Saturday, 26 October 2013

The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #234



Well, we have sad news to announce today - this will be the last sketch challenge!  After many years of running this challenge blog, it is time to close up, with so many other pressing areas to attend to, but we hope you have enjoyed participating!  I certainly have!
So with that said, here is this week's sketch:

and here is my card:
I felt this sketch had a whimsical feel about it (the torn edge perhaps?), so I chose to make a soft, pretty card.  Firstly, I created my background paper again - I used the small poppy flower from the same set as my focal image, the Sweet 'n Sassy clear stamp set 'Poppies and Greetings'.  I first stamped light pink circles all over white cardstock - for this, I used the back of a patterned circle stamp, and then I overstamped the small poppy in a deeper pink ink.  For my image, I stamped the poppies with black memento ink, and coloured them with Copics, then cut the panel out using Spellbinders Curved Rectangles.  I then mounted that onto another Spellbinders die - Decorative Labels Eight.  I found some coordinating small patterned dp from my stash, and tore the bottom edge, as per the sketch.  A little sentiment in the bottom corner completes my card.

Please don't miss the chance to participate this week - check out what the other sugarbabies have created, then join us at the Sweet Stop one last time, to share your projects with us.
Good luck and blessings to all!
Cathy McCauleyKorin SutherlandCeal PritchettMarlena PeduzziMelissa ShultzRobin ParkerStephanie SerranoAnn Tuck,  Cynthia OlheiserDebbie Owens, and Jamie Moore.    

Saturday, 19 October 2013

The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #233

Hi there, Saturday again and time for another sketch challenge! Here is this week's sketch:



and here is my card:
Now you'll notice that there is a spin this week - and it is Fall.  You may remember I have just returned from Wisconsin, where we enjoyed beautiful Fall weather - sunny days with blue skies, and crisp early mornings and evenings.  Perfect weather - but already those leaves were turning, and we enjoyed seeing their glorious colours on our daily walks.  With those leaves in mind, I created my own background paper by stamping various leaves from the Sweet 'n Sassy clear stamp set, 'Nature Silhouettes 2', using autumn inks, and turning the stamps each time I stamped them.  I then stitched this panel to a black mat.  When I thought about those two circles in the sketch, I realised they didn't need to be two actual circles, they could be a cut out of one circle, which would leave more of the background paper showing!  I dry embossed the large tan circle, to give some texture, and popped up the black bird from the same set as the leaves, on to the remaining shape - the oval.  Instead of the scalloped border in the sketch, on the left side, I continued the theme of trees with the die cut birch trees.  Some hemp twine on my sentiment tag completed the card.
Please check out what the other sugarbabies have come up with for this sketch, and then share your creations with us - we love to see where your imagination takes you!

Cathy McCauleyKorin SutherlandCeal PritchettMarlena PeduzziMelissa ShultzRobin ParkerStephanie SerranoAnn Tuck,  Cynthia Olheiser,Debbie Owens, and Jamie Moore.    

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #232

My what a busy time we have had this past week!  Returning from visiting our daughter and her lovely family in Wisconsin, catching up with all that needed to be done around the house and garden, and completing the next few cards for the sketch challenge!  It's lovely to visit, but it's always good to be home, don't you think?
Here is this week's sketch
and here is my card:
I have used a Christmas wreath from the lovely Sweet 'n Sassy clear stamp set:  Seasonal Wreaths, which also has a coordinating die set, making it so easy to cut the wreath out, if that is the way you want it.  I coloured my wreath in traditional holiday colours, and popped it up on dimensionals, over a shimmery white card from my stash (the shimmer doesn't show in the photo, unfortunately).  I have mounted this on a pretty Spellbinders die cut - called Marvellous Squares.  The top half of my card has been dry embossed with a holly embossing folder, and dp covers the bottom two shapes.  I think this is a lovely layout for Christmas cards, and will be using it again with many other images, I'm sure.

I hope you have a try at this sketch challenge, but don't forget to pop over to the other sugarbabies, to see what they have come up with.

Cathy McCauleyKorin SutherlandCeal PritchettMarlena PeduzziMelissa ShultzRobin ParkerStephanie SerranoAnn Tuck,  Cynthia Olheiser,Debbie Owens, and Jamie Moore.    



Wednesday, 9 October 2013

CAS cards in black and white

I have returned home eager to create cards again, and for these cards I have CASED Brandy Cox - different stamp, slightly different layout and a bit of colour, but I was inspired by the crispness of her mass-produced cards.  You can check her blog HERE - just look for 10 minute cards in black and white!

 I have used Stampin Up's Quint-essential flower for my focal image, stamping twice for each card, so that I could cut out the centre, mount it on a black scalloped circle and pop it up with dimensionals.  I decided to add a splash of colour to the black and white theme, by cutting a strip of flocked dp to adhere to the left side, with a narrow black strip to finish the edge.  A matching rhinestone in the centre of the flower is all that is necessary to finish the card.  What do you think?  Should I have kept it simply black and white, or does the colour add something special?

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Sweet Stop Sketch #231



It's Saturday, so time for another sketch at the Sweet Stop.  This post will be brief as I am away on holiday and using different technology to usual. I hope you understand how 'tricky' that can be sometimes. Here is this week's sketch - isn't it darling?


And here is my card:
Not being at home, I used what I had available, and fortunately, that included some autumn leaves I made last year and left here (with my daughter)!  This was my starting point and together with dsp by Gina K and a die cut 'thanks on a line' my card was complete.  
Don't forget to visit all the sugarbabies, as they have some wonderful inspiration for you:
Cathy McCauleyKorin SutherlandCeal PritchettMarlena PeduzziMelissa ShultzRobin ParkerStephanie SerranoAnn Tuck,  Cynthia Olheiser,Debbie Owens, and Jamie Moore.