Friday, January 22, 2010

I Heart Sketch Challenges

I still have Valentines on my mind, so the colors on today’s cards should be no surprise – even though neither is a Valentine! I plan on adding “Happy Anniversary” to the inside of each and then I will be all set for my SIL’s anniversary next month (which just happens to fall on V-day) and my Mom and Dad’s anniversary. (If you are reading this at least there will be a little surprise since you do not know which card you are getting!)It is based on Card Pattern’s sketch challenge #47.
Amazingly, I stayed true to the sketch, even though at first, I had no idea how to use the 2 tabs on the left. I finally went with the ribbon because it is subtle. I created the 3-D heart flowers using Lauren Meader’s technique that I was addicted to in the fall.

On my next card I was inspired by the leaves on my giraffe Valentine from a few days ago, but this time I created dimensional heart leaves using a die. The hearts are all from my daughter’s Cuttlekids Heart dies – and yes, the dies work in my Cuttlebug too! The tree branch was cut out free hand, then inked up and I added some faux texture with a marker. Plus I stitched by hand, thanks to inspiration from Laural (see her post HERE).
My second card is for a sketch challenge too, this one is from Card Positioning Systems.
Plus I am adding in Little Paper Shop's challenge "Button It". I guess either card meets that challenge, but this one uses the LPS digi owl, which you all know I love! I printed the owl once, then flipped it 180 degrees and printed a second time to get a mirror image.

Have a wonderful weekend and I am hoping to find time to create more eye candy for you!
Card 1 – Stamp Set – PTI Everyday Button Bits, CS – SU Very Vanilla, PP – SU Candy Lane, Ink – SU Chocolate Chip, Buttons – PTI, Die – Nestabilities Curved Rectangle, and stash ribbon.
Card 2 - Stamp Set – Little Paper Shop Digi Owl and PTI Everyday Button Bits (sentiment), CS – SU Very Vanilla and Close to Cocoa, PP – SU Candy Lane, Ink – SU Baroque Burgundy, Buttons – PTI, Die – Nestabilities Curved Rectangle, and embroidery floss.


  1. Wow both of these are fantastic. Those heart flowers are amazing! Could you send me the link to recreate those?

    Your owl card is so cute. I feel so honoured to have inspired someone to try the stitching! It looks wonderful!

  2. These are super! I love the digi-owls (that giant one you did a few months back still stands out for me!). Love all the buttons (esp. on the Card Patterns card!). And those hearts on the flowers? Brill!

  3. What great cards! Love your little owls! And love those little flower hearts you created!

  4. They are adorable! I love your flowers and all the buttons!

  5. Wow those flowers are so stinkin cool. I love those girl!

  6. Holy moly! I love the hearts in place of flowers! Genius! Excellent cards, Julie!

  7. Awww...these cards are gorgeous! I love your paper flowers...and those cute owls! :)

  8. "OMG, that is so cute" is what came out of my mouth when I saw those little 3D heart flowers. My DH looked over and said, "Huh?" LOL Both cards are just fabulous!!

  9. Great cards Julie! I love those heart flowers and and I'm such a sucker for anything with owls so I adore your second card!

  10. Congrats on your win Julie! It really is a beautiful card!

  11. Absolutely love your heart flowers! What a great idea. TFS.