Sketch Challenge

Jan 11, 2015 | Uncategorized | 12 comments

 I’ve never done a sketch challenge before, but when I saw this sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, I thought it would be fun to play along! 

Here’s how my card went together – 

*base is Very Vanilla – 4 1/4 x 11 – scored at 5 1/2
*next layer is also Very Vanilla – cut 4 x 5 1/4
*For the focal point of the card – I used a layer of Basic Black cardstock, and a layer of Typeset Specialty Designer Paper – both cut 2 1/2 by 3 1/4 
* after I attached these two layers to the card front, I wrapped linen thread three times around all layers.  
*my bird is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink -, as is my word stamp “Love Life” 
*I used crumb cake ink to sponge the edges of the Very Vanilla Layers and also added some splotches with a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp set.  Gorgeous Grunge – a must have stamp set in my opinion! It has a permanent home on my stampin’ table! 

 Supplies used on my card are listed below – the stamp set used is one of the FREE Saleabration products you can  get with a $50 order! To order these products, please click on any image below. 

Thanks for visiting today, I am so glad you stopped by!



  1. barb mann

    Laura, This card is wonderful. It's not only beautiful but it is clean & simple too! CAS is my favorite. I love the colors you've used and of course the Freshly Made Sketch – I think from Amy this month is a super one. Fabulous job on your first sketch. It's funny I think I have actually only done one sketch over the years myself. Sure don't know why – it's such a wonderful starting point. TFS,,, Barb

    • Laura

      Thanks,Barb! Glad you like my card – I hope to do more sketches now that I have completed one! Thanks for your kind words!

  2. My Card Attic: Hazel

    That's lovely Laura, love the shabby chic look to it too! Hazel x

    • Laura

      Thank you, Hazel! Glad you like my card!

  3. Jen Brum

    Beautiful card Laura! I love that sweet little bird and the combination of patterns and colours you've used. Fabulous! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

    • Laura

      Thanks, Jen! I love that little bird too!

  4. Linda Callahan

    So glad you decided to,try a challenge with us at FMS! That bird is a cutie and looks great with your vintage effect!

    • Laura

      Thank you, Linda!

  5. Amy O

    I'm so glad you decided to take the plunge and play along with your first challenge! I love how you've kept this card simple — no coloring of the bird, and neutral colors. Please come back and join us again at Freshly Made Sketches!

    • Laura

      Thanks, Amy! I will definitely try another sketch! Very fun!

  6. Donna

    Laura – this card came out great! I'm not a fan of this particular stamp, but leaving it uncolored, makes it look great. I love hummingbirds, but just didn't feel it with this one, your creation however, changes my mind!

    • Laura

      Thanks, Donna! I love hummingbirds too- glad my card changed your mind on this!


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