Friday, October 3, 2014

World Card Making Day Blog Hop with My Scraps & More Sketches!!!

Hello and welcome to the My Scraps & More Sketch Blog blog hop!!  Today, each design team member has created a CARD sketch to celebrate World Card Making Day.  That’s TEN different sketches!!!

There will be TWO prizes given out for the blog hop:

1. One person will win a $10 gift certificate to the store just for commenting on one of the designers blog posts. I will choose one of the DT members blogs and then choose a random commentor from that post.

2. Another winner will be chosen from all the card sketch entries uploaded to the In Linkz on the My Scraps & More Sketch Blog. For each card sketch, create a DIFFERENT link up. So if you complete all 10 sketches, you will need to do 10 link-ups! (On your card link please be sure to mention whose sketch you used and link back to the My Scraps & More Sketch blog. If you’d like you can also leave the DT member a comment with a link to your card so they can see what you did with their sketch.)

Here is the prize for the card sketch blog hop:


All comments and card sketches for the Blog Hop must be linked up by Monday, October 6th at 12 pm EST.

BUT, if you don’t complete all the card sketches by Monday, that’s OK….you can still upload them through the end of the month for the monthly prize drawing on the sketch blog!  The more sketches you do, the more chances you have to win!

Here is the monthly blog prize:


And now let me share my sketch and card with you:

I decided to do something a little different with the sketch and I created a CIRCLE shaped card!  I love making cards of different's a quick way to add some charm and personality to a card.  And you can embellish it very simply, and it will still look spectacular!

Here is the sketch:

I just some stickers and die cuts from Fancy Pants Merry Little Christmas, and then added a few sequins.  Sequins seriously make EVERYTHING look fancier, and it is such a simple touch that adds a big impact.

If you are scared about doing a round card, just look at the sketch as a circle on a square or rectangle instead.

Since I was using the Fancy Pants stash, I decided to make a few more cards based on some of the other DT members sketches! Now, I'm not gonna share their sketches, but I WILL tell you whose sketch it was!



Tracy F's

and another card just because I wanted to!  :)

To see all the other sketches, check out the other DT members blogs below:

Thanks for hopping along with us!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Guest Designer for AMERICAN CRAFTS!

I am so thrilled and just EXCITED to have been asked to be a guest designer again for American Crafts!  (I was a GD back in 2011...I look at my old stuff and cringe a little!  Ha!).  If you know me or have been following my blog, you know that I have always LOVED AC products.

I was assigned the theme of scrapping in 30 minutes or less.

EXCUSE ME?????  Um, are you KIDDING?  I usually spend 2-3 hours on a page, easy.  I'm a slow scrapper.  Although it probably doesn't help that I procrastinate a lot while scrapping...checking FB and Pinterest, etc.

Since I have been in a little bit of a rut lately, I decided that this was the perfect thing to get me out.  So my approach was this: spend time PLANNING so when I actually sat down to scrap, then I only worked 30 minutes.  To do this, I thought first about the photos I wanted to work with to go along with the LOVELY Shimelle and Amy Tan Plus One papers.

Once I had those picked out, I thought a few days about how I would use the products I was given and how to layout my page.  I spent a lot of time just *thinking* during the day.  I drew a simple sketch in my notebook when I had a vision in mind.  Then, I finally sat down to scrap.  I quickly picked out papers, and mostly focused on using the Die Cuts and Stickers for embellishments.

For my first page, I simply took out the number die cuts (and  few others from the pack) and placed them in rows.  There was also a "3" sticker in the sticker book, so I just popped that off a punched piece of paper to emphasize it.  Then just a cluster of embellies on the bottom left, and some fussy cut circles on the top right.

The key to this page was using a background paper that already had somewhat of a layout design on it...the blue strip on the left is already on the background.

For my 2nd page, again I focused on using die cuts and minimal papers.  I just added a few strips of paper to the bottom and layered some die cuts behind the photos.  Also, I find that using a grid design is a great time saver and is easily embellished.

Finally, my last page was heavy on the planning, and when I sat down to do it, it went really quickly!  My photo was about my quilts that I've made, so I knew I wanted to use a "quilted" background. I cut squares from several papers, and then cut some of them on the diagonal to create my background stars.

Then I tried something that I have never done before: free motion stitching on paper!!  If you don't know what free motion stitching is, basically, you lower your feed dogs and have to move the paper around under your needle.  Think of your needle as a pen and you "draw" with the thread.

After that, I just added the photo with some vellum and again a few stickers and die cuts.  Easy peasy!

My card was also pretty quick to make.  Just some strips of paper cut into long, thin triangles, stitched down the middle, and then the center covered with a die cut.

Finally, an altered project.  In 30 minutes.  This was a tough one, so I decided to just keep it simple.  I had a package of the Shimelle wood veneers right in front of me, and I knew I wanted to use them.  So I came up with the simple plan of adding some paper to the back, coloring in the fronts with some markers and gel pens, and covering with Mod Podge.

Once dry, I punched a hole and added them to my keychain!!  A simple keychain charm!  I was thinking that adding some initials to the heart piece would be so cute!

WOW....all I can say is that this experience really helped me get out of my rut!  I am so thankful on many levels!!