Thursday, August 18, 2011

Add-on Week, Part 4

Add-on Sketch #8

You can download and print this sketch by clicking on the add-on sketches link found under the "printable sketches" tab on the right sidebar.

"Merry Christmas" card by Christine Chain
Supplies - paper and stickers: Echo Park; ink: Tsukineko; scallop punch: Stampin' Up!

After doing my Christmas two-page layout, I had a ton of scraps sitting on my desk. What better way to use them than in this month's add-on sketch? So instead of making a party hat, I made a fun Christmas tree!

The first thing I did was cut a sheet of scrap paper to 3 1/2" x 5". I cut my triangle base from that using the directions on the original sketch. Then, using the sketch as a guideline, I started laying leftover strips of paper across the base paper. I used more green than the other prints to keep it looking more like a tree than just a bunch of paper. Once everything was adhered, I trimmed the edges and inked them. I punched one strip with a scallop punch for the bottom of the tree.

I added a sticker to the top of the tree, on pop dots, for the star. I used two more stickers, also on pop dots, for the sentiment.

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"Oh Christmas Tree" by Lynette Jacobs
Supply list: Printed papers: Fancy Pants (Traditions); Tree embellishments: Making Memories (Falala); Letters: Making Memories (Falala); Brad used as star: The Paper Company; Bling: Kaiser Craft; Other: Metallic DMC thread

• I followed the sizing of the tree and used diagonal striped paper.

• I sewed along some of the lines with metalic thread.
• I added bling to some lines.
• I finished it off with a punched border along the bottom and a "star" on the top of the tree.

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"Believe" by Carolyn Wolff
Supply List -Patterned Paper: Imaginisce (Santa’s Little Helper), My Mind’s Eye (tree); Cardstock: Bazzill, Coredinations; Die-cuts: Imaginisce (Santa’s Little Helper); Stamp: Close to my Heart; Sparklets: Kaisercraft; Brads: Basic Grey; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Memento); Floss/Twine: DMC, Maya Road; Glitter accent: Stickles, Ranger (Red & Green); Template for Stitching: Crafters Workshop; Glitter: Diamond Dust; Liquid Appliqué: Uchinda

As soon as I saw this sketch I immediately thought of a Christmas tree.  I decided to make the add-on a focal point on a 2-page layout. 

Here are my tips for this layout:

Variation #1 – The most obvious variation is that I did not create a birthday hat.  I decided to make a Christmas tree instead.  I made my tree a bit taller that the dimensions given on the sketch.  I stuck with the 4-inch width, but I started with a 7-inch height.    

Variation #2 – I did not create the pattern shown on the sketch.  Instead I used some dark green twine and wrapped it around my tree like garland.  I added Sparklets for ornaments. 

Variation #3 – Instead of the scalloped border along the bottom, I replaced it with presents.  I also replaced the pom pom on top with a die-cut snowflake for the star on my tree. 

Other details:
• The sketch I used for my layout was from one of Allison’s sketch books. 
• I added liquid Appliqué to the sleigh, Santa and bird die-cuts.  I heat embossed it and that is what creates the bubbled effect.  On the sleigh I added some glitter before I applied the heat. 
• I added brads to the center of the candy border in matching colours. 
• I accented my page with stitching.  I used red twine for the top of my layout and a template and floss for the bottom.  I also added some stitching to the present die-cuts under the tree.


COScraps said...

Cute trees....Nice job ladies! What a great take on the sketch!

Lynette said...

Wow...I love the card and Carolyn...your layout is stunning.

dawn said...

I was hoping to see trees soon and you ladies really did awesome on them. They all look so pretty and colorful. Great job on all the details.

Carolyn Wolff said...

The first thing I thought of was a Christmas tree. I guess I wasn't alone. Beautiful card and Lynette, your layout is awesome. Great job ladies.

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Great layouts and card!

Janet said...

Wow...Love the christmas tree idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

Luv2talk said...

It's fun to watch you ladies bring these sketches to life. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Alisha said...

I totally saw a birthday hat :D