Monday, April 2, 2012

April Stack-a-holic Challenges


*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*


Wow. A whole year of Stack-a-holic Challenges! Can you believe it? April marks our 1 Year Anniversary of hosting our challenges here on the blog. Each month they get bigger. And each month you seem to amaze me even more!

You have asked and asked for it. I wasn't sure if adding a 2nd monthly challenge to the mix would add more to my overflowing work load. But in the end, it will be worth it to be able to have our CARD Stack-a-holics play with us every month! Yes, it's true. Starting this month, we will have 2 sketches. A card and a page! You are welcome to participate in both challenges! 

Here are the details. Create a layout and/or card based on the given template using one of our many stacks! Submit your page by April 29th by either emailing it to me {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com}, posting a photo of it on our DCWV Facebook Page or by posting it on your blog and sending me a link. That's it! 

I am going to start mixing it up when it comes to where my sketches come from. When I was looking for sites that offered card sketches, I found some great websites! This month, both sketches come from the cool site, Got Sketch? Thank you, Valerie!!!

Here is your template for April!



I used the Nantucket Stack for this layout of my son's 1st grade Patriotic Program at school. There is a glare on the photo but he looks so cute as Abe Lincoln in Mt. Rushmore :) He was so proud!


I love the Nantucket Stack for all of the great red, white and blue prints. After I finished the layout, I found some fun patriotic prints in the new Spring & Summer 180 Stack. Gotta get those pages ready for summer!


 And now, for our VERY FIRST card sketch!



I used the Spring Fling Box of Cards for the card base and the Spring & Summer 180 Stack for the printed paper. Both of these are out at Jo-Ann Stores right now. I love how fresh and springy it is!


I can't wait to see what you guys make with these sketches!!

And don't forget to keep posting comments on the blog to be entered in our giveaways! For last week's comments, congrats to:

Wow. Going to go check it out. My husband might have to hide the credit card.

AND

Beautiful layouts. 



Email me {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com} and I will get your prize out in the mail!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous Monday!

72 comments:

  1. Congrats to the winners!!

    Both sketches are great, Erin!! Oh, and I love your creations, too! This is such a fab way to start the week!!

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  2. Oh, congrats on your anniversary!! I just retweeted this to all of my followers!! Yayyy!!

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  3. Great sketches, excited about the new card challenge!

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  4. Congrats!!! Happy Anniversary!!! Look forward to the next year!!! Now to do the challenges!!!

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  5. OMGoodness.....can't wait to get started. I just shared the page to all my scrappin' sista's so they can get in on the fun!!!1

    Thanks!!!
    Crystal R.

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  6. woohoo! Excited about both sketches. Time to get to work. :)

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  7. Great sketches! I love that you added the card sketch!

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  8. Congrats to the winners. Great Sketches.

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  9. Oh nice. two times the fun.
    Love it. Can't wait to start on them.

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  10. I think I might just have to play along!! Sounds fun to me!!!

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  11. congrats to the winners. Love the sketches. Not sure if I can join in this time but I will try.

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  12. Congrats to the winners!! Wow, love that you are having a card sketch too.

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  13. Your sample layout is so cute! I love that you added a card sketch, too.

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  14. Congratulations ladies! So happy to be doing the card challenge, I needed motivation to get me going on cards again:)

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  15. woohoo! Can't wait to get started! Love your LO and your card :)

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  16. What a great sketch. I love sketches and I can't wait to play with this one!!

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  17. Cool layout and pretty card. Congrats to the winners.

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  18. Yay! Card sketches as well as layout sketches! Gotta love that! Of course, right now, I am going through a "craft room cleanse" and my space is totally in chaos, but hopefully I will be able to play with these sketches before the deadline! Love your samples Erin :)

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  19. These look fabulous Erin! I can't wait to play along!

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  20. Love both of the sketches. I will hopefully be playing this month.

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  21. I am SO looking forward to the April challenge :)

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  22. yay! so excited to try out the card sketch!!!

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  23. Love the card sketch, can't wait to try it.

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  24. ohhhh how exciting, now you are added cards!!! Great idea! THanks!
    Lisa

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  25. I think doing a card sketch is a great idea, now to find time to squeeze one in:)))
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  26. I'd love to try and play along :) Great layouts

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  27. Can't wait to give both layouts a try!

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  28. Congrats to the winners!! Great sketch! Can't wait to get started!!

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  29. Happy I found the blog, I've been using your paper pad's for so long, can't wait to get creative.

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  30. Love the new sketch. Will definitely make one :)

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  31. I love the idea of a card sketch. I love scrapbooking but with lack of time it is easier to make a card sometimes!

    Amy V

    silly_girl_823 at hotmail dot com

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  32. Erin, what a cute card and great LO. Happy to see that you can have a great page even with "imperfect" photos. As long as they capture a great memory, which is the whole point... who cares??

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  33. What a great layout!

    carolcarratt @ msn dot com

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  34. Love this page sketch. I usually don't join in challenges, but I might this timw. Love your layout. And I agree with Beatrice, they're your pix, good or bad. Use em!
    Hugs, Jess

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  35. Great sketch. Love your take on it.

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  36. I love the fact that you have added card sketches. I'm such a chronological scrapbooker that trying to do a page out of order to fit a challenge does not work for me. Cards, on the other hand, can always be fit into a challenge! Thanks!

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  37. Love those fake beards! And how nice to now have card sketches to work with, too. Will definitely try to fit that in.

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  38. Real cute layouts. I love making cards and use the layouts frequently. They keep me busy as I have lots of grankids and greats.

    Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@aol.com

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  39. Love, love, love the sketches and so glad you added a card contest. Love your layout, so cute. I will have to get the Nantucket stack for a 4th of July mini album I am doing, not to mention it would be great colors for OWH cards. TFS and hosting the contest.

    Just A Pac Rat
    http://www.circlebenterprises.blogspot.com

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  40. Ready to go and use these sketches. Love the card sketch.

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  41. Great projects and sketches--thanks for doing card sketches.

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  42. Wonderful layouts and that card is so very sweet! I want to thank you again for adding the card sketche challenge for those of us who SHOULD be making layouts but aren't just now! LOL!

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  43. Beautiful layouts! Love that cute little blue button on your card!

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  44. I really like both layouts. I look forward to spending some time doing these myself.

    Thanks!

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  45. Ooh, what a treat! I forgot about the card sketch, too! Great inspiration in the examples!

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  46. And HAPPY HAPPY one year anniversary of the stack challenges! Love them!

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  47. The card sketch is nice. Thanks for including it.

    Carla from Utah

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  48. Great Layout...........One of these days I am going to win. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Blog:http://lovethatexpressions.blogspot.com/
    Good Luck to everyone....................

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  49. WOW, Awesome sketches. Cannot wait to get creating. I got two new dcvw packs from Michaels today.

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  50. Hope I get some time to play along.

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  51. Very nice layouts! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  52. Nice layouts Ilove those sketches... great work

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  53. Erin, your card IS super fresh and spring! Love it!!!! TFS!

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  54. cute layout and card! You should use http://www.inlinkz.com/ on the scrap a holic challenge posts so everyone who enters can post their layout or card creation using the sketch. That way we can all see what was made and get inspiration. Tim Holtz uses it on his blog and love to look at everyones creations this way. Just an idea

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  55. I love card sketches and am so glad you have one. I always find making a card is so much easier when I have the help of a sketch, binging a whole new style I would otherwise not do. Thanks.

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  56. I love the idea of a card sketch since I am primarily a card maker!

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  57. Sounds fun! I have a hard time with cards so this is perfect!

    Julie

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  58. What a fun looking sketch! Can't wait to try it.

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  59. This sketch is so user friendly... sorry for the tech talk. It's so easy to wear.
    Thanks
    Penny
    barefoot at spyfbi dot com

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  60. Can't wait to try these lay outs!

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  61. Love that page LO! And I love that you added a card sketch! I love making cards so this is right up my alley! Great projects Erin! Thanks for sharing! Off to create now!

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  62. I hope I get to play this month. Got sidetracked with remodeliing a room.

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  63. I am hoping to play in both sketches, when is the deadline?

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  64. I just sent you my card, Erin. Hoping to participate in the layout template challenge too, but we'll see if I can get it together in time.
    Just wanted to thank you here, too, for adding on the card challenge - it's a great way to use the matstacks as well as the full-size Stacks!

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  65. Just loaded my page for the STack challenge over on FB...thanks again for a great sketch challenge!

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