Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Sketch N Scrap Card Challenge #185

 Welcome back everyone, hope 2021 is off to a creative start for you all!  If you need a little inspiration, come on over to Sketch N Scrap where we have our first card sketch of 2021 up on the blog today.  I created this slim line sketch:


I'm not much of a wintery person, but I know many of you live in a cold weather climate and might like to send a snowy themed greeting to warm someone's day!  For my take on the sketch, I used the basic design and went a different direction with my elements:


I named her Blue Belle! LOL  I recently purchased some new CTMH stamp sets and combined them for this card.  The fence is from the Joyful Flower set, that cute as a button cow is from the From the Funny Farm set and the flowers are Simple Florals.  I added some of CTMH's new wood grain patterned paper for my background and Blue Bell was colored using my Spectrum Noir Triblend markers.  

I couldn't find a strip, even a scrap, of patterned paper to suit me for the narrow strip so I decided to use the same Blue Belle ink I used for the flowers and a checkerboard stencil to create my own and give it a country gingham look:


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you find some inspiration in this sketch and join us at Sketch N Scrap to show us your take on it! Hope to see you there!


Friday, January 1, 2021

Sketch N Scrap Layout Sketch #216

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I have a new layout for Sketch N Scrap to share with you! I created this Disney layout and it was so fun working with these bright, happy colors:


And here is Sketch #216 I created for Sketch N Scrap, I hope it inspires you to ring in 2021 with a creative bang!

For this layout I used lots of Simple Stories' goodness....the graph background and papers & embellies from different Say Cheese lines.  The stars are from Vicki Boutin's Lets Wander line, I stamped & die cut the larger ones to tuck in and use for layering.  The tiny stars are also from that set, and to add a bit of fun I used markers to scribble in some color and make them pop:

I added a bit more stamp & die cutting fun by using a Catherine Pooler camera stamp & die. I used Spectrum Noir markers to color it in:

Thanks for stopping by, come join us at Sketch N Scrap and show us what you can do with this sketch, too! Hope to see you there!


Sunday, December 20, 2020

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #184

 Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by today, I have a fun new card sketch to share with you that is up on the Sketch N Scrap blog today.  Card sketch #184 was created by sketch artist Lisa Hidy:


And here's my take on it:


I put this card together using scraps from a Photoplay Christmas line from last year.  The Santa gnome was fussy cut from a tag.  I didn't have enough patterned paper so I decided to stamp my own plaid background using a Catherine Pooler plaid background stamp and CTMH Cranberry ink.  I think it gave it a rustic, festive look!

I hope you're inspired to use this sketch and come by Sketch N Scrap to share your work with us.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Sketch N Scrap Layout Sketch #215

 Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by today, I have a fun new layout sketch to share with you that's up on the Sketch N Scrap blog today.  Sketch designer Lisa Hidy created this layout sketch:

And here's my take on it:

I had SO much fun playing with this sketch, and with papers and elements I don't get to use very often!  Before I joined the team at Sketch N Scrap, I enjoyed playing along with the sketch challenges.  I was SO excited to see my name as the monthly winner one month and the prize was the Simple Stories Sub Zero collection pack.  I've used quite a bit of it for cards and Christmas tags, and always thought it would be the perfect line to scrapbook about this sweet little gift my son gave me when he was 7...a snowman votive holder he made at school.  Along with the candle holder is a sweet little poem his teacher had him write.  Since I live in Florida I  don't have beautiful pictures of snow to scrap (and I don't like to travel during winter, either LOL).  I'm so glad I finally scrapped this, and the papers and elements worked perfectly, I'm so happy with the end result.

I added some "snow" to my page using an old favorite stencil from Heidi Swapp and texture paste:

I also worked in some wood veneer hearts and alphas, and added clear gems to the centers of my snowflake stickers:

I hope you find this sketch to be as inspiring as I did! Come play along with us at Sketch N Scrap and show us what you can do with this sketch, hope to see you there!


Friday, November 20, 2020

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #182

 Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by today, I'm so glad you did because I have a new card sketch I've created for Sketch N Scrap that is up on the blog today:


And here is my take on it:


I know it's still November, but many of us fall into two categories: 1. you started your Christmas cards in July and they're all set to be mailed OR 2. you haven't started yet.  I'm category number 2 for sure.  While I don't make or send as many handmade Christmas cards as I used to, I often need a quick card for a gift or coworker, etc.  I designed this sketch for a quick & easy card, so easy to just grab some scraps & maybe a piece of Christmas ephemera or a cardstock sticker that's ready to go....and it's done!  The angles add a little interest while keeping the design quick & easy.  For mine I used this adorable CTMH gnome:


Some Spectrum Noir Triblend markers and a CTMH gold shimmer brush turned this little guy into quite the festive embellishment!  I hope it has inspired you to come on over to
Sketch N Scrap and show us what you can do with this sketch. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Sketch N Scrap Layout Sketch #213

 Hi everybody! Thanks so much for stopping by today, I've created another sketch for Sketch N Scrap that I'd like to share with you, hope it inspires you to create today:


And here's my take on it, using the FABULOUS new Storyteller line from Vicki Boutin:



So I took a departure from my typical style and dabbled in some mixed media on this one, and boy am I hooked! (Pun intended with the fishing picture LOL).  I used Vicki Boutin art crayons to create a watercolor and used the "kissing" technique.  After that dried, I took a stencil, stencil brush and used dry art crayon to create the pattern over it.  


I think I've mentioned in previous posts that I'm trying to incorporate some stamping into my layouts, I have SO many stamp sets....yikes!  I think I'm one stamp set away from having to build an addition on to my house LOL.  You know what I noticed when taking a close look at my sets?  There are lots of sets that have these little extra images, I bet they go unnoticed quite a bit because they aren't the larger, main images.  One of my CTMH stamp sets had these little plus signs, along with flowers, leaves, sentiments, etc.  I stamped them in several places throughout my layout for a fun little something extra to my background:


I will journal in a 6x12 pocket page next to this in my album because......honestly......I was afraid of ruining this background I'd worked so hard on!  Seriously!  The pic was taken on my 48th birthday, this past August, when my husband and son took me out for a beautiful day on the boat.  What a wonderful day :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you decide to come join us at Sketch N Scrap and show us what you can do with this sketch, hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

World Cardmaking Day Card Sketch #4

 Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by, I have another card sketch to share with you that is up on the Sketch N Scrap blog today:


This sketch is our 4th in a series of 5 sketches this month to celebrate World Card Making Day.  Here is my take on the sketch:

For this card I used some beautiful papers from My Mind's Eye's Gingham Gardens 6x8 paper pad.  I am loving 6x8 pads these days, I tend to use smaller pieces for layouts & of course they're perfect for cards! And you practically get the whole collection in one pad, love it!  For the floral cluster and sentiment I used one of my favorite CTMH stamp sets, Simple Florals.  A little bit of wound up jute twine & machine stitching & I just love the end result!

I hope this sketch inspires you to come by and play along with us at Sketch N Scrap. We have lots of challenges going through the end of the month, so there's still time to join us, hope to see you there!