cards from my sketch journal

hi, guys!  how's your week going?  mine has been a little up and down but things seem to be working themselves out for the most part.  i don't have loads of time today but i did want to pop in with a quick share.

on Monday i showed you my hand-crafted sketch journal.  today, i have two cards for you that i made based on two of the sketches i put in there.  

i took a few liberties with the first card which is based on the bottom sketch (since it's my own i can do whatever i want with it, right?!) but the idea is roughly the same.

i haven't really had a chance to play around much with Crate Paper's Sleigh Ride line yet so, going along with my gold kick, i thought this would be a great opportunity to do so.  

i used Winter Wonderland as my background paper and chose a couple of different tags to go with it.  you can't really see them, but i wanted a layered effect and went for neutral ones.  to make them pop a bit, i outlined each one with my gold leaf pen.

my focal point is a Little Bo Peep wood frame that i also painted with my gold leaf pen (can't get enough of that thing!). at a recent trip to Wal-Mart, i found those gold glittered snowflakes for a song.  you get 24 snowflakes in red and gold for $1.47!  that's a pretty good deal, if you ask me.  i stacked 2 of them here in 2 different sizes and layered the pink "season's greetings" sticker over it.  

you'll also notice a strip of cream lace sandwiched between the two SR tags.  i stitched around the entire edge of the teal paper, including sewing down the lace.  i love the combination of teal, gold, and bright pink.  it is so pretty, especially for the holidays, don't you think?

last but certainly not least are strips of gold glitter tape.  i am LOVING this stuff!  it's from American Crafts and just using a little piece of it adds so much pop and life to your project.  i recently made some of my mini clothespins using this and i'm so pleased with the outcome.  and it was the perfect accessory here for a sparkly finish.

my second card also features an array of Crate Paper products, utilizing mostly On Trend but the background paper is from Acorn Avenue.  

i was drawn to the simple black, white, and green color scheme because it's not something i have used much.  On Trend has so many things in it that are black and white and i love that bit of kelly green in the border sticker and in the button.  paired with the subtle dots of the base paper, the green here really pops.  

and how about those paper flowers?  they are so big and i love this one with the text print!  it adds a lot of dimension--this is definitely the kind of card you hand deliver!  i'd hate for the flower to get crushed in the mail.  

the thick black twine is from the Random collection and both of the "hello" embellishments are Tape Stickers.  i stuck to my sketch pretty well for this card and added some stitching for a personal touch.

since this card is probably best given in person, i paired it up with a Whisker Graphics black Chevron bag in place of an envelope.  they look great together and the bag makes for an extra special outer covering to keep the card protected.  

i hope you're having a great week!  we've gotten through almost half of it--and survived Election Day.  i, for one, am happy not to see anymore negative ad campaign commercials for awhile!  have a great one, folks!  as always, thanks for stopping by.