Sunday 19 August 2012

19th Aug- Sketch Challenge

Our sketch artiste, Valerie has another lovely sketch for us all to create with this month.
The design team had great fun playing with this sketch, all our takes are really quite different so as always there is lots of inspiration on ways to use it!


Val's sketches are always fun and this one was no exception! I used a black pen to draw circles and then highlighted them with mists which I applied with a brush straight from the bottle. Inspired by the chevron pattern I used a stamp to add a little chevron love around my page :)


I had great fun using this sketch, there's loads you can do with it! It turned out quite differently in the end but you can still see it in there! I found a chipboard flower in the back of a draw which I took my inspiration from. I used it as a mask, then a stamp and then added it to the page too!


Loved working with the sketch! It was so flexiable. I made the circle smaller and just layered a bunch of pretty papers on top. Even the butterflies are layered. The journaling pulls out from behind the picture.


My version of Val's sketch is mirrored just because I like people looking into the page instead out of the page! For the background I used the back of the sun I cut out from American Craft's Shoreline paper and just staggered it a bit so the misting shows off properly.

Keep it super simple but then again that's what I love to do. I loved this picture & had it on my desk for a while & was determined to scrap it.

I really liked this sketch!
Felt so free with it. :)
This one is about my love-coffee!
And about drinking coffee, talking and having good time with friends :) Thank you Val for the sketch!

I flipped the sketch and used the circle on the background paper for the circle on the sketch. I originally had the title in the top right, following the sketch, but the lines on the background paper were crying out to be journaled on, and the words 'hurry up!' jumped out of the journaling as a title so I went with that instead! 

I had a lot of fun with this sketch!  I decided to play with a bunch of my mists that haven't been getting much attention lately to create the circle background.
I love working with sketches - especially Val's.  The thing my kids love about hot weather is having water fights, and this quick snap caught them in action.  I made my circle into pie chart (or trivial pursuit) shape and then used my silhouette to add words and stars.

I flipped the sketch upside down to create this layout using a photograph of myself at age 13. I absolutely LOVE this sketch and think I will use it again and again. The design is absolutely brilliant, and I found everything fell into place really easily. 

A bit traditional perhaps. My only deviation from the sketch is that I used 2 square photos instead of 1.
I found this gigant Doily in a Home Style shop and couldn't resist... I guess it should really be used for baking cakes but I was baking a page instead.

I didn't stray very far from the original sketch but I did shrink it down a bit. 

Guest designer Katie Scott
Sketch:  I wanted to use a 5x7 photo for this sketch and this photo of my daughter with an ice cream cone was the first one I found so I decided to use it.  I picked the craft textured cardstock as the circle because it reminded me of an ice cream cone.  I decided to ink the edges, something I don't normally do but have been trying lately, to make the circle stand out a bit from the busy floral print.  This sketch gave me a chance to have fun picking random papers and embellishments with colors that worked together but I wouldn't normally use together - hot pink, orange and purple!
Journaling & Title:  This was another page that came together easily but that I didn't have a story that was obvious.  Since this photo was taken a few years ago, I vaguely remember that my daughter had been crying and I was trying to cheer her up with ice cream - you can see that her smile isn't huge and that her ice cream is melting a bit.  Again, I found a great quote by searching "ice cream quote" in Pinterest:  "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and that's kind of the same thing."  The title came from this quote.  I also added a bit on the big horizontal banner:  "There's nothing like an ice cream cone on a summer day to cheer up this sweet girl."

Thank you so much to Katie for joining in with us this month, it's been lovely having your creations with us this month Katie!

Don't forget to link up your entries for this months challenges for a chance of winning two sets of Teresa Collins' clear stamps. We would love to see what you do with this sketch!


  1. i love them all!!!! great work ladies!

  2. Very inspirational sketch and love the different takes on it ...

  3. Great Sketch and beautiful inspiration!

  4. Beautiful - I know just the photo I want to use!

  5. Just 'found' your blog via a scrappy friend - awesome DT...fantastic creations...looking forward to joining in with these amazing sketches:):):)


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