Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Card Sketch #94 - It's all about....

Hi everyone! Here's sketch #94 - with Halloween right around the corner - it's all about the candy corn! By the way, where in the world did September go?
I just got my shipment of oval nestabilities in and just had to play around with them! They are awesome - I only have one Marvy oval punch and I just never used it that often. Probably because I had to drag out the oval coluzzle to layer it with and I can never get it to look good. That snip you have to take and then sand down is for the birds!
The sentiment on this is computer generated - I saw a stamp very similar to this, but felt that it was just too expensive to justify using it just once a year. So, I decided I could just print the saying up on my computer - font is CK Chiller and it's printed on white card stock. The candy corn is colored with Copic Ciao Markers.

I hope everyone is having a great week - I'm now in Denver on business! Glad this is the last trip for a while! Getting up at O dark thirty to catch a plane is not fun! ;-0

Stamp - Great Impressions
Orange and Yellow card stock - Core'dinations
Copic Ciao Markers
Orange Grosgrain ribbon
Palette Noir ink

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Card Sketch #93 - golden holiday

Hey everyone! Here's sketch #93 - measuring the normal A2 size.

I found this gold polka dot paper at Joann's the last time they were having a sale on paper. I've had the gold metallic mirror paper, like forevah, and decided to put it to use on this sketch.

I stamped both images in versamark and embossed them with gold embossing powder. Both were cut out and embossed using my nestabilities. I figured out if I add an additional piece of chipboard to my sandwich, I can emboss and cut at the same time. Which saves me the time of getting out my tan mat to run it through the cuttlebug again.


Present stamp - Michael's dollar bin

Sentiment stamp - Papertrey Ink

Gold mirror metallic paper

White Card stock

Gold Polka Dot paper from Joann's

Versamark ink

Gold embossing powder

Gold cord

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I got home from the airport and found the latest issue of Vamp Stamp News in my mail pile. I had to do a little happy dance - I have two cards published in the October '08 issue. They are on pages 10 and 12.If you follow my blog - you have seen both of these cards before. If not, they are both black and white and you can see them here and here.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Card Sketch #92

Greetings! Here's sketch #92....with two examples to show you! This one measures 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 when finished. A little different and the last example is kind of challenging...Cut your card base at 5 3/4 wide by 4 3/4 tall, score at 2" to make a flap on the left side. Add the circle to the center to complete the sketch.
In this example I used a olive card stock (Bazzill) and added ivory circles, which were cut with my nestabilities. The fern stamp is retired image from The Angel Company. I stamped it in versamark down the right side of the card and embossed with clear embossing powder. I think I just might be addicted to heat embossing!!! LOL - any way, the fern in the center of the circle is stamped with pale olive chalk ink from Memories. The sentiment is from Penny Black Salutations and is stamped in Palette Noir. I added a wide strip of olive grosgrain ribbon down the side.

This next one is a challenge.....getting the acetate to stay folded can be frustrating!
In this next example I added a piece of acetate around the whole card. That allowed me to add some additional layers to the panels.
I chose some fall colored card stock from Bazzill to go with our approaching Autumn season! The pearls are self adhesive and are from Kaiser Craft. The main image in the circle is stamped in the faux embossing technique with Memories chalk ink in washed tan and gauzy beige. I used the same stamp on the two inside panels and heat embossed them with clear EP to make them show up more. Leaf stamp is from TAC's deco designs and the sentiment is Live Inspired, also from TAC.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! I'm scheduling this to post while I'm in Alaska on a business trip. I fly home just in time to watch the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy! I can't wait!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

You make a difference!

Hi all - here's a recent card that I created that just begged to be featured on my blog. =) This is done with TAC's Angelee paper collection. I started off with a piece of purple card stock measuring 4 x 12 and folded it so that it has a pocket on the inside. Before gluing it together, I lined it with dp from the collection. Both the front and the back were layered with the muted flower paper and the purple ribbon was inserted prior to gluing them down. The tag on the front is part of the paper collection. I stamped the sentiment on it, added the leaf swirl (from the simply devine set) in versamark, embossed with clear embossing powder and then stapled on the green ribbon.
I used the same leaf swirl and again embossed with clear EP on the circle, added a Thank You and attached to the inside of the card. Both senitments are from the Ordinary Greetings set.

Have a great week!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Here's a little project that you can accomplish in an hour or two!

It's a 5 x 7 magnetic board that is framed with designer paper.

I purchased a 5 x 7 mat from the dollar store and covered it with designer paper (TAC). Then I cut a piece of chipboard the same size for the back and covered it with the same paper using a glue stick. Roll your clean brayer over both pieces a couple of times to make sure that the glue is adhered really well. Cut your magnet sheet to size and glue it down onto the back panel. (You can find the magnet sheets at any office supply store, Wal-Mart of even the dollar store.) Add ribbon for hanging and then glue down the frame.

You can embellish this further if you so desire. I can picture some flowers, chipboard letters to spell out a name, etc. Wouldn't this be fun on a teenagers bedroom door? Or a "Honey do" board....the possibilities are endless!

To make the magnets - I used page/picture pebbles, crystal lacquer (diamond glaze, etc. any clear glue will work), saying stamps and magnet strips cut to size. Stamp your sayings in stazon or palette hybrid ink, adhere the crystal lacquer to the page pebble and set down over your word or saying. Press down so that you get a good seal. After they dry, add the magnet to the back. Some pebbles are self-adhesive - however I decided to add the crystal lacquer so that they would last a bit longer.

These are done the same way but with Tulip Brand See Through Stones. In both examples, I used designer paper from The Angel Company because of the bright colors in the paper.

I hope this sparks your creative juices! If you create something similar, drop me a comment, I'd love to see it!

Have a fantastic weekend!


Designer paper - A little Whimsy by The Angel Company

Stamps - Tag Tid Bits from The Angel Company

Ink - Palette Noir

Crystal Lacquer

Page/picture pebbles

Tulip Brand See Through Stones

Magnetic sheet

Magnetic tape

Monday, September 15, 2008

Card sketch #91 - warm wishes

Greetings! Here is sketch #91, measuring the normal A2 size. This sketch came about from a OSW that I made. I was suppose to get 10 cards out the 8.5 x 11 sheet that I did, but only got 8 as I played around with it a lot.
The back ground horizontal panel is from the OSW and I added a couple of circles to the mix. Both circles were cut using nestabilities. I added some dots in the center of the flowers and around the scalloped circle using a sharpie white paint pen. This is the best white pen that I have found! I did some paper piercing on the top and bottom of the panel using my clear ruler at 1/8 intervals - much better than using my SU paper piercing template - it just isn't straight in a few places! It has made me throw out quite a few cards over the years! LOL!

Anyway, this is a very simple versatile sketch! Hope you can get some use out of it! Have a great week!


TAC stamps - euphoric elements and trendy greetings

Paper - white card stock - olive CS from Bazzill

Ink - VersaMagic in spanish olive and perfect plumeria

White sharpie paint pen

Stardust pen

Saturday, September 13, 2008

And the winner of the blog candy is.....


She hails from Poland and posted this take of my sketch on her blog. Congratulations! Please contact me with your mailing address so that I can send you your candy!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Card Sketch #90 - Halloween

Good day everyone! Here's sketch #90, measuring the normal A2 size.

This is a retired TAC image that I just think is adorable. He is colored with prisma color pencils and blended with OMS. I also used a few Copic's on the smaller details like the moon and the stars. I picked up the pebble/bubble black paper at my LSS last year thinking it would make a cool back ground for a halloween card.

The Sentiment is from Alota Rubber Stamps. I added an outline with Copic Cool Gray marker and then added the dots around it so that it went with the main image. I used the ticket punch to punch the corners and added some mini black brads. I found some purple grosgrain ribbon in my stash that matched the Core'dinations card stock that I layered everything with.

I used the same image and a horizontal sentiment to complete the sketch over at SCS. I just loved how the colors went together, so I stuck with it! The polka dots are a stamp from Clear Dollar stamps. I stamped it in Palette Noir then went over them with a black glaze gel pen. This made them stand out and match that wonderful pepple/bubble black CS in the back ground.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I will be posting the winner of my blog candy sometime on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Celebrate Anything!

Hello - happy Wednesday (or Thursday when most of you get this). Thought I'd share a card I did a while ago - and remind everyone that there's still a couple days left to participate in my blog candy sketch challenge! See card sketch #88!

The card starts off with a piece of card stock measuring 12 x 4 and ends up when folded a 4 x 4 pocket card. I'm sure all of you have seen this before, but if not, leave me a comment and I'll get you the instructions.

The designer paper is from DCWV "Once upon a time" pack. The pink card stock is Core'dinations. The black circle is one of those things that came about by mistake. I cut a circle with my nestabilites and it was too big for the project I was working on. So I chose another die and cut it again - wow - that skinny circle looks cool - wonder what I can use it on? You know how it goes...The sentiments and the swirl are from The Angel Company. I used cloudy coral chalk ink from Memories to stamp everything. The ribbon is a close match to the ink and paper, but not perfect! The back side of this card is also covered with the same designer paper, which hides how I attached the ribbon.

I have a funny little story to share - I celebrated my 22 wedding anniversary this past Saturday. My DH gave me one of those funny kind of cards that you can only appreciate when your married as long as we've been! =) I also got him one of those types of cards. You know what he said to me? Get this, and I quote "Why did you buy it?" At first I thought - wow, you don't appreciate my humor and you don't like the card I chose, getting really mad at this point. Then he quickly clarifies....."I look forward to seeing what your going to come up with when you make it yourself." Isn't that sweet? I just had to giggle and give him a big hug!

I also wanted to give a big shout out to these four ladies for participating in my challenge (see above or below for more info) and point you to their creations!

Jany, Carol, Suzanne and Vicki

Thanks for participating ladies!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Card sketch #89

Hello there! Here is sketch #89 and I have two examples to show you. Sketch and cards measure the normal A2 size.This first one is done with some new dp I just picked up at Joann's. I really liked that it was so soft and feminine looking. I used my coluzzle to cut the half circle and distressed the edges with burnt umber ink. The corner thingies were added at the last minute because I felt it needed a little something -it appeared a bit blah! Flower stamp is from the set called Spring Flowers from The Angel Company and the sentiment is from the Sparkle set. The flowers are colored with Copic Ciao Markers.
This next one is done using the flourish set from The Angel Company. I stamped it with versamark and used clear embossing powder. The designer paper is also from TAC called Amberley Grace. The sentiment is from Life Thoughts and is stamped in Aqua ink to match the paper. I used the same ink to outline the long panel and added the same color brads as accents.
I sent both of these cards out to Angels who belong to the Angel Tag it group on Yahoo! I tend to send out my sketch design creations to some of the RAK groups I belong to.

Don't forget that I have a challenge up on my blog for some candy if you create a card based on sketch #88. I will be randomly drawing a winner on Friday, Sept. 12th.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fall colors

Hi all! I just completed this card for the sketch challenge over at SCS (#192) and really liked how it turned out and thought I'd share!

I stamped the leaves in Palette Noir and colored them using my prisma color pencils and blended with OMS. I also added a bit of sky blue chalk ink to the back ground so it wouldn't be so stark white. The distressing is done with a pair of scissors. I used the same stamps for the back ground panels with versamark ink and some clear embossing powder. I really love how they turned out!
I got out my sew mini and added some zigzag stitches to distinguish between the two panels. While trying to figure out what I could add to the side to finish this card off, I ran across these flat disc's that I've had forever - I can't even remember where I got them or who makes them. I just added a few drops of glue to the back and stuck them on. Their antique color goes so well with this color combo!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Stamps are a retired set from The Angel Company
Paper - Bazzill
Ink - Palette Noir and Sky Blue Chalk from Colorbox
Disc's ???