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January 5, 2011

Color Challenge and Sketch Challenge Combo

I haven't been sleeping very well lately. I'm not sure exactly why. I was up late last night again, and I do know why I couldn't fall asleep then!  (My dogs woke me at 8:00 am because they were howling.....that's right, I said "howling"! I have no idea what they were howling at, but when they heard me put my feet on the floor upstairs, they stopped. Yeah......nice alarm clock pups! Sheesh!)
So, why didn't I sleep well last night?? Well, recently I received my new registration and tags for my vehicle. I had the paper that had the little tag sticker and perforated registration paperwork in my purse. Yesterday I had to run into town to the post office and bank. On my way out the door, I took the sticker tag off the registration paperwork and put it on my plate on my vehicle. Sounds good, so far, right? Well, at some point in my very short trip to the two stops I had, I LOST the paper registration!!! I could not believe it! I tore this place apart, and even dug through yesterdays garbage looking for it (EEEEEWWWW!). I used the bank drive thru window, so I know I didn't leave it there. I took a quick trip up and down the street this morning thinking I may have dropped it on the ground while getting out of the car. Let me tell you, that probably looked pretty in my way-too-big Mickey Mouse thermal pj pants, a hoodie and a pair of shoes too big for my feet (my sons) tromping through the frosty grass, staring at the ground...... The neighbors probably thought I had lost my mind. Anyhow, that paper was not anywhere!
So, in the house I go, quickly tossing the hoodie and too-big shoes aside to run upstairs and put on some know, the kind you can actually be seen in public in, i.e. blue jeans and a sweatshirt. hahahah!
Off to the post office I go, swearing at myself under my breath the entire way. I walk up to the counter, the lady looks at me and says, "Can I help you?", so I say, "I was in here yesterday afternoon and I think I left......" at which point she interrupts and say, "OH! Yeah! Your registration!!! Yes, yes.......the mailman has it and is going to leave it in your box today!".
I guess I should try to get more sleep, huh??
Okay - enough story-time from me.......on to crafty stuff! Today I decided to try to get my fingers moving again (that cold weather this morning had them stiff as boards!). I found a Sketch Challenge and Color Challenge that I have combined on this card, plus you receive some free svg's today! :0)
Here is the color challenge photo that I picked up over at Play Date Cafe Challenge. This is Challenge #62. I missed the deadline to enter, but it was still a fun Valentine color scheme for me to play with!
For my papers, I used Stampin Up colors, Regal Rose, Kraft and Rose Red. The digi image is from Tiddly Inks. The swirly hearts svg is your freebie today! The file contains the element as shown on my card, a card front for a 5x5 card base, and a card front for an A2 card base. 
I used my EK Success scalloped border punch, some hemp twine, and three Cuttlebug embossing folders on this: Swiss Dots, D'Vine Swirls and Bloom Dots. Some lighting inking on the edges helped give each layer definition.
For the sketch, I used the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge #83.
I just found them this week, and I love their sketches, so far! They certainly have helped me keep motivating!

Okay, so now on to your SVG. :0) Again, this file contains three cut files. It also has a jpg file of the card I created with the element, above, and a Copy of my Terms of Use (also shown below). 

Please leave some love if you enjoy my freebies! I love to hear from you! :) This is how I know you were here, like what you see, and would like to see more!
If you have any problems with this file, please let me know so I can fix it for you, and for others!

And, PLEASE....

Any files I offer are for PERSONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY. This means that you may not sell them, alter them, or share them. They are not for use on websites (including blogs), or for marketing in any way.
Should you wish to share my files with others, please post a link to my site and give due credit.
Links for all my SVG files can be found in the left column of my blog. 
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Cut files are in SVG format and are compatible with Sure Cuts A Lot, make the Cut and any software cutting program that supports svg files.
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Happy Crafting!  :)

Oh! I almost forgot! As of this post, we are only two followers away from me posting my Blog Candy! So, if you are not a follower already, please join me! :0)


  1. I'm so glad you have a nice mail person. I'm not so sure someone would return mine around here... they'd probably look at it and throw it out. When I came in the next day looking for it, they'd say something like: "Yeah, it was here, but we didn't know where to send it" (yes, I KNOW the address is printed on it!!) but they "ain't the sharpest (or most thoughtful) crayons in the box"...
    Your card: that Kraft and pink is marvelous together! I don't think I have one piece of Kraft paper in my stash (yet...), but it sure does look nice!!

  2. Hey Cheryl, I thought I'd joined already, but I hadn't, so I am now your ONE HUNDREDTH follower! Nice take on the PDC challenge! Love the way you used the colours, and you're really making me start to wish I had a cutting machine! :P You create so many great designs.

  3. Cheryl, I love both of your cards. I want to thank you for joining us at both Freshly Brewed Challenges and Sweet Sketch Wednesday. So glad you found SSW, you'll be hooked for sure!!! I am new to SVG downloads, so once I get more comfortable with them, I'll let you know!!!!!


  4. Cheryl, so gald you found my sketch site. Hope you will continue to come back often. Your card is super sweet. Love the tiddly inks digi. Love the fun valentine colors. Your cut out are super. Thanks for playing along @SSW!!!

  5. Fun fun card...I just saw that challenge today too...a wee bit late! Had to sympathize with the whole registration "thingie" I do stuff like that a lot too!

  6. Ohhh, we are so glad you found our blog. Your card is darling. It is fun to see some Valentine cards. Yours is darling and I love that SVG download. I have wanted to get set up with those. Arlana and I have talked about doing it. Your story was great!! Don't your jsut hate when you do stuff like that. You are sooo lucky to have found it.
    Have a great week and thanks for joining us at SSW.
    Nancy SSW-DT

  7. Thanks for sharing your .svg. I love your card. Also, thanks for sharing the sketch site, I am now a follower there too. I can always use some inspiration for layouts...and another blog to stalk, I mean follow. hehe

  8. thanks for sharing your adorable card!

  9. Hi Cheryl! So glad you found us & ur registration :)
    Your card is very sweet, I love the heart border. Thanks so much for joining us this week @ SSW.


  10. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Valentines post on Jan. 06, 2011. Thanks again.

  11. Whata a great card, and your story is wonderful, lol, I love the hearts going down the side really cool!!!

  12. love these files! thank you. they will work wonderfully for soldiers valentine cards.

  13. Such a sweet Valentine's card with those beautiful colors!! So glad you found your papers I don't think I would of gotten much sleep knowing I lost mine either.

    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!

    Jackie - DT

  14. Welcome to Sweet Sketch Wednesday Cheryl! Your tale had me chuckling - how many times have I ripped apart my house looking for something! Great card - love those die cut hearts on the side and they're perfect with your image. Great textures too. Thanks for joining us at SSW - we hope you'll return again next week too!
    All the best,

  15. So pretty! I just LOVE all that pink! Thanks so much for playing with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Deanne :)

  16. Beautiful card just in time for Valentine's Day!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Peace & Luv,

  17. Sweet Valentine card! I love the cut out hearts! Thanks for joining us at SSW this week!
    Judi - SSW DT

  18. Hi Cheryl, congratulations on joining us this week at SSW. I so happy that you have and I just adore your site and what you are doing with your cards. Just love your card great image and I adore your colours you've used and a great take on Arlana's sketch it looks awesome.
    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
    Kathie - SSW DT

  19. Fabulous, love the cut out hearts! :D


  20. So cute. And stay out of the post office. heehee:)


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