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Sketch Sunday is BACK!

So, yes this post is a day late. But, I did make the video for it Saturday night (technically VERY early Sunday morning!). I finally found some time to create and let me tell you, it felt amazing to start making crafty things again! I made several cards this weekend and here’s the YouTube video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIqj8XPY568

First, I started out with 120 lb white card stock that I got from Michael’s. I decided to make it a side folding card. I then used 60 lb white card stock to cut out the largest My Favorite Things In and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle dies in my Cuttlebug. After it was cut out, I used the My Favorite Things Myriad Dots Mixable stencil with some Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress ink with a round ink blending tool to create a dot pattern. I cut out a piece of white card stock a 1/8 of an inch larger than this piece and inked around the edges with the same two distress inks so that it would create a nice mat that would match the first layer perfectly.

The second largest die from the MFT In and Out Diagonal Stitched dies was used with one of the blue paper packs I got from the Michael’s Dollar section. The last thing I used the Cuttlebug for was to cut out three layers of letters from My Favorite Things. (I can’t remember the name of the letter die set that I used. It’s an all lowercase alphabet die set from them though). I used the Salty Ocean distress ink on some white card stock and cut out the first set of letters. The next two sets were done in plain white card stock and then I layered them together. This gave the card some dimension and took the place of the banner from the sketch.

The last element on the card was a circle I cut using the x-large Fiskar’s circle punch. I used the same white card stock that I used for all the layers (except the base). The sentiment was from the My Favorite Things Beautiful Baby stamp set and was inked up using Hero Arts Shadow Ink Cornflower in Mid Tone. I also inked around the edge of the circle in Salty Ocean distress ink.

Here is a picture of the card:

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Here’s the link to the MFT Challenge: http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge

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Michele

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Exciting News!

Today, I had my first ever bridal invitation consultation! I was so nervous because I didn’t know the bride (I know her daughter though) and it’s always nerve wracking to show someone your work. Plus, this is only the second set of invitations I’ve ever done. 

I was having the hardest time coming up with a design that I liked. I was playing around with fonts and layouts on the computer, but nothing was looking the way I wanted it to. The bride was anxious to see what I had created and we decided to meet today. Well, until lunchtime, I didn’t really have much to show her. 

True to form, like in other aspects of my life, I work best under pressure! I came up with a design that I loved and as it turns out, so did the bride! Which thrilled me because if she didn’t, it was back to the drawing board for me. And after going through my supplies and playing with fonts and margins on the computer, I wasn’t sure that I could come up with something better. 

Part of the problem was that I was trying to do a lot of the invitation on the computer, but that’s not where my strengths lie. I enjoy creating things on my Cricut or with stamps and stencils. Once I decided to incorporate the Cricut with the computer, I came up with the perfect design!

So, now I am off to work on the invitations. I have cut out all 25 bases and now have to print out the actual invitation. I will post pictures after the bride tells me all the invitations went out. I also have lots of baby shower things to work on, along with a Thank You card, Welcome Baby Boy card and my goddaughter’s birthday present (which I haven’t started yet). AHHHHH. Lots to do so I’m off to get it done!

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Sketch Sunday # 2

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Hi everyone! Here is the second installment video in the Sketch Sunday series. I found the inspirational pin at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1997385?&what=keywords&si=graduation.
It’s a one layer card, with washi tape, which is unusual for me. It’s also monochromatic, which is also a departure from my normal card making. It is simple and clean and easy to reproduce. I think it would be fun to do in a different colors. It would be a good gender neutral design to do in yellow, green or orange.
What are your thoughts? Do you make one layer cards? Or, like me, do you like to do layers of designer paper and embellishments?
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Baby Girl Card

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I have been so busy working on projects to post to Etsy that I haven’t really had time to blog or to create things for family and friends. I am still trying to get used to splitting my time. It will be harder next week when I have to go back to work. : (

Anyway, tonight I worked on a card for friends who had a baby girl a couple of weeks ago. For the baby cards I’ve done for Etsy, I used Baby Steps. Tonight I decided to use New Arrival. I forgot what a cute cartridge that is! I did a baby album with this cartridge, but that was the last time I used it. It’s a really good cartridge for baby shower invitations, baby’s “firsts” pages and newborn cards.

When I was going through the booklet, I wanted to use something I hadn’t used before. There’s a baby bootie and I thought that would look cute on the front of a card! I cut the bootie out at 3 1/2″ from a pink and white polka dot paper. I used the shadow button to create a darker pink paper border around the cut out. I did the same with the bow.

To create layers on the front, I cut some dark pink and white card stock slightly smaller than the 5″x7″ card front. For the white layer, I ran it throughout the Cuttlebug with the Swirls folder. This gave the front a little bit of dimension. When I put the layers together, I placed the white layer closer to the top of the dark pink paper so that there would be enough room for a sentiment under the bootie.

I chose some of the pink and white polka dot paper and stamped in black ink “Congratulations…..on your new little one” and then attached it to the bottom of the white layer. The last thing I did was stamp the sayings “A Baby is a Precious Gift” on the inside and “Tiny new bundle” on the flap of the envelope.

Here is what the finished card looks like:

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