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!