If I Only Had a Maid…

A few weeks ago, Heather from Melonheadz Illustrations, created this adorable digi image of a maid and sign that I immediately downloaded and printed out for future use. I seriously loved the humor of it all and knew I needed to create with it in the near future.

When I originally saw the Sketch Saturday Challenge for this week, it totally stumped me as I was focusing on the diamond and just freakin’ out! I quickly decided, I don’t have to use that shape and can change it as I want. So first thing I did was rotate the sketch 90 degrees clockwise and built up from there.

I colored in my little maid and wanted to go traditional colors so it is a mix of Copic C3, C7, 100 for the maid’s uniform. Her hair is simply created with E35 and E37 and her skin is E000, E00 and E01. I went around the edges of the maid and created a shadow with BG10 which was a total impulse purchase thanks to Libby and Leslie! {Thanks ladies!} Totally easy and done!

I pulled out some of my scraps from various paper pads {chevron- My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist, floral- Crate Paper Farmhouse and yellow strips- Lily Bee Designs scrap}.I backed the two larger blocks with cardstock that was totally in the scrap bag. I am enjoying being able to use up a lot of the scraps each time I am working on cards. Totally makes me feel like I am using the most of a piece of a paper.

After seeing what colors I was planning on using, I then pulled out my R22 Copic marker and colored in the outline of the sentiment that went along with the maid. Totally loved it and then counted it as done once I adhered it all together. I added the pink rhinestones from Kaiser Craft and love them as well. I didn’t like the stark corners in the top so I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper.

If you saw my plea the other day about 5” square envelopes, I am totally still looking for some. I need to not only get the envelope but also the clear bags to store them in. If you know of a great store that offers both, please let me know. I don’t make many so I don’t need a huge quantity {at this time at least}.

Coffee Girl’s New Home

Friday afternoon as I was driving home my husband called me and told me that I was going to be very upset with him. First thing I was thinking is that he didn’t do laundry, take out the trash, etc. No big deal right?

Well, he was seriously upset that apparently during the day somehow my K Cup Carrier that I made for the guest post at Pocketful of Pink last week met it’s demise under his foot. He was DEVASTATED and I seriously told him it was okay. I wasn’t upset in any means because things happen. He went on to tell me that Coffee Girl was salvageable as well as the sentiment.

When I sat down to get crafty, I started to pull the Coffee Girl image {Melonheadz Illustrations} off the original box and pulled off the foam tape as well as the sentiment. I went through the challenges that I printed out and saw that the City Crafter Challenge was a sketch this week that would work just perfect with the image.

I pulled out my bits of scraps from the My Mind’s Eye Love Me Do paper and used the Pink Doily side as the background of my card. I then cut another scrap of the front side for the long strip that I tied with My Mind’s Eye twine from the Lime Twist Collection. I doodled around the edges with a Bic Ultra Fine Marker in Tuxedo Black {I seriously go through a TON of these markers!}.

The graph piece is another piece from my scraps that was part of the Basic Grey Hello Luscious Collection. The pink cardstock behind it was another scrap. I just put the three pieces of bling in the corner and called it done.

I knew it wasn’t done because I wanted to include the sentiment but didn’t have a true place for it on the front so I opened up the card and cut some more of the scraps that I had out and decorated the inside before I added the sentiment. I polished it off with more doodling with my Bic Ultra Fine Marker in Tuxedo Black.

All in all, I truly love this card and I am happy that I got to play along with the City Crafter Challenge this week once again.

Life Is A Pajama Party

It truly is isn’t it? Well at least for me on the weekends it is! I put my pajama pants on when I get home on Friday afternoons and stay in them the majority of the weekend {showers do happen, I just put them back on!}

When I was going through my box of stamps this past weekend {yes, they all fit in a photo box with room to spare} I found this sentiment that I had purchased back in 2009 at a scrapbook garage sale and that I had NEVER used! I don’t know who it is buy but it could easily be recreated with Word for sure.

So once I had this in mind, I also pulled out the Sketch Saturday sketch for the week. It was perfect as it had a spot for a long sentiment at the top. I did ruffle the sentiment a bit once I had cut it into a banner and added some foam tape behind it. I went looking for a digi image wearing pajamas and found this cute little girl with her dolly {made by Melonheadz Illustrating}. Pulled out my Copics and Bic Ultra Fine Markers and love how it turned out.

The only liberties I took with this sketch were that the top layer is a circle instead of a rectangle and that I brought the back layer down a bit below the lower strip. All of the paper is from Echo Park Off the Record, the bling is from Prima eLine and the twine is from the stash. I did add some doodling with my Bic Tuxedo Black Mark It and my Signo Uniball White Gel Pen and love how it turned out with all the layers.

So more scraps used= success in my book! Trying to use up more so I can justify buying some new!

Challenges Galore!

This weekend was full of taking on some challenges {still have a few more I want to get done} and so I thought I would sneak in during the Love Me Do Blog Hop and share them with you today.

First up is the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. I took a few liberties with this one as I did not add the scallop to the bottom and I put my text up on the main image instead but all in all it turned out very nice and the sentiment stamp is no longer VIRGIN WOOD!

Next up is the Card Patterns Sketch. When I saw the stripes in the background it reminded me of the card I made a week or so back for Skipping Stones Designs sketch challenge and I wanted to do something a bit different.

I just pulled out my Tim Holtz Paper Stash Kraft Resist Papers and knew that I could use a section of one of the pages and cut it into fourths and go over it with some of my Distress Stains. I keep going toward the Broken China and Vintage Photo {or another brown} combination in a lot of my cards as I really like it. I had originally used Antique Linen Distress Stains but it wasn’t dark enough so I went over those two sections in Vintage Photo Distress Stains.

I pulled out my EK Success Scallop Punch for the edge and used a scrap from a sheet of Bo Bunny Double Dot paper that I had used in a layout the other day {coming this weekend on the blog}. I wasn’t feeling the flower with this card so I added the bling once I had stamped my sentiment from an older Stampin’ Up set. The ribbon is also from Stampin’ Up as well {thanks Lydia!}.

The next challenge that I worked on was for Sketch Saturday. I liked the look of the square card but wanted to stretch it to an A2 card. I had cut a lot of the scallop black circles on my Cricut as well as the center circles for them. I inked it up in Broken China and was originally going to stamp a sentiment on it and then not put one in the bottom corner. That was until I was looking as some of the digital stamps that I colored on Friday and LOVED this little puppy from Melonheadz! I had colored it to look like our puppy Jake and knew it was so sweet.

I was trying to combine this with another challenge but it didn’t work out right {guess that means another card is in the future}. I pulled the ribbon from my stash to match the card and knew the sentiment I wanted to use right away, just wish the alpha had a question mark as well.

The last challenge that I worked on this weekend was for Hambo Digi Stamps. I had played along with their challenge last week and they sent me the sentiment stamp to use for free. Love this about the company! I will play along any day!

I knew I needed balloons on my card when I got it and that was when I went looking for when I found this cute clown with balloons on the Melonheadz blog. I am totally in love with her images as well as they coordinate with so many things. I did go with a square card on this one as it felt right and although the white space bugs me, it is what it is.

So four challenges done and many more to work on when I get time. Gotta love it! Don’t forget to check out the Love My Do Blog Hop going on right now with five talented crafters and feel free to check out my Etsy shop where I will be loading all of these cards and more! 