Who is up for a weekend Sketch? ME! ME!
So I figured I would start a weekly challenge here on my blog. Now I have added this ti the list of growing categories.
Saturdays are usually “slow” days, and I wanna get challenged again. A little inspiration never hurt anyone right? I love the sketch challenge every Wednesday at SCS, and sometimes need more inspiration by the weekend.
Well, I made a sketch book a month or so ago, and put all my favorite sketches that I designed in there. Figured I should probally USE them. Especially since I loved them to begin with. So each week I’ll be here casing myself. Pretty fun actually. Makes stamping go much faster too, since I already have my layout planned.
So, to not only inspire myself, but you as well, figured I’d share them with you each week. I hope this will get you stamping! You can do it anytime through the week, and feel free to link your creation back here if you want.
This was one of my favorite layouts. Here is the original design.
For this card I used my new Poppy Stems stamp by Stampendous. The paper was my inspiration. Its by Paper Salon. Again-bought at eP! I have a love hate relationship with their store- I love it, but my pocketbook hates it! LOL!
The scalloped circle punch is from All That Scraps. The poppy image was stamped on GLOSSY white, in black stazon, then colored with markers. You must try that! You get such vibrant color from it.
And that is pretty much it.
I have a busy weekend here. Preparing for Disney, design calls with deadlines (not complaining about that).
Noah has T-ball tryouts!
I have to go shopping (big surprise right), girl needs to look good for Disney. Want matching outfits for my girls. Can yo say Disney store! Love that place.
I want to put my cake decorating classes to good use, and make my mom her birthday cake. We will see if I actually accomplish that. She wants Pansy’s. If I do it, Ill post it here tomorrow. Plus need to make up her Easter Basket. I also wanted to make her 4 glass coasters but I think that may end up waiting for Mothers Day.
Boil eggs since we are doing our Easter tomorrow. Big egg hunt at my mom’s.
Should be fun and exhausting! How will I ever get it all done?
I *LOVE* this stamp from Stampendous! Agapanthus Cluster.
Here is yet another one of my StazOn, with pearlescent pastels acetate cards. I truly enjoy me new technique!
I wanted a very soft, simple card, and believe I achieved it with this. This stamp is so pretty you don’t need much embellishing to make it wow you.
When I see this I think SUNSET. The card-stock is shimmery white. The flowers were done on an acetate sheet in white StazOn, and then popped with Pebbles pearlescent Pastels (cant stop using shimmery stuff lately).
The acetate is secured to the card by the brads. The tab says “just because” but you cannot see it well in the photo. Its done in gold.
Love this tiffany fiber by SU! It has gold and silver strands in it.
The stamp was purchases at eP! See my shop till you drop list.
Dawnmercedes! You have won the random drawing for my carrot box, and Bunny Ears Stamp! YEAH!! Email me your shipping info so I can get this off to you!
Just to be fair, I have used a computer generated random selector! You can see it here . SCSer-mnhyrkas on SCS posted it on this thread. It chose lucky # 31. Good thing I found that thread cause I was going to copy, cut, and draw!
Here is what Dawn wrote:
I say keep some exclusive to your blog. I have been spending WAY MORE time on blogs than in the SCS gallery!
Here is my decision based on all the wonderful feedback I received-
I have decided that I will post MOST of my stuff in both places. In my SCS gallery I will link back to here. Most people agreed they don’t mind that being done. I always include recipe info anyway, and a little blurb. I will post my creations to my blog first. I will also have a few things I keep exclusive to you -my “regular readers!” So what does this mean?
Well I guess if you don’t want to miss the special stuff , keep checkin my blog. And, if you want to see some amazing stuff you still need to check my gallery! LOL! My Dirty Dozen creations are exclusive to that, so you should join SCS if you haven’t already!
You can find info on joining Splitcoaststampers Fan Club here. (can you tell I just recently learned how to hide a link in a word? LOL its so fun) It really is worth the subscription! You couldn’t get one day of the ideas posted, from any magazine or book for that price. Plus all the people who contribute there work so hard to keep the site running. And you want to be able to view all the AMAZING jaw on the floor creations from the Dirty Dozen don’t ya?
OK lastly- Alexa’s contest will be extended to the 3rd. A winner will be announced on the 5th! I will go update my dates on that post found here.
Stay tuned! Tomorrow I have more eye candy to post, and a new Saturday Challenge!
I just got some new goodies from eP !
I LOVE this image by Stampendous! called Peony Square.
I stamped the image in black craft ink, then embossed it with Iridescent Ice EP. Shimmery IRL! You can see some of it on the leaf in the photo. Anyway, I LOVE the Perhaps paper by Basic Grey. I got my from JacksonbellesEbay store.
So, I stamped my flowers three times! Yes three! Once on the whisper white, twice on the patterned paper. I then cut pieces of the flower and pieced it onto my roses. I chose to mix up the pieces from patterned paper so it wasn’t uniform. The scrap was used on my side panel. Faux stitched all the way! You’ll NEVER see me pull out a sewing machine! Just can’t do it-
Isn’t it gorgeous? I was SUPER proud! I colored the open parts I didn’t piece of the rose with Brilliance ink, and a blender pen. The rest is just markers!
My black layer is cuttlebugged with my embossing folder ( cannot remember the name to save my life!)
This will most likely go to my mom. Every-time I see roses I think of her.
Don’t you just love the spring! Easter is so fun when you have kids isn’t it? This Easter we leave for Disney! I hear they have a MEGA egg hunt, and huge Easter Parade. I’m am SO excited.
So I pulled out my bunny from C.C. Designs. You can find him HERE
The little eggs in the background are also her design. So cute! I love the little feet poking out of the eggs.
I had this cute patterned paper by DCWV, called Spring Stack. Thought it was perfect. I “decorated” my eggs with my fine point on my markers. HAD to use a Daisy prima. Love polka dot ribbon. I have a huge spool of this from May Arts. So spring don’t you think.
I have to say I love my layout! Into my sketch book it goes for future casing of myself! LOL!
Here is a photo of my book that I put my sketches in for future reference. When you are in a creating rut it comes in handy! I recommend everyone do one~
So this is not your usual farm friendly color combo now is it? Cameo Coral, Basic Black, White, and Celery.
I got the sheep by Gina K., and cuttlebug stuff HERE . I have been dying to work with some of her images. They are just too cute.
My card was inspired by this ribbon I got in the $1 bin at Michael’s. Can you see the little sheep on the ribbon?
I stamped the sheep with white craft ink. Whipped out my liquid applique, cause no sheep is complete without its “wool”. I used my WW crayons to color the ear, make a nose, and some grass. Sheeps gotta eat right? Added a gogglie eye, and it was done.
Then I figured it needed “more”. So I pulled out my sizzix fence die, and bazzil cardstock. Now there thats much better. Used my cuttle bug swirls embossing folder on the panel to imitate the “woolly” feel! LOL! Bet you didn’t think I thought about too much when making this huh?
Lastly LOVE the sentiment!
What do you think? Like my sheep?
WOW! All I can say is The Make A Wish Foundation is just AMAZING! Seriously!
I am speechless after seeing all that they provide. To think they add such a bright spot at such a dark time for families. All they kept saying was- its time that all the tears and hard work be rewarded. We can only give you a week, but we hope that will make this fight worth it. ARE YOU KIDDING ME! WORTH IT? Its amazing!
This has really given Alexa something to look forward to. Since we found out everyday all she talks about is meeting Cinderella and going to the Castle. Its such a simple thing but something we could not give her-not right now anyway.
The people at MAW are all so wonderful. They showed up with a bag full of Disney goodies for all 3 kids!
How do you thank an organization like that enough? Really?
I will share a card I made for them, as a small Thank You.
I wanted something DREAMY for this card. That signified the “WISH”. What does a wish look like?
To me it looks like this. Simple. clean, swirly, and sparkly!
For this I used my Cuttlebug swirls folder, & 2×2 folder-its a birthday sentiment. I covered it with the circle punch. Rubbed silver ink over the raised sentiment (perfect!). Traced the circle with my sakura glitter pen-love that thing! Punched a star from a metal sheet. The swirl is by Autum Leaves-flourish set. LOVE IT! Its embossed with irredescent ice. Very pretty IRL! I hope they like my card-I poured my hear tout in it! LOL!
All they ask is that we share photos of our trip. Now it all is becoming real! YIKES only like 9 days left!!! I haven’t planned anything cause I don’t want to get too excited just to have any one of us get Alexa sick-KWIM?
Anyway-just thought Id share my thoughts.
When something like this happens in your life you realize how important “time” is. I am SO volunteering once my life settles (kids go to school). And I am so THANKFUL for TODAY. Everyday is a gift.
Kiss your kids, call your loved one, cuddle on the couch, and enjoy today. Cause today you are here, together. Today you are alive, and healthy (even if its not perfectly healthy, it could be worse). Today is your memory tomorrow. SO make it count.
OMG! Can you believe I got mail from Japan!
Alicia AKA (militarystampingmom) sent me these goodies from there. I’m in shock! How cool is it to get mail from Japan! Now I must send her something from Target. Do you think they have a Target In Japan?
Anyway-Alicia thanks SOOOOOOO much! Im so excited to try out these new goodies. I hope to create something before we leave for Disney with them, then post it back here! Your letter was SO sweet. I was so touched by your words.
Everyday I am AMAZED at all the wonderful people who I have met through sharing my art on SCS! I get some of you who tell me the sweetest things ever! I appreciate all of you! I am especially happy to hear that what I do helps inspire you in some way!
Thanks so much!
OK I have a dilemma, and need your help!
To thank you for helping me I will randomly draw a winner on Friday, from the list of people who comment on this post.
First we will talk about the free goody.
I made this carrot out of Bazzil card-stock. I got the template at Target! How cool huh?
Anyway Christine from All That Scraps designed this cute little duck on the tag called “bunny ears”. Her designs are called C.C. Designs-and are super cute! Since I’m in LOVE with her new stamp I figured I would give one away! So the lucky winner will get this stamp (mounted on e-z mount) inside my cute little carrot holder.
You an see her stamps on her website @ www.allthatscraps.com
So here is my dilemma.
OK so I have started this blog. Now I am torn about what to do about uploading my creations. This is where you, and your opinions come in. BRUTAL HONESTY OK.
I think the point of my blog is to not only share, but teach, and have fun with what I do. I can obviously share more on here about my creations than anywhere else. As well as life in general , but plan on sticking to the stamping thing mostly.
That being said, should I keep SOMEof my creations EXCLUSIVE to my blog. Meaning I will not upload them on SCS.
OR post them in both places?
Now I will definitely continue to post regularly on SCS no matter what, but I guess I figure why check my blog if you can see my stuff in my SCS gallery, and visa versa. Does that make sense?
What is the point of uploading in two places for everything? How does that keep it interesting. Lately I have been like
“for more creative info check my blog”
and Im not crazy about doing that. I still fill in the recipe and give a general commentary on my creations. I hat when people give NO recipe and then direct you to their blog. I dont know why I just do. Plus I think the rules are you need to give some recipe.
Do you think uploading in both is good? Cause if you missed it here you may see it there?
Alright-now I’m turning the mike over to you-my pretend stamping friends! LOL!
To post on both or be exclusive. Any and all opinions appreciated.
I am SO ready for spring. I have been dying to get this stamp by Gina K. Every-time I saw a card with it I wanted it more. When I was placing my order at www.allthatscraps.com I was SO excited to see she is carrying Gina K.’s line!
So in my basket it went! As well as a bunch of other goodies.
I bought this patterned paper from there called Farmers Market by Flair Designs. Its a 12×12 piece with several different “seed” packets. When my order arrived I noticed that one of the seed packets matched the flowers in the wheel barrow! So I cut that one out, and one thing lead to another. Now, here is the final product! This card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. The Prima is also the same flower. Used the seed packet for the total inspiration of this card.
My Natural vanilla card-stock is stamped in weathered bkgd, and DTP the edges. The saffron layer is cuttlebugged with the stylized flowers, then rubbed with white craft ink, and colorbox chalk ink on the leaves. Ribbon is May Arts. On the barrow I stamped in brown stazon, then used my white singlo pen for the flowers. Colored using WWC, and blender pen.
In all honesty, while I LOVE Primas I have a hard time with the larger ones, making “centers” for them. In all honesty the thing I hate most about this is the beaded button flower center. Oh well!
Share with me how you dress up your Prima centers! I need help!