Monthly Archives: March 2013

Freshly Made Sketches 78

babycongratsI have used the inspiration from Freshly Made Sketches for this card.  I loved the idea of keeping it pretty simple and using a small image as my shape…  I’ve got a few cards coloured in, but only this one put together so far… I might add some more to this post if I get them done…

This was the sketch and here is the link to the blog…  FMS78

The image is from Tiddly inks - I used a digital stamp and added the sentiment though adobe photoshop elements, then printed it out.

I put some stickles on the stars and on the yellow paper for a bit of sparkle and glitter… It is a little hard to see, but here is a close up..


Ok, here’s another one I made using the same sketch and a tiddly inks image as well…hi_there card



Pattern Play Day 5

I thought the patchwork and weaving from the “online card class – pattern play” today was a lot of fun.  I have given the patchwork look a try.  I used paper from American Crafts called Hip Hip Hooray.  It’s nice and bright and perfect for a birthday card.  It also had a page of greetings which I’ve trimmed out to make my happy birthday banner….  I thought it was a bit of fun….  It also seems to go with the CASual Friday theme ( of the day which is to use no stamps.. So, this is all patterned papers…  I added this to the links earlier, but the photo was  a bit dark, so I edited the photo and this looks much better – I took out some of the shadow and made it a bit whiter, so it looks more like it does in real life now!!  This was the old photo I had linked up… big difference hey??IMG_2141

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Xavier turns 7….

It hard to believe that my little boy has just turned 7.  He is such a sweet kid… Always making sure things are right and looking out for his friends.  We spent the day in Galveston with our friends.  We had a swim in the pool, but we really were too busy swimming and having fun that I forgot to take photos….  Sorry…  So here are a couple with some of his presents and with his delicious oreo cookie ice-cream cake!!


Pattern Play Day 4 Card 2

IMG_2138I couldn’t let that pretty paper I created for my first card go to waste, so I made another card with patterned papers and used some glossy accents, stickles and my white gel pen to embelish the circles.  I put the patterned paper I started with under the card, so you can see the difference…



Pattern Play Day 4


Todays pattern play was all about altering patterned papers to add texture or give it a bit of a different look.  I had the same image I pattern pieced on day 2 of the class (from all that scraps C.C Designs Swiss Pixie Umbrella Lulu).  This time I had coloured it in and decided to add it to a card with some patterned paper.  I found a purple striped paper, but it did not match the purple used in the image, so I added some yellow, blue, orange and purple stripes the same colour as the copic colours I used on my image.  I then added a few strips of glossy accents and used my white gel pen to go over a couple of the white lines.  It’s a bit hard to see the white gel pen in the photo, but you can see the glossy accent strips…

my before and after paper shot

my before and after paper shot

I thought this was a really fun way of ensuring the background and my image were colour co-ordinated….

a close up of the image

a close up of the image



Pattern Play Day 3

In class today we were challenged to use paper with a bigger pattern in our cards, whether it be to use a large chunk of pattern and keep the rest of the card simple, tone down the pattern with vellum, or use a small piece of the pattern in our card…  I found this paper:


I thought I would use it as the base for my card like Kristina showed us, then put a plain sentiment on top.  I quite like how this bold pattern translated into a pretty simple card. I inked the edges up with distress ink and also distressed the orange striped background on the banner as this was orange and white.  The contrast seemed too much on the card, so I made it a lighter orange with the darker orange.  The “thank you” sentiment was embossed on white card stock and I used the same orange distress ink to colour the paper…



Pattern Play day 2, card 2

This was a really fun class and there were a lot of techniques I wanted to try out… My last entry was paper piecing which was so much fun.  This time I thought I’d find a piece of paper I really didn’t like and see what I could do with it…IMG_2128

This paper was so bright and so bold I couldn’t imagine using it on a card.IMG_2127

I stamped an image over the top (heart flourish from hero arts) and embossed it with white embossing powder.  It seemed to tone down the brightness.

I was trying to do the resist technique, but accidently put white embossing powder on it instead of clear, but I liked the effect in the end and I didn’t think it needed any more color.  I like the idea of stamping or inking paper to change the look and effect.  I hadn’t really thought about that before.  Something I will have to think about more often so I can use up papers I don’t like as much or co-ordinate my papers with other images/colours on the page…

Pattern Play Day 2


I really did not think I could have this much fun with patterned papers.  I used the paper piecing technique from the class today and pieced together the umbrella and Hat.  I used Copics to colour the rest of the image.  I cut out each section of the hat and umbrella from patterned paper and inked the edges to give it a bit of a subtle shadow…  I used the same paper to create the edge of the card and even used a patterned paper piece for the ribbon across the bottom of the page!

The image is from All that Scraps.  the image is C.C Designs Swiss Pixie Umbrella Lula and you should be able to find it here…




Pattern Play Day 1

I have joined the pattern play card making class as I do not usually use patterned papers on my cards.  I am a little scared of them, so this will hopefully give me a few tips and tricks to use up some of my patterned papers.  I don’t have a lot, just some from my scrapbooking days which would be nice to use on cards as well…




I thought I would use Kristina’s tip of making sure you had a sketch, so I was looking on the “freshly made sketches” site and used sketch number 76…  I think I’ve finally worked out how to link to another site!!  Yay…

So, it only really needed three patterned papers,.  I chose the ones below from a creative memories set…

The papers I chose

The papers I chose

I then embossed three flowers onto the green patterned paper and punched them out.  I had to mount them on white card stock and ink the edges so I could “pop” them off the page, otherwise they would have been too flimsy.

The flowers are from a Close to my heart stamp set called “Smiles”.  The thinking of you sentiment is from a Close to my heart stamp set called “dainty thoughts”.

Tiddly Inks Challenge # 105 CAS

I do enjoy clean and simple cards.  I have been creating quite a few one layer cards lately.

I love these tiddly ink images as they don’t need much embellishment (in my book anyway).  They are so so cute on their own.  I recently purchased some of the clear stamp sets – there is just something I love about stamping an image and they are the perfect size for a 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4″ size card.  I colored the image with copics – I am new to copics and just learning how to use and color with them.  I used glossy accents for the flowers and stamped a very simple sentiment…


glossy accents on flowers and her hair clip

glossy accents on flowers and her hair clip