Sunday, November 22, 2015

"Best Day" for Sketch 'n' Scrap

Have you ever been at an event and you just get so wrapped up in visiting or cooking or dealing with the kids that you forget to snap ANY photos?  I find it happens less now that I have a smartphone, but still, it does happen occasionally, and it almost happened again this Thanksgiving!  We had a wonderful family dinner this year, but I only took 4 photos to commemorate it, oops!
I love how this layout turned out, mostly because of the photos of my goofy kids!  

I used products mostly from my November Counterfeit Kit, although I did cheat a bit by adding a feather, a doily, and some olive green card stock that weren't part of my original kit.  

My other favourite things about this layout are the Kelly Purkey wood veneer pieces and the gold "foil" title, arrow, and doily.  Here are some close ups of those details:

And, as per usual, I've used a sketch for this page, this time a lovely one I found on the Sketch 'N' Scrap blog:

And that's it from me for today.  I hope you're getting lots of crafty time for yourself this month, and thanks for stopping by to say hi!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Simple Card for CAS(E) this Sketch!

Here is a quick card I made on Sunday for a friend of mine who just purchased her first house.  I thought the "life is good" stamp was a fitting sentiment!

I used sketch #149 from CAS(E) this Sketch! blog:
Everything came together quite easily.  I used a die cut leaf from my November Counterfeit Kit as a mask, and just sponged some Distress Ink over top - Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers were the colours.  Then I splashed some Dylusions spray, stamped a little banner, and called it a day!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, and don't forget to leave me a comment!  I would love to hear what you have been up to lately!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

"Love This" for November Counterfeit Kit

So I ran into a couple of problems while making this layout!  It was pretty funny actually, but I was following this sketch from "Scrapbook Challenges":

when I realized I had placed the background paper upside down!  I didn't even see that some of the flowers in the background paper have stems until I'd cut some parts out and glued other pieces down, and then gasp!  All the stems were pointing up to the sky!!!  Jason said, "Nobody's going to notice that."  But once I knew it was upside down, I couldn't un-know it, you know what I mean?  So I tried flipping the sketch upside down, and guess what?  I love it!!!

I had these photos printed up the other day, and I just knew I wanted to make a page with them ASAP.  They feature my daughter, Ailis, and one of her besties, Jaylen.  They were on the cross-country running team for their school this year and had a really great race here at the district meet.  

The digital frame and stamp on the photo on the left is from an app I have on my phone called Rhonna Designs.  I seriously love this app, it's the one I go to most when I'm wanting to play around with photos.  Highly recommended!

Can you see what I did with the die cuts from my November Counterfeit Kit?  The title, I turned gold (well, bronze, but close enough, right?) with Versamark ink and some embossing powder, and the hearts, I inked up with some matching Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, and Shabby Shutters.  Here's a close up of the banner (also inked with Shabby Shutters) and two of those hearts:
I also decided to glue down some twine, and you DON'T want to know how long that took!  My little bottle of Claudine Hellmuth matte medium was running seriously low, and grrrrrr!  Frustration!  I might have let loose a few choice words, oops!  All in the name of art, I tell ya!

Well, that's it for now, although I do have another page using my kit in the works, so please stay tuned!  Thanks for looking!!!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November Counterfeit Kit

Yay, it's time for a new Counterfeit Kit!  (I actually made a kit last month, but I didn't post it or use it, oops!)  This month, the task is to copy the Cedar Lane line from Pink Paislee:

Gorgeous, isn't it?

I decided to do up an "inspiration list", things from the original kit that caught my eye and which I could use as a jumping off point for my own kit.  (I can't take credit for this list idea - a few of the Master Forgers shared their lists this month, and that's what inspired me to try it this way!). Here's my list:
So, I decided to start with the brush script font, and found this great free font, called "Rebel Heart", to make some die cuts using my Cameo.  I won't tell you how long it took me to find this font, but if you love fonts and want to use this one, here is the link:

Rebel Heart at

I copied some die cuts from the original kit to make the ones that say "love this" and "best day" with that particular font.  The leaves, arrows, and hearts are some I already had from the Silhouette online store, and the others are from a freebie cut file from Shanna Noel that the Master Forgers put up on "Forgeries on the Fourth".    

I decided to cut most of my die cuts from white or cream cardstock so that I'll be able to colour them with inks or sprays to match my project when the time comes.  I'm most excited about my gold arrows and half-n-half hearts.  I just inked them up with Versamark, then melted some embossing powder on them.  The embossing powder is actually labelled "Metallic Bronze", but I think it turned out close enough to gold!

As for the papers, I started with the floral piece on the upper left, and went from there.  I kept it pretty minimal this month.  I might have to add on a bit, I'm thinking! Anyway, I've included leaves, a diagonal stripe, some woodgrain, arrows, turquoise, pink, and grey.  Yep, I like it, I think I can work with this!
And again, I went a bit minimal on the embellishments.  I found some cute autumn-ish stamp sets in my stash.  Haven't used those in a while!  Then there's some twine and buttons, the metallic bronze embossing powder, some cork stickers, wood veneer pieces (a little gift from my friend Alison!) and a wood grain embossing folder.  
So yeah, now I'm motivated to get some pages done this month.  I just realized my last post was over a month ago, yikes!  Let the scrapping begin!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Card for Freshly Made Sketches

I was commissioned to make a thank you card the other day, so I grabbed a sketch (pretty much the only way I can make a card!) and put this one together:
I decided to use a grey base for my card because I conveniently had the right size piece of cardstock already on my table - don't you love it when that happens?

I have quite the stack of 6x6 paper pads in my desk drawer - they used to sell them cheap at my semi-local Winners store - and went through those to choose something feminine.  I decided to go with these ones from MME's Miss Caroline pack.  

Then, I didn't want the inside to be all boring, so I added some more patterned paper, Silhouette die cuts, and enamel dots:

I really like how this looks!  I vow to decorate the inside of my cards forevermore!

And here is the lovely sketch I used from Freshly Made Sketches:
So that's it for today.  My work space is currently all clear, so now the only thing to decide is what project to tackle next.  Maybe I'll do some art journaling....

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Simple Birthday Card for CAS(E) This Sketch!

Happy Monday!  I don't know about you, but my weekend was just crazy busy.  It's almost like Monday is time to get back to normal, ha!  Never thought I'd say that!

Anyway, yesterday morning, my hubby tells me, "Hey, it's my brother's birthday next weekend and I bought him a present - since you're going to be seeing him later today, do you think you could make a card to go with it?"  So I got to work, but whenever I think I'm going to do a quick, simple card, I overthink things and then it takes waaaaaay longer than it should...Whatever, I got it done, but if I were to go back and do it again, I would probably back that die cut banner with some white cardstock just so it would be a bit more legible.  

I used this super great sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch, which made the placement of my circles and enamel dots easier - again, overthinking tends to lead to overwhelming! 

Even though this card didn't turn out exactly as I'd hoped, I'm still happy with it, and I think I might make some more, just in case I have a manly birthday come up on me unexpectedly again!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

"Wine Diva" Easel Card

I bought this super cute stamp set by Art Impressions a while ago, and I've been DYING to use it, but just haven't found the time.  Well, yesterday was my friend Kaley's 29th birthday, so I decided it was a great opportunity to ink up this sassy diva and see what I could come up with.

All the papers and washi tape used are from Close to My Heart, and I coloured the image with Copics and Spectrum Noir pens.  I'm not the most expert at colouring, but I'm quite pleased with how the image ended up.  She looks bright and bold, which is exactly what I was going for.

I also found a new challenge to take part in!  I used the skech from Fusion Card Challenge as my inspiration, although I did end up changing the orientation and leaving out the doily.
And that's it for now, but stay tuned to this blog for more of the Wine Diva - I've already coloured up two more of this same image and just need to find a way to incorporate them into some cards!