Friday, September 2, 2011

September Sketch Challenge!

Are you ready to get started?? This is so exciting!! We decided to try and keep each week of the month a certain theme - easier for us to plan and for you to know what to expect. This does not mean however that we won't change it up now and then! I am just not so good at following the rules all the time - it must be Caroline's fault! I have not just one but TWO sketches for you  - so without further ado - here we go!!

Layout Sketch

Card Sketch
and now for the projects:

For this layout of my daughter I used paper from the K&Company Americana stack, along with the coordinating chipboard letters. I kept the design simple since I think I am going to use this as a title page tot her two year scrapbook. A closeup of the "award":

This is where I spent the most time on the layout. I began with the award shape which is cut from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge at 6.70 inches with a 4 inch circle welded to it. On top of that I layered a pleated circle that I created from a 2 by 12 inch length piece of paper, scored at every 1/4 inch. In order to make it lie nice and flat without tearing I did need about a 3 inch strip of another pleated piece of paper. I adhered the ends together, pushed down the middle and secured it at the center with glue dots. Then I added a 3.40 inch circle or kraft paper, also cut from Plantin, that I ran through my Stars cuttlebug folder and lightly inked.I added a "2" from Disney's Pooh Font, cut at 3.10 inches and then outlined with Midnight blue stickles. For the other side, I used some star brads and ribbon on a spare strip of paper to add some layers behind the letters.

For my card I used the same method to create pleated circle - only not as wide. I used a 1-1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper and that was the perfect size to lay nicely without any extra paper. I cut two circles and layered them on top. I finished with an epoxy chipboard cupcake threaded with some bakers twine. The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp and I used a shape that I stretched on my Gypsy. I wish I could be more specific on the sizes, and I know I wrote them down, but then I lost the paper! The card base is DCWV and the yellow paper is Recollections.

And that is it! Two sketches for you to choose from - one for whichever mood you are in today - card or layout. We are experimenting the a linking tool but it is our first time using it  - you may have to be patient with us. I can't wait to see what you create. Happy crafting!


  1. I love both projects, Allison. The layout is awesome! The subject matter is a cutie! I love these challenges on blogger so much better than on the Circle message board. I get an e-mail telling me about them so I never have to remember to go find them!

  2. I posted 2 cards but dont see my name. I guess I didnt do this right! Learning curve!!!!! hahahahaha. Great blog and glad I finally got to participate!

  3. Stephanie I see 2 cards ;o). They are gorgeous.

  4. Yeah! And what a beautiful layout. Perfect frame for a princess!

  5. Stephanie. That is so so cute! Love the bird and the flower! And look at that - the 2nd card's colors goes so well with this blog :)

  6. Hey Allison or Caroline or anyone else for that matter...any ideas on how to make this a 2 page layout? I have to get Lizzy's 5th grade layout done before she starts 6th grade on Tuesday and it has to be a 2 pager! Thanks!
    Elise/lizzieming can't get my google ID in for some reason!

  7. Stephanie, your cards are great! The simplest thing to do, Elise, I think, would be to flip it. And where it says title, put a title on one page and some sort of page length decorative element on the second page. Or, if you have lots of pictures, maybe you could put a row of them vertically in that spot on the second page.

  8. I love this blog!!!! And this challenge. Way to go, PCWC!

  9. Thanks Carole.,.those are great ideas....I will get this done tomorrow!

  10. Can't wait to see it! I need to go get my challenge project posted. In a bit.

  11. Great sketches! Nice cards Stephanie. Elise, can't wait to see what you create.

  12. Pam, I love your project. Great Job!!

  13. Great projects Allison! Glad you and Caroline are doing this!

  14. Allison,
    I love the projects and the blog! I wish I could play this weekend but may not be able to find the time. I subscribed so that I can play in the future!
    Great to see your artwork again!
    Colleen (gonescrappin)

  15. Glad to see you two at it again, missed you guys!


  16. Stephanie, Your two cards (I'm thinking of you) are wonderful! Pam, wowzers! Allison, your layouts really attracted my eye and I want the card! Nice work. Can't wait to see more. Thanks for this great place to play!

  17. Hi everyone!

    Allison~ love the LO. So cute! Great job on the rosettes!
    Stephanie~ great cards. So pretty!
    Pam~ your card is beautiful!
    Nona~ I love that Halloween card! Adorable!

    I have added my LO. Beware it's bright! I used Kate's Kitchen for the Sun. The rest is Cosmo Cricket Salt Air.

  18. Sara I have missed your work! looks great!

  19. Allison, love the layout. What a cutie pie your daughter is! Great card too.
    Stephanie- lovely cards!
    Pam- Beautiful!
    Jeannie- Very cute!
    Sara- wonderful layout and adorable subject!
    Elise- your layout looks great, another cute subject!

  20. Allison your daughter is adorable! Love the layout challenges!