Sketch Time – JAI#310 & GDP#034

In this crazy world I call life, I have missed a few challenges of late due to time constraints.  Too much real life and not enough craft!  Now that doesn’t seem like a good balance does it?!?

Thankfully I managed to squeeze in some craft time over the past few days and I am entering this card for the Just Add Ink #310 sketch challenge {AND} the Global Design Project #034 sketch challenge.  Both challenge blogs have very similar elements in their sketches – how cool is that!?!

I’m not sure if it’s all above board to be merging sketches – so apologies if this forms a big challenge no-no, but I loved them both and didn’t want to choose one blog over the other for entry. They both inspired my final design.

I took the watercolour inspiration from the GDP blog and started to watercolour a JAI inspired circle (that didn’t work out by the way!).

I then cut out a large circle and used this as a template for my Gorgeous Grunge creation.  It’s a mix of Pool Party, Soft Sky & gold heat embossing.

JAI#310 & GDP#034 - Sketch Inspired. Gorgeous Grunge Dandelion Birthday Card. Kelly Kent -

Because the template (made of cardstock) formed a raised edge, I didn’t get a perfect circle – it was more like a dandelion.  And the card was created from there!

JAI#310 & GDP#034 - Sketch Inspired. Gorgeous Grunge Dandelion Birthday Card. Kelly Kent -

The final touch was inspired by Jessica Williams’ Artisan Design Team card during the week – gold thread hand-stitching.  It’s so luxurious and the perfect way to finish a ‘white space’ card like this.

Gold thread hand-stitching on my Gorgeous Grunge Dandelion card. Kelly Kent -

The stitching took ages – but was very therapeutic.  There’s just something lovely about the symmetry of it!

Stitching on cards is one of my favourite finishes – I must do more of it!!!  Thankfully the metallic thread is carrying-over to the new catalogue.  I wonder what new colours will join in for 2016???  Just over 3 weeks til all the new catalogue questions are answered.  I can’t wait!  Kelly x

PS, a very Happy Mother’s Day to all my blog readers xxx

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