Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fall To Layout #44

Once I decided on the colors I wanted to use this sketch came together rather quickly. I also got to use up some scraps - love when that happens!! The papers are all from PaperTrey as is the sentiment. The brads are from Making Memories and the ribbon is from the $1 bin at Michaels. The white panel with the brads is popped up on dimensionals. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey Friends Til the End; Ink - Versamark; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - White embossing powder, brads, ribbon, EKSuccess scallop border punch, Dimensionals

Friday, May 29, 2009

FTL 44!

Hello everyone! It's time for another sketch. Don't be afraid of the slight business of the sketch. It's actually very easy to make it extremely clean and simple! Here's the sketch: And here's my card. Since there's been a certain paper sale on this month (the SU! buy 3 get 1), I figure I should try to make use of more of my patterned paper stash. For this card, I chose one pack- I think it's Jersey Shore and used that as my colour scheme.

Some dimensions for you:

  • Typical card base 4-1/4x5-1/2 find this sketch works a bit better if you do a top fold.
  • Blue dotted paper:4-1/4x1-3/4
  • Dark blue panel/mat: 4-5/8x3-3/8
  • Textured White Panel (with stars)- the entire piece is actually 3-1/4x4-1/2
  • Green Scallops: 1/2'' at the widest point x3-1/4
  • Bashful Blue:1-1/2x3-1/4
  • Pumpkin Pie:1-3/4x3-1/4

Supplies: Stamps: Great Expectations (Verve Stamps) Ink: Brilliant Blue Paper: Kraft, Textured White, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Jersey Shore Accessories, etc.: Scallop punch, Wasabi double-stitched ribbon, star punch, pop dots

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

It's been a while since I did something with blue and orange. So I figured it was overdue. I finally picked up some sets from My Cute Stamps. This one, Spunky Nature, is adorable!The layout is an old stand-by, but effective. Supplies: Stamps: Spunky Nature, Matryoshka Dolls (My Cute Stamps) Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, White Ink: Bahama Blue, Rich Cocoa, Tangelo Accessories, etc.: Swiss Dot Cuttlebug folder, nestabilities, pop dots, ribbon

Saturday, May 23, 2009

FTL43 Heartfelt Thanks

This sketch was very different from any other that I have done. I made my card 4.25 in square so it would fit in an A2 envelope. I decided to use red, white and blue for the colors in honor of Memorial Day in the US and to participate in Sharon Johnson's ssnotime88 challenge (use red, white and blue). I used the 2 sizes of star stamps in PTI"s Everyday Classics stamp set and made background paper. Then I cut a circle from that paper with my classic Nestabilities and matted it with a Scallop Circle Nestability. I cut out a red star from the background paper and popped it up on top of a stamped star. I adhered the circle with dimensionals. I used three different ribbons for the strips and I stamped the sentiment on the white ribbon. Supplies: Stamps - PTI Everyday Classics; Ink - Pallette Starry Night, SU! Real Red; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, PTI Poppy Red; Misc - Netabilities, dimensionals, ribbon

Friday, May 22, 2009

FTL 43

Hello! Happy Friday! Here's this week's sketch. I figured it was time for a square card again. I wanted something ultra simple, but more than a single layer. This is what I came up with: The dimensions I used:
Spring Moss strip: 3-7/8x1/2
Ripe Avocado dotted strip: 3-1/8x7/8
Dark Chocolate strip: 3-1/2x3/8
Circles: Approximately 1-7/8 diameter and 2-1/8 diameter
Card Size: 4-1/4x4-1/4
The card is quite simple. I stamped and cut out the tree, then arranged the papers as I had sketched out, and added a greeting.
Stamps: Trendy Trees, Birthday Basics
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate
Paper: Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate, Bitty Dots (Avocado), Kraft
Accessories, etc.: pop dots, circle nestabilities
As always, feel free to leave a link to your card in the comments!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ten-Minute Trees

This was a card we made at my recent stamp class. Love these little trees! Supplies: stamps - Trendy Trees, Fundamental Phrases paper - bashful blue, choc chip, ww, kraft ink - olive, choc acc - samj, choc brad

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Just Because

I missed out on the FTL#41 last week so when I was doing the SCS color challenge for this week I used FTL41 for the sketch. Using pre determined colors and sketch sure does make for a quick card! The colors were Only Orange, Purely Pomegranate (Rose Red) and Brilliant Blue. I also used the stamp set that was out from yesterday's 10 Minute Monday card! Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey Flower Garden, Shapes by Design (sentiment); Ink - SU! Only Orange, Rose Red, Brilliant Blue; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, Bazzill; Misc - Ribbon, dimensionals

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ten Minute Monday 05/18/09

Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians! Because of the holiday, I completely forgot that today was Monday, I'm still on weekend mode. Never fear, I have a few cards to share. I've been having fun making patterned papers with the Guidelines stamp set from Papertrey Ink. If you decide on the specific images and colours before hand, a background can come together very quickly. I like to stamp a larger piece, then use it on a few cards. The colour palette on the first group of cards was inspired by Niki Estes. For the second group of cards, I wanted something that definitely said feminine, as cliched as that is, I went with pinks.

Supplies: Stamps: Guidelines 1, Simple Stationery Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst, Fresh Snow, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Pure Poppy Cardstock: White, Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides Accessories, etc.: Buttons, pop dots

Ten Minute Monday

The SCS CAS challenge for this week was to make a card using white and black and a splash of a Bold Bright color. I love black and white with a splash of almost any other color. So I actually made a set of 4 note cards using a different color for each one. Here I used Brilliant Blue and Real Red. I stamped the flower from PaperTrey Flower Garden in Versafine Onyx Black and colored the center in with a SU! marker. I used the marker to color the sentiment stamp, also from Flower Garden, and finished each card off with a ribbon in the same color. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select; Misc - SU! markers, Ribbon

Saturday, May 16, 2009

FTL#42 Thinking of You

I haven't been stamping in two weeks since I've had a hip replacement - and I was having a bit of trouble getting back into making cards. So this sketch combined with Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge got me started. It felt great to get back to card making! I stamped the umbrellas onto the white paper, then stamped them again and cut them out and adhered them to the image panel with dimensionals. I added the flower for balance - it just looked funny without it. Supplies: Stamps - PTI ; Ink - PTI Berry Sorbet, Aquamist and Versamagic Jumbo Java; Paper - PTI Stampers Select, PTI Bitty Dot Basics, PTI Chocolate Brown; Misc - May Arts Satin Ribbon, Fiskars Threading Water Border punch, Prima Flower, half back pearl, dimensionals.

FTL 42 Happy Birthday

My mojo has been on a major vacay, so a sketch was just what I needed for a jump start! I created a travel mug with some of my favorite October Afternoon paper. Hope you are having a great weekend! Supplies: stamps - Mix & Match Cupcake, Let's Get Together (both There She Goes) paper - baja breeze, pacific point, certainly celery, choc, white (all SU); October Afternoon dsp ink - black acc - melon berry ribbon and button (PTI), scallop edge punch, dimensionals

Friday, May 15, 2009

Sketch time

Ready for another sketch? This sketch is based off of a card I made almost a month ago. Although it's not ultra simple, I really like the linear design and the proportions. I made three versions, this yellow one, a pink one, and a blue one. I love using clear sheets as my card base and I especially love adding a cool background with white stazon. I did a bit of rock'n'rolling for the flowers. I really love mixing lemon tart with just a touch of summer sunrise around the edges.
Some measurements:
Small Dark Chocolate: 3x4.25
White Image & Sentiment Panel: 2-7/8x2-1/8
Scalloped Piece: 2-7/8x3/4 (there may be some overlapping of those two parts)
Optional interior or back piece: 3.75x5.
Stamps: Women of Life, Beautiful Blooms, Green Thumb, Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Dark Chocolate, White Stazon
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, White
Accessories, etc.: Acetate, scallop nestabilities, pop dots, ribbon
As always, if you play along, feel free to leave a comment with a link!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

Today's card is one that was completely inspired by the fabulous Heather Pulvirenti. She has such a fun style, lots of good CAS cards, lots of very detailed and more complex stuff too (something for everyone!) When I saw that card, I just loved it and so I filed it into my "Inspiration" folder.
If you have a ridiculously large hard-drive, this is something you might want to consider doing. If I see something I really like, I save it to an Inspiration folder. These photos go nowhere, I would never post them online! In some cases, what people post sometimes gets taken down for a publication, this way you still have it. They are there whenever I need a little creative boost. This is also another reason why I love it when people have watermarks. If I'm inspired by something months old, I can give credit where credit is due.
So here's the card, I went with a different orientation, a different floral image, and a different colour scheme, but I think it's apparent how the original card inspired me. I made this card a few weeks ago, but now that I'm focusing on it, I kind of what to make a few more in different colours!
Stamps: Garden of Life, Birthday Basics
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate
Cardstock: Kraft, White
Accessories, etc.: Saddle Stitched Grosgrain, twine, button from who knows where, but it matches Ripe Avocado perfectly!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fall-to Layout #41

This week's sketch was inspired by this adorable card by Savitri. I decided to make it have a vertical orientation instead of horizontal. The sketch works quite well if you have a small bit of patterned paper you want to use up, or a small stamped image. Some dimensional info based on my card:

  • The brown rectangle piece is 2.5x3-3/8.
  • The small white piece is 1.5x 3-1/8.
  • The items are approximately 1 inch each.

Here's my sketch:

And here's my card for the sketch:

Supplies: Stamps: Coffee Break (gel-a-tins), Birthday Basics (PTI) Ink: Palette Noir Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides Accessories, etc.: pop dots, aqua twill

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

Just a fun and quick card for you today. I was in the mood for some bright colours, and found that Hibiscus Burst and Lemon Tart go quite nicely together. I stamped the umbrella and added a tiny dot to each flower with a yellow Copic marker. I ran a scalloped piece of Lemon through the cuttlebug using the Swiss Dot folder to give it a bit more interest. Then I attached some twill and buttons, added a sentiment and that was complete. Supplies: Stamps: Scattered Showers Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart, Smokey Shadow Paper:Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart, Smokey Shadow, White Accessories, etc.: buttons, ribbon, Swiss Dot folder, scalloped punch

Ten Minute Monday

I have two cards again today to share. The SCS CAS challenge was posted last night and it is a sketch - so many possibilities! The first card uses some of my favorite things: MS Butterfly punch, Urban Prairie paper and pearls. The sentiment is from PaperTrey's Friends Til the End set. The second card is also a quick one layer card. I used Verve's Petals and Stems to make the flowers using PaperTrey's Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise and Ocean Tides inks. The sentiment is also from Friends Til the End set. Supplies: Stamps - Verve, PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, PaperTrey Perfect Match; Paper - PaperTrey, Basic Grey Urban Prairie; Misc - MS punch, pearls.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

FTL 40

This card features two stamp sets I've had for awhile, and just now had a chance to ink them up. PTI's retro background builder set is SO EASY to use, I really love it. Note: all the boat pieces are cut out and popped up. And I'm ahead of the game for Father's Day, yay for me, lol! Supplies: stamps - Background Basics Retro, Men of Life (both PTI) paper - aqua mist, ocean tides, kraft, white ink - pure poppy, burnt umber, aqua mist, black acc - oval nesties, dimensionals, silver brads (SU)

Fall to Layout #40

I have two cards to share using today's sketch. Both are using the : Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #4 here on Dawn McVey's blog. On the first card I used the script CB embossing foldeer on the Aqua Mist background and on the second card I used French Script background stamp from Hero Arts in Aqua Mist ink. The image on the first card is from Rubbernecker - Jeanne Streiff collection and the sentiment is from PaperTrey Limitless labels. On the second card I used the images and sentiment from PaperTrey's A Pond Life. I also sponged the oval with aqua mist. Supplies: Stamps - Rubbernecker, PaperTrey; Ink - PaperTrey Aqua Mist, Memento Rich Cocoa; Paper - PaperTrey White Stampers Select, Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate; Misc - Nestabilities, Ribbon, Amuse Micro Twinklers, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Dimensionals.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sketch #40

Wow! I can't believe it's been 40 sketches already! I know I've said this before about other sketches, but this layout is so much of a "fall-to" for me, that I had to double check all the previous sketches to make sure I hadn't done it yet!
I find that the clean and simple style is best for sympathy cards. The last thing I want to be doing is spending a large quantity of time on a sympathy card. I want it to look pleasing, comforting, and simple. To add a little bit of extra to the card, I used satin ribbon and I added flocking to the cattails. In general, I find that nature imagery, scallops, script, and satin or organdy ribbon are good choices for cards that are more somber in nature.
Stamps: French Script, Out on a Limb, Pond Life
Ink: New Leaf, Dark Chocolate, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: White, Dark Chocolate, Certainly Celery
Accessories, etc.: Brown Flock, Scalloped Long Oval nestabilities, satin ribbon
If you play along, feel free to leave a comment with your link!