Friday, July 27, 2012

PPC77 - Sketch Time!

Hello everyone! As you read this, I will be enjoying San Francisco as a late 40th birthday celebration (where I will do everything to forget the "40" part)! In fact, my pal Jessi will have to put these finishing touches on this post since I am leaving straight after work on Thursday night. And it will be glorious...the first kid-free getaway since Charlotte was in utero (she's six and a half now).

I'll stop blathering about me and start blathering about my creation (giggle). Unlike some of my talented cohorts on this blog, I am not a real specialist with techniques. I like to find a sketch (or make one of my own!) and let all that paper goodness and embellishments I buy do the work for me. One day (or at least I keep telling myself), I will become proficient in mixed media, shabby chic and distressing techniques. Until then, what follows is how I approach my creations...

First, the sketch I created (and the one I hope you will try too!)...

This is the finished project where I used products from my favorite manufacturer: Basic Grey!
The background sheet is actually an old 12 x 12 sheet of Basic Grey's Olivia cut down to 7.75 x 7.75 and then adhered to an 8 x 8 sheet of Marrakech (my preferred scrap page size). From there I adhered a mix of What's Up? papers following the sketch design. (I told you I liked Basic Grey...I own almost every line from the past five years...shh!)

Working with my Silhouette, I created a title using the Calibri font (I wanted to mimic the font used in the Basic Grey sticker). I ran out of tape for my Xyron (sad face), so I pulled out the glue stick. Annoying but it did the job in a pinch. (BTW, the title reflects the fact that we celebrate Avery's half-birthday on June 25 since her Christmas birthday is always an afterthought!)

From there I worked with some Twinery twine and then just cut some simple pennants for my decoration across the top edge (a close-up pic follows).

Just to prove that I followed my own sketch, here is a scalloped edge from my layout that uses one of my several Martha Stewart punches. (Seriously though, Merlie, my DT sister owns the most punches of anyone I know!)

Whenever I buy a pad of paper (which are typically 6 x 6 since I make a lot of cards and smaller scrap pages), I always buy some complementary element or title stickers. Not one to skip a chance to include one, I added the following (even if I did deviate from the sketch a bit)...

As a finishing touch to the page (and since I own a billion), I added a couple of Hero Arts buttons to the edge. And see, we are done and we didn't do anything hard like all those techniques those other gals can do...scrapping is for everybody so long as you work with what you know!

On to the challenge...working with the sketch, the prize you are playing for this week is a Glitz – French Kiss Clear Stamp and Chipboard Album!



 P.S. If you love sketches, Scrapbooker's Paradise has books and magazines with sketches for the scrapbooker and card maker.  You'll find them and more here.

How to play:
1.  Everyone is invited to play! There are no requirements or restrictions on what products you can use to create your challenge entry.

2.  You have until noon on Thursday August 2 to link your entries for this challenge below.

3.  Please link directly to your entry photo or your specific blog post featuring your project, not a general link. We reserve the right to remove invalid links. If you're uploading to a public forum, then use the keyword PPC77 so we can find you!

4.  Please fill in your name (not the name of your card or the name of the challenge) as the caption/label within the linky tool.

And last but not least... a big CONGRATULATIONS to Alison (with one L!), the winner of last week's Soft & Fuzzy challenge! Please email Pam at and she'll get back to you with the details for your prize, and for how you can play along with us in a future challenge :) 
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