Nov 182015

Thank You CardYou are so kind Card Sketch is designed for the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.

The background for the large butterfly is triple-stamped and then cut out with the large butterfly framelit.  The Pacific Point front of the butterfly is cut with the large butterfly thinlit and then layered over the background.  I added the rhinestones for the body, but I am missing the antennae.

I made the card a week or so ago and just found the tiny antennae stamp on my floor just a few days ago.  I found it while I was looking for another small photopolymer stamp that had gone missing.

The question is:  How do you keep track of those tiny stamps, especially the photopolymer stamps that are so nice and clear?  I am trying to train myself to immediately clean my photopolymer stamps to avoid as much staining as possible, but I don’t always put them away until later.  That has led to missing images on more than one occasion.  More training is needed because these older eyes have a really hard time finding things that fall to the floor.  My worse fear is that they will end up in the trash.  Any suggestions for me?

OK – so clean immediately and then store back in the case immediately.  That seems such a simple answer, but when I’m on a roll with creating, I hate to stop for such mundane things.  C’est la vie.

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Nov 042015

Friendship Card ILCS53Friendship is the SPICE of life Friendship Card is my interpretation of the i Love Card Sketches sketch this week.

I know it is not exactly a winter card, but I needed a break from holiday themed projects.  This card can still express your appreciate of a friend even this time of year.

The stamped images are all fussy cut and added to the brick wall with dimensionals.  Usually when I color an embossing folder I don’t want the overinking, but for the bricks, it works great.

As I am typing this up, I see an opportunity to add a little bling.  Maybe I should add a rhinestone in the middle of the heart flower.

If you like today’s card sketch, you can go over to i Love Card Sketches and take a look at other examples.

See the supply list below for today’s Friendship Card.

Oct 142015

Butterflies & FlowersButterflies & Flowers is an all occasion card designed for i Love Card Sketches.  I am going to use this as a get well card for a dear friend who recently fell and broke her leg.

The card style is a modified gate fold.  I decided to leave just 1 1/4″ gate on the left side and let it overlap the larger 3 1/2″ gate on the right side.  This provides an inside center panel for a stamped greeting and a right panel to write a little bit longer note.

I love making flowers with the coordinating stamps and framelits.  It makes it so easy and there is no end to the possibilities you can create.  Add a brick wall background for the flowers and add fluttering butterflies to complete the picture.  I am hoping this will add a little color and cheer as my friend convalesces.

iLCS50WOW!  This week marks our 50th card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  We’re so excited!  So, we decided to have a contest.  Everyone who submits a card using this week’s 50th sketch will be entered into a drawing.  On Sunday, October 18th we will randomly draw for one winner.  The winner will receive a three-month subscription to Papercrafts Toolbox.  Be sure to submit your e-mail address when submitting your project so we can contact you if you’re the winner.  And you can enter as many times as you’d like!  If you are already a member at Papercrafts Toolbox, not to worry, we’ve got you covered!

Take a look at another card by Linda Campbell that uses this same sketch.

To get a peek at more creations using this card sketch or to upload your entry, visit i Love Card Sketches.

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Sep 212015

All Occasional CardGo Team is designed for a card sketch challenge.  It could be used as an encouragement card, get well card, just because card or even a birthday card.  You can switch up the color scheme to match the recipient’s team colors.  It is football season again and anyone who follows the sport would appreciate this card.  I know two of my grandsons will be getting one in orange and black for the Oregon State Beavers.

The card is relatively quick & easy to create and assemble.  Punch or cut the circles, add a little texture to the background and a sentiment and you are finished.

Sometimes it is hard to find a stamp set for teens or males.  With the Simply Sports stamp set, it is easy to switch out the sport theme, choose their favorite team colors and you are well on your way to letting a special young adult know you care.

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Sep 162015

Thinking of YouToday’s Thinking of You card is a monochromatic color scheme.  The card is designed for the card sketch challenge at i Love Card Sketches.

This print pattern of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper goes well with the new Curvy Corner Trio punch.  Once the corners are punched you can still see the pattern and it looks a bit like lace.

Just a word about the new Curvy Corner Trio punch – the punch includes three corners:  the one you see here, a scalloped corner and a slot.  Yeah, a slot punch for ribbon!

This style bow and ribbon add a little more formal elegance.  It shows just a touch of the Basic Gray card stock behind the ribbon.iLCS46

I used one of the smaller framelits from the Lots of Labels set to cut the Basic Gray mat and used the small framelit with a piece of card stock that is slightly smaller in width than the framelit and cut the Very Vanilla layer.  First on one end and then the other.  If you use the next size larger for the Basic Gray mat, the mat layer looks too large.

Give today’s card sketch a try.  Visit i Love Card Sketches to see other examples and to upload your creation.  I would love to see your creations.

Sep 142015

Thinking of YouToday’s Special Work of Art card is created for a card sketch challenge.  When you start with a card sketch it really gives you a head start on creating your cards.  The next challenge in the creating process is to choose colors.

I have been collecting color palettes for awhile from Pinterest.   You can see my collection HERE.  Finally I decided to take a look and choose a set of colors, match them as closely as possible to Stampin’ Up! colors, and use that to create my card today.  The colors are quite a bit brighter and not the subtle tones.  I think the colors on my card still look good together, but it did not achieve the effect I wanted.

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What do you think?  What changes would you make to the composition of this card?  Please leave a comment below.

Sep 092015

iLCS45 card_lgThis All Occasions Blossoms card is designed for the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.

The blossoms are created with the Birthday Blossoms stamp set and colored with markers, blender pen and white gel pen.  It is so much fun to color with markers.  It takes a little more time than just stamping, but the results are worth it.

The background for the flowers is a brick wall dry embossed and then sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

I added a bit of the Fine-tip Glue Pen to the center of the flowers and just a tiny bit of glitter.  It was very satisfying to hear my husband say “Wow” when I showed the finished card to him.

Try coloring with markers.  Actually I think it is therapeutic.  You can order your markers today at my Online Store.

If you would like to share your own creations using this sketch go to i Love Card Sketches.iLCS45

Sep 072015

Special day cardBright, vivid colors are used for today’s “happy day” card.  I created this for a card sketch challenge.

The color combination comes from the Bohemian Designer Series Paper.  The color scheme is a little outside my usual comfort zone, but I was determined to try some of these patterns and colors.  I think the Very Vanilla borders and center keep the colors toned down a bit.

The card can be used for any special day and definitely can be used for a masculine card.  Just an appropriate sentiment to the blank inside and the card is ready to go.  I like to have several of these types of cards on hand so I can grab one and finished the inside.  In minutes the card is on its way.

How do you like the colors and patterns today?  Thank you for checking my blog and please leave a comment.

Aug 312015

get wellHow Are You?  Today’s tall & skinny get well card can also be used for just keeping in touch.  I had it in mind for a get well card, but the inside is blank and would make a perfect note card for male or female.

The tall & skinny style card fits into a common #6 3/4 envelope.  This card measures 3 1/2″ X 6″ giving you a little extra height.

The only stamping on the card is for the three small hexagons down the center.  The tiny hexagons are cut from Very Vanilla using the Hexagon Hive Thinlits.  I just cut a few of the hexagons and stamped them.  The Hello Honey layers are punched out.  And, the background layer of Crumb Cake is run through the Honeycomb embossing folder.

Once the elements for the card are created they are easy to assemble with glue and dimensionals.

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