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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Brand New Sketches at 2 Broke Girls and Sketch N Scrap!!!!

Happy Sunday all!!!  I have another round of sketches for you to get those creative juices flowin!!!! Here's a look :-)

Handmade "Spooky" Halloween Card
First up.... Sketch N Scrap has Card Sketch # 10 up and running!!!! Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

SPOOKY!!!!!! Hahahaha!!!!  As you can see, I TOTALLY altered the sketch by flipping it a quarter turn counter-clockwise and then going crazy with it!!! I wanted something spooky and creative and this is what I came up with!!!!  
Papers are by K&Company and various embellies by Martha Stewart (BOO brads), Jolees (Skeleton Key), and K&Company (Spider Fangs sticker and Spooky title).  KEEP OUT!!!!!!!

"Dare to Dream" Handmade card using American Crafts "Lucky Charm" 
Next up?!?  2 Broke Girls has Sketch # 21 up and here it is:

Isn't it beautiful?!?  
Any how, here is a card I made using the sketch:

I actually stayed pretty true to this sketch, even adding circle stamps down the side and topping them off with Liquid Pearls.  I used American Crafts "Lucky Charm" 6x6 paper pad and various trims.  A beautiful card for a beautiful sketch!!!! 

Well, gang.... Thanks sooo much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Making it TOTALLY AWESOME for 2 Broke Girls Scraps!!!

Happy Friday all!!!! Although Fall is upon us, you would not be able to tell that from living here in Florida... What a scorcher!!!!

Any who... As you all know, 2 Broke Girls is hosting a MONTH LONG Sketch A Thon with tons of different sketches and lots of great prizes!!! In my previous post, I shared with you my first few completed sketches (sketches # 1,2,4,5,11,12,13).  This post will share the rest (3,6,7,8,9,10,14)!!! That's right... I've completed ALL the sketches!!!! A little caffeine can go a long way!!! Hahahaha!!!!

A very close friend of mine recently gave birth to her very first baby (it's a boy!).  Since I craft practically for a living, I decided the best gift I could give her would be a handmade Baby Boy Scrapbook!!! It's still a work in progress, but this Sketch A Thon has really moved my progress right along!!!  Keep in mind though, since this is a gift, there are NO PHOTOS in any of these!!!!

Now this friend of mine is no "ordinary" chic... Nope.  She's a TOTALLY AWESOME gal with a ROCKIN personality.  So what better way to express her baby boy's pictures than in a TOTALLY AWESOME baby book?!?  Well sit back and watch the awesomeness... Literally!!! Hahahaha!!!!  I used the "Awesome Boy" signature paper pad by Recollections to make these pages and it's absolutely perfect for this one cool kid!!!  

 Tammy Sketch #3: "Authentic Boy"
Here is the sketch:

And my page:

A few layers of papers, some liquid pearls, and an embossed guitar on Grungepaper complete this page!

Michelle Sketch #6: "Put on your Seatbelt..."
Here is her sketch:

And my layout:

I fussy cut the stars from coordinating paper and pop-dotted a few of them.  I also added some liquid pearls to this one for added detail.  

Miwa Sketch #7: "Boys Rule, Girls Drool!"
The Sketch:

And my page:

Yes, more Liquid Pearls and some more fussy cutting.  I embossed the photo mat and "grunged" it up a bit.  I finished this one with three eyelets down the side for added detail! 

Karen Sketch #8: "Basically, I ROCK"
Here is her sketch:

Here is my page:

I wasn't sure about this one at first but it actually turned out to be one of my favs!!! I fussy cut some banner pieces at the top and added the top of a bingo card.  I also used a Tim Holtz rub-on on some cork, then cut it to look like a banner!!!! I added eight eyelets down the right side of the photo and threaded some Tim Holtz paper cord through it to serve as a pocket for "Love Notes"!!! A couple of K&Company embellies finished this one off!

Cyndy Sketch #9: "This is Me"
The Sketch:

My layout:

This is the second half of a double pager so I flipped this sketch a bit to keep things cohesive!!!  I used layers upon layers, then used my Spellbinders "Sprockets" die to cut out some gears from coordinating paper.  

Tabby Sketch #10: "Rock Star!!!"
Her Sketch:

And my page:

I didn't have much sunlight for this one but the photo seemed to turn out okay.  I added various embellies by K&Company and Jolees for this page, and again with the layers.  It's a habit... a BAD one!!!! Hahahaha!!!!! 

Here is her sketch:

And my final page:

I stayed pretty true to the sketch, of course adding my own flavor to the mix!!! Some more liquid pearls,a few gears and stars, and fussy cut banner pieces.  Simple, yet sweet!!!! 

Well my friends... Thanks sooo much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chills, Thrills, and Frills for 2 Broke Girls!!!!

Hello there my crafty neighbors!!! It's been one busy week around here and I have much to show you!!! So sit back and enjoy the show :-)

As you all know, 2 Broke Girls has a MONTH LONG Sketch A Thon with tons of sketches and prizes galore!!! If you haven't stopped in to check it out, I suggest you do so now!!! It goes a little something like this: Each DT has a sketch for you to complete, as well as the sketches from 2 Broke Girls, each giving you an opportunity to win some goodies.  And what would a Sketch A Thon be without a GRAND PRIZE?!?  That's right!!! The more you complete, the better your chances are... So what are you waiting for?!?  

So far, I've completed sketches 1, 2, 4 (my own), 5, 11, 12, and 13.  There are 14 TOTAL sketches to be completed so I'm about half way there!!!! Here's a look at what I've completed so far...

2 Broke Girls Blog Sketch #1:  Laugh and Play with Crate Paper "Party Day"
Here is the sketch:

And here is my page:

I followed it quite literally, making only a few minor adjustments.  This is my oldest daughter with her father at Disney World earlier last year.  

Tabitha Sketch #2: "Fall Colors" Handmade Fall/Autumn Card 
Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

I used traditional fall papers by Momenta and various embellies and stamps.

Janet Sketch#5: "Danger" with MME: Handmae Halloween Card
Here is the Sketch:

And here is my card:

I cut up a piece of the "poisons" pattern paper from the MME paper pad, matted them, and outlined it all with a black Sharpie.  Then I just continued on with the theme and added a chipboard piece by K&Company for this "dangerous" looking card!!! 

Michelle M Sketch #11: "Chills and Thrills" Halloween Layout with K&Company
Here is the sketch:

And here is my "spooky" page!!!

These are my girls on Halloween of last year!!! If you look close enough, you can see just how agitated my little one is having to take a photo with her sister!!!! Hahahaha!!!!  
The papers and most embellies are by K&Company.  The spiderweb doily in the background was made by cutting a circle and then using my corner punch to shape it.  Here's the tutorial in case you missed it!!! 

Darcy Sketch #12: "Shine" with Crate Paper Maggie Holmes
Here is the sketch:

And my layout (this one is one of my favs!!!!)

This is my oldest daughter goofing off at the house in her dress up clothes!!!! Quite beautiful she is!!!!
I started by using the Crate Paper "Maggie Holmes" Signature line (which I LOVE) and went to work!!! I'm a sucker for layers so everything gets matted several times.  I also ink all the edges, and sometimes distress a few for added detail.  The stars and arrow are from Heidi Swapp and they were colored with Distress Inks I used for this page (Evergreen Borough,  Picked Raspberry, and Faded Jeans).    The chipboard title "Shine" is by K&Company.  I sanded it just a little bit so that I could add the colors I wanted to match the page.  I topped it off with some Liquid Pearls.   I finished it with some rub ons by Tim Holtz and a few extra embellies!!! 

Pat Sketch #13: "Happy Journey" with K&Company
Here is the sketch:

And here's my layout:

I actually had a lot of fun with this one!!! I got to use one of my MS punch all over the page punches and my liquid pearls.. all on one page!!!! LOVELY!!! Hahahaha!!! All the papers are by K&Company, including the die-cut border pieces on the top left and bottom right.  I added some rub-ons to them for some sub-titling and added detail.  This is my youngest daughter when she was just a few months old.  She still has that same perfect smile!!!!  

Well gang... Thanks soooo much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

New Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch and 2 Broke Girls Challenge!

Hello friends!!! It's been a super hectic weekend but I decided to make a little time and share a couple of things with you today :-)

First on the list... Sketch N Scrap card sketch #9 is up and running!!!! Here is the sketch:

And here is a birthday card I made using Crate Paper "Party Day" paper line:

Isn't it adorable?!?  I used a black Sharpie to outline all the pieces and topped it off with a little ribbon and a pearl!!! Simple, yet sweet (no pun intended!!!!)!!! 

Also, 2 Broke Girls Scraps has their new sketch up as well... Here it is:

I wanted to make a page for my husband and what better paper to use than Tim Holtz?!?  Here's my inspiration:

One of my new FAVS to use is the "Sprockets" die by Spellbinders and I have certainly put them to good use!!!  I have some "crafter's" metal pieces that I ran through the Grand Calibur and ended up with these marvelous real metal gears and sprockets!!!! AMAZING!!!! Knowing how much I like to use metal, I also added some upside down bottle caps with sticker letters cut for the inside, metal arrow brads that I painted with a silver paint Sharpie, and a metal pocket watch piece designed by Tim Holtz.  I topped it off with some tissue tape and a couple of stamps for the background.  Looks like a "manly" page to me?!?  Hahahaha!!!!

DON"T FORGET!!!!!!  2 Broke Girls has a month-long sketch-a-thon going on with FANTASTIC prizes so stop by and check it out!!! There are SEVERAL sketches to be completed and tons of inspiration to get your mojo going!!! I also completed the first sketch... Here's a look:

I made this layout also using the Crate Paper "Party Day" paper line... LOVE IT!!!!!  This was also entered into the Fabulous Friday challenge over at Frosted Designs where the challenge is to include numbers on your project:

I followed the sketch quite literally, adding a few minor changes.  Embellies are by MME and Soft Spoken.  I've been wanting to do a page with buttons for a while and thought this sketch perfect for that challenge!!!  This is my oldest daughter with her father at Disney World earlier last year!  

Another page I wanted to share is one that I made using a handmade doily from a previous post.  I inked  and misted it, then added it behind the photo.   Here's a look:

This is from the American Crafts "5th and Frolic" paper line.  I also did some fussy cutting with the flowers and hearts.  I finished it with Liquid Pearls to add detail. 

Okay... Thanks for staying with me... Just a couple of more things and I'm done... I swear!!!!!

The last layout I completed was for Sketches4All.  The challenge was to include wood and twine on your project.  Here's what I've come up with:

I started with papers from the DCWV "Rustic" paper line.  I added the clock and the wood word piece and made the twine through the tag at the top.  I also used my Xacto knife to hand-cut the starburst from pattern paper, then used spray glue to add it to the background piece.  These pictures were taken at my husband's birthday earlier this year.  

Alright.. ONE MORE!!!! This is a card for the month long DT challenge over at Sketches4all.  Your challenge is to create a school themed project using this sketch:

I decided on making a card for my daughter's teacher using American Crafts "5th and Frolic" papers and various stamps...

I used my Spectrum Noir markers and some paper piecing techniques to complete this Back To School card.  

Well, gang... Thanks sooo much for stopping in... Have a LUCKY day :-)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

2 Broke Girls Spice and Sugar Sketch A Thon!!!~ UPDATED!!!!!

Welcome to the Spice & Sugar Sketch A Thon! 
If you watch 2 Broke Girls you know the Spice & Sugar theme came from the 
"It's Not Pretty Enough" episode! 
Here is the clip

So you will notice that our sketches are all black and white and fairly simple, so your mission is to add embellies and make them pretty! 
You will have the entire month of September to complete the sketch a thon, each DT will be offering a RAK for completing their sketch, and we will offer a grand prize at the end of the month! Every sketch you complete will give you an entry for the grand prize. 
Make sure to become a follower of each DT members blog while you are there!

Here is where you can find all the sketches!

Tabitha Sketch 2
Tammy Sketch 3
Brandi Sketch 4 YOU ARE HERE!!!!
Janet Sketch 5 
Michelle Sketch 6
Miwa Sketch 7
Karen  Sketch 8 
Cyndy Sketch 9
Tabby Sketch 10
Michelle M Sketch 11 
Darcy Sketch 12
Pat Sketch 13
Stephanie Sketch 14

Don't forget we will also have our regular sketches during the month of September as well! 

Here is your 4th Sketch: (I accidentally posted sketch #1 the first time... I have it updated now... SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

And here is a little inspiration for you:

This is my step sister and myself at my wedding.  I used papers by Bazzil and Heidi Swapp "Sugar Chic" paper line.  

Complete your sketch and enter it below for a chance to win!!! Please leave me a comment letting me know you've stopped by!!! One randomly drawn winner will receive a RAK from me :-)

Now let's see what you got!!! 

Thanks for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)