Well Behaved… or… Not?

Well Behaved… or… Not?

Mostly I’m naughty… I think…. at least with sketches.  I like rules because they give me boundaries and usually I see things in black and white with very few grey areas…. however with crafting I break all the rules…usually…  but not today!  {Go ahead, pick your jaw up off the floor….}

Today I followed the sketch and left everything in it’s right place.

Brent did not scold me.

Like he really ever does…

Usually he just gives me a hard time.

But that’s his job.

I {heart} him.

But moooving on…  Here’s today’s sketch:

Excellent sketch, but  totally not how I would normally lay things out… but I believe that is the point of a sketch CHALLENGE, right?  To challenge us to step out of our box and stretch the imagination and challenge ourselves to do something and grow!

So.. I obeyed the rules.

And my brain stretched.  You should have heard it.  Scary sound.

Heather sent me some fabulous stamps to play with again and I decided to use a FABULOUS sentiment from her newly revealed set, “Well Behaved”.  I believe that it’s being revealed today, Tuesday, and you’re gonna luuuuurve it!

Again, I pulled out the Basic Grey “Lemonade” paper kit and went to town.  I had so much fun stitching on the last card (and my cross stitch threads box was still on my desk) that I decided to do a little more stitchin’. With metallic thread that was a pain to separate and work with…  Woot!

And I didn’t want to use the big ol’ circle as a stamped bit, so I pulled out the beginnings of a funky flower I’d been working on earlier in the day.


The flower is made using some scraps of paper and tulle (that funky netting stuff that you usually find under wedding dresses or as the veil) and a DESIGNER button.. hahaha!  Anyway… I blinged it up with some Stickles (icicle flavor) and let it dry forevvvvvvver.  I tied the button with some metallic thread.  I used some home made glimmer mist and spritzed it on the paper parts of the flower.  You can kind of see it on the green paper (bottom left of it).  In real life it’s all shimmery and luuuuurverly!  Oh yah, and the light pink tulle (which came from my sweet friend, Jeanne Tomshack, is inked up with some CTMH Vineyard Berry ink to distress it even further.   My fingers were so gross. LOL!

Fiddled with the sentiment placement and decided on this:

Here’s the final product.   I did elongate the card a little to allow the uber long sentiment to be placed on it and fit a little better.


Thanks for stoppin by today!  Think of me as I slave away over numbers and contracts and customer payments and tax prep today at work.  Tee hee! 🙂

~Inky Smiles!

PS… Answering the last post comments.  

1) THANK YOU for your kind comments on my charms!  You made my day.
2)  YES!  An Etsy shop is likely in the works.  I am going to try my hand at selling my creations, both paper craft and especially jewelry.  (Jewelry posts coming…)  I love making jewelry and can’t wait to share my creations!
3)  I have to figure out the whole Etsy thing and a shop name. LOL!


Stamps – Skipping Stones Design’s “Well Behaved”
Paper – Basic Grey “Lemonade”
Ink – CTMH Vineyard Berry
Miscellaneous”- Kaisercraft Rhinestones, pink tulle, Stickles, Silver metallic thread, border punches.

12 thoughts on “Well Behaved… or… Not?

  1. Absolutely FABULOUS, Erin! I lurrrve that flower! You are amazing! And I'm so glad to call you friend.

    I think it's funny you have such angst over following a sketch. You did good here, my friend!

    Good luck with all those numbers {shudder}

  2. WOW what a card…and WOW you followed the rules!! SHOCK
    Well if this is the result of you following the rules..then woohoo! That flower is awesome.
    ETSY is easy.!

  3. SUPER cute card, Erin! I especially love all the layers and all the details to your flower! I think you were very 'well behaved' with the sketch. 😉

    And thanks for stopping by my blog and for the birthday wishes the other day. 😉

    Hope you tackled the numbers today…SO glad that's not my job!

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