Friday, August 31, 2012


Happy Friday!

Here's this week's sketch. I was itching to use my butterfly stamps again when I designed this one. Can you tell, haha!

And here's my card, I decided to use a bunch of highly neglected purple inks with the butterflies.

Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies
Ink: Autumn Rose, Royal Velvet, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding
Paper: Textured White, Autumn Rose

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


It's the last week of summer vacation for my boys.... one is starting high school next week and the other one is starting his last year of high school.... where has the time gone???   The weeks of summer have flown by, not to mention the years since my kids were little!

I wasn't sure about the sketch for this week..... but ended up playing with one of my new Memory Box dies and decided it would work!
I look forward to seeing what all of you create with this sketch!

Monday, August 27, 2012

FTL205, Autumn Blessings

Hi friends. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. I wanted to make a fun autumn card with this great sketch and here's what I came up with. It's very easy to make and yields some pretty cool results. I hope that you like this and thank you so much for stopping by to visit us today. Make it a great day!

Stamps: Leaf Prints, Sunflower Bouquet
Card Stock: Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen, Rustic Cream
Patterned Paper: Fall Prints & Patterns
Ink Pads: Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Summer Sunrise, Tea Dye Duo, Terracotta Tile
Buttons: Dark Chocolate Vintage Button Collection
Twine: Rustic Jute Button Twine
Die-Cuts: Leaf Prints
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Big Shot, glue gun
Technique: Die-cutting, rock 'n roll
Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Sunday, August 26, 2012

FTL205 Happy Birthday!

Once I figured out what to do with this sketch this card literally took under 10 minutes to create.  I needed a birthday card and I will be submitting this card to the Cas-ual Friday 67 challenge:Flags or Banners.  The patterned paper is from MME Miss Caroline collection.  The banner die is from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps as is the sentiment. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Good evening!!

Time for another sketch. This sketch was hard for me to design, I really wanted to convey something, but it doesn't come across all that easily. Instead, I would ask that you look to my card for what I truly meant to showcase.

So by that odd shape on my sketch, I want you to stamp a few items together, like I have here. I ended up doing so not-so simple things, mainly masking and fussy cutting, but I really like the effect. I mounted the floral layer up on some dimensional tape.

Stamps: Rosie Posie, Text Style I, Inside and Out: Birthday
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Classic Kraft
Paper:  Hibiscus Burst, Kraft, White

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

Monday, August 20, 2012

FTL204 Halloween Circles Card

Hi friends. Happy Friday to you! How fun is this new sketch?! Love it, which is why I made a card right away and I needed to have some fun and making this card definitely fulfilled that need.

I made a Halloween card that took less than 10 minutes to make. Like Natasha, I just punched out some circles in various sizes, mixed and matched my designer series paper, adhered them to the card stock, cut off the excess, stamped and clear embossed my sentiment, added some rhinestones, and then matted the image panel to a piece of Tangerine Tango card stock that was dry embossed with the Houndstooth folder. So easy!

We'd love to see you give this great sketch a try. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us today and I hope that you enjoy this card. God bless you! I have more images on my blog at Cindy Coutts Designs. All product used is Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Toxic Treats
Card Stock: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Howlstooth & Scaringbone
Ink Pads: Basic Black
Markers/Colored Pencils: Bic
Basic Jewels: Rhinestone
Embossing Folder: Houndstooth
Punches: 3/4". 1". 1-3/4", 1-3/8", 1-3/4" Circle Punches
Heat Embossing Powder: Clear
Machine(s)/Tool(s): Big Shot, Heat Tool
Technique: Dry embossing, heat embossing, punching
Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Friday, August 17, 2012

FTL 204 BIG Birthday Wishes

My take on FTL204.  Once I decided to stick to circles this went very quickly. I used various sizes of my Circle Nestabilities to create the circles.  This is a great sketch to use up double sided patterned paper scraps.  I used MME Indie Chic.  The PaperTrey sentiment was inked with Ocean Tides and the Vintage Cream main panel was matted with Oceans Tide card stock and then attached to Vintage Cream card base.


Time for another sketch! This one features a lot of circles. I made use of all my circle punches!

Here's the sketch. It uses pretty standard measurement, the main image panel is 3.25x4.5, with a 1/8th mat border.

I made 2 cards, one with the International Bazaar paper, and one with an old Stampin' Up! hostess benefits paper pack.

Stamps: Inside and Out: Birthday; Round and Round
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Dark Chocolate
Paper: International Bazaar DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, White
Accessories, etc.: Circle Punches- 3/4'', 1'', 1-1/4'', 1-3/8'', 1-3/4''

If you play along, please leave a link!

Monday, August 13, 2012

FTL203 Sleigh Ride

Hi friends. I don't know where time flies! I'm so glad that I was able to make a card for another wonderful sketch. This card is also being used as part of my annual 12 Days of Christmas and I happen to have a video on my blog for you.

I flipped the sketch and used some very fun Christmas colors. All supplies used are Stampin' Up!

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us today and God bless!

Stamps Set: Open Sleigh
Card Stock & Designer Series Paper: Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, Candlelight Christmas Specialty
Ink: Real Red
Embossing Powder: Clear Glitter
Framelits: Labels Collection
Punch: Scallop Edge

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Here is my take on FTL203.  The Unity image is stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white detail embossing powder.  I sponged on Distress Inks with a blending tool and wiped the image off to remove any excess ink.  I love the emboss resist technique. 
Supplies: Stamps - Unity; Ink - Versamark, Distress Inks; Paper - Mark's Finest Papers; Misc - Spellbinders Nestabilities, Detailed white embossing powder, heat gun

Friday, August 10, 2012


Happy Friday!

I hope you're ready for another sketch! I just got the Apothecary Accents die set, but there are all sorts of fun label dies out there that would work well for this sketch.

Here's my card, I also made use of the Chevron embossing folder and one of the Bitty Banners dies.

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Mixed Messages
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Pool Party
Paper: Pool Party, Taken with Teal, White, Smokey Shadow, Bermuda Bay
Accessories, etc.: Apothecary Accents, Bitty Banners, Oval Nestabilities, Chevron Folder

If you play along, please leave a link!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


I wasn't sure about this sketch at first... but ended up loving it....

Friday, August 3, 2012

FTL202 Rain or Shine

Here is my take on FTL202.  This was also for four Dare to Get Dirty challenges on SCS. 
Supplies: Stamps - Unity; Paper - mark's Finest Papers, My Minds Eye; Ink - Memento; Misc - MFT Die-namics Chevrons, Black Rhinestones, Foam Squares


Good morning!

I hope you're ready for a new sketch!

Some helpful dimensions:
Card: 4-1/4x5-12
Main Layer: 3x3-3/4
Main Layer Mat: 3-1/8x3-7/8
Background Strips: 7/8x4

For my card, I think I made use of only Stampin' Up! supplies! I just got this Summer Silhouettes stamp set and it's a lot of fun!

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Friendly Phrases
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red
 Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, White, Pink Pirouette

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