Wednesday, 31 October 2012


One of the greatest inventions I think is Pinterest. A virtual pinboard. Brilliant! Why didn't I think of this. Something I've been wanting to have for a very long time. I love going onto Pinterest and browse and see what inspires me. The downside of it is that you spent a lot of time pinning and not so much creating. When Got Sketch Express! 4 finished I stayed in the zone and created another layout inspired by the very may gorgeous things I've been pinning.

This layout is of my youngest Renee and her cousin Sanne. They physically aren't very alike, but their actions, poses and expressions are so similar it's quite amazing. Especially because they don't even speak the same language and rarely see each because they've never lived in the same country.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Patterned Paper, Die Cuts + Stickers: Crate Paper (On Trend Collection) | Button: October Afternoon | Spray Paint: October Afternoon | Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts | Marker: Staedler | Twine: Papertrey Ink | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Chai)

Another layout featuring pictures from the same day that I created back in February, but have never shared is this one.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Patterned Paper + Stickers: Crate Paper (Paper Heart Collection) | Button: Basic Grey |  Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts | Marker: Staedler | Twine: The Twinery | Scalloped Circle Punch: Marvy Uchida | Ribbon | Border Punch: Martha Stewart + Stampin'Up

Are you on Pinterest? What have you pinned that has inspired you to be creative?

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Deconstructed Sketch No. 75

I played today. I created a card along the Deconstructed Sketch No. 75. I don't play along with these challenges as often anymore, but I sometimes still do, but never seem to get it on my blog. This time I actually got my camera out straight away, so I can show you what I've created.

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink | Patterned Paper + Die-cut number + Snowflake: Pink Paislee (City Sidewalks collection) | Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Stylish Sentiments: Holidays) | Ink: Stampin'Up (Lucky Limeade) + Papertrey Ink (Chai) | Marker: Staedler | Dies: Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 4, Medium Scallop Border) | Ribbon: The Ribbon Man

This is my first Christmas card this year.

Got Sketch? Sketch 150

Halloween is almost upon us. For sketch 150 for the Got Sketch? blog, Valerie asked the design team to create using a Fall or Halloween theme. You can find the sketch here... and here is my card:

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Patterned Paper, Die-Cut + Label: October Afternoon (Witch Hazel collection) | Ribbon: Michael's | Clear Stamp: Waltzing Mouse (Midnight Feast) | Ink: Staz'On (Jet Black) | Corner Rounder: Zutter

Happy Halloween!

Monday, 29 October 2012

Got Sketch Express! 4

Last Friday Valerie posted the last of twelve sketches in the class room for Got Sketch Express! 4. It was a whirlwind class, with three sketches per week of which one of them was a double page version of the second sketch. I tried to create as many layouts along the sketches as possible to provide as inspiration for the participants. Here's the end result of my creativity:

Sketch 1: Glamorous
I used mainly Studio Calico's Hey Day collection for this and I pulled out my sewing machine and stitched almost everything.

Sketch 3: In the Surf
For this layout I must have pulled out my oldest patterned paper I own, but it seemed to give the right feel for the layout. And as there wasn't too much room for patterned paper I wanted the colours to be vibrant. The two collections I've used are from Amy Butler and Scenic Route.

Sketch 4: Fourteen
I totally loved this layout and without knowing I'd signed up for both the single as well as the double page layout for this. When I picked the pictures of Rebecca's 14th birthday to use for this layout I knew straight away that I wanted to used the Lost & Found papers from My Mind's Eye. They seemed to be made for them.

Sketch 4D: Carving Pumpkins
They double layout works really well too, as some times it can be hard to find two pieces of the same patterned paper large enough. With this layout that wasn't an issue and it flows really well. I used several Halloween collection from different manufacturers.

Sketch 6D: The Big Splash
This I found the hardest one to make work. Not as much the pictures but to find the right papers. Mainly because the pictures have purple and if there is any colour patterned paper I don't own much off, it's purple. Instead of purple I used blue, green and pink. All papers are from different manufacturers (SEI, Scenic Route and October Afternoon). To stay with the theme I cut splashes of water with my Silhouette.

Sketch 7: A.G.C. (Australian Girls Choir)
This was another sketch I loved. It came together very easily. I used two different Crate Paper collections for this and My Mind's Eye.

Sketch 8D: The Graduate
The last sketch for the class was another double. I knew again what pictures I wanted to scrap, but had the same issue... purple. I did have a little bit of purple Jillibean paper left, but needed something lighter. Instead of patterned paper I used cardstock, which I then stamped on to make it look like patterned paper. Also I didn't have patterned paper large enough for the background. To solve this I used two different grey papers. The green strip was the perfect way to make this work. I again cut the title with my Silhouette.

I love how this class always gives you reason and inspiration to get this on paper. Have any of you ever taken any of Valerie's classes before?

Thanks for stopping by.