Category Archives: Unscripted Sketches

Unscripted Sketches #255 – Iris Birthday



  • Stamp – from Penny Black “Allegro” set
  • Bling – Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards, Ltd. – Citron
  • Embossing folder – Sizzix “Tropical Paisley”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Twinkling H2Os

This is sort of a mixed media card. I used the Unscripted Sketch #255 for inspiration. I created the background from a monoprint I made using my Gelli plate. I applied some blue acrylic paint, mixed with pearl in a fairly thin layer. Then I pressed the embossing folder into the paint. I used both sides of the folder, which gives an one type of impression on the raised side and a reverse impression on the other–the difference when you emboss or impress/deboss (you can sort of see the darker color versus the lighter color). I pulled the print and used it for the background paper. iris-closeup

Then I applied Twinkling H2Os to the iris stamp and spritzed with water to get the color down, then once it was dry, I over-stamped with the same image with black archival ink. You can see a detailed look at it to your left and hopefully you can see the sheen of these Twinkling H2O watercolors. Thanks for stopping by.

Penguin Birthday – Unscripted Sketches #238


  • Stamp – The Cat’s Pajamas “Smells Like Cake”
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park “For the Record” 6 X 6″ pad
  • Corner punch – Fiskars 4-1 Embossing Corner Punch – “Spiral”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Today’s card is a clean and simple one. I used Sketch #238 from Unscripted Sketches. It features a lively group of penguins, courtesy of The Cat’s Pajamas, which I colored with Copics. Many of us are making penguin cards for Operation Write Home for a special card drive for a penguin-loving unit overseas! I’m all over it! Thanks for visiting today.


Unscripted Sketches #237 – Sent with Love


  • Stamps – from Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings” clear set
  • Dies – Simon Says Stamp/Memory Box “Tri Squares”
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill
  • Corner punch – Fiskars “Romantique”

Here is a new card using the current sketch at Unscripted Sketches #237. I stamped the top three squares with matching ink. The three matching polka-dot squares look like shadows in my interpretation. I popped up the sentiment square with dimensional adhesive just for a little more emphasis. This will be a nice Operation Write Home card . Thanks for visiting.

Unscripted Sketches #225 – Snowman


  • Stamp – Darcie’s clear set “Merry and Bright”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities – Standard Circles Large and Lacey Circles
  • Eyelets – Eyelet Outlet – Snowflake Quicklets
  • Washi Tape – Craft tape – JoAnn Stores
  • Pearls – KaiserCraft
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – source unknown

Here is a Wintery card, perfect for Operation Write Home, using the Sketch #225 at Unscripted Sketches. The strips are made from Washi tape and I added some snowflake eyelets to compliment the scene. I hadn’t set an eyelet in a really long time!  The snowman is colored with Copic markers. Thanks for stopping by today.

A Little Squirrely Today


  • Stamps
    • Squirrel Collage – Magenta “
    • Oak Leaves – Inkadinkado “Leaves”
    • Acorn – Impression Obsession Heart Art Studios “Acorn”
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny “Trail Mix Collection” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Barn Door and Wild Honey

This is a birthday card for a friend who receives a squirrely card from us each year while we all go camping together. I based this card’s design on Unscripted Sketches Summer Flashback Sketch #69. I distressed the patterned paper with Ranger Distress Inks and spattered with water to create a background that matched the stamped leaves and acorns, which I distressed with the same ink colors. I popped up the acorn and one of the oak leaves with dimensional adhesive for a little 3-D effect. I created this card outside on a picnic table up in the mountains while camping. I had some chipmunk friends nearby, just to set the mood! Thanks for visiting today and Happy Birthday, Allyn!

PostScript: This card was selected as one of the Top Three cards created and posted using Unscripted Sketches Summer Flashback Sketch #69! Hurray!

Unscripted Sketch #204 – Fabulous Birthday


  • Stamp – from Penny Black “Sweet Wishes” set
  • Patterned paper – from Basic Grey “Lauderdale” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Baker’s twine – American Crafts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made a clean and simple card with the current sketch at Unscripted Sketches #204. These papers are pretty loud, so they kind of are front and center on this card! But I think it makes a cheery birthday card with festive colors. Thanks for visiting.

Unscripted Sketches #191 – Birthday


  • Stamp – Inkadinkado “Happy Birthday”
  • Patterned papers – “Dottie” and “Ethel”  both from the Botanique collection
  • Flowers – Pearl White roses colored with ColorBox Peach Pastel and Rosebud inks
  • Cardstock – BoBunny

I made this card using Sketch #191 at Unscripted Sketches for inspiration, which was a really nice design to work with. This is really pretty paper that I’ve had in my stash for a long time and it seemed perfect for a birthday card for a friend. It was fun to ink my flowers to match the paper–I lucked out having the right colors! Thanks for visiting today!

Unscripted Sketches #187 – Stocking Mouse


  • Stamps – Penny Black “Xmas Mouse” and “Christmas Cheer”
  • Die cuts made from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Four” and “Labels Seventeen”
  • Border punch – EK Success “Abstract Flower Edger”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

I colored this cute little Christmas mouse with Copic markers and popped him up for a little dimension. I used bright green for accents, including edging the card and sentiment with green ink. The card was created using the current card sketch at Unscripted Sketches #187. Thanks for stopping by today.

Unscripted Sketches #186 – Hearts


  • Stamps – Stampendous “Scroll Heart” and Hero Arts “Live Life”
  • Paper garland – Flutterbys by American Craft
  • Distress Inks – Ranger
  • Cardstock – BoBunny

This is a really simple take on Sketch #186 at Unscripted Sketches. I’ve been wanting to use this American Crafts heart garland on a card, and this sketch fit the bill. I created a background with Distress Inks in the pinks and browns to match the stamped images. I’m making Valentines and love cards for Operation Write Home now, so the troops overseas have some nice cards to send home. Thanks for visiting!

Unscripted Sketches #185 – Iris Fold Valentine

  • Iris Folding Template – Hot off the Press
  • Iridescent papers – Cotton Candy, Ice Blue, Hot Pink
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny
  • Sentiment and frame stamps – Darcie’s “Banner Day”
  • Corner punch – Fiskars

I used iridescent papers to create this iris fold card–It is very sparkly!  I used the sketch over at Unscripted Sketches #185 for inspiration. The piggyback challenge for this sketch is to use dry embossing–and I chose embossed paper (Bazzill dots) for a nice texture. This will be a nice Valentine for Operation Write Home–to send over to the troops for them to send home. Thanks for visiting today.