2nd Sketch Play

*Shock!*  I know.  I’ve been getting so much done on my scrapbooks these past 2 weeks!  You’re all having to pick yourself up off the floor that it’s not been months between posts!  Yes, I know.  I’ve been a bit rubbish for a while about getting anything outside of work and my PhD accomplished.  Anyway, I managed to do another LO based on the Ali D sketch (same as the previous post):

Isn’t that Bee just adorable?!?  I was so excited to find him.  He’s just so charming.  Love that his wings are pained.  I made them glossy using Glossy Accents, which is one of my favourite toys ever.  It’s just so much fun to use.  Anyway, if you want to use the Bee, it’s a free svg file I found here.

Materials Used:

  • PP – Cosmo Cricket – Garden Variety
  • CS – Coordinates – Naturals, Reflections – Basic Colours
  • Ink – StazOn – Blazing Red, Uniball Black Pen.
  • Bees – SVG free download from here.  Cut on Cricut with SCAL.
  • Bee Wings – Ranger – Glossy Accents.
  • Title – MetropolisNT. Cut on Cricut with SCAL.
  • Stitching – Hand drawn and punched stitching lines.

Little Blue Dress

So pleased with this LO.  🙂  One of my dear friends in England is a semi-professional photographer.  She’d got a new lens and had asked me to be her subject so she could play with her new toy.  Obviously I said yes!  If you’re interested in seeing more of Rebekah’s work, this is her blog.  If nothing else, they’re beautiful photos to oogle!

Anyway, she must have taken hundreds of photos of me in this dress.  It happens to be my favourite dress, so I have to admit, I’m rather fond of the photos.  I’m actually planning a larger project with the full series (well…. more of the series, anyway!)  But, at the moment, this is all I’ve got accomplished.  One double page LO.  I did it for a sketch challenge on one of the message boards I’m part of.  The sketch was an Ali D sketch:

I loved the sketch as soon as I saw it, which is kind of funny for me.  I’m really not much of a sketch follower.  And yet, this is the 2nd LO from a sketch I’ve done this month!  I know, crazy.  And not only that, I’ve got another LO planned based on the same sketch!  Who knows, maybe I’ll end up as a sketch junkie, too.

Here’s my take on the sketch.

As you can see, I actually followed the sketch quite faithfully.  Oh, the dimensions on the orange block?  They’re 10×10 inches.  I don’t know if that’s to scale with the sketch, but it’s pretty close.  Would have been nice if that information had appeared in the sketch, too.

Here’s my list of materials:
PP – BG Marrakesh (which is seriously one of my favourties, ever!)
CS – Reflections Basic Colours
Glitz – I forget… have had them a long time.
Butterflies – MS Butterfly punch
Loops – MS Loopy border punch
Spritz – Smooch Pearl
Chipboard Letters – BG
Ink – StazOn Azure
Pen – Sakura Glaze White

Jurnaling reads: This is my favourite dress. I feel so pretty when I wear it. The photos are at the Priory in Colchester Essex, England. June 2010.

To make the title, I used BG chipboard letters in white.  I then sprayed them with Smooch Spritz in pearl.  Then, I took the letters for “blue” and I dabbed them in StazOn, Azure.  This did two awesome things:  One, it gave the blue a pearlecent effect, which is pretty cool.  Two, it left a thin outline all the way around each letter in white, making the word pop just a little more.  I was so pleased with that!  🙂  And, of course, the title is my homage to Coco Channel’s “Little Black Dress”.

The butterflies are only tacked down in the middle, leaving their wings free to flutter.  Also, I spritzed the paper they’re punched out of with the pearl Smooch, so they shine just a tad.  And, of course, I added the sparklies to them!  I love sparklies, so the more, the merrier!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope it’s been inspirational.

Experimentation with Shapes

A couple years ago my friend and I went to a Rugby match at Twicknham Stoop (that’s West of London, for those of you who don’t know.  Near Heathrow airport.)  It was the club my friend supports, the Harlequins (Rugby League, not Rugby Union.)  Obviously harlequin pattern needed to be used on at least SOME of the LOs about the match!  I was flipping through my stash, and discovered that the new DCWV Tea Time stack has the most perfect paper.  Not only was it harlequin patterned, but the colours were the same as the club’s colours!  (Except that the brown in the pattern is supposed to be maroon in the club colours.)  Anyway, I got everything put together and looked at it… and it was missing something.  So I started thinking about how to add texture and extra pattern to the wide sweeps of brown.  That’s when I got the idea to duplicate the harlequin pattern in larger diamonds.  I used my Cricut to cut the diamonds in 3 different sizes.  Then I played around with layers and colour combinations before stitching them down.  Finally, I cut an additional set of diamonds in an even larger size, for the title embellishment.  Actually, the title was the hardest part.  I had to work really hard to find a font that would cut small enough to fit, but still large enough to be easy to work with, and good for reading.  Took me 3 tries!  Never mind.  The wording “Match Time” is actually a football (soccer) reference.  There’s a programme on Saturday afternoons called “Match Time”.  I know it’s not Rugby, but I figured no one would mind if I co-opted it!  Finally, the clock is a Tim Hotlz clock, and the spinners are 7 Gypsies.  I thought they worked well together, though.  It was great fun to make, and I’m seriously thrilled with the results!

Sketch-It-To-Me Blog Hop *WINNERS*

Hey everyone!  Thanks for stopping along here during the Blog Hop!  I had such a great time working on the projects.  Hope to see some of you using the template.  Such fun to see how different everything ends up in someone else’s hands.

And now for the information everyone has been waiting for:  OUR WINNERS!

Actually, I couldn’t just stop with one winner.  I decided to do 3!  I had a random number generator select 3 different numbers, and the corrisponding names are:


Beth H
Vee U
and Steffanie S!


Congrats, ladies!

As it happens, I already have your addresses, so I’ll just pop them in the post tomorrow on my way to work.

Thanks, again, for everyone’s participation!

Sketch-It-To-Me Blog Hop!

Hello my friends, and welcome to my stop along the Sketch-It-To-Me Blog Hop!  You should have come here from Briana’s Blog.  If not, no worries…. just jump on over to Amanda’s Blog for the start!

As many of you know, Amanda is one of the most awesome scrappers and most awesomely web-active creative people in the world.  I’m always so honoured that she lets me bask in her glow, and I love to call her friend!  Anyway, this time around, she’s challenged us to use a sketch.  We were allowed to change it in pretty much any way we wanted, as long as we could explain our changes.  The second part of the challenge was to make a card AND a LO off the sketch. EEEEK!  Many of you know that I don’t do cards.  And I don’t do sketches, either!  So, this is a real challenge, indeed.

First of all, here’s the sketch:

The dimensions of those photo boxes are 2×2 and 4×6.

My LO is Digital, so the first thing I did was create a template of the sketch.  As a little gift, if you want the template, it’s Free to Download Here.

Part of the reason I have a hard time with sketches is, I start with my photos and that usually leads me to a title (I’m a linguist.  Titles are a form of word play with me, which makes me happy!) and only then do I start working on photo placement.  So, starting with a sketch is backwards for me!  Since I already had the template, I started looking for some fun photos that I could make fit the form.  Very strange to me.  But, at the end, I had this idea!  I had a very special vistor this summer; one Miss Amy Glitter!  For those of you who don’t know, AmyG is actually Amanda’s alternate identity.  It started off as a game a year+ back, and AmyG has sort of gained a life of her own.  Anyway, FlatAmyG spent a good deal of the summer with me “helping” me pack up to move from England to the United States.  Obviously I had to get her out and about occasionally.  One day I took her into London and we visited The Tower.  Now, the very special thing about Amy is that, as her name might imply, she’s got a thing for Glitter.  Ideally they’d be Pink, but…. I have this slight allergy to Pink.  That and, the livery of the Tower Yeomen is Blue and Red.  Couldn’t really put Pink on a Blue/Red LO, could I?

Anyway, this is what I ended up with:

Very strangely for me, I managed to keep very close to the original sketch!  I felt very proud of myself for that.  However, I did change it in a few ways.  You’ll note that I used a background image for the large central square (there actually is an outer block on the template.  It’s just that it’s white, so it doesn’t necessarily show up here.)  It was my favourite photo of AmyG from the day, but it didn’t work in any of the blocked spaces.  This is one of the reasons I love Digi!  You can do awesome things like that.  The second change was that I didn’t do any real journaling, though I did keep the title more or less in the location of the title from the sketch.  It was the obvious place.  The 3rd change was that I added a background texture border along the right hand side.  4th, I added an additional embellie on the title…. couldn’t resist!  I had to use a masking layer to remove the heart under the crown, but I think the effect turned out awesome!  5th, I added a triple layer mat to both the photo block in the right hand corner, and the background focal image.   6th, I added the date stamp to the right hand corner of the title.  Finally, I changed the circles/rectangle from the sketch into the awesome circle embellie from Katie Periet.  I love these fun sparklie embellies she’s created.  Both the circles and the crown are from Kate Periet’s SWAK collection.

Ok, now for a materials list:

Now, the 2nd part of the challenge – the card!

Yeah, this is quite different from the sketch!  Also, it’s paper, not Digi.  If you saw my post from earlier in the week, you know that this is the card I made to accompany the Airline Ticket my sister asked me to make for her Mother-In-Law.  (Go check it out.  It’s pretty awesome.  And there’s a template (free!) for that, too.)

Ok, so my changes.  First of all, I’m not a great card maker.  My brain doesn’t have much practice at it, mostly because I’m so pressed for time, I’d rather spend the time I do have on LOs, not cards.  But, scrapping, not card making, is my thing.  If you’re a card maker, awesome!  I salute you.  So, the thing of it is, this is much more how I use templates.  A rough guide for where to start.  You can sort of see a bit of the original sketch in the card.  I added the stitched border to the left hand side and top to reflect the same border as the sketch’s background and inside square.  The inked edge is the outside paper.  The stamped image is my nod to the inside square.  The tag is my nod to the photo block.  The button/twine is a sort of circle embellie, though you’ll notice that it’s migrated from the right hand side of the block to the left, and is completely missing off the top left corner!  And the airplane?  That’s just me!  Extremely different.  But, it’s what worked with the materials I had at hand!  I actually think it turned out very nice.

Materials used:

  • Ink – Him Holtz Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap.  Tsukineko’s Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Sparkle.  Tsukineko’s VersaMagic Chalk Ink – Night Sky.  Blue Pen – No idea.  Just a blue jell pen I had sitting around.
  • Twine – Martha Stewart’s Baking Twine.
  • Button – No idea.  Just a blue button I had sitting around.
  • Airplane – EKSuccess’s Sticko – Travel Pictograms.
  • Tag – 7Gypsies – 97% Complete Black & White Tags Assortment.
  • Stamp – Glitz’s Clear Stamps – Distressing Set 3.

And now for the fun part!  If you leave me a comment here, you’re entered to win an RAK!  If you post a link to my blog on your blog, or on your Facebook account, you’ve got a second chance.  If you become (or already are) a follower (you can sign up for email notification along the right hand side of the blog), you’ll get a 3rd chance.  Good luck everyone!  Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you do either the link or the follow step.

Thanks for stopping off here, and on to your next stop: Janice!

Don’t forget, if you get lost, you can always pop back to Amanda’s blog and figure it out from there.

Airplane Ticket

My sister’s mother-in-law sent my sister a heartfelt letter saying how much she hated that they live so far, and that circumstances were such that they couldn’t visit more often.  So my sister and her husband decided they’d buy her a plane ticket for the summer.  A brilliant idea!  However, since they have to coordinate schedules, they won’t have anything  physical to hand her.  This is where I enter the picture.  My sister does not scrap.  At all.  She appreciates it.  Just doesn’t have the interest in doing it herself.  Anyway, she asked if I’d make a cute ticket to give her.

So, here’s what I came up with!

I’m really pleased with how it turned out 🙂  Hope you like it as well.  If you’re interested in making your own, I’ve made a template.  You can find it Here.

Anyway…. I’ll show you the card I made later in the week, during the Blog Hop I’m participating in over the weekend.

Happy Scrapping!