Saturday, December 31, 2016

Case This Sketch- Birthday Card

Hello again! I have another card to share today, this time a birthday card. I started with the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:

I made this masculine birthday card. I used pine needles and pine cones because I felt they were fitting for a winter birthday. I started with dark brown ink, then dark green, medium green, and light green to get the ombre effect. I cut the sentiment with my Cricut and then coated it in Versamark and gold embossing powder. I attached it with liquid glue and then realized the first couple of letters were crooked. The glue was too dry to lift it and move, so crooked letters it is!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Stick It Down December Double Sketch- January Calendar page

Hi all! Can you believe it is almost 2017? I have completed my first calendar layout for the new year! I used this month's two page sketch from Stick It Down:

I was going to try to make all my photos circles and the center collage a circle, but it didn't work, so I used patterned paper to make the circles. I kept the layout pretty simple because there were so many photos. I used some glitter washi tape to line the top and bottom of the layout and I fussy cut some snowflakes from the patterned paper I used. To add some depth, I popped up a few of the snowflakes with foam tape or buttons. Journaling on vellum finished of the layout.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my layout and happy 2017!

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper- Fiskars, Moxxie
Washi Tape- Michael's
Buttons- Jesse James Co., Rusty Pickle
Vellum- Strathmore
Letter Stickers- Prima

Thursday, December 29, 2016

December Card Round Up

Hello all! It certainly has been a while! I have been busy taking and editing pictures and working on a few projects for the holidays. I got a little bit of paper crafting done over the month, in the form of cards, which I am going to share today. 

First up is an anniversary card. Their wedding colors were black and red, so I went with that theme, along with some silver, for the card.  I stamped the flowers with Versamark and then heat embossed them with silver powder. I used watercolor pencils to shade them and then spread the color with my Wink of Stella pen for some shimmer. I layered a piece of vellum over the background piece and stamped and heat embossed my sentiment.

I also made Christmas cards for my kids' teachers to go with the gifts we bought for them. First up is a set of cards I made using some white washed Core'dinations card stock and an embossing folder. After I embossed the pieces, I sanded the raised areas to make the color show through. I then went over the snowflakes with my Wink of Stella pen to give them some shimmer and pull off some of the paper dust. I punched a piece of vellum with snowflakes and layered a piece of ribbon and another piece of vellum with a sentiment stamped and heat embossed on it.

For my next card, I used alcohol inks and glossy cardstock for my background. I started by stamping with some Versamark and heat embossing a background stamp, but the embossing powder didn't really stick, so I didn't get the effect I was hoping for. I stamped and colored the snowmen with gel pens before fussy cutting them out. I used my Cricut to cut out the sentiment to finish of the card.

The last few cards were quick ones that involved the card cut function on "A Quilted Christmas" Cricut cartridge. I layered the cards over cardstock that I had brushed Glimmer Mist over for some shimmer. I finished off these cards with stamped and heat embossed sentiments.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stick It Down December Card Sketch

Happy December 1st! I have a sketch and card to share today. Here is the December card sketch at Stick it Down: 

For my card, I started with a kraft card base and used Versamark to stamp with a plaid background stamp. For the sentiment, I used a cut out piece from the Cosmo Cricket Just Add Watercolor pad. I stamped the house with black ink and hearts with pink ink. Then I went in with a brush and water and used some Stampin Up dye inks as watercolor to color in my stamping and make the sentiment resist and stand out. I sent this card to some friends who moved into their new home a couple of weeks ago. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Stick It Down- November Double Sketch

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend! I am here today to share my calendar layout using this month's double page sketch from Stick It Down:

Now, if I'm being honest, this sketch was a huge challenge, I almost didn't use it. Then I started brainstorming ideas of how to get lots of photos on the page. First, I was going to do a couple of photo collages, but then I noticed the grid on the top half of the layout and decided to create a photo grid!

In order to have even spaces between my photos, I had to add pieces of patterned paper into my rows. I also used some strips across the bottom. All of the papers are from Shimelle's  Christmas Magic collection. I splattered some Gold Color Shine across the bottom of the page. I had lots of journaling, so I used a fine tipped marker to make journaling lines. I started writing my journaling and realized I didn't have enough room, so I made another column next to it. I finished of the layout with some canvas embellishments that I water colored with gelatos, a few rub ons, a brad and some October Afternoon badges.

Thanks for stopping by and check out what the rest of the design team did with the sketch here.
Patterned Paper- American Crafts
Washi Tape- My Mind's Eye
Badges, brad, enamel dots- October Afternoon
Ink- Heidi Swapp
Pens- Marvi, Sakura
Rubons- Daisy D's
Canvas pieces- Prima
Gelatos- Faber Castell

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stick It Down November Card Sketch

Hello! I am back today to share my card using the current card sketch at Stick it Down.

For my card, I stamped and heat embossed some leaf outlines. I then splattered and sprayed some inks on the card. The leaves resisted the ink, leaving a subtle pattern on the background. I used my Cricut to cut the sentiment. To add some interest, I covered the word "With" with Versamark and heat embossed it with gold powder. To bring in more of the dark brown, I mounted the inked piece to a dark brown piece of cardstock and then to the front of the card.
 Check out the blog to see what the other designers did with the sketch!

November Calendar Page- Stick It Down

I am waaaaaaay behind on this one, but here is my calendar layout for November. I used the October 2-page sketch from Stick it Down:

After I printed my photos, I noticed a lot of yellow in them, so I pulled a bunch of yellow and blue papers. After attaching the papers and photos, I went to work on embellishing. I painted on some gesso where I wanted to put the title to make it stand out. I used my cricut to cut the diamonds, scrolls, flowers and pumpkin. I crumpled the flowers and then inked them with a blending tool and splattered them with gold ink before putting a brad through the center. I layered word stickers over washi tape and added the diamonds from the center of my die cuts to bring attention to them and bring the brown to other parts of the page.

Cardstock- My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper- October Afternoon
Stickers- October Afternoon, Prima, Fiskars
Pens- Gel Writer, Micron
Rub on- Pink Paislee
Glitter Glue- Ranger
Gesso- Liquitex
Metal Flower- Momenta
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Holiday Cakes, Stretch Your Imagination, Cindy Loo
Ink- Ranger, Tattered Angels
Brads- Echo Park

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mojo Monday- Birthday Card

Hello all! I have another card to share today based on the Mojo Monday sketch from this past week:

I put this card together pretty quickly using coodinating paper and a sticker. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. I finished of the card by adding some homemade enamel dots on some of the polka dots. I also added some Liquid Pearls to the lights on the fire truck. 

Card Sketch- Scrapping Everyday Miracles

Hello! I have another card to share today, this time using the current card sketch at Scrapping Everyday Miracles:

I used the "Edge to Edge" cartridge and my Cricut to make the background of this card. After the background was cut, I backed some of the flowers with pink cardstock. I also cut the elephant and number 1 using my Cricut. I added a googly eye to the elephant for some fun. The "1" was heat embossed with sparkle embossing powder to balance the sparkle of the tape.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

October and Early November Cards

Hello! I am here to share the cards I have made over the past month, but haven't had time to blog about! Several of them were inspired by challenges and sketches, but I don't remember which ones anymore.

First up is a birthday card I made for my daughter's birthday. I put this together pretty quickly. I used my Cricut to cut the letters, a little gesso and a pen to make them stand out on the background and fussy cut some donuts to form the 8. I added some stickles to the donuts for some sparkle.

Next is a card that I made two copies of for two anniversaries. I started with the silver foil card base. I cut the circles and the heart. To add some interest to the heart, I used a mask, blending tool and Distress Ink. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a scrap to finish off the card.

I made this card for a friend's son's baptism. I cut the cross with my Cricut from watercolor paper. I used water color pencils and a brush to paint the blue on. I added some ink splatters to the background for interest.

I made this birthday card for my brother-in-law. I stamped the balloons on the background and then attached the patterned paper. I stamped the sentiment and drew on the stitches. I added some enamel dots for some dimension.

For my final card, I stamped and heat embossed the background. I layered on a couple of patterned papers. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and finished the card off with a ribbon.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Birthday: Stick It Down October Card Sketch

Oh my goodness, it's been a while! And i am super tardy getting this post up! 

Here is the card sketch for the month at Stick it Down:

And here is my card:
This was the birthday card I made for my husband. I started by using my Stamping Gear by EK Success to stamp the arrows and stripes. I stamped the center piece with a set by Stampin Up. That needed something a little more substantial to ground it, so I stamped the scribbled circle and heat embossed it in silver. The center is attached with foam adhesive for dimension. 

You only have a few more days to participate with this sketch. Stop by the blog and check out what the rest of the design team did!

Monday, September 26, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch- Birthday Card

Welcome! I hope the start of the week is going well for you! I am back today with a birthday card I made for my nephew's 1st birthday. I was inspired by this sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:

I started with the fish stamp and decided to go with a blue/water theme. I went with circles to suggest bubbles. I used Core'dinations cardstock for my background and heat embossed and sanded it. For the fish, I stamped the image with Archival ink, colored it in with watercolor pencils and blended the color with my clear Wink of Stella pen. I dried it with my heat tool. I then colored over the whole thing with my Versamark pen and covered it with clear embossing powder. I repeated the process to add a little more shine. I inked the edges to make it stand out and attached it with some foam adhesive. I finished it off with a stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a flag.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Scrapping Everyday Miracles- Wedding Card

Hello! I am here today to share a card I made a couple of weeks ago for my cousin's wedding. I started with this sketch from Scrapping Everyday Miracles:

I started with some purple shimmer cardstock to match the wedding colors. I wend monochomatic with the rest of the papers, using black and white patterned paper and transparency with silver polka dots. I stamped and heat embossed the dress and sentiment in silver. I used some pearlized white ink to accent some of the dress .I finished the card off with a piece of silver rick- rack.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

October Calendar Page: Stick It Down September Double Page Sketch

Hi all! I got my calendar page done early this month and joined the double page team at Stick It Down. Here is the sketch for the month:

I played around with the placement of the photos and the sizes of the photos to get more on this layout. To start my page, I used a leaf mask and some spray ink . Once that was dry, I layered on the patterned papers. I cut some leaves using my Cricut from a sheet of dark red/brown paper. I didn't have my blade set quite right, so the inner pieces were a little challenging to get out. I ended up rubbing brown metallic Gelato over a few that I didn't punch out the pieces. The Gelato did a nice job of highlighting the texture created by the cuts. I used a few pieces of Grungeboard on my page for some dimension. I started by painting them with Gesso and then sprayed them with ink. Once they were dry I used an ink blending tool and added the blue to them. 

Cardstock- My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper- October Afternoon, Me and My Big Ideas, Pink Paislee, Provo Craft
Ink- Tattered Angels, Ranger, Heidi Swapp
Gesso- Liquitex
Brads- Michael's
Badge and Tape- October Afternoon
Sticker- Simple Stories
Mask- Tattered Angels
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Stretch Your Imagination
Vellum- Strathmore
Font- Calibri

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Stick It Down September Card Sketch

Hello! The card team's projects went up yesterday at Stick It Down! Here is the sketch we got to work with this month:

I played with a few colors of ink and some flower stamps for my background. The butterfly was stamped, heat embossed and fussy cut from vellum. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and cut it into a banner before layering it onto the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Love card

Good morning! I have another card to share today. This time I had two pieces of inspiration. First was this week's sketch from Mojo Monday:

The second was this beautiful picture from Inspired by All the Little Things:
I started with my favorite sunflower stamp and used some Distress Inks and a water brush to watercolor the heat embossed image on watercolor paper. I then found some coordinating papers and edged them with Walnut Stain Distress ink. I layered those up and added a stamped and heat embossed sentiment to the front and added a bit of Distress Stickles to the center of the flower.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sweet Birthday- CAS(E) This Sketch

Hi all! I'm back with a card I made this weekend for my niece. I started with this sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:

I pulled out a Bo Bunny 6x6 pad and was drawn to the donut paper, so I based my design around that. I pulled some scraps out for the background and flags. I continued the donut theme with some eyelets in my flags. A stamped sentiment and glitter glue "frosting" on one of the donuts finished off the card. I stamped "We hope your birthday was sweet!" on the inside.

Monday, September 5, 2016

September Calendar Page

Hello all! It's been a while! Unfortunately, I can't promise my posting is going to get more consistent anytime soon. I (finally) have my September calendar page to share. I used the August 2 page sketch from Stick It Down:

I pulled out some fun papers from Echo Park's "Country Drive" collection that I picked up recently at my local scrapbook store. I matted my photos with cardstock that coordinated with the colors in my patterned paper. For my title, I used mostly Thickers, but I was short some e's, so I cut those using my Cricut and coordinating cardstock. I decorated my page with some stickers, rub ons and flowers.

Cardstock- My Mind's Eye, Bazzill, Michael's
Patterned Paper- Echo Park
Stickers- Echo Park, Bo Bunny Press
Flowers- The Paper Studio
Chipboard- American Crafts
Rub Ons- Crate Paper
Gem- Michael's
Badge, Tape- October Afternoon
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Jasmine
Font- Monotype Corsiva
Ink- Ranger
Pen- Gel Writer

Friday, August 12, 2016

Stick It Down August Card Sketch

Hello! I have a card sketch from Stick it Down, and my interpretation, to share today. First up the sketch:

I pulled out my banner stamps for this card. I started by stamping the outline on some patterned paper and fussy cutting the banners. I then chose some coordinating inks and stamped some banners in the background to add some interest and depth. I attached the fussy cut banners with foam adhesive and ran a piece of twine across the top of them. I black stamped sentiment and a sprinkling of sequins finished off the card.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Celebrate- CAS(E) This Sketch

Good morning! I have another card to share today. This time I was inspired by this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:

I started by stamping and heat embossing the star background on watercolor paper. Then I used a water brush and Distress Inks to paint the sky. The alien was cut using the "Boys Will Be Boys" cartridge. I stamped the sentiment and added some enamel dots and a star. I used some Glossy Accents on the eyes to make them shine.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Celebrate!- Mojo Monday #458

Hello all! I'm hopping on quick to share a card I made based on this past week's sketch at Mojo Monday:

I started by dry embossing the green background panel and then running some Picket Fence Distress Stain over it to highlight the texture. I also edged it with some brown ink. The glove and ball were cut with my Cricut and the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge. I added a few pieces of patterned paper and a stamped sentiment to finish off the front.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

August Calendar Page

Hello! I hope you are having a great week! We've been busy with camp this week, but I had time to get my calendar page done for next month! I started with this sketch from Stick it Down:

This was another sketch that was a little outside my normal style, but I had fun playing with inks, stamps and banners! I started by splattering pink and turquoise inks on my background. I glued down some twine for my banners. I then stamped and fussy cut and punched the banner pieces from several pieces of patterned paper. The majority of the paper used on this layout was from a 6x6 pad, which worked out perfectly. To attach the banners, I used a combination of regular adhesive and foam adhesive to add dimension. I used my Cricut to cut the word "August" and stamped "awesome." For the journaling, I printed on white cardstock and then went over all of it with Twisted Citron Distress Stain. I love the variation in color that gave to the background!  I finished the page off by embellishing with some fussy cut circles, button and chipboard and a few stamped stars.

I was also inspired by the Pinspire me challenge at Paper Issues. This was the inspiration board:

I love the colors and I also even brought in the watermelon!

Cardstock- Bazzill, Michaels
Patterned Paper- Bo Bunny, October Afternoon
Twine- Pink Paislee
Ink- Ranger, Stampin Up, Heidi Swapp, We R Memory Keepers
Stamps- Unity Stamp Company, Hero Arts, KI Memories, October Afternoon
Buttons and Chipboard- Bo Bunny
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Cricut Classic Font
Font- Bell MT
Punch- American Crafts