Friday, August 26, 2011

Paper Crafts magazine presents: Bonus Sketch Blog Hop

Card Ideas Cover
Welcome to the Paper Crafts magazine Bonus Sketch blog hop! Today we are celebrating the release of the latest special issue, Card Ideas for Paper Crafters. The issue of full of inspiring sketches to jump start your creativity and I am very honored to have several cards in this issue!

Typically I am not a sketch user, but I found these sketches made creating projects flow easily and quickly. These sketches are easily adapted to mixed media projects, or even scrapbooking. I mean, look at that cover! I am totally making those candles on the little man’s next birthday page!  And on days where the mojo just isn’t around , I will be grabbing this issue for inspiration!

friend PC blog hop
In the back of the issue are 12 bonus sketches, and if you are waiting to get your hands on the issue, you can find the sketches here: Paper Crafts bonus sketches. For the hop today, we all chose a sketch and created a project.


I took the sketch very literally because the whole thing just spoke to me and my usual style. To create the panel with the sentiment, I die cut a journaling card with Spellbinders Labels Seventeen (just use a little low-tack tape to hold the die template in place while cutting). And I just had to use one of my favorite lines from CHA, Kaiser Craft’s Miss Nelly.

For more inspiration, and of course a chance to win, visit these talented ladies:
    What’s up with the winning I mentioned? Well, you have two ways to try and win a copy of Card Ideas for Paper Crafters! One, visit Paper Crafts Connection and leave a comment. And look at the loot also up for grabs there!



    · My Little Shoebox’s Playtime collection
    · SRM Stickers (25-Sheet Set)
    · Close To My Heart’s My Acrylix: Art Philosophy Seasons
    · Go-to Sketches

    Two, leave a comment on my blog because I have a copy to give away also! You have until midnight (MDT) on Sunday, August 28 to leave comments.

    For your comment, I would love for you to help a mom out! :) Our little man has asked for his training wheels to be removed from his bike. He is trying hard, but, you know how it goes. :) Do you have any special tips, tricks, or advice to help him conquer bike riding? We would really appreciate the ideas!

    good luck, enjoy the hop, and thanks for stopping by!

    ~kimberly

    Supplies: Sketch-Betsy Veldman (Card Ideas for Paper Crafters), Patterned paper-Kaiser Craft Miss Nelly (Her Smile, Her Eyes), Stamps-Hero Arts (Live and Laugh), Ink-Tsukineko (Memento Tuxedo Black), Brads-Creative Impressions, Spellbinders-S5-025 Labels Seventeen

    157 comments:

    Piali said...

    ooh! Lovely card!! Love the colors ...very pretty!

    Karen said...

    love your card and the dp you used is just wonderful...

    craftymom205 said...

    Beautiful card.

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    Handmade Cards by Archana said...

    Lovely card!! loved the papers you have used.

    Jeanette Marchand said...

    Very pretty card, Kimberly.

    diana said...

    What a beautiful card! I love how you've used such colourful DP with larger patterns. TFS ;-)

    Leigh Ann Baird said...

    Such a lovely mix of patterns. Beautiful!

    Jen W. said...

    Gorgeous!

    Karen Buck said...

    Beautiful and elegant! Love the colors you chose.

    Janice said...

    Pretty card, but I'm sorry I can't really help with the training wheels. My daughter never mastered riding because she has inner ear and balance issues.

    Charlene said...

    Just beautiful...love how crisply your stamped sentiment looks against that lovely paper.

    Annette said...

    so pretty love all the floral...thanks for sharing..

    Pam said...

    Love your card! Gorgeous! When my boys were learning to ride a bike we just kept raising the training wheels a little at a time until they really weren't using them anymore. When the training wheels came off, the boys practiced on the lawn first. Made any falls less painful than the sidewalk or driveway. Good luck!

    mcgeechs said...

    Beautiful and feminine card. So pretty. Thanks for sharing.

    Marlena M. said...

    Your card is beautiful!

    My youngest daughter was the one holding our family back from bike riding. My husband said that once EVERYONE could ride their bike, we would be treated to pizza and ice cream. It only took her a couple of days! ;) So basically, BRIBERY works...or you can call it an INCENTIVE to make yourself feel better. ;)

    Michele said...

    I think it takes time and positive reinforcement. That's what worked for me. That and the fact that I'm stubborn. I think you little man will get the hang of riding a bike soon enough.

    Agata said...

    Perfect! I find hard putting more than one layer on a card but you make it look so easy! Love it!

    joy said...

    This card is simply beautiful. I think I like this sketch (and your card) the best on the hop, so far. Love it!

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Practice makes perfect. One day that little boy of yours will just "get" it! Enjoy his learning processes; they grow up so very quickly. . .

    McStamper said...

    Love your card.

    Becky Garrison said...

    LOVE that card, but then you never fail to amaze and inspire me with your creations! Thanks!

    Yvonne said...

    Love your beautiful card!

    Kelly Massman said...

    Really pretty!

    Houses Built of Cards said...

    Beautiful card!!! And as far as the bike without training wheels, the best tip I have is for mom not to watch! I stressed out way too much watching my girls try to figure it out - just worrying that they were going to fall and hurt themselves...when I finally left them alone, they figured it out on their own, and couldn't wait to show me!!! Don't know if it will work or not, but that did it for us!!!

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    debpaint16 said...

    It's been over 30 years since we went through this!! I guess just a lot of patience, love, & just keep getting back on when he falls!! I'm sure it will go fine!!! Just let him know that you are right behind him, & before you know it you just let go & watch him pedal away!! Good Luck!!
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    Heather said...

    Beautiful card! So pretty!

    Lynn (toomanycrayons) said...

    Such a sweet card and the patterns are so cosy.

    Michele said...

    Great use of paper! Cute!

    Becky said...

    love your card, it is so my style too! your choice in paper is very fitting!

    cheiron said...

    Gorgeous card! Love the mix of papers. As far as training wheels,when we were little they would take off one for a while. (Not sure how safe that really is though :))

    Auntie Em said...

    Your card is so pretty! I love all the pretty patterned papers you used and the layering.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

    T to the Essa said...

    And you are a very special crafter! I love that you used so many busy papers - something I have a hard time doing - but it SO works in this card.

    Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

    beautiful card!

    michelesscrapycreations35 at yahoo dot com

    calamity jane said...

    Kim, your card is so pretty! I'd be thrilled to receive one like this!

    Boys & bikes...ah, the joy! All I can say is give him his freedom and a large box of band-aids!!

    Laura Isham said...

    so pretty! The more I see that pattern paper, the more I WANT it!

    Debbi said...

    I agree with Pam. We would raise their training wheels a little at a time. We are working on our 3 year old grandson learning to ride. His dad says let him go....he'll learn...but Grandma runs beside him to catch him if he falls. I'll sure be glad when he learns how to ride though....'bout to wear grandma out. Love your card and the colors.

    lgm52 said...

    Absolutely beautiful card!

    Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

    Such a lovely card....

    Mrs.Kwitty said...

    I just love your romantic and colorful card...the layering is really special! Great interpretation of the sketch!
    Smiles, Karen

    cards by cara said...

    Great layout and colour combo. Really like this!

    pcrusberg said...

    Your papers are so pretty. I love this card.

    Shanon said...

    I don't have any advice for the training wheels....my girls (3 & 4)can barely pedal their tricycles. I wish they were ready to get a bigger bike.

    Cute card!

    dlwidder said...

    Wonderful card! Love and sweet. TFS!

    Carol said...

    Beautiful card. Love it. Thanks for sharing

    Jessica said...

    Very pretty. I really like your use of layers and dimension.

    Tammy V said...

    Beautiful card. I would say put the wheels up higher once (enough they can help, but not enough to hinder progress). If that works, then let um go... (Lots of deep breaths! :)

    Flo - Sweetideas said...

    Pretty card. Love your papers.

    readysetlove said...

    Very cute! & good luck with your little man!

    Lauren
    readysetlove@me.com

    SherylH said...

    Beautiful -- like your use of pattern paper background. As for riding a bike -- it has been a lot of years since my two learned to ride without training wheels. From what I remember though was that the training wheels may have let them "think" they were riding a two-wheeler but it wasn't until the training wheels were off that they were able to get their balance -- so let your little guy go for it and tell him he may fall but he will get the hang of it. Good luck -- I remember how hard it was watching them wipe out too!

    Savannah O'Gwynn said...

    Beautiful papers and gorgeous take on that sketch:)

    Angela said...

    That Miss Nelly line is absolutely beautiful! Great take on the sketch and I love the end result!

    *Alison* said...

    WOW.. I love the vintage feel this has, the distressing is wonderful.. :) pretty colors too.. thanks so much for the chance to win.. This hop was is so inspiring.. :) crossing fingers, toes, and eyes, that random.org picks me.. :) HUGS

    Hussena said...

    what a lovely card ,and such pretty colors too ,i love the beautiful floral paper.

    Kelly Thompson said...

    Such a pretty card! Great floral paper. We did the same thing with training wheels - just kept raising them bit by bit and they didn't even notice when they weren't touching the ground anymore!

    Lisa Condreay said...

    Very pretty.

    Amanda said...

    I love the red ribbon with dots. A perfect accent!

    bosenberries said...

    Really pretty pattern and colours... and fab sketch!
    Robin

    Lindsay Lee said...

    Love the papers you used for this card!! Just beautiful1 Thanks for the inspiration!

    Karen said...

    You've done an awesome job. Let me just say that when teaching a child to ride, the most important thing is to NOT let them say the words, "I can't". Encourage him that he CAN do it, and put those words right out the window. It's a monumental moment, so SCRAP IT! Good luck, and thanks for sharing!
    Karen

    mommakatx6 said...

    Beautiful card, love the pattern paper you used.

    Beth M said...

    Beautiful card Kim. As for the bike tips, my hubby ran behind the bike holding the back of seat. Thankfully it didn't take any time at all until he was able to let go. Good luck!

    Basement Stamper said...

    fabulous cards, I love the variety of sketches in this issue!

    Chunyuan said...

    Beautiful card. Love the layered PP.

    Nona said...

    Gorgeous card, Kimberly! Love the layers of patterned paper :) TFS!

    Elicia P said...

    Lovely, victorian feel. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card!

    Sylvia said...

    Beautiful card, Kimberly! Love all the beautiful color that you used on this card with this sketch!

    Unknown said...

    What a beautiful card. That would sit out on display for a while in my office.

    Blissmade Designs said...

    Beautiful card! Love your choice of papers!

    sharon g said...

    The design would make a really nice Mother's Day card. Pretty...

    Glenda J said...

    Absolutely lovely.

    Rhonda Miller said...

    What a great card. TFS.

    Michelle said...

    my hint on the training wheels has already been said (raising them slowly over time) so good luck to all of you :-)

    Lillian Child said...

    Your card creations are always so very lovely!!

    Katie Ann Brooks said...

    VERY lovely card!

    cheryl (clee') said...

    I do like your style! The pattern-on pattern design is something I don't try often enough. Great card!

    Sue D said...

    Very pretty and special card!
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    Linda said...

    this is such a pretty card! I love your choice of papers and colors!

    McVic said...

    I love the paper you used, and it goes sooo well with the sketch

    Marie / Legojenta said...

    Such a beautiful card! TFS =)

    Pamela Haskin said...

    Love the colors you chose to work with. Such a pretty card.

    Jillisgram said...

    Very lovely and feminine!

    Susan said...

    this is a really pretty card

    missyboynton said...

    How very pretty!

    Luv2Homeschool said...

    Lovely card! I look forward to seeing the magazine!

    Cathy said...

    Such a lovely card!!! love your papers!
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    candi said...

    Love the card, your dp combo is fabby! Tips for no training wheels.. well, give lots of encouragement, be ready to dry a couple tears & kiss a couple boo boos & don't be afraid to let go! I think that is the hard part in any aspect of our sweeties growing up. Good Luck!

    Pat said...

    Lovely card! Very elegant...

    ~Shari said...

    What a BBEEUUTTIIFFUULL card!
    ~Shari R.

    Lalo aka "missbliss" said...

    What a fabby awesome card!!!

    Swedie said...

    A very romantic card!

    Katrin said...

    I would take one wheel off and once he gains a little confidence then you can take the second training wheel off. BTW ..loved your card.

    eunice said...

    Love the card. Sorry - no tips on training wheels.

    Jen Carter said...

    Gorgeous!! Love the papers you chose!

    Lindsay Lee said...

    I love this card! It is bright and beautiful - and I love the hint of polka dots! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Monika Reeck said...

    very feminin card..love the colors....thanks for the inspiration...

    Priya Mohan said...

    Loved the colors and the paper!

    Susan Mangum said...

    Love the card, and here's my bike-riding tip after teaching 3 kids how: pedal hard, go fast, the slower you go, the harder you fall!

    DonnaSue said...

    Love the colors and papers you used. Simply beautiful!

    Elise C. said...

    Such a cute card! Thanks for sharing!

    Elizabeth said...

    Very lovely card! Love the colors! http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

    Emily Leiphart said...

    I love your beautiful card, Kimberly!

    Helen F. said...

    Beautiful, colorful and bright card, Kimberly! Love your creation from this sketch :o)

    Carisa said...

    i love this very sweet card!

    Amanda M said...

    This card is gorgeous! The colors are beautiful. Best of luck to your little guy. My husband and I are about to embark on that very same adventure soon too. I sure wish I had tricks to share.

    Lin said...

    This is lovely, Kimberly - the papers are wonderful and your card is so romantic. My advice is that if he feels he can go without, then don't hover......that will just make him nervous, and he'll be watching you instead of concentrating on the task at hand. If he falls off, he'll either get back up and try again, or decide to wait a bit longer....either way, he learns a life lesson. It's hard watching them grow up, isn't it?

    Karen B. said...

    Your use of patterned paper is just spectacular!

    Elizabeth said...

    beautiful!

    photochic said...

    I love the colors of your card! Really cute friend sentiment too!

    Teresa Zuehls said...

    A very lovely card! I love all the pattern papers you used.

    Renee VanEpps said...

    Gorgeous card, love these colors and patterns and the red brads are the perfect finish!

    paperpapier said...

    beautiful floral card! Sorry, I don't have any tip on bicycling as I don't know how to ride a bicycle myself....

    Scrappin Abby said...

    Hi Kimberly...let me say that I LOVE your card...this is totally my style. The colors & papers you used are super cute and you did a great job.

    My "little man" will be 16 in a couple of weeks so I had to think back to when he was still using training wheels. We did what my parents did for me...we just raised the training wheels a little at a time and when he felt confident..we raised them some more..before he knew it he was off riding on his own with the training wheels nowhere near the pavement. Good luck with your little man and enjoy this age...they grow so fast.

    Thanks for sharing : )

    Kelly Braund said...

    Beautiful card!

    Cynthia B. said...

    OK...looks like another Spellbinders die I must invest in! ;) Your card looks fabulous.
    Now about your bike-training issue...my neighbor used a belt to help hold her child up when he needed balance/support, instead of holding the back of the bike, pushing it along as her son pedaled. It helped her back tremendously.
    We just kept going with my son - and eventually he got fast enough w/ his pedals that he got it. Not the same luck with my daughter, though. She STILL keeps putting her feet down b/c she's afraid to go too fast!
    Best wishes to you - I know it's hard, but if your son wants to do it, he'll be able to push through his fear!

    Susan said...

    I really like the papers you used on your beautiful card Kimberly.

    Linda Beeson said...

    Those colors are sooooo pretty!

    Helen L said...

    I love your beautiful card, especially how you positioned the flowers on the bottom of your Spellbinders die cut! I'll have to remember that one!! And as far as helping your little guy on the bike, my husband did the running along thing and then letting go (behind our daughters back) and she went on without him without knowing that she was doing it all herself. Not a new idea, I'm sure, but it seems to work!!
    Good Luck!!

    Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

    This is so pretty! I love all the florals!

    Mailee said...

    What a lovely card. Thanks for a chance to win.

    Mint... said...

    I like the style of this card. Like the Flowers, vintage feel, contrast colors. Just love it!!!

    Kary said...

    Such a sweet card!! Love the colours & the distressed edges.

    Janet L. said...

    Pretty, pretty card! As for bike riding, I don't know as I've no children, but I remember that wanting to ride with my friends was a great incentive to me!

    Krysta said...

    I love the colours you used, especially the green. As for bikes - my little guy is 9 months, so I have no advice from experience yet. Sorry!

    Jeni said...

    Great card! I love the distressed edge around the outside.

    bbsox55 said...

    What a pretty card. Thanks for sharing.

    Jnett said...

    Just lovely. Great sense of style.

    Jennifer Rzasa said...

    Simply gorgeous!

    Lee said...

    i love your pretty card! Have your son try riding on the grass first! slower going and easier to get the balance set.

    bzyPTmom said...
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    bzyPTmom said...

    Sorry, forgot to leave the tip! Grass idea is good, also take him to a park or field with big flat area so he can practice, then move on to school parking lot when school is not in session! Works for learning to drive a car too-we spent lots of time practice driving and parking at the neighborhood school parking lot--evenings and weekends!

    Wendy said...

    LOVE this beautiful card!

    Caroline said...

    what a pretty cards. sorry no hints---no kids!

    La Vikinga said...

    Your card is very pretty; you have chosen very romantic papers! I like it very much,

    Charlotta / La Vikinga

    Maria Matter said...

    this is lovely Kimberly! such pretty colors & papers!

    Sandi said...

    simply lovely

    Frann said...

    Very pretty!

    Bethany said...

    Very lovely, feminine card! Sorry, but I can't offer any advice on the bike riding thing. Good luck :o)

    Indy said...

    Beautiful card! Great job!

    catnap said...

    Lovely mix of patterns and colors.

    trena p said...

    very beautiful card. And for the training wheels, I started off by letting my kids ride in the grass when they fell, it wouldn't be so bad and then we raised the training wheels little by little

    rush said...

    this is such a nice card. thank you for sharing.

    Cherri said...

    Such beautiful colors in your card. Thaks for sharing with us. Good luck with the bicycle.

    Softail_Baby81 said...

    OMG the colors are fab!!! I love seeing so much pop with soo much pattern and yet a simple flow!!!BEAUTIFUL!

    Ravengirl said...

    What a gorgeous card! I love it!

    Ravengirl said...

    What a gorgeous card! I love it!

    Westiewoof said...

    Love the paper selection - Great card! Any friend would like to egt this card!

    Isha said...

    Superb card. TFS and also to win a chance for this informative magazine.Would so like to win it.

    mandalj said...

    Such a lovely soft card!

    Katie Gehring said...

    Love your choice of papers! This card is so pretty!

    Diana said...

    Beautiful card! This would make any friend's day a happy one!!

    Donelda said...

    a great interpretation of the sketch with tons of beautiful color!!

    jengd said...

    Gorgeous card! I wish I had some words of advice for your wheeler but I'm much in the same place. I'm reading all of the comments to get some ideas too. :)

    Katie said...

    Beautiful card, reminds me of a very lush garden. I love the color! Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

    cnuland said...

    I love blog hops - because it gives me a chance to view great blogs I might not otherwise find. I like your version of the sketch. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Trinh said...

    Beautiful card! My DD hasn't conquered bike riding yet so I don't have any tips for you. Good luck!

    Mandi said...

    I love the bold print on this card.

    Victoria S. said...

    Love your card - so pretty, so colorful!
    Bike riding:
    we used the grass idea and it worked with one, and also the running along behind and letting go and i love the raising the wheels higher and higher... lots of practise when they arent tired...
    Good luck!

    NanaBeth said...

    This is just beautiful-I love the paper and the sentiment.
    I had 4 boys-all I can offer is be gentle and patient. Oh and don't forget he can pick up on your apprehension-so keep smiling and encouraging.