Monday, April 30, 2012

FTL188 Spring Flowers

Summer has finally arrived in beautiful California! I love flowers and wanted to make a flower card. I love the sketches that we're provided every week. They are so unique and edgy, and this is no different. I think I'm going to get a little colorful and bold on this card so we'll see how it turns out in the long run. There are no embellishments on this card at all and it's not boring. I think that Edger #1 die-cut adds a lot of interest to this card and did the trick. I think this card turned out very well with fun colors, bright, and cheerful!

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us today and we love looking at the beautiful cards that you make.

Stamps: Garden Variety, Garden Variety II (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Canyon Clay, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink Pads: Canyon Clay, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Die-Cut: Edgers #1 Collection (Papertrey Ink)
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Big Shot (Stampin' Up!)
Technique: Die-cutting
Size: 5-1/2 x 4-1/4

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Sunday, April 29, 2012


What a great CAS sketch! I used the colors for the SCS CAS168 challenge - brown, green and white or ivory.
Supplies: Stamps - Technique Tuesday (sentiment); Paper - Mark's Finest Papers; Ink - Chocolate Chip; Misc - Memory Box Bird die, MFT Scallop Border die

Friday, April 27, 2012


Happy Friday! I hope you're ready for another sketch! 

I used a pair of butterflies as my main image. I thought it seemed appropriate for an anniversary card. For my main panel, I went with a 4-3/4x2-1/4 piece of paper.

Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies
Ink: Cool Caribbean, Berry Sorbet
Paper: Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Cool Caribbean, White
Accessories, etc.: Dimensional Tape, Scalloped Punch

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Monday, April 23, 2012

FTL187 Happy (Mon)Day!

Good morning friends. Here is my card from yet another wonderful and fun sketch by Natasha. I decided to use all Stampin' Up! products on this card and you can read all about the materials used and how I assembled this card (with more pictures too, including the inside) at my blog, Cindy Stamps. This card was super easy and fun to make. We'd love to have you join us for this challenge!

Thank you so much for stopping by today to visit us for inspiration and I'll see you next week with another card to inspire you.

Stamp Sets: Friendly Phrases, Mixed Bunch, Pretty Pattern Background Stamp
Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Twitterpated
Classic/Craft Stampin' Ink Pads/Vintage Ink Spot: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red, Versamark
Basic Jewels: Pearl, Large Pearl
Punches: Blossom, 3/4" Circle, 1" Circle
Technique: Punching
Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Friday, April 20, 2012

FTL187 Just a Note

Here is my take on FTL187.  I cut different sized circles out of some DCWV Mariposa paper with my Nestabilities.
Supplies: Stamps - Mark's Finest Papers (sentiment); Paper - Mark's Finest Papers, DCWV Mariposa; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; ; Misc - Nestabilities


Good morning!

Here's this week's sketch!

Here's my card. I was inspired by this fabric collection. I just recently picked up the On the Go Bicycle set by Hero Arts and Sizzix. It's a fun set. I've been looking for a nice bicycle set for a while. It has 3 different sizes and styles. I made my own background paper on the teal using all three.

Stamps: On the Go Bicycle
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Taken with Teal,  Black Onyx
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Simply Chartreuse, Pool Party, White
Accessories, etc.: Several circle punches.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

FTL186 Hello

Here is my take on FTL186.  I also combined this with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge CFC84 which was to pick opposite colors on the color wheel.  I picked purple and yellow.  I was also inspired by some felted flower brooches and an oven mitt for the SCS IC332 challenge.
Supplies: Stamps - Technique Tuesday (sentiment); Paper - PaperTrey; Ink - Memento; Misc - Felt, Buttons, Thread, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Flue Dots

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Good evening! Time for another sketch!

I actually made this card a few weeks ago, but I specifically chose this sketch because I was designing my brother's birthday card. It's probably a rather slim chance that he would have checked out the blog at all, but just in case, it's being posted after his birthday.

I love all things stars and really wanted to do something with the pop up die from the movers and shakers collection, so I've also included a shot of the interior. I couldn't decide which side of the pop-up to place the stars on, so I put them on either side.


  • Stamps: Star Prints, Movers and Shakers
  • Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Orange Zest, Daffodil Delight, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse
  • Paper: White, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Daffodil Delight
  • Accessories, etc. Movers & Shakers Die, Small and Large Star Punches, Paper Piercer
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Fall To Layout #185

I am thinking I should have reworked this card... maybe some texture on the green layer or swapping around the pink and orange elements... at any rate, here is my take on this weeks sketch...
Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, So Saffront

*Images:  Hero Arts Sending Smiles
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Copic
*Embellishments:  Michael's Bridal flowers; Kaiser Pearls
*Tools:  Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilities

FTL185 Hello Friend

Good morning! Our sketch this week is nothing short of spectacular. I love Natasha's ingenuity when she designs our sketches and look forward to them every single week. The sketches are posted every Friday and I usually post my card the following Monday. My card today is fun with a lot of different embellishments and die-cuts while still keeping it clean and simple. I love the way that it turned out and hope that you do too. I layered my flowers using foam dots and adhered my leaf die-cut with glue dots. You all know how I love my dimension!

You still have about a week or so to enter my Personal Cricut Blog Candy that is ending on April 15. This prize also includes two new of Cricut Cartridges and a free Cricut class by Cara Miller! The total of this prize package is now close to $300!

Finally, I would like to share my card with you. I know that you'll enjoy it and give it a try yourself. I will see you next week with another great sketch by Natasha and inspiration from our super talented design team!

Stamps: Beautiful Blessings, Beautiful Blooms II, Think Big Favorites #3 (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: True Black (Papertrey Ink), Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Designer Paper: Farm Fresh (October Afternoon)
Ink Pads: Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Mushroom (Ranger Adirondack Earthtones Pigment Ink Pad)
Other Accessories/Embellishments: Wood Bingo Motifs (Maya Road)
Rhinestones/Gemstones: Yellow Self Adhesive Pearl (KaiserScrapbook)
Die-Cuts: Beautiful Blooms #1, Edgers #4 Collection, Turning a New Leaf Collection (Papertrey Ink)
Heat Embossing: Clear embossing powder from craft supply
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft), Heat Tool (Milwaukee)
Technique: Die-cutting, heat embossing, ink distressing
Size: 5-1/2 x 4-1/4

1.  Cut a piece of black card stock to A2 size so that the crease is on the left.
2.  Cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock to 4 x 5-1/4 and adhere it to the black card stock.
3.  Die-cut a piece of beige/black newsprint designer paper using the Edger's #4 die-cut collection so at it's widest point it measures 2-1/4 x 4-1/4 and adhere it to the very left of the card lined up with the crease.
4.  Stamp on sentiment in the lower right corner using gray ink and heat emboss using clear powder.
5.  Die-cut 3 various size flower shapes from Beautiful Blooms #1 onto yellow/cream polka dot card stock and lightly ink distress the edges with Vintage Cream and then rub the ink with your finger.
6.  Die-cut the largest leaf shape from Turning a New Leaf onto light green/beige designer paper and lightly ink distress the edges with Vintage Cream and then rub the ink with your finger.
7.  Build up the flower die-cuts with foam dots and place a wood circle flower shape in the middle and adhere a yellow pearl to the inside.
8.  Put mini glue dots on the back of the leaf shape in various places and adhere to the card as shown.
9.  Place sticky strip onto the back of the flower and adhere it to the card as shown with both the flowers and leaf stem centered at the peak of the Edger die-cut.
For the inside of the card, I cut another piece of Very Vanilla card stock to 5-1/4 x 4 and die-cut the 4" right side with the Edger #4 die-cut. I stamped a scripture from Beautiful Blessings using Mushroom ink and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder on the left side. I stamped the coordinating flower image from the die-cuts used on the front of the card with Harvest Gold ink at the right corner, stamped a flower on the inside with Simply Chartreuse ink, and stamped a small dot on the inside of the flower with Harvest Gold ink.

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Friday, April 6, 2012


Good morning.
Ready for another sketch?

I hadn't had a chance to use much of this set yet, so I figured I'd get it out and see where it took me. I decided to make an anniversary card, and went with deeper romantic colours.

If you are looking for measurement guidelines, they were actually pretty basic.  I started with a standard card base. The white layer is 4x5-1/2. I used oval nestabilities for the circular panels. I recommend using the ovals, since it helps to have a little extra wiggle room that you can cut off after.


  • Stamps: Pretty Peonies
  • Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Pinefeather, Smokey Shadow
  • Paper: White, Smokey Shadow, Pinefeather, Scarlet Jewel
  • Accessories, etc.: oval nestabilities
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Sunday, April 1, 2012


I had a lot of fun with this sketch... Once I figured out my colours I knew exactly what I wanted to do...