Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Try Stampin' #142

Good day, everyone!
Once again it has been a long time since I posted here.  I thought I would be raring to go when I quit work but I have found a lot of other things keeping me busy.
But, since yesterday was my daughter-in-law's birthday, I needed a card. LOL.  She is a pet groomer and loves cats so I drew this sketch in pen and ink.  Since our challenge at TRY STAMPIN' ON TUESDAY was to include orange (and she and I both love Halloween) the colour scheme was pre-determined for me.
This was a quick-to-do card but the kitten took awhile to draw.  (My cat would not stay still so I had to go from a photo)
Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween and a great week!

(p.s. we are running a contest at TRY STAMPIN'.  Check it out.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Try Stampin' #135

Hi!  I have had quite a day and so completely forgot to post my card for TRY STAMPIN' ON TUESDAY.  First, our new dog stepped on something and has a sore paw - have to bring him to the vet today.  Then, after a huge rain storm last night, we discovered that our basement has water so I am dealing with the insurance company.  
But, now that I remembered, here it is.
It is a very simple card with the emphasis on the water coloured flower.  I drew the blossom on water colour paper and then used my Crayola paints and a water brush to paint it.  Our card was to have circles on it so I used polka dotted paper and a circular
rickrack which I punched out. I had to use the sketch tall wise in stead of width wise to do the painting the way I wanted. For a sentiment, all I did was add the word "friend" so it would squeeze into the correct spot.  And now I have a cute note card.
Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you get time to craft.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Try Stampin' #134

Good morning!
It has been a while but I am back to card making.  Today I have my sample for the challenge at TRY STAMPIN' ON TUESDAY.  This week there is a twist to our sketch -a back-to-school theme and use a bit of metal.
My card is another hand drawn one.  I coloured it with Copics markers, painted the background with water colours, stamped the letters faintly with black ink and added a wooden apple.  My metal is a gold star.  I love drawing my cards - makes them truly unique.
I encourage you to visit TRY STAMPIN' this week.  We have new designers, a new feature (get to know a designer) and some gorgeous samples for you.  You will definitely be inspired to craft.
Thanks for visiting.  See you next week!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Try Stampin' Challenge #130

Hello and happy Tuesday!
Long time...no see.  I have not posted in quite some time but I am back.  I don't know if you think that's a good thing or not. LOL
Our sketch at TRY STAMPIN' ON TUESDAY is another from Paula Laird.  She creates easy to interpret ones with lots of possibilities.
For my sample, I decided to use a Creepy Girl I drew.
She is inspired by a class I took from Megan Suarez
and is a perfect fit for my quirky, ghoulish nature. The girl is on a 4" square piece of bristol paper and is coloured using Copics. The background paper is from my Halloween stash.  I used my Big Shot and metal to create the spider web strips in the corner (silver and gold) and the spider is a Cricut cut-out.  I did not necessarily want this to be a Halloween card so the "hello" sentiment in the corner makes it an all-occasion card.
Please visit us at TRY STAMPIN' and maybe even give our challenge a try.
Thanks for visiting  -- I am happy to see you!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Unscripted Sketches #217

It has been weeks since I did a card and it felt a bit alien to be doing one this week.  I have been so wrapped up in drawing and painting - and on top of that, very busy.  I have to manage my time more efficiently and, to that end, I have been drawing some digi images to use.  Now if I could only work out the logistics of turning them into something sellable.  I am working on that.

Well, on with my sample for this week's challenge at UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES.......
Here is the sketch.

I rotated it and this is what it looks like.

Now, you may not see it but to me it looks like a watering can - go figure. (Sometimes my mind works in strange ways)  So that is what I drew.

Here is my sample:

The image is one I drew and coloured with copic markers.  Then I cut it out and glued it on.  The little circle on the side has a fabric flower in the centre which I also used copics to colour.  This is a simple little card using crisp, clean summer colours and, if nothing else, I hope it makes you smile.
Please visit UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES.  You will see some awesome samples which I am sure will make you want to create something beautiful inspired by our sketch.
And don't be concerned if you see something unique in the sketch - not all minds think alike!
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Unscripted Sketches #213

It seems that I only post here on Saturdays.  I just cannot time for card making.  Oh well!
Today i have my sample for the sketch at UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES. Each week, we offer another great sketch and invite you to play along.
I have an ATC done in muted oranges and green/blues.  The background paper is some I did using monoprinting with the GelliArts plate and acrylic paints.  The owl is sketched with india ink on drawing paper and then water colours are smeared on it randomly.  The owl is a sketching exercise and is one of several on a single page.  I just cut out the
one I wanted.  
I love making ATCs (3 1/2" X 2 1/2" trading cards) which are signed and dated on the back.  They can be simple or intricate and how you compose them makes all the difference in the world.
Please visit UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES to view the samples from the rest of the team, and to enter our challenge.
See you soon!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Unscripted Sketches # 212-Something New For Me

Today's card is something entirely different for me. New technique and "new" colours.
When I saw our sketch for this week's UNSCRIPTED
SKETCHES challenge, I knew I wanted to use my GelliArts  plate to make the background -not so much because I had an idea but because I wanted to practice.
Now, I am normally a "bright colours" girl but lately have been rewatching "The Thorn Birds" and Meggie's colour was "Ashes of Roses" and I wanted to combine pinks and greens to create my background. (Totally not me)  Here is my card:
I love the worn look of the background and the texture the bubble wrap gave it.  To make the vine motif, I mixed molding paste and soft green acrylic paint and applied it to the card front with a knife through a stencil.  I took some liberties with the central rectangle and shrunk it quite a bit.  And it just seemed a no-brainer to add the porcelain roses.  I am so happy with this card (and I do not even know why, LOL).  It is not my usual but I do like how all the elements came together.
Please visit UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES to view the samples from the other ladies on the team and to enter our challenge.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Unscripted Sketches #211

Hi everyone!  If you are a fellow Canadian, I hope you are ready for a great holiday weekend.  The rest of the world, you enjoy the weekend as well.
Today I have my example for the challenge at UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES.  I decided to combine a sketch and some normal card making elements to create my sample.
There is something that appeals to me about half faces so I drew one and layered it with card stock, plaid paper and some stick-on buttons for my card.  I was stuck for a caption so I settled for a simple "hello".
My sketch is just pencil which is traced over with Pitt Pen.  I went easy on the shading to keep her soft and sweet.
I hope you get the time to visit UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES to see the beautiful cards the other ladies from the team have created. I am sure you will be inspired by their handiwork.
Thanks so much for visiting and happy crafting!

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Unscripted Sketches #209

Good morning to everyone!  It looks like spring has come to Sault Ste. Marie - and wouldn't you know it - I have to work. Ugh!!
Today I have my DT example for the sketch at UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES.  We are a weekly sketch challenge blog with
great sketches and a great design team.
My card incorporates some artwork with some stamping.  I drew the little mermaid inspired by a class I took with Megan Suarez.  Then I used some SU stamps to add to the summer theme.
The back paper is washed with water colours and then stenciled with neon green paint to create the swirls resembling water.  I chose blue and green for my colour scheme since it is very "oceanic".  The mermaid is coloured with Copics.
Please visit us at UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES, check out the samples from the team and maybe even enter the challenge this week.
Thanks for visiting!!