Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Bittersweet Ending- CPS October 2012

October 2012 announcement, which will remain at the top of the blog for new visitors. Please scroll down for design team posts and to enter your card in our final challenge ending 10/31/12.

Good morning, CPS readers! 

Tami Mayberry here with a special post to kick off the month of October. As many of you may know, I am the founder and sketch artist here on the CPS blog. I started the CPS card sketch blog over 5 1/2 years ago with a vision. Before becoming a cardmaker, I was a scrapbooker. In the scrapbook industry layout sketches were very popular at that time. But, when I looked around there were practically no such things for card makers. Most people had never even heard of card sketches or even knew what to do with them. So, with the help of some great friends and card makers the CPS blog was born. Shortly after I was blessed enough to be able to work on a series of books. And the excitement has continued since.

But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. That  excitement that was once there has subsided. I have taken a step back to reevaluate and see if this is the path I should continue on.  In reality, the need for this blog has also been replaced by the influx of challenge blogs over the past few years. While I have struggled with the decision for months now, I have finally come to a point that I am at peace with the fact that it is time to move on. With that, October will be the final month of the CPS blog. I have asked each of the current designers to share one last card with you using a past sketch and share their farewells throughout the month. (I hope you will play along!)

As for me, when I look back over the past 5 1/2 years I am amazed at all that has went on here. From friendships, to prizes, to magazine sponsored contests to the support of outstanding manufacturers.  I want to thank all of the generous sponsors who have donated hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars worth of prizes and supplies for both the designers and readers. I want to thank the CPS designers. These ladies are top notch not only in their design work but as friends as well. They have always been there to step up when I needed something and support not only me but each other. Thanks to Jeanne Streiff and Laura Williams for posting and keeping up with everything for me over the last few months while I was off trying to find my path. I want to thank Annie's publishing (formerly DRG publishers) for the work on my books. A huge thank you to my friend Tanya Fox who has always supported me in making my dreams come true, and continues to do so even as the vision changes. And most of all, I want to thank the over 960,000 people who have visited this blog over the last 5 1/2 years. You all are what makes it great!!!

So, now what? As for me I will be focusing more on illustrating and my stamp line with Gina K Designs. I will continue to create card sketches that can be found in each issue of CardMaker magazine, as well has writing and design work for them. I am going to work once again with scrapbooking in the form of Project Life and will be offering tips, ideas, free templates, cut files and more on my blog. I'll even be posting sketches on my blog on occasion for those who stop by to say hello. And, I have a few other exciting things in the works that I can't share just yet. I am FAR from done in the papercraft industry. You'll find me spending much more time on my blog, Facebook and Pinterest (if that's possible). It's just time to change my focus. That is something I am, once again, excited about.  

We do have a sponsor this month so be sure and post your cards using the sketches the designers are providing and share them in the My Linky post from yesterday for a chance to win. Finally, with the sadness of an era ending and the joy of new beginnings. I give you my final CPS card and accompanying sketch.


CPS 102





Wishing You a Bright and Happy Day
Designer Tami Mayberry
Supplies:
Card stock: Gina K Design, Bazzill Prismatics
Patterns: Authentique
Stamps: Tami Mayberry for Gina K Designs (Lighthearted Wishes, Take Note)
Pearls: Want2Scrap
Ink: Clearsnap Fluid Chalk (Chestnut Roan)
Dies: My Favorite Things

CPS October Winner!

The winner of the October prize sponsored by The Paper Loft is:
 
Congratulations!
Please send your contact info using the link at the top of the page. Winners have one week to claim their prize.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

CPS Farewell - Lisa Silver

Hello.  It's certainly with a great deal of saddness that I write a closing post for CPS today.  I was so excited to get the call from Tami at the end of 2009 that I was selected to be a part of the CPS Team.  CPS was there for me at the right time... filling my life with creativity, fabulous women and friends... I'll forever be grateful.
 
Thank you to Tami for your time, effort and work for CPS.  Thank you to the sponsors.  And thank you to the wonderful ladies that have become my friends.
 
For my swan song, I've picked CPS Sketch # 170... a favorite of mine, to use today.
 
 
So, while I'll be saying good-bye to CPS, perhaps we should all just agree to say, "Until we meet again."  Or "Call me, maybe?"
 
You can find me at SilverStamping.  Be sure to drop me a note of 'Ello any time!
 
 
'Ello - Goodbye
Designed by Lisa Silver
 
Supplies:
Stamps: You Say Goodbye, and I Say 'Ello by Gina K Designs
Ink: ColoBox Kettle, Cherry and Grey by Clearsnap
Paper: Solar White, Straw 110# and Black by DiscountCardstock.com
Other: Dimensional tape, Copic T1 marker, precision scissors by EK Success



This month's prize is sponsored by: THE PAPER LOFT
To enter this month's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this "Pick A CPS Sketch" image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it. A winner will be chosen from all the month's entries the last week of the month.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

CPS Farewells - Linda Beeson

Can I say I never wanted to see this day come?  I have had the priviledge of being part of the Card Postioning Systems sketch blog from the very first sketch.  I think along the way that maybe I only missed one sketch.
What I learned before long along this journey is how much I love the inspiration that comes by using a sketch as a launching off place to create a card or layout.  Being part of Tammy's team at CPS has been so much fun. I have loved watching the card making community play along with us each week.  I have loved getting to know the other gals on the team. 
I know that I will refer back to the great collection of sketches that are in the archive when I need a little boost along the way. Thanks to all who have checked us out and thanks to Tammy for inviting me to play.
It was hard to pick a sketch to use, but I ended up with sketch #16 to use these great Paper Loft papers on.
 
 
 

Materials:
Cardstock
Patterned papers - Paper Loft
Stamps - Paper Smooches
Clearsnap stamp pad



This month's prize is sponsored by: THE PAPER LOFT
To enter this month's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this "Pick A CPS Sketch" image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it. A winner will be chosen from all the month's entries the last week of the month.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CPS Farewell - Jen Buck

Being part of the CPS team has truly been such an incredible honor for me.  CPS was THE first team that I ever applied for.  I was in love the moment I found Tami's 'little' blog and wanted so much to be part of it.  I feel so incredibly blessed to have been part of the team for such a long time.

I have always been a fan of sketches.  I {heart} having a place to go for those moments when it seems that my 'mojo' has abandoned me.  ;)  Tami has always helped with her AMAZING sketches.  With so many sketches to choose from I wasn't sure which one I would pick for my last project.  I chose sketch number 239.  Take a peek....


One of the things that I LOVE about Tami is that she looks at a sketch as a 'starting point'.  I've loved that if things bring me a little 'off course'....as long as the sketch is still visible I'm staying true to the challenge.  What a wonderful way to get my creative juices flowing.  I pulled out some of my favorite Paper Loft papers for this one and a bit of Flower Soft.....


I am so very thankful for my time here and so grateful that Tami had the thought to create this wonderful blog to begin with.  There have been so many projects that she has inspired.  What a beautiful addition to the creative world.

Thank you, Tami!  Thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing yourself with us!  We love you Girly!  :)


This month's prize is sponsored by: THE PAPER LOFT
To enter this month's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this "Pick A CPS Sketch" image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it. A winner will be chosen from all the month's entries the last week of the month.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CPS Farewell - Lee Murphy

Smiley from millan.net

Oh I know I haven't been  here all that long....but what a FUN challenge blog and an AMAZING team of talented designers and sweet ladies that I will miss!!!!!  But I have a sneaking suspicion you will see us around!!!!  ;)  I just want to thank Tami for such an amazing place to play, be challenged and inspired and find new stampin' friends!!!  And a thank you to all the CPS designers....you truly have become treasured friends!!!  And to everyone who played along!!!  The amazing designs and fabulous creativity you shared was wonderful to see!!!!

I chose Sketch #34 since it has lots of fun layers...yep...of course I would choose one with layers!!  LOL And I went with a masculine design...a little tricky for me....however this designer paper from The Paper Loft just called to me with it's gorgeous wintry, mountainy look!!!  It's how my mountain looks right now!!!



Best Wishes
Designer - Lee Murphy

Designer Paper - Paper Loft
Stamps - Gina K Designs - Winter Foliage
Ink - Tim Holtz
Cardstock - Gina K Designs
Pearls - Kaisercraft

This month's prize is sponsored by: THE PAPER LOFT
To enter this month's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this "Pick A CPS Sketch" image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it. A winner will be chosen from all the month's entries the last week of the month.

Smiley from millan.net  Take care and may all your stampy dreams come true!!!!

Sponsor Spotlight! The Paper Loft

 Our sponsor this month is The Paper Loft.
Here is a project by Jeanne Streiff (The Paper Loft & CPS Designer) using Sketch #38
 
 
 
 

Papers from the Easy Breezy Collection -The Paper Loft

 Visit The Paper Loft Blog and our Facebook page for news, specials and ideas!
50% OFF all Halloween papers this month!
 
This month's prize is sponsored by: THE PAPER LOFT
To enter this month's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this "Pick A CPS Sketch" image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it. A winner will be chosen from all the month's entries the last week of the month.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CPS Farewell - Laura Williams

WAHHHHHH! Don't make me say goodbye! PLEASE! 
Joining the CPS designers has been one of the highlights of my papercrafting journey! 
I'm not sure I'll know what to do without it . . . .but although change is difficult, it is good, so I'm here to embrace it and look forward to new opportunities!
Sharing great sketches, along with beautiful sponsored product, and hopefully some inspiration along the way has been my great privilege! 
I am so thankful for Tami and her countless hours of work to make this blog possible.  
And I'm so thankful for YOU! Because just as I hoped to inspire you every week, you have often inspired ME too! Big smooches to YOU! 
Come on over and visit my blog . . . I'll never stop making pretty things with paper!
xoxo
Laura, 

Trick or Treat
Designer Laura Williams

Supplies:
paper - The Paper Loft
stamps - Inkadinkado
ink - Clearsnap



This month's prize is sponsored by: THE PAPER LOFT
To enter this month's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this "Pick A CPS Sketch" image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it. A winner will be chosen from all the month's entries the last week of the month.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

CPS Farewell - Keri Lee Sereika

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." 
~ Anatole France

It's really quite sad to be posting for the very last time here to the CPS blog....yet there's a sense of anticipation that also shrouds the edges of each of our farewells. Having been a part of CPS since nearly the beginning has been a blessing. I have been blessed to serve on a team of like minded people and fabulous artists! We each have lent our own spin to each and every sketch with the purpose to inspire and encourage you to do the same! Thank you for taking your time each week to play along with us and to give us a glimpse into who you are in your creative element!!!

This week's card from me is CPS #9. I loved this sketch back in the day and so I thought why not pull it from the archives five years later! Enjoy!

Keri Lee Sereika




Celebrate The Moment!
Designer: Keri Lee Sereika
Supplies:
Patterned Paper: The Paper Loft - Serendipity Collection
Stamps: Gina K Designs - Festive Labels
Inks: Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Tsukienko Memento Dye Ink - Rich Cocoa
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon - 5/8 Cream Grosgain
Button: Buttons Galore & More - Coconut Shell Button
Cardstock: Bazzill Prismatics
Hemp



 

This month's prize is sponsored by: THE PAPER LOFT
To enter this month's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this "Pick A CPS Sketch" image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it. A winner will be chosen from all the month's entries the last week of the month.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight! The Paper Loft

 Our sponsor this month is The Paper Loft.
Here is a project by Jeanne Streiff (The Paper Loft & CPS Designer) using Sketch #116

Papers from the Easy Breezy and Funkysaurus Collections -The Paper Loft

 Visit The Paper Loft Blog and our Facebook page for news, specials and ideas!
50% OFF all Halloween papers this month!


This month's prize is sponsored by: THE PAPER LOFT
To enter this month's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this "Pick A CPS Sketch" image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it. A winner will be chosen from all the month's entries the last week of the month.