S&S Sketch Challenge #61

It’s been a while since I’ve done a sketch challenge. For whatever reasons, the sketches have not been inspiring me as much lately. I’ve been going through old issues of CardMaker Magazine, which I’ve been receiving for several years now. I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas from doing that. The flower used on this card is straight out of the July 2007 issue.

Anyway, here is the sketch from OWH Stars & Stamps for this week.


Here is my card, based on the sketch:

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The flower uses several paper hydrangeas, cut into pieces and glued together on a circle backing. I’ve had these flowers (from Prima Marketing) in my stash for ages and was thrilled to run across this great way to use up some of them.

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Stars & Stamps #60

I’m back into making cards and wanted to do this sketch from Operation Write Home. I’m partial to “inchies” and this was just the ticket to get my mojo flowing.


Here is the card I made, based on the sketch:

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I’m gearing up for a craft fair at the end of the month, so I did a little extra to the inside of this one. Here’s what that looks like:

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I had a little bit of the front patterned paper that had to be cut away to center the pattern in the square. So I just cut it in thirds and used it to spice up the inside.

The black and white patterned papers are from The Paper Studio. The teal rose is from Prima Marketing. Everything else came from my stash.

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Sharing = WOW

About a month ago, we held a card-making party in Royal Highlands. Ten ladies came together to make cards for Operation Write Home – cards for our deployed soldiers. One of these ladies had never made a card before.

Judy made a number of cards on that day. Here’s a photo of her holding her very first one.

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She was a quick study and really did some great work; as did everyone there that day.

Once Judy got the hang of it, she realized that she had items at home that might be useable in making cards. A few days ago she called to say she had some things she wanted to give me. We didn’t hook  up until last night, when she stopped by our house to deliver two grocery bags overflowing with goodies.

Today I took a little time to empty the bags to see what was there. I was blown away! One bag was full of silk flowers as you can see by this picture.


There is a large spool of wide white lace. There’s a wedding card (or ten) waiting to be made with that! There are also several spools of ribbon, including one that is quite wide. When I saw that one, the wheels in my brain started to turn. Especially when I could see that the rose colored flowers would go with it quite well.

The second grocery bag was filled with strings of beads. This box is filled two layers deep with small round plastic boxes.


All of these items will be shared with the Royal Cardmakers at our next card making party (in October). We’ll have to challenge everyone to put beads on at least one card they make. Even so, this box won’t get used up any time soon.

Judy brought these goodies yesterday because she is having knee-replacement surgery today. I’m hoping that everything is going well for her. I know that this type of surgery is tough and hope she’ll recover as soon as possible.

I mentioned that my creative wheels were turning regarding the wide ribbon she brought. So I made it my challenge to make a “get well” card for her using these great supplies. Here’s what I came up with:


I wrapped a length of the wide ribbon around a piece of white cardstock and attached it to a 5 x 6.5 kraft card base. I cut four of the flowers from one of the stalks in the bag and attached them to one of the leaves. I cut two lengths of white beads and tied it all together with a gold ribbon bow (from my own stash). The sentiment is a rub-on from my own stash, also.

I’ll get it sent out to her soon, in hopes of having it put a smile on her face. Hopefully, she’ll be pleased with the first card made using her fabulous gift to our group.