I do like to use sketches to create a card or scrapbook page.  Recently I made a card using one of the sketches from Create with Connie & Mary – it is an older one from a few weeks ago.  The card I ended up with looks like this

I used the new In-Color Primrose Petals for the base, then a layer of Chocolate Chip – I cut it with the Scallop Edgelit and embosses it with the matching Accent Folder – actually I did the embossing part first and then cut – that is easier for me to get it lined up.  You can’t see it real well in the photo but I used the set Creative Elements to stamp in the background behind the flower.

The flower is cut from the Floral District Designer paper – I used the Fun Flowers Bigz Die and the Big Shot for the largest petals, the smaller petals are the blossom punch – 3 layers and then I snipped in between the little scallops on the petals.  In the center is one of the new Naturals Designer Buttons – they look like wood – I threaded some Linen Thread through the holes.  And tied some around the card layer – I love my Linen thread.

Finally I added a tag – stamp set Four Frames and Teeny Tiny Wishes – punches with the Decorative Label punch.

here is what the sketch looked like –

A sketch is a good place to start when you are creating – it maps out where to place your elements.  Then you play around with your design, your stamp sets, your papers and punches until you get something in the end that you are happy with.

I have more people to thank for placing orders – Debbie, Sherrie, Alicia, Candis, and Pam.  Every order helps me get closer no matter what size it is.  Thank you guys!  I speeding along to 55 orders –  Read more here.

Today was an animal kind of day – I came home from exercising and found a turtle in the road right near the house.  I didn’t want him to get run over so I went out to get him and move him on across the street.  Well he was not happy about that – did you know turtles make a hissing sound?  I moved him anyway so a car wouldn’t run him over. Then I keep hearing banging on the window – and Aspen hears it to and goes and barks – its a bluebird – I’m wondering if he is trying to get bugs from the spider webs that are in the corner of the windows – there are lots of them – I guess I need to do something about that but spraying them with a hose doesn’t really get them to come off.  Then I began to wonder if the bluebirds built another nest in the bird house – so I decided to check. Sure enough they built a nest while we were gone on vacation and when I checked this morning – guess what – there are 3 eggs inside!  I don’t think I have had a nest this late before – spring is over and summer is here now.  Oh and one more thing – there were a bunch of robins in the yard today – and I noticed a little moth flitting about – the moth landed on the fern near one of the robins – the robins popped up and snatched it and had a yummy breakfast.  Poor moth.  Anyway those are my animal stories for today.

Have a great day!