Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Five Cards for a Birthday Bash

Sketch-n-Scrap are celebrating their third birthday this month. I've been following them for more than two years, and took part in their first birthday celebrations, so I wanted to join in again this year.

Their Third Birthday Bash is a month of challenges, some are on the main blog but most of them are hosted by the individual design team members. I do want to do some of the layout challenges, but I've started off with some cards. June is a month full of birthdays here, 9 of them, so I want to get ahead while I can.

Marie-Christine's first challenge was to use this sketch with a red, blue and yellow colour scheme. I found a chevron paper with all three colours, and used that as the base of my card, with a panel of yellow paper, red washi tape and a blue stamped sentiment. I finished off with a spattering of gold mist and a couple of red star gems.

Lisa's first challenge was to make a card using three colours and three punches. A quick look at my punches turned up two sizes of star punch and my trusty scalloped circle punch as the best ones to work with. I originally intended to make a grid, with the small stars layered on the circles, but it really wasn't working out. The shapes seemed to want to form themselves into a circle, so I stamped a circular sentiment and arranged them around it. I'm rather pleased with this one, and may make another in a different trio of colours.

Susan's second challenge was a sketch, with a twist of using three identical embellishments. I went a bit wrong here, as I originally intended to use three stars on my card but, by the time I got to that part, I'd forgotten and I used one large star with a scattering of smaller ones. Thus my 'three of something' are the row of gems on the sentiment banner.

I also did Susan's third challenge, another sketch, with a twist of using three flowers this time. She gave us a layout sketch, but we could use it for a card too. I made a background of die-cut floral hexagons and used a tag in place of the photo in the sketch. I stamped some foliage on the tag and added my three flowers to it.

Finally, I used one of Sketch-n-Scrap's regular monthly sketches - Card Sketch #50 - for this card. I need more male cards than female cards, so I swapped out the flower and butterfly for two sizes of star. The larger one is chipboard which I covered in patterned paper; the smaller one is made of five punched stars, layered up and glued together to give it some dimension. I finished off with more gold mist and a doodled border.

Card 1
Paper - My Mind's Eye Bright 6x6 Pad
Stars - from Stash
Washi Tape - Trimcraft
Ink & Mist - Docrafts
Whispers 'Happy Birthday' Stamp

Card 2
Paper - My Mind's Eye Bright 6x6 Pad
Ink - Ranger
Woodward Scalloped Circle Punch
Woodware Tiny Star Punch
Hobbycraft Star Punch
Hobbycraft 'Birthday Wishes' Stamp

Card 3
Paper - Paper Cellar 
Mist - Maya Road
Washi Tape & Gems - Papermania
Sentiment Sticker - Starform
Ink - Ranger
Sequins - Pretty Little Studio
Star - Paperchase

Card 4
Paper - K&Company, KaiserCraft
Ink - Papermania, Ranger
Sentiment Sticker - Gold Label
Twine - from Stash
Gems - Forever in Time
X-Cut Hexagon Die
Craft Creative Tiny Flower Punch
Imaginisce 'Tree' Stamp

Card 5
Paper - Paper Cellar
Washi Tape - Papermania
Chipboard Star - Maya Road?
Ink & Mist - Docrafts
Hobbycraft Star Punch


  1. Wow, you have been busy making all these lovely cards! I love your take on all the challenges, especially love the way you used the punches for my challenge, I may have to lift that idea, it is super cute!!! Thanks for joining in our third birthday celebrations at Sketch N Scrap this month!

  2. Lovely cards and thank you to joining me at Sketch Challenge 3rd Birthday!

  3. Great cards! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

  4. Thanks for entering my Challenge with two sketches - bothe great takes! In face i love all five of your cards!! Thank you for joining in with the Sketch~N~Scrap Birthday Bash!!

  5. Awesome cards! I love the polka dot washi! Thanks for sharing with Sketch-N-Scrap

  6. Goodness Amanda, what a fabulous bunch of cards! Love them all and especially like the one you created from a layout sketch! Thanks for sharing all of your stunning cards with us and joining in with our Birthday celebrations again this year. xx

  7. Oh my you have been rocking out the challenges this month! Love all of your creations and the stars are such a fun idea! Thanks for playing along with Sketch N Scrap! :)

  8. they are all great cards! thanks so much for playing with us at Sketch N Scrap all month long! And joining the DT's challenges, too! I know those "months" for me it is December.


  9. Love all your cards!! Great takes on the sketches!! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap! :)