Tuesday, October 24, 2017

a bit sketchy

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called, "that's sketchy" and i bet you've already guessed that we'd like you to base your card (or layout, or ATC, or tag, or any other type of project) on a sketch. and it can be any sketch you like, whether it's a current one from sketch saturday, atlantic hearts sketch challenge or any other current site you love; or an archived one from a late great challenge like mojo monday or 2 sketches 4 you!* just be sure to show the sketch in the same post as your project, so we can see how amazingly well you've interpreted it!

for my cards (bc YES, i made two, lol!) i used the sketch half of the current fusion card challenge, which looks a bit like this:

the reason i made two cards is because i'm slightly obsessed with the new tim holtz metallic kraft core cardstock i got at paper anthology, and i had more than one idea i wanted to try out. my first card uses the gold colored cardstock, embossed with a doily-patterned folder, dabbed with gesso to make the doilies stand out more. my second card uses a strip of the silver cardstock, embossed with a diamond pane folder, then sanded to expose the kraft, and dabbed with black ink to get a grungier look:

as a matter of fact, i still have a few more ideas of what to do with this fun cardstock... because as soon as you say, "metallic" the words, "alcohol inks" kind of naturally spring to mind, don't they? i will definitely show the results when i've had a bit of a play with that idea!

metallic kraft core cardstock: tim holtz/idea-ology; embossing folders: cuttlebug/provocraft + darice; patterned paper: american crafts; poinsettia: petaloo; cardstock: core'dinations, ranger; map + vintage car illustration from my stash; gesso: liquitex; ink: ranger archival; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, hot glue, sewing machine

meanwhile, there is lots more sketchy goodness from the DT over at shopping our stash. why not give yourself a treat and go check it out?!

*back in the day, 2 sketches 4 you was my favorite sketch challenge site, and i secretly still miss it, lol! ♥


  1. Both cards are fabulous!!! (as always) great use of the sketch and of course all the awesome papers.

  2. Great cards. I especially like the red one. TFS

  3. Love both of these fantabulous cards! Wow!

  4. Both cards are fab! Excellent takes on the sketches!!

  5. These are both wonderful, you sketchy chick! I love Kraft core, too. Fun stuff! (I love cutting it... The metallic coating is just thick enough that... I don't know... Its just satisfying! Lol... Paper crafter issues...)

  6. Yes, yes, yes and more yes! Both of these cards showcase your pattern-matching wizardry skills. Love them! Thanks for playing along at Fusion!

  7. Love that you showed the sketch two ways. Both are fabulous.

  8. Gorgeous cards! The patterns you've used in your Fusion card are beautiful and the flower is amazing! Thanks so much for joining us at Fusion.

  9. Awesome, fabulous cards Lauren, love the vintage look on your Christmas card, and the one with that "Love Bug" is as sweet as can be. Love those cars, the more modern ones are nice but there is something about the old 60s' models that make them so endearing.

  10. Great cards! Your beautiful Christmas card is what drew me over to your blog, but that love bug card is super cool too!
    I'd love for you to link this up to the Cropstop blog where anything goes as long as you use something from one of the companies they carry in the store. (You did!)
    You can find the current link up here:

  11. Lauren, Just love that Christmas card! Soooo pretty! And, your car card is such a great masculine card. Two great sketch interpretations! :)


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