Saturday, February 25, 2012


A bit of a re-vamp on my card that I made for Unscripted Sketch #147.  The original is 'okay' but just not really my style.  There was something that I just wasn't happy with.....maybe too much black ???  Anyway, I managed to gently remove the embossed panels (see tip below) without tearing the paper!  I also changed the color of the embroidery cotton and re sized the card.  A new clean & simple look that really draws the eye to the pretty little glass bead (that I totally love).

Tip:  One of the girls from our stamp club (Terri) shared this with us and it works!!!  Gently heat the back of the card with your heating gun and quickly pull off the panel that you want removed.  You might have to reheat a bit more as it does cool quickly.  It really does work!  The paper may warp a bit but is fine once it is glued down. Use an adhesive remover if there is any glue that needs to be removed.

Unscripted Sketch #147

Another new embossing folder (Hobby Lobby - $5) that I absolute love.  Although it might look like patterned paper, it really isn't!  I rubbed the debossed side of the paper with Momento Black ink until the white paper didn't show through.  I preferred the embossed side but I just couldn't get the ink to go on evenly over the embossed images (without streaking on the paper) so I settled for this version.

It is not obvious in the photo, but the ribbon is actually looped on the left side.  It was 2:00am when I was uploading the picture and there was no way I was spending another 1/2 trying to get a better picture.  Why didn't I do this sooner you ask?  Because I am a procrastinator and probably (most likely) will never change!

The sentiment is Stampin' Up (an old rub-on set from way back).  I really like how it looks turned sideways along the image.

Anyway, you know the drill....take a peak at the DT creations, get inspired, get busy and get linked!

Unscripted Sketches #147

Happy crafting!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #146

.... I can hardly wait to see the cards that are created with this sketch!  No matter which way you flip it, the possibilities are endless. And the optional stitching it!

My nephew's girlfriend LOVES everything Pink!  If it is pink, Pam has it.  This card was specifically created for her birthday.  For some reason though, the pink cardstock looks faded  in some places in the photo....much better in RL!

Sometimes when I look at a sketch I get overwhelmed with ideas.  I find that if I taylor the card to a specific individual, the colors, embellishments, techniques just seem to come together easily.  Otherwise, I spend hours (and I mean HOURS) jumping from one thing to another.

I enlarged the photo considerably so that the french knots would show up. I used a shiny/silky crochet cotton for the white knots and plain black embroidery cotton for the black cross stitches.  The cute polka dot ribbon was a $1 score from Hobby Lobby as was this great embossing folder ($5).  I rubbed a dark pink pigment ink over the embossed images (really makes the images pop).

Head on over to Unscripted Sketches , take a peak at what the rest of the DT has stitched together for you and then link up your creations. 

Happy crafting!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #145

Staples, cork & twine - perfect for hubby's birthday card! I used some decorative staples that I bought a kazillion years ago! They were silver so I inked them up with some Black Stazon, then heated them with the heating gun....presto, black staples.  The die cut cork 'buttons' are mounted on black cardstock and stitched with black embroidery floss.  I added a bit of linen thread (two strands to make it look more like twine) and voila - a quick guy card!

PS..."In real life" the colors are Cajun Craze & More Mustard (honestly, it is not red!).

Happy crafting!

The rest of the DT has 'gone & done it' again with some amazing projects! Hop on over to the blog, check things out and then link 'em up!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #144

A close up of the panel.

A baby card for Sketch #144.   You have got to stop by, check out the goods and get busy crafting!  The DT has outdone themselves with this one!

This card was made specifically for my good friend's daughter who had a baby just before Christmas.  Her other daughter had a baby a couple months earlier so she is Grandma twice over within a couple of months....she will be busy!

I love this color combo!  Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry and a bit of patterned paper from an old In Color collection (might be Soft Sky). 

The front panel is popped up on dimensionals. I should have taken a side profile picture to show the space behind the vellum and the striped panel.  I wanted to keep the card 'soft' so the embellishments are intended to support the color rather than be the highlight. 

I can hardly wait to see the gallery!  It is so nice to see more and more people playing along with these fun sketches.

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Happy crafting!