Friday, January 29, 2010

January 29th challenge

We want to thank our friend and fellow Cricut message board member Aymee Gandy (aka Southernbellescrapper) for the use of her wonderful sketch. Please check her out HERE and you'll see why we love using her sketches! Thanks, Aymee!

We also have some exciting news this week! We now have our first sponsor, Generations Crafting, an online scrapbook and papercrafting store.  We look forward to a long and wonderful relationship with them. Please hop on over to their STORE  and also check out their blog. Be sure and tell Floren  that SOUS sent you! They will be providing some periodic blog candy and challenge material. We can hardly wait!

Now, let's see what the design team did this week! We hope you're gonna love it!

Coordinating Cousins
by: Nanne Harry

Family Tradition
Sandi Clarkson

Great Grandparents
Leah Schaeffer

Sandy Windsor

Friday, January 22, 2010

January 22nd challenge

Yay, it's Friday again! And time for this week's new challenge here at Stuck on U Sketches. We are so honored to have the particaption we've been having .. and want to just say thank you for helping us grow into our dreams! We are doing another sketch challenge this time .. gotta get caught up on scrapping, right? We do have some other challenges in the works though. This week we have chosen a sketch by Beggahuna. You can see more of her work at She has a great eye for balance and her sketches include lots of flourishes. But as you will see, those can be interpreted many ways. And we cannot wait to see your designs. So ... are you ready? Here's what our designers have done this week.

Nanné Harry

Monkey Bus-y-ness
Sandi Clarkson

The Words They Say
Leah Schaeffer

Birds of a Feather
Sandy Windsor

Friday, January 15, 2010

January 15th challenge

Liz Qualman

Welcome back! It was so much fun this week getting back in the groove of watching and waiting to see everyone's posts with their take on the sketch. You guys did a fantastic job! We love seeing how one sketch can look so many different ways. This time we have one from Liz Qualman. You can visit her at Last month one of Liz's layouts was on the front cover of Scrapbooking and Beyond. How exciting is that ? Thank you, Liz, for the use of your sketch.

So, are you ready to see what our designers have done this week? Well, scroll on down!

Brand Spanking New

Nanné Harry

"Twitterpated Over You"
Sandi Clarkson

protect and serve, love and cherish
Leah Schaeffer

Friday, January 8, 2010

January 8th challenge

Pagemaps, Becky Fleck

We are so happy to be back posting our sketch challenges..
The holidays were great, but its always fun to get back to norm and start scrapping those great holiday memories..
Well ladies.. Here is our first sketch of the year and its by Becky Fleck at
We want to thank her for her great sketches..

We hope you all will join in on the fun with us this year and hopefully we can make a fun year at that.  We will be posting different kinds of challenges, not just sketches.. We are really looking forward to those and we will be posting more tutorials as well.. Oh! we can't wait, we're so excited...

Here are some our design teams take on this weeks sketch, they sure do look amazing.. We hope that this weeks sketch will inspire you to think outside of your comfort zone and for you to join in the fun.

McLinky will be accepting links to your post till 11pm Thursday January 14th.. if you can't make the dead line, its ok ... just leave a comment and we will gladly come and check out your blog..

Barn Yard Dance
Leah Schaeffer

The 24 days of Christmas
Nanné Harry

Future So Bright
Sandy Windsor

Sentimental Journey
Sandi Clarkson

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!! Butterfly Tutorial

Happy Happy New Year to you and all of yours.....Hope this finds you healthy, happy and ready for all the new adventures 2010 has in store for us!!! We hope you have enjoyed this month of tutorials....we will be returning to regular weekly sketches on Friday next the meantime thought I would share some of my fave layout embellies.....butterflies!
These particular butterflies are made from a regular transparency available at any office supply store. I have cut several from carts on my cricut and have also printed some on to the transparency from a sketch I found on the Internet.
add some simple outlines with permanent markers to the 'back' of the butterfly...these do not have to be perfect.....we will add lots of detail to the front later. Just make what ever outlines you want your butterfly to have in any color....
The opaque white is really fun and as you can see I have kept the outlines very simple.
Paint, paint, paint....any color any will get a different look depending on the type of paint you chose.
Once you have your outlines drawn you can add paint....once again the paint will be applied to the 'back' of the butterfly right over the lines....the layers will be seen from the 'front'. For this butterfly I have chosen some gallery glass paint. All the paints will be applied with foam brushes.
As you can see this is the messy part....just brush your paint on. Paint with a bright color paper as a mat....this will help you see the brush strokes in your paint. You may chose to leave some of the brush strokes or add another coat of's all up to you!
the printed butterflies are simply painted as the outlines are already there.
Once the first layer of paint has dried you may decide to add additional colors or leave them just as they are.
Here are the 'front' of the 5 butterflies I cut with my circut after the 'back' has lets have some fun!
Now is your time to stickles and bling to bring these bugs to life!
On the left: Home Accent blackout butterfly cut @ 2 inches. I drew the outlines in navy, the back was painted with gold metallic folkart paint. I added Cotton Candy and Star Dust stickles and finished off with a bling body.
On the right: Indie Art butterfly cut @ 2 inches. I drew the lines with a purple marker and then painted with Harvest Orange paint from Plaid. I added yellow glitter paint to the back and then accented with Yellow stickles on the front. I finished off with lots of bling.
Both of these were cut from blackout and one base cut @ 2 inches.
Left: I used my opaque marker in white for the outlines and then painted the back with Metallic Sequin Black folkart paint. Black adhesive pearls and diamond stickles complete the look.
Right: This is the one with the gallery glass paint in Copper Metallic and you can see it is much more transparent. I added diamond stickles to all the black outlines and white pearl paint to make the spots. Gold bling for the body.
On the left: This is cut from Happily Ever After @ 2 inches. I painted the back with Silver Metallic folkart paint and embossed with my cuttlebug. Pretty light turquoise pearls keep this one very simple.
On the right: This is the printed butterfly....I simply accented the outlines with some silver glitter paint and added some adhesive pearls for the body.

Now I have a stash of butterflies....won't take me long to go throught them I'm sure....LOL....

Hope this has inspired you and given you some ideas.....I would love to see what you come up with so let me know if you try this fun, fun technique!