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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

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Unscripted Sketches #98 Plus a Piggyback Challenge

Wow, we are at sketch # 98 and only two weeks away from . . .

Our big 2 year anniversary and 100th sketch blogiversary celebration.  Are YOU going to join us?  I sure hope so, because there will be lots of fun and some cool prizes up for grabs!

But this week is sketch # 98 plus our monthly 'piggyback' challenge, and the color thing is what threw me for a loop, at least until I'd picked out my papers and things and still couldn't make the sketch work.  Here's the sketch . . .

 . . . and here are the piggyback colors . . .

So finally I flipped the sketch 180 degrees, and that worked much better for me.  Here is my card . . .

And I think it came out pretty cool.  Here are all of the details . . .

Product Info:

  • Base cardstock is The Paper Studio Textured Cardstock stack - Brights
  • Other cardstocks are either from The Paper Studio or DCWV
  • Patterned paper is from My Minds Eye; So Sophie; "Brothers and Sisters" Gracious Greenery
  • Stickles 'Stardust'
  • Gems are Prima eLine except the tiny green birds eye, and it is K&Company

Tips, Tools and Techniques:

Cricut Expression:
  • Card base was cut using Walk In My Garden cartridge, card2 set at 5 inches
  • Patterned paper was cut using Walk In My Garden cartridge, card1 set at 5 inches
  • The word 'happy' was cut using A Child's Year cartridge, Toys2-s using Font feature set at 1 1/4 inches
  • The birds were cut from Songbird cartridge:  B was cut using b-shift using Bird feature, set at 2 inches; E was cut using e-shift using Bird feature also set at 2 inches
  • Cardstock rectangles cut by hand
  • Stickles were applied on the outside of the letter B and inside the letter E
And that was that!  And I think it looks pretty cute, although I have to admit it is not one of my favorite cards.

Are you going to apply for our Design Team?  If you love making cards, layouts, altered items, fabric crafts - any of those - you really should!   I have been on the team about six months now, and I will be the first to tell you that sometimes the sketches are a real challenge, but they make me think outside the box, and outside my comfort zone, and I believe I have learned a lot from these challenges.  We are a very laid back team, no drama, and SarahKaye (our fearless leader) is just the sweetest thing!  If you have ever wanted to try for a design team, this is THE one to go for!

Okay, that's it for me.  As you are reading this I am most likely in a kayak in the lake at beautiful Richard B. Russell State Park!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, too!  Blessings, and Be Joyful Always, Becky


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