Thursday, September 10, 2009

Donna's First Sketch Challenge

This is my first Stamping Bella Sketch Challenge that I have taken on; actually it is the first of any kind of sketch challenge that I have ever done. I love to give myself challenges, but I have never taken on a design challenge like this before.

I always check out Stamping Bella's Blog to see how everyone interprets the Sketch Challenge that she puts out every week. I have been wanting to participate in one ever since I started following her blog, but I have never made the time to do so until now.

Two years ago during the Thanksgiving weekend at my brother's house, our grandfather had taught us how to pick stump mushrooms. These mushrooms are edible and we had a blast hiking through my brother's property picking bags full of them. Last Thanksgiving, our aunt joined us on the mushroom hike. We didn't find the mushrooms like we had the previous year, but we did find some prickly hitch hikers that we had to pluck from our clothes in very sensitive areas.

As soon as I saw the new Earth Love Cosmo Cricket paper with the mushrooms all over it, I knew I had to use it to make my aunt's birthday card. I then decided to have some fun and take on the Stamping Bella Sketch Challenge. I have had this turtle stamp from Stamping Bella since April and I am so glad that I finally got to play with it.

I used both sides of the Cosmo Cricket Earth Love - Reuse Two-Sided Patterned Paper, Worldwin Dark Spring Green, Deep Chocolate Malt & Deep Totally Tan Cardstock, Marvy Extra Giga Scalloped Oval Punch, Stampin' Up Scalloped Border Punch, Fiskars Hand Held 1/8 inch Punch, Die Cuts with a View Green Brads and ribbon from the Christmas clearance section at Shopper's Drug Mart last January for 75% off.

The Copic Sketch Markers that I used were: The Turtle ~ G94 & YG95; The Flowers ~ E34, R08 & YR23.

I really enjoyed doing the challenge and I will definitely be trying to fit more challenges into my schedule in the near future. I loved how all the colours came together and that I finally got to use the ribbon I had bought on an actual project like I had intended it for and not just for decorating my brown paper wrapped gifts.


  1. What a really cute card.
    Love the papers. Stamp is adorable.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. He is so cute. Turtles ! Turtles! I love turtle's ok now I want chocolate. LOL! E

  3. Very nice card. I like how you anchored your ribbon with the brads, nice detail.

  4. Lovely card, Donna. I love the story that goes with the paper choice, too. How's everything up in TB? I miss the clean air!

  5. i love that stamp i even used it for my mom's valentines card