Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sketching out some fun! Mytimesketches 30, 31 & 10

Hello friends! Where have sketches been all my life {I keep asking myself!}? My goodness, this is a fun way to make cards! For today's offering I've included all three of my designs that I'm hoping will be considered by Lauren Meader in her Design Team quest! Wish me luck and I hope you enjoy!


You ARE just my type! All-o-you wonderful crafters out there! Inspiration for this card was kind of like a lightning bolt... Of course, I'm still obsessing over fun ways to use Tim Holtz's FRAGMENTS, so type writer keys were kind of a no-brainer! I ADORE "Puns from the Past" stamp set from S/U! and I've been dying to kick out another card from this set, so YEAH! My beautiful and all-knowing blog buddy, Karen, from Time Crafted was expressing just how much she loves this set, but hesitates from buying it because she's not sure if she'll use it enough.... First, let me say that she's a great friend who was first a GREAT S/U! customer... And when a customer says "I love that but I'm not sure how to use it..." OMG! It's like waving a red flag to a bull{ I'm the bull }! So, this is for you, Karen! Tee Hee

All supplies for this card were by Stampin' Up! except for, of course: Tim's Fragments, metal tape and alcohol ink (Tim & Ranger), the black crochet thread (Aunt Lydia/Coats), and the wee little coppery-brown grommet, which was just in my stash and I can't recall who it's made by: sorry... The cute little tag is from a McGill three-in-one punch. Also, black Staz-on was used to antique the metal tape... One interesting technique to note, if it's even visible in photography is.. I used a "dry brush" technique with butterscotch alcohol ink mixed 1/2 & 1/2 with blending solution on vanilla cardstock to make the "wood grain" looking effect for the type writer keys... I did that first and THEN stamped the letters "you" with black Staz-on AFTER! (Just in case you're wondering... Alcohol ink OVER Staz-on will make the Staz-on run and bleed! OMG!) It was a fun and easy sketch to play with, Lauren: I'm seeing the light!


Since I never seem to have the right birthday card when I need it, mytimesketch31 was a perfect fit... I've been playing around, making cupcakes (not real,"thank goodness..." my waist-line says...) that look yummy and tactile, so I wanted to add one into the mix! Using S/U!'s biggest, fattest oval punch, I cut a piece of glossy, white c/s and then another oval from a piece of (S/U! patterned paper, ran it through my crimper and then lined up the oval so that the crimped lines went the right direction, and then cut off the small ends of the oval to create a fluted, cupcake bottom look)... For the frosting, I left the bottom contour of the oval pretty much intact, so it would compliment the bottom of the cupcake, then I, lightly, drew the frosting lines in pencil and then again with a "close to cocoa" marker (brush end) and cut it out with detail scissors. Following the same marks, I added the super flaky glitter from Martha Stewart with glue, so it looks sort of vanilla coco-nutty-delicious.. I added a few "dents" with my scissors, as well to give it a real frosting look.. The whole thing is mounted on pop dots, and then I used a small oval punch on "pink pirouette" c/s and rubbed it across the edge of a bone folder until the c/s began to split in half (its actually two pieces of paper!). With the thin c/s I rolled them to make candles and then hand cut flames and added yellow glitter by Doodlebug! Make a wish! Whoopee! Other materials include the Sizzix flowers, scallop and medium oval punch (S/U!), the "thank you" oval stamp from "Oval All" by S/U!... All c/s and designer paper is from S/U! and I think that covers it! Phew!


I threw this image back in just to have all three of my offerings together.. For more info on technique, please see my previous post, Enjoy the Ride!

As always, THANK you for taking the time to visit my blog: it just warms my heart to know you stopped by! Have a great day!


Lynne in NI said...

Your cards are all gorgeous! Good luck with your DT Quest!

Karen said...

Elise, you are too sweet! And thank you for taking on the challenge! :>:> Yup! The AI blend Is visible when you click on the typewriter card, so glad you shared how you achieved that! And that frosting?! Oh nevermind that, the Whole darn Cupcake, Candles INcluded?!!?! I LOVE it!! As always, its so exciting to watch a talent like yourself, play!!! Keep at it, your rocking my blog world! :>:>

tg said...

Wow! That cupcake is too awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Rosemary said...

Yeeehaw, girl!! Love the cards!!! Can't believe you made the cupcake using SU! punches and a crimper! And those candles, wow! Whoda thunk?? (not me! tee hee!) Awesome cards, awesome cards!

Dana Gustafson said...

Haaaaay, cardmaker! You made these sketches sing! Loving all of them and you KNOW I would love to take a bite out of that realistic cupcake. MMmmmmm mmmmmmm, that looks good! The shadowing on that frosting swirl is incredible!

Dana Gustafson said... that coffee stir stick stamping on the cupcake I see? Were you midnight stamping without me??

Kate Riley said...

That pearly flower and that sparkly cupcake detail are over the top ! You are so very talented, girl. Yehaw !

Chris said...

Your cupcake looks delish!! :) All 3 cards are super - good luck, hope you make the design team!