Saturday, March 31, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #152

Yes, another pink, white & black card (truly one of my favorite color combos) but this time with a definite purpose. 

Our nephew Graham just got engaged to an amazing young woman named Pam.  Pam loves this color combo almost as much as she loves Graham.  She has always said that this was going to be her wedding colors, so hence the pink, white & black card. 

Pam also 'strongly' suggested to Graham that she would love a heart shaped diamond one day and a heart shaped diamond ring is what she got....and WOWZA, what a ring it is !!!

This card really came together fast - maybe because the sketch and the color combo was decided for me so there was no wasted time trying to make decisions! I really found this sketch easy to work with and hope that you will be inspired to join in our challenge this week. Just click to link:  Unscripted Sketches

Speaking of Unscripted Sketches....have you heard that they have put out a Design Team Call ?   Interested?  Check out the details here:

..... AND.... stay tuned for Unscripted Sketches upcoming blog-iversary! There might just be a prize or two available to be won....I'm just sayin' that I may have heard that somewhere....

Happy crafting everyone!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Unscripted Sketch #151

A side view that somewhat captures the 'popped up' window panel.....

.... and a close-up of the bead & sentiment

Sarah referred to her latest sketch as 'bare bones' .... she left it up to our imagination to come up with something really interesting!

My take, however, may not be too original!  I instantly thought of a window pane and just went with that.  I tried really hard to get a good photo that captures the raised 'window pane' that is popped up on a double layer of dimensionls.  It does look much better in RL.  The cardstock has a light shimmer to it that really catches the light nicely.

Of course, purple is one of my favorite colors and I just happened to have a Copic marker that matched the cardstock perfectly.  The stamp is another Micheal's find ($1.50) that was stamped repeatedly (using my Stamp-a-ma-jig), then every other stripe was colored with BV00.

I made a template on graph paper using my rectangle nesties, then transferred the pattern to the cardstock.  It took four tries and a 1:30am finish (.... yawn!) to get it just right!  

I'm sure that if someone didn't see the original sketch, they would think that I measured wrong because it is offset to the left instead of centred on the panel :)

Now, some exciting news:   Unscripted Sketches has put out a Design Team call so if you are interested please check out the details here:

....looking forward to seeing all your creations here at Unscripted Sketch #151

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Retro Sketches #3

Retro Sketches..."Where every sketch is a blast from our past!"

What ????

Yes, a new sketch challenge blog that is growing faster than a grass fire in a wind storm!  Seriously, you have got to check it out here: 

Arielle, Jackie, Casia & Lori have teamed up to create one of the most happenin' blogs!  The numbers of entries is soaring with each new sketch.  It is no wonder though, with the inspirational creations posted by this amazing DT !

I missed sketch #1 and #2 (life got in the way) but am happy to be able to play along this week.

Our son's 32nd birthday is coming up (April 1st.....yes, a fitting day for his arrival) so a truly manly card was in order.  Just for the record, I had him when I was only 2 years old, so that puts me at a young 34......... I wish!!!

Eric hunts, fishes, camps, has a huge husky cross dog, drives a diesel 4 x 4, is a Journeyman Red Seal Certified Carpenter and has dead animals hanging on his walls so obviously, pastel poof would not work here!

A few rivets, some black cording, lots of distressing, simple sentiment, black/brown color combo......done!

Happy crafting!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #150

 Version Two (Scalloped Bottom) 

Did you happen to see the submissions last week? WOW!  Honestly, choosing just three cards from such an amazing talent pool is like having to pick just one favorite flavor of ice cream!!!

Okay, so I really pushed the boundaries of the sketch this week!  But hey, isn't that what interpretation is all about?

This new Inkadinkado stamp set just happened to jump right into my cart on my last trip to Walmart and it was begging to be inked up!

I used black Stazon ink for a nice dark impression.  The second card has some crystal effects painted on the roses and leaves which gives it an even richer look (hard to tell in the photo).

So now, I feel the need to justify my interpretation of this awesome sketch:
- the green & coral border at the bottom of my card is intended to be the horizontal stripe that runs 'close to the bottom' of the sketch 
- the 'Just Because' sentiment is my version of the wee round disc, and 
- I shifted the entire sketch to the bottom of my card

I am looking forward to another round of wow, so please click to link up your creations:  Unscripted Sketches

Happy crafting!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #149

A truly clean and simple card for a clean and simple sketch :)

I tried many different 'flips' on the sketch but came back to the posted just seemed to work better with the simplicity of the card idea that I had planned.

This is a wee stamp that I picked up at Michael's for $1.50 and I have used it numerous times.  I colored it with my copic markers, drew a border around with the .07 copic multiliner, and then popped it up with dimensionals.

I have seen the PTI linen folder used on so many cards and I love it! However, I don't own one so I improvised with my SU texture plate.  I found the traditional sandwich embossed too deeply so I eliminated one of the cutting pads and used various combinations of shims of paper until I got the soft compression that I wanted.

We would love to have you share your interpretation of this week's sketch with us at Unscripted Sketches.  Simply click to link: 

Happy crafting!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #148

My absolute favorite sketch so far!  I had so many ideas spinning 'round in my wee brain...what to choose, what to choose ??? 

I started out with clean & simple but obviously that didn't happen!

I just had to use my new stamp/die set that I purchased from Ellen's store.  See the side bar for a direct link.  Her on-line store inventory is amazing and her shipping to Canada is very reasonable.

The three butterflies might be a wee bit too big for a card front but I was anxious to use them so angled them a bit to adapt to the sketch.  The glitter on the wings looks a bit like dark blobs but in RL it has a nice soft aqua colored shimmer.

Did you see the amazing entries last week?  Wow! So much talent! I'm sure I get carried away commenting on the blogs but it is just so darn exciting that I really can't help myself.  Sometimes I feel like I could type a whole paragraph !!!

Link up your marvelous creations here at Unscripted Sketches.

Happy crafting!