Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches Week 3 Card Reveal

We're half way through September and it's already time for another Sassy Lil' Sketch card reveal. Are you ready? Here it is:

I created an Anniversay card for my brother and his wife who were married on October 31. I used Cosmo Cricut paper, Kaiser Kraft blooms, Stampin' Up punches, and Ranger Distress ink on the edges of the card and patterned paper.

This card has most of my favorite colors on it. I love Autumn and all the beauty it has to offer. I think it may be my favorite season. What's yours? Oh, did I mention this month's Sassy Lil Sketch sponsor is Authentique Paper? Well, they are-so play along on Sassy Lil' Sketches and you will be registered for the monthly drawing. All you have to do is copy the sketch above, take a picture of your card, and post it on the website here: You'll find the rules, gallery, and lots of inspiration!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Product Review

Slick Writers by American Crafts
The Slick Writer is a pen "must-have" in my opinion because it allows scrapbookers and cardmakers to write on surfaces that would otherwise go unused and less embellished. Slick Writers contain quick-dry ink and their durable acrylic tip makes this the ideal marker for writing on lots & lots of surfaces, including photos, stickers, ribbon, vellum, metal and glass. I was introduced to the Slick Writer several years ago when I was whining to a friend about not being able to find a pen to write on Maya Road plastic journaling tags. Well, with Slick Writer's you can! They also work great on photo paper (which is what I used in my card example here). Sometimes I find myself wanting to add a bit of journaling to a picture-especially in an area of the photo that is blank-maybe an inspirational word-like "Hope" or "Love". I pull out my Slick Write and it works great. Slick Writers come in lots of different sizes-fine, medium, and broad and are also available in different colors. I created my card using American Crafts patterned paper, photo paper, Ranger alcohol inks, stencils, bling and green gingham ribbon & of course a fine black Slick Writer!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tutorial: 3D Copic Images=Happiness :)

A Walk Down Memory Lane has a fun tutorial on how to create this 3D image using The Greeting Farm stamps, Copic Markers, and American Crafts papers & Thickers:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Copic Christmas Card Class-October 5, 2011

Join me at The Scrapbooking Studio on October 5, 2011 from 6:30-8:30pm to create five Christmas Cards using Copic markers, Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land papers & stamps, Tattered Angels (Mist)-a-ble canvas sheet flowers, Just Rite Stamps, Maya Road wooden snowflakes and heart stick pins, Tim Holtz stamp, Stickles & Ranger inks & blender tool, as well as Perfect Pearls Mist, gorgeous ribbons with texture, punched and die cut pieces, and more. Each attendee will receive three Ciao Copic Markers to keep in the following colors ($12 value) R35 Coral, R39 Garnet, and YG63 Pea Green. You'll also receive photos of each card along with written directions and envelopes. In addition to the three Ciao marker colors already mentioned we will also use the following markers in class-bring them if you have them or use mine during class: R22, R24, BG10, B00, B02, N0, YG67, E74, E77, BV20, BV25, Y08, C5, C7, C8, Colorless Blender. Cost for class $28.00 Call to reserve your spot now: 309-736-7242 We had a full house last time! You won't want to miss out!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Another Challenge from A Walk Down Memory Lane

I love a good challenge-especially one that helps me reach outside of my comfort zone without being too painful. I have a bad habit of hoarding certain very pretty scrapbooking my challenge to you is to pick something from your "hoard" and use it on a layout today. I choose to use an embroidered tag from Prima that I purchased over a year ago. I also used some Kraft Glassine paper from Tim Holtz idea-ology (Advantus), and some vine ribbon. I cut the tag into two portions to make it go a little further, used the Glassine paper to die cut a flower (Accucut) and my title. The vine ribbon I've had for a while and am now down to only two feet or so-the remainder gets stashed back in the hoard for later :). Here's a look at my layout using the three items from my "hoard".
I created this layout using American Crafts cardstock and Hello Sunshine patterned paper.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches Reveal! Sept. 2011 (Week 1)

It's the start of Sept. 2011 and you know what that means? It's time for another Card Sketch reveal from Sassy Lil' Sketches! This month's card sponsor is Authentique Paper check them out here: Here's the first September sketch:

My first take on the sketch did indeed include a cupcake, I also was able to work in using my crimper and Copic markers for some of the frosting; however, the card just didn't look right to me when I was finished so I started over. I used a whole new color scheme, turned the sketch sideways and used stars instead of the cupcake. These changes to my original sample worked better for me and I was much happier with the results second time around. It's a fun sketch and I liked the idea of the really large flower as the card mat.

What's your take on the sketch? Give it a try and post it at: Sassy Lil Sketches. I can't wait to see your results.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sweet Tooth September Kits-Revealed!

Pebbles Fresh Goods was a truly sweet treat to work with! Embossed dots, large and small florals, awsome borders and tons more~You will love what you create with this month's eight card collection:

Each of these floral goodies says, "Hello" in a very special way. Felt flowers, hand dyed coffee filter flowers, Kaiser Kraft flowers, Maya Road stick pins, Pebbles papers & rub-ons, buttons, brads, tons of ribbons and more bloom across every card.