Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Song of Christmas

Hello and welcome back to another Skipping Stones Sketch Tuesday! I neglected to post my card last week (it’s cold season, boo…) but I can’t wait to share the simple little number I whipped up with our fabulous sketch this week!

I love the quick and easy route when making cards so this sketch was perfect for just that! Your imagination can really run rampant with this sketch so feel free to interpret it any way you like. Because I definitely did. ;)

Instead of the sentiment flanking the center like in the sketch I chose to move the sentiment down and replace one side with this gorgeous ribbon. The images and sentiment are from Chrismas Song and the ribbon and brads are from our generous sponsor this month, Creative Impressions!



Make sure to visit the rest of the DT and our guests to see their fabulous creations!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thankful for…

I have much to be thankful for and I’d be remiss in not saying how grateful I am for several people and opportunities I have in my life. My wonderful husband, amazing kids, family, friends and my great job are all such blessings in  my life and I’m truly thankful for the delight and/or challenges each one brings daily. ;) I’m also thankful that I have a fun hobby and I’m glad I was able to find one of my true passions in life.

I’ve been a bad scrapbooker this year (see a post later this week on that), but started to get the bug again to scrapbook and I made a few layouts over the weekend. This one was created with the use of a sketch from Stuck Sketches and was perfect to get me going again.

I used an older Bo Bunny collection (Beautiful Life) which included the journaling card and family circle. The leaves were in a Prima package, and the chipboard shapes/title are thickers. I also added a few mini safety pins, a corduroy button, lace and a scalloped strip of cardstock. I later journaled in the date (11/09) to the small circle.

The sketch below:

November 15th

Thanks for a great sketch ladies!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Welcome to Sketch Challenge # 102 and to showcase our Featured Stamp Set of the Month, Rustic Tiles!   Rustic Tiles is a versatile set, that you are about to see from our fabulous Design Team.  If you just came from Betsy's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened along my blog today,start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design.  The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease.

Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs.  This month we are welcoming Jimmi Mayo, Betsy Veldman and Jessica Griffin to our team as Guest Designers!  Chan Vuong will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

So let’s start off with the sketch and then I can show you the card and the photo that inspired it all!


I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this sketch, but after looking at the Rustic Tiles set it clicked for me that the tile designs reminded me of the tiles we saw in our hotel and around the town on our trip to Puerto Vallarta earlier this year. A quick search on Pinterest gave me this photo below and I knew I wanted to recreate this look.




I used glossy cardstock so that when I colored in the stamps with Copics it would really help the colors pop off the page. I used the photo to help guide my color choices and to mimic some of the tiles. The sentiment “gracias” was done with shiny black Thickers and the ribbon is from our sponsor this month, Creative Impressions. The orange was the perfect pop to mix with these colors and bring out the rustic feel. The rest of the DT will be using these products all month long!

Make sure to head over to Karen's blog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


It’s time for another SSD Sketch Tuesday post!

Today I’ve turned the sketch into a layout, and that’s just one of the reasons why I love sketches! They are so versatile and can be used in so many ways to inspire you!

For the background I used the star from Christmas Swirls, and used a glue pen to add dazzling diamonds glitter. The ric rac trim is from Creative Impressions, a fabulous embellishment company with everything from mini paperclips and tiny clothes pins to luscious ribbon treatments. All of the team creations will be using something from Creative Impressions each week!


Here’s the sketch, isn’t is fun?! Make sure to visit the SSD blog to take a look at what our guests and DT did with this sketch!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tips and Tricks–Joseph’s Coat

Welcome to Tips and Tricks Thursday! Today I’m going back to my “stamping roots” and pulling out a technique that I learned during my first year of stamping!

The technique I’m showing today is Joseph’s Coat (so named after Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors) and I’m using a stamp from Rustic Tiles which is our featured set for November! This set is on sale all month for $12.49!

Start off by rounding up your supplies. Normally for this technique you would use a spectrum pad and black ink, but I’m giving it a twist and instead am using two different blue inks.

  • Ink Pads
  • VersaMark
  • Embossing buddy (optional)
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Brayer
  • Your favorite SSD stamp!

The first step is to take the lighter color ink (or spectrum pad) and completely cover your cardstock with a brayer. At this point you can let it dry and use an embossing buddy to help with the next step.

Next, stamp your image onto the cardstock with the VersaMark ink pad. It is hard to see at first, but by tilting it up to the light you can see where you’ve stamped and add images as needed.

Once it’s stamped to your satisfaction, sprinkle clear embossing powder over and then shake off the excess.

After the powder is off you’ll see the images you’ve stamped.

Heat up the embossed images and then…..

Use the brayer to cover the full sheet with the darker ink. This will make the embossed images pop off the page in the lighter color!

To finish off my card I’ve added some ribbon and mounted it to a blue card base. The ribbon came from Creative Impressions, a fabulous embellishment company with everything from mini paperclips and tiny clothes pins to luscious ribbon treatments. All of the team creations will be using something from Creative Impressions each week!


Here’s a close up of the embossed images and that luscious ribbon! I think one of my favorite things to do is to look at a stamp set and to see if there are additional possibilities with a stamp set. Rustic Tiles has some great square shapes, but there is also a shape that looks like a snowflake! I left a sentiment off, but you could easily add several sentiments to this for a great winter wishes card!