New Years Resolution: Step it Up

Happy Friday!
Whew I thought we would never get here. Why is it that after a vacation, the work week seems so long? We are 10 days into the New Year, hopefully everyone is still on track with their New Years Resolutions, LOL.

Well, another one of my resolutions this year is to step it up on my cards, go outside of my comfort zone and try new techniques. That is what these challenges are all about, right? I am here today to share with you my very first step card. I have been wanting to make one for a while, so I finally sat down and watched several You Tube videos, wrote down the instructions and proceeded to make my card base. Here is the result of  my effort:

Now I guess I will admit to you that it did take me three tries to get it right. I kept folding it incorrectly, but I finally got it.

I kept my mistakes as templates so hopefully going forward I will get it right the first time.

You will probably be seeing a few more of these step cards as I want to practice this new technique, but hopefully these challenges will keep me true to my New Years resolution and "challenge" me on new techniques. I will try to stay away from the "Anything Goes", but may enter a few here and there.

The image is from Lacy Sunshine and is called Rory Love Letters. Heather's images are always so sweet and fun to work with. I have been participating in her progressive challenges for the last several months and she is so generous with her images. I used a quick kutz die cut for the envelopes on the side and a Tim Holtz die cut for the Lantern. Bling'd it up with some flowers and Gems and used pop ups to give image some dimension.  I have been working with my new Chromatix markers for a few weeks now, continuing to practice my shading techniques. Hopefully ya'll can start to see some progressive improvement.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Well, I guess that is it for now. 


  1. Gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the lamppost!!!!!!

  2. Monica This is gorgeous,thank you for joining us over at the Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge, we hope you will join us again next Tuesday for another fab challenge...
    Suzy B DT

  3. Adorable! Love the card and the image! Thank you for joinig us for our DTBST challenge this week! HUGS

    SSD DT

  4. Adorable card hun ty for playing along at Fan-Tastic Tuesday Judith DT x

  5. Very cute card and your colors are so vibrant. Thanks for joining us at Digi Galore.

  6. What a cute card. thanks for entering our challenge this week. Sally Bernhard.

  7. A great colour scheme. Thank you for taking part in the Polkaddoles challenge. Keeeeeep Crafting Katie DT Polkadoodles xx

  8. what a cute card ,Thank you for joining in at Polkadoodles Challenge and good luck
    Susan DT xx

  9. I'm very impressed with your 1st Center step card! Very cute details! I hope you stay true to your resolution!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky

  10. Super cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Lacy Sunshine.
    Mandy x (LS DT)

  11. Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenge with your lovely card. Good luck and I hope you will play with us again!

  12. Great image and coloring! Thank you for sharing with us at Open Minded Crafting Fun, Amy A.,DT

  13. This is wonderful!! LOVE those flowers!! Great colors! Fantastic :) Thanks so much for playing along with us for our first challenge at Open-Minded!!!

    - Susan
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    {Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges}

  14. Lovely! Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles. Take care Zo xx

  15. This is a stunning creation, thank you for sharing over at Lacy Sunshine, Kerry DT xoxo

  16. Lovely card and you are right the challenges are a great way to get out of your comfort zone. Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Girls - good luck! hugs Angelie

  17. Gorgeous creation - love the image you've used.

    Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Girls Challenge.

    Helen x

  18. Super cute card and the image is a cute one too :) Thanks for playing along with us at CADB


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