Life – Helmar’s June Challenge

Helmar posted their first monthly challenge on their blog and I was really excited to see it! It’s a gorgeous sketch by DT member Lydell Quin! Well, I was a bit intimidated considering I wanted to make sure my project was Helmar-worthy for one, but also because when I think of Helmar’s fabulous adhesives, I think of Tracy Weinzapfel (who I didn’t find out until later that she’s the president of Helmar?!!) and when I think of Tracy, I think artsy artsy artsy! Pretty and artsy. Not exactly my comfort zone kinda stuff? Anyway, if you know Tracy, you know she’s a high-energy, you gotta try it, very inspirational, very motivational type of positive person, so I just HAD to do something that was outside of my norm.

When I looked at the sketch, I first thought of a photo of Christian I’ve been wanting to sketch, but the idea that formed wasn’t really do-able w/o being about the resize the photo, so I scratched that idea. Then I remembered that I’ve been wanting to scrap one of the last ultrasound photos of Christian…it was from a series that came out exceptionally clear and you could see his profile perfectly. The rest came to me immediately after, but I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it look the way I’d like. In order to create my layout, I had to flip and rotate the sketch. I replaced some of the floral details with Larry’s and my sketched hands, but still included a few close to the central image. I combined this challenge with one hosted by Becky (fellow DT member) on Sketches4All. Her challenge is to journal around your page and add one other technique she uses in the sample posted in the thread. Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s a close up of my sketching. I haven’t sketched a thing in years and have never taken a single class, so please excuse the amateur quality to it:

This is the fabulous Helmar sketch I got to work with:

This is how I flipped it to make it work for me:


Lily Bee (Helmar Prefered Partner) This & That patterned paper (“pretty fabric”)
Core’dinations (Helmar Prefered Partner) G45 Core Impressions cardstock
American Crafts white cardstock
Prima flowers
Webster’s Pages Vintage Inspired Netting (original version)
Webster’s Pages Sparklers
Pink Paislee Cushies foam alphas
Pink Paislee (Helmar Prefered Partner) Artisan elements circle
Queen & Co. Rhinestones
Tattered Angels Shimmer mist (used to “paint” the bg paper, circle and alphas)
Distress Inks


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Gemstone Glue
Helmar Craft Glue



11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nicolle Kramer
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 17:30:55

    Stunning LO!! Yours and the hubbys hands around the photo is perfect! Amazing work!..:)

  2. Jessica Shelton
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 17:47:35

    Doris, this is absolutely AMAZING! Your sketching is beyond fabulous and the idea that inspired it all brought you to an awesome outcome. I LOVE IT to pieces!

  3. Jean A Marmo
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 18:43:42

    Wow – this is just amazing! Love how you worked the skecth!

  4. Lindy
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 09:35:51

    WOW….amazing layout Doris!!!! This is defintely Helmar worthy!

  5. Becky Atkinson
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 21:46:57

    Amazing sketching!! This is a beautiful layout.

  6. Tina Connolly
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 09:03:25

    Love the sketch of the hands, that’s brilliant! Such a cool layout.

  7. Carisa
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 18:35:25

    Oh My Goodness, this is really beautiful and breathtaking! You need to let go because you definitely have your own fabulous artistic talent. I am SO glad you jumped out of your comfort zone – the result was well worth it! I’m in awe of your sketching!!! I have absolutely NO drawing talent in me at all *haha* Thanks for joining Helmar’s First Get Your Glue On Challenge – Hope you will continue to join us. 😀

  8. Beck Beattie
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 21:10:45

    I absolutely love your interpretation on the sketch. Such a beautiful way to present something so beautiful and precious. Your artistic abilities are amazing!! xx

  9. Gwen H
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 00:19:22

    This is beautiful. I’m just not sure what else I can say…BEAUTIFUL!


  10. Gwen H
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 18:30:36

    Thank you for the comment on my card created with the Helmar sketch for June. I think its my favorite project that I’ve created for a while. The new July sketch looks fun too. I’m curious as to when they announce the winner of the June challenge. I was really hoping to win some more of that awesome glue…LOL! I’m sure you were too. Hope to see another of your wonderful LOs on the July challenge, I really enjoyed the one you did for June. Its so special…beautiful as I previously stated.


  11. Gwen H
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 15:42:13

    Congratulations! I see you will be getting a prize pack in the mail from Helmar. That is awesome! Can’t wait to see your layout for the July challenge.

    Big SMiLES!

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