Thursday, April 28, 2011

Creative Sketches Week 30 Holiday/Celebration


Whew! Made it to post this week. Life has been nothing if not crazy lately.

This week we have a sketch and holiday/celebration theme. Since I am still so tired I went with easy. I used the Paisley Petals DSP only available this month as a special preview order for the new catalog coming in July. I used the Sizzix Circles #2 die to cut my circles. Which means I have more circles to play with to make another card or two since that die cuts 4 circles in various sizes. The Sincere Salutations sentiment "Best Wishes" gave me some options for this card. I can use it for several different occasions. Cardstock is Old Olive and Very Vanilla and the ink is Old Olive. The Butterfly Punch provided my accent, ran through the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and embellished with Basic Pearls.

Don't forget to pop by Creative Sketches and see what other wonderful creations have been designed this week.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Creative Sketches Week 28 Color and a Sneak Peek

 Running in for a quick post for this week's challenge. What a calming restful color combination. I wasn't kidding when I said quick. I made this card in about 15 minutes. This week has been hectic to say the least.

I used the new Sail Away stamp and The Open Sea stamp set along with Teeny Tiny Wishes. The new stamp sets will be available May 1st in the new Summer Mini catalog. The ink is Elegant Eggplant. I "ooo booed" the sentiment when I first stamped it so I used the Word Window punch to create a new custom sentiment label to cover the oopsie :0)  I used the Photo Corners punch to create the notches for the bakers twine. Quick and simple with a little twist. This is going to be the perfect card for grandpa after his surgery and will be off in the mail soon.

 Jog on over to the Creative Sketches site and see what the other designers have been up to this week. Lots of great cards to enjoy.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Creative Sketches Week 27 Sketch - A Tribute

 This week's card is a tribute for a special friend whose husband has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Sending much love, prayers and encouragement their way as they walk the road ahead.

I used the new Strength and Hope stamp set available in the Summer Mini May 1st for the background, the swirl from Elements of Style to stamp on the Baja Breeze Seam Binding, the Paisley Petals Designer paper available this month as a special preview order before the new big catalog comes out in July, Marina Mist cardstock and ink, Whisper White cardstock and Basic Pearls. The sentiment is from Verve's Breast Cancer Awareness set.

Encouragement cards are my favorite to make and often are tailored specifically for the family member or friend who needs a pick me up. However it would be relatively easy to create a set to keep on hand when you receive word someone is ill or going through a rough spot. In today's electronic wizardry, it's a nice touch to be able to gift someone with a hand made card and not just an email or text.

So here is a dual challenge for you this week: Create a card specifically for someone who could use a pick me up and then make a few extra cards to keep on hand to pop in the mail when the need arises. This week's sketch will give you a design to start with.

Be sure to visit the Creative Sketches site and see the other wonderful creations this week. You're in for a treat.