Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Challenge Blogs

I don't know what's wrong with me these days but I can't seem to come up with layout ideas on my own. Thankfully, there are so many wonderful sketch and challenge blogs I can turn to for inspiration. Just today, there are two new ones that have launched ...
Candy Shoppe Designs
Point Blank Period.
Funnily enough, both are being sponsored this month by Wendy Rago of Bad Girls Kits. Gorgeous kits with fantastic designers. I check out the gallery every month and am never disappointed.
This past month, I've been working off sketches almost exclusively. I just don't have the energy to put into coming up with a plan and it's just so simple to grab a sketch and go from there.
I try to do at least one sketch from Inspired Blueprints each month. I managed two of them in August. This is my most recent.

This font from American Crafts is my favorite at the moment but I don't always have the right colour. A neat trick I stumbled on was using Ranger Alcohol Inks on the white glitter chipboard alphas. You can adjust the intensity of the colour by the amount you apply and the glitter still shines. I'm running out of them though. I should buy a few more packs because I love the versatility.

52 Sketches ... 52 Weeks is another sketch challenge blog that I've recently stumbled upon. Noel Mignon was an August sponsor so I had to make sure I did a layout for the last sketch.

I used a chipboard tree from Riff Raff Designs as a mask for the Maya Mist. I've been hoarding that tree for at least a year. This way, I still have it to use on another project. Or to have sit on my desk for another year. It's one of those things that I just can't bear to use because if I do, I won't have it anymore. Quite sad.

Now I'm off to check out the new sketches and challenges that will be popping up today!
If you have any challenge blogs that you love, link me to them!


Heather said...

Thanks for the tip about alcohol ink on glitter letters...what a cool idea! Love your new layouts!!

Mama Tuttle said...

Love the layouts! Great work! 52 sketches is great isn't it!!