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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

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Unscripted Sketches #117 . . . Deck the Birdhouse

Merry Christmas in July!!!!  And that's the last time I'll be saying that until next July!  It's been a long month full of tips, techniques and inspiration from every single designer at Unscripted Sketches, and there are still the prizes to be given away.  But first, there's Sketch # 117 to share with you!  Here is this week's sketch . . .

And here is my card based on the sketch . . .

Do you notice anything different???  Yes, it's a stamped image, on one of my cards!  Well, actually it's a digital image, provided to the Unscriipted Designers for use in this challenge by our teammate Arielle who owns the Wax Fruit Company - a great digital stamp company that has some of the cutest, most adorable digital stamps around!

Now, you know - because I've told you repeatedly - that I am not a stamper.  Partly because the cost of stamps, markers, and all the other stuff just isn't in my budget!  Another reason is that there are so many other kinds of images to use that make just wonderful cards!  Scroll through my blog and you will see many projects made from images I either found on Flickr, purchased from vendors on Etsy, or found on clipart software - among other sources.

But the digital stamps, now, I'm really beginning to like these!  And do you know that I do not own a copic marker (or other brand) and I wouldn't know what to do with one if I did!  I printed this image and painted it using watercolor pencils.  You color inside the lines then, using a wet paint brush, do your shading and blending of the colors.  I am new to the watercolor pencils, too, but they are easy to learn.  And I think that gel pens, crayons, and many other types of tools could be used to color the image as well.  In fact, if you go to THIS POST Arielle has published a great tutorial on doing digital paper piecing using the digital images and digital papers.

Bottom line, don't be afraid to try, because you never know, you may just like the digital stamps!

Now, here are the details on my card . . .

Supply List:

  • Card base - Stampabilities (Hobby Lobby)
  • White and blue cardstock - Bazzill
  • Red cardstock - DCWV
  • Patterned paper - The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
  • Image - Wax Fruit Company (Link above)
  • Colors - watercolor pencils by 'eeboo'
  • Stickles 'gold', 'xmas red' and 'frosted lace'
  • Ribbon - purchased at a yard sale - no identifying marks
  • Sentiment - SRM Stickers
  • Red star bead - stash

  • Cuttlebug and embossing folders
  • computer and ink jet printer
  • scissors, ruler, craft knife, and rotary cutter

I really love this card, and  think I'll be trying more digital stamps in future.  Many thanks to Arielle for making the images available to us, her Unscripted teammates.  Thanks for visiting today, and please come back soon!  Blessings, Becky

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