Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seize the Sketch #27 - Trick Or Treat

Hello friends!  =D  I had so much playing with the current sketch (#27) at our LAST (sniff) Seize The Sketch challenge, another card popped out of me.  Lo and behold, it's a Halloween card!

The retired Stampin' Up! set, Window Dressing, was staring at me from its place on the Ikea book shelf in my studio.  It never saw much ink, and I felt bad for it.

The kitty and window are from that set, the pumpkin is from Family Accessories, and the sentiment (colored with markers) is from Holiday Best.  Boom!  A Stampin' Up!-only card!

Here's the sketch again, and before you say, "What?  Her card looks nothing like the sketch!", take a peek below.

Sure, maybe I took a little creative license with the sentiment and bow, but the bare bones are still there!

My family and I just got back from a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a quick break before school resumes.  It felt good to play in the surf (before the waves became too rough due to the offshore Hurricane Cristobal) and just let go for a while.

The sunsets are so gorgeous there, my camera just clicked away.

Me and my youngest, doing a selfie.

Thanks so much for popping over, and if you'd like to join us at STS, click HERE for details!

Stamps: Window Dressing, Holiday Best, Family Accessories - SU Paper: kraft, white - PTI Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Fibers: Argentina seam binding - Hug Snug Accessories & Tools: markers - SU; circle punches; Copic markers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Seize The Sketch #27 - With Sympathy

Time for a new challenge at Seize The Sketch!  It's also time for me to refill the 'Sympathy' category at the Arts Plus Gallery, where I sell my cards.  I chose some pretty papers from K & Co.'s Julianne line.  They look old-fashioned and sweet, and are very easy on the eyes.  The die cut / sentiment is by Papertrey Ink / Boutique Borders: Sympathy.  And those baby flowers -- courtesy of my blogging friend, Sindhu.

Our sketch hostess is Cathy Santie.  There are so many awesome ways to interpret this!  Dress it up, or keep it clean and simple.

One of the papers has a raised, glossy texture that I wanted to capture for you.  You can see it best in the photo below.  OH!  And I wanted to show you something else!  See the little black dot on the center of each of the paper flowers?  Well, one of the flowers had a defect, where the paint had not completely covered the little 'ball'.  Rather than toss that one and not use it at all, I just used a fine-tipped black marker to add a similar dot to another perfect flower.  Now they match!

Sadly, this is our last challenge before the doors close at Seize The Sketch.  (sniff, sniff) A HUGE thanks to STS owner Lesley Croghan for giving me a chance to serve on the DT, even if for a short time.  It was fun!

Thanks a bunch for your visit today, and I hope you might come play with us!

Stamps: Boutique Borders: Sympathy - Papertrey Ink Paper: Mellow Moss - SU; white - PTI; patterns - Julianne - K & Co. Ink: pale moss - Anna Griffin; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: Boutique Borders: Sympathy die - PTI; white flowers

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Happy Monday!  I'm pairing two butterfly-themed cards to share today, and needed a good name for my post.  "Bunch of butterflies" just didn't have enough flair.  ;-)  I did a quick internet search, and learned that you can call a group of butterflies a kaleidoscope, swarm, rabble or flight.  I rather like 'kaleidoscope' the best!

Without further ado, the cards:

Mini-supply list for the card above:  sentiment - Think Big Favorites #16 - Papertrey Ink; K & Co. chipboard butterflies; Garden Silhouettes - Stampin' Up!

Mini-supply list for the card above:  sentiment - Absolutely Fabulous - Stampin' Up!; Mariposa papers - K & Co.; purple butterfly sticker - K & Co. 

Our visit with Mom here last week was wonderful.  We spent lots of time shopping, eating good food, and catching up with family (some of whom we hadn't seen in 30 years!).  We took early morning walks, and talked and talked.  I enjoyed every moment, and the week went by so fast.  Too fast.

Thanks for your visit today!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Card Concept #16 - Hydrangea Bouquet (again!)

Hello!  I'm back with a reminder card for The Card Concept #16.  Once again, I've got a punched bridal bouquet for the wedding card challenge.

Today's card is 5" x 7", compared with the A2 size of 4.25" x 5.5" from last week's card.  I did a tutorial on the creation of this bouquet HERE.

Since I had extra room on this card base, I decided to make a nosegay holder from a piece of vanilla cardstock.  I hand-trimmed the shape, and embossed it to give texture.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Happily Ever After set.

If you are inspired to make a wedding card, please join our challenge!  You still have one more week to link up HERE.

Stamps: Happily Ever After - Papertrey Ink Paper: Naturals White cardstock - SU Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Fibers: sheery celery ribbon - Offray Accessories & Tools: Regal Flourishes embossing folder - Sizzix/Tim Holtz; Hydrangea Punch - Martha Stewart; Lemon Yellow Liquid Pearls - Ranger; circle die - Spellbinders
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