Sketch Time at Jacksonbelle!

jbe053This week at Jacksonbelle we have a terrific sketch to work with! I decided to make a square card, and it is the last of my Mother’s Day cards. And since she reads this blog, she’ll know this one is hers, lol. I was seriously apprehensive about putting this sketch together  — for some reason it was a bit daunting to me. But that’s what sketches are all about – stretching your imagination! I think it was the different top and bottom panels that tripped me up.


Eventually I got it though! My center panel is mostly Cuttlebugged – I tried to leave the bottom portion not done to give it a “fade in” kind of look. My mom lives at the beach and loves beach themed cards, so that’s why I went with this Imaginisce stmp and the Inkadinkado shell.Actually, I boutght both of them with her in mind – good thing I have finally inked them up! I added a palm tree to make the card a bit more fun, and then left it alone. I love the bright colors and patterns – so thanks to whichever JBelle genius (Lynda) that came up with this sketch!

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!


Butterflies and Flowers

pinkbutterflyI’m sorry I’m posting so late again – we’ve had a bit of drama with the car wreck I was in, and the other person’s car insurane. *sigh* Why do people have to be rude? What is gained from that?

Anyway – on to more fun things! I *love* this big butterfly by Inkadinkado!!!!  All of the stamps are from the Garden Delight clear acrylic set. How stunning is it? And I love the craft white ink on the black paper – always a stunner in my book! I colored the butterfly with a Copic (RV14) after stamping him in Tuxedo Black by Memento.

Where did I get this fab sketch, you ask?….

Darling, isn’t it? And even better: Now, all you have to do is make a card based on this sketch, leave us a comment here on this post with a link to your card by Friday the 13th at 3pm EST and then check back Saturday morning to see if you won the random drawing!!  Sound good, well get busy!!! LOL!!!  OK, before you get busy, Lindsey has put ALL the Inkadinkado stamps on sale for today (Tuesday) through tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12pm EST.  Some stamps are on sale below cost so it REALLY will be worth it for you to stop on by the store now!!! LOL!!! We have a special treat for you today!  We have a sketch, a contest and a prize!  Sound like fun?

I can’t wait to head over to the JBelle Blog to see what everyone comes up with!!!!

Orchid Butterflies

I’m so excited about the return of Beate’s weekend sketch. They are just so wonderufl!! I also love that sometimes I get a picture in my mind, and my card turns out exactly like that original idea. I don’t mind when it doesn’t  – the organic stamper in me is willing to let the card tell me where I should go. But when the whole thing goes according to my original plan, it is a beautiful thing. This picture seems to be working as well, so click on it for a larger view.

The butterfly is stamped using Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid ink on vellum, heat set, and then cut out. I adhered it using mini glue dots, and then put two small celery colored pieces of bling from MME on top of it, to make sure you couldn’t see the glue dots. I also used the bone folder to curl his wings a little bit.

I used classic inks to do the background flower on the Whisper White panel. The dp is Basic Grey. And my color combo came from the SU color wheel – I just added the Basic Gray cardstock for contrast and then subbed Bordering Blue for the Brocade Blue, because it tied in better with the Gray. I’m pleased with the way the colors work together!

Stamps: SU – Spring Song; Inkadinkado – Garden Delight
Paper: Bordering Blue, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, Basic Grey dp, vellum
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, SU Classic Certainly Celery, Basic Gray
Accessories: gg ribbon – celery and gray; 7 sided distresser tool; bling; bone folder; DD’s little fingers to help me tie the knots

Tile Coasters

I made some coasters late last week, as an experiment. It went well i think. I used this tutorial from SCS. I opted to bake mine in the oven rather than spray them with acrylic sealer — I told the recipient about this and informed her she was my “tester”. So if it doesn’t work, I’ll be trying them with the sealer!

I made a couple of extra ones for myself so I could test it out, too. I could not decise if I liked them better with the script or without. Actually, the more I have looked at them, the more I like it with the script.  But I just could not make that decision last week. I’m awful at decisions 🙂

The coasters are 4″x4″ marble, purchased at Lowe’s for $.32 each. Not bad, huh? I also made a matching 6″x6″ trivet. I like this project quite a bit, and am thinking these might be a Christmas gift this year!

Stamps: Inkadinkado Wine Bottle, SU French Script
Ink: Black and Brown Stazon
Accessories: Tile

Mellow Lantern

I combined two challenges for this card – this week’s Sketch Challenge and the Ways to Use It Challenge. I got this set of Chinese paper lanterns (it’s a trio) from AC Moore on clearance fro crazy cheap a couple of months ago, and the poor things have never seen ink. So I thought it was high time to get one out! I paired it with DCWV Far East dp, and the Bamboo Cuttlebug folder. I really love the color combo that the dp inspired! Now, I know it looks crooked in the picture, but I swear it isn’t irl!

Stamps: Inkadinkado
Paper: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla, DCWV dp
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: SU Markers, word window punch, primas, bling, cuttlebug

Peaceful Poppies

***Countdown to the Lizzie Anne Designs Anniversary Celebration: 7 more days!!***

A friend of my husband’s lost her mother late last week, and I made this card for her. You may have heard me say before how hard I find sympathy cards. I always struggle with these because I just cannot ever seem to find the images to convey what I want to say.

The card is simple, and beautiful I think. My main image panel is stamped with the Inkandinkado Poppies stamp, with Close to Cocoa ink. I inked up the Sanded background (how did I live without this for so long??) with True Thyme ink and stamped it off once before putting it on my main image. I sponged the edges with the Close to Cocoa ink as well. Then I covered the whole thing in Versamark and clear embossing powder. Several times.  The sentiment is from one of the All Year Cheer sets – it is part of a larger one, and I just inked up part of it with a marker.

I ticket punched the corners, added jumbo eyelets to the main image, and finished off with a small bit of ribbon tied in a knot.

Stamps: AYC, Inkadinkado Poppies
Paper: True Thyme, Confetti White, Close to Cocoa, BG dp
Ink: Clsoe to Cocoa, True Thyme, Versamark
Accessories: gg ribbon, clear ep, jumbo eyelets, ticket corner punch

Birthday Bird

I must know a zillion people (okay, I’m exaggerating slightly) that have a birthday in May. I am trying to get a jump on the cards I know I need to mail out. So far, I’ve made…one! I’m a bit slow, okay??

The inspiration for this color combo came from the fabulous dp, which is by Me & My Big Ideas. I got the whole pad on clearance at Michael’s awhile back. The card base is Bashful Blue, The large accent panel is Real Red, and the small mat is Old Olive. I stamped my image and sentiment on textured (no SU) watercolor paper (with Versafine Black ink) and colored it with ink and aquapainters.

I added *bling* to the bottom of the image panel (but noticed when I took the picture that one side had slipped a bit – I have fixed it now!) and to the center of one of the circle designs on the dp (bottom corner). The other circles all had red dots in the middle, so I left them alone. Click on the picture for a better view of the dp!

I think this is a fun card, and I hope it makes the birthday girl smile!

Stamps: Inkadinkado – Bird Assortment
Paper: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Old Olive, non SU watercolor, My Mind’s Eye dp
Ink: Versafine black, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Accessories: aquapainter, mme bling, white gg ribbon, blue organdy ribbon
Techniques: watercoloring