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Sketch Sunday # 28

I have so many supplies that I haven’t used. I have been trying to be good and not buy more, but it’s so tough when companies come out with such adorable things every month. However, since I am unemployed (just for a week in between my old and new jobs!), I decided that I need to be extra good and not buy anything. Plus, with my sister in law’s baby shower coming up next week, I need to focus my time and energy on finishing the decorations for her shower.

So, instead of browsing the normal websites, I decided to browse my collection of stamps and find things that I haven’t used (or haven’t used that much). I used the usual sketch challenge this week and drew the sketch on a scratch piece of paper. I labeled parts of the sketch with what stamps I thought I would use. For the most part I think that I did use what I said I was going to use.

I started off with the background of the card. I bought the My Favorite Things Happy Birthday background stamp in one of the last hauls and I inked it up with MFT’s hybrid ink in Grape Jelly. It was the lightest of the three purple inks I chose for the card. The card base is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and the birthday stamped piece is an 1/8″ smaller. When I use background stamps like this, I ink up the stamp and then bring the paper to the stamp. This makes it easier to line up the stamp straight and it easier for me to apply even pressure so that I am sure that the whole piece got inked up.

I then took a piece of scrap card stock that was 3″ wide and stamped the cupcake tower image from the MFT Cupcake Cuties stamp set. I placed it on the happy birthday stamped layer to see what angle I needed the piece at, stamped and then cut the piece down. Then I placed the cupcake tower mask over the stamped image and inked up the MFT burlap background stamp in My Favorite Things Pure Plum hybrid ink. I took the piece, image side down, and placed it over the background stamp to give that piece some texture. When I removed the mask, there was a small white border around the image. It didn’t bother me, but if this will bother you, you can use masking fluid or rubber cement on the image, stamp the background over the image and then peel up the “mask”.

After I attached the smaller piece to the background, I rounded the top left corner and attached them both to the card base. I then stamped up the sentiment “Let’s Celebrate” in Hero Arts Shadow Ink Grape Juice. The finishing touch on the card came when I added the sequins that I made to match the three colors of ink I used to stamp the card in. I had taken some scrap card stock, swiped all three inks in a line and used my MFT sequins dies to create the embellishments.

This is where I stopped in the video. After I was done filming, I decided to take a bunch of markers and glitter pens I had in purple and colored in the cupcake tower. Since I wanted the card to remain monochromatic, I made sure to only use purple colors. I thought the card needed a little more so I also used some glossy accents on the sequins and the table cloth for the cupcake tower.

Here is a picture of the final card:photo-53

Here is the link to the YouTube video: http://youtu.be/eCDduB4h08Q

Here is the link to the sketch challenge website: http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge

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Sketch Sunday #25

So this week’s Sketch Sunday has a “wild” theme! I bought the stamp and die set from My Favorite Things because of the lion in it awhile ago, but never used it. I originally bought it because in one of the pictures of one of my nieces in the NICU she looked like she was roaring so my sister called her a lion. I thought the lion stamp would be cute when I do her scrapbook. I know, I know – I bought a whole stamp set AND the matching dies for one stamp and die?? To prove I wasn’t crazy, I decided to use them in tonight’s Sketch Sunday.

The inspiration for the card came from the Card Challenge Sketch over at My Favorite Things. (Sketch 214) http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge. I wanted to also use the background stamp that I bought but never used either. So, I took the zebra stamp from Wild Things, the zebra die from Wild Things and the Zebra Background stamp out of my stamp holders and started to formulate a design from the sketch.

I first cut the card base down to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ from white card stock and then a black piece of card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I also cut a smaller piece of white card stock an 1/8″ of an inch smaller than the black card stock layer. I inked up the background stamp with some My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid ink and stamped it on the smallest white card stock layer. Next, I took one of my Spellbinders circle dies and put about 3/4 of the circle on the stamped card stock and ran it though my Cuttlebug to create a cut out on the right side. This would allow the black card stock to show through.

I adhered the stamped piece to the black layer and then those layers to the card base. Using the Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Red Royal, I stamped the sentiment “Wild About You” onto a small scrap of white card stock, which measures 3/4″ x 2 3/4″. I glued the sentiment piece down to the card base and then went to work on the focal image.

Since I had already die cut the wafer thin zebra die from white card stock, I used the MFT black licorice ink to ink up the zebra stamp and stamp the image onto the cut out. I then used pop dots on the back of the image and attached it to the card base so that it was raised above the rest of the card layers. Finally, I placed a thin layer of glossy accents on top of the zebra for some added interest.

The final step of the card was to add some bling underneath the sentiment. I used Bling It red pearls. They are on a row all together, so I cut off three and then separated them so I could space them out better than I did on the original in the video.

This card would be cute for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday – really almost any occasion! Here is the final version of the card:GetAttachment-4.aspx

To see the making of the card video, click here: http://youtu.be/1WqxkQlIZmA

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Sketch Sunday 23

For this week’s Sketch Sunday, I went with a sketch from the My Favorite Things’ sketch challenge (which can be found here – http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge). Since I organized my stamps (but didn’t bring them upstairs to the craft room yet!), I went though them as I sat and watched tv tonight. I found a couple of sets that hadn’t ever been used or had only been used once. I then looked at the sketch and realized that I needed some paper for the background.

For the 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ white card base, I used some white Recollections 65 lb card stock. I knew I wanted to use the cassette tape die from MFT that has been in my stash for so long, unused! I cut the bottom layer out of black card stock from Recollections and the label from the same white as the base. I also stamped the label from the MFT Journal It Playlist in Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Pale Tomato.

For the background of the card, I thought I wanted something with hearts because I wanted to create a love/Valentine’s day card. I was looking for some vellum that was leftover from the wedding invitations that I did for my friend Alicia and came across something under my desk that changed the theme of the card. When I saw that the Crate Paper Party Day paper had music notes with “Happy Birthday”, I changed focus. I now needed a new sentiment, so I dug through my stamp sets. I couldn’t find any ready made sentiments that I liked, so I made my own!

First, I saw the word “EPIC” in the Journal It Playlist stamp set from My Favorite Things and decided I wanted it to say “Wishing You an epic birthday”. Next I found the “Wishing You” from the MFT Merry Messages stamp set and the “Birthday” from the MFT Delicious Birthday stamp set. The “an” was more difficult to get, but I finally found the sentiment “You Are an” in the MFT Be Original set. Lastly, I stamped these all in Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Pale Tomato on some white Recollections card stock. I then mounted that on some of the same Crate Paper that I used for the front of the card.

To finish off the front of the card I used the MFT Jumbo Squiggle Border die with some vellum to make the scallop design that is at the bottom of the sketch. I also cut a piece of vellum that was a little bit smaller than the cassette tape die cut so that there was a backing to the tape.

Here is what the card looks like:photo-49image-2

Here is the link to the YouTube video of the card being made: http://youtu.be/pCVV6t3FuJE

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Sketch from: http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge

Supplies:

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pale Tomato

MFT Stamp Sets:

LLD Delicious Birthday (Birthday)

LLD Journal It Playlist (EPIC and label for cassette tape)

CS 57 Merry Messages (Wishing You)

LLD Accent It (Cassette Tape dies)

LLD Be Original (You are an)

Jumbo squiggle border die

Recollections:

65 lb white and black cardstock

white vellum

Zig 2 way glue pen

Sketch Sunday # 22

Since I just wrote a guest blog post for Craftynotshifty.wordpress.com, I am just going to post the YouTube video for Sketch Sunday. Go over to her blog in a couple of days to catch the post on this video!

http://youtu.be/izcuPbRKNog

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Guest Blogger

I am excited to announce that I will be guest blogging over on crafty not shifty’s wordpress site in the next week or so. I am busy working on my post – it will feature a lot of stamps and techniques. To get a sneak peek of what it will feature, visit my IG at scrapsecrets1120 or over at my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapsecrets/268068073266999?ref=hl

The link to Laura’s blog is https://craftynotshifty.wordpress.com. Check out her blog today – she is giving away a FREE distress ink pad!

Thanks for letting me guest blog Laura! Hope the arm is better soon.

Michele

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Sketch Sunday #17

Hi everyone! It’s Sunday again. Boo. Sadly, it means another week of work. Luckily, my work week only consists of two day this week. Even so, I am dreading this Sunday night. The hours of the day are going too quickly and I still have a To Do List a mile long. And somehow, with each thing that gets checked off, at least one more thing replaces it. Ugh.

However, one of the (only) good things about Sunday is that it’s the day I get to do my Sketch Sunday videos. I really look forward to making them! As I have the past couple of Sketch Sundays, I used the My Favorite Things Sketch for my card. Their blog info is http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/category/wednesday-stamp-club/ if you want to go over and check out the sketch!

Today happens to be my Sister in Law’s birthday. I know that I should have made her card before now, but with the craft shows, work and just trying to get things done around the house, there isn’t much time left to do things ahead of time. So, I decided to use this week’s sketch to make her card. Not a bad idea – two birds with one stone, right?and

I found the stamp set from My Favorite Thing that I wanted to use for her card. She loves cats so I decided to use the stamp set Pure Innocence Kitty Costume. First, I took a Nestabilities die and cut the shape from 65 lb white card stock from Recollections. I then stamped the main image in Momento Tuxedo black ink (because I don’t have the MFT black ink – yet! It’s on order!!!) I die cut a larger die from the same collection in a light blue paper, also from Recollections. I took a sponge dauber and some Distress ink in Broken China and inked around the edges of the two shapes I cut out, as well as the background and the patterned paper.

I colored in the girl dressed as a cat using Promarkers, distress markers and Studio G markers. I stamped the girl again on patterned paper and then cut her dress out so that I could paper piece it to the image on the cut out shape. I did this by using a Zig Two Way Glue pen.

I took a piece of 110 lb white card stock and cut it down to 7″ x 10″ and folded it in half to make a 5″ x 7″ card base. I cut the blue piece of card stock for the background to an 1/8″ smaller than the card base. The patterned paper that I used is from the American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray paper pad. I used that as inspiration for the color pallet for the rest of the card. Her dress came from the paper pad Oh Darling by Crate Paper. The last pieces of card stock that I used were some scraps that I had lying around. They all come from Michael’s Recollections line – all open stock paper.

I used several My Favorite Things dies. The first is the letters dies and the second is the party hat accompanying pieces. The latter was not in the YouTube video – it was added after the video was done because I looked at the card and it seemed like it still needed a “little something”. I also used some clear glitter glue on top of the letters to give it a little sparkle.

Here’s what the card looks like all finished:

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What do you think? Here’s the link to the YouTube video so you can see before I added a couple of things:  http://youtu.be/p9d-vtj1wYo

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MFT Challenge entry

I have been saying that I have wanted to enter MFT’s challenges for awhile now and I always do the challenge and forget to post it. So, here is my challenge entry!

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To see the video of how I made it and supplies used, please check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-VEbzo7cPQ&list=UUVzWasj5bkBbSr2HXbnah6A