Saturday, June 30, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #165

Wow - did you see last week's entries?  The submissions were amazing!   It is so exciting to see more and more entries into our weekly sketches. I marvel at the clever interpretations that I see each week.  We would love to have you pass on our challenge information to your crafting friends and invite them to play along as well.

Now, what is this card intended to be you ask?  It is a clipboard with one of those big bulldog type clips at the top!  In hindsight, I should probably have made the top piece a bit narrower and only used two "rivets" (eyelets) instead of three.  Let's just say that this is one of those heavy duty clips!

As soon as I saw this sketch, this was the first idea that popped into my head and try as I may, I just couldn't get past it.  I chose a nice bright background paper but almost to no avail as my "note/list" covers it up!

The "list" was done on my computer (because who has stamps with words like that?).  I feel like I am cheating though when I use computer generated font.  Actual stamping just seems more crafty.

I am sure that these next several weeks are going to be "summer time busy" for everyone (me included) but if you have a rainy day and nothing else to do, create a project and link it up at Unscripted Sketches.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy crafting!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Play Date Cafe Challenge #137

How is this for a snappy color combo?

This is actually my first time playing along with a Play Date Cafe Challenge.   I see so many beautiful entries to their challenges while I am touring my favorite blogs but have never found the time to play along. 

... until today when I visited Lisa's blog (I'm in Haven) and was so inspired by her amazing card.  I decided that the yard work can wait until tomorrow as I had more important things to do.

Alas, my hands were working faster than my brain!  It was one of those 'Aha moments' when I realized  that the color blue is intended as a splash of color.  Well my splash is pretty much the whole gallon!

Head on over to their blog and join in on all the fun!

Thanks for stopping by today.  

Happy crafting!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Unscripted Sketch #164

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm so glad you stopped by.

.... ya think I just got some of my new SU supplies?  Yup!  This adorable stamp (from the new catty) was #1 on my list of "Need to Have" stamps.  I used Copics to color this sweet image.  I do want to try using some fun colors for the animals (like pink elephants, blue lions etc) next time round.  I love the 'congratulations' sentiment - wavy like the ocean with a really cool font!

The blue cloud sky paper has been in my stash for ages.  It works perfectly with the Tempting Turquoise card stock and the 'ocean' theme. The popped up clouds are MFT dies, sponged with a couple of different shades of blue. 

The sun is finally shining here so it is going to be HARD to play indoors in my craft room instead of outside in the yard.  I do hope you can find some time to play along with us this week. Just click here link.

Happy crafting!

Monday, June 18, 2012

OLW92: On the Edge

.... just a quick post to upload my card for the One Layer Wednesday challenge.  This week's challenge is hosted by Susan.

People, you just have to check out Susan's blog  here and read some of her posts!   I can honestly say that there has not been one single post that I have not laughed out loud .... I quite often scare the scrap out of my cats who are usually busy snoozing on my computer desk!

Susan has a gift.  Her ability/talent to put to paper what her brain conjures up, in an unbelievable entertaining way, is always my daily dose of laughter! Thanks Susan!

I have been on a grad card kick using the famous Dr. Seuss poem "Oh, the places you'll go..." and figured that this wee ladybug and her tracks work for this challenge.....close to the edge, not over!  Kind of reflects the graduate's path in life where it sometimes takes a bit of time to head down the straight & narrow.  Seriously though, how boring is that ?  Did I say that out loud?

Thanks for visiting today and happy crafting!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #163

...well, this is it!  I have to say that I am not at all happy with the way my card turned out.  The sketch is awesome, but I just couldn't find something that appealed to me (I'm sure I wasted at least 1/2 dozen sheets of vellum trying different ideas). 

This is one of those cards that I know I could have done better.  I really do love the image though. If time (or lack thereof) wouldn't have been an issue, this card definitely would have been a redo!

I embossed the tree on vellum with bronze embossing powder (that is probably as old as I am).  The image looked a bit drab so I mounted the vellum on a piece of ivory card stock which really made the image stand out.  Used some no name card stock and my square nesties.

I am looking forward to seeing what everyone creates this week.  I really do enjoy visiting your blogs.  Just click to link up here.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

CFC56: Create a Clean And Simple project using polka dots.

Polka dots rock!  Truly they do.

I am sure that I was born with some sort of  polka dot homing device! Whether it is fabric, clothing, paper, decorations....I'm drawn to them like a moth to a light bulb (actually I hate moths so let's change that to a fly to honey).  And, my dad actually played in a band called "The Polka Kings" when I was younger!

I was blog stalking some of my favorite designers when I came upon Lisa's sweet card  here.  Not a doubt in my mind at all.  I had to play along with this challenge.

I bought this SU stamp set quite a while ago (notice the polka dots on the mushrooms) but didn't really have an opportunity to use it prior to this.  I think that it is one of those stamps that borders the 'juvenile' age category...or maybe the 'hippie' era (we all know what they did with mushrooms !!!)

The mushrooms were stamped with black Stazon and then embossed with clear embossing powder (for a nice deep black color).  The sentiment is a rub-on (origin unknown).  Polka dot paper is also from origin unknown scrap pile.

Hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog here and check out the plethora of dotty creations posted by the amazing DT.  This is one of the busiest challenge sites around.  Tons of talent, tons of inspiration!

Happy crafting!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Colour! Challenge #140 - Finished Product

ColourQ DT - Thanks for choosing my card as one of the Courtiers  :)

... just an quick update to my ColourQ post from yesterday

I left the bottom panel on the card face empty so that I could add a sentiment as the need arose.  So just this morning, I remembered that I needed a thank you card for our paper carrier!

So this is the finished product!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

ColourQ Challenge #140

....... Phew!  (insert brow wipe here)  Made it just in time!

Of course, it was 11:30pm last night when I decided that I loved this color combo and wanted to play along. At 2:30am I figured it was best to finish this card in the morning as things began to get really fuzzy!  Two cups of coffee wasn't quite cutting it!

I purposely left the bottom a bit bigger so that I can stamp a sentiment in the bottom right hand corner.  The center of the flowers are punched from some cute patterned paper that I had that actually matched all the colors.  Struggled a bit with where to put Island Indigo so opted for the wee peak of it above and below the white panel.  Used embroidery cotton for the stems of the flowers.  

Pretty much everything is popped up using those "oh-so-cute and tiny" micro POP DOTS (All Night Media).  Seriously folks, if you don't have these, you really have to hunt them down.

Hope you all have a happy crafting weekend.  The sun is finally shining so I am off to play outside. Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Unscripted Sketch #162

Love this sketch ... again!  I am sure you are all tired of hearing me say that but I am so thankful for people that can kick start my card making process.  Otherwise, I sit for hours at my desk, trapped in a creative slump stupor, trying to come up with ideas!

Hmmmm....... just realized that there is absolutely no stamping whatsoever on this card (the 'Just Because' is an old Stampin' Up rub-on).

You may have guessed that my Tasteful Trims die was just delivered (SU as well).  I put the ric-rac portion to use on this card.  I die cut two rectangles out of Craft-a-board, covered them with black paper, pieced the ric-rac strips on top and then popped them up with dimensionals.  

The cool little buckle is actually a button that I spray painted black, threaded the SU ribbon through, and added a bit of bling.  The colored paper is retired CTMH.   I really do love the vibrancy of their colors.

You know the drill.  Head on over to the  Unscripted Sketches blog, check out what the other design divas have created and then link 'em up!

Thanks for visiting me today!  Happy crafting!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #161

Welcome back! Hope you're all ready to tackle this awesome sketch!

I masked each portion of the stamped images (the stem and two flowers).  The 'predictable' placement of the image would be the left side of the card....obviously I chose the opposite side.  The image panel is popped up with some SU dimensionals.   Very clean, simple and quick!

The flower stamp is another wooden Studio G stamp from Michael's. Honestly, these $1.50 budget friendly treasures really do stamp remarkably well!  The stems are masked from another set of stamps (can't remember which one!!!).

We would love to have you play along this week.  Stop by the blog, (Unscripted Sketches) and check out the DT creations as well as the amazing cards submitted by all our loyal challengers!

Happy crafting :)