Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday 4/17/15

Hello everyone, hope you are all enjoying the wonderful Spring weather and all the gorgeous blooming trees. My neighborhood is full of color it is so nice to drive around town and see everything coming to life again.

My Little Patch of Dirt is getting there too. Almost everything in the garden we planted last year seems to have made it through the Winter. We decided to really expand our garden this year and we have been digging new beds for a couple weeks now. My back, knees and hands are really feeling the effects of our labor. But it is so going to be worth it!

So sorry I have been missing as of late! We only have a short growing season of 180 days on the Eastern Coast. Jeff and I are coming to find out you have to get busy when you can to get it all done and boy have we been busy!

I made a card the week before last and forgot to post it? Last week was a blur but I do have a card for this week and I have already given it away. I am so glad I have to take pictures or I would have forgotten what it looks like! Oh ya, I am the sketch designer this week. Here is this weeks sketch,



and this is what I came up with.


I used the Mixed Bunch stamp set and the coordinating Punch called Blossom to create my floral focal image. I chose Strawberry Slush, Whisper White and Basic Black as my main color pallet. The DSP background is from Back to Black. The sentiment is from a SAB stamp set called Simply Wonderful. I really like the clean lines of the DSP with the bold floral image I think it really makes that flower pop! You knew I couldn't let the center of the flower go without a littlt bit of bling lol.

Here is a look at the inside.


See how different the flower looks without the black background piece? It is amazing isn't it! The sentiment is also from the SAB stamp set Simply Wonderful.

Hope you all have a great week! Enjoy this beautiful time of the year with warmer temperatures and all the lovely spring colors. I love Spring and Fall the best don't you.I don't miss So CA this time of year at all!

Please join us this week and show us what you can create with this sketch. We would love to see it. http://www.sketchfrenzyfriday.blogspot.com/.

I am going to take pictures of the garden to show you all the work that we are doing.

 Take care and chat soon,
Patrice

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday 3/27/15

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

Can you believe it another months come to a close and it's Spring YIPPEE!
A little cool yet but still no more snow!!!!! (I hope).

We have a really cool sketch for ya this week! Elizabeth Harris designed it and I loved it!!! Great job Elizabeth and thanks for the inspiration (Smile).

Here is a look at this great sketch


and this is what I came up with,


Here is a look at the inside,


Three colors only, you don't know how much restraint I had to use ! Well maybe you do by now lol.

Coastal Cabana, Basic Black and Whisper White Card Stock and Basic Black Ink was used on the sentiments. Then I added a couple different Wahsi Tapes for the focal image. I also used the Stars Impression Folder on the bottom half of the card for some added texture.
The front sentiment is from the Bravo stamp set and the inside sentiment is from the Really Good Greetings stamp set. I made the triple bow with 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon and a large silver brad from a Paper Pumpkin set I have.

This is a very simple sketch that will make for some terrific looking cards. One I will keep handy for those times when I need a great sketch for a fast card. 

We hope you will give this sketch a try because we would love to see what you create with it. Just show us here http://www.sketchfrenzyfriday.blogspot.com/

I have been relaxing after this months Master Gardner events and projects with dead lines that I had to get completed. The rest was very much so needed!

Chat Soon,
Patrice

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday 3/20/15

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

      CONGRATULATIONS JEANNE'


Today is my Daughters last day of Cosmetology School. One year of really hard work, sincere dedication and a lot of sacrifices and now this part of your journey is completed! We are so very proud of you! You did it! Relax take it easy and enjoy your weekend! I will see you soon my cleaver and uber talented baby  girl! I knew you could, I knew you would! We love you very much!

We have another great sketch for you this week. Our very own Terri Tank designed this sketch and it was certainly a challenge for me to come up with a card from it. Great job Terri! How about you all give it a try???? Let's see where your imagination takes you!



This is what I came up with. The only thing different is that I turned it on its side.


Here is a look at the inside,


I love all the colors used in this card! I pulled them all from the DSP called Sweet Taffy. It is vibrant and very colorful. The sentiments are from the Bravo stamp set. It has lots of large, fun and bold sentiments in this set.


I hope you will join us this week and create a card from this sketch. Please show us what you made and add it to our blog here http://www.sketchfrenzyfriday.blogspot.com/

Have a great week and I hope you get a chance to create something fun!

Chat soon,
Patrice

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Home Garden Show

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

I have been MIA here on My Little Patch of Dirt this last week or so! I had ten cards to make special for a friend, three Potted Flower Pot Door Prizes to make for Gardening 101 due this weekend and a large Silent Auction item for the Home Show that was due last Thursday. I got every thing done and totally forgot to post my SFF Card!!! Wow!! What was I thinking??? Forgive me everyone. That was like the 4th time I have not posted for SFF in four years...yikes I'm slipping!

I took a few pictures of the Silent Auction item (I wonder how much it went for??? It had a $50.00 value) to show you.


I got an e-mail from this years President stating that it was a hit so that was reassuring. I didn't put anything next to it to show the size of it? It is about 2' x 2' holds two one gallon size pots. I made the floral arrangement and added several of our SU Die Cut Butterflies all around. The lower basket has lots of fun garden related items in it along with greens, flowers and butterflies.

Here is a look at all three Door Prize Flower Pots for the Gardening 101 Seminar this weekend. I am the co-chair of this event and so excited to see how many people in our community show up. I have a Rain Gutter garden display up that will be side exhibit  for the event. So that should be fun.


I liked the Red Polka Dot Ribbon with the Packet of starter Strawberries.


This one has Navy Blue Gross-grain Ribbon with Echinecea Bulbs. All of the pots are ceramic/clay.


I liked how the floral cards came out I put a packet of seeds on each card.

Well I better get to sleep I told Jeff I would wake up and cook him breakfast early???? What was I thinking lol. I love that man so.

Chat soon,
Patrice

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Butterfly Basics Easter

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

I was surfing the web and found a site called Sue's Inky Fingers

I saw one of her cards that gave me the inspiration to make my card today.

We share the same color combination Kraft and Whisper White and that there is an Easter sentiment on the card but, then I veer off and get creative. I chose to White Emboss and she just used White ink. Here is a look at my card. Notice the Die Cut side embellishment.


I took another shot without the pretty side embellishment. I love the Paper Doily strip on the bottom of the card.

This is how it looks simi open.

Here is shot of the inside

It is a fun and interactive type of a card. But, I must say I love her color combination, don't you? Thanks Sue!

Have a great weekend. I hope you find some time to create something fun too!

Chat soon,
Patrice

Friday, March 6, 2015

Paper Craft Crew cCard Sketch #134

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

I found another really cool sketch over at Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #134 this week http://www.papercraftcrew.com/pcccs-134-card-sketch

Here is their sketch

This is what I came up with.


 I haven't worked with the Work of Art stamp set in a while, so I thought I would pull it out and make a boat.

I really like Pistachio Pudding card stock combined with the Confetti Celebration DSP. I saw the boat on line sometime in the summer and thought I would try to re-create it today. I can't believe the stamps in this set can make so many interesting images. I just used a Basic Grey Marker to add depth and dimension to the hull of the boat (I think that is what it is called). I just love playing with the In Color Sequins. The add just the right amount of bling to a project. The spray background was made with Pistachio Pudding ink and an image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.

Here is a look at the inside


Simple just a few stars and a strip of matching DSP.

I hope you all have a great weekend. I plan on staying in my craft room all weekend as I have a few projects I need to get done.

Chat soon,
Patrice

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday 3/6/15

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

Wow! What a snow storm we had Thursday! We got about 11 inches. A lot for our neck of the woods that's for sure. Jeff stayed home from work and I helped him shovel our property! We have a long driveway and a big parking area in the back and a very long sidewalk in front of the house. It took us almost three hours non stop to do it properly. Both he and I were sore .

One of our newest design team members Carol Read just became a Grandma this week! We are all very excited for her CONGRATULATIONS Carol! She was so excited and proud to tell us about the newest addition to her family! Wow, how amazing is that!  Welcome to the world Rylen you are so loved!

He is the inspiration for my card is week, beside this Fantastic Sketch Elizabeth K gave us! This was a really fun sketch to work with. It has a great flow to it

Here is Elizabeth's sketch;


this is the card I came up with.

I used, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and So Saffron card stock and Coastal Cabana ink to create this card. I just love this little Baby Bumble Bee don't you? It is single stamp called "Baby Bumblebee" lol. It is one of my favorite Baby stamps this year.

Now for a look at the inside;

I used the "Crazy About You" stamp set to create the sentiment. The B is from last years alphabet Bigz Die.

Thanks for the inspiration ladies you did good!

My prayer for Rylen is that he grow up to be an amazing human being! May he have loving  family and friends close to him to help him through all the ups and downs. I hope he is often reminded not to forget to stop and smell the flowers. To laugh often, love deeply and play in the rain. May he have an amazing journey and stay constant when reaching for his dreams.

Create something wonderful this week everyone. If you choose to make a card from this great sketch please let us see it. You can upload it here http://www.sketchfrenzyfriday.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

Chat soon,
Patrice