Saturday, August 30, 2008

Rock-a-Bye Baby

Today I decided to look at the sketches I had saved on my laptop to try at a later time. I found one from iheart2stamp called rock-a-bye baby sketch - so neat & classic.

I pulled out some of my favorite Christmas-y papers. It is called Everlasting. I am trying to get some card ideas together for a Christmas card workshop. I think this one might be a go - I think that the oval will be the part that I will participants an option for changing up, as it was a My Stickease, and there was only one of that in the package.
All products are CTMH:
Papers: Everlasting
Accents: Cranberry

Monday, August 25, 2008


I have seen Cupcake Challenges on so many blogs that I decided I had to check it out and give it a try. I don't have any cupcakes, but you don't have to have any to try the sketch. If you want to try one yourself, visit Taylored Expressions. I used a technique I picked up from Kathi's Corner, where she used a post-it to create a moon scrubbed some beautiful color in the background. I find this technique very addicting and it gives such a spectacular result. For my background, I started with colonial white cardstock, covered it lightly with buttercup ink, with the post-it in place I added sunflower honey, and taffy inks all over.

For my 6 X 6 card, I used the September SOTM - Treasure Life. This stamp set is sooooooooo awesome. I think it is my all time favorite so far. It is so versitile. You can use it for spring or fall, you can use it with so many colors, there are endless possibilities.

Papers: CTMH - buttercup, chocolate, crystal blue, colonial white
Stamps: CTMH Sept SOTM Treasure Life
Accessories: CTMH Chocolate Designer Ribbon, Chocolate brad

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mini SheetLoad Complete

OK! Here's my mini SheetLoad.

I finally took time out to do the mini SheetLoad. The sketch is super simple. So easy to make one or many. I have been playing around with my new Halloween stamps, so I decided to incorporate them into the mini. Aren't these guys a hoot? I stamped them with archival ink and then used my water marker to add a softer touch when coloring them. This stamp set also has a witch, but since it this sketch only had three sections, I left her out.
All materials are CTMH.
Stamps: Little Spooks
Paper: Enchanted
If you are interested in seeing what others did with the August SheetLoads, check out the Show Us Your SheetLoad contest.

Monday, August 18, 2008

August Show Us Your SheetLoad Attempts

OK, so I thought I'd give it a try. I used the regular monthy SheetLoad - Square3 - to do my cards. I actually gave it two attempts.

For my first attempt I used CTMH Paper Garden Papers & My Stickease, CTMH Petal Ink, CTMH Petal Sassy Strands, Clear Button, and CTMH Butterfly Kiss My Acrylix Stamp set.

My second attemp (and I like this one better) is using CTMH Boom-Di-Ada Papers, Hollyhock Rickrack, 3-D Foam Squares, Autumn Terracotta Photo Clips, Hollyhock & Colonial White My Accents, Colonial White Bigger Brads and both CTMH Cottage Floral and Be True My Acrylix Stamp sets.

I may try a few more sets with some other papers. I really liked this SheetLoad. But first, I am gonna try the mini SheetLoad.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sketch Challenges from July

Last month I decided to try my hand at some of the sketch challenges from Splitcoaststampers. Boy, some of them are really a challenge. But, I decided to work on those that initially inspired me - ones that didn't strain my brain too much. Here are few of them:

For all of these cards I used CTMH Blue Ribbon Papers & Whimsical Wings Stamps.
I absolutely love these papers, and Whimsical Wings is one of my favorite stamp sets.

Shout Out To SheetLoad

You've gotta visit SheetLoad!

Have you ever wanted to make a bunch of cards in a short amount of time. SheetLoad is the way to go! Each month, they provide a new issue with a great sketch, giving cutting guidelines, examples, etc. These monthly issues are so simple, yet so adaptable. They work for anyone - from the beginner to the expert.

And they don't stop with the regular monthly issue. They even give us a mini that also provides us with a sketch and samples. Could a stamper want more? I think not!

To top all of this off, they provide many opportunities to get free stuff with their contests. Show us Your SheetLoad is an awesome way to try their monthly and mini issues and show them what you have completed. Post your accomplishments to your blog and let them know. It's as simple as that. You never know, you might be the next winner!!!!

Here's my shot at the July SheetLoad:

Go check them out and see what's happening!
Let me know what you think!