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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #20 – USING A SKETCH!

Do you get stuck making a card thinking how will I put this card together?  Well today I thought I might give you a few tips for Wednesday’s WOW! #20.  

When I get stuck creating a card firstly I have a look through my stamps to find one I might want to stamp with.  With a new catalogue and new products that’s often easy.  Once I choose the stamp set I then turn to card sketches to help me.  I think it’s hard when you just look at blank card and have no idea what to do with it.  Today I thought I would go through a few previous cards I have made and go through the card sketches.  Full details can be found on the blog post which I will add the link.

BUT WHICH CARD SKETCH?

I get a few emails from different Sketch blogs.  My favourite is Freshly Made Sketches but I also follow Clean and Simple Stamping.

I also have a board on Pinterest which I pin Card Sketches too that I come across and the design I like.  You can check out that board HERE.  Follow along if you like to.

I will talk you through a few sketches and how the card resulted.

BRIGHTLY LIT

This was a new set at the time and as I was not sure what to do with it so I looked up a few sketches.

When choosing a sketch I look at the stamps in the set and then look at some sketches to see if some of the images in the set would work with the elements in the sketch.

The layer underneath could be paper or card.  I chose paper for mine.

The rectangle shape is where you can stamp your images in the space.

The Star shape can be any shape.  The thing with sketches is that it doesn’t have to be the exact shape or even the same position.  I slid it across and used it for the sentiment.

You can see the post for this card -> HERE.

 

SITTING HERE

I loosely based this card on the above sketch.  The sentiment banner I slid to the top and stamped the sentiment directly on the card.  I added a few elements to this card that wasn’t on the sketch like the Glimmer paper strip and the bow.

You can see the full post for this card -> HERE.

A COLOURED BUTTERFLY

I like simple style sketches.  This was an easy sketch to follow and I think is a little different by having your stamped piece off-set on  your card.  For this I used some Designer Series Paper.  Once again the star shape can be any shape.  I had been playing with colouring this butterfly so this worked here.  I added an additional card mat being the Gold Foil to lift the paper.  The sentiment could be stamped directly on the piece but I stamped it separately and raised it off the card.

You can see the full post -> HERE.

SUNBURST

This card I particularly wanted to show you that elements on the sketch can take any shape.  Don’t be scared to change the shape or even move elements.  The sketches are spring-boards to ideas to start your card.

For this card the larger square was a piece of Designer Series Paper. It could be card though.  For the tag shape I created a trimmed down starburst using the Starburst Thinlits.  I slid down the extra elements a little lower to make them fit better.

You can see the full card post -> HERE.

CAROUSEL BIRTHDAY

A different sketch blog site other than Freshly Made Sketches is this one, http://www.ilovecardsketches.com.  This site is not available any more but I had the sketch on my Pinterest board to use. The sketch has several layers which I used with Designer Series Paper with the larger rectangle.  The vertical strip worked for the stamped image in this case.  The sentiment banner was placed up in the top right.  If you were to use this sketch then you might want to slide a few of these elements around and that works too.  It’s about playing around with them.

You can see the full post -> HERE.

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Is this helpful to you??  I hope so.  Why not drop a comment to let me know or you can click “like post” which is at the end of the post.  

If you want to see more sketches and cards then click on the tag at the bottom for card sketches or sketch challenges and it will take you to other posts.

Thanks for getting through all this. I know there was a lot of information but hope it was helpful.  To come back to this post you can PIN the image at the top.

Have a great day,

Jenny

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SOME FAVOURITE CARDS FROM 2017!

It’s the end of another year.  I have to say I have really enjoyed my stamping this year.  I have tried some new techniques and got involved in some challenges.  It’s been fun!

I thought I would look back at some of my favourite projects from this past year.  Now I did think I would pick one from each month but it was getting too hard.  So I have just picked a few.  If you click on the title you can see more details of the project.

** Apologies in advance: lots of photos. 🙂

Delicate Details Dragonfly

I think the Delicate Details stamp set was my favourite for Sale-A-Bration for 2017.

Multi Stamping for the boys cards

The Nailed It set was great for the boys cards earlier this year.

Carousel Birthday Bendi Card

I have wanted to make a Bendi for a long time so it was great to finally make one.  I must make another one again soon.

Flower Box 

This was the most popular class for the year.

Meeting the 2017 Incolors 

I am still loving Lemon Lime Twist but I seem to use Berry Burst a lot.

Baby Card in a Box

I love making Card in a Box type cards.

A 90th with Oh! So Eclectic

Oh! So Eclectic

Be sure to check the post after this particular post too for more cards with Oh! So Eclectic.

It’s All Weddings

I have had to make lots of wedding cards this year, and still continue to need to make them.

Z-Fold cards with Colorful Season

These Z-fold cards have been hugely popular on my blog these past few months.

Flap Fold Daisy Card

I love this one for it’s different fold.

 

Black and White Dragonfly Dreams

A different type of fold card I made for a Blog Hop.

Christmas Pines Eclipse

Merry Patterns Half Fold card

This one below was probably my favourite Christmas card though.

UPDATE: To make it easier for you I have a collage below ready to PIN of some of the favourites.  PIN this and it will bring you back to this post later.

So what’s your favourite from this year?

What would you like to see more of?  I would love to know.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me this year.

To lots more creating and sharing in 2018.

Jenny

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RETIRING STAMP A STACK THIS FRIDAY!

For this week’s Stamp A Stack class we will be using some of the retiring products.  Come and join in the fun if you are in the Wollongong area.

This Friday 28th April at 10am or 7pm.

COST: $15 ($5 extra to use my adhesives).

BYO: scissors and Adhesives.

PLEASE RSVP: Wednesday 26th.

Can’t make it?  Get the kit by mail.  Includes all materials. Does not include stamped images.  You can substitute with your own stamps.  $15 plus postage.

Hope to see you.  Let’s give these products one last Hurrah! 🙂

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A FUN CAROUSEL BIRTHDAY CARD FOR COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS #07 CHALLENGE!

I have wanted to make a Bendi card for some time.  I had actually forgotten about it until I saw it on Splitcoaststampers last week.  I thought this would be a great idea for this week’s Colour Inkspirations Challenge #07 and Carousel Birthday set might just work well for it. Why not use it too when it will be leaving us very soon. Boo Hoo!

So here are the colours for this week.

And here is my card…

Can’t you just hear that Carnival music playing. 🙂

If you would like to make your own Bendi card then you can find the tutorial HERE on Splitcoaststampers.com.

Just a tip with the tutorial:  I spent a lot of time stressing about where to line the slits up and how long the tabs should be.  Don’t worry too much about it though.  If you mark the pencil lines as it say on the tutorial. Mark the tabs in first that will slide in your slits. Make them how wide or the angle you want then cut the tabs.  Then line up the tabs on the pencil line where the slit is to be and mark the widest part of the tab in pencil on the line.  I then cut the slits with my Stampin’ Trimmer.

Have fun making your own,

Jenny

Get your Carousel Birthday set in store ->HERE while it is still available.  Wood Mount $47.00 AUS  Clear Mount $33.00  AUS

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COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS CHALLENGE #2 – HOW TO TAKE ON A CHALLENGE!!

I had a play this past week with the Colour challenge at Colour INKspirations.  I have been enjoying taking some time out to take part in these challenges.  This was a hard one though.  I wouldn’t normally use these colours and certainly not that many together.  Here are the colours.

colour-inkspiration-_2

So what do you make of these colours??? All colours must be used!

Well this is the card I ended up with.

mint-carousel

Just a close-up of the horse because all horses are sparkly right?? 😉

mint-carousel-_-glittery-horse

HOW THE CARD CAME TOGETHER.

I thought I would tell you about the process in making this card as it might help you when you approach a Challenge – or just in making a card. You have 3 main parts when putting a card together: The stamp set, the colours and the layout.

Stamps: I just received the Carousel Birthday set so was keen to give it a try. That was the easy part!

Layout: I don’t know about you but I find it hard to just sit there and put together a card. I need some direction.  Often when I make a card from scratch I turn to a Sketch layout.  I have a number of them saved on a Pinterest board.  I went through these and found one that I thought would work well with the stamps. 

This was the sketch I used from ilovecardsketches.com (which I couldn’t seem to find the blog now).

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So the stamps are sorted and the sketch is chosen.  Now the colours are already chosen so just put it together. Right! Still not such an easy feat!

Colours: I usually only work with 2 colours plus a neutral for most of my cards so to HAVE to use all these was hard. That’s what a challenge is for though.  To extend your creativity.  Now how to use them.

When there are a number of colours to use I find it helps to first pick a main colour.  One that will be predominant.  So in this case the Mint Macaron. I have used that in the card base, the Carried Away DSP, and touches on the horse. Then you use the other colours in smaller quantities.  Choose one colour that will be the next main colour in smaller amounts, which would be the Soft Sky.  Then I have added some touches of the Garden Green and Wisteria Wonder in very small quantities.  This will give you balance.

Finish the card: Then with all those sorted you can finish the card with the sentiment. Which I cut with the Project Life Framelits. Then add touches of embellishments.  I used a little Paper Doily for softness and then added some bling with the Rhinestones. I went over the horse with the Clear Wink of Stella.

Card done and entered just in time. 🙂  If you want to join in on these challenges or even just to look and see the cards then you can request to join the Facebook group HERE.

Hope you found this helpful when you go to make your next card.

Jenny