Friday, October 7, 2011

October Sketch Challenge

Are you ready to get your sketch on?? I have been busy with these for what seems like forever (!!) but they are finally done and ready for your consumption. And after wresting with the layout for days, only except it felt like weeks, I am finally pleased with the outcome. And now - the sketches!

Layout Sketch

Card Sketch
and now for the projects:

Now before you think I have lost my mind - yes I did do a one page layout sketch but I turned it into a two page layout. Why you ask?? Well the first reason is that last month someone said they liked the sketch but they needed a two page layout  so I wanted to show how it could be done. And the second reason is that I totally planned to do this as one page - even had little wallet size pics printed out  - but then I couldn't bare to just stick to one page!! Look at that little sweetie in her kitty outfit! It was such a nice memory and such great pictures I HAD to do for two pages. 

The printed paper and embellishments are all various K and Company Halloween brands except for the brads  which are Studio G. I used Happy Hauntings for the frame shape behind the large picture - cut at about 8 inches but I also unlocked the width and made it a little skinnier. The yellow circle is from George. 

For this page, I hand trimmed the cat paper to follow the shape of the pattern and then used Celebrate with Flourish for the title which is cut at 3 inches. Now for the cards: 

I decided to do the card sketch in two ways - and you will have to forgive me if I give you incorrect information on the cuts. I promise I do write these things down - I just lose the paper I wrote them down on!! The printed paper is from a Halloween themed scrap stack I found at ACMoore. 

To create the spider web I used a Studio G stamp and some bronze heat embossing powder. If you missed Caroline's tutorial on heat embossing you can see it here. The spiders are epoxy stickers by Recollections. The "boo" is from Mini Monsters and it didn't have a shadow so I cut it twice and layered it. Then I decided it should be more sparkly so I covered it with stickles. For the inside I used more of the paper from the scrap stack and heat embossed with black embossing powder. 

For the second card, I turned the sketch on the side and replaced the boo with an "eek" from Happy Hauntings. I forgot to mention that under the webs is a grosgrain ribbon. 

And I really love how the inside came out - isn't the stamp great??

I think that is everything! Whew! I can't wait to see what you all create - and I hope the sketches inspire you to put your own stamp on them. They don't need to be Halloween - I just loved having the excuse! (although there may have been some tears when I actually had to use my pretty paper *sniff* it is better that I don't think about it) Happy crafting!


  1. Allison I LOVE that sketch. I will definitely be using it. Great projects!

  2. Love your projects Allison - guess I have no excuse not to get busy today. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. OMGosh that kiddo is cute! I saw your post on the MB and had to come over here for a better look. I just want to pinch those cheeks!!! Adorable black cat and way too cute to spook.

    Great ideas on making a 2-page LO. Fantastic looking pages and cards!

  4. I love your sketch! It will be a fun one to use as a one-pager or two-pager!! I just became a subscriber by e-mail.