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

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Page Maps Double...State Fair 2007

One last layout from Pagemaps July sketches for Month 10 of Owen's baby book.  I just had so much fun with Becky Fleck's sketches!  I always think about buying her book, but, she makes it too convenient to just get the sketches off her website!!  I am loving this Twitterpated paper more and more, but, trying to make peace with the fact that it's officially gone.
I absolutely love the cardboard buttons that compliment the paper.  I don't normally use a whole lot of buttons, but, these were so much fun and so easy to include!!  I had that little hedgehog colored already and couldn't resist sticking him in the layout as well.  How cute is he!!  I can't get enough of him and his other hedgehog friends...I like to think of them as porcupines though...it's more Alaskan that way! ;O)

Finally, the two pages together...  Hope you are all having a great week.  Owen's school is taking the week off, so I'm "forced" to stay home all but one day this week with him.  I'm really looking forward to some extra time with him!!  I think he's just as burnt out as I am!
Paper: Twitterpated
Cardstock:  Crystal Blue, Desert Sand, and Colonial White (stamped images)
Ink:  Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, Olive, Dutch Blue, and Cocoa
Stamps:  Happy Forever, Whoo Loves You, Exclusive Stamp Set from Twitterpated Kit, and Typewriter Keys
Other: Stickles, CTMH Organic Dimensional Elements (buttons),  Dimensional Ribbon Accents (long since retired), Pewter Photo Hangers with Colonial White and Pewter brads, ribbon by the yard from LSS, Making Memories Embroidery Floss, Recollections adhesive pearls from Michaels, EKSuccess corner rounder, and Zig pen

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Sketch Challenge...Happy Birthday Aunt Lori

Finally!!  I was able to play with along (and complete!) this week's Heart 2 Heart challenges.  It's been too long since I last got to participate.  I hate when life and work gets in the way of fun! ;O)  This was kind of a must and the sketch came along at just the right time.  My aunt's birthday is today and of course, I needed a card!  I had to pull out this little hedgehog one last time...for now anyway!!  

I'm trying to learn how to properly color with Copics, but, am having a tough time with it.  My instinct is to color from light to dark.  But, since the dark colors are typically on the outer edges of an image, by the time you get to them you've got so much ink on the paper that it tends to bleed really bad outside the image lines.  Anyway, this was my attempt at coloring from dark to light...I don't love how it turned out, but quite honestly, I was running out of ink by the time I finished this rendition!! ;O)  He's still cute and at least, I have finally figured out how to put a little blush on his cheeks with the markers instead of having to dig out my chalk....that's some progress...right? ;O)
O.k., so, I have to admit my Happy Birthday is tippy...but, to be honest, I finished the inside this morning after shoveling the majority of a dump truck load of gravel with my husband yesterday and basically had no feeling left in my hands.  You should have seen me trying to color those teeny weeny little butterflies!!!  We had to finish the gravel this morning and then I worked the rest of the day prepping for hydroseed...that's why my card is so darn late!!!
O.k., so I have another excuse regarding the photos...we have had a record 28 days straight of rain...that's right and I believe today makes 29!!  I am so tired of rain!!!  Needless to say, it didn't help us get the yard work done and it sure hasn't provided good lighting for my photos.  If you look close at both the front and inside of the card, you'll see I went nutty with pearls.  I just love them!  Alright, can you tell I've been trapped outside working my rear off and not able to really talk to anyone? ;O)  My husband and I are so tired and sore that we basically didn't talk at all last night except to complain about our aches and pains!!!  Hope you all have a great week!

Paper:  CTMH Perfect Day
Cardstock:  Orchid Bouquet (retired), Twighlight, and Colonial White
Ink:  Orchid Bouquet (retired), Twighlight, Sweet Leaf, Creme Brulee, Tsukineko Memento in Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Happy Forever and From Me to You (sentiment)
Other: Copic Markers, Recollections adhesive pearls from Michaels in white and a Twighlight Blue color, Martha Stewart Edge and Corner Punches, and Prima Flowers

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mojo Monday #150...Happy Birthday Uncle Bill!

Do you ever have one of those days where time flies too fast to get anything accomplished?  Yesterday was like that for me.  I needed a card and cupcakes to take to my uncle's house to celebrate his belated birthday.  But, I couldn't seem to get rolling and everything I did took longer than it should have.  This was by far, the fastest card I've ever put together and I'm afraid, it kind of reflects the lack of time spent on it!  But, I was so excited to finally use the hedgehog images from July's Stamp of the Month called Happy Forever.  Isn't he adorable!!  
I'll spare you everything that went wrong with this card, beginning with the fact that it started out manly, but, got really girly!!!  Fortunately, my uncle's a manly man that isn't worried about that kind of thing and especially when it's from me....I'm really proud of him (he's a retired marine) and feel lucky to have gotten to spend some time with him for his birthday.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Paper: Cherry-O Creative Basics with Ribbon
Cardstock:  Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, and some sort of Copic paper from the LSS
Stamps:  Happy Forever and From Me to You
Ink:  Tsukineko Memento in Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa and Sweet Leaf (sponged around the stamped image)
Other:  Scroll Lace Corner Punch from Martha Stewart, EKSuccess Corner Rounder punch, Adhesive Sparkles from the dollar bin at Michaels, lots of Copic Markers, and CTMH ribbon from the Cherry-O Creative Basics kit

Thursday, August 5, 2010

One More Pagemaps Sketch....Fun in the Sun

We've had a very busy couple of weeks between work and fun.  We made it to the air show last weekend...actually, over 200,000 people made it to the air show last weekend.  That's almost HALF the entire population of ALASKA!!!  It was a good show, but, WAY too crowded!!!  Owen loved every minute of it though and was very thrilled to get to tour the military aircraft.  He's already talking about going again....I'm not sure I can say the same! ;O)
I have managed to do a little scrapbooking in the meantime though.  I'm still working on Owen's first year.  Month 10 uses Twitterpated paper which is officially all sold out...I'm a little upset about that!  Although, I'm not a huge fan of sorbet, it's hard to blend that color with my photos, but, I think in this case, it worked out o.k..  

Paper: Twitterpated
Cardstock: Crystal Blue and Sweet Leaf
Ink: Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, and Cocoa
Stamps: Cobblestone Alpha and Small Chocolate Alpha
Other:  Colonial White Edge Anchors with Chocolate brads, Twitterpated Cardboard Buttons, Stickles, Making Memories Embroidery Floss, Fiskars and Marvy Circle Punches, EKSucces Corner Rounder, Martha Stewart Boarder Punch, Ribbon from LSS, and Zig pen