In the Mood for a Sketch – Group Post and Fan Challenge, Part 2

by admin

Hello Again ScrapFX Peeps!  The second half of the DT is here today to share up some more inspiration using the current Mood Board/Sketch Challenge.  If you missed the missed the first post you can go here to check out the first round of inspiration.  It is pure wonder to look at just as this next round is!

Let’s get started by refreshing your memories a bit and creating the ‘mood’ for our challenge:


This romantic and dreamy play on spring was whipped by our ever fantabulous DT Coordinator, Michelle.  So many glorious things to be inspired from here – the teals, pinks, and golds can be combined to create a delightful palette or used on their own as a major statement.  Then there are all the various images tucked about – will it be the mighty peacock, the essence of love, or the power of words that spark that special something?

With the mood set we thought a launchpad for design would be fun to throw in the mix and Claire came to the rescue with this outstanding sketch:


With the two components of the challenge in place, let’s see how the second half of the team tackled it, shall we?



Claire rotated the sketch 90 degrees and went to town doing her thing.  I can tell she was inspired by the various soft spring colors and worked these in beautifully with that uber sweet photo of her darling little girl.  Just so cute and perfectly fitting for this mood board challenge!  She looks like she could just walk right under that little flowering tree from the mood board doesn’t she?


Not only did Claire bring in the spring colors, but she also has brought in a bit of floral representation too.  Do you spy the pretty paper tucked above the gorgeously glassine envelope?  I think this is such a lovely way to bring in a floral pattern without it overwhelming.  Sometimes those papers fully covered in flowers/floral patterns can be tricky to work with, well at least for me they can, and cutting them down to smaller, manageable sizes can be exactly the ticket to getting those papers scrapped.


Here you can see one of the clusters Claire has created (she always has the neatest bits and bobs, right?) and as always she has rocked her signature of leaving the chippies raw as in the above photo with her title.  This time around it goes so well with the essence of the mood board also.  It reminds me of the bark of the twig sprigs and the some of the neutral tones represented as well.  Perhaps this may be your time to give some raw chippies a try on your project too!  Claire is certainly an amazing inspiration for it.

Products Used:

Adore Words (2013065)

Remembering the Good Times (2013389)

Cherish Words (2013053)



Maria has created a stunning page with a gorgeously free interpretation of the sketch and lots of lovely inspiration from the mood board.  Focusing on the teals and golds of the board along with birds and love she has created a treasure for many years to come capturing her special moment of being with child.


This close up shows the the luscious texture Maria created using the new Damask stencil.  The various colors and dimensions throughout really make this an eye catching feature to the page.  In her last individual post to the blog she shared a technique video on how to achieve this very look – be sure to scroll the archives and look it up.  You don’t want to miss out!  Another thing I really love about this technique, is how Maria applied it to her page.  The flow she has created with the stencil really takes the viewer from one portion of the page to another effortlessly.


Maria has decked out her peacock with paints to match the mood board and her placement of this handsome lil’ fellow is quite clever too, don’t you think?  Notice how he sits right at the base of her head in the picture – to me its almost as if his tail were like an extension of her hair – but more than that notice how he flows ever so greatly with the Damask stenciling.  He just fits right in with it so well – almost camoflaged – and yet playing an important role to the beauty of the page.   You also get to see bits of all the various papers Maria used to layer – the earthy and organic nature of her selections are such a pretty blanket for that divine picture.

Products Used:

Peacock Fantasy (2014040)

Damask Stencil (2014054)

Unconditional Love (2013153)

Mini Swallows (2013325)



Marta has been such a magnificent addition to the DT and we’re thrilled to have her with us!  She has certainly done a marvelous job with her first group post wouldn’t you say?  Her romantic and artsy take on the mood board and sketch leave me wanting to go and bust out the sewing machine….. to bad I would literally bust it in trying but that is a whole different post – ha!  Seriously though Marta has some impressive stitching skills that can be seen on many of her projects and really add so much to her overall designs.


The essence of romance from the mood board can definitely be seen and felt in this vintage image Marta chose to use.  She has surrounded it beautifully with the pinks, teals, along with other springy colors and layer upon layer of papers stacked in her unique way – also in those same hues.  To draw more interest, and provide extra depth and dimension, she added a lovely ScrapFX Flourish piece, cut in half, atop some delicate paper flowers.  The black inked chipboard really looks so stunning against the delicate white.


Here you can see more of the marvelous color Marta has built up and swirled around and about her background.  Such a splendid mix and plays so well over the Damask stenciling she did – color catching the texture and deepening hue in certain areas because of it.  This just makes me want to grab my stencils and play with inks and paste – oh my!  The bold black inked chipboard letters really pop against this, as does her journaling, and ensures the viewer won’t miss the wonderful message she has to share through this piece of art.

Products Used:

Bag of Letters mini ( 2014051)

Flourish 06 (2014047)

Damask Stencil (2014054)



I decided to use the sketch on a canvas and was highly inspired by the feeling of spring from the mood board.  I’m longing for it to fully arrive here in my parts and stop teasing.  I also wanted to really play up the pinks for this piece because it will be gifted for to a friend’s sister battling cancer.  My hope is the scripture written on this canvas in combination with all the sparkle and glitter will give her a smile and help brighten her days some.


For the background of my canvas I stamped the Moroccan Tile Stamp randomly all over using magenta Archival Ink and then used the Damask Stencil to add some texture and dimension.  The Damask stenciling in sprinkled with glitter and while it was still a bit wet I smooshed the Birdcage B Flourish chippie right into it.  The Mini Feathers were painted with Lindy’s mist to bring out some more pops of teal – well I guess in my case more turquoise – and then I dabbed some Glass Bead Gel about them also, though its hard to tell the actual texture this gives.  It is quite a pretty look in person.

Products Used:

Moroccan Tile Stamp (2013351)

Damask Stencil (2014054)

Birdcage B Flourish (2012237)

Mini Feathers (2013233)

Another magnificent round of beautifully varied projects all stemming from the same mood board and sketch.  Now its your turn!

Here is your fan challenge for the month:
1. Use the mood board to inspire your creation in some way – can be colors, words, images, etc.  Just be sure you share with us how you were inspired
2. Use the sketch provided in the creation of your project.  Do not feel limited to LOs.  Any project is welcome as long as you use the sketch for a launching pad in your design. :)
3. Upload your project to our Facebook Page or leave a link here directly to your blog post if you don’t FB by May 24, 2014
We have a new fun twist to our prizes this time around too!  Check it:
1. As in the past, the DT will go through the entries and choose a winner to receive a GDT spot right here on the blog!  So fun!!
2. New this time around – for every 20 entries received to the challenge a random winner will be drawn to receive a prize pack of ScrapFX goodies – Woot!  Help us spread the word because the more entries we receive the more chances there are for prizes!!
We’re very much looking forward to seeing your entries!
Take care and have a great rest of your week.

3 Responses to “In the Mood for a Sketch – Group Post and Fan Challenge, Part 2”

  1. Marta Lapkowska says:

    Wonderful inspirational works ! Well done ladies <3

  2. Totally rockin’ this challenge Ladies! Each creation a fabulous interpretation, love the variety in the projects, love ’em all!!!

  3. so gorgeous!!