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.

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 sketch....by 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!