Monday, August 30, 2010

2 Sketches 4 - Bonus Sketch

Whew! It's been a crazy week and weekend! I'm finally home from a work trip and then a little stop in Atlanta for a couple of Braves game. I've been trying to catch up on laundry and grocery shopping! For this week's 2 Sketches 4 You it's my turn to do the bonus sketch. I hope you'll head over to 2 Sketches 4 You and try it out!

And here's my card using stamps from this week's sponsor, Paper Makeup Stamps.

*** Scroll down for my EBTKS post!


It's time for another EBTKS! Winter has come up with a great one for us...
This was actually harder for me because I really don't put anything in my hair. I did, very surprisingly, find this in one of my drawers.
I just took out that awesome huge bling to add to my ribbon!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Some Odd Girl!

They have some super cute trendy images. I choose to use their Tree.

So come check out the current challenge and what the other girls made for this challenge!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Laura

Today's a very exciting day! It's the fabulous Laura Davis' birthday. The 2 Sketches girls teamed up to do a little blog hop for Laura's big day.

Here's the card I came up with for Laura:

Stamps: Four of a Kind (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: White Craft (Stampin' Up), Poppy (Hero Arts), Yellow Cadmium (ColorBox), Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin' Up)

Come see what the other girls made! 

Happy Birthday again to Laura!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thank You Dandelion

Hey there! I'm off traveling this week for work, and this weekend my husband and some friends are meeting in Atlanta to go see the Braves. I've scheduled a couple of posts while I'm away. Today, I wanted to show you this modern colored card.

There is something about gray and orange that really make me think modern!
Stamps: (Framed Greetings) My Favorite Things, (You're Dandy, For the Love of Dots) Practicing Creativity 
Ink: (Basic Grey) Stampin' Up!, (Snow White Chalk) 
Hero Arts Die Cut: (Labels 4 Nestabilities) Spellbinders 
Cardstock: (Ash) Bazzil Basics, (True Black) Papertery Ink, (Persimmon) Coredinations, (Solar White) Neenah 
Sticker: (Home Front Stickers) Studio Calico 
Ribbon: (Black Twill) May Arts

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, August 23, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You #60

It's Monday and that means it's time for a new 2 Sketches 4 You challenge. Laura's got a great one cooked up for us this week:

I know you're certainly going to want this prize! It's a 2S4Y guest design team spot! So come play along.

I have been so eager to use my new Jennie Bowlin Family Tree 4x4 papers. I thought this sketch would be perfect for using several of the cute patterns.

Cardstock: Ivory (Gina K)
Patterned Paper: Family Tree (Jenni Bowlin)
Stamps: Chatterbox (Practicing Creativity)
Ink: Vintage Sepia (VersaFine)
Die Cut: Banner (My Favorite Things)

I so love those patterns and the sketch. So come play along with us over at 2 Sketches 4 You!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Seriously Love You

Hey there. Happy Saturday! I've got a super busy day ahead of me, but I wanted to pop over to show this little card I made.

It's a very simple card, but there's something nice about a simple card especially when you're using a massive bow.
Stamps: (Chatterbox) Practicing Creativity, (Lace Background) Hero Arts 
Ink: (Moulin Rouge) Palette, (Watermark) VersaMark 
Cardstock: (Solar White) Neenah, (Lipstick Red) Gina K 
Die Cut: (Mat Stack 2) Papertrey Ink 
Buttons: (Cream and White Mix) Papertrey Ink 
Ribbon: (Champagne) May Arts, (White Thread) Coats and Clark

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's Glitz Time

Is anyone else counting down the days until they can get their hands on the new Glitz collections? I know I am, but in the mean time I'm still having fun using Maya Collection and Vintage Find Whatnots.

For this first project I wanted to make a little treat container, and I had to use some pixie sticks (somehow I'm the only one that has never out-grown pixie sticks).

You Make My Heart Sing
Sticker: (Maya Titles Cardstock Sticker) Glitz
Patterned Paper: (Maya Polka) Glitz

For my next project I wanted to use one of the Vintage Find Whatnots with a dyed doily. I love this Distressed Couture patterned paper for card making. The scale of the design works so well on cards.

Patterned Paper:  Distressed Couture Glitz
Dye Ink: Honey Dew Glimmer Mist

Monday, August 16, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You #59

It's 2 Sketches time! Kazan has whipped up an awesome little sketch for us this week.
This week's sponsor is AI Factory. I got to use this image of a caterpillar from Hang in There. One thing I'm already loving about being on the 2 Sketches team, is practicing my coloring skills (or lack there of). It really is so relaxing.

One tip on printing digital stamps. I have a stack of 4x6 cardstock cut and ready to put in my photo printer slot. I like the fact that I don't have to waist a whole sheet of paper when I just need a quarter (or smaller) section of it.

Here's what I came up with!
I used my white chalk ink to stamp my large dots from For the Love of Dots. Unfortunately it did not cover as well as I would have like. It seems that craft ink works a lot better on cork.

Stamps: For the Love of Dots Practicing Creativity, Hang in There AI Factory
Ink: White Chalk Hero Arts
Cardstock: Lemon Tart Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: Parrot Green Twill May Arts
Patterned Paper: Cork Quikutz, Dotty Biscotti Papertrey Ink
Buttons: Lemon Tart Papertrey Ink
Punch: Double Embossed Lace EK Success
Copic Markers: G24, G17, E09, YG03

Sunday, August 15, 2010

EBTKS Challenge 21

It's time for another EBTKS challenge! Kelly has a great inspiration for us this week:
Who knew you could get inspiration while washing your clothes! EBTKS is all about find inspiration in our everyday lives. Here's this challenge's sketch:
I wasn't exactly sure where this sketch was going to take me, but I'm very satisfied with the result. However, it was certainly a journey and if you watch the video below you'll kind of see that what I think I'm going to end up with isn't always what happens.
At some point during the creative process I realized this card might make an interesting video (or maybe not, but I made one).

Or you can watch it at YouTube here.

The idea of the flowers comes completely from my buddy Shemaine at Love My Tapes! You can see her video here. Speaking of Love My Tapes, we are currently out of our Fabric Tapes in the Practicing Creativity store, but there are more on their way very soon! But don't worry, this week's sponsor is Love My Tapes!

This week's winner will win a 4 pack of their super strong adhesive (seriously this stuff will hold microbeads), 1 roll of fabric tape, and 1 sheet of fabric paper!

And I know you are going to want to go check out what the other girls made with Kelly's fab sketch! Come play along with us at EBTKS!

Stamps: For the Love of Dots, Chatterbox Practicing Creativity Designs
Ink: Vintage Sepia VersaFine
Cardstock: Kraft Stampin' Up, Vintage Cream Gina K
Patterned Paper: Dark Chocolate Bitty Box Basic Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: Ivory Twill May Arts, Chocolate Twine Green Shabby Door
Fabric Tape: Lemon Gingham, Light Brown Stripe
Die Cut: Large Circle Nestability (Spellbinders)
Buttons: Brown Vintage Button Jenni Bowlin, Cream and White Mix Papertrey Ink

Thursday, August 12, 2010

CARDS Magazine Publications

Anyone else glad it's Thursday? For some reason Thursday always makes me think about my friend Lindsay. We used to work together, and our office space didn't have offices rather everyone was in the large room (there were about 8 of us). It's sounds weird, but it was a super cool office. Anyways, Lindsay would always say Thursday was her favorite day of the week, because Friday was obviously a great day, she'd rather focus on making Thursday her official "favorite" day of the week. I've decided today, that Thursday is going to be my favorite day this week (it doesn't really have much competition so far this week)!

Today I wanted to show you some of my CARDS magazine publications from June and July. This card is the first card I got published using a Practicing Creativity set! I used Key to My Heart on this card, and I still really love this card. It was first published on my blog during the Key to My Heart release.
I remember how much I loved creating patterns with Key to my heart and these patterned papers.

The next card is in the July issue of CARDS. I used the American Crafts Abode collection.
I wish you could see it in person to see all the dimension the little houses I cut out have!

You can check out CARDS magazine here! They are always great to work with.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fabric Tape Tutorial

Happy Tuesday! I got several questions about our new fabric tape in the store. So I made a quick tutorial on just one way to use it. There are really so many other ways. I saw some beautiful flowers made with fabric tape at CHA as well.

You can also view it on YouTube here.

Here's the card I used for the video.

Stamps: The Whole Cycle, Chatterbox (Practicing Creativity)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Cardstock: Sweet Corn (Gina K), Solar White (Neenah)
 Patterned Paper: Holiday (Studio Calico)
Fabric Tape: Lemon Gingham (Love My Tapes)

1. Make card from cardstock.
2. Cut patterned paper slightly smaller and adhere.
3. Stamp bike, basket and flowers. Color bike and flowers.
4. Paper piece basket.
5. Stamp sentiment. Adhere piece.
6. Adhere fabric tape, making three ruffles, sew along fabric tape.

 I know two straight days with Copics... weird.

Monday, August 9, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You #59

It's time for another fabulous sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You! It's so fun to see what each week is going to deliver. This week's sponsor is Character Cafe.

I do have to admit a little problem I have. Since we got Maddie (our super cute Yorkie), I'm kind of addicted to anything dog related. The main problem is I usually don't use the dog related supplies. But it's just so stinking cute. So this week when there was an option of a dog digital stamp, of course I had to choose it!

Here's this week's sketch by Laura:
And here's my super cute doggie. And you all know my lack of skills with Copics, but I really enjoy the actual therapy of just coloring.

Come check out what the other Design Team Member made and come play along, here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Store Update

Just a quick post to let you know that we are currently sold out of Chatterbox, but we've already got more coming!

Also, I've gotten several questions about the fabric tape we are carrying. I'm planning to make a quick video this weekend so you can see it in action! In the mean time here are two cards I've made using it: here and here.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Introducting The Whole Cycle and Chatterbox

Price: $12.99

Prize: $12.99

 Also, don't forget about our other new products!

Fabric Tape
Prize $6
Materials to create your own crinkle ribbon!

Thank you all for your support!