Here is the sketch for my October Sketch Challenge!

And here is my take on it.

The blog candy this month is a brand new Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp set called “Flights of Fancy.”  It will be sent to a randomly drawn winner from those who play along in the challenge.

To play just leave a link to your creation in the comments section.  A winner will be drawn on November 1st giving you a little over 2 weeks to participate in the challenge.  Oh and please make sure that the link you leave goes to the specific card you are entering and not to your blog or gallery in general.  Hope you can find some time to play!

Edited 11/1/12:  This Sketch Challenge is now closed.

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous “Flights of Fancy” –  *Note: Since purchasing this set, Stampers Anonymous has split it up.  The images are now included in the following sets:  Nature’s Discovery, Nature’s Moments, Take Flight, Shabby French, Captured Moments and Mini Ornates

Papers: PTI True Black and Vintage Cream; Cosmo Cricket “Baby Jane” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; SU Sahara Sand

Accessories: Inchie Arts Black Inchie Squares; KaiserCraft Pearls; SU Grosgrain Ribbon and Square Lattice Embossing Folder

I’m having so much fun with these sketches!  Here is the sketch for September.

And here is my take on it.

The blog candy this month is this brand new Stampin’ Up! “Bells & Boughs” stamp set.  It will be sent to a randomly drawn winner from those who participate in the challenge.

To play just leave a link to your creation in the comments section.  A winner will be drawn on October 1st giving you a little over 2 weeks to participate in the challenge.  Oh and please make sure that the link you leave goes to the specific card you are entering and not to your blog or gallery in general.  Hope you can find some time to play!

Edited 10/1/12: This Sketch Challenge is now closed.

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Stamps: SU Bells & Boughs; Verve O Christmas Tree

Papers: SU Whisper White; PTI Pure Poppy; Daisy D’s Paisley Sugarplum

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Garden Green; White Gel Pen; Copics

Accessories: Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Nestabilities Rectangles and Scalloped Ovals; SU Corner Punch; Brad

 

 

Yup.  It’s the 15th, and I have another Rainy Day Sketch!

Here’s my take on it.

Love this peaceful sweet kitty.

And I also love this sweet “Pretty Party” designer paper from Crate Paper that was used on the card as well.

A brand new 6 x 6 pad of it is my blog candy this month for the winner who will be drawn from those participating in the sketch challenge!

To play along, leave a link to your creation in the comments section.  A winner will be selected on September 1st giving you more than 2 weeks to play.  Oh and please make sure that the link you leave goes to the specific card you are entering and not to your blog or gallery in general.  Hope you can find some time to play!

Edited:  This Sketch Challenge is now closed.

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU Peace Within; Hero Arts Birthday Messages

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Crate Paper Pretty Party 6 x 6 Pad DP

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa; White Gel Pen; Copics:
Butterfly: Flowers:
Leaves:  Pot:
Sand: Chair:
Pillow: Cat: Blender:

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool; Template; Twill Ribbon; Button; Linen Thread

It’s the 15th of the month which means its time for another Rainy Day Sketch Challenge!  I’m having so much fun with these.  So here is the sketch.

And here is my take on the sketch.

Isn’t that the cutest little image.  It is part of one of Stampin’ Up’s newest sets called “Hoop La La.”  And I couldn’t wait to play with this new embossing folder with coordinating piercing template and border punch, too.

So for this month’s sketch, providing there are some challenge takers, I have a second brand new “Hoop La La” set to give away!

If you do decide to play along, leave a link to your creation in the comments section.  A winner will be selected on August 1st giving you a little over 2 weeks to play.  Oh and please make sure that the link you leave goes to the specific card you are entering and not to your blog or gallery in general.  Hope you can find some time to play!

The Sketch Challenge is now closed.

Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: SU “Hoop La La”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Pure Poppy; Cosmo Cricket “Baby Jane” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Real Red, Taken With Teal, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Brads; Embroidery Thread; Nestabilities Classic Circles Die; Paper Piercing Tool; SU Large Scallop Edgelit, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, Paper Piercing Pack Template and “Designer Naturals” Button

Phew!  I think every weekend in June had at least one wedding to attend along with wedding showers sprinkled in during the weeks!  Here are the final two wedding cards.

This first card went with the red and blue theme of the invitation.

I let the designer paper do most of the work!  A row of pearls helped, too.

The second card was for a dear friend’s daughter.  Her colors were purple, black and white.  (Shower card here.)

I love these pearl stick pins!

Hope all these happy couples have Happy Ever Afters!

And finally, the winner of my June Sketch Challenge blog candy is Pat (mspfd)!  I’ll be emailing you for your snail mail addy!

Happy Crafting!

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Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Together Forever”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Pure Poppy; Teresa Collins Fabrications “Linen” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Night of Navy

Accessories: Satin Ribbon; Pearls; Prima

Card 2:

Stamps: Artful Inkables “Wedding Silhouettes”; SU “Elements of Style”

Papers: PTI Select White; Basic Grey “Plumeria” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum

Accessories: Taffeta Ribbon; Making Memories “Deco Wedding Pins”; Pearls; SU Scallop Trim Border Punch

 

The Rainy Day Sketch Challenge last month was SO FUN!  I was excited that there were actually some takers!  Woohoo!!  So… I’ve made another sketch to play with for this month.

Here is my take on the sketch.

I love this silhouetted “Cattail Birds” image from Memory Box.

So for some blog candy, providing there are some challenge takers, this sweet image along with a Memory Box “Orchard Bird Combo” stamp will be given to the winner.  Notice the little flower image on the side of the wood mount in addition to the main image on the “Orchard Bird Combo” stamp.  This creates so many great possibilities and variations with just a single stamp.

If you do decide to play along, leave a link to your creation in the comments section.  Provided there are some entries, a winner will be selected on July 1st giving you a little over 2 weeks to play.  Oh and please make sure that the link you leave goes to the specific card you are entering and not to your blog or gallery in general.  Hope you can find some time to play!

The Sketch Challenge is now closed.

HAPPY CRAFTING!!

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Stamps: Memory Box “Cattail Birds” and “Orchard Bird Combo” (pictured only); PTI “Birthday Basics”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic “Nutmeg”

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke and Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Linen Thread

 

For Father’s Day last year I designed a shirt and tie card. Well using this same idea, I’ve created a shirt and tie tote.  This will be filled on Father’s Day with a sweet surprise.  However, this tote will comfortably hold 3 or 4 moderately embellished A2 sized cards with envelopes, if you’d rather that than chocolate!

I love suspenders, but I’ve never been able to convince my DH to wear them.  Wonder if he’ll even notice them on this little creation. Kinda hard to miss ’em?  They carry all the way down the back of the tote as well.

Following is a tutorial for the tote, but first I wanted to announce the winner of my Sketch Challenge.  I was SO excited that some of you played along!!!  How cool is that.  I didn’t use a random generator this time, but instead just wrote your names on some slips of paper, put them in a bowl, closed my eyes and picked one.  Congrats, Carol L!  I’ll get that gorgeous Graphic45 paper out to you asap!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR A FATHER’S DAY TOTE

Step 1

Cut 2 pieces of cardstock A and B.

Piece A  =  7-3/4” x 6-1/2”

Piece B  =  6-3/4” x 6-1/2”

Step 2

Piece A – Score in 1” from both long (7-3/4”) sides.  Score in 1” from one of the short (6-3/4”) sides.
(This side will now be referred to as the bottom of Piece A and the opposite short side will be referred to as the top.)

Piece B – Score in 1” from both long (6-3/4”) sides and 1” from one of the short (6-1/2”) sides.
(This side will now be referred to as the bottom of Piece B.)

Step 3

Piece A – Measure down 1” from the top and 1-7/8” from both sides and lightly mark this spot.  From 1” down on the sides, cut in 1-7/8” to that mark.  Cut down 1” from the top on both score lines.  This will completely cut away a 1” square from both corners of the top.  Cut up 1” from the bottom on both score lines.

Piece B – Cut up 1” from the bottom on both score lines.

Cutting lines are in RED.

Step 4

Follow the instructions on THIS TUTORIAL to make the collar and tie.  Note, however, that the “center” should be marked at 3-1/4” (not 2-1/8” as given in Step 3 of the card tutorial.)

Decorate and embellish each piece as desired.

Step 5

Assemble the tote by folding all the scored lines in the same direction and towards what will be the inside of the tote.  Adhere A and B together on the overlapping side and bottom pieces.  Make sure that Piece A is on the outside of Piece B.

Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: Inkadinkado Happy Father’s Day

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Silver; My Mind’s Eye “Indie Chic ‘Nutmeg'”

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Button Brads, Grosgrain Ribbon; Buckle Punch

May 282012

This past Friday my 5th granddaughter was born.

I’ve made a butterfly mobile for her nursery that I will share over at the CLASSroom soon, but I also wanted to make a card for each of her two big sisters.  Kira Rain is such a lucky little girl to have them to love her and help her along her journey.  I wasn’t sure just what sort of card to make for them until I saw the Clean and Simple Challenge on Splitcoaststampers today.  The theme of “love” was perfect.

When I look at the sweet faces of my granddaughters, I am so grateful to all those who have given so much to keep freedom and hope alive for them and for me.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  God bless you this Memorial Day.

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Stamps: SU “Three Little Words”

Papers: Memory Box “Cotton Candy”; Neenah “Classic Cream”; Crate Paper “Pretty Party” Designer Paper

Inks: SU “Chocolate Chip”

Accessories: Memory Box “Darla Butterfly” and “Vivienne Butterfly” Dies; Rhinestones; Ribbon

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Oh and by the way if you haven’t already seen it, I have a sketch challenge going on until June 1st!  CHECK IT OUT!! There is still time to join in and give it a try.

 

I LOVE sketches, and they have always been my favorite kind of challenge.  So today I have exactly that.. a sketch challenge, and it comes complete with a little candy!  Provided there are some entries, a winner will be selected on June 1st giving you a little over 2 weeks to play.  So let’s get started and see how it goes.  Here is the sketch.

Here is my take on the sketch.

Isn’t this “Tropical Travelogue” Graphic 45 designer paper gorgeous!  I love the rich colors.  A brand new pad of this 8″ x 8″ goodness along with some of Prima’s raffia flowers is the candy for today’s challenge.

If you do decide to play along, leave a link to your creation in the comments section.  Oh and please make sure that the link you leave goes to the specific card you are entering and not to your blog or gallery in general.  Hope you find some time to play!

HAPPY CRAFTING!!

Edited on Friday, June 1st:  The Sketch Challenge is now closed.  Congrats to Carol L!  You won this gorgeous Graphic45 goodness.

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Stamps: SU Mixed Bunch
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Tempting Turquoise and Only Orange; “Tropical Travelogue” Graphic 45 Designer Paper
Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise and Only Orange
Accessories: GG Ribbon; Rhinestones; SU Blossom Punch

And the winners are…

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First:

#65 Tanya H
“Happy Blogoversary! :) Very cute stamp sets to give away! I LOVE what you did with the Sale-A-Bration set!! :)

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Second:

#9 Gabriela Divine
“Four years blogging already? Congratulations! But really, your success comes as no surprise when we consider the quality and uniqueness of your work. Superb!”

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Third:

#56 karen q
“Congrats on 4 years. It takes a lot of dedication to blog that long. I love how you showed sample cards of the sets you are giving away, so thoughtful. Great stamps and cards. I have to say that the Everybunny set is my favorite, such a cute chick.”

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Fourth:

#3 LisaE
“Congratulations on your 4th anniversary! I love visiting your blog and seeing your wonderful cards including today’s charming cards. Love that one with the turtle, so clever.”

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Congrats, ladies!  I will be emailing you to find out your choices and snail mail addresses so that these stamps can get in the mail to their new homes.

HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

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