{4.21.2013} wanna sketch no. 4


I’m beginning a new journey.
A rebirth of sorts and a rediscovery of my craft.

I have been at this blogging thing for 4 years and so much has happened since my first post in March of 2009.  More than I ever imagined.  I have been blessed with AMAZING experiences, lessons, friends, accomplishments and a deep love for a craft I never knew existed.  As with anything, I have grown and evolved.  I have learned and still need/want to learn more.  I have also reached a point where I feel like I need to step back and return to the love that started this adventure.

I recently mentioned that my plate is full.  Well, it is… with normal life.  It is amazing how time flies and how it disappears so quickly.  I’m trying to grasp it with both hands and to cram everything I can into those fleeting moments.  Thus, my blogging has suffered a bit.  You might have noticed or not, but I feel it.  My mojo felt the crunch and let me know I needed to lighten my outside blogging responsibilities.  I am continuing on with Unity (and will forever or until Angela kicks me out) and with Paper Smooches Sparks (my term ends soon, but I’d stay forever if I could).  So now, I can return focus to my blog again.  I can focus more on creating for me and for the things that inspire me.  I’m hoping this will mean more videos and more tutorials.  I have a love for my Cameo and want to share more files with that.  These are just things I have been thinking about and we’ll see what the future brings.  But I am excited.  I feel like the ol’ blog has been ignored and that is not a good thing.

With all that said… I am pleased as punch to bring back Wanna Sketch?  What is this you might ask?  Well, forever ago, I said I wanted to share some sketches I like to create.  Well, life got in the way and I started creating sketches for my design teams instead.  Sadly, Wanna Sketch? got put on the back burner.  Well no more, it is back and I’ll post a new sketch every 3rd Sunday of the month.  It is all for fun.  There are no rules.  I may even combine my sketch with inspiration from another challenge.  I’ll share my card and sketch and you are welcome to link up yours.  I’ll stop by and leave a little love and then select my favorite (or two or three) to highlight in the next month.
Then it all begins again.

So are you ready to see this month’s sketch?


Such a great basic sketch.  I see so many possibilities with that little banner.  Patterned paper, stamping, different shapes, sentiments… the sky is the limit.  I can’t wait to see what you all do.  I decided to go with embossing.  I’m using the brand new Stamp of the Week from Unity.  The butterfly is just gorgeous.  I grabbed the sentiment the current Kit of the Month as well.

I was also inspired by the Runway Challenge this week.  All that black and white… just stunning.  I couldn’t help but add a little bit of color, but it is pretty muted with the ribbon.  I think this might be the first card I have used ribbon on this year.  How is that possible?  Well, we have remedied that with some soft pink, satin ribbon.  Whew, I feel better.

So, if you feel inspired to create with my sketch, please link up below.  I’d be thrilled if you shared the sketch and link back this post as well.  Like I said, there are no rules.  However you are inspired to use the sketch is just perfect.  I’ll post a favorite or two next month with a new sketch.





  1. Toni Storie

    I’m happy to see your sketches coming back! With a whole month, I can surely get my take on your sketch done!

    1. dahlhouse designs

      Thank you Toni! I am excited to keep them coming. I do love to make them. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Hugs.

  2. Lynn

    Gorgeous. I love the sketch…and the black on white is awesome with the touch of ribbon. Looking for you to playing along with your sketch.

  3. Christine Dring

    What a great CAS sketch! I’ve only been blogging for just over a year so I didn’t know about Wanna Sketch, but I’m glad you are bringing it back!

    1. dahlhouse designs

      Lol… it didn’t last long Christine. As you can see, I’m only on sketch #4. Haha. This time will go better I am certain.

  4. Kristie

    Beautiful card! I adore butterflies and the pop of pink is perfect! Can’t wait to try your sketch!

  5. Nora Anne

    I held my breath for a minute, I was afraid you were going to say you are going to stop creating! I so enjoy your blog, I don’t always comment, but I always check in and just love your creations! And I’m so happy you are sticking with Unity! I hope to play along with your sketch challenge too, I have been away from blogging and making cards for too long!

  6. Judith Gowdy

    I so totally understand where you are coming from… I am going through the same thing at the moment, making big changes. I think sometimes it comes down to one word -‘simplify’. Looking forward to more of your sketches and hopefully I will find some time to play 🙂

  7. Laura S

    Hi Lisa, I look forward to playing along with the sketch challenges and gaining inspiration from your CAS designs.

  8. lostinpaper

    You go GF! What a fabulous sketch and such an elegant card, cross my fingers I get a chance to join in the fun (I start night duty tonight so that tends to be a major mojo killer…lol) Hugs
    Therese x

  9. Jessi

    Lisa! I am so stoked for you 🙂 And stoked to play along! and I feel like an old-timer because I remember Wanna Sketch 🙂 I love the black & pink together on your card 🙂

  10. Jackie Rockwell

    I love this new direction you’re going in Lisa! I look forward to seeing your sketches and cards. If I ever go back to playing in challenges, yours would be the first! 🙂

    Beautiful card!

  11. Lindsey

    Interesting how so many people are stepping back and re-evaluating their craft lately. Good for you, Lisa, but I am so glad you’re staying with Unity and SPARKS! Stunner of a card — and I always appreciate how clean and versatile your sketches are.

  12. Barb Murphy

    beautiful card!!! I love the soft pink against the black. so happy to see you taking time for what you love…too often it can feel like work. thanks for sharing your sketch, i’ve linked my card up! 🙂

  13. tsurutadesigns

    Good for you for make the decisions for you and clapping here, I’ve ALWAYS been a fan of Wanna Sketch!!!! Your card is gorgeous!!!!!!

  14. C

    HI Lisa, I just found your site by a most interesting ‘meandering’ and I’m thrilled I did! Delighted to know you’re staying on with PS (love, love, love PS – products and the cards the DT creates) and I’m excited about your Wanna Sketch opportunities. I plan to play! Great to see that you’re taking time to recalibrate your passion. Looking forward to the gems and inspiration you’ll be sharing! Consider me a ‘new’ follower for sure!

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  16. Jen Rzasa

    Wow, your card is just beautiful, and I love your sketch! It’s awesome! Thanks so much for joining us on the Runway 🙂

  17. Virginia Lu

    Beautiful, Lisa! I love how you used the sketch! The white embossing is gorgeous and striking against the black! Hope you are doing well! Thanks for joining the fun with us!

  18. Virginia Lu

    And…forgot to say…. good to hear that you are starting Wanna Sketch series in your blog! What a cool idea and I hope to join the fun some time in the future! All the best!

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