Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Another sketch...

...sorry! This time I've got two cards made with the current Paper Players sketch:

Supplies: button from Basic Grey; everything else from Simple Stories' diy Christmas

I made French knots on the white dotted parts of the poinsettia paper, just because I felt like it.

Supplies: papers from Carta Bella; banner die from Wplus9; stampendous sentiment; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir marker; 1.5" circle punch; button from stash

I'd made the snowman card first, and I wasn't completely happy with it, so I went back to my trusty Simple Stories collection.

Here's the sketch: 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shopping our Stash #179 - Free is GOOD!

Free is good. I think we can accept that as a universal truth! And this week at Shopping our Stash, we want you to play with your free goodies - blog candy? generous friends? prizes? So long as it was free, make something with it & let us know how/where you scored your free stuff :) 

In my case, I used goodies I've received from several friends - the cupcake paper, sparkly number Thickers, die cut heart, and sequins were all gifted to me!

Supplies: heart/flower die cut from MAMBI; AC Thickers letters & numbers; classic small circle Nesties; shrink plastic; sequins and assorted confetti

Not everything on your project needs to be something that was free -  so join us in the next TWO WEEKS, before Monday, December 8th (cue panicked breathing)

Tuesday Morning Sketches #277 - Dies R Us!

Good morning sketchers! This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we're sponsored by Dies R Us. I'm having my usual end-of-November panic attack about Christmas, so this simple sketch was perfect for a quickie card:

Supplies: papers and die cut from Simple Stories' DIY Christmas

I know, I know, I'm going to need an intervention to step away from this collection ;)

Here's the awesome sketch from Nina:

This challenge is open until next Sunday, November 30th hop on over & see what the design team has created for you! 



Sunday, November 23, 2014

FUSION sketch

I told you I was into sketches yesterday! I am super in love with my FUSION inspiration photo-inspired card that I posted yesterday, but I also loved the sketch and wanted to play again.

Supplies: Simple Stories' DIY Christmas papers & die cuts; classic small circle Nesties; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Heidi Swapp edge distresser; dark red gems from Dollarama

I think that Simple Stories' DIY Christmas is my go-to Christmas collection for this year. I always end up with a favourite, and I keep reaching for it. When I embossed the circle, the paper distressed a little bit, so I lightly distressed the edges of the striped panel to go with it. I love the simple offset layout, and the two little gems on the holly berries are a great accent. This would work for a guy card (whoa!) and I didn't even plan it that way ;)


The Challenge #19

Yesterday was a sketch day from start to finish! This card was inspired by the current The Challenge sketch, #19.

Supplies: holly leaves from Making Memories; all other supplies from Simple Stories' DIY Christmas; embroidery floss, needle, and Tim Holtz design ruler

I played around with every.single.paper. in the package before deciding on the holly pattern. This is very layered, but still flat enough to mail (score), and I was excited to find those holly leaves - I thought I'd used them all last year, and when I went digging for an embellie there they were. You never know what you have until you clean your craft room!


Lacy Thanks

My sweet friend Denyse brought me a whole bunch of crafty goodness for my birthday - beads, buttons, and tons of lace, and when I saw the sketch at The Kraft Journal I knew I wanted to break out some of that brand new lace!! A super layered card, I'm also popping in at Little Red Wagon, and Open-Minded Crafting Fun's Grateful challenge.

Supplies: lace from Denyse; kraft card stock; Studio Calico kraft butterfly stickers; sentiment from Paper Smooches; Vintage Photo distress ink; Wink of Stella clear glitter pen; classic small oval Nesties; Cuttlebug embossing folder; ribbon and metallic brown paper from stash

I've been doing a bunch of faux-faux patina cards lately, and apparently I should have washed my folder, because there was unplanned shimmer transfer here - so I glittered up the sentiment too. Sometimes those 'mistakes' are just opportunities, right?

Here's the sketch:

I've got a few more posts today - I was in a sketchy mood, lol!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Catch the Bug - Photo Inspiration!

There's an inspiration photo for the challenge this week at Catch the Bug, and it's especially perfect with Thanksgiving coming up in the US!


As soon as I saw the turkey, well, I knew I had to get Stella out to play.

Supplies: Stella-Turkey from Bugaboo stamps; Spectrum Noir markers; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; Wink of Stella clear glitter pen

I printed out two copies of the image so that I could pop up some of the elements, sparkled Stella's earrings, and coated the earrings, bowl, and glasses with Dimensional Magic. 

The rules are simple: Create a photo inspired project and post a link to it on Bugaboo Stamps  challenge blog, Catch the Bug,  by 11/29/14 at  6:00 AM EST to be entered a random drawing for three digi prize packs –ten ( 10) (using Bugaboo only) seven (7) or four (4), using any image! 

Make sure you head over to see what the other designers have come up with!


Sparkly Christmas Bells!

Ohhhhhh this card was fun to make! When I saw the inspiration photo at FUSION, I'd already been thinking about my Merry Monday card for a few days, and I had nothing. I wanted to use bells in a unique way. I think I did it!

Supplies: Memory Box leaf die; American Crafts silver card stock; silver glitter paper from Dollarama; Silver paint pen; ribbon and bells from stash

I lightly traced a circle onto the paper so I had an idea of where to place the leaves. Using thick card stock made it easy to shape the leaf fronds to curve into a wreath shape. I sewed each bell on, and sewed the bow & silver bells on for the final touch. I even impressed my hubby with this one, which is a tough crowd!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Monster Big Thanks!

This was a super quick and easy card with the help of this cute pre-coloured digi from Doodle Pantry! This time of year I appreciate that even more than usual.

Supplies: image & sentiment from Doodle Pantry; papers from Simple Stories diy Christmas; classic small circle Nesties; big ol' googly eye

When I was working on this, I couldn't decide whether to give him two eyes (the illustration has two small eyes) or between two different sizes of one eye. I asked Riley, my googly-eye guru, and he chose this size. I think it's perfect!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shopping our Stash #178 - Thankful!

It's never a bad time to be thankful, but of course with Thanksgiving approaching in the US it reminds us all to be grateful for the big & small blessings we all enjoy. This week at Shopping our Stash we'd like you to create a project of THANKS - it doesn't have to be Thanksgiving, but it can be :)

Supplies: papers (including polaroid chalkboard piece) from Pebbles; wood veneer arrow from Studio Calico; Spectrum Noir markers

This is one of those great cards that kind of made itself - matching collections are awesome :) I coloured the arrow with a grey marker, and ta-da. 

You know you have many things to be thankful for too - so join us before next Monday,November 24th!