TESC124 Hot Line

August 13th, 2010

Happy Friday!  Today we have a really fun sketch challenge from Taylor – TESC124. tesc124-custom.jpg I have to admit that I was a bit scared when I first saw it…and then scared again when I printed it out and took it to my stamp table.  That being said, my card came together fairly easily and I ended up really having fun with this sketch!  I think you will too! It’s much easier than it might look.  Come and play with us!

I made my TE Choice Buttercream card base 9.25″ x 4″ to fit into a #10 envelope. I know some people really like to have measurements when working with a sketch – especially for an unusual card size – so I will give you mine for reference.

Card base – 9.25 x 4

black layer – 9 x 3 3/4

red dp layer – 8 7/8 x 3 5/8

3 black panels – 2 3/4 x  3 3/8

3 cream polka dot panels – 2 1/2 x 3 1/8

circle punch – 1 3/4 (layered onto Blossom nestie in black)

Of course you can tweak the sketch as much as you need to and you might want to try a different sized card altogether. Here’s my sample for the sketch:

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That old fashioned phone is from the TE stamp set Weigh to Go!  Isn’t it so cute?!  I think this card is pretty self-explanatory so I won’t go into much detail except to say that the designer paper is an older retired SU line that’s all Real Red and Vanilla.  I’m almost out of this paper and will be so sad to see it gone!  Sentiment “hot line” is spelled out with Thickers and on the inside I will print “you have the hot line to my heart!”  I used an EK Success border punch and crocheted trim from TE.  I just love the way this card turned out!

Now let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store for us today:

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  I’m looking forward to spending time with my nieces and my sister-in-law making my oldest niece’s wedding invitations.  I hope to share those with you soon!

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TESC123 – Tweet Flower

August 6th, 2010

Happy Friday!  I have 2 posts today, so I’ll try to keep this one short.  It’s time for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge and for my card today I’m featuring one of the sets being released at 8am PST at the Taylored Expressions store – Tweet Hearts.  I decided to think out of the box and I used 2 of the leaf stamps in the set to create a flower.

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Papers are October Afternoon along with SU Real Red and Cool Caribbean.  Spellbinders dies, Bright Smooth Bling, pom pom trim and caribbean ribbon are all from TE. Sentiment and all images are from Tweet Hearts.

Now let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store for us:

Thanks for stopping by.  My next post will be up very soon with another TE Release Day sample.  I hope you’ll check back and I hope you’ll play along with us in this week’s sketch.

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TESC122 Cheers to You

July 23rd, 2010

Happy Friday!  It’s time for another Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge – TESC122.  The stamp featured on tesc122-custom.jpgtoday’s card has been sitting on my stamp table forever begging to get inked up!  I purchased it at the CHA SuperShow in January and it’s from Denami.  Denami was one of my very first loves when I started stamping years ago.  I have always loved her cute whimsical style.  These birdies just seemed to fit with this sketch, although I will say that I had a plan for balloons where you see butterflies on the sketch but I just couldn’t make them work.  So I kind of feel like I cheated a bit on the idea of the sketch.  The sentiment is from a SU set.

 

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Papers used are October Afternoon Fly a Kite along with the TE June Cardstock Kit which coordinates with this paper collection.  I rounded the corners of the image panel with the Corner Chomper and layered it onto  a panel cut with Big Scallop Rectangle.  That little strip of circles is a piece of Doodlebug Paper Frills I got a really really long time ago.  I colored it with a copic marker.  I added some Tiny Twinkles (stars) and some Stickles (yellow and fruit punch), plus I covered the chicks in Smooch Illuminate Glitter Top Coat.  This card is really sparkly in person!

Now it’s time to see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has cooked up for us:

  • Alice Wertz
  • Jami Sibley (you are here!)
  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Monika Davis
  • Rosie Hughes
  • Sherrie Siemens
  • Taylor VanBruggen  – get all the details to play along with us!
  • Thanks for stopping by.  Have a fantastic weekend!

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    Happy Friday!  The Rocket Scientist has every other Friday off now (more efficient use of resources/personell at the Rocket Factory), so this is a long weekend for us.  I love this schedule!  Of course Friday means it’s time for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge – TESC121.

    For today’s card I challenged myself to create a card in 15 minutes using mostly supplies already out on my desk.  I set the timer on my phone and when the alarm went off…I…ummmm….set it for another 15 minutes.  And when it went off again…I….ummmmmm….turned it off and decided it was pointless!  I am unable to make a card in 15 minutes – even with a sketch and Project Pantry supplies all in hand.  The weird thing is that after 50 minutes spent on this card, it still looks like a 15 minute card!  Oh brother!  I love this stamp set and the kit I used…I just need to NOT be in a hurry when I’m stamping!

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    Stamp set is TE In the Park.  Cardstock, paper, scalloped border sticker are all from the Summertime Project Pantry.  Tree is colored with copics and I added some Flower Soft for fun texture.  Bike was colored with Spica Glitter pens and Sakura glaze pens.  The glitter and glaze pens are just perfect for the thin lines of the bike image and who wouldn’t want a sparkly bike?!  LOL!  Circles were cut with nesties.

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    Now let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store:

  • Alice Wertz
  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Lori Craig
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Monika Davis
  • Rosie Hughes
  • Sherrie Siemens
  • Taylor VanBruggen – get all the details here to play along with us!
  • Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!  Be sure to check out the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on SCS starting early tomorrow morning!

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    Happy Friday!  The conclusion to another busy week here.  This Sunday we begin the Summer Night Dinners at our church and for the 2nd year I’m coordinating the program.  Fortunately I have really wonderful team leaders heading up the shopping, cooking and serving for each individual week.  As we get started I am responsible this week for gathering the beverages, paper goods, and signage.  So today I need to finish up with some of those tasks.  And I’m looking forward to a big bowl of yummy nachos on Sunday night!  🙂  Anyone in SoCal – you’re all invited to evening service at 6:00 and stay for dinner at 7:00 for just $3 per person.  We have a different menu each week that always includes sodas and desserts (things like meatball sandwiches/pasta salad, chili dogs, pizza, quesadillas, and more.)

    Of course Friday means that it’s time for Taylor’s Sketch Challenge – TESC120.  I hadn’t had a chance to share a card yet with Taylor’s new set Feelin’ Groovy and this sketch was just perfect for it.  Taylor did an awesome job capturing the groovy vibe of the 70’s (despite the fact that she wasn’t even born yet in the 70’s *snort*!)

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    I used the Summertime Project Pantry (cardstock, patterned papers, ribbon, candy dots, alpha stickers) for my card.  I really think it coordinates with this stamp set just as well as That 70’s Project PantryIt’s supposed to say “Whee!” (as in “whee!  this is so fun!”), but I realized after I had photographed it that the dot in the excalmation point had falled off on my way outside to take the picture…so now it appears to say “wheel” – UGH!!! No time to re-do the photo after replacing the dot.

    Anyway – this card is a bit of a tribute to a fun memory from high school.  My good friend Mike Hammontre (any old high school friends read my blog?)  drove an orange VW bus.  I remember a bunch of friends kidnapping me for my birthday one year and putting me in that van blindfolded and Mike driving all crazy so I wouldn’t know where they were taking me.  *good times*

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    Let’s check out what the rest of the Sketch Crew has to share today! And speaking of the Sketch Crew – big news – we are welcoming a new member on board today  – Rosie Hughes!  So happy to have Rosie on the weekly crew!  🙂

  • Alice Wertz
  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Lori Craig
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Monika Davis
  • Sherrie Siemens
  • Taylor VanBruggen
  • I hope you’ll play the sketch along with us!  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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    Happy Bee-Day!!!!

    July 2nd, 2010

    Happy Friday!  It’s been a busy week, a good week and now I’m tired and happy for a 4 day weekend!  Of course I’m kicking off the weekend with Taylor’s sketch challenge TESC119.  I love this sketch and can imagine so many different possibilities with it.  My monthly Stamp Class was last night and as soon as I saw this sketch I knew I wanted to use it for a Class card…but not just a regular card…I added a little twist and made it into a simple Z-fold card.

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     If you’ve never made a Z-fold, they are super duper SIMPLE!  Start with a regular card base and fold the front of the card back on itself in half.  Cut a piece of designer paper 4″ x 5.25″ and then cut that in half at 2″ and adhere to the front of the card to give the illusion of one solid piece.  You can then use just about any size image panel and only attach it on the left side.  Here’s a more open view of the card.  Make sense?

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    The butterfly is paper-pieced and the bee and inch worm were colored with SU markers.  The beehive was stamped onto Crushed Curry cardstock and sponged with More Mustard ink.  Paper is Razzleberry Lemonade (SU).  Stamps are Taylored Expressions Garden Party Critters.

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    Sentiment was stamped onto white cardstock and punched out with a circle punch and layered onto a curry circle for the inside of the card.  Seriously  – there is nothing simpler than this fold and yet it really gives a great WOW effect!  I hope you’ll try one if you haven’t before!

    And now it’s time to see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has cooked up and for you to get all the info to play along with us!

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  • Alice Wertz
  • Jami Sibley (you are here)
  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Lori Craig
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Monika Davis
  • Taylor Van Bruggen
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    I had so much fun with my class last night!  I have been truly blessed with such a wonderful group of stampers.  If you’re in SoCal and want to be on my customer e-mail list to be notified of classes, be sure to click the *contact me* button in my sidebar and send me an e-mail!

    Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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    Happy Friday!  It’s time for another fun sketch from Taylor – TESC118.  This week is extra FUN because there are prizes up for grabs!  You can check out Taylor’s blog for all the deets.  Everyone is welcome to play and TE stamps are NOT required.  This week we have another great and really versatile sketch to play with.  For some reason when I saw it, I immediately wanted to use a sentiment as the focal point.  So I dug through 2 drawers of sentiment sets and ended up with this 4.25″ square SUO card (it’s SUO except for the buttons).tesc118-jami-for-blog.jpg

    I decided to use these felt flower elements for the little circle portion of the sketch and that’s what determined my color scheme.  Designer papers are from the Melon Mambo Designer Series pack and the Cottage Walls collection.  Cardstock is Old Olive and Chocolate Chip.  I don’t know about you, but I find felt embellishments can be difficult to adhere to projects and in this case I was attaching it on top of ribbon which is even worse.  I used Zip Dry and it worked like a charm, so I was really happy with that.  I decided to try it for the buttons as well and it worked great!

    This card is really simple – in fact I had a little battle with myself over maybe adding some more *stuff* LOL! – but in the end I really like how it turned out.  🙂

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    I kind of flipped the sentiments and used what would traditionally be thought of as the *inside sentiment* on the front of the card.  I am NUTS about having inside and outside sentiments to coordinate with each other, so I’ve purchased a number of stamp sets over the years for that purpose.  I really believe you can’t have too many sentiment stamps.  😉

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    Now it’s time to see what the rest of the sketch crew has cooked up for us today!

    Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  I have what seems like a million errands to run today, but that will be punctuated by lunch with a wonderful friend.  Really it doesn’t get much better than lunch with a friend on a Summer afternoon, does it?

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