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Sketch Saturday
From the Heart Stamps

First coffee

I love this card!  I keep imagining a quaint little coffee shop with this being the scene outside in the morning.  What a great place to visit, especially if it were your birthday!  I have to admit that I borrowed a technique for the balloons from a recent blog hop and I can’t remember who to credit with the amazing idea, but they are just cut out of card stock and then covered in Ranger Glossy Accents which gives them that balloon-like quality.  I used DMC Diamant Metallic Needlework Thread for my strings.  The kitty is My Favorite Things Cool Cat, and I painted him with a mix of Tim Holtz Distress Pumice Stone, and Hickory Smoke.

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Paper trimmers

I first started making cards from kits and had no idea what I was doing, with that it took me a while to realize that I really needed a paper trimmer.  My first trimmer was the most basic one that I could find at Michael’s, it lasted me a couple of months before I realized it just wasn’t going to do what I needed when I started trying to make Christmas cards.  That is when I purchased my Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer, which I love and still use on a regular basis except for one small thing.  I find it gets really inaccurate on cuts over 3 inches.  For me, that was a problem because I like to cut my own cards out of cardstock I also pre-cut my cardstock into 4 x 5.5 pieces so they are ready to go.  I needed a better trimmer for handling larger cut jobs and spent a long time looking.  I decided on the CARL Professional Rotary Paper Trimmer, which I adore.  There is one small problem though and it is the reason that I still have the Fiskars as well, it is no good at anything under about 2 inches.  Honestly, having two trimmers that do a great job at what they do instead of having one trimmer that does an Ok job of most things is perfect for me.  Especially saying I still haven’t gotten into the other things that I utilize to cut paper on a regular basis…

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Party pinata

This was a card that brought back memories of when my niece was little and wanted a pinata at every party!  I used Lawn Fawn’s Year Seven stamp and coordinating lawn cuts.  I then used Tim Holtz Distress Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey, Festive Berries, and Faded Jeans to watercolor the pinata and stamp the candy.  I used My Favorite Things SURF AND TURF Die-Namics in order to cut the channel for my pinata to move back and forth. There is a little video so that you can see how the pinata moves back and forth!

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Floral thanks

I love how springy this Thank you card turned out!  I used COTTAGE GARDEN stamps from Newtons Nook for the stamps on this card.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Shaded LilacPicked RaspberryEvergreen Bough, and Squeezed Lemonade for my inks.  I used the distress markers and my Mini Misti in order to stamp the main image, and then I embossed it with embossing powder.  This was a new thing fro me, I haven’t embossed over something that I have stamped before and I really love how it turned out.  I love that I keep finding new ways to use the tools I have and that I keep remembering to do things that I may have just not tried in the past or may have just not worked out for me in the past.

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Under the weather umbrellas

I normally go with the sketch or with a mix of both but this time I was excited to get to utilize my umbrella die cuts so I just went with the theme of this challenge. I wanted to make sure to have lots of fun colored umbrellas to cheer up anyone who wasn’t feeling well, but realized that there is always one black umbrella in every crowd.

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A mice day

This was a monumental card for me.  You see in a way it all started with this mouse.  A year ago I made my first card with a digital stamp: Happy Birthday Mouse.  I have learned so much in this past year!  Today, however, I seemed to just be stuck on the lesson that things don’t always work out and just need to be in the recycle bin.

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Making it pretty

All but one (so far, he is only one) of my kids has made the walls of my house a bit more pretty. In fact, if you look under my computer desk you will see the work of two of the kids from when they were smaller. Yes, much of it I have cleaned away with Mr. Clean erasers, some of it was done with permanent marker, and some of it I just feel a bit sentimental about and can’t quite bring myself to remove. Ah, the price of a bit of quiet time. I actually made one of these and framed it for my own wall to remind myself of how sweet I find this memory.

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Blooms everywhere

I picked up some new embossing powder this weekend and I love it! I am starting to see what is so cool about embossing powder and I want more. I was watching a video on YouTube about how to do something and it said that at their heart all crafters are collectors (which is a nice way to say hoarders) and it is extremely true. This is something that I struggle with on a regular basis, the fine line between having enough buttons and having an OMG I am going to be buried alive in buttons amount of buttons. Then I look at some craft rooms and I think I am not even close to having a problem….

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Birthday Penguin

I have been wanting to make a card with movement for awhile now. I had purchased the things to do it and just hadn’t found the right card to make it work with yet. Today I was actually in the process of working on a sketch and realized I had gone so far off course that I realized why not save it by doing something I want to instead?

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Over the rainbow

Today would have been the birthday of one of the most amazingly wonderful women that I have ever known, and I had the honor to be able to call her my mother in law. She was taken from this world far, far, far too soon and I miss her every single day and my heart still hurts more than I could have imagined it ever would. Last year I made a birthday card for her without thinking about it and then sat and cried for a very long time. This year I decided to plan on making just one card today and make it for her. She loved the Wizard of Oz, so when I saw this digital stamp I knew what my card was going to be based around.

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Easter bunny with carrot

This card was not made in my normal method. I normally work from a sketch, and then go into my computer and work with my Cricut to get all of my cuts ready, I choose my papers and stamps and whatnot and measure and make sure everything is going to go together just right, and then I work on assembling my card. That is kind of a quick rundown of what I do normally. Today my nephew was working on my computer so I went off script. I grab some things from around my desk and put them together. I had already made the sparkly eggs and just hadn’t had a chance to use them yet, I love the little bunny and he fit so nicely, and I could quickly cut some paper to make the strips that went well with the card in general. I always tell myself I need to do exactly this more often, but then I don’t until I get that extra nudge.

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Warm birthday hugs

I bought the stamps and dies because I love the weather theme and it’s flexibility. I have enjoyed using it every time that I have chosen it, and I have always been so happy with the results. One day I was at the craft store and I saw the paper that I am using as the background paper here and I just knew it would work with this set so well, now I wish I had gotten more sheets of it!

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Two amazing parents

An attempt at a gender-neutral baby card! I am really not as boy/girl biased as my cards seem to make me seem. I think the problem is that I really love blue, so I am actually inclined to make all baby cards blue, and then I think ‘wait, people might feel the need for pink instead’. Honestly, I just don’t really like yellow either. It limits me

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Enough coffee

I miss coffee 🙁 I have started to be able to drink cocoa though and it is making me happy. My husband just surprised me with a new teapot the other day and it reminded me that I need to work on finding a tea that I can drink, I think it is mostly that I need to stick with herbal.

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Painting the eggs

It is spring break this week around here. It is making things a bit off the normal routine which means I feel a bit extra scattered right now. It just means that some things are getting done and some things aren’t, which is ok because it also means that the things that are getting done are just a little bit more important.

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Bunny hill

facebookTwitterPinterestInstagramYoutubeGoogle+RSS I really love using sketches for my cards. I try really hard not to look at what other people have made so not to be overly influenced before I start on my card, that way I can be surprised if I happen to come up with...

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