Nov 112015

Birthday CardHappy Birthday Balloon Card Sketch is designed for the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.

This fun birthday card  is for one of my grandchildren.  When everyone is gearing up for the holidays, I am neck deep in family birthdays.  I love creating a variety of birthday cards this time of year for adults, children, male and female.

The sketch this week cried out to me for a balloon celebration.  You can create balloons is a variety of sizes with the the Circle Collection of framelits.  I used the 3/4″ circle punch for the small balloons because it was handy, but you can just as easily use the smaller circle framelits.

The primary colors are perfect for a children’s card.

For more examples of the card sketch, visit i Love Card Sketches.ILCS54-001

Check below for the supply list for today’s Happy Birthday Balloon Card.

Oct 282015

birthday cardinside birthday cardButterfly Birthday card is designed for the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

The front butterflies are embossed with black embossing powder and then colored with markers and punched out.  When attached with dimensionals it gives them more of a feeling of flight.  The inside butterfly is stamped with Basic Black but not embossed.  Notice the difference between the two.

A bit more texture is added with the dotted embossed background on the Mint Macaron card stock.

ILCS52This is the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.

It is so much fun to design using the sketches each week.  Come join use at i Love Card Sketches.  We would love to see you participate by uploading your own creations using the sketches each week.

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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 302015

juvenile birthday cardSea Street Birthday Card is designed for the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches this week.

I love the Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper.  It has a good variety of designs that can be used for different types of cards.  The bold stripes today coupled with the Sea Street stamp set gives this card a youthful/playful theme.  The colors in the stripes are picked up in the different ink and mat colors.

The friendly octopus is stamped first and then masked before adding the fish and starfish.  The birthday sentiment is also masked before adding the anchors.

You can see other cards using this card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  We offer a new card sketch every week on Wednesday.  You can also upload and share your creations using the sketch.  I look forward to seeing your creations.iLCS48



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.

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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Aug 192015

iLCS42 cardBlooming Birthday Card Sketch is an example of crafting with some scraps.  The card is designed for the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

The idea started with a scrap of dryer sheet that I used to help release another project card stock from the thinlit.  Rather than throw it away, I set it aside and kept thinking on what I should do with it.

The background sponging was an experiment in using the Ombre technique.  I had sponged the colors onto Sahara Sand card stock.  The two separate scrap pieces were sitting on my desk just waiting to be used.  I put them together with a bit of 2-Way glue and then it sat a bit longer waiting.

Today’s card sketch presented an opportunity to use my previous experiments.

The flowers are cut from White Filter paper which matches the dryer sheet fairly well.  The sentiment is also stamped on White Filter paper and layered over So Saffron card stock.

Sometimes my experiments go in the garbage, but I rather like the way this one turned out.

To see more ideas with today’s sketch, go to i Love Card Sketches.ILCS42

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Aug 142015

Christmas cardToday’s home for Christmas card is a sneak peek at one of the new stamp set and edgelit bundles that will be available in the Stampin’ Up! HOLIDAY catalog which will publish on September 1st.  The card is made using the Sleigh Ride edgelits and Jingle All the Way stamp set.

I am so excited for you to see the whole catalog.  You will fall in love with everything.  Stampin’ Up! has 17 different bundles available to save you money.  For example, when you purchase the Jingle All the Way stamp set and and the Sleigh Ride edgelits at the same time, you will save 15% off the price of  purchasing each one separately.  Not only are the bundles thrifty, they are gorgeous.  You will not be disappointed.

Now that I have you eager to see the HOLIDAY catalog, just a reminder — You don’t have to wait for the HOLIDAY catalog.  There are some beautiful holiday stamp sets, framelits and papers in the current annual catalog to get started right away.

Every Friday for the next couple of months I will be posting holiday projects.  It is not too early to start your holiday planning.  I know.  I know.  Summer is not even over and I’m talking about Christmas.  But crafting takes time.

So, pick up your lemonade and soak up some sun while you can.  On September 1 we will all be looking at the terrific new HOLIDAY Catalog and placing our orders as fast as we can because then there will be only 115 days until Christmas morning!

Stampin' Up! Holiday CatalogRemember!  I will be posting every Friday.  “Like” Paper Crafts Obsession on Facebook so you will get notifications of each holiday project posting.

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Aug 012015

iLSC39 Linda 1_medHere is Linda’s interpretation of the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

She has used Sahara Sand for the card base and Very Vanilla and Basic Grey for the accent squares.  She added a little Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper on the left and set it off with Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon.

You cannot leave off the bling.  Just a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the butterfly wings doesn’t show up in the photo, but is just right in person.

To get a peek at more creations using this card sketch visit i Love Card Sketches.