Monday, January 14, 2019

Sketches In Thyme Sketch #356

Hi everyone! This week's sketch at Sketches In Thyme is right up my alley.....TAGS!  Yep, I love to use my Tim Holtz tag dies on nearly every layout in some way, and this awesome sketch by Brenshevia uses three:
Here's my take on it:
I challenged myself on this layout.  I wanted to do a Christmas-themed page, but I don't have any Christmas papers.  I bought this older line by Carta Bella at Expo last year called Our Family. Some of the papers looked Christmas-y to me, and the rich colors and patterns were perfect for my kitchen pics.  This page has pictures of my son and me, baking Christmas cookies together.  The first picture was taken in 2005, the second in 2016.  I had a couple wood veneer embellishments to tie in the Christmas theme.  I also used a Heidi Swapp stencil and white texture paste for the "snowflakes" falling on the page.

Hope this sketch inspires you to create as much as it inspired me, come on over to Sketches In Thyme and play along!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #137

Hi everybody! I'd like to share a fantastic card sketch with all of you card makers out there that you're sure to love!  Heather Hall designed this card sketch for Sketch N Scrap, and it's currently up on the blog:
Here's my take on the sketch:
I used some Pebbles Along the Way papers and embellishments on this card (with a random scrap of black patterned paper for the scallop).  My favorite part of Heather's sketch is the use and placement of the tag, I just love the finished product!  Hope you can join us at Sketch N Scrap to play along with this challenge and the others we have running this month. Hope to see you there!



Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Sketch N Scrap Layout Challenge #168

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hello, 2019 and hello to all of you creative crafters out there!

It's the first day of 2019, and the first day of the month always means there's a new sketch up on the Sketch N Scrap blog!

Here's sketch #168, designed by Lisa Hidy:
And here's my take on it:
I used a couple of pictures taken at the Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  This is a sprawling property with restaurants, shops, a cider mill, a winery....I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting!  We enjoyed a beautiful day there with friends of my husband's who recently moved nearby.  As usual, I used a mixture of different products on this page.  Part of it is Echo Park's Celebrate Autumn from my November kit from The Scraproom.  One thing I love about Echo Park is that many of their lines are interchangeable in color and style, I mix & match Echo Park lines a lot!  The deep red and the bits of yellow are from last year's Fall Is in the Air.

I decided to use some distressing techniques on this page, for a rustic, country feel:
On the edge of the red paper I used my CTMH edge distresser.  On the edge of the woodgrain I lightly sanded with a fine grit sandpaper, just enough to give it a distressed edge.  The leaves were cut using my Cricut and a free cut file from Paper Issues.

Come play along with us this month at Sketch N Scrap with this sketch and the others that will be posted throughout the month, hope to see you there!









Saturday, December 15, 2018

Sketch N Scrap Layout Sketch #167

Can you believe it's mid-December already? The 15th means there is another inspirational layout sketch up at Sketch N Scrap! With Christmas sights and sounds all around, I decided to finally scrap some Christmas pictures from 2015 and use this awesome sketch designed by Heather Hall:
And here's her fabulous sketch, which I turned on it's side!
I've had this Pinkfresh Studios Christmas paper for a while, I found it on clearance last year at WhimSoDoodle in St. Pete.  Pro: super cute paper, Con: all the embellishments were sold out.  Of all the scrapbooking goodies I collect, I really don't gravitate toward Christmas papers or embellies (which is why I have so many years of Christmas pics not scrapped LOL).  To make up for my lack of coordinating embellies, I decided to fussy-cut the gifts and trees from the patterned paper. I added a cute little gift stamp on one of the packages, and dug out some old rub-on and chipboard alphas, too.  I love the finished product!

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


Friday, December 14, 2018

Sketches In Thyme layout sketch #352

Hi everyone! I'm sharing a beautiful sketch with you all today that is currently up on the Sketches In Thyme blog, I had a really fun time working with it:
And here's the sketch, from sketch designer Jenessa Franco:
I took the opportunity to pull out my sewing machine on this one, I just love the look of the large stitched circles!  I'm not much of a floral person, so in the place of the floral cluster I cut an oversized leaf with my Cricut and placed different patterned papers behind it.
I used mostly Echo Park Celebrate Autumn papers and stickers on this, from my November Flavors of the Month Kit from The Scraproom, with a few little odds and ends from my stash, too.  I chose to add a little more machine stitching on the tag and the leaf to tie everything together. 

Hope you are as inspired by this sketch as I was, and that you'll join us over at Sketches In Thyme!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #135

There's a new card sketch up at Sketch N Scrap, perfect if you need a last-minute Christmas card, or for any occasion.  I know I'm going to use this one again and again.  I used it here for a Christmas card:
And here is the sketch I used, Card Sketch #135, designed by Heather Hall:
I don't have much Christmas paper in my stash, so I decided to pull out a couple pieces from a Carta Bella line called Our Family that looked "Christmas-y" to me.  I love the layered banner in Heather's sketch, and the patterned paper background.  I decided to add a few tiny black pearls scattered about the design.  

For all you Cricut users out there, check out the free labels available in Design Studio, they are ideal for cards!  The label I used on this card was a free image (I don't pay for Cricut Access).  I just unlocked it and "smooshed" it to make it shorter and wider.

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #134

There's a new card sketch up on the Sketch N Scrap blog and it's sure to inspire you!  Here's the sketch, created by Lisa Hidy:
Such a sweet design! I just love the floral elements at the top, and had planned on using it exactly as shown.  But....I went a little too large with my flower, and decided to add a couple pink leaves instead:
I used a CTMH chevron embossing folder on the background and a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology stamp for my sentiment (love my hashtags!).  The floral center is something I've been wanting to play around with for a while now....after seeing the idea on Pinterest, of course!  It's a washer that I covered with patterned paper & then applied Glossy Effects.  It was fun, when I have the time I plan to make a variety of them to keep in my stash.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you playing along with us at Sketch N Scrap!