Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SCS Variety Challenge 184 - Glimpses Along the Road

It's the fourth Wednesday of the month, so time for another Variety Challenge for Splitcoast Stampers. Hopefully this is an easy one for everyone to play along with! Just click on the link below to go to the challenge page on SCS.

SBVC184 - Scene It
Whether you are commemorating an everyday event, looking back on a fun vacation, or celebrating someone special, get ready to pull out the stamps, load up the die-cutting machine, or scrounge up some stickers to create a scene that coordinates with your layout.

True Happiness, Urban Alphabet, Vintage Type, Neighborhood & Adventure USA stamp sets
Pemberly Level 2 papers
Whisper, Black & Colonial White cardstock
Black, Slate, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Barn Red & Versamark ink
Black & Silver markers
White embossing powder
3-D foam tape
Pattern: Scrapbook Generation sketch

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

For Always Easter Card

I doubt that the For Always paper pack is the first one that springs to mind when you think of Easter cards, but I challenged myself to use it for Easter since it's the pack my card club gals chose to use for March. I pulled out some older stamps, tried out my new roll of Washi tape, and used the Heart 2 Heart tag challenge. Sure hope my ladies will like it!

Happy Holidays & March Word Puzzle stamp sets
For Always Level 2 papers
Smokey Plum, Juniper & White Daisy cardstock
Smokey Plum, Juniper & Back ink
Smokey Plum marker
Washi tape
Black craft button
White Daisy embroidery floss
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tags, circle

Sunday, February 24, 2013

For Always Just Because Card

Yesterday, I posted one version of a card that uses a sketch from Splitcoast Stampers, and today I am posting the other version. On this card, the rose from Card Word Puzzle is stamped, cut out, and sponged in Smokey Plum, and the leaves and stamen are colored using both shades of the Juniper alcohol-based markers. I decided not to color the rose using my markers since I wanted to have a simpler option for those customers who may be intimidated by lots of shading.

Card Word Puzzle stamp set
For Always Level 2 papers
Juniper, Smokey Plum & White Daisy cardstock
Juniper, Smokey Plum & Black ink
Juniper markers
Black Stripe grosgrain ribbon
3-D foam tape
Pattern: SCS Sketch Challenge 424

Saturday, February 23, 2013

For Always Missing You Card

I finally decided to take the plunge and order some alcohol-based markers from CTMH. Although I am not a big fan of coloring, I have to admit that these markers do the job much better than my water-based markers. Using a sketch from Splitcoast Stampers, I created two versions of a card, one for my customers who want to try out the markers, and one for those who just want to stick with sponging. For my first card, I was inspired to pull out the chair stamp set by a challenge from Stampin' Royalty. The chair is colored using both shades of Smokey Plum from the marker set as well as the darker shade of Juniper. Come back tomorrow to see the other version of the card!

Chairs to You & Card Word Puzzle stamp sets
For Always Level 2 papers
Juniper, Smokey Plum &White Daisy cardstock
Juniper, Smokey Plum & Black ink
Juniper, Smokey Plum & Black markers
Black Stripe grosgrain ribbon
Pattern: SCS Sketch Challenge 424

Friday, February 22, 2013

For Always Thanks Card

Here's another For Always card, this time using the design from the Workshop on the Go cardmaking kit. I modified it slightly and used supplies I had on hand. To create the polka-dotted squares, I used the center of the balloon from the birthday stamp set that came with my Cricut Artiste collection. It was just big enough to cover the whole square!
Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday & Thank You stamp sets
For Always Level 2 papers
Smokey Plum, Slate, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Juniper, Smokey Plum & Black ink
Slate Licorice Opaque
Heart punch (EK Success)
3-D foam tape
Pattern: For Always WOTG card 3

Thursday, February 21, 2013

For Always Celebrate Card

I took a break from card making for few weeks but I'm back and going steady. Here's another For Always card for my upcoming workshop. I love the versatility of these double sided papers; my customers can choose which side of the paper they want to combine for two (or more) different looks.

Perfect Fit - Birthday stamp set
For Always Level 2 papers
Juniper, Smokey Plum, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Juniper, Smokey Plum & Black ink
Black Tulle ribbon
Licorice Opaques - Black
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped circle
Pattern: Operation Write Home Sketch 154

Saturday, February 16, 2013

EMS Sketch Challenge 41 - First Haircut

I needed a design for these photos I was scrapping for my son's baby book, so I whipped up a new sketch. I omitted the side-pieces on my layout and put a border along the bottom of the pages, so don't feel you have to follow the design to a "t". I also added a Flip-Flap to hold two more photos, so there are lots of possibilities for using the sketch. Get creative, and don't forget to let me know what you did with it!

The sketch:
My layout:

Hodgepodge Alphabet & Journaling Jots stamp sets
Desert Sand, Cranberry, Goldrush, Moonstruck, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Goldrush, Moonstruck & Black ink
Black marker
Silver brads & Bitty Brad
Cricut Artiste cartridge: scissors, comb, silhouette, border

Thursday, February 14, 2013

SCS Variety Challenge 183 - I Love My Tongue

Anyone up for a challenge? Here's the first Splitcoast Stampers Variety Challenge of the month! We would love to have you play along using the link below.

SBVC183 Give It Some Heart
Valentine’s Day is today, so I couldn’t resist a love-themed challenge! For each letter in the word heart, come up with one product that starts with the same letter and include it on your layout. You can use additional supplies, of course, but you must use at least one product for each letter. I’ve given you a list to get you started, but feel free to come up with other ideas. Think colors, shapes, embellishments, etc. Bonus points for using one of the challenges from this past week’s Virtual Scrapbook Night on your layout as well.

H – hearts, hangers, hidden journaling
E – envelope, eyelets, embroidery floss, embossing
A – arrows, accordion folds
R – red, ribbon
T – tag, tab, title, transparency

My layout uses hearts, embossing, an arrow, ribbon, and a tag, plus I used a VSBN sketch challenge. Let's see what you can do!

Trinity Alphabet stamp set
Caprice Level 2 papers
Bamboo, Chocolate, Crystal Blue, Honey  & Desert Sand cardstock
Chocolate, Crystal Blue, Honey & Desert Sand ink
Chocolate marker
Chocolate grosgrain ribbon
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: hearts, arrow, tag
Pattern: MFT Sketch
Other Challenges I included: Heart 2 Heart's Love Is in the Air
Creative Belli's Valentines or Hearts

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lil' Fishes Layout

I've gotten a lot done for Virtual Scrapbook Night this weekend at Splitcoast Stampers. Here's another layout, this time for the Patterned Papers challenge. Joyce Ann asked us to combine at least three patterned papers. I really lucked out there, since CTMH creates such beautiful paper packs with coordinating paper and I just had to choose one of those packs.

Dotty for You Level 2 papers
Grey Wool, Buttercup & White Daisy cardstock
Buttercup & Lagoon ink
Black marker
Irresistibles Lots of Dots
Clear craft buttons
Liquid Glass
Pattern: Heart 2 Heart Sketch Challenge 10

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Colorado Layout

I'm hosting one of the challenges for Virtual Scrapbook Night (VSBN) over on Splitcoast Stampers, so I decided to use a previous variety challenge, Consider the Cardstock. I embossed my cardstock, punched holes to create a pattern, layered strips for a wave effect, die-cut the title, and stamped on a piece to create a sub-title. Hope you can hop on over to SCS and join in the fun on this and all the other challenges!

Capture the Date stamp set
Juniper, Topiary, Olive, Sweet Leaf & Champagne cardstock
Juniper, Topiary & Olive ink
Olive marker
Spring Blossom Just Blooms
Craft buttons
Olive & White baker's twine
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title letters
Pattern: Illusion from Magic

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Gifts for . . . Layout

Splitcoast Stampers is having a virtual scrapbook night (VSBN) this weekend, but they decided to get the party started early by posting one challenge last weekend. I finally got a chance to play along today by creating this layout. Want to join in the fun? Check out the VSBN Forum here!

Glamour Lowercase Alphabet & Welcome Baby stamp sets
Simple Sets  - Sassy (SEI)
Blush & White Daisy cardstock
Cotton Candy, Blush & Vineyard Berry ink
Pink grosgrain ribbon (Michaels)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Jr. Ranger Badge Layout

In January, I applied to be part of the design team for the Nuts About Sketches blog. I'm bummed I didn't make it, but on the bright side, at least I got another layout completed, and here it is!

A Typeface & Noted Backgrounds stamp sets
Dreamin' Level 2 papers
Chocolate, Goldrush, Bamboo, Crystal Blue, Pacifica, Honey & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate, Goldrush & Pacifica ink
Chocolate & Goldrush markers
Natural hemp
Chocolate brad & Bigger Brad
Pattern: Nuts About Sketches blog
Cricut Artiste cartridge: badge, title, flower
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: butterfly
Leaf punch (Family Treasures)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Baby Shower for 2 Layout

I am so glad I didn't get around to scrapbooking these photos last year, because they go perfectly with the brand new Chantilly papers! The coordinating patterned chipboard features two adorable umbrellas, just the right touch for a baby shower. I can't wait to use more of this paper on my remaining pictures from the shower. To check out these and other new products, please click on the Idea Book image on my sidebar. For the title, I went old school and stamped then cut out the letters. Lots of work but I love the font, so it was worth it. The Cotton Candy ink blends into the background so it's a little hard to see it in my scan, but it looks great in real life. Just a word on the Chantilly chipboard: I highly recommend purchasing the Finishing Files (#Z1091, $5.95) so you can smooth off the perforations left over when you punch out the chipboard pieces. You'll end up with a much cleaner looking edge, and the files are much better than sandpaper for getting into the hard-to-reach areas.

Keepsake Alphabet stamp set
Chantilly Level 2 papers
Chantilly Chipboard Complements
Buttercup & White Daisy cardstock
Cotton Candy & Pear ink
Twilight marker
Pattern: Nuts About Sketches