Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I had high hopes for this card... but I think I should have done something with the white space.  I couldn't leave it all white so I added the twine.... I don't think it was the right "fix"....

Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy About FTL201

Hi friends. Can you believe Natasha has created for us over 200 wonderful sketches?! She deserves a hug for that. I love them all and this is no different. However, my stamped background, I made a long time ago and don't remember the colors that I used but it looks like one of them is obvious Basic black with ribbon, my sentiment has a little bling to it with the glitter that I so subtly used. I'm pretty sure that the panel is stamped with Wisteria Wonder and Pretty in Pink onto Whisper White card stock with a Basic Black base. I heat embossed the sentiment by mixing black embossing powder and adding a little glitter to it. My image/sentiment panel is adhered to a piece of Wisteria Wonder. I then finished the card off with Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

Thank you for visiting us today and I hope that you enjoy this card.

Friday, July 27, 2012


Good evening!

Sorry, the post is a touch later than usual. I've been having somewhat of a busy week and then I came down with a very annoying summer cold. I actually made this card the other day, I just forgot to photograph and get my post ready early, oops!

 The sketch is a lot simpler than last week's! I don't have any measurements for you, this could easily be a one-layer card. I think my main image panel was 4x5-1/4.

Here's my take. I thought about keeping all that white space as solid white space, but I decided to make it into a starry background instead. The yellow on the white is fairly subtle.

Stamps: Super Star, Star Prints, Outline Alphabet
Ink: Harvest Gold, Rich Cocoa
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Harvest Gold, White

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

Friday, July 20, 2012


WOW!  200 Sketches!  Way to go Natasha!!!

I had a tough time with this one at first...  I don't know why, but it challenged me.  First I was going to use stamps, but even with my various stamp positioners, I wasn't happy with it.  Then I was going to use flowers but I couldn't find enough of any colour or colour combination in my stash.  So then I moved to buttons.

And, in exciting news, I used Washi tape for the first time!!!  That's the polka dot layer...
I'm glad I didn't give up on this sketch as I like the card I ended up creating!


It's time for the 200th sketch!

The measurements:
Card: 5-1/2x5-/12
Main Panel: 5x5
Main Panel Frame: 5-1/8x5-1/8
Sentiment panel: 5x1-1/2

I wanted something fun and bright. And I used eyelets, again! What!! I didn't feel like using buttons as my embellishment, but I wanted something small and round on there.

Stamps: Dot Spot, Think Big #13
Ink: Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Craft Chocolate Chip
Paper: Summer Sunrise, White, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate
Accessories, etc.: Eyelets, Embossing Powder

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Well, the layoff from work has not translated in to a bunch of time spent creating.  I was laid off on June 13th and today was the first time I actually ventured down to my creative space during the day!  But hey, I did make two cards.  There might be more this afternoon after a lunch date with my hubby.

The sketch this week is so awesome...  I created a on layer card, but it would have been easy to add a few layers and interest if you wanted to...
I am loving what I am seeing from what *you* have created!!!!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

FTL199 Homegrown

Hi friends. Today Natasha at the Clean and Simple Stamping Blog, Fall to Layout (FTL199), has another perfect sketch for us. I decided to make my card a different size outside of the usual A2 and use a retired Stampin' Up! set of Homegrown.

I have a lot of white space on my card but really made my images stand out. I colored directly onto the stamps using markers in various colors blending for a more realistic look. I punched the bottom of my card with a scallop punch for a little something extra.

I hope that you like this card and thank you so much for stopping by to visit us today. I hope that this provides you with some fun inspiration.

There are additional pictures on my blog at Cindy Coutts Designs.

Stamps: Homegrown
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink Pads: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Markers/Colored Pencils: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Gumball Green, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango
Hardware/Charms/Brads: Vintage Trinkets
Punches: Large Oval, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Scallop Oval
Size: 3-5/16 x 6-1/2

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

FTL199! Butterflies

Here is my take on FTL199.  I included several challenges when creating this card: Cas-ual Fridays CFC61to use strips of color; LIM76 to create a One Layer Card and to use three of something; and DD11 - Dynamic Duo subtle colors - to use Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze.
Supplies: Paper - Mark's Finest Papers, MME Lost and Found; Misc - PTI Butterfly Dreams Die, Pearls

Friday, July 13, 2012

FTL 199

Wow, 199 sketches!

I made two cards with this sketch.  This one is sticks right to the sketch:

while this one goes just a little beyond it:

Thanks for stopping by!


Can you believe it, we're just one away from 200 sketches! I have to say sometimes it can be really tough coming up with new sketches week after week. In the coming weeks there will be probably be a few changes to the blog. There will still be sketches, they might not be as frequent. We may also go back to doing some of the other types of challenges (colour, technique, inspiration, etc.) just to change things up a bit. I will keep you all in the loop once me and the design team figure it all out :)

Onto the sketch! This one really doesn't need any measurement guidelines. Just choose 3 elements (I went with butterflies) and a sentiment and you're good to go!

This is such a quick sketch that I made 2 cards. They really aren't that different. With the first card, I die cut out 3 butterflies from the Love Lives Here die collection, then used my favorite birthday greeting of the moment (the one from It's a Jungle Out There)

For my second card, I stamped the butterflies onto the card base in black ink, then onto scrap white cardstock with my coloured inks. I cut those out and then placed those over the stamped ones.


  • Stamps: It's a Jungle Out There, Beautiful Butterflies, Birthday Basics
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Black Onyx
  • Paper: Pink Pirouette, Dark Chocolate, White
  • Accessories, etc.: Love Lives Here Die

As always, if you play along, please leave a link to your project!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FTL198 Birthday Wishes

Hi friends. By all intents and purposes, this did start out as a clean and simple card and then the layers just kept piling on and I don't know what happened, but it's cute, right? Oops.

We are all so glad you stopped by today to participate in Natasha's fabulous sketch and hope to see you back on Friday. Enjoy and have a great day. You can visit me at Cindy Coutts Designs for additional pictures.

Stamps: Fillable Frames Additions 2, Fillable Frames Sentiments, Lovely Layers
Card Stock: Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate, Stamper's Select White
Designer Paper: Simply Chartreuse Pattern Pack
Ink Pads: Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse
Rhinestones/Gemstones: Chocolate Pearls
Die-Cuts: Fillable Frames #11, Lovely Layers
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Big Shot
Size: 5-1/2 x 4-1/4

Friday, July 6, 2012


Good morning!

Here's this week's sketch.

My card's measurements:
Card: 4-5/8x4-5/8
Main Panel: 4x3
Main Panel Layer: 4-1/8x3-1/8

I used eyelets on here, can you believe it! I haven't used eyelets in quite some time. I was reminded of how easy it is to use them though with a crop-a-dile. I always hated the old method using the hammer and eyelet setter.


  • Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings
  • Ink: Taken With Teal
  • Paper: Aqua Mist, Taken With Teal, Hawaiian Shores, various patterned paper
  • Accessories, etc: Eyelets, Buttons, Double Ended Banner Die
If you play along, please leave a link to your project: