Friday, November 25, 2022

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District for Sketches in Thyme

Good Morning! I am here today with my page inspired by Sketches in Thyme #542 by the sketch designer Brenda Ragsdale. I know lots of folks are shopping today but I am hoping to craft all day!
My inspiration uses a Simple Stories kit I won earlier this year. It is Simple Vintage Garden District. I used papers and embellishments from the kit as well as adding a few sequins and bling from my stash. The photos are of my friends at a very nice dinner in Jamaica.

Here is the sketch.

We will be going back to the same restaurant next year.  It was delicious and the cliffside view is amazing.

Simple Stories Scrapbook kit: Simple Vintage Garden District 
Creative Memories circle cutter
Close to my Heart sequins
additional bling

I hope you join us and play along with the Sketches in Thyme!
The prize this month is a $10 Gift Certificate to A Cherry on Top AND the chance to be a GUEST DESIGNER for the month of January 2023!
We look forward to seeing YOUR take on the sketch. The deadline to submit your layout is November 30th, 2022 @ Noon EST.

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Amazing Alcohol Ink Card

Welcome to my blog today. It's going to be an amazing day!  How can it not be with so many days off to craft! I was so pleased with this alcohol ink background. I wanted to show as much of this gorgeous background as possible. I framed the card with the largest die from the Divinity Designs Double Stitched Rectangles set. I cut the bold sentiment from metallic silver paper using Stamplorations Amazing cutploration die.

While creating the background I smooshed scrap foil on the still drying ink layered on black gloss card stock.  The foil sticks to the still wet puddles where the colors meet.  It is even more striking in person.

Divinity Designs Double Stitched Rectangles
black glossy paper
Stamplorations Cutplorations Amazing die
Metallic silver paper
alcohol ink
silver foil

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Graphic 45 with Stampin Up A Corny Thank You and Atlantic Hearts Sketch

Hello and welcome today.  I have my latest design team inspiration for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #500.  I have used two of my favorite brands, Graphic 45 and Stampin' Up. I used G45 Fashion Forward November paper.  I picked up a bulk pack at Tuesday Morning earlier this year.  I have a couple of other months but not all of them. Once I scored those I had to have some coordinating papers, I found the G45 Fashion Forward Pattern Paper pack to assist in stretching out my collection. I dug in my stash for some coordinating card stock for the center section.

Here is the sketch.  I am sure you could reimagine it as a different size card if you are not fond of slimline.

I always have a lot of fun stamping multiple pieces. I used three complimentary Stampin Up inks for the acorn pieces. I die cut some foliage to tuck behind the acorns.

The pattern is a bit busy.  I feel like I did a good job at pulling the various colors from it for all the other elements. The sentiment was cut from reverse side of the floral pattern.

One last look at the complete card.

Graphic 45 Fashion Forward November  and pattern papers
Stampin Up Acorny Thank You stamps and Acorn Punch
Stampin Up Tangelo Twist, Berry Burst and Gumball Green
Spellbinders Foliage dies
card stock from my stash

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

until 11.30x

Play along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge until Sunday.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Stampin Up Give Thanks for all Things with Atlantic Hearts Sketch

Hello and welcome to November. It is now time to turn our attention from the festivities of Halloween to giving thanks for our blessings.  I have created a thankful card with the latest sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  This seemingly simple design involved a lot of die cutting.  The stripe in the middle is my first attempt at a Tim Holtz colorized die.  

Here's the sketch.

Here is a close up of the sentiment.  I stamped and embossed then die cut on a Spellbinders oval and found the coordinating lacey oval die to frame it.

Details of my colorized die cuts..

So many tiny layers but in the end I feel they are designed to make as few pieces as possible to get exquisite detail.

A quick final note.  I woke up early this morning and went to watch some of the eclipse.  I meditated on the state of our country and I sent blessings to all for the best possible outcome for our democracy today.

Stampin Up For All Things sentiment stamp
Colorbox Mix'd Media Leather pigment ink
Hampton Art Clear Embossing Powder
Spellbinders Decorative Elements Dies Lacey Ovals and Ovals
Tim Holtz Sizzix Woodgrain Colorize
paper from stash

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge until Sunday.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Kindred Stamps Witches gotta Stick together with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome to my blog today.  I present my take on this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. We are teaming up with Double Trouble Challenge for the next two weeks. I am continuing to use up premade pieces from my stash.  I found this black and pearl alcohol ink background. I decided to continue with the monochromatic theme.  I added washi and die cuts along with a stamped and embossed sentiment.

Here's this week's sketch.

I layered the alcohol background on shimmer paper then a shimmer silver card base.  I used those same papers and more for the die cut foliage.  I almost forgot to mention the halloween charm I added, topped off with twine.  To finish the card I added a few gems.

Here is my desk as I was building the card.

As I enjoy doing, I made a second card with the additional background. Two cards were just logical. However, I changed up the die cuts, charm and washi on this one.  I added a little magical apple!

I die cut multiple flowers and shapes out of monochromatic blacks, grey and whites including shimmers and prints.  I just pulled out my newly organized scraps.  I used Totally Tiffany Collection Keepers for each color.  Well, my blues spilled over into 3 keepers.  I found a bunch at Tuesday Morning a few months ago.  I have successfully filled them all!  It is so easy to find pieces to die cut now in just the right hue.

Kindred Stamps Salem Sisters sentiment stamp
Colorbox Black ink
Judikins Black Detail embossing powder
Ranger Pitch Black Alcohol ink and Pearl Mixative
Karen Burniston Autumn Elements dies
Karen Burniston Flowers and Bee dies
Spellbinders Seth Apter Trifecta die
Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalking ink Midnight Obsession
metal charms from stash
Washi tape and glitter ribbon
misc papers and card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Now I am also playing along with our partner in the challenge Double Trouble Challenge.x  Use a circle (check), Halloween theme (check) and follow the sketch (check).  You can choose one, two or all three!

Don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. and Double Trouble Challenge.

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Scrapbookers Painted Page and Sketches in Thyme

Hello and welcome to my latest layout for Sketches in Thyme (now excusively on Facebook). I thought this week's sketch lended itself to the variety of random pics I have from vacation.  There's sand sculptures, tropical flowers and that famous Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee.  

Here's the sketch.

All these photos were snapped along Seven Mile Beach in Negril.  We stayed there for a few days back in January.

Here's another view.

Spellbinders Hexagon thin dies
Creative Memories stickers (letters and seashells)
metal seashell embellishment
scrap paper

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to join us over on our Facebook page. Sketches in Thyme


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Cricut Crow with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome to my blog today.  I have my take on the latest Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I wanted to make my first Halloween card of the season with a bit of a non traditional color.  I threw in some pink! It began with the cheek of the crow which I carried over to the collar and banner.  I found some perfect purple, orange and pink dotted paper.

Here's the sketch

I cut my crow with my Cricut.  I stamped the sentiment.


Cricut Kawaii Halloween Witches:  Crow in Witch Hat
Echo Park Witches & Wizards No. 2 Stamp Set: Believe in Magic 
Kindred Stamps Sentiment Strip dies
misc papers from my stash

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.until Sunday. 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Stampin Up Grateful Bunch with Melody Ross Homespun collection

Hello today and welcome to my blog.  Anyday is a good day to tell someone they are awesome!  I pulled this awesome little card together from scraps out of my stash and a versatile stamp set.

Here's the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

I found the background die cuts in my stash of unused cuts.  So that's where I began.  I then searched my stash for something that complimented the pink and silver.  That's when I ran across some scraps of Melody Ross Homespun collection. I used pieces of paper, packaging and chipboard embellishments.

To finish up the card, I stamped and punched some flowers from Stampin Up Grateful Bunch.  Finally, I added sequins and twine to the tag.

Stampin Up Grateful Bunch with Blossom Bunch Punch
Stampin Up inks: Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals
Creative Memories Tag Punch
Divinity Designs Double Stitched Rectangle dies
GDC Meoldy Ross Homespun collection: borders, chipboard and packaging
American Craft twine

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

You have until Sunday to play along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Negril Beach layout for Sketches in Thyme

While I have tons of old photos to scrap, I decided to continue with the current year photos.  These are from our January trip to Jamaica.  This was our first trip to Negril.  We spent a lot of time chilling on the beach. 

Here is the sketch for this week.  You can now find our challenge on Facebook.

Here's a close up of the cool photos and title.  I haven't used my Cricut in months but I turned it on to cut the circle loop.  It is actually not a perfect circle.  I tucked the wonky edge under the cluster so it's hard to see.

A close up of the transparent cluster.  I really like the feeling I get when I use up old product.  I have had these transparent embellishments for many years. Finally the perfect layout for some of them, I still have many more images.

Tattered Angels: Seaside Collection Coastal Breeze Screen Prints transparent embellishments
Creative Memories sticker letters
Cricut Circle cut
black shimmer card stock
misc tan card stock
fishing net

I would like to enter this in the following challenge:

You can now link up over on the Sketches in Thyme Facebook group.

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