Monday, January 26, 2009

Gotta Love Those Sketches!

Happy Monday everyone!

Well it is a winter wonderland here! It is in the teens and everything is covered in a couple inches of snow. Supposedly we are going to be hit by another winter storm tonight so Izzy and I are going to try to get all of our errands run today. I hate to get her out in this, but I think it is going to be even worse tomorrow!

Speaking of Izzy she of course had an awesome time with Daddy this weekend. She cooked for him and read on his lap a ton. She had a spring in her step all weekend. It is so cute! I know she is going to be sad that he is gone today, but it is nice to know that they have such a special bond with one another! Of course Daddy does almost anything she asks him to, which leaves mommy to be the mean one. Yesterday morning we went in to wake Daddy up like we do every weekend and Izzy was rolling all over the bed on top of us. She kept laying on Jason's back and snuggling up next to him. Finally Jason was awake enough to get up, so Izzy instructed him on what to do. When the two of them had gotten up, I asked Izzy if she was hungry. She said yes and then turned to her Daddy and said, "Waffles". That is her absolute favorite breakfast meal and Daddy is the only one who makes it. And of course he did!! He wouldn't want his daughter to go without her favorite breakfast! LOL!

Yesterday I was also able to get a lot of stamping done. I have a pretty busy week coming up. This week starts some Sneak Peeks for Storage Units, Ink and More, I going to be issuing a challenge for Pink Cat Studio and on the Sunday, Club Anya is going to be opening! It is going to be one awesome week!

Well, two of the projects I completed yesterday were for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge Extravaganza!! Taylor is celebrating a year of cupcake challenges with 9 different sketches provided by herself and the DT. Of course I am in sketch heaven!! You know how much I love my sketches, so to receive 9 in one day!!! I almost fainted! I was so excited!

My first card used Jami Sibley's sketch challenge. When I saw the sketch I immediately though of an inverted gate card. (Probably not the right name, but that is what I am calling it! LOL!) I also incorporated this week's Cute Card Thursday Challenge into my card which was to create a scene.

See how perfect the card is for a gate card!! I just loved the concept. I am not so sure about the card itself. It isn't that I don't like it, it is just that I am not 100% happy with it. So if anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them! So I started this card off by stamping Winter Sadie and Pepper by Stampin' Spot Studio for All That Scraps on white card stock and colored them in using my copics. Then, using my copic multiliner pen, I drew in the grass, snowman, tree and birdbath. I colored all of them in with my copics. Following the sketch, I layered on teal and pink card stock along with some DP from DCWV. I used my nesties to cut out the circles behind Sadie and finished the card off by stamping the sentiment on some white card stock, placing it in some pewter hardware and attaching it to the card with a fuchsia ribbon. I really wanted to create a card that had a winter theme, but also gave the feel of one of those rare nice winter days where the sun is shining and it is a pleasure to be outside! Basically the opposite of what today is going to be like! LOL!

Well, my second card has a completely different kind of feel. It is another valentine for my husband. Poor Jason is going to be inundated with Valentine cards this year. Drastic change from last year, where I ran to Walgreen's Valentine's night, grabbed a bag of conversation hearts and presented it to him 5 minutes after I got home! LOL! Anywhoo, for this card, I decided to use Donna Baker's Cupcake Sketch for this card.

See, pretty romantic huh!! Of course that is what I look like in real life, so Jason will definitely know it is me!! I am just getting so tired of all of these stamp companies using my body as a model for their stamps! LOL!! Yeah right, I wish!! Maybe that would be my body with a ton of airbrushing! ROFL!!! Alright, back to business! I started this card off by stamping Hanna and two heart sets from Sweet Celebrations by Hanna Stamps on white card stock and colored them in using my copics. I mounted Hanna on some red card stock and black card stock, cut out the hearts and popped them off opposing corners. Following the sketch, I layered on red card stock, black card stock and 5 different kinds of DP from K and Company. To finish the card off, I attached two black satin ribbons and tied some bows! I just love this card and all the romantic colors!

That is it for me today! Don't be surprised if more of Taylor's sketches pop up this week! I just love them! And don't forget to come back tomorrow for my Pink Cat Challenge and of course Twinkling Tuesday!! Have a great rest of the day!! And thanks as always for stopping by!


the whimsical butterfly said...

I was gonna I gonona scroll down here and see all NINE of them? LOL! Actually, I shouldn't say that...I (yes, me) actually finished them this weekend...and I have YOU to thank as my inspiration! We should hunt for sketches more often. This was so much fun!

Cathy said...

I can't believe you drew in all of that stuff on your scene. OMG how wonderful!! I am so jealous!! These are great. Hope I get time to play with all of the challenges, etc. this week. Great job, as usual!!

Danni said...

You are just awesome! These cards are stunning! Love, love the second one though, it's just so, so amazing!
Great job!

Maria said...

Great cards Janna. My fav is the gate card and must try it out one day. Love the colour scheme and was wondering what gorgeous dp you used on that card? I will check in tomorrow for the PCS challenge. Thanks and hugs, Maria

Emily said...

I love your cards and I guess you already know I ordered some copics :), I can't wait!!!!

Maria said...

Hi Janna!! Awww such a cute story about your daughte and her daddy!!

I love both of your cards!! You did FABULOUS with the two challenges! I don't see anything wrong about your first card. As a matter of fact I love everything about it, from the image, to the colors, the dp and the scallops!! Beautiful job!

Your second card is "sexy"! I look like that too in real life. . .well, in my real life dreams! LOL! I love the hot red color that you used and always great job coloring the images!!


Cassie said...

heehee! that first card shows off your GENIUS skills!! Love the way you interpreted that sketch - no other card can live up to it!!

And I'm sure Jason won't mind being showered with cards!

Hope you stay warm today!! It was COLD - like Bitterly Cold here today and light snow but really slick roads.

Heather said...

Hi Janna,

O.K. well Did you know that Tan and Cream are shades of Brown??? I mean come on seriously are you trying to repel me from your blog by choosing a shade of brown for the background???

I mean Really???? You know how you are allergic to Alcohol?? Well I am allergic to brown and I can only take so much of it even for you my friend!!! Really can't you rething the color????

Now on to the cards!!!!

Well they are the most fabulous cards I can say you have done all week because there is none of that complety ugly color in them!!!!! So Yea!!!!

I love the pinks and blues of the reverse gate card and I really like the reds and blues come on you can do it you can leave brown behind forever it will be O.K. I will even help you find a no brown support group if it will save our friendship????? Can you not do it for your dear friend????

So anyway I love the layouts of your cards and your layers are so cute. Really both cards are pretty darn cute no really they are!!!! I love them both!!!!

I can not wait to see what you do for the Pink Cat Studio Challenge tomorrow!!!!! LOL!!!!!


Jami {sgtStamper} said...

These are awesome....lovin' that secod sexy with the little red dress and black ribbon!! hubby will love it!
hugs, Jami

Dawn said...

These cards are just darling! I love the bright colors!

Michelle said...

I'm a sketch junkie too and I LOVE what you've done with these!! I haven't seen this site/sketches yet so I'll be checking that out as well!