Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September Sketch

Today I am introducing our latest sketch and hoping you'll be inspired enough to play along with us at the The Sketch File. This sketch will be posted for the month of September  and we will be back weekly to share more of our cards or scrapbook pages to inspire you.
Instead of creating a card based on the sketch, I decided to create a scrapbook page about a restoration project that my husband took on. He loves to do wood working projects and I benefit because I end up with beautiful pieces of furniture for our home.  I  decided to use the horizontal strip as a pocket to store a few more photos. I simply mounted them on cardstock and attached a pull tab.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Inspiration for my card creations come from many sources. This particular card is inspired by my son, who is an avid musician and from The Sketch File. As a member of The Sketch File design squad, Kathy and I share our creations each Tuesday to help inspire others to create. We encourage you to use Kathy's sketch for any type of project. Feel free to rotate it, enlarge, shrink it and make it work for you and then link up with us. We revisit the same sketch throughout the entire month offering inspiration on Tuesdays. Please join us this month!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas

I'm back again this afternoon with another card to post. Thanks to Steph at CASE-ing Christmas for inspiring me to create this card! It's my second card for the current challenge at CASE-ing Christmas.  I was inspired by the layout of her card (I rotated mine) and the snowflake theme. I was also inspired by her sentiment "Dashing Through the Snow" and decided to use the musical score for Jingle Bells as part of my card. It's good to be crafting again. I haven't felt inspired for a few weeks and now I feel like I am back in the swing of things.

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge

Boy oh, boy, have I needed a good dose of inspiration! I've had a couple of weeks where my creativity has been totally lacking.  This morning I decided to take a look at a few blogs and when I ran across the CASE-ing Christmas challenge, I was hit by a wave of creativity.  (Thank you, Steph for the inspiration!) I was inspired by the layout and her use of a patterned paper with text. Here's the card she created that inspired my card:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August Sketch Challenge

Kathy and I are back with a few cards based on this month's sketch. We hope to inspire you to play along with us at The Sketch File. We're using the same sketch all month long and post new inspirational cards on Tuesdays. This week Kathy has a beautiful, dimensional card to share, so be sure to stop by The Sketch File to check it out. I also decided to add a bit of dimension to my card by using some embossed butterflies. It has been a very long time since I last used my heat embossing powders and heat gun. I am not fond of the mess, so I don't heat emboss too many embellishments.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It's Your Turn

It's TUESDAY, which means it's time for Kathy and I to share a few more cards in hopes of inspiring you to play along with us at The Sketch File. Each Tuesday we share new inspirational cards that we've created, based on our monthly sketch. As you can see, I've rotated the sketch in order to create my card. Now it's your turn to use the sketch! It doesn't have to be a card, it can be any craft. You can turn, invert, shrink or enlarge the sketch, whatever it takes to meet your crafting needs. You can hop on over to The Sketch File to see what Kathy's card. Just link up your project before the end of the month. See you at The Sketch File!

Thanks for stopping by today! 
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Birthday Balloons

Okay, so today is really Wednesday according to my computer!  I am currently not working and keeping track of the days of the week is such a challenge!  It's also a new month and time for a new sketch at The Sketch File. I had planned to post this card yesterday to introduce the August sketch , but since I got the days confused, I'm posting it today instead. Kathy creates a new sketch for us every month and we'll post new cards (based on the sketch) on Tuesdays. We hope to inspire you to create a card or two and post them at The Sketch File. We'll use the same sketch all month long, so you'll have plenty of time to show us how you are inspired by the sketch. Please join us!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Sketch File "Corner Cluster" Sketch

Yikes, it's already Saturday. I was planning on posting this card last Tuesday, but I had visitors here for the last week and didn't seem to have time to post anything. It's yet another card inspired by Kathy's Corner Cluster sketch. We hope you'll also be inspired by her sketch and will join us at The Sketch File.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Corner Cluster Sketch & a Card

We're ready to see what you can do with our "Corner Cluster" sketch challenge over at The Sketch File! Kathy's  created a fabulous sketch and one that you can embellish to your hearts content. I was poking through my embellishment drawer and came across the mini file folder which I just had to use. I added a bit of "notebook" paper, a few stars,  mesh and the sentiment.  It came together quickly and has already been sent off to a friend.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Silver Bells @ Jingle Belles

I'm playing along with the silver and/or bells challenge at Jingle Belles. I've been thinking about creating a card since I first saw the prompt and then got distracted with a huge pile of yarn that my husband brought home from a garage sale.  I'm not sure what I will do with all the yarn, but it's been fun going through it and deciding which colors I'll use and which I'll donate. Last night I decided to put the yarn aside and create this card. I was determined to use a cardbase that was not white. I seem to reach for white a lot these days. Instead I trimmed and folded a piece of dark green cardstock. I die cut bells from silver paper and layered them on a strip of green cardstock.  The patterned cardstock is from the Bo Bunny Father Christmas collection. I absolutely love the patterns in this collection and it was hard to narrow the choice to this striped pattern. I added the white mat with the pin hole border to help the colors pop.  

Monday, July 13, 2015

On the Sunny Side

I've moved across country from the dry, high desert (7,200 feet of elevation) to a humid, subtropical climate (883-1,740 feet of elevation...hardly any at all!) It's been hot and humid, it's rained frequently and we are loving it. We love that we can sit on our deck and enjoy the song birds (very few of these at our last home), the warm sunshine and the gentle breezes. At my previous home, we had a beautiful deck to enjoy and lots and lots of sunny days, but rarely had the opportunity to use the deck because it was always so incredibly windy. It just wasn't relaxing to use the deck and deal with the wind. But, I did spend a lot of time in my craft studio as a result of the windy weather.

Today's  card was inspired by the bright, sunny days we are experiencing here at our new home. The flowers were created with a die from Die Namics called Daisy Bunch. I had purchased it prior to our move across country but didn't really have a chance to create with it because it arrived when we had begun packing up for the big move. I love the die and am eager to create more cards and scrapbook pages with it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Christmas in July with a NEW Sketch

It's time for a new sketch at The Sketch File and we hope you will be inspired and share your creation with us. The sketch has inspired me to create another Christmas card to add to my growing collection.  The Santa image is one I found on line, but I cannot remember the exact source. I printed the black and white image of the Santa and used colored pencils to add the details. I added a die cut tree, some snowflakes and a few strips of decorative tape. I love how the sentiment is already on the decorative tape!

Please consider joining us for the challenge. The sketch will be available all month long and you can visit The Sketch File for weekly inspiration. There will be new DT cards posted each Tuesday.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

52CCT July Sketch

Hmmmm....what to do with time on my hands in July? ....Make a Christmas card of course!  I'm playing along with the July sketch challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown! As soon as I saw the sketch, the idea of using Santa's suit popped into my head and I HAD to go create it! I love it when I feel so inspired! Thanks for the great sketch Tanja!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

3 Little Things Sketch

It's the last Tuesday of the month, which means there's only a few days left to use the current sketch at The Sketch File. Just use the sketch to create a craft and share it with us over at The Sketch File. Feel free to rotate, flip it, shrink it or do whatever. Just have fun with it.  My card was created with scraps of paper from Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue collection.   It was one of those collections of paper that I bought and set aside because I loved the paper so much that I wanted to save it for a special project. I ended up making a mini album with it and kept all the bits and pieces that were left over.

If you are like me, you are wondering where the month of June has gone. Even though I am not working, the time is flying by. My family and I moved across country at the beginning of June and we spent three days unpacking and settling in. Now it's time to search for a job but in the meantime, I think I'll be spending a bit more time crafting.  

Happy Crafting Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by.

3 Little Things Sketch

Here is my fourth card based on our June sketch at The Sketch File. For the three elements on this card, I added a cluster of flower shaped brads to an oval background. I also used bright colors as I wanted to make a cheerful birthday card.  Please, let us see what you can create based on the sketch and post it with us over at The Sketch File.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

3 Little Things Sketch Revisited

Here is another card based on our current sketch challenge at The Sketch File. I decided to keep the color scheme simple and use only yellows and white. It's definitely a bright, cheerful card.

I hope you are feeling inspired and will play along with us at the sketch file. We'd love to see what you create with the sketch.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This is a scheduled post, as I will probably not have access to a computer for a at least a week. My family and I will be driving across the country in the next few days and will hopefully, meet up with the moving van lines that will be carrying all our belongings. I am eager to reach our destination (Virginia) and to unpack and set up our new home. In the meantime, I am sharing this card that I created based on Kathy's June sketch. I'll be adding this card to my growing pile of Christmas cards.The little wooden trees were in a prize package that I received from Steph and Lauren at Jingle Belles.  I absolutely love these trees. I love that they are the natural wood color.  I think using them adds a slightly rustic feel to the card.  While I am on the road, I hope you will have time to create something based on the sketch and post it here.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

3 Little Things Sketch

It's time to introduce the June 2015 Sketch at The Sketch File. It's super fun and we hope you will have time to put together a card or two to share with us. I made this card for the daughter of a friend. I based the color scheme on the school colors and handcut the embellishments. The sketch was perfect for this theme.

Have a great week! See you at The Sketch File!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Extravaganza Sketch at The Sketch File

Life has been pretty busy around here. My family is packing up for a big move across country and I am training my replacement at work. I am eager and excited for the upcoming move. In anticipation for our big move, I planned ahead and created this card a few weeks ago, knowing that I would be too busy to create something for our weekly sketch challenge at The Sketch File. The sketch that inspired this card was created by Kathy. It's a fun and challenging sketch.  Instead of layering circles, I decided to cut a circle in the card base and then layer clouds and a hot air balloon around the hole. I wanted to give the feeling that the hot air balloon was floating. I also rotated the sketch to give the impression of more height. Right now, I'm wishing all my craft materials were more accessible, because I have other ideas for this sketch floating around in my head. But...they will have to wait until we reach our destination and I've had time to unpack my supplies. In the meantime, I hope to see what other's are creating with Kathy's sketch.  So, what do you think? Are you inspired and ready to create with the sketch? If so, please post your creation with us over at The Sketch File.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May "Extravaganza" Sketch

Here's another card for our current sketch challenge at The Sketch File. This is one of those sketches that Kathy created that has me thinking of unlimited ways to use it. I hope you feel just as inspired as I have been and will share your creation with us at The Sketch File. Remember you can rotate the sketch if you'd like or choose a square or rectangular card base.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"EXTRAVAGANZA" @ The Sketch File

It's time to share another card for our current EXTRAVAGANZA Sketch challenge at The Sketch File. Kathy's sketch is fun to work with so we hope you take a few minutes to create something and share it with us. I am still trying to create a bunch of Christmas Cards for 2015. I haven't counted the number of cards I have already made that are Christmas themed. All I know is that I have a growing pile.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May "Extravaganza" Sketch

I have been so very busy! Here it is Thursday and I am just getting around to posting a card I created based on our May "Extravaganza" sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy has another clever sketch for you to work with and as you can see I kept my interpretation quite simple. I simply used a die to create the flowers and layered them at the edge of an oval opening in the front of the cardbase. Please join us this month and let us see what you've created with the newest sketch. See you at The Sketch File!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April "SKETCH FILE" Sketch

As April winds down, I wanted to share one more card for the sketch challenge we are having at The Sketch File. Kathy created a sketch that has challenged us to use concentric circles. I've had a blast playing with the sketch. You still have time to play along. Just create your project and link it up here.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jingle Belles Sketch Challenge

It has been an amazingly busy day here (more about this later). I began the day by creating this card for the Jingle Belles April sketch challenge.  It's the perfect sketch for those bits of scrap paper that I have been saving. I used four different patterns of cardstock and attached them to a mat by using my sewing machine to create the stitched snowflakes. I used a tree die-cut to create the tree for the focal point and backed it with white cardstock to give the impression of a snow covered tree. I have to say that creating this card was the absolute best part of the day. Afterwards I spent the entire day sorting through my craft studio tools and supplies. I weeded out a bunch of materials that I will no longer be using and set them aside to sell at a moving sale. My family will be moving across the country at the beginning of June! To prepare for the move, I packed up most of my craft studio today. I have accumulated a lot of supplies over the past eleven years and now the craft room is full of packed and taped boxes. It was necessary to pack up everything because we are selling some of the bookshelves and storage units that I have been using for storage of craft materials. The moving sale will be this coming weekend so rather than handle everything several times...I packed and packed and packed!  I will miss playing along with challenges, especially the Jingle Belles challenges (boo hoo),but it is probably for the best because I have SO much to do to prepare for the move. Hopefully, following blogs and seeing what all those talented crafters out there are creating will be enough to get me through the next month or so.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jingle Belles RECYCLE Challenge

I'm playing along with another Jingle Belles challenge. This time the challenge is all about using a recycled item on our cards in honor of Earth Day. For my card, I used a large cork stopper with a 1.5" diameter. The cork arrived in my craft studio many years ago when my husband brought a bag of them home from his lab. He knew that I would eventually find a purpose for them so he brought them home rather than throwing them out. I've used them for several projects over the years and when I saw the recycling challenge at Jingle Belles I  knew that it was time to use one on a card. So, I  used a band saw to slice three thin layers from from the cork stopper. I punched the tree, Santa and snowflakes from cardstock and adhered them to each cork slice. The most challenging image to use was that Santa. It started out as just the shape of a Santa which I found way too boring. So I cut the tiny details out to make it look more realistic and added outer rings to each cork slice repeating the colors of the punched pieces. I also added a border to the left and used a corner punch to create round edges on the right hand side of the cardbase. In the end,  I like the contrast of the cork on the clean white background and the rustic feel of the cork.


April Sketch: Decreasing Circles

It's time to share another card for our sketch challenge at The Sketch File . Kathy has us creating with concentric circles this month. I used dragonflies and limited the color scheme to creams and browns. I love any type of paper with print and found this background paper in my stash. To be honest, I have a hard time actually using papers that I really like...isn't that just ridiculous! Anyway,  I inked around the outer edges with brown ink and adhered it to a cream colored cardbase. I layered the circles on the top left and added a few dragonflies to the right.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to create with the sketch. If so, please share your creation with us at The Sketch File and remember, you can rotate the sketch and use it to inspire any time of craft.