Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 8/29/14 Kinda Eclectic

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I can not believe it is almost the end of Summer? I am so not done with Summer yet! I think it is the Californian in me. Maybe, I require more sunlight than those on the East Coast? Just because it is Labor Day weekend doesn't really mean we have to take the pool down does it???
 Oh well, one bright note, I must add is that Fall will come next and it is so very beautiful here in the Autumn. The weather is perfect now. (too cold for swimming though) the leaves change colors and give us a truly wondrous show of Gods mighty handy work. We don't have anything close to Fall in SoCal that's for sure.

Enough of my chit chat let's get on with the real reason you are here  for our SFF Weekly Sketch Challenge.

This weeks sketch was designed by our fearless leader Kim Innis. Boy did she do a great job on this one. I like all the different shapes and features she added to it.


 This is my interpretation of it;

 I had just received my Black and White card swaps from my very talented girls over at VC_Rocks in the mail. The cards were all so beautiful that I just had to use that color scheme as part of my inspiration for this weeks card.

Once I had the colors and the sketch figured out all that was needed to finish my card was the additional elements (stamp set and placement). I thought that the Kinda Eclectic stamp set would be perfect since it has the sun image for the circle element and the sentiment could be used for the rectangle shape.
My card is almost completed at this point.I just needed to add two little strips of DSP in lieu of the Washi Tape feature and the three circles.
I punched three little circles and the center of the sun out of a scrap of Basic Black card stock, using the  1/8" and the 1" circle punches.
I only used Basic Black ink and Whisper White Card Stock on the card. The DSP is called Black to Black and is one of my favorites in this years catalog.

Here is a look at the inside of the card. I just added a little strip of the DSP to tie the front and inside of the card together.


 I hope you were inspired by this weeks sketch and the card I created from it.   We would love to see what you come up with as well, so please add it to our blog post here.

Hope you have a great week and find some time to create something fun!

Chat soon,

Friday, August 22, 2014

VC_Rocks Final Blog Hop of the Summer

Hello to all my Rocking friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I can't believe that our VC_Rocks summer event is coming to a close! It was a lot of fun and I was kept really busy with all the swapping, blog hopping, e-mailing, challenges, hotel fun, RAK's, games and our first time State to State activity.

They say all good things must come to an end and we are there! It's our last Blog Hop of the summer (Very Sad Face). The theme for our final hop is to
"Rock Your Creativity with Stampin' Up Color" I'm featuring
BRIGHT Colors!

This is right up my alley (or on my desk lol as it may be) I love bright colors. I created three cards for you this time. My thinking was to try to create the three  cards differently with various levels of color to them. I'll show you what I mean.

(I CASED the first and second cards Ann Sach & Tammy Fite, thanks for the great inspiration ladies) I tweaked them enough to make new cards from them though.

The first card has enough color to know it is a bright card yet, has just a touch of brightness to it with little pops of color.

The second card's background paper and floral focal images captures the eye's attention to the bright color.

My final card goes Color Crazy and it is my favorite style card to create.
BOLD BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL! To me it is the kind of card that makes you have to spend some time looking at it so that you can find all the details.

Well that's it for this Hop! I hope you like the cards I created and are inspired to create cards for your friends and family using Bright Color. Let me know which one is your favorite style. I would love to know what you think about working with Bright Color! Have fun Hopping!

To get back to our Blog Hop click here

Chat soon my friends,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 8/22/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you well and happy!

Happy Friday everyone! I think the rain has stopped for awhile and maybe I can get back into the pool and enjoy the rest of what summer we have left. I had a bout with swimmers ear last week and couldn't hear a darn thing! LOL Jeff was going crazy trying to talk to me lol lol. Is that called seductive hearing-wicked smile!!! ??? But now I am better and I can hear thank goodness too, talk about being in one's on head lol lol One week of that was enough for me!

This week our sketch was designed by Stacey T. and it is a beauty it is!

This week I used a few of the pieces from the Kind of Electic stamp set in the making of my card. I really LOVE this set! I made it bold, bright and beautiful! But, I wasn't happy with it at first and every day I looked at it and said it needs something?????

Here is the first card I came up with;

I felt it was just ok, it had all the elements of the sketch but, I just was not tickled with it. So, today I tore it apart and tweaked it until I was tickled with it. What do you think? Do you like the changes?


Ah! Now that makes me feel better. I really do love to dress up cards! I'm not one for the CAS technique yet, it is the current rage and often it is the simpleness that makes it awesome. I like lots of interest and dimension to my cards! So I am torn between creating what is popular rather than doing what is in my heart. This week my hear won out!

I had so much going on this week completing a couple swaps and being a swap hostess oh ya and being sick...that I didn't have a lot of extra time to sort out the Stampin Buddy thing. I really need someone to sit with me and teach me how to do it w/o a DBWS? Maybe, if I move toward being a Business Demo rather than a Hobbyist I will sort that out in the future.

Supplies used to create this card:

Ink-  Basic Black and So Saffron.
Card Stock-  Whisper White, Real Red and Daffodil Delight.
DSP-  Back to Black
Stamp Set-  Kind of Electic (Love this set)
Punches/Framelits/Thinlits-  Bird Builder, Bitty Butterfly, 1/8th, Flower Fair, Chalk Talk, Finishing Touches and Apothecary Accents.
Misc-  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, So Saffron Marker and Basic Pearls.

I hope you were inspired by our sketch this week and create a card from it! We really do love to see your work. All you have to do is download a photo of your card on to our blog here:

I really hope you have a great week and find some time to create something fun!

Chat soon,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 8/15/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Hope you all had a great week. I did but, I got water in my ears from swimming and I can't hear a darn thing lolol. It is driving Jeff crazy with me saying  hugh? what did you say What...? I am afraid to drive anywhere also because if it, so I have been staying home the last few days. Isn't it funny how much we rely on our hearing for so many things! I am sure I ill dry up shortly but, for now I am in a world all to my self and it is quiet! However, it did gives me a great excuse to get up in the craft room and create and get caught up  on a bunch of projects I had pending!

Here is this weeks sketch that Elizabeth Harris designed for us;

This is what I came up with. I really liked this weeks sketch it has so much potential. You can go in a million different directions with it. Great job Elizabeth!

I had so much fun making this card. I pulled out some Framelits and punches that I haven't used in a while and tried different embossing folders before I found just the right ones that coordinated well together. I love the DSP that I used for the background piece, it has such wonderful bright and bold colors. It is called Flashback, you gotta get some of this I'm telling you! I used an old technique called Scrunched Flowers. Where I misted a punched out flower with water and scrunched it up in my hand. I un-scrunched (I think I just made that word up lol) it a bit and let it dry out. It looks aged a bit when this is done and gives the card/flower added dimension.

Here is a look at the inside, CAS

"You can never have too much happy" that's for sure, and this card made me happy creating it.

Here is a list of the supplies I used to create this card. I haven't set down yet to try to figure out the fancy method of posting my supplies so it's back to the manual way.

Ink- Basic Black
Card Stock- Basic Black, Real Red and Whisper White.
DSP- Flashback
Framelits- Apothecary Accents.
Punches- Blossom, Boho Blossoms and Bird Builder.
Embossing Folder- Fancy Fan.
Stamp Set- Yippee-Skippee
Misc- Large Silver Brad from a PP box.

Thats all from me  for this week. I hope you were inspired and find some time to create something fun for your self. If you do join us please post your card to our blog here
we would love to see it!

Have a great week we will chat soon I am sure.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 8/8/14

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I somehow tweeked my back today so this is going to be a really short post I need to lie down???

Here is this weeks sketch, it was designed by Diane. I really loved it I hope you do too!

This is what I came up with

I used some new DSP that I ordered last week yippee! I love new stuff don't you? The DSP is called Sweet Taffy. I coordinated it with Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry card stock. I chose the From My Heat stamp set because it coordinated with the Framelits Labels Collection dies and it has  great sentiments too.

Here is a look at the inside

That's all there is to this weeks sketch please join us and let us see what you came up with. Here is out link

I hope to add more to this post later this week.
Chat soon,

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 8/1/14

Hello to all my blogging  friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I am so loving this summer. I think it is because we are finally settling in to our home and neighborhood. When it is too hot out and I've worked up a sweat in the garden I can jump in the pool and cool off. Then sit on our patio dry off while I'm reading a book, then I can make my way upstairs and play in my craft room. I'm taking full advantage of the summer while I can. Life is good.

That's where I am at right now in my craft room. So let's talk about our sketch challenge for few minutes. Kathy Clark created this weeks sketch and it is a pretty one.  Great job Kathy!

I pretty much kept to the original sketch and created this card from it.

It's about as clean and simple as I can get with out going crazy adding more points of interest, texture or do dads to a card- lol.

While we are here let's look at the inside.

My hope was to make a bright and cheery looking summer card for you this week. I finally took advantage of the buy three DSP- (Designer Series Paper) get one free July special that SU was having. Even though I didn't use that much DSP it sure made an interesting focal image on the card. Just a touch of color was all it took.

The little flower vine was fun and really simple to make and it turned out so
pretty. I used the Bird Builder Punch and the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to make it.

Here is a list of supplies I used to create this card.
Next week I am going to try the Stampin' Buddy format in lew of creating this list. Wish me luck!

Stamp Set- Bravo and Really Good Greetings.
Ink- Strawberry Slush.
Card Stock- Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding Bermuda Bay and Whisper White.
DSP-  Confetti Celebration.
Punches- Bird Builder and Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.
Embossing Folder- Delicate Designs.
Framelit Dies- Chalk Talk.
Misc- Basic Pearls, White Gel Pen and Tombo Mono Liquid Glue.

I hope you like this weeks sketch and find some time give it a try. We would love to see what you create from it. Add it to our blog page here

Have a great week and try to get some stamp time in. Inky fingers are happy fingers!

Chat soon,

Friday, July 25, 2014

July's VC_Rocks Blog Hop

Hello to all my blogging and Rocking friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I was so excited to find out the theme of this months Blog Hop was Fancy Folds and or 3D items. I really love both but, I had made two 3-D items before (I haven' sent those out yet Sorry!!!!!) so, I decided to make Fancy Fold cards this time around.
The inspiration for my cards came from the new Summer 2014 Card Maker Magazine. I'm showing you the front cover of the magazine because all the directions on how to make every card I am displaying are in it. I am not a great typist so it was easier to show you where you can get the directions rather than me  re-typing them or trying to explain them.

I made four new cards for you this Hop. The Magazine is packed full of fun ideas and great directions on how to do them. I have provided you with a video link on how to do one of the folds

Here is the first card it comes right off the front cover only with my little twist to it, Lower left hand side of the cover.

It's a Stair Step card. It only uses the mountain and valley folds. It was very simple and easy to make. I stamped  three rows of flowers using the masking technique.  This technique makes it look like one flower is behind or in front of another flower. It is best to use StazOn ink when stamping the images so there is no bleeding of the colors. Then, I hand colored each flower with SU Markers (so wish I had Blendabilities for this part). Next, I fussy cut each row of flowers out and taped them to the top of each mountain fold. Here is a look at the side so you can see all the stair steps. The fan almost blew the card off my picture taking box lol.

Now for the second card,

 This card is a little more technical but still very easy to do. One cut down the center with a couple folds here and there.  I find in making fancy fold cards like these that your Bone Folder is your new best friend. It really helps the cards stand up properly and make crisp clean folds. I used several punches on this card, Bird Builder, the new Itty Bitty Accents punch and an oldie but a goody the Scallop Trim Border Punch. Here is a look at the side so you can again see the fold. (The video link provided above shows how I made this card)

The next card is my favorite because it is a style of Distressing and Antiquing that goes with the Shabby Chic- Vintage style I like so much.

I had a small strand of the Antique Rosettes left in my stash that I colored with Cherry Cobbler. They were perfect for making the focal piece on the lower left of the card. I added a six loop bow made from Linen Thread that I attached on the back of the rosettes to give it a wispy background feel. The Tea Party  image was stamped twice, once in Basic Black and then again in Cherry Cobbler. I cut out the cherry cobbler tea set and mounted that on top on the black image for color and interest. The lacy background was made from one and a half Tea Laced Paper Doilies that I sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink all around the edges. Than, I cut out the center so I could manipulate the doily easier. I took a oval scrap of card stock and covered the back side with a Jumbo Sticky Round and slowly adhered the doily to it making delicate folds all the while. I taped the stamped Tea Party image and placed that on top of the lace scrap. I distressed the edges of the DSP with Crumb Cake ink and added a few 8mm Pearl halves black leaves and I was done. Here is a look at the side of this card.

  This next card was my husbands favorite. He thinks it is so funny when I tie a balloon around the neck of a stamped image (usually a giraffe) to make it look like it is going to fly away. This is a great Kids Birthday card they usually love it. The card is very colorful and cheery.

This one has the most folds and is the most technical, but once you get the hang of making the cuts and score lines the folds gets easier. I freehand cut all the balloons and added a little white gel pen slash to make it look like light was hitting the balloons. I think this DSP is perfect for a birthday card don't you? I stamped the image of the giraffe with StazOn ink and colored the image in with SU Markers. Then I fussy cut the image out. I mounted the giraffe on orange card stock so it would pop. Isn't he the cutest little giraffe. I loved the images in the Zoo Review stamp set.
Here is a look at the side of this card.

The best advise I can offer for making these fancy fold cards is to do each panel separately. For instance, there are five panels on the front of this card. I decorated each panel separately so I could get an idea of how and what I wanted to create. Lastly, use your Bone Folder often to get nice clean crisp folds.

I hope you liked my cards and are inspired enough to create a few for your self. These Fancy Fold cards really do make quite the impression when they are received "They are not just the same old regular card" they are more like a special gift with the gift. Have fun and enjoy our Blog Hop!

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Please stop back by often and leave me a comment. I will answer any questions you may have regarding these projects and or anything I create.

Chat soon,