Sunday, December 16, 2018

A few Christmas Cards

Happy Sunday!

I am taking a few weeks off from the weekly sketches over the holidays. I'll still be posting a few cards here and there, just not the sketch cards. Feel free to still be inspired by the sketches here.

My goal is to update the "drawn" style of the sketches (people didn't seem as receptive to them) and then maybe even start some new ones!

But for now, I thought I would share a few of the one-of-a-kind cards I made for my crafty crew. There's about 10 of us that meet every month for Stamp Club (one is still a Stampin' Up demo), and even though those monthly gatherings are Stampin' Up focused, we get together for other crafty dates and getaways. Anyway, here are some of the cards!

I mostly used Lawn Fawn and My Favorite Things.










Saturday, December 08, 2018

Fall to Layout #101 Take Two


Happy Weekend!
I'm taking a very small break from all things Christmas and have a birthday card to share today. I've had this set, Beep Boop Birthday for a few months. I didn't get the dies though, so haven't been using it to its potential. However, I recently got a really great deal on a ScanNCut so I finally used them since I didn't have to fussy cut them!
Here's the sketch:

Dimensions:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Main Layer (total): 3 x 4-1/4
Two pieces at 1/2 x 4-1/4, center piece 2-1/2 x 4-1/4
Main Layer Mat: 3-1/8 x 4-3/8
Star/Circle component: approximately 1-3/4

Here's my card:


I coloured the two robots and a cupcake from this set using Copics. I decided to place those on a pointed circle since it reminded me of a gear. I used the 4 mini gears in this set to create a background pattern on the light grey. Originally I wanted to use the speech bubble (in the top left of the pic), but it just didn't work for placement, so I went with a sentiment banner instead.

Supplies (some affiliate links used at no cost to you):
Inks: Smoky Slate, Tuxedo Black
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Pacific Point, Black, Raspberry Fizz, White

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Fall to Layout #100 Take Two


Happy Sunday!

I hope you're not tired of Christmas cards yet! I made so many this weekend. This was one of the simpler ones I made. Here's the sketch: 


As far as dimensions go, it's really up to you. Just make sure the upper scalloped layer is about 80% of the card. You don't even have to make it scalloped- a straight edge or some other border is good here!

Here's the card. I had this stitched snowflake background in my scrap stash, so I decided to update it to match the sketch by using this scalloped stitch border die. If you interested in how it was made- I lay several stitched snowflake dies on the white cardstock and used a rubber embossing mat to prevent the dies from cutting. This is a fun way to make your own backgrounds and really stretches the dies!

I added some organdy ribbon and adhered it to a red card base. The sentiment is a mix between a Papertrey Ink sentiment and the "merry" was cut using the ScanNCut.


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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Fall to Layout #99 Take Two

Hello everyone. I have a simple floral sympathy to share today.

Here's the sketch. When I originally designed this sketch, I think it was meant to be a longer style card, but today it worked well as a standard card base.


Approximate Measurements:

  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Main Image: 4-1/8 x 3-1/8
  • Border: 4-1/8 x 1/2
  • Sentiment (varies by selection)


I started by stamping just one of the corners of this large image from Sketched Flowers in Rich Cocoa Memento ink. I used many Stampin' Blends markers to colour it in. For my border, I didn't want it to be plain, so I stamped the single leaf image from this same set in Spring Moss on Spring Moss card stock. The rest came together pretty quickly. I wanted a bit more separation between the main layer and the base, so I framed it with a very thin Ripe Avocado frame.

Supplies:
Stamps: Sketched Flowers
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Versafine Black Onyx, Spring Moss
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Scarlet Jewel, White
Accessories, etc.: Stampin' Blends markers.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Fall to Layout #98 Take Two

Happy Sunday!



I've got today's sketch card ready for you. It's also a dual purpose card, I decided to take a stab at the most recent Lawn Fawnatics challenge. It's a colour challenge, so I went through my stash of paper, inks, and markers and found some good matches for the inspiration image. Although I have the paper that the inspiration piece is based on, I wanted to challenge myself by not using that specific paper.




Here's the sketch:


Dimensions I used:
  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Squares: 1-1/2 x 1-1/2
  • Frame for the squares: Approx 1-3/4 x 5
  • Lower paper strip: 1-3/4 x 5-1/2
  • I also ended up cutting down the final scene to about 5-3/8 x 4-1/8 since I wanted a slight white frame from the card base.
Here's the card:
I had a lot of fun making this. It felt good to do a colour challenge. I started with my colour palette. For the inks and papers I went with Papertrey Ink-Amethyst Allure, Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet, Summer Sunrise, and Hibiscus Burst. I also used a piece of green dotted patterned paper from the Really Rainbow Christmas Petite paper pack and some Pretty in Pink cardstock for the speech bubble.

The unicorns (from Say What Christmas Critters) were coloured mostly with Stampin' Blends (Stampin' Up! alcohol markers, with a few Copics and Touch5 markers for some of the other details). I also added a bit of shimmer to the horn and the hooves. The white squares were stamped with various snowflakes and stars from the Holiday Helpers and Thanks a Latte.




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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Fall to Layout #97 Take Two

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Hello!

I've got this week's sketch ready! The butterfly elements can be any object you like. I decided to go with snowflakes, since I still need to build up my Christmas card stash.


Measurements are pretty straight forward. My card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2. The background layer is 4 x 5-1/4. The sentiment banner is approximately 3 x 1/2 (but really this is subject to whatever sentiment you choose).

Here's my card:


I decided to not use the traditional white coloured "white space". I wanted to use snowflakes and in order to make them pop, I made a blended background. I blended Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans. I spritzed it with water, let it dry and then added many ink splatters (white, chipped sapphire and silver).

Next I cut out my snowflakes (from Lawn Fawn's stitched snowflake die set), choosing three different sizes. The banner is stamped on a piece of navy cardstock and embossed with silver embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn Holiday Helpers set.

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Monday, November 05, 2018

Fall to Layout #96- Take Two

Hello everyone, I hope you’re ready for some rainbow cards. First up, I’ve got a card based on last week’s sketch. I managed to get something made later last week but didn’t have a chance to share it til today.


Dimensions:

Card base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Layer (total size) 4-3/4 x 3-1/2
Smaller strip 1-3/4 x 3-1/2

I started by stamping a rainbow and several clouds from Best Ever onto some white cardstock. I coloured them with copics then cut them out. I also added a bit of shimmer to the clouds. To make the bottom strip I decided to make my own patterned paper by using the long happy birthday sentiment stamp and stamping in repeatedly. I added a tiny bit of bakers twine around that layer for the small ribbon element of the sketch. I deviated only a little- I didn’t use scallops and I ended up adding an extra cloud and some sequins for added shimmer and better overall balance.



Here's this week's sketch:





Dimensions:
Card base 4-1/2 x 5-1/2
Image layer 4 x 3-1/4
Image mat layer 4-1/8 x 3-3/8.


I used the same stamp set for this week’s sketch.



This time the focus were the hearts in the set. I embossed several of the lines hearts and a few of the small hearts all over some white cotton letterpress paper and then embossed them with white embossing powder. Next I decided on my palette. I used many distress inks for painting: picked raspberry, candied apple, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, twisted citron, lucky clover, peacock feathers, salty ocean, blueprint sketch and wilted violet. For the background I used tumbled glass. I love this look because it is detailed but because of the repeated images it is quite quick to colour. I decided on a simple black frame to layer it on and placed the whole thing onto some Pixie Pink paper with dimensionals. The greeting comes from Keep it Simple: Birthday.





I used some other old stampin up colours on these cards- tempting turquoise and lovely lilac, in addition to the pixie pink. The old colour family of basic brights had some really good vibrant colours. I’m glad I still have a few pieces in my stash! Finally, here are the two cards together in all their rainbow-y goodness:




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