Unscripted Sketches #127

Happy Saturday and welcome back for another Unscriped Sketches challenge! My card for this week is a birthday card that I made for my crafty friend, Sheila! She’s part of my circle of crafty friends that I’m meeting up with today!

Supplies: patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye, aMuse – gingham), cardstock (Stampin’ Up!), image stamp (The Greeting Farm, retired “Me Time Anya” set), sentiment stamp (Paper Smooches), punch (imaginisce), ink (Tsukineko Graphite Black), glitter brad, Stickles, Copic markers.
Here’s our sketch for this week! I hope you’ll play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Hope you have a wonderful, crafty weekend! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s Unscripted Sketch! 
Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Unscripted Sketches Design Team: Arielle, Billie, CherylAnn, Debbie, KathyJo, Linda, Loes, Mary, Rudlis, Sarah Kaye, and Susan! And most of all, don’t forget to link up your challenge entry at the Unscripted Sketches blog!

Unscripted Sketches #126

Happy Saturday and welcome back for another Unscripted Sketches challenge! Thanks to everybody who played along with us this week…if you didn’t get the chance to play, I hope you’ll join us this week!

I’ve been sick with a cold, so I haven’t been able to make more cards than the ones for my DT challenges. I’m hoping to be better before my birthday on Monday!

Here’s my card for this week’s Unscripted Sketches challenge! I picked up this cute stamp set yesterday, and I couldn’t wait to use it on a card!

Supplies: stamps (Your Next Stamp), cardstock (Stampin’ Up!), paper (My Mind’s Eye  “Stella & Rose” collection), adhesive pearls, Copic markers, embossing folder (Sizzix), letter stickers (Webster’s Pages)

and here’s our sketch for this week! Instead of putting the sentiment sideways, I rotated the two left rectangles and made a little banner for the sentiment. I added the pearls to help balance the design.
Before you get crafty, take some time to check out what the rest of the Unscripted Sketches team created  with this week’s sketch: Arielle, Billie, CherylAnn, Debbie, KathyJo, Linda, Loes, Mary, Rudlis, Sarah Kaye, and Susan!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s Unscripted Sketch

Unscripted Sketches #122

Happy Saturday and welcome back for another Unscripted Sketches challenge! Thanks to all who played along with us last week, and if you weren’t able to play along, I hope you’ll give this week’s sketch a try!
Here’s my card for this week:
Other supplies: image stamps (Birthday Josh and Celebrating Chloe – Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps), typed sentiment, card base, cardstock (Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede, Bo Bunny Peacock Double Dot), patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye Fly A Kite mini pad), Copic markers.
and here’s the sketch it’s based on (I changed the proportion of the first column to work with the size of the sentiment):

Need more inspiration? The rest of the Unscripted SketchesDesign Team has you covered: Arielle, Billie, CherylAnn, Debbie, KathyJo, Linda, Loes, Mary, Rudlis, Sarah Kaye, and Susan! Don’t forget to link your entry at the Unscripted Sketches blog! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s sketch!
Thanks for stopping by!

Unscripted Sketches #121

Happy Saturday and welcome back for another Unscripted Sketches challenge (#121)! Here’s my card for this week:
Supplies: patterned paper (October Afternoon), image and sentiment stamps (Hero Arts), cardstock (Stampin’ Up!),  card base, Copic markers, ink (Tsukineko Brilliance – Graphite Black).
I’ll admit, this one was challenging at first, but after I decided to use one larger image and divide it up into smaller rectangles, then put it together like a mosaic or puzzle, everything else seemed to come together!
I’ll let you in on another little secret…I didn’t realize until after I had put all of my elements in place that I had assembled the grid part of the sketch upside down! Good thing the card still opened and closed correctly…LOL!
Here’s the sketch for this week…don’t let it scare you! You really can have a lot of fun with this one once you start putting the pieces together! You’ll also notice that I placed my sentiment in one of the rectangles, even though there’s no specific place for it in the sketch.
And remember, as long as your entry is inspired by this week’s Unscripted Sketch, there’s no right or wrong way to play along!
Still stumped? The rest of the Unscripted Sketches Design Team has plenty of inspiring ideas to help you play with this one! Don’t forget to visit them:  Arielle, Becky, Billie, CherylAnn, Debbie, KathyJo, Linda, Loes, Mary, Rudlis, Sarah Kaye, and Susan!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Unscripted Sketches! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Unscripted Sketches #120

Happy Saturday and welcome back for another Unscripted Sketches challenge! This week’s sketch also has an OPTIONAL piggyback challenge…to use buttons on your project!
We’d really love for you to play along with us this week, and whether or not you choose to incorporate the piggyback challenge into your project is up to you!
Here is our sketch for this week:
I completed my card before the piggyback challenge was announced (we are lucky enough to get the sketches several weeks before each challenge), so there are no buttons on my card. 
I made this card for my Mom & Dad’s anniversary, which is next week!

Supplies: patterned paper (Bo Bunny; green polka dot – Prima Animal Bash), cardstock (Stampin’ Up!), digital image (Some Odd Girl Digital Stamps), typed sentiment, Copic markers, adhesive gems, heart punch, Stickles.

 For more inspiring cards made with this week’s sketch, please visit the rest of the Unscripted Sketches Team:   Arielle, Becky, Billie, CherylAnn, Debbie, KathyJo, Linda, Loes, Mary, Rudlis, Sarah Kaye, and Susan!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Scott & I are going to see the new Conan the Barbarian movie today and then have a lunch date! Don’t forget to link up your entry for this week’s challenge at the Unscripted Sketches blog

Thanks for stopping by!

Unscripted Sketches #119

Happy Saturday and welcome back for another Unscripted Sketches challenge! Here’s the sketch for this week:
And here’s my card! I concentrated on the smaller section of the sketch to create my card.

Supplies: Paper (flower pattern – Jillibean Soup; polka dot pattern – Cosmo Cricket), image and sentiment stamps (Stampin’ Up – Turtle & Company), flower accent (Basic Grey), Copic markers, adhesive gems, ribbon, cardstock, card base.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Today is my monthly craft group meetup…not sure what I’ll be working on, but it’s always fun! Hope you have a wonderful, crafty weekend…and don’t forget to visit the rest of the Unscripted Sketches Design Team: Arielle, Becky, Billie, CherylAnn, Debbie, KathyJo, Linda, Loes, Mary, Monique, Rudlis, Sarah Kaye, and Susan!
I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s Unscripted Sketch! Be sure to link your entry at the Unscripted Sketches blog!
 

Unscripted Sketches #118

Happy Saturday and welcome back for another Unscripted Sketches challenge! I’m looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend with my husband. We may go down to Portland either today or tomorrow and check out their Saturday (and Sunday) Market!

Hope you’ll enjoy playing with this week’s sketch:

I changed some of the proportions for my card:

Supplies: image stamp (The Greeting Farm – Oliver & Amelia “Summer Fun”)paper (My Mind’s Eye – green striped paper, Echo Park Dots & Stripes – orange paper, Echo Park Splash -blue circle/red paper, Bo Bunny Double Dot – yellow), ink (Tsukineko Brilliance), Copic markers, typed sentiment.
Hope you’ll have waves of fun this weekend creating your card or project for this week’s challenge! Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Unscripted Sketches Design Team: Arielle, Becky, Billie, CherylAnn, Debbie, KathyJo, Linda, Loes, Mary, Monique, Rudlis, Sarah Kaye, and Susan! And last but not least, visit the Unscripted Sketches blog to link up your entry for this week!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Unscripted Sketches #117

Happy Saturday and welcome back for another Unscripted Sketches challenge (#117)! Hope you’ve been having fun with our Christmas in July celebration! As we’re coming to the end of the event, don’t forget, we still have prizes to give away! 
Arielle, one of my fellow design team members, has her own digital stamp store named Wax Fruit Company, and she’s giving away a set of all the images she’s released this month in her store (that’s at least 12 images)!
For the details on this giveaway, please visit the Unscripted Sketches blog!
Here’s the card I made with this week’s sketch:
Supplies: paper (Basic Grey Oxford 6×6 pad), image stamp (Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps – Bookworm Ruby), sentiment stamp (aMuse Studio – Clever Girls set), Copic markers, flower accent (Basic Grey Out of Print collection)
and here’s the original photo of the sketch for you to create your own Unscripted card or project!
Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Unscripted Sketches team to see what they’ve created with this week’s sketch: Arielle, Becky, Billie, CherylAnn, Debbie, KathyJo, Linda, Loes, Mary, Monique, Rudlis, Sarah Kaye, and Susan!

And when you’re ready to post your entry, visit the Unscripted Sketches blog to get linked up!

Unscripted Sketches #116

Happy Saturday and welcome back for another Unscripted Sketches challenge!  There’s still about a week left in our Christmas In July Celebration! I hope you’ve been enjoying the special posts on the Unscripted blog, the designer spotlights, and playing along with our weekly challenges!
Here’s our sketch for this week! I think it would work great for a scrapbook layout, too! The three little rectangles had me stumped for a bit, but I took the photo idea and applied it to my card!
Here’s my card!

Other supplies: paper (Basic Grey’s Sweet Threads), flower (Prima), brad (Crate Paper), letter stickers (Cosmo Cricket), Sizzix embossing folder, Copic markers.
The stamps are from Whiff of Joy. I changed the proportions on the rectangles from what they appear to be on the sketch to better match the stamp images and the card dimensions. My layering order is also different so that I wouldn’t be blocking more important parts of each image. And, instead of placing three separate lines of text (which probably wouldn’t have fit after I added the rectangles) I only made one.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Unscripted Sketches Design Team:  Arielle, Becky, Billie, CherylAnn, Debbie, Jenny, KathyJo, Linda, Loes, Mary, Monique, Regan, Rudlis, Sarah Kaye, and Susan! We want to see your take on this week’s Unscripted Sketch! Don’t forget to link up your entry!

Unscripted Sketches: My Featured Project & Recipe

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I met up with my friend Sparkle on Saturday morning and we went to the aMuse warehouse sale!

We both picked up lots of great cling stamps…they were on sale for $1 each! I got lots of image stamps and sentiments to fill in gaps for images that I like to use, but never really know what I should say to go along with them!

I’m the featured designer today over at Unscripted Sketches as part of our Christmas in July celebration! I also shared a project, which is how to organize a cookie and recipe swap!

To view my questionnaire and get the details on my project, please visit the Unscripted Sketches blog! While you’re there, you can also check out all the fun things we’re up to as Christmas in July rolls on!

In case you’d like a copy of the sugar cookie recipe that I shared with my project, I’m including it in an easy copy & paste form below.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions about the project I shared, please let me know in a comment or send an e-mail to sparklingscrapper at hotmail dot com!

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Holiday Sugar Cookies (source: Domino Sugar)
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed Light Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Beat butter and sugars together in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl; gradually add to sugar mixture. Cover and refrigerate dough 3-4 hours until chilled.

Preheat oven to 375°F. On a well floured surface, roll out half of dough at a time, to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned at edges. Cool. Decorate as desired.

Can make up to 7 dozen cookies, depending on the size of the cookie cutter that you use.

Royal Icing (source: Domino Sugar)
2 cups Confectioners Sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
3 tablespoons warm water
Assorted food coloring
Instructions »

In a bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat confectioners’ sugar, meringue powder and warm water until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes. If icing is too thick, add a couple drops of water. If icing is too thin, continue beating until desired consistency. Tint icing with desired food coloring. Using pastry bag with decorator tip, decorate as desired. (Note: I don’t use a pastry bag to decorate my cookies. I mix the icing in a bowl and spread it on with a butter knife.)

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.