Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Card sketch #42

January seems to be flying by!  I have actually been pretty productive so far this month, created a lot of cards, a few scrapbook layouts and re-organized all my paper and embellishments which gave me a better grip on what I want to use up in the upcoming year....it was fun to see things I forgot I had, felt like Christmas all over again!  We have our last sketch up at Sketch N Scrap today for January. It is a fun but easy sketch to help you make a few cards you might need for birthdays or even the upcoming Valentine's holiday!  Here it is:

Here is my take on the sketch:
Supplies Used: Patterned paper: Echo Park Head over Heels; ink: Stampin Up- Strawberry
 Slush, Basic Grey & Soft Sky; stamps: Stampin Up Hearts a Flutter & All Holidays;
 Brad: Stampin Up; Cardstock: Stampin Up Very Vanilla & Basic Grey.

I made this card a birthday card for my SIL whose birthday is in February kind of a good theme for a February birthday don't you think?  I hope she likes it!  Make sure and hop on over to Sketch N Scrap's blog to see what the talented DT has done with the sketch, you will be pleased to see this heart sketch used for MUCH more then just love themed or Valentine's Day themed cards! You have until January 31st to play along with us and link up your card based on this sketch for a chance to win TWO fabulous rolls of GOLD washi tape (swoon!!)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Twistback Thursday~ new challenge at Sketch N Scrap!

We have a brand new challenge for 2015 at Sketch N Scrap up today.  Twistback Thursdays will be the second Thursday of each month throughout 2015.  We will feature an oldie but a goodie sketch from our archives but add on a "twist" to make it more interesting.  This is a great way to play along with older sketches you may have missed!  This month's challenge features this sketch from May 2012 by me: 
And now for the TWIST: Out with the old and in with the new in 2015: use something old that is a year or more old on your layout as well as something that is new. 

Here is my take on the sketch:

For my something old I used patterned papers by Bella Blvd from their MR BOY line.  This is a line from 2011 that I have been "hoarding" for some time now! I also used a journaling card from the Scoot line by Echo Park that I have had in my stash for a long time as well as one from Basic Grey (under the two pics).  The alphabet is from Doodlebug is very old as well, I'm down to just a few letters on this one (hate trying to figure out words to use them all, it's so hard!) and my final "old" items is the "smile" sticker at the top of the pictures from the That's My Boy line by Echo Park.  For the new things I used a few newer embellishments I got in my September Scraptastic kit called We Will Rock You! The little doggie with the glasses is by Jillibean Soup and is from the Cool Cucumber Soup line. The numbers cut out is a kit exclusive by Kaitlin Sheaffer and the little circle in the bottom right is by Heidi Swapp and is from the kit as well!  I also used a new pack of My Mind's Eye enamel dots and a pack of clear words (the word smile at the top left) by Heidi Swapp!  It was fun mixing up some older papers with some of my newer embellishments!   I think this challenge is a great example of how you can use the same sketch over and over again and no one will be the wiser...you can easily change up the look of it depending on the papers and embellishments you use OR you can flip or rotate it to give it another look.  Here is a great example, my take on this same sketch from way back in May of 2012:

Fun huh?  I don't think they really look that much alike and I bet if I had just posted them both without mention of the sketch you wouldn't have known it either!  Ahhhh...the beauty of sketches!  Please hop over to the Sketch N Scrap blog and check out all the wonderful layouts the DT has created with this sketch I know you will be inspired!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy 2015!  I can't believe another year has rolled around!  I hope everyone is ready to get their craft on this year, I know I have some crafty goals which all involve having more time to actually craft!!!  Here's to finding more time to do what you love whether it is crafty or not!  I have a new sketch up at Sketch N Scrap today:

And here is my take on it:
Supplies Used: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Timbergrove; letter stickers: Fancy Pants
Timbergrove & American Crafts Thickers; wood veneer: Studio Calico; felt snowflakes:
Stampin Up; chipboard snowflake: Fancy Pants; sticker: Fancy Pants Timbergrove.

These pictures were taken in December of 2013 as we tried to dig out of 3 inches+ of ice on our very sloped driveway!  It took us all working most of the day to scrap it off, then afterwards we went sledding (on ice not snow) and that was a pretty fun way to reward ourselves for all our hard work!  I hope you will find time to play along with us and the brand new 2015 design team this month!  You have until January 31st to link up your layout created with this sketch!  Make sure and visit us at Sketch N Scrap to see what the DT did with the sketch!  Enjoy your day, hopefully you can ring in the new year with some crafty time today!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Time for our last sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap!  Christmas is coming and Thanksgiving is just a week away so why not slip away to your creative hide out and whip up a card using this fun holiday sketch I made!
Here is my card based on the sketch:

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: My Mind's eye; Sticker:
My Mind's Eye; Dies: Stampin Up; Stamp: Stampin Up; Ink: Stampin Up; Embossing
folders: Stampin Up; Punch: Stampin Up.
It feels so good to get my holiday cards started before Thanksgiving!  This is my eighth card, just a few more to go and I will be done!  I was so happy with how this turned out.  I used up my scraps from last year's Christmas paper stash to make these last few cards!  I hope you will join us at Sketch N Scrap before the month ends to play along with this fun card sketch!  Plus there is a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Rainbows & Scrapbooks!  Make sure and visit their awesome etsy store you will be sure to find some scrappy goodness you can't live without and if you do make sure and enter Rainbows2 at checkout for FREE domestic shipping during the month of November!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Inspired by sketch #11

Wow, this month is flying by and I am excited to share my last "inspired by" sketch with you for this year!  This sketch was inspired by a fabulous layout by Sketch N Scrap DT member Marie-Christine! Here is my sketch based on Marie-Christine's beautiful layout:
And here is the lovely layout that inspired this sketch:
And finally here is my layout based on the sketch:

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd, Jillibean
Soup, Simple Stories& Stampin Up; Die cuts: Simple Stories Sweater Weather
& Sizzix; Wood Veneer: Scraptastic Kit Club; sticker: American Crafts; Flair:
 Scraptastic kit Club, Letter stickers: Jillibean Soup; Ink: Stampin Up
I was so excited to scrap this adorable picture of my nephew taken on a recent trip to the Pumpkin Patch!  He is growing up so fast!  I hope you will be inspired to play along with us using this sketch for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the etsy store Rainbows & Scrapbooks!  Visit us at Sketch N Scrap to find out more about how to play along! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sketch N Scrap #68

Fall is in the air finally here in Texas and it is time for our November 1st sketch over at Sketch N Scrap!  Here is the sketch I created:

Here is the layout I created with this sketch:

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up Chocolate Chip, Patterned Paper: Crate Paper,
Bella Blvd; Vellum: Stampin Up; Journaling cards: Evalicious, Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye;
Doily: Recollections; Letter stickers: Thickers; wood veneer: Studio Calico; flower: Prima
Even though it is Fall I wanted to relive some great summer memories! These photos are of my brother and nephew enjoying some fun time on the beach earlier this Summer! So glad to find a great use for these beautiful but older papers by Crate Paper. 
Make sure and head over to Sketch N Scrap to check out all the wonderful inspiration the DT has provided for you!  Plus we have a wonderful new sponsor this month! Rainbows & Scrapbooks is offering a $20 gift certificate to their Etsy shop to one lucky winner! But that's not all! All Sketch N Scrap readers can get FREE domestic shipping on orders placed during the month of November at  the Rainbows & Scrapbook's store!!!!!  How cool is that??!!!  Just enter the code Rainbows2 at checkout!   But remember you can't win if you don't play! So hop on over the Sketch N Scrap to join us!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

More card fun!

We have are having a blast celebrating World Card Making Month at Sketch N Scrap!  Here are two more cards I made for our month long festivities there!
This one was made for my floral challenge which was to use flowers on your card in anyway shape or form!  Here I used a stamped flower from the Stampin Up set Flower Shoppe and punched it out with the coordinating punch! I love these Summer colors don't you?
Our last sketch of the month is up at Sketch N Scrap and it is card sketch by me:
Here is the card I created with it: 

You can see I do like my flowers! I love this new stamp set from Stampin Up called Choose Happiness!  It makes me happy!  I hope you will find time to check out all the beautiful cards the DT came up with this month!  Even though time is running out and we are almost to a new month, I hope you will find an hour or two to join us and stock up on cards for your stash or better yet maybe create a few Christmas cards for the upcoming holiday!  It's never to late to get a jump start on those!