Thursday, March 29, 2007

LOTS of reader updates and more designs!!

We have LOTS of reader updates tonight. I fell behind on updates so these are for #5-#7 and the color challenge (anything in comments after the March 16 update). Don't forget that all of these and any links posted between now and next Saturday (April 7) will be entered into a drawing for a great stamp set!! Look for the next update and CPS #8 late Sunday/Early Monday!!

Reader Updates!


We also had another card for this weeks CPS :-)

Baby Card
Designer Lea Lawson

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Urban Lily (Baby Lily collection)
Chipboard: Urban Lily
Rub-on: American Crafts
Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts
Lace: Wrights
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink
Corner Rounder: EK Success

And another one for the color challenge:

With Sympathy
Designer Anabelle Omalley

Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye, Paper Salon, Basic Grey
Stamp-Paper Salon from the Simply Sentiments Tailored Tin
Ink-Paper Salon
Rubons-American Crafts
Flowers and Brads-Queen and Company
Felt Flowers-American Crafts

Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

CPS #7 designs, update and a RAK!

Lots of great designs to get you through the week!! Also lots of congrats are in order...Congrats to...
Lea Lawson...CK HOF
Christine Traversa...CK HOF HM
Kim Hughes...Her card from earlier this week was accepted for publication!
Huge congrats ladies!

Also, I need to get all the reader updates posted. To make up for the delay...all reader updates that I post between tomorrow and next Saturday April 7th will be entered in to a drawing for a great stamp prize donated by one of our designers!!

So, without further delay...Here are some more designs to get you going:

CPS #7

Best Wishes
Designer Linda Beeson

Solid Card Stock – Worldwin Paper/Spring Green/DoubleMates and Worldwin Papers/Crimson Red/Treasures
Patterned paper – HalfWay CafĂ©/Oklahoma City/Cosmo Cricket (2-sided)Alphabet stickers – Foofala
Charcoal Fluid Chalk stamp pad – Colorbox/Clearsnap
Big Red brads – Bazzill
Rub-on flowers – American Crafts

Designer Sherry Wright

Prism cardstock
Urban Lily paper
Heidi Swapp tape and sentiment
Foofala and vintage buttons
Paper Salon flamingo ink
Zip Dry adhesive by Beacon

Thank You
Designer Alissa Fast

Pattern Paper: Scenic Route
Flowers: Prima
Buttons: Autumn Leaves
Rub On: American Crafts

Designer Sherry Wright

Basic Grey paper and rub-on
Prism cardstock--Embossed to make swirls
circle punch
Autumn Leaves stamp
Clearsnap ink
Cuttlebug embossing folder and Sizzix machine

Welcome Baby
Designer Kim Hughes

Designer note: I used paint on a rubber stamp instead of ink.

Delicate Glitter Stripe patterned paper from the Karen Neuburger Line by Paper Salon
Acrylic Paint by Plaid
Foam Stamps by Making Memories
Buttons by Doodlebug Designs
Waxy Flax by Scrapworks
Circle Punch by EK Success
"Welcome" stamp from the baby Basics Tailored Tin by Paper Salon

Designs from previous CPS sketches

A Child
Designer Kelly Grundhauser
CPS #5

Designer Alissa Fast
CPS #6

Patterned Paper: Sassafras Lass
Die Cut Tag: Sassafras Lass
Journal Spots: Heidi Swapp
Thickers Letter Stickers: American Crafts

Sunday, March 25, 2007

CPS #7

Welcome Back!
Here is CPS #7. Sorry I missed the reader updates for CPS#6 and the Color Challlenge. Look for those throughout the week along with reader updates for CPS #7, more CPs#7 designs and a couple more color challenge designs.

CPS #7

CPS #7 Designs

"With Sympathy"
Designer Kim Hughes

Buttons by Heidi Grace
Waxy Flax by Scrapworks
Flower by Close To My Heart
Hinge by Making Memories
"With Sympathy" stamp from the Simply Sentimental Tailored Tin by Paper Salon
Licorice Ink by Paper Salon
Franklin Street patterned paper from the Rockland Collection by Scenic Route
Worn Lined Background patterned paper by Scenic Route
Machine Sewing
Mounting Squares by Therm O Web Adhesives
Fabri Tac liquid adhesive by Beacon

Designer Anabelle Omalley

Designer notes: I made this card for my 17 year old nephew's birthday. The star was adhered with foam adhesive for some dimension.

Patterned Paper-Cherry Arte
Rubons-Pink Martini, DejaViews
Adhesive-Beacon Zip Dry

"True Friends Forever"
Designer Melissa Phillips

Prism and Bazzill cardstock
Crate Paper
Heidi Grace stickers
Wright’s pom-pom trim

"Sweet Baby"
Designer Kelly Grundhauser

Designers notes:
This card flips up and will hold a gift card inside. This classic design is one that could easily be used over an over again with many variations.

Cloud 9 Baby Girl Plaid and stripe Papers
Cloud 9 Sweet Baby Epoxy
Cloud 9 brads
Cloud 9 ( Self adhesive ribbon tape)
ClearSnap ink
Sewing Machine

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Well, here it is the new feature from CPS. Each month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday we will be having a color feature. Just as with the sketches the designers are given something to use as a starting point for their design. You will then see a wide variety of card designs and styles inspired by that particular object. So here it is.....the very first CPS Color Feature!



Designer Christine Traversa

Designer Notes:
In Photoshop, create a blank white canvas, sized approx. 4 1/4" by 5 1/2".
Drop star frame atop canvas.
Add stripes of color to the right.
Draw black bordering strips.
Using paint tool, paint inside stars and dots, using
stripe colors.
Drop sentiment on top.
Print card, positioning it on computer print screen so it will print with enough room to
be properly folded.
Trim and fold card.
Punch hole, insert brad.


Supplies, Sausan Designs, Make a Wish digital kit

Epson photo paper

Lasting Impressions brad

Fiskars hole punch

Photoshop CS2

"Shoot for the moon"

Designer Kelly Grundhauser

Designer note: This card uses CPS #5

Paper-Cherry Arte
Cardstock- Bazzill Bling
Around the Block Distressing tool
Print Peel and Stick Cotton Self adhesive paper

"Thinking of You"

Designer Kelly Grundhauser

Designer note: This card uses CPS #2

The Paper Company-Corrugated White
Prism Cardstock
Cosmo Cricket PP
Stamps Paper Salon
Buttons-Bag O' Buttons
Clear Snap Ink-Ancient Page Sienna

Happy Mother's Day

Designer Kim Hughes


Serene "Dream" Dots/Green patterned paper from the Magnolia Collection by My Mind's Eye
Worn Lined Background Paper by Scenic Route
Flower Punches by EK Success
Brads by SEI
Happy Mother's Day Sticker by JoAnn Essentials
machine sewing

"Happy Birthday"

Designer Tami Mayberry


Cardstock: Prism Papers

Pattern Papers: Sandylion (Kelly Panacci)

Bday Sticker: MAMBI

Rub on quote: Royal

Flowers: Prima

Buttons: SEI

Ribbon: Offray and Making Memories

Crystals: Westrim


Designer Lea Lawson


Cardstock: Prism

Paper: Cosmo Cricket

Rub-ons: Basic Grey

Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts

Ink: Colorbox

"Baby Boy"

Designer: Linda Beeson


Solid Card stock – Worldwin Papers/Bluebonnet and Pure White/Treasures

Patterned paper – Mega Dots and Mini-Stripe/Bliss Boy/Paper Salon

Sticker letters – Bliss Boy/Paper Salon

Fluid Chalk stamp pad – Colorbox/Clearsnap

Machine sewing

Large scallop punch – Marvy

Circle punch – Papershapers/EK Success

Mini brads – Making Memories

"Happy Birthday"

Designer Melissa Phillips

Thanks for visiting. Check back tomorrow for more ideas!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

CPS #6---More Spring Designs!

Today: More designs for CPS #6.
Tomorrow: Yet another design feature from the CPS designers!

Designer Anabelle Omalley

Designer note: To me, nothing says Spring like flowers and pastel colors.
Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye
Mesh-Magic Mesh
Stickers-KI Memories
Rub on-Basic Grey

Designer Linda Beeson

Patterned paper – Glitter Pink-Brown Flower Dots/Die Cuts With a View
Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk stamp pad – Colorbox/Clearsnap
Corner punch – Papershapers/EK Success
Pink Sparkle Dimensional paint - Tulip
Word stickers and brad – Die Cuts With a View
Flower – Posies/Die Cuts With a View

"Enjoy Spring"
Designer Tami Mayberry

Cardstock: Prism (Prismatics White, Twilight Light, Medium & Dark, Papaya Puree Light, Medium & Dark)
Sticker: Me and My Big Ideas
Rub ons: Royal
Flowers: Prima
Jewel: Westrim

"Thinking of You"
Designer Lea Lawson

Cardstock: Prism
Paper: Basic Grey
Rub-on: American Crafts
Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts
Ink: Colorbox

"The Harder You Fall"
Designer Kelly Grundhauser

Designer notes:
This cards colors reminds me of the blooming colors of spring time...Tulips and more.The quote plays off of Spring by 'springing' forward after a difficult time. springs colors are definitely inspiring after a long winter.

Cloud 9 Dee's Cottage papers
Cloud 9 stitches
Cloud 9 Rubons
Around the block black ink (from the distressing tool)
Narratives swatch book Rub on Quote
Beacon Adhesive Zip Dry
Pop Dots

Sunday, March 18, 2007

CPS #6---Spring Designs

Well here we are at CPS#6. This week will be the "official" beginning of Spring here in the US. So, to celebrate we have made CPS#6 a Spring card feature! Hope these designs add some sunshine to your days! And don't forget we have a special suprise planned for Thursday ;-)

CPS #6

CPS #6-Spring Inspired Designs

Designer Christine Traversa

Designer Note: The soft tones on the front of the card and the playful images remind me of spring. We await spring every year, to go out and play, and enjoy lovely flowers and soft colored, puffy cloud skies.

American Crafts rub-ons
Decorative scissors - brand unknown
Stampin' Up ink
Rhonna Farrer ( digital kit - Vintage Labels
Jessica Sprague Echoes of Asia digital kit
Creative Imaginations rub-ons
Fancy Pants Patterned Paper
Epson paper
Therm o Web Memory Tape Runner Permanent Adhesive

Designer Kim Hughes

Prism card stock
Bazzill card stock
Spring Fling Tailored Tin by Paper Salon
Coffee Bean Ink by Paper Salon
Mounting Squares by Therm O Web Adhesives
Corner Rounder by EK Success
Brown Micron pen by Sakura

"2 Sweet"
Designer Melissa Phillips

Prism cardstock
Bazzill cardstock
Cosmo Cricket paper
Foof-a-la paper
Close to my Heart acrylic stamp
Basic Grey rubon
American Crafts ribbon
Paper Salon ink
Ranger ink
Button from craft supply
Font downloaded form

"Happy Spring"
Designer Sherry Wright

Paper Salon Blossom papers and tags
Paper Salon Spring Fling stamps and Flamingo and pear inks
Prism cardstock
Sakura Souffle pens
Maya Road trim
Machine stitching
Junkitz flower
Beacon Zip dry adhesive

Friday, March 16, 2007

Reader Designs for CPS #5

There have been lots of great designs from CPS readers this week! Here are the links to give you even more great card ideas:


Since tomorrow is St Patrick's Day how about some Irish blessings for those last minute cards:

A sunbeam to warm you
A moonbeam to charm you
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
~Irish Blessing

May the sun shine, all day long,
Everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wished you wish come true!
May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.
~Irish Blessing

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Additional Designs for CPS#5

Time for more designs for CPS#5. We'd love to see your vesion as well. Check back soon to see the lastest list with all of the reader designs for CPS#5.

Designer Lea Lawson

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Urban Lily (Doodle Daisy Collection)
Rub-on sentiment: Scenic Route
Stamp: Kolette Hall
Embossing Powder: Stamp-N-Stuff
Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink

"Thank you Basket"
Designer Tami Mayberry

Cardstock: Prism (Blush Red Medium, Mystic Light)
Pattern Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Dutch Girl line)
Stamps: CTMH (Solo "T"), Technique Tuesday (Hanging By a Thread)
Ink: Ranger (Fired Brick)
Chipboard Frame: Cosmo Cricket (Bare Naked buttons and more)
Frame Cover: Cosmo Cricket (Dutch Girl Alpha-button fashions)
Scalloped Velvet Ribbon: Cosmo Cricket (Nursery Trim-Trimmeree)

"Sweet Friend"
Designer Tami Mayberry

Cardstock: Prism Exclusives (Verdone)
Pattern Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Halfway Cafe line)
Tag: Cosmo Cricket (Halfway Cafe Die cuts)
Stamps: CTMH (Solo "S")
Ink: Ranger (Fired Brick, Lamp Black)
Elastic thread: Cosmo Cricket (Nursery Trim-Trimmeree)
"Friend" charm: K & Co.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Celebrating our First Month!

Wow! Can you believe it has been a month already? Today marks the very first month since CPS went "live". I hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as I have.
I personally love seeing what all of the designers and readers have been doing with the sketches. It just amazes me the variety of designs that can be made from a few little boxes :)

First, I want to send out a huge thanks to all of the CPS designers for their help and wonderful designs. It just wouldn't be the same here without them. If you haven't yet, I would encourage you check out their personal links on the right and find out more about each of them. Also, you may have noticed that there are several links for various sites and manufactures. Those links come directly from the CPS designers. They were each asked to share some of the places where their other work can be found. So, if you see something here you like and want to see more then check out those links as well...never know what you might find!

Next, all of us here at CPS would like to think Prism Papers for their very generous cardstock donation. You will be seeing a lot of Prism in the supply lists throughout the months. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, I have to say I am actually a designer for Prism and just love all of their products; so, I was super excited that everyone here got to try it out. If you haven't used Prism yet, I highly recommend it. If you have trouble finding it in your area you can try online at The Cardstock Shop.

If you don't make it here on a regular basis you might want to mark your calendars for next week. Not only will we have a new sketch on Sunday but on Thursday March 22 we have another big feature and designs planned that you won't want to miss!!

As for are a few great quotes and phrases for your cards:

Age is a high price to pay for maturity

A single rose can be my garden, a single friend my world ~Leo Buscaglia

Baby is another word for love

Many waters can not quench love, neither can floods drown it ~Song of Solomon

I am still hot. It just comes in flashes. ;)

Also, don't forget to post those never know when we might be looking for someone to RAK ;)

Have a great Wednesday!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

More CPS #5 Designs

More ideas for CPS #5!!

Designer Kim Hughes

Designer notes:
1. I traced around the stamps with a brown pen to help the images stand out.
2. Extra hearts were drawnon top of the stamps
3. I stamped red ink onto cream paper and then cut a heart from that paper.

Ribbon Rounds by Close To My Heart
Sweet Love Stamps by Close To My Heart
Holiday Red Ink by Close To My Heart
Brown Micron pen by Sakura
Corner Rounder by EK Success
Cardstock by Prism
Coffee Bean Ink by Paper Salon
Mounting Squares by Therm O Web adhesives

"Happy Birthday"
Designer Sherry Wright

Paper Salon Rugged paper
Paper Salon "All Boy" tailored tin (stars, rocket)
Prism cardstock
Zig pens
Making Memories sentiment

Designer Melissa Phillips

Bazzill cardstock
Scenic Route paper
Sassafras Lass die cut tag
Hero Arts stitched star stamp
Paper Salon sentiment stamp
Wright's twill tape
Ranger ink
buttons from craft supply

"Happy St Patrick's Day"
Designer Alissa Fast

Designer's Notes: This vintage frame stamp is so versatile. I have used it for Christmas cards, Valentine's Day cards and now a St Patrick's Day card. I used a small heart QK die cut to make the shamrock. I love these textured cardstocks from Prism!

Cardstock: Prism
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Stamp: Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz
Letter Stickers: Making Memories
Velvet Ribbon: May Arts
Buttons: Autumn Leaves
Die Cut: Quickutz
Ink: Ranger

Check back tomorrow for reader updates, quotes and other news!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

CPS #5 and Designs (Stamping Feature)

It's that time again!! For CPS #5 we wanted to do something special for all the stampers out there. This week's designs from the CPS designers all feature stamping!! We hope you will enjoy all the ideas this week.

So, here it is...CPS#5. We can't wait to see what you do with it! We'd love to see some of your favorite stamps as well.


CPS Designs:

"The Big 30" (Hybrid)
Designer Christine Traversa

Katie Pertiet (Designer journaling brush
MCO Graphic Photoshop Brush (internet)
Rhonna Farrer (2 Peas in a Old Stamps digital element
SP 3 Ring Circus font (
Century Gothic font (Microsoft)
Stampin' Up circle stamps
Stampin' Up Basic Black ink
Basic Grey Rub-on
Making Memories brads
EK Success patterned paper
Therm o Web Memory Tape Runner Permanent Adhesive
Epson photo paper

"Give Thanks"
Designer Kim Hughes

Designer Notes:
1. I taped the thread onto the back of the card instead of cutting them off.
2. Message can be written on the back of the tag in addition tot the inside of the card.

Card stock by Prism
"Thanks" stamp by Stampin' Up!
Clear buttons
Embroidery Floss by DMC
Coffee Bean Ink by Paper Salon
Machine sewing
In the forest patterned paper from the Scarlet's Letter Collection by Basic Grey
Small Zots and Mounting Squares by Therm O Web adhesives
Corner rounder by EK Success
White Galaxy Pen By Sakura

"Best Wishes"
Designer Linda Beeson

Designer note:
The Stickles glitter glue was a fun way to give some fairy dust to the angels wings. This CRYSTAL color has irridescent colors that shine various colors when dry. Also, when dry, this kind of glitter isn't the kind that falls off all over.

Solid Card stock – Worldwin Papers/Natural and Sage/Treasures
Rubber stamps – Rosy Wishes and Cherubs/Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage
Patterned paper – Radiant paper pack/Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage
Pink Fluid Chalk stamp pad
Scallop scissors – Family Treasures
Rounder punch – Papershapers/EK Success
Heart shape – Coluzzle
Crystal Stickles – Ranger
Watercolor crayons
Vintage stamp pad – Distress/Ranger

"Happy Birthday"
Designer: Anabelle Omalley

Designer note: I used white ink to stamp the flourish on the dark pink paper. This created a soft, background image that coordinated with the tag and the flower stamps. Gem Tac adhesive works great on the jewels and really holds them on there!

Patterned Paper and Tag-Paper Salon: Serenity
Stamps: Karen Neuberger Tailored Tin: Love in Bloom
Pen: Marvy
Ink: Tsukineko
Jewels: Darice
Metal Tab: Making Memories
Lace: Craft Supply
Adhesive: Beacon Gem-Tac

That's all for today but not near all for CPS #5. Be on the look out throughout the week for more CPS designs!!

Have a great week!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Reader Updates for CPS #4

Wow! Where did the week go!? Seems like I blinked and it was Saturday. I'm a little late this week for reader updates but I suppose that just gives more eye candy all at once ;-)

And don't forget, CPS #5 will be up tomorrow.

Reader Designs for CPS #4


Thanks for all the great design inspiration ladies!! :)

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Yet more designs for CPS 4!

Well, here they are as promised! More designs from our designers featuring CPS#4!! Be sure and check back tomorrow for the latest reader updates and more great quotes.

"Calories Don't Count"
Designer Lea Lawson

Cardstock: Prism & Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Mara Mi
Stickers: Hot Hues by Target
Chipboard Frame: Deluxe Designs
Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink
Font: Betsytype
Corner Rounder: EK Success

"I Am Amazed By You"
Designer: Tami Mayberry

Cardstock: Prism (Marrone)
Pattern papers: Basic Grey (Blush line)
Petal stamp: Technique Tuesday-Loves me still
Twill & Brads: Creative Impressions
Jewel: Westrim
Chipboard: Basic Grey

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

More Designs for CPS #4

Here are a few more designs for CPS#4. Check back tomorrow for reader updates and some new quotes. There will be a few more designs uploaded later in the week, as well. Plus, I am working on a new card feature to help everyone jumpstart their design ideas ;) Be sure to check back soon for more details on that!

CPS Designs

"Thank you"
Designer: Anabelle Omalley

Cardstock-Bazzil, WorldWin
Paper-Autumn Leaves
Flowers-American Crafts
Rubon-Basic Grey
Rhinestones-My Minds Eye

Designer: Melissa Phillips

DMD cardstock
Basic Grey, Foof-a-la, and Creative Imaginations papers (from
The Scrappy Gourmet)
Bazzill flowers
Making Memories tag
CTMH flax
Ranger ink
button and ribbon are unknown.

Designer: Alissa Fast

Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey "Perhaps", Autumn Leaves
Chipboard Letters: Heidi Swapp
Scalloped Chipboard Square: Deluxe Designs
Ribbon: May Arts
Button: Vintage
Die Cut: Quickutz Revolution "Borders" Die
Paint: Making Memories

Sunday, March 4, 2007

CPS #4 and Designs

The reader designs that we have seen so far have been great! We can hardly wait to see what you make from CPS#4. Here is is along with just a few design ideas :)


CPS Designs:

"Love" (hybrid card)
Designer: Christine Traversa

Designer note: I constructed the card in PSE first. Then after printing, I folded the card, and re-printed the love oval. I cut the oval, leaving a thin white border, then adhered it to the card, (using foam squares). I inserted the Prima flower using the brad.

Compassion Kit ©2005 by Gina Cabrera of
Prima flower.
Lasting Impressions brad.
Cutterbee scissors.
Therm o Web Peel n Stick Foam Squares.
Therm o Web Memory Tape Runner Permanent Adhesive.
Misc. smooth white cardstock.

Designer: Kim Hughes

Designer notes:
1. The sentiment is my hand writing. I drew the letters backwards on the back of the card stock and cut out each letter.
2. I added brads to the 4 button holes.

Card Stock by Bazzill Basics
Green Blossom by Bazzill Basics
Lace sold by the yard at JoAnn Fabrics
Brads by Creative Impressions
Push My Buttons rubber button by Imaginisce
Sahara Slider Metal ribbon charm by Imaginisce
Mounting Squares by Therm O Web Adhesives

"Save the Date"
Designer: Sherry Wright

Paper Salon (Enamored paper & tag) & coffee bean ink
Paper Salon stamp (Wedding Essentials tailored tin)
Fancy Pants velvet ribbon
Wright's lace trim
Foofala button
Petaloo flower
EK Success corner punches

"For You"
Designer: Linda Beeson

Solid cardstock- Worldwin Papers/Dark Awesome Aqua/ColorMates and Worldwin Papers/Pure White/Treasures
Patterned paper – Argyle/Harmony Collection/Paper Salon
For You – Simply Sentiments Tailored Tin/Paper Salon
Spa stamp pad – Paper Salon
Flower rubber stamp – Spring Fling Tailored Tin/Paper Salon
Calendar rubber stamps – Date Builder Tailored Tin/Paper Salon
Corner rounder punch – Papershapers/EK SuccessBrads

Be sure to check back soon. We have several designs from the other CPS Designers that will be up over the next several days. Also, look for reader updates, sentiment ideas and more throughout the week!!