Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ten Minute Monday- 08/31/09

I have started to see a few holiday cards here and there, so I figured I would make one. Originally I was going to do this layout with flowers. I found these awesome rhinestones and pearls, that are exactly the same as the Kaiser ones, at the dollar store. I was trying to come up with ways to use them. Since I just wasn't feeling the flowers, I thought, snowflakes, that will work!
Stamps: Snowflake Serenade, Holiday Wishes
Ink: Vintage Vanilla
Paper: Enchanted Evening
Accessories, etc.: Pearls

FTL 57

Here's my take on FTL 57. I went for a retro, funky type of color combo and image choice. Have a good one! Supplies: stamps - Background Basics Retro, Mega Mixed Messages (PTI) paper - white, scarlet jewel, ripe avocado, spring rain ink - choc acc - choc brads

FTL57 - Hello From the Heart

Happy Sunday! This is the card I created using the latest Fall-to Layout Sketch, which is one of my favorites. I think the layout is super fun because you can use so many different shapes (hearts, stars, squares, circles, flowers, trees, pumpkins, eggs, etc... the list goes on and on!). :)

To create this card, I stamped the hearts with Aqua Mist ink onto Aqua Mist paper, and then punched them out with a small heart punch. The sentiment is from the Vintage Picnic Basket set, and instead of using it as one long sentence, I inked up and stamped the different parts of the sentence to fit my little 1" circle. All of the hearts and the sentiment were attached to the card base with pop dots.

Supplies: Stamps - Heart Prints, Vintage Picnic Basket Sentiments Ink - Aqua Mist, Soft Suede Paper - Kraft, Whisper White, Aqua Mist Miscellaneous - Small Heart Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch

Friday, August 28, 2009

FTL#57 Happy Retirement

Here is my take on the layout for this week. I love the fall colors and just got this patterned paper from PaperTrey so I had to use it. Each square is 1". The middle square was stamped with a leaf from PaperTrey's Fall Elegance set and the sentiment from Mixed Messages and attached with a dimensional. I used the Versamagic Pumpkin Spice ink to distress the edges. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versamagic Pumpkin Spice, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper - PaperTrey Vintage Cream, Autumn Abundance dp; Misc - Dimensional.

Fall-to Layout #57

It's Friday, so it's time for another sketch. This sketch can easily applied even simpler than my sample card. It would also apply to something a bit more complex.
To simple it down, you could make it a single layer with just stamped squares or circles. If you wanted to make it a bit fancier, you could have different types of embellishments in each spot. You could also make it into a pieced together mosaic, where you stamp on one larger square, then cut it up. It's up to you! Each of my squares measures 1-1/4, with a 1-3/8 mat.
Supplies: Stamps: Hugs from a Bug
Ink: Tuxedo Black
Paper: Smokey Grey, Pure Poppy, White
Accessories, etc.: Copic markers

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ten Minute Monday- 08/24/09

This was truly a 5 minute card, tops. I didn't even have to think hard about my colour combination. I decided to use the suggested colours in Dawn's colour challenge. I took 3 images from gel-a-tins Unbeleafable, arranged them in a pleasing manner, grabbed a sentiment from PTI's Mixed Messages and finished it off with a bit of ribbon.
Stamps: Unbeleafable, Mixed Messages
Ink: Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss
Paper: Vintage Cream
Accessories, etc.: Hibiscus Burst Twill ribbon

Sunday, August 23, 2009

FTL56 - I'm Here For You

Greetings from the Outer Banks. :) My family and I are vacationing down in Duck, NC this week. Luckily, I was able to steal a few moments before we hit the road to make a card using the most recent Fall-to Layout.

Supplies: Stamps - Vintage Picnic Basket Sentiments (PTI), Polka Dot Basics (PTI), Because of You (Verve) Ink - Stazon black, Melon Mambo, Versamark Paper - Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Kraft, Bazzill CS

Saturday, August 22, 2009

FTL 56

As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew what I wanted to do. And it turned out just like I was hoping! Thanks for stopping by. Supplies: stamps - Everyday Button Bits, Polka Dot Background Basics paper - kraft, enchanted evening, celery, white ink - dark chocolate, enchanted evening acc - raspberry fizz buttons

Friday, August 21, 2009


I was wanting to use this color combination of PTI's Summer Sun, Enchanted Evening and Ripe Avacado. The flourish was cut from a Sizzix die and the flowers (buttons) are from my stash. I used a Polka Dot Basics stamp and enchanted evening ink for the polka dots. The ribbon is from my stash as well. The sentiment is from PTI's Mixed Messages set. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey Polka Dot Basics, Mixed Messages; Ink - Enchanted Evening; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Sizzix die, buttons, ribbon.

Fall-to Layout 56

This was a sketch based on a card I had made. I tend to use the same layouts or I pick one from my little book of sketches, but this one just kind of came together all on its own. I'm sure it's based off of something I've seen somewhere, because, let's face it, it's hard not to be inspired by the vast amount of stuff out there! Supplies: Stamps: Paradise, Vintage Picnic, Polka Dot Basics II Ink: Dusty Durango, Dark Chocolate Paper: White, Dusty Durango, Dark Chocolate Accessories, etc.: pop dots, chocolate polytwill

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Just Because with a hint of a challenge

I wanted to make sure I played along with this month's "dirty" challenge, but I was feeling a bit more clean and simple then complex, so I figured I'd upload it at this blog.

The guidelines were:

  • Required Element: Dog images or sentiments and heat of summer color scheme (so think orange, red, mustard, etc.)
  • Restricted Element: Flock, or any fuzzy type embellishment
  • Keyword: DCDOG809

Supplies: Stamps: Astro Pups (gelatins) Ink: Rich Cocoa, Really Rust Paper: Summer Sun, Dusty Durango, Taken with Teal, White Accessories, etc.: markers, scallop punch, button, string, ribbon, pop dots

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ten Minute Monday - HB You Old Bird!

I made this card for the Ten Minute Monday card and for this week's SCS CAS challenge which is to make a masculine card. Usually I rely on patterned paper to help me with a masculine card - but I wanted a quick and clean card this time. I stamped the owl and sentiment with SU! Chocolate Chip and colored the leaves with SU! Old Olive marker. I thought that the sentiment left a big enough impact that I didn't need to add anything else to this card. Supplies: Stamps - Inkadinkado; Ink - SU! Chocolate Chip; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - SU! Old Olive marker

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ten Minute Monday 08/17/09

I got this cute Hero Arts Dandelion image when I visited my brother in Toronto in July and I hadn't used it yet, gasp! I decided to do a bit of spectrum sponging. I stamped and embossed the flower, then chose my colours- Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Almost Amythest. I added a small brown sentiment and a matching mat and placed it on textured white cardstock!
Stamps: Dandelion (hero arts), Mixed Messages (PTI)
Ink: Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Almost Amythest, Rich Cocoa
Paper: White, Dark Chocolate, Textured White
Accessories, etc.: White EP, sponge

FTL55 - Happy for You

Happy Sunday! This is what I came up with using the Fall-to Layout #55 from Friday. I stamped one of the damask border strips from PTI's Damask Designs a few times in white ink, then layered it onto Shimmer White CS. I wrapped a piece of Plum Pudding ribbon around the back of the panel before adding a Filligree brad and attaching it to the card base. To finish up, I stamped the largest damask image in Bermuda Bay onto Shimmer White, then added the sentiment and layered it onto Basic Black. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! :)

Supplies: Stamps - Damask Designs, Vintage Picnic Basket Sentiments Ink - Stazon Black, Bermuda Bay, Fresh Snow Paper - Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Shimmer White Miscellaneous - Filligree Brad, Plum Pudding Grosgrain Ribbon

Saturday, August 15, 2009

FTL#55 Friend

Other than cutting out the flower, this was a very quick card to make. I wanted the background to be light and airy so I didn't color in the flowers. I also didn't worry about masking the flowers - I like them overlapping like they are. All the products I used are PaperTrey except for the Making Memories brad and the marker I used to color in the flower center on the sentiment panel. Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey Friends Til the End, Ink - Versafine Onyz Black, PaperTrey Snowy White; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Making Memories Brad, Copic marker

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fall To Layout #55

Good evening!
Here's this week's sketch. I'm sure I've done something similar before, but I have a slight requirement for this one. The idea of the sketch is to have the bottom panel featuring some DIY stamped paper and the sentiment panel featuring a coordinating image.
Some measurements:
  • 3-7/8x4-1/4 Stamped Paper
  • 3-1/8x2-1/16 Sentiment Panel

Supplies: Stamps: In Bloom, Vintage Picnic Ink: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate Paper: Kraft, Rustic Cream, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss Accessories, etc.: Copics, pop dots, twill, button, thread

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Just a different take on FTL54! The umbrella is stamped in summer sunrise with orange stickles on the flower centers. It's hard to see in the pic, but I pierced along the inside of the kraft layer about 1/2".
Thanks for stopping by!
stamps - Scattered Showers
paper - lemon tart, kraft, olive, white
ink - summer sunrise, black
acc - orange stickles, dimensional, piercer

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ten Minute Monday 08/10/09

I've got a quick card for you today (imagine that!). I thought it'd be fun to use all the new In Colors on one card. I started with stamped flowers in a mostly random fashion. I used Soft Suede for the centers and the greeting and Kiwi Kiss for the leaves. I'm impressed with how well the 6 colours work together. Kiwi Kiss just happens to fit nicely into the mix too.
Stamps: Floral Frenzy, Birthday Basics, Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Curry, Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Dusty Durango, Kiwi Kiss, Soft Suede
Paper: Melon Mambo, White, Bermuda Bay

Saturday, August 8, 2009

FTL54 - Just Because

Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great Saturday! :) This is what I came up with using the Fall-to Layout #54 Sketch. I stamped the largest bloom from In Bloom onto Ocean Tides CS, then colored it in with one of my Copics to make it look a little more interesting. I then drew the frame, stamped the sentiment and added some clear rhinestones and a tiny bit of Stickles to the flower center. Easy peasy! :)

Supplies: Stamps - In Bloom, Vintage Basket Sentiments Ink - Stazon Black, Copics Paper - Ocean Tides Miscellaneous - Clear Rhinestones, Stickles

Fall to Layout #54 - One of a Kind

Here is my card for this week's sketch. I traced the outside of the largest rectangle Nestability in pencil first, then after stamping the sentiment where I wanted it, I went over the penciled line with a Copic Multiliner pen and erased the pencil marks. I used my Butterfly Cuttlebug die to cut the butterfly from some Basic Grey Wisteria paper. After attaching the butterfly I added the buttons. The sentiment is from PaperTrey Friends Til the End set stamped with Memento Sweet Plum ink. Supplies: Stamps = PaperTrey; Ink - Memento; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, Basic Grey; Misc - Rectangle Nestability, Cuttlebug Butterfly die, Copic Multiliner pen, ruler, pencil, eraser, buttons.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fall To Layout #54!

This layout was inspired by Nancy, who was inspired by Susan. Isn't it fun how one cool idea gets around?
This sketch can be easily done as a 1 or 1.5 layer card. By that I mean, it's mostly one layer, but there can be a cut out, 3-d element attached. My card originally was just the one layer, but I didn't like how the leaf had stamped. Instead of starting over, I stamped a second leaf, cut it out, and popped it over the first.
Stamps: Paradise (Su!), Floral Frenzy (PTI)
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Soft Suede Marker
Paper: White Cardstock
Accessories, etc.: pop dot, rectangle nestabilities for tracing

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ten Minute Monday 08/03/09

I've got a sneak peek from one of the new I {heart} papers stamp sets. This one is called Hugs from a Bug and it's adorable! I went with clean and simple (of course!), letting the cute bumblebee stand for itself. I stamped the bee twice, once on the base white layer and again on scrap cardstock. I coloured it in with Copic markers and added a bit of sparkle to the wings with the clear spica glitter pen. The pattern paper is by Penny Lane. The card came together quickly so I thought it'd be great for Ten Minute Monday!
Supplies: Stamps: Hugs from a Bug Ink: Palette Noir Paper: Soft Sky, Penny Lane Passion Robin's Egg, White, Black Accessories, etc.: Copic markers, pop dots, black grosgrain, Clear Spica glitter pen

Sunday, August 2, 2009


I rotated the sketch around so my flourish would work better. I added 3 pearls under the sentiment to jazz it up just a bit. Thanks for stopping by!
stamps - Fancy Flourishes, Damask Designs (PTI)
paper - kraft
ink - black, plum pudding
acc - pearls