Saturday, April 22, 2017


I came across the photo in this layout while organizing a few things. I set it aside because I knew that it had to be a focal point in a layout. The photos brings back such fond memories of my son . Goodness knows it was much easier to take candid photos of him when he was younger.  Now that he has grown into a fine young man and is finishing his first year of college, it is harder to take precious photos like this one.

The layout was inspired by the April sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy and I have been using the sketch to share a layout or card each week. We hope to inspire a few other crafters to use the sketch for a project or two and to share the project with us at The Sketch File.

Here's a look at two versions of the sketch:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April Sketch Update

I have found myself reaching for flower punches regularly. I think that this must be a sign that spring is here! It has been very spring like here for weeks. Our red bud trees are blossoming right now and there are daffodils everywhere. I think these signs of spring and the April sketch provided just the right inspiration for this card. I had fun mixing up the patterned papers and adding small detail, like the textured flower center. What about you? Are you feeling inspired by something around you? Maybe you will feel inspired by Kathy's sketches and will use them to create a project. Please take a moment to visit with us at The Sketch File and to post a project or two with us. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Introducing the April Sketch

It's April already! It's also time to introduce the April Sketch at The Sketch File. I decided to use the sketch and create a card with a few dragonflies. I also used a monochromatic theme.  The dragonflies were punched from a piece of cardstock that I got from a tissue box.  I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but they are shiny and almost reflective. The sketch has multiple layers and as always you can use any shape and feel free to rotate, flip, enlarge, or shrink the sketch. Please take a look at the sketch and if you are feeling inspired, we'd love to see your creations.  

Monday, March 27, 2017

Colorful Birthday Card

The March sketch at the The Sketch File inspired this card. I was also inspired by the bits and pieces of scrap paper that I found in my stash. I started with the patterned background paper and then matched colors from the scrap stash. I explored a bit with textures by using embossing folders and love the bright colors and the end result.  I've included the March sketch below and hope you will find time to create and share your project with Kathy and I at The Sketch File.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stars & Stripes

Happy Tuesday! I'm sharing a card with stars and stripes and a few other patterned papers. I love the mix of colors and the happy feeling that they elicit. The LO is based on the current sketch at The Sketch File. I hope you will take a few minutes to create a project based on our current sketch and share your project with us at The Sketch File. Here are two versions of our current sketch (feel free to change the shapes!):

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Introducing the March Sketch at The Sketch File

Are you ready for our March sketch at the The Sketch File? Kathy's new sketch has multiple layers and the opportunity to create with a variety of shapes. I've decided to use flowers as my theme, but you can use any theme or shape that works for you. Please hop on over to The Sketch File to see what Kathy has created and to share your creation with us.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Sketch File

Hopefully, you've had a moment to stop by The Sketch File to see the current sketch and the cards Kathy & I have been posting this month. We'll have the current sketch up until next Tuesday.We'd love to see how the sketch inspired you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Update @ The Sketch File

If it looks like I'm still stuck in Christmas card mode, I guess you could say that's true.  I am making an effort to stay ahead of them this year. Last year I scrambled to get enough cards done, so I'm getting a head start. This card is based on the current sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy also has a delightful card that she is sharing. Please hop on over to the The Sketch File and take a look. If you feel inspired, we'd love to see what you create based on the sketch.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February @ The Sketch File

As February progresses I wanted to share another project I created based on our current sketch at The Sketch File. This time I've used our sketch to create a layout. I think the sketch really lends itself to this type of project. It also works well for cards. Please hop on over to The Sketch File to see what Kathy has created. We hope you will feel inspired and will link up a project or two with us.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February Sketch at The Sketch File

It's time to introduce the February sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy has created yet another fun sketch and we've both been busy creating a few projects to further inspire you to use the sketch to create your project.  I've tweaked the sketch just a bit. I ended up using only two horizontal strips whereas Kathy's sketch has three. I also rotated the sketch. I hope you can still see the sketch in my card. As always, Kathy and I encourage you to have fun with the sketch and feel free to shrink parts of it, enlarge parts, rotate, flip and make a few tweaks so that it works for your project. You can upload your creation HERE. We're looking forward to seeing what you create!

Thursday, February 2, 2017


I am very late in posting this card this week. I had every intention of posting it on Tuesday, but the week got away from me and now it's Thursday. This card was inspired by the January sketch at The Sketch File . I hope you had time to stop by the The Sketch File and see what Kathy has been creating as well. We always look forward to seeing what you can create based on the current sketch. We'll keep the current sketch up until next Tuesday. so please share your clever creation with us.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Birthday Card

I am sharing another card this week based on the current sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy has also posted a fabulous card, so I hope you will hop on over to take a peek. My card uses shades of purple. I have a particular person in mind for this card and purple is her color. The card came together quickly which is always a plus, thanks to Kathy's great sketch!  We will have the sketch up until the end of January, so if you are feeling inspired, we hope you will let us see what you've created. As always you can make adjustments to the sketch including rotating it, flipping it, enlarging or shrinking it, use it on a rectangular or square card or layout. Have fun and share your creation with us at The Sketch File. Here are two versions of the sketch:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Sketch File in January

Today I am sharing a card based on our current sketch at The Sketch File. I was determined to create a birthday card as my stash of them is slowly growing smaller and smaller. I also wanted to create a card that could be used for a male or female. I'm not sure I mastered this, but at least I have a new card for the collection. The sketch is fun to work with and I hope you will be inspired. Please share your creation with us at The Sketch File. As always Kathy has shared two versions of the sketch and we invite you to enlarge it, flip it, rotate, shrink it and use it for a card or scrapbook layout.
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

First Sketch of the Year

Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a great start. It's time for the first sketch of the year at The Sketch File.  Kathy and I would love to see what you create with it . It's a simple sketch but offers so much inspiration. We'll keep the sketch up all month long so you can create one or more cards or projects throughout the month. Be creative and feel free to make a few changes to the sketch. You can rotate it, shrink it, enlarge it, resize parts of it, but as always the goal is to have fun creating.  As you can see, Kathy has already created two versions of the sketch:

Thursday, December 22, 2016

December Sketch

Have you seen the December sketch at the The Sketch File? I love the simplicity of this sketch and I've found it very inspiring.  I've created another Christmas card and hope you will find time to play along with us at The Sketch File . I know how busy everyone gets this time of year. I guess that's why I am late in posting this card.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Snowflakes Again & Again

I have found myself constantly reaching for my snowflake punches when creating Christmas cards for this year. As much as I try to vary the theme, I seem to be drawn to snowflakes again and again. For this card I also have revisited a z fold. I used my scoring board to score an 8.5" x 11" piece of green cardstock. I laid the cardstock on the score board in landscape mode, with the shortest side on the left and the longest side at the top of the score board. I scored at 2.5" and 5" and trimmed off the bottom 1.5". I this z fold to attach the back and front panels. 

Cut Away

Here's another simple card that I've already sent to a recipient. I created this card when I was going through my "let's cut away part of the front panel" phase. I used the die cut snowflake to reattach the front panel once I had cut away the diagonal strip. Since the patterned paper was only 4"x 6" cutting away some of the front panel allowed me to use the paper on the 5"x 7" cardbase. I love the various patterns on this paper and how they stand out against the white.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


It's the second week of December already and I'm sharing another card based on our December sketch. This one will end up in my pile for next year as I have already sent cards to family and friends for this year. It will be nice to be ahead on my cards next year. I had to scramble just a bit this year to get them all done.

 I hope you find Kathy's sketch inspiring and will play along with us at The Sketch File! Feel free to shrink, enlarge, rotate, flip the various parts of the sketch to make it work for you.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December @ The Sketch File

Welcome to a new month. We're sharing the last sketch for the year at The Sketch File and Kathy and I are looking forward to seeing what you create with it. As always we'll be posting inspirational cards throughout the month and we hope you will find time to create something with the sketch and share it with us. I'm still working on a few more Christmas cards even though I have sent most of my cards to family and friends already.