Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SOUS 2/12 Sketch - my first submission

So, I think I'm getting a little more confident with my work. I mean I LOVE my layouts and other people seem to like them too. I just have been hesitant in submitting anything other than my design team work... until today.

I recently saw this sketch on Stuck On U Sketches:

This is a direct quote from SOUS:
"This week we have chosen one created by Liz Qualman. You can visit Liz and see more of her work at We hope you will come back next week for a VERY special treat from Liz to us for you! You won't want to miss it! But this week we have a little TWIST on the challenge. You must use the sketch AND you must use RED or PINK on your layout! It doesn't have to be valentine-ish... just use one of those colors somewhere on your project..."

As soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! I had this amazing photo of my youngest daughter and it was perfect for this sketch challenge!

Here is my take on Liz Qualman's sketch:

The patterned papers were from HotP (striped and polka dot), Doodlebug Design (checked) and the speckled is unknown :(

I used my favorite Cricut font cartridge Alphalicious for the title letters - it just adds to the playfulness of the layout, don't you think?

Practical Scrapper's challenge for this week is flowers so I thought I would keep the theme going by using some homemade sunflowers for the embellishment.

After cutting the flower centers and stacking them, I used "pine needles" and "walnut stain" distress ink applied to a Fantastix to tap ink on the jagged edges, softening them a bit and giving them a more realistic look. Here's a close-up of the flowers:

I'm really thrilled to finally have this photo in my scrapbook where it belongs instead of in a box full of photos where nobody can see it.

Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by and...

Happy crafting,


  1. Barb, this is fantastic! I mean like WOW! Great pix and your right, this pic was made for this sketch! Thanks for joining us this week and now maybe you'll come back and play with us again! Be looking for ya!

  2. That's beautiful!!! love the stripes and the polka dots and the splash of yellow!

  3. Beautiful layout
    What pretty yellow flowers!
    They go perfect with the page....

  4. this is wow your flowers!!! the papers and patterns are wonderful and what a fun photo...fantabulous that, and it is so very true...thanx so much for coming out to play with us this week..we are so very lucky to have you share your talent and inspiration with us@

  5. What a fantastic layout.. Those colors and prints are so fab together and what a fab job with the layering.. Those big yellow flowers just make the layout..
    thank you so much for playing along this week..

  6. I do love the font you chose (one of my favs) and love the colors with the big pop of yellow in the flowers! love that!
    and that photo is just a hoot!
    I really love this and am SO happy that this sketch was perfect for this!

  7. Oh Barb, I love the colors you used and what a sweet photo!!! I love it!!

  8. This is fabulous! I can't believe you MADE those flowers! This totally ROCKS!

    Practical Scrappers DT

  9. Barbara that is a priceless photo and what an awesome job you did to make it even more precious. Great Job. Gayle