Thursday, December 22, 2011


In the future I will just update and link to this post. I have also placed a permanent link to this post at the top right of the blog. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

10 Minute Christmas

I thought I would just do a quick post showcasing a few of the cards I made for giving away this year. I really left it until the last minute, but I set aside 1.5 hours tonight and managed to make 24 cards! That's actually less than 4 minutes a card! I probably could have made more, but I hadn't bothered to check how many I'd need.
I've done designs like this before, but it's just such a sharp and quick design that I had to do it again! I also made a small dent in my pattern paper collection. I used a sentiment from PTI's Stylish Sentiments: Holidays, an ornament hook from Take a Bough, and an interior greeting from Inside & Out: Holidays.
My two big tips for making a card this simple:
  1. Be sure to use a high quality, thick, and bright white paper for the card. It really makes all the difference! I used PTI's white paper. For layered cards I generally use any office store's bulk cardstock brand for my card base, but if it's a one layer card you're making, use the good stuff!
  2. Use dimensional tape- I can't stress this enough! Having that little bit of dimension adds the right amount of interest to something that would otherwise be too flat.
The cards are all the standard 4-1/4x5-1/2. I used a 1-3/4 circle punch.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

FLT171 Simply Wonderful

Hi crafty people! Do you have Christmas burnout yet? I sure do, so I decided to make something else. This isn't necessarily for Valentine's Day, although it could be used as a Valentine's Day card. I didn't start out with the intent of making this card for anything special rather than just to make it and experimenting with stuff that I haven't seen for a while.

I used Stampin' Up! products of Delicate Doilies, Flirtatious Designer Series Paper, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, and a few punches with a couple of embellishments. My sentiment is from Friendly Phrases.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

FTL 171 Merry Christmas

I had a lot of fun with this sketch.... and I love how these slightly non-traditional colours worked out!  This card truly became one of my favourites  of 2011
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Kraft, Early Espresso
*Pattened Paper:  Unknown
*Images:  Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas
*Ink:  Brilliance Coffee Bean
*Tools:  heat tool; Perfect Layers
*Embellishments:  clear embossing powder; Petaloo flowers; unknown brad covered with Glitter Ritz glitter

Friday, December 16, 2011

FTL171 Christmas Blessings

This is my take on FTL171. Happy holidays! Supplies: Stamps - Sweet 'N Sassy Cocoa's Christmas; Paper - Bazzill, Bo Bunny; Ink - Memento; Misc - Copic markers, Rhinestones, Foam Squares

171! (and a pdf)

Good afternoon everyone!
Just figured I'd do a bit of housekeeping before posting this week's sketch. This will be the last sketch of 2011. With holidays and all the busy-ness associated with them, it's just easier for everyone to take a break until the new year. Sketches will resume January 6, 2012.

Secondly, here's the latest collection of sketches in pdf form. I noticed the site was a tad slow, but be patient and it should work. Go here for the download. And remember, if you want access to the previous collections, just click the "pdf" label on this post, and it will bring the rest of the posts up that have the links.

Finally, here's the sketch.

I had a lot of fun with this one. And although I could have easily made a holiday card, I have a few birthdays that I needed a card for, so I went with that. I actually made two cards. The first has a masculine vibe, it's for my paternal Grandfather, it's his 77th birthday today.
The second is for my maternal Grandmother, it's her 86th birthday on Monday. I always remember her whistling to the birds that would come by her garden, so I thought the bird was a nice touch.
  • Stamps: Harvest Berries, Happy Trails, Birthday Basics
  • Paper: White, Kraft, Vintage Cream, various Stampin' Up! patterned paper
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories, etc.: Circle Nestabilities, Pop Dots, Chocolate Polytwill
  • Card: 4-1/4x4-1/4
  • Frame: 3-5/8x3-5/8
  • Each Patterned Panel: 3-1/2x1-3/4
  • Outer Circle- 1-3/4

As always, feel free to play along by leaving a link to your post! Have a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, December 12, 2011

FTL170, Snow!

We have such a fun sketch with countless possibilities for all seasons and occasions this week. I've made a few cards for the sketch using a stamp set by Taylored Expressions of Winter Wonderland that always fit it perfectly with the snowflakes, die-cuts, shimmer card stock, glimmer mist, and a little bling. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

FTL170 Merry Christmas

As soon as I saw this great sketch, I knew I needed to use snowflakes....  not that I don't often think of using snowflakes LOL!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Bazzill Bling
*Images:  Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas
*Ink:  Silver Encore Ultimate Metallic
*Tools:  Marvy snowflake punch; heat tool
*Embellishments:  Stampin' Up! Iridescent Ice embossing powder; dollar store bling; unknown ribbon

Friday, December 9, 2011

FTL170 Ice and Snow

Here is my take on FTL170. 
Supplies: Stamps - Mark's Finest Papers a Heinrich Co; Paper - Mark's Finest Papers; Ink - Memento; Misc - Foam Squares, Ribbon

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Wow! I am continually amazed at how many sketches have passed by. We're onto #170! This sketch is a bit of a twist on an old favorite. I'm so glad so many of you still follow and play along.
  • Standard Card- 4-1/4x5-1/2
  • Image Layer- 2-7/8x4-1/8
  • Image Mat- 3x4-1/4
Here's my take on the sketch. I went with a holiday twist, imagine that! But you could easily make it any theme you'd like.
  • Stamps:Classic Christmas (WPlus9 Designs)
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler
  • Paper: Silver, Cherry Cobbler, Shimmery White, White
  • Accessories, etc.: quilted ribbon, silver cord
As always, if you play along, feel free to leave a link to your project.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FTL169, Mehndi Christmas!

Good morning! What a wonderful sketch we have with so many possibilities this week! I was very excited to make this card and I'll have another one for you later with a fabulous tropical spin on it! There's Fresh Snow ink distressing on the edges of the Christmas tree image and Aqua Mist card stock, but it's hard to tell in the photograph. I also stamped tone-on-tone with the ink and card stock. The swirls on the image were colored with a silver glitter pen. I hope that you enjoy this and that it provides you with some inspiration. Thank you so much for visiting us and have a very blessed day!

Stamps: Close to My Heart (Art Philosophy), Papertrey Ink (Mega Mixed Messages, Mehndi Medallion)
Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist, Spring Moss)
Ink Pads: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist, Fresh Snow, Spring Moss), Versafine (Onyx Black)
Rhinestones/Gemstones: KaiserScrapbook Self Adhesive Pearls (Rose)
Marker(s): Sakura Gelly Roll (Silver)
Heat Embossing: Clear embossing powder from craft supply
Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Technique: Ink distressing, heat embossing

Saturday, December 3, 2011

FTL169 A Very Merry Christmas

Happy First Saturday of December!!!  We decorated our tree last night and my shopping is almost done....  now to get the Christmas cards written and sent and to get those presents wrapped!

I was so happy to get my new MemoryBox die in the mail in time to create for this challenge.... I just LOVE it!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Garden Green; unknown silver
*Patterned Paper:  Imaginisce (old Christmas collection)
*Images:  Penny Black Winter Wonder
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools:  Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilities; MemoryBox die
*Embellishments:  Sakura Stardust gel pen

Friday, December 2, 2011

FTL169 Special Christmas

Natasha's sketch reminded me of my WoodwareUSA set called  Patch Work Christmas.  This tree is an image from that set.  I paper pieced it, cut it out and attached it with foam squares.  Sentiment and holly leaves are from Christmas Labels.
Supplies: Stamps - WoodwareUSA; Paper - Mark's Finest Papers a Heinrich Co.; Ink - Memento; Misc - Nestabilities, Foam Squares

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Good evening, this week has flown by, I can't believe it's already Thursday. I had the sketch already to go, all I needed was the card.
This one came together rather quickly. I wanted to use the "new" in colors, since I finally have them and I knew that I wanted to use a larger image, like an ornament or a tree. Sometimes all you need is the tiniest spring board to get the creative juices flowing.
Stamps: Vintage Ornament, Twinkle Background, Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
Ink: Fresh Snow, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Paper: White, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Accessories, etc.: Circle nestabilities
As always, feel free to leave a link to your project!

Monday, November 28, 2011

FTL168, Winter Season

Hi! This is Cindy and I am so blessed to be able to join as one of the contributors to my favorite sketch blog. Clean and Simple Stamping Blog with the Fall to Layout sketch challenge has always been my first stop for tremendous inspiration from the sketch to browsing all of your submissions!

Here is my take on this wonderful, fresh sketch. My card is 4-1/2" square so I hand cut my half circle at the bottom. Thank you so much for stopping by our challenge today. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Winterberry)
Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (Ripe Avocado, Stamper's Select White)
Designer Paper: Papertrey Ink (Holiday Flourishes & Swirls)
Ink Pads: Versafine (Onyx Black)
Markers/Colored Pencils: Copic (YG95)
Misc: Green bell from craft supply, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Pearl)
Ribbon/Twine: Papertrey Ink Extra Fine Polka Dot Satin Ribbon (Fine Linen)
Die-cuts: Papertrey Ink (Winterberry)
Spellbinders Paper Arts Nestabilities: Blossom
Heat Embossing: Clear glitter/clear powder from craft supply
Machine(s)/Tool(s): ProvoCraft Cuttlebug
Technique: Die-cutting, dry embossing, heat embossing
Size: 4-1/2” square
Challenge: FTL168

Saturday, November 26, 2011

FTL168 Christmas Dreams

I hope that all of the American followers of this blog had a great Thanksgiving.... wonder how many of you were up and shopping first thing on Friday morning???

I can't believe how fast this year has flown by... here we are, a month before Christmas!!!
Items Used: 
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise
*Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
*Images:  Penny Black Winter Wonder
*Ink:  Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise
*Tools:  Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilities

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Good evening, it's time for another sketch. Every so often, I get on a specific style or shape kick. This time it's circles.
Here's my take on the sketch, I have still been in a holiday card making mood.
  • Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler
  • Paper: Ripe Avocado, Bravo Burgundy, Holiday Thyme DSP, White
  • Accessories, etc.: Circle, Scalloped Circle, and Long Oval Nestabilities, Satin Ribbon
As always, feel free to leave a link to your project!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

FTL167 Merry Christmas

I love how versatile this sketch is....  you could have a stamped image, showcase an embossed paper, or use some fun patterned paper.... which is what I chose to do....
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz

*Patterned Paper:  TPC Studios
*Images:  Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools:  Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilites; Perfect Layers

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Time for another sketch! I really like how simple this one is.
I decided to do another congratulations card, this one could be for any number of occasions. I was going to leave the old olive paper plain, but it just needed a little something extra. The texture added exactly what I was looking for.
Supplies: Stamps: Inside and Out: Baby Ink: Old Olive Paper: Haiku DSP, Vintage Cream, Delightful Daffodil, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango Accessories, etc.: Old Olive Buttons, Circle nestabilities, Square Lattice Embossing Folder As always, if you play along feel free to leave a link:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

FTL 166

My creative time is a little cramped these days... I went back to work full time this past Monday and let me tell you, after 16 years, it`s quite the adjustment!  I can`t believe how tired I am LOL!

I`m excited to be able to share Christmas cards again... it`s truly my favourite reason to make cards!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin`Up! Bashful Blue
*Patterned Paper:  Stampin`Up!
*Images:  PSX
*Ink:  Blue Encore Ultimate Metallic
*Tools:  Big Shot; Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder
*Embellishments:  unknown ribbon

Friday, November 11, 2011

FTL166 have a Peaceful Day

This is my take on FTL166.  I really like light blue, black and white together and I think it looks peaceful!
Supplies: Stamps _ Mark's Finest Papers, Paper - Mark's Finest Papers, DCWV Winter Mat Stack; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Misc - CB Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Foam Squares

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Good evening! Time for another sketch!
Some measurements:
Standard Card: 4-1/4x5-1/2
Bottom Panel: 7/8x4-1/4
Mat Layer: 2-3/4x3-1/2
Tag: 2x2-3/4
Here's my card. I decided to go with a non-Christmas card. Never know when you'll need a house warming card!
Stamps: Good Neighbours, Great Expectations
Ink: Potter's Clay, Rich Cocoa
Paper:Aqua Mist, Early Espresso
Accessories, etc.: Brown Twill
As always if you play along, feel free to leave a link to your project.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

FTL 165 Snowflakes

As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew I had to play with snowflakes...
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Bazzill Bling; Stampin' Up! silver
*Images:  Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas
*Ink:  blue Encore Ultimate Metallic
*Tools:  Marvy snowflake punch
*Embellishments:  Prima pearls

FTL 165

Here's a fall-themed thank you card for you.  This was a fun sketch!

stamps - Leaf Prints, Giga Guidelines
paper - rust, sahara sand, SU patterned paper, white
ink - rust, espresso
acc - twine, leaf print dies

Friday, November 4, 2011

FTL 165 Happy Holidays

Here's my take on FTL165.  I embossed the top edge of the red panel with a CB border embossing folder instead of using a different color.  I also scored lines on the rest of that panel for texture.
Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey (sentiment); Paper - PaperTrey; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Misc - PTI Holly Die, CB Border embossing folder, Scor-pal, Rhinestones

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Time for another sketch! I am still, and I suspect I will be for a while, on a Christmas card groove.
For this card, the measurements really aren't all that important. Basically, make the bottom panel close to 1/3 the size of the whole card. I am still very much enjoying my Wplus9 stamps, so I decided to feature them again. I am also loving this colour combination!
Stamps: Fair Isle Backgrounds, Winter Wishes
Paper: White, Aqua Mist, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories, etc.: Circle Nestabilities, Baker's Twine, Pop Dots
As always, if you play along, feel free to leave a link to your project!

FTL 164 Snowflakes

I love this sketch... perfect for showcasing a piece of patterned paper....
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Bazzill Bling
*Pattern Paper:  Hot Off The Press
*Images:  Amuse
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools:  Perfect Layers Tool; Marvy snowflake punch
*Embellishments:  unknown brad

Friday, October 28, 2011

FTL164 Holiday Greetings

Here's my take on the FTL164.  This will be going to the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  I embossed a frame to represent the layers of the sketch.  The poinsettias were cut with the Spellbinders Poinsettia die and then water colored with Memento ink and an aquabrush.
Supplies: Stamps - Inkadinkado (sentiment); Paper - PaperTrey; Ink - Raspberry Fizz, Memento; Misc - Spellbinders Poinsettia Die, Nestabilities, CB Embossing Folders, Foam Squares

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Good evening, here's this week's sketch!
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In honour of the frosty ice fog this morning, I went with a warm winter wishes type card. I just recently picked up these stamps from Wplus9, so I put them to work.
Card Dimensions:
  • Card Base: 4-1/4x5-1/2
  • First Layer (Scarlet Jewel): 4x5-1/4
  • Second Layer (Real Red): 2-1/2x 3-1/4
  • Third Layer (Pink Pirouette)- 2-3/8x3-1/8
  • Sentiment Strip: 3/4x2-1/2
Stamps: Winter Wishes, Fairisle Backgrounds
Ink: Whisper White, Cheery Cobbler, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Scarlet Jewel, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, White
If you play along, feel free to leave a link:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

FTL163 Happy Birthday

Here is another card for this sketch.  I cut out the butterflies with a Butterfly Nestability and put 1" squares of each color on the back of the card front.  I was inspired by this card by Julie Ebersole.
Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey (sentiment); Paper - PaperTrey; Ink - Memento; Misc - Butterfly Nestability

Sunday, October 23, 2011

FTL 163

I love how clean this sketch is..... and can imagine so many possibilities!!!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI
*Images:  Hero Arts Essential Messages
*Ink:  Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade
*Embellishments:  Michael's Bridal flowers;  Kaiser pearls

Friday, October 21, 2011

FTL163 Hope

I love this simple sketch!  I made this card for the HYCCT challenge on SCS and this card will be going to the MD Anderson Cancer Center - I am trying to do all of the challenges this month. 
Supplies: Stamps - Avocado Arts; Paper - PaperTrey, Daisy D's; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Misc - Heart Nestabilities, Foam Squares

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Thursday night, time for another sketch challenge! This one is super simple! I had made some of these small flower embellishments a few weeks ago, but never made use of them on a card. I brought up this sketch and realized the flowers would work perfectly with this design.

Supplies:Stamps: Birthday Basics
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Night of Navy Designer Series Paper
Accessories, etc.: Beautiful Blooms #3, Rhinestones
If you play along, feel free to leave a link:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

FTL 162

Good morning Clean and Simple stampers... I hope you have been enjoying your weekend!  The sun is shining here and while the temperature is kind of cool, it's still a beautiful day out there!

I love the sketch that Natasha came up with for this week....  but I think I say that about most of her sketches LOL!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI white; Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Basic Black

*Images:  Hampton Art; Hero Arts Sending Smiles
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Versamark
*Tools:  heat tool
*Embellishments:  white embossing powder

Saturday, October 15, 2011

FTL 162

Here's my take on FTL 162.  Have a great weekend!

FTL162 Sending You Sunshine

I liked this sketch so much that I did another card.  This time I used PaperTrey's Sunflower set and the dies.  Different pieces of the flowers are popped up on foam squares for lots of dimension.

FTL162 Happy Birthday!

Here is my take on FTL162 - another sketch with so many possibilities!
Supplies: Stamps - Sweet 'N Sassy; Paper - PaperTrey; Ink - Memento; Misc - Copic Markers, Foam Squares

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Time for another sketch!
I was in the mood for lots of glitter and that brought about this holiday card. I adhered the cardstock for the ornaments to scor-tape sheets before running them through the cuttlebug. That makes things a lot easier! My main image panel was 2.5x3.75. The sentiment pane was 2.5x5.
Stamps: Vintage Ornaments
Ink: Black Onyx
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Cameo Coral, White, Silver, Shimmery Pink, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist
Accessories, etc.: Silver Rhinestones, Silver Cord, Glitter, Vintage Ornaments Die Cut
As always, feel free to leave a link to your project:

Monday, October 10, 2011

FTL 161

Happy Thanksgiving to any of our Canadian readers and players... I hope that your weekend has been full of turkey, family and friends!

I will be heading to the kitchen after posting to get started on our Thanksgiving Feast... We're feeding 9 tonight.  I like creating the meal because it means we get the leftovers LOL!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo, Old Olive
*Images:  PTI Mega Mixed Messages
*Ink:  Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip
*Tools:  Big Shot; Tim Holtz swirl die; Stampin' Up! circle punches
*Embellishments: Prima flowers; unknown brads; unknown button; satin ribbon