Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sweet Sunday Sketch #151

Oh, Sweet Sunday Sketch, how I've missed you! The moment I saw this sketch, I knew I wanted to pull out a new stamp set (to me, at least) that I grabbed in a sale back in December. Love sales. This little beehive and bee are from Taylored Expressions's Garden Party Critters. Such a cute little set!


I stamped the beehive and bee with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with my copic markers. I added some stickles to the entryway, the edge of the hive, and the bees wings for a little shimmer. The bee is popped up with a tiny dimensional. The cirle image scared me a little bit since I knew the image would go in the rectable and the sentiment in the banner. What the heck was supposed to go in that circle?! All I have to say is thank goodness for buttons! I stacked a yellow and turquoise button and tied them together with some baker's twine. Note to self: Go buy more gold jewels at Michaels. I'm out! It is a travesty, really. I made my own by coloring a few clear jewels with a copic marker. Always a good solution in a pinch, but I'm now using up all of my clear jewels!

I'm out of the classroom today doing benchmark reading with my kiddos. This midyear assessment may be my favorite. It's one of the moments when you truly step back and see just how much each and every one of the kids have grown as readers since the first week of school (aka- It's one of those days where I feel like a good teacher that has actually been teaching for the last few months. And better yet, they're actually learning!). It should be a relaxing day, which is always welcome. :)

Thank so much for stopping by!

Stamps- TE: Garden Party Critters
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper- Going Gray, Vintage Cream, October Afternoon Farmhouse dp
Accessories- baker's twine, buttons, dimensionals, stickles, copics, jewels

Monday, January 30, 2012

Fall to Layout

Good morning! I have a special card that I've been waiting to post, and I suppose a month after the card was sent is plenty of time, lol. This card was made to celebrate my parents' 37th wedding anniversary back on December 20th! I may be slightly biased, but I have the most incredible parents on the face of this Earth.


I used an older Fall to Layout to help this sketch come to fruition, along with some new-ish dp. I love the blues and grays in the Authentique Journey collection! Such fun, rich colors. I changed up the circle with a PTI die and added some ribbon to fancy it up a bit. The heart was stamped in gray along with some versamark and embossed with some black embossing powder to really make it pop.

I'm a little short for words today, but thanks for stopping by!

Stamps- Verve: Hearts of Fire, PTI: Round & Round, Mat Stack 2 Collection
Paper- Sahara Sand, Smokey Shadow, Rustic Vintage Cream, Authentique Collection: Journey
Ink- Basic Gray, Versamark
Accessories- ribbon, buttons, black ep, dimensionals, Mat Stack 2 die, Mat Stack 2 Layerz die, nestabilities

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mojo Monday on a Sunday

Ah, Mojo Monday on a Sunday. How you always motivate me to play along at the last possible second... How I scramble to finish before the ever-looming deadline. But, oh, the motivation and mojo you bring! At first glance at this week's sketch, I have to admit that I turned and ran in the other direction. Didn't even save the sketch. But, as always, the mind kept coming back to it and scheming.... Until I was forced to play along! Forced! ;)


I have been itching to pull out a bunch of new goodies I purchased back before Christmas (I know, I know... I don't know how I waited this long to bust out the goodies...) and this was the moment. Behold, new dp and new stamps. I have been staring at PTI's Harvest Berries set for a few months and finally was able to squeeze it into the budget. Yay! I die cut the largest cluster, stamped the image, and then trimmed off the bottom two big leaves to help the image fit the space without overwhelming the card.

Some sewing machine stitching and a whole lot of tea dye stain finished off this fairly basic card. I left it sentiment-less so that it can be used for anything. Sometimes these really are the best cards.

On a completely random note, I have been cooking up a storm here on the homefront. Last night I made these soft and chewy pretzels. You need to go make them. Now. They are a-maz-ing! I really think they are going to become a weekly treat, maybe even a twice-a-week treat. Man, oh man, they're good!

All right. Enough from me. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps- PTI: Harvest Berries
Ink- Kiwi Kiss
Paper- Simply Chartreuse, Vintage Cream, Bitty Box Basics dp, Cosmo Cricket Social Club dp
Accessories- sewing machine, tea dye stains, dimensionals, ribbon, Harvest Berries die