A Sketch and a Stamp


I found a nice sketch this week at Sketchy Thursdays and I've followed it here, using a photo of my beautiful niece, Rachel. I've recently asked several family members for permission to use their photos so you may start seeing some new blood around here… no offense to my dear boys, but it sure was fun making a girly layout with flowers.

Speaking of flowers, I was working on something yesterday and used a stamp I've had forever made by a company called Outlines Rubber Stamps.  Remembering how much I loved that stamp when I first got it, I googled them and found out they too have challenges (and a heck of a lot of really cool new images.) So I'm also entering this in their current challenge - Outlines Monday Challenge #16 – Picture This.

The specifics were to include a photo in your project and to only use their stamps.  I do mix and match stamps most of the time so that was tough, but I soldiered on through and used that one stamp repeatedly.  

The transparency over the photo is by Fancy Pants.  I love how the flowers on the top right had red and orange splashes of color, not to mention a bit of orange throughout and across the bottom where the words are printed.  Decided to match the grass as my background using Basic Grey Citron paper and some orange paper by Pink Paislee.  

The scalloped strip is one I made with Ranger's color washes….  I'm using them on a near daily basis now.  The large base circle under Rachel's age is also color washed. Everything is edged with Ranger's spiced marmalade distress inks. Thanks as always for your visit!  Please let me know what you think.  Here's the original sketch:



Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. What wonderful colors on this. Thanks for playing along in the Outlines Challenge.

  2. Beautiful layout beautiful girl!

  3. What a fabulous layout and great use of your Outlines rubber stamp. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Outlines Monday challenge blog.

  4. so so cute! Thanks for joining us this week at Sketchy Thursdays!

  5. great color palette!

  6. Marjie this layout is gorgeous! So many layers and so much depth – amazing! Well, that and your niece is a beauty also!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

  7. Thi is a great layout – I love how you used the transparency over the photo!

  8. Love what you’ve done with the sketch.

  9. Very nice layout!

  10. Julie Tucker-Wolek says:

    This is BEAUTIFUL! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the photo and the colors! Thanks soooooooooooooo much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  11. Such a beautiful way to display this lovely photograph of your niece. Your colours radiate from the page as does your niece’s smile.
    Love the use of the transparency.

  12. So beautiful!!!
    Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays!!

  13. Looks great Marjie! I love the colours you have used!