Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FTL155 + cQc77

I made another card with this sketch, but I had a hard time deciding which color combo to use because there are so many great ones!
I stamped patterns on the hearts and stitched down the middle of the two larger ones.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will play along!

stamps - Love Notes (Verve), Bitty Background Blocks (PTI)
paper - concord crush, kiwi kiss, bermuda bay, bashful blue dsp, white
ink - black, bermuda, bashful, concord
acc - heart punches, icing die (TCP)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Colour Q Challenge

In honour of colourQ's 100th colour challenge, I am posting another card using one of their previous palette's (all the way back to CQC4!).
So here's my second take on this sketch, using this fun colour palette. I wanted something a bit different than the last one, something a bit more formal, instead of fun. Supplies: Stamps: Mehndi Medallions, Round and Round Ink: Taken with Teal, Old Olive, Really Rust, Bravo Burgundy Paper:Taken with Teal, Old Olive, Really Rust, Bravo Burgundy, White Accessories, etc.: Mehndi Medallion Impression Plate, Circle Punches

Monday, August 29, 2011

FTL155 + ColourQ46

I love that two of my favourite challenge blogs have teamed up this week.... I chose ColourQ46 to go along with my take on the sketch this week....
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler
*Images:  AMuse
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools:  My Favorite Things Open Scallop die
*Embellishments:  assorted buttons

Sunday, August 28, 2011

FTL + ColorQ

I picked a more recent colorQ challenge because I just got the new SU in colors and wanted to play with them.  I used the cane IP on the indigo island piece, and the lattice EF on the calypso flowers.
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Iconic Images (PTI)
paper - pool party, island indigo, white, early espresso, calypso coral
ink - early espresso
acc - cane IP (PTI), lattice EF (SU), pearls colored with copics

Friday, August 26, 2011

FTL155 With Color Q #66

I chose to use CQC66 because I just got my Bloom Builder 3 dies from PaperTrey and I wanted to use them so I looked for colors that I thought would work with them and this sketch.
Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey (sentiment); Paper - Mark's Finest Papers, PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Misc - Bloom Builders #3 die, Brads, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Glue Dots

Thursday, August 25, 2011

155, with a bit of colourQ

This week, we're teaming up with Colour Q.
Now I don't want to spoil all the fun, since their challenges go live on Tuesdays, but you may want want to consider checking out some of their past colour challenges for extra inspiration this week. And be sure to drop by there on Tuesday to see what they have planned! I really love how they display the inspiration graphic and then the suggested colours all on one handy image. I decided to give CQC33 a go. I really liked these fun summery colours!
Here's the sketch!
Here's my take on the sketch:
And some measurement guidelines:
Soft Suede: 3-1/4x4-1/2
Kiwi Kiss: 3-1/8x 4-3/8
White Layer: 3-1/8x 1-1/2
Summer Sun: 3-3/4x 7/8
Stamps: Star Prints, Polka Dot Basics, Inside & Out: Birthday
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Soft Suede, White
Ink: Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede
Accessories, etc.: pop dots
As always if you play along, feel free to leave a link to your post!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

FTL 154

Woohoo, one Christmas card done, lol!
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Make Merry(?) -SU
paper - hawaiian shores, aqua mist, kraft, white, pp from my stash
ink - red, olive, black
acc - circle punches, nesties, small scallop border die

Friday, August 19, 2011

FTL154 with Jingle Belles

What fun it's been to be working with other challenge blogs this month!!  This month you are challenged by us with a sketch and by Jingle Belles to create a Christmas card...  and I LOVE making Christmas cards!!!!!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Bazill Bling
*Images:  Inkadinkadoo Snowflakes; Hero Arts Holiday Tags
*Ink:  Blue Encore Metallic
*Tools:  heat tool; Stampin' Up! scallop border punch
*Embellishments:  blue pearl embossing powder, unknown buttons; Imaginisce bling

Thursday, August 18, 2011

154-A Jingle Belles Friday Sketch

This week, we have teamed up with the fun Jingle Belles blog. They offer amazing holiday card inspiration every week! So in honour of that, it's Christmas a bit early here at the clean & simple blog!
Here's this week's sketch:
I had lots of fun making use of punches and coordinating designer paper! I made 2 holiday cards. The measurements are pretty straight forward, the main image panel is 2.5. The circles were 1-3/4, 1-1/4, 1, 3/4, and 1/2.
  • Stamps: Holiday Buttons Bits, Inside and Out: Holiday
  • Ink: Cranberry Crisp, Taken with Teal
  • Paper: Cranberry Crisp, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Ridinghood Red, Taken With Teal, Sahara Sand, Various Holiday Stampin' Up Paper Packs (both now retired)
  • Accessories, etc: Embossed scalloped punch, Eyelet Lace die, several circle punches
Remember to play along at Jingle Belles!!
As always if you play along, feel free to leave a link!

Friday, August 12, 2011


Here's my sample for this week's combined challenge with CAS-ual Friday.  I clear embossed some script on the card base before adding the stamped panels.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you can play along with the challenges this week!

stamps - Life, Text-style Background Script(PTI)
paper - early espresso, soft sky (SU), fine linen (PTI)
ink - early espresso, fresh snow, versamark
acc - clear ep, corner rounder


I love how clean and simple this sketch is, although I will admit to being tempted to add another base layer with some texture....  but I resisted the urge!
Items Used:
*Carstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight
*Images:  Impress; Penny Black
*Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa; Copics

FTL153 Thanks

Here is my take on the FTL153.  We're playing with CAS-ualFridays this week.  I was a bit stumped at first with the horizontal panel being under the image.  So I decided to attach the horizontal panel onto the vertical panel and then used the daisy border embossing folder over the panels. 
Supplies: Stamps - Mark's Finest Papers (sentiment); Paper - Mark's Finest Papers, PaperTrey; Ink - VersafineOnyx Black; Misc - Cuttlebug Daisy Border Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Kaiserkraft Rhinestones

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Special Casual Friday/FTL 153

So, August is a bit of a fun month here at the clean & simple stamping blog. There are SO many fabulous challenge blogs in the community, and several stampers have really embraced the clean and simple style. For the next few week's we'll be teaming up with several challenge blogs for double the fun each Friday!
This week, I'm pleased to announce that we're playing along with CAS-ual Fridays- a fun clean and simple themed challenge. Without further ado, here's this week's sketch:
Here's my sample:
I pulled out an old favorite- Petal Prints. It was nice to get reacquainted with it!
Stamps: Petal Prints, Tag-Its
Ink: Versamark, Stazon Timber Brown
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Dark Chocolate, Vellum, Kraft
Accessories, etc.: Ribbon, White Embossing Powder
Standard Card- 4-1/4x5-1/2
Pink Layer and Vellum Overlay- 4-1/4x2-1/2 each
Brown Layer- 1-1/4x4-2-1/2
So remember to play along, both here! And at CAS-ual Fridays!

Friday, August 5, 2011


I will admit to being a little stumped with the sketch for this week.... at first.  Until I decided to look through my collection of Spellbinders "labels" dies and decided that this one would be perfect!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry
*Images:  Stampabilities; Heartfelt Creations Daisy Patch
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools:  Big Shot; Heartfelt Creations Daisy Patch; Spellbinders Labels 4
*Embellishments:  Making Memories brads

FTL152 Happy Anniversary

Here's my take on the sketch.  I used the same measurements that Natasha has on her post.
Supplies: Stamps - WoodwareUSA; Paper - Mark's Finest Papers; Ink - Memento; Misc - Peerless Watercolors, Aquabrush, Marianne Designs Die, Foam Squares


Here's my card for this sketch, thanks for looking!


Time for another sketch. The sketch is for a tall, skinny card. It's quite a basic card, but if you're curious on what measurements I used:
  • Card base: 6x3-3/4
  • White Layer: 1-1/4x3-3/4
  • Mat Layer: 1-3/8-3-3/4
  • Label- Fillable Frames #4
I am obsessed with these colours together once again. I had kind of taken a break from them, but I saw a spread in a design magazine, and thought, "right, I have always liked those colours together".
  • Stamps: Beautiful Blooms 2
  • Ink: Spring Moss, Lemon Tart, Hawaiian Shores
  • Paper: Lemon Tart, Spring Moss, Hawaiian Shores, White
  • Accessories, etc.: Fillable Frames die #4, pop dots, brads
If you play along, feel free to leave a link:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

FTL151 Birthday Wishes

I had fun playing with the sketch this week... I really like how it turned out....
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Marina Mist
*Patterned Paper:  Memory Box
*Images:  AMuse
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools: Stampin' Up! scallop border punch
*Embellishments:  Kaiser Rhinestones