You know how you set out to do one thing, and you end up doing another? Well, that was pretty much the way my entire day went today. It started by going to breakfast with my sister and then we came back to my house to work on her blog. Which, by the way was all planned to happen, but we found ourselves hours later having worked far longer on a project we thought would be an hour or two. So, after we wrapped up with the computer stuff, we decided to head out to Home Depot and Lowe’s as I wanted to pick up some paint chips (for another project I will eventually post about), then to Baskin Robbins for a tasty treat.
Once we were back to my house, we finished up our ice cream, chatted a little while longer before my sister headed north for her home (she lives about 45 minutes from me). After she left I was in stealth mode to get a few things done which I had planned on doing in the afternoon, not getting started now at 5:30pm. I got through my tasks quickly and decided to reward myself with a glance at Pinterest. Glance and Pinterest really don’t go together, as I’m sure those of you who use it, know as well as I. My original intention was to look up an inspiration card I had saved, so I could work on the idea that was floating around in my head. But then as I always do, I found myself wondering off into Pinterestland finding more ideas and one very unexpected idea, which lead me to today’s post.
I’ve been stamping for a long while now, my aunt actually got me interested in it, and at the time not having any local scrapbook or rubberstamping stores around my intermediate area, I decided to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. For years, I enjoyed creating cards, having classes, doing workshops here and there, but then my full time job became more and more demanding, so I gave up demoing and my classes. During my time as a Stampin’ Up! demo, one of the things I longed to do, but never made the time to do was to not only start a blog, but participate more in the different challenges I would see on Splitcoaststampers and the blogs I would peruse so readily. If I had only spent creating instead of reading more, I probably would have started this blog years ago.
Anyhoo, my point to all this…through my Pinterest search tonight, I stumbled across a sketch challenge and thought to myself…WHY NOT? I already had a card idea in my head, which remained centered around the SU Celebrate Today set. I’m fixated on this set right now (I think it’s the balloons…I love balloons), so why not use it as the main image for the sketch challenge, and thus my first link and introduction to Technostamper’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.
Using TSSC 361, my main image focus was the balloon and the designer series paper I had handy in the Celebrate Today bin I’ve had sitting on my stamping desk for weeks. I didn’t feel like digging for more supplies. Use the ones at hand, Jen!
But, I couldn’t stop at just one card. I like to make multiple cards at a time. I figure if I’m going to drag out my supplies, I might as well make it worth my while. Using all the same supplies and the same sketch, I created two very different looking cards.
My first card, “Celebrate”, is a direct variation of the sketch challenge pictured at the right. A single layered image for the background and the focal point of the banner and image.
For my second card, “HAPPY birthday”, I decided to do a variation of the sketch, still using the same colors and materials, but a very different looking card. I like them both, but I think I’m partial to the one on the right more.
Of course, I had to dress up the inside of the cards as well…and for this I kept them the same. Using the same technique I did in my earlier post stamping the dots and stars background before the greeting.
It was fun playing around with this sketch tonight. I missed the deadline to add it to the link party on Mary Jo’s blog, so I will have to wait until the next time, but I will try this again…it was fun and fairly easy to come up with a card idea, which I really liked. How do you think I did?
All supplies are Stampin’ Up! with exception of the baker’s twine. I used Crisp Cantaloupe, Island Indigo and Basic Gray cardstock and inks. The designer series paper is retired. And, I used the large polka dot embossing folder as well as the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions embossing folder, which was in the holiday supplement last year.