Sunday, February 26, 2012

FTL 179

I am in love with this new die from My Favorite Things....  isn't it pretty???
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip; unknown Shimmer
*Images:  PTI Signature Greetings
*Ink:  Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip
*Tools:  Big Shot; Perfect Layers; My Favorite Things die
*Embellishments:  Kaiser Pearls

Friday, February 24, 2012

FTL 179

This was a great sketch for a one-layer card!  I played around with PTI's Rosie Posie and came up with this.  Thanks for stopping by!

FTL179 Happy Mother's Day

I loved this CAs and quick sketch!  I used the new Tim Holtz Distress Markers direct to rubber.
Supplies: Stamps - GinaK (sentiment), ISC, Rubbernecker (Jeanne Streiff Collection); Paper - PaperTrey; Ink - Tim Holyz Distress Markers; Misc - Stamp-a-majig

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Good evening!
I hope you're ready for a one layer clean and simple sketch! It's my first week back from holidays, so I was thinking ahead when I designed this sketch. I was thinking that I may find myself overwhelmed with playing "catch up" and how I may not have as much free time, and thus need a quick card to create.
I was really happy with how this one layered creation turned out!
Here's the sketch:
Here's my card:
Stamps: Up, Up, and Away (and sentiments)
Ink: Black, Pure Poppy
Paper: White
If you play along, please leave a link!

Monday, February 20, 2012

FTL178 Best Wishes

Happy Monday everyone... it's a holiday Monday in parts of Canada which is a good thing as I spent the weekend 90 minutes north of Calgary with my sister and some friends at a papercrafting event.  We had a great time but it is so nice that it wasn't back to the work week today!

Here is my take on the sketch for this week....  another great way to use buttons!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride, Early Espresso

*Images:  Hero Arts Essential Messages
*Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
*Tools:  Perfect Layers Tools
*Embellishments:  Assorted buttons; unknown ribbon

FTL178 Tea Anybody?

Happy Monday to you! This week we have another fabulous sketch by Natasha. I took my image panel a bit further because I overestimated the size of my teacups and then rounded the corners to soften it up a bit.

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us and play along in our challenge. Here is my card that I'd like to share with you. Remember, I can't photograph pink or purple, or anything along those hues to save my life! We hope to see you again on Friday when a new sketch challenge is put up. Have a great week!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Tea for Two, Tea for Two Additions)
Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (Smokey Shadow), Stampin' Up! (Going Gray -textured, Shimmery White)
Designer Paper: Echo Park (Victoria Gardens)
Ink Pads: Stampin' Up! (Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink), Versafine (Onyx Black)
Ribbon/Twine: Papertrey Ink 5/8" Saddle Stitch Ribbon (Smokey Shadow)
Rhinestones/Gemstones: KaiserScrapbook Self Adhesive Pearls (Pewter)
Die-Cuts: Papertrey Ink (Tea for Two & Teacup)
Heat Embossing: Clear powder from craft supply
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Heat tool (Milwaukee), ProvoCraft (Cuttlebug), We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper (1/8")
Technique: Heat embossing, die-cutting
Size: 5-1/2 x 4-1/4

Friday, February 17, 2012

FTL178 Happy Birthday

I enjoyed using this sketch - a really quick card! I colored white pearls with a Copic marker to match the paper.
Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey Butterfly Dreams; Paper - Mark's Finest Papers, Basic Grey Ambrosia; Ink - Memento London Fog; Misc - Pearls, Copic Marker, Foam Squares


Here's the sketch!
As is typical with several of my sketches, I was inspired by the specific graphic I had chosen. I hadn't used Up, Up, and Away for a while, so it was overdue! My measurements: Main Panel: 3-1/2x2-3/4 Background Accent: 1x5
  • Stamps: Up, Up, and Away
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black, Black Onyx
  • Paper: Smokey Shadow, Blueberry Sky, White
  • Accessories, etc.: Copics, Felt, Eyelet Die,
As always feel free to leave a link to your project here!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

FTL 177

This is the first time I've made a card for Valentine's Day.... and then I didn't use it LOL!  What a silly stamper!
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Bazzill Bling
*Images:  Stampin' Up! Wonderful Words
*Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black; black marker
*Tools:  Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilites
*Embellishments:  buttons

Monday, February 13, 2012

FTL177 Let Your Dreams Take Flight

Happy Monday everybody. Here's to another great sketch by Natasha! Instead of doing the usual 2 colors and 1 neutral, I added another color pretty much out of necessity to offset my Aqua Mist and Autumn Rose. A bit more detailed cards can still be clean and simple. Have you tried to use clear embossing powder over your water-based dye ink? It works like a charm adding that extra bit of color so it's not dull. I hope that you enjoyed my card today and that it provides you with some inspiration. My card is 4-1/2" square. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a very blessed day.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Gingham, Happy Day, Happy Trails)
Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist, Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White)
Ink Pads: Papertrey Ink (Autumn Rose, Ripe Avocado, True Black)
Ribbon/Twine: May Arts (Black Jute)
Rhinestones/Gemstones: Stampin' Up! Basic Jewels (Rhinestone)
Die-cuts: Papertrey Ink (Edgers #4 Collection, Happy Trails)
Heat Embossing: Stampin' Up! (Clear)
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Papertrey Ink (Metal Shim), ProvoCraft Cuttlebug, Stampin' Up! (Stamp-a-ma-jig)
Technique: Heat embossing, die-cutting

Friday, February 10, 2012


Here's the sketch!
I was in a yellow/sunshine/butterfly sort of mood when I made the card. Which, oddly enough, seems appropriate, given that I will be docking at Tortola in the British Virgin Islands today!
I used the large oval nestabilities (plain and scalloped) for the side curve. I really enjoy the primarily yellow and white card, with just the slight touch of brown. My card is 4-1/4 square.
  • Stamps: Birthday Basics
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate
  • Paper: Daffodil Delight, Lemon Tart, Summer Sun, Sunshine DSP, White, Dark Chocolate
  • Accessories, etc.: Butterfly die, buttons, twine, large oval nestabilities
If you play along, feel free to leave a link to your project!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

FTL176 Everything Good

Happy Hump Day, Clean and Simple Stampers!  Life is so much more busy with me working full time now... and I spend so much less time creating and blogging....  I miss it sometimes... :-(

I decided to use the sketch this week to create a long and skinny card....  I just love buttons!

Monday, February 6, 2012

FTL176 You & Me

Hi everybody. We have another fun sketch for you this week. I love the idea that it's not your standard card size. This card is a little busy due to the extensive die-cutting and ink distressing, and might go outside of the clean and simple realm a bit, but I still have plenty of open space, even though it is not white. I had just re-inked my Versamark and I think that the hearts stamped on the Kraft would have really softened up the card if I didn't re-ink -- but, live and learn. Thank you for visiting our sketch this week and our examples to inspire you! I'm also showing you the inside of the card as it is very clean and you will be able to see how I tied together the outside with the inside. See you next week.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Hearts, Lock & Key – inside sentiment, Love and Marriage)
Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (Kraft, True Black)
Designer Paper: Stampin' Up! (First Edition, Love Letter)
Ink Pads: Papertrey Ink (True Black, Vintage Cream), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain), Versamark
Ribbon/Twine: Papertrey Ink Baker’s Twine (Rustic Jute)
Impression Plate: Papertrey Ink (Book Print)
Die-cuts: Papertrey Ink (Heart Border, Lock & Key, Love Lives Here)
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Heat Tool (Milwaukee), ProvoCraft Cuttlebug, Stampin' Up! (Stamp-a-ma-jig)
Technique: Die-cutting, dry embossing (debossing), ink distressing
Size: 6-3/4 x 3-1/2

Friday, February 3, 2012

FTL176 For My Valentine

My card is 6"x3".  A very quick and easy sketch.
Supplies: Stamps - WoodwareUSA (sentiment); Paper - PaperTrey, MME; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Misc - Heart Nestabilities, MS Lacy Heart Border punch


Here's the sketch! Although I show 4 elements on the card, the idea is to just have a repeated element more than 3 times. I was trying to do something different from the usual clean and simple trio. I made my card 6x3.5. The main panel ended up being 5-7/8x2-1/2.
I am really enjoying the Filigree border die from PTI. It really classes up a card. This ended up being a more formal thank you than I intended, but I still like it! I had also forgotten how much I like Melon Berry, Vintage Cream, and Dark Chocolate together. I also discovered that Terracotta Tile makes a nice accent colour with that colour trio.
  • Stamps: Giga Guidelines, Guidelines II
  • Ink: Vintage Cream, Melon Berry, Dark Chocolate
  • Paper: Vintage Cream, Melon Berry, Terracotta Tile
  • Accessories, etc.: Filigree border die
As always, please leave a link to your project!