Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Variation on the Sketch

I changed the sketch up a little bit and made this card taller. It now measures 4.25 x 5.5 (once it's on the matte), so I started out with 12" x 5.25" paper and followed the same scoring instructions listed HERE


This one actually have very little stamping... only the sentiment! Those wicked cool looking stars are from Scenic Route Paper - Justin Road! It's on the simple side, but pretty quick and easy to make. Plus I love all the creamy vanilla cardstock showing - this has become my favorite carstock to use... it's from Papertreyink and is called Vintage Cream.


The ribbon on this card is simply taped along the back side of the accordian so it's hidden between the layers once you put the red mat on the back. I {heart} cards with a bow to open them.

The last card is today's color challenge on SCS. I actually ran out of Kiwi Kiss... so I had to substitute with a more "green" shade. These round cards are so much fun to make... and a nice change from traditional rectangles and squares. I colored the cats with Copis then added all the embellishments. Kinda fun.... huh?


Since the year is quickly coming to a close I've been thinking about all the new products I've "discovered" this year that are items I simply can't craft without now. I know topping my list are Copics, I really don't want to reach for any of my other coloring tools now! I think my second are nestabilities, which even though I only discovered them a few weeks ago I'm really making up for missing out on the for so long.


What items did you discover this past year that you can't craft without?? Since I never heard from my last blog candy winner.... I'm gonna give these goodies away again.
******BLOG CANDY ALERT!!!!!*******
Enter to win by naming at least one "must have" craft product that you discovered in the past year. I'll tally them all up all the answers when I pick the winner!

64 comments:

Anne R said...

I just got a cuttlebug and frankly don't know how I've lasted so long without one. I've got a few embossing folders and the scalloped circle and rectangle nesties. So much more to get though-hehe.

Jingle said...

I got the EK Curvy Cutter and I love that thing! It makes cutting circles so much easier! I also have fallen in love all over again with punches! They add so much, well, PUNCH!, while being so quick and easy to use!

Michelle (mla1111) said...

Gorgeous cards!!! My must haves would be my cuttlebug for embossing & lately I am also loving the snowflake die, my nesties & I just started a collection of copics! =)

sarahw said...

Promise not to laugh? I am addicted to Terrifically Tacky Tape, I use it on everything!

Jessica said...

Maybe this time I'll get lucky! My can't live without tool is my Dahle 440 rolling paper trimmer. It's always sharp and cuts a nice edge everytime. And it's straight! Thanks for the chance to win again. :)

melissa.flieg said...

I got to say my can't live without craft item I discovered this year is copic markers. They color so wonderfully. I don't have that many yet but love to use the ones I have.

Janet said...

Spellbinders--I just love 'em and am still discovering all the things I can do with them. I hope to try the copics soon.

jan farnworth said...

the must have product that i do not own yet is the tim holtz distress stickles.

Amy said...

For me, this was the year of the little things: How did I ever live without adhesive eraser :-).

Cheryl said...

My must have is the Scor-Pal. I love that thing!!! Thank you.
Cheryl Sims

Rosanne said...

My current must have item is bling! Whether Stickles, glitter or rhinestones, my creations need a bit of shine!

Julie M said...

Oh, so many things. I got a Cuttlebug for my birthday recently (just waiting for the folders to arrive so I can see how much I can use it!). But I think the one thing I almost always use is Tim Holtz Distress ink, especially Walnut. Love your cards, Michelle - thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

I think for me, it is my nesties. I love that you get some many different sizes with each set. Takes up a lot less storage space than punches.

Pegg S said...

I will have to try your sketch challenge, but I am furiously trying to finish my Christmas cards-I am so behind!! Anyways, one thing I can't live without is the Kokoyu tape runner. It comes out smoothly and adheres well!

Tracey said...

Gorgeous cards!! My newest "must-have" discovery would have to be my Copics. I am loving them and so need to add more colours to my collection!!

Tammie27 said...

The item that would be my "must have" for the year would be my scor-pal. I learned about it on SCS website, but thought the price tag of $39.95 was a bit high. I received a coupon for $15.00 off at my local stamp store, and decided to buy one with the $15.00 off. I am glad I did, because I just love it. Thanks for sharing all of your creations on-line with us. I love your blog. :)

Irene Lenihan said...

I love my CM punches. I got them a long time ago but they still work really well and I find them very useful.

Laura and Angela said...

I'm with Anne... the cuttlebug and nesties. I have also been bought some goregous watercolour crayons and am ken to get as good as the lady whom I saw demonstarting them... I do believe they and my H2O's could make me some extraordinary coloured images- I just can't afford to invest in copics also -as pretty as they always look. maybe when kinder teachers starmaking some real money!

P.S- The sketch has me inspired again... mojo was lacking, now it's back ... When i've photoed them, I'll post

Pamela said...

I got a cuttlebug. I love it. So does my daughter. Now I just need some more folders and dies...

Thanks for a chance to win.

pscole3467 at gmail dot com

nina said...

LOVE the circle card! My fave 'new' product is probably the Cuttlebug - love the embossing folders and the nestie shapes (which would probably be my 2nd choice). I just got some Copics so haven't really had much chance to play around with them yet, but can't wait to figure them out!

Kathi said...

I love my nesties..use them everytime I make a card. Couldn't do without them!

Mtgchic said...

Do "stamping blogs" count as craft supplies? Because I don't think my cards would look as good without all the ideas I get from the 15 blogs I subscribe to (yes, I would add more, but I don't want to be overwhelmed with great ideas that I have to try right this minute).

Lori-Anne said...

Michelle,

I can't live without my nesties!!!

Lori-Anne

Sherrie Conner said...

My must have is paper punches. I just cannot create anything without adding something punched! And I am just dying to get a Cuttlebug or Big Kick. I know I would use it on everything!!

leenda said...

I must have Spellbinder nesties.

justmyopinion12 said...

My cuttlebug and nesties ROCK! It is so easy to make beautiful cards now that I can't really take credit for them! I enjoy the papercrafting so much more with these new toys - and I enjoyed it before! :)

nitestamper said...

what a fun sketch and layout!!!!
beautiful colors !!!!!
tfs:)
chat

tina said...

fantastic cards! my fave find this year would have to be my cuttlebug too! although i still havent managed to get any nesties yet :-( another item i am lovin..is my scallop circle punch, i dont know how i survived without it!lol

Diane said...

I would have to say my SU Big Shot and that Top Note Die I got with it...I am "in love" with it. I also love the Cuttlebug, my hubby got me that last year for Xmas, and I use it constantly, the Top Note Die runs right thru it too just perfect! He got me a Cricut for Xmas this year, early as the deal was too good to pass up, but my one small thing I discovered thanks to all the blogs was STICKLES...love that stuff!!!!

Nicole Steele said...

I love my Cuttlebug and Stickles. I bought 18 bottles of Stickles right from the start and I use them constantly! Now I see there are Distress Stickles...I may have to get those and some grungeboard, too. Truthfully, I'm a stamper/scrapper who tends to use her stash. I hardly ever buy new things unless I'm replenishing. I also tend to use found objects (clothing tags, leftover twine, etc.).

6 wacky women said...

My must haves are more spellbinder dies....I want them all!! lol

Karen x

JenMarie said...

LOVE that kitty card!!!
Um...Bic Mark It Markers or Copics!!! LOVE the no streaking and blending!

inkedx2 said...

I think I would have to say it is my Palette Noir Black stamp pad. I have other but started using this one this year. Love how it lets me watercolor and doesn't smear.

Robbie

Heather "Hev" said...

Adorable kitty card :)

I must say I am a simple girl and my discovery of the year was double sided tape!! Ah gotta love it!

Have a great day
Heather

Bonnie Weiss said...

Clear acrylic albums and rub-ons. I have had a blast creating with these albums and the finished product is sooo cool.

inkohoots said...

I would have to say the Scor-Pal. I just splurged and got it recently and really like it. I feel it adds some really simple elegance without too much bling.
Chris

Diane Davies said...

I would have to say the Cuttlebug and embossing folders. I want to get that with my Christmas $$.

I LOVE the circle card and the use of non-traditional Christmas colors!

kathyt said...

I have to say the Nesties-so many sizes and so easy to use with my Cuttlebug, too! I love those layers and the nesties scallops add so much!

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

I finally broke down and got a cuttlebug. No more hand embossing.

Connie Pruitt said...

I love your circle card too! I would like copic markers, but a little expensive right now! Merry Christmas!

StampnInkLady said...

I love the round cards too! Love it and will have to give it a try! Please enter me for the blog candy too, if its not to late. Hugs Lori
stampninclady at bellsouth dot net

retiredheather said...

I found Spellbinders Nestibilities and I absolutely love them. I always thing of ways to justify getting the ones I don`t have. I also love my cuttlebug. What an easy item to use.
Happy Holidays
Heather

sena said...

I've gotta say copics!
sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

Karolyn Loncon said...

I can only name just one? LOL Well, then I guess the one thing that I've discovered this year that I can't imagine my craft life without would have to be my Scor-Pal. That baby is amazing!!

Amanda said...

Great cards! A must-have for me is my Cuttlebug. Happy Holidays!

Desiree said...

Great cards!!

I really love my Nesties! Then my Fiskars paper rotary trimmer, and then my Cuttlebug! I think ;)

Melissa said...

Oh man, only one......hmmm......I guess it would have to be my Copic markers. I am just learning to use them and I am enjoying them very much.

Chris said...

I have two favorites ,my cuttlebug dies and folders and stickles. I love the alphabets and use them both on cards and in scrapbooking. No running out of those pesky stickers anymore!!
Hugs and Happy Holidays from Michigan

Traci said...

I got a Cuttlebug this year and I love it! Love all the folders and spellbinders. They add such a special touch to cards.

Michelle said...

My most recent 'must use' discovery is Copic Atyou Spica markers. I find myself looking for a place to add just a touch of sparkle on everything I do. I even signed Christmas cards with them! Love 'em.

Lastel said...

Omg , I can't pick just one ! I can't live with out the cuttlebug , the nesties , and I can't wait to get my Copics ,cuz I love those markers ! Beautiful cards by the way !

Darlene L said...

I am loving my scor-pal and the pad that goes with it. It is something I use more than once a day. I can't believe I went so long without one! I really have two favs--the second one is my nesties--love them! I only have a couple of sets but will be investing in more when I can.

Thanks for the blog candy offer. Have a wonderful holiday season!

mugsy said...

i bought my first set of nesteis a few months ago and since then have added quite a few more. i LOVE them....i mostly use my red sizzix machine with them so as not to have to replace so many B plate on the CB. recently purchased the revolution for them but havent had a chance to try it. we are moving christmas week to our brandy new home and things are getting more hectic each day !!

PS: i am always inspired by your creations !! thank you, have a great holiday

Amy Johnson said...

Great cards! I love the star one and the way it unfolds. My favorite crafting item and something I can't live without are my nesties. I only wish I could afford them all!

jules p said...

Oh the ultimate must have would be:
The CuttleBug! It is amazing. I have learned to do so many neat things with it.
I love all of the new punches-and the extra large size ones. They are cool.

Your kitty card is so cute. Love the colors. And that fold out Christmas card. Really neat.

nanalady said...

You are such an inspiration. I couldn't create without my Stickles! They add just the right amount of sparkle.....thanks and happy holidays!

DeniseB said...

Liquid Pearls. I know they've been around a long time, and I even bought a bottle ages ago, but I have just tried it out recently. Love the colors they come in.
DeniseB

Crafty Math Chick said...

Hmm, I thought I posted yesterday but I don't see my comment so maybe I forgot to hit "post"?

I ordered Shimmerz paints yesterday and I LOVE them! They really add such a nice shimmer and shine. I wish I found them sooner!

Hope your holidays are off to a great start Michelle!

~Meredith

Sally said...

I discovered copics this year and I want them ALL! Nothing selfish about me! LOL

safaricat said...

Thanks for sharing the instructions! I made two and would love to show you how they turned out but I don't have a blog to post them to... I could post them in Splitcoast if you have posted one there as well.
Cheryl

safaricat said...

I have been using my design studio for my cricut lots. But discovered the copic markers and they are my new must have I am hoping they will arrive for Christmas!

lakind said...

I can't live without my SU tabletop paper cutter. Its cuts are so much cleaner than the personal trimmer. And I can cut multiple pieces of cardstock with one swing of the blade! I also love my copics and nesties like you. There are so many! Thanks for another chance to win! Happy Holidays!

Sheila D said...

I love, love, love my score pal and score mat. At first I couldn't justify the price but I broke down and bought it anyway. I have never regretted it. Can't craft without it now.

Peggie said...

Hi Michelle... I love your work thank you for sharing . You brighten my day when I see your cards.. :))) I have a question... How do you make those pretty bows that look like they are layered... You and your family have a great new year... Keep up the great work... Peggie

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