Let’s Get Sketchy!

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Hey there!! This week I worked on making cards based on sketches! Sketches are a really fun way to stretch your creativity and challenge yourself. They are also a great way to get your brain moving if you find yourself in a slump or even a time crunch. And the best part about sketches… you can find them anywhere! I post sketches from time to time on my card making Pinterest board so if you need a place to start, take a look here.

Now, onto the cards! The first sketch I used was from one of my favorite inspiration resources, Studio Calico (surprise, surprise!). This is the sketch they provided: >>

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The beauty in a sketch is that you can truly make anything you want with it. Whether you follow it piece by piece like a guide, or use it to transform something that wasn’t quite right you already made, it fulfills the role. Here is my take on this sketch: >>

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This piece was mainly inspired by woodgrain. Studio Calico included this incredible piece of wood veneer paper in one of their monthly card kits and I was hesitant to use it because I loved it so much! So I decided to whip out what I had left of it for this card. I went with the wood theme and dug up some older Echo Park patterned papers to tie it all in. Here is how I made it:

First, I attached the zig-zag patterned paper to the front of the card base. I cut and adhered the dark wood grain paper and the wood veneer papers in place. I used a punch for the stamped wood patterned paper and attached it on top. Next, I trimmed and adhered the dark pink frame to the card with dimensional adhesive. I stamped the sentiment “…just because” to a leftover piece of woodgrain paper and adhered it with dimensional adhesive as well. I finished the card off with the 3 acrylic flowers to embellish and I was done! What do you think?

The next sketch was a simple one I found on Pinterest doing a search. As it turns out… it’s a Studio Calico sketch as well! Here’s the sketch: >>

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And this is the card I made from it: >>

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I made this card by first adhering the arrow paper to the card base and trimming and adhering the blue cardstock on top. Next, I cut and attached pieces of ribbon in place coming from the left hand side. For the sentiment, I used the masking technique to cover part of the stamp while I inked the part I wanted to use. (I will post more on this technique later.) Once stamped, I cut out the sentiment and attached it to the card with 3D adhesive and added enamel dots to embellish a bit. And that’s it!

I had a lot of fun creating cards with sketches this week. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Have a great week and happy crafting!

Steph 🙂

Supplies…

(not listed below: Papertrey Ink – Kraft Cardstock)

Fall Trio Card Set

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Hi there! I hope everyone is having a great week! It’s finally starting to cool off around here (high 70s & 80s…) and it’s reminding me that fall should be here soon. I started to make some fall cards (these are great for Thanksgiving as well) and instead of doing multiple cards the same I decided to switch it up a bit. Today I have 3 cards to show you that are the exact same theme. These were really fun to put together and end up looking like a perfect set. Let’s dive in! >>

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This card is all stamping. I stamped my leaves onto the kraft card base knowing my focal point would be in the center of them. I then stamped and cut out the sentiment on a separate piece of kraft cardstock and attached it to the card base with dimensional adhesive. And… done! I love this card. Here’s the next one: >>

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I decided to go with a horizontal layout for this card. I stamped the leaves on the bottom edge of the card base first, then stamped and cut out the sentiment on a separate kraft cardstock (like the first card). This time, I wrapped the card with natural hemp twine before attaching the sentiment with dimensional adhesive. I used some glossy accents as additional adhesive around the twine to ensure it would stay in place. (Note: I let my glossy accents set for 24 hours before using the card to make sure it is completely dry.) And for the final card… >>

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For the last card I went back to the vertical card base but used the stamping on the bottom like the horizontal card. First, trimmed the bottom of the card base and stamped the leaves along the edge. I adhered the piece of patterned paper underneath the leaves and wrapped hemp twine in the middle. I stamped and cut out the sentiment again on the matching kraft cardstock and attached it to the card with dimensional adhesive and glossy accents (remember to let it dry completely). And that’s it! This last card is entered in a challenge at Papercraft Star!

Now you have 3 matching cards perfect for fall or Thanksgiving each with it’s own little twist. You could even bag these together and give them as a gift card set! I hope you like them! Have a wonderful week 🙂

Steph

Supplies Used…

(Not Pictured Below: Bubblegum Add-On from Studio Calico, Papertrey Ink: Kraft Cardstock, Stampin Up Inks: Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Baroque Burgundy)

Card Re-Do’s

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Hello, hello everyone! I decided to do something different this week and remake some of my old cards that needed a little pick-me-up. I chose 2 designs I made in the past and remade them but kept their general ideas.

First up, this XOXO card had a cool slant and gorgeous patterned papers, but I always felt it needed something else. Here is the card: >>

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Don’t even get me started on the photos. 😉 Anyway… it felt a little off balance so I tried to even the weight out a little in the card I made this time around. Here it is: >>

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I kept the slant but evened it out by adding a larger sentiment and a ribbon. It was very simple to put together too. I adhered my patterned papers in the corner and trimmed the edges. I stamped my sentiment and tied my ribbon, and then finished it off with some gems! >>

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The next card I have for you was one of the first cards I ever made. I still like the idea of die cutting a shape and layering the patterned papers. And I love pop up sentiments! So here is the old card: >>

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I forgot how much I loved that “love you to the stars and back” paper!! For the new card, I decided to keep in with the die cut shape and layering, but kept it clean. Then I, of course, added in my pop-up sentiment but kept the overall look very simple. >>

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As you can see, they ended up being radically different!! I made this by first die cutting my leaves out of the white cardstock and layering them on top of my patterned paper. I attached it to the card base and then used a rub-on sentiment (LOVE THESE) on another piece of white cardstock which I attached to my card with dimensional adhesive. Talk about easy, right? >>

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Well, thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what Studio Calico has in store for October! Have a great week! 🙂

Steph

Supplies used for new cards…

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When Inspiration Strikes

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Hello again! I have a couple of cards to share with you today that I made based on specific inspiration pieces. The first inspiration piece was from the blog Overnight Waffles. >>

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I loved how she combined the bold stripes with the floral. So fun! Here is my take on her card… >>

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I stamped and cut out the ice cream and cherry first, then stamped the cone on white cardstock. I stamped my sentiment next to the cone and attached the ice cream and cherry with dimensional adhesive. I attached the polka dot paper to the sides of my card base and then used dimensional adhesive again to place my sentiment cardstock on top. I finished the card off with matching enamel dots to embellish a bit. >>

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The second inspiration piece I have comes from elizabethmcarney.com. This is one of her scrapbook layouts that I fell in love with instantly. >>

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I really liked how the focus sort of drifted up the page. Here is my take on a card based on her layout… >>

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I stamped the lace on the top and bottom of the card base in white and then arranged some die cut hearts in different sizes from the bottom right to the top left of the card. I lifted edges of a few of the hearts to float off of the page a bit. As a sentiment, I used a rub-on gold “hi” heart sentiment from Studio Calico’s Double Scoop card kit (love these rub-on’s!) and cut it out. That’s pretty much it! >>

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I hope you liked today’s cards. Be sure to check out the inspiration pieces and their respective blogs. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Steph

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INKED Card Class

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Hi and welcome! I’m back from an extended family vacation in Maine and although I’m already missing that beautiful state, I’m happy to be back. 🙂

I have 3 cards for you today using July’s Valley High Card Kit from Studio Calico as well as some stamps from the INKED class kit. So let’s get started!

First up is a stamped thank you card using an ombre technique. >>

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Other than stamps & ink, the only material I used on this card was one small piece of textured cardstock! So simple! The ombre stamping was a technique learned in the INKED class from Studio Calico and it has so many possibilities!! I’ll post more on this technique soon. Here is a close up >>

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The next card I have for you is a Congratulations card for new parent’s-to-be! This one was very fun to put together. >>

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I started by stamping the background with the flowers and then embellished them with a dot of Glossy Accents in the center of each. I embossed the little frame on white cardstock and stamped “The Adventure Begins” underneath. I finished it off with a diaper that I die cut with my Silhouette. I attached the cardstock to the stamped card base with 3D dots and I was done! >>

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And finally my “love love love love… YOU” card. The ribbon we have been getting in our kits is wonderful!! I am in love with all the different colors and they make such pretty bows! >>

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For this card, I started by stamping “YOU” where I wanted it and then I lightly stamped the word “love” over and over in a line and then again upside down. I tied my bow vertically and attached a piece of accent paper at the bottom of the card. I finished it off with a few gems. >>

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Well that’s it for today! I’m glad to be back! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what Studio Calico has in store for the holidays!

Steph

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