Sketch Saturday #699

Welcome back to another challenge with Sketch Saturday! Our bi-weekly sketch challenge gives you great inspiration for your crafty adventures. Play as many time as you want during the two weeks, and try rotating the sketch or using the inspiration suggestion we’ve included in our post!

Here is Sketch #699:

I love how this card turned out! The yellow is so bright and cheerful and that blue is a favorite of mine! The image today is from a Stampin’ Up stamp set (name unknown) that I believe was retired quite awhile ago. I can’t wait to send this to someone for their special day!

I hope you’ll come play along with us!

Sketch Saturday #698

Welcome back to another challenge with Sketch Saturday! Our bi-weekly sketch challenge gives you great inspiration for your crafty adventures. Play as many time as you want during the two weeks, and try rotating the sketch or using the inspiration suggestion we’ve included in our post!

Here is Sketch #698:

This image is adorable!! It was perfect for this sketch and I love the little embellishments I was able to pair with it. Not sure where this card is going yet, but I’m happy to send it out to a friend!

I hope you’ll come play along with us!

Sketch Saturday #697

Welcome back to another challenge with Sketch Saturday! Our bi-weekly sketch challenge gives you great inspiration for your crafty adventures. Play as many time as you want during the two weeks, and try rotating the sketch or using the inspiration suggestion we’ve included in our post!

Here is Sketch #697:

Heathers Card Comments

Claire also chose to make a card for this challenge and this is her creation! The image was colored quite awhile ago and she took time to find the perfect purple piece to match. This is a large image, so the third rectangle isn’t visible, but it is there! I love how she added that sentiment in the corner.

I hope you’ll come play along with us!

Sketch Saturday #696

Welcome back to another challenge with Sketch Saturday! Our bi-weekly sketch challenge gives you great inspiration for your crafty adventures. Play as many time as you want during the two weeks, and try rotating the sketch or using the inspiration suggestion we’ve included in our post!

Here is Sketch #696:

At first, I thought this layout would be a bit difficult, getting those pieces just right. I took a rectangular piece of paper, cut it into equal lengths and then started with the middle piece and laid the other pieces from there. Not as hard as I thought! I love this beachy image and colors.

I hope you’ll come play along with us!

Design Redo – Card 2

Last week, I mentioned that I had recently decided to recreate some favorite cards using the layout, and replacing a theme that I didn’t use much of (Halloween). This is card 2 of my Design Redo.

Here is the next Design Redo card. I loved this layout mostly because it used one of my FAVORITE dies, that edged circle in the background (from Prickly Pear Stamps). But, it’s also a great layout to feature an image that is maybe a little bit bigger.

For my first redo, I used this great kit I was sent using the Bitty Button Bits from PaperTrey Ink. I’ve seen this stamp set before and fell in love with it, but just never used it that often. Getting a kit with some of the image already stamped brought on some creativity. This is one of the reasons I like kits. Contrary to what some might think, I think that it makes me fall in love with new vendors and sets and want to purchase them for my own collection. This has happened a few times with sets that I otherwise would have never thought to purchase.

You can see I stuck pretty close to the original design, even using that circle die again.

The second version used as lightly larger image, which means I didn’t have quite as much room for the circle. The kit I used also had these beautiful paper flowers that I really wanted to put into my design somehow. So, I replaced the circle with the flowers. This background paper had really lovely colors in it and it was fun to color the image up to match.

That’s it for today, but I’ll be back soon with another Design Redo!

Card Kit Creations

Hello, back again with some random cards with my abundance of kits! You’d think I’d be down to the last few now, but…nope! In fact, I think I found another box.

Sometimes when I do these kits a spent time working on various online challenges. Other times I start with a challenge and go WAY sideways and other times I am just inspired by the kit contents and don’t need any help getting started!

This selection today are ones that don’t fit with challenges and were inspired by what was included in the kit.

This first one I had all these great colored papers and wanted a way to say “party” by using them all. I ended up using these fun flags, allowing me to incorporate the great colors and patterns. No sentiment on this one, but I think it could be used for a birthday, retirement or just a “hello”.

I have an old Stampin’ Up set I acquired recently that has sentiments for co-worker occasions. I have been looking for an excuse to play with it and when I saw these monkeys…score!! The inside says “you don’t have to be crazy to work here…we’ll train you!”. I have a couple of new co-workers recently, so this one might get put in the mail sometime soon!

And finally, this was the second card from a kit that I showed you earlier this week. These colors are some of my favorites, so I couldn’t resist playing with them again! I know that “thanks a latte” might not seem like a great pairing with a teapot, but we can imagine, right??

More cards to come soon! I have another one of my Design Redo posts coming mid-next week and then I’ll work on preparing another for you. With life as busy as it is, sometimes crafting is sporadic, but I hope to get through these kits, design redos and extra supplies soon!

Thanks for stopping by.

Christmas Kit Cards

Hello, hello! Happy Thursday.

Today I have for you a few cards made from kits with a Christmas theme. Christmas seems to be a popular theme for kit swaps. This works for me (mostly) since I can always use a selection of Christmas cards well before the season. I’ve difficulty getting my Christmas cards out for the past two years, but 2022….this is going to be my year!

This image was fun to color. I also loved the bright shiny ribbon that came with the kit. A simple layout, but shows off the image beautifully.

This next one was an adorable image and I was happy to find that it almost matched the accompanying paper! I had fun with my ribbon treatment on this one, as you can tell.

These next two came out of the same kit. Great sentiment, fun images! This first one I wanted to pair some of the papers together, so focused on a layout that gave me plenty of options.

And then, this adorable little monkey was the perfect guy for this sentiment! I used a wonky frame die for the card (and went with a fairly simple layout).

See you again soon, readers!

Design Redo – Card 1

I recently went through my craft room to organize supplies and creations, donating some of my inventory to others. In my clean up, I discovered a few Halloween cards. Now, Halloween is not a holiday I send cards for and these creations were likely kits that I had been sent as well as design team projects. Every year I think I’m going to do something about them and then I forget.

This year, I discovered the cards shortly after Halloween and couldn’t bear to go another year waiting for something to do with them and made the difficult decision to throw them out. Some of them were really nice layouts and it was hard to get rid of them! So, I instead decided to use the cards as a “sketch” and create NEW cards, with new themes. And then, I’d blog the creations here.

Here is the first card Halloween card:

And, my first recreation of the layout. This was a super cute image and gorgeous papers that came in the kit with it. You can see the new card follows the old design pretty closely!

My second card was a Christmas version. The thing I loved about this layout is that it allowed me to pair multiple patterned papers together in a unique way. I really love how these three papers came together.

And finally, another Christmas one, but a slight modification using some additional embellishments instead of the two corner squares.

The nice thing about recreating these designs is that it makes it easier to send out cards you loved to others when you know you can simple recreate what you liked! I have a few more of these and will be posting them in the coming week.

Sketch Saturday #695

Welcome back to another challenge with Sketch Saturday! Our bi-weekly sketch challenge gives you great inspiration for your crafty adventures. Play as many time as you want during the two weeks, and try rotating the sketch or using the inspiration suggestion we’ve included in our post!

Here is Sketch #695:

Here is my card, with these great cupcake images! I love the pairing of bright pink with the orange background.

My daughter also played along with this sketch. She used an image that I colored and used the layout to create a design of her own. It’s been a little while since we’ve crafted together and I was very impressed by the minimal assistance she needed to get this measured out and placed the way she wanted it.

I hope you’ll come play along with us!

In the Doghouse

These two adorable cards were made with a kit that I received several years ago. One of my 2022 challenges is to FINALLY clear my new craft room of these kits. It’s time to clean out the old. I have way to much stuff!

Here is the first card. It was made with the current sketch over at Sketch Saturday. I changed the main image shape, but otherwise that it was the perfect layout for these great colored papers I wanted to use.

And the other card was also a sketch, but for the life of me I can’t remember which one! I really need to write these down better! I used slightly different colors on my image and chose my papers accordingly. I love that cheery yellow button!