Happy Monday and welcome!  Card sketches are a great way to find inspiration so today, I thought I’d show you how to “read” one.

Firstly, here is my card.

Secondly, here is the sketch from Create with Connie and Mary that I used for my starting point.

You will notice that this sketch shows the outline of a square card so I cut the Night of Navy cardstock to measure 5″ x 5″.  I added a piece of designer paper as the background which was cut to 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″.  The skinny line shown at the bottom of the sketch could be ribbon but I decided to emboss a 1/2″ wide piece of Night of Navy and used it instead.  The 4 squares in the middle could be stamped images (your choice maybe?) but I used different designs from the designer paper and rounded the corners using the Project Life corner punch.  The 2 back pieces are 2″ square and the smaller squares were cut to 1-1/2″.  I interpreted the flower in the centre as a balloon from the Lift Me Up stamp set and then added the greeting.  See those rhinestones on the sketch?  Yes, you could add rhinestones or do as I did and cut out smaller images from scraps of the designer paper.  And, voila the card is done!


If you need some stamping inspiration I encourage you to check out the Create with Connie and Mary site and play along with their challenges.  They post a sketch every other week and a colour challenge in between.

You will notice that I also made an envelope for this card using the Envelope Punch Board.  The Stampin’ Up! medium envelopes are sized to fit a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card.

Here is the list of products that I used.

Big Shot


Glue Dots


Happy Stamping!


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  1. Love this combination of patterns and colors. Great job on the sketch. Thanks for playing the Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge this week!

  2. Love the overall look of your card Cynthia! It’s so cheery! The ingenious way of stamping the words on the balloon insert was awesome! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Create with Connie & Mary this week!

  3. Perfect use of the coordinating dsp, Cynthia! The teeny tiny accent balloons are so cute and clever accessories! Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie and Mary this week!

    1. Thanks Jenny. They were definitely fussy-cutting at its finest!

  4. Oh my…what a perfect use of the dsp for the background for your balloons…LOVE it! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

    1. Thanks Mary. It’s such a colourful collection of paper!

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