Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sketchy Thursdays...Santa Visit!

This layout was SO much fun!  I absolutely loved the simplicity of the sketch from Sketchy Thursdays and this paper....  I have to tell you about this Christmas Mint paper from SEI.  I actually saw it for the first time last year in a LSS, but, they only had 2 or 3 papers left from the collection.  I tried to resist and finally gave up this fall and ordered it off Amazon when my husband asked if there was anything I wanted that would help meet the minimum total to earn free shipping...woohoo...couldn't ask for a better excuse! ;O)  I absolutely love the color combo!!

These pictures turned out so great...this was the first year Owen agreed to sit with santa without ME being in the picture too!!!  I was so relieved!!!  All of the brads I used are glitter brads, but, they don't show up very well...bummer, I love the sparkle!
Paper:  SEI Christmas Mint
Cardstock:  Cocoa and White Daisy
Ink:  Clover Meadow, Cranberry, and Cocoa
Stamps:  Small Chocolate Alpha, Homestead Alpha, and I Believe
Other:  Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, EK Success Border Punch, American Crafts Glitter Brads, Cricut Cartridges, and Stickles

Celebration of Life....No, Nobody Died!

Owen goes to a Montessori school and they tend to be a little more politically correct I guess.  So, instead of a birthday party they told us about the "Celebration of Life" that they wanted to do for Owen.  We had to be their by 11am on his birthday, provide a healthy snack complete with utensils/plates, read the class Owen's favorite story, give a "short presentation", and have a picture timeline as a visual prop.  A bit much don't you think!!  Anyway, we of course complied as we don't want our kid to be the only one whose parents don't show to celebrate with them!!  Well, I should say, "I" complied...Dave would go, but, only if he didn't have to do anything...super beneficial right!

So, to start with they sat us down in a circle with Owen and I at the front.  I had to give a brief description of the day Owen was born and then he picked up a small globe and walked around a picture of a sun that they had in the middle of the circle.  As he walked, his teacher, Ms. Laurie, told the class how there are 365 days and 52 weeks in a year and that's how long it takes the Earth to circle the Sun.  Then Owen sat down and I told about his first year and he repeated the walk around the sun...this was repeated until he turned 4.  I thought it was a little creepy personally, but, Owen took it very seriously and you could tell how important it was to him and how proud he was to get to do it.  I guess that makes it all worth it!

I had no idea what his teacher was looking for as far as a time line goes and ended up throwing this quick little layout together.  The right side had his last name on it, but, I've blurred it out, so, you'll have to just envision it.  The kids all liked the Stickles I put on the flames of the candles...they were all really cute and I actually enjoyed spending some time with all of them.  I'm also glad I put this together...I left it in the classroom, so, it's definitely seen better days, but, it makes me realize how much he's changed to see the pictures side by side like this.  How cute was he with that big red nose when he was born...our own personal Rudolph just in time for Christmas! ;O)
Cardstock: Sky, Outdoor Denim, White Daisy, Honey, and Sweet Leaf
Other:  Cricut Cartridges-Stretch Your Imagination (cake) and Plantin School Book (Font), Stickles

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Teachers Gifts

Finally!!  I got to play a little today after wrapping-up Owen's birthday last weekend!!!  FYI, a birthday on a Sunday evening is not a good plan!  I try not to have his parties on a Saturday because it always conflicts with office Christmas parties.  But, I've got to come up with a new plan.  It stinks to have to clean up after a party and then get up around 5 am the next morning!!  He seemed to have a great time, so, that's the important part I suppose!

Vicki Wizniuk posted a coffee cup card on her blog here back in October.  I knew then that I had to make those for Owen's teachers to hold a Starbuck's gift card...it seems to me that anyone that spends their days with 25 3-5 year olds NEEDS caffeine! ;O)  Anyway, I of course waited until today to get these going...so, they were a little rushed.  I had to get them done in time to drop-off today because Owen won't have class again until January 4th.  But, I think they still turned out pretty cute.

Vicki used a template she purchased at My Creations, you also get a similar super cute cupcake template.  But, I tried every which way and couldn't get my Paypal or Credit Card to go through.  So, I had to wing it.  I think I did o.k., but, I'm sure it would have been much cuter with an actual template.  I'm going to have to keep trying.  I HAVE to have the cupcake version!!  I didn't take any pictures of the inside, but, it's glued to the lid and you just slide the lid off to pull it out.

I should tell you that I took this pictures around noon today, but, it was overcast and already kind of dark. I hate to tell you how much photoshopping I had to do!!  I apologize for the poor pictures.  I'll have to come up with a better idea until our sunshine returns this spring!

Paper:  Bobunny, Basic Grey, and SEI
Cardstock:  White Daisy and Cranberry
Ink: Cocoa and Tsukineko Memento Ink in Bamboo Leaves
Stamps:  From Me to You
Other:  MS Snowflake punch, Spellbinders Dies, CTMH Cranberry Ribbon

Friday, December 10, 2010

Basic Grey Maps...Stuffed With Love

This will be my last post for today...I am going to get back to work on my latest layout.  With just 5 hours and 39 minutes of daylight these days, I had to drop everything and jump on the opportunity to get pictures of these and figured I met as well post all of them while I was motivated!
I have been admiring the Basic Gray Maps on the Pagemaps website for quite a while and was excited to get to put one to use.  I'm so glad that I took so many pictures of Owen with different toys when he was small, it really makes you realize how much he's grown and how small he actually was at one time!!  He has always seemed so much older than he truly is, it's hard to remember him ever being a baby!
Paper: Twitterpated
Cardstock:  Crystal Blue, Cocoa, and Colonial White
Ink: Cocoa, Cranberry, and Tsukineko Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa
Stamps:  Field Trip Alpha, Soul Mates, Comments, and Beary Much
Other:  Martha Stewart Border/Corner Punch, Stickles, EKSuccess Corner Rounder, and Zig Pen

The Scrappiest Sketch #90...Monkey Business

I'm still struggling to get the last of the pages done for my son's "baby book" which now encompasses 3 scrapbooks!!  I've created so many rules for myself and changed how I scrap so significantly since I started the books, I kind of feel like I've painted myself in a corner!!  It makes it kind of miserable to work on the pages and leaves very little room for creativity!!  Anyway, this was one more down and I was excited to use these rub-ons that I got a super great deal on as a clearance item at JoAnns.  Cute aren't they!

I love the sketches Liz creates at The Scrappiest.  They are always sweet and simple with lots of room for your own interpretation!!
Paper: Caprice
Cardstock:  Indian Corn Blue, Honey, Cocoa, and Colonial White
Ink:  Indian Corn Blue and Honey
Other:  JoAnns Essentials Brads, EK Success Border Punch, Fiskars Circle Punch, Colorbok My Wild Life Monkey Biz Glitter Rub Ons, and Zig Pen

Boys Best Friend and Hippity Hop Blog...

Believe it or not, I have been doing a little scrapping here and there even though I'm a terrible poster these days!!!  I did this page back in November and had high hopes in posting it in time for this super fun Hippity Hop Blog Hop Challenge...it was unlike any I'd ever seen before!  It involved 5 different blogs (Sassy Lil Sketches, Scrap Fit, Crop Suey, Scrap Tiffany, and The Cuttlebug Spot) and each blog added an additional component to the challenge.  Sassy Lil' Sketches kicked things off with this sketch (1) and the rest of the requirements were: (2) use 3 of the same thing on the layout; (3) use some lace; (4) add some texture or embossing; and finally, (5) get messy and use ink, paint or mist.

I really struggled with this sketch.  I don't love doing small pieces of B&T paper on a layout and despite the fact that it's all the rage, I'm not really into these banner things.  I ended up completing it over a week late, but, it was definitely fun to try and made me think outside the box!!  
Paper:  Caprice
Cardstock:  Crystal Blue and Colonial White 
Ink:  Cocoa
Stamps:  Rustic Alpha, Wishing Star, and Shining Star
Other:  Creative Memories Embroidery Floss, Me&My Big Ideas Soft Spoken Renee-Stars stickers, CTMH Mocha Adhesive Pearls, Fiskars Circle punch, EKSuccess Corner Rounder Punch, and Zig pen

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Birthday to You....

I've been thinking about this card for quite a while and I'm not sure I got it exactly how I imagined.  But, it was fun to do!  For some reason, this Veranda paper pack just reminds me of my mother.  She hates yellow, but, the Creme Brulee has such an earthy tone, I don't think it counts! ;O)  Her birthday snuck up on me and I cannot believe Thanksgiving is in TWO days...where has this year gone!!

This was the first time in forever that I haven't used a sketch to put the card together.  I'm not sure that's a surprise!! ;O)  But, I was trying to keep it simple and I think I accomplished that at least!
Paper: Veranda
Cardstock: Olive, Juniper, Cocoa, and Colonial White
Stamp Sets: Happy Birthday and Follow Your Heart
Ink: Juniper, Creme Brulee, and Cocoa
Other: Creme Brulee Ribbon, Mocha Pearls, Martha Stewart punches, and Fiskars Circle Punch

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sketchy Thursdays...A Perfect Fall Day

I heard about the Sketchy Thursdays blog a while back while on another scrappers blog, but, haven't had much time to stop and check out their sketches.  I finally got around to taking a  peek last week and absolutely couldn't resist this sketch!!!  This was so out of the box for me, but, SO much fun!!  It all just kind of fell in place...that never happens for me! 
I had big plans to put the pictures in a circle using Photoshop, but, it turns out I'm not that good!  I can't figure out how to do the wedges.  So, I did what I could and opted for five pictures instead of six.  I'm pretty happy with the results regardless and look forward to trying more Sketchy Thursday sketches!!

I've actually had this layout completed for almost a week now.  But, with very little daylight these days, I'm having trouble getting a good picture.  I will make another attempt tomorrow and see if I can improve it.  In the meantime, I should mention that the leaves are edged with gold glitter (they came that way) and I added gold Stickles between the scallops on the circle for the "sparkle" part of the challenge.
Paper:  Memory Box Blackbird and Basic Grey Ambrosia
Cardstock: CTMH Colonial White
Stamps:  Field Trip Alpha and Many Thanks
Ink: Autumn Terracotta, Brown Bag, Honey, and Cocoa
Other:  Recollections Mulberry Paper Holly Leaves (Michaels), Martha Stewart Punches, EKSuccess Corner Rounder (scallops), Champagne Stickles, Funky Ribbon from LSS (it was by the yard don't have manufacturer info), and Zig Pen

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day/Happy Marine Birthday...

Thanks to all the men and women who serve in our military and keep us safe!!!

I had hoped to have this posted on Wednesday, but, it was a really long week.  So, I'm just now getting around to it.  My uncle is a retired Marine and we're all very proud of him.  But, he prefers to celebrate the Marine Corps' Birthday rather than Veteran's Day.  So, here's the card I did for him this year.
To be honest, I was not prepared and had to throw this together at the last minute.  But, simple seems to make more sense in this case anyway.  I got to use my Sizzix Texture Boutique again to add a little texture, so, it was worth it!  The Marine Corps emblem is one that they had at the Wikipedia site of all things.  I printed it on photo paper and cut it out.
Cardstock:  Cranberry, Black, and Colonial White
Ink: Black (Sponged around the inside)
Other:  JoAnn's Essentials Gold Brads and Gold Glitter (Glitter is just pressed onto 2-sided tape), EKSuccess Corner Rounder, Sizzix Embossing Folder and Sizzix Texture Boutique

Owen was home sick with me the day I made the card, so, he made one too.  I thought it was pretty cute.  The circle on the lower left is a cake with a candle and just above that is his signature...it's quite elaborate! ;O)  He also included a few birthday stickers.  I think my uncle was far more excited to receive Owen's card then mine from the sounds of it!!  I can't hardly blame him though! ;O)
Colonial White Cardstock, Roseart Markers, and EKSuccess Sticko Stickers-Party Favors

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pagemaps...I'm an Artist

I really got good use out of July's Pagemaps Sketches!!  It may be time to branch out some! ;O)  This layout was super painful to do.  Again, the embellishment part got the best of me!!  I ended up giving up and going to Michael's and browsing through their stickers.  To me, stickers are the easy way out...but, I NEEDED an easy way out and am actually pretty happy with the end results!

It just so happened that they had a couple of MS edge punches on clearance while I was there too...so, how cute is my little bubble punch down the side?  I love it! ;O)
Paper: Twitterpated
Cardstock:  Outdoor Denim, Cranberry Red, and Sweet Leaf
Ink:  Cranberry Red
Stamps:  Journaling Jots
Other: Stickles, MS and EK Success Punches, Stickers from Sticko/EK Succes (Hoot), Jolee's Boutique/EK Succes (Little Artist), and Soft Spoken/Me&My Big Ideas (I'm an Artist and Renee-Stars)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Card Maps...Whoo Loves You!

I have organized a scrapbook day at one of the local churches for later this month and have offered to cut the cost in half for the girls that make and donate at least 2 cards to the Operation Write Home efforts.  I've wanted to contribute to this amazing cause for some time and just haven't had the opportunity to take the time and do it. 
Anyway, time is flying and I figured I better get on it!  I happened to have this owl from the Greeting Farm already colored and decided to try one of Page Maps Card Maps for the first time.  I chose the sketch above from the March 2010 Card Maps.  I took the sketch pretty literally, but, that was just coincidence, I swear! ;O)
I'm surprised how nerve-wracking this was for me to do!  I want to make sure it's just right for our men and women overseas who have sacrificed so much!!  The least I can do is send them a decent looking card to write home with, right? ;O)
Paper:  Life Delights and Magic Moments
Cardstock: Blush, Hollyhock, Cocoa, and Colonial White
Ink:  Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Olive, Blush, and Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa
Stamps:  Greeting Farm Forest Friends, Whoo Loves You (branch), Exclusive Set from the Twitterpated Kit (leaves), Friendship Alpha Small, and Hugs & Kisses
Other:  Hollyhock Brads, Copic Markers, EK Success Corner Rounder (scallops), and White Gelly Roll pen

July Pagemaps...Mischief Maker

I've had this layout done for ages, but, just don't love it.  I had hoped an epiphany would come over me and I'd think of something to add.  But, I've decided to just let it go!  I love the Pagemaps sketch (from July) I used and putting the layout together went really fast...it's just those dreaded embellishments that I can never pin down just right!
Paper: Twitterpated
Cardstock:  Cocoa, Outdoor Denim, and Colonial White
Ink: Cocoa and Outdoor Denim
Stamps:  Giggle Caps and Lowercase, Star Power, Code It, Childhood Boy, Girly Girl, Wedding, and Journaling Jots (most retired)
Other: EKSuccess Corner Rounder and Border Punch, JoAnn's Essentials Star Brads, Twill Ribbon, and Zig pen

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Northern Lights Card...Inspired by Lorrinda

I absolutely flipped when I saw Lorrinda's Northern Lights card last week for her guest DT project at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog.  You can see her card here along with her tutorial detailing how she did it.  My card looks a little plain next to Lorrinda's and this picture (below) that I used as inspiration.  But, it was SO much fun and I look forward to trying it again.  
We mainly get green Northern Lights up here in AK, so, I stuck with green and blue.  But, the most amazing show I've ever seen, was while I was in school in Montana, they were bright red one night!!!  Even knowing what they were, red lights in the sky was a little unnerving! ;O)
Cardstock:  Black, Olive, and White Daisy
Stamps:  The Beauty of Christmas (retired-trees) and Natures Gift
Other:  CTMH Chalk and White Daisy Pigment Ink, Liquid Applique, Versa Mark, White Daisy embossing Powder, sponge brush, and Gelly Roll White Pen

Early Trick or Treaters....

We have an annual family party that caters to my single sister who thinks she deserves an extra day because she has to buy gifts for 3 of us versus the one gift we get her each holiday.  Not to mention, she's never had a wedding or a baby, and therefore she's already down by at least that many gifts....  Let me just say, it's easier to go along with her than to argue...kind of like you can't argue with crazy...besides, she's scary when she's mad!!  Long story short, we started this tradition to do "Auntie Shawn Day" at our house with dinner, cake, and pumpkin carving every October.  

This year, Dave and I each carved a pumpkin and set them out on the porch late Sunday night.  By Thursday afternoon, they were gone!!!  At first, I suspected foul play...but, that's never been an issue here and upon further investigation, I noticed just a few bits of pumpkin here and there in the yard.  That's when it hit me, the moose are back...last year, it was December before they ate up our pumpkins!! I hadn't seen any in the neighborhood recently and quite frankly, it never crossed my mind they'd be by so early, let alone looking for pumpkins!!

This morning I was half awake stumbling down the stairs only to look up and see Momma moose filling the window on our stair landing!!  Both Momma and baby had returned to the scene of the crime and were scouring the porch for more "treats"!!  I guess we were the ones that got tricked this year!! ;O)  At least the pumpkins went to a good cause...but, at $10+ a piece, it would have been nice if the moose had waited for Halloween night to get the munchies!!

This is baby...I'm not for positive, but I think these two were here in the spring when this one was practically brand new. 

We happened to have one more pumpkin that I saved for Owen.  We just carved it today and have it tucked away safe in the house!!!  I'm hoping the twin girls that frequent our yard will get a chance at that one.  We'll see, these two are persistent little buggars...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Unscripted Sketches Take 3....

Alright, last one with this sketch, I swear! :O)  When I went to link my card to the Unscripted website, I realized they were doing a piggy back challenge to use pink in your card for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I think everyone has someone in their life that's battled breast cancer and I thought the least I could do is make a pink card as a show of support!  

Not to mention, it was a great excuse to use the most adorable digi pony stamp that I just realized is a FREEBIE on Meljens Designs blog!!  Seriously, how cute is he!!!

Paper:  More to Adore (Retired)
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Hollyhock, and Blush
Stamps:  Meljens Designs Digi Sweet Little Donkey and CTMH Now & Forever
Ink:  Hollyhock, Chocolate, and Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
Other:  CTMH Summer Posies, Stickles, Copic Markers, Making Memories Embroidery Floss, and Favorite Findings (JoAnns buttons)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Unscripted and Heart 2 Heart...Thank You Take Two

I wasn't completely happy with my first card for the leaves and trees challenge at Heart 2 Heart today (see my last post), so, I tried again.  I used the same sketch from Unscripted and am happier with the results.  I just love these colors!  Phew, o.k., I can move onto something else now!!  Hope you have a great weekend!!

Paper:  Felecity (special CTMH promotion kit)
Cardstock: Twighlight and Colonial White
Ink:  Bamboo, Desert Sand, and Twighlight
Stamps:  Many Thanks and Small Chocolate Alpha
Other: CTMH Opaques Adhesive Pearls in Mocha

Unscripted and Heart 2 Heart...Thank You...

 This weeks Heart 2 Heart Challenge was to use leaves and trees.  I needed a thank you card and loved Unscripted's sketch, so, I thought I'd combine all three!!
I had so much fun putting this card together, but, I'm not entirely happy with it...the sentiment is too small for where I put it.  I may try again and repost.  I was super excited to get to use our new Opaques adhesive pearls in Mocha though!!  I buy a lot of pearls from Michael's Recollections line, but, they don't hold a candle to ours.  In fact, ours look so much more realistic, I can't even mix our white pearls with theirs...it makes the Recollections pearls look cheap!

Hope you are all having a great weekend...I'm still recovering from a nasty cold/ear infection, but, it looks like I'm being suckered into a trip to Lowe's...woohoo...makes my day. ;O)
Paper:  Felicity (Special Promotion)
Cardstock:  Twighlight and Colonial White
Ink:  Bamboo, Desert Sand, and Twighlight
Stamps:  Many Thanks
Other:  Opaques Pearls in Mocha

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Heart 2 Heart...It's Owl Good...

SORRY Heart 2 Heart!!  I just realized I managed to post my layout twice...I thought I had forgotten to hit "enter", so I did it again!!  I'd remove if I knew how...it's been one of those days!

Heart 2 Heart had the greatest challenge this week...at least for me!  It's an ABC challenge...we were to use an "A"lphabet stamp set, create a project for a "B"oy, and use "C"hocolate or another brown color...  Since I tend to use earth tones and I typically only scrap pics of my little man, this "challenge" is pretty much my every day layout! ;O)

I used "Bottom Border-Overlap" (2i) from the Reflections book for this layout.

I started this on Thursday and am just now finished...how is it that other people can just whip stuff up!  It takes me forever!!  Of course, this little culprit didn't help the situation....I let him out to play and he ran right over to my layout and pooed in the middle of my main photo!!!  It's lucky for him that I print my own photos!!  With help like this, it's amazing I ever get anything accomplished!
Paper:  Twitterpated
Cardstock:  Indian Corn Blue, Cocoa, and Colonial White
Ink:  Olive, Cocoa, Indian Corn Blue, and Tsukineko Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa
Stamps:  Small Chocolate Alpha, Homestead Alpha, Whooo Loves You (branch), Exclusive set from Twitterpated (leaves), and Studio G i-clear Stamp
Other:  Copic Markers, Clear Buttons, In Color Organic Dimensional Elements, Creative Memories Embroidery Floss, JoAnn's Essentials Brads, and Zig Pen

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pagemaps...Just Plane Cute

Back to Pagemaps...their September sketches are just too cute!  I really just love Becky's style.  I guess I should break down and buy one of her books instead of just using all of her free ones that she shares so generously!
This layout actually came together pretty fast, for me, at least.  I'm still working on Month 10 and wanted to stick with the Twitterpated paper, but, am totally losing steam there...it's just so tough to work with for baby boy pictures!  I still have 4 or 5 layouts to do for this particular month...I may be getting very creative very soon!!!

Anyway, for this one, I incorporated paper from Let's Get Together to bring in some red and yellow.  I still have a small strip of Twitterpated in there...so, technically, I'm not breaking my rules...yet anyway!  I had so much fun with this one and used up some of my embellishments that have been sitting around here FOREVER!

Forgive the Stickles, I got a little carried away.  I was going for a starry sky look, but, I'm not sure I love them.  Not a lot I can do about it now though without redoing the whole layout...so, for sake of my sanity, I'm learning to love them! ;O)
Paper:  Let's Get Together and Twitterpated
Cardstock: Crystal Blue, Garden Green, and Colonial White
Ink: Cranberry, Honey, Garden Green, and Crystal Blue
Stamps:  Field Trip Alpha, Rustic Alpha, Flyin' High, Little Boys, and Journaling Jots
Other: Stickles, American Traditional Designs Airplane Tag, JoAnne Essentials Star Brads, Cardboard Stickers from Michaels (probably not acid free..just thought of that, oops!), Creative Memories Embroidery Floss, and Copic Multi Liner in Olive

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Scrappiest #77...You Made Me Love You

A while back, I was on the hunt for new sketch sites and stumbled upon The Scrappiest blog created by Liz Chidester.  The work on there is inspiringly beautiful, but, not over the top like some of the DTs you see out there.  I hate looking at someone else's work and not being able to think about anything besides the cost of the embellishments that went into it...that just stresses the hoarder in me out! ;O)

This sketch was from way back on August 16th and sadly, I think I started this layout shortly after it was posted!!  To be fair, we did have back to back visitors...of course, that only accounts for two weeks of the last month!  I'm still working on the 10th month of Owen's baby book and I think the color combo of this Twitterpated Paper was partly to blame for my blockage!  I love the paper in general, but, it works best for either fall or little girl pics and this one wasn't either.  Actually, the picture itself makes Owen look kind of girly to begin with between his white pj's and little pink cheeks...so, that didn't exactly help.  But, I decided to just go with it and I think I like how it turned out in the end...I know he's a little boy and that's all that matters, right. :O)
Paper: Twitterpated and Emporium Creative Basics (Green Striped)
Cardstock: Cocoa, Crystal Blue, and Colonial White
Ink:  Crystal Blue and Cocoa
Stamps: Large Chocolate Alpha and Confidential
Other:  CTMH Organic Dimensional Elements, Clear buttons, Sorbet Brads, and Splendor Designer Brads, Fiskars Circle Punches, Cricut Designer's Calendar Cartridge (circles and lettering), Martha Stewart Punch, Stickles, Creative Memories Embroidery Floss, Green Ribbon from LSS (by the yard, don't know manufacturer), and Zig pen.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #70 and Meljens Designs Freebie

I've been desperately trying to complete a 1-page layout for the last few weeks, but, it just isn't coming together!!!  So, in the meantime, I decided to take a little mental break and whip up a card for my Uncle's birthday.  I already had this super cute image called Triple Treat Cupcakes from Meljens Designs in mind and thought this weeks sketch at Unscripted was perfect for it!  I tried to add colored glitter to look like sprinkles to the liquid applique.  But, every time I attempted to "sprinkle" the glitter, it just ended up being a giant blob.  So, I ended up just using clear glitter to sparkle up the icing.

Paper:  CTMH Building Blocks (retired)
Cardstock:  Sweet Leaf, Cranberry, Moonstruck, and Colonial White
Ink:  Cranberry, Sweet Leaf, and Moonstruck
Stamps:  Meljens Designs Digital Triple Treat Cupcakes, From Me to You, and Exclusive Stamp Set with Jingle Kit (not named)
Other:  EKSuccess Corner rounder, Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Copic Markers, Liquid Applique, CTMH Mini Sparkles, Stickles, and Sizzix Dots, Circles, & Stars Embossing Cartridge 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #69 with a Piggy Back Challenge...

I had just finished watching the latest CTMH TV episode (the main video below the row of 5 thumbnails and towards the very end of the episode they go over ribbon) called Eclectic Elegance when I opened Unscripted Sketches' website and saw this weeks challenge.  We were to use non-traditional flowers to go with the sketch above.  It was like they were made for one another!  I very rarely watch the little episodes CTMH posts, but, another consultant had tried these flowers and posted on our bulletin board.  I loved the fact that they were so flat and couldn't wait to try them for myself!!  This challenge was the perfect excuse, I guess the card I was supposed to be making for my uncle will have to wait! ;O)  I also tried the method described in the episode for ruffling up ribbon...why didn't I think of that! 

Paper:  Magic Moments and Best Friends Forever
Cardstock:  Colonial White and Sweet Leaf
Ink:  Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, and Creme Brulee
Stamps:  Whoo Loves You and Exclusive Stamp Set for Twitterpated Kit (not named)
Other:  CTMH Sweet Leaf and Hollyhock ribbon, leaves from Summer Posies, Antique Brads, Copic Markers (beak), and Adhesive pearls from Recollections