Freshly Made Sketches 208

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Hi again, it seems as though I’m going crazy for challenges but it could be great feedback for newbies like me. No, none of these challenge sites actually give you feedback.  But when the designers don’t choose your card…that is feedback isn’t it.?  This is another blog site that creates challenges for their designers as well as invites anyone to play along.  Now, some of these blogs also have stores and so the designers use the products that are sold in their stores.  I like both kinds because it’s all inspiration. Right?  Back to this challenge.

Above is the sketch for this website/blog.  I just found this site recently and it was a Godsend.  Why?  Because I tend to over decorate or over complicate my cards.  I will post some examples in a later post.  Believe me you’ll see what I mean.

Now for how I made this challenge entry card.  I had made the rose earlier this week.  It was inspired by a YouTube video that I watched actually accidentally.  Karen Aiken, a designer team member for Elizabeth Craft Designs, had used a product called PanPastels to create a beautiful background for one of her cards.  The colors were so blended and cool I wanted to know what the heck she used and how.  I searched YouTube and their was a demonstrator at the CHA convention demonstrating how to use PanPastels to color the pieces within a flower.  I rue the day I saw this video because then I wanted to make flowers and color the pieces the way she did.  That little devil demonstrated this fabulous tool kit that allows you to manipulate the petals and leaf pieces to also make them look more real.  I call her a “devil” because after watching the video, I went right over to Amazon and bought both products which blew my whole months craft budget! Yikes!

This card measures 5.5″ x 7″.  I added a second layer of white that measures 5″x6.5″ and embossed it.  The Aqua tags and pink striped banner are actually from a package of card stock that was the first time I ever made a card (referenced in my first post).  The sentiment was created on my computer. The rose and butterfly were created with my Silhouette.

Materials and products used:

White cardstock from Staples

Pink and green cardstock: Recollections

Dew drop on the rose is a product called 3D Crystal Lacquer.  I bought it at I love this stuff and don’t know where else you can find it.  It makes a great glue for attaching stuff to your cards that are a little weighty.  It dries crystal clear hence the name.

I thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something.

Author: Kathleen Adams

I have been crafting with paper for several yrs. now. I am a single mother of four grown children (2 boys, 2 girls) and a grandmother of 6 (5 girls and 1 boy). I still work as a hairdresser part time at a beautiful retirement community in San Ramon, CA My passions are: gardening, sewing and crafting with paper while watching my favorite TV shows. I have an amazing dog named Shelby who I just can't imagine life without. I hope, with this blog, that I will inspire, teach, prevent costly mistakes in your journey and well, just have a lot of fun creating.

4 thoughts on “Freshly Made Sketches 208”

  1. What a beautiful card. Your paper flower is so gorgeous! I love the texturing and fabulous attention to details. I’m so glad you found our blog challenge and I hope to see you again soon! Thanks for playing along with my sketch at FMS this week!


  2. I’m having a hard time leaving a comment. I hope this isn’t the third one. I had a difficult time figuring out how to get to comments (didn’t know I had the click on the post title). I still have so much to learn about the different blog platforms! Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’m so glad you found our blog challenge; I wouldn’t have wanted to miss seeing this gorgeous card! The paper flower is really beautiful and the design details are stunning! I hope we see you again soon! Thanks for playing along with my sketch at FMS this week!


  3. Thank you so much Cindy! You sure will see me again. Since I am fairly new to the card making hobby which is quickly becoming an addiction for me, my blog, I decided, would be a documentation of my journey of learning and point newbies like me to blog sites that I have found to be the source of my growth. I also want newbies to not be intimidated to join a challenge because it’s just so much fun and inspiring thanks to generous, talented people like you!


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