September 25, 2009

Spooktacular Halloween - Mojo 105

This week I got a nice little parcel in the mail from my on line scrapbook supplier. As some of you know I am a sucker for designer paper!! It is what fabric was to my mother. I have loads of it piled up waiting to be used and yet I still feel the need to spend more money on the newest stuff. And the current collections are amazing.

So for this fun sketch I decided to pull out my new halloween dp and the matching die cut stickers. No stamping needed!!! Although I'll probably put a sentiment inside the card. I used my fav Stampin' Up halloween colours: Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin pie, and Elegant Eggplant. I also used Grey for the card base, Elegant Eggplant ribbon and the Stampin Up! circle punches (1 1/4" and 1 3/8"). The rest is not SU!

My favourite part of this card is the scallops and that eerie looking purple bat. Looking at it now I should have spent a little bit more time on the orange and black squares maybe distressing or sewing or, if I had an embossing folder, I would have embossed the orange CS. Something that would have brought more attention to the bat without overpowering it. Either way this was an excellent sketch to play with and I learned how to make those scallops with my circle punches.

If you don't hear from me this weekend, I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend with family and friends and getting some me time in your craft rooms.

September 24, 2009

Crazy 4 Christmas!!!

Wow! Two posts in one day, isn't that amazing? And this one is a double whammy because Cindy over at Crazy 4 Challenges came up with this amazing yet simple sketch so I was able to make two in an hour yesterday.

I used my scraps of paper that I had left over from prepping for my first workshop. The white demask design is flocked and it is from the Christmas Cocoa specialty paper collection in the Holiday Mini. I also pulled out the Champagne Shimmer paint to add some power to that serene snowflake and an antique gold brad. Looking at it now I could probably add a greeting up at the top left corner.

After I finished that card I decided to try again except this time not to take the sketch so literally and give it my own interpretation. I decided to flip the sketch and add ribbon instead of brads and change up the paper from the collection. I also applied shimmer paint because I was just having too much fun.

So what do you think do you like the image horizontal or vertical? Ribbon or brads? Flocked or not? There are so many different things that you can do with this sketch. I have a feeling I'll be using this sketch on a regular basis. (Hope you don't mind Cindy).

It's amazing that we are still enjoying some really hot weather here in BC, Canada. It reminds me of the year my daughter was born. It was the very end of September and all she was wearing was a diaper because it was so hot. I can't believe my baby is going to be six years old on Sunday. We are having a princess tea party. We're going to make princess crowns, decorate our own cupcakes and then sit down and have a tea party.

I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful week and fabulous weather. Thanks so much for dropping by. Tomorrow I'll be posting my card for the current Mojo Sketch.

Paper:  Soft Suede (again), Kraft, Real Red, Christmas Cocoa dp
Ink:  Soft Suede, Champagne shimmer paint.
Accessories:  Red brads, Sleigh Bells Twill ribbon , ticket corner punch, antique gold brad
Stamp set: Serene snowflakes

Heart Air Balloon

Good morning everyone!  I actually had a decent night sleep.  Only one wake up last night when my two year old climbed into bed with us and then all three kids slept until after 7 this morning. Life is better with sleep wouldn't you agree?  Yesterday was a fabulous day because I was able to complete two challenges and for one challenge I made 2 cards!!

This is my take on the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #35 . It's a week late but I liked the sketch so much I wanted to give it a try. I decided to use 2 stamps from the Sweet Centers stamp set to may a Heart air balloon. What do you think? Does it work? Last night I was a little disappointed with it.  I thought maybe it was just too busy, too much going on, but then when I got up this morning to take the pictures I decided I really liked it. The colours are fun and the balloon is something new. It will be perfect to give to my daughter for Valentine's day before she goes to school. I'll make something a little bit more masculine for the boys.

Paper:  whisper white, Razzleberry Lemonade dp
Ink:  Pumpkin pie, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Accessories: NSU pink grosgrain ribbon, Circle Scissor, dimensionals
Stamp set:  Sweet Centers, Grateful Greetings.

September 22, 2009

Happy Everything - Get Sketchy #6

Is it really the end of Tuesday already? Where does the time go? It goes whether you're having fun or not doesn't it?  My week is filled with dentist appointments, music lessons and school activities. I haven't decided whether I'm going to the Parent Advisory Council Meeting tomorrow night. It would be another busy evening and it's hard to try and get homework and music practices done in between it all. Some days I find it hard to prioritize everything. And it's hard to get into a routine when my husband doesn't understand the importance in sticking with it. It's not that he's not helpful,  he just doesn't understand what needs to get done or have the same way of prioritizing so I find myself constantly delegating which is exhausting. Who said being the boss was easy? {wink} Ah well, there are many more weeks to get into the groove and get it right.

Anyhow, today I finally found the time to finish Get Sketchy #6 without patterned paper. It's nothing fancy but I like it. I knew I wanted to do something Masculine and I wanted to use my scrap pieces of paper (I have a lot of that). The River Rock was one of the last pieces I had and it had a couple of score marks which I decided to incorporate into the paper and created a pattern of my own. The Soft Suede pieces are inked and distressed around the edges as well as inked on the surface to give a bit of texture and dimension.  I figure it would have been too plain otherwise especially since I wasn't using any dp.  I chose to stick with the stars for a more masculine theme and because I don't use my star punches as much as I want to. Finally, I chose a sentiment that could cover something more than just a birthday if I wanted it to.

While I didn't get the card done before the end of the weekend, it is done before Thursday and these days that is a miracle. I hope you are all having a fabulous week and the beginning of fall is not too cold.  We just got a new wood stove insert installed so my basement will be nice and cozy warm at night when I'm crafting.  {big dreamy sigh}

Paper:  Soft Suede, Blue Bayou, River Rock, Soft Sky, Old Olive
Ink:  Soft Suede, Blue Bayou
Accessories:  Small and Large Star punches, Scoring tool, Velvet star brads
Stamp Set: On a Pedestal