Friday, August 7, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, A Happy Hello

A happy hello to you all!  On this week's card, I again used Tin of Cards stamp set.

I just love all those sentiments in that stamp set!
Carol Read has provided this week's sketch:

Stamps - Tin of Cards
Ink - Pacific Point, Calypso Coral (sponging on flower), Memento Tuxedo Black,
Cardstock - Pacific Point, Very Vanilla, Pretty Petals DSP
Accessories - die cut flower from My Paper Pumpkin kit, sponges, dimensionals, Black Stampin' Write marker

I hope you take the time to stamp something today.  Try the sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday and add it to the bottom of today's post on the SFF blog.
Elizabeth K. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Happy Birthday Vase

Quick post today.

Sorry the photo is blurry.

Sketch by Diane Eichfeld.

Stamps - Pictogram Punches, Just Kidding
Ink - Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey
Cardstock - Tip Top Taupe, Hello Honey, Whisper White, 2014-16 and 2015-17 In Color DSP Stacks
Accessories - 2" and 2-1/2" circle, 2-3/8" scallop circle, Itty bitty accents, washi label punches, pearls, min-stapler and staples.

This is the link to the SFF blog post to add your own card using this great sketch.
Have a happy weekend!
Elizabeth K

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Thank You Petals

Hi, everyone!  
Here's my card for today's SFF sketch:

 I used a new stamp set called Tin of Cards.  I don't have the Tin kit, yet.   I am really digging the sentiments in 2 different fonts.  And once again, I have pulled out the Pretty Petals 6"x 6" DSP stack.

Today's sketch is by Kathy Clark:

 Thanks, Kathy!
Stamps - Tin of Cards
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock - Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Pretty Petals DSP
Accessories -  1-3/4", 2", 2-3/8" circle punches, Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon

 Use the sketch and add your creation to the bottom of today's post on SFF blog.
Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Happy Thoughts

One of the reasons I subscribe to the monthly kit, My Paper Pumpkin, is that I noticed last year how often the stamps, paper & embellishments coordinate with SU!'s products from the Annual Catalog.  Two other reasons:  there are more items in the kit now and I love surprises in the mail.  Today's stamp set and die cuts are from the June 2015 P.P.  I love how they so beautifully coordinate with the Pretty Petals 6"x 6" DSP stacks!

Don't you just love that sentiment?  Very pretty font!  I am into lettering and even started my own lettering art journal, which I may share here one day. 
No picture of the inside of the card, but I used Vanilla cardstock with torn strips of the paper added to the bottom.

 Thank you, Kim Innis, for the sketch:
This week's sketch uses washi tape.  I don't have any washi tape from the current catalog, so I used the patterned paper instead.  It's very pretty, and now I think I need to buy up all the new washi!

By the way, Pinterest has all kinds of ideas about making alternative cards & items from P.P. kits.

Well, you can use washi from your stash or maybe those pretty DSP leftover strips to make a card inspired from today's sketch.  Add your creation to the bottom of the post on Sff blog.  I would love to see what you use for the strips!

Have a Blessed and Happy Weekend!
Elizabeth K.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Good Things

Hello, everyone!  Thanks for taking time from your July 4th celebrations to check out my blog.

Today's card is one I made for my sister, Paula.  Although we live several hours apart, we still lift each other up when having a bad day.  One of the ways is to remind each other that "something good is going to happen today."

The sentiments in the "You've Got This" stamp set remind me of Paula.
I really like the cursive lettering in this one, and I like that this sentiment also has great print to go with it.

How festive is this template?!  Thanks, Kim!


 Stampin' Up's new patterned paper is so beautiful!  You get a glimpse of what the 4 sides look like with my card.  Love the updated wording!

Stamps - You've Got This
Ink - Pacific Point
Cardstock -  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Brights Color Collections DSP
Accessories - Large Polka Dot embossing folder, bitty butterfly and elegant butterfly punches, 1-3/4" and 2" circle punches, 3/8" white stitched ribbon

Now that you have a little holiday free time, why don't you use the above template as an inspiration for a card and add a link to the bottom of today's SFF blog post so we can all enjoy it?

Happy Independence Day!  
Be safe with your celebrating :)
Elizabeth K.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Make and Take: You're the Friend

Monochromatic Friend
Submitted to the VC Rocks! group
by Elizabeth Kratzer

Stamps - Friendly Wishes
Ink - Lost Lagoon, Mint Macaron
Cardstock - Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon
Accessories - Mint Macaron 1" Dotted Lace, dimensionals

1.  Cut cardstock:  Mint Macaron - 3-1/4"x 2-3/4" and 5-1/2"x 4-1/4" card base;  Lost Lagoon - 3"x 2-1/2" and 5-1/4"x 4";  Pool Party - 2-3/4"x 2-1/4" and 5"x 3-3/4"

2.  Stamp sentiment using Lost Lagoon ink.  Add the mat layers behind.

3.  Cut your lace ribbon ONLY after you have used it to frame the matted sentiment!  This gives you more room to make adjustments to your ribbon placement as you go around and after you finish.  Use snail tape runner on all sides of the back of the matted sentiment.  Starting in one corner, lay the lace down, carefully bunching it up in the corner to get the mitred look.  You may need to add more snail to the corner layers to keep them in place.  Go around the card finishing off in the corner where you can hide the beginning of the bottom layer. 

4.  Stamp onto the Pool Party background with Mint Macaron ink.  Adhere to Lost Lagoon cardstock and then to Mint Macaron card base.

5.  Layer sentiment with dimensionals onto the stamped Pool Party.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Happy Blooming Birthday

Here's today's SFF sketch from Kim Innis.  Thanks for a versatile sketch, Kim.

I turned my card sideways because I saw this great card with a popped up frame around the flowers.  I stamped everything first then used the framelits to die cut.  I added a hand cut flower over the sentiment.  I think you can see a little better in these photos.

It's a very easy card to make and I am sure I will be making more.  I already have ideas using different stamp sets for my next ones.

Stamps - Flower Patch
Cardstock - Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink - Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo, Hello Honey, Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, 
Rose Red
Accessories - Labels Collection Framelits (oops! I now realize it's retired), Pearls, glue dots

I hope you have a great weekend with enough time to play around with your stamps and ink.  When you post your card using today's sketch, don't forget to add it to the bottom of today's post at the SFF blog.

Elizabeth Kratzer

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, You're Great, Mint

I'm so surprised that I am really liking this new in color Mint Macaron.   I think it has a little more blue in the color and kind of reminds me of Pool Party.  So my card today is full of minty goodness.

See what I mean?  The  mint is pretty!
The Dijon in the background is just a background.  I left it on because the card was a little wonky in my picture.  But trust me, the Black card base makes the card so beautiful.

Today's sketch challenge is from  Jennifer Kay.  Thanks, Jennifer!  This is a fun sketch that I think I will use in the future by turning it on its side.


Stamps - I Think You're Great
Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black,  Mint Macaron
Ink - Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron
Accessories - None, I couldn't think of an embellishment in any place that wouldn't detract from the card.  (If you can, please let me know in the comments.)

Take on today's sketch challenge and don't forget to
add a link to your post to today's SFF post.

Today's my last day teaching VBS!  So I look forward to a restful weekend.
I hope you have a restful weekend too.
Elizabeth K.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Spread the Love

Do you love ice cream and cupcakes?  You bet, I do!  Yum!

And I also love the Cherry on Top paper stack - that's about ice cream and cupcakes! 

I concentrated too much on that yummy paper, and now realize how very small my sentiment is.  Oh, well, I can easily replace that with another bigger stamped sentiment.  It's not unusual for me to go back and rework my cards.  Do you do that?  Or are you okay with leaving the card as is?

Here's my SFF sketch for this week:
I made this with My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!  Now it is no longer available.
Still, I am proud of myself for continuing to work on my digital card sketch making.

Stamps -  Sprinkles of Life
Cardstock - Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Cherry on Top DSP stack
Ink - Watermelon Wonder
Accessories - White baker's twine, Watermelon Wonder dotted lace trim, dimensionals

You can join us by adding your card using this week's sketch, on the SFF blog at the bottom of today's post.

Happy weekend!
Elizabeth Kratzer

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, I Think You're Great!

Hi, everyone!
I received my new "SU! toys" in the mail!  
As in - from the new 2015-16 Annual Catalog!
The new In Color Cucumber Crush is a pretty bright green, not the fluorescent green I imagined.  The In Color lace ribbon trim is stretchy and beautiful.  And finally,  DSP  that has donuts in it!

The I Think You're Great stamp set is one designed for the "kissing technique" -  solid background sentiments with two texture looking stamps to kiss with.  (I did no kissing on this card)

 Thanks, Diana, for this great sketch!  I can see myself using it over and over again!


Stamps - I Think You're Great
Cardstock - Basic Black, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White;  Cherry on Top DSP stack
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Cucumber Crush 1" dotted lace trim;  3/4", 1-3/4", 2" circle punches;  7/8", 2-3/8" scallop circle punches, dimensionals, tombow glue (for the lace trim)

Play along with us at Sketch Frenzy Friday by using this sketch for your card, and adding it to the bottom of today's SFF post!

Have a blessed day!
Elizabeth K.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

VC Rocks, Make and Take

"I Think You're Pretty Swell"
That statement and old cameras go together, reminding me of my childhood.


Stamps - Big On You
Ink -  Memento Tuxedo Black*
Cardstock - Whisper White. Basic Black, Flashback DSP
Accessories - 6-1/2" Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon

* I had just reinked my ink pad and didn't want to wait for it to soak in well, so when I stamped my sentiment there were little white patchy spots on the thick black line.  I decided that this gave my card a more vintage look.  

  1.   Cut Whisper White cardstock to make the standard card of 5-1/2" x  4-1/4"
  2.   Cut Basic Black layer,  5-3/8" x 4-1/8";  using Stampin' Distress Tool, distress edges of layer.
  3.   Cut Flashback DSP layer to 5-1/4" x 4".
  4.   Stamp sentiment on blue layer of DSP; trim to 3-1/4" x 3-3/8", then carefully distress.  
  5.   Punch star out of blue layer and adhere scrap piece behind it;  adhere to 3-3/8" x 3-1/2" basic   black distressed layer.
  6.   Tie each end of the ribbon, maneuvering the knots to the right place;  trim ends, adhere.
  7.   Layer sentiment over part of the ribbon and  adhere with dimensionals.
  8.   Step it up by black embossing the sentiment.          

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Happy Graduation

Hi, everyone!  I'm glad you're visiting my blog!
Today's SFF sketch is from Elizabeth Harris:

For some reason butterflies make me happy, so I am excited about this card:

Another graduation card; this time it's for my cousin's daughter, Paige.
The sentiment looks weird but it is cut straight and adhered to the middle of the butterfly.
The more I looked at the butterfly the less I want to put items on my card.
I mean a Butterfly can stand alone as the only thing on a card, right?
So I made my sentiment as skinny as I could.

Stamps - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - Mossy Meadow
Cardstock - Pear Pizzazz,  Adventure Bound DSP,   gold foil sheets,
gold fancy foil designer vellum
Accessories - Butterfly thinlets dies, dimensionals

Thanks for fluttering by my blog!
Elizabeth K.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Love You, Dude!

Hi everyone!  I made a masculine card for today.
Here's the sketch for this week:

I consider this masculine, even though it has sewing on it.

In this photo you can see the black embossing on the background better:

I used pieces from two different My Paper Pumpkin Kits, March 2015 and April 2015.
If you want to see more photos from these and other kits, search for "My Paper Pumpkin" on Pinterest!  Always great stuff on Pinterest!

Stamps - from April MPP Kit
Ink - Both MPP Kits, VersaMark
Cardstock - Pacific Point, Basic Black; DSP and other cardstock from both MPP Kits
Accessories - twine from both MPP Kits, 1" square punch for banners, black embossing powder, dimensionals

Now, I know you have leftover pieces from some project you did before.  
I challenge you to use them up with this sketch, and add it to the bottom of today's post at the SFF blog.

Have a wonderful day!
Elizabeth K.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

VC Rocks! Make and Take

I made this Graduation card for my niece, Kellie.
I did have to redo my embossing on another piece of DSP.
You really can burn the paper with too much heat.  Lol!

Stamps - Adventure Awaits
Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Adventure Bound DSP
Ink - VersaMark
Accessories - White embossing powder, What's Up punch, dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer, small scallop rotary cutting blade

1.  Cut Basic Black for the base of card, which is the standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".
2.  Emboss image using VersaMark Ink and White embossing powder.   
3. Then trim DSP to 4-1/8" x 5-3/8", using the Stampin' Trimmer with the small scallop rotary cutting blade.  You may choose to trim first, then emboss.  Since I am prone to errors in measurement, I trimmed after I embossed.
4. Punch White cardstock using Whats Up punch.  Trim down the length of the smaller arrow and adhere with dimensionals.

VC stands for Virtual Convention.  This year is our 15th year anniversary of joining together with fun and anticipation of the convention and release of the new Annual Catalog.  We have a yahoo group that anyone who loves Stampin' Up! products can be a part of, demonstrator or not.  You can still join if you are going to the Stampin' Up! Convention!  We have fun getting to know other stampers/scrapbookers through conversations, virtual stamp days, challenges, swaps, Make and Takes, like the one above, etc...  This is a high volume email group and new members are accepted only in the month of May.  So if you are interested go to our yahoo group and join in with us.  You will be sent a short survey to fill out and return, then you will be accepted.  Don't wait too late to join!

Have a blessed day!

Elizabeth Kratzer
VC Rocks Make and Take Coordinator

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Celebrate Everything Eleanor

This week's sketch is from Patrice:

Continuing on with my sunny celebrating, I chose Daffodil Delight again.
I love how the Everything Eleanor flower stamps match the Park Lane DSP.  
I am sure that Stampin' Up! had that in mind when they designed the DSP, but it took me nearly a year to figure it out.  I couldn't match a marker to the lighter yellow on the flowers, so I just left it alone and colored with the Daffodil marker on the inside. 

Stamps - Everything Eleanor, Celebrate Today
Cardstock - Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Park Lane DSP
Ink - Soft Suede;  Daffodil Delight marker
Accessories - Daffodil 1/2" seam binding ribbon, Jewels basic pearls, dimensionals

Please join us! Use this sketch and add your card to the bottom of today's post on   Sketch Frenzy Friday blog.

Today, I was able to view the Stampin' Up!'s 2015-1016 Annual Catalog, which will be out in June.  
I think my wish list is going to be a long one!
What to order first...
Elizabeth K.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Warm Sheltering Tree

It's been so warm and sunny this week, 
so I made this card to reflect my mood!
 Even the sketch Carol made is sunny and happy!
Thanks, Carol Read, for today's sketch:
Here's my card:

I had seen a card recently that had the sun's rays embossed on it.  
When I pulled out my Sheltering Tree stamp set, I immediately thought of that card.  
I used the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate to emboss, mostly to make a straight line. 

Here's a side view:

Stamps - Sheltering Tree
Cardstock - pistachio pudding, garden green, daffodil delight,  whispering white,
Gold Soiree DSP
Ink - pistachio pudding, garden green, baked brown sugar, early espresso, daffodil delight
Accessories - Simply scored diagonal plate, Brights candy dots

Make some time in your sunshiny day to try our sketch.  Add it to the bottom of the post on the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog.
 Thanks for checking out my blog!
Elizabeth K.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Thinking of You Envelopes

Good morning!
This week's sketch is from Patrice:

On my card I used the photopolymer stamp set Lovely Amazing You.

Here's another look at the Gold Soiree DSP:

The DSP is so shiny I had to emboss my sentiment, instead of just stamping it.

Stamps - Lovely Amazing You, Sheltering Tree
Cardstock - Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White;  Gold Soiree DSP
Ink - Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories - Espresso embossing powder, dimensionals

Join us at the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog by adding your take on this sketch at the bottom of the post.
 Have a great day!
Elizabeth K.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Happy 29th Birthday...

Hello, my fellow stampers!  
I hope and pray your day is a good one and 
you are enjoying seeing Sketch Frenzy Friday's posts.
I believe today's sketch is from Kim Innis. 
 Thanks for the sketch challenge, Kim!

Well, my Just Kidding stamp set came in the mail, so I promptly used for this card.

I didn't feel like coloring the image, so I tried to get alot of color elsewhere.  
Maybe too much on that background?
I love the funny sentiments in this stamp set.

Hahahaha!  So funny!  And never has it been so true for me like it is today!

I invite you to take the SFF sketch challenge, 
adding it to the bottom of the post on the SFF link.

Stamps - Just Kidding 
Cardstock - Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon;  Flowerpot DSP
Ink - Night of Navy
Accessories -  Lost Lagoon ribbon; word window and modern label punches;  
2" and 2-1/2" circle punches;  2-3/8" scallop circle punch, corner rounder punch, 
petite petals punch

Have a great weekend!
Elizabeth K.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Renew

I've added my post today to the SFF blog using the InLinkz, 
and you can add yours too!
Sketch for today:
Thanks to Jennifer Kay!

My Easter card:
Indescribable Gift stamp set is from the Occasions Catalog.
Apparently I am "oval layering impaired" as much as I am "straight line impaired!
I love the look of the embossed image on the vellum.  It makes it more elegant.
I used the Word Bubbles framelits for the sentiment, but snipped off the bottom piece.
I probably could have used Blendabilities markers to color the back of the vellum, but the regular Stampin' Write markers work well.  It doesn't dry right away, so I can swipe with my finger to remove my mistakes. Lol!

Stamps - Indescribable Gift
Cardstock - Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Cardstock vellum
Inks - Early Espresso, White craft;  Espresso, Blushing, Pear markers
Accessories - White embossing powder, oval and word bubbles framelits, Lovely Lace embossing folder, itty bitty accents punch pack

I hope and pray your Easter is a blessed one!
I hope you will take on our SFF sketch challenge, and add it to our SFF blog.
Elizabeth K.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Seriously Love You

Hi, everybody!  It is Friday again and we have another SFF sketch.  This time Elizabeth Harris has provided a great sketch for us.  Thanks, Elizabeth H!

My card:
I placed the ribbon below the "scallops" instead of above.
Mostly I wanted to use this stamp set.  
Because You Care is one of the hostess sets available in the Occasions Catalog.
One of the things  I love about this stamp set is the size of the sentiments.  Perfect to layer with circle punches or to use in the frame provided.  The border stamp is so pretty.  I used the border image for the corner also.  (Sorry, I thought the corner punch was still current.)

Stamps - Because You Care
Cardstock - Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Pink Pirouette
Ink - Tangelo Twist & Blackberry Bliss;  Blackberry Bliss marker
Accessories - Blackberry Bliss ribbon, corners punch (retired), itty bitty accents punch pack, itty bitty accents epoxy stickers

I hope you are experiencing the beginnings of spring.  
It's so nice to wake up to the birds chirping every morning.
Have a blessed day!
Elizabeth K.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Frenzy Sketch, A Calm Sea

Hi and welcome to another sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday.
Terri Tank provided this cute sketch for us.  Thanks, Terri!

Here's the card I made:
I love the Adventure Bound DSP from the Occasions Catalog.  And the Adventure Awaits stamp set is so great with it.  I stamped everything using either Basic Gray or  Memento black ink, then came back and made shadows using the Stampin' Up! Chalk marker.  I love how the chalk really makes things pop off of the beautiful water background.
Here's another shot of the card:

Stamps - Adventure Awaits, Yee-Haw
Cardstock - Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay; Adventure Bound DSP
Ink - Basic Gray,  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Stampin' Chalk Marker, Bermuda Bay 1/8" taffeta ribbon
I hope you will play along with us at SFF, using today's sketch.  Just add your card to the bottom of today's post using InLinkz.
Have a blessed day!
Elizabeth K.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday, Kind of You

I know it's March and I should be making Easter cards, but I rarely send out Easter cards.  
Besides, I am not finished putting ink to other Occasions and SAB stamp sets!

This week's sketch is from Diana Eichfeld.  Thanks, Diana, for the sweet sketch.

On my card I used the stamp set Big on You from the Occasions Catalog.  I really love these big sentiments.   First time using these.  Since we don't have In Color Blackberry Bliss candy dots,  I used Perfect Plum from the Regals candy dots.  These colors are a "dynamic duo."


Stamps - Big on You, Boutique Borders
Cardstock - Soft Sky, Blackberry Bliss;  Park Lane DSP
Ink - Blackberry Bliss;  Soft Sky marker
Accessories - Blackberry Bliss stitched ribbon, Regals candy dots, glue dots, dimensionals

Please join us at the Sketch Frenzy Friday Blog!  You can add your card at the bottom of the post.

Have a great (and in our case, dry) weekend!
Elizabeth K.