Jul 28

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #127 meets Anatomy of Layers

Hello, has the week started well for you? It’s the same old song that I’m going to sing today, apologizing for the delay of the new sketch. We had some lovely time with the rellies from abroad during the weekend, and time slipped me completely. The good part is that I photographed the process of making my sample card so you’ve got yourselves another installment of Anatomy of Layers 🙂

There are many ways in which you can interpret the cluster on the sketch – as you can see I combined stamping and a whole lotta die cutting. And an old fashioned mulberry rose… has someone said that they’ve gone out of style?? *wink*

My apologies for the poor quality of the photos. Not only photographing the process on the dark mat, right where the action is, doesn’t yield the most aesthetic results, but doing so in the lamp light late at night is not too good of an idea either. I figured that since it’s a good opportunity to share an extra content with you, it’s still better to do so than refrain because of unfavourable conditions 🙂

So I started by combining two designs from Glitz Design Carpe Diem 6×6 pad, on a WPlus9 Kraft card base.

I die cut the Nautical Wheeler Doily from Cheery Lynn, cut in half and adhered to the card. Then I used the biggest banner from Banner Trio Die from WPlus9 to add the vertical element. Note: I used a variety of white and cream cardstock scraps to die cut the elements in. You can see the variation in shade on the subsequent photos. I’m  not a fan of predictability and all about frugal, so if it means using up those scraps and giving the card a fun twist while doing so, I’m there.

I used the Woodland Wreaths stamp set with coordinating die (WPlus9) to create the wreath. I stamped with Pure Color inks.

I mounted the wreath on the card and clustered some vellum leaves on its side, which I die cut with Simon Says Clustered Leaves die.

Then I die cut another banner in smaller size and stamped the sentiment from Fanciful Feathers. I placed the banner across the card using dimensional tape, like I did for the wreath, and covering the unsightly parts of the clustered leaves.

Next I used my favourite, realistic branch die from Under The Mistletoe die set, to add a deep teal element to the card which compliments the flowers on the wreath. The choice of the colour to go with pink & peach on my card, came from the paper pad I used but I ended up adding it in other ways myself.

Lastly, I added a few clear sequins and a rose, creating a bit of an extra ‘oomph’. Voila!

Do you like it? I do! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and of course I’d be happy if you tried the sketch yourselves! If you do, don’t forget to link it up in the widget below so that I can pop in for a look 🙂

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If you would like to play along:

– You’re kindly asked to save the sketch image onto your computer first, and if you make a card based on it, please link back to this post.
– Share the link to your creation via the Inlinkz widget below, so that I can come and check it out!
Perks:
– A new sketch is posted every other Saturday night (ideally but I might be late at times), and the link widget is open for two weeks. However, you’re welcome to play any time! Just leave a link in the comments section and I’ll pop in to see it.
– Every now and then, I’ll be inviting one person who uses my sketch, to join me for the next one!



Jul 13

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #126

Ready for a new sketch?? I promise it’s on my agenda to catch up with the comments on the previous sketch entries, but I wanted to post this first before its overdue status is still fairly acceptable *wink*. I felt like layers today as I wanted to cut into some new, delicious papers. Enjoy!

So here’s what I’ve done. I dug into the papers from the Hello Sunshine 6×6 pad by Pink Paislee. I die cut one of the papers (the chalkboard style) with the brand new Polaroid frame die from Penny Black, making the sentiment fit within the frame. I wrapped some Maya Road Shine Gold twine around the card and arranged a few die cuts found in Kaisercraft Collectables packs, around (Summer Breeze) and in the frame (Sweet Pea) – including the adorable deer that I’ve been waiting for a fitting project to put it on.

This card merges woodland and intense Summery, almost Hawaiian themes, in a way that makes me giddy. I always try to reach for the elements that would spice up the boring, rigid lines of the sketch and (hello!) florals do the job good enough in most cases. I love the way the leaves and flowers seem to be sprouting from behind the frame. I can’t wait to see what you make with it!

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If you would like to play along:

– You’re kindly asked to save the sketch image onto your computer first, and if you make a card based on it, please link back to this post.
– Share the link to your creation via the Inlinkz widget below, so that I can come and check it out!
Perks:
– A new sketch is posted every other Saturday night (ideally but I might be late at times), and the link widget is open for two weeks. However, you’re welcome to play any time! Just leave a link in the comments section and I’ll pop in to see it.
– Every now and then, I’ll be inviting one person who uses my sketch, to join me for the next one!



Jun 30

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #125

Morning! It slipped my mind completely that a new sketch is due this past weekend, apologies to everyone who waited for it to happen! Here’s another super-CAS design. Not only I tend to simplify my designs as of the recent months, but I also needed something urgently so CAS came in handy 🙂 I hope you’ll like it.

I utilized the Milk & Cookies stamp set from WPlus9, which I grabbed a good half a year ago, I reckon… along with the corresponding dies. However, it’s the first time those cutie pies saw ink. Why the heck it took me so long to break them out, I have no answer.

I used Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock for the card base, and stamped the elements using masking, in Versafine (Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia) and WPlus9 (Silver Lining, Sweet Gelato, White) inks. I also altered the sentiment by inking it partially when stamping, a left-hand side alignment looks better in this arrangement than the original centered form.

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– You’re kindly asked to save the sketch image onto your computer first, and if you make a card based on it, please link back to this post.
– Share the link to your creation via the Inlinkz widget below, so that I can come and check it out!
Perks:
– A new sketch is posted every other Saturday night (ideally but I might be late at times), and the link widget is open for two weeks. However, you’re welcome to play any time! Just leave a link in the comments section and I’ll pop in to see it.
– Every now and then, I’ll be inviting one person who uses my sketch, to join me for the next one!


Jun 15

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #124

Hi, lovelies! I’m bringing you a new sketch but before I get to it, I need to give credit for the original idea and inspiration to the awesome Miss Laura. I found THIS CARD of hers recently, fell in love with it to the point of wanting to recreate, and the rest – as they say – is history. So many thanks and all the praise to you, Laura 🙂

I created the background by stamping the elements from WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 4 stamp set, with several SU! inks. Then I die cut the WPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello in the panel and dressed it up with a few MME enamel dots.

Lots of options this sketch, my second try would be masking off a rectangle and sponging inside to create a scene., How will you interpret it? Can’t wait to see 🙂

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– You’re kindly asked to save the sketch image onto your computer first, and if you make a card based on it, please link back to this post.
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Perks:
– A new sketch is posted every other Saturday night (ideally but I might be late at times), and the link widget is open for two weeks. However, you’re welcome to play any time! Just leave a link in the comments section and I’ll pop in to see it.
– Every now and then, I’ll be inviting one person who uses my sketch, to join me for the next one!


Jun 01

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #123

Uh-oh, I’m late! Sentiments aside, I need to be up again in 5 hours so better get cracking… between adjusting to working and the Gallery Idol madness (I moved to the next round, many thanks to everyone who voted!!), I haven’t been crafting much lately. I have a card I made over a week ago, that still needs to me blogged as well. Ohmygosh.
Anyway, here’s the sketch! I love it, hope you do as well 🙂


A bit of a freestyle collage, I grabbed a few things lying around… those sorts of cards are easiest for me to make.

I started by stamping a few triangle & arrow motifs from Mama Elephant‘s Trifecta stamp set, in PTI Fine Linen ink. Then I added the sentiment strip with ‘thank you’ from Altenew‘s Label Love (in ME Mojito ink) and another, thinner strip of black cardstock underneath. This helped me ground the design.
Afterwards I sprinkled Barn Door Distress Paint and Patina Glimmer Mist, added the chipboard butterfly (Basic Grey Fact & Fiction) and clouds die cuts (Studio Calico). I finished with some sequins and a Studio Calico enamel dot.

Here’s the inspiration for my card, Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #19. I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to play with one of Miss T.’s  🙂

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– You’re kindly asked to save the sketch image onto your computer first, and if you make a card based on it, please link back to this post.
– Share the link to your creation via the Inlinkz widget below, so that I can come and check it out!
Perks:
– A new sketch is posted every other Saturday night (10pm Australian EST, 6am American EST, and the link widget is open for two weeks. However, you’re welcome to play any time! Just leave a link in the comments section and I’ll pop in to see it.
– Every now and then, I’ll be inviting one person who uses my sketch, to join me for the next one!



May 19

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #122

Sorry for the late sketch this week! I hope I didn’t mess up a schedule for anyone who was waiting in vain for it to appear on Saturday… I’ve been feeling uninspired lately, probably due to tiredness as for one reason or another I’ve been up until the small hours plenty in the recent weeks. Here’s to hoping that this timeless classic of a sketch will make up for the extra wait! I can’t believe we haven’t yet ‘done’ this one…

The sketch is simple but it lends itself to a world of possibilities, and the path I chose was certainly a scenic route. I chose Penny Black‘s Poppy Time stamp and the sentiment from Technique Tuesday‘s Bring On the Sunshine set.

I coloured the whole scene with Inktense pencils (which I’m yet to get for myself, these were borrowed 🙂 ) and an aqua brush. I did a lot of layering of the colours and blending on the petals especially.
I flicked some grayish ink over the panel, and finished the card by adding a strip of patterned paper. I don’t remember exactly where this one came from, but I suspect it may be one of Crate Paper‘s collections.

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If you would like to play along:

– You’re kindly asked to save the sketch image onto your computer first, and if you make a card based on it, please link back to this post.
– Share the link to your creation via the Inlinkz widget below, so that I can come and check it out!
Perks:
– A new sketch is posted every other Saturday night (10pm Australian EST, 6am American EST, and the link widget is open for two weeks. However, you’re welcome to play any time! Just leave a link in the comments section and I’ll pop in to see it.
– Every now and then, I’ll be inviting one person who uses my sketch, to join me for the next one!



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