Saturday, April 18, 2015

Retro Sketches | Challenge #161

Happy Saturday, friends! Today I have a card for this week's Retro Sketches challenge

I pulled out my April Gossamer Blue kits for my card. The I Am collection from Simple Stories has so many great elements... chipboard, enamel dots, and interactive elements. I used the chipboard banner for my card, along with the 6x6 paper pad and a stamp from Elle's Studios. 

I hope you can play along with us this week! You can see this week's sketch, and a few more examples, on the Retro Sketches blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gossamer Blue | April Projects

Wow... I can't believe it's been a month since I've posted here. I've had a lot of changes in my life over the past seven weeks. My husband and I are divorcing and the kids and I have moved into a new house... this spring has been a blur! We are all trying to find a new routine, and for me that means getting back into my office and creating again. It's been a slow start, but I'm getting there.

The April Gossamer Blue kits are amazing (no surprise there!), and I loved working with them! I am especially drawn to the Simple Stories I Am collection... all those beautiful colors! 

The paper I used for the background of this card is my favorite pattern from the April kits. I love the unique flowers and light blue background.

Another strip of that beautiful paper, and a few chipboard/sequin/enamel dot embellishments. 

I used one of the Life Pages 3x4 cards for my next project. I used double sided tape to add glitter to the top left and bottom right corners, then die cut the "thanks" from light green paper and adhered it to my card.

The feathers! I love the chipboard feathers from the I Am collection, and I used a "thankful" sticker on top of a trio of feathers. One gold heart accent and a scalloped border is all this card needed. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Gossamer Blue | March Inspiration Blog Hop

Good morning! We are halfway through March (I can't believe it!) and today is the Gossamer Blue Inspiration blog hop! The March kits are full of awesome products from Pinkfresh Studios, Pink Paislee, and My Mind's Eye. 

The 4x4 inch Bella Rouge Journaling Cards by Pink Paislee are great for Life Pages, but they also work for cards. I used a 4.25x4.25 inch card base, adhered the journaling card on top, then added embellishments. It's a little hard to see in the picture, but I used my Wink of Stella pen on the butterfly for a little shine.

I hope you are enjoying your March Gossamer Blue kits! Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration:

Paper Smooches Sparks | Anything Goes Challenge

Good morning! I have a card to share for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challege. I used a couple of my current favorite stamp sets for this card: Lovely Thoughts and Uplifters

I used pigment inks to stamp the various pieces of the flowers and leaves. I started with the outlines, in darker colors, then filled in with lighter shades. The sentiment, from Uplifters, was stamped in Archival Black Ink. I added a few enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.

I hope you can join us this week! Make sure to check out the rest of the design team to see their creations:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Paper Smooches Sparks | Designer Drafts Challenge

Good morning! This week's Paper Smooches Sparks challenge is Designer Drafts... a super cute sketch challenge! Here's the sketch:

This sketch is very versatile and can be used horizontally or vertically. I created a horizontal card using the new Ahoy Me Hearty stamp set... and oh my goodness is it a cute set. I used a combination of Spectrum Noir and Copic markers to color in the parrot. 

My only issue with my card is I didn't get a great impression with my Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I use this ink with Copic markers, but maybe it's time to try a different ink. If you guys have suggestions I would love to hear them!

Make sure to check out the rest of the design team for more inspiration! 

Retro Sketches | Challenge #154

Hello there! This week's Retro Sketches challenge is fun because it features a square card. I don't usually create square cards so these cards are always a challenge for me. 


I pulled out one of my new Studio Calico stamp sets, Sending you Sunshine, and used several of the flowers and the sentiment for my card. The cute little orange paper clip was die cut from a We Are Memory Keepers die set that I purchased a couple of months ago, and I tied some orange and white twine from Papertrey Ink. 

The font used in this stamp set is unique and super cute. I usually prefer clean and graphic fonts, but this one I don't mind. It isn't too "scripty" or hand drawn looking... and I like how bold the font is compared to the delicate flowers.

I hope you can play along with us this week! Check back in a bit for next week's Paper Smooches Sparks challenge inspiration.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch | Challenge #110

Hello there! I'm a little late posting this (I think the deadline is tomorrow), but I wanted to share a card I created for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

Here's the sketch:

I went super CAS for this card. Not a lot of product, but the pops of color work nicely against the white background. I used an angled strip of Papertrey Ink's Hibiscus Burst patterned paper at the bottom, then added a Simple Stories I Am chipboard frame on top. The "happy birthday" sentiment is from the February Studio Calico card kit (Cirque), and the "Oh Happy Day" badge is from Freckled Fawn (I think). I also trimmed the card down to 4x5.5 inches, instead of the standard 4.25x5.5 inches. 

The hot pink, black, and white with just a little bit of aqua and yellow is such a fun color combo. 

That's it from me tonight. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Retro Sketches | Challenge #153

Happy Valentine's Day! I have a pretty pink card to share today for this week's Retro Sketches challenge

I love this wood veneer flower from Studio Calico, and it has the perfect sized opening for this circle sentiment sticker. I used one of my Memento Luxe black ink pads to recolor the wood piece. I added a few pink and gray enamel dots from the Simple Stories DIY collection.

I hope you can play along with us this week! Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pre-School | Traditional Layout

Hello crafty friends! I hope everyone is having a good week. 

I spent a few hours at my friend Anna's house last week, working on a layout and chatting with her adorable two year old son, Douglas. Anna worked on a few project life spreads, and I pulled out this picture of Evan to create a page about the pre-school he attended in Ohio. I can't believe how little he is! Sweet blue eyes and a genuine smile. I'm not getting this smile nearly enough these days... smiling for the camera is no longer "cool". Sigh. Darn kids keep growing up. 

Here's the full layout. I used a variety of products from older Studio Calico kits, mixing and matching products from main kits, project life kits, and add-ons. The die cut stars are fun because they were cut from watercolor paper and originally white. I used the ink from a light blue dye ink pad and a water brush to color them in. 

The "hello love" is printed on some Studio Calico paper. The full sheet has clouds printed on it, plus cute little phrases in a few places. I adhere my photo to the paper, directly under the "hello love" sentiment, then trimmed it with my paper trimmer.

The "believe in yourself" sticker is from the the January AE Story kit. I still need to sketch out a few layouts to coordinate with this kit, and get to work!, before the February kit ships on the 15th. The December kit, Firsts, was so much fun to work with and I have three complete projects done with that kit. Hopefully I will get those projects photographed and uploaded later this week.

During 2010-2012 I mostly created cards, not layouts, and it's been fun to go back and scrapbook photos from those few years. The boys are in completely different stages now and while I miss my little ones, their current ages have been wonderful. 

Also, I have a card up on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog today! Hop over there to see the full card.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Retro Sketches | Challenge #152

Hey there! I have a card for this week's Retro Sketches challenge. I used the new Studio Calico card kit, Cirque, with a few pieces from the Main Kit. Here's the sketch I'm working with:

This card came together very quickly because of the stamp set & super cute embellishments. I love all the pink! I used Papertrey Ink's Blueberry Sky and Spring Rain for the clouds, and Raspberry Fizz for the top of the balloon. The hearts are from the Cirque kits, and the enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye.

 I hope you can play along with us this week! Thanks for stopping by.
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