Nancy Grant said...

Congratulations Julee! Your card is original and fun. I like everything about it! :-)

Here's a card I did with your sketch. Thanks so much for the challenge.

Smiles,
NG.

http://poeticartistry.blogspot.com/2007/08/75k-card-contest.html

CAKVD said...

This is a great sketch!! Your card is wonderful!! Here is mine:

http://cakvd2.blogspot.com/2007/08/poetic-artistry-challenge.html

Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

dini said...

Hey girl! This was fun. My card is here:

http://mamadinis.blogspot.com/2007/08/sketch-challenge.html

Allison said...

Here's mine...cheers!

http://stampinwhenican.blogspot.com/2007/08/card-for-julees-challenge.html

Denise said...

This is a great sketch! Thank you! I found it very easy to work with and great fun...love your card! Here's mine:
http://waldeewee.blogspot.com/2007/08/this-card-works-for-two-contests.html

Tracy.H said...

Congrats on the 75K! Wow! I absolutely love this sketch!!

Here is my entry...hope you like it. :0)

http://tracyshappyplace.blogspot.com/2007/08/jts-august-rak-received-and-julees-75k.html

Cindy Vernon said...

Here's mine:
http://cindyvernon.blogspot.com/2007/08/fall-is-here.html

beate said...

Julee, your sketch ROCKED! I had a blast with this layout! I will definitely do it again. I love all your layouts.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/653362?cat=10371

Genevieve said...

I absolutely loved this sketch! Congrats on 75K! Here's my card:

http://4somereason.blogspot.com/2007/08/trick-or-treat.html

Thanks for the challenge!

apigonfire said...

Here's mine! Not my favorite card I've ever made, but it does fit the sketch challenge!
http://apigonfire.blogspot.com/2007/08/long-time-no-blog.html
Thanks,
Kendra

Dana said...

Here's my first entry, I'm going to aattempt another on tonight!

http://kismetartlife.blogspot.com/2007/08/julees-contest.html

Toni said...

I've been enjoying this sketch! I've got three cards using it on my blog
www.inkyfingersart.blogspot.com

Tara said...

thanks for the challenge...what great prizes too...I love your blog, your work is great! by the way...I think your card is perfect!!

http://stamp-a-licious.blogspot.com/2007/08/sketch-challenge.html

Cindy Vernon said...

Here are two more for your challenge:
http://cindyvernon.blogspot.com/2007/08/blitzen-paper.html

Kristina Lewis said...

I love this sketch!! I tried it! Thanks for the inspiration!!
http://kristinaalewis.blogspot.com/2007/08/card-for-miss-trishs-swap.html

Tanis said...

Wow, that's a lot of comments and entries! What a busy summer it's been, but I made a little time for you :)
Here's my card, that one was fun!

My Card

Pam Speidel said...

Rarely do I have time do participate in sketch challenges such as this, but I *love* this sketch of yours and couldn't resist! Congratulations on 75K hits Julee! Your blog is one of the BEST and that's why! :)
My sketch challenge entry is posted on my blog at http://smileycollector.blogspot.com/2007/08/hello-good-friend-julees-sketch.html
Smiles 2 U,
Pam
"Stamping with Serendipity"

Dana said...

here's my second entry.

http://kismetartlife.blogspot.com/2007/08/sketch-contest-part-2.html

I'll email it to you also to make it easier.

Kirsten said...

Hi Julee! Love the sketch! Here's my entry...

http://kirstendubosque.blogspot.com/2007/08/i-shore-am.html

Thanks!

Cindy Vernon said...

Well here are my last cards for this great sketch. I went a little overboard, there are 5 here!
http://cindyvernon.blogspot.com/2007/08/more-sketch-samples.html

riggy said...

Really love your card. Here is my card from your 75K card sketch..I had fun doing this
http://riggyshappyspace.blogspot.com/2007/08/card-from-cardsketch.html

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card! I'm almost embarrassed to post mine. http://amygdesigns.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/doodle-sayings/
I love the sketch and plan to make some more. Thanks for sharing!

Beth said...

I love that Chrismas tree image. When I read the details about and found out you had colored in the image "WOW" was all that came to mind. Here is my entry for you sketch challenge drawing. Thanks for this generous opportunity!

http://astampingoodtime.blogspot.com/2007/08/please-nobody-faint.html

karrie baker said...

Hey Girlfriend, here is my card for your 75K (which hello, that # is WOW!!) sketch challenge. YEAH!! Hope you like it, I made it for that silly girl Sharon in NE. :)
http://stampgirl.typepad.com/burnin_rubber/2007/08/today-is-the-da.html

By the way, love this sketch! Will definitely be using it again! :)

Shannan said...

Here's my card...just in the nick of time?
http://withfeathersandsequins.blogspot.com/2007/08/wanted-stamping-time.html

Samm said...

Too late, but such a great sketch, here's mine:

by Samm: Poetic Artistry - better late than never.....

Samm
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