Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ten Minute Monday- 29/06/09

This wasn't technically a ten minute card. It took a bit longer, mainly because I had to locate the leaf die. It's so small and easy to misplace. I found that, but then I had to decide on what type of paper to use with it. I cut out patterned paper, but it just didn't look right, so I decided to go with a solid cardstock. I had been having issues getting this die to cut, but I changed the sandwich and all is good with the world again! I know if I recreated the card it would take about 5 minutes tops. I used easy proportions- keeping the main image panel at 3.25x4.5.
On a side note, does it bother anyone else that Baja Breeze and Soft Sky were clearly designed in the same hue family, yet weren't available at the same time??
Stamps: Birthday Basics
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Paper: Textured Basic Grey, White, Urban Garden, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky
Accessories, etc.: Leaf Die, White Grosgrain, Pop Dots

Saturday, June 27, 2009

FTL#48 4th of July Birthday

This is a really fun sketch. I need a birthday card for my Mom's significant other whose birthday is the 4th of July. I think this is perfect. I used my largest scallop circle Nestability to cut out the card base. All the patterned paper used here is the digital paper from Gina K. I cut a circle from the blue star paper and the red striped paper, then cut off some of the striped paper. I didn't have a white enough ribbon the correct width so I used some white cardstock . The stars were made with the Star nestabilities and the little star is popped up on a dimensional. The sentiment is from PaperTrey Everyday Classics set. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Palette Starry Night; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, GinaK digital papers; Misc - Nestabilities, dimensionals.

Friday, June 26, 2009


I thought it'd be fun to make a circle card again. So here's the sketch. Feel free to make the circle any size you want. Also, if you want to add a scalloped exterior edge, that's fine too. I hope you are inspired and feel free to share a link in the comments to your creation!
And here's my card. I knew which stamps I was wanting to use-a few new ones I picked up in the States. The colour scheme was chosen semi-randomly. I saw Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, and Cote d'Azure next to each other and thought "hmm, that looks nice". Sometimes decent colour combinations just happen like that.
Stamps: American Crafts Sentiments Large and Small
Ink: Cote d'Azure, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Fresh Snow
Paper: Taken with Teal, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet Bitty Dots
Accessories, etc.: Circle Nestabilities, pop dots, grosgrain, white EP

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ten Minute Monday

Here's an ultra quick card that came together all because I had received a few samples from the build-a-brad set. I made a brad using the 1/2 inch circle punch and some Good Morning Sunshine paper. Then I thought it'd be fun to make some daisies using that as the center. I added a bit more of the same paper, some ribbon, and a rub-on greeting. Easy!
Paper: White, Good Morning Sunshine
Accessories, etc.: Daisies 2 die, so many sayings rub-ons, build a brad, chocolate polytwill

Saturday, June 20, 2009

More FTL 47 Samples!

As promised, here are a few more cards that follow the sketch pretty much exactly.
First some dimensions:
  • Standard card size- 4.25x5.5
  • Patterned paper piece- 3x4.5
  • Circle or Oval (without scallops)- 1.5 diameter or 1.75 x2.25 diameter
  • Sentiment tab- about .5 and as long as you need to fit the words
  • Bottom Scallops- 4.5 x almost .25

First up is a Congratulations card. I wanted to use the star in Everyday Classics, and it seemed like "way to go" kind of image. I am really loving this yellow circle background from Good Morning Sunshine. I'm a bit sad to see it being retired.

Next up is a Father's Day card. I figured I should make a few before tomorrow... I can't believe I only noticed this now, and I'm sure others have noticed, but this leaf stamp from a few SABs ago totally matches the new leaf die cut. It's almost an exact match! *I just wanted to add: I didn't actually try to cut it out with the die. I still cut it out by hand* And that means that it coordinates quite nicely with the Walk in the Park paper. I suspect I'll be pairing the two items together quite a bit now.

Supplies: Stamps: Everyday Classics, Past Sell-a-bration 2006 set (found it: Best Blossoms), Men of Life, Congratulations from MSE! Ink: Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Orangerie Paper: Walk in the Park, Good Morning Sunshine, Old Olive, Spring Moss, Summer Sunrise, Pumpkin Pie Accessories, etc.: Scalloped scissors, punch, and dies cut, pop dots, button and string

Friday, June 19, 2009

FTL47 Sending a happy Hello

This card actually meets two SCS challenges in addition to Natasha's FTL#47. This is the inspiration piece that I chose for the Inspiration challenge and can be found here: This week's Ways to Use it challenge, WT223 was to use text on your card. The image is from a Making Memories set and it had the text as part of the image. I clear embossed it and cut it out. I used an Ornare piercing template to make the stitched leaf and flourish like the shoes. I realized after i was finished that I forgot the little circles or scallops on the bottom edge of the sentiment - oops! Supplies: Stamps - Making Memories, PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, unknown purple and black; Misc - Button, Clear EP, Ornare Piercing Template, Signo gel pen, MS Lace Border punch.

FTL 47!

So, it's time for another sketch! I deviated a bit from the sketch, I changed it to a vertical orientation. I will make another one tomorrow and post that, as well as dimensions if you want to wait the extra day. I just wanted to get it posted :D I think the card is pretty self explanatory. I used a lot of scalloped products. 3 different types actually- die cut, scissors, and a punch. I was inspired by the patterned paper, looked up its coordinating colours (Cameo Coral, who knew!) and went with that! I thought Lemon Tart and this darker Coral colour went nicely. I also thought script of the sentiment went well with the theme.

Supplies: Stamps: Birthday Basics, Oh So Sweet Ink: Berry Sorbet, Barely Banana, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery Paper: Cameo Coral, Walk in the Park, White, Lemon Tart, Dark Coral Textured Accessories, etc.: Die cut, scalloped punch, scalloped scissors

As usual, feel free to use the sketch, and leave a link in the comments!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ten Minute Monday (a day early)

I'm not sure what's been going on lately, but I just haven't really felt like making much. I've tried taking a break from cardmaking. So far, that hasn't really worked. So I thought, maybe I'd try a challenge. I went with Dawn's colour challenge. The colours I used were New Leaf, True Black, and Vintage Cream. The challenge helped, somewhat... I made one card, but that's it. It was a quick one too. Perfect for ten minute Monday though. I love all the handmade flowers I've been seeing, so I made a few using a few stamped die cuts and some hand cut, crimped leaves. I cut into each petal to make it more dimensional, then popped up each layer. The leaves were cut out, then I folded them in half and ran them through a crimper. Supplies: Stamps: Friend By Definition, Birthday Basics Paper: Vintage Cream, New Leaf, True Black Bitty Dots Ink: True Black Accessories, etc.: Corner Rounder, Blossoms die, button, crimper, pop dots, twine, ribbon

Saturday, June 13, 2009


I love how palette ink shows up so well on kraft! I lined up the stamps on my block before stamping, it was easier for me to center them and line them up straight that way. I used a ruler and white gel pen to draw the box. Supplies: stamps - Everyday Classics, Teacher's Apple (both PTI) paper - kraft ink - pure poppy, ripe avocado, rich chocolate (all PTI) acc - white gel pen, ruler

Fall to Layout #46 Thanks!

This is for the FTL#46. I love the clean look and the sentiment within the frame. These butterflies were from my friend Lynette's $1 stamps. I stamped them using my stamp a majig so that I could get them centered on the card front. I then took a square Nestability and traced it where I wanted the frame to be. Next I stamped the sentiment centering it on the bottom line of the frame. I used the fine point of a Tempting Turquoise marker and a ruler to trace along the pencil lines to color the frame and erased the pencil marks. Supplies: Stamps - Studio G, Inkadinkado; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Tempting Turquoise; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - SU! markers, ruler, pencil, eraser.

Friday, June 12, 2009

FTL 46!

Here's this week's sketch. The trio of objects is meant as a suggestion only. Feel free to have a single focal point if that's where the inspiration hits!

Here's my take on it. My inspiration came from here and here. I used 2 square nestabilities interiors and a white gel pen to trace the squares surrounding the image and sentiment. This is such a great technique for adding a bit of dimension to a one layer card. Supplies: Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Faux Ribbon Cardstock: Kraft Ink: Dark Chocolate, Landscape

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ten Minute Monday- 06/08/09

This card came together when I was looking through some papers. I saw how perfectly this small trio of patterns would look on a square card. I matted the paper, added 2 coordinating buttons and a sentiment. So quick! Love it when things just come together like that! Supplies:
Stamps: It's Your Birthday
Ink: Orangerie
Paper: Jersey Shore DSP, Brilliant Blue, White
Accessories, etc.: pop dots, buttons

Sunday, June 7, 2009

FTL 45a & b

What fun sketches to work with, it's been a while since I made 3x3 cards! Thanks for stopping by.
stamps - Up, Up and Away (Verve), Paper Tray (PTI)
paper - soft sky textured, black, white, new leaf
ink - memento, copics
acc - tangerine gg, button, dimensionals, scallop edge punch
(b) stamps - March KOM (Unity), Mega Mixed Messages (PTI) paper - ruby, new leaf, choc dsp, white ink - memento, copics acc - dimensionals, circle punch

Saturday, June 6, 2009

FTL45a and 45b

I didn't read Natasha's directions closely - the sketches were to be 3" square cards. I realized that after I got the first one done. So I did both sketches, one is 3" square and one is 4.25" square. I figure they can be a set - a birthday card and a birthday tag to go with the gift. I used Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #8: for these cards. The colors are Raspberry Fizz, Vintage Cream, Kraft and Chocolate Chip. The top one is the 3" square card. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey every Day Classics; Ink - Raspberry Fizz, SU! Chocolate Chip; Paper - PaperTrey Kraft, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate; Misc - Ribbon, Nestabilities, Fiskars border punch, button, Dimensionals

Friday, June 5, 2009

Weekend Sketch(es)

I thought it'd be fun to make 2 sketches this week. The catch? They are meant to be small, try to keep it 3x3. The sketches would both work nicely at a larger size, but I wanted it to be a challenge. Sometimes it's nice to make a mini-card as a sort of warm-up. If you do either sketch, feel free to leave a link here in the comments! Some dimensions for you: Sketch 1:
  • 3x3 base
  • Vanilla piece with flower 1-7/8x2
  • Green piece 2-3/4x2-1/8
  • Sentiment strip 1-1/8x3/8

Sketch 2

  • 3x3 base
  • Circle 1-7/8 diameter
  • Cocoa strip 7/8x3

Supplies: Stamps: Flower from Whipper Snapper Designs, Sentiment from Papertrey Ink, Owl and sentiment from Amuse Ink: Versamark, Rich Cocoa Paper: Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa Accessories, etc.: Button, ribbon, Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scallop punch, twine , Chalks

Monday, June 1, 2009

Ten Minute Monday 06/01/09

Time for another ten minute (or under) card! I've had this black and white shaded flower on my desk for a while. I created it by stamping with the True Black ink by Papertrey Ink and experimenting with a blender pen. The ink isn't waterproof so it blended quite nicely. I decided to finally pair it with a textured white card base and a thin black sentiment strip. Easy!
Stamps: Friends 'til the End
Ink: True Black, Fresh Snow
Paper: Textured White, Black, White
Accessories, etc.: pop dot, blender pen