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Saturday, May 16, 2009

A {Stuffy} Sketch For You To Try

Well, I had no business going to garage sales yesterday in the north Texas snow storm. A cottonwood pollen snowstorm that is. One that has made me miserable. If you have no clue as to what I’m talking about, it’s these white puffs of cottonwood tree seeds/pollen (there’s debate about this) that are flying around everywhere and it literally looks like it’s snowing. Makes my allergies go crazy. I know I shouldn’t have been out in it, but I wanted so badly to get out and hit a few garage sales while all the kids were at school. I guess I was feeling lucky, like I knew there was something out there calling my name. Well, LUCKY I was! Only folks like ya’ll can appreciate how happy I was when I left only my third garage sale of the morning (and last—I didn’t want to push my luck with the “snow” and start feeling worse). Wanna know what I found? TWO boxes of 250 each of A2 size white envelopes (the exact size us cardmakers use)! Wanna know how much I paid for them 500 envelopes? Only six bucks. I got the deal of the day!! Sa-weet!! When am I going to use 500 envelopes? Over my whole lifetime, but hey, would YOU have passed them up? I didn’t think so. Anyway, I just had to tell ya’ll—I knew you’d understand.

It’s a little ironic how I got all those envies, and my card I have for you today for Jen’s Sketch For You To Try is a longer card that of course won’t even fit in one! As I was putting it together, I realized I needed more card, or to make all those circles smaller (I cut them out first). Well, I wasn’t about to cut circles and distress and do all that again, so I opted for the larger canvas. My friend, Nancy (phantom on SCS) had sent me her new Shady Tree Studio Fruit Basket stamp set along with the matching veggies a while back and I haven’t had a chance to use them, but with this sketch, I knew I could work it out. I went for a vintage look and colored the cherries with straight Prismacolor Pencils—no OMS, remembering how I used to practice shading circles in pencil all the time when I was little. I think I’ll be doing a little more of that type of coloring—it was very relaxing (in between sniffles). Anyway, I’m staying in today and avoiding the cottonwood snow. I’ve got some envelopes to stuff and my head to unstuff.

Now don’t forget to check out what my other SFYTT sisters have come up with. They may not have as many envelopes as I do, but neither rain, nor wind, nor sleet, nor snow, nor dark of night, they deliver on their creativity. And be sure and use keyword SFYTT when uploading your card to SCS, so we can see it!:
Amy R.
Amy S.
Also, Julie Lacey has another fabulous sample on Jen's blog HERE.

SUSIE Q-TIP: When shading with colored pencils (Prismas in this case), try using black as your darkest color value and blend your other colors out from the black to your “light source”. It looks really bad at first, but once you start coloring and blending the image more, it will take on a “real life” look and you really won’t see the black any more. As always, you can click on my pictures for a more detailed view.

Stamps: Beautiful You (Verve), Fruit Basket (Shady Tree Studio-CHF)
Paper: Basic Black, Marigold Morning (SU!), Vintage Cherries (Graphic 45), Hall Pass (Foof-a-la)
Ink: Palette Noir (Superior), Versamark, Chestnut and Chestnut Roan Cat’s Eyes (Colorbox)
Accessories: Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Sewing Machine, Black Thread, Detail Black EP (Ranger), Heat Tool, Prismacolor Pencils, Vintage Buttons, Black Hemp Twine, Wide Black/White Gingham Ribbon, Glue Dots, Jody Boosters


  1. Beautiful card Susan! Love the colours and papers and your colouring is awesome!
    Hope the cottonwood seeds blow off and away soon ;)

  2. Hi Susan, this is just beautiful! I love those papers you used!

  3. Oh, Sus, I don't know where to begin!! That card is splendiferous, I tell you!! Love the distressing, the colors... I could go on and on :). I also love your story and empathize from my own allergy nightmare experiences! Your coloring on the main image is absolutely gorgeous - bare-naked Prismacolor is one of my favorites, too, and you rock that technique, missy!! Thanks so much for sharing ~ hugs ~

  4. Wonderful coloring!! You're right, the black blends in until it disappears into the red!! Great gard. Maybe if you put two of the A2 together, it will fit -- after all, you have enough to spare!

  5. I would've finished writing this comment a few minutes ago, but it took my that long to clean up the drool--this is sweet and stinkin' the coolest, Sus! I'm so jealous!!

  6. Oooooo, this is so fabby fab, Susan! Love the vintage look! Feel better!!!

  7. Sus -- LOVE that sentiment!!! :) And my nose is runny and eyes are watering in sympathy for your allergies! Your coloring on this is just beautiful. Congrats on a great deal on all those envies -- make sure a few of them end up with my addy on 'em!!!

  8. Beautiful card.The coloring is awesome. I am interested though in how you organize your patterned paper. The Graphic 45 paper is new and I know the Foof-fa-la paper is several years old. How did you put it together? Do you go through all your paper?


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