Thursday, September 24, 2009

Caardvarks Thursday Sketch

We are on to day 5 of our sketch fest at Caardvarks. Here is the card I created using Heidi Van Laar's fabulous sketch. All of the products used on my card are from Studio Calico except for the card base. Check out Caardvarks for all of the details about our sketch fest and Studio Calico our sponsor!

On a personal note, Jen and I have started posting products and party ideas on our Party Starters website. We would love for you to check it out.
We also have a page on Facebook if you would like to follow us. I have a fan box over to the right on my side bar here.

Thanks so much for stopping by

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sketches & Fall Kits

The smell of Fall is in the air and so is the chill here in Colorado. The perfect thing to do when its chilly outside....bundle up and play do a sketch challenge! So that is exactly what I did this morning.

Laura, from 2 Sketches 4 You has a great sketch this week and their sponsor is Creative Cuts and More. I have a few die cuts on hand from Creative Cuts and More so for this card I used their "straight frame" & "leaves set #03 mini". The stamps used are from Stampin' UP! and the pattern paper is from Studio Calico. Feels like Fall for sure!

Creative Cuts and More
has some great new fall kits available right now and one is up for grabs at 2 Sketches 4 You. I am proud to say I designed one of the new fall kits, the Halloween House Castle Mini Album. Go check them out!

Alrighty, I mentioned earlier that I used some Studio Calico paper well... Caardvarks is having a 7 day sketch fest sponsored by Studio Calico. We started on Sunday and will go until Saturday. There are prizes and a chance to be on the Caardvarks design team. Make sure you head on over to check out all of the details! Everything I used on this card was from Studio Calico except for the card base which is So Saffron from Stampin' UP!

Hope you have a wonderful day no matter what the weather is like in your neck of the woods.

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, September 20, 2009

and the winner is...

I can not even begin to tell you how much fun the JustRite blog hop was. I don't think I have ever had so much traffic or as many comments as I had this past week. Thank you thank you to everyone who stopped by and left me a little note. I really appreciate it! An added bonus, I was the mystery blog candy giver awayer...LOL! So here is the winner...

Congrats Summer Braxton! You are the winner of the Mystery Blog Hop prize from JustRite.

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-09-20 23:31:44 UTC

Summer Braxton said...

"love that pumpkin basket... so sweet"

Here is what will be getting from JustRite Summer. Have a blast playing!

JB 08650 - 2” Wooden Stamper

JB 08795 Holiday Demi Phrases

JB 08780 A Merry Little Christmas

7 Day Sketch Fest...ARE YOU READY!!!

Every day this week at 12:01 AM, PST, Caardvarks will publish a card sketch. You'll have until 7 AM PST the following morning to create your card and link us to it via Mr. Linky at the bottom of that post.


A group of prizes will be awarded to random Sketchfest entries including TWO of the same Studio Calico kits that were used in the Crew Caards, "Director's Cut", and this fabulous "LOLLIPOP GUILD" kit;

We are so excited to announce that we will be choosing a grand prize winner from the ones who complete all seven sketch challenges. The winner will be offered a position on the Caardvarks Crew Team for the new six-month term which begins November 1st! So...if you'd like to throw your name into the hat, be sure to complete all 7 challenges by the deadlines! At the end of Sketchfest, we'll ask you to email us to let us know you completed *all* of the challenges and we'll announce our new Crew Member by October 1st.

Sunday's SKETCH

*Sketch by Heidi Van Laar of Van Laar Designs

Here is my take on the sketch. Everything I used was from Studio Calico, except for the card base which is SU Chocolate Chip cardstock. This was my first time playing with a Studio Calico kit and I loved it! Not to mention Heidi's fabulous sketch and she has one ready for everyday this week! So make sure you check all of the details at Caardvarks if you want a chance at some fun prizes AND a chance to be on the Caardvarks Crew!

OH an one more bit of news...don't forget to head on over to JustRite Stampers blog tonight to find out who the winners of the mystery JustRite blog hop candy could be you!

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

JustRite Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome Hoppers to day one of the JustRite Mega Font Hop! If you stopped here first please go over to the JustRite blog where are the fun begins! For those of you who have been hopping from the beginning hang in there we are almost finished. Can you even believe all of the fabulous font projects today? Tomorrow there will be even more, so make sure you check back in at the JustRite blog to see 28 more fantastic blogs.

I absolutely love JustRite's font stamps! There are limitless possibilities when it comes to using JustRite stamp sets and their fonts sets are no exception. I created one large stamp using 6 different stamp sets in 4 different fonts for my projects:

-Horizontal Wood Stamp "Impression size 1-3/8 x 3-1/2”

-Times New Roman 50 point

-Times New Roman 25 point

-Special Occasions 50 point

-Special Occasions 25 point

-Curlz 50 point

-Small Letter Set (a must have!)

As you can see in the photo I created the stamp by putting different Fall themed words randomly on the wood block in different fonts and sizes. This is a easy way that you can make fun pattern paper. The best part, JustRite is having a Font Sale! Receive 30% off font sets from September 17-24, awesome is that! Just think of all of the fun stamps you can create.

For my little pumpkin basket I stamped each section either folding away sections or masking making sure not to overlap and stamp onto other sections. Once I completed the stamping I simply assembled the *"basket with handle". Edited to add:(This basket is a die cut from Creative Cuts and More) Easy Peasy! Wonder what I should fill this little basket with...candy is always good! Got any other different ideas for me??

The card I created to match the little basket was also super easy! I simply used the same stamp that I had created and stamped all over *"small tag #04". I think the way this tag is stamped it really makes a great focal point for the card. To finish off the project I added some Mustard ribbon, cute *mini leaves, a few buttons and some twine. Feels like Fall!

Don't forget to leave a comment, we have Mystery Blog Candy being given away! The Mystery is no-one knows which blog is the one that will be giving it away – nope not even us the designers! There are 3 Blog Candy prizes each day which will go to 3 random commenter's from three random designers blogs. So, to win some (JR Candy) go check out all the blogs, comment on as many as you can from the two day hop. You have until Sunday at noon EST to leave your comments. Good luck, the lucky winner may be YOU!!! You have 6 chances to win, check the JR blog on Sunday Evening to find out who the six lucky winners are!! Alrighty head on over to Karen Taylor's blog now and enjoy the rest of the hop!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Here is the list again:

JustRite Blog
Michelle Wooderson
Sankari Wegman
Heidi Blankenship
Eva Dobilas
Beate Johns
Sharon Harnist
Barbara Anders
Sharon Johnson
Deb Saaranen
Becca Feeken
Kazan Clark
Lauren Meader
Tammy Hershberger
Linda Beeson
Jenny Gropp
Lori Craig
Tanis Giesbrecht
Jenn Balcer
Lisa Somerville
Karen Maldonado
Pamela Smerker <-----YOU ARE HERE
Karen Taylor <-----GO HERE NEXT
Latisha Yoast
Julie Overby
Mary Pfaff

*products from

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Caardvarks GCD Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome Caardvarks and GCD hoppers...what a hoppin' week this is huh? Did you all enjoy day one of our blog hop? If you missed out on it, please head on over to Caardvarks and check out the fabulous creations that were posted yesterday. As for today, Day 2 I am hoping you just came over from Jenn's blog. If you happened to start out here, at Paper Askew Studio then please click on over to Caardvarks to start from the beginning so you don't miss any of the fun!

Alright now that we have all of that out of the way here are my GCD creations using "Paris Nights" 21 sheet collection pack, "Shades of Black" rub-ons, and "Shades of Black" Epoxy Stickers. I made a thank you gift set which includes six 3 1/4" note cards with envelopes, six round trinket boxes, and a paper mache picnic basket box to hold everything together.

For the paper mache box I took a full 12 x 12 sheet of Paris Nights paper and tore it into strips then into smaller pieces. I used a decoupage glue to apply layers of paper to the box and then covered the entire bottom half of the box with the glue to finish. The lid was done using the same procedures.

I think this would be a great gift for a bride to be. She could fill the trinket boxes with candy or a necklace as a little thank you for the ladies in her bridal party. A little gift wouldn't be complete without a little note of thanks. The bride can use the note cards inside for just that. The bonus, the bride gets to keep the paper mache box for herself!

I absolutely love the Paris Nights set, it is simply gorgeous and the quality of GCD products is fabulous!

Now its time to head on over to Stef's blog to see what she has created.

Here is the list again:




Jenn B.

Pamela <--You are here!



GCD Studios Blog

Other supplies that I used:
a paper mache box- found at Michaels
small trinket boxes - found at Target
#4 small tag- found at Creative Cuts and More
Clear decoupage Martha Stewart Glue- found at Michaels

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Blog Hopping brings out the spooks!

Welcome CC&M blog hoppers! Fall isn't too far away and the design team has been creating some beautiful fall projects as well as spooky Halloween creations. I hope you have enjoyed all of the inspiration along the blog hopping trail today. If you happened to start out here at Paper Askew Studio, please head on over to Die Cut Diva to start from the beginning!
For all of you who have reached the end here at my blog...please head BACK to Die Cut Diva for your chance to win the Haunted House Castle Album Kit designed by ME. You have FOUR ways to win make sure to check out all of the details!

Now on to my projects, I created Mr. Frankenstein himself using Creative Cuts and More's flat top pyramid box. Now if you want to make this Frank box you will have to call Creative Cuts and More's customer service number and ask for a special order. You will want a black top and green bottom. I used a green brad for the nose, cut a 1" circle in half for the eyes and used some scalloped scissors to create Frank's eyebrows. The bolts, well I raided my DH drawer of manly things. Hope they don't go to something important! LOL

This next little treasure is CC&M's "take out box small". I used stamps from both Hero Arts as well as JustRite to decorate. These take out boxes are great for party favors, just big enough to fill with some fun treats!

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I hope you had fun checking out all of the guest designers and design teams creations.

Happy ALMOST Fall y'all!


Now head back on over to Die Cut Diva :)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Time for another Caardvarks challenge! Play along with us using on of these fabulous sketches which were provided by our very own crew member, Heidi Van Laar.

Here are my creations using two of the sketches provided by Heidi. Can you guess which sketches I used??

Now for the details for our Challenge:

Our Sponsor:


Items must be linked via Mr. Linky over at Caardvarks by September 14th at Midnight, Pacific Time.

The Fabulous PRIZE from DRS Designs:

Thanks so much for stopping by. I can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Just a Quote...

Came across this and thought it was worth sharing...

"The whole difference between construction and creation is this; that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists."
~Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British novelist.