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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sketch Saturday

I really enjoy checking out all of the blogs I follow but the best ones are those that have some great card sketches.  These challenge me to get those cards made ahead of time instead of those last minute cards you throw together.

This week over at Sketch Saturday they had the cutest sketch that I thought would be perfect for my Great Nephews 4th birthday. 

Here is their sketch

This one is really versatile as it would look great turned in any direction as well as the original sketch.  I used the original sketch without really altering it too much.

Here is my creation

List of supplies:

Little Yellow Bicycle - Fern & Forest patterned paper
Basic Grey chipboard number pile - #4
Chipboard misc - stars
Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles die
PTI - Textstyle stamp - birthday
PTI ink - New Leaf and Orange Zest
Atyou Spica pens - melon & orange

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Papertrey Ink

Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 8th anniversary this week.  Every day they have posted sneak peeks of new products along with challenges.  These challenges enter you into their drawing of 8 PTI gift certificates.  Who doesn't love that!  Here is a link to Nichole's blog PTI.

I made 4 different projects, honestly I wanted to do them all but didn't have time, using of course 4 of their challenges.  Here they are:

This first one is from their 'Build a bouquet' challenge.  I made this card for my bosses birthday which happens to be today.


Meadow Greens
Year of Flowers
Keep it Simple - Birthday
Bountiful banners - stamp and die to match

PTI ink
Terracota Tile
Orange Zest
Spring Moss
Winter Wisteria

BG10 & YG95  - sky and grass

This next one is using the ombre technique.  I needed a nice manly card for my nephew whose birthday is coming up this week.


Ombre builders stamps and die

PTI ink
Enchanted Evening
Blueberry Sky
Spring Rain
Smokey Shadow - HB stamp

PTI cardstock Blueberry Sky
Water color paper so that I could add water to create that really cool effect

The next one is a gift bag and tag set.  I thought that my little 'greats' would love this at Christmas time.  The boys are all about snowmen.  I used a regular paper bag that was in my stash to create the bag itself and then just used 2 different stamp sets repeating the pattern to decorate the bag.  The tag was cut with my Coluzzle (remember that tool?) and stamped with that cute PTI stamp.  I don't mind being ahead of the game even if Christmas is 10 months away!


PTI stamps
Holiday Cheer
Pom Pom Pals

PTI ink
Pure Poppy
Hibiscus Burst
Raspberry Fizz
New Leaf
Ripe Avocado
Simply Chartreuse

R24, R27, R29, YR02, BG32 & BG34

Wink of Stella pen
Shimmerz - creameez - Get Glowing
Pom Poms

This last one was using a stamp set that I have never used before.  That would be my Rosie Posie step 2.  I love how this turned out.  In addition to entering this into a PTI challenge I also entered it here at Sketch Saturday.  Here is their sketch for this week

And here is what I did

My photo is not the best but it is dark outside and not that bright in my living room.


PTI stamps
Rosie Posie
Rosie Posie step 2
Sketched shapes & die

PTI ink
Ocean Tides
Melon Berry
Orange Zest

PTI cardstock - Canyon Clay

Die by Simon Says Stamp
Stitched Rectangle

Thanks for stopping by and now that my hand is healed I should be creating a lot more soon!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

MFT and Sketch Saturday

I was on a serious roll today.  I need to get all of my cards done for February as my hand is going to be out of commission again after the 4th.  Besides isn't it much more relaxing when you are ahead of the game?

Let us start with the MFT card challenge.  Here is their sketch

I had the perfect idea for this one and kept very close to the sketch.

This is so pretty in real life the picture doesn't do it justice.

Supplies -
MFT - Blueprint #1 die
PTI - Melon Berry patterned paper, plum pudding & terracotta cardstocks
PTI - 2015 Birthday tags stamps
PTI - Limitless layers oval die
PTI ink - plum pudding & smokey shadow

Next up is the card challenge from Sketch Saturday.  Here is their sketch

My card is for my Great Niece who is turning 1 at the beginning of February.  I just loved this cute little digi girl that I could color in all those cute pink and purples.

Supplies -
Prima - Julie Nutting Blush patterned paper
PTI - 2015 Birthday tag stamp
PTI - Berry sorbet ink
Copics - E00, E51, E53, E55, E57, C1, C4, RV21, RV23, V01, V04, B06, BG10 & 0

I had a great day creating and I appreciate you stopping by!


Mojo Monday

I find it is so much easier using a sketch to get my creativity flowing.  I really liked the sketch over at MojoMonday so decided to use that for the birthday card I need to get mailed out tomorrow for my sister in law.  Here is their sketch

I changed up the sketch quite a bit to suit my purposes as you can see in my finished card below -

I absolutely love how this turned out and hope she likes it as well.
Supplies -
PTI - Friendly flowers stamps (including the Happy Birthday)
PTI cardstock - ripe avocado
PTI ink - raspberry fizz, pure poppy, berry sorbet & ripe avocado
Spellbinder die
Webster pages ribbon
Kraft cardstock
Thanks again for stopping by!

Papertrey Ink blog hop

PTI's blog hop is today and the theme this month is hearts.  This was perfect as I needed to make an anniversary card for my sister and her husband.
I decided simple would best highlight my heart shaped dies.  Here is my card -

The picture is a little dark as it was snowing and gloomy outside when I took the picture. 

I really think my sister will enjoy this don't you?

Supply list

PTI cardstock - pure poppy and white shimmer
PTI ink - pure poppy & smokey shadow
PTI die & stamps - Bountiful banners and Keep it simple anniversary
Heart die - Quickutz

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mojo Monday

One more for today.

I follow another blog, Mojo Monday, that also had a really cute sketch this week.  The prize for this last week is your choice of a stamp set over at  the Verve Stamps shop. As I have quite a few birthdays both this month and next it was time to start creating.  Sketch's make this process so much easier as then all that is needed is picking out paper, stamps and ink colors to complete the project.  Here is their sketch for this past week:

I told you this was cute.  And here is my take on their sketch:

This is going to be the perfect card for my brother in law whose birthday is this month.

Here are the supplies I used:

Papertrey Ink - cardstock - Tropical Teal
Little Yellow Bicycle - pattern paper - Fern & forest
Papertrey Ink - stamps & dies - Songbirds & Mat stack 7 basics
Stampin Up - ink - chocolate chip

Thank you for stopping by!


Sketch Saturday

Happy Sunday everyone.

I follow quite a few blogs over on bloglovin and I can't say how convenient that makes things.  This particular blog, Sketch Saturday, has a really cute sketch that I thought was simple and I could then create a quite elegant sympathy card I need to mail tomorrow.  Here is the sketch

And here is the link to the blog Sketch Saturday.  This week the giveaway is a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says and we all know how much I like to shop.

Without further ado here is my take on the sketch

I really like how this turned out and might need to use this design a few more times this year.

Here is a list of my supplies:

Papertrey Ink cardstock - New Leaf
Papertrey Ink - Royal Velvet ink
Papertrey Ink - Cutting Garden stamp (sympathy)
Prima - Say it in Crystals
Wild Rose Studio - Bluebell paper (flowers) - this was a free gift from my Quick Cards subscription

Thank you for stopping by!