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Scary Skeleton September 18, 2009

Happy Friday stampers.  It’s time for another one of Beate’s weekend sketch challenges.  You can see Beate’s sketch HERE if you want to play along this weekend.

stampin up demonstrator harrisburg pa-1-4For this card, I used Stampin’ Up!’s Scary Skeleton stamp set.  I stamped the image in versamark on Basic Black cardstock.  Applied White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Heat to set with Heat Tool.  Colored in with White uniball signo gelpen. 

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I repeated the above process twice so I could cut out only the head and adhere with a Stampin’ Dimensional. 

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I didn’t want the Basic Black cardstock main image piece to be as large as the skeleton image.  It was just too much for the cardfront.  I left the feet of the skeleton by cutting out around them to match up with my rectangular size.  I added paper piercing around the basic black main image rectangle.  To add some Pumpkin Pie color to all of the black and white, I used my Color Spritzer Tool just to add a subtle splash of color.

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If you look closely, you can see that I colored in some of the white circles to the Night & Day Designer Series Paper.  I also used my Sanding Block to distress the paper.  The sentiment tag has a couple layers:  base created with Night & Day DSP and Matchbox bigz xl die; second layer created with a window sheet from Night & Day DSP and Matchbox bigz xl die; top layer has the stamped sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and punched out with my Small Oval Punch.  Added two black brads and attached to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I also added Pumpkin Pie ink to Whisper White Organza Ribbon.


You can see more samples for todays sketch at these blogs:  Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.   



STAMP:  Scary Skeleton stamp set (113244 $13.95 set of 4)

PAPERS:  Basic Black cardstock (102851), Whisper White cardstock (100730), Night & Day Designer Series Paper (116768), Cast-A-Spell Designer Series Paper (115677).

INKS:  Basic Black ink (101179), Versamark Pad (102283), uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen (105021), Pumpkin Pie stampin’ write marker (105115).

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot die-cut machine (113439), Matchbox bigz xl die (114890), Small Oval Punch (107304), Spritzer Tool, Mat Pack (105826), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Vintage Brads Assortment-black brads (109109), Sanding Blocks (103301), White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132), Heat Tool (100005), Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319).

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Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Weekend Sketch Challenge #97 September 11, 2009

Another Friday is here already!  Today I bring you something totally different.  I NEVER post scrapbook pages.  All of the pages I make end up at Stampin’ Up! and I am left with nothing to share.  Things are going to change!  Can I just say that I’M IN LOVE WITH “MY DIGITAL STUDIO” by Stampin’ Up!…. available for purchase on OCTOBER 1ST.  I wasn’t so sure at first, but after going to Convention and seeing Brent’s Presentation….well, I was sold almost instantly lol! 

For Beate’s wsc#97, I thought I’d play around with the software.  Let me tell you, I sat in my living room with my family, created this page in 1hr (I think that is good timing for the first time), much fun, and I had NO MESS to clean up when I was finished.  WHOO HOO! 


Last weekend we headed off to Ocean City, Maryland to enjoy some beach time over the long holiday weekend.  The kids had a blast as you can see.  Just put two teens at the beach and their faces light up and they instantly “get along” (that isn’t always the case day to day).   Mike & Morgan both watched me create this page….and they both let out a “WHAT?”  when they read the main sentiment.  They proceeded with, “YEAH RIGHT!  THAT’S SO NOT TRUE!”.  I told them that the picture reveals that they do actually have fun together:)

You can see more inspiration & creations from the wsc crew:  Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon



Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #96 September 4, 2009

Happy Friday Stampers!!!  It is time for another one of Beate’s wsc.  You can see the sketch here and participate this weekend. 

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I’ve had this oh so cute Chic Boutique stamp set for about 2 months now and haven’t used it.  I thought I’d give it a try this weekend.  I really like the images in the set.   Very oh la la-ish!

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The images were stamped on Watercolor paper and Kaleidoscope DSP in Jet Black Stazon Ink.  Used Circle Scissor Plus tool to cut out my circle.  Using Mat Pack, I added some piercings throughout the theme of the card.  I had to add buttons…it seems only appropriate to coordinate with the stamped images.   And that sentiment!  Gotta love those words. 

Want more wsc inspiration?  The wsc girls will surely inspire you with their creations:  Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.




Chic Boutique stamp set (113744); Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper (115680); Watercolor Paper (105019); Pink Passion cardstock (102762), Pixie Pink cardstock (105121), and Green Galore cardstock (101768);  Stazon Jet Black ink (); Tempting Turquoise ink (100814), Green Galore ink (102122), Pink Passion ink (101212), Pixie Pink ink (105212), Only Orange ink (102696), and Summer Sun ink (100537); Sherbet Designer Buttons (116312); Playground Designer Buttons (116313); Linen Thread (104199); Scallop Edge Punch (112091); Circle Scissor Plus (112530); Mat Pack (105826); Paper-Piercing Tool (116631); Crystal Effects (101055)

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a nice long holiday weekend.