Apr 6, 2010

Paper Crafts Magazine “Go to Sketches” Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! Have you heard about Paper Craft Magazine’s special “Go to Sketches” issue? It is packed with ideas that I can’t wait to try!  I hadn’t heard about it until my friend and Paper Crafts “Go to Girl”  Teri asked me if I’d like to play along in the Go to Gals and Friends Blog Hop celebrating the publication of the magazine — I am so honored!

For those of you who don’t know Teri, she is one super talented stamper and paper crafter. Her blog always makes me smile — when she posts a new card, she “introduces” it like it’s a new friend — one common saying that she uses is “meet today’s card” — how fun! So in keeping with that…


Hee hee.  This is one of the sketches that Teri has in the magazine and the one that she asked us to use today.

The thing I love about sketches is how they can spark your creativity and give you a launching point — but! — there are no rules — you can change them out to suit your style or any idea that you have.  Here’s what I came up with!



As you can see, I kept the basic layout the same with the rounded rectangles and the message, but then I took off from there and reversed them since I wanted the birds to seem like they were looking at each other, plus I added flowers, pearls, and a bow!

(Supplies: Bird Trio, Poly Clear Thanks Sayings, Poly Clear Essential Messages, Cling Flowing Flowers and Leaves, pearls, Soft Vanilla ink,  and yellow and kraft notecards by Hero Arts. I used Copic markers to color the birds.  Momento rich cocoa ink.  Martha Stewart Flower punch.  American Crafts gingham ribbon.  Corner rounder punch by EK Success.  White pen (to make the faux stitching) and Old Paper distress ink (to go around the edges of the rounded rectangles) by Ranger.  Whew, that took longer to type than it did to make!  Oh and here’s a little tip: I punched the flowers out of the flap of a kraft envelope and then I lined the flap with white — looks cool!)

Now, some more about the hop — every comment that you leave while hopping around — including on this post — counts as an entry to win one of three copies of Go-to-Sketches — woo hoo!

And, to see what the four other girls that Teri invited to join the hop came up with, just click on over — and don’t forget to check out what Teri did, too!

Now, you just gotta hop over to the other Go-to-Girls blogs and check out FIVE more sketches and see what their friends came up with!  Those gals are:

And! The comment-to-win ends at midnight MDT on Wednesday, April 7, so hop to it for your chance to win this mega-zine!

Happy hopping + sketching,


  • this is lovely!! THose birds and the font of the thanks is really great!

  • I love what you’ve done with the sketch! That yellow background matches so well with everything else! Makes me very curious to see what the others have made with it!

  • Your card is adorable! I love that you used birds – it’s makes it so spring!

  • I love this saying…“meet today’s card”
    and todays card is so sweet… TFS I can’t wait to try this sketch thanks for the chance to win

  • Very sweet and a great take on the sketch!

  • LOVE your card, Lisa! Absolutely perfect!

  • This is one beautiful thank you card for this sketch.

  • wow… I love your card… amazing take on the sketch.

  • This is SO AMAZING! I love that happy yellow – and those panels just POP!
    Super take on the sketch!

  • What a lovely card, I think the sketch is a little tricky and you have come out with a winner of a card!

  • Beautiful card! Love the bright yellow color!

  • A happy card!  Love those birds.
    Eileen in NYC

  • Lovely birdies!!!

  • Hey there, sweet Lisa! :) Your card is so you and SO hot!!! I think my favorite part is the repeated “thank yous.” I can just hear those two song birds chirpin and chattin, lol! Love it. :)

  • What cute little birdies!

  • Beautiful card!!  I love those birds…and I’m not usually a bird stamp kinda gal!

  • Love your the birds!  very pretty card.

  • Very sweet card!

  • To Stinkin’ Cute. Love it

  • Adorable card! Love those colorful birdies!

  • Wow! These copic birds are amazing!!!

  • Such a FABULOUS card! I’m addicted to birds, so this card is my favorite in this blog hop so far. :)

  • So cheerful!

  • Love the repetition of the saying.  I’ll be using that!  Thanks for sharing!

  • You’re card is so pretty!! Love the little birds and the bright cheery colors~

  • Love the birds and all the thanks.  Too cute!

  • This is so fun!  love the fun use of sentiments!

  • What a sweet card! I love it! :)

  • Such a sweet card!! Love the yellow and your little birdies – it makes me smile:)

  • I love the birds on this layout–so cute!

  • birds are so cute for spring! love the colors too.

  • This card is soooooo wonderful! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

  • Great card from the sketch!

  • Aww…Lisa!  Love your card, so pretty how you colored in the 2 birds and then multiple stamped the sentiment, very effective!! Love the little scattered flowers!

  • What a bright, fun card!

  • Wow, this is adorable!

  • What  a super fun card!

  • Adorable card.  I just love the bird stamps

  • Ohhhhhhh this is beautiful!  Love the use of copic markers on the birds. TFS!

  • Love your birds and the fun message!

  • Lisa, your cards are always awesome!

  • This card is so sweet.  I like the way you used the dimensionals!

  • So “tweet”.

  • SHUT UP!!! Oh, how I love the birdies!  And, these colors?!  Eep!!!

  • Love it! The spring colors are inspiring!

  • this card makes me so happy, i love this so much!

  • So sweet. I love the simplicity and how the birds really pop off the card. Thanks for sharing.

  • I’m copying you.  Love what you did.  :)

  • Cute Cute Cute

  • Lisa, you are way too nice! :) Thanks so much for taking part.
    This is such a great card. Love that you stamped! YAY!
    Love that you used birds. Love the feel.
    Love it all the way around!
    Hope you are having a fun time with the hop!

  • Adorable card.

  • Lisa, this is such a sweet card – love the colors and adorable birds!

  • I just love your fresh fun card, great take on the sketch!!

  • Beautiful card!  I love the yellow and the birds!

  • Oh how I love this card! Just fabulous!

  • So excited to find you on the hop…love your style and your card…it reminds me of your beloved prairies.  Thank you.

  • Oh sweet birds of Spring!  What a funtastic reminder of the joys of their songs! 
    Great take on Teri’s sketch for sure!


  • Simply adorable!  :)

  • WOW! I love what you did with Teri’s sketch.

  • great idea! Looks so professional. You are amazing.

  • Love the coloring you did on the birds!  Great card!

  • Bright yellow and cute birds…lovely card!

  • L0ve all the thank yous on the card paird with the filled with many thanks – great pun.  The color combo is fabulous!

  • Very sweet!  Love all the thank you’s with that sentiment.  I can see doing that on my own cards!

  • Love the Bird Trio stamp set! I have to get me a copy of that stamp set.

  • So pretty, love those birds!

  • What a cute card!

  • Love your card! Looks like a great issue! Would love to win it. :)

  • Great job on your card.  Love the birds!!

  • very cheery!! I love the yellow and cute birdies!!

  • How can you go wrong with birds? They are one of my favorite subjects…

  • I absolutely love this card! I love all of the thank yous!

  • Lisa…I love the yellow too and that cuuute birdies ooh what an adorable card…

  • Very cute! TFS

  • Love the birds. Pretty card.

  • Love your card and especially the sentiment!!

  • So cute, I am loving the birds. 

  • Such a springy (word?) looking card. Love it.

  • Love these blog hops and seeing all the different ideas. All are so clever!!!

  • thank you for being so detailed in what products/tools you used! love the card, great use of the sketch.

  • Way cute and creative job!

  • Woo – such a sweet fresh card that is full of sunshine!

  • Gorgeous card Lisa!  Love your use of these birds on this great sketch!
    ps I am enjoying the abundance of all of the wildflowers too this year!

  • Sweet card! Love the birds!

  • Sweet take on Teri’s sketch.

  • Cute card! Love the birds!

  • Love the card!  I’m such a sucker for birds.  They’re so cute!

  • Beautiful thank you card!

  • Very Cute!  I really like the birds and the faux stitching.  Your card is so bright and cheerful!

  • You are one talented lady!

  • How pretty and sweet!

  • Wow! What a card! This is so beautiful! This is my first visit to your blog… but not the last! Thanks for sharing Lisa!

  • Love these birds!

  • So pretty, Lisa!

  • so cute Lisa, I luvthe cute lil birdies! I luv the colors!
    Clouds :)

  • Love your take on the sketch-very cute.  Thanks for sharing!

  • I just love these birds!  So pretty.
    lisa a.

  • Very cute birdie card!  I really like your take on the sketch!

  • Wonderful card!  Love those birds!

  • Likin your take on the sketch.

  • awww.. so tweet Lisa.. i love your take on the sketch.. beautiful coloring and so bright and fun :) off to start hopping :)

  • Fun take on the sketch! Love how you wrote, “Meet Teri’s sketch” – just like she always does on her blog! :)

  • Hey Lisa…I love your card and especially the way you used the sketch…thanks for the great idea…

  • GREAT card!  Love your colors and the way you used the layout!

  • So glad to “meet” your card!

  • This is a very clever card, love your take on the sketch!

  • What different and wonderful ideas you all have.  Great card…

  • Cute, cute, cute!  Thanks for letting us hop by!

  • i LOVE your take on this sketch!

  • What a sweet take on the sketch!  :)

  • This is too stinkin’ cute!

  • fabulous take on the sketch! super cute!

  • Adorable, love the fun color combo!

  • What a cute card?  I love the little birds. TFS

  • This is so sweet or should I say ‘tweet’?

  • Love your card, the colours are pretty and those birds are so cute, thanks for sharing

  • cute birdies!  Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  • Very TWEET notecard!  Love it!

  • Loved your card!  and your take on the sketch!  Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  • Love that card. The image/sentiment combo is so cute. And that yellow background is perfect.

  • Love your cute birds and the card! 

  • love the idea of the hop – how fun!  your card is so cute!

  • ohhh I want to win, we don’t have this mag here.

  • Cute card!  I love how you did the sentiments with the birds.

  • Great thank you cards!!  Very creative!

  • Wow. Completely adorable. LOVE your take on the sketch. The color scheme is stunning, too. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing!

  • Great sketch & awesome card. Thanks for playing along, I’m having a hopping good time!

  • Great card. This sketch is sure going to inspire all of us.

  • what happy little birds. such a bright and cheery card.

  • Love the little birds! Tweet/sweet!

  • Oh Lisa, this card is beyond beautiful! Love it’s sunny appeal and amazing creativity!

  • Such a happy, bright, ADORABLE card!!!  LOVE it!!!

  • I love those cute birds! Thanks for sharing!

  • love your sweet little card!

  • I LOVE this idea, thanks for sharing! What you did is awesome! Man I’m feeling so creative now. :D

  • Love your card and the sketch!

  • What a fabulous interpretation of the sketch!!  I love the beautiful images and the fresh colors.  Thanks for sharing!!

  • Love your card!  Great sketch & interpretation!!

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