February 17, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques ~ February Blog Hop ~ So Sketchy!

Welcome to the February's 
"A Year of Card Techniques" blog hop


First off....congratulations to Jennifer Earley our January blog hop winner! Make sure to shoot an email over to Theresa to claim you prize :-)

This month we are getting sketchy. I am sure many of you have seen sketches before, but do you know what to do with them? Maybe you haven't heard of them and now are wondering do I need them?

Well, a sketch is nothing more than a design inspiration. For all beginners, this is a wonderful easy way to get started with your card making adventure. Sometimes all these gadgets, papers, tools and wired expressions we use are intimidating for starters and these little simple tools will make your life really easy. If you are a pro, well these can help you to get your mojo flowing again if you ever get stuck ;-)

The entire blog hop team used the same sketch for their cards. This is how the sketch for all of us looked like:
   

This month I will show you how simple it can be for beginners to create some wonderful cards following this simple sketch. Always remember, the sketches are just an idea and don't have to be followed completely. You can try this layout on landscape (horizontal) and portrait (vertical) bases; move the flowers and tag to the top; change the flowers to balloons, circles,.... the options are endless.

But let's start with the basic simple layout as shown in the sketch, shall we? 

This is my first card showing exactly the items as seen in the sketch. I went with 3 flowers, a tag with my saying on it and a few green leaves. The background is colored in with yellow water color and I used another piece of white cardstock for matting. 
The second card has the same elements to it, but this time I placed them on a landscaped card base. Beside the 3 flowers and leaves I colored my water color background in pink and added a black cardstock mat to it. Same arrangement as in the first card and as shown in the sketch.
The last card deals again with 3 flowers some leaves and a tag, but I put my stamps to good use this time. The flowers are stamped on white cardstock three times. I then cut my stamped piece in two pieces (the bottom piece is about 1"). Next I took my yellow cardstock mat, measured from the bottom 1" plus a little for the edge around it. I stamped my phrase right on the yellow cardstock and adhered the piece in the center of my card base and another grey cardstock mat. I placed the two stamped flower pieces with foam dots onto the yellow cardstock, spaced evenly around the phrase. A little bling to finish the card off.
Well, all three cards are base on the same sketch and still look so different. If you find a sketch you like, don't hesitate to duplicate it. Ones your first card is done, try playing around and see what else you can come up with. I will have more detailed pictures and descriptions on how I made these cards on my Friday follow up here on the blog. So make sure to tune in....

So, what do you think about these projects? We love to hear from you, so please leave us a comment and you might be the lucky winner of this month. Information about this months prize can be found at the end of this post. 
Hop along and see what my other crafty fellows came up with. 
Next is the wonderful Wilma.....

In case you get lost on the way, here is this months lineup:  


This month you will have the chance to win a cute stamp set called "Easter Bunny" from Close to my Heart. A retail value of $17.95 and you can win it for FREE by simply commenting down below and along the hop. February's winner will be announced in our March blog hop. 

Don't forget to comment and stay tuned ... a detailed description of these cards will follow on the next Fridays on my blog.


16 comments:

  1. My favorite of your cards is the Thinking of You card. Great job on all 3 cards. I will come back next Friday to see how you made these. Thanks for being our prize sponsor!

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    1. Amanda, thanks for the gracious comment and thank you for hopping with us this month....looking forward to next month and see you here on Friday :-)

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  2. Gorgeous! So unique, each one, but all beautiful! It was fun hopping with you. See you next month!

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    1. Thank you Kim and same too you. I am looking forward to next month too :-)

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  3. Love your cards as usual!! Smiles!!

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    1. Thank you Jodie. I hope you enjoy this little adventure and I am looking forward to hopping along with you this year :-)

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  4. Oh, they are soooo pretty :-) x

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    1. Thank you so much, I appreciate your comment and I am glad you like them. Get inspired and good luck for this months drawing :-)

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  5. Great cards and I really like the thinking of you card with the split panel.

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    1. Thank's Denise and yes, sometimes I don't think of the simplest things either LOL. I do like to outcome too and I think I will use it a few more times

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  6. All your cards are beautiful. I never think of splitting my cards like you did in your third card. What a great idea. I enjoyed looking at all your creations this month.

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    1. Thank you so much for leaving a comment and I am happy to give you a new idea to make even more out of our stamps :-) Keep hopping and good luck with the drawing this month

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  7. Beautiful cards!!! Love the flowers and the split card...ingenious!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer for your kind comments. Hope you will enjoy your prize from January's drawing. Don't forget to claim it and continue to get inspired :-)

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  8. GORGEOUS! All three of them! I absolutely love daisies, so that first one really appeals to me, but they just kept getting better as I scrolled down. :-) It was a great idea to split the panel...thanks for the inspiration! (And thanks for all your encouragement and little happy notes! I hope to meet you IRL some day, 'cause I really LIKE you in cyberspace!)

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    1. Oh you are so welcome Wilma :-) I love the hop too it gives me so much ideas..and I have so little time LOL. Yeah we definitely have to meet one day. It is a pleasure hopping with you too :-)

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