Friday, November 30, 2012


Good morning!

Here's this week's sketch! I made the main image panel 3x4.25 and rounded one corner. The card is the usual 4.25x5.5

Here's my take on the sketch. I needed an anniversary card for this weekend and just love the adorable heart tree.

Stamps: Valentine Defined, Fillable Frames
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Paper: White, Real Red, Early Espresso, Haiku DSP
Supplies: Eyelet Lace Die, pop dots, corner rounder

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FTL218 - Hello, Friend!

Hi, everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! :) Just wanted to pop in and share the card I created for the most recent Fall-to Layout.

If you decide to play along with Natasha's sketch, please be sure to link up your card to this post here so we can see it! :)

Have a great one!

Stamps - Background Stamp (Penny Black), Sentiment (PTI)
Paper - Wisteria, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Soft Stone
Ink - True Black, Fresh Snow
Miscellaneous - Black Twine, Rhinestone, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Sunday, November 25, 2012

FTL218 Christmas Postcard

Hi friends. It's the beginning of a new week and I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. For those of you brave enough to venture out on Black Friday, I hope your sanity is intact. I can honestly say that I've never shopped on Black Friday. All of my Christmas shopping is done by October 1 and then I start making gifts.

I do have Christmas card burnout so when I need to make one, I'm trying my hand at nontraditional stamp sets and colors. It's very fun. I hope that you like this card and give it a try yourself. We always love to see what you make for our challenges.

Have a very blessed day!

Stamps: Layered Postmarks: Holiday (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Enchanted Evening, Fine Linen, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Postarks (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Die-Cuts: Layered Postmarks: Holiday (Papertrey Ink)
Baker's Twine: Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Techniques: 2-step stamping, die-cutting
Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Saturday, November 24, 2012

FTL218 Winter Wonderland

What a fun layout this week....  I saw the circles and knew I had to play with the Martha Stewart snowflake punches I just purchased.... All of the papers I used are shimmer cardstocks...
I look forward to seeing what *you* come up with!

Friday, November 23, 2012


Happy Friday!

I hope all my American readers had a good Thanksgiving! And for everyone else, it's almost the weekend! Yay!

Here's this week's sketch!

Here's my card.
Some measurements:
The circles are 1-1/4'' and 1-3/8''.
The sentiment strip is 1-3/4'' with a 1-7/8'' mat.

Stamps: Peace Be Still, Winterberry
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Real Red
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Accessories, etc.: Circle Punches (1-1/4'', 1-3/8''), Twine, Pearls

If you play along feel free to leave a link to your post:

Monday, November 19, 2012

FTL217 - Wishing You a Lovely Day

Hi, everyone! Can you believe it's already time for Thanksgiving?? I swear, it seems like the beginning of the year always drags on, but once kids are back in school and Halloween rolls around, things go by in a blur!

This is what I came up with using this week's FTL217 sketch... As always, if you play along, please be sure to link up to Natasha's post, so we can see your creation. :)

Have a great one!

Stamps - Simple Sunflower, Signature Series:  Butterfly
Paper - Kraft, Vintage Cream, Lemon Tart, My Mind's Eye
Ink - Hibiscus Burst, Dark Chocolate
Miscellaneous - Limeade Ice Grosgrain Ribbon, Fiskars Scallop Punch, Hawaiian Shores Button

Saturday, November 17, 2012

FTL217 Joyous Season

Good morning Clean and Simple Stampers!!!  I had fun playing with a Bella Blvd sticker sheet to create this card.... and I think this Penny Black sentiment fit the feel of the card perfectly.
I just wish I had another of these sticker sheets... sadly it was from last year...

Friday, November 16, 2012


Good morning!

Time for another sketch! This one didn't really end up being all that simple. I think it could still classify as clean though.

Some measurements:
Card: Standard 4-1/4x5-/12
Red Layer:3-1/2x4-3/4
Mat: 3-5/8x 4-7/8
Gold Strip: 3/4x5-1/2
Hope that helps!

Here is my take on the sketch. I was in the mood for rich jewel tones and gold. I also thought that the Harlequin coverplate would add a nice elegance if I embossed it, so that's what I did.

Stamps: Big & Bold Holiday Wishes (PTI), Ornament Keepsakes (SU!)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Versamark
Paper: Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Cherry Cobbler, Gold
Accessories, etc,: Harlequin Coverplate, Scalloped border punch, Gold embossing powder, ornament keepsakes die, gold cord, Nestabilities Labels

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

Sunday, November 11, 2012

FTL216 - Christmas Blessings

Hi, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. :) Just wanted to pop in and share what I came up with using this week's FTL216 sketch.  I decided to make a tag vs. a card, and since I like to use bright and happy wrapping paper, this little bit of sunshine will fit the bill perfectly. :)

If you decide to play along, please be sure to link up your creation in Natasha's original post... I'd love to check it out! :)

Have a great one!

Stamps - Signature Christmas
Paper - Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Stamper's Select White, Cosmo Cricket
Ink - Stazon Black
Miscellaneous - Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Nestabilities

Saturday, November 10, 2012

FTL216 Seasons Greetings

This was a quick and easy card to put together... a little embossing, a stamp, some ribbon and a card base... voila!
I wonder if I should have added a little bling to my embossed snowflakes....

Friday, November 9, 2012

FTL216 Happy Birthday

This is my take on the FTL216 sketch.  I always need masculine cards!  The top of the sketch reminded me of my argyle embossing folder and I went from there. 


Good morning!

Ready for another sketch? This one is all about scallops! I was in the mood for some scalloped edges, so that's where this sketch came from.

I used the long rectangle nestabilities as my card front. The card base is 2.75x12 (folded at 6 inches). The patterned paper area is 2.75x 4.5.

Stamps: Take a Bough
Paper: Basic Grey, Soft Stone, Holiday DSP (retired Stampin' Up! paper)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories, etc.: Long Rectangle Nestabilities (Scalloped and Regular), Button, Baker's Twine, Ribbon

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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Winter Pastel Snowflakes, FTL215

Hi everybody. I thought that I'd make an appearance today after my second move in 1-1/2 years. And then to really torture myself, my Windows PC went to electronic heaven so I decided to get a Mac to go with the iPhone, iPad, i-everything, etc. Ugh. Here is what I made for you today. I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone and I think this covers it pretty much. What do you think? There are more pictures on my blog at Cindy Coutts Designs.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a new sketch! Have a great day :)

Stamps: Snowflake Flurries, Think Big Favorites #21 (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Limeade Ice, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Melon Berry, Orange Zest, Royal Velvet, True Black, Winter Wisteria
Jewels: Rhinestone (Stampin' Up!)
Die-Cuts: Snowflake Flurries (Papertrey Ink)
Tools: Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig (Stampin' Up!)
Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2

Monday, November 5, 2012

FTL215 - Girly, You Rock!

Good morning, everyone! Can you believe it's Monday already?? I swear, the older I get, the faster time goes... :) 

Here's the card I created using this week's FTL215 sketch.  I made this for Lindsay, my sweet and precocious kiddo! She's been doing an amazing job so far this school year, and I thought she should know. :)

Have a great one!

Stamps - Delightful Doilies, Signature Greetings
Paper - Basic Gray (SU!), Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Stamper's Select White
Ink - Versamark, Stazon Black
Miscellaneous - 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, White Embossing Powder

Saturday, November 3, 2012

FTL215 Happy Holidays

I was excited to have a reason to pull out this wonderful Memory Box die....  it is so intricate and beautiful.... I use it with my Big Shot but I add a metal shim to my sandwich.  I have tried a few ways to adhere the intricate die cuts but have found the Xyron sticker maker to be the best way to do it....  I liked the glue pen (the one that looks like a gel pen) but the glue dries too fast....  Tombow Multi makes too much of a mess...  I added a few pieces of bling in the centres of the the larger snowflakes to add a little something to the card.
I look forward to seeing what you create to play along with us!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Happy Friday everybody!

I don't know why, it just seemed like an extra long week. But it's now the end of the week!
Here's the sketch. It is very basic, but here are some measurements for you:

Card Base: 4-1/4x5-1/2
Sentiment Strip: 4-1/4x2
Sentiment Strip Mat: 4-1/4x2-1/8

Here's my card:

Stamps: Superstars (PTI), Good Times (Mama Elephant)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Certainly Celery, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow
Paper: Summer Sunrise, White, Harvest Gold, Certainly Celery
Accessories, etc:Pop dots

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

Thursday, November 1, 2012

FTL214 Magic of Christmas

I'm thinking my card needs something... perhaps some embossing on the bottom of the front panel.  I love this new Gumball Green colour from Stampin' Up!  Isn't it pretty???