Tuesday, February 27, 2007

RAK winner and more designs for CPS #3

Christine has drawn the winner for those who participated in sketch one and sketch two. That winner was Philippa. If you will send your email (link at right) with your contact information she will get that right out to you. Congrats, and thanks to all who have joined in on the fun!!

Also, here are a couple more designs featuring CPS #3:

"Courage is.."
Designer: Tami Mayberry

Cardstock: Prism Exclusives (Nero)
Pattern Papers: Cosmo Cricket Halfway Cafe line (Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Strip tease)
Brads: Creative Impressions

"You're the Best"
Designer: Melissa Phillips

Prism cardstock
SEI paper
Heidi Swapp ghost letters, decorative tape, chipboard strips, and photo corner
Scenic Route Paper Co. alphabet stickers
Doodlebug rubons
Bazzill flower
ColorBox fluid chalk
Button from craft supply

Monday, February 26, 2007

Latest Reader updates

Here they are! The lastest reader updates for sketches one and two :) CPS designer Christine Traversa will be drawing a RAK winner from those who posted their designs for the two sketches and the winner will be announced tomorrow. Also be watching for some more design ideas for CPS #3 throughout the week. Thanks so much to all those who have joined us.

Sketch One

Sketch Two

Sunday, February 25, 2007

CPS #3

Here is the sketch for the week. I think you will find quite a variety in the design concepts for this one. We can't wait to see your ideas as well! Also check back soon for the reader updates and winner of the sketch one and two RAK. ;)

CPS #3

CPS #3 Designs

"Thanks" (Hybrid Card)
Designer: Christine Traversa

Designer Notes:
I constructed the card in PSE, with all elements except the flower. Then after printing, I folded the card, and printed the flower shape and arrow. I cut the flower and arrow leaving a thin white border, then adhered them to the card, the second arrow over the original arrow (using foam squares), and the flower beneath the arrow. Using the AC paper, I punched a small circle, then glued it to the center of the flower.


"A Little Funk Paper Pack" by Penny Springmann.
Family Treasures circle punch.
American Crafts patterned paper.
Cutterbee scissors.
Therm o Web Peel n Stick Foam Squares.
Therm o Web Memory Tape Runner Permanent Adhesive.
Misc. smooth white cardstock.
Gabrielle font downloaded from the internet.

Designer: Kim Hughes


Spring Floral/Blue, Memories Stripe/Lime and My Journey Stripe/Lime patterned papers from the Backyard Collection by My Mind's Eye
Arrow Dingbrad by Around The Block
Flowers by Prima
Corduroy Brads by Imaginisce
Brown Zig Writer Pen by EK Success
Machine Stitching
Coffee Bean Ink by Paper Salon

"Happy Birthday"
Designer: Linda Beeson


Solid cardstock- Worldwin Papers/Dark Outdoor Olive/ColorMates
Patterned paper, tags and monogram – Crate Avenue Collection/Crate Paper
Black stamp pad – Ancient Page
Rub-ons – Wholy Cow/Basic Grey and Deja Views
Corner rounder punch – Papershapers/EK Success

"Happy Birthday"
Designer: Alissa Fast


Shaped CS: Bazzil
PP: MME, Autumn Leaves
Paper Flower: Prima
Buttons: Autumn Leaves
Arrow Brad: Around the Block
Letter Stickers: BasicGrey

"Best Friends"
Designer: Sherry Wright


Scenic Route paper and chipboard
Prism cardstock
Wright's black trim
Sakura black glaze pen

"I Cherish U"
Designer: Anabelle Omalley

Cardstock- Worldwin
Patterned Paper- Paper Salon (Garden Party and Serenity lines)
Rub On- Paper Salon
Chipboard- Paper Salon
Flowers and Brads-Queen and Co.
Ribbon-Craft Supply

"Wedding card"
Designer: Lea Lawson

Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned Paper: Chatterbox
Heart Stickers: EK Success
Rub-on Sentiment: American Crafts
Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts
Font: SF Happiness
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Machine Stitching

"Happy Birthday"
Designer: Anabelle Omalley

Patterned Paper-Urban Lily
Sticker-EK Success

Thursday, February 22, 2007

More Designs for CPS #2

A couple more designs to give you ideas for CPS #2:

"I Love You"
Designer: Alissa Fast

PP: BasicGrey
Chipboard Scallop: Deluxe Designs
Ink: Distress Ink by Tim Holtz
Letter Stickers: BasicGrey
Die Cut: Quickutz (heart), Self Addressed (card)

"Baby" (Hybrid card)
Designer: Anabelle Omalley

Designer notes:
I created the background in PSE and printed it out. Then I inked the die cut tags and adhered them. Finally I added a bit of ink to the edges of the card.

Paper, flowers, floursih from the Urban Bohmian Kit-Jen Wilson Designs
Snapshot Flourish- Rhonna Farrer, 2 Peas in a Bucket
Stick Pin- from Shabby Princess Vintage Floral kit
Die Cut Tags- Daisy Ds
Ink-Paper Salon
Cardstock-The Paper Co.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Designs from CPS readers

Our first week here has been a huge success and we want to thank all of those who have joined in! In case you missed it we have had a lot of reader submissions this week. Here are links to the one posted so far so you can check those card designs out as well:

Sketch one:

Sketch two:

Don't forget we be will drawing the name of one person who has shared their card designs for either sketch one of two at the end of the week. That person will be getting a great RAK from one of the CPS designers. If you would like to be entered just post a link to your design using one of the sketches in the comments section. We will get all the new designs linked up in the next reader's design update.

Have a great day!!

Monday, February 19, 2007

More Designs for CPS #2

Here are some additional designs for CPS #2:

"So Sweet"
Designer: Linda Beeson

Patterned papers – Charlotte Collection/Scenic Route
Fluid Chalk Stamp pad – Clearsnap
Rub-on flourish and words – Mini Marks/American Crafts
White flowers and brads – Making Memories
Machine Sewing

"Two Hearts"
Designer: Lea Lawson

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Scarlet's Letter)
Rub-on Sentiment: Basic Grey
Dimensional Sticker: EK Success
Lace: Wrights
Rhinestones: Westrim
CraftsInk: Colorbox Chalk Ink

Designer: Anabelle Omalley

Patterned Paper-American Crafts
Flowers, Brads, Chipboard and Hook Up-Queen and Company
Ribbon- Basic Grey

"Get Well Soon"
Designer: Kim Hughes

Designer's note: The sentiment is my hand writing.

Bluch patterned paper from the babylily collection by Urban Lily
Shrinky Dink film by Stampin' Up!
Black Ink by Stazon
Black Micron Pen by Sakura
White Card Stock by Bazzill
Micro Brads by Queen & Co.
Machine sewing

We hope you have enjoyed todays addition. We also have a bonus design from last weeks sketch in case you still need ideas.

"I Love You"
Designer: Kim Hughes

Designer's note:
The heart is my design
The sentiment is my hand writing

I traced scalloped card stock onto the back of the patterned paper

Supply List:
Rococo Loco patterned paper from the Go For Baroque Collection by Imaginisce
White Galaxy Pen by Sakura
Button-source unknown
Lace sold by the yard at JoAnn Fabrics
Black Ink by Stazon
Textured Card Stock by Bazzill
Mounting Squares and Large Zots by Therm O Web Adhesives.

We can't wait to see your designs as well! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Time for CPS Sketch 2

Well here we are week two, already! The response has been great and we are very excited about some of the great things we have in store. This week we have even included a hybrid (tech+paper) card!! Everyone has been hard at work on several new designs so here is this week's CPS and a few of the designs to get you started.

CPS Sketch #2

CPS Designs

(Click on any image to view full size)

"Spring" Hybrid Card

Design by: Christine Traversa

Designer note: The majority of this card was created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0. I constructed the card in PSE first. Then after printing, I folded the card. I reprinted the black box and "spring" elements, and trimmed them, leaving a thin white border. Then, I adhered these elements to the card front using the foam squares.

Digital kit: Sweet and Spicy Spring Kit ©2006 by Gina Cabrera of www.DigitalDesignEssentials.com
Cutterbee scissors, Tonic trimmer.
Therm o Web Peel n Stick Foam Squares.
Misc. smooth white cardstock

"Happiness is"

Design by: Tami Mayberry

Designer note: For the words on this card I used a journaling block for the base and then cut one long border strip into sections to for the side greeting.


Cardstock: Prism Papers (Mystic Light, Marrone)

Pattern Papers, Jounal box, "Strip Tease": Cosmo Cricket (Dutch Girl line)

Ribbon: Creative Impressions

Charm: Queen & Co.

"Hello Friend"

Design by: Sherry Wright


American Crafts paper
Scenic Route chipboard
Doodlebug Frills
Prism cardstock
wood flower (painted) Fun Expressions


Design by: Sherry Wright


MME paper and die cut (happy)
MME ribbon
7gypsies stickers
Fabric-Tac adhesive by Beacon

"Live it up!"

Design by: Melissa Phillips


Bazzill cardstock
Scenic Route paper
SandyLion stickers
Doodlebug Frills
Making Memories rubon
Jewels are unknown
ColorBox fluid chalk

Be sure check back all throughout the week for more designs from our designers. Also don't forget to link your creations in the comments section. One of our designers will be choosing a lucky reader this week and sending them a great prize just for sharing their design with everyone!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Our First CPS!!

Well here it is! Our designs from the very first Card Positioning System.

I think I speak for everyone when I say that we enjoyed thinking outside the box and playing with this sketch. Hopefully these will give you some ideas that you have been searching for. Remember when you look at a sketched design it is simply a rough draft for creativity. You can make changes to fit your design style. Nothing is set in concrete, it should be a springboard for the design.

Here are just a few ideas for this week's sketch:

  • The sketch can be rotated or flipped

  • The top left box can be left the same, changed to another shape, raised/lowered or simply be used to mark the location if an element such as a greeting.

  • For the horizontal strip you can use paper, ribbon, stitching, a bow, or an additional area for journaling.

  • The three vertical strips could be used patterned papers, additional words, tags, flower stems, packages, or other wide designed embellishment.

CPS #1:

Featured Designs
(click on images to view full size details)

Design by: Sherry Wright

Making Memories papers and velvet "XO" stickers
Heidi Swapp journaling spot
Wright's trim
Doodlebug frills
Lipstick red ink (Paper Salon)

"Make a Wish"
Design by: Christine Traversa

Patterned paper: American Crafts, KI Memories
Sticker: 7 Gypsies
Adhesive: Therm o Web
Trimmer: Tonic
Scissors: Cutterbee
Rub-ons: American Crafts
Flower chip: Prima
Ink: Ranger Distressed
Misc: cardstock, circle punch.

"Be My Valentine"
Design by: Tami Mayberry

Cardstock: Prism
Pattern Papers: KI Memeories, Reminiscense
Stickers: Reminiscense
Flowers: Prima
Ribbon: Creative Impressions
Jewels: Westrim Crafts

Design by: Sherry Wright

Crate Paper papers
Red silk fabric
Paper Salon stamp (thanks)
Ranger red embossing powder

"For Mom"
Design by: Melissa Phillips

Bazzill cardstock
Melissa Frances paper, tag, and vintage cutout.
May Arts ribbon
Buttons from craft supply
Ranger ink
Other supplies: punch, sewing machine and thread

"Happy Easter"
Design by: Anabelle Omalley

Paper: Paper Salon Blossom line
Tag-Paper Salon Blossome die cut tags
Ink-Paper Salon-Petal
Stamp- from the Paper Salon Spring Fling Tailored Tin
Brads-Making Memories

Lace-craft supply

"A Friend"
Design by: Anabelle Omalley

Cardstock-Bazzil, Prism
Paper, sticker-Polar Bear Press
Pin-Paper Bliss
Charm-Nunn Designs

"Let me count the ways"
Design by: Linda Beeson

Solid cardstock – WORLDWIN Papers/Crimson Red and Pure White/Treasures
Patterned paper – Plaid/Smitten Collection/Paper Salon
Rubber Stamps for numbers – Purple Onion
Font for verse – Harting
Red stamp pad – Paper Salon
Large scallop scissors – All Night Media
Small scallop scissors – Family Treasures
Machine sewing

"Let's Celebrate"
Design by: Lea Lawson

Supply List:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Chatterbox
Ribbon/Iron-on: Heidi Swapp
Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts
Ink: Colorbox

"All things grow with love"

Design by: Alissa Fast

PP: Scenic Route
Journal Card: 7 Gypsies
Rub ons: My Minds Eye
Buttons: Autum Leaves, Making Memories, Vintage
Ribbon: May Arts
Ric Rac: ?
Pen: Zig Millenium, Sharpie

Be sure and check back for more designs soon. Beginning February 18, a new sketch will be posted at the beginning of each week and designs from our designers added throughout the week. Also be on the look out for random tips, links and other ideas added throught the week as well.

Oh! Most importantly don't forget to link here with your designs and feedback! You never know when we might decide it's time for a great RAK just for joining in ;)

Monday, February 12, 2007

About CPS

Looking for card sketches? New card sketches are posted every Sunday. Card designs by the CPS designers are posted throughout the week.

Looking for more ideas? Check out our reader's designs as well. Kim Hughes posts the reader updates every Monday. Be sure and check out the "blogs that link here" as well. Lots of inspiration there!

Have a card inspired by one of our card sketches? To have your card added to the reader's update list simply post a link in the comments section.

Have a blog that links here? Drop me a line and I'll get you added to the list.

Have a store or company you would like to tell our readers about? We are now taking sponsors for our weekly sketches. If you are interested in that please contact us to reserve your spot today.

We always have something fun and exciting planned here at CPS. Look for contests, prizes, color challenges, sentiments, special features and more.

We are all very excited about the response to the CPS site. Due to the overwhelming support we have gotten we hope to have even more exciting features in the near future!!

Friday, February 9, 2007

Busy behind the scenes :)

Welcome to CPS! Right now, all eight designers are all busy at work on our first unveiling (shouldn’t be long now!). We are very excited about this new adventure and hope it will give you some great ideas for your card designs. While you are waiting, please feel free to check out our links and get to know each of us better. Also, be sure and see what’s new online at our favorite magazines, companies and other sites.

Friday, February 2, 2007

2009 Sponsors

Thank You to all of our 2009 Sponsors:

Jilliibean Soup
Susan Tomaino-CTMH
DRS Designs
Keep in Touch Card Kits
JustRite Stampers
Sweet n Sassy Stamps
Renaissance By Design
My Sentiments Exactly
Hanna Stamps
Innovative Stamp Creations
Stamping Bella
Cornish Heritage Farms
The Cat's Pajamas
Hero Arts
Chris Franco
Our Daily Bread Designs
Papertrey Ink
My Favorite Things

2008 Sponsors

Thank you to all of our 2008 Sponsors:

Inque Botique

2007 Sponsors

Thank you to all of our 2007 Sponsors: