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Sunday, January 15, 2012

sketch adventures

Last year at this time, I didn't have a blog.  I had to start one so I could play along with the challenges I was just discovering.  When challenged with a sketch, I struggled; they seemed sort of restraining.  Now, I love sketches; they're always a wonderful starting point.  The sketch for this card came from Freshly Made Sketches:
stamp sets - Mixed Bunch, On Your Birthday, Netting, Borderlines; ink - Peach Parfait, Pool Party, Versamark; card stock - Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Peach Parfait; designer series paper - Everyday Enchantment; punches - Blossom, Modern Label; stamping sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Jingle Belles was the first challenge I ever played with, and at first I just loaded photos of my cards in Flickr, so I didn't need a blog.  They're still my favorite, so yes, you'll be seeing Christmas cards here all year.  If you play along, you'll have a great start on a handmade holiday (or maybe you'll have all you need) without using a major chunk of December.  This week they have a sketch by Kirsty Vittetoe.  The butterfly in Kirsty's sketch said "snowball" to me, so I immediately knew which stamp set to pull out:
stamp set - Snow Much Fun; ink - Baja Breeze; card stock - Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Silver Glimmer; designer series paper - Twitterpated; punches - 1-3/8" circle, scallop border, 3/16" corner rounder; Baja Breeze 3/8" pleated satin ribbon, stamping sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals
I had that little strip of Silver Glimmer paper, the perfect size for a scallop border, and combined with the shiny pleated ribbon, more than enough Glitter - Sparkle - Shine to qualify at Shopping Our Stash.

I finally ventured into blogging after I found my second challenge site, Less is More.  The challenge there this week is a one-layer card with a Bird theme.  I'm not going to be late this week!  Once again, I started with a sketch - this one is Clean & Simple fall-to-layout #173:
stamp sets - Petite Pairs, Nature Walk; ink - Baja Breeze, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write marker - Baja Breeze; card stock - Naturals White, textured Baja Breeze; Adorning Accents edgelit die, Adorning Accents textured impressions embossing folder, sponge daubers, blender pen

There are many more sketches on my current challenge grid - three due Wednesday and three due Friday - I'm hoping to get some more stamping and blogging done in the next couple of days!

13 comments:

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful cards, I love your flower.

Chrissie said...

Love your LIM card the edging on that one is gorgeous!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Linda Callahan said...

Great set of cards!

Jennifer said...

Great cards! Love the pretty flower card! So glad you joined us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jen Timko

Mandi said...

Beautiful LIM card Kathe

Many thanks
mandi
"Less is More"

Sue said...

I came over to check out your Jingle Belles card, and got quite a treat - eye candy galore! Great cards, and I especially love the bird one...

Marie B. said...

Wow, great cards! I really like the color combo on the birthday card, the snowman is cute (of course!), and the bird is sweet. :)

Lesley said...

All of the cards are lovely!

Deena said...

love that sparkly paper and the card below it with the bird as well...thanks for playing along at shopping our stash this week.

lauren bergold said...

ok, missus, i love ♥ALL♥ of these amazing cards: your SOS card is beeeeeeeeeeeautiful, & you have totally ROCKED kirsty's JB sketch in a big way... but the one that just blows me away is the ONE LAYER bird card!!! i mean, *HOW* do you even DO THAT??!?!?! i think i need to come and have some lessons in that sorta thing!!!

ps: have i mentioned how happy i am that you HAVE a blog now?!??! ♥♥♥

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Very pretty!

SmilynStef said...

Love those frosty blues ... lovin' the blog and all of your crafty creations ... so very glad you're still joining our jingle belles fun.

Pauline said...

Wonderful cards, love the bird stamped card for lim, really lovely.