This weeks sketch challenge for the Paper Craft Crew is a very clean and simple sketch.  For my card for this weeks sketch I wanted to use something that most people wouldn’t think of to use in this way.  So the timing could not have been more perfect when I received my paper pumpkin over the weekend.   When I opened it up and it had those cute little gift card holders in it and the paper was so bright and cheerful I knew that I wanted to use some of the paper in this weeks sketch challenge.  Here’s a look at my card for this weeks challenge.

Stampin' Up!, Paper Pumpkin, Many Happy Birthdays February 2017, Birthday Card, #pcc232, layering ovals, med. star punch, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

When I saw the bold bright colors on the project for the February kit called Many Happy Birthdays I knew that I had to use this paper.  It took me a little while to figure out exactly how I wanted to use it but I knew that this sketch was perfect for the designs on the paper.   My major problem was trying to figure out which one and what colors to use.  If you would like to see this month’s finished Paper Pumpkin kit you can click here.   Here’s a look at this week’s challenge card.

paper craft crew weekly sketch challenge paper pumpkin alternative weekly sketch challenge I love the clean and simple style of this weeks sketch.  The rectangles in the center of the card and the outer mat that goes around that rectangle makes for a strong statement piece.  With this bold statement piece being paired with the small oval even adds more of a statement to this weeks sketch.   The stars of the sketch draws even more attention to the sentiment.

Those of you that follow my blog know that I feel very strongly about taking part in challenges.   My feeling about taking part in challenges are a great way to improve your design skills.  They make it easy to recreate a card and and changing up the elements of the card to create something tangible and three dimensional from something that is a two dimensional object.  There is nothing more satisfying then being able to take a sketch as inspiration and creating something from just a sketch, theme, color combination or list of elements.


Think Outside The Box:

My card features elements from this month’s Paper Pumpkin.  Each month I have two kits sent to me so that I can take one kit and create the project, but the other I use to create a few alternative projects with the other.  This is one of the alternative projects.

I took one of the gift card holders and cut it down to create my focal image for this card.  I used a piece of Flirty manyhappybirthdaysstampinuppaperpumpkinlayeringovalsmedstarpunchFlamingo cardstock to mat my focal point.   I stamped the Celebrate sentiment on a piece of Whisper White inserts from the kit in Island Indigo classic ink.  My sentiment was cut using the second smallest oval from the layering oval framelit die.

The stars were punched out using the Medium Star Punch and the little star punch from the retired itty bitty punch pack (This is one set of punches that I would give anything if they brought them back.)  These were punched from a scrap piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock and popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.   It needed a little more something so I punched out a medium star from scraps of the gold glimmer paper that were the candle flames in this month’s kit.   I had to move a round a little to find an area that the punch would fit.

Dress Up the Inside:


Sometimes when you have a card that is more simple on the outside and you let the DSP do the talking for you.  You have to have something eye catching on the inside that draws attention as well.   For the inside of the my card today I used a simple piece of whisper white cut at 5 1/4 x 4.  I simply stamped the Happy Birthday using Island Indigo for the Happy and Flirty Flamingo for the Birthday.  To up the ante for the inside I punched the bottom of the card using the candle border punch.  This added the much needed wow factor to the inside of the card.

The Candle Border Punch adds a big impact with one little punch.  Why pick punches over framelits?  Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects.  Use either the positive image or negative image depending on the look you want. Repeat this image to create any length. Our punches are high quality, affordable, and easy to use.  Punches from Stampin’ Up! features a sleek body style, which makes it easy to stack and slim for storage.  Each punch locks to store.  The large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage for both small and larger hands, even if those larger ones can not hold things as they used to.

Hover and Pin it!  

The photo below shows key products for today’s sketch project idea that you can save or pin to Pinterest.  If you are viewing this post by email, you’ll need to click the title of the post to access my blog and pin.   Find my key supply list for each project on my Project Recipe Pinterest board by clicking here!

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin February 2017 Many Happy Birthdays Layering Ovals Framelits Candle Border Punch Medium Star Punch Happy Birthday Birthday Card #rickadkins #rckinsmonstudio #pcc232

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you join us with this weeks sketch challenge over at the Paper Craft Crew.   I know that if you give it a try you will love challenges as much as I.  If you need any of the products you’ve seen today you can pick them up in my online store.  If you would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin you can do so here!   Speaking of Paper Pumpkin be on the watch for my next post later today featuring a How to Video tutorial of this card as well as a few other alternative cards that I created using this month’s Many Happy Birthdays kit.


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