Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sketches Have Moved

Good morning everyone!

I have decided to move the weekly sketch challenge to my personal card and crafting blog: 

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This week's sketch can be found here. I hope to see you all over there!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fall to Layout #74- Take Two

Happy Sunday. Time for another sketch. This one is pretty simple. I love the potential for making blended backgrounds with this one.

Card Dimensions:
Card: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Image/Sentiment Panel: 2-1/4 x 5

This is one of the few sketches where I always remember the "take one" version. I did the baby wipe swipe technique with reinkers back then. I look back and feel like it could've been made more recently. Background blending and ombre type images weren't quite as big then as they are now. But perhaps that's just because the products to make these techniques so easy weren't as readily available?

I started by cutting my watercolour paper to size. Next I decided on my palette. I went with Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon.

I created my palette on a larger clear block and then brushed water on the paper and started to add colour. The first pass of everything was quite faint, so this is probably 3 or 4 layers or colour.

While letting that dry, I went through my stamp stash to see what kind of image would go well. I decided on this lovely floral image from the Fresh Florals set by Clearly Besotted. I placed the painted panel in my mini MISTI and then inked up the stamp with white pigment ink. I did three separate impressions of the white ink. I find that because the pigment ink sits on top of the paper (rather than absorbing into it) a colourful background can end up shining through and muting the pigment. Stamping three times (letting it dry each time) helps to prevent this.

Next, I chose this nice little Thank You sentiment from the same set. The final step was to adhere that to my card base.

Stamps: Fresh Flowers (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon, Fresh Snow, Tropical Teal
Paper: Cotton paper, stamper's select

Up next, Chera's returns!

Happy Sunday everyone! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted a card for you guys! Life has been super full these days! But this week I found some time to do some ink blending! Love me some good ink blending. The colours I used today were seedless preserves, Victorian velvet and tattered rose. I wanted to try
another idea instead of making the image white on my pretty purple background I decided to do some rose gold embossing and painting in some more seedless preserves inside the butterflies to make them darker then the panel! The butterflies are from Simon Says Stamp “beautiful day” and the sentiment is from an oldie but a goodie from Wplus9 “basic banners”. 

Hope you enjoy and feel inspired! We look forward to seeing your creations!! 


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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Fall to Layout #73- Take Two

Happy Sunday! I have a summery, ocean themed card to share today!

Here's the sketch and some measurements for you.
  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Circles- 1-1/4
  • Panel- 1-3/4 x 4-1/4
  • Panel layer- 1-7/8 x 4-1/4

Here's my card!

I just picked up the So Jelly set today and had to get that little starfish stamped and coloured! I think the card will also work for the summer/beach themed Inspiration Challenge over at the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog.

I stamped three of the stars and coloured them with Copics. I fussy cut those out and placed each one on a 1-1/4 circle that was punched out of Berry Sorbet. I placed those on a strip of Summer Sunrise cardstock and then placed that on a Tempting Turquoise card base. The greeting comes from the same set. I also added a bit of shimmer to the stars to jazz it up just a touch.

Stamps: So Jelly
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Stamper's Select, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories, etc.: Circle Punch (1-1/4), Copics, white gel pen,

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Fall to Layout #72- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Time for another sketch.

This one is great for using scraps of paper. I decided to make my own stamped patterned paper using Altenew's Coffee Love and Coffee Talk. Apparently I was in the mood for another coffee themed card!

Here's the sketch:

Some handy measurements:
Card Base: 4.25 x 5.5
Total size of patterned paper layer: 3.5 x 4.75
Each layer strip from the top down:
  • 3.5 x 1.5
  • 3.5 x .75
  • 3.5 x .5
  • 3.5 x 2

To make the card, I started with a white piece of cardstock 3.5 x 4.75. Next, I gathered various brown cardstocks to see which ones looked best together. I decided on Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, and Close to Cocoa (all retired or retiring Stampin' Up colours) and some Kraft. I chose different image stamps from the Coffee Love and stamped a different item on each strip. The sentiment is from Coffee Talk. Once all the strips were stamped, I adhered them to the white piece of cardstock I had cut out previously. The final step was adhering that to the card base using foam tape.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fall to Layout #71- Take Two

Happy Sunday! And happy long weekend if you're in Canada. It's warming up here, so I thought a card featuring an iced coffee could be fun!

Some measurements:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sentiment Layer: 3-1/4 x 4-1/2
Sentiment Layer Mat: 3-3/8 x 4-5/8
Top strip: 1 x 4-1/4

I found this sketch a bit of a challenge this week. I originally designed it around Christmas time, and I had a really hard time figuring out what to use in place of the ornament.

I started by stamping a few images from the Stampin' Up! set Coffee Cafe. I've had this one for a bit and had yet to put ink to it. I stamped the images in Memento ink and then die cut the 3 components. Next I lined up the cup and lid and stamped the straw. Next I coloured the coffee with a blend of 3 Copic markers. To make the ice more "icy" I used a blender marker to remove some of the colour.

The sentiment is from Summer Sweetness by Papertrey Ink. For the top sentiment strip I pulled out an oldie colour (Creamy Caramel)and die cut it with the straight border die from MFT's Stitched Scallop Basic Edges.

I ended up omitting the ribbon element since it interfered with the cup.

Supplies (affiliate links used at no cost to you):
Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Summer Sweetness
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White,  Kraft, Real Red, Dark Chocolate, Creamy Caramel
Accessories, etc.: Coffee Cafe dies, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dies, Copics

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