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!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Side Step Birthday Card

I decided to make a card for an upcoming birthday. I wanted to use a card base that was different than my usualflat card so I went with this 3-D side step card. I haven't made one of these in ages! I ended up having to review tutorials on in order to jog my memory. As I started the card, I knew that I wanted to include a floral arrangement but now I'm not sure it was the best choice.  I guess that means I'll have to make another card with different embellishments!  Also, the dark blue cardbase acutally looks black in my photo, but I assure you that it is dark blue.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Simple Layers Sketch @ The Sketch File

Yesterday I spent a greater part of the day shoveling our driveway. It snowed and snowed and snowed! We got around 10" inches, followed by freezing rain, and now it's raining. It means we will have another day to hang out together inside. The local schools are closed and the danger of flooding is an issue. I hope everyone stays safe.  If you are stuck inside today, maybe you'll want to craft a project or two. Today's card is inspired by our current "Simple Layers" sketch at The Sketch File. I decided to use the numeral 68 to replace the background circle in the sketch. What do you think, are your ready to play along with us and show us what you can do with the sketch? It doesn't have to be a card, it can be a scrapbook page or whatever you are inspired to create, but either way, please link it up with us at The Sketch File.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hearts for Simple Layers Sketch

We're back with more inspiration for our current "Simple Layers" sketch. Since Valentine's Day is just ahead, we are both sharing cards with hearts. You can view Kathy's inspirational card at The Sketch File and post the card you create there as well. We're looking forward to seeing it. Here are two versions of our sketch....remember, you can rotate it, flip it, shrink it or do whatever you want as long as we can still see the sketch in your creation.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February Simple Layers sketch Week 2

It's time to revisit our current sketch and share a card or two with you. This card is based on Kathy's Simple Layers sketch and it's our February sketch at the The Sketch File. We would love for you to use the sketch to create a project and link it up with us at The Sketch File. My card doesn't really stretch the sketch in too many ways but remember that it's okay to change the sketch a bit as Kathy did with her incredible card (go HERE to take a peek at it). You will totally be inspired! 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Simple Layers" February Sketch

It's been crazy at my house. Our computer crashed last week! I was able to get it up and running but it only lasted a week. It crashed again a few nights ago and I have no idea how to get it up and running again. I've tried the few tricks I know and none of them work.  I think it has finally called it quits. Fortunately,  I have access to another computer  (my son's).  He helped me locate a photo editing program that allowed me to edit my card photo. I am very grateful to him for all his help. He's a great kid!

About my card:

We're a bit early with our February sketch at the The Sketch File, but we wanted to give you an early start on creating a few cards /projects for next month. Our current sketch has simple layers and is a fun and inspirational sketch. We hope you will take a few moments to use it to create something fabulous and link it up with us at The Sketch File. Kathy has provided sketches with a square and a rectangle layout. You can flip the sketch, rotate, shrink, or enlarge it...just have fun with it!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Celebration Banners Dec-Jan Sketch @ The Sketch File

Since we moved into our new home my computer has not been behaving normally. I have finally got it up and running again and I hope it lasts this time. I'll make this post a short one just in case the computer decides not to cooperate.
This card was created based on our current "Celebration Banner's" Sketch at The Sketch File. I hope you will take a few minutes to use the sketch to create a project and then post it with us. Happy Crafting and thanks so much for stopping by today.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Celebration Banners Sketch Update

My family and I have been very busy so I haven't had much time to post cards or projects. We closed on our new home on December 11 and have been very, very busy ever since. We painted 10 rooms and did a bit of updating with lighting fixtures and such and we finally moved in but we are still organizing and arranging our belongings.  It's great to be living in one house, instead of the two!

This card is an update for our current "Celebrations Banners" sketch at The Sketch File. It's the same sketch we were using before we took a few weeks off for Christmas and New Year's Day. We'll be using this sketch until January 26. I hope you will have time to play with the sketch and create a project or two. Remember, you can always rotate, shrink, enlarge or use the sketch in a way that works best for you, just remember to post your creation with us.  HAPPY CRAFTING!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Dec~Jan Celebration Banners Sketch

I'm back with another card based on our current December~January Celebration Banners Sketch. We hope you will join us at The Sketch File during the month of December and January. Kathy has created another clever sketch for you. You can use it to create a card, scrapbook page or whatever other project it might inspire, but please remember to post your project with us HERE.  Kathy often provides a few versions of the sketch and we encourage you to rotate it, shrink it, expand it or adjust it as needed.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

What was I Thinking?

Sometimes I create cards and later when I look at them I  say to myself "What were you thinking?"  This post is all about one of those cards. It all began when I created the card with the cocoa, the "Warm Wishes" sentiment and the striped wavy lines. When I thought it was finished, I laid it aside but really wasn't happy with the way it had turned out. Like many of my projects, my initial idea turned into something totally different. My disappointment with it hung on and the next morning I just had to dismantle it! I knew that I wanted to make the card more simple so I saved the cocoa mug element and re-used it on my second card. I added a bit of holly and left off the sentiment. I ended up liking the second version much better. What do you think? Do you prefer the card with the sentiment or the card with the holly?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Celebration Banners at The Sketch File

Today I am sharing a card based on our new December -January sketch at  the  The Sketch File. Kathy's calling this sketch "Celebration Banners". We'll be keeping this sketch throughout both December and January which means you will have plenty of time to create and post your projects with us.  We plan to take a few weeks off at Christmas and at the beginning of the New Year.  As is often the case, Kathy has actually provided several versions of the same sketch....have fun!