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Saturday, September 6, 2008

A {Batty} Sketch For You To Try

The sentiment on this card is true on SOOOO many levels for me today! We have a busy weekend planned (luckily I was able to fanagle it where my whole family pitched in and cleaned the house yesterday, I just need to Swiffer mop all my floors), I have a ton of stamping I want to do, I haven't had my coffee yet, the dog killed a grass snake and wanted to "show me", a spider has bitten me on my leg (twice), I feel like I'm being watched (long story-no I'm not schizo) and Eric is working today (overtime-GOOD.) so I have the girls to keep busy all day as well!! THAT'S BATTY!! So when I looked at Jen's Sketch For You To Try for today, I knew this cute little bat and sentiment would be appropriate for what I was about to tackle! I also knew I wanted to use this fun ($2 a sheet) paper I got at Joann's last month. It's by Heidi Grace and you can't really tell from either of these pictures (more on that in a minute) that it's shimmery AND the bats, dots and squiggly lines are clear embossed and glittery. I LOVE this paper, so I tried not to waste it (why did I only get one sheet? Oh yeah, $2 per. That's a little much.) Anyway, the bat and sentiment are from the new set, Bump in the Night from Storage Units, Ink and More. I didn't have any bat stamps, so I thought he was a cutie! I colored him with my Prismacolor Pencils and OMS, so I could get some shading in with the black. I also faded out a little yellow around him to make him pop out!! Why two pictures today you ask? Well, I embossed both the black base and the kraft strip on the side with clear embossing powder, using Versamark and the circle from SU's Riveting set (the one reason I hang onto it is for this purpose). I could not get a good shot of the embossing, so I Photoshopped one pic to bring that out on the black side (the hazy one) and the other one is how I would prefer the whole card to look naturally but it's missing the texture of the black embossed side!! UGH!!! So I'm sorry you have to use your imagination on this and put the two together! Well, I guess I better go get busy. Unfortunately, the floor can't mop itself!! Oh and you will LOVE Jen's new guest designer: Suzanne Dean and be sure and check out my looney bin compadres' samples: Shannan, Amy R., Carole and Amy S. Because we love ya'll and want to see what you come up with, please upload your creations with the sketch to SCS using keyword SFYTT and they will all be in one happy place! Off to mop...find a happy place, find a happy place, find a happy place....

TIP: It's really hard to sew over something that has embossing already on it. It acts as brakes on the presser foot of the sewing machine and causes your stitching to not be evenly spaced. (I know, ya'll are all asking, 'And how do you know that, Ms. Susie?'. I just KNOW and I don't want to talk about it.) HOWEVER, if you sew first and THEN emboss, the powder does not get all hung up in the thread after you pour it on (like I was afraid it would) as long as you have used some sort of anti-static device (fancy term for a Bounce dryer sheet) before stamping it in the Versamark.

Stamps: Bump in the Night (Storage Units, Ink and More), Riveting (SU!)
Paper: Basic Black, Kraft, Marigold Morning (SU!), Papertrey White, Jeepers Creepers (Heidi Grace)
Ink: Palette Noir (Superior), Versamark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, Silver Brads, Oval Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, 1/16" Hole Punch, Double Hole Punch, Large Scallop Scissors (Fiskars), Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Heat Gun, Sewing Machine, Black Thread, Dimensionals, Wide Black/White Gingham Ribbon


  1. Oh, I can totally relate, Sus! Ewww about the snake!

  2. SO, SO cute! Thanks for sharing----and however you know about the sewing on already embossed stuff....we believe you and we won't ask any questions!

  3. cute, cute, cute! $2 per sheet...whoa! Someone really special who will appreciate your work needs to receive this jewel! My address is 3205....

  4. Well, regardless of all the craziness/battiness in your life right now, your card is amazing! Hope things improve!

    Hugs & Stamps!

  5. LOVE it! Your stuff is so awesome Susan...I just lve this entire card.

  6. Super cute Susan...hope everything calms down!!

  7. What a wonderful Halloween card Susie! Your stitching and embossing turned out beautifully and I'm loving that Heidi Grace designer paper! :D

  8. jen del muro ( 6, 2008 at 9:11:00 PM CDT

    spooooooky!! lol!! actually, it's totally adorable!

  9. CUTE!! I LOVE that bat!!! And thanks for the great embossing/sewing tips. Good to know! :)

  10. Super fun and cute! Love the embossing on this!

  11. Hello, Susie Q! I think this is sooooo cute. This is one of my fave sets this month. I'm gonna try and make something this week. Great job, girlie!


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