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March Blog Hop - Card Sketch

Hi there

It is once again time for our casual monthly  Blog Hop. This month we have something a bit different with a card sketch from Becky Fleck of Page Maps. Those of you who visit my blog regularly, will know that I do quite a lot of sketch challenges.  The great thing about them is that you can choose to follow them very closely or you can use them for inspiration and take lots of creative license with the elements.

You may have come from the blog of the lovely Di Dunk, but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here using the link to the next blog at the end of the post.  This month we have 8 Stampin' Up! demonstrators sharing their inspiration and the full list of contributors is also at the end of the post.

Now, to get started. This is the sketch that Ros Davidson chose for us, which has quite a lot of elements to work with.

March Blog Hop Sketch 

This is my first card, which is almost square, measuring 13cm x 13.5cm. I've followed the suggestions in the sketch quite closely.


I've created the text panel using the 'happy birthday' stamp from teeny tiny sentiments repeated and offset on each line. Stamps from a number or other sets were used to create the elements on the card. Here are the details. 

Project Details
Stamps Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Just Believe, Basic Phrases, Rustic Rooster (Retired Hostess Set), Winter Post
Card stock & Papers Early Espresso (Textured), Confetti White, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Brights Pattern Stack
Ink Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories None
Tools Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Spiral Border Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Slot Punch (Retired), Decorative Scissors (Stamp),Dimensionals, Sponge dauber

For this second card, I've ignored the suggested contents of the elements (text in the panel, stamp feature etc) and used the basic outline of the sketch.


Project Details
Stamps Friends 24-7, Basic Phrases, Think Happy Thoughts (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Early Espresso (Textured),  Marina Mist (textured and smooth), Greenhouse Gala DSP, Subtles Pattern Stack, Watercolour paper,
Ink Basic Gray, Early Espresso, Marina Mist
Accessories Marina Mist Taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls, Silver Hodgepodge
Tools Circle Punches, Corner Rounder Punch, Dimensionals, Sponge dauber, Watercolour Crayons, Stampin' Write marker (Pear Pizzazz)

I'm not sure which is my favourite - what do you think?

The next stop is to my lovely friend Christine Blain, who is sure to have an inspiring creation to share with you.

Below is a list of the contributors for this month's Blog Hop.

Ros Davidson
Tina Gillespie
Amy Buchanan
Nikki Sadler
Di Dunk
Christine Blain
Kathryn Ruddick

Have a lovely weekend. 


Mojo Birthday


I'm currently in WA enjoying some time with family and friends, but I'm popping in to show you this card I made for a friend who celebrated her birthday on Wednesday.  I hope you had a lovely day, Kerry.  I have based it on a Mojo Monday sketch and used the bright colours of the Sweet and Sour Designer Series Paper. This is the sketch-

Mojo_Monday_180 Here is my take on it. You will need your sunnies for this one! 


Project Details
Stamps Razzle Dazzle, Sincere Salutations
Card stock & Papers Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Sweet & Sour DSP, Subtles Pattern Stack
Ink Rose Red
Accessories Basic Pearls,  2mm Pearls (not SU), Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon
Tools Beautiful Wings Die, Bigz Original Circles Die, Big Shot, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals, Ticket Corner Punch (NAH)

 Happy stamping!


Clean & Simple 129

Hi there

Another Friday is here already - can't believe how quickly the weeks are flying by this year. Today I have a card using this week's Clean & Simple sketch.  Although the intention is to produce clean and simple cards, I love the scope that these sketches give you and I've taken a bit more than the usual creative license with one. Here is the sketch: 


I've used the spray from the lovely Sale-a-bration stamp set 'Sweet Summer' for the focus panel, inspired by the first card in this post from my lovely friend Christine. I've coloured the spray with Stampin' Write markers and the popped up flowers were stamped with Stazon on Watercolour paper and coloured with Watercolour crayons (Elegant Eggplant and Pretty in Pink). I've added some tiny pearls to the top of the flowers for interest. I think the 'Vintage Wallpaper' embossed panel suits the olde world feel of the floral oval.  This card will be going to a lovely lady who will be celebrating a special '0' birthday next week.


Project Details
Stamps Sweet Summer (2011 Sale-a-bration), Occasional Greetings
Card stock & Papers Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Whisper White, Subtles Patterns Stack(Perfect Plum), Watercolour paper
Ink Stazon Black, Old Olive, Perfect Plum
Accessories 2mm flat back Pearls (not SU)
Tools Oval and Scallop Oval Nesties, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Big Shot, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Stampin' Write Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink), Watercolour Crayons, Aqua painter

 Enjoy your day.


Simple Invite

Hello again

I'm going to WA shortly to catch up with family and friends for a couple of weeks.  It will also be my Mum's 80th birthday, so we are having a family dinner to celebrate.  I haven't seen some of my nieces and nephews since they were children (now they are adults), so it will be an interesting time.

To make it a bit special, I put together some invitations for the dinner in a card format.  I needed to produce a bunch of these really quickly as I had to send them to WA before they were posted to the recipients.  So, simple and elegant was the order of the day and the 'Baroque Motifs' scroll stamp fit the bill. I have embossed it in gold on Very Vanilla and then added a couple of small flowers punched with the Itty Bitty flower punch.  They were distressed a bit to give them some shape and then a small rhinestone popped in the centre.  The card base is Rich Razzleberry as is the sentiment.  They got the thumbs-up from my hubby (which always make me worry Smiley ) who always prefaces his positive statements with 'I don't want to encourage you, but...' . Gotta love those males! Anyway, here it is.  This isn't a very good photo, as it was taken in the early morning gloom, before rushing to the post office.


Project Details
Stamps Baroque Motifs, Sincere Salutations
Card stock & Papers Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Ink Versamark, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories 2mm Rhinestones (not SU)
Tools Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Gold Embossing Powder (not SU), Heat Gun, Stamp-a-ma-jig

 Thanks for stopping by.