Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sweet Stop Sketch #182

I am so excited to share with you my first Sweet Stop Sketch card along with the rest of the Sugar Babies.

It is currently way too warm for the end of October here in Pennsylvania and it has literally made me sick. Ugh! So I am longing for cooler days and lots of snow. So my card for this sketch is a fun wintry card that has me longing for the next season to get here.

I used the snowman stamp from Love You This Much and the 'Warm Hugs' sentiment from Snowflake Flourish. I love this sentiment. What a great way to send a thinking of you card to someone you love and wish you could hug in person. The fun vintage looking winter papers are from a 6x6 pad I found at Big Lots. It is from Prima Company and it's called North Country Collection. I'm not sure how old it is, but I love the papers and can't wait to make more fun cards with it.  I used some stitched felt ribbon and a fun green button for the ribbon treatment on the sketch.

I hope you are inspired to go make your own fun wintry card. I can't wait to see what the Sweet Stop Sketch fans create with this sketch. If you did not find my post from the SSS blog, please head over to there to see what the rest of the Sugar Babies did with this sketch and to link up your project.

I am off to do some camping with my mom this weekend. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Monday, October 22, 2012

StampTV CSS Sketch Challenge Hop

Welcome to another StampTV CSS blog hop. This month we are using a Sketch created by Melissa Cash.

You should have come from her blog here if you are following along the hop from the beginning. If not, I recommend starting at StampTV and hopping though the list of CSS members who are sharing the project they've made with the sketch. You will want to comment on each blog post for a chance to win some free rubber.  Details are listed at the end of this post.

I am soooo ready for winter. I am loving fall of course. The wonderful cool mornings and beautiful colors. And especially Pumpkin Spice Chai and Lattes from Starbucks. Yum! But nothing beats winter and snow for me. So my card is ready for winter with a big warm hug. :)

I used the Warm and Wonderful set illustrated by Rupa Shevde. I love this set with all it's knitted warmness. And I love the sentiment I used on my card. Isn't that a great way to send a big hug to someone far away?
I used one of my favorite color combos Red, Blue and White with a splash of Green. The red card stock is Pure Luxury Red Hot.

Now it is time to hop over to Miesje's blog to see what she has to share.

And remember you need to comment for a chance to win some free rubber. Here are the details:
Leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (October 30), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and that person will receive a huge grab bag of fabulous Gina K. Designs Stamps!

Monday, October 08, 2012

SSS179 - Hello Friend

What a fun sketch. I don't usually rotate my main panels, I tend to keep everything straight. But I love trying new things and really like how it turned out. I need to do that more often. So here is the sketch:

I love playing with Sweet N Sassy Stamps and I really love sketch challenges. What really made me fall in love with the company's stamps was Rhubarb Bear. I've always loved teddy bears. And I think that Rhubarb Bear the the most adorable teddy bear ever. So here is the adorable Rhubarb Bear holding a pumpkin and ready for fall, just like me. It's my favorite season.  Here is my take on SSS179:

I rotated the sketch 90 degrees counter-clockwise. I used a cloud in place of the circle behind the two rectangle panels. I also used a fall leaf for the sentiment. For the little flower accents in the sketch I used the pumpkins and the little acorn charm hanging off the leaf with the sentiment. The sentiment is from Simple Pleasures. I love the generic sentiments and fonts in that set. I used Spectrum Noir and Copic markers to color Rhubarb's Autumn Day and his fall scene. I saw a tutorial on the Spectrum Noir site for camouflage and thought is would also work to make ground covered in fall leaves. So I just laid down a base coat of GB8 and tapped different marker colors representing fall leaf colors on the base color. I used a dark brown to outline the shadow around Rhubarb's fee and leaves in the image on the ground. Then I colored over the ground with GB8, blending all the colors together. I really like how it turned out.I used BT1 and BT2 to color the sky and then sponged a little Soft Sky from Stampin' Up around the edges. It's kind of hard to see, but I used a large honeycomb embossing folder on the pumpkin paper panel. That pumpkin paper is some very old Stampin' Up paper, at least 8 + years old. Trying to go through my huge stash of paper and use it up. I cut the cloud, pumpkins, leaf and acorn charm using Silhouette Cameo cut files. Love my cameo.

Stamps: Rhubarb's Autumn Day Digi Stamp (also available in the clear stamp set, Rhubarb's Autumn Joys), Simple Pleasures Clear Stamp Set (no longer available) (SNSS)
Paper: Pure Luxury Grass Green, Soft Sky (SU), Georgia Pacific White, Xpress-It White for the Digi Stamp Panel, Pumpkins pattern paper (SU), Fall Words pattern paper (Target $1 bin)
Ink: Copic and Spectrum Noir Markers, Black Soot Distress Ink Pad, Soft Sky and Marigold Morning Ink Pads for sponging
Other: Silhouette Cameo, Mosaic and Honeycomb embossing folders, Sewing Machine and thread