Monday, March 30, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

So I made this card almost a week ago, had it uploaded to the computer, all I needed to do was edit and upload a post. I meant to get it ready last night, totally forgot! So here it is, a bit later than usual, but it's still Monday! Supplies: Stamps: Wild Things (by gel-a-tins), Birthday Basics (by Papertrey Ink) Ink: Melon Berry, Dark Chocolate Paper: Textured Groovy Guava, Dark Chocolate, White, Urban Oasis DSP Accessories, etc.: Scalloped scissors, chocolate ribbon

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fall to Layout 35

I like this sketch and the dimensions of the card. I used only black and white for the SCS LSC213 challenge and used striped and polka dots for Sharon Johnson's ssnotime80 stamp simply challenge. The card measures 3.5x6 and I used my long rectangle Nestabilities to cut and mat the main image. Supplies: Stamp - Rubbernecker Jeanne Streiff Collection, PaperTrey Friends Til the End; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, Patterned Paper unknown; Misc - Ribbon, Nestabilities, dimensionals

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fall-to Layout #35

Fall-to Layout: A sketch or layout that you can use as a resource; something you may rely on, fall-to, or fall-back on when you need a bit of inspiration. Here's this week's sketch. I decided to change things up a bit. It was time for something besides square or A5. This card is 3.5x6. The patterned paper panel is 3x3.5. I used nestabilities for the rectangles, but if you'd like to know, the plain rectangle is 2-3/8x5 inches. I wanted a design for using all those large silhouette images that are still quite popular. Supplies: Stamps: Big and Wild Things (by gel-a-tins), Birthday Basics (by Papertrey Ink) Ink: Rhubarb, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, True Black Paper: Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Ski Slope DSP Accessories, etc.: Ribbon, Nestabilities, Pop Dots

As always, if you decide to play along, feel free to leave a link or upload to SCS with the keyword FTL35!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I love this sketch and will be using it a lot. I had to make a red, white and black card for a swap so i used this wonderful layout. I stamped the image on the white panel and colored it with carkers. The I stamped it again on another piece of white paper, colored it and cut out a portion of it and adhered it to the originally stamped image with dimesionals. Supplies: Stamps - Inkadinkado; Paper - PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Misc - Ribbon, SU! HPH, Fiskars Border Punch, pearls.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Ten Minute Monday 03/23/09

Today's card is almost of simplified version of this week's sketch. I omitted the patterned paper layer as well as the square, bringing the focal image right onto the rectangle. Supplies: Stamps: Faux Ribbon (PTI), Wild Things (gel-a-tins ) Ink: Dark Chocolate Paper: White, Chocolate Chip, Urban Oasis DSP

10 Minute Monday

I made this card for the CAS07 challenge which was to use punches. I used the colors from Dawn McVey's new Raspberry Suite Color Challenge: This is a case of one of my cards which had punched hearts (which was originally a case of Jennifer McGuire's card). I used the Martha Stewart butterfly punch on the PaperTrey Bitty Dots Basic papers. I lined them up down the middle of the card attaching only the bodies with glue dots. The I scored lines on both sides and ran the edges of the card through the cuttlebug with the swiss dots embossing folder. I finished up with adding pearls to the butterflies. Supplies: Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, Bitty Dot Basics; Misc - pearls, Scor-pal, Cuttlebug Sweiss Dots embossing folder, Glue Dots

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I'll be using this layout again, it's great! No stamping except for the main panel. The pink layer is popped up on dimensionals. Supplies: stamps - Nature of Friendship (TSG) paper - kraft, avocado, sweet blush, white ink - avocado, choc, raspberry, spring moss acc - raspberry ribbon, dimensionals, mat pack and piercer

Friday, March 20, 2009


Ready for another sketch? I was looking through some older cards and came across this layout. I remember being quite obsessed with it for a while, so I thought I'd bring it back. Although it has a minimum of four layers, I consider it a good example of clean and simple. I like to feature a patterned paper as the large piece on the card base. Then I usually do another layer of the same colour as the card base, and finally a small square with my sentiment and image. I also usually place ribbon underneath the square. However, you could also place your sentiment there.
Some measurements if you like...
Card base: 4.25x11.
Patterned Paper layer: 3.75x4.75. Place this layer so that there is more space left on the bottom. That way there is room for a row of dots.
Next layer (includes mat): 2.5x3.5.
Final Square: 1.75x1.75.
Stamps: Mixed Messages (PTI), Pocket Silhouettes (SU!)
Ink: Basic Grey, True Black
Paper: White, Urban Oasis, True Black, Basic Grey
Accessories, etc.: Grey ribbon, pop dots, mat pack and piercer

Monday, March 16, 2009

Ten Minute Monday- 03/16/09

This card was one of those cases where I made use of pre-stamped items. The background was already stamped for a different project. It didn't work there, so I had it lying on my desk. I needed a somewhat masculine card, so I stamped the same background image on the sails and cut those out (it was a tad quicker than making a reverse mask). The rest is pretty basic, add a scalloped circle frame, a bit of ribbon, and a greeting. Supplies: Stamps: Men of Life, Women of Life (PTI) Ink: Spring Rain, Dark Chocolate Paper: White, Spring Rain, Dark Chocolate Accessories, etc.: Chocolate Twill Ribbon, pop dots, nestabilities

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Fall to Layout #33

I love this layout and will use it a lot. I used a flower from PTI 's Flower garden set and a sentiment from Women of Life. This is for my sister whose birthday is today and she loves red, white and black. This card was made with all PTI products except for the SU! Hodgepodge Hardware and a Real Red marker. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Ribbon, SU! marker, SU! HPH

Friday, March 13, 2009

FTL 33

Here's another clean & simple sketch for you.
Stamps: Friends 'Til the End, Birthday Basics (PTI)
Ink: Ocean Tides, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream
Paper: Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream
Accessories, etc.: Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter, Satin Ribbon

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday Just Because

Just wanted to share a quick and easy card. Love all the outline floral images out there right now. It's so much fun to overlap them. It's amazing how much looks you can achieve depending on your colour scheme. I went with Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, and Dark Chocolate for this one. Supplies: Stamps: Friends 'Til the End (PaperTrey Ink) Ink: Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate Paper: White, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy

Monday, March 9, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

The SCS CAS challenge for this week is a color challenge: blue and green. I had this image out from the last card I made. I love navy blue and olive green together so I pulled out those markers. I also had some 4.25 square note cards left from a card making activity today so I made a set of 4 Bird Note Cards with different sentiments. After stamping the image and the sentiment I scored the left and bottom of each note card with my Scor-pal. Supplies: Stamps - Inkadinkado; paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select; Ink - SU! Night of Navy and Old Olive markers; Misc - Scor-pal

Ten Minute Monday 03/09/09

This card started out as a joke of sorts. My sister was looking through some papers on my shelf, it was the Rock King Mat Pack. As a joke I said "I'll make you a rockstar card for you while you're at work". So she chose a paper, then I made her choose a piece from the American Crafts Teen collection. I decided to throw in a bit of Raspberry Fizz cardstock and see what I could come up with. There are no stamps, just various die-cutting, so it didn't take very long at all. The card's layout is very much my style, but the colours are very much not. I had fun anyway though, and isn't that the point? I kind of like how it turned out.

Supplies: Paper: DCWV Rock King Mat Pack, American Crafts-Dress Code, Black, Raspberry Fizz Accessories, etc.: Chemistry Alphabet, Star Nestabilities

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Fall to Layout 32

This card is 4.25 square. I combined a number of challenges to make this card: Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Friday (heat embossing), LSC210 (to make a card in 30 minutes or less) and the CAS04 SCS challenge (use dots - pierced or drawn with a marker). With these as guidelines and the sketch provided, it wasn't hard to make a card in 30 minutes or less! Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versamark; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Cuttlebug Butterfly Die, Nestabilities, White Detailed Embossing Powder, pearls, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

FTL 32

I figured it was time for another square sketch. This one really is just a guideline. I made my card 4.25x4.25, but feel free to adapt it to any size square. Also, feel free to make that circle any size, and although my extra item is a flower, make it whatever you like! What's great about this sketch is that you can easily apply it to being clean and simple or very layered and done up.
When I was getting the sketch ready, I had one set in mind- Friends 'Til the End. I knew I wanted to use the flower and a sentiment from that set. I found a perfect sized button for the flower center from the Melon Berry Vintage button collection. I am also just a little bit obsessed with pairing Melon Berry and Dark Chocolate right now, I threw in some vintage cream for this one (mainly because I already had a flower stamped on a piece when I was making this).

Supplies: Stamps: Friends 'Til the End Ink: Dark Chocolate, Melon Berry Paper: Vintage Cream, Melon Berry, Dark Chocolate Accessories, etc.: Circle nestabilities, vintage button, floss

Monday, March 2, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

I was thinking about what to do for the Ten Minute Monday post and of course went to SCS for inspiration. I really need guidelines most of the time to get started. The CAS challenge for the week was just posted - CAS04 Accents with Dots. That got me thinking about paper piercing but i don't like to make holes on my card front for a one layer card. I remembered I had the Bodacious Bouquet stamp set and brass stencil that came with it. I used my SU! markers to color the flower stamp and used my Stamp-a-majig to line them up. I then used the brass stencil lined up over each flower and pierced around each one. I adhered that panel with dimensionals to the purple pnel and I scored lines above and below the panel. I used a MS border punch on the bottom and then placed little half back pearls in the middle of all the flowers. It took longer to write this up than it did to make this card!

Ten Minute Monday

I finally got my hands on the Metropolitan collection of American Crafts paper, so I needed to make a card or two featuring some of that paper. I grabbed this piece and decided to make another card based on this week's sketch. The closest matching cardstock colours in this paper were Aqua Mist and Basic Grey. I threw in some textured white to be a bit different. Since I had the paper out I decided to make another card. This one by Dawn inspired me. I even kept the bow, which only took 3 or 4 attempts. Don't ask how I did it, I never remember. Bow-tying is one of those tricky activities.

Supplies:Stamps: Birthday Basics

Paper: Aqua Mist, Basic Grey, Textured White, AC Metropolitan paper pack

Ink: Fresh Snow

Accessories, etc.: Basic Grey, Aqua Mist 5/8'' grosgrain, Scalloped nestabilities