Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ten Minute Wednesday

Hello! :) I hope you're all having a great day! Since there aren't going to be any new Fall-to Layout sketches until after the new year, I thought I'd pop in with a 10 minute card I created. It's hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone and that it's already time to ring in the new year! Where did 2009 go??


  • Create a 4 1/4" square card base using red CS.
  • Stamp a row of polka dots in white ink, and adhere a piece of pink grosgrain ribbon on top of the strip of dots.
  • Stamp the sentiment repeatedly on a piece of white CS, making sure to leave room for rhinestone accents.
  • Stamp a background pattern onto fuchsia CS, as well as a pink heart image onto white CS, and use heart punches to punch them out.
  • Adhere the sentiment strip on top of the pink ribbon, attach the hearts with pop dots and embellish with rhinestones.

Supplies: Stamps - Background Basics: Diamonds, Heart Prints, Polka Dot Basics Ink - Fresh Snow, True Black, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz Paper - Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Stamper's Select White Miscellaneous - Green Rhinestones, Heart Punches, Hibiscus Burst Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, December 18, 2009

Blast from the past (kind of)

Today's sketch is based on a holiday card I posted last year. I never made a sketch from it, but thought it would work out nicely for this week's sketch. On a side note, there will be no sketch after today until mid January. With Christmas, New Year's, and my holidays in January I will not be around as much. Here's my card. It's quite simple, I made use of punches to really speed up the process. Supplies: Stamps: Rustic Snowflakes, Take a Bough (Papertrey Ink) Paper: Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Spring Moss Ink: Dark Chocolate Accessories, etc.: Circle punches, corner rounder

Thursday, December 17, 2009

FTL72 - Thanks, Chickie!

Hi everyone! Today's card was creating using the Fall-to Layout Sketch posted last Friday by Natasha. My sample is definitely on the simple side, but I really like the way it turned out... Sometimes I think using a bunch of patterns together can make a design look a little on the busy side, but these patterns together almost seem delicate to me. LOL, as usual, I went back and forth about a million times trying to figure out what cardstock color I should use as my card base, and finally settled on using acetate. I also embossed the background with dots to help it stand out a bit. Have a great one! :) Supplies: Stamps - Damask Designs, Background Basics: Diamonds, Handwritten Notes Ink - Versamark, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy Paper - Old Olive DSP, Bermuda Bay, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Kraft, Stamper's Select White Miscellaneous - Vintage Cream Satin Ribbon, Acetate, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

Saturday, December 12, 2009


It is a good thing that Chanukah is 8 days - I still have time to get my cards out! I used FTL72 to make this Chanukah card. I used the "pond ripples" from PTI Pond Life to make it look like the dreidels were spinning. The sentiment is from PTI Mazel Tov. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - PaperTrey Enchanted Evening; Paper - PaperTrey, Making Memories; Misc - Dreidel and Star of David embellies (unknown), Ribbon, Twine, Glue Dots

Friday, December 11, 2009

Number 72

Good evening! Here's today's sketch. Time to use more of that patterned paper I figured I'd use some papers from a kit, since I knew they'd coordinate nicely. I added a few extra embellishments to my finished card. Sometimes you just need to add a little something else! Supplies: Stamps: Holiday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink) Ink: Vintage Cream Paper: Jingle SS Kit, Very Vanilla, Real Red, Old Olive Accessories, etc.: Ribbon, button, twine, pop dots

Friday, December 4, 2009

FTL 71

Happy Friday everyone! Here's today's sketch. A few tips for you- #1- you don't have to make the focal image an ornament, the idea was basically to have something hanging from the bow or knot. #2- if you don't have a larger scalloped edge punch, consider using a smaller one, or consider using a few circles to make your fancy edge! Supplies: Stamps: Vintage Ornaments (Papertrey Ink) Paper: Kraft, Taken with Teal, Real Red, White, Holiday Lounge DSP Ink: Taken with Tea, Real Red Accessories, etc.: rhinestones, real red grosgrain, scalloped edge punch (EK Success), silver cord

Monday, November 30, 2009

FTL70 Happy Birthday

I love this layout - I think it is very versatile! This card is pretty straightforward so I'll just list the supplies. Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black, PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, SU! Real Red; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Koh-i-noor Colored Pencils, Baby Oil, Ribbon, Button

Friday, November 27, 2009

FTL 70!

Hello! I hope all my American readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying all the shopping deals today. Here's this week's sketch. I decided to have some fun designing with the images from Stampin' Up!'s Digital Studio. I suppose I could have actually turned this into a fully digital card instead of just a sketch, but I figured I'd bring it to life with paper and stamps. So here's my take on the sketch. If you're wanting some dimensions...
  • The card is 4.25x5.5.
  • The apricot piece is just over 4.5x3.25.
  • The turquoise piece is 1.75x3.25
Supplies: Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Polka Dot Basics, Vintage Picnic Paper: Certainly Celery, White, Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal Ink: Certainly Celery, Rich Cocoa, Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal Accessories, etc.: Chocolate Polytwill, brad, pop dots

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

10 Minute Wednesday & FTL69 - Grateful for You

Hi everyone!! Hope your day is going swimmingly. :) This card was created using the Fall-to Layout #69... And it took me less than 10 minutes. Yes, folks. Me. World's *slowest* stamper. 10 minutes. Whoohoo!! I can finally say I made a 10 minute card. :) If any of you are traveling over the holiday weekend, be safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving! :) Supplies: Stamps - Signature Greetings, Turning a New Leaf Ink - Fresh Snow, Ripe Avocado Paper - Kraft Miscellaneous - Purple Rhinestones, Corner Rounder

Saturday, November 21, 2009


I used the Brocade Buttons from Aimoobaroo Etsy store for my inspiration today which was the SCS IC270 challenge. I hope everyone here in the US has a great Thanksgiving! Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey Fall Elegance; Paper - PaperTrey Vanilla Cream; Ink - PaperTrey, Memento

Friday, November 20, 2009

FTL 69

I figured having a one layer card as the sketch was a bit overdue. On one layer cards the image placement is crucial, so hopefully this sketch gives you a decent starting point! If you find your final result too plain, consider adding some embellishments, like glitter, pearls, rhinestones or buttons!
Stamps: Vintage Picnic, For All You Do
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate
Paper: White
Accessories, etc.: Pearls, Buttons

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

FTL68 - Wishing You...

Hi everyone! :) Here's what I came up with using the Fall-to Layout sketch that Natasha posted on Friday. I'm not sure if you can tell in the photo, but the white snowflakes are actually the negative punched images that I had leftover on the piece of Raspberry Fizz cardstock I used.

Supplies: Stamps - Tree Trimming Trio Ink - Fresh Snow Paper - Smokey Shadow, Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, Stamper's Select White Miscellaneous - Summer Sunrise Grosgrain Ribbon, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Aqua Rhinestones

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ten Minute Monday 11/16/09

Here's an ultra quick card for you today. When I saw this set, I thought the party hat wearing dog was adorable, so I wanted the card to focus on that! Supplies: Stamps: Birthday Wishes (available at i {heart} papers today!) Ink: Tuxedo Black Paper: Kraft, White, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird Accessories, etc.: Copics, corner rounder

Sunday, November 15, 2009

FTL68 Happy Birthday

I used the SCS CAS41 Inspiration Challenge to make this card. We were to find inspiration from the Vera Bradley handbags and purses. I chose the Pirouette Collection . All materials are PaperTrey except for the Versafine, Memento and SU! inks. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey Beautiful Blooms, Birthday Basics; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Dandylion, SU! Real Red; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - SU! Real Red marker, PaperTrey ribbon and Vintage button, yellow embroidery floss, SU! Dimensionals

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fall-to Layout #68

Happy Friday! Here's this week's sketch.
I decided to make use of a recent acquisition. I went down to the States for Remembrance Day to do a bit of shopping. Punches are ridiculously marked up here, so I picked up a few for cheap! One was this adorable cupcake punch. I paired it with some of the Loves Me paper (which always reminds me of cupcakes) and some of the coordinating ribbon.
Stamps: Cupcake Collection
Ink: Fresh Snow
Paper: White, Pretty in Pink, Dark Chocolate, Loves Me DSP
Accessories, etc.: Cupcake Punch (EK Success/ Martha Stewart), Ribbon, Button

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ten Minute Monday on Tuesday

I made several cards for the SCS color challenge and used the CPS141 sketch for most of the cards. The colors for the challenge were Burgundy, Vanilla and Kraft. Then I started using the colors and making more quick one layer cards or minimal layers that all took 10 minutes or less. I thought I'd share them with you. These first few use CPS141. These next two are not using the CPS sketch. Supplies: Stamps - Studio G, Inkadinkado, PaperTrey Holiday Button Bits; Ink - PaperTrey Scarlet Jewel; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Quickutz Holiday Words embossing folder, Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder and border embossing folder, Scor-pal, PaperTrey Vintage buttons, Glue Dots, SU! DImensionals.

Friday, November 6, 2009

FTL#67 Season's Greetings

Another great sketch from Natasha that I will use a lot! I used the PaperTrey Holiday Button Bits set and a sentiment from PaperTrey Holiday Greetings set. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine; paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Nestabilities, PaperTrey Vintage Buttons, Glue Dots, SU! Dimensionals

Fall-to Layout #67

Happy Friday! I've made two samples for this week's sketch. Because I've done similar layouts before, I have a few suggestions for this one. Keep the circular focal image part as a circle. Secondly, add some sort of embellishment on either side of the focal image. Lastly, keep the sentiment bottom center. Feel free to stamp it directly on your card or add a tag if your patterned paper is too busy or dark. Here's the layout: My first sample: Supplies: Stamps: It's a Snow Day Ink: Rich Cocoa Paper: Real Red, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Dots and Dashes Accessories, etc.: brads, nestabilities, corner rounder Copics My second sample: Supplies: Stamps: You're Tweet, Birthday Basics Ink: Ocean Tides, Rich Cocoa Paper: Early Bird, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Baja Breeze Accessories, etc.: nestabilities, brads, buttons, saffron ribbon

Monday, November 2, 2009

FTL66 - Sending You Christmas Joy

Happy Monday! Hope your day has been flying by! :) This is what I came up with using the Fall-to Layout #66 Sketch posted on Friday. The sentiment is a little hard to see in the photo, but is much more defined IRL.

Supplies: Stamps - Vintage Ornaments, Polka Dot Basics 2 Ink - Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist Paper - Bermuda Bay, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist, Thoroughly Modern DSP Miscellaneous - Corner Rounder, Aqua Rhinestones, Aqua Mist Grosgrain Ribbon, Lemongrass Satin Ribbon

FTL 66

Hi there, hope you had a good weekend! There is actually no stamping on this card, just some chipboard and a rub-on. Supplies: stamps - none paper - aqua mist, white, Nutmeg (cosmo cricket) ink - none acc - celery gg, Nutmeg Ready Set Chipboard, rub-on (SU)

Friday, October 30, 2009


When I saw the rectangular panel in Natasha's sketch I immediately thought of the house from PTI's Boards and Beams and the Holiday Addition set. I also just got some new Cuttlebug Border embossing folders that I thought I'd use instead of patterned paper. My sentiment is a little high for this sketch but I think it works okay. I cut out the image with my long rectangle Nestabilities and attached it to the card with SU! Dimensionals. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey Boards and Beams, Boards and Beams Additions; Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select; Misc - Copic markers, SU! markers, Nestabilities, SU! Dimensionals, Cuttlebug Border embossing folders, Scor-pal

FTL 66

Happy Halloween Eve! One would think I'd have a Halloween card with the sketch tonight, but I don't. It's extra windy and chilly here tonight, so a wintery card seems more appropriate. Not that I really want it to snow (again) just yet, but the weather certainly feels that way!
As always, feel free to leave a link showing your awesome creations! I have to apologize in advance I have a huge stack of links to check out, I haven't had time the last weeks to comment. I will get to them though! Supplies: Stamps: It's a Snow Day by Chicken Girl Designs Ink: Paris Dusk, Summer Sky (Memento) Paper: Spring Rain, Brilliant Blue, White, Shimmer Blue Accessories, etc.: pop dots, Copics

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FTL65 - Thank You

Hi everyone! Hope you've been having a great day. :) This is the card I created using the Fall-to Layout 65 Sketch posted last Friday.

I started with a Melon Berry base and stamped it with one of the Giga Guidelines images in white ink. Next, I cut out a 1 1/2 x 4 1/4" strip of white card stock and layered it onto two strips of brown card stock that had been punched with my Fiskars Upper Crest Punch. To finish up, I added some ribbon around the white strip, attached it to the card base, punched and layered the sentiment, then added stickles. Whew, that was wordy. :)


Stamps - Giga Guidelines, Fall Elegance

Ink - Fresh Snow, Melon Berry

Paper - Melon Berry, Dark Chocolate, Stamper's Select White

Miscellaneous - Melon Berry Grosgrain Ribbon, Small Oval Punch, Large Oval, Fiskars Upper Crest Punch, Stickles

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Snowy Greetings

Here's my card for this week's sketch! I used the adorable penguin from It's a Snow Day as my sentiment embellishment shown in the sketch. My background was made by running shimmery blue paper through the Wizard with Impressabilities Snowflake background. I finished off the card with a scalloped border and a bit of stickles on the penguin's hat and scarf.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Here is Natasha's FTL#65. Don't forget when you play along to put a link to your card in the comments here! This sketch was really fun for stamping and creating my own background. The leaf images are from PaperTrey's Fall Elegance and the sentiment is from Autumn Abundance. I used my Cuttlebug leaf die for the leaf by the sentiment. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink- PaperTrey Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Scarlet Jewel, Memento Rich Cocoa; Paper - PaperTrey Vintage Cream, Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise; Misc - Cuttlebug leaf die, Cuttlebug Divine Swirls embossing folder, EK Success border punch, Spellbinders Tag die, Dimensionals

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ten Minute Monday- 10/18/09

Just a quick and easy holiday card. This was one of my entries for clean and simple holiday cards over at Papertrey Ink this month. Supplies: Stamps: Take a Bough (PTI) Paper: Kraft, Pure Poppy, White Ink: Landscape, Pure Poppy, Rich Cocoa Accessories, etc.: Square Nestabilities, pop dots

Sunday, October 18, 2009

FTL64 - Thankful for You

Happy Sunday! Hope you've been having a wonderful weekend! :)

This is the card I created based off of the Fall-to Layout #64 sketch that Natasha posted on Friday. I stayed pretty true to the sketch, and tried to use more Fall-ish colors this week. I don't know what it is, but I find Fall colors harder to work with... LOL, it's probably because I always want to stick pink in there somewhere! :) Supplies: Stamps - Fall Elegance; Ink - Orange Zest, Stazon Brown; Paper - Old Olive, Aqua Mist, Orange Zest, Stamper's Select White, Dark Chocolate Bitty Dot; Miscellaneous - 2" Circle Punch, Spring Moss Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, October 16, 2009

FTL 64

Yes, I used 6 (count 'em) colors. It can be done on a clean and simple card! They work in pairs: two shades of blue, two of brown, and then a splash of complimentary green/purple. Have a great weekend! Supplies: stamps - Beautiful Blooms, Everyday Classics (PTI), Worn Music (Unity) paper - bermuda bay, cool caribbean, sahara sand, soft suede, rich razzleberry, kiwi kiss ink - sahara sand, soft suede, kiwi kiss acc - butterfly die, kraft taffeta ribbon, button (BG), dimensionals

FTL#64 Gratitude

This is a great sketch to use up scraps!! The flower was made from a Sizzlet die and held together with a pearl brad. It was made for a color challenge that Dawn McVey had but never got used. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Memento Sweet Plum; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, Raspberry Fizz, Plum Pudding, Rasperry Fizz patterned paper; Misc - PaperTrey Plum Pudding ribbon, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Pearl Brad, Sizzlet flower die, Mini Pop Dots.

FTL 64!

This week's sketch is similar to some I've done in the past, but I thought it'd be good to share anyway! If you're wanting some measurements: The outer main panel is 3-3/8x4-7/8. I thought this would be another fun layout for using up some of that patterned paper. It's become somewhat of a goal of mine, using it up! Supplies: Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Vintage Picnic Ink:Rich Cocoa Paper: White, Bermuda Bay, Thoroughly Modern Accessories, etc.: brad, tag die cut, ribbon, copics

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

10 Minute Monday on Tuesday

I created this card for the SCS color challenge today and for a class assignment in the Great Card Design Class that I am taking online with Julie Ebersole. I had saved the negative cut from my Cuttlebug Buttrfly die cut so I used that as a mask. I sponged on Taken with Teal and Apricot Appeal and then stamped the silhouettes with Chocolate Chip. The sentiment is from Verve's Abundant Blessings as is the cattail silhouette. The dragonfly is from PaperTrey's Pond Life. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey, Verve; Ink - SU! Taken with Teal, Apricot Appeal, Chocolate Chip; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - sponge, mask

Saturday, October 10, 2009


The flowers are from GinaK A Year of Flowers, the leaves are from Stampendous Floral Garden and the sentiment is from Amuse. I stamped on PaperTrey Vanilla Cream and matted the panels with PTI Dark Chocolate. The card base is SU! Crushed Curry and the button is from my stash (and a perfect match!). Supplies: Stamps - GinaK, Stampendous, Amuse; Ink - SU! Old Olive, Chocolate Chip; Paper - SU! Crushed Curry, PaperTrey Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Cream; Misc - SU! Crushed Curry and Choclate Chip markers, button.

FTL 63

My colors here are soft suede, dusty durango, old olive, and rich razzleberry. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend! Supplies: stamps - Fall Elegance (PTI) paper - suede, durango, razzleberry, white ink - suede, durango, razzleberry, olive, fresh snow acc - photo corner punch, teal button (BG)

Friday, October 9, 2009

FTL 63

Today's sketch was inspired by a card I made over a year ago. It somehow resurfaced earlier this week, and I thought "hmm, I like that design". I know the card was made for a Kristina Werner Colour Challenge, I don't recall if I ever posted it to this blog.

Here's my card: Very basic! Feel free to use more of that hoarded designer paper or to stamp out your own pattern! If you happen to use this stamp set, remember it's usually easier to stamp the solid image first and go over top with the detailed outline! I was reminded of that as I pieced together a few more of this card design the other night!

Supplies: Stamps: Garden of Life, Birthday Basics Ink: So Saffron, Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip Paper: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Old Olive Accessories, etc.: Tag die cut, brad