Sunday, January 9, 2011

My First Ever Card Challenge Submission!

Hi, Everyone!

Today is a banner day because, with this post, I am entering my first ever card challenge! As many of you know, I am completely card-phobic and it takes me longer to make one card than to literally do anything else. For an example of what I mean, check out the UStream recording of the time I tried to make an easel card: Starts Here at two hours and fifteen minutes into the recording and Ends Here. I think the whole thing took over three hours & I cried more than a few times during the process.

Anyways, my good buddy Dawn from Crafting on the Prairie called me a few days ago to share some very exciting news with me. She has been asked to be on the design team for the Midnight Madness card sketch challenge blog. Getting accepted on a design team is always exciting, but this was especially cool for Dawn because Midnight Madness is her very favorite card sketch blog in the whole world AND some of her very favorite card makers in the whole world are on their design team with her.

For some reason {why exactly still remains a mystery} I told her that I was proud of her accomplishment and that in honor of her achievement I would make a card for her first challenge as a design team member. And not only would I make a dreaded card {which is sacrifice enough in my opinion} but I would make it live on UStream {which is typically a very humiliating process}. Normally this is something that I would say to be nice and then try to weasel out of later. Unfortunately for me, Dawn knows me pretty well by this point, so to prevent me from doing that, she immediately emailed the blog owner AND THE WHOLE DESIGN TEAM and told them what I had agreed to do.

Dawn is such a jurkweasel sometimes.

So here are my submissions for the Midnight Madness Card Sketch Challenge #85. There were actually two sketches this month and I chose to create one card for each sketch. Mostly because I actually needed to send two cards this week.

The first sketch is the "fancy" sketch:

Here is my take on the "fancy" sketch:

I used Graphic 45's "Once Upon a Springtime" and Pink Paislee's "Parisian Anthology" collections to create this card. The main image is a stamp from the Cavendish Ladies' "Putting on the Ritz" collection. I stamped it several times on different patterns of paper from the "Once Upon a Springtime" collection, cut them out & layered them together to create her outfit. I then accented her outfit with Ranger Distress Stickles to make her hat, belt and shoes pop. I covered her fur collar and pearl necklace with Ranger Liquid Pearls in "White Opal" for some subtle shimmer. I'll be enclosing this card with my sister's coffee cup mini.

The second sketch is the "simple" sketch:

Here is my take on the "simple" sketch:

First, I turned the sketch on it's side. Then I used the Fancy Pants Designs "Happy Together" paper collection to create this card. The main image is a stamp from the Inkadinkado "Humorous Birthday" set. I stamped it on cream cardstock and colored it in with my EK Success Zig markers. Last, I added the Thickers as this one is for my brother's upcoming 23rd birthday.

I hope you enjoyed these cards! I actually had fun making them & unlike usual they came together pretty easily for me. Congratulations to Dawn or making the Midnight Madness design team!

Life's a beach. As long as you don't have to make any cards.


  1. Ha! love the cards! You should not doubt yourself, you did an A-mazing job with the sketches to make them your own :)

  2. I Just Love This Post! You always amaze me with your talent. For as much as you Whine about not liking Cards you sure do a great Job at completing them for a Stunning result. The paper-piecing on your Cavendish Lady is Just Fabulous, She Pops right off the page in true style. The Simple sketch card is just as amazing and perfect for your Bro!
    Thanks For Joining us this week at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and I Hope you Join us again next week.

  3. Wooooo HOooooo Welcome to the Midnight Madness Kathryn!! What beautiful cards and I was lucky enough to get to watch you in action. Thank you so much for using our sketch and honoring Dawn that way. It was soo much fun. Thanks for letting me sit in on it. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. I want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at the Midnight Madness sketch challenges. I hope you will join us again really soon.
    MMSC Hostess

  4. Wow you must be a great friend; well done!!! Dawn must be so proud of you, for doing this in her honor :-) I love both of your cards, hope you enjoyed our challenge. Your videos are superb by the way.
    Thanks for playing at Midnight Madness. Hope you will play again soon.
    Hugs Guro

  5. Hi Kathryn!
    Welcome to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. It seems to me that this is teh perfect place for you, cause jugdign by this post you went through a little bit of Madness to get to this point ;o)
    Love your story and love the outcome of your cards. The fancy one is gorgeous! Lovely colors and pretty lady!
    The birthday card is supercool!

    I am sorry I could not sit in on the Ustream. It sounds like a lot of fun, but it was 3 AM at the time here, so I was sound asleep.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Midnight Madness. i hope Dawn can trick you into playing with us again soon ;o)

    Midnight Madness Design Team

  6. I love both of them . Good luck with the challenge!

  7. Kathryn: A BIG WARM WELCOME to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge!! We are delighted that you have joined us. Your cards are wonderful!! I especially love that image and all your embellishments on the first card!! AWESOME card. The MMDesign Team thanks you for playing in our challenge this week and we will be looking for you each week!!

    Phyllis MMDesign Team

  8. Dawn totally deserves the spot. Her cards are always fabulous and I love how she makes look easy the process of making a card ;D
    I'm with you. Creating a card means to go trough a land of pain! lol But knowing it's a new year and everybody has new resolutions going on maybe I should try to make more of them... if they can forgive all the bad things I said about them! ;D
    Btw, your take on this challenge is great. The lady on the first card pops out beautifully and the second one seems perfect for a 23rd years old boy. TFS! Hugs, Vron :D

  9. These are wonderful cards! Thank you for joining us at Midnight Madness. Valerie PSDT

  10. Well done she looks do both your cards....hope to see more...although I love your minis!!

  11. Kathryn, I loved reading how you put your card together, and it has turned out awesome! Well worth the effort! Thanks for joining us on the MMSC this week.

  12. Kathryn, first let me say WECOME to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge! We are just so delighted you picked our challenge for your very first entry! What a devoted friend to create and enter a card to honor Dawn. Your card is just stunning! I love vintage and this is just GORGEOUS! You have given so much attention to detail and your paper piecing is just lovely. Your DP and color combinations are perfect - I never would have realized this was your first challenge - you definitely have the mojo! Thanks again for joining us for this week's challenge, hope you'll join us again next week for another exciting challenge!

  13. WOWZERS!!! Thank you so much for joining us at Midnight Madness this week. Your card is just gorgeous, and I am shocked that this is your first card entry. Thank you so much for choosing Midnight Madness for your first challenge, you did a fantastic job!!!! Hope to see you in our upcoming challenges as well.

  14. Hello and welcome to the MMSC Kathryn - what a gorgeous card! I love the colours and that divine image!! Such a great take on the sketch! I am glad that Dawn got you here!! Love it! Thank you for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - we love to have you as part of our MMSC family! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team
    By the way - love your Ustreasm Tutorials - you are amazing - I am going to try and get to more! {{{hugs}}}

  15. Thank you so much to everyone who commented on this card! :D I know that Dawn is very excited about this new journey & I was happy to support her with a card submission!

  16. Even after watching you create these cards live I am still amazed at how beautiful the first on is (you made it look SO easy) and the second one is just too cute!! You are a great friend to support Dawn in this challenge.

    On another note - Congratulations to Dawn - she is also one very talented woman!