Sunday, August 31, 2008

Card Sketch #88 - some blog candy too!

Hello, and happy Labor Day!

Here is card sketch #88 - measuring the normal A2 size.

The challenge for you on this sketch is to NOT use any designer paper, but to create your own!
The stripes are done using a stamp from the set Linear Sentiments from The Angel Company. I used a Le Plume II marker in dusty rose to color the stamp, huffed and carefully lined it up. The same marker is used on the ribbon stamp (also from TAC).
The flowers in the main panel are colored with the same marker, but I did the vase in prisma color pencils and blended it OMS. I added a dot of black glaze gel pen to the centers of the flowers.
Since I just turned over 20,000 hits on my blog and celebrated my birthday, I thought I'd do a little drawing for some blog candy! But - there's a catch! You have to complete the above card sketch, link back to me and leave me a comment here that you did the sketch. I will draw a random winner on Friday, September 12th. Goodies to include some TAC stamps, miscellaneous candy and some odds and ends!
Have a great week!

White and black card stock
Pink card stock from DCWV
Dusty Rose & leaf green Marvy LePlume II markers
Palette Noir ink
Black glaze gel pen
TAC stamps - linear sentiments, everyday events, ribbon borders and ordinary greetings.

Friday, August 29, 2008


Here's a project that I just completed using a kit I found at my local Big Lot's! This was marked $2.50 and the chipboard and hardware alone is worth more than that! Needless to say I picked up two of them!

The Notebook kit came with the following supplies and measures 5 1/4 x 5 1/4:
  • 1 chipboard cover
  • 2 chipboard squares
  • 1 metal clip
  • 1 note pad
  • 10 printed papers
  • 1 chipboard punch-out sheet (frame, ribbon slide, photo corner, file label)
  • 1 pocket punch-out
  • 1 sticker sheet
  • 24" of assorted ribbon
  • 11" of binding tape
  • 4 mini brads
  • 2 brads

Not bad for $2.50!!!

I added a few other embellishments and ribbon, but what a fun project! All paper is from The Angel Company called Amberely Grace. I painted the chipboard frame a cream color to match the colors in the dp. I didn't do a very good job coloring the CB ribbon slide - I should of primed it first so that the color of the ink wouldn't have gotten so dark. I used Kinderbet alpha stamps to stamp the notes on the ribbon - and Swirls are stamped on the pocket card on the inside. When I took these pictures the glue was still on the wet side on the ribbon - lesson learned - wait until dry to do a photo! The kit is called Gallery J by colorbok.

I hope everyone has a terrific Labor Day weekend! Yea - three days of no work!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Friends Forever SCS sketch

Hi everyone! Here's my card for this weeks sketch challenge over at SCS, which you can find here.

What a great sketch - very versatile!

I used the Penny Black Salutations stamp set for the main panel. The flower is stamped in Colorbox sky blue and the sentiment in Palette Noir.

I used the slit punch to make the scalloped border out of Core'dinations card stock. The designer paper is from colorbok that came in a kit that I just found really cheap! I added some half self adhesive pearls from Kaiser Kraft on the scallops and the flower centers.

I've got several projects under construction and will share these with you all very soon! Have a great week!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Card Sketch #87 - Scraps

This sketch came about by accident - totally! I was making another card and had these scraps in a pile on my counter. I looked down and thought - wow - that looks pretty cool!

So, that's how I got the name of this card! =) The designer paper is from The Angel Company called Angelee, and the card stock coordinates with the colors in the DP.

I used the die cut round tag that came in the designer paper pack, stamped my sentiment and added a big brad. I decided that the papers needed a bit of distressing to make them stand out a bit and edged them with Palette Burnt Umber. The paper piercing was a last minute addition that finished things off!

Well, we are off for a three day weekend of camping and fishing! The weather is suppose to cooperate - but my fingers are definitely going to be crossed for good luck! I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!


Paper - Angelee by The Angel Company

Brad - TAC

Sentiment - The Angel Company

Ink - Palette Burnt Umber

Monday, August 18, 2008

Acetate box

I made this today for the technique lovers challenge over on SCS.

The Angel Company makes a great treat set called Sweet Goodies that I just had to use with this! The square holiday greetings was perfect for the top of this box and coordinates with the mega square punch nicely!

The band around the center is also a TAC set called Holly Swirls. I added some liquid pearls in Ruby Red for the holly berries! As soon as I can find some red foil covered chocolate kisses, they are so going in here! I thought this came out kind of cute and thought I'd share with you. The directions for making this can be found here.

Have fun!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Card Sketch #86

Hi everyone! Here is sketch #86 - measuring a normal A2 size. The panels are 1 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches.

I used some of my pearl paper stash for this one! The dove and the sentiment are stamped in versamark and then embossed with silver embossing powder. In real life this is very pretty and would make a wonderful wedding or anniversary card.

I used a versamark pen and a ruler to outline the outside for the embossing around the edges.

We had thunderstorms last night - which is so rare in Western Washington! The last few days it has been very hot - so it's no wonder we had flashes of light and loud noises! It woke my DH up, but I slept right through it! Well, I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Stamps - Dove by Cards of Maria, sentiment is from TAC
Designer paper - soft sage by Reminisce
Versamark ink & pen
Silver embossing powder
Cream card stock

Cut out leaves

Here's a card that came about while playing around. I like how the leaves turned out, but the brown sponging doesn't look all that appealing! It looks sort of muddy to me. I would appreciate any comments, here.

The leaves were colored with Prisma color pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. It took a lot of work to cut these leaves out and have them be in line, so to speak. The sentiment is from Savvy stamps and the leaves are a retired set from The Angel Company.

Another sketch will be posted later today!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Playing around

Hi everyone! I've been busy playing around with a new stamp set and an old one. Here are the results!

This is my new set from Memory Box (except for the sentiment, which is from SU!) that I picked up from Impress Rubber Stamps. I saw a version of this on their web site and just had to try making the bees.

I started with white shrink plastic, stamped the bee's with stazon and colored them with sharpies. The sky is done with ice blue chalk ink from Colorbox and my Picasso stencil. The flowers are from the same set and I added a stick on pearl in the center of each flower. The pearls are from Kaiser craft products and are self adhesive and very reasonably priced.

This next one is from the Penny Black Salutations stamp set. I have used this set so often and I highly recommend it! The flowers are stamped with Colorbox Q inks, and I found papers to match the inks from the Core'dinations paper line. I know so many of us have this flower punch - well here's a way to use it. I like the simplicity of this card! As you can see those pearls got used a lot in these two cards!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! The weather is beautiful and hot here in the PNW! Too hot to stay in doors, that's for sure! I'll post another card sketch after it cools off!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Card Sketch #85 - Dream

Hi everyone! Here's sketch #85 measuring the normal A2 size.

This one turned out soft looking and could be used for a masculine card. I created the tie downs using a small circle punch, brads and some string. I got the idea from a digital scrapbook element and decided to try to recreate it on a card.

I used Palette burnt umber ink to stamp the main image and sentiment and then used a dauber to sponge around the edges. The copper embossing was a last minute addition and in hind sight, I should have used gold ep. It might have matched the eyelet color a little better. Oh well, lol!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Black, kraft and cream card stock
Palette burnt umber ink
eyelets and string
Stamps by Gina K - Botanical dreams

Sunday, August 10, 2008

I'm a new member of a Design Team

Hi all! I have been asked to become a member of Cards by Maria's design team! What an honor! She hails all the way from Sweden and designs her own stamps! You can visit her blog here. A while back she sent me a RAK of some of her stamps - I designed a card sketch around one of them and you can see that on her blog and here on mine.

Here are a few more cards that I did with her stamps!

Bear stamp is from Maria and the paisley background stamp and sentiment is from SU! Paper is DCWV.

The Halloween sentiment is from Alota Stamps.

Thanks for asking me to become part of your design team, Maria!

Translated into Swedish: =)

Tack själv för be om jag till bli del om din design slå sig ihop Maria!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Card Sketch #84 - celebrate moments!

Hi everyone! Here's sketch #84! This one measures normal A2 size!

As you can see, I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to cut the circle when I drew this up in Microsoft word! There's only so much you can do with it! I might have to start using PSE 5 to create with from now on!

Ok, a couple of things going on with this one! I made the circle and the strip back ground paper using a technique that might be out there somewhere - and I don't know what to call it! I used some re-inkers (Palette Jardin Moss) and some Crystal Lacquer, mixed it up and sponged it on with a make up sponge. After it was dry, I stamped on the circle, and ran the strip through my new cuttlebug embossing border folder.

I decided to get out the sewing machine and stitch up this one! The stitching got really small at the top for some reason! lol - but what the heck - it looks pretty good otherwise!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! It's raining and a perfect day to stay inside and stamp!

Stamps - sprigs and the sentiment is from Life is short, all from TAC
Paper and the TAG - The Angel Company
Palette Jardin Moss ink
Crystal Lacquer

Blog Award

I was just awarded this from Beth! You can see her blog here. Thanks, Beth! Now I have to nominate 5 people. So, here they are!

1. Jany

2. Char

3. Nicole

4. Jenn* - soon to be a TAC demo!!!

5. Barb

All these ladies have great blogs for you to find lots of inspiration from!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Vacation scrapbook pages

Hi all! Here are my first two scrapbook pages from our vacation. These pictures were taken with my Nikon D60 DSLR camera (early birthday present from DH) at Long Beach, Washington.

This first sketch is from Marie-Josee Trudel blog which you can see here. She has a lot of really neat scrapbook sketches for you to try out!

Paper - Raspberry Road Designs - Mystic water
Embellishments - Starfish by Phuong Ton Designs and the net is from AWP by Vicki.
Fonts - Marcelle script for the title and Angelina for the journaling.

This is a sketch from Nicki over at ASB. If you can click on the photo to enlarge it you will see some of the tongue in cheek effects. =)

Background papers are photo's that I took on vacation.
Brushes - swirls from scrapgirls and the birds are from Obsidian Dawn.
Splat from Ton Designs.
Fonts - Marcelle script for title, surfer for journaling.

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Card Sketch #83 - Blue Bird

Hey there! I'm back from the week long road trip to the coast! Wow, that went fast! Why is it that work weeks last forever and vacation weeks go by in a flash?

I took some stamping stuff with me, but didn't get a chance to play all that much as we were seeing the sights most of the time! I just took some small stamps with me and my prisma color pencils and OMS, so I could color! Wow, don't I sound about 5 years old when I say that? I always did like to color - guess I haven't grown up all that much! giggling!

Anyway, here is sketch #83! This is 4 x 4 square and can be used for a quick little card at any time!

The background is done using my new cuttlebug embossing folder - this new one went great with the stamp I used! I did try to run an ink pad over the embossing to give the limbs a brown look - it came out so ugly, that I tossed that one right in the garbage. Not what I was looking for, so I ended up staying naked, so to speak! =)

The bird is colored with Prisma colored pencils and OMS - it's layered using my rectangle nestabilities and blue and brown card stock, as is the sentiment. I got lucky that I had ribbon that matched the blue cs that I had chosen!

I took so many pictures of the beach this last week - so you'll end up seeing some digital scrapbook pages soon!

Stamps - Bird is from Studio G and the sentiment is from TAC
Cardstock is from Bazzill and DCWV
Grosgrain Ribbon
Cuttlebug embossing folder