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Girly-Saurus Birthday – SFYTT

Every time I work with Little Loveosaurs from My Favorite Things I make a boy card, but why do the monsters always have to be male?  Instead I decided to make a “girly-saurus” for a birthday party we will be attending today.  Colin is taking this card along with a notebook that I made yesterday with the Cinch.

I used Rich Razzleberry for the base of my card.  The Old Olive layer was run through the Big Shot with the large Polka Dot Texturz Plate.  I then added two strips of  paper piercing with my sewing machine and then added the strip of dsp from Razzleberry Lemonade.  The Pumpkin Pie layer is more of the dsp.  I stamped Wild Thing in Pumpkin Pie and alternated stamping the image off for a more muted look.  I then embossed around the edge with a scoring tool.  The main image is stamped on Shimmery White cardstock and is watercolored with Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Blush Blossom ink.  I distressed the edges with the Cutters Tool Kid.  The sentiment tag is Crushed Curry and die cut and embossed with Nestabilities.  I added a Rich Razzleberry button threaded with Linen Thread before being attached to the card.

Here is the sketch Jen as for us this week. It was a fun one to work with. I hope you have a chance to play along with us this week. If you need more inspiration please check out the fabulous Sketch for You to Try Sisters:

Jen del Muro and the Designer of the Month Lesa Smaligo
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage

I’m hoping we can have a more relaxing weekend. We have Lowes Build and Grow, a soccer game and a birthday party. However that is all we have planned for the weekend!  I’ll show you the two other notebooks I made yesterday early in the week.

Bird-Day Wishes

Today is a big day for Bandit and he’s excited about it.  I’ve packed up his crate and it’s going back to the house we borrowed it from.  When we first got him our crate was lent to someone so we in turn borrowed one to get us through until we got ours back.  In the past two weeks we’ve slowly been leaving him out when we aren’t home and he’s been doing well.  Therefore we don’t feel like we need the borrowed crate anymore.  We do have ours back to fall back on if we do need it.  Bandit is happy because he’s never been a fan of the crate anyway.  He was happy to see it folded up and leaving the house this morning.

That brings me to my card using bird cages.  I think these are much cuter than the one Bandit was in.  It was HUGE and took up a lot of space in our living room.  I recently got Aviary and it was one of the first sets on my wish list.  I paired it up with the Sketch Challenge from SCS.  I paired it with the sentiment from Picture This. The base is Tempting Turquoise and then I layered So Saffron with Crumb Cake that was run through the Finial Press embossing folder.  I used a sponge dauber and Whisper White craft ink to highlight the embossed layer and soften it a bit.  The Old Olive layer was stamped with the Elegance standard wheel. The flower was crocheted by my Mom and I used a Brights Button in the center of it.

I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday!  This week just flew by.  Colin has two soccer games this weekend, but that’s all we have planned.  I can’t wait to sit back and relax.

One of a Kind Birthday Wishes

I have to admit I’m so happy Colin and Evan are back in school. It makes it so much easier to get a few things done when I’m all by myself. However yesterday I didn’t get any stamping done at all. I guess I’m lucky that I had this card on hand yet to show you. After drop off today I don’t have anything to do so I’m going to get stamps inky and onto paper.

Once again I used the Papertrey Ink set Four of a Kind.  This time I used it with a clean and simple Fall to Layout 103.  The colors are Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  I used Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Early Espresso for the ink colors.  The ribbon is retired Stampin’ Up! and I stuck on a butterfly that was laying on my desk along with some half pearls.  The main image panel is raised on dimensionals.

Make a Wish

I’m back from CHA with a bag full of new stamps to play with! I had a lot of fun goofing around, doing make-n-takes, and meeting people I get to see everyday on the internet.  Yesterday I spent a lot of time just hanging out with my boys.  We went to church, played around outside and then went to Bears Training Camp.  The Boy Scouts help to clean up and in between Colin was able to get autographs of some of the players.  I was made fun of for not knowing who they were and having to ask who the autographs were from.

Today I sat down to play with a few of my new stamps.  This is the Fall to Layout 101 from Clean and Simple Stamping.  I used an a la mode stamp set from My Favorite Things called Birthday Girl.  I started with a Crumb Cake card stock base and then made my main image layer from Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White and Sweet Pea designer series paper.  I tied on a Chantilly Crochet Trim knot and then added the sentiment tag and two half pearls from the Pretties kit.  I then stamped and watercolored in the main image before cutting it out and adhering it to the card with dimensionals.  I really love the clean and simple lines of this layout.  It’s one I’ll use over and over again.

I hope you have a fantastic Monday!  I’m counting down until the start of school and there are 17 days!  I can’t wait until I get my stamping time back and can get on a normal schedule again.

Stamps: My Favorite Things – Birthday Girl
Paper: Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Sweet Pea dsp
Ink: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: AquaPainter, Pretties Kit, Chantilly Crochet Trim, dimensionals, mini glue dots

Bunny Cakes – SFYTT

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It’s Saturday and that means a new Sketch for You to Try from Jen. This week the sketch is sponsored by Amber Ink.  I chose to work with the Love Bunny – Bunny Cakes Digi image.  I have to say that I love this image and the card.  It all came together perfectly.

To make this card I started with the image.  I knew I wanted it to fit into the largest Nestabilities oval that I have, so I printed off a few test runs making it a bit smaller as I went.  That’s the great thing about digi images, you can make it fit the size of the image panel that you want to work with.  When I was happy with the size I printed it onto watercolor paper.  I then used my test run to cut out and mask the image and then I did a watercolor wash with Crumb Cake ink over the embossed oval surface.  I then used reinkers and an AquaPainter to watercolor in the image. The swirls were covered with a two way glue pen and then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds.

Here is a detail shot of my image. You can see that my watercoloring isn’t perfect, but sometimes it adds to the character of the card.  Here you can see a bit of the Dazzling Diamonds sparkle.

After I finished my main image I got started on my card.  I had a few pieces of Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper still lying on my table so I just went with them.  I love the soft subtle look of these two patterns.  I started by sponging each with matching ink and then distressed the edges.  I sewed around the layers and then attached some Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon with my sewing machine.  Everything was then attached to the Naturals White card stock base.  I finished it off with 2 half pears from the Pretties Kit and the sentiment banner from Birthday Bakery.  It’s a Level I Stampin’ Up! hostess stamp set.  I thought it fit the image perfectly.

Here is the wonderful sketch from Jen. Make sure you visit her blog to find out about the Amber Ink discount code.  Participants can also win a $25 gift certificate to the Amber Ink store!  The shop has Digi Images, Clear Stamps and Digi Paper.  I just fell in love with the bunnies the first time I saw them.

Also make sure to check out the other Sketch For You to Try Sisters.  There are more fantastic samples using Amber Ink images on some of their blogs.  Also make sure to stop by and welcome Carole back to the Saturday sketch team and give Megan your congratulations on her brand new baby girl.

Jen del Muro
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Leigh O’Brien
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage
and the Designer of the Month, Sandra MacLean

I have no idea what today holds in store for us.  Tomorrow we are going to celebrate my grandma’s 91st birthday with the family.  Colin and Evan made her a craft.  We also bought her a box full of chocolate from a local candy store.  I bet she’ll love both of her gifts.  Have a great Saturday and I hope you have a chance to play along with us this week.

Birthday Luxuries

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This weekend we are celebrating my grandmother’s 91st birthday.  I’m not sure if this is the card I’ll be giving her, but it’s a great possibility as I don’t have any cards in the house right now.  I made this for a few of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges on SCS.  One challenge was a sketch, one was to Strut Your Stuff and the other was for glitter.

I used Lap of Luxury dsp and pulled all of my colors right from there.  The base is Pretty in Pink and the back layer is Basic Gray and dsp.  The strip across the bottom portion is Concord Crush and dsp.  To make my main image I used an oval I cut out with the Coluzzle.  I then stamped my Birthday Bakery image in Basic Gray ink and then masked the images.  I used a mask I cut with the Coluzzle and then sponged on Bashful Blue ink before watercoloring my images in.  After I was done I added some doodling and Crystal Effects with glitter sprinkled on for some of the icing.  I finished it off with the sentiment and a Chocolate Chip epoxy brad attached to a Filigree brad that I’ve been hoarding.

I’m glad I got a lot of stamping done at the beginning of the week because the last two days I haven’t had a chance to stamp at all.  Yesterday Colin and Evan had play dates.  While Evan was out Colin had a friend over.  I used the time to prep our dinners for the rest of the week and weekend. I made Mexican Stuffed Peppers, Orzo Pasta with fresh veggies and Chili for a crock pot Chili Dog recipe.  Today I cleaned.  I love starting the weekend with a clean house.  I’m a little bummed because when I finished the floor I noticed my Bissel Flip It had a cap fall apart.  I have to see if Roger can fix it for me.  I can literally wash all of the floors in our house in under 20 minutes and have them dry by the time I’ve emptied and cleaned out the compartments.  It better not be broken since I haven’t seen these in stores for years.  I can’t even find the solution in stores anymore so I’m afraid they fazed them out.

Tomorrow Colin has an eye Dr. appointment.  We’ll see if he has to continue patching or not.  He’s been patching since he’s been 3, and we’ve cut down from all of his waking hours to 3 hours every other day. We’re getting to the age where his brain is supposed to get used to keeping his eye “turned on” all of the time.  I’ve certainly learned a lot about amblyopia over the last few years.

Stamps: Birthday Bakery
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Lap of Luxury dsp, Basic Gray, Concord Crush, Very Vanilla
Ink: Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories: AquaPainter, Coluzzle, Sponge Dauber, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, dimensionals, dazzling diamonds, crystal effects, Chocolate Chip Epoxy brads, Filigree brad
Techniques: watercoloring, masking