Tuesday, October 18, 2011

TESC148 Sketch Challenge & PDCC103

This is my card for the Taylored Expressions #148 Sketch Challenge and the Play Date Cafe 103 Color Challenge:

I will post details for this card later.

deconstructing jen Sketch Challenge No. 23

This is my submission for the DS23 Challenge:

I will post details for this card and for the last card later.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thanks a Latte

My Aunt sent my mom and me some really cool supplies for us to use, and she gave me some of her sewing, quilting, and jewelry-making books that she didn't need anymore. It's also my birthday tomorrow(making today an Unbirthday!) and she sent me another beautiful birthday card-I haven't opened it yet but all of her cards are beautiful! ^w^ So in an effort to be on time for my 'thank yous' this year, I finished making a thank you card for her a few days ago.

One of the sketch challenges I'm entering is the Viva La Verve October Sketch Challenge using this sketch here. I decided to use the sketch in it's original form.

I had a very hard time on this card. The difficulty level was not hard, and I knew what I wanted to do with this sketch in a general sense; however, picking paper was not fun. Eventually I settled on some Basille cardstock, Glitz paper, and some brown polka dot paper from my stash. I used a scrap of Glitz paper on the right panel; for the left panel I cut a brown piece, a piece of Basille cardstock to fit inside, and then another brown piece of paper in a square. On the cream cardstock on the sentiment I stamped a Hero Arts polka dot stamp in Vintage Photo(Ranger Tim Holtz); daubed it in Vintage Photo; then I stamped my sentiment. On the square I used Perfect Pearls in Perfect Bronze on the edges to make it shine. I used a Spellbinders circle die cut, and on it I stamped the steam with Perfect Medium using Perfect Bronze again. For the cup I stamped the image on a separate paper in Aged Mahogany, then I popped it up using a 3D sticker.

I knew I was going to use the "Delightful & Delicious" Verve stamps all along(I always pick out my stamps first) so that wasn't a problem. I was going to use the bigger cup on the circle, but because of the stripe pattern on the right panel, the big cup showed up the best. After I was further into the making of this card, I got the idea to use Perfect Pearls in Perfect Red to make the big cup stand out against the patterned paper.

As for the tabs, I daubed them in Aged Mahogany aged inked the edges. Then I stamped 'Coffee' on them in Tuxedo Memento Ink.

I'm proud of my card. :) I think it turned out well!


Sunday, October 2, 2011


Well, I've had some trouble designing my blog-as you can see-but I decided that I couldn't let that hold me back any longer, so yesterday I started a card. Taylor Van Bruggen's blog, Taylored Expressions, hosts a Sketch Challenge one time a month. This months sketch here is an interesting sketch, and since this is the month of Halloween I decided to do a Halloween themed card for the challenge. I will enter a total of four cards for this challenge, rotating the sketch each time 'till I have made a card in every possible way. The prize is worth more if you use Taylor's stamps, soooooo I used this little Halloween stamp set Frightful Night to make a card that was spooky yet cute.

The crackle effect makes it look old, the stickles make the windows look like there's  a light behind them, and the ghost(whose main purpose is to be cute ^w^) signifies that this is a "haunted" house

Smooch Spritz makes it sparkle

The black Smooch looks like the sky and the combination of Smooch and Stickles give life to this Harvest Moon

Ribbon was formed in the shape of a "bat"

This card was not one that made me want to pull my hair out from mistakes(I made little to no mistakes on this card); however, I put more detail into this one than I have in my previous cards. Orange, Green, and Black are traditional Halloween colors and all of the DP's I used came from a Halloween themed paper pack. I deviated from the sketch in two ways: on each of the two panels of paper I cut another strip to fit inside the first one and popped it up using 3D squares, and I placed the bigger circle more to the right.

Dimension was was the central idea for this card. The two strips of paper, the clouds, the big circle, and the tree are all on 3D squares; the moon, the star, the windows, and the chimney is Stickled; the black part of the house was covered in Crackle accents by Ranger in order to give it that "haunted house" look; the small circle, the moon, the star, and the entire house and door was colored with Smooch from the tube and the tree was sprayed with Smooch from the bottle. The reason I used Smooch instead of Copics was to give it that slight sparkle and shine. Instead I used Copics to outline the clouds in light gray and for the grass.

Stamps: Taylored Expressions Frightful Night stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo, StazOn Metallic Silver
Paper: the Paper Studio Jeepers Creepers pack
Dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles, Curved Rectangles
Stickles: Star Dust, Diamond, Black Diamond
Smooch: Tuxedo, Olive Twist, Sundance, and Smooch Spritz in white

This was an interesting sketch and I had a lot of fun making this card!