Saturday, November 29, 2008

FTL21- Sample

Here's my sample for this weekend's sketch. Even though I used a floral graphic on the sketch doesn't mean that the focus needs to be floral. I went with something still in the nature family- holly.
Supplies: Stamps: Holly Jolly Ink: Bamboo Leaves, Rhubarb Stalk Paper: White, Olive, Cranberry, Vellum Accessories, etc.: pop dots, gold ribbon, scalloped rectangle die

Friday, November 28, 2008


Here's the weekend sketch. I went with a square design this time. If you play along, leave a link or use the keyword FTL21. I'll be updating tomorrow with my version. Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More Holiday Blitz

This is a layout that works really nicely with small repeated images- so it's perfect for a card featuring snowflakes. I know I've used this layout before, but it's just so easy! Supplies: Stamps: Deck the Hall Ink: Bahama Blue, Danube Blue Paper: Brilliant Blue, Turquoise, White Accessories, etc.: Rhinestones

Monday, November 24, 2008

10 Minute Monday

Well, maybe it should be 10 Minute Tuesday this time around! Also, you might be thinking this looks like more than a 10 minute card. Well, my trick was that the main image was already stamped and just lying in my scrap pile! All I had to add was a mat, ribbon, sentiment, button, and birds. So there you go, a tip to keep the holidays simple: go back through your scrap pile and use what you have already! Supplies: stamps - Season of Friendship paper - kraft, choc, ww ink - choc, baja breeze, real red acc - red gg, kiwi button, crochet thread

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ten Minute Monday!

Truthfully, this may have been more of an 11 or 12 minute card. However, that's only because I decided to add a bow instead of a knot, and also because I kept changing my colour combination. After that was settled, it came together quickly. I didn't do any complex shading on the presents, that sped things up. I also didn't cut them out amazingly precisely. They're close, but I left a white edge around them to quicken things. Supplies: Stamps: Santa's Sweet Shoppe, and Sentiments Ink: Tuxedo Black Paper: Really Red, White Accessories, etc.: Copic markers, pop dots, large scalloped rectangle nestabilities, green ribbon

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I had these PTI patterned papers out from the last card I made so I thought I'd use the scraps. I like Natasha's layout a lot. The sentiment is from Impression Obsession. I forgot to place brads in the corners before I adhered the polka dotted paper to the cardbase so I left them off the card - I don't like the backs showing through on the inside of the card. Supplies: Stamps - Impression Obsession; Ink - SU! Chocolate Chip; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - May Arts Satin ribbon

Friday, November 21, 2008

FTL 20

Hello! I'm so glad it's the weekend. I haven't had much time for anything this week. Doing something every night is a bit much sometimes. I certainly don't mind be a homebody at times.
Anyway, here's the sketch! I hope you find time to play along! If you do, post a link in the comments or upload using the keyword FTL20
Here's my card. Nice and quick, and I liked the twist on a layout that I would typically do vertically. Supplies:
Stamps: Take a Bough
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves
Paper: White, Old Olive, Cranberry Crisp, Holiday Thyme DP
Accessories, etc: White brads, Twill

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Embrace Dies

Keeping it simple for the holidays means using details to add interest, like dies, patterned paper and simple embellishments like a button. Supplies: stamps - Christmas Magic (Little Yellow Bicycle) paper - artichoke, shimmery white, Wassail (Basic Grey) ink - riding hood red, artichoke acc - Wassail buttons, rhred gg, nesties label die

Embrace Dies

For this card I used my Cuttlebug, a Cuttlebug snowflake die and my nestabilities. After cutting the snowflake out I put it into the accompanying embossing folder and ran it through the Cuttlebug again. Then I smooshed (very technical term!!) it onto the glue pad and then added sparkley diamond glitter. With this glue pad you don't even need to use a heat gun for the glitter to stick! I used my Nestabilities to cut out the mats and ran the bottom mat through the swiss dots embossing folder. I used my Scor-pal to score a pattern on the top mat. I finished the card off with an adhesive pearl and the sentiment. Supplies: Stamps - Printworks; Ink - Memento; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select; Misc - Cuttlebug, Snowflake die, Snowflake embossing folder, Scor-pal, self adhesive pearl, glitter, The Essential Glue Pad.

Embrace Dies

I remember when I first started this hobby, I would see dies and die-cutting machines and think they were kind of cheesy. The styles of shapes and images available were less than trendy. Things have certainly changed! Dies are now one of my basic tools! I don't go for long periods of time without using Spellbinders nestabilities on my cards. I have also been collecting a few alphabets- Quickutz has a lot of really fun fonts. This card features both companies. I managed to find the elusive Labels One set in stock, so I picked that up. I also saw this adorable set. I loved the font and the little bonuses the set came with! I decided to make a card with both of my recent acquisitions. I used 3 different sized labels, then cut out a few trees and this cute sentiment. I pieced together a small scene, then added a bit of bling, and that was that. This is certainly a fun change from a square card! There was no stamping, but I had still had fun! Supplies: Dies: Labels One, Jolly Paper: White, Olive, Red, Chocolate, Kraft Accessories, etc.: gelly gems, pop dots

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ten Minute Monday!

This weekend I've been busy making lots of cards. I've been making 4 of each item I create. It really doesn't add much time to the creative process. I need to do this more often. Anyway... one of the card designs I made definitely qualified for the ten minute status. I probably made all 4 in 30 minutes. It's based on a Halloween design I made a year ago. I have been meaning to try that design using the winter labels and other wintery images for some time. Basically, start with a 4.25x2.75 strip of glossy white paper. Decide on your colours, stamp the label style stamps overlapping them just a bit. Next, trim the paper down to 4.25x2.25. Let it dry, then curve the corners and attach to a 5.5x5 card base. Decorate with a matching popped up image. Complete with greetings. Supplies: Stamps: Holiday Treats, Take a Bough Ink: Night of Navy, Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue Paper: Glossy White, White, Night of Navy Accessories, etc.: Corner Rounder, 3/4'' circle punch, circle nestabilities

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Christmas Wishes

This is another Christmas card that I am making several of this year. It is pretty easy to mass produce - I stamp all of the tree images and color and glitter them at once. Then another time I cut all the papers and use the border punch. Then I use my nestabilities to cut out and mat the image and put it all together. I probably shouldn't stamp the sentiment last but it is a clear image so I can place it where it should go. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey Ink; Paper - PaperTrey, Making Memories; Ink - Memento; Misc - Nestabilities, Dimensionals, MS border punch, Art Institute glitter, Quickie Glue pen

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fall-to Colours: Non-Traditional Holidays

Today's first card is a bit of a blast from the past. Its layout is simple, however it's not exactly a quick card. It is one my favorites though, and it showcases exactly what I wanted to today: using non-traditional colour combinations for the holidays. It's nice to step outside of the red and green box, even go beyond the blues, whites, and metallics.Okay, so here's the first card, it features some good old watercolouring using reinkers. Even back then I was quite the fan of pop dots (the card is from 3 years ago).
Next up is another olive and eggplant card. This one was inspired by the patterned paper. This is also from when I still was using my corner rounder to make scalloped edges. It works great, and is a great buy, but it's nice to save your hands and use a scallop punch or die cut! Now I am not saying ban red, green, and blue from your holiday cards. But if you're feeling like you're in a bit of a holiday card rut, try mixing it up. Try grouping several pinks with red, bring in teal with your blue and green. Brighten things up with orange, or tone things down with a pretty pastel palette! Have fun using colours that aren't what we expect to say Merry Christmas! Supplies: Card 1: Stamps: Retro Holiday (Stampendous?) Card 2: Oh Christmas Tree (gel-a-tins)

CAS Holiday Card

I have finally gotten into the mood to make holiday cards and I am late in starting! I definitely need to focus on CAS ones. I enjoy making cards such as this one into sets of 4 or 8 to sell but can also sell them as a single. I hope this inspires you to make quick cards if you're behind in your holiday card making! Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Memento; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, Making Memories; Misc - Nestabilities

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ten Minute Monday

I also did the Verve sketch that Natasha did. It is a great sketch for putting together a quick and easy card and I will use this layout to make several of my Christmas cards this year. Supplies: Stamps - GinaK; Ink - Memento; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding; Misc - ribbon, Nestabilities, Amuse Micro Twinkler sticker

Ten Minute Monday

I made this card for a sketch for Verve Stamps. As soon as I saw the layout, I thought of this blog. This layout is perfect for this style. I did all 5 sketches Saturday, but that's why I saved this one for last, I knew it would come together quickly. Here's my card: You can check out the sketch here. I don't have a lot of starry patterned paper, so I made my own with a bit of stamping and clear embossing powder. I had originally had the orange star just flatly stamped, but it didn't seem special enough, so I stamped it again, cut it out, and popped it up. Supplies: Stamps: Swirling Stars, Birthday Basics Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie Accessories, etc.: Orange ribbon, clear EP, nestabilities, pop dots

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Layout #19

Today's sketch was inspired by this cute collection by Kristina Werner . It seemed like the perfect type of layout for keeping it clean and simple!
Here's my version of the sketch. I really liked how the snowman looked, so I used that idea, and place him on a heap of patterned snowy paper. I'm not nearly patient enough to sketch out a snowman, clean him up with the computer, then reprint and paper piece together. I found that PTI's Made of Snow worked for me. I chose my patterned paper first and drew my colours from there. For the rounded part, I cut my paper to 3-3/4 wide, then I used one of the long, large oval nestabilities. I tried a circle first, but I didn't have one big enough for to get the curve exactly as I wanted. Ovals, however, worked wonderfully!
Stamps: Made of Snow, Take a Bough
Paper: Kraft, Holiday Thyme, White
Ink: Tuxedo Black
Accessories, etc.: Copics, pop dots, oval nestabilities

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Threes & Triangles

A concept I'm sure many people are already familiar with, but is always worth talking about is the concept of the rule of threes and using visual triangles in your designs.
When talking about the rule of threes and card making, I typically apply that to grouped items. If I'm stamping a few flowers for instance, I try to either have a group of three, an odd number, or in some cases, multiples of three. I have found that a grouping of 6 can work, simply because it's 2 groups of 3. Basically, it's just tends to be more interesting to the eye to work in odd numbers, especially threes.
Now, when I talk about the visual triangle, I usually refer to the actual layout or placement of elements. Any 3 points (there's that number again) can form a triangle, the shape of the triangle doesn't usually matter. I find that this triangle is achieved easiest by using similar items or colours. Something as simple as a black outline of an image stamp, a black sentiment, and some black ribbon or matting; or repeating a visual item, such as flowers in pattern paper, in your images, and in your embellishments. Once you start to look for these triangles though, you really start to see them everywhere!
The only problem with these concepts are that they seem overly technical and stamping is about the fun and the creativity. So try not to overthink it. However, if you come upon a design that just isn't coming together, step back and assess things. Once you get used to this idea, it starts to come naturally.
Okay, so here's my card. I went with some of my favorite paper and this fun font- it's a Quickutz die called Chocolate. Love it!
In case you are having a hard time seeing the triangles, or what exactly I mean by visual triangle, here's a diagram. I'm using the colour orange as my triangle/group of 3. You could even draw a triangle based on the vanilla items (the ribbon, the paper behind "you rock", and the background part of the flower).
Paper: Haiku DSP, So Saffron, Tangerine, Vanilla
Accessories, etc.: Chocolate Alphabet, Vanilla grosgrain

Monday, November 3, 2008

Ten Minute Monday

Although this layout is nothing unusual for me, it was sparked by someone's card. Every so often, I mention other stampers that showcase the clean and simple style quite nicely. Tracy Durcan is one of those stampers, I just love everything she does. You can check out her blog here (this is the post that sparked this card, scroll to the end for the specific piece of inspiration). I was going to use glitter on my card, but I found it actually took away from it, go figure!

Supplies: Stamps: O Christmas Tree (gelatins), Ink: Pure Poppy, Old Olive Paper: Old Olive, Pure Poppy, Kraft, White Accessories: Nestabilities, Pop Dots