Thursday, September 29, 2011

Deconstructed Sketch #21

Hey there! Remember me? I've been a very bad blogger this week, I know! I'm having a hard time finding the time/motivation to stamp lately, grrr! Once I saw this week's Deconstructed Sketch though, I knew I had to find time! Check it out!

There are so many possibilities with this sweet little sketch! Here's my take on it, using a bunch of Verve!

I still had my Portabello Road paper (MME) on my desk so I decided I'd go with those again:) I love the colors in this pack. The "Life is Good" is a Plain Jane stamp and the "a day to remember" and leaf sprigs are from "Sunny Days". I used the Leafy Sprigs dies to cut out the leaves and then stamped on them after they were cut out. I used my Classy Label die for the sentiment panel. You can see the coordinating stamp from Love Notes stamped very lightly under the sentiment:)

Well that's it from me today, head on over to the Deconstructing Jen blog to see the sketch, details, and a link of my participating team mates! Thanks for stopping by today, I haven't fallen off the face of the planet;)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September Diva Dare--XOXO

The September Diva Dare over at the Verve Blog is goin' down! This month, the Diva's are CASE'ing (copy and steal everything!) each other:) These are some of my favorite challenges, outside of sketches! 

Andrea had the task of matching all of us Diva's up to the talented girl we'd be case'ing. No matter who we got paired up with was going to be a challenge because every single one of these Diva's is full of talent. I happened to get Laurie! OMG, right? Nothing like a little pressure to get your mojo going, haha! I always love her elegant, distressed, shabby style. I was MUCHO intimidated, but as I started going through Laurie's gallery, I was also MUCHO inspired:) After alot of "hmmmm'ing" and "haw'ing" I decided on THIS beauty! I loved the diagonal panel and wanted to see what I could do with it!

I knew I had to have distressing, inked edges, and fabulous sewing to even come CLOSE to making Laurie proud! The sentiment is from "Making a Statement" and the leaves are from "Sunny Days" and cut out with the "Leafy Springs Die Set".  The heart behind the sentiment is cut out using the Jotted Heart die. The diagonal panel is paper from MME's Lost and Found Two line. I also used some fabulous SU! ribbon and a Recollections rose! 

Want to know how you can win some fabulous new VERVE GOODIES?

  1. Play along with us and link up your new Case-a-Diva creation (posted September 16 or later) to the linky widget on the DAY ONE post before 9pm Mountain on Sunday,October 2nd. One lucky stamper will win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Verve Store. Verve Stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em we would  LOVE to see ‘em!
  2. For another chance to win, be sure to give the Divas a little shout-out in the comments section as we share our Case-a-Diva  creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing!  Winners will be announced on Monday,October 3rd right here on the Verve blog.
Now it's YOUR turn!  We DARE you to show us your creations!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Deconstructed Sketch #19

Hello there! I'm here today with a card using this week's Deconstructed Sketch (#19). I love all the layers on this one!

For sketches that use alot of layers, I only focus on getting those layers together before I begin embellishing. I won't necessarily glue everything down, but I have all my layers cut and inked and distressed, or whatever! That way I ensure followed the sketch, hahah! Then the FUN begins;)

All the papers I used are from the "Rosy" line by MME. I love these feminine colors, so beautiful:)
Like I mentioned, before I did any stamping or embellishing, I picked out my papers, matted them, and sewed them. I then added all the scalloped edges.

I cut out my Rounded Scalloped Frame die and stamped the sentiment from Words of Wisdom on the inside piece of the die (the frame and rectangle inside come out in two pieces) and stamped the scalloped frame (from Making a Statement) in Calypso Coral ink. Once I had my sentiment panel figured out, I began glueing everything down. The flowers are from Making a Statement and cut out using my Loopy Blooms dies. The brads are from SU! and the twine is from PTI.

Well that's it from me today:) Make sure to swing by the Deconstructed blog to see Jen's sample, challenge details, and the rest of the DT's cards!
Thanks for stopping by today:)

Monday, September 12, 2011

SCRSC60 - Case the DT!

Hey there! This week's SCRS challenge is a fun one, you get to hop around and see all the DT's cards, pick one you like, and CASE it! CASE'ing is always fun, and if you're in a bit of a rut and can't find your mojo, CASEing someone's card always helps to get the juices going.


Here's my card, using Shopping Millie!

I colored Millie up to match the papers from MME and then drew in a sidwalk around her. I wanted to ground her a bit, and find that drawing a sidewalk or grass really helps bring the image to life. All I did was draw some lines and then color them with my gray Copics. I cut out the picket fence (from MFT) and glued it down behind Millie, again, creating a scene that really pops out at you. The sentiment comes with Shopping Millie, and I stamped it on cardstock cut with my Charming Banner dies from Verve.

I used this week's Deconstructed Sketch for the layout...

Well that's it from me today, make sure you check out the rest of the DT's samples and CASE one! Can't wait to see what ya'll do with this weeks challenge:)

Karber Team:
SCRS Team:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Viva la Verve! September Week 2--Thank You!

Hey there! I'm here today with a quick card for this week's VLV challenge! Amy is our hostess this month and came up with this BEAUTIFUL sketch!

Here's my card!

This card started out with me just playing with my Distress Stains. I was rubbing them on paper, just playing and havin' fun. Then I thought, "Hey! What if I clear emboss some leaves and do a little Distress Stain resist? So that's kinda where this card came from, haha! I cut a piece of white cardstock to 3.25x4.5 and stamped and clear embossed the leaves from Bloom and Grow. Then I used my Shabby Shutters Distress Stain and just rubbed it over the whole piece of cardstock, using tissue to wipe excess stain off of the leaves. 

I think the Distress Stain is my new favorite technique, there are so many fun ways to use this product. I bet this technique would look awesome with a gradient color combo using different colored stains. I think I'll try that tomorrow!

In this picture, you can see the turqouise flower from Bloom and Grow (cut out using the Floral Circles dies) sticking out from behind the bow. The sentiment is from You and I and the tags are the Tiny Sweet Scalloped Tag dies. The paper is from Portabello Road by MME:)

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back later this week...

Friday, September 9, 2011

August Diva Dare

Hello! This is my 2nd post today, so if you're looking for my Sparkle Creations preview card, please click HERE or scroll down a bit, thanks!!


Just wanted to post real quick to let you know I have a project up on the Verve blog! This month's Diva Dare is "Sending some Sunshine":) Here's a peek, click here to go to the blog to see the post in full. Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sparkle Creations September Previews--Fairy Millie

So how have you been liking the previews so far? Aren't you loving the fun halloween images being previewed? I can't wait to get Mummy Oliver, he is so stinking adorable, lol!

Today, the Karber team from Sparkle Creations is previewing a new Karber image, called Fairy Millie! 

I love coloring fairy images because you can really get crazy and add lots of glitter and just really girl it up.I didn't get TOO crazy on mine though, I wanted it pretty simple. I colored the image with Copics (image stamped on Cryogen white paper, the sparkly kind, I forget what it's called, lol) The chocolate label behind the image is actually my Curvy Label die from Verve, cut in half. Then I glued it onto the back of the oval image, so it gives the illusion of one big label die. The beautiful flower is a die from PTI called Blossoms #3. I am going to use the heck out of that die, haha! I painted some Glimmer Glaze on the flower, so it's sparkly, it just didn't come through in the picture. The sentiment is from PTI's Butterfly Dreams, and is pretty much my favorite PTI set ever! Niki Estes, you're a genius, woman;) The papers are from MME's Lost and Found line called Portabello Road. Have you ever seen that movie "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"? There is a song called Portabello Road in the movie and was totally singing it while making this card, haha!

Be sure to visit all rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Fairy Millie. Sparkle will be giving away a Fairy Millie to one lucky person! For a chance to win, you need to comment on all of the designer's blogs (list below). Then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Millie post. You have until midnight EST each day to comment. The lucky winner will be announced the following day!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sparkle Creations September Sneak Peeks-Witch Millie!

Hey there! Today, the Karber team from Sparkle Creations is kicking off the sneak peeks for the September SCRS release! We're sharing a new Karber image today, she's called Witch Millie and I think you'll love her!!

Isn't she the sweetest lil witch? I sure think so:) I colored her up with Copics and the papers are all from Matilda by Cosmo Cricket:)

The sentiment comes with this image, awesome right? Love the funky font:)

Be sure to visit all rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Witch Millie. Sparkle will be giving away a Witch Millie to one lucky person! For a chance to win, you need to comment on all of the designer's blogs (list below). Then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Millie post. You have until midnight EST each day to comment. The lucky winner will be announced the following day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

SCRSC 59-Broomstick Lucy

Hello! Today I have a fun card to share for this week's Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps challenge! This week we have a sketch to play with!


Today, the ENTIRE SCRS team is playing with Broomstick Lucy! She is SOOO cute, I think you'll agree;)

Broomstick Lucy-Amber

Don't you love her? I've never seen a sweeter witch:) All the papers are from Cosmo Cricket's Matilda line. I thought it was perfect for this image!

Here's a bigger picture of the sketch...

SCRSC59 Sketch Only

Check out the SCRS blog for details on how to play and to see all the other girls cards! Come back tomorrow for Day 1 of the September SCRS release sneak peeks!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tuesday Trigger: Nice and Neutral

Between quizzes and research papers, I carved a bit of crafty time out today! When I'm looking for a fun challenge, I always head to the Moxie Fab blog and see what kind of fun Cath has for me! As soon as I saw the Tuesday Trigger for this week, I was inspired to pull out some of my new Papertrey Ink goodies!

I recently received my August release order and was most excited for my Modern Woodgrain stamps! I just love the patterns and how they coordinate with the previously released mat stacks. I stamped the Rustic Cream background with Background Basics: Text Style, in kind of a random order, in Espresso ink. I stamped one of the woodgrain mats in Espresso ink on kraft cardstock, cut with the corrisponding mat stack (can't remember which one this is, two I think?). The pennants and alpha stamps (Wendy Alpha) are both by MFT! I finsihed the card off with some twine and roses.

That's it from me today folks! Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend:)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

SFYTT sponsored by Skipping Stones!


Hello! It's the first Saturday of the month and that means a brand new Sketch for you to try! Yay! I think you are going to LOVE the sketch this month, it was sooo fun to play with!

This month, our sketch is being sponsored by Skipping Stones Designs! I love this company's stamps! I unfortunately do not have any stamps by SSD so I'll be using some Verve, but you gotta check the SSD site out, fabulous stuff in there!

I used some new MME papers, I believe it's the Sunshine collection! I love the colors in this pad and will definately keep it on my desk for a day or 12, lol! The sentiment is a new Plain Jane from Verve, it's called "Nicest Thoughts". I stamped the bird right on the circle element and then stamped it again on the blue polka dot paper and cut out the wing to paper-piece it. The flowers are from Making a Statement. I stamped them on flowers I die-cut using my Loopy Blooms dies. I added some roses to the flower centers and wrapped some twine around the card front.

Check out the rest of the SFYTT sistah's to see what they have up their sleeves!

Jen Del Muro and Guest Alyssa

We also have two NEW sistah's to welcome! YAY!


1. The SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY {SFYTT} will be posted on the first Saturday of each month on at 8am EST and will stay open to participants until the last day of the month, unless otherwise noted.
2. This is for fun! Interpret the sketch as you wish and embellish as desired. There are no vendor restrictions, but we would love to see you use the sponsor’s stamps!
3. Each month we will have a Designer of the Month that will be chosen from past month’s participants.
4. Come and play with us on each and every sketch! On Christmas Day 2011 a prize package worth over $200 will be given away to one very lucky and loyal SFYTT stamper that participates in EVERY sketch for the year.
5. To be eligible for the prize package, you must complete ALL of the sketches by each of the deadlines AND link your creation to the link system on that month’s sketch post (the first Saturday of the month). Everyone except for SFYTT Sisters are eligible for the prize package, including Designer of the Month and international players.
6. When posting your sketch creation on your blog, please post the sketch and link back to the sketch post on When posting to online galleries, please use the keyword “SFYTT.”

Friday, September 2, 2011

Viva la Verve! September Week 1--Big Hello

Hi there! It's FRIDAY! WhhheeEEEEEeeeEE!!! Friday's mean VLV sketches! Today is the first sketch of September so I hope you can play along with us!

This weeks' sketch is a tall and skinny card! The measurements for my card are 3.5x6.5 (cut cardstock to 7"x6.5" and score the 7" side at 3.5")

I used the flowers from Sunny Days and the tag stamp and sentiment from Tag Time! The flowers are mounted on dimensionals on cardstock cut using my Vintage Oval die! I cut out a tag using the smallest die from the Tiny Sweet Scallop Tag die collection and then stamped the coordinating tag stamp from Tag Time. I added some ribbon and buttons to complete the card...

Check out the Verve Forums for details on how to play along with us!
Thanks for stopping by:)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Deconstructed Sketch #17--Happy Halloween!

Hello! So...I'm trying out the new Blogger's weird and very modern, lol! Hopefully I don't mess this up!

Deconstructed Sketch 17

This Week’s Sponsor
Today we are sponsored by Simply Betty Stamps here at the Deconstructed Sketch. Simply Betty Stamps is stamp company dedicated to producing stamps that are FUN, FUNKY and just a little bit DIFFERENT than your everyday stamps. Betty offers stamps in deeply etched red rubber, clear and digital formats. You are sure to find something to love!
Our prize for one lucky sketch participant this week is THREE stamps from Betty’s new Sweet Gothic Kids Halloween line of clear stamps and this week I am picking the stamps and I’ve chosen Pumpkin Carvin’ Alex, Witch Wednesday and Tily Vampire!
Here's my card, using Rag Doll Sally!

I colored her with Copics and used papers from Authentiques "Glowing" collection! The sentiment is from Verve's "Happy Fall"

Be sure to check out what the other Deconstructed Sketch Girls have made using this fantastic line from Simple Betty!
Thanks for stopping by today!