Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September Sketch

I can't believe it is already September 12th! We have a new sketch up at The Sketch File but this is my first post about it. I had planned on posting the sketch earlier this month but time has gotten away from me once again. 

Today both Kathy and I have shared a card based on the sketch. For my card, I focused on using THREE images just as Kathy did in the sketch. Instead of stars, I used flowers and shifted them a bit. I think you can still see parts of the sketch in my card. 

Do you feel inspired? You can post your project and take a peak at Kathy's card by visiting The Sketch File. Kathy has also provided another version of the sketch and encourages us to shrink, stretch, enlarge, rotate, twist, flip or adjust parts of the sketch so that it works for your project. 

See you at The Sketch File!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August Sketch at the Sketch File: A Wee Bit Late!

Good Morning!  This has been the longest week ever! Work has been super crazy and the long days are getting old!  I couldn't wait for the weekend! Now that the weekend is finally here, I realize that I totally forgot to post this card. It is based on the latest, greatest sketch at the The Sketch File. The new sketch will be up all month and we welcome your creativity. Kathy and I would love to see what you create with the sketch.  My spin on the sketch was to use different colored inks to create a background. These ink blotches represent the circular flowers & circles in Kathy's sketches. I used the sentiment instead of the the horizontal rectangles.  I know it is a challenge to see the sketch in the card, but if you concentrate, I think you will still see the sketch in my card.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Potted Plant

Can you see where I got my inspiration for this card?  The sketches below are all versions of the July sketch at the  The Sketch File.  I hope you find some creative time and will consider using a version of the sketch in your creation. It's a fun sketch to play with and as always you can tweak the sketch to work for you.                     

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stars & Polka Dot Birthday Card

I hope you are not as crazy busy as I have been lately. Somehow July is flying by and I haven't accomplished half the things I set out to do at the beginning of the month.  I even had a few days off from work, but that didn't help make a dent in my to do list.  Since I was in need of a birthday card for a co-worker, I did find a bit of time to put this card together.  My favorite part of the card is the tiny punched stars that I adhered inside the larger star.  I'm off to see if I can get a few more things accomplished this weekend. 

Green, Polka Dots and Plaid....it works!

The July Sketch at the The Sketch File is the inspiration for this card.The sketch is fun to play with and I hope you will consider playing along with us this month. As with all our sketches, you can shrink, enlarge, rotate, flip and make the sketch work for you.  I decided to use various shades of green cardstock and patterned papers. I wasn't sure about the plaid with the polka dot, but in the end I think it works. The heart is actually gray and I added green embroidery thread to keep the color theme going.
Which version of the sketch will you use?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July @ The Sketch File

Here we are in July already! We have a new sketch to play with at The Sketch File. I have used the sketch to create this floral card. I have kept the design simple and like the way this one turned out.

Kathy and I hope you can find a few minutes to get crafty and use the sketch to create a card or layout. We'd love to see what you do with it. You can post it at The Sketch File.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June LO Update

Tonight I have two cards to share with you. These were both created using our June sketch for inspiration.The card with the red closely resembles the existing layout from the sketch. In the cascade card,  I shrunk part of the sketch and used it for the sentiment.

Kathy and I encourage you to be creative with the sketches and use them as a jumping off point for your creations. Feel free to shrink, enlarge, rotate, twist,or use part of the sketch. We look forward to seeing how you used the sketch. Please post your project with us at The Sketch File.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June Sketch at The Sketch File

Life has been crazy busy lately! My job is keeping very busy and it's hard to find time to relax and get any crafting done. Fortunately, I was able to set aside some time in the wee hours of the morning and put together this birthday card. It was inspired by the June sketch at The Sketch File. We hope you will find some time to play with the sketch and will share your project with us at The Sketch File.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sketch File May

Here is one more card based on the May sketch at The Sketch File. I am feeling crunched for time this week so I am keeping this post short.  I hope my work schedule lightens up soon.  It is crazy right now and I am crawling into the house at the end of the day, feeling exhausted.

Hope you can use the May sketch for a craft or two!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flower Basket

I created this card for a friend. I started by creating the hand woven basket. I simply cut out the shape of the basket from brown cardstock, cut evenly spaces vertical lines and weaved in small strips of the same brown cardstock.  I adhered the basket with dimensional adhesive to give it a bit of dimension and added the punched flowers and greenery.  Hopefully, it went through snail mail without any issues.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Birthday Card

May is a busy month for birthdays among my family and friends, so I've put together another birthday card. This is one of those cards that turned out very differently from what I initially had in mind, but I still like the end result. I began by using the May sketch from The Sketch File. The sketch was created by Kathy. She creates a monthly sketch and we each create cards to share on a weekly basis. We always look forward to seeing what other crafters create with the sketch, so we hope you will feel inspired and post a creation or two.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Sketch Inspiration

Here is a very, very late post. I had fully intended on posting this card on Tuesday, but here we are on Saturday! I just can't get ahead of things this week. Anyway, this card was created based on our current sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy has created a few versions of the sketch and we hope the cards we've been creating and the sketch itself will inspire you be be creative.  You can pop on over to The Sketch File to see what Kathy has created and post your creation there.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May Sketch File

Here is a card I've put together that was inspired by our current sketch at The Sketch File. It's another one of those cards where I gathered bits and pieces of leftover cardstock and patterned paper and put them to good use.   The sketch is fun to work with so I hope you will take the time to create a project with it and post it with us....I'm off to a very busy day at work...ugh!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May Sketch

I am so far behind already and the month has just begun! My only excuse is long hours at work and no energy at the end of the day. So, I figured I'd post the May sketch for The Sketch File  this morning before I head out to work. 

I have a lot of birthdays for friends and family to celebrate in the next month so, I've created a birthday card based on the May Sketch.  Hope you feel inspired and will join us at The Sketch File . 

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.