Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sketch-a-thon is almost over

Boo hoo!  The Sketch-a-thon is almost over!  I think you have until October 4th to finish any of the layouts and get in on the RAKs that are being given away!  Here's what I did with this sketch.  I took a Big Shot diecut to make the swirls and just cut it apart to make it the way I wanted.  I inked everything up with some more tea stain from the distressing kit and sanded up a few more stickers.  Finally, I took a sticky cut star and smothered it with orange glitter to add some bling to the shabby chic look! 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Simple and sweet card

Well, I guess there is glitter on the scanner!  This card is one of those super simple, but yet striking cards.  I just used the get well soon bandaid image and a red heart punched out to make this card.....that's it!  How is that for quick - we had a flash fire at a factory in our town this past weekend, so Saturday morning we had to make a trip to the hospital in Lexington, KY to see some of our church members.  I didn't have much time to make a card, but I remembered seeing a similar card at convention.  It was done in less than 5 minutes!  (Finding my stamp sets in my drawers took longer than making the card!!!)  Anyway,  this is not my typical style, but I liked it.  I think we'll make some more at the stamp-a-stack for world card making day Friday!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fun layouts with sketches this weekend!

Okay, so I've fallen in love with another sketch site - you can find the link on the right.  It's called Sassy Lil' Sketches.  Here is a sketch I found on the website and the layout I made using it.  I used SU papers, chipboard, and felt flowers.  The stamp set was Tart and Tangy.  I also used some stickers from The Sweet Life, a felt sticker from Prima, a journaling spot by Jenni Bowlin, and some ribbon from my stash.   
For the other side of the page, I used a sketch from Sketches for All.  The only other thing I added here was a title from Me and My Big Ideas and a tiny tag by American Crafts. 

Stamps: Tart 'N Tangy
Paper:  Retired DSP, Basic Black Whisper White
Ink:  Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories:  1 3/4" circle punch, 2 1/2" scallop circle punch, ribbon, retired chipboard, Prima felt flower stickers, retired SU felt flowers, The Sweet Life Stickers, Jenni Bowlin journaling spot, red rhinestones, Real Red re-inker, alchohol, White Shimmer Paint, Distressing kit

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A new style for me

I was challenged to try a new style this week, so I tried the shabby chic style.  I absolutely adore that style of papercrafting, I'm just not good at it.  I used a sketch by Cherie Averill over at Sketches for All.  I distressed everything - brads, name it!  I also inked everything up and curled little parts of paper with the distressing kit and tea stain ink.  I don't remember the name of this Simply Scrappin' kit - maybe all boy?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Plain and simple thank you card

Here's a card I made last night in my 20 spare minutes before bed....
I used leftovers from last year's spring designer paper.  I layered a few scraps and punched the large 2 1/2" circle out of another scrap of paper.  I stamped the turtle in StazOn and watercolored/glittered the image and added a few dots with my marker.  Finally, I punched the image out with the extra large scallop circle and had a quick card for the neverending pile of thank yous that I need! 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Scrap-a-thon happening at Sketches for All! Scrap away to try for RAKs!

Here are a few layouts that I actually got to make in the last 3 crazy hectic weeks!  I have hardly had time to breathe, much less scrap!  Anyway, I got to play with this new line of paper and embellishments designed by Nikki Sivils called Tree Love.  Hence, all the cute little trees! 
I sponged my vanilla background with pear pizzazz and spritzed it with log cabin smooch spritz.  I cut out most of the paper and embellishments from the paper - it was too cute to leave out!  I used the buttons to make a dot for the "i" in hike and added them to the corner of the picture on top.  I loved the little trees, so I sponged them with chocolate chip ink and added glitter to the trees to make them even cuter!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Card inspired by Papercrafts

I saw a similar, much brighter card than this card in a Papercrafts magazine months ago and thought, I need to do this with the Notably Ornate stamp set!  And there it sat for months....until last night.  I'm not totally sure I like it, but it has the same idea. 
Stamps:  Notably Ornate
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand, Deck the Halls DSP
Accessories:  buttons, oval punch, sponge dauber, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, gold gel pen, pearls

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Quick tag

This was a quick and easy use up scraps tag.  I used all retired stuff on here except for the new Tasteful Trim diecut.  Love that die.  Stamp set was the First Day set.  I'll have another scrapbook layout to share with you tomorrow.  Got to get to bed now!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sketch-a-thon has begun!

The Sketch-a-thon has begun at Sketches for All!  It's not too late to get started - here's the first sketch:
And here's my take on the sketch. 
The paper is from the Nursery Suite as well as some retired fall paper from last year.   I came up with a Regal Rose/Peach Parfait/Chocolate Chip color scheme for the fall theme of the sketch-a-thon.  I used some embellishments by Making Memories and this layout was done fairly quickly with the help of the sketch!  I used a button for my "O" since I was out - It was just the right size!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another journal entry

Here is my second journal entry - a look at the creative things I find in myself.   Same products overall were used.  I used some glimmer mist to spray the journal spots and the flowers.  I also used Versamark and Irridescent Ice on the title and the butterfly bullets for the journal spots.
Stamps:  Jumble Alphabet, Itty Bitty Bits
Ink:  Versamark, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Sweet Pea DSP, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Irridescent ice EP, Flowers from  Pretties Kit, Rhinestones, Bitty circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Chocolate Chip marker, Sponge Dauber, Glimmer mist, rhinestone butterfly (non-SU)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Believe in yourself journal entry

I won a participation contest, so it helped me pay for the Artist in You class at the Sunny Stampin' room.  One of the challenges was to reflect on your own barriers to your creativity.  For me, my biggest barrier is my lack of self-esteem and confidence in myself.  I never think anything I do is good enough.  I hardly ever enter my projects into contests unless they are random drawings because I figure I won't win anyway.  Don't get me wrong - I am NOT a negative person....unless it comes to complimenting myself - I just don't do that.  I don't know why I am this way - I just am.  So this journal page allows the truth to be revealed for what it is.

Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Just Believe
Ink:  Taken with Teal, Rose Red
Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Sweet Pea DSP
Accessories:  Early Espresso taffet ribbon, MDS, glitter, glimmer mist (non-SU), die cuts (non-SU)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New journal - hoping to bloom some artistry!

I made this little journal using one of those composition notebooks you find at the beginning of school for 50 cents.  I had some leftover Sweet Pea DSP that I just love and still enjoy using.  I used the Rough Type letters and some tiny scraps of paper to make the title.  I accidentally didn't leave enough room on the letter o to punch it out, so I decided to change them to flowers - it made it cuter anyway!  For the image, I used the Great Friend set to make all the butterflies and then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on them before making a little trail of pearls for them to follow.  Finally, I topped it all of with a dainty little Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon bow.  Even the hubby liked it!  That makes me happy! 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Christmas hope and new ric rac!

Here is a page I made as a member of the design team at Sketches for All.  I used some retired DSP from last year's mini.  I loved these two pics of my parents with my nephew.   I used the new Paisley Prints stamp set for the hearts and the new sizzix diecut to create the ric rac portions on the page.  The brads are also retired - the buttons and flowers came from my DT friend, Stacy.   Check out the Sketches for All website for some great contests coming soon!  The sketch a thon is open to everyone and there are lots of prizes and RAKS to win!