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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

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I rewrote this first paragraph because when I first started to write, I had no idea what I was going to write about. Turns out that I did have some things to talk about. In addition to below, I also wanted to say how awesome the company We R Memory Keepers is. My corner chomper wasn’t working correctly so I contacted them about it. I just wanted to see if they could help me with sharpening the inside, but they sent me a brand new one! I was so excited. So Thank You We R Memory Keepers! I love companies that stand behind their products!! Now here’s my original post:

There’s not much new around here, which is probably why it’s difficult to find something interesting to talk about. I am working on two albums – my sister’s wedding album and my brother’s wedding album. I went to Michael’s the other night and I bought a We R Memory Keepers 12×12 D ring leather scrapbook and two of the Recollections ones. The reason I did this was because the WRMK’s page protectors were on sale, so I decided to give them a try. They are like Project Life (I think – I’ve never attempted PL). I figured that since I had so many pics from both events, it would be easier to scrap them in these books. Instead of doing 12×12 layouts, I placed the pictures in some pockets and left some open for journaling cards.

And that brings me to journaling cards. Since I didn’t buy PL, I am making my own cards. Not sure if they will look the same, but the ones I’ve done so far I like. I think I am going to like this way of scrapbooking. At first I thought it would be limiting, but it’s actually not. I am not sure if it’s going to be faster than making a regular 12×12 album, but we will see! 

So, between that, sketching some ideas for cards to submit to magazines and doing my home therapy or going to therapy, my days don’t change much. I try to craft as much as I can, but I don’t seem to be completing any projects! If you want to check out the We R Memory Keepers albums, here is the YouTube video link:

New, fun products to try!

I have acquired a couple of new products over the past weeks that I am really enjoying using and wanted to share them with you. They range from an embossing machine to a new form of adhesive and I have made some fun things with these items!
First, and probably my favorite, is the Cuttlebug. It is a die cutting and embossing machine. At first I didn’t think I would really use it because I have the Cricut, but after watching a bunch of YouTube videos on it, I realized it might come in handy. And it really has! The machine itself comes with one embossing folder and I bought a couple (ok a bunch!) more. I even looked at YouTube to see if you could use other brands of embossing folders and die cuts in this machine and you can, so now I have even more options! Here is what the Cuttlebug looks like:Cuttlebug
Here are some examples of what it can do:Embossed letter This is a letter I cut from the Cricut and then ran through the Cuttlebug with one of my embossing folders.
This is an example of a background paper you can create by running a piece of plain paper through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and then using distress ink on the raised parts to create a two-toned background.
Emb folders These are some examples of embossing folders for the Cuttlebug.
I have been using the Cuttlebug a lot and I will write a blog soon about how to use it and other company’s die cuts and embossing folders.
The next item that I bought was an ATG gun. ATG stands for Advanced Tape Glider. It is definitely an investment – it cost about $35 – $40 at AC Moore or Michaels. However, I got mine for $8.01! I used the 50% off coupon and then I had a $10 gift certificate from AC Moore rewards. It was worth the investment. I believe the refills are $10, but I used another 50% off for that. It last so much longer than the little tape dispenser that I had been using. It is big and bulky and does take some getting used to. Make sure you save the directions on how to reload the tape. I’m not sure if the refills come with directions (I assume they do, but just in case….). Here is what mine looks like:
Another product I have bought recently are Stickles. They look like GLitter glue, but are easier to use. I bought regular and the distress sets and I like the regular better. The distress stickles aren’t as sparkly as the regular. I have used them on a couple of pages recently to accent things. For this layout, I highlighted the lightbulbs on the string of lights, the green stripes on the candy canes and the red berries in the holly leaf paper. Overview
If you are tired of your frames for pictures or even your pictures having just plain square edges, this next product gives a different look. It’s from We Are Memory Keepers and it’s called a Corner Chomper. They have several different versions and each “chomper” has two different edges that it creates. The one that I have has a scallop and a cloud edge. I have been trying to get the 1/2″ and 1/4″ corner rounder, but my AC Moore always seems to be out of it. Here is the one I have:Corner ChomperCorner Chomper The picture on the right uses the scallop corner chomper. You can see the slight difference between that picture and the picture on the left, which is a regular picture. If you look at the pictures I posted from the Stickles example, you can see the effect the cloud punch has on the holly paper.

The last new product that I want to talk about are Perfect Pearl Mists. These mists alter the color of your piece and give it a nice shiny, glittery look. For an album I did recently, I used distress inks to color a tag, but I thought it needed a little shine. So, I used the Perfect Pearl mist called Perfect Pearl and then the heat gun to help dry it. Sometimes you need to let it sit under a heavy book for the night so that the paper flattens out again. Here’s a picture of the completed tag:Tag And here is what the product looks like: