Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My Cards and Tags: December 5th SOUS Card Challenge

So a few posts ago I announced my position on the Stuck On U Sketches Design Team.  Yay!  And if you aren't familiar with SOUS, here's the deal-i-o: they provide super cool and inspiring sketches for layouts, die cut projects and cards.  The fantabulous card sketches (I'm biased toward cards, of course) are posted every first and third Wednesday of the month.  So circle those dates on your calendars because those are the days you can go to the SOUS blog and be inspired!

I'll be honest: I love making cards, but sometimes the logistics (yikes!  That's a math-sounding word!) of where to put different elements can slow me down.  The GREAT thing about sketches is that someone's already been the logistical genius for you!  You still have a blank canvas (creatively speaking), but it's a blank canvas with oomph, with an outline, with direction.   A sketch gives your brain a break and leaves you free to simply make it pretty.

So without further ado (though I've already thrown in plenty of ado), here is the first card I created for SOUS:

And here is the sketch that I was given to create it from.  It's designed by Sandi, who is one of SOUS's Designers/Co-Creators (and quite brilliant, I might add):

SUCH an inspiring sketch!  It was very easy to build from!

For my card, I used the following materials:
Paper: My Mind's Eye, Prima
Die cuts/punches: Thread card (Papertrey Ink), 3D flower (Sizzix), butterflies (Martha Stewart)
Embellishments: yarn, vintage tape measure, ribbon, flowers (Prima), twigs (Holiday Inspirations)
Stamp: Studio G
Ink: Tim Holtz, Colorbox

As listed in the supplies, the "twig sprig" is from Holiday Inspirations.  When I bought it, it was a clump of brown twigs with white buds, which was snowy and winter-esque, but didn't work for this card.  So I simply rubbed some pink ink onto the white buds to achieve the "Spring" look I wanted.  Always helps to have season-changing techniques up your sleeve!

I'm excited to be a member of SOUS Design Team and I'm telling you-- if you're looking for a blog that never ceases to provide plenty of sketches and amazing examples of those sketches in use, check out SOUS!


  1. Love your logistically sounding logic! LOL! As for this beautiful card....WOW! The colors are amazing and your details and embellies are impeccable! Fabulous inspiration!

  2. Hi Andrea, I'm trying to contact you regarding some recent projects that you had listed in the Stampington magazines. Could you please email me at skuhlma1@fairview.org
    thanks Shelley Kuhlmann

  3. Wowzers! This is soooo freaking gorgeous! Glad I did the genius part (LOL) so you could add the beauty! Loving all the detail! Welcome aboard .. great first project!

  4. Oh, you so scored some points with Sandi!
    But really, this is outstanding and just WAY too pretty!
    The nerd is getting her pretty on! Woot Woot!
    LOL! (I'm thinking the amount of emails between us have put us in friend
    zone and so teasing is ok, yeah?)
    Very in love with this and the textures and details are just awesome!!!!!!!!


  5. Wow! Your card is very eye catching! As a non card maker (I'm on the layout team) I find your card amazing and kove everything about it!

  6. What a great card. I love all that texture you created in the design. Fabulous work.

  7. This card is so rustically gorgeous Andrea. All the beautiful little details come together beautifully, from the pretty flowers, butterflies, the tape measure the little tweaks of ribbon - perfect logistics...lol And we do have the most brilliant Leaders out there. Great to have you on the team... Hugs xx