[1.31.2016] Assemble This! Sketch No. 1

Assemble This! Sketch No. 1

Hi!  So, I’m kinda excited about something.  For my long-time visitors, do you remember Wanna Sketch?  It has been on hiatus for quite a while… a year to be exact.  Well, I’m ready to play with sketches again!!!  They have been kinda absent from my crafty process this last year and I’ve come to realize how much I miss them and really love that part of my creative process.  So, I’m bringing them back, in a different way.

I’d like to introduce you to Assemble This! Sketch!  I’m going to combine my two faves, a sketch, and a quickie video.  You get to see how my sketch came to life in a super quick and simple way.

I used to run a challenge with Wanna Sketch… Assemble This! Sketch is going to be a little different.  I’m just going to share the sketch and video for your inspiration only.  I’d LOVE for you to let me know if you create something, I’ll definitely come to take a peek.  But, I won’t have a link up or a set schedule.  THIS IS FOR FUN ONLY… for you and for me!!!  That makes me super happy.  The pressure is too much for my little heart.  Fun is so much better.

So, are you ready to see the first Assemble This! Sketch.

dahlhouse designs | assemble this sketch no. 1

Clean and simple (CAS)!  I’m going back to my roots baby.  You are welcome to start here and go crazy.  It is just a starting point.  You may end up with a completely different card from the sketch or something exactly like it… both are absolutely WONDERFUL!  It makes my heart happy to see what you create, it means you were inspired and went where your heart took you.  Let’s see where my heart took me.

dahlhouse designs | 2.2016 be brave

Travel Wagon

I’m using this beautiful new stamp set from Unity Stamp Co. — Travel Wagon.  I’ve stamped it on watercolor paper and then colored with standard watercolor paints.  Once it was dry, I added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen.

I die cut the tag shape, popped it up over a little paper doily and added a few little cute embellishments to finish it all off.  Super duper sweet and girlie.  Who says being brave means you can’t be pretty while you do it!

Ready to see this sketch in action.  Here is the Assemble This! video, you can also watch it on YouTube HERE as well.  I’m keeping them short and sweet and under 2 minutes.  No jibber jabber, just creativity in action.  Hope you enjoy.

If you are interested in watching me watercolor, this is my process on how I colored the stamped image as well. It is much longer, but coloring takes a long time and it is hard to edit down.  You can also watch it on YouTube HERE as well.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll be inspired to Assemble This Sketch too!  My goal is to have at least one a month or more.  Hope you’ll subscribe to my blog or my Facebook or my YouTube challenge for updates (see my sidebar to sign up).  That would be amazing!!!



  1. Lisa Petrella

    Lisa, I’m so excited that you are back to sharing your awesome sketches!!! Fabulous sketch, super sweet card, and great video!!! Thank you for the creative inspiration!

  2. karen h

    Yay! I missed Wanna Sketch – I love your sketches, so I am so happy you are making them again. I totally understand not wanting to do a link up. Thank you!

  3. Cynthia

    Thanks for the inspiration, Lisa. I’m a sketch junkie!

  4. lostinpaper

    Oh so sweet Lisa, I’ll have to watch the video later as I am out the door to work now!

  5. Laurel Seabrook

    Love your card and so glad to see you sketching again!

  6. Lindsey

    Good for you! Fun is the best. Great first sketch and video, thanks for doing this again.

  7. Gaylynn

    This looks fun, Lisa. I played along with this sketch. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  8. Jackie S

    I’ve used the sketch on my last 2 cards. Looking forward to the next

    1. Lisa Arana

      Oh, leave me a link! I’d love to come see!!!

  9. Alli

    I have really enjoyed making cards with this sketch. Keep them coming. Looking forward to the next sketch.

    1. Lisa Arana

      Thanks Alli!!! I’m so glad you are having fun with it! That makes me happy.

  10. Kris B

    Thanks for the sketch! Love that you are doing this just for fun! The videos are great!

  11. Laurel S

    I played with your sketch! Can’t wait for the next one. Here is my card:


  12. Bev Gerard

    Love the wagon! I was such a wagon-girl … uhhhh mmmm … a few years ago!

  13. Shawna “Gumby Girl” E-K

    Awesome cards! I have a silhouette machine. but what’s a pixscan? That looks super handy!

  14. Vannessa Miller

    Love all the cards but the shaker card really stand out!

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