I have a tendency to always make my cards look exactly the same as the previous one! I tend to center and layer the same way with only a few variations. With that being said, I was really eager to try a new format without straying TOO far from what I'm used to! I'm still learning after all! I had Howard pick out a past card sketch for me from Card Positioning Systems. He chose sketch #181.
It's not THAT different from what I normally do, but it's different enough! Plus, those 3 squares there would mean that I'd be able to use some of my embellishments! Sketches are really just sources of inspiration. They don't have to be followed exactly, but for me, I pretty much did since I needed the help! This is the card I made using that sketch.
I had the sewing machine cut out already from the Nifty Fifties cartridge. A while ago, I was into just Cricut-ing and piecing together, so I had a few things saved. Since I was using a white card base, I used an Inkadinkado stamp from the Circles and Squares Inchie set to add some blue to the background. I also was initially going to layer the striped paper by itself, but because of the background, it was getting kind of lost, so I added the extra pink layer. I like that there's an extra splash of color since there's only 2 pieces of pink on the sewing machine.
The buttons were the best part! I rarely use buttons even though I have a bunch. I like that the sketch gave me a reason to use 3 buttons, and I think they matched well with the pink paper (all my buttons are from Oriental Trading). I attached them by just swiping the button on some ATG tape from my gun (without pressing the trigger).
I used the foam adhesive squares also from Oriental Trading to give the cut some pop. I stopped doing that for a while because I wasn't using Cricut cuts and also because I didn't want to run out! Well, I won't run out now since I just received my order of 4 extra packs of the 2248 squares for $5 each. Way cheaper than the other brands out there. They may not be as pretty, but they're behind the image and do the job!
The last thing I did was add the sentiment "Sew in Love" from the Pink by Design "Be Mine" set. As you can tell from my previous blog update, I love this company! I was going to try out for the Design Team, but I'm not quite at the point where I can come up with creative projects just yet. I was lured by the prospect of free stamps, but I know I'm just not ready yet! Maybe in the far off future! Right now, I'll just focus on updating this blog as often as I can!
Well, what do you think? I'm excited to be able to use more sketches in the future! It'll help me break out of my same ol' same ol' rut!