Saturday, February 23, 2013

FTL 229, I'm Impressed

Hi friends. I wanted to share a quick Saturday morning card with you. This is a great masculine card that was very easy and fun to make. I especially love the color that I stamped my sentiment in for the splash of color that it lends to the card. This is a fabulous sketch!

As I wrote the Tips & Tricks below, there's about 10 other ways that I can make this card and if I had the time, I would do it. Lots of possibilities here. While I was cleaning up as I work, which is a first, I decided to add a fun argyle pattern to the shirt. Even though it may seem that a lot of work went into this card, it's still very clean and simple with little details that make a world of difference.

Remember that when you fussy cut out an image, be sure to run around the edges a non-alcohol-based marker to cover up any inconsistencies and to darken the edges. Alcohol-based markers will bleed depending on the type of card stock that you use. I always use a Stampin' Up! Basic Black marker to play it safe. I also made sure that I lined up my images on the banner first before I stamped the basket so that they would stay within the space of the banner. Do all stamping before adding dimension to any panel so that it doesn't end up all wonky on you. If your image on foam dots isn't too high, a stamp press can sometimes help out.

I chose lighter brown shades to color my basket in with to compliment the color of the base of my card. I forgot how much fun it was to color browns since I haven't done that for a long time.
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me today and God bless you!



Photobucket Add patterned paper for a more masculine card with a sophisticated look and buttons at the bottom of the banner to tie the image in. Lightly ink distress the banner or paper piece the shirt. I stamped a fun argyle pattern. Dry embossing the shirt with an argyle embossing folder or impression plate would be great and then coloring the shirt.
Photobucket Add patterned paper to send to a girlfriend for encouragement. To really brighten up the card, use Melon Mambo as your card base.
Photobucket Use a background stamp or images stamped in Versamark to fill out the card more. Since my card is clean and simple, I eliminated this step, although I really wanted to add one! If the background pattern you choose is subtle enough, it can be pulled off but I had my eye on the perfect busy pattern.

Stamps: Flag Tags, Potpourri, Squeaky Clean, Tri-balation (Paper Smooches)
Card Stock: Blueberry Sky, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Berry Sorbet, Blueberry Sky, Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Markers/Colored Pencils: E53, E55, E57 (Copic markers)
Die-Cuts: Flag Tags (Paper Smooches)
Tools: Stamp Press (Martha Stewart), Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig (Stampin' Up!)
Technique: Die-cutting, fussy cutting
Size: 5-1/2 x 4-1/4, crease at the left
Photobucket Cut brown card stock to 4-1/4 x 11, score at the 5-1/2 mark, fold and burnish so that the crease is at the left side.
Photobucket Die-cut a banner with cream card stock and stamp the coordinating image to frame the banner using Kraft ink.
Photobucket Stamp on basket image with black ink and color in with markers. Stamp shirt image onto blue card stock with black ink and then stamp argyle pattern onto the shirt image and fussy cut. Adhere shirt image above the basket image with foam dots. Stamp sentiment to the right of the basket and shirt images with berry-colored ink.
Photobucket Adhere image panel to the brown card stock base.
Photobucket Ink dotted image with brown ink and stamp below the image panel.

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Friday, February 22, 2013


Good morning!

It's time for another sketch! Here it is:

And here's my take on it:

For measurements, I started with my standard card base (4.25x5.5). The main image panel is 4.5x3.

Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies
Ink: Tuxedo Black
Paper: White, Cherry Cobbler, Sweet Blush, Patterned
Accessories, etc: Various dies, Rhinestones

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

Sunday, February 17, 2013

FTL228 Thanks

This is my take on FTL228.  The sentiment is from a Memory Box die and I used a Life Style Crafts embossing folder on the black card stock.  The twine is from The Twinery.

Friday, February 15, 2013


Happy Friday.

I realize that Valentine's Day has now come and past, but I made this card Wednesday night.

My only major tips for this card are to choose a short word as your focal point; 3-5 letters is probably best. And if you'll be die-cutting the letters out, you may want to make use of a magnetic guide. I still have an older one from spellbinders. I used my cuttlebug and used plate A, plate B, a metal shim, the magnetic guide, the dies, then another plate B. It was almost perfect, I could've used maybe a cardboard shim to make it perfect.

Here's the sketch:

Here's my card:

Stamps: Hey Sunshine (PTI)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz
Paper: White, Pretty in Pink, Raspberry Fizz, SU! DSP
Accessories, etc.: chipboard heart, baker's twine, alphabet dies

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

Friday, February 8, 2013


Happy Friday everyone! I hope you're having a good week!

Here's this week's sketch. It is essentially a one layer card. Although I sketched a cake and ended up making my card have a cake, feel free to use some other element (maybe a pile of presents or a tree, something that can be arranged in a classic triangle type shape).

Here's my take on the sketch:

Stamps: Love and Marriage
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Paper: White, various patterned papers,
Accessories, etc.: flower die, oval dies, corner rounder punch, pearl

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

Saturday, February 2, 2013

FTL226 With Deepest Sympathy

Here's my take on FTL226.  I did take a little liberty with the sketch but not too much!  The flowers and sentiment are from the Craft's Meow Hope Blooms set.

Friday, February 1, 2013


Happy Friday! Here's this week's sketch:

Here's my card! I felt like making some felt embellishments. I cut thin strips of purple felt and rolled them into little buds. For the leaves, I hand cut them and stitched them.

Stamps: Cupcake Collection, Background Basics: Medallions
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Lucky Limeade
Paper: Simply Chartreuse, Royal Velvet, White
Accessories, etc.: Felt, Bakers Twine, Brown marker

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