Friday, June 24, 2011

June 24th, a new sketch and a Guest Designer!~

Yea! It's reveal day at Stuck on U Sketches and we are doubly excited. Maybe even triple! First we have a great sketch from the awesome Liz Qualman! We all just adore her work and it is always a treat using her well-balanced sketches! Hopefully, you will enjoy it as well and play along this challenge.

And secondly, we have a special Guest Designer this week, Shona Keehn of Such a Wonderful Mess. We know you will love her work! Below is her photo and a bit of bio that Shona wrote for us.

"First off, I would like to thank you for inviting me to be a guest at SOUS..what a great surprise to get the invite and I am so excited!

My name is Shona Keehn and I am from British Columbia, Canada. I have 3 children and a wonderful husband of 26 years. He is pretty supportive with my scrapping addiction and tries not to blow a gasket when I spend too much on it…lol

I have been scrapping for many years but have just found my scrappy style in the last year, Shabby Chic, and it is definitely something that I change up lots. I love to try new techniques and make embellishments. One of my favourites is to work with a sketch, either for layouts or cards. I love how so many artists can be so different from one sketch.

I get so much inspiration from everyone in the scrapping world and I hope that you can get some from me. Thank you again for invited me to be a guest. I hope you like my creations as much as I loved working with that gorgeous sketch. "

And thirdly, Shona has accepted our invitation to join our sketch team and will begin her term with us on the July 8th challenge! Shona, welcome aboard!

Okay, so now let's see what the designers have done with this great sketch, starting with our Guest Designer:

Shona Keehn

Shona's "bonus" card made using the same sketch!
What a fabulous idea!

"True Love"
Sandi Clarkson
Nanné Harry
Nannés Creations

Daddy's Girls?
Leah Schaeffer

Bonnie Friesen
Pretty Little Somethings

 Fore 2
Beatriz Guzman
Amazing Grace

 Summer Time Fun
Annette Gearside
A Moment in Time

Dawn Gallope
Flip Flops and Pop Tarts

 Spring 2011
Fern Riley
Fern's Creations

Stine Ursin
My Hobby Blog

Okay, now it's your turn! Can't wait to see what you create! Don't forget you have 2 weeks to upload your porject!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Decoupaged wooden letters tutorial 6/17

Hi everyone Wanda here, I am gonna show you how I made this Family wall decoration

A great way to show off your Grand kids maybe a sports pic or a vacation trip ..... I choose to show off my 2 Beautiful Grand daughters

First you are going to need your wooden letters I bought mine at Michael's and they are 9ins.

your mod podge, any black paint ,a pencil, scissors, sand paper, Sm foam brush and a printer.

First I painted my letters black try to do nice even strokes so you don't have a lot of brush lines

While the letters are drying choose the pictures you want to use and print them with your printer, I made mine black & white .

Then you are going to lay your picture on the letter where you want it and flip it over so you can trace around it with your pencil. I add a little two way tape to keep it in place when flipping it...

Once you have traced them go a head and cut them out don't worry if they go over the edge of the letter are gonna sand them.

Next you are going to take your mod podge and apply it to the back of your picture then place your picture where you want it on your letter , do this with all your pictures.

Once that is done take your sand paper and go around any of the edges of your pictures that are

hanging over the edge of the letter and sand them down , I also sanded here and there on the edge of the letters...this is optional .

Now take your Mod Podge and apply it to fronts & sides ( INCLUDING PICTURES ) of the letters you will want to do this rather quickly as it drys pretty quick. I started with the sides first. Let them dry completely......a few hours

Once dry embellish as you wish .

I made mine country for my living room , used ribbon , buttons ,lace,....and some charms.

the possibilities are endless ...I see a Disney maybe a beach one , what ever you choose have fun with it and enjoy.

Thanks for letting me share this with you.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer Blog Hop Winner ~ June 12th

The Summer Blog Hop was a huge success! We had so many new visitors and lots of our faithful followers came by as well. So, many thanks for taking part! We value all your wonderful comments and we all read each and every one!

Now, who is that lucky blog candy winner? It is none other than  Geri, who said "OMGosh!!! The design team rocks. Let me say that again... your design team ROCKS!!! Every single layout is just to pretty for words! Totally love the cricut trampoline - that tulle frame is so elegant - love the fairy fence - I could go on and on. Great layouts ladies!!!"

Geri, please email slclarkson (at) sbcglobal (dot) net with your address and to claim your BoBunny prize pack! Hope you like it! 

Please scroll down to the post below to see the most current challenge .. or use the link in the side bar.

Thanks for coming by! Don't forget you still have almost 2 weeks to join in on the challenge!

Friday, June 10, 2011

June 10th, sketch challenge!

Wow, already the second week of June? I can't believe it! Hope you're finding some great ways to have fun but stay out of the heat! (If you are looking for the Summer Blog Hop, then click HERE.) And if you are looking for the current challenge, then you are already in the right spot! While you're here, just let me say that on behalf the entire DT at SOUS, we are over the moon excited about all the lovely comments you have been leaving the past week. And we treasure each new follower. We hope that you will find time to play along with us .. we always enjoy seeing new talent!

This time we have a fabulous sketch from Beggahuna, featuring lots of great negative space. Of course, some of us are inclined to fill it up ... but at least we're heading in that direction. This is a multi-pic layout sketch, so grab some photos and let's get scrapping!

Now I'm sure you're wondering who the lucky winner of the May sketch challenge was because that person wins the awesome chipboard candy offered by Ness Waller. So, drum roll please, Karen (Kazza) .... you are the lucky winner! Please send your name and address to slclarkson (at) sbcglobal (dot) com.

Also, while we are talking about prizes, on Sunday we will be announcing the winner from our Summer Blog Hop. So, please be sure and check back because it could be you!

Now, are you ready to see some great DT creations? I know I am!

Thankful To Be Me
Sandi Clarkson
Soft Side of Sandi

Little Miss Sew It All
Nanné Harry
Nanne's Creations

Woodland Family Vacation
Leah Schaeffer

Summer Tim Fairy
Annette Gearside

Beatriz Guzman

The Look
Bonnie Friesen
Pretty Little Somethings

Tap Dance
Fern Riley

17th of May
Stine Ursin

Saturday, June 4, 2011

June 5th Blog Hop

Hello, Blog Hoppers! Nanne, Leah and myself (Sandi) wish to welcome you to Stuck on U Sketches. We hope that you will take a look around and see something that would inspire you! We post our challenges every other Friday .. usually a sketch challenge. Then on the alternate weeks we post a tutorial. We have some exciting things planned for August, so we hope that you can make it back then too! And of course, we'd love to see you take part in our challenges!

We also have a little give-away to one lucky commenter, donated by Floren at Generations Crafting. It's an awesome bag of Bo Bunny goodness that would make for lots of great crafting. Just leave us a comment and we will have a random drawing, then post our winner on June 12th.

Here's the order for the Blog Hop in case you get lost
Papercraft Star
Pile It On
Stuck on U Sketches (you are here)
Getting Cricky
Frosted Designs
Amy Chomas

As a surprise for the our much loved DT, we are posting some of our favorite projects from each DT member. Sure was hard to choose just one (sometimes I had to close my eyes and just pick) but we wanted to give you a sampling of the awesome inspiration that they provide on a regular basis. Ladies, you're fabulous ... and we think our visitors will agree. So, here we go .. in alphabetical order:

Annette Gearside

Beatriz Guzman

Bonnie Friesen

Dawn Gallop

Fern Riley

Ness Waller

Stine Ursin

Wanda Boardley

and we can't leave these ladies out:

Past design team members
Debbie Burns

Lisa McIntyre

Sandy Windsor

Hope you enjoyed your visit here. The next link on the Blog Hop is: Getting Cricky. Thanks for coming by~  and don't forget to leave a comment!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Distresssed Rustic Gate tutorial

Gather your supplies I have used the Cricut Cartridge Ornamental Iron but this technique can be used for just about anything. Using the Triangle Crafts Sophisticated Finishes there are several brands like Modern Options (I also have this) so be on the look out for several manufactures that sell these type finish products. Here we are using the Triangle Crafts Sophisticated Finishes sold at Michael's Arts and Crafts and other art suppliers. At Michael's I have seen them in the wooden section. You will need the Iron Metallic Surfacer and the Rust Antiquing Solution. Two paint brushes any type, size depending on your project. Craft mat or wax paper. Thin chipboard I used the back of a paper pack. Masking tape and of course whatever you are gonna RUST!

Here is a photo of the supplies you will need.
and then:
First insert the cartridge, I have used the deep cut blade and housing but if using cardstock you will not need the deep cut blade. Tape the thin chipboard (a cereal box will work), to the mat securely. Insert mat setting the depth to max and multicut. Remove from mat once cut.

Once on the craft mat plaint a thick coat of the Iron Metallic Surfacer on the fence.
Now before the Iron Metallic Surfacer is dry begin painting with the Rust Antiquing Solution this will help to get a more RUSTY look. You can let dry completely and only have spots of rust, but I like rust so I put it on before it dries. Just a hint but the directions are on the back of the bottle, this is just what I like to do.
Allow to dry completely, I use a fan with the technique I have not used a heat gun to speed the process??? I always just make in a step an allow to dry on its own

Now you have this amazing rusty gate that looks old and so real. If you need to for your project you can seal this with an acrylic sealer. Spray it outside in a well ventilated area if you choose to seal this. I will not for my use. Thank You and I hope you can use this super cool technique using a awesome product!! Enjoy! Dawn Gallop

And just a reminder that we'll announce our blog
candy winner on next sketch date so that everyone
has a chance to play for the full amount of time.