Friday, February 27, 2009

Fall To Layout #31

I enjoy stamping my own backgrounds so that is what I did with this sketch. I have a lot more of this pattern left to make several other cards too. I don't think this needs much explanation so I'll just list what I used in the supplies section! Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versamark; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc. - White detailed EP, Ribbon

Layout #31

Here's this weekend's sketch. It's my weekend today (working tomorrow) so I figured I'd upload early. If you have time to play along, feel free to leave a link or use the keyword FTL31 at SCS when you upload!For the patterned piece on the right, feel free to use patterned paper or stamp your own. That's what I decided to do. I saw the avocado and aqua mist colour combo somewhere and it reminded me of some patterned papers I saw somewhere else (sorry for all the vagueness!). I decided instead of going through my patterned paper stash I would just stamp my own. It really is one of the best things about stamping, since you can colour match it exactly to other items in your collection.
Stamps: Birthday Basics, Beautiful Blooms
Ink: Ocean Tides, Ripe Avocado
Cardstock: White, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado
Accessories, etc.: Ripe Avocado Twill

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

10 Minute Monday on Wednesday

Angel asked about my knots, and I watched these two tutorials many times (Val Stangle and Kristina Werner) and practiced a lot. My technique is kind of a combination of those two. My biggest piece of advice is to make sure you cut plenty of ribbon, it's way harder if you short yourself! Hope this helps. I just love this set by There She Goes, and I was finally able to get it. I pieced the mug and added versamark steam and a sentiment, rounded the corners, and voila! A 10 minute card. Supplies: stamps - Let's Get Together (TSG) paper - kraft, Eva (BG), pretty in pink ink - memento, versamark acc - corner rounder

Monday, February 23, 2009

Ten Minute Monday - Flowers

I used the CAS03 sketch challenge from SCS to make this card. The colors came from the GinaK Stamp TV color challenge: Always Artichoke, Apricot Appeal and Pumpkin Pie. I love this sketch and I can see making this into a set of note cards with it. I colored the image with my markers then stamped it onto the PaperTrey Stampers Select card stock. I colored in the flowers (outline stamp) with my markers. I used a Cuttlebug border embossing folder on the Always Artichoke layer. Finished it off with the MS butterfly punch and some pearls. Supplies: Stamps - Endless Creations; Ink - SU! markers; Paper - PaperTrey, DCWV; Misc - MS Butterfly punch, Cuttlebug Border Embossing Folder, pearls, glue dots.

Ten Minute Monday

This card doesn't get much easier- stamp a few trees, apply rub-on, layer once, apply to card base. Done. I really love these trees, and because I'm a bit of a perfectionist, I had to use my stamp-a-ma-jig with the trunks and tree tops. In the situation, I find it easier to stamp the tree tops first, then use the SAMJ to line the trunks up just so. Supplies: Stamps: Trendy Trees Ink: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate Paper: Whisper White, Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado Accessories, etc.: Chit Chat rub-on

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fall to Layout #30

I flipped the sketch to accommodate the direction of the stripes of my patterned paper. This was a quick and easy card - I used left over paper from a previous card. The patterned paper and the buttons are from Making Memories - Chloe's Closet. The card stock, ribbon and sentiment are from PaperTrey Ink. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey Ink; Ink - PaperTrey Ink; Paper - PaperTrey Ink, Making Memories; Misc - Buttons, Ribbon

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fall-to Layout #30

I kept things extremely simple this week. I just received some new patterned paper, so this layout is all about showing that off!

Some basic measurements for you, if you like: the patterned paper part is 4.25x4, leaving 1.5 inches for the rest of the card base to fill. I placed my ribbon on the patterned side, not in the middle. It doesn't really matter where you place that dividing strip though.

Supplies: Stamps: Floral Frenzy Ink: Bahama Blue, Spring Rain, Paris Dusk Paper: Pacific Point, Good Morning Sunshine Accessories, etc.: Satin Ribbon, corner rounder

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

This card took about 5 minutes to make. I wanted a simple image that I could use a button with so I could also use the card for the CAS02 challenge on SCS today, which was to use a button on a CAS card. The actual balloon on this image is heart shaped - so I used a heart shaped button. I purposely left off a sentiment as this can be used for a valentine, anniversary card or just an I love you card for my DH! Supplies: Stamp - Sandra Boynton; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select; Misc - button

10 Minute Monday

I was heavily inspired by a card from the SU catalog, and it worked great for a 10-minute Monday card! Have a great week! Supplies: stamps - On Your Birthday, Season of Thanks paper - baja, avocado, ww, raspberry ink - avocado, raspberry, baja acc - label punch, summer sunrise gg, swiss dots ef, diamond stickles (for flower centers)

Ten Minute Monday

First off, yay for 3 day weekends! Woot! This last week was particularly trying with the ice rain on Monday and Tuesday, and then the brief warm-up, and then finally back to a mostly winter-like -15 or so. I felt like using the Teacher's Apple set. But I really wasn't feeling the red, I thought I'd make a Granny Smith apple. I inked up the stamp first with Spring Moss, then applied a bit of shading with Ripe Avocado. I added in brown for the stem, then I realized that my colour scheme was set- Chocolate, Moss, and Avocado. I thought using ribbon, but I wanted a really sharp, clean edge, so I went with thin strips of cardstock. You get a similar effect and used some of the spindly scraps that were next to my paper cutter.
Stamps: Teacher's Apple, Birthday Basics, Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate
Cardstock: Kraft, White, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss
Accessories, etc.: Paper Piercer and guide, pop dots

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fall to Layout #29

Not only is this a sketch based on Dawn McVey's, it is also based on colors that she uses together! This color combination is totally outside my comfort zone but I like it! I used the Fleur di Leis from PTI's Simply Stationery set with Versamark on the Raspberry Fizz layer. That layer is matted with Ripe Avocado paper. The sentiment, also from Simply Stationey was stamped in Old Olive on Yellow Tart card stock, and mounted on a scalloped oval cut with Nestabilities from Ripe Avocado card stock. I finished it off with a lemon tart satin ribbon. Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey Simply Stationery; Ink - SU! Old Olive, Versamark; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - PaperTrey ribbon, Nestabilities

Friday, February 13, 2009


Time for another sketch! This one was inspired by one of my favorite CAS stampers, Dawn McVey . In case you've been out of the loop, she's got a stamp set debuting tomorrow evening at Papertrey Ink. I really liked what she did with the damask image to make background paper. It's nice to have a card focus on a pattern. All it needs is a small sentiment and your choice of embellishments.

I kept my card themed in the spirit of Valentine's Day. I really liked the effect of the fancy label underneath the sentiment on Dawn's card. I used the Label One Nestabilities for that. If you cut the squares in half, you can match them back up to make a more rectangular shape. It worked out well for this, since I knew I'd be placing the sentiment piece over top. The seam is completely hidden. The rest of the card seems pretty self explanatory. I added in one extra layer. I just can't help myself, I love having that 1/16'' border between my main image panel and the card base!

Supplies: Stamps: Heart Prints (PTI) Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate Paper: Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate, White Accessories, etc.: pop dots, nesties labels 1, saddle stitched grosgrain

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Square Delight

This was supposed to be a quick card, but the search for the perfect sized flower, and then some white buttons; well, it ended up taking longer than a CAS card should. It was inspired by a card on page 111 of the latest Stampin' Up catalog. I wanted to "class it up" a bit, so I stuck with black and white. This card measures 4.25 square. Supplies: Stamps: Absolutely Fabulous, Polka Dot Basics Paper: Textured White, Black, White Ink: Black, White Accessories, etc.: flower, polka dot brad, buttons, satin ribbon, mat pack

Monday, February 9, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

Here's a trio of ultra simple cards today. I just love having a nice image, a short greeting, and the bold colour combination of red, white, and black. For a bit more of a "pop-factor", I added bits of red to each image and I outlined the dogs with a grey marker. It's really a great effect for making an image come to life. These cards are all 4.5x 3.5 Supplies: Stamps: Cosmo Pups (gel-a-tins) Cardstock: White, Poppy, Black Ink: Tuxedo Black Accessories, etc.: Red and Light Grey markers

Ten Minute Monday

I originally made this card for the PaperTrey Color Challenge. I used the flourish stamp from the With Sympathy set. I punched the butterflies witha Martha Stewart punch and attached them with glue dots. I then added the small half back pearls to the butterflies. The sentiment is from PaperTrey as well. This card took about 5 minutes to create. Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey; Paper - PaperTrey; Ink - Versamagic Spanish Olive; Misc - Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, Pearl stickers, Glue Dots.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

FTL 28

I used my old but loved Cherry Blossom image by Rubber Stampede for this sketch. I stamped it with Black Onyx Versafine ink on PaperTrey white cardstock and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I colored the image in with my stamping up markers. Then I used my Versamarker and went over the colored in areas and heat embossed it again with clear embossing powder. I brayered on Adirondak Aqua and then Sailboat Blue for the background (sky). I stamped the sentiment in Black Onyx Versafine. The image was matted on white PT cardstock and then mounted on a Bazzil textured cardstock. I felt like it needed more balance so I added the 3 small half back pearls. Supplies: Stamps - Rubber Stampede, PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine, Adirondak; Paper - PaperTrey, Bazzil; Misc - SU! markers, pearls, brayer

Friday, February 6, 2009

FTL 28 and Over the Rainbow Challenge

I needed to do 3 things tonight.
  1. Make a sample card for my Fall-To Sketch (On a side note, someone asked about what this means. A fall-to layout is something you use frequently, it's kind of like a back-up. When you don't want to do something complicated, you can fall to these simple sketches!
  2. Make a card for the amazing PTI Over the Rainbow colour challenge (how yummy is that colour combo!)
  3. Make a birthday card for a good friend of mine.

I quickly set out to combine these into one card and I was successful! So first up, here's the sketch. For my main panel I went with 3.25x4.5. Feel free to change that up! The sketch is more like 2.25x3.5.

Here's my card. I see now I didn't quite adhere to the sketch. My panel is much bigger and I don't have all 3 sides of the bottom panel being the same width. Oops! That's the beauty of a sketch, it provides a guideline. For the flowers/branch, I started out with Out on a Limb. Next I inked up the dotty flowers in Pure Poppy. Then I grabbed a flower from Text Boxed, inked that up in Summer Sunrise and went over the dots so it would kind of appear that the dots were the flower centers. Finally I added in leaves, using the small leaf image.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

I am in a monthly alphabet swap and this month is W. I got these 3D stickers at Archivers when I was visiting this swap group in Iowa last summer. W is for WISH. No stamping involved here - I am feeling kind of guilty about that! But I think it is so cute! Supplies: Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Making Memories 3D sticker.

Ten Minute Monday

I've got two cards for you today. They are barely more than one layer. I really like these flowers and wanted to showcase just that. For my first card I was in the mood for some pencil crayon colouring. To bring a little more pop to the flower I glazed the center with crystal effects. Now I know that it has a drying time of more than 10 minutes, but if it's your last step, then it doesn't add to your total card time :D For this card I wanted to take a stab at watercolouring. My watercolour paints have been highly neglected. I guess I wanted to prove to myself that I could still manage that medium. On both cards I stamped and coloured the flowers and leaves on separate paper, then cut those out and popped them up with pop dots. I was quite pleased with both cards. There's something so satisfying about a pop of colour against all that white space.