Saturday, January 31, 2009

FTL 27

As soon as I saw the sketch for today, I knew patterned paper would be perfect for it. Especially those papers whose patterns are bigger or more spread out. I have been waiting to use this adorable paper from Imaginisce. Lots of colors and so cute!

FTL 27

I really like this sketch. The card is 4.25 square so I can still use an A2 envelope. I wanted to use my new PTI Raspberry Fizz cardstock and ribbon and True Black cardstock today. I ran the black layer through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder for a little bit of texture and to go with the dots in the butterfly and ribbon. Supplies: Stamps - Verve, PaperTrey; Ink - Memento; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Cuttlebug embossing folder, Nestabilities, ribbon

Friday, January 30, 2009

FTL 27

Here's this week's sketch. I went with a square design again. This is a design I use constantly in square or rectangle format. I use this one so often, that I was surprised to see I hadn't done it yet as a sketch.
Here's my version, I've been quite pleased with the soft sky and chocolate chip colour combination lately. I picked up a Wizard while I was away, so I've been having fun seeing the difference it makes with cutting and embossing compared to the Cuttlebug. You can really see and feel the difference with the nestabilities embossing, wow!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

FTL 26

I embossed some kiwi cs with swiss dots before punching out the labels, and pulled these Making Memories brads out of my stash to actually use instead of hoard! The sentiment is from PTI.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

10 Minute Monday on Tuesday

I had all these supplies out from making other cards and I got my inspiration for this card from Jennifer McGuire's blog No stamping here and I think it is pretty self explanatory so I'll just list the supplies. Supplies: Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Fiskars Threading Water punch, Prima flowers, buttons, Glue Dots.

Fall to Layout #26

This is a fun easy sketch. Here is one more valentine for my stash. The cardstock and sentiment are from paperTrey. The patterned paper is Basic Grey Bittersweet. This could also qualify for 10 Minute Monday since Natasha had given me the measurements of the squares and the matted layer! Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versamagic Jumbo Java; Paper - PaperTrey, Basic Grey; Misc. - heart punch, dimensionals.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

You must get tired of seeing this layout from me, but I really love it. All you have to do is change the colours and images and it's totally different each time! It's also one of the fastest layouts possible. I made my main panel slightly smaller than I usually do. I usually do 4.5x3.25. This time I did 4x2.75. Card features new stamps from gel-a-tins (Butterfly Love and Happiness).

Saturday, January 24, 2009


It's time for another Fall-to Layout. This one puts a slight twist on a very common layout- the trio of squares. I often end up putting the strip with the squares center or near the top. I thought it'd be nice to place it lower down and place the greeting above that.
Some measurements: my squares equal 1.5 inches. The white cardstock equals 2 inches wide. My cards are always 4.25x5.5 unless otherwise stated. This card features the new gel-a-tins set, Butterfly Love.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

10-Minute Monday on Tuesday

Minimal stamps, punches, and embellishments = a 10-minute card. Supplies: stamps - Cute and Curly, Classic Backgrounds paper - pink pirouette, rose red, black, kiwi ink - black, rose red acc -curly label punch, felt flowers, dimensions

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

I think this is my favorite image - it is from Inkadinkado - Birds Galore. I wanted to showcase the image so I used my classic circle Nestabilities and embossed the card front. I colored the image with SU! Old Olive and Night of Navy markers and stamped inside the embossed circle. I just added a few dew drops and a sentiment and was done! Supplies: Stamps - Inkadinkado, Savvy Stamps; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select; Misc - SU! markers, Robins Nest dew drops, Nestabilities

Ten Minute Monday

Here's a pretty and quick card for you today! I was in the mood for a bit of glitter and I remembered a technique from a while back- applying glitter to interfacing or dryer sheets. I thought, felt is somewhat similar in texture, why not give it a try? I dumped a pile of glitter onto the felt flowers and rubbed it in. Only a little bit stuck, but that was enough for me. Supplies: Stamps: Green Thumb Ink: Bamboo Leaves Paper: Bali Breeze, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Colorbok Purple Accessories, etc.: Felt Fusion Flowers, Purple Rhinestone brads, scalloped nestabilities, rub-ons

Sunday, January 18, 2009

FTL 25

I am loving this color combo - so fun! Supplies: stamps - Cupcakes A La Yummy (Unity), Distressed Dots (Unity), Tag You're It (CHF) paper - kiwi, raspberry fizz (PTI), pink pirouette, ww ink - tuxedo memento, raspberry fizz, kiwi, ripe avocado (PTI), copics acc - spiral punch, liquid applique, fruit punch stickles, dimensionals

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fall to Layout #25

I made this card 4.25 square so that I could use a regular sized A2 envelope. I used the MS Lace Heart border punch on the sentiment panel and my nestabilities to make the heart embellishment. The papers are from the Basic Grey Bittersweet 6x6 pad. Supplies: Stamps - My Sentiments Exactly; Paper - Basic Grey Bittersweet; Ink - SU! Chocolate Chip; Misc - Heart nestabilitites, MS border punch, dimensionals.

Fall-to Layout #25!

I decided to go with another square design. You may be happy to know that I did this sketch "properly". That's right, I found a card (in the latest Stampin' Up! catalog sampler actually), sketched it out, then made my own version. I was originally planning to make another heart card, but then for some reason I was going through my shoebox of rub-ons and I found this cute image by SEI. I knew I had papers from the same line, so I pulled those out and went from there. I had lots of fun with the greeting. I really must remember to do that more often, it's a great effect- repeat part of your stamped sentiment but do it in several colours. My inspiration card featured different coloured rub-on words, so I decided to give it a try too.

Supplies: Stamps: Birthday Basics; Paper: White, Cranberry, Avocado, SEI; Ink: Cranberry, Mustard, Avocado; Accessories, etc.: SEI rub-on

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ten Minute Monday (on Tuesday)

I was inspired to create this card from Jennifer McGuire's cards blog post: I just got my Spellbinders Heart Nestabilities and the Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper so this was a quick, easy and fun card to make. I used the smallest heart nestie and instead of using the swiss dots folder, I used the Cuttlebug dotted border folder on the sides and scored lines with my Scor-pal. Supplies: Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, Basic Grey Urban Prairie; Misc - Cuttlebug border folder, Heart Nestabilities, SU! Dimensionals, Scor-pal

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

This card came together pretty quickly. I've still been on a kick with my new heart sets. It's nice to experiment with colours that don't automatically scream Valentine. I started with stamping my striped background and used those colours on the rest of the card. I found a button that nicely matched from my ridiculous collection and turned this into an anniversary card. Stamps: Heart Prints, Anniversary Birds, Faux Ribbon Ink: Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Fresh Snow Paper: White, Kraft, Aqua Mist Accessories, etc.: Aqua Mist grosgrain, button

Saturday, January 10, 2009

FTL 24

I have been wanting the Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper and I finally got some yesterday. I couldn't get the 6x6 pad that I wanted so I bought the 12x12 collection pack. That made making this card super fast and easy. I used the stickers that were included for the butterfly and the border. I just had to cut the paper to size and stamp the sentiment and emboss it. I think this layout is so versatile - it will become a fall to layout for me! Thanks Natasha! Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versamark; Paper - Paertrey Stampers Select, Basic Grey; Misc - Basic Grey stickers, Detailed embossing powder

Friday, January 9, 2009

Fall-To Layout #24

It's time for another sketch. Once again I took the "easy" way out. I designed a card and drew the sketch accordingly. As usual, it's a pretty easy sketch to follow. Remember, I'm all about proportions. It doesn't really matter how big your central panel is, just make it proportional to the card front. I think I made mine 3.75x5. Even a bit smaller would look nice, probably all the way down to 3.25x4.5 Smaller than that and you start to lose too much of your canvas. The circle image on the sketch can really be anything. I went with this delightful sailboat from PTI's Men of Life. The stripe could be paper or ribbon. The bottom part is meant to be some form of patterned paper- whether that's stamped, like mine, or printed, is up to you!
Stamps: Men of Life, Birthday Basics, Polka Dot Basics,
Ink:Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, Fresh Snow
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, White
Accessories: Ribbon
I enjoyed seeing all the cards last week! If you play, please leave a link again in the comments!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Embrace Realistic Flowers

There are loads of floral products out there for crafters. I figured I'd just focus on one genre this week- realistic flowers. My card features Flower Soft. It's a fine, soft, colourful product that you can apply directly to your project like glitter or flocking. You can also build your own flowers using wire and glue. I'm sure there are more possibilities, those are the two main uses I've seen so far. Supplies: Stamps: Large Silhouette Flowers- Lupines, Bird Words, Harlequin BG Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado, Perfect Plum Paper: Raspberry, Avocado, Perfect Plum, White Accessories, etc.: Flower Soft (Heather), White Satin

Monday, January 5, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

Here's a quick card for you. I went with a super easy layout (the tri-square, central sentiment). I really like the nautical feel of light blue and red together that I had seen on other samples with this set, so I went with that. Supplies: Stamps: Men of Life Ink: Spring Rain, Pure Poppy Paper: White, Pure Poppy, Spring Rain

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Welcome Back (and a FTL!)

I figured I'd start the new year with a clean and simple sketch. I have to say this was one of those cases where I made the card, then designed a sketch around it. Sometimes it just works out better that way! The sketch was originally inspired by Krystie Hersch. She's a fabulous CAS girl and fellow DD alumni. I modified the sketch somewhat, but I think it's clear where the inspiration came from.

Here's my card:. I had just received the newest PTI release and was itching to use those delightful patterned hearts. Clearly I was also in the mood for dots, since I used some form of dot several times on here.

Supplies: Stamps: Heart Prints, Polka Dot Basics, Men of Life Ink: Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate Paper: Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, White Accessories, etc.: white satin, metal tag Thanks for stopping by. If you do the sketch, post a comment with your link!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

CAS Anniversary Card

I made this card for my sister and BIL's anniversary. It was nice to make a card other than a holiday card! The only stamping is the design on the hearts and the sentiment on the inside. I used my Cuttlebug Heart embossing folder for the white mat and my circle and heart nestabilities to cut out the circles and hearts. I used a Martha Stewart lace border punch on the red and black layers. All pieces were then adhered to the red card base. It was pretty quick once I had the design in mind! Supplies: Paper - PaperTrey, DCWV; Stamps - Inkadinkado; Ink - Versafine Black Onyx; Misc - Cuttlebug, Embossing folder, Nestabilities