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Friday, January 25, 2008

A {Chilly} Sketch For You To Try

My hands and feet are freezing as I even type this, so I guess this is a fitting card for today! (just please disregard any juxtaposed letters, as my fingers are so stiff and cold!) Being Saturday, it's time for another installment of Jen's A Sketch For You To Try!! I hope you have been following along all week with her for her Anything But a Card Blowout! It's been so popular, she's decided to make it a weekly feature on Fridays, calling it ABC (anything but a card) Fridays! Isn't that fun!? So, even though I do one of the weekly sketch samples for her, I think I need a "weekly feature" too. I'll tell you what--send me your ideas for what kind of theme day I should do and I will pick the one that I like the best (and is doable for me). If yours is the one I pick, I will send you a little somethin-somethin. (In case of duplicates, I will do a drawing-drawing, by random.Eric-Eric.) YAY!! That sounds fun, and it keeps me going with this here blog! I aim to please!! teehee!! Anyway, let's give Jen a big round of applause for hosting this thing every week! I for one, have learned a lot doing it and it really does expand your stamping repitoire (sp?)!! Plus, my favorite challenges happen to be sketches. Can you believe this is my 14th or 15th one for SFYTT! WOW! Keep 'em coming, Jen! On to the card of the day...You really can't tell it too much, but the little penguin is heat embossed in black and popped up on dimensionals (I hate that you can't really see it, as it took me 5 tries to get the embossing looking halfway decent! Maybe if you click on the picture, you can see it better?)! I haven't mastered that whole embossing thing--YET--I mostly make a big mess! Any tips? Most of the edges are DTP'd (direct to paper) with my black inkpad. I love that look and will definitely keep it in mind for future cardmaking. When I was doing this card, it just kept saying to me to "add more stuff"! Hence the "BRRR" and the Bling and the Rub on stitches across the top. This was one of the funnest cards I have done in a while and I love it myself! I may have to make more of them to send out (sans the embossing!--sorry recipients!). Oh, I almost forgot the "coolest" thing about this card--I got my inspiration for it at TARGET! Shelbie and I were in the Valentine's section, and saw a child's chocolate heart box with a penguin on it and that sentiment. I had to keep saying it over and over in the store so I wouldn't forget it (driving her crazy, but making her shop faster--wink!), and immediately got to work on it as soon as we got home. Luckily we live right behind the store! It's a good thing. Don't forget to leave your comment for what the themed day should be! I'll keep the posting on that open until Tuesday, in case some of you don't have computer access over the weekend. Stay Warm!!
Also, remember to use keyword SFYTT when posting to SCS--I'm seeing some fabulous work out there!! Take more inspiration from Shannan and Carole by visiting their blogs HERE and HERE!!

TIP: When positioning letters on something near an edge, start with letter that will be closest to the edge of the card, even if it's the last letter in the word you are spelling out, (in this case the "s") and (in this case) work backwards. This guarantees not running out of room by starting the word too far over! (picture that pictogram...think ahead and the "d" is falling off the page! we don't want that to happen!)

BONUS TIP: For Valentine inspiration, go check out the seasonal sections at the various stores for those punny/cheesy phrases used on Valentine cards to get your mojo going.

Stamps: Wild About You, Cowboy's Ransom Alphabet by Marah Johnson (purchased at Micheal's), Tiny Heart by Rubber Soul, 1/4" and 1/8" Karen Foster Snap Stamps
Ink: Palette Noir, Cranberry Crisp, Real Red, Versamark
Paper: Brick Red (not sure who makes it), Basic Black, Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Other: Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Red Stickles, Brick Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Photo Corner Punch, MM Bling Brads, Letter Beads, Daisy D's Rub-on Stitches Tape, CM Black Fine Tip Pen, Dimensionals, Slit Punch for scallops


  1. SO cute!!! Love the way you used the letter beads! :)

  2. Awww...this is really CUTE, Sus! :) And can I just say that you have an AWESOME blog banner that changes with the seasons. She's a genious!! :) LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

  3. Susan - This is adorable! Thanks for the tips too! I sure can use them. Looking forward to more of your creations! Have a great weekend!

  4. ohhhh, this coudn't be any cuter!!!


  5. VERY clever card. I love your colo choices Sus :)

  6. How about Simply Stunning Sunday or Saturday Smiles (I'm trying to work off the S of Susan) - where you could showcase one thing that made you smile that week - could be something you did - something you saw

  7. Beautiful card. Love your tips!!!! (Not sure about what your weekly thing should be but I am sure you will do a great job and I will love seeing what you do!)

  8. I had another idea - like Double Take Tuesday ( or Thursday if you prefer). You could re-do a card - you know, re-work it so that it is updated or more BAM!

  9. How about "Out of the Box" or "It's No my Bag". Then you could do a technique or a tool that you wouldn't normally do or try or use...or do a style of card that isn't typically your style!?

    Just a thought! Love your Blog!


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