I can’t believe it, but I don’t think the counter is lying. I am approaching the 200,000 mark! That’s just crazy! Because it is such a big deal, the winner of these Fresh and Fun Freebies will receive:














  • One brand spanking new wonderful Big Deal Alpha Stamp set from Stampin’ Up!
  • one card from me
  • a big pile of May Arts ribbon

This time, I am not asking for answers to a question, I am asking you to STAMP! Use this layout:
















Make a card, upload it on your blog and/or on splitcoast and put a link to the card in the comment box. I will leave this contest running until Monday morning and draw a winner at 9 a.m. central time. One link to a card equals one entry. You can make more then one card.

Only comments with links to cards will count for as an entry for the giveaway. I will count over the ones that don’t have one!

If you are interested in sharing some of your cards, send Debbi  Dresser an email at [email protected]. She collects cards for the troops. Right now she needs Father’s day cards and any occasion cards. The cards will have to be blank and she will need a blank envelope as well.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. I made a card last week with this sketch. You can find it here.


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

145 Responses to “It’s a BIG DEAL!!!”

  1. Woo HOO!!! 200K!!!! YOU ARE SO LOVED!!! (especially by me!)

  2. Awesome…I am so there! This sketch rocks!

  3. Wow, great idea! I will have to work on it this weekend! You can’t know how much your blog means to everyone! You ROCK!!!! I don’t know how you have the time to do everything you do!

  4. Aww Man! I am in the middle of a move and all my stuff is packed up!

  5. Great sketch! Wow, 200K!!! Awesome!

  6. You must be so excited! Congrats! I enjoy everything you post. TFS! I don’t have a blog or SCS Gallery – so I’m sad I can’t participate but someone will be happy with all the goodies. Please email the address for the lady who is collecting cards. Thanks – Dottie K (emailed image)#6

  7. OH….Beate! What a gift! You are rockin’ your blog!

  8. Hi Beate,

    Thanks for your great contest! It was the nudge I needed to get my mom’s Mother’s Day card done! I hope this link works… if not I will try again.


  9. Ok, apparently my link did not work… not sure why. Here it is again:

    http://imagine-dream-create.blogspot.com/2007/05/beates-sketch.html #1

  10. Wow! Cool challenge! I love the idea of a sketch. So, here’s mine: Renée’s Fresh & Fun Challenge #2

  11. Got my card done today! You can view it here…http://paperavenue.blogspot.com/
    Thanks!! #3

  12. Oooh, how fun! And, since Big Deal Alpha is on my “must buy” list, this works out perfectly. Of course, that would mean I’d have to win your blog candy…but at least I had fun! Love your blog, by the way!!



  13. What a great idea for blog candy and a fab sketch – just what I needed this evening thank you. My attempt is here: http://planet-pootle.com/index.php?entry=entry070512-001700


  14. I love that sketch. It just spoke to me, so I came home and had to make a couple.


    In case my link doesn’t work, my gallery at SCS is gladiola64. Entry #7 and #8

    Thanks Beate. Love your blog. You are so talented.

    Janet B

  15. Beate, here’s my version of your sketch. Enjoyed this challenge to make a card!
    Sandy Kay



  16. Here’s mine…I used the new Palette O’Prints and one of the few SU sets that will not be discontinued. I just got the set and I have to say that I LOVE it!

    I think I will try another later on in the weekend.


  17. I did the challenge with my dd (10 years old)! I loved working with her!!! This is her card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/553666?cat=500&ppuser=100788

    This was my first sketch challenge to try! I think I’m hooked!


    Entry #13

  18. This is my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/553665?cat=500&ppuser=100788

    I mispelled my own name on the previous post…guess I need to give in to sleep…it is almost midnight here! And dd and ds are still awake, too!

    Beata, your work is truly AMAZING…I’ve got lots to learn and I really enjoy your blog and your examples!


    Entry #14

  19. Oh what fun! Here’s my card for your challenge. Hope you like it.

    You can view my blog at: http:inkcicles.blogspot.com too.

    Nancy Grant

    Entry #15
    Entry #16

  20. What a great sketch challenge! Here is mine but I am sure to make more! 😀


    Thanks Beate!

    Entry #17

  21. Love this sketch — I immediately thought of the Chatterbox paper and the new flower punches I just bought. Maybe another idea will come tomorrow! This is my first attempt at a challenge…


    Entry #18

  22. I finally got to stamp this week! This was a wonderful sketch, B, and I had a fabulous time doing it with you and Lori!


    Entry #19

  23. I had so much fun making this one! Thanks for the challenge! Here it is: http://craftaholicsanonymousblogspot.com

    Entry #20

  24. I’ve probably driven up your numbers because I check your blog more than once each day! Thanks for being such a prolific poster! Here’s my take on the sketch: http://picasaweb.google.com/jnahrstadt/BeateSCardChallenge/photo#5063645947395168546

    Entry #21

  25. Nice sketch! Thanks for the inspiration (and motivation!) – [url=http://splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/553791?cat=3865]here’s mine.[/url]

    Entry #22

  26. Well, my link didn’t work, but you’ve got the address! Sorry about that.

  27. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/553823?cat=3480

    This was fun! Thanks for the challenge! I hope I win! 🙂

    Entry #23

  28. Beate,
    I made a card using your sketch! I needed a birthday card for my stepmom and since I bought her a gift certificate to a spa, thought the Spabella was perfect! I love the sketch…cuz as you know I get stuck A LOT!!!! So happy to participate in this challenge!

    Entry #24

  29. Thanks for the inspiration! This card is for a friend with an upcoming birthday. It doesn’t compare with any of your creations, but I’m sure my friend will like it. 🙂

    Here is my link:

    Thanks again.

    Entry #25

  30. Hi Beate! Here is my take on the sketch challenge! It was a really easy sketch, and I love how my card turned out. Thanks for doing it! I wrote about it today on my blog. Here’s the link just in case you don’t know where to find me:)))))….


    Entry #28

  31. Congratulations on your over 200K hits on your blog. That’s fantastic and I wanted to join in the fun. This layout was fun to do. Another first for me! Here’s the link: http://barbscardcreations.blogspot.com/2007/05/i-cant-grow-flowers-so-i-stamp-them.html

    Entry #29

  32. Thank you for your inspiration and today’s challenge – I like the sketch a lot,though I usually find it very difficult to follow a layout – no matter how much I try I often end up with some changes added 😉

    Entry #30

  33. Congratulations on the milestone! I love a challenge, so here’s what I came up with.
    I might get one more in later today. I have another idea brewing!

    Entry #31

  34. Thanks for the fun challenge, Beate!! I decided to try out your sketch. I’ve posted on SCS here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/553960

    and will add it to my blog with my next post.
    Good luck choosing.. these all look great!!

    Entry #32

  35. Oh what a fab card sketch Beate, I love it and will definitely be using this one again, thanks for a great challenge.

    Here is my card and hopefully this works!!:-


    Entry #33

  36. Love your blog & the challenge. Here is my take on the sketch: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/553987?cat=500&ppuser=101004

    Entry #34

  37. What a fun challenge! My entry is here: http://inkyfingersart.blogspot.com

    Entry #35

  38. Love the sketch Beate and I love all the cards you’ve done with it!! That Alex card is especially adorable! 🙂 Here’s my submission, I had fun giving it a try!! http://stampinwithjulie.blogspot.com

    Entry #36

  39. This was fun! Mine is a 4 1/4 square card. I have been wanting the Big Deal alpha since I used it at Regionals. Here’s my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=554100&cat=7221. Thanks for looking!

    Entry #38

  40. I love this sketch! Thanks for getting my hiney in gear. I made two cards, here is the first!

    Entry #39

  41. Here is my second card, I like this one much better. Can’t wait to give it to my neice tomorrow.

    Thanks for the challenge.

    Entry #40

  42. Wow, what a great challenge! I really had some fun with this sketch and you can find my card here:http://wildrosestamper.typepad.com/wild_rose_stamper/2007/05/sketch_challeng.html

    Entry #42

  43. Thanks for the fresh and fun challenge, Beate! I loved this layout and have mine to show you here: http://mylittlehobby.blogspot.com

    Entry #43

  44. Congratulations, Beate!! Here’s my challenge card: http://paperdelightz.blogspot.com/2007/05/beates-challenge.html

    Entry #44

  45. Great sketch, I really enjoyed this one and will use it again!
    Are you going to start giving skteches from time to time??? Even without blog candy, it would be fun! Kind of an every now and then thing…(I know SCS has them too).
    Congratulations on so many hits and what great blog candy!!!

    Here is the link for my card:

    Entry #45


  46. Thanks so much for making this such a fun way to get freebies. Here is the link to my attempt… http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/554269?cat=500&ppuser=97117

    Edit #47

  47. I love this sketch! It really was so much fun. Thank you and congratulations.


    Entry #48

  48. Thank you Beate, this was fun to try. Here is the link to my card

    Entry #49

  49. Hello Beate:

    You dont know me but I certainly know you thru your beautiful artwork. I am a SU demo, have been for 10 yrs. But I am more of the hobby demo cuz I do work fulltime. I love your blogsite, I visit every few days to see what you have been creating. Thanks for the great inspiration. I dont do as much creating as you do, but it feels good to be back into it after a very long and stressful tax season. I took your challenge and here is the link to my card 1st card on SCS.

    Entry #50

  50. I tried another one…SOOOOO much nicer than the one I posted earler, in my opinion.
    Thanks for challenging me to think outside the traditional box! I work better with a sketch/template!


    Entry #51

  51. I’m trying again. Here’s my link. I hope it works. The images are awating approval, so they may not be there right away, but they will be soon.I’ll email you them too–I know that won’t get me entered in the contest though. Sigh……..gotta learn more about SCS I guess.



    Thanks, Janet B

    Entry: #7 and #8

  52. Wow! This was a fun sketch challenge. At first, I had no idea what to do–I was supposed to be CLEANING my stamp room when I saw the challenge–so I literally grabbed scraps and used them! I don’t think I’ve ever thrown a card together so quickly. I’ve uploaded it to my gallery at SCS, but here’s the link: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/554365?cat=500&ppuser=5278

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Entry #53

  53. Thanks for the sketch inspiration, Beate! How could I not play along?…the Big Deal alpha is too cute. LOL. Congrats!


    Entry #54

  54. You made me scrap, girl! LOL! I flipped the sketch, and you can see it here:
    If I win (ha! what are the chances?) give the candy to someone else! Hugs!

    Entry #55

  55. Here’s my second card. Love working with this sketch. I hate to see this set retired.


    Entry #56

  56. Another retiring set – so sad to see it go, but I know I will continue to use it.


    Entry #57

  57. I’m really excited! This is the first time I’ve made a card from a template challenge.

    I hope you like it!


    Entry #58

  58. Yay! I’m so inspired Beate…great blog. Anyhow, I may be new, but I can still play: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/554591?cat=3063

    Edit #59

  59. And I did this one earlier, but didn’t think I could use it since I change the location of the flower, but what the heck! It’s a sketch, so some creative licensing is allowed, right? The flowers just didn’t look right in the upper left: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/553722?cat=500&ppuser=118095

    Entry #60

  60. Boy…that went fast!! Congrats on getting to 200K!!

    Love the sketch…but boy did this card take forever! However, I think my mom will like it!!


    Have a Happy Mother’s day yourself!


    Edit #61

  61. Hi Beate

    Here is another entry!!!! Am loving this sketch challenge


    Entry #62

  62. well done on reaching 200000 – that is awesome
    Love the sketch..thanks for sharing

  63. Hey Beate! I finally made my card for this fun sketch. Here it is:

    HUGE congrats on your 200,000+ hits. You ROCK!

    Entry #63

  64. Here is the link to my 2nd entry. I used Blossoms Abound and Natural Beauty stamps in shades of blue and purple and greens.
    Happy Mothers Day!!!!

    Entry #64

  65. Happy Mother’s Day Beate! I am hooked on this sketch! Got my 2nd sketch done today! Thanks for sharing the sketch.


    Entry #65

  66. It is *such* a big deal!! I am so, so excited to actually participate in a challenge in a timely manner! I got some stamping time today so here’s my entry. I am going to keep my fingers crossed for a few more minutes to make another card – I really like this sketch and I love all the inspiration I get from your blog, Beate. So thank YOU!

    Here’s my link: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/554787?cat=500&ppuser=10456

    Entry #66

  67. Hey Beate… thanks for the motivation!!
    Here’s a link to my sketch… http://creationsbynik.blogspot.com/.
    Happy Mother’s Day!!

    Entry #67

  68. Congratulations on your 200K! I’m not surprised…you’re super talented! LOVE this sketch! It was the kick in the pants I needed to get my Mother’s Day cards done.

    Here is a link to my card on SCS http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/554828?cat=7221

    Happy Mother’s Day!


    Entry #68

  69. Wow, I love being inspired by layouts! What a great idea for your 200,000 hits. Congratulations! Here’s my card:

    Entry #69

  70. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/554885?cat=8951

    Entry #70

    Great challenge! I now have my DH’s Father’s Day card done!


    Entry #72

  72. Oh my gosh, can it be possible that I had time to make not one but TWO CARDS today, just for fun (for this sketch challenge) from scratch?! DH is getting many Mother’s Day brownie points from me today!! Happy Mother’s Day to everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful day with family and stamping. 🙂 Here is my second entry:


    Entry #73

  73. What a fabulous challenge and a great give away. Here is a link to my card. It is not as square in shape as yours but I like it just the same. Thank you!http://stampinwithmimi.blogspot.com/2007/05/beates-sketch.html

    Entry #74

  74. Congratulations on such a successful site!!!

    here is my submission for your sketch challenge:

    keep on rockin’!!!!

    Maria 🙂

    Entry #75

  75. My second card with this FAB layout is uploaded to my blog. Thanks Beate!


    Entry #76

  76. Here is my contribution Fresh and Fun Challenge.

    Entry #77

  77. This was a lot of fun Beate; and I got to use the set I got from mytime. Here’s my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/555005?cat=4648

    Entry #78

  78. woo hoo!! I actually got to participate!!! Yeah Beate!!! Thanks for posting this challenge!! I am such a sucker for Blog Candy!!

    Edit #79

  79. Wow! Congratulations on the amazing number of hits! Thank you so much for providing all the amazing inspiration. I’m on vacation visiting family, so this was a bit of a challenge, but here’s what I was able to cobble together:


    Entry #80

  80. I love this sketch! This is my first time entering a challenge. I was looking for inspiration for a Mother’s Day card for my mom, and your sketch really caught my eye! Thanks!


    PS I have no idea how to create a link here…so I hope this is right!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Entry #81

  81. How cool is this!
    Not sure if I may have disqualified myself from the contest cuz I rotated the sketch but I sure had fun anyway!
    Here’s my card:

    Entry #82

  82. Congrats on reaching the 200,000 mark. I’m certainly not surprised. I am fairly new to stamping but your name was one of the first I learned. I wonder if you realize how much inspiration you give to those of us just learning. The card sketch was fun. I’m posting this one then I’m going to make another. I wasn’t sure about it at first but I really like it.


    Entry #83

  83. Hi Beate!
    Wow, 200,000 hits. It’s hard to even imagine. Good for you! I’m having issues linking to the blog entry itself but have been able to link to the enlarged version of the picture. If you need to see it in one frame, just go to my blog entry for May 13th. Thanks for letting us all play with such a great sketch. I’ll be sure to use this one again. Of course I didn’t have the bigger primas to attach, (must remember to buy more…lol) but found some baby ones. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
    Tara http://bp1.blogger.com/_7bclv1L0EUE/RkfJIAcMHUI/AAAAAAAAAdU/jUWjzsV5o0o/s1600-h/DSC01853.JPG

    Entry #85

  84. Since I won the last blog candy it wouldn’t be fair for me to win again. But I sure am going to try anyway!!!! I created a blog just for this!!!!!!!!

    Entry #86

  85. Here is my second submission! I think that’s allowed. My Mother’s Day gift was a new table for my stamping area and most of Saturday to stamp! I tried a lot of new things.

    Congradulations on all the blog hits! I love it and I’m learning soooo much!

    Entry #87

  86. Here is what I came up with for the sketch challenge…

    Entry #88

  87. What a fun challenge, Beate!! I had a great time with the sketch and will use it again fer sure!! Sketch challenges are my favourite! I actually did this one a couple of days ago, but just got a chance to upload it tonight! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!! Here is my entry:


    Entry #89

  88. What a fun and fabulous challenge. I think this was a great layout! Thanks Beate!


    Entry #90

  89. Congratulations! I’m not the least bit surprised that you’re soaring to the top of the charts. Beate, you’re a great artist and you do a terrific job of sharing your ideas and techniques. You should take the rising numbers as proof that you’re very appreciated.

    Hope I win… here is my contest entry!

    Entry #91

  90. How exciting! 200,000! Your blog is always a great place to visit on my blog rounds. There’s always something beautiful to see.

    What a neat idea for blog candy! I had fun with this challenge and it got me using some stamps I haven’t used much. Here’s a link to my SCS gallery with my card using this sketch. Great sketch BTW, I’ll use it again.

    Entry #93

  91. Awesome Beate….Congrats on the 200,000 + hits. Thank you for the challenge on submitting something.


    Entry #94

  92. I did a fourth of july card you can find it on my blog….www.kathyskreations-kathy.blogspot.com. hope you like it. I dont usually enter card contests because I am so new at this.

    Entry #95

  93. Wow, this is so cool. I am all new to this blog challenge thing, but I wanted to join in. I stumbled across your blog and was so inspired. There is so much talent out there! These are a couple of my takes on your sketch. TFL!



    Entry #96
    Entry #97

  94. Hi Beate,

    Allison always talks about you and so she challenged me to complete your challenge for some awesome blog candy!! This is my first entry into a challenge and I am pretty excited. I am very new to the stamping and blog world but am loving every minute. Here is a link to my creation:


    Entry #98

  95. Sorry that my first link didn’t work so here goes again.
    Grreat Birthday take two.


  96. Thank you for the sketch challenge. Congrats on your 2ooooo clicks. Here is my card http://destampincorner.blogspot.com/

    Entry #99

  97. Beate, Thanks for the encouragement to get some stamping done and a great sketch to use.

    Entry #100

  98. What a fun way to give away goodies. Congrats on the success of your blog! Here’s my entry:

    Entry #101

  99. I have made your card sketch. You will find it is the last card I posted on sunday under (http://stampnscrapwithpaula.blogspot.com) Thanks for the sketch. I just love those things.

    Entry #102

  100. I seem to be on a roll… so why not enter…


    Entry #103

  101. Beate,
    I love your work. Here is my card located on my newly created blog:
    Congrats on the success of this website.

    Entry #104

  102. Well I must say thank you for getting 200,000 hits and keep up the good work. I hope you get a chance to check out everyone’s card you have inspired. My stamping will not be the same now that I see cards in a whole new way. (remove the stamps and colors focus on the layout) Thanks again!!! http://ssqcorner.blogspot.com/2007/05/it-is-big-deal.html

    Entry #105

  103. Thanks again for the awesome challenge! Here is my entry
    I am crossing my fingers!

    Entry #106

  104. Congrats on the hits! This was such a fun sketch. Here’s my card… http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/555202?cat=500&ppuser=95464 Thanks for the inspiration!

    Entry #107

  105. Hi, Beate,

    Congrats on >200K hits!

    I’m going to post my photo on SCS, but it may not be approved until late tomorrow morning, so I’ve posted it in my Yahoo Photos: http://new.photos.yahoo.com/kimluk_stamper/albums
    Hopefully the link works!

    Great sketch – had fun doing it!

    Kim L.

    Entry #108

  106. Congrats Beate on over 200000 hits – wow! I enjoyed your sketch challenge, here is the link to it:

    Frances aka StampOwl

    Entry #109

  107. I had a great time with this card sketch, Thank you soo much!

    Entry #110

  108. Congratulations on the 200,000 + hits to your blog. It’s no surprise, you are such an inspiration to so many of us!!!! Thanks for this great sketch!

    Entry #111

  109. Aloha Beate… Thanks for the fun challenge!!! Here is where my card is located:


    Entry #112

  110. I almost forgot to post my second card here on YOUR blog!! LOL!

    Thanks for more inspiration!!



    Entry #113

  111. Beate you are so creative! Here’s the link to my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/555245?cat=4731
    It is the first time I used a sketch for a card. Thanks for hosting this fun challenge.

    Entry #114

  112. I got a second card done. I really do like this sketch. I had to play around with the Fiskers Shape Template and made ovals, and decorative borders. Here’s card #2.


    Entry #115

  113. I had to do another one. Thank you for this challenge. http://stampinthursdays.blogspot.com/2007/05/having-fun-with-beates-sketch.html

    Entry #117

  114. Thank you for this challenge – I am so happy to have discovered a new layout. I never would have tried this I am such a centered girl! Good luck to all, your cards are beautiful.


    Entry #119

  115. I made a couple of cards for the blog candy contest. Here is the links to them.



    Entry #121
    Entry #120

  116. Good Morning Beate!!! One more done over the weekend. I had so much fun with this sketch, thank so much for the inspiration.
    Have a great day!!!

    Entry #122

  117. Thanks for the challenge, you can find my card here
    What a great way to start the week with awesome blog candy, TFS!!

    Entry #123

  118. So Beate, I think you are the one who kicked me into gear! I have been wanting to start my own blog for so long. I love the Bid Deal Stamp Set, so I thought “why not start a blog and possibly get it for free!” I had a lot of fun making this card. Thanks so much! Shawntel

    Entry #124

  119. Here is my card!! What a great sketch! I just found your blog the other day and it is awesome!! Thanks for the inspiration!


    Entry #126

  120. I loved this sketch so much I did another! I just love using the shimmering pastel chalks – this card looks much prettier in real, I hope you like it. Thanks again, Suzy


    Entry #127

  121. Here is another card. This really got me buy stamping!


    Entry #128

  122. Here is my last card. Again, congratulations on reaching 200,000!


    Entry #129

  123. Hi Beate –

    Great entries so far and congrats on 200,000 hits. Here are 2 my entries.


    Entry #131
    Entry #130

  124. Hope I’m not too late…I’m loading to my Blog now. I’ve had computer issues all morning with Roadrunner.



  125. […] (LSN on SCS) Says: May 13th, 2007 at 1:01 pm eCongratulations on your 200K! I’m not surprised…you’re super talented! LOVE this sketch! It […]

  126. I can’t wait to try this sketch challenge – it will be my first! And you are awesome!

  127. Beate,
    I am sure I am past the due date, but you have been such an inspiration to me for years through splitcoaststampers.com. I had to create a card using your sketch challenge. I hope you enjoy it.

    congratulations on over 200,000 hits..You deserve it!! Thanks for all your inspiration through the years. Although I am new to blogging, I have been a member of Splitcoaststampers..

  128. I love all of your cards and all of the wonderful tutorials you have done for SplitCoast. I have been oogling over this stamp set for the longest time, but I have myself on a budget for stamp supplies and this set isn’t in that budget. So I thought I would try entering your contest. I love this layout and, time permitting, I hope to make more! Thanks for this great challenge and the opportunity for wonderful blog candy! Congrats on 200,000!


  129. Aargh! I can’t believe I missed this! Darn vacation! 😉 I so want this alpha too!!! Great sketch, Beate! I hope it’s okay if I try it next week, even if I am a bit late . . .

  130. Here’s one more entry for your wonderful contest. I will be crossing my fingers for the drawing! Thanks!


  131. Congratulations on your hits!!! I know what I’ll be doing tonight….a great challenge to get the creative juices flowing..Thanks

  132. […] You can see the original sketch here. And, you might want to try your own card and post a link where Beate can see it. She has some BIG […]

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