Wednesday, June 29, 2011

FTL 146

As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew what I wanted to do.  And it worked!
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Giga Guidelines (PTI)
paper - kraft, hawaiian shores, aqua mist, black, pp Jillibean Soup, white
ink - black
acc - make a wish dies (PTI), circle punches (SU), heart punch (SU), paper piercer and guide

Sunday, June 26, 2011

FTL146 All Things Fabulous

Happy Sunday everyone!  I can't believe it's already the end of June... my 16 year old wrote his last exam last week and will be at the school for a bit on Wednesday afternoon to pick up his report card, and the 14 year old has school Monday and Tuesday of this week.... and then their lives and mine are without an alarm clock for two months!  That is something that is absolutely fabulous!

I loved the sketch for this week...
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White, Stampin' Up! Tangerine Tango
*Patterned Paper:  SEI
*Images:  Hampton Art
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools:  Sew Easy
*Embellishments:  assorted buttons; Twinery twine

Friday, June 24, 2011

FTL146 Sew What's New?

What a fun sketch this week!  The "sewed" borders are done with a stamp from the MFP's Sew What stamp set and it really came out better than if I tried to sew them for real!
Supplies: Stamps - Mark's Finest Papers; Paper - Mark's Finest papers, unknown patterned paper; Ink - Raspberry Fiz, Memento Sahara Sand; Misc - Embroidery thread, Button Die, Copic markers, Hat pin, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

Thursday, June 23, 2011

146! Plus the latest PDFs

Time for another sketch. I really enjoyed this one and hope you do too!
I was in the mood for some fun, bright colours, so here's my card. It's a congratulations card for a recent graduate. I always enjoy using stars on grad cards.
Some dimensions for you:
  • Card Base: Standard 4-1/4x5-1/2
  • Larger Strip: 5-1/2x2-5/8
  • Sentiment layer: 5-1/2x3-1/2
  • Other layer: 5-1/2x2
I also have a surprise for you. That's right, it's the latest batch of PDFs! Go HERE to download it! It contains sketches 128 through 146. Enjoy!

I think the card is pretty straight forward. One thing I did, to extend the usability of the Star Prints set, was to use a smaller star punch on the larger images. Technically, you could do this with any background or pattern image.

Stamps: Star Prints, Polka Dot Basics I, Signature Greetings
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Spring Moss, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, White
Ink:Bermuda Bay, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories, etc: small star punch, pop dots, mat pack and paper piercer
As always, if you play along, feel free to leave a link to your post!

Monday, June 20, 2011

FTL 145

Nothing says summer like ice cream!  Patterned paper is Echo Park Dots & Stripes, and I cut it from the same corners of all three patterns to make them match up.
Thanks for stopping by!

Absolutely Fabulous FTL145

Happy Monday everyone.... I just got back yesterday afternoon after spending a week with my sister in Toronto Ontario. We had a great time just hanging out together...  lots of laughs, lots of food, a little drinks and of course some shopping and fun!

But today it's back to the grind as life winds down for the summer....

I love the sketch this week... it's so quick and easy to put together!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Basic Black
*Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up!
*Images:  PTI Mega Mixed Messages; Verve
*Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics
*Embellishments:  Kaiser Rhinestone

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011


Time for another sketch! I needed a father's day card, so I worked that, using this sketch as a starting point. I found that stamping my own background was the best way to allow the three part layer to really flow together visually.
  • Card base: 4-1/4x5-1/2
  • Largest Frame: 3-1/4x4-1/2
  • 3-part layer: 3-1/8x4-3/8 (make each part 3-1/8x1-1/2, adhere all to a piece of paper and trim equal parts off the top and bottom to make it 4-3/8 in length)
  • Focal layer: 2-1/2x3-3/4
Here's my card, even though it's finally summer, I always find myself using this colour palette when using leaf and wood-themed stamps.
  • Stamps: Background Basics: Woodgrain, Masculine Motifs
  • Ink: Dusty Durango, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
  • Paper: Kraft, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Dusty Durango
As always, if you play along, feel free to leave a link!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FTL144 Thank You

My apologies for posting my card so late in the week!  I had it made before the challenge was even posted, but I took off for Toronto Ontario to visit my sister first thing on Saturday morning and my days are just flying by!  I am loving spending time with my sister and now my niece (who graduated from her College program yesterday!).  Today we are off to a scrapbook/stamping store in Toronto in a neighbourhood near where Bruce and I lived before we moved to Calgary.
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Black, Old Olive
*Images:  Stampin' Up! Warmest Regards
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools:  Big Shot; unknown Cuttlebug folder; Stampin' Up! scallop border punch
*Embellishments:  PTI buttons

Friday, June 10, 2011

FTL144 Love is Like Wildflowers

I used the Color Throw Down 145 to create this card.  I colored the wildflower image from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps with Memento markers and stamped onto the white card stock.  I thought it would be cute to use the fence border punch for my sentiment panel.  The rest of the sentiment is on the inside.
Supplies: Stamps - Sweet 'N Sassy Wildflowers; Paper - PaperTrey; Misc - Memento Markers, MS Fence border punch, MS Butterfly punch, Foam Squares, EKSuccess Border punch

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Good evening! It's time for this week's sketch.
Some measurement guidelines, for those of you that like to have that as a basis:
Card: 4-1/4x5-1/2
Scalloped Panel: Start as 5x3-3/4 (scallops reduced it to 3-1/2)
Sentiment: 3-3/4x3/4
Sentiment Mat: 3-7/8x7/8
I was in the mood for something bright and cheery.
  • Stamps: Twinkle Background Basics, Beautiful Blooms II, Everyday Button Bits
  • Ink: Lovely Lilac, Ripe Avocado, Melon Mambo
  • Paper: White, Ripe Avocado, Melon Mambo, Royal Velvet
  • Accessories, etc.: Rhinestones, Embossed Scallop Punch
As always, feel free to leave a link to your project here:

Monday, June 6, 2011

FTL143 Splendiferous Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We had one day with bad weather and one day with good weather so I spent one day in my creative space and one day outside enjoying the sun.

I am sorry to say that I am not in love with the card I created for this week's sketch... It looked so much better in my head.... and I just LOVE the patterned paper that I used...
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Bazill Bling
*Patterned Paper:  Stamp It Australia
*Images:  Hero Arts; A*Muse
*Ink:  Brilliance Sunflower Yellow; Versafine Onyx Black

I am excited to see what you come up with using this fun sketch!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

FTL 143

I got a new heart die and was itching to try it out, so it got used on this sketch.  Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Enjoy the Ride (PTI)
paper - Hawaiian Shores, kiwi kiss, blushing bride, MME Lime Twist
ink - black
acc - scallop border punch, jotted heart die (Verve), photo corner punch

Friday, June 3, 2011

FTL143 Best Wishes

I've been needing a lot of anniversary and wedding cards lately so here is another one for my stash.
Supplies: Stamps - Mark's Finest Papers; Paper - Mark's Finest Papers, PaperTrey; Ink - Scarlet Jewel; Misc - EKSuccess border punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Foam Squares


Good morning! It's time for another sketch.
Some dimensions for you:
Main Panel: 3x4-1/4
Image Frame: 2-3/4x2
Image: 2-5/8x1-7/8
Sentiment Strip: 1/2x2-1/2
Card Base: 4-1/4x5-1/2
Here's my card:
Once again, the leftover bits of stuff on my desk kind of guided the colour choices. I've had this piece of patterned paper on my desk for way too long, so I figured I'd use that. I also had a perfect sized piece of Baja Breeze out, just waiting to be scalloped.
  • Paper: Baja Breeze, Soft Sky, White, Smokey Shadow, Stampin' Up Retired DSP (sorry, forget the name right now...)
  • Ink: Soft Sky, Smokey Shadow
  • Stamps: Autumn Abundance (PTI), Pocket Silhouettes (SU!)
  • Accessories, etc.: Scallop edge punch, white brad
As always, feel free to leave a link to your card!