Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Cards and Tags: SOUS February 20th Card Challenge

Well kids, it's time for another fantastic card challenge from SOUS (Stuck On U Sketches)!  Have you checked out the SOUS blog yet??  I'm telling you-- I'm a believer!  I never used card sketches much until I discovered their blog.  Now I always look forward to their card sketches and love to "fill in the blanks," as it were.  So here's the card I created....

....from Leah Schaeffer's sketch (she's awesome, by the way):

For my card, I used paper from Recollections and Pink Paislee.  I also threw in a Prima flower (cause you know by now that's just how I roll) and a bottle cap from The Paper Studio.

The cool thing about the bottle cap is that it's pre-flattened.  Not that I don't enjoy getting out my aggression by smashing a bottle cap every now and again, but I thought these were kind of a nifty variation.

I've included a dimensional shot so you can see how nice and flat the bottle caps are:

All of the text on this card was cut out from printed pages and of course, I had to finish it off with polka dots.

Thanks again to the ladies who run the SOUS blog and for my fellow Design Team members.  They're always inspiring!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My Cards and Tags: SOUS February 6th Card Challenge

Ahhh February!  Love is in the air, but I must say that it's easy for this holiday to be a little heavy on the romantic cheese.  I absolutely adore the soft shabby chic look, but for this particular "romantic" card, I wanted to try and make it look...grungy-ish instead of lovely-dovey just to mix it up a bit.  So here is the card I came up with:

My card was based on this fine sketch from the ever-talented Leah Schaeffer:

For my card, I used paper from Tim Holtz, My Mind's Eye, Basic Grey and the Paper Studio.  The clock image is also from Tim Holtz (I cut it out of a piece of clock-patterned paper).  The flowers are from Prima and the adorable little heart clip is from Recollections.

To finish it off, I stamped the "any time / anywhere" sentiment with alphabet letter stamps from EK Success and Studio G.  I'm always fond of alphabet stamps because you have the freedom to spell out whatever you want.

This was a fun sketch to work with and I enjoyed exploring sort of a new "look" for a romantic-themed card.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My Cards and Tags: True Love

So I whipped out my Valentine's decor the other day and it was looking a little...sparse.  I wanted something new to put on the entryway table, so I decided to make a Valentine's card, then frame it!  (Picture a triumphant "Duhn-duhn-duhn-duuuuuhn" sound right now)!  I know- the idea of framing a card is not rocket science, but for some reason, I've never done it before.  So may I proudly present my framed Valentine's card:  

For this piece, I used a lot of supplies from the Love Note collection by Fancy Pants Designs.  LOVE what they come up with!  The background paper is from that collection, and then I shot a spritz of "pretty pink" color mist on it (Mister Huey's brand).

I used a Chevron stripe sticker (also from Fancy Pants) and layered two pieces of fabric on top of it.  I punched a heart out of some pink corrugated paper (yep-- Fancy Pants again) and stuck it behind my sentiment.

To embellish, I added a mini pink binder clip and attached a Fancy Pants "true love" sentiment sticker.

Wah-la!  Done!  And I must say, framing my first card was rather satisfying.  I decorate my craft space with my own artwork and projects all the time, but this framed card is the first piece of my artwork that's oozed into the main living area of the house.  Kind of a cool little milestone!

And hey- you know what February means, right?  It means we are only ONE month away from the Scrapbook USA Expo!!!  Yipppeeee!  Don't forget to mark your calendars, pack your bags, or do whatever else needs to be done to be ready for the Expo that will happen on March 22nd and 23rd in Utah!  It will be epic, as always, and Fancy Pants (along with so many other inspiring brands) will have their wares up for grabs.  Check out the Scrapbook USA Expo website for all you need to know to take part in this crafty extravaganza.

Friday, February 1, 2013

My Cards and Tags: Stuck On U Sketches 100th Sketch Blog Hop

Welcome, welcome to the SOUS 100th Sketch Blog Hop!  How fun is it to see all the projects these talented ladies came up with based on the same sketch??  If you made it here, you've come from Annette's blog and I am the last on the list!  If you stumbled here randomly and don't know what in the heck I'm talking about, then head to the  Stuck on U Sketches blog to start off right!

Without further ado, here is my card:

My card was based on this sketch, which I admittedly took a few liberties on.

For starters, I decided to scoot the rectangles over to the side so that they overlapped instead of being spread out (what can I say?  I was having space issues!)

I also brought in some fabric and used a pastel palette to give it that romantic vibe.

As for materials, the stick pins are from Maya Road, the paper is from Kaisercraft and Prima and the lace flowers are from Recollections.  The sentiment is actually from a piece of fabric that had a bunch of text sayings on it.  I cut it out and added it to the card.  I finished everything off with a little Tim Holtz distress ink.

All in all, what a great blog hop it's been!  Congrats to Stuck on U Sketches for 100 fantastic and inspiring sketches!  

Now that you're done, make sure you go back to the SOUS blog and leave a comment that you've finished the hop!