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Sketch Sunday #32

I can’t believe that I have done 32 weeks of challenges! True, it wasn’t 32 straight weeks. I have never been that great at consistency, unfortunately. But lately I have been trying to be better at it. Sometimes life just gets in the way!

Anyway, this week’s sketch comes from My Favorite Things. I like doing their challenges because it doesn’t take long to look for the sketch and I get a chance to win an awesome prize! Here is the link to the sketch if you want to play along:http://www.cardchallenges.com/2015/08/wednesday-sketch-challenge-sketch-242.html

I made a video for Sketch Sunday showing how I put the card together. I also did a voice over in this one, which is something I haven’t done for awhile. Usually I don’t have much time to edit the video, so it goes up as is!

Here is a link to the video:https://youtu.be/ywGsfOCcBPM

And here are some pictures of the card:photo 2 photo 1

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Michele

List of supplies:

ATG
Zig 2 Way Glue Pen
My Favorite Things Geek is Chic Stamps and Dies
My Favorite Things Razzle Berry Ink
My Favorite Things Grape Jelly Ink
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Mid – Tone Navy
Distress Ink Worn Lipstick
Martha Stewart Heart Border Punch
Recollections White 65 lb Cardstock
Recollections Patterned Paper (paper scraps)

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Voiceover on iMovie for my Sketch Sunday video

So, I will be the first to admit that I don’t know much about iMovie. I know I upload my video into it, do some basic editing (and by that I mean add a title, an info page and maybe some music) and then export it. I have read a little about editing and have watched a couple of YouTube videos awhile ago about it. But I haven’t really tired adding a voice over or creating fast forwarding frames. I have added some music, but that was usually just for the intro and the ending slides.

Today’s video was LONG. And by long I mean almost 40 minutes. Who wants to sit and watch me watercolor for over half of that? Not even me!! So, my only choice was to edit and do some voice over work. I attempted it, but am not sure how I did. I tried to play the video back, but then I realized that it is already after 11 on Monday (and yes this is a Sketch Sunday video and NO not for next Sunday. As in yesterday Sunday. Whoops!) So I better start exporting!

Here is the link to the video: http://youtu.be/hCe_2I1fdWw

I’m not an expert in watercoloring by any means, but I do enjoy it. I use distress inks to color in my images and it’s fun. Again, I’m not the best so this isn’t a watercoloring technique video. I am so-so with shading – I just like to color!

Here is what the card looks like: GetAttachment-5.aspx

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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.

To see a video of the card, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCmrSGy_Q_0&list=UUVzWasj5bkBbSr2HXbnah6A

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Sketch Sunday # 16

Yes, I know it’s Tuesday! I am a little (ok a lot) late with this post. I did manage to load the video yesterday, so that’s an improvement for me. I am trying to get better at this. I had a show on Saturday, so that past two weeks, that was all I focused on!

So, without further ado, here is the link to the video and a picture of the card. (Warning – you’ll see lots of mess ups in this video! lol)

http://youtu.be/je76L0A06Dg

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The card dimensions and cut sizes are as follows:

Card base is 8″ x 5 1/2″

Score at 2″ and 6″ to create the gate folds.

Solid pink paper is cut at 2″ x 5 1/2″

Black and white camera paper is cut at 1/8″ smaller than pink paper

Cupcake paper is cut at 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ with the white card stock cut at 1/8″ larger than the cupcake paper.

Bellyband is cut at 1″ x 10″. Where you score depends on the thickness of the papers you use.

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Two posts in one day??

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First I neglect my blog now I can’t stop writing? What’s the deal? Well, I decided that I had some down time while I was in a creative block and I thought writing might help. I did my Sketch Sunday video, edited it and uploaded it to YouTube. And that’s the reason for this post.

I was going through my supplies earlier today because I wanted to use something that I haven’t used in awhile. I found some Hero Arts Neon inks that I just HAD to have. It’s not that I didn’t use them because I did. But, unlike my distress inks, which I seem to use for every project, I haven’t used these in awhile. 

I also saw the pack of kraft card stock that has been sitting in my cube underneath my tv for awhile, unused. I had never tried neon inks on kraft (or at least if I did I don’t remember). I thought that I would give that a try. I only ended up using one color on the kraft card stock for this project. (On a practice piece, I used all four neon inks that I have). I love the results because it’s not as neon as if you used them on white, but it’s still pretty vibrant. 

Here’s the video of how I made the card and the sketch I used to make it. Click here for the Sketch Sunday video

What did you think? 

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Sketch Sunday # 7

I tried to film this video when I made the card, but unfortunately I didn’t have enough room on my phone. Two of my nieces had their dance recitals this weekend and I didn’t have time to upload their videos to my computer before I filmed this video.
I am not sure what was wrong with me today, but I couldn’t seem to find much that inspired me. So, I came up with my own sketch. I used Nestabilities dies and some My Favorite Things stamps, plus some paper piecing to create the card.
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Learning to interpret a sketch

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These Sketch Sunday videos have been very fun for me. I enjoy looking at designs that other people came up with (and giving them credit in my video of course!!) and interpreting their design. I think I am getting better with each passing video and am learning what it means to interpret a sketch.
Since I am a Type A, I (sometimes) like to follow the rules and to me that means if there’s an oval shape on the card, my card must have an oval. If there are six circles on the sketch, my card will have six circles on it. But the sketch I used today helped me break free of that rule following aspect of my personality!! Below the sketch were several different card designer’s interpretations of the sketch. Some used squares instead of the ovals. Others used a tag in place of them. Some didn’t feature the exact layout of the bottom part of the card – no one said that it had to be the exact same – you just use the sketch as a guide.
And that’s what I did with this card! It turned out to be a lot less stressful because I didn’t have to look for ovals when I really wanted to use my wafer thin deckled edge dies. So I did! I also used some scarps from another project to make two of the elements.
The project turned out pretty well I think. I like it! It will be going up on Etsy soon (hopefully!). There won’t be a Sketch Sunday next week, but I should be back the following week. I have meetings for work and won’t be able to create, sadly.
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