Sketch Challenge

sketch challenge


This is the sketch that I gave all the crafters at the Otsego Club Encore Weekend.  They were instructed to use it as inspiration  to create a card.  Other than that, there were no other guidelines.   Unfortunately I had camera/lighting issues and was unable to take photos of any of the cards that were entered, but as I had done a sample for people to see, I was able to retake it when I got home.  So, here is my take on the sketch.

sketch challenge frontThe snowflakes & poinsettias were left over from last year’s Christmas card.  The paper is Snowhaven   I used a snowflake embossing folder on my card base front and tilted the papers from the sketch.

sketch challenge Inleft

On the inside left I matted the snowman from Christmas Post and framed it with the evergreen

sketch challenge Inright

boughs from the  Yuletide Workshop on the Go.  I’m not sure how clear the photos show it, but I did rock and roll the boughs in New England Ivy & Cocoa for the pine cones.

The edges of the white cardstock were sponged in Glacier, Indian Corn Blue and Outdoor Denim.

On the right side, I kept it simpler with two pine boughs, colored the berries with our Shinhan Carmine marker.  To tie into the front of the card, I added another poinsettia.

I’m glad that I made this sample as it allowed some of the other crafters to think outside the lines and we had a tough time choosing the winner!

The winner received a magnabilities necklace and as she had already been to my booth and made purchases as Christmas gifts, she was happy to pick another necklace for herself.

Happy Crafting!


Magnabilities drawing prize

This weekend I am attending a huge crop as a vendor.  Not as a CTMH vendor, but with Magnabilities.  If you haven’t heard of Magnabilities, I’m not surprised.  It’s a young company, and has only been in the direct sales business for only 18 months.  pendents

As you can see they are not only beautiful, but also speak to my practical side as the jewels in the center are interchangeable.  Most of base units start around $20 and include an insert, then additional inserts are only $5 ($10 for the premium ones.)  So for a small investment you can have many, many looks.

Magnabilities also has a great program for creating your own custom insert, and I did a few.  What do you think?

queenmag042012 queenofthecropThe first one is what I donate to the hostess of this weekend’s crop.  She selects a Queen for the day for each of  the three days, and this will be in their goodie bag.  If nothing else, they have a great reminder of their reign, and a strong magnet for home.  The last one is for a small crop that I am attending in May at a Bed and Breakfast called the Scrap Palace.  Who lives in palaces? Queens.  You can also use your own photos.  I just love the versatility of these.
custom insert

So, now that I’ve explained Magnabilities, I’ll show you the prize I created this week.  For anyone that purchases or places an order, I will put their name in a drawing to win this. . .


In my continuing quest to use up older paper packs and not just store, move, and ignore them,  I grabbed an old Mayberry pack, a couple of punches, some glue dots, floral wire, glitz and peppermint patty candies.  Originally I was going to make some flowers with the candies and give them away, but decided instead to have a prize AND decorate my display for spring.  (Spring that hasn’t arrived in northern Michigan yet as it was snowing just this afternoon, yuck.)


The chocolate ribbon really helps disguise the candies.  I might have to tell the winner what it is she has!

Happy Crafting!