Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ten Minute Thursday

While the sketches are on hiatus (just until next weekend), I figured I'd put up a ten minute card. I love this mix of colours and the clean graphic look to the dots just makes me happy!
  • Stamps: Dot Spot, Birthday Bash Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink), Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
  • Paper: Real Red, Summer Sunrise, White
Wishing you all a happy new year!

Friday, December 17, 2010

FTL121 Happy Birthday

It is nice to create something other than a holiday card!
Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Paper - PaperTrey, Bazzill; Misc - K&Co Daisy 3D sticker, EKSuccess border punch

FTL121 Birthday Wishes

Here is my take on FTL121 this week....  when I saw the sketch my first thought was "wow!  Now that is clean and simple....
Items Used:
*Cardstock: Classic Crest white; Bazzill Bling
*Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
*Images:  Stampin' Up! Occasional Quotes
*Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
*Embellishments:  Prima flowers; Karen Foster Brad
*Tools:  Stampin' Up! border punch

Honestly, once I decided what I wanted to use, this card came together in only a few minutes!

I hope you have fun playing along with our last sketch of 2010!  We'll see you in the New Year!


Good morning!
First off a bit of housekeeping, this will be the last sketch posted until the new year. It's a busy time of year around here and it gets tough trying to squeeze in creative time throughout the holidays. FTL122 will be posted in about 3 weeks time, around January 7th.
Now, on to the sketch! This one is ultra simple. I tend to look at layouts like this and I just feel content. There's something very relaxing about keeping a layout very low-key.
And here's my take on the sketch. I had a few thinner scraps lying around from Christmas cardmaking, so I made use of a few!
  • Stamps: Patterned Pines (Stampin' Up!), Holidays Treats (Papertrey Ink)
  • Cardstock: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, White
  • Ink: Ripe Avocado Rich Cocoa
  • Accessories, etc. : Scallop Die (Medium), Limitless Layers 1-3/4 circle
As always, feel free to leave your link below!

Friday, December 10, 2010

FTL120 Hearts and Flowers

It was nice to make a non holiday card!!  I hope you enjoy this springy creation!
Supplies: Stamps - Mark's Finest Papers Hearts, Hearts, Hearts; paper - PaperTrey, Making Memories English Garden; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Misc - Memento markers, Ribbon, Foam Squares.

FTL120 Birthday Wishes

I really wanted to use a snowflake in this sketch like Natasha did, but I don't need any more Christmas cards this year (in fact, I still have 8 left that I didn't need for sending out) and I know that if I make more Christmas cards now, I will be disappointed next year that I don't need to make Christmas cards.

Or maybe I'd be thanking myself for thinking ahead and creating a stash!

At any rate, I decided to go with a big orange flower ...  my friend is turning 40 on Saturday and her favourite colour is orange... and this is her birthday card...

Such a fun sketch to play with....  the colours could be more subtle (like Natasha) or more vibrant and headache causing (like mine) LOL!

I hope you'll have fun playing along!

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Good evening! Here's this week's sketch, bright and early!
I made use of some more older holiday product. I used the colours in this patterned paper (sorry the name is totally escaping me right now!) as my inspiration. So my palette ended up being Sahara Sand, Taken with Teak, and White, and Red.
  • Stamps: Inside and Out: Holiday (Papertrey Ink)
  • Paper: Sahara Sand, White, Taken with Teal
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Accessories, etc: Teal satin ribbon, felt snowflakes, rhinestone
As always, if you play along, feel free to leave your link:

Friday, December 3, 2010

FTL119 Always a Friend

I am so excited to be posting here as part of the "team"!!  Thanks to Natasha for adding me, and to the other ladies for the warm welcome I received.

I have come to love clean and simple cards lately and it's mostly what I've been creating...  I love that they can come together so quickly.  For example, I made this one in about 20 minutes this morning!
My first thought when I saw the sketch was swirls and snowflakes in shades of blue... but last weekend I pumped out a record number of Christmas cards and I think I have more than enough for this year... so I changed gears and went with swirls and flowers.

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Pear Pizazz
*Images:  Inkadinkadoo Dot Flourishes; unknown sentiment
*Ink:  Stampin Up! Pear Pizazz; VersaFine Onyx Black
*Embellishments:  Michael's Bridal Flowers (coloured with Poppy Parade ink); Stampin' Up! ribbon; Kaiser Pearls


Hello! Here's this week's sketch:Here's my take on it. I was apparently feeling a bit earthy- I went with brown, kraft and white tones. Feel free to use a non-silhouette image, that's just what I was in the mood for! Supplies:
  • Stamps: Textstyle II, Vintage Picnic, Life (Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
  • Paper: Kraft, White
  • Accessories, etc.: pewter buckle, ribbon
As always, feel free to leave a link to your card! And a shout out of thanks to Danielle for pointing me towards linky tools. We're going back to the thumbnails!

Friday, November 26, 2010


Good morning! I imagine a lot of you celebrated American Thanksgiving yesterday and are possibly taking advantage of Black Friday. I hope you had a good day and good luck today! Here's the sketch this week, we're taking things square once again! And here's my take on the sketch. I'm still in Christmas card mode, especially now that we've had 20 or 30 cm of snow in the last week. I dug up some paper of the Christmas past for this card. I've also been on a bit of a fancy felt circle kick lately. Supplies:
  • Stamps: Big Bold Holiday, Take a Bough
  • Ink: Landscape, Early Espresso, Real Red
  • Paper: Ski Slope DSP, Chocolate Chip, White
  • Accessories, etc.: Pure Poppy Felt, Nestabilities Circles, pop dot
If you play along, feel free to leave a link to your card. I'm going back to Mr. Linky for a little while, so we won't have thumbnail previews for now. InLinkz has started to charge for the use of their service. I hope that doesn't stop you from playing along!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Here's this week's sketch! This card was actually inspired by a cake that I saw. I used the basic colours and layout of the cake and built a card around it. And then, since unfortunately I didn't have much spare time this week, I designed this week's Fall-to Sketch around that card! Supplies:
  • Stamps: Floral Frenzy, Birthday Bash (Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf
  • Paper: Vellum, Spring Moss, New Leaf, White
  • Accessories, etc.: clear embossing powder, white brads, border punch
If you play along feel free to leave your link!

Friday, November 12, 2010


Good afternoon! Here's this week's sketch. The main idea is to use something besides a basic shape as your main layer. So- circles, rectangles, squares, and ovals are off limits. Many crafters have a plethora of other shapes to use. I have several dies from the Nestabilities Labels collection, among others! If you don't have any label dies, perhaps you have a stamp that can serve as a guideline to cut around. I ended up using the Top Note die on my card. I've always liked how the perforated border looked. I didn't end up following my sketch exactly. Because I wanted to use the ornaments from Vintage Ornaments (thank you to PTI for making dies to make this set SO much more user friendly!), and they are quite large, I had to rearrange my elements. Once I finished my card, I realized it's not that simple. However, the sketch itself is rather straightforward and it got me stamping! Supplies:
  • Stamps: Vintage Ornaments, Inside & Out: Holidays
  • Paper: So Saffron, White, Sweet Pea DSP
  • Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Taken with Teal, So Saffron
  • Accessories, etc.: Top Note Bigz die, Vintage Ornaments die, Diamonds Impression Plate, Baker's Twine
If you play along, feel free to leave your link!

FTL116 Happy Holidays

This is my take on FTL116.  I didn't have the shape as shown in the sketch so I used the Curvy Rectangles from Spellbinders.  I didn't have any small ornament images so I went with the one larger one.
Supplies: Stamps - Mark's Finest Papers Musical Holiday; Ink - Versamark; Paper - Mark's Finest Papers, Memory Box; Misc - Nestabilities, Gold Embossing Powder; Gold Gel Pen, Gold Cord, Foam Square

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The much anticipated...

Here's the latest completed pdf of sketches. It only contains sketches 96 through 108. You'll have to wait a little longer for the next batch. I like to complete a page before getting the pdf all set up. FTL 96-108 Have fun! If you want the old files, simply click on the "PDF" label at the bottom of the post, it'll bring up all posts that have the other links.

Friday, November 5, 2010

FTL115 Happy Birthday

Here's my interpretation of FTL115.
Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Paper - Watercolor Paper, Misc - Star Nestabilities

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Hello! Here's this week's sketch. I'm still keeping things very simple (go figure!) Even though almost all the leaves have been gone for weeks (there have been some crazy winds!) I haven't had my fill of fall colours. Supplies:
  • Stamps: Leaf Prints, Masculine Motifs
  • Ink: More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Cranberry Crisp, Rich Cocoa
  • Paper: Really Rust, Vintage Cream
  • Accessories, etc.: Leaf Die, pop dot
If you play along, feel free to leave your link!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

FTL114 - Season's Greetings


Hi, everyone! Hope you're having a great Tuesday... Here's what I came up with this week using the current Fall-to Layout Sketch.

Stamps - Snowflake Serenade, Signature Christmas
Paper - Hawaiian Shores
Ink - Versamark, True Black
Miscellaneous - Green Gems, White Embossing Powder

Friday, October 29, 2010

FTL114 Happy Birthday

Not much stamping here - I used the colors of the SCS color challenge this week - Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake.  Flowers are from Petaloo.  Sentiment is from PaperTrey Birthday Basics. 


Good morning! We're taking things extremely simple this week! That's right, it's a one layer card. Sometimes these are the cards that are the most difficult to make, so the sketch gives you a guideline of where you might want to stamp your text and image elements. Supplies:
  • Stamps: Vintage Picnic, Beautiful Blooms 2
  • Paper: White Cardstock
  • Ink:Black, Raspberry Fizz
If you play along, feel free to leave a link!

Friday, October 22, 2010

FTL113 Happy Birthday

Classic CAS sketch! 
Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Versamagic Chalk inks; Paper - PaperTrey, Prism; Misc - Cuttlebug Embossing Folder


Time for another sketch! There have been similar sketches to this one, both here and at other sketch sites, but there's a reason! It's a classic. The rule of threes is always a good rule to fall to! After my very grey card last week, I figured it was time for a little sun! I know lining up squares can be a problem for some, so I've included the measurements. The squares are each 1.25 inches, the panel they sit on is 4.25x1.5. Hope that helps! Supplies:
  • Stamps: Round and Round
  • Ink: Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Daffodil Delight
  • Paper: Summer Sunrise, Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold
If you play along, feel free to leave a link!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

FTL112 Simply Wonderful Birthday!

This is my take on the FTL - love this sketch and will be using it a lot!
Supplies: Stamps- MFT (sentiment); Paper - PaperTrey; Ink - PaperTrey Orange Zest; Misc - Spellbinders Sunflowers die; PaperTrey felt, PaperTrey ribbon, brad, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Scor-pal, Foam Squares, Glue Dots

Friday, October 15, 2010


Good afternoon! We're taking the sketch square this week. It's been a while, so why not, right? I had picked up these giant gem stone brads for use on a costume. Of course, I didn't need 12, so I decided to work a card around one. I found this paper daisy and stamped it with a text background. I really enjoy customizing my own embellishments! Because I ended up using grey tones, I decided to not make it a birthday card. It seemed like it would be depressing to say Happy Birthday, but it didn't seem depressing to have it say Thank You. Supplies:
  • Stamps: Background Basics: Text Style II, Round and Round
  • Paper: White, Black, Basic Grey, Soft Stone
  • Ink: Versafine Black Onyx
  • Accessories, etc.: Corner Rounder, Flower, Satin Ribbon, Gem Stone brad
Feel free to leave a link here!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

FTL 111

Here I am, sneaking one in before the next FTL goes live. 
Have a great weekend!
stamps - Wreath For All Seasons
paper - spring rain, old olive, white, pure poppy
ink - pure poppy, old olive
acc - nesties, circle punch, scallop square punch, bashful blue taffeta ribbon, dimensionals

Friday, October 8, 2010

FTL111 Happy Birthday

I love these colors for a fall birthday!  I had the leaf left over from another project.  I did a water color wash with Pearl Ex and Twinkling H20's on water color paper, then cut and embossed the leaf with a Cuttlebug leaf die and embossing folder set.  The sentiment is from PaperTrey's Birthday Bash Sentiments.
Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - Hawaiian Shores; Paper - WaterColor Paper, DCWV Spring Mat Stack; Misc - Ribbon, Cuttlebug Leaf Die and Embossing Folder, Foam Squares


Good afternoon! Here's this week's sketch! The tab is totally optional, it is somewhat dependent on what theme you go with. I ended up doing winter elegance, so the tab didn't fit. But if you did something like the fun flower on the sketch, it would work! Here's my take. I stamped some snowflakes on the vellum to give a subtle and soft layered look. Supplies:
  • Stamps: Snowflake Serenade, Holiday Wishes
  • Ink: Elegant Evening, Spring Rain, Fresh Snow
  • Paper: Vellum, Elegant Evening, Spring Rain, White
As always, if you play along, feel free to leave a link!

Monday, October 4, 2010

FTL 110

I flipped the sketch, it works better this way with the stamp I chose.  Thanks for stopping by!

FTL110 With Gratitude

I used Memory Box patterned paper for the main panel.

Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Ink - SU Chocolate Chip; Paper - PaperTrey, Memory Box; Misc - Button, Ribbon

Friday, October 1, 2010


Good afternoon, here's this week's sketch. I decided to keep my card pretty simple. I jazzed it up a bit by stamping some of my own backgrounds. I've been meaning to make my own jumbled letter background, and the large font of Studio Calico's Noah alphabet worked nicely. Supplies:
  • Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II, Noah Alphabet, Birthday Basics
  • Ink: Melon Berry, Blush Blossom, Rich Cocoa
  • Paper: Melon Berry Blush Blossom, Dark Chocolate, White
  • Accessories, etc.: button
If you play along, feel free to leave a link!

Friday, September 24, 2010

FTL109 With Sympathy

This was definitely an under 10 minute card to make (once I decided on the paper I wanted to use!).
 Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey; Paper - PaperTrey Fine Linen, Memory Box Brandywine; Ink - SU! Chocolate Chip; Misc - EKSuccess Border Punch


Good afternoon! Here's this week's sketch! Here's my take on the sketch. I quite enjoyed making my own patterned paper with these leaf stamps. Supplies:
  • Stamps: Leaf Prints, Masculine Motifs
  • Ink: Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa, Potter's Clay, Rhubarb Stalk, Cantaloupe, Fresh Snow, Tea Ink Duo
  • Paper: Kraft, Rustic White, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate
  • Accessories, etc.: Scalloped edge punch, button, thread
If you play along, feel free to leave a link:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

FTL 108

I was stuck on this color combo when working on my FTL's this week.  Have a great week!

stamps- All About You (PTI)
paper - tangerine tango, early espresso, kraft, peach parfait
ink - crumb cake, early espresso, peach parfait
acc - nesties, beautiful blooms die #3, button, square lattice emb. folder (SU)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

FTL108 - Friends Forever

Hi, everyone... Hope you're having a fantastic Saturday! Just popping in to share the card I created using this week's Fall-to Layout sketch. Please pardon my goopy stickles... They didn't get a chance to dry before I snapped my photo. LOL

Have a great weekend!

Stamps - Flutterby
Paper - Kraft, Stamper's Select White, Cosmo Cricket Delovely
Ink - Tsukineko Turquoise Gem VersaMagic, Memento Black, Copics
Miscellaneous - Doodlebug Designs Limeade Gems, Stickles, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Friday, September 17, 2010

FTL108 I Stink I Love You!

I like making circle cards but found it hard tto get the sentiment cut just right. 
Supplies: Stamps - Mark's Finest Papers; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Paper - PaperTrey, Jenny Bowlin, SEI; Misc - Nestabilities


I decided to take a round approach to the sketch this week. It's been a long time since I posted a circle card. Here's my take on the sketch. The largest circle dies I have are about 4 inches and that size seemed perfect for making a baby card. I also wanted to use a larger sentiment, and this one fit the bill! Supplies:
  • Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings, Baby Button Bits
  • Paper: Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate, White, Lemon Tart
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa
  • Accessories, etc.: Copics, Swiss Dot embossing folder
If you play along, feel free to leave a link!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

FTL 107

My first attempt at this sketch was done from memory, and it didn't come close enough, so it gave me an excuse to try again, lol!  So here's the REAL sample. 

Have a great day!

stamps - On My Couch
paper - peach parfait, early espresso, vanilla, kraft, Fly A Kite (OA)
ink - espresso, copics
acc - apron lace edge punch

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Good evening! I'm on the early shift this week, so that means another early posting of the sketch! It's funny how I find some sketches more inspiring than others, even if I'm the one that's sketched them! I quite enjoyed this one, and I hope you do too! With all the fun tree images available, I decided to use one from PTI's Father Knows Best. I chose my colour palette, then filled in the leaves with those colours. Supplies:
  • Stamps: Father Knows Best, Autumn Abundance
  • Paper: Kraft, Summer Sunrise Bitty Box Basics, Pumpkin Pie, Terracotta Tile, White
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa
  • Accessories, etc.: Copic markers, Scallop die
  • Kraft card base- 4.25x5.5
  • White Panel: 4.25x3.25
  • Patterned Paper: 3.25x.75
If you play along, feel free to leave a link to your card!