Friday, March 18, 2011

Another Sketchy Holiday

This week I've invited another fantastic guest star, and a blogger I'm thrilled to call my friend, to join us at Jingle Belles ... the wonderfully talented Allison Fillo. Allison currently designs for InStyle Stamps, Scrapbooker's Paradise (Playing in Paradise Challenges) and Amber Ink.

If you're looking for sketch ideas, the first place to check is her blog Stampin' When I Can, where she has a post each day of the various sketch challenges around the web. She also does shout-outs for newly discovered blogs each week. And if you're running short on Mojo, or discover a card or layout that particularly inspires you, make sure you stop by Share the MOJO, where Allison provides a fabulous forum for inspiration.

When she's not hiding in her craft room, she works as a technical writer at home, chases after her three wild jackals (AKA children - Tristan, Charlotte and Avery ~ the WJs) and keeps connected with most everyone through the wonder of the Internet. So yes, she is in her PJs most of the time ... lucky.

Allison's sketch is perfect for tissue tape, paper scraps, ribbon, lace, and all sort of fun embellishments.

Here's what we did:

Allison says, "Working with My Mind's Eye 'I Believe', I followed the elements of the sketch pretty straightforwardly (since I always draw the sketch and then make the card...pretty nutty, no?). I used a Riley from my IRAK stash, colored it with Copics and then added some DP and chipboard pieces from the same line to complement the sketch. I then glitter glued the snowflakes on the image, added buttons and twine and called it a day! Easy!"

Stef says, "I started with another Crafty Secrets vintage image that incorporated the circular element in the sketch. Next I added Tim Holtz Tissue tape, a scrap of Webster's Pages paper, and a glitter sentiment sticker I've had longer than I care to confess. For the left-side elements of the sketch, I added my favorite embellishment ... a Zva Creative flourish."

Lauren says, "my only problem with allison's fabulous sketch was that it was almost TOO first, i was overwhelmed by ideas! but when i found this gorgeous vintage illustration with santa's sleigh against a full moon, i knew it'd be the perfect centerpiece of my card. i had to adjust the proportions of the sketch a bit to accomodate the reindeer...but i think it works!"

And now it's time to see what ♥YOU♥ will do with Allison's great sketch design: go through those scraps ... use some stickers you've had in your stash for years ... or break out something brand new! Use keyword JB12 if uploading to SCS or flickr... and link up your holiday masterpiece by 6pm (EST) next Wednesday, March 23rd!

To mix-it-up a bit, we'll also be drawing one random participant to win some fun Christmas goodies--and yes, if you link-up multiple sketch cards, you get multiple chances to win! :)

Hope you have fun "getting sketchy" with us this week!


Leslie Hanna said...

I love sketches! Can't wait to get home tonight to play!

Anonymous said...

FABULOUS! All three sample cards are fantastic, and I'm mulling over different hoarded supplies right this minute - I'm sure I'll find some to put to good use!

Rose said...

fantastic sketch Allison :)
all three cards ROCK :)

Lisa said...

Love the sketch and all 3 of you ladies have provided wonderful inspiration. Definitely need to make time this weekend to get a card done...or two...LOL

Judy Ford said...

Wow what a great sketch and all of the cards are amazing! Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful cards coming and get a jump on my christmas cards as well! What a great idea, thanks for sharing and letting me play along too!!!

Rose said...

OK NO laughing at what I saw in the sketch as hubby did!! ;)

~amy~ said... much fun!

Cook Scrap Craft said...

I still need to add a family picture to my card, but I will wait until later in the year to do that. Gotta wait for a good picture!

Thanks to this blog, I've already got 6 Christmas cards made! Wahoo!

Lorraine said...

Great sketch and great inspiration from all of you!

Vanessa said...

LOVE your challenges! Thanks for another fun one! Just linked my card :)

Jess said...

I missed the deadline again, forgot to post earlier in the day but I did play along.

myself said...

Love them and am SOOOO late posting, but... I did it! Couldn't link up, because, well... I'm LATE! But here we are: Great job everybody!!!