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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

OWH MWT & Sketch #157

To start off with I finally set up my photo box for taking pictures of my card based on the OWH better photos tutorial (Link Here ) I'm so glad I did. I am so pleased with how my cards finally jump off the web page. The details show beautifully too! Now I need to make one a little bigger to fit my 12 x 12 scrapbook pages. 

157 Katie
This is the card sketch for the week. I simplified my version. The sketch called for so many littler pieces and I used strips. I took my time to add a few details. I decided to use the last 6 inches of the velvet ribbon. In person the texture is so cool. Still using my scrap stash from making my own 6x6 paper pads

Lili of the valley Stamp Swing Time ST001
Studio G VP0017 Yellow
Cuttlebug Folder Swiss Dots
Copics Y11, E00, E79, YG03, BV02, E37, E13, C3

For this weeks MWT they are looking for birthday cards. I tried to add as many elements as I could. I almost felt a little like Sandy who couldn't stop embellishing! lol

OWH Sketch 101
Sew Easy bakers twine
$ rubber stamp from Michaels
Jolees All that Bling gems
Inkadinkadoo Copper embossing powder
Bazill cardstock
inkadinakadoo- Candle stamp from Birthday Fun set

I hope you enjoy and send me a quick comment letting me know how you like the improvement to the photos and then go back to the OWH website and leave a little love there too! Now it's your turn to make something beautiful! Have a great week!

Friday, January 25, 2013

OWH midweek throwdown and sketch 156

Easter cards are the theme this week for the throwdown. I've been revisiting my love for The Sound of Music this week and so with that I've been thinking about other musicals I just love to watch. In the spirit of one musical with an Easter theme; I opted out of doing the traditional bunnies or religious theme and thought "Easter Bonnet" from Easter Parade with Judy Garland. even though I didn't use the traditional pastels I think this card could still meet the mark for a kids Easter card. oh...I ended up using the information i learned from the OWH color therory tutorial too! (link here)

lili of the valley stamp New Hat ST051
Cuttlebug folder Babys Breath
sentiment stamp from $1.00 stamps ACMoore
E00, E13,E23
YG03, YG63, YR04, YR07, Y11, Y21
R20, W5

Ok...on to the sketch. I grabbed a packet from my homemade 6 x 6 paper collection (Link here) *scroll to almost at the bottom of the post* for this card. It's been so fun doing that and envisioning what each little stack is destined to become. This was my first attempt at using colored pencils on a card. I was inspired by a tutorial on OWH using pencils with a chalkboard paper ( Link Here )I just grabbed a package fom my local discount store. If i really get start using them more I'll have to invest in a really good artist quality set but for now these worked just fine. I hope you enjoy and please leave a comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions! 

Sketch 156
Sentiment stamp $1.00 stamp ACMoore
Lion Stamp Recollections Zoolicious
colored pencils
Michaels brand brown ribbon 
bazzil cardstock 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

OWH- The ABC's of color


So, here's my color submission for the first OWH Design Bootcamp.
I used a spring/love card. We're supposed to describe the techniques or color combinations etc. we used. Hopefully I got it right. :-p

Patterned paper - DCWV girl stack
Card stock -Bazill
Gems- Recollections
Embossing- Inkadinkadoo
Love stamp-Dollar stamp ACMoore
Punch - Matha Stewart, Garden Trellis

Ok, So here goes...
I used cool colors that were analogous, meaning side by side, The pink ribbon is a pink hue, the patterned and card stock papers are pink and purple tones. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sketch 155 & OWH MWT

MidWeek Throwdown -Green

Megan Elizabeth sentiment stamp
Patterned paper -stash
Ribbon- Sugar & Spice, Michaels store

Sketch #155
Bazill Cardstock
Patterned paper from stash
Cuttlebug Congrats Set Embossing Folder
Brads - Recollections
Jute cord- We R Memory Keepers

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

OWH MWT & Sketch 154

This weeks Midweek Throwdown challenge is to create a card with no sentiment. I find these cards the easiest for me just because I can focus more on the design and not worry about how I'm going to fit in a sentiment. For this card I layered, layered and layered some more. I also used my pen for some faux stitching in addition to the embellishments and embossing.

Patterned paper-I think it's from DCWV (My friend gave me some extra from her stack)
Bronze brads from Recollections
Recollections Cling Stamps I'm a Little Monster set
Inkadinkadoo embossing powder

At first, I thought this sketch was rather difficult however once I got going I really liked the finished product.
Bazill cardstock
As usual, the patterned paper is from my scrap stash. 

In fact, on New Years Eve while my kids and I sat down to do a Mission Impossible Marathon I took my scraps and cut them into 6 x 6 inch squares, keeping in mind the 6x6 inch paper pad tutorial OWH offered a few months back: Link:(6 x 6 Tutorial).  I then combined complimentary pattered paper and cardstock so that I could just grab and go to make a card. It's really worked out great! I was able to make over 30 little packets containing about 3 to 4 pieces of paper (solid and patterned mix)  and just put a staple at the very tip top so it wouldn"t affect the paper. This way I use up my larger scraps for a purpose and all the figuring out what goes together is already done. oops I, back to the materials. 

Materials (continued):
Blue gems from Megan Elizabeth
patterned paper pb&j thermos
sentiment sticker was from a rosette pack from Michaels I got about 16 months ago and never used them.

I hope you enjoy and please subscribe to my blog and leave comments. I love to hear what you think!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

OWH MWT & Sketch 153 Challenge

This weeks challenge is to use spring flowers. I opted to do 2 this week.

Keeping in mind the call for kids cards I decided to make a few cards using this weeks sketch.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

OWH-Top Ten

Here's what I consider my most favorite 10 cards. I began my first blog in 2012 and I still consider myself a blog newbie. I chose my top 10 for OWH and just had to add a few more surprises at the end! I hope you enjoy my top 10 and I would love to have you subscribe to my blog!      
Each title has a link back to the original blog post.

This was one of my first cut outs using this cartridge.It was a Christmas present and I just love how it turned out using the sunburst technique.

 I wanted to use punches and embellishments for this bonus sketch. My blog was still new so I hadn't begun to post the sketches along with the cards

 I used a bonus card sketch for this one too. This was one of my first experiences using Copic markers. 

I just absolutely love the variations in paper patterns, texture and embellishments of this card

Sometimes things just come together so well and thankfully this card did.

I really liked the sweetness of the stamped image on this card.

Boy did I struggle with this sketch....

I used a new technique with this card. Gesso.

A kids cute!

That's my 10!...But....
I don't only card make, I scrapbook, cake decorate and do a little sewing. I am trying to learn crochet and decided it should be another crafty skill for skill set however.. I'm stuck at just getting the yard unwound and into a ball. lol

This was so much fun that I just had to show you a few more more.....These aren't OWH cards but they are ones I had so much fun making.
First card using my sewing machine! So proud!

Ok, so this card didn't go to OWH BUT..I really like how this one came out.  I started playing with different cutouts using my Cricut on a very tiny scale. Most of the cutouts are 1 to 1 1/4 inches. I really had fun mixing and matching the papers and embossing textures too!

One of these cards went to my sister and the other to OWH.

I made this layout of my son and step daughter. I try to post a few layouts here and there as I go so please take a look around my blog and be inspired!

Sugar paste poinsettia for a Christmas Cake I made as a gift. See the completed simple and clean cake from link above.

This was a gift to my daughter's 3rd grade teacher. I had my daughter write an acrostic poem using the teachers name. She came up with some sweet descriptions for her teacher. I hope you'll be able to see it when you click on the picture in the original post.