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March Challenge: Colored Cardstock! (and February winner and bonus video!)

Colored Cardstock

Hi All,

Welcome to the March Challenge! But first, the winner of the February challenge… entry #44: Heather E.! Congrats, Heather, I emailed you.

I’m really excited about this month’s challenge. I know a lot of you are paper hoarders, so this is your chance to clean house! The intent of the challenge is to use colored cardstock somewhere on your card: strips, a die cut, a background, emboss on it, stamp on it…Personally, I don’t take advantage of colored cardstock much, so this challenge will be interesting for me. 🙂

If you are new to the community, I encourage you to check out the Challenges Page for detailed information about how the challenges work.

The last day to submit your entry is Thursday, March 31st, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Friday, April 1st.

SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

Even though a random winner is selected at the end of the month, the challenge is open indefinitely. Please continue to post to the challenges. Continuously seeing everyone’s new work is a win for everyone’s inspiration!

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must incorporate colored cardstock in some way.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. 🙂
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced and your card must have been made in the current month.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

I stamped tone-on-tone and outlined with white powder for my cards today. I created three!

Colored Cardstock

The first uses Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay ink and cardstock:

Colored Cardstock

The second uses Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry ink and cardstock:

Colored Cardstock

And the third uses Stampin’ Up! Rose Red ink and cardstock:

Colored Cardstock

And here is what I did with the scraps…

Colored Cardstock

The video shows the Bermuda Bay card, and I have a bonus video of the card I made with the scaps under that one.

Enjoy the videos and I look forward to seeing your creations!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Garden in Bloom
Garden in Bloom
Oriental Orchid
Oriental Orchid
Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay Cardstock
Bermuda Bay Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay Ink
Bermuda Bay Ink
Stampin' Up! Rose Red Cardstock
Rose Red Cardstock
Rose Red
Rose Red Ink
Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry Cardstock
Crushed Curry Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry Ink
Crushed Curry Ink
Shape 'n Tape, Black
Shape ‘n Tape, Black
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Stampin' Up! White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


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  1. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 1:09 pm


    Great job on wasting no scraps! It makes for a colorful card. Thanks for using “Garden in Bloom” stamp set again. One thing I have not invested in yet is Stampin’ Up! ink pads.

    • wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      mary w

      Well over 10 years ago I bought two “towers” of Stampin’ Up ink pads. Then life happened and most of them were never opened or used. I forgot about them. Now I have Distress Inks and really loved them but wanted some more brighter colors. I was cleaning my craft room and found the Stampin’ Up Ink pads and thought they would be dried up soI got them out to give to my 6 yo granddaughter. I did try one to show her and found it worked wonderfully. Then I opened the rest and they were all just great. This began my journey into card making. Don’t miss a chance to get some really good inks! I love mine now and they are still going strong.

      • wrote on March 2nd, 2016 at 12:44 pm


        Thank you, Mary.

  2. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 1:18 pm


    love the card that incorporates the small squares. so pretty

  3. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Evelyn B

    Love your tone on tone and especially the one with the scraps. The more inventive you get the more interesting and I love trying to figure out a way to use the scraps! Great Job!

  4. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Peg C

    Oh Darlene this is a fabulous card and …….. you guessed it the stamp set is now on my wish list ………

  5. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 2:50 pm


    Love the creativity of these cards. I have lots of SU! Cardstock and inks so I will be trying your great idea! Thanks! Julie L

  6. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 2:55 pm


    Darlene, I Love the cards, love the colours and adore the card made with scraps. I don’t have this stamp set but I do have other stamps in mind that I think will work. I will give it a go anyway!!!

  7. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 3:49 pm


    Oh goodness!!! I’m a scrap paper hoarder!! there, I’ve said it!!!!! this challenge will be awesome to use my scraps, I’m always saying I’m going to use my scraps, cut the big ones into manageable pieces, punch the smaller pieces but it never gets done. I also never really emboss or stamp on it and that is just plain wrong, I mainly use it for matting.
    This is a great challenge Darlene, my paper scraps and I thank you.

    • wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 9:27 pm


      Perfectly said!

  8. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 4:06 pm


    Thanks again for the great inspiration. I love that stamp set and have already made many cards with it. I enjoy seeing a new way to use a stamp I own!

    • wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 8:13 pm


      Yee Haw! Another Connie. Welcome! Connie from Australia ?

  9. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 5:13 pm


    I love new ways to use leftover scraps. Thanks for the idea. Love your tone on tone look. Gonna go give it a try.

  10. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 5:54 pm


    Thanks again for another wonderful video! Love these cards : )

  11. wrote on March 1st, 2016 at 8:19 pm


    These lovely cards are great ways to get rid of coloured cardstock. I bought heaps with matching ink when I first started card-making with Stampin Up. Now I know a good use for them. Thanks Darlene. Also, congratulations to Heather E for winning the February Challenge! Like your card entry too.

  12. wrote on March 2nd, 2016 at 12:34 am


    I love love love this challenge/card/bonus. I admire your creative brain. You are so clever and talented. Your cards are stunning!

  13. wrote on March 2nd, 2016 at 1:53 pm


    Your fear of white space is kinda funny…not laughing at you of course, but with you. I wonder if there is a name for that? hehe I like the 2nd card with AND without the white space. It’s nice either way and also a great way to use up your scraps!! TFS!! =)

    • wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Carol Mac

      I agree with sandraMaria, but then I went and looked at Darlene’s gallery and she is right about not using it much. Darlene, you usually use white cardstock and color it, or you stamp on white and color the image. I must say that probably 70% of my cards use colored card stock so your designs give me new ideas! The hardest part about this challenge is choosing a card to enter! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. wrote on March 2nd, 2016 at 2:39 pm


    I really love the technique you used on this card. So pretty!!

  15. wrote on March 3rd, 2016 at 11:04 pm


    I love love love the tone on tone cards!!!!!!!!! Soooooo awesome!!!!!!!!

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