Paper Crafts magazine Presents: Bonus Sketch Blog Hop

So you know I love sketches. Love creating them. Love using them for inspiration. Love seeing how others interpret them.

It’s no wonder then that I was so excited to get my hands on the latest special issue from Paper Crafts Magazine, Card Ideas for Paper Crafters.

It’s an issue I’ve been keeping on my coffee table and keep picking it up to relax and enjoy it. Soon it will make it’s way down to my craft room and will get much use but for now (and until the kids get back to school) I’m enjoying it when I get a few minutes.

What do I love best about this issue? I love the creativity of all the different ways the designers have interpreted the sketches. So creative! I keep saying wow…why didn’t I think of that?

I loved working on this issue. I think what I loved the most was getting so inspired to create so many sketches when I really had only done a couple before. I love a good challenge. I love trying new things. The hardest thing was choosing which sketches to design and submit with. Unfortunately, there’s only so much time in the day.

Looking for this special issue? You can find it online here.

Today’s blog hop is all about sketches of course. Paper Crafts is sharing the 12 bonus sketches in the issue here. They are great sketches that you can find in the issue and also print them out from that link online. Have fun using them!

My princess card is inspired by the bonus sketch that I designed for Paper Crafts. Here’s what it looks like…

I was thinking crowns and mountains when I came up with it. If you plan on using it,  I’d love to see what you do with it.


Quick Tip: Make a template of a shaped card so that you can quickly redo it in the future without all the measuring.

To create my card I first cut the crown shape out of a 4×6″ card. After you have the base, it’s easy to cover it with the canvas and stitch the edges. There’s lots of subtle shine, bling and glitter to make this card fit for a princess. Who can you give a crown shaped card to? How about a little girl, your mom (the queen), or a royally special friend.

Here’s the top view.

Supplies: Vanilla cardstock by Bazzill, Printed Canvas by Prima, flower by Maya Road, Glitter Chipboard by Melissa Frances, rhinestones by Zva Creative, Crystal Star Trinket Pins by Maya road, twine, Lace by Prima, pennant stickers by Lily Bee Design

So most fun blog hops have a royally wonderful prize, right? This one has MANY!

1. Comment on THIS blog post for a chance to win the latest issue, Card Ideas for Paper Crafters. All comments must be posted by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, August 28 I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday here so stay tuned!

2. Stop by Paper Crafts Connection for a chance to win a really fabulous giveaway. Don’t miss this one! It’s good!

3. Stop by each of the following blogs for some incredible inspiration using the bonus sketches as well as more chances to win an issue of this latest and greatest magazine.

Happy sketching, happy creating, happy blog hopping and have a fabulous weekend…

188 responses to “Paper Crafts magazine Presents: Bonus Sketch Blog Hop

  1. Love the crown shaped card ..the flower and the lace makes it simply gorgeous.

  2. Karen from Ontario

    JUst great….I am such a fan!

  3. We all need a crown as lovely as this!

  4. I can’t wait to get my hands on that issue! I love sketches and this crown is just adorable – fit for the finest princess. Thanks, Julia!

  5. Beautiful card, Julia. I love the crown-shaped card and the pretty flower.

  6. Beautiful crown card! My niece would love a card like this; I’ll have to try out this sketch. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

  7. I love the muted tones of this card and the “crown” concept. It is so feminine and lovely! Great take on this sketch.

  8. Love how that gorgeous rose pops against the warm crown colours!

  9. great idea with the sketch and so so gorgeous! Love the tip to cut it from a normal size card, I would have made it so much more complicated!

  10. What a lovely crown for princesses of any age! Thanks for the inspiration. 😉

  11. This would make a great little girl princess card. Pretty!

  12. Our granddaughter would adore this card!

  13. gosh, I love a good crown! This is gorgeous!
    I will definitely give this a try.

  14. Beautiful crown…card!!! I love the mountains idea, also!

  15. What a beautiful and original card. Love the crown idea. So cute.

  16. This sketch is amazing. I love that crown idea. Thanks for sharing.

  17. This is so cute! 😉

  18. What a cute shape card. I can see it blinged up for a princess. Thanks

  19. What an adorable little crown card! I have just the right person in mind for this sketch – thanks so much for your talent and inspiration, Julia!

  20. What a unique sketch for a card. It’s perfect for the little princess you know. Thanks!

  21. Great card! I have to go buy this issue. Can’t wait!

  22. You never fail to inspire me with your creations! Thanks so much!

  23. That’s very creative! Love that crown, colors and accents!

  24. What a beautiful card – love the crown idea.

  25. So beautiful! My little princesses would love this card!

  26. What a great card! I love it.


  27. Such a cute, cute card. I know just the little cutie I would send this too. I’m always inspired by your creativity and talent. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Beautiful crown card! My daughter would love it.

  29. GORGEOUS card!!! Love the colors, shape, and all the little details!!!

  30. Lynn (toomanycrayons)

    I was hoping a designer would try this crown shape – was dying to see a sample ! Sweet card.

  31. Such a great sketch and card!

  32. Very classy

  33. beautiful card!

    michelesscrapycreations35 at yahoo dot com

  34. Very cute!

  35. This is absolutely adorable! I just may have to case this one, it would be perfect for my 6-year-old niece!

  36. What a neat design. Love the print canvas-need to try some of that. tfs

  37. love that flower! its gorgeous!

  38. The crown shape is so fun! I love your pretty ‘tiara’ with it’s shabby rose and blinged swirls. I can think of lots of ways to use this shape as well…king for a day, my princess, my sweet prince charming, the birthday queen..even with love to my royal pain in the ***! Well, you get the idea! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  39. Oh how CUTE! I love it – the crown sketch, the flower, the lace, everything!

  40. Love this! Perfect for my sweet neice when the occasion calls for it next!

  41. I know a little 6-year old granddaughter that would love this card! This is a must-have issue for me!!

  42. Gorgeous card! I love the flower and bling.

  43. What a beautiful card! I don’t usually do shaped cards, but this might inspire me to make a few.

  44. What a cute card! Love the flower and the little stick pins!

  45. Beautiful design!

  46. Love the entire card *perfect embellishments!

  47. Very cute, love the bling!

  48. This is so very, very gorgeous! Really well done!

  49. Very pretty card.

  50. Adorable crown. Love the embellishments.

  51. WOW! Love the sketch and your card!! Totally want to try this sketch out!! Thanks!!

  52. Great card — that is definitely one shape I never would have thought to use!

  53. Awesome card! Love the flower too. TFS!

  54. very clever crown!

  55. loved the crowned shape the card looks so pretty.

  56. Great card…the perfect card for that little princess (or big princess) in your family. Thanks for sharing

  57. I absolutely LOVE this card!! Fantastic shabby chic gorgeousness.
    Smiles, Karen

  58. Such a creative card! Love the lace!

  59. Wow! I really love this card! This sketch will be great adapted for my Renaissance Festival layout. Thanks!

  60. WOW! This is super cute!


  61. Perfect timing…I need a princess card for a teacher friend. This is a terrific inspiration AND a lovely card. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  62. this is absolutely adorable! i have a hard time with shaped sketches!

  63. This looks like a fun sketch to try. Your card is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  64. What a fun sketch! I really love the flower and the bling on your card! Super cute!

  65. WOW.. this is simply stunning! I just adore your sketch, and that flower is amazing.. thanks so much for the chance to win.. This hop was is so inspiring.. 🙂 crossing fingers, toes, and eyes, that picks me.. 🙂 HUGS

  66. I cannot wait to get this mag–SOOOOOOO fun! I love sketches! Great take on this sketch!

  67. Super cute. Just need a little girl to make it for. Love the idea for mountains though. Would be great for guys.

  68. I love this crown card..can’t wait to make one for my “lil” prince who is very into heats these days!

  69. What a gorgeous card you made with this sketch! I would absolutely love to win this issue!

  70. Jullia: Your blog ALWAYS inspires me so much, and this is NO exception. Thanks for joining in on all the fun and chances to win. You are a great inspiration.

  71. This card would be perfect for my princess loving 5 year old!

  72. Oh Julia this card is so sweet! I love all your sketches and cards in this issue.

  73. What a beautiful shabby chic crown!! Love the text and diamante mix!

  74. Loved this sketch and was so happy to see your interpretation of it. I have two daughters and one is definitely a princess. 20 years old and still adores pink, crowns and lots of bling. Her birthday is in four days, I may have to make her another card.

  75. Beautiful card. I love how you used the sketch.

  76. What a wonderful crown card! This is a design that would be great for someone of any age… thank you for sharing!

  77. Beautiful card. Thanks for the inspiration. Love your sketches in the magazine.

  78. Wow, Julia! This is awesome, I love what you did with this sketch. Did you have the card i mind when you sketched or did you just draw a sketch then design the card? I love your cards.

  79. Gorgeous crown card, Julia! Love your take on the sketch 🙂 TFS!

  80. Gorgeous crown card! I love the rolled flower and bling!

  81. that is a cute idea. A little girl would love this card – and so would a big girl.

  82. What a great idea–a crown!! I love the flower, too.

  83. sharon gullikson

    How gorgeous. It could be sent for many occasions.

  84. What a cute idea, missy!!

  85. Lovely! Great job with the sketch.

  86. Fabulous crown 😀 Beautiful girly card 😀

  87. Wow, this is gorgeous. I just love the lace and that flower. TFS.

  88. What could be better than crowns – except vintage-y crowns!

  89. This is royally elegant!! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful ideas!

  90. awesome Julia, I love this crown shaped card, beautiful!

  91. This is amazing, Julia!! Always love stopping by your blog to see what you are creating!

  92. Such a beautiful card! TFS =)

  93. My princess granddaughters would love this!

  94. love the card, really pretty

  95. Shaped cards!!! Super fun! This one is super-classy.

  96. So cute, my granddaughters would love this one!

  97. beautiful…the crown is so unique and the colors are great.

  98. So many pretty layers! I do enjoy seeing what you create. Thanks!

  99. I love your crown card,nery beautiful. love the flower and the bling:)

  100. Lovely card! I look forward to seeing the magazine!

  101. Very pretty! I love shaped cards & a good sketch! Love how this one was both!

  102. What a shabby, fun card…perfect for that little (or big) princess!!!

  103. What a gorgeous Princess crown–so sophisticated, I love it!

  104. Gorgeous crown card! I love the pairing of the pink flower with the pale brown paper.

  105. What a cute card! I’d say it’s perfect for a little princess! 🙂

  106. I like the unusual shape! Add lots of pink and purple and it would be loved by a little girl!

  107. That crown is SO elegant. Any mature woman would love receiving it. My birthday is……………
    ~Shari R.

  108. Cute shape card!

  109. woow so lovely…Adorable creation…..

  110. Beautiful crown card.. that was a lovely idea.. loved the flower on this one!:)

  111. Simply beautiful. Perfect for a little princess.

  112. Just beautiful—the lace and the flower are gorgeous!

  113. What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

  114. I LOVE your crown card!! I have a favorite sister that I want to use this sketch for: thanks for the great idea 🙂

  115. You rule, Julia! I love your “crown” interpretation of this sketch…how fun :o)

  116. LOVE the crown!!!

  117. I really love how you’re able to do any style. Truly amazing. This princess card is perfect. I can’t wait to try it out, and give it to one of my two little princesses. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  118. What an interesting sketch and a beautiful result! Love it, Julia!

  119. Absolutely beautiful, so soft.

  120. This is so cute – the perfect card for a little girl! I love the flower!

  121. I just got my copy of the magazine today so this blog hop is perfect timing! Great card!

  122. Great sketch and card

  123. I adore this card Julia! And you’re right, kids (especially my 4 yr old little princess) would love this too!! Fab work 🙂

  124. I absolutely love your shabby chic crown in all its bling glory!! Just gorgeous and a great take on the sketch.

  125. I LOVE your shaped card! Really really cute. Great flower!

  126. love the flower..such a beautiful card.

  127. I would feel like a princess if someone sent me your card! Would love to see the special edition magazine.

  128. Hi Julia…your crown project is just adorable. You did a fantastic job and my daughter would just love this…heck I would love this ; )

    Thanks for sharing & inspiring the rest of us!

  129. Very pretty! Love all the neutrals with the gorgeous pink flower!

  130. susan schultheis

    Julia, just an adorable card. Going to try my creativity on this sketch as soon as I finish the hop. Thanks

  131. Gorgeous card! I saw the sketch, and I thought mountains, but I love your crown card! And it’s unexpected how you’ve combined the text paper + soft lace with the shiny bling + star pins – wonderful finishing touches!

  132. What a super card for a little princess or a friend who wants to be queen for a day! Love the bling and flower.

  133. I am a fan of absolutely everything you make! You are such an inspiration ….. I really wanna be YOU!

  134. Wow, what a beautiful, clever and elegant card.

  135. I love this! It’s gorgeous! The flower and the stick pins are my favorite part!

  136. Beautiful crown card.

  137. I really love this card! It is great, I think all women would like a card like that!

  138. What a gorgeous crown card!! So beautifully decorated & I love it!!

  139. Beautiful card, Julia. Any gal would love this one!

  140. Beautiful card! I love you used used the sketch to interpret it as a crown. I loved the flower too.

  141. very cute sketch idea and I love the vintage look you gave to your crown 🙂

  142. I love the lace you used on the crown. A very pretty card indeed!

  143. I saw the sketch and thought hmmmm…. but seeing your card, I’m now saying WOW! Thank you.

  144. Julie in Edmonds

    Queen (or Princess) for a Day…that’s what anyone would feel like to get this card. Beautiful.

  145. Wow! is right. Love the card. I couldn’t imagine how you might use the sketch, but I love what you did with it.

  146. So cute…I love the beautiful details!

  147. What a great card! Thanks for sharing.

  148. Love this sketch! Beautiful card.

  149. Love your card! I’ve never tried shaped cards but this is great inspiration!

  150. What a wonderfully fresh idea for a sketch, thank you! I really love how you turned it into a card too, just the right amount of girliness for me 🙂

  151. Jeannette aka Jnett

    I so want to learn to use sketches. Help me!

  152. The crown is so lovely! thanks for the inspiration!

  153. I really like how you dressed up the sketch. I saw the crown sketch and thought I would never use that, but now I will.

  154. Darling card idea!

  155. Love your crown-card! Great idea!

  156. Julia – the use of the orange and pink together inspires me to play more!!
    Perfect use of bling!

  157. love your card. great color combo.

  158. love your beautiful crown! perfect for any princess! 😉

  159. beautiful Julia!
    love your pretty bloom!!

  160. way cute idea!

  161. Your card is definitely fit for a queen!

  162. love the princess crown idea, such inspiration

  163. Beautiful take on the sketch!

  164. Darling idea. Love the embellishments.

  165. i love cards that do double-duty. usually, i use a special ribbon that my grand daughter can wear in her hair. a crown would be great, though.

  166. Beautiful. Some princess will be very happy! Thanks for sharing with us.

  167. Love love love….can imagine using this during the holidays as well!!! So much talent…

  168. Sharon D from Canada

    What a fabulous crown- your embellishments are so very pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!

  169. What a gorgeous crown card!

  170. Gorgeous cards – Glad I stopped by!

  171. This issue will be a great learning for me. TFS this superb card.

  172. Such a beautiful shaped card. I especially love your flower! TFS 🙂

  173. So pretty, I love this.

  174. Oh, my daughters would love a card like this! What a beautiful idea!

  175. I have two little princesses at home that would love to receive a card like that! You interpretation is just beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  176. Such a beautiful crown card! I love the flower and the perfect embellies.

  177. this is brilliant!! It is a perfect card for the sketch and your flower is so beautiful

  178. Such a beautiful and fun card! I know lots of little princesses and lots of not-so-little queen mums who would LOVE this one! 🙂

  179. What a beautiful crown! Love everything about this card, seriously! Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

  180. I love blog hops – because it gives me a chance to view great blogs I might not otherwise find. Thanks for the chance to win!

  181. Love that felt flower. lovely card!

  182. Lovely card. I love the flower.

  183. Such a sweet card-now to find me a little girl I can send one to!

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