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.