Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Birthday Gift Card Holder

As we head into the last week in June, I'm sharing one last card based on our June sketch at the The Sketch File. I created this card to hold a gift card. The pocket on the front is slightly raised with dimensional adhesive to allow space for a gift card.  I loved the patterned paper. It is perfect for the recipient who does a lot of traveling for his job.

So, please hop on over to the The Sketch File to see the lovely card Kathy has created and then link your card or craft with us. As always Kathy shares a couple of versions of the sketch to help get the creative juices flowing:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June Sketch @ The Sketch File

I'm sharing a Christmas card today. This one is inspired by Kathy's sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy and I hope you will feel inspired to use the sketch and create a card, scrapbook page or project. Please post your crafty creation with us at The Sketch File!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Layered Rings

I am still challenging myself to create a few masculine cards and decided to use our June sketch at the The Sketch File as the inspiration for this "masculine" card. Kathy's sketch worked well for this card and I was lucky enough to have scrap pieces of patterned and solid cardstock that worked well together. Now it's your turn. We hope you will use the sketch to join us this month. You can link up your creation with us here and while you're there you can take a peek at the fabulous card Kathy created this week!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June Sketch at The Sketch File

I'm a day behind in getting this card posted. It's inspired by our June sketch at The Sketch File. I didn't stray too far from the layout design and kept the card monochromatic, with the exception of the white sentiment layer. We post a new sketch each month and keep the sketch up all month long so you have plenty of time to play along and create something based on the sketch. Kathy usually creates more than one version of the sketch to offer up a bit more inspiration. As with all our sketches, the sketch can be enlarged, shrunk, rotated and flipped....basically just use your imagination and have fun. We're looking forward to seeing your creations! Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Pocket Birthday Card

Since I've been asked to create cards for co-workers and the bosses generally give a gift card, I decided to create a card with a pocket to store the gift card. I ended up using a bit of dimensional adhesive behind the pocket so that the gift card would slip in nicely. I'm hoping to use this card for one of the male employees. Since part of the co-worker's job entails driving from here to there, I figured the patterned paper with the signage would work well.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May Corner Trio Sketch @ The Sketch File

Here's another Christmas card for my growing collection. I have created this based on our current sketch at the The Sketch File. It's a fun sketch so I hope you will feel inspired and join us for our current challenge. For more inspiration hop on over to The Sketch File to see what Kathy has created. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Masculine Card?

What do you think? Will this card work for a male recipient? I am trying to come up with a variety of cards that will work for my co-workers who are male. I don't know them well because I haven't been working with them for very long.

This card was created with scrap pieces of patterned paper. I simply punched squares from the patterned paper and layered them onto a white cardbase and matted this with colored cardstock.  I printed the sentiment with my computer.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Challenging Myself

I have been given the task of creating birthday cards for some co-workers. Since most of my co-workers are male, this has presented a huge challenge for me. I have never been very creative when it comes to creating masculine cards. Over the next few days, I hope to create several cards that will be appropriate. I realized as I looking through my tools and supplies that I don't really have many masculine dies, punches etc. that will work so I am having to be creative with various shapes.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May Sketch Revisited

As we move into the last full week in May, I thought I'd share one more card based on our current sketch at The Sketch File.  I am currently fixated on creating Christmas cards. I feel the need to catch up on them because I normally have far more made by now. In December, I will be happy that I spent the time on them now. 
I kept this card fairly simple so it came together quickly.  I hope you will join Kathy and I and share a card or two with us. Just a reminder, you should feel free to rotate the sketch, shrink it, enlarge it, flip it and use it for a card or layout. I am eager to see what you can create with it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May's Sketch File Sketch

I'm back again with another card based on our current sketch at The Sketch File.  I love the background colors on this card. The bright colors remind me of spring and happy thoughts.  Won't you join us this month? Just use Kathy's sketch to create a card, layout or project and upload it at The Sketch File. You can enlarge, shrink, rotate and play with the sketch to make it work for your project.

Friday, May 13, 2016

May Sketch @ The Sketch File

I have been crazy busy and am just getting around to posting my inspirational cards for the May sketch at The Sketch File.  I know it is only May and I am sharing two Christmas cards, but as I was looking through my collection of cards, I realized that I am behind on my Christmas cards. I normally have a bunch of them made by now and since I needed to catch up, I created two from our current sketch. I hope you will feel inspired to use Kathy's sketch and share your creation with us at The Sketch File.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


It's time to share our newest sketch at The Sketch File. Actually there are two versions, but that just means more inspiration. This month we are doing things a bit differently. Instead of inspiring you with cards from both Kathy and I, this time we're just posting a few of Kathy's cards. My cards will come next week. So, please take a minute to have a look at Kathy's cards and if you feel inspired, please post your creation with us at The Sketch File.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April Sketch at The Sketch File

It's the last week in April and Kathy and I are sharing our last few inspirational cards for our current sketch at The Sketch File.   This is one of those cards that didn't turn out exactly how I had imagined and I'm not particularly happy with it. So, you might want to hop on over to the The Sketch File and see what Kathy's created.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April Sketch Challenge

I'm back again with another card based on our current sketch challenge at The Sketch File. The patterned paper that I've used has dragonflies on it and I ended up punching additional dragonflies from green vellum and added them just above the flower and circle.  I tried to keep this card simple, even though there are multiple layers. Strangely, Kathy and I both created cards with a green color scheme. You can take a peek at her card at The Sketch File.  I hope you feel inspired and will use the sketch to create a project or two and then link it up with us.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Sketch Challenge

It's Tuesday which means it's time to share another card based on our current sketch.   Kathy and I will be sharing cards we've created based on the sketch throughout the month of April and hope you will be inspired by the cards/sketch. If so, please post your creation with us at The Sketch File.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April Sketch

Here we are already into the first week of April, which means it's time for us to share our latest sketch from the The Sketch File . It's another of Kathy's multi-layer sketches with loads of potential. I've decided to use it for this floral card.  I started with the patterned background paper and found scraps of scrapbook paper to create the flower and other embellishments. We hope you feel inspired and will share a creation or two with us at The Sketch File. Feel free to rotate, shrink, enlarge or flip the the way, Kathy has a second version of the sketch posted at The Sketch File...feel free to use either version.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Update for Starry Layers Sketch

Here we are at the end of March already! It's been a busy month for me, but I have had time to create one more card with our current sketch at The Sketch File. We've had fun with the sketch and hope you will be inspired to create a card to share with us. Here's two versions of the sketch:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Starry Layers Sketch @ The Sketch File

I've recently started a new job as a scheduling coordinator at a local business. I am thrilled to be working again but learning a new job is so tiring! I am coming home exhausted everyday. It's probably temporary and once I am really familiar with all aspects of the job, it will most likely be less energy depleting. Today was my 4th day on the job. I think it will be a great fit.
In the meantime, I've created a card with Kathy's "Starry Layers Sketch".  I kept the layout very similar to the sketch, but you can change it up a bit. Feel free to enlarge, shrink, rotate, flip or be creative with the sketch. Kathy and I would love for you to post the final masterpiece with us at The Sketch File.  See you there!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"Starry Layers" Sketch

It's Tuesday and time to share another card based on our "Starry Layers" Sketch. We're playing with this sketch all month long at The Sketch File and hope you will find inspiration in our cards or our sketch and will create a project and post it with us. Of course you don't have to use stars on your creation. You can use any shape you'd like. I used trees and created a card for Christmas.

Monday, March 7, 2016


Yesterday I posted a card with similar flowers. The flower petals on that card were cut individually then layered into the flower shape. The flowers for today's card were cut slightly different.  Instead of cutting individual petals, I cut the petals out of one strip of white cardstock. I cut four of these and layered them in twos then added the flower center. If you take a peek at yesterday's card, you'll also notice that the petals on the flowers were more rounded than the petals on today's card. When I compare both, I think I like the rounded petals better. The flower looks less "droopy".

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Cascade Card

What's the weather like where you live? During the past few days the weather here has been so very mild. We are enjoying spring-like temperatures and it has given my husband and I the chance to do some yard work around our home. We purchased our home and the 1.78 acres it sits on in early December (2015).  After painting just about every room, updating light fixtures, outlet covers, hardware, and many more projects, we moved in and have settled in quite nicely. The house is 35 years old so there is a long list of indoor and outdoor projects that need to be completed.  We've been working our way through the list, but with the weather being so pleasant, we decided to take advantage of it and take care of a bit of the yard work. Most people take care of leaves in the fall, but the previous home owners were unable to take care of the yard work due to health issues.  So my husband and I are tackling the leaves now.  It seems like it is a never ending process. We have raked pile after pile of leaves and have begun a massive compost pile. Each day we come back into the house exhausted, but it has been wonderful to spend the time together and to enjoy the warmer temperatures. We are making progress on our long yard work list. After relaxing and getting re-energized, I reward myself by heading to my craft studio to spend some time creating.

Once I was re-energized this afternoon,  I created this cascade card. I haven't made one in years, so I had to review tutorials on the internet. They are really quite simple to make once the cardstock is cut and scored.  I started with a white cardbase and ended up adhering patterned paper to portions of it. I think the patterned paper improves the overall card and gives the card more depth. My handcut flowers ended up being bigger than I had intended, but in the end, I decided I that they would have to work because I didn't have the ambition to adjust them.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Celebrate Your Day

I'm back with another card based on the "Starry" sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy and I offer weekly inspiration for our current monthly sketch, hoping to inspire some of you to play along and get creative with us.  So today I'm sharing this birthday card.   It's made from bits and pieces that I gathered while cleaning out and organizing my scrap paper stash. I love making cards with scrap pieces because they come together quickly.   You might notice that I moved parts of the sketch around. I ended up placing the oval shape on top of the candles. I guess that's the beauty of the sketches that we share with you. We fully expect you to be creative with them and sometimes that means rotating them, using them on a square card vs a rectangular card, or shrinking, expanding or moving elements of the sketch.  Here are two different versions of the sketch:

If you stop by The Sketch File, you can see Kathy's card as well. It's fabulously creative! Now, it's your turn. Create a scrapbook page, a card or whatever you'd like based on the sketch and post it with us at The Sketch File.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Two for Tuesday Inspiration

Hello, I'm back again with a few more projects to share. Both projects were inspired by our current sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy and I are both hoping you'll join us and share a project or two based on the sketch. As you can see, I decided to create both a card and a scrapbook page. I played around with re-sizing a few of the sketch elements, especially on my scrapbook page. That's the beauty of the can be changed to suit your needs. Shrink it, expand it, rotate it, flip it or do whatever it takes to create a project.   See you at The Sketch File!