Sunday, December 23, 2018

Cheers




Happy Sunday,

I don't have a sketch to share today, but here's the anniversary card I made for my parents this year. It's their 41st anniversary today. The actual "Happy Anniversary" greeting is on the inside. I just recently got this "cheers" die cut, so I really wanted to use it. I love that it works with a multitude of happy occasions.

Since getting the ScanNCut, I hadn't used it much with solid colour images, so I decided that needed to change today. I never purchased the coordinating dies for the Rosie Posie stamp set and yet I always ended up fussy cutting out all the elements. So I stamped several flowers and leaves and cut it all out with the machine in a few minutes.

I liked the idea of bringing in a stitched frame as a way to kind of "attach" all of the floral and leaf elements. I die cut a stitched rectangle from some Simply Chartreuse paper and adhered that to a Rustic White card base. I arranged all the elements and then in order to make the "Cheers" stand out a bit more, I decided to make an offset outline from vellum to place it on. 

So all in all, a bit of a busier card than most that I've made as of late, but it was a lot of fun!



Supplies (affiliate links used):
Stamps: Rosie Posie




Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Celebrate!

Hey everyone!



Today I am guest designing for the latest Create a Smile Stamps challenge. The theme is Celebrate! This is such a great theme since it can mean many different things to different people. I decided to make a birthday/celebration card featuring Gull Gang.

When I saw this stamp set, I knew I had to have it. First of all- those gulls are so cute and a bit sassy. There's also some really fun sentiments in that set that I haven't ever seen from other companies.

I started with the gulls and the woodposts and coloured them with various copic markers. I had a few party hats stamped out from various Lawn Fawn sets, but I see that the Dress Me Up set has the perfect party hat in it!

Next up was making the scene. I used a stitched rectangle die to give the scene a more finished edge.
I used some post-it note tape to create the horizon. Above that line, I left the background white and stenciled clouds using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink. For the ocean, I blended Salty Ocean all over and then used a wave stencil with Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink to create the look.

I wanted the wood posts to be in the water and not just floating, so I used an X-acto knife and cut openings that aligned with the waves and then tucked the posts in. Once the scene was set, I went about adding my sentiment. The "Let's Celebrate" is from the Mini Birthday set and the "you" is from the Cool Cuts You die. I stacked three to give the sentiment extra dimension.



Now for the fun part for you!

The great thing about these challenges is there is a prize! Create a Smile Stamps gives away a 25-euro gift card! Also, you can make use of their awesome freebies (I'm thinking about making a new year's card with the sentiment and kangaroo from the freebies). I definitely recommend checking out the stamps and dies though too- they are excellent quality. Even coming from Germany, they took no longer than anything I've ever ordered from the USA (if you're on the fence about ordering).

Hope to see you all play along!


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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