Yesterday was SCS’s Sketch challenge day. It’s definitely my favorite challenge.  I couldn’t play later in the morning and decided to try to come up with a card early. I had woken up very early and couldn’t go back to sleep. Once I wake up, my mind is racing.


So I got up, checked emails and thought to check the challenge threat. Sure enough, Roxie was kind enough to upload the sketch close to midnight my time. I wasn’t sure about the sketch until I checked samples that had already been made.

Seriously! I am not the worst challenge chaser. I don’t think some people ever sleep. LOL

Most entries had a slipped piece 3 down a bit and made piece 4B bigger. I could do that I thought, grabbed my Season of Joy set and went to work.

I did start out with a regular size, rectangle card. But after finishing my main image (that was quite big), I had to go back to a square card. I didn’t have time to redo the rectangle layer. That’s why it’s a bit shorter then in the sketch.  It’s the thought that counts, right?


The card base is a  5 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ piece of Old Olive cardstock. The front is sponged around the edges.

The Dashing Designer paper measures 3 1/2″ x 5″.

On the left hand side of it is a small strip of black cardstock, followed by a slightly bigger strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock.

That piece was sponged, 4th generation stamped with the Swirl from Season of Joy in Old Olive and paper pierced.

I taped those layers down and added Faux Stitching with the Argyle stamp from All in a Row in black ink.

The horizontal layer of the Dashing Designer paper measures 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ and was layered on a 1/4″ bigger, sponged Real Red cardstock.  The edges were stamped with my Argyle stamp as well. Wrapped around it is a piece of black gingham ribbon.

The tree from Season of Joy was inked up with Old Olive classic ink. I wiped away the ink on the star and added Real Red color with my marker. I huffed on it and stamped the image on a 2″ x 3″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I used the ticket corner punch on each corner, sponged the edges, stamped the swirl image (4th generation) over it and stamped the small dotted line from In the Spotlight  in black around it’s edges.

This piece was layered on a 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of sponged and ticket corner punched Old Olive, that in it’s turn on a 1/4″ bigger piece of Black cardstock. I added silver brads in the four corner, outline the tree with a black micron pen and used my Sakura glitter pen on all the dots on/around the swirls as well as for my star.

My circle accent started with a 1 1/4″ Vanilla cardstock circle. Again I stamped the swirl from Season of Joy in 4th generation Old Olive and sponged the edges. Next I stamped Holiday Happiness and a star border underneath in black with stamps from the So Many Sayings set. The Vanilla circle was layered on a 1 3/8″ black circle and then on a sponged real red scallop circle.

The red star is a stamp from Season of Joy as well. I stamped it, cut it out, secured it with a black brad and added glitter over the star as well as all the dots on the swirl of the vanilla circle as well.

Last I added three black brads from the vintage brad assortment on the top right.

Personal note: Austin will need to get his Tonsils and Anoids removed. His procedure is scheduled for the 27th of September. My poor boy! But hopefully that will help him to breath easier.


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

35 Responses to “Outlined Tree”

  1. I just LOVE this card, Beate! Just beautiful!

  2. I see you used black instead of brown. I am proud! 🙂

  3. Beate, I am so sorry to hear about your son! My Eldest (13) had to have his removed and he did so well. I’m sure this will be the case with Austin. Blessings to you and your family.


  4. Oh my word..that’s gorgeous! You know…I bought this set because of you! 🙂 I just love everything you’ve done with it!

  5. Darn, wish I’d seen your card first 😉 I would have made a square card too! Works well with this sketch!!! Awesome job!

    Sorry to hear about your son. My sister who is 30 something had them removed too for the same reasons as a child. Still to this day she has problems breathing and gets nose polups(sp) and gets those removed every so many years. Hope all goes well for him!!!

  6. GREAT job on this. I’m hoping to get some time to work on that sketch challenge tonight. The color and sketch challenges are my favorite to do. Haven’t joined in on the fun in a while… maybe tonight…..

  7. Very pretty card Beate! I have to get my set out like this and ink it up – I keep forgetting about it until I see how beautiful the creations are that are made with it! This one is gorgeous!

    *STAMPN HUGS* Alex

  8. Wow! I love all of the detail you put into this card! It’s so FUN! It almost makes me ready for cold weather!

  9. What a beautiful card, love everything about it, when I look at these sketch challenges they sometimes overwhelm me with all the layers, but you sure know how to nail them. Sure all with go well with Austin, had mine removed in the dark ages and now it is so much easier and simplier.

  10. LOVE THIS! Beautiful, Beate!

  11. What a gorgeous Christmas card. I always love all the little details you add!!!

  12. Love it! I was on the fence about that set, but not after seeing your card. You are always an inspiration!

  13. Great card, didn’t know we used the same set…one would’ve thought we stamped together yesterday 🙂

    Sorry to hear about Austin…I’m sure it will help him out tremendously!! Have a great weekend!

  14. Wow, this is gorgeous, B! I love that set and need to use it! Great job with the sketch and I love all your papers together!

  15. “That piece was sponged, 4th generation stamped with the Swirl from Season of Joy in Old Olive and paper pierced.”

    In your directions, you mention “4th generation stamped” what exactly does this mean?


  16. Awesome card Beate!

  17. Wonderful card Beate! Love stamps and designer paper! Deb

  18. Wow…another work of art, Beate!! I hope you have been submitting these for the SU contests…’cause your projects are way over the top, girl!!

    I had my tonsils out when I was very small. I hope Austin’s surgery will be very successful, and that he will breathe easier afterwards!

  19. What a fantastic card! You really make the most of this set.

  20. Another stunning card Beate I love it…. Hugs to Austin bless….

  21. Wow, what an amazing card…I love everything about it…now I have a reason to get that stamp set :p! So I can attempt to make amazing cards like yours :D!

  22. Wonderful details on your card! Gorgeous!

  23. Your card directions are amazing. Thanks for the time you put into blogging. It is very appreciated. This card is great!

  24. Wow Beate! This card is absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try this sketch. =)

  25. I’m sorry to hear that your son has to have his adenoids and tonsils removed… Hopefully it’ll be quick and not too painful!!

    Love the colors in this card and the papers you used… It’s so lovely!!

  26. Beautiful card! I always appreciate your directions — you are very detailed!

    Sorry to hear about your boy needing surgery. I had my tonsils out in college and remember it being no fun at all! I am sure he will be fine with a lot of TLC from Mom!

  27. Beautiful!!! Must add this set to my growing list. . . .

    Austin will be fine, promise. Kids that age bounce back so fast from this surgery, but our thoughts and prayers are with you just the same.


  28. I love to come to your blog to see the sketch and then see your interpretation of it….AWESOME!!!

  29. Beate this is awesome, I love it! Great card!

  30. Great card!
    Hugs to the little guy!

  31. Oooh, ribbon. How nice of you. Ribbon is what I like to put on all my cards.

  32. Hey Beate,
    I had my tonsils and adnoids removed twice in my lifetime. Once at three and once at 19. And the younger the surgury is done the much easier recovery is! Just give your son some reassurance that he will get a ton of jell-o and maybe sherbert (they don’t always allow ice cream because milk products cause more mucus to be created).

  33. FABULOUS card!!! Even though your’s may be a little different I still think it matches the challenge very well! The stamp and papers go together so well. TFS.

    PS: I will be praying for Austin, you, and the family. God bless.

  34. This is the CUTEST! I love that circle punched out, and the little stars, sooo cute!

  35. Such a great card! You inspired me to buy this set- now I need to USE it! LOL!! 🙂

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