Saturday, March 31, 2012

FTL184 You Light Up My Life

Hi everybody. Before I reveal my card to you, I'd like to share with you some blog candy that I have on my blog with a deadline of April 15. I am giving away a Personal Cricut Machine! I hope that you enter your name for a chance to win! I have an InLinkz set up so all you have to do is enter your name.


In order to redeem myself from last week's disaster, I thought that I'd put a fun spin on this week's sketch challenge. Instead of using scallops, I used a Filigree Border that really put an elegant touch to this card. It was a very fun surprise to find out that while picking my lamp shade, the filigree design was incorporated into that, so of course I used it. I cut four full lengths of the Filigree border and added a 1/8" piece of Scor-Tape to the bottom of each. While working from the right side of the card to the left putting down my borders, I staggered them as Natasha suggested so that every other border was aligned to get the full effect of the pattern. I then spritzed the card with a mist or two of glimmer mist to tie the image (light/shine) in. I die-cut my images and sentiment, and then stamped them. The final step was adhering them to the card with foam dots.

I hope that you like this card and that it provides you with some inspiration. Enjoy!

Stamps: Lighten Up (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink Pads: Black Dye Ink (Hero Arts), Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Glimmer Mist: Mister Huey's Calico Shine Color Mist (Studio Calico)
Rhinestones/Gemstones: Rhinestone Basic Jewels (Stampin' Up!)
Die-Cuts: Double-Ended Banner, Filigree Border, Lighten Up (Papertrey Ink)
Heat Embossing: Clear powder from craft supply
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Big Shot (Stampin' Up!)
Technique: Die-cutting
Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 (crease on left side)

Friday, March 30, 2012

FTL184 You Color My World

Here is my take on FTL184.  I used the colors from the CQC130.  I used an EKSuccess Border punch and an MS Butterfly punch.  I hand cut the banner for the sentiment.
Supplies: Stamps - PaperTrey (sentiment); Paper - PaperTrey, Mark's Finest Papers; Ink - Memento; Misc - EKSuccess Border Punch, MS Butterfly Punch, Pearls


Good morning. Here's this week's sketch. I realize it's a bit busier than usually, but I'm hoping you're up for the challenge! The main tip I have for the sketch, is be sure to stagger the scallops. If they are overlapped exactly, it just doesn't look quite right

Here's my card:

I wanted something colourful, with bright, fresh spring colours!


  • Stamps: It's a Jungle Out There
  • Ink: Fresh Snow
  • Paper: White, Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, Pool Party, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate
  • Accessories, etc.: Harvest Gold felt, button, flower die

As always, feel free to leave a link to your project!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

FTL 183

I had fun playing on the weekend... It's the most card making I've done in weeks...

Here is my take in this weeks sketch... I am pleased with how it turned out.

Monday, March 26, 2012

FTL183 Masculine Golf Card

Hi everybody. I made this very cool masculine golf card with great papers that was CAS with no white! Then I stamped my images and flipped. They were brand new and since January, I've been having a problem with my images picking up ink where it shouldn't be picking up so I have a manufacturer's defect on my hands. That is creative frustration! After I made this card, I didn't have time to start all over again but might add another card later this week to try to redeem myself for this one. Please overlook the blahs, which seem to be the entire card, down to fussy cutting out the golf bag. Let's look on the positive, there's great DP and I used Soft Stone for my neutral. If everything worked out the right way, this would have been a very cool masculine card :)

My ingredients are all Papertrey Ink using their On the Links stamp set with Soft Stone and Smokey Shadow card stock and my designer paper is Argyle Socks. The inks I used were Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening, and Smokey Shadow. Try to enjoy this and I will see you later with a nice card.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Hi everyone... I am a little late with the sketch from last week... I fell the other day and it left me not wanting to sit for too long to play....  instead I carved out a bit of time this morning to create a card for a baby shower I am heading off to in a minute...

Friday, March 23, 2012


Good morning! Here's this week's sketch. As usual, it's quite a basic design. It does make use of some circular elements, but if you don't have or don't like the round layer, you could always switch it out for something more linear.

Here's my card. I pretty much stuck to the sketch exactly. It felt like it was missing something, so I added a second little butterfly on the sentiment tag.

Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies, Pretty Peonies
Ink: Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate
Paper: Kraft, Rustic White, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise
Accessories, etc.: Circle nestabilities

As always, feel free to play along and leave a link!

Friday, March 16, 2012

FTL182 Enjoy The Day.

This was a hard sketch for me but I like the outcome.  I used the PTI Blossom Builder die to create the flowers and a MS Butterfly punch.  I stamped a polka dotted image with Dandelion Memento ink onto white cardstock and cut it out and then cut the banner end by hand.
Supplies: Stamps - Mark's Finest Papers; Paper - Mark's Finest Papers; Ink - Memento; Misc - PTI Blossom Builder #3 Die, MS Butterfly Punch, Foam Squares

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Good evening! Here's this week's sketch! Surprisingly, I didn't go with stars, even though that's what I designed into the sketch. I just got Beautiful Butterflies, so I went with that (although, I don't recommend cutting out such tiny butterflies!)

 Here's my take:
Pretty basic, right? I used 1-1/4 circles. Instead of using a label die, I simple cut a strip of cardstock, stamped it, then used the smaller corner rounder I have to give it that label look.

Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies, Pretty Peonies
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Dark Chocolate
Paper:Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Vintage White
Accessories, etc.: Pop Dots, Corner Rounder, Circle Punch

If you play along, please leave a link to your project!


I'm getting this one in under the wire... I don't honestly know where my week has gone!!
I have no idea where I got the brads... they've been in my stash for close to forever.  I added a Hero Arts sentiment, a little Pear Pizzazz cardstock and some twine from the Twinery.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FTL181 A+ Teacher

Good morning and welcome to another fun sketch by Natasha. For today's card, I stretched it a bit across the card stock to string a line of apples on twine. The association in my mind is twine, tree, apples. Weird, but it works. I hope that you enjoy this and I'll see you back next week! Have a great day.

Stamps: Fruit Fusion: Apple, It's Official, Teacher's Apple (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink Pads: Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)
Twine: 1/8" Jute Twist Cord (Simplicity)
Die-Cut(s): Fruit Fusion: Apple (Papertrey Ink)
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Big Shot (Stampin' Up!)
Technique: Die-cutting
Size: 6-3/4 x 3-1/2

Saturday, March 10, 2012

FTL181 Happy Birthday

This is a one layer card - all stamping.  The banner image is from Taylored expressions and I colored it with markers and then stamped it onto the card front.  The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink.
Supplies: Stamps - Taylored Expressions, PaperTrey; Paper - PaperTrey; Ink - Memento; Misc - SU! Markers

Friday, March 9, 2012


Good morning! Here's this week's sketch, it's a one layer card of sorts. I was inspired by all the banner themes that have been quite trendy for the last year or so. You could choose to stamp directly on your card, or do as I did and attach a string with embellishments.

Here's my card:

I started with a Kraft base, since I really enjoy that for one layer cards. I also rounded the corners. I hadn't originally planned on a specific colour for the hearts. I thought about sponging the colour on, but that seemed a bit messy considering how small they are. Instead, I used a Copic marker to give the hearts a touch of red.


  • Stamps: Love Lives Here
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate
  • Paper: Kraft
  • Accessories, etc: Baker's Twine, Copic Marker, Brads, Love Lives Here die, Corner Rounder

As always, if you play along feel free to leave a link to your project

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

FTL180 You've Got Mail!

Good morning crafty people. I wanted to do something fun and springy for this challenge outside of the flower realm and grabbed this cute stamp set with mailboxes, colored them various hues of pink and paper pieced my envelopes. The grass is die-cut onto textured card stock and I sponged the edges, added my ribbon and sentiment banner, then popped it all up on foam dots for dimension. I used glue dots on the envelopes for dimension as well.

Thank you for stopping by to visit us today!

Stamps: Mailbox Greetings, Vintage Picnic Sentiment (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink), Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss – textured (Stampin' Up!)
Designer Paper: Summer Days (Echo Park)
Ink Pads: Black Dye Ink (Hero Arts), Crushed Olive (Tim Holtz Distress Ink)
Markers/Colored Pencils: BG72, BG75, E41, E42, E43, E44, R81, R83, R85, RV11, RV13, RV14 (Copic)
Ribbon/Twine: Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta (Stampin' Up!)
Die-Cuts: Fresh Cut Grass (My Favorite Things), Double-Ended Banners (Papertrey Ink)
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft)
Technique: Die-cutting, ink distressing, paper piecing
Size: 5-1/2 x 4-1/4

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Fall To Layout #180

I had fun playing with a little pop of colour with this card... I coloured the image with my Copic Spica pens to add a little glitter as well.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


My take on FTL180.  I took a little liberty at the bottom and used the negative of a Memory Box flower garden instead of putting a sentiment there.
Supplies: Paper - Mark's Finest Papers; Misc - Cuttlebug Border Embossing Folder, MS Fence Border Punch, Memory Box Spring Garden Die, Pearls

Friday, March 2, 2012

FTL 180

I pulled stamps from several sets to make the sentiment stems for my flowers.  My card size is A2 (4-1/4 in. x 5-1/2 in.).
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - (PTI) Mat Stack 1 Collection, Movers and Shakers Sentiments, Fillable Frames #5, Mega Mixed Messages,Beautiful Blooms, (Verve) Bloom & Grow
paper - rustic white, simply chartreuse, raspberry fizz patterns (PTI), pixie pink (SU)
ink - simply chartreuse, raspberry fizz, smoky shadow (PTI)
acc - corner chomper, oval punch, dimensionals


Good morning!
It's time for another sketch! Here it is, I've designed my card to measure 4x6.
Here's my card, and some measurement guidelines:
  • 4x6 Card Base
  • 3-7/8x5-7/8 Layer
  • 3-7/8x1-3/4 Patterned Paper Piece
I was in a Baja Breeze sort of mood, and just went with it. I know I've had a card and sketch somewhat similar to this one, but what can I say, when you reach 180, it can start to get a bit trickier coming up with totally unique sketches.
Stamps: Dot Spot, Fillable Frames #3, Faux Ribbon
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky
Paper: Baja Breeze, White, DSP, Not Quite Navy
Accessories, etc.: Rhinestone Baubles, Fillable Frame #3 Die, Pleated Ribbon
As always, if you play along, please leave a link to your project!