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Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Sketch Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 28 comments

Sketch Challenge #153

Sketch Challenge #153

Here we are at the end of 2012, folks! How many sketches did you participate in this year? A bunch, I hope!

As we’ve hinted previously, today is my last sketch post. I am handing the reigns over to Marlene who will be wrangling sketches for y’all for 2013. It has been a pleasure to create sketches and gather samples for the past two years, and I thank y’all for the comments and participation – it has meant a lot to me!

Don’t worry, I’ll still be around – I’ll be bringing you several blog skips this year and you’ll see me around in challenges as part of the OWH blog team.

Here’s today’s sketch…


I decided to make the samples myself this week, while I still had the podium, lol! So all of these are by me, and if you want supply details you can visit my blog Handmade by Julie. I look forward to seeing y’all’s creations with this sketch on your blogs, too!




Ok, it’s your turn! Will you leave it horizontal or flip to vertical? This sketch works great either way.  Go make something cute and be sure and come back here to link up using the Inlinkz widget below.   Take a moment to visit the others that also link up – there’s always good inspiration to be found with this group!



  1. Julie, You will be missed. I’ve enjoyed working with you on Sunday Sketches. I look forward to seeing you around but will welcome Marlene with open arms. Happy New Year.

  2. Julie- thanks for all the great sketches! And I like all your cards- the robot one is so fun, the stars and stripes- well patriotic cards always tug at my heart- but your first card is stunningly beautiful! I love the colors, the embossing, the sentiment banner- all of it adds up to a fantastic card. I also welome Marlene and look forward to her sketches. Thanks for all your hard work!

  3. Thanks for your wonderful sketches. I’ve enjoyed spending my Sunday mornings with them. 🙂 Love the Robot card – Squee worthy!

  4. Thank you for all your sketches over the past 2 years Julie. I can honestly say that I would be lost without you. When I found Operation Write home, I was still trying to figure out how to make cards that didn’t look like they were made by a 3yo. But once I found Stars and Stamps, I knew I had come to the right place. You’ve taught me so much in the ways of design and I can’t thank you enough. You will be missed here but I’m excited to see what you and Marlene have in store for us in 2013 in your new positions. Have a great New Year and thanks again!

  5. Julie…Thanks for all the inspiration…love your samples…way to go out with a bang! Welcome aboard Marlene!

  6. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into creating these wonderful sketches for us, Julie! I love the variegated coloring behind the silhouette in the first card. 🙂 Marlene, we’re excited to see what twist you will bring to the sketches!

  7. Julie, your sample cards are great! Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into these sketches the last 2 years. You’ve helped a lot of us cardmakers improve our skills and helped put a lot of smiles on the faces of our heroes and their families.

  8. Julie — thank you for all the time and effort you’ve put into these sketches. I always enjoy your cards too — your samples today continue to be a great inspiration to me. Wishing you the best in your new role with OWH — I know you will do a fantastic job. And to Marlene — welcome.

  9. Best wishes to you in the new year 2013 as you move on with new plans! Your cards are always so beautifully crafted and I’ve enjoyed seeing them and visiting your blog. I know Marlene will do a good job of filling in your shoes to provide the sketch challenges each week, but a special thank you is going out to you for all you’ve done for the past two years! Happy New Year!

  10. Thanks, everyone!

    PS – the Inlinz is fixed 🙂

  11. Way to go Julie — Your cards are equally as fabulous as your sketches are!! Thank you for sharing!!
    Looking forward to using the sketch today! 😉

    • Ooops…!!I hit return too quickly and forget to say my little GOODBYE and to THANK YOU for everything you have done!!! I know I’ll miss your sketches, but I’m sure Marlene will be a joy too! 🙂 Big Hugs!!

  12. It is always an inspiration to see your cards! I’m inspired!

  13. Great sample cards Julie! Thanks for all you do as part of the blog team and welcome Marlene!

  14. Julie, I’ll miss your cheerful commentary for the sketches. Your cards are wonderful and this week’s sketch is another winner. Thank for all of your hard work!

    Welcome to Marlene! I enjoy your blog and look forward to all of our new sketches.

  15. Julie, thanks for all your hard work offering us sketches that guided and challenged us! So glad to hear you’ll be managing the blog skips and I look forward to them! Your sample cards today are gorgeous; I especially love the pink one! Happy New Year!

  16. I love ur sketche and cards. They will be great for the 4th of JUly.
    I will miss u.
    Ur cards and sketches are so inspiring.
    Welcome to Marlene and I am looking forward to her skeetches and cards.

  17. Thanks Julie for all of your hard work each week. I have totally enjoyed creating cards after your sketches.

  18. Thanks for all of your hard work, Julie and for giving us something to look forward to very much EVERY WEEK. You’ve done a fantastic job!

  19. Julie – Thank you for all of your sketches! Although I may not have liked all of the Sketches, I have been so inspired by so many of them. I can honestly say that using OWH sketches during the past 12 months has helped me become a much better card maker! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  20. Julie,
    Thanks very much for your sketches and cards. I’ve had a lot of fun with them and your sketches have really helped me with my card layouts.

    Wishing you all the best and I’m looking forward to the blog skips. I’m also looking forward to what Marlene comes up with.


  21. Love the pink and black in the first card! Thanks for a great sketch and also showing an example of the sketch turned!

  22. Julie, Thank you so much for the sketches. I don’t post many pictures, but I have made lots of OWH cards from the sketches. They are essential to me because I knew almost nothing about how to put together a card when I began.

  23. Like everyone else, I want to thank Julie for her wonderful sketches and welcome Marlene to the blog team. 🙂

  24. Julie, thanks for all your efforts and inspiring us by the OWH sketches for two years (already?)!
    I love your sample cards. Thanks very much!

  25. Thanks for all the fun sketches you’ve challenged us to Julie and welcome Marlene!

    I can’t wait to try this one out =)

  26. WOW look at all these entries this week! Great job everyone 🙂

  27. Thank you, Julie, for all the work you’ve done with the OWH sketches over the last few years. I’m looking forward to seeing what Marlene brings to the job!


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