I decided to take advantage of a few sketch challenges currently out there to provide me with some inspiration. CAS(E) this Sketch #65 helped me finish up my niece's birthday card:
At first I was going to go literal with either a canning jar or vase stamp and then I decided to make use of a cute little set I won at a Stampin' Up workshop:
I masked off the other 3 goodies in the image before stamping and embossing. They were colored using Stampin' Up coastal cabana, calypso coral and crisp cantaloupe. The dotty paper is from an Echo Park Dots and Stripes collection and it makes a good match with SU coastal cabana.
Other Supplies Used: Spellbinders Labels 4, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Making Memories eyelets, Papertrey ink white cs, SU calypso coral ribbon
My next card uses Seize the Sketch #14 :
This is for my brother-in-law who spends as much time as he can on his boat:
The computer generated sentiment was printed on some vellum. This phrase is another one I saw online somewhere - I really need to get going with Pinterest so I can start remembering where I see these things! I die cut the Paper Smooches anchor die several times and then glued the layers together for some dimension. The life preserver was made using Spellbinders circle dies. Stampin' Up kraft cs was stamped with Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain in SU chocolate chip.
Other Supplies Used: Theresa Collins enamel dots, Martha Stewart baker's twine, SU bashful blue and real red cs and vellum and pp, Papertrey ink white cs and Cuttlebug anchors aweigh embossing folder
And here's a peek at what I've been doing the last week:
The hubster finished building a new work station for my craft room! I've spent the last week emptying out my room so he could finish putting it together - what a mess (er, I mean project!) that's been! It's definitely a work in progress and I'll share more pics when everything's done. I'm just so excited to no longer be sharing half of my desk with my paper cutter:)