Friday, October 31, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday, 10-31-14 Thanks

Hello, everyone!  Thanks for visiting my blog!  Here's the sketch for today:

Patrice Herrera used Stampin' Up's digital program to create this card sketch.  My Digital Studio is great for cardmaking & scrapbooking.   I use it often to create flyers for my husband's fundraisers.

My card is made from the Hip Hip Hooray card kit.  What I added to it is the green base, vanilla &  brown sugar layers.  Everything else is from the kit.  I love all the pieces you can put together to create cards.  I used one of the example cards, pictured in the kit, as a starting point.

I cut the polka dot front off of the note card, trimmed & layered it to make a full card.  The Baked Brown Sugar cardstock is layered on the Pistachio Pudding cardstock.  The Pistachio cardstock measures 5" x 3 3/4" & the other layers were cut approximately 1/8" smaller. Approximately = I just don't like to figure out the measurements using the 16ths of an inch marks.

Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit, which includes the stamp set & Basic Gray Stampin' Spot
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar

On the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog you will find the design team's cards.  Play along with us using the InLinkz button at the bottom of the post!

Have a Happy Halloween,
Elizabeth K.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday, 10-24-14 Kindness

Hello and TGIF!  Or should I say TGISFF - Thank God its Sketch Frenzy Friday!  Lol!  This awesome fall weather has me feeling very happy, and thinking I am funny!
Oh, well, here's something fun - our SFF sketch.  Thanks, Elizabeth Harris for the sketch!

I cussed my computer at first for not downloading the whole sketch.  You may LOL!
Here's the card I made using Elizabeth's sketch:

I was excited about using my Kinda Eclectic stamp set for the first time!  The sun & leaf are my favorite stamps in that set.  But I do love butterflies that have punches to go with them.

Stamps - Kinda Eclectic, Four You
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock - Whisper White (3 7/8" x 2 5/8"), Soft Sky (5 3/4"x 4 1/4"),  Night of Navy (for base & mat - 2 3/4" x 4")
Accessories - Elegant Butterfly & Bitty Butterfly punches, white baker's twine, glue dots, 2013-15 In Color sequin assortment, dimensionals.

Play along with us on the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog.
Have a great weekend!
Elizabeth K.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Calm Snowflakes

Hi and happy Friday!  Our sketch for Sketch Frenzy Friday is from the talented Terri Tank.  Thanks, Terri for the great sketch!

For my card, I played with sequins and snowflakes.  Even if we hardly ever get snow in southeast Texas, I still love the wintry feeling of this card.

No matter what I tried, the Soft Sky DSP still looks a little greenish to me on my computer.   I even edited the picture with my iPhoto program. The Soft Sky & Lost Lagoon colors look accurate on my cell phone though.  Oh, well...

Stamps - Endless Wishes
Ink - Lost Lagoon
Cardstock - Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky and All Is Calm Designer Series Paper
Accessories - In Color sequin assortment, Frosted Sequins, All Is Calm snowflake, Silver 1/8" ribbon, glue dots, Tombow glue, Rhinestones, Pearls, Light Blendabilities marker from the Night of Navy set, used to color a pearl.

I hope our cards will give you some inspiration for your own cards.  Play along with us at Sketch Frenzy Friday by adding your card using InLinkz at the bottom of today's post.

Have a great weekend!
Elizabeth K.

Puppy Card

Hi!  Thanks for coming to my blog.  I hope you enjoy the card I made this week.  I used a non-SU! image to color and I colored the dog with Copics.  But SU! Blendabilities would work great with this too!!

I braided three strands of Baker's Twine - Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler & Bermuda Bay.  It took a while because the twine was on the thinner side.  I will never braid twine again, unless it is thicker!

SU! Supplies:
Stamp for sentiment - A Dozen Thoughts
Cardstock - Real Red, Whisper White, Soft Sky, (ret.) Storytime DSP
Ink - Real Red
Accessories -   Alphabet Press embossing folder, scalloped tag topper punch, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler & Bermuda Bay baker's twine

The design of the card is from one of the instructors of Online Copic Cardmaker's Class.
Copics:  E43, 44, 47; R00, 02,22; Y02, 15; 0-blending pen.
SU! Blendabilities I would use in place of these are Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight & Crumb Cake sets, Color Lifter marker.

Don't Worry, Be Happy - tomorrow is Friday!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday 10-10-14, In My Thoughts

Hi everyone!  Welcome to another Sketch Frenzy Friday!
Today's wonderful sketch is from Diana Eichfeld. I like the way she put the designer paper in the sketch.  It gave me a starting point for the whole card.  Thanks, Diana, for the great sketch!

I actually ended up with 2 cards because I wasn't sure about which designer paper I liked best.  

Stampin' Up! has many great colors to choose from, so I usually end up using my favorite colors.  I haven't used the Night of Navy in a long time. So seeing the designs on the Flowerpot DSP, I went for Navy.  The print on the first card I made was big and I wondered if it should have been smaller. so  I tried the smaller print flowers on the Garden Green background.  (Another color I have neglected for a while.)

I decided I liked both of them!  
For my image I inked up the top half of the stamp with the Garden Green ink pad and colored the trunk with Soft Suede marker.   I brayered color over the top and bottom, leaving just enough room for my sentiment in the middle.  I should have centered the trunk between two of the words, but this time I just traced over it with the Lost Lagoon marker.  After a few tries of brayering, I realized that I needed to start with lighter colors & then sponge Garden Green and Night of Navy on the edges.

Here's the inside:

Stamps - Thoughts & Prayers, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink - Lost Lagoon, Night of Navy, Garden Green, Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky & Pool Party
Cardstock - Night of Navy for the base,  
Whisper White cut 1 at 5 3/8" x 4 1/8", cut 2 at 3" x 3 1/4"
Garden Green cut to 4 3/8" x 4"
Designer Series Paper - Flowerpot cut at 4 1/4"x 1 5/8" and    4 1/4" x 2 1/4", scrap  piece to punch out shape for the bottom, 
Accessories - Decorative label punch,  Regals candy dots, candy dots brads, Lost Lagoon ribbon

I would love to see what you come up with using this sketch.  Join us by adding a link to your post at the bottom of the Sketch Frenzy Friday post.

Have a blessed day!
Elizabeth K.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday, 10-3-14, Sympathy Rose

Hi Y'all!  TGIF!  And on Friday I get to show you another sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday!  This week's sketch is from  Kathy Clark!  I hope you like it and will join us!

Here's the Sympathy card I made with it.

I have been practicing with my SU! Blendabilities, and this focal point was large enough for me to use the Sweetbriar Rose stamp. 

Sweetbriar Rose & Bloom With Hope stamps 
Whisper White - cut to 3 3/4" x 2 3/8",
Real Red - base, & 2 mats:  3 7/8" x 2 3/4" and 4 7/8" x 1 3/4"
Flashback Designer Series Paper - red - cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
Park Lane DSP - green - cut to 4 3/4" x 1 3/8"
Brights Candy Dots, dimensionals
Blendabilities Markers - Old Olive, Crumb Cake & Cherry Cobbler sets;  Color Lifter

Of course, the Color Lifter is vital!  Because I make mistakes, and i do it often.  I also used the Lifter for lightening up the center of the roses.

I colored the roses on a scrap piece of Whisper White, so I could cut them out & not have to worry about coloring out of the lines.  I challenged myself to use all three of the Old Olive markers on the leaves, but only used two Crumb Cake markers for the stems.

Won't you join us this week, by adding your post using the InLinkz at the bottom of the Sketch Frenzy Friday post?  I would love to see what cards you come up with!

Happy weekend!
Elizabeth K.

Thank You card with Envelope Punch Board Bow

I had no idea you could make bows and banners using the Envelope Punch Board!
Well, here they are!

The supplies and instructions for my card are at the VC Rocks Blog.
Elizabeth Kratzer

My Blended Ballerina

Stampin' Up's new alcohol markers are called Blendabilities! They blend very well!
The Ballerina digi image below is by Kristen Werner,  but all the coloring was done with SU! Blendabilities.
Using the Skin Tone Assortment and blending the colors several times really makes for a smooth face.  I used the Ivory for the base color, then darkened a few areas with Nude, then back to Ivory to blend out the line where the two met.  I also used the Blush marker to make the two circles on her cheeks. That was also blended around the outside with the Ivory.  Her lips, dress and shoes were colored with the Calypso Coral trio.

The Night of Navy Light marker was used for her eyes and the shadow.  I thought the shadow was too bright, so I added the Smoky Slate Light to darken it a little.  Well, you know I did go a little crazy with the shadow and had to "erase" the blue/slate that wanted to meet in the middle!  I am so impressed with the Color Lifter!  It was easy to erase the color, then after it dried, I grabbed my Ivory marker to recolor that area of the face.  I bet you can't even see that mistake!  (I had not allowed the Color Lifter on my other mistakes to dry before taking this photo;  those out-of the-lines color on the top of her hair and her left side top of the skirt definitely look better when dry.)

Daffodil Delight markers were used for her hair, but as you can tell my Daffodil Dark marker had no ink in it.  When I get another I will add those dark areas to the hair.

If you use the Blendabilities, let me know what you think of them in a comment below.  Have you compared them to Copic markers?  What do you think?

Elizabeth K.