Friday, March 15, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 031513--Flowers X 2

Hi Stampers:
Happy Friday to you!  It looks like we are going to have sunshine today--a rare occurence in Cincinnati during the winter months.  Makes me think spring will be here soon!  Our sketch this week from Jennifer Weide reflects that hope for spring:

When I first looked at this sketch, I DID NOT SEE the layers!!!  So my card doesn't have any!!  Here is my card:
The flower on the left is created from 5 layers of Tea for Two Designer Series Paper punched out with the Blossom punch.  I offset each layer from the one above it and used a tiny brad and glue dots to stabilize it.  Then I cut one of the flowers from a strip of the 5/8" flower trim and stuck it in the center of the flower and fluffed the petals.  I used one of the Delicate Details embossing folder topped with a strip of the 5/8" flower trim.  The greeting is from the Sweet Essentials stamp set.

As you know, we have all our designs posted on the SFF BlogYou can also find the Linky tool so upload your own interpretation of the sketch.  Why not play along with us?


Friday, March 8, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 03-08-13 A Banner Day

Hi Stampers!

Did you miss me?  I have been MIA the last couple of weeks due to family doings, work, and other assorted commitments.  I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at my church's Lenten Dinner/Study about my love of and joy in stamping and the spiritual connection of helping others with my stamping.  While preparing that talk, I really thought about why I love stamping so much. Hopefully, I'll be able to share more about that in some future posts.  But right now, it's Sketch Frenzy Friday time and we have a great, simple sketch from Deb Currier to play with:
Isn't this a cool looking sketch?  It is simple and classy--great job Deb!  Now here is my card:

Our Lenten series, which I mentioned above, features members of our congregation speaking about their artistic talents.  I spoke last Wednesday, and this Wednesday we had 3 people who are gardeners speak about gardening, conservation, and their love of nature.  Since I am on the committee that organized this series, I am sending out thank you notes to all the speakers.  I thought the bloomin' marvelous phrase from the Sale-a-Bration stamp set of the same name would be perfect for the thank you notes for our gardeners.  Other items I used on this card:
  • Primrose Petals, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla card stock
  • Tea for Two Designer Series Paper
  • Delicate Designs TIEF
  • Apothecary Accents Framelits and Hearts a Flutter Framelits
  • Early Espresso ink (my FAVORITE) for stamping greetings!)
  • Basic Pearls
I used the Hearts a Flutter banner framelit to cut out the banners.  So how did I get them longer than the framelit???  Simple--I cut strips of the DSP and Soft Suede card stock slightly narrower than the width of the inside measurement of the framelit, put one end of the strip under the banner edge and pulled the remainder of the strip over the top of the square end of the framelit, ran it through the Big Shot and VOILA--a long strip with a banner end!  Easy peasy!

Well, I'm sure by now you're ready to go to the SFF blog to see all of the designers' cards.  Don't forget--you can join us.  We love to see your creations!  Just use our Linky tool that you will find on the blog.