Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sketch Challenges

I spent the evening last night making cards for the sketch challenges I try to participate in every week. I really enjoy them. Sometimes, they are easy, and other times, they are true challenges. This week, they were somewhere in the middle. No piece of cake. Not hair-pullers either. Just right.

This top card is my take on Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #52. I had a vision for this one. I think it worked out pretty well. I did substitute brads for buttons with thoughts that buttons were too casual for this card.

Materials & Tools: Vanilla Cream, Sorbet, Juniper, and Cocoa cardstock; Unforgettable Level 2 paper packet; Sorbet, Desert Sand, and Cocoa ink pads; Aspiration and Say it in Style stamp sets; Sorbet Designer Ribbon Rounds; Spring Blossom Mini Medley Accents; White Opal Liquid Pearls; Cuttlebug w/ Nestabilities Classic Ovals set; Fiskars Sunburst border punch; Sanding block.

This second card, for this week's Paper Craft Planet's sketch challenge, had me wishing I owned either a large heart stamp or the heart Nestabilities dies. Instead, I ended up proving to myself that I can still create a pattern the old-fashioned way and cut a pretty decent heart. This was truly a design-as-you-go card with me adding things here and there until I finally declared it "finished."

Materials & Tools: White Daisy Cardstock; Papertrey Ink Sorbet cardstock, ink pad, and Pink Collection patterned paper; Cling-mount sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession; Papertrey Ink Sorbet satin ribbon; CTMH Big Pinks paper flower; White Bitty Brads; Piercing tool; Stampin' Up Piercing Guide & Mat; Fiskars Sunburst border punch; 1/2-inch circle punch; EK Success corner rounder.

My last card is my take on the A Sketch for You to Try challenge on Jen del Muro's I{heart}2stamp blog. Interestingly, one of the stamps in the Verve Stamps Abundance set is a near match for one of the designs on the Emporium paper - one that I cut off when trimming it. I thought that was kind of fun. One thing to note - Although I used Barn Red cardstock, I used Vineyard Berry ink to stamp the image. Barn Red ink appeared too brown on the Buttercup paper.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Barn Red, and Buttercup cardstock; Emporium Level 2 paper packet; Vineyard Berry and Cocoa ink pads; Verve Stamps Abundance and CTMH Say it in Style stamp sets; Sweet Leaf Designer Ribbon Rounds; Cuttlebug w/Nestabilities Classic Circles set; Piercing Tool.

If there's anymore stamping out of me today, it won't be until this evening. The morning is reserved for the chores I didn't do yesterday, and this afternoon, I'm going to enjoy my family. I hope you are having a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!


Laurel said...

Great job with the sketches! I especially love the pink one! I haven't done as many card sketches as I usually do as I have the scrappin bug lately.

scrappernic said...

GORGEOUS!! THat first card is absolutely stunning! I am loving the new paper packs this catty :)

Jeanne said...

Whenever I see the cards you create from the challenges, I want to play too! These are just gorgeous! You always do an awesome job with the sketches.

Enjoy your family time!!

Sylvia said...

Great cards! I like how you did the ribbon on the last card. I got my CTMH order today but didn't have any mojo.

jen del muro ( said...

beautiful creations!! thanks so much for playing along!!