November 27, 2009

Sketch 5 - Cards #6 and #7

After a few days away from blogging, I decided this card was so appropriate for today.  We had our first forecast of possible snow flurries for Thanksgiving and I decided I like spring better!

And, since I've been absent for a few days, I'm going to post another card from Sketch 5 today.   The second card is done in colors that would be appropriate for a guy card.  It even mimics camouflage colors, which is quite appropriate since it's deer season.

November 19, 2009

Sketch 5 - Card #5

When you run out of pre-printed card fronts, what do you do?  Check your stash of scrapbook papers and handmade papers.  As you can see, I also raided the button box for this card.

I purchased the handmade paper I used on this card from Marco's Paper awhile ago.  But, I stopped by today and they have an amazing selection in the storefront next door to their main store.  So, if you're in the area, be sure to stop by soon and check out the array of huge sheets (approximately 24" x 36") of cool papers they have in stock right now - some with fibers embedded in them, others have neat textures - and they are only $1.00 per sheet! 

November 18, 2009

Sketch 5 - Card #4

Another quick version of this sketch was created using the pre-printed cards.  This one could easily become a Valentine for that special someone by simply changing the flower to a heart-shaped embellishment, using a pink or red square and a valentine sentiment.  If you're looking for that perfect sentiment for any occasion, check out Verses Rubber Stamps.  They carry a wide variety of verse stamps! 

November 17, 2009

Sketch 5 - Card #3

Seeing spots?  This version uses another pre-printed card with a very colorful design so I kept the other elements plain and simple so as not to compete with the background.

This will be another short post as I need to get back to the studio and finish my preparations for this Saturday's Copic class at Marco's.  We'll be coloring holiday card images so, if you haven't finished your cards yet, join me for some coloring tips and holiday card design inspiration.

And, if you love Copics like I do, be sure to check out the "Copic Marker Special Effects" class at Stamp Your Art Out on Saturday, November 28.  There are only 2 seats remaining so don't be left out of the fun!

November 16, 2009

Sketch 5 - Card #2

I skipped the folding step on this version and simply trimmed off the excess from the edges.  If you need a bunch of cards quickly or just want to use up some of those scraps of printed paper you have in your craft stash, this layout is perfect. 

Happy crafting!

November 15, 2009

Sketch 5 - Card #1

After a long pause, I'm back to posting the cards from the final two sketchs of the Cards with Versatility class.  But before I do, I owe a very big "THANK YOU" to Bonnie and Jan, two students from my "Cheaper by the Dozen" class.  As my regulars know, I always bake something special for us to munch on during this class but on Monday, Bonnie and Jan brought baked apple dumplings for me (with lots to share with the other attendees)!  And, they were still warm from the oven - talk about heaven on a plate.  Yum, yum!!!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled posting . . . . Sketch #5 was based on a folded square, positioned on point, with a stamped verse tucked inside.  Using a pre-printed card, a silk flower and an acrylic bead lets you make this card in a jiffy!

I'm going to have to end this post and head off to my kitchen to bake some of those apple dumplings - just remembering them has my mouth watering!

November 1, 2009

Marco's Make-It / Take-It Slider Card

It's time for a break in the "Cards with Versatility" sketch postings.  Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting the Wednesday make-it / take-it project at Marco's Paper in Dayton.  Those of you who attend know that I tend to do cards or projects that are a little more involved and this one was no exception.  Thanks to all of you who not only came to play but were willing to trust me for that "aha" moment when the confusion subsided and the pieces all fell into place to create a really cool slider card that incorporates a hidden element.

This is the finished project.  The supplies you will need are listed below and are available from Marco's Paper (  And, you get free shipping during the month of November for orders over $50!

  • 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” navy cardstock with white specks
  • 2-1/4” x 3-7/8” navy cardstock with white specks
  • 2-7/8” x 4-1/2” white cardstock
  • 3-7/8” x 5” white cardstock
  • Memento dye ink pads – Paris Dusk, Summer Sky and Tuxedo Black
  • Memento marker - Tuxedo Black
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • 1/8” hole punch
  • ½” circle punch
  • 6” of 1/8” wide ribbon
  • Paper trimmer (slide style)
  • Redline tape
  • “Christmas Characters” clear stamp set – Inkadinkado (# 98408)
  •  “Let it Snow” clear stamp set – Impression Obsession (# CL195)
  • Scoring board or bone folder and ruler
  • Acrylic block (for stamps)

NOTE: The first two photos use white cardstock instead of the navy for illustration purposes only. When making your card, please be sure to follow the directions that indicate when to use navy and white cardstocks.

With cardstock positioned so that the 8-1/2” length is horizontal and measuring from the left edge, score navy cardstock at 4” and 8”; fold on score lines.

Using slide-style paper trimmer; cut a line in the front panel ½” from the fold line (4” line); starting and stopping ½” from each edge. Cut a second line in the front panel ½” away from the 8” fold line; starting and stopping ½” from each edge.

Apply ¼” redline tape to the narrow flap but do not remover liner paper just yet – this will be done last.

Stamp upright snowman image on right hand side of smaller piece of white cardstock with black ink. Stamp verse on left hand side of smaller piece of white cardstock with navy ink. Randomly stamp snowflake all over panel with light blue ink.

Stamp fallen snowman image on right hand side of larger piece of white cardstock with black ink. Draw a snowball in flight just above the snowman. Color images as desired.

Punch a small hole in right hand side of larger piece of white cardstock and add ribbon.

Adhere smaller white panel to card front, centered between cut lines.
Punch notch on right hand side of card (front and back) using half of ½” circle punch.

Position smaller piece of navy cardstock over left hand side of front image panel and tuck top and bottom edges to the back side through the slits. Place redline tape on top and bottom edges (back side) of navy panel.

Align larger piece of white cardstock with top and bottom edges of navy piece and with left ends of slits; adhere to navy piece only.

To complete card, remove liner from tape at bottom edge of card and seal card edges.

When you pull the card, the navy piece on top slides from left to right to expose the hidden message and cover the first image.

Happy crafting!