Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sketch Girl #12 - Fun with Flowers

I saw this sketch and was like "Huh." I had no inspiration. Nada. none. I pouted. No inspiration. So I pushed it to the back of my mind and did other work related things. But I doodled constantly. And finally after turning the sketch I came up with this:

Me likely.
I was so happy with how this card came out. The flowers were from a stamp set that I got for free from Archivers. The sentiment is from PaperMakeup stamps. I used the cross stich selection on my sewing machine to sew up the sides. Colored the flowers with my copics and then added some glitter from my Spica glitter pen. I also used pop dots of different heights to give the card some dimension.

What do you all think?
Go and post your creation on the sketch girl blog!
And head on over to the other sketch girl's blogs for more inspiration!
and guest designer Laurel
Perfect Presentations is again sponsoring this week's contest. I love the templates from this company. They make awesome presents! Go grab a few....four new templates were posted today!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

With Sympathy

My friend Randee has had a very rough week. She lost her grandmother, who was very special to her. I made her this card to let her know she is special to me.
Stamps and Ribbon are PTI. Button is one of my favorite vintage finds (because she was worth it). The background paper is from the Recycled Stack from DCWV.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fun Bag!

Ok, I am officially in LOVE with the bag it up template from Perfect Presentation! Look at this bag! It was so easy to put together. My silhouette made quick work of the cutting and then I added my score lines, folded it and it was ready to go! I made this little bag for my son's daycare teacher, it was her one year anniversary with the center. These girls work so hard and as a working mom I so appreciate that!

The paper is from the DCWV Recycled Stack. I love that stack. I layered 4 flowers of decreasing sizes to create the flower and then added one of the K and Company fabric brads. I decided to wrap some twine around the box at the last minute. It just needed something. The sentiment is from PTI. I love that you can cut a window in the bag as well. It just looks so professional!

Have a great monday!

Friday, January 22, 2010

My aversion to the color purple

Is there a color you almost never use? For me, the color is purple. I just don't gravitate towards that color. Ever. One of my friends at work needed a birthday card, and she wanted it to be purple. Oooookaayyy, I thought, now what. Luckily, I had found some American Crafts ribbon on clearance and I had some purple in my stash (hey- just because I never use the color doesn't mean I am not LOADED with supplies in the color!). So this is what I came up with. I love the cuttlebug for texturizing cardstock. This particular folder looks great for a wedding card as well. Needless to say, my friend loved the card and I made a few more of these to keep in my stash.

What's the color you are least likely to use? Maybe it's time to challenge yourself!

Stamp: PTI
Ribbon: American Crafts
Cardstock: Bazzill and Stampin Up

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Valentine's Day Boxes

I know it's the middle of January. But I needed to start thinking Valentine's Day. I have to make treat boxes for Jack's teachers and the Favor Box from Perfect Presentations fit the bill! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these templates. They are easy peasy to use and Leigh Ann provides great instructions of how to assemble them- including adhesive placement. Plus, the bonus for me is that the .gsd files are available so my silhouette does the cutting for me. I have to make at least 7 of these, and I think each one is going to be different. My mother informed me that I have to make one for my grandmother as well, and I have to use some red buttons she gave me, so that one I will make soon.
I haven't decided which of these are my favorites. :)

Hearts and scallop rectangle are cut with the silhouette, stamp on the white box is PTI, stamp on the red is from the stash.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Apple of my Eye

I love this apple stamp. Its from a Unity stamp set my friend Tiffany brought over the last time we crafted together. I colored the apple with colored pencils; it's actually stamped on Kraft paper. Then I cut it out and popped it up for a little extra emphasis. I searched for the scrap of lined paper in my craft room for like 10 minutes. I KNEW I had the paper somewhere and love how this card looks. The ribbon is from May Arts and is so much fun to work with.

Have a great week!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sketch Girl is Back! SG-10

Yay! Sketch Girl is back! Admitedly, so I am. I took a nice blog break and I am feeling a lot more creative for it!

I loved this sketch. My card just flew together. I used one of my favorite boy quotes to complete this card.

I don't know if you can see, but I used my scor-it to add some texture to the kraft cardstock. I also stiched around the edges of the sentiment and the patterned paper. I inked the edges of the card and added the small strip of cardstock that I trimmed with pinking shears. The button was the final touch. Pretty simple really.
A word on sewing. IT IS NOT HARD! Please, give it a try. I know that some sewing machines are expensive and I am blessed that my DH let me get a good one (I sew too, so it's not just for cards and scrapbook pages)- but seriously, a decent Singer machine can be had at Walmart for under $100. I know there's the sew Janome or something like that for less, but at least if you get a good machine you can do some mending or hem pants or whatever. Just my two cents!
Card details:
Stamp: Paper Makeup Stamps
Sticker: K and Company
Inke: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Buttons, Twine
Hop on over to the other sketch girl's blogs and see what they have created! And don't forget to post your creation on the sketch girl blog!
and our Guest Designer Laurel!
January's sketches are sponsored by Perfect Presentation, a new line of affordable templates that you print, cut, score, and assemble. All template purchases come with instructions that include photos to help with assembly and adhesive placement. Measurements and/or templates are included to make cutting decorative panels quick and easy. Available at

Monday, January 11, 2010

Fun with Scraps

So I was cleaning my scrap room last weekend before coming back to work, and I kept finding all of these fun scraps. Of course playing with the scraps was just as fun as organizing (I love organizing) and so I made a few quick birthday cards. These cards are small (the two with squares are about 4 x4 and the other two are 2.5 x 2.5) but that is the beauty of using the scraps- I simply made the cards as large as the scraps. I, admitedly, am a scrap hoarder. I have all these little boxes and bins and baggies of scraps. I just can't understand paying a lot of money for a piece of paper and then not using all of it. Plus its fun to let my friends go through the scrap bin and make things when they come over too! Hope your week started out fabulous! Oh- the patterned paper is from American crafts, the sentiments are from Papertrey!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'll be your umbrella

This card came about because of a major score in the clearance bin at Archiver's. I got a 198 piece "wellies and brellas" runbo set from Autumn leaves for 75% off! It wound up being $3.50 and I got pages and pages of unbrellas and boots. Such a deal. I still had the Sage Shadow Stampin Up paper out from my holiday thank you and it matched perfectly. Love that! I love my cuttlebug as well- there's nothing like a little texture to brighten up a card! I was flipping through the SU catalog to figure out what I "needed" (sale-a-bration time seems to be the only time I order from them now) and I think many of the cards in the catalog could do with a little texture...of course that's just me. And of course this card is in my clean and simple design. I did get another 25 copics for christmas, and I have been coloring- Honest! Just nothing I want to show off yet.....

Monday, January 4, 2010

Whew! Was I really gone THAT long?

Hi Everyone! At least, hello to those still out there! I had a wonderful blog break. I did many fun holiday things. I learned to cut hair (at least my son's and hubby's). I read books (how cool is that) and I even made some cards. Not that I posted them (bad blogger). I was in a card making frenzy, I actually made and sold over 100 cards for the holidays. So that was fun. I just got back to work today after 13 days off and it was weird. I would also like to give a shout out to the stay at home moms, you guys are amazing. I had Jack with me for 5 days straight and yesterday I told my hubby that I think he really needed to go and run around with his two year old friends at daycare.
But I digress. This card I made in mass quantities to send to all the people I needed to thank over the holidays. It is deceptively simple. The hardest part was glittering the snowflake, which you could skip, but I think it really makes the card. I used the new signature greetings stamp from Papertrey- love that set. My hubby gave me 5 sets for christmas. He knew I kept a wish list and he even ordered under my name so I could get the bonus set this year! How cool is that?
I am hoping to post a bit more this month. I won't call it a resolution. I am making fun crafty things, I just am a lazy blogger. Here's to changing that!