Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fall to Layout #71- Take Two

Happy Sunday! And happy long weekend if you're in Canada. It's warming up here, so I thought a card featuring an iced coffee could be fun!

Some measurements:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sentiment Layer: 3-1/4 x 4-1/2
Sentiment Layer Mat: 3-3/8 x 4-5/8
Top strip: 1 x 4-1/4

I found this sketch a bit of a challenge this week. I originally designed it around Christmas time, and I had a really hard time figuring out what to use in place of the ornament.

I started by stamping a few images from the Stampin' Up! set Coffee Cafe. I've had this one for a bit and had yet to put ink to it. I stamped the images in Memento ink and then die cut the 3 components. Next I lined up the cup and lid and stamped the straw. Next I coloured the coffee with a blend of 3 Copic markers. To make the ice more "icy" I used a blender marker to remove some of the colour.

The sentiment is from Summer Sweetness by Papertrey Ink. For the top sentiment strip I pulled out an oldie colour (Creamy Caramel)and die cut it with the straight border die from MFT's Stitched Scallop Basic Edges.

I ended up omitting the ribbon element since it interfered with the cup.

Supplies (affiliate links used at no cost to you):
Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Summer Sweetness
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White,  Kraft, Real Red, Dark Chocolate, Creamy Caramel
Accessories, etc.: Coffee Cafe dies, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dies, Copics

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Fall to Layout #70- Take Two

Happy Sunday! And a Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, pet mamas and any other mom figures :)

Here's this week's sketch. I know the sketch itself uses birthday images, but I still needed to make one last Mother's Day card, so I decided to make it work!


  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Frame: 3-1/4 x 4-1/2
  • Focal Layer portion: 3-1/8 x 2-5/8
  • Plain Layer portion: 3-1/8 x 1-3/4

I used the Simple Sunflowers mini set earlier in the week, and decided I just wasn't quite done with it yet! I stamped the center first using Dark Chocolate. Next I inked up the sunflower image using Bright Buttercup. I added a touch of depth by inking the edges with Summer Sunrise.

For the leaves I used New Leaf. I fussy cut out the flower and leaves. I wanted to add some sort of pattern or texture to the background, so I used an old Swiss Dots embossing folder on some Green Parakeet. The sentiment is from Women of Life (a now retired PTI set)

Stamps: Simple Sunflower, Women of Life
Accessories, etc.: Brown Grosgrain Ribbon, Swiss Dot embossing folder

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Fall to Layout #69 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

This week's sketch is one of the cleanest and simplest of all my sketches. It can be a one layer (or mostly one layer). It's all about the stamping and the sentiment!

I decided to bring out some WPlus9. I started with the set Fresh Baked. I chose my colour palette (Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Soft Slate) and then assigned one of the cooking utensils to each colour.

Next, I stamped my greeting from Smokey Shadow and then die cut a few layers of the word "happy" (from the WP9 Happy Trios die set) from Terracotta Tile cardstock.

I decided against a one layer card and adhered the stamped layer to a Soft Slate layer. The final step was to add a few jewels in similar colours throughout the stamping. Simple, fun and perfect for a friend or family member that loves baking!

Stamps: Fresh Baked
Paper: Stamper's Select, Terracotta Tile, Soft Slate
Accessories, etc.: Jewels, Happy trio dies

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fall to Layout #68- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Here is this week's sketch.

I don't have a card ready to share yet this week.I'm at a crafty weekend retreat, so I had packed up most of my supplies by Wednesday night. Don't worry, there will be plenty of card making there, and I hope to have a card ready to share later today or tomorrow.


I finally have a card to share.

How cute are these aliens from the Lawn Fawn Beam Me Up set?

I coloured them with Copics and cut them out. I also added a few stars from the Upon a Star set to jazz up the background.The greeting is from Tiny Treats: Birthday.  For the little "tab" element, I coloured and cut out one of the stars from the Upon a Star set.

I made this as a 4-Bar size (3-1/2 x 4-7/8). Since I used the smaller aliens, I thought the smaller card size would be more ideal.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fall to Layout #67- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Here's the sketch:

  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Patterned Paper: 4-1/4 x 3-3
  • Circle with Frame: Approximately 2-1/2 diameter

I decided to use a bit of Stampin' Up today. Even though I'm not a demo and haven't been for years, I'm a little bummed that these two sets are retiring. I really enjoy seeing current projects with them. I know I can still use them for years to come, but it's nice to go on Pinterest or Instagram and see people still sharing projects with these products, which just won't happen as much once they are retired.

Anyway, enough sad talk! The project was fun to make! I pulled out the coordinating paper to the Cool Treats and found one of the more neutral patterns that I could stamp a greeting from Fruit Basket on.

Next, I die cut the ice cream components- the cone from Kraft, the ice cream from White and the chocolate drizzle from Chocolate Chip. I went into my ribbon stash and found this older Bermuda Bay Swiss dot grosgrain (back when Bermuda Bay was an In Color!) Once it was all together, I added glossy accents to the chocolate.

Stamps: Cool Treats, Fruit Basket
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Paper: Cool Treats (sorry I don't have the correct name available), Kraft,White, Chocolate Chip, Aqua Mist
Accessories, etc.: Bermuda Bay ribbon, circle dies, Frozen Treats dies, glossy accents

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