Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 4/26/13

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you well and happy!

Spring is in the air and the temperature is climbing. But, it's still a bit cold when that north wind kicks up. This is my third season in West Virginia. I can't believe all the bulb flowers that grow here. Nothing like CA. It is fun to see the trees finally get some leaves on them.

I was thinking about how I would incorporate a touch of spring in my card this week and boy was I inspired! This week's sketch was designed by our very talented Kim Innis isn't it a fantastic sketch!

Oh what fun I am going to have with this sketch! I have yet to make a banner on a card so I will be my first  attempt at one. Here is what I came up with.

Boy oh boy, did I have a good time today! What do you think?
First, I turned the card on it's side so I would have a larger canvas to create with. Then, I made three rosettes two smaller one larger for the center piece. Next I backed them with the required banner piece which I also embossed with the Polka Dot Folder. I pulled out one of our beautiful Edgelets Dies I have not used in a while and created the floral edge. I chose to use an embossed scrap piece of Tangerine Tango for the the lower piece that matches the DSP on the rosettes called Vine Street. The sentiment embellishment piece was made using three punches Modern  Label, Word Window and the 7/8 Scallop Circle Punch. The sentiment itself is from the Just Believe stamp set (It's retiring! Boo!) I added a touch of bling to the center of the rosettes and mounted the banner pieces on Calypso Coral Bakers Twine.

Here is a peek at the inside.

I try to carry the theme throughout the card as you can see here.

That's all there is to this card. I hope you were as inspired as I was from this sketch, and find some time to create something fun for yourself.

Please show us your creation and download it onto our home page here:

Chat soon,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 4/19/13

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you well and happy!

This weeks sketch was designed by our very talented Tammy Fite. Wow! This is such a fun sketch to work with. The possibilities are endless.

I needed a birthday card this month so I used the sketch to guide me.

This is such a great sketch that I chose to keep true to the original lines. I pulled out my Nature Walk stamp set  that I have not used in a while and water colored away. The sentiment is from the Wacky Wishes Hostess set. It has fun wacky lettering which I think adds a bit of levity to the sentiment. The little strip of DSP in the lower right hand corner is from the Print Poetry Paper Pack.

The base of this card is Island Indigo. The layers are Cajun Craze and Crumb Cake card stocks.  I used StazOn Ink to stamp the images as it helps the ink when watercoloring not to run. I often use Bakers Twine to weave through the Dotted Scallop Border Punch as I think it gives the trim a lot of extra texture. I used Calypso Coral and Chocolate Chip twine on this border. For the watercoloring I used our Aqua Painter with Marina Mist, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Certainly Celery classic inks. I also used Crumb Cake to distress all the edges of the cardstock images and base pieces.

Here is a look at the inside;

That's all there is to it for this week. I hope you found some inspiration from Tammy's sketch, I sure did. If you create a card from it please download it on to our homepage here   We would love to see it!

Hope you have a great weekend. I am going to finish planting and working out in the garden.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you too find some time to create something fun.
Chat soon, 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 4/12/13

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Yep! It's SFF time, Spring Fever I think!!! This whole week just slipped away from me.

This weeks sketch was designed by our very talented Sharon W. and it is a great sketch to work with. I did things a bit differently than the sketch this time but, all the elements are still with in the sketch framework.

Here is Sharons sketch

Here is my card and maybe later this weekend I will be able to tell you a little more about it. But for now you just get the card.
BTW, I always use only Stampin' Up products in creating my cards.

Here is a look at the inside.

I really hope you like what I did with Sharons sketch. Like I said it is a great sketch to work with. Please give it a try and show us what you come up with, we would love to see it.

Chat again real soon,

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 4/5/13

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

It's supposed to rain today boo! We were starting to get some sun this week, but it still remains very, very cold. I think it is because it's been so windy. Spring is on the way so I remain hopeful. I see buds on the trees and bushes and the grass is starting to green up and daffodils are popping up everywhere. I can't wait to get my fingers in the garden. In California all of my Iris's would have been blooming by now. I'm going to have to call back home and check on them.

But until Spring finally decides to stick around at least we have Sketch Frenzy Fridays weekly sketch to keep us busy!
This weeks sketch was designed by our very talented Robbie Rubula. Here is what she came up with.

I love this sketch and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! Sometimes I wish all cards could make  themselves that easily. No fuss, no muss lololol.

Here is what I came up with.

The only change I made to this sketch was turning it on it's side. I love this background paper it reminds me of vintage wallpaper. I have been waiting to use these beautiful roses and thought that they would look really good paired with the vintage feel of the DSP. I think the touch of black really makes them pop!

Here is a look at the inside. 

I decided not to add a sentiment until I know what I am going to use the card for. I just dressed it up a bit to match the front.

Stampin' Up supplies used to make this card are as follows.

Card Stock- Whisper White, Basic Black 
Designer Series Paper (DSP)- Print Poetry
Embossing Folder- Lacy Brocade
Artisan Embellishment Kit

Thats it, a really easy yet beautiful card made in no time flat. Isn't it amazing what a great sketch can do for a card.

I hope you too find time this week to create something fun. We would love to see your creation so just download it on to our home page here   

Have a great week and we will chat soon.