Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch #148

Hi there! Well, it's the last Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge of 2011! Unreal, right? I can't believe there are only 2 more weeks left in this year!! I seriously think 2011 has been the fastest year of my life so far. So anyway, We'll be taking next weekend off to spend the holidays with our families, but be sure to join us this week!! And then tune in on New Year's Day for the first sketch of 2012!! Here's a look at this week's sketch:

I created what is likely to be my final Christmas card of the year, which is funny since I STILL haven't mailed any out! I'm terrible, I know. I'm the world's worst card-mailer, but the BEST card collector!! You should see my stash! ;-)

I tried to get fancy with one of the fun new Christmas Verve sets, Bright Spirits, but it didn't turn out quite like I intended. Most of you know I'm not much of a technique girl - well, this is why! I tried to mix some glitter with some Crystal Effects and then "paint" it onto the ornament. It definitely looks glittery, but you lose the pretty pattern that's on the ornament stamp. I was hoping you'd still be able to see it through there, but I think I used too much glitter. And it took so long for the Crystal Effects to dry that I just said to heck with it and cut it out and used it anyway! The sentiment is from my go-to Christmas sentiment set, Holiday Phrases. (Are you tired of seeing that one yet?). All of the papers are from the fun Holiday Style paper pad from October Afternoon, which I'm loving. I also added one of my all-time favorite embellishments - a glittered chipboard star from the MemrieMare etsy shop. And that's it!

Be sure to stop by all the Sweet Sunday Stampers' blogs and see what they've done with this week's sketch.
Then play along with us and post your own creation using InLinkz over on today's post on Karen's Blog!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch #147

Hi there! Well, after taking last week off, I'm back this week with another fun Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge sample card for ya! It's a fun sketch this week - one I'll definitely be saving in my "to use again" folder!

I used some of my fave Verve holiday stamps on my sample:

Fun and simple, right? Just the way I like them!! I just love those ornaments from the Holly Jolly set paired with a sentiment from my go-to Christmas sentiment set, Holiday Phrases. The patterned paper is printed digi paper from Fa-La-La by Dani Mogstad (Sweet Shoppe). I added some orange grosgrain and was done!

Be sure to stop by all the Sweet Sunday Stampers' blogs and see what they've done with this week's sketch.
Then play along with us and post your own creation using InLinkz over on today's post on Karen's Blog!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

December SFYTT

It's the first Saturday of the month!! You know what that means - time for another fabulous Sketch For You to Try! And it's December, the last month of the year, which means if you've been playing along with us each month this year and continue this month, you could be eligible for some FANTASTIC prizes!! (details over on Jen's Blog). For now, let's get on to this month's fun sketch.

As you know, we've had some amazing and extremely generous sponsors this year! One of those was my beloved Verve Stamps and I decided to play with Verve again this month (you can never have too much Verve-y eye candy, in my opinion!!). My son Dean's 5th birthday is next week so I was in need of a fun boyish birthday card. The sketch and Verve did the trick!

My regular blog readers know that Dean has a little keepsake tin that I have been slowly filling with cards I've made him over the years. About once a month I make him a card and fill the inside with a "letter" - my thoughts and feelings, funny things he's said or done, or just little things I want him to know about how it feels to be his Mom at this time in his life. He doesn't really care too much about these cards right now, but I'm hoping that some day this will be a treasured keepsake for him. Anyway, the thing is that it's really a lot easier for all of the cards to be the same size. So, I changed the sketch a bit for that reason - that's why my sample's not square. I also put the card together away from home and couldn't remember how big that circle was supposed to be, so I kinda messed that up. Oh well. I think it'd look better if the circle was a bit bigger like in the sketch, but I don't hate it enough to re-do it. It'll work. So anyway, the card deets...All of the papers are printed digi paper from the Masked Marvels kit by Julie Billingsley (Sweet Shoppe). And the stamps? I used one of my favorite birthday stamp sets - Birthday Bash from Verve. I just love paper piecing those fun balloons!!

Be sure to stop by the rest of the SFYTT Sisters' blogs to see what they've done with this month's sketch!

Jen del Muro
Amber Hight
Amy Sheffer
Becky Carafa
Carole Burrage
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Jodi Collins
Kerry Johnson
Megan Lock
Sony Christoph
Susan Liles
Terri Moore

Have a fun weekend! We headed out yesterday morning (just after I typed up this blog post) on a fun family stay-cation on the south side of the island to celebrate a handful of milestones. We're staying at the Grand Wailea resort this weekend to celebrate Dean's birthday, my Mom's 60th birthday, and mine and Joel's 6th wedding anniversary which is on Dec 9th. I'm SOOOO looking forward to 3 full days of relaxing by the pool, playing in the sand a bit at the beach (although, to be honest, we probably won't do much of that since we can do that any old day), and just doing a whole lot of nothing while soaking up some warm Maui sun! I'll be back early next week with my first December Daily post!! Can't wait to share that project