This week I actually didn't "whine" about the sketch challenge although I did "alter" it a little. For this weeks challenge we were to use the layout from Pg. 12 of the Holiday Mini Catalog (Star Card).
You can view that sketch on Stampin'Up!'s website.
I actually did 2 cards this week!
For Card #1 I wanted to do a Fall/Autumn theme so I chose the Apple Cider designer series paper from the Holiday Mini for the color scheme. I started by tracing a leaf on some chipboard and cutting it out with an X-acto knife then glued on a piece of textured Really Rust card stock that I stamped the Sanded background stamp on. I stamped the 2 small leaves (Great Impressions) with Rust ink on River Rock cardstock & then embossed the word "Hello" from Autumn Leaf Prints (now retired) with a Garden Green stampin spot & embossed with clear EP. I punched that out with a 1" Circle Punch and layered it to a 1 1/4" Circle of Garden Green that I pierced with the Crafter's Tool Kit. I added a piece of Hodgepodge Hardware, a Old Olive Brad and tied on some Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon.
My card base: Really Rust, followed by a layer of Garden Green that I stamped the Sanded Background on in Garden Green ink. Then I layered my 3 pieces of designer paper on slightly larger pieces of River Rock card stock. I ended up tying my bow at the bottom of the card instead of the top because I did an "OOPSIE" at the top and had to cover it up with my leaf so there wasn't room to put the bow at the top of the card. I added 2 small leaf charms on the side to complete the card.
For card #2 I used: Real Red Card stock followed by a layer of River Rock stamped with the Linen BG stamp in Old Olive ink. I used the "Dashing" designer paper mounted on Old Olive and added 2 Real Red brads to one side. For my focal point I punched a Giga Scalloped oval of Real Red dotted with a white gel pen. Then I layered a Mega Oval of Old Olive stamped with the Linen BG stamp on top of that. I bought a bunch of little wooden ornaments from JoAnn fabric last year and never used them so I thought this would be the perfect way to show them off so I used one of the little Santa Images. I tied a bow of Olive Green ribbon (May Arts) at the top this time. I did add the sentiment (Perfect Ending - retired) at the bottom right corner which wasn't part of the sketch but I like how it turned out.
So there you have it for this weeks challenge. Don't forget to check out all the other great blogs to see what everyone else came up with for this challenge. They are listed on the right side of my side bar under Blogger's Challenge Group.