Friday, August 26, 2011

Paper Crafts Magazine Presents: Bonus Sketch Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Bonus Sketch Blog Hop from Paper Crafts Magazine! (Make sure you read on for info on not one, but two super-fun giveaways!) One of the proudest moments of my life was when I was first published in Paper Crafts Magazine last year -- it opened up a whole new world of paper-crafting to me and I made so many new friends. Now, another of one of the best things to ever happen to me happened a few months ago when I got word that I would have SIX cards published in the incredible new special issue, Card Ideas for Paper Crafters! Today, I have the honor of participating in the Bonus Sketch Blog Hop with an incredible line-up of talented paper artists! I had such a blast creating cards for the issue -- I'm a "sketch" gal and find the most inspiration from a cool, fun, or unique design and I am over the moon to be a part of this special issue (pick up your copy HERE!)


At the end of this scrumptious issue are 12 fabulous bonus sketches. For today's hop, I chose this wonderful sketch from the uber-talented Heidi Van Laar. What I adore about sketches is that you as a designer are free to use it in any way that works for you -- flip it, turn it, remove an element, add an accent...whatever works! For this card, I used the sketch as inspiration for a thank you card filled with summer goodness. Now, for more sketchy inspiration, be sure to hop on to the other wonderful designers on the hop.


  • Julia Stainton  

  • Teri Anderson  

  • Chan Vuong  

  • Lindsay Amrhein  

  • Kalyn Kepner   

  • Regina Mangum (you're here!)  

  • Angeline Yong  

  • Heidi Van Laar  

  • Kimberly Crawford  

  • Vanessa Menhorn


  • Plus, one lucky commenter from each blog will win a copy of Card Ideas for Paper Crafters! So, leave me a comment telling me what you love about sketches (or what you find most challenging) and I'll send one commenter a copy of your very own -- be sure to leave an email address where you can be contacted! (Comments must be left by Midnight, Sunday, August 28) But wait, there's more! When you're done drooling over all the amazing projects by these talented ladies, head back to Paper Crafts Connection and leave a comment for a chance to win this FUN PRIZE:

    BEAN NOTES
    Stamps: sentiment from Friendship Blooms set (Taylored Expressions)
    Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Basic Grey (Stampin' Up!)
    Dye Ink: Riding Hood Red (SU!)
    Tools: Square Punches (EK Success); Punch Pack (SU!)
    Accents: Aqua Mist Buttons (Papertrey Ink)
    Fibers: Twine (generic)
    Dies: Bugabee Bugs Taylored Die and Friendship Blooms Taylored Die (TE); Blossom Party Originals (Sizzix for SU!)


      164 comments:

      btsoi. said...

      Love this sketch and what you did with it :)

      Craftilicious said...

      This is so fabulous - the sketch looked really complex to me, but your card shows how clean and fabulous it can be. Just stunning :-D

      Karen said...

      great card...

      Handmade Cards by Archana said...

      Absolutely awesome!!love the colours on the white.heidi will be happy to see your awesome take on her sketch.

      Maureen Morton said...

      What a fun and colorful card! I thought that this sketch was confusing when I saw it, but you handled it beautifully! I can't wait to get my hands on this issue! Thanks!

      Jeanette Marchand said...

      I love your card, Regina! The ladybugs are adorable.

      Leigh Ann Baird said...

      Stunning!

      diana said...

      What a lovely card! Great interpretation of the sketch using embellished squares. This card made me smile. TFS ;-)

      Jen W. said...

      Gorgeous! Love those sweet ladybugs!

      Karen Buck said...

      This card is right up my alley! Love all the little die cuts. The theme is adorable and the colors are perfect. Love it!

      Charlene said...

      I LOVE your fun take on this sketch!

      Rachel W K said...

      this is the sketch that really caught my eye I love what you did with it! The embossed squares look so cool

      Janice said...

      I love this sketch and your card, so beautiful!

      Annette said...

      very cute..love your take on the sketch...thanks for sharing

      mcgeechs said...

      Simply adorable. Love the mix of the lady bugs with the flowers. thanks for sharing.

      Marlena M. said...

      I really like the way you were subtle with those squares. Great idea to make them white. I love the dimension in your card. ;)

      Michele said...

      I love the sketch and the use of the buttons. It brings the card to life. Super cute!!! Thanks!

      Pam said...

      This is fabulous! Love how you made that sketcdh come alive so brilliantly!

      joy said...

      The sketch alone would intimidate me, but your card is a great example of how to turn a sketch into a very interesting and pretty card! Thanks!

      Agata said...

      Isn't this card sweet? Love the bugs and flowers!

      mtscrapgal said...

      The dry embossing is very effective use of the sketch. Love the lady bugs.Thanks

      Becky Garrison said...

      Super cute card! I love how you popped up some elements to give it a feel of movement and dimension!

      McStamper said...

      Love your card.

      Yvonne said...

      Love the ladybugs!

      Houses Built of Cards said...

      Absolutely BEAUTIFUL take on the sketch! LOVE what you did! I love sketches because they inspire me to stick my neck out and try something new!

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      Kelly Massman said...

      How darling!

      Heather said...

      Gorgeous card! I love it, and how you used the sketch! So inspiring.

      Michele said...

      Really creative way to use the sketch!

      Lynn (toomanycrayons) said...

      Wow - what a great interpretation of that sketch. I was hoping a designer would tackle that one - so interesting !

      Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

      love your card Ilove using sketches bc sometime I need that motivation to jumpstart my creativity...

      Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

      forget to add my email

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      Katiria said...

      Love your texture

      Shanon said...

      Really cute card. I use sketches more for scrapping than card making. I should try it the next time I make a few.

      Becky said...

      love, love, love your color combo! And the dimension you created in the squares beneath with white on white is amazing!

      Debbi said...

      I love your take on this sketch. When I looked at this card, I smiled. It's a happy card to me.

      T to the Essa said...

      Personally, I love the sketch, and I'm digging your card even more. I love the colors you used - I'm not a very BRIGHT colors person (for cards, anyway).

      Auntie Em said...

      I love your ladybug and flower card! The soft colours are so pretty. Great take on the sketch. I can see this one being such a versatile sketch to run with.
      Thanks for sharing! :)

      Laura Isham said...

      This card is abslutely adorable! I really love the sunflower.

      lgm52 said...

      Adore this card...and the 3-d effects add so much!

      cards by cara said...

      This is a great take on the sketch! Really fun!

      pcrusberg said...

      When I saw this sketch I was hoping someone would use it. I really like your interpretation.

      Mrs.Kwitty said...

      Really fun and interesting....like a real garden with lots to look at.
      Smiles, Karen

      Crafty Cort said...

      I love the card. The sketch looked difficult but you made it easier to interpret. I would say that's my biggest challenge. I have a hard time incorporating the materials I have using a sketch but practice makes perfect right?

      Flo - Sweetideas said...

      So cute Love the ladybugs and the sketch.

      dlwidder said...

      Fantastic take on the sketch! Love it! TFS

      Jessica said...

      I love the squares behind your die cut images. Are they an embossed part of the card or did you layer card stock?

      Tammy V said...

      Love the ladybugs and the use of the buttons as the flower center.

      Carol said...

      Very pretty card; love how you interpreted the sketch. tfs

      Hussena said...

      loved your card its simply gorgeous .

      SherylH said...

      When I first saw that sketch I couldn't figure out what one would do with it, but you have certainly nailed it with this gorgeous card with the layering and pop of colour on white.

      lreadysetlovel said...

      Very cute! Love how you did this sketch. :)

      Lauren
      readysetlove@me.com

      Lindsay Lee said...

      Love the ladybugs and flowers with button centres! Thanks for the inspiration!

      Kelly Thompson said...

      This is such a great card!! Amazing what you have done with this sketch!

      Angela said...

      Love the raised squares behind the ladybugs and flowers! Neat touch and beautiful card!

      *Alison* said...

      Oh my heavens.. this is beautiful.. I just love your color combo, and the way you put elements on top of the squares.. 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

      Savannah O'Gwynn said...

      OH MY! What a clever little card--love all the embossing and the ladybugs! So cute:)

      Lisa Condreay said...

      Love how you make an overwhelming sketch seem so simple to do. Awesome card.

      Corinna said...

      What a fabulous card! It's sophisticated with the white on white mats, and yet whimsical with the die cut insects. Really nice Regina!!

      Amanda said...

      What a fun interpretation of that sketch. I have been inspired and now have an idea for the ladybug stickers I have been collecting!

      Carrie said...

      Thanks for the opportunity, the layout is wonderful, love the ladybugs!!! thanks for the idea!!

      Karen said...

      OOOOoo...I'm drooling over this prize package. Your darling inspiration is awesome, so thanks for participating and inspiring us with these great sketches.
      Karen

      bosenberries said...

      Love the clean look of the layered squares in the background! Really cute card!
      Robin

      mommakatx6 said...

      Great interpretation of the sketch. Beautiful card. The ladybugs are adorable.

      Beth M said...

      Love all those flowers and ladybugs on your card. Super cute! I love how sketches jump start the creative process.

      Chunyuan said...

      adorable card. Thanks for the inspiration.

      Elicia P said...

      Ooooh this is so cute! I love the use of all the die-cuts. Makes me think of spring all over again!

      Nona said...

      What a clever take on the sketch! LOVE your card, Regina! :)

      Sylvia said...

      Wow! Regina, this is fabulous! I was wondering about this sketch!

      Unknown said...

      I loved this sketch and the freedom to use any element for the grand sweep off the page. Thanks for sharing.

      marylouh said...

      Hadn't thought about using little things to fill in a design.

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      Basement Stamper said...

      adorable, love all those different flowers!

      Blissmade Designs said...

      Love your creative card and sketch!

      sharon g said...

      I'm a gardener, so I LOVE that card!!!!!

      Glenda J said...

      So adorable! Love all the little details.

      Rhonda Miller said...

      This is gorgeous. I love the butterflies. TFS.

      Michelle said...

      oh my!! You did a fabulous job with this very difficult looking sketch.
      I love your little bugs :-)

      Lillian Child said...

      Your take on this sketch is nothing short of amazing. So very very lovely! Great creativity!

      Katie Ann Brooks said...

      so cute, I love what you have done with this card! It is just perfect!

      cheryl (clee') said...

      I had looked at some of the sketches and this one was the one that intriqued me the most. Love what you did with it - the colors are fab, and using round elements on the squares is more fabulous!

      Linda said...

      this is absolutely fabulous!!! I love,love,love the white detail "frames" you used under the elements!

      Marie / Legojenta said...

      Love the scatter of this sketch, and how you translated the squares to be bugs and flowers =) TFS!

      Sue D said...

      Very cute--love the ladybugs!
      slrdowney at hotmail dot com

      McVic said...

      love what you did with the sketch!
      the flowers are really cute with the buttons!

      Pamela Haskin said...

      Love the way you interpreted this sketch. I'm going to try one like this to give to my mom. She would love it.

      Jillisgram said...

      Sketches really help me out when I get a crafting block. You made a really cute card with this sketch!

      Susan said...

      pretty card

      Katrin said...

      This card is so cute...I love it

      missyboynton said...

      I really liked this sketch when I saw it, and love your card! So fresh and clean! Thanks!

      Luv2Homeschool said...

      My favorite! I adore buttons and ladybugs! I look forward to seeing the magazine!

      Cathy said...

      What a creative idea for the card. I absolutely love it!
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      candi said...

      This is wonderful! My favorite! I love that sketch & your take on it is amazing!

      Emily Leiphart said...

      This is gorgeous, Regina! I love all those colours and layers popped on double white squares.

      Pat said...

      This was the bonus sketch that caught my eye, too! I LOVE what you did w/it! So cute!

      Lalo aka "missbliss" said...

      who doesn't like ladybugs??? This card is cute.

      ~Shari said...

      This is a challenging sketch and you made it look so professional!
      ~Shari R.

      Swedie said...

      I like the way you used the sketch! I think it would have been a challenge for me.

      Monika Reeck said...

      cute bugs cute flowers and lovely colors...love your card Regina...

      eunice said...

      So cute. I saw the sketch so literally with all the little squares - love what you did with it!

      Jen Carter said...

      That is so cute and fuN!! Love all your little die cuts!!

      Priya Mohan said...

      Lovely card.. the ladybug is so cute!

      DonnaSue said...

      Two of my favorites...ladybugs and flowers! Love it!

      Elise C. said...

      Wow, your card is so cute! I love what you did with the sketch! Thanks for sharing!!

      Elizabeth said...

      Wow how cute! I love the bugs:) http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

      Helen F. said...

      Oh Regina, when I saw this sketch, my mind went in a totally different direction ~ but not nearly as adorable as your take here! Love your buttons, flowers and loooove bugs :o)

      silvia said...

      Fabulous card!! LOVE the ladybugs!!

      Carisa said...

      ok, this is fantastic!!!

      Amanda M said...

      This card is amazing! I love everything about it. The white on white squares are spot on! Sketches for me are perfect because they give me the jump start I need without restricting me.

      Helen L said...

      Love those happy bugs and flowers: you rocked this sketch!!

      wandaguess said...

      This is stunning! WOW... I so love the color choices and the layout is really spectacular! Have a great weekend Regina! :-)

      Lin said...

      Your card is so unique - I think that sketch would be so difficult to interpret, but you've done a fabulous job - love the repeating motifs increasing in size! Thanks for the inspiration, Regina!

      Karen B. said...

      Congratulations! Your card is really awesome, great colors!

      Elizabeth said...

      Love what you did with this sketch. Super cute ladybugs!

      photochic said...

      Oh my goodness!! The ladybugs are so so cute! Awesome take on the awesome sketch!

      Teresa Zuehls said...

      What a sweet card! I love what you did with the sketch. It is so adorable and the colors are grogeous together.

      Renee VanEpps said...

      This is so gorgeous! Fabulous card :)

      paperpapier said...

      cute buttons play on this card...so cute!

      Scrappin Abby said...

      Hi Regina..your card is beautiful. I love your take on the sketch. One thing I love about using sketches is the floodgate of creativity they produce when you start working on your project. The possibilities are just endless and it's so fun to see others take on the same sketch.

      Thanks for sharing : )

      Carol's Ink Spot said...

      Love your card! Wonderful sketch and your take on it is beautiful!

      Kelly Braund said...

      Super cute, love the little ladybugs!

      Cynthia B. said...

      Lovely card! The flowers + buttons and the ladybugs against the crisp white of the card is so pretty. Love this issue because so many people have such creative takes on the sketches! TFS!

      Susan said...

      What a great card Regina! I would never have come up with such a terrific idea after seeing that sketch. Thanks for sharing with us so that we can be inspired to create ourselves.

      Mailee said...

      Love the dimensions on your card. I was wondering how someone would use this sketch. Great job.

      Mint... said...

      I like this sketch as well, you just illustrate an excellent example here!

      Jami said...

      Oh my goodness Regina - I love your take on that fun crazy sketch! So super cute! I love working with sketches - sometimes I feel like I can't stamp with one.

      Julia said...

      Sometimes it's difficult to compose and put all the details well in the card, I find sketches extremely handy.
      I thought the sketch you used would be rather difficult to implement, but the way you did it is really well job done :D

      Kary said...

      Regina, your card is so fun, and I love how you interpreted the sketch!! Ingenious!! Really adore your card ;)

      Janet L. said...

      Your card is awesome! I love how you used the sketch and all the little elements!! Great job.

      Conniecrafter said...

      Love what you have done with this sketch!

      Krysta said...

      Oh. My. Goodness. I could stare at this card all day! Ever since childhood, I've been in love with ladybugs. This card is beyond cute!

      Jeni said...

      Cute card! I love all of the ladybugs.

      bbsox55 said...

      Love your card!

      Jennifer Rzasa said...

      So much fun! I love the white on white matting.

      Jnett said...

      Love your interpretation of the sketch.

      Lee said...

      sweet card! I love the ladybugs!

      bzyPTmom said...

      I love your card--all the 3D elements are cool and it looks the background is embossed--make it look quite elegant! Thanks for sharing!

      Wendy said...

      Darling interpretation of the sketch!

      Caroline said...

      what cute cards. thanks for sharing & the chance towin

      Bethany said...

      What a great card that smiles summer :) I love this sketch too, its very fresh. Congrats on all your recent accomplishments!

      La Vikinga said...

      Hi Regina; I have never seen a card like this before; with all those squares! But now I'll totally download the sketches and try myself!

      La Vikinga / Charlotta

      Maria Matter said...

      WoW this is beautiful Regina!!! definitely brought a smile!

      Sandi said...

      I love it! Just makes me smile!

      Frann said...

      I love what you did with this sketch. It's such a happy card!

      Indy said...

      This sketch looks really scary to me, but your take is incredible. (Made the sketch less scary!) Great job!

      trena p said...

      I love this card, it's so cool and different

      catnap said...

      I love this sketch; what a fresh new idea for a card. Really love what you did with it; the embellishments are beautiful.

      rush said...

      this is too darn cute! what a wonderful take on the sketch. i love the subject!

      Cherri said...

      I love working with sketches. It is such a fun way to get the imagination flowing. Love what you did with this sketch, It's beautiful.

      Sharon D from Canada said...

      Cute card! I love the mix of ladybugs and flowers! Thanks for the chance to win!

      Softail_Baby81 said...

      This was one of my fave sketches...but what u've done with it....well it's a definite card-lift!!!! Love all the colors, espescially w/ the fall season coming and of course what u've done with the design is impeccably clean and brilliant!

      Ravengirl said...

      Summer goodness for sure! This is darling!

      Westiewoof said...

      Love your selection of colors. Very unexpected!

      Isha said...

      Great take on the sketch. Love your card. TFS

      Wendy said...

      this is so cool and cute, love the way you used the sketch.

      mandalj said...

      So cute! I really love the colours you've used to complement the red ladybirds!

      Katie Gehring said...

      This card is super sweet! Love you take on the sketch!

      Diana said...

      Just beautiful. I would never have thought to do that!!

      Donelda said...

      This was one of my fav of the 12 sketches and I love what you did with it!! the colors are so soft and delish!!

      jengd said...

      Great card- fabulous take on the sketch!

      Katie said...

      Very cute! Love the white background and the colors you chose. It turned out great! Thank you for sharing.

      Katie B.

      Trinh said...

      Love your take on this sketch! Those ladybugs are sooo cute!

      cnuland said...

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

      Mandi said...

      I love the scattered embellishments.

      Victoria S. said...

      Love the sketch love what you did with it. i like sketches - gives me a place to start.

      NanaBeth said...

      Your card is adorable!Thank you for such happy inspiration.