Thursday, October 27, 2011

Deconstructed Sketch #25-Nicest Thoughts

Hello out there! I've been a very bad blogger lately, haven't I? Well hopefully once we're all moved, I can establish my schedule again! My house is in upheaval right now and I have a week until the packers come to take my house away! Doesn't bode well for my creative muse;)

Today is Thursday and Jen has another fabulous sketch for you! Check it out!

This is a really fun sketch that you can really make your own! I changed the shape of the circle panel just so I could use my new PTI dies:)

This is an interesting color combo, I pulled it from that paper from Authentique's Splendid line:) 
The stamp is a Plain Jane from Verve called "Nicest Thoughts". These Plain Janes are a real bargain at only $3 a piece! Love them:) The butterfly is a stamp from Chicks Rule and is cut out with the coordinating Flutterby die.

Now go check out what the rest of the team has done with this sketch! Also, a HUGE welcome to our two Guest Designers, Andrea and Tracey!

Thanks for stopping by today:)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Deconstructed Sketch #24 - Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Hello! It's Thursday, which brings us a new sketch from Jen at the Deconstructed Sketch blog! Yesterday was my grandma's birthday, so I made a card for her using this weeks sketch (yes, this card is going to be a week late by the time it gets to her, lol!)

For my card, I flipped this sketch horizontally:)

I've been cleaning my stamp room and found this GinaK Designs set that I've had but NEVER took it out of the packaging, *gasp*! This set is too pretty to not see ink so I set about creating my DS24 sample with the Lovely Labels 3 set! Since it's my Grandma's (83rd) birthday today, I thought I'd make the card for her:) The label (stamped in Pink Lemonade Fresh Ink) coordinates with Spellbidners Labels 18 dies. The sentiment was stamped on the ribbon tags die. 

The circle pattern paper is from MME's Lost and Found line, but I forget which pack it came from.
The twine is from The Twinery and the buttons are from PTI.

Be sure to hop around and check out what the rest of the Deconstructed Sketch Design Team has made!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, October 17, 2011

BOO to YOU!!

Hey there! Do you like surprises? Julee is releasing a new Halloween set TODAY! This sweet and spooky little set is just in time to create a fun card or gift for a friend!

We have a limited supply of Boo to You available on the website today with more arriving in the coming weeks, but we can’t guarantee the re-stocking will be here in time for Halloween. So if you’ve got to have it, grab it fast! 

Here's my card...

I have been purging my craft room for the past day or so and found a ton of older 12x12 patterned papers that haven't seen the light of day in quite awhile, so I decided to use some:) I think this argyle pattern is from MME's Fine and Dandy collection. 
For the ghosts, I stamped them and then outlined them with my T2 Copic marker, and then went over that with Ice Stickles. Nothing scary about a sparkly ghost, right?;)

Don't you loooove the font combinations in this set? I'm crazy about them! And please, look away from the crooked line of buttons, lol! I attached them with glue dots, and the glue dots appear to be running away in different directions with my buttons, lol, doh! 

If you think you've seen this layout before, you're RIGHT! It's our SFYTT layout for the month of October!
 Click HERE to go to Jen Del Muro's blog to see the sketch post and details on how you can win a whole bunch of crafty fun this December!

Thanks for stopping by today:)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Deconstructed Sketch #23-Holly Jolly Christmas!

Time for another Deconstructed Sketch Challenge! I have another Christmas card to share with you today:) I don't know why, but I've really been in the mood to create Christmas cards lately. Not much sense in it for me since my home will be on a boat on it's way to the US and I won't have any way to mail them out, unless I want to mail them out by November 5th, which I don't. LOL! Anyhoo, sorry to ramble! Here's our sketch for this week--

Some sketches just work, kwim? You can just visualize what you want and it works! Almost all of Jen's sketches work like that for me. This one is one of those sketches:)

I bought a few Tiddly Inks last week, and colored them all up at once so all I had to do for this card was throw it together. This is "Lillie Claire-Sweet Christmas Dreams" How sweet is she? I colored her with Copics and then, after spending quite awhile coloring the candy cane *just right*, I covered it with Stickles, lol! Oh well, I love a shiny candy cane! The sentiment is from PTI and the papers are from Basic Grey's Nordic Christmas line. 

So, I think I mentioned {a few times} that I'm getting ready to move back to the US! We're moving to Phoenix and we'll be leaving Okinawa on November 12th. So, all of our house will be packed up and shipped to the states on November 7th. Since my stuff will be somewhere on the Pacific Ocean until mid-to late January, I will be taking a short break from the Deconstructed Sketch team. I'll be back as soon as I get my new house all set up and have a scrapbook room again! I will still be here for the rest of October, but starting November, you won't see much from me. In the mean time, check this out: 

**Do you love sketches? Would you like to be a guest designer for The Deconstructed Sketch? Jen is holding a contest using this week's sketch to find a VERY SPECIAL designer to guest with us from November 3, 2011 to January 26, 2012. That's THREE months designing with the Deconstructed Sketch Girls! If you are interested all you need to do is make a card using this week's sketch and add your card to InLinkz on Jen's blog by October 19, 2011 at 8 pm CST and add GUEST to the end of your name when linking up. If you are selected Jen will contact you regarding the specific duties for the three month term.**

Be sure to hop around and check out what the rest of the Deconstructed Sketch Design Team has made!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Deconstructed Sketch #22--Happy Holidays

It's time for another Deconstructed Sketch Challenge!! We are sponsored this week by the FANTASTIC Christy Croll of Tiddly Inks. Tiddly Inks digital stamps range from adorable and cute to funky and dark. There is something for everyone to love at Tiddly Inks. All of the images are hand drawn by Christy Croll and are high resolution digital images. You can find Christy's images at the Tiddly Inks store and the Tiddly Inks Basement, discount store. As our sponsor this week Christy is offering a $10 gift certificate to one lucky sketch participant!

Here is our sketch for this week:

And here is my card using Minnie's Christmas Lights!

My card base is Kraft and the patterned papers are from BG's Nordic Holiday line The sentiment is from a PTI stamp set.

Minnie was printed out on Neenah Smooth cardstock and I colored her in with Copics to match the papers.

If you’d like to join us this week all you need to do is create a project using the above sketch as inspiration. There are no specific image requirements for this challenge. Upload your project to your blog or to an online gallery and link it back Jen's blog to Inlinkz by Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8 pm CST. We are playing for a $10 Tiddly Inks Gift Certificate this week so make sure to get your entry in! (If you miss the deadline please leave a link to your card in a comment on Jen's blog… we’d still love to see it!!)

Be sure to hop around and check out what the rest of the Deconstructed Sketch Design Team has made!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

MFT Sketch #39

Hey there! I have a super quick post today. I'm trying to keep up with my blogging/card making so I'm just gonna make this quick and painless, lol!

I made this card for MFT's sketch challenge this week!

Here's my card, using the butterfly from Inspired by Butterflies and the sentiment from Just My Type...

The card base is Gray and the orange is Terracotta Tile, both by PTI. The patterned paper is from MME. I just adore that big butterfly stamp, the Inspired by Butterflies set is my absolute FAVORITE MFT set ever. I love how this actually looks like a monarch butterfly stamped on that orange polka dot paper! The twine is from The Twinery.

Thanks for stopping by today:)

Saturday, October 1, 2011



Hey there! So can you believe it's October already? It's insane! After Billy got home from the desert in September, the days are just cruising by. We have 42 more days left in Okinawa and we'll be moving to Phoenix Arizona!! Woohoo! We're super excited:) Going from a HUMID hot place to a DRY hot place, lol!

Okay, well I know why you're here, so lets get on with it, shall we? The first Saturday of the month brings us a new sketch from Jen!

Fun one, right? 

Our sponsor this month is the wonderful Waltzingmouse Stamps!

Claire is just the sweetest person you could ever meet and has the most wonderful selection of stamps! I love to shop in her store:)

For my card, I used one of my favorite WMS sets, Vintage Banners!

I just LOOOOVE aqua and red together, so when I saw the background paper in the MME pack, I knew that was my color combo. I thought a littlel pop of green would be fun in there too:) The banners in this set coordinate with the Spellbinders Nestabilites. I stamped the banner in Island ink (Fresh Ink) and then matted the banner with the lacy pennant in Aqua Mist. The sentiment is included in the Vintage Banners set and was stamped in Rhubarb ink (Memento) and cut out with a  1 1/4" circle punch.  I inked all the layers in Wheat Chalk ink and then sewed and glued everything down:) 
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 areno 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.”

Check out what my SFYTT sisters have created with this sketch!!

Becky Carafa Iwona Palamountain (Chupa!)