Saturday, December 18, 2010

Unscripted 86 & a piggyback

Time for another sketch challenge. This one comes with a piggyback challenge. A piggyback challenge is an extra task you can add to the sketch. This time our piggyback challenge was to create the sketch without using patterned paper. Oh no! Say it isn't SO! I love my patterned paper. It is almost an addiction. But I did the best I could and created these 2 little cards. Both were ideas I had been kicking around for quite some time. So this was a good time to go for it.

This card uses my PTI Star Prints set and a star punch. Quick and easy and makes for a nice bright card suitable for either a girl or a boy.

For this card I decided to use my PTI butterfly dies. One die is from Dawn McVey's signature series and the other is the die that matches Butterfly Dreams. These 2 butterflies layer quite nicely. The other thing I wanted to do was try my hand at creating some paper like Dawn's Sweet Symphony. (scroll down a teeny bit to see it) Now this is a perfect time for me to do this since the piggyback challenge was to NOT use patterned paper.

The sentiment I used was also from Dawn McVey's Signature Series:Dress Form. (Got to love that gal's creative juices - they flow and inspire me)

I really love how this turned out. I took WM's Sheet Music set and stamped it in PTI's Vintage Tea Dye Chai and then I took Memento Ink and stamped polka dots from PTI's Polka Dot Basics II over the top. LOVE, LOVE, love how this looks! Next I am going to try stamping the music over the top of some of my polka dot paper (but again no patterned paper for this particular challenge) but I will be sure to share here once I do.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Birthday Binders - sshhh no peeking

Christmas presents too! If you are a lady in my family turn around right now. Do not enter...

I made birthday binders for the ladies in my family for Christmas. What fun! I used almost exclusively products from Papertrey Ink. Supply list will follow...

These are the cards I am filling the binders with. Took me awhile to get them all done but I finally finished. I am thinking of making a couple more to have on hand for quick gifts and then fill with cards as I make them. But I do have a lot of other things I need to finish working on. I will post them if/when I finish.


stamp sets: (for the binders)Calendar Basics, Turning a New Leaf, Friends 'til the End, Vintage Labels, (for the cards) Mat Stack 1 Collection, Friends 'til the End, Turning a New Leaf, Everyday Treats, Friendship Jar Fillers, cupcake Collection, Star Prints, Signature Series: Dress Form, Big & Bold Wishes, Polka Dot Basics II, Birthday Bash Sentiments, Fillable Frames #4

(NON-PTI sets - Waltzingmouse Sheet Music and Text It)

DIES: Dress Form, Fillable Frames #9, Butterfly, Signature Series butterfly, Mat Stack #1, 3, 4, Just the Ticket border, Medium Scallop border, Victorian Lace border, Double Ended Banner and Limited labels. (also used a star punch)

INK: all PTI - ask if you want to know specific colors

EXTRAS: spellbinders ribbon die, PTI Kraft Binders and Birthday Calendar Pages, all cardstock is PTI and the patterned paper on the one binder is CTMH.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #85

Unscripted Sketches has another great sketch for us this week.

I have yet another card to share with you. This card is also going into the birthday binders I am making (6 of them). I struggled with this for a few moments. I knew I wanted to use my new dress form die from Papertrey Ink along with its matching stamp set. But I just wasn't sure how I wanted to portray the horizontal strip.

What I ended up doing is flipping the sketch. I used a Text It background stamp from Waltzingmouse for the main strip. Then I added bitty dot ribbon from PTI in Fresh Linen over the text. I used my PTI Mat Stack #4 die for the white frame on the front of the card. I used my dress form die on the new Happy spots paper and tied it with silk ribbon and that represents the vertical strip. The silk ribbon was white but I died it brown with my Copic marker and then tied it around the waist of the dress. I stamped the bottom of the dress form in Dark Chocolate ink. The sentiment is also from the new PTI stamp set designed by Dawn McVey called Signature Series: Dress Form. Love this little $5 set.

Hope you enjoy this addition to my christmas presents collection. Let me know when you play along.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #84

Welcome to this week's project for Unscripted Sketches.

I am making a set of cards to add to my birthday binders. This card just happens to be one of them. (hopefully, the recipients of these gifts aren't reading my crafty blog). I am finding inspiration in these sketches and using a sketch as a good opportunity to knock out a set of 6 (the number of binders I am attempting to get done for Christmas).

On this project I used all Papertrey Ink products unless otherwise noted. For this sketch I used patterned paper for the strips along the right side - they come from the Library Ledger and Distressed Dots papers. On the main layer I ran it through my cuttlebug with a PTI Impression Plate (diamonds). Love that look. I then used Mat stack #3 die to cut my Melon Berry cardstock. I stamped the flowers from Friendship Jar Fillers in Berry Sorbet, the sentiment is stamped in Dark Chocolate ink and comes from the Four of a Kind CHA set. I distressed the edges of this frame as well as the main layer with my Vintage Tea Dye Duos. Love the look this gives to a project. I also stamped the Friendship Jar flowers in Berry Sorbet onto the front of the envelope. Love how I can easily make things matchy-matchy.

Enjoy! Let me know if you decide to play along so I can check out your projects.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #83 - Birthday calendar binder

For this week's Unscripted Sketches I decided to make a Birthday Calendar binder. I used the sketch for the layout of the outside of the binder. I have been out of commission the last few weeks due to finally moving into our home and unpacking. I was also quite sick but am feeling better now. Anyway, I am making these binders as Christmas presents for the ladies in our family (hope none of them are peeking right now). I don't have any photos of the interiors yet but here is where I got the idea, supplies, etc
Nichole Heady's blog. You need to scroll down just a bit to see the actual binder pages. I ran out of time or I would have taken photos of the interior as well. I may edit this post later to add them.

Hard to see in the photo but I used PTI's Embellishments stamp set with Versamark on the Pure Poppy cardstock. IRL it looks pretty nice. I altered the sketch just a bit - instead of having my 3 circles below the base layer I pushed them up a bit. I used a Mat Stack # 4 as my center piece and stamped it with the images from PTI Calendar Basics. I also used PTI's Just the Ticket die for the Smokey Shadow side panel and stamped the interior with an image from the Embellishments sets.

This binder is pretty easy to put together once you get started. Now I have the hard work of making cards to put inside it. My plan is to do at least one card per month. Hopefully, I won't run out of time. I do need to get them wrapped and in the mail. Living in Germany has its perks but needing to get packages mailed early for Christmas is not one of them.

Enjoy the sketch and be sure to let me know if played along.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #80 and a Birthday card.

I used this week's Unscripted Sketch as the inspiration for my husband's birthday card. I think it turned out pretty good.

For the base of the card I used PTI Kraft cardstock and then used the new Distressed Dots and Turning a New Leaf designer papers for my 2 layers. Ripe Avocado cardstock was used with PTI's new Limitless Layers die to create the sunburst layer. The sentiment is from PTI Fillable Frames and the dragonfly is from Masculine Motifs. I added Rustic wood buttons tied with baker's twine as my embellishments. Except for my background text stamping - all products are from Papertrey Ink. The background text, however, is a new set from Waltzingmouse. Love it - it is called Text It! Amazing set with 5 fabulous fonts. The text is also long enough to go from end to end horizontally on a card without having to match up the ends. So easy peasy to get it lined up and on the cardstock.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #79

So here is our next challenge from Unscripted Sketches.

This time I made a glassine bag. This little bag is the perfect size for a cookie or two. A little treat to tell a friend that I am thinking of them. I turned the sketch on its side and used leaves instead of the square. On my next two projects I loosely interpreted the sketch. Couldn't come up with a good way to use the title area so I didn't - lol.

Sorry my posts have been so short lately. But we are still living in a hotel and our internet at night is so terribly slow I can't get anything done. So I create, photograph and post as fast as I can. Hopefully, once we get into our home (next week) and I get everything unpacked and in its spot I will be able to dedicate a little more time to more in depth posts.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #78

Our next sketch from Unscripted Sketches. I used this multi-layered beauty as an excuse to break into some patterned paper I have been hoarding. I love the unconventional colors used. I can't remember the name of the paper line but I do know that I used Waltzingmouse's new set Teeny Trees for the little tree and sentiment. Enjoy!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Unscripted Sketches and Breast Cancer Awareness BLOG HOP

I went ahead and took a photo of me in pink for my show of support. Pink is NOT my color. I actually do not own any clothing that is pink. I had to go to the local clothing store and try on a pink shirt. I then had my dh take a photo of me in it. I know it was cheating but what's a gal to do?

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness we at Unscripted are sponsoring a blog hop. A blog hop is simply a circle. You must start at the Unscripted Sketches website, and there you will be directed to the blog of one of our design team members. That DT member will direct you to another, and so forth. Once you have reached the blog of the last DT member, they will direct you back to the Unscripted Sketches website. There you must leave a comment, saying you have visited all the blogs, and a winner will be chosen from that pool of comments.

My take on the sketch was to make cup cozy. I thought it would be a fun way to decorate my cup of coffee. Or it would make a cute gift for that special friend! Think I will try this again but make the entire cozy out of felt. Can't wait to try it again.
And here is my lovely coffee cup all dressed up and ready to go. Cute don't ya think?

Now for your next stop on the blog hop please go to SarahKaye's and see what she has created for you today.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #76 - Music of fall

Here is our next sketch. This sketch was so easy to make into a tag. Took me no time at all. Weird how that works some times - easy to create vs. hours to create. So thankful though that it came together easily. The only thing I am disappointed in and may go back and fix is the glitter factor. I used my Spica glitter pen to outline the Mat Stack die cut and the circle die cut but it really isn't noticable in the photos. Might have to break out the glue pen and my glitter and just start sprinkling generously. lol Guess you could call me a glitter queen.

To create this beauty I used the following supplies:

Papertrey Ink: Dotty Biscotti and Autumn Abundance dp, Kraft & Rustic White cardstock, Everyday Treats and Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp sets, True Black and Vintage Tea Dye ink and rhinestones

Waltzingmouse: Musical backgrounds stamp set (love it)

MISC: Copic markers, shipping tag, wrinkled ribbon & SU! orange striped ribbon and SPICA glitter pen, twine tied around ribbon is some that I saved from a soap purchase I believe


Saturday, October 2, 2010

World Card Making Day & US #75

Today is World Card Making Day - a great way to validate my obsession, er, I mean my hobby. We at Unscripted Sketches wanted to celebrate with a great sketch. We would love for you to play along.

As you can see I used Papertrey Ink's Mat Stack #4 with Fillable Frames #4 dies instead of a circle. And instead of a ribbon/label across the front of the circle I chose to use Zva crystals. My card base is PTI Summer Sunrise with a layer of Fine Linen, a strip of Autumn Abundance decorative paper and the Mat Stack which I die cut out of Terra Cotta felt and mounted with Stamper's Select White. Now here is where I strayed from PTI and went with my NEW STAMPS from Waltzingmouse - love them! I stamped musical backgrounds with Versamark on the Fine Linen layer. Then using PTIs Dark Chocolate ink I stamped the trunks of the trees from WM Teeny Trees. I added the leaves using Summer Sunrise ink rolled in Terra Cotta. The bird is stamped in Scarlet Jewel with the sentiment being stamped in True Black. I just love how this turned out...

Other Challenges:

I think this also qualifies for the Pile it On Challenge of being cute AND charming. Don't you think?

And the Tuesday Taggers Here Comes Autumn challenge. Obviously with my colors this is an autumn inspired card - I am thinking of calling it the Music of Fall.

A Spoon full of Sugar spots and Stripes Challenge. I have the striped decorative Autumn Abundance paper along with my Zva crystals as spots.

Stamptacular Sunday Seasons Change challenge - fall colors & stamped

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fabby & CUTE!

Pile It On Challenge cute & charming.

Tuesday Taggers: Here comes Autumn Challenge.

Stamp Challenges: Somewith with fall colors challenge.

Bell Challenge: B themed - buttons...

Stampstacular Sunday: Seasons change - fall colors


Papertrey Ink: Fine Linen, Terra Cotta & Rustic Cream cardstock, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Terra Cotta, True Black, Scarlet Jewel & Tea Dye inks, Hawaiian Shores buttons, Fine Linen felt, Mat Stack dies #4 & #1 and Dark Chocolate Baker's twine.

Waltzingmouse: Teeny Trees stamp set

Other: October Afternoon Fly a Kite patterned paper, Spellbinders ribbon label die

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Life is Short: Read Fast...

For my next Unscripted Sketches challenge #74 we used this sketch.

I chose to rotate and elongate the sketch. I made a bookmark with my fabulous PTI Ocean tides wool felt. I cut the felt using my PTI Library Card die which cut like buttah by the way. Gorgeous! Using my ticket die and Just the Ticket stamp set I made the little border on the side - oh my, can I say I just love that ticket die? I also used All Booked Up stamp set for the sentiments and focal image. The deco paper is October Afternoon Thrift Store and was cut using PTI Mat Stack dies #1 & #4. Then with my fabulous Crop-a-dile I added the eyelets along the edge. I love how this turned out. I wanted the bookmark to be flat to preserve the integrity of any book it is placed in - but still have layers and cuteness. I topped it off with PTI Dark Chocolate grosgrain and Baker's Twine. The sentiments I chose are: Life is Short - Read Fast and As soon as I finish this chapter - which coincidentally is what I often hear from my boys...

My bookmark also works for the following challenges...

Shabby Tearoom Challenge - week 28 photo inspiration - colors and school - my colors were the brown, aqua and white/cream in the background and books & school go hand-in-hand in my opinion

The Pink Elephant - TPE 84 - use the color aqua, designer paper and embellishment of your choice - I used Ocean Tides as my aqua color, October Afternoon Thrift store papers for my designer paper and ribbon and eyelets for embellishments.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Time for a Treat

For this week's Unscripted Sketches challenge #73 we had a sketch plus a piggyback challenge to work with. Our piggyback challenge was to create something monochromatic with accents only of white/black. So I created this cute little treat box. I used Papertrey Ink's Favor It #1 die for the box. I die cut the box out of Ripe Avocado cardstock. The matching mat I die cut using PTI's Mat Stack die and Spring Moss bitty dot designer paper. Then using nesties I cut the black mat and out of yummy PTI wool felt I die cut the flowers (PTI beautiful blooms dies) and hand cut the leaves. Using a ruler and a black fine tipped sharpie I drew the lines and then placed a line of scortape in between the lines and glittered it up.

Forgive my lateness in posting my creation for the challenge. In the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, while we were upstairs sleeping, our home was broken in to. They stole my husband's wallet and 2 laptops. One of those laptops was mine and it had all of my photos for this week's challenge on it. To add insult to injury, we were in the process of being packed up for a move and the packers packed my camera battery charger in a box in a crate before they even packed up the rest of my craft room. When I went to turn my camera on for photos the battery was DEAD. However, thanks to a good samaritan at our local electronics store (military PX) I was able to bring my battery in and charge it in the store. So VOILA, now I can take photos and get my post ready... A lot of work and photos were lost with the stolen laptops, prayers for peace of mind are appreciated.

Now get out there and try this challenge for yourself. It is fun to stretch my mind with challenges like this and I hope you enjoy it too. Let me know what you think and if you decide to play along.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Unscripted Sketches # 72

I recently was added to the Unscripted Sketches Design Team. This is my first project - sketch #72. We have Sketch it Saturdays every week - please come and play with us. You can find us HERE.

This also qualifies for 365 Cards Challenge 193 which is about Tools and Techniques. Specifically Technique for adding color ~ I love using patterned paper to add color to my projects and Tools for adding dimension ~ I really love using foam dimensionals for lifting the project up off the base and using distress inks to add another extra bit.

I also participated in my PTI friend Aimes new challenge site - Case Study. Aimes was asked to be on the design team for this awesome challenge site. This week featured Mariana Grigsby and her project ~Case Study Challenge 5. The idea was to look at her project and let it inspire me. So from her beautiful card I took the pearls, the flowers, and the yummy bow.

supplies used:

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon
Ribbons: Papertrey Ink
Crystals: Zva Crystals
Ink: Papertrey Ink vintage tea dye duo

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall into Fall Papertrey Peeps Challenge #15

Recently it was my turn to host the Papertrey Peeps Challenge. I needed to come up with a challenge for us and I decided on FALL! I absolutely LOVE fall! The crispness in the air, the leaves turning color, the crunch of leaves on the ground, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, the promise of cooler weather, hot apple cider, soups and more. So, I asked my fellow peeps to use my picture as a inspiration - whether it was for the colors or for leaves. Anything that inspired them to think about Fall! Here is my contribution to the challenge...

I die cut the leaves and then stamped them with Plum Pudding, Orange Zest, Terra Cotta and Summer Sunrise. Just randomly applying the ink to the stamp to get a varigated color. I added the veins in Chocolate ink and then spritzed and misted with 3 or 4 different Tattered Angels glimmer mists. I stamped Fancy Flourishes in Vintage Cream ink on the Plum Pudding cardstock followed by BG Basics: Textstyle in Versamark. I added the sentiment in True Black to one of my leaves and then adhered them to the Plum panel. Finally I threaded my buttons and added them.

I hope you like it!

Ciao for now!


My card uses primarily PTI products...

Stamps: Leaf Prints, FF# 7, BG Basics: Textstyle, Fancy Flourishes
Dies: Leaf Prints
Cardstock: Plum Pudding, Kraft and Rustic cream
Embellishments: Vintage Buttons
ink: True Black, Terra Cotta, Orange Zest, Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, Vintage Cream and Versamark

Non-PTI products: Glimmer Mists and DMC Embroidery Thread

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