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Saturday, February 7, 2009

A {Messy Valentine} Sketch For You To Try

Well, Happy Saturday! I am so glad this week is OVER! The end of this week means I'm done with some other DT stuff I've been working on (OH, I can't wait to show you!), I've been on my diet for a whole week (with the exception of two skinny lattes), and today is my daughter, Lindsie's UIL Storytelling Competition that we've been preparing for since the first part of December! Then tomorrow, we get to finish cleaning out Lindsie and Audrie's closets and after that, I get to catch my breath! Whew!! Have ya'll just been non-stop since the first of the year? What's going on? At least I have my stamping and crafting to help settle me and keep me sane. So when I pulled out Jen's Sketch For You To Try for this week, it was a fun time to just let myself "create" and not think! I decided to use the new Bling 'Bet from My Favorite Things as I had this sentiment idea ever since I got the set. I actually stamped them on another piece of cardstock and then cut them out and filled the dots with Glossy Accents so they're shiny! I also finally got my new Making Memories Slice machine and fired it up for this fun shape for the main panel and then pierced the edges. I just didn't like the side piece of the sketch as another panel and I didn't want to cover up any more of the swirly, glittery and clear embossed paper, so I did a "faux" panel and stitched instead where one would have been. Super fun!!
Finally, if you can believe it (now don't fall over), I combined this with Julia's Ways to Use It challenge over on SCS (WT204), to layer your embellishments. I know the sketch only calls for two, but I just started layering them and couldn't stop!! By the way, i colored the polkadots on the big flower with a Prismacolor marker to make it matchy-matchy! Anyway, I like how it turned out, even though it's kind of messy. Does it work?

We have a "confession" to make---Jody (aka texasjodylynn, aka Confessions of a Ribbon Addict) is the new SFYTT Guest Designer for February. She has become a great friend of mine and her work is amazing. You'll love seeing her play along this month on Jen's blog. The rest of the team have confessed their addictions to stamping as well this week by their wonderful projects: Carole, Amy R. and Amy S., and Kelly!! We are sad to say goodbye to Shannan as she is stepping down to be able to spend more time with her family and move on with some other stamping adventures!

SUSIE Q-TIP: (I got this one from Julia Stainton a while back and just now tried it.) Intstead of a paper layer on a card, create the illusion of a layer (a "faux layer") by sewing the shape of it on your back panel as I did here.

Stamps: Bling 'Bet (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Kraft (SU!), Papertrey White, Tiny Pink Dots (Making Memories), Sweet Talk (K & Company)
Ink: Pure Poppy (Papertrey)
Accessories: Slice and Noteworthy Card (MM), Sewing Machine, White Thread, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Scallop Scissors, Heart Punch, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Prima Flowers, Felt Heart Sticker, Pure Poppy Polkadot Satin Ribbon (Papertrey), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Red Copic Marker, Buttons


  1. rock on! love how you did the faux layer!

  2. I love your valentine! So cute and great embellishments! good luck to your daughter! It sounds fun! You will have to let us know how it turns out!

  3. Susan, this one's phenomenal!! (But then, all your stuff is!) I love the "messy" look! And this is wild ... I've got a project sketched out with the Bling 'Bet, i{heart}u sentiment, and crystal effects-filled holes - how fun, GMTA, right? Mine won't turn out this great, though!!

  4. Have I ever told you how much I love your susie q-tips?! Love em! Today's tip is so cool, and I think I just might have to try it out soon.

    Love your messy valentine and esp the felt sweet! The layers of bellies looks great with the sentiment.

  5. Totally cute!! I feel the same way, I feel like everything is running past me and I am desperately trying to get back in front...yikes!!

  6. This is wonderful Sus! Very pretty. I just LOVE the fact that you did sew on it--that really adds a special personal touch. :)

  7. My goodness, look at all the detail on this! Amazing card!

  8. Wow, look at all the detail on this, amazing card!

  9. love this card very pretty

  10. I LOVE this card! It is SO pretty! I love the stitched panel, the embellishments, the letters... EVERYTHING! Pretty pretty pretty!


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