I thought for this weekend it would be nice for us to make Gate cards. I will write a short tutorial for them later today (we have hair cuts and doctor appointment in the morning. Rebecca’s ear hurt. Murphy’s law is hitting us. You are getting ready to fly – your child is getting sick. She woke up crying hysterically last night because of it).


Gate cards are easy. You just need to score a bit differently then regular cards since this fold opens in the middle of the card.

Here is the math:

Card width divided by 2 = your back

Back width divided by 2 = your side width

So, for a 4″ square card you need a 4″ x 8″ piece of cardstock that you score at 2″ and 6″

4 1/4″ width card: 8 1/2″ piece scored at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″

Did I make your head hurt yet? It’s really not hard and those are fun.

I made three cards yesterday. I need to be frugal with them though and only show you one a day so I have new stuff on my blog everyday while I am gone. Let’s just say I had a blast with the monkey from Zoofari. Here is a Gate fold card I made with him.


My card started out as a 3 1/2″ x 7″ strip of chocolate chip cardstock. I scored at 1 3/4″ and 5 1/4″. I cut some smaller strips of my POP scrap to match the folds. The monkey is stamped with brown stazon on shimmery white cardstock. I added the doodle border with my brown Micron pen. The monkey is colored with Aqua painter and Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip and a tad of Rose Red classic ink. Doesn’t he look like he just jumped off one branch and is flying to the next?

I layered the image on a chocolate Chip scallop circle punch out . I just won a Super Jumbo scallop circle punch from Marvy Uchida over at Gina K.’s blog. I was blown away. I think that’s the first time in my entire life that I ever won something. I love it. It’s  2″ size and perfect for smaller images. Thank you Gina!!!

I cut the Soft Sky Layer with my Coluzzle and sponged the edges a little.

I used part of the Happy Valentine’s Day from Holidays & Wishes to make my Happy Day greeting

I punched three flowers out of chocolate chip cardstock with the new Three for you Punch, sponged the edges and added Rose Red and Apricot brads in it.

The inside has a 3 1/4″ Rose Red cardstock sqare layered with a 3″ POP designer square taped in the center. I have on more chocolate chip flower with Rose Red brad on the bottom right.

Now those who know me or have read this blog for a while know that I like my stuff neat. So Gate Folds, or Joy Fold cards need to have a closure mechanism (for little anal me) so they won’t flap open. For this card, I just slide the monkey image under one of the tiny flowers.


This sketch challenge will be open until Wednesday. I don’t know what time. With time difference and jet lag…who knows when I get to pick a winner. But I thought I still raffle away something. I can not not do that with a challenge. I just have too much fun doing it.

The price this time will be some large heart eyelets Stampin’ Up! used to sell in white, Real Red, pretty in pink and pink passion. I won’t be able to mail the prize out to the winner until the 26th of June.

Okay! Igot to run. So much to do my stomach is in knots! Catch you all later. Have fun with this!

To participate in the raffle, upload your card in your splitcoast gallery or on your blog. Then go to the comment section, add the link to your card along with the Entry #. So far we have one link added in the comment section. If you are the next person with a link, add Entry #2, then Entry #3 and so on!

We just got back from the doctor run. No ear infection. Seems like her ear ache comes from her allergies. Rebecca’s nose tissue (or whatever it’s called is swollen), putting pressure on the sinus. The doc said that could cause the ear ache. Since she is already on Claritin, she now got nose spray to go with it.  I am just grateful she doesn’t have an ear infection and we are still good to go on Monday! Thank you all for your well wishes. 


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

58 Responses to “Weekend Sketch challenge #5 and Monkey’s!”

  1. Glad you are up and running again Beate! Here’s my quick version of your wonderful sketch!


    Entry #1

  2. Hi Beate hope all is well with you here is a my card sketch for your weekend challenge http://diariesofastamper.blogspot.com/2007/06/beates-weekend-sketch.html

    Entry #2

  3. Hi Beate,
    I am just loving your weekend challenges. I just made mine…had to use a stamp I just picked up this afternoon! Thanks for having these on your blog. They are really fun!

  4. Entry #4
    Have a great time on vacation and I’m glad your daughter ears are okay. Congrats on the blog candy win!

  5. Great sketch, Beate! Here’s mine…

    Thanks for the challenge!

    Entry #7

  6. Beate, I posted in the wrong spot again! So sorry… I won’t post it wrong again I promise. 🙂 hee hee

    Entry #6

  7. My card I did was a quickie before I had to leave for my upline meeting. You’ve already left a comment, but I wanted to post the link here:

    Your monkey card is so awesome, I had to order that set. You are such an enabler. (wink, wink)

    I’m so glad Rebecca’s ear is okay!

    (I’m not numbering my post, because I was just playing for fun).

    Edited be Beate(I number you anyway *grin*) Entry #8

  8. Entry #9 (I think) I loved making the gate card, thank you for the challenge.


  9. Glad to see you back up and running Beate, we missed ya!!!!! Here is the link to my card. http://stampowl.blogspot.com/2007/06/teatime.html

    Entry #10

  10. *phews* Glad you’re back, Beate!!! I’ve been checking religiously . . . 😉 Here’s a link to my blog (I have two entries there):) http://inkfullyyours.blogspot.com/

    Entry #11

  11. Wow, I am so glad you are back. I have been checking all weekend. Here is my card. Glad that everything is OK. http://creationsbycorie.blogspot.com/2007/06/beates-sketch-5.html

    Entry #12

  12. I sent mine in early on Friday but I guess you lost mine in the crash so I’ll post again.

    Here’s mine:

    Entry #13

  13. So glad you’re back up! 🙂 I love the card you made using Baroque Motifs… SO beautiful!

    Here is the card I made for the challenge:


  14. Oops… I forgot… Mine is #14!

  15. Such a fun and cute sketch… I just found your blog and I loooove sketches, so I’m glad I found it! I’ll be trying this one sometime this week 🙂

  16. This was a really fun sketch challenge! I’me really enjoying your layouts. My entry is #15

  17. This was my first time participating in one of your challenges!! It was so fun and super easy with your GREAT instructions!! Can’t wait to make more of these! 🙂

    Entry #16

  18. I am number #17 that is a lucky number, right? Thanks for the tutorial! Here is the link to my blog with my Father’s Day gate card. It isn’t even Saturday either, I am so on the ball! http://stampernmore.blogspot.com/

  19. Sorry to hear you lost your posts. What a hassle. http://craftsonawhim.com/node/64 Here is my entry. I finally reworked one of my sites into a blog. Now I can enter the craft blog world! Have a great trip.

  20. Love this sketch and can’t wait to try it. Hopefully I’ll get to it today and actually be able to participate in my first of your sketch challenges. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  21. Hi Beate! Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial! This is the first time I’ve made one of these cards and it was so much fun. Here’s my creation:

  22. Hey Beate… great sketch! I have entries #20 and #21 on my blog

  23. This was such a fun card! My first gate fold card, and I love it.

    Entry #23

  24. Thanks for letting me play – it was super fun and my first challenge on your blog!
    Entry #24

  25. This was fun! And I got to use up some more scraps!
    Entry #25

  26. I took the challenge. You can see it at http://www.zoelifecreations.blogspot.com. It was fun and I’ll use this layout some more!

    Have a great vacation!

  27. Haven’t made one of these in ages…thanks for the challenge!

  28. Here’s mine! Hope you’ll forgive the lateness since I’ve been having some computer/camera issues myself! Love this fun sketch!

  29. And by the way, your card is adorable!

  30. Thanks for the challenge!

  31. Here is my entry- http://inkyfingersart.blogspot.com
    What a great sketch! I think its entry #31

  32. OK Beate! I think that I am officially entry # 32. Here is my card http://lindastamps4sanity.blogspot.com/2007/06/hula-cat-or-lengths-one-will-go-for-art.html. I had fun making this (and a little exercise too…you’ll have to see my post for an explanation).


  33. Hmmmm….it looks like my link above isn’t working. Please try this one:

  34. Here’s this week’s submission Beate. Have a wonderful vacation!


    I think this is entry #34.

  35. Hi Beate, here’s my submission. I hope it’s okay to combine it with another challenge (colour challenge). This was way fun to do. Thanks for the opportunity to grow.


  36. Beate,
    Here’s my submission. I’m # 36 I believe. First challenge..this is sooo fun! Thanks for all the great ideas. You rock!

  37. My first try!! My card can be found at http://www.stampwithtammy.typepad.com. I am number #37.

  38. Woops! Almost forgot to add a comment.

    I love the sketch, but had a hard time with coming up with an idea!

    Here is my attempt http://in-my-moments.blogspot.com/2007/06/open-gate.html

    Will try again….


    Entry #39

  39. Thanks for do these sketches. I really enjoy them. I am actually going to go back and do the past ones. Thanks again.

  40. Thanks for these sketch ideas! I don’t always get a chance to do them but I always love looking!

    Entry #40

  41. Another fun sketch! Here’s my version of the gatefold card: http://inkingaloud.blogspot.com/2007/06/more-vases-in-vogue.html

    Entry #41

  42. Hi Beate,

    This is a first time for me to join in your challenge.

    Entry # 42:


    Thank you for your inspiration! I truly enjoy your work!
    Best regards,

  43. This is the first I have ever done one of your challenges!

    Entry #43

  44. Okay, I believe I’m Entry #44. You can see me entry at


    Hope you are having a wonderful trip!!!!!!

  45. Happy to hear you had a safe trip! I love flying, about the first hour…after that I am worse than a little kid wanting to know if we are there yet! Never been to Germany (on the list though!) can’t wait to see pics!

    Tried the sketch again, didn’t really like my first attempt. My second attempt is an old design but at least i feel good how it came out!


    Entry 45

  46. Beate, thanks for the inspiration! I just used this design to do two Father’s Day cards. Find them here and here.

  47. Here is my Entry 46- which I think is after the challenge is closed but I still wanted to share 🙂

  48. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/644937?cat=500&ppuser=2479

    way after sketch challenge is over. but you’ve got me started.

    not real thrilled with this one – it’s needing something but i’m not sure exactly what. i think the groovy guava is out of my comfort zone and maybe that’s what’s my problem.

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