Sunday, February 10, 2013

Cards in 30 Minutes or Less...

On Friday I joined Mary J and my other sisters over at Scraps of Color for one of our fairly regular Friday Night Challenges. MJ put us through our paces as we had to make each of our cards in 30 minutes or less. And for the first time in a long time, I actually finished all three and met all of the requirements for each challenge.

For this first one, the base had to be a circle, there had to be some distressing, some bling and the word "love" had to be on the front. I had the perfect Cricut diecut, given to me by Helen a couple of years ago, for the front of the card. And... I pulled out a Cuttlebug die cut plate that I've had for at least three years and NEVER used before. The inside reads "you little stinker."

The second challenge was to make a card using at least one solid and one patterned paper. It had to have a circle, a border punch and a sentiment. It could not be for a husband or boyfriend. So this one will be going to my parents. I managed to choose a sketch from one of my many sketch books, select paper from a stack, and get this card completed right under the 30-minute time limit.

The last challenge was to make a Valentine card with the sentiment "To My SOC Friend." Add lots of bling. Send this card to someone who participated in tonight's FNC. So this one is already in the mail to Felisa. Managed to use a sketch for this one as well and paper from the same paper stack.

Not sure if I have a specific lesson in this post, but you know me... sketches are your friend, sketches are your friend, sketches are your friend! And using paper that comes from the same stack doesn't hurt either. It's easy to match patterns and colors, and cuts down on the time it takes to make sure all of your paper works well together. Simplifying the decision-making process makes it actually possible to get a card done in 30 minutes or less! So there you have it my friends and loyal followers. 

Thanks so much for looking!


  1. WTG with cards. Happy to see you used one of my Cricut cuts in your designing . I love that little stinker.

  2. Nice post Karen. Thank you for playing with us. I enjoyced your projects.

  3. Karen, all these cards are fantastic and the that you made each in less than 30 minutes is even better.

  4. Awesome creations in 30 minutes or less!!!! Glad you were able to use a new toy