Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September Sketch @ The Sketch File

 I'm sharing another card inspired by our current sketch at The Sketch File. The September sketch has multiple layers. Initially I found it a bit challenging but the more I've worked with it, the more creative I felt. My favorite part of this card is the layer under the flower. I started with a circle, cut around the outside edge toward the center and then trimmed off the edges at an angle. I think it gave the flower more of a focus.  Unfortunately, the photo didn't come out well. It's hard to tell that the lighter areas are light green. They look gray on my computer. Sorry for the poor quality. If I had a lot more energy, I would make another attempt at getting a better photo but the day has already been too long. Here's the sketch: enlarge it, shrink it, rotate it and have fun!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Catching Up

Tonight I realized that I hadn't posted the SEPTEMBER sketch for the The Sketch File.  I had written the post, but just never posted. So the previous card is one that should have been posted last Tuesday. Of course, that means I'm running a week behind. It doesn't surprise me. I have been so busy with work that I am having a hard time remembering things. After spending 12 or more hours a day at work, it is hard to come home and think of anything else except resting.  I hope you enjoy Kathy's sketch and feel inspired by our cards. Please post your creation with us at The Sketch File.

September Sketch @ The Sketch File

I made this card for my niece. She has recently headed off for her first year at a university and I thought she'd like to hear from family. The layout for the card was inspired by the newest sketch at The Sketch File.  The September sketch is one of Kathy's multi-layer sketches. I hope you are feeling inspired and will join us this month. We'd love to see what you do with the sketch. Feel free to enlarge bits and pieces of it, shrink them or rotate or flip the sketch. HAVE FUN!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Feeling Inspired Yet?

Please join us over at The Sketch File. We have a fun sketch to create with and we hope you will feel inspired to use it. Both Kathy and I have been using the sketch to create cards to further inspire you. This week my card has a Christmas theme. Normally, I have all my Christmas cards created by now, but I am really behind this year. My job is just taking too much time these days. I am putting in 11 hour days (5 or 6 days a week) and come home feeling quite fatigued. I look forward to the weekends, especially the ones when I am not expected to work on Saturday.  HERE ARE THE SKETCHES WE'VE BEEN USING ALL MONTH LONG....I hope you feel inspired.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Stamped Cattails

Won't you join us at The Sketch File? We're keeping our sketch up all month long and both Kathy and I are sharing cards to offer inspiration. I created this card with a male recipient in mind. I used various shades of brown and stamped the image of the cattails with a brown ink as well.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August @ The Sketch File

Thank goodness I have had an opportunity to get some crafting done. Work lately has been stressful and it is good to get away from it all with a bit of crafting. I have been enjoying the challenge that our current sketch offers, It's one of those sketches that allows for simple, clean cards. As you can see I have kept my card simple and decided to use  a Christmas theme.  I used two different snowflake punches and added the twine and decorative edge to pull it all together.  I hope you find the time to craft this week and will be inspired by our current sketch at The Sketch File. I will be looking forward to seeing what you create with it.

Friday, August 5, 2016

August @ The Sketch File

August has arrived which means it's time to share our newest sketch. Each month at The Sketch File we introduce a new sketch. We keep the sketch up throughout the month and hope you will have time to visit us and play along. As with all of our sketches, feel free to modify it by shrinking parts, enlarging, rotating or flipping it. We'd love to see what you create.

My card was inspired by the sketch and the dark green Christmas ribbon with kittens. I didn't add a lot of other detail. I wanted to keep the card clean and simple.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

JULY @ The Sketch File: Floral Card

As we wind down the month of July, I am sharing one more card inspired by our July Sketch. Kathy and I have enjoyed creating cards to inspire you and hope you will take a few moments to craft a card and share it with us at The Sketch File. As with all the sketches we share, you can make adjustments to the sketch by shrinking, enlarging, rotating, flipping parts of it and generally making it work for your project. We're looking forward to seeing your clever creation! By the way, Kathy also provides a few different versions of the sketch.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Better Late Than Never

I am so far behind on so many levels! I was planning to post this card last Tuesday. My only real excuse is that I have been putting in far too many hours at work and when I get home at night, looking at the computer is the last thing I feel like doing. I have promised myself to leave work on time this week (4:30 instead of 7:00). I hope I can swing it! 

This card is based on the July sketch at The Sketch File. We are using the same layout all month long and hope that you will find time to be creative and use the sketch in some way. See you at The Sketch File!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Let is Snow...July @ the Sketch File

Here is my second card based on our JULY sketch at The Sketch File. I love how simple this card is and that's the beauty of the sketch. You can make a card based on it with loads of detail or keep it very simple. If you hop on over to The Sketch File, you can see how Kathy used the same sketch but added lots of detail to her project. Either way, we hope you will feel inspired and will join us this month. We look forward to seeing what you create with the sketch.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July Sketch @ The Sketch File

Welcome to a new month! We are happy to introduce our July sketch at the The Sketch File, This sketch will be available all month and Kathy and I are looking forward to seeing how it inspires you to create. You always have the option of shrinking, enlarging, rotating,or flipping it....whatever it takes to inspire you! We eagerly look forward to seeing what you create with it. You'll notice that there are two versions of the sketch....use either one.

I decided to use it to create a birthday card. I hand cut the balloons from scrap pieces of paper (my ever growing stash). I tied embroidery thread to each balloon and added a bit of highlight with a gel pen.  I printed the sentiment in Word and layered it on rectangular pieces of paper.
See you at The Sketch File!

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.