Saturday, February 14, 2015

LOVE these sketch challenges!

Hello Dear Friends!
Let me begin by wishing you all a very 
Did your sweetie give you something sweet today??

The new challenge over at the Cardabilities Card Sketch Challenge Blog is one that I'm happy to tell you will be sponsored by Dies R Us.  Those of you who follow my blog know that I am not only one of the Dies R Us Inspiration Team Members, but also the Blog Leader over on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog ... so of course I was thrilled when asked if some of the team members wanted to play along with the Cardabilities team for this week's challenge.  It also gave me a chance to participate too ... YIPPEE!!

Here's a peek at today's sketch:
I wanted to use some sort of 'stenciled' background for the base of my card but didn't have a stencil that I felt would be fitting for what my card theme would be!  SO ... I decided to make my own stencil but simply die cutting the primary die I was using (Memory Box - Beloved Hearts #99102) on a piece of white card stock then using THAT as my stencil.  Worked PERFECTLY!!

I also used this same die cut within my design.  I wish you could really grasp the sparkle and dimension on this card ... it is SO PRETTY in real life and will work perfectly for not only Valentine's Day but for a wedding, an anniversary or just to let someone know you love them!! 
Here's the card I created for the challenge ...

If you are not familiar with this card sketch blog (they also have a scrapbooking sketch blog) or our Dies R Us Store, PLEASE do yourself a favor and take a minute to check them out.  The sketches really help give you a beautiful 'starting point' for your creations and the store has so many wonderful dies available from various Top Brand companies at a fabulous price.   
I hope you'll come join in the challenge ... maybe YOU will be the lucky Dies R Us gift voucher winner!!  Never know!!!  Certainly worth a try and so much fun!

Challenges to share in today:
Creative Moments Challenge #61 - Anything Goes/Love
Bloggers Challenge - Love is in the air!
 Fussy & Fancy Challenge - It's All About Love!
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge - Valentine's Day

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope you have a LOVELY and LOVING day!!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Red cs, FabScraps 'High Tea' designer paper
Dies:  Memory Box - Beloved Hearts #99102, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Finishing Touches - Petite Vinery' #CED1418, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Gardenia Small' #B433, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Love' #B227, Spellbinder Classic Heart Dies
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Berry Distress Ink, Sponge Dauber, Diamond Stickles, Memento 'Bamboo Leaves' ink, PunchBunch Flower Making Kit, Martha Stewart Heart Border Punch, Dylusions red ink spray

14 comments: said...

Very pretty! I'm going to miss all the pretty hearts after today!

Vicki robertson said...

Beautiful! I love this intricate heart die-cut! Congrats on your new DT position with Cardabilities!

Maria said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And, wonderful tutorial! Huge congrats on being selected for the DT with Cardabilities! Happy Valentine's Day!

Desire Fourie said...

Darlene this is a gorgeous Valentines card with beautiful textures.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Pamellia Johnson said...

WOW Darlene, so gorgeous!! Excellent work making your own stencil and the red pattern looks amazing in the background! Beautiful flower arrangement too! Great take on the sketch. hugs :)

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow this is awesome, love your hand made stencil, works perfectly!!!! love your design, hugs Liz xx

Joann6274 said...

WoW this card is gorgeous!!! Your stencil is beautiful and works so well... really love how beautiful this card is hon... Thank you for joining us this week in our Funday Friday Valentine's day challenge!
♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

Kellie 0:) said...

What a gorgeous creation. Love how you have used your negative as a stencil. TFS and joining us at Jo's for Funday Friday

Diane said...

Morning Darlene, what a great card design, love all the details.

Hugs diane

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and so Sweet. Thank you so much for playing us at Crafting for all Seasons.
Hugs Elfie

Diane said...

Beautiful Dar, those Roses are fabulous...such pretty details and layering!!! Congrats on the DT position..whoot...whoot!!

Judy Corner said...

What a lovely creation! Thanks for sharing at Fussy & Fancy and good luck with the Challenge. Judy x DT

Bianca said...

You have made such a lovely project! I love your colorcombo too! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! Bianca XX

artful-notions said...

Hi Darlene!
Just had to comment on this beauty. Stumbled across your blog, and while scrolling through all the lovelies, stopped on this one. Ordered that die, and when it came, was stumped how to best use it. Now after seeing this inspiration full of amazing layers, don't know if I ever should! Some cards should just be placed on a shelf and admired forever, this is one of those! So, so beautiful! Hugs!