Thursday, March 28, 2019

Freshly Made Sketch #381

I made the following card using the sketch above from Freshly Made Sketches. It's Sketch #381 as seen in my title. The background/card base is from my stash. The stamped images are from Unity Stamp Company A Sky With No Limit by Phyllis Harris stamp set. I borrowed this set from my friend and don't remember what type of ink I used. I colored in the image with Color In Watercolor Twist Colored Pencils. The paper behind the main image, the blue stripe, and behind the sentiment are from Simple Stories Crafty Girl 6 x 8 Paper Pad and the black and white stripe is from Simple Stories I Am 6 x 8 Paper Pad.

I'm not sure who I will give this card to, but I will have it on hand when I need it. I just found the easel holding my card at Michael's yesterday in the paint and wooden crafts aisle. It is a chalkboard easel so I can write on it with chalk if I wish. It's a multi-purpose easel. I will be using it for holding my projects when taking pictures from now on. TFL!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

My First Napkin Card

 I made this card after watching a tutorial- Purple Cottage Crafts. The napkin was given to me along with a bunch of others in a swap recently. I've been wanting to use them and I saw Abby's tutorial and I had to try it! I've always been afraid it would be too hard, but it's not. The green paper is Neenah Bright 8.5 x 11 that I trimmed down and hope I will find an envelope for it- it's a little bigger than A2 size. If not, I may have to make my own. The sunflower stamped image and the sentiment below in the inside of the card were both from a grab bag from Unity Stamp Company. I believe I bought the button from Amylove, but she no longer has her store. I colored in the stamped image with gel pens.
 Close-up of the inside
the entire card to show the rest of the napkin

I may have to make my own envelope or maybe it will fit in a regular store bought size envelope. I rarely by cards anymore, but do have some envelopes from cards I haven't used. I didn't want to cut off the butterfly off the front is why it's a little bigger. I can't wait to make more napkin cards and share with you all! I've got a few more cards to share, but will do that in another post later on. Have a great Thursday!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Candlelight 2018

I followed the above sketch #365 from Sketches in Thyme to make the layout below.

I used Paper Studio Old World Winter Cardstock 12 x 12 paper as the background paper, the 3 stripes behind the pictures and the pieces on the side and bottom are all from another paper in the same pad. I used Recollections Christmas Holiday Village 6 x 6 Traditional Paper Pad With Treatments- all the papers are textured- behind the picture on the left. I used a piece of an 8.5 x 11 sheet from The Stamps of Life paper behind the picture on the right and the title- Candle Light 2018. The letters from the title are from ArtC Stamp and Cut Alphabet and inked with Gina K Amalgam ink using my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. The journaling strip at the bottom is also from the striped paper- I just flipped it over to write on it. I used a red Sharpie to write in the year- 2018 on the title and journaling- Pickle Brothers Circus, (the guy is- what I have should have put) about to swallow fire & Children's Choir from North Raleigh Christian Academy at Tryon Palace December 8, 2018. It was very cold, but fun! The star paper clip at the top is from a swap. The background paper is busy enough so I decided to not add as much. The Candlelight Tour in the palace does include dancing and music, but we aren't allowed to take pictures inside the palace due to artifact laws and Tryon Palace rules. The choir was singing a capella and were very good. It is a Christmas tradition every year for my family. My mom works at Tryon Palace and she and my stepdad volunteer every year. I usually volunteer with the cards/crafts, but didn't this year. They had 2 food trucks outside the gate and a tent- The Painted Peacock- inside that had like a small café inside. The Pickle Brothers performed in another tent and shared it with another magician. The tour inside the Palace is always fun, they have a story that goes along with the entire tour. You go from room to room to see the interpreters tell their story about their part in the masquerade ball or the fact that they weren't invited. There's also a cook that gives a speech in an old timey kitchen with a wood stove. Hot cider and ginger snaps are provided after the tour and fireworks on the south lawn behind the Palace. We didn't stay for the fireworks, but heard them the next weekend. They have Candlelight 2 weekends every year and it's only from 5-9pm, but it seems longer. I know this is Christmas and kinda late, but I've been waiting for a sketch to follow and thought these pictures fit the sketch perfectly. TFL and have a great St Patrick's Day weekend!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

All Scraps Challenge

I found the challenge for this card on Facebook in Unity {show & tell}. The challenge was to make a masterpiece of all scraps. I decided to make a card and all but the stamped images, of course, are scraps. I used scraps from Authentique Dame 6x6 paper pad, paper from The Stamps of Life, and Glitz Rebel Teal Distressed 12 x 12 paper. I used Gina K Amalgam ink on 2 of the stamps from, it's your day July Unity Sentiment Kit 2015 from Unity Stamp Company. I must say I don't usually save my scraps, but glad I did for this challenge. I just thought to check to see if it is A2 size and lo and behold it is! I'm gonna add glitter or go over the word Sparkle with a glitter pen before giving it away.
 inside spread
back with my personalized stamp from Unity, I'll handwrite the year before I give it away
picture of my scraps and part of the card, I forgot to take a pic of all my scraps before I started 
The blue paper is proof that it is scrap from when I used a die cut on my Cuttlebug.  I challenge you to try this challenge and join Unity show & tell. The only requirement is you use Unity stamps. It was fun! Happy Pi Day! :)

Friday, March 8, 2019

Shake It Up Blog Hop

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First of all, Happy Birthday Connie!! Now on to my projects. I made 2 cards to share. I must say you may want to grab your favorite beverage, because this is a long post. The first one is a shaker card made using Anna Griffin Spring Shaker kit that I purchased from HSN. It was a step by step process. All the pieces came separate in the kit. You choose a background page to attach to the card base you want to use. The only thing I had to add was foam tape which is not included. 

Close-up of card standing up
Side view to see the sequins better- the sequins are all gold and come in a plastic sleeve

I also decided to try to make a spinner card, because I felt like I cheated with the shaker card since it was from a set and it was so easy. I came up with this idea last night after receiving this stamp set in the mail. I used The Stamps of Life banana2splitstamp and die sets. The pink and light blue papers and twine are from card kits also from Stamps of Life. The patterned paper is from Authentique Dame 6x6 paper pad. I thought it looked like sprinkles. The brad is from Simple Stories DIY Boutique Decorative Brads. I used the brad to go along with the inside sentiment. I stamped the banana split image and sentiments with Gina K Amalgam ink. I cut out the banana split die with my Cricut Cuttlebug, and then cut out the negative of the die twice to make the background and the hole in the card. I colored in the banana split image with Marvy Uchida Color In Watercolor Twist Colored Pencils. I colored the ice cream scoops to look like strawberry cheesecake, vanilla, and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream- I realize I didn't add the chunks of cheesecake or dough in the scoops, but those 2 are my favorite flavors of ice cream, vanilla is just there to fill in the 3rd scoop. LOL! I also cut out the spoon die using my Cuttlebug.

Close-up of the spinner and the inside sentiment
I didn't take a picture of the inside of the card, because I haven't figured out how to cover the brad. I'll probably use a sticker to cover it. I also added a pink strip of paper to attach the brad to the card- to make it spin. It will spin all the way around. I must say this is the first card that actually turned out the way I envisioned it! I didn't think about the brad mechanism part, but overall I'm happy! 

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