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Monday, February 8, 2021

APTS challenge blog February 2021 Sketch

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart is getting excited as I prep this post's draft before I actually start making my design team inspiration card for this new monthly challenge at A Place To Start challenge blog! Chana has selected a sketch to follow. If a newcomer to sketch challenges, the sketch can be rotated or even adjusted to fit a different shaped card like square instead of the vertical layout shown below. Flowers don't have to be used on the edge of the circle. But ideally having 2 of something same size or larger or smaller. Some liberties for your layout can be taken but the essence of the sketch design needs to be reflected in your creation. APTS February 2021 challenge month starts Monday, 2/8/2021.

My design team inspiration card=

For my sketch interpretation, I thought it would be fun design wise to go with a curved edge to the horizontal pieces rather than with the ribbon tail v-cut. With the round buttons and curved upper heart lines I thought it would be terrific to curve those paper edges, too. And the other significant tweak I did was instead of having 2 flowers/objects near the focal shape, I moved one down to the lower right corner. I thought with the size of the buttons and my overall card plus the solid color cardstock, the ring of flowers button looked great in the corner. I also didn't want to cover up more of that wonderful striped patterned paper strip...don't know who produce that striped paper but the mix of tones is great!

APTS' February 2021 sketch layout to follow=

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APTS challenge blog link=


design and vendor notes about this sketch card:

1. base of card is the neon green; top-folded; 4.25" wide x 5.5" long; 

2. all other cardstocks and papers used were from my scraps basket (YEA!)

3. buttons and waxed cording in a coordinated set are from Webster Pages; these are the newest supply featured on this card and also the first time I've used out of the set that I got several months back

4. stamp is an old one in my collection for many years now; and my black ink pad is starting to fade out on me, so that will be 1 new supply I will allow myself to purchase...I've got so much accumulated in the past 3 years since our house fire. Luckily I did have craft products stored in the garage, so I didn't have to totally start completely brand new. But for making cards, primarily, a couple of times per week on average I'm not using up stickers and papers as much as I probably should be...and then it's so tempting to see new products and collections that everyone is using...sigh...


other challenge blogs and Facebook groups where this card's photo or this posting will be linked=

a. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog; Always Anything Goes theme; blog badge is below


b. Simply Create Too challenge blog; Hearts theme; blog badge is below 


c. Mixed Media Creativity group in Facebook

d. Paper, Paper, Paper, & Design Team Calls group in Facebook


Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Design team member for: [1] A Place To Start; [2] Createful Heart Designs; [3] My Time to Craft; and [4] My Time to Craft Christmas


  1. Such a fun sketch! Love the bright colors! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Owner and Coordinator

  2. I am very glad you joined us this week at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. I hope you had a fantastic time!!! See you back very soon to play in another amazing challenge. :)


    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Design Team Member

  3. What a great card! Love how you used the sketch. Thanks so much for joining us at Lil Patch of Craft Friends! Julie, DT Member


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