Thursday, 14 June 2012

Same sketch, different view

Good morning all,
First I must say thank you for all the fantastic comments you have left for me over the past two days, you are all so kind and it is a pleasure getting to know you all.

I am actually typing this just before I am about to post it as I have been up all night again.  I am fine so please don't worry,  it's just one of my wide awake nights.
Anyway, I designed a sketch that I used for yesterdays card and I have used the same sketch but mirrored it for todays card.  Of course I have used completely different card and embellishments but I thought it would be a good way to show you how I like to do similar but in a fresh way.
By doing this sort of thing you can use one sketch (layout) for a card and just by turning it around you have four ways to make it different.  Then mirror the position of everything and you have another four ways etc. So of course by changing all the papers, embellishments etc you could spend a whole week just using one layout and produce something totally different every single day.  It actually is a wonderful way to keep crafting whenever you have a lack of crafting mojo.
Try it yourself one day.  Find a card that has a layout you adore and use it as a sketch/layout and just turn it around and make your next card from it.  You will be surprised at how different it looks and if you are really crafty (notice the pun) you can make it so no one would every know it was a layout you used yesterday or whenever!

As you can tell from the picture, the only thing, besides the layout, that I kept was a flower. Everything else is totally different.
In place of the embossed background I used Teresa Collins floral paper, then I used MME Lush trellis paper, vintage ribbon and Persian Accents lace border in place of the pleated velvet ribbon and banners.  Next instead of pins coming from my flowers I used diecut leaves and the flower sat on a Persian Motif diecut instead of a bow.  The last change was one fancy button (with shank removed) glued on top of a flattened large beadcap in place of the pearl swirls.
So all in all the same but as I said,  totally different.  I do hope you like it and can see the advantage of retaining your own ideas and recycling them.  We often forget to check out our own creations for inspiration, all too often we think we have to look elsewhere, when in fact we have probably created loads of cards that could be turned upside down and inside out to produce something, again totally wonderful.
Well thats it for now.  If my grandson has his nap later I will put up my next tips and storage post. Fingers crossed please.... lol!
I hope you all have a wonderful day.  Hugs Linda xx


  1. Hi Linda, I think you and Sue Wilsonhave must be telepathic as both of your cards look very similar today on my blogger. I love this card Lin, I kept looking at the little flower thinking "how''d she do that" it looks vert effective, another one I will steal. Have a rest today if you can, best wishes, Lesley xx

  2. Morning Linda, this is gorgeous. I love the papers, I was watching Teresa Collins on C&C yesterday and loving all her papers and elements...hope you get a restful day, hugs Carole Z XX

  3. Hiya another beautiful card today. What you say is very true I do often forget to check back on my own designs for inspiration. Note to self must do in the future. I hope you have a relaxing day as you have not had a relaxing night. Hugs Kelly

  4. Hi Linda

    A very clever way of looking at things.Sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees and it needs a little push from somebody like you to make us stop and examine both our4self and our work and then with just a few tweaks you have something completely different. Great stuff.

    Have a restful day!

    love from Christine x

  5. Hi Linda,
    I'm a little later today. Was up till the early hours designing the C Beebies card. Got it all in place now just need to glue it. As for your card today it's wonderful. Love those papers. I hope you make it through the day with no sleep, maybe you will get time for a quick nap later if grandson allows. Have a great crafty day everyone. I hope the Sun is shinning where you are.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. Hi Linda this is my first visit to your blog and will be having my daily fix. I am also a wide awake person, crafting in the middle of the night is norm. Love your card and will have to scroll through to look at your previous posts for ideas. I follow Sue Wilson's blog every day and see you're also a fan.


  7. Hi Linda
    Your card is stunning. The colours are gorgeous. That's a great tip about using the same sketch and just mirroring the elements and changing papers etc. I think I shall try that as I do seem to be stuck for ideas a bit at the moment.
    Hope you have a good day
    Hugs Sue

  8. Morning sweetie this is stunning I love this paper and have a sheet but was at a loss as what to do with it, the colours go so well together, I have just read your comments, thank you so much for your support it means the world hugs Pops x x x

  9. Morning Linda, just love this card and will have a go when I can find the right papers. Please take care of yourself and hope you will be able to rest. Hugs, Christie H xx

  10. Hi Linda,
    This is a very pretty card. I often look back at cards I made months ago and get ideas for new ones and like you I'm also a night worker!
    Take care
    Eileen x

  11. What a beautiful card! The paper background is lovely and I especially like the Persian lace border!(they are on my wish list!)x

  12. What a gorgeous card Linda. Love the background paper and the wonderful die cuts and the flower. Two very different cards using the same sketch.

  13. A gorgeous card Linda. I love the Persian dies and have them available in my Ebay store!

    Sarah x

  14. This is one of my favourite cards Linda just because of the colours used. That splash of colour from the flower is really great! Really makes the card stand out! This is the sort of design that can be used over and over again with different papers and colours and it will look soooo different each time. I have been inspired!!!

    Hugs Sue P xx


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