Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #167

Hey everybody! Thanks so much for stopping by! I have a really great card sketch to share with you all today that's up on the Sketch N Scrap blog. It's card sketch #167, designed by Heather Hall:
And here's my take on it:
This is all straight from my scrap bin!  I even die cut the sentiment out of a piece of patterned paper.  I couldn't find anything decorative I liked to create the effect at the bottom of the banner of the sketch.  I even tried using a circle die cut but couldn't get it to look right LOL  I instead decided to make the banner interesting by using a Tim Holtz die for the diamond pattern, and backed it with a scrap piece of burlap.  I like the country feel the burlap and kraft gives the card, but it's still bright, cheery & spring-like with the striped pattern & floral die cut! I think the contrast in the elements make a cohesive card!

Come join us at Sketch N Scrap and show us what you can create with this sketch, too! Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 20, 2020

March Guest Designer Layout at Stick It Down

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by today, I have a really FUN project to share with you that I created for Stick It Down this month:
And here's this month's single page sketch I used:
As a mom of a boy, when I saw this sketch I didn't see flowers, I saw stars!  I opened up a star background cut file, unlocked it & stretched it just slightly to give the stars a fun shape.  Then I just randomly cut sections from it to place on the angled background.

When I back small pieces of a cut file I really like to use a 6x6 or 6x8 paper pad.  The smaller prints on those papers really look great peeking through small areas like these stars:
I used the coordinating 6x8 paper pad with my Simple Stories Say Cheese 4 12x12 papers.  I flipped the paper over and traced the inside the star on the opposite side.  Then I used my Cutter Bee scissors to cut around what I had traced, so that I could glue it without a gap or any hanging over.  It was kind of tedious.....but fun....and well worth the effort.  I just love the random pops of color and patterns showing through:

I hope you are as inspired by this sketch as I was, and that you come over to Stick It Down to show us what you do!

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #166

Hi everybody! The last sketch is up on the Sketch N Scrap blog for March and it's a fantastic card sketch designed by Lisa Hidy:
And here's my take on it:
I like to have a variety of cards on hand, and realized recently I had no welcome baby or baby shower cards left.  These aren't supplies I generally have on hand, so when I recently made a layout using Echo Park's Baby Boy line I decided to use some scraps to make a quick card.  The sweet polka dot background was made using a background die I recently picked up from a lady on Facebook Marketplace! I purchased several dies at rock bottom prices from her, she was clearing her sizable stash of dies...score for me!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you play along with us at Sketch N Scrap!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sketch N Scrap Layout Challenge #197

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by today, I have a new layout to share with you using the latest sketch from Sketch N Scrap:
And here is the sketch, by sketch designer Heather Hall:
Many of the pictures from my son's first year are in pocket pages.  Now, I like pocket pages....but not as much as I used to.  I'm in the process of selecting some to scrap 12x12 layouts while leaving the extra pics in 6x12 pocket sleeves.  I really like using the 6x12 size in between my layouts, there's room for extra pics, journaling that doesn't fit on the corresponding layout, so many uses.  I went back and forth whether or not to include the one of me on the layout holding him minutes after he was born.  These young Mom's on Instagram nowadays crack me up with their full hair and makeup holding their newborns.  THIS is reality, it was 4:30 in the morning LOL

When I saw this sketch I really liked the grid design that reminds me of a pocket page, but the placement of elements breaking it up in the center really popped to me. Especially the look of the string around the circle...
For the grid pieces I wanted some kind of definition so that each one became it's own little section with it's own "personality" so to speak.  I didn't want to pen outline all 6, though, so I chose to machine stitch each one in white.  It added the definition I was looking for, but in a softer more subtle way.  They looked like pieces of a quilt to me and I love the finished look.  I used almost all Echo Park's new Baby Boy papers and stickers.  The stars are actually from Vicki Boutin's new Let's Wander travel line using the stamp & die cut set.  On a couple of them I used some watercolor pencil and a water brush in corresponding shades.  That polka dot star is going to get a lot of use from me in the future!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come over to Sketch N Scrap and play along with this sketch and the others we have running this month.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Go Fish!

Hi everyone!  I played in my craft room again today! How nice to sip that first cup of coffee in the morning and check out different challenges online.  I saw that Scrap Our Stash has their February Sketch Challenge up, and it's an awesome sketch!  I also saw this week's Lasting Memories blog challenge, to use die cuts.....the wheels immediately started turning & I combined both challenges into one layout:
The Scrap Our Stash sketch challenge requires polka dot paper and washi....check and check!  It's so funny how the timing of things occur sometimes.  I was organizing my scraps recently, and set aside the last of my Simple Stories Happy Trails line, which has an orange polka dot!  I added a couple strips of brown washi under the veneer camera and in my cluster at the bottom, too.  Here's the sketch:
At Lasting Memories, this week's challenge is to use die cuts.  I decided to create my own title in Cricut Design Space.  I combined two different fonts & welded it all together into one piece:
The fish on the line is from the Happy Trails die cut pack, I thought he looked kinda cute hanging from my title!  I also used my Sizzix Big Kick for the banners, the tag & the wooden circle in my cluster.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches #541

Hi everyone! I played along at Tuesday Morning Sketches again this week.  Check out this cute sketch:
And here's my take on it:
I took a very literal approach to this sketch because I just loved all of the elements...especially the doily & twine.  I can see from my picture that the sentiment looks a little lost amongst the polka dots, but it's actually much bolder in real life LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

Sketch N Scrap Layout Challenge #195

Hi everybody! I'm back with another fabulous sketch to share with you that went live today on the Sketch N Scrap blog.  Here's the sketch, designed by Heather Hall:

If you're like me, you have jars of flowers, buttons, package after package of embellishments (Simple Stories Bits & Pieces anyone?  I swear they multiply at night in the packages LOL).  This sketch allows you to use up that stash, I had so much fun with it:

One of the recent page kits I received from The Scraproom was Pinkfresh Studio's Office Hours.  The die cuts and sticker sheet that came with my kit had SO MANY fun little embellishments.  I decided to document my new work office.  After 23 years as a billing manager for an orthopedic surgery group, I was able to relocate my office space to our satellite office....5 minutes from my house!  No more 50-60 minute drives to my house! Woot Woot!!

To finish off the layout I added a few finishing touches, AC cork arrows and some Fancy Pants puffy dots from their Good Fellows line.  

Come join us at Sketch N Scrap and show us what you can do with this sketch, hope to see you there!