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Sketch Sunday #36

So, I have missed a couple of posts lately. Whoops! Life here has been crazy. I put my house up for sale before the summer and spent the entire summer (and part of fall) cleaning for open houses and showings. Needless to say, my crafting was put on hold. My craft supplies were packed up in so many boxes that they probably outnumbered boxes in all other rooms (combined)!

I moved into my new house at the end of October and started to set up my craft room. Unfortunately, it was the last room that needed to be worked out, but the one I wanted to the most! It’s almost complete – I will be posting a room tour video soon! The last pieces should be arriving at my house tomorrow, if the snow storm hasn’t delayed their delivery.

I have started to get back into a crafting routine, which includes Sketch Sunday. I even was able to participate in this month’s hashtag event! (You can see the videos over at my YouTube channel – link listed below).

For this week’s sketch Sunday, I used the sketch from MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge:

I started with a pre-made kraft card stock card base that measures 8″ x 5 1/2″. I used my Martha Stewart bone folder to score the card at 4″ and make the creases more crisp. This made the card 4″ x 5 1/2″.

The front of the card was made by using a piece of green Recollections card stock that was cut 1/8″ smaller than the card base. I then cut a piece of white Recollections card stock 1/8″ smaller than the green mat. I took the white piece of card stock and placed it in the MISTI. Placing the My Favorite Things cling stamp Birthday Background in the MISTI, I inked it up with My Favorite Things Gumdrop Green and stamped it on the white card stock piece. Then, I used washi tape to secure the white piece to the Heidi Swapp stencil. In the open areas of the stencil, I used Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon distress ink and a mini ink blending tool to create the two blue bands over the words.

I took the same green Recollections card stock and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Simon Says Stamp die that says “Brothers”. I did this four times and then I took all four pieces and secured them together with my Zig Two Way glue pen. After they were stuck together, I used my CutterBee scissors to cut off the “s” in Brothers. Using the same glue, I attached the word “Brother” to the right side of the top blue band.

For the inside sentiment, I used another My Favorite Things stamp set called Delicious Birthday. The white layer is 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ and the green layer is 1/8″ larger than the white layer. The sentiment I chose was “It’s Your Day Get Your Cake On”. I inked it up in the same Gumdrop Green My Favorite Things hybrid ink that I used for the background stamp on the front of the card. I also stamped the set of five candles that comes with the set in the bottom right corner.

That is the card for this week. Here is the link to the video:

Here are two pictures of it:



Did you ever have one of those days…..

where no matter what you did, nothing would go your way? That’s how tonight’s crafting adventure ended up! I was working on my last project for the #pawgustart event and every thing I started wasn’t to my liking. I started out trying to watercolor with distress inks, but couldn’t find my heat tool to heat emboss the image. So then I decided to paper piece the image. That turned out ok and I continued to work on the card. The next step was to use ink on an embossing folder to create trees and a blue (inked) background. When I added the paper pieced owls onto it, I did not like the way it looked.

I decided to scrap that project (after making two video parts for it, totaling over half an hour!) to work on making a flip card from a steel die. I have never really done one, so I thought I would give it a try. First attempt was poor at best! I tried to cut two pieces of patterned paper and glue one down to each side. The card would get stuck as you were flipping it. I gave up on that idea and decided to cut a new base out of white card stock, use the center pieces from my failed attempt and go from there.

I took a Heidi Swapp 12 x 12 heart stencil and used Barn Door distress ink to create the background. Next, I glued on the pieces that I cut out from my “failed” attempt at the flip card to cover the middle piece that flipped. I used the stamps from the Simon Says Stamp Circle Friends stamp set to create the background, bear and the sentiment. I added some clear gems for some sparkle to the card.

Here is the video that I made for the event :

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Sketch Sunday #24

So, for this week’s Sketch Sunday, I used the MFT Sketch Challenge. I know – shocking! (You can find the sketch here: But, I did something different. There’s no card this week. I decorated the front of a plain, kraft bag!

I got the kraft bag from Michael’s. They come in packs of 13 I believe and you can use the coupons on them. I’m sure I used at least a 50% off one! This is the first bag I have decorated since Christmas. I wanted to make cute bags for my nieces’ Valentine’s gifts.

I started off typing in “Valentine’s” in the search bar of Design Space. (For those of you who don’t know, Design Space or DS is the website you use with the Cricut Explore to design what you want to cut). I found some conversation heart images that I wanted to use at first, but then I couldn’t get the papers to match. So, I decided to scratch that idea and use another image. There is an adorable image of a teddy bear dressed as Cupid in the Cricut Lite cartridge Teddy Bear Parade. So I typed in “Teddy bear” and found the image. I sized the bear to 5.52″  tall by 5.24″ wide. I then changed the colors of all of the pieces so that only a couple of sheets of card stock would be needed. His wings were changed to white and everything else was red, black, brown or tan!

In the sketch there was a banner, so I again type in “banner” in the search box and a bunch of images came up. I chose one and sized it to 5.06″ long and .89″ wide. I changed the layers to be white and red so that they would match the teddy bear. I also chose some patterned paper. The heart piece that was used as the largest layer was cut to 7 3/4″ x 9 3/4″ since the bag is approximately 8″ x 10″. The darker pink paper with white polka dots was cut to 5″ wide and 4″ tall. The lighter pink paper needed to be narrower but taller so I cut that one to 5″ tall and 4″ wide.

The last two pieces that I needed were the scallop at the bottom and the circle element. In a previous card I made, I had stamped a couple of the Chalkboard hearts from a Simon Says Stamp stamp set in Red Royal from Hero Arts Shadow Ink. The extras were sitting on my desk and I thought this would be a good project to use one on! I also found some Martha Stewart border stickers that could be cut in half to make the perfect scalloped edge.

Once I had all my elements, I took some Tea Dye distress ink and inked around the edges of the tan pieces of the bear. After that was done, I put all of the pieces of the bear together. I then took the patterned papers and glued them down in the proper place. The banner was adhered together with the Zig Two Way Glue pen and added to the two smaller pieces of patterned paper. Once that was on, I could place the teddy bear on the same papers and then the bag was finished! I think that it came together very nicely!

To see the step by step process, click here:

Here is a picture of the completed project: IMG_1651

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Sketch Sunday #20

I can’t believe that I have done 20 weeks of turning sketches into cards. I love it! I think that if I wasn’t doing this, I wouldn’t create anywhere near as often as I have been. I know I am still far away from where I would like to be for creating crafty things, but this is a start!

I needed a birthday card for my brother and I was looking through my supplies the other night. I saw some Simon Says Stamp birthday stamp and die sets that I haven’t used in awhile (probably because I have become so obsessed with My Favorite Things stamps and dies!!). There was a set of balloons, a Happy Birthday word die and some stamps. I also found the embellishments that came with my Lawn Fawn stitched journaling die set.

For the background, I used a 5×7 Darice embossing folder that looks like basket weaving. I inked it up with four colors of distress ink: Green – Shabby shutters and Peeled Paint and Blue – Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean. I really like the way these colors look together. I used those same four colors to ink up the stars from the journaling dies and the “Happy Birthday” from the SSS die.

SInce I wanted to use the large balloon and a lot of the background I inked up, I opted for a 5 x 7 card instead of the traditional 4 x 5 1/2 ones I usually do. I glued the pieces together with Zig Two Way Glue Pen and my ATG. Once everything was glued together, I adhered the card front to the card base.

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Buying Haul

I recently bought from Simon Says Stamp online and then from a new Joann’s store. In my day job, I got a bunch of new stores and by one of them was a brand new Joann’s. It was the largest one I’ve ever seen and it was awesome. My local store only has maybe two aisles of scrapbooking items. This store, however, had as much as my local Michael’s or AC Moore. (If you want to see the video from the hauls, go to my YouTube – chelebelle). 

SInce I bought ALL of these new supplies, I decided that I needed to use some of them to create some new projects. So I did! I made four cards (three from supplies I bought in those hauls). The first card is a kraft card base that I used Tumbled Glass distress ink and a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop to create a swirled background. Then I used the same color ink and stamped a GIna K Design sentiment stamp on a piece of white card stock and attached it to the front of the cardbase. I added three small teal colored gems to the bottom of the sentiment piece. 

The second card was made from black card stock. I then cut a piece of white cardstock a 1/4″ smaller and inked the whole piece up in three colors of distress ink – Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick. I did the same to a smaller piece of card stock so I would have another layer for the top of the card. I took the larger inked up piece and ran it through a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder that has roses on it. After that I sprayed some glitter mist on it for a little shine. On the smaller piece I stamped the two birds with a heart above them from a stamp set from Joann’s (Fiskars I believe) and then matted it with some black card stock.

The third card I made was using the “XOXOXOXO” die from Simon Says Stamp. I inked up a piece of white cardstock with chipped sapphire, dusty concord and milled lavender distress ink and then ran the die through my Cuttlebug to create a bunch of ombre strips. I also used a black cardbase for this card and covered the top with some white and purple washi tape. Then I placed a “XO” strip under it and alternated them to the bottom of the card. 

The final card comes from another exclusive Simon Says Stamp set. This one is a stamp and die set, which I am really loving. The centers of the “O’s” from the above pieces were used to create the polka dot background of this card. I glued them down onto the white card stock and then cut another piece of white cardstock from the Nestabilities die. I used the same three colors of distress ink to color in the background for the bra and hanger to sit on. I stamped the bra in two shades of Hero Arts Shadow ink (Pool and Tide Pool I believe). Then I used the dies to cut out the bra, hanger and the bow. The last step before putting the card together was to cut a small piece of white card stock for the sentiment. I stamped it with the two colors of the bra. 

Here is a picture of all four cards, which will hopefully be going up on Etsy soon!


Washi tape and dies

I was designing some new cards yesterday and I used the Simon Says Stamp numbers dies to cut out a bunch of numbers for the front of the card. The sentiment said on a 1-10 scale you’re an 11 (or something to that effect) so I thought it would be cute to have numbers floating around on the background. I took my dies and cut the numbers out of patterned paper. THen, I had to glue each one to cardbase individually.

After I was done that, I thought I might try some washi tape on the front to hold the sentiment down. I decided against it because it didn’t look right. But then I thought, why not use washi tape to cut the numbers instead of card stock? This way I can skip a step as they would already be sticky enough to just put on the card front?

Genius! Why hadn’t I thought of this sooner? I use washi tape to hold dies in place in my Cuttlebug, but never did I think to cut things out using the tape. So, I started a little experiment.

First, I used my thicker washi tape because the thinner rolls weren’t wide enough to cut the whole number out. I used my Genius platform (no pun intended!!) and stuck the die down to the base so that the cutting blade was face up. Then I put the washi tape over the number 3, sticky side facing up. After I ran it though the Cuttlebug, I nervously lifted the top off and saw it cut through. Success!! I essentially had a sticker “3”!

So, then I decided to be brave and try the die from Simon Says Stamp that says “baby”. It’s a very intricate die and a little wider than the washi tape so I put it at an angle. It wasn’t staying put so I used some smaller pieces of washi tape to hold the tape down. Unfortunately, the results weren’t as good as the first time. Since the die was so delicate, it was tough to get the washi tape off the top of the sandwich. The washi tape tore a little.

Using washi tape and dies in the Cuttlebug is something I will experiment with again. I will try it with less intricate dies, like the numbers and border dies to see the results. I haven’t actually made anything with the washi tape, but I plan on it! It was a fun thing to try and I encourage you to use your supplies in a unique way. You never know what you will come up with!


No one was watching me….

And I bought TWO more Cricut cartridges! I am out of control!! I bought Mickey and Friends and Disney Classics from Joann’s two weeks ago because they were $30 each. I looked on Amazon and people wanted $50 or $60 (or more) for them!! So of course I had to buy them – and more. I bought some cute stamp sets, Hero Arts neon inks and distress inks as well. I swore that was the last of my shopping spree because earlier in the week……

I bought stamp sets from Gina K Designs. And not just a couple. She was having a 50% off sale of all her duo sets. If you buy 6 sets of stamps (you have to buy 2 or 3 duos to count as 1 stamp set), then you get a FREE set. Of course I had to buy enough to qualify for the FREE set! So, I did. But then, even earlier in the week……

I bought from Simon Says Stamp. I just NEEDED those Hero Arts shadow inks. I had to have them. So many people who make videos on YouTube have them that I decided I had to get them. And, since at this point I didn’t know I was ordering from two more stores that week, I decided I had to get some new stamps. I got some Lawn Fawn, Technique Tuesday and Paper Smooches stamp sets, along with a Simon Says Stamp exclusive stamp and die set.

Although this seems like a lot of things (and it is, don’t get me wrong), I have been using them. I would say I used about 50% of the products overall so far. And it’s only been a little over a week since I got most of them. I’m having a great time making all kinds of projects and coming up with new ideas for these stamp sets and Cricut cartridges.

Before I forget, I did do some major damage at Michael’s a couple of weeks ago. I got a TON of new papers and I also got the Cricut Mini albums cartridge. Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post for a blog hop that features one of the projects that I have made with this album. (Plus, you will also get the chance to see four of my fellow teammates’ projects – you won’t be disappointed!!)

I think that I am done with shopping now. I need to get back into my craft room and create. I posted a lot of new projects yesterday to my Etsy shop. If you want to see what I bought or made, check out these sites: (Joann’s haul – other haul videos are listed on my channel) (my Facebook page, where I have posted pictures of new projects and links to my YouTube videos)

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