Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch Challenge #152

Hi crafty friends! It's August 20th and that means TWO things......it's my birthday AND there's a new card sketch challenge up on Sketch N Scrap!  I used the sketch to make a birthday card, of course LOL
And here's the fabulous sketch I used, designed by Lisa Hidy for Sketch N Scrap:
How many of you Cricut users have checked out all of the FREE images that are available in Design Space?  You don't have to subscribe to Cricut access....they're free....all the time!  I remember back in the day (not so long ago) when I had to have a scallop punch in order to get a scallop circle.  To get a different size scallop I'd have to buy another punch. That got pricey!  In Design Space I used the free scallop circle image and made it the exact size I wanted!  My Cricut Explore Air 2 continues to pay for itself again and again :)  If you haven't checked them out, simply select the filter in Design Space and check the box that says Free.  It's amazing how many images are available!

Moving on to the rest of my card, I used some woodgrain patterned papers along with a 6x6 paper pad from Jen Hadfield's Warm & Cozy line.  I've mentioned in previous posts that I'm really trying to stash bust, even if it's just one item, on every project. The layered flower has a Jillibean Soup canvas flower (I've had these FORever and never used them!), a prima flower & a random button. I liked the checkerboard design with my papers.  Inside the scallop I used a circle die set from Little B to get the dotted image around the edge. I haven't dusted these dies off in a while, I like the little bit of interest that the dots add to the circle.  The sentiment is an Altenew stamp and I hit the edges of my papers with different shades of brown Distress Inks.

Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you join us at Sketch N Scrap!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Lasting Memories Challenge #457 - Trees

Hi everyone, I'm back again with another challenge for Lasting Memories.  I went in reverse to the first challenge for August, #457 - Trees:
I have trees in the background of my pictures and also a cute little tree die cut from the new Simple Stories line Happy Trails.  The plaid & floral papers are from the same line, the wood grain is an old EP fall paper and the map paper is a reeeaallly old Simple Stories camping line.  It's a scrap & so old I've forgotten the line LOL  I added a little touches with a Kaisercraft wood veneer gate piece & some little mushrooms from Jillibean's Mushroom Medley line.  The design is a Sketch N Scrap sketch designed by Lisa Hidy. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Lasting Memories Challenge #458 - Flowers

Hi everyone!  I'm playing along with a new blog challenge this week.  Lasting Memories is a really fun challenge blog that focuses only on layouts. This month their theme is Plants and they are posting a new challenge every Sunday.  I played along with this week's challenge - Flowers.
I used flowers as embellishments on my layout. Most of the patterned papers and embellishments are from Vicki Boutin's new Wildflower & Honey line.  I LOVE the rich colors & patterns in this line!  For my background, I used one of my go-to staples - Simple Stories' Snap Basics grid paper.  I also used a blending brush to add some Stormy Sky & Weathered Wood Distress Oxide inks.  I chose to use more of a "smoky" look on my background, rather than try to match the teal shades in the embellishments, to complement my black & white photo.  I think it gave it the more neutral, soft background I was going for.
I added a few droplets of water here & there to give it a bit of a watercolor look, which is really hard to see in the picture, it's more subtle with these shades than others.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Sketch N Scrap Challenge #182

Hi everybody! It's the first of the month and that means a new sketch is up on the Sketch N Scrap blog!  Since we are in the midst of the dog days of summer, I chose to create a layout with one of my favorite summer pastimes.....baseball!
Full disclosure.....this is actually Spring Training, but in Florida it's practically summer most of the year!  Here's the sketch I used, designed by Lisa Hidy for Sketch N Scrap:
What I LOVE about this sketch is the layering and design for 4 photos, perfect for chronicling an event like this on one page.  Most of the patterned papers are from Carta Bella's recent Baseball line (the brick is a scrap of Jillibean Soup...I think LOL). But again, I wanted to challenge myself to dig out stash items & a tool or stamp I haven't used.  For my stash items I used an OLD piece of Simple Stories' Awesome line for my background.  It was literally the last piece I was hoarding from that line. I also used up some Studio Calico wood veneer stars and some foam AC Thickers for my title.  For my stamp/tool I used a CTMH baseball acrylic stamp that I just HAD to have and never used!  I was so excited to use the stamped baseballs in the spots of the sketch design where the flowers are. BUT....my dilemma was that I wanted to use the same paper as my background & it was my last piece.  So I used an old trick a fellow scrapper showed me years ago.  I cut out a square from the background....strategically....where the layering would cover the hole.  I then used that piece to stamp my baseballs & fussy cut them.
The sticker sheet from the Baseball line has SO many cute little images, perfect for embellishment layering & clustering!  I hope you are as inspired by this sketch as I was, and that you join us at Sketch N Scrap! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Scrap Our Stash July Pick Your Side Challenge

Hi there!  I'm sharing a layout with you that I created for Scrap Our Stash this month.  The challenge is to pick a side of this sketch and to also use wood or wood veneer:
I chose the right side of the sketch:
For the challenge requirement I used wood grain background paper from Ella & Viv and also some wood veneer pieces throughout the layout.  The bud wreath cut file is from Paper Issues and the patterned papers & sticker elements are from Simple Stories' Spring Farmhouse collection.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #150

Hi scrappy friends! There's a brand new card sketch up on the Sketch N Scrap blog today that I had so much fun creating with:
And here's the sketch, designed by Lisa Hidy for Sketch N Scrap:
Check out all of the wonderful details on this sketch, it's full of possibilities! I started out with the intention of following the image as shown, using ice cream or a tall cake or something similar.  But, I happened to be going thru some items while making a layout and when I saw this cute hot air balloon I just HAD to use it! I stuck with the basics of the rest of the sketch...the scalloped sides and the banners.  In place of the confetti I cut two stitched clouds and added some gems.  Papers are from My Mind's Eye Well, Hello line and the blue grid is CTMH.  The stamp is from a fabulous new set I just picked up from Altenew. I am SO impressed by the crispness in their images!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you join us at Sketch N Scrap!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Sketch N Scrap Layout Sketch #181

Hi everyone! I'm sharing a layout with you today that I created using the new layout sketch up on the Sketch N Scrap blog today:
And here's the sketch I used, designed by Heather Hall for Sketch N Scrap:
Heather designed a fantastic multi-photo sketch.  I love the balance of the banners and the title. In place of the third photo I decided to use that space for my journaling.  These pictures are of my son, who interned last summer at a local vet to get his CVA license.  His high school had a fantastic program and he was able to earn his CVA upon graduation last month!  The photos are from our dog Malcolm's annual check-up...perfect photo op! LOL

I mentioned in a previous post that I'm really trying to use up old stash and at least one die, tool, stamp, etc. on each layout.  For this page, I only had scraps from Photoplay's Fetch line.  For the background I pulled an OLD kraft sheet with a subtle triangle pattern.  I think it was Amy Tangerine and it's been in my stash for ages!  The black paper has also been in my stash for at least a couple of years, it's from Doodlebug Design. I also pulled my notebook edge punch for my journaling card and cut the cute doggie with my Cricut.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the new challenge from Sketch N Scrap.  Hop on over to their blog and join in on the fun with us, hope to see you there!