Friday, August 29, 2014


Happy Friday!

It's the last Friday of summer. Although I don't have any little ones to send to school, I am not looking forward to the additional traffic for my daily commute to work. Hopefully you find the time this weekend to enjoy whatever makes you happiest!

Today's sketch features a big star as the focal point. I'd really like to see people use a shape on their cards other than a circle or square. I've used a star. Some other ideas could include a large floral shape, a butterfly, or a heart!

Here's my card. I was challenged to make a shaker card, so that's what I did! I used a few star dies for my focal point. I filled the shaker with little star sequins. I didn't want the card to seem too plain, so I added a polka dot background and then finished it off with my sentiment.

Stamps: Superstar, Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist
Paper: Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, White
Accessories, etc.: Sequins, Star dies

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Friday, August 22, 2014


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

I managed to come across a barely used set of most of the Shakers & Sprinkles set. I am so glad I did, as this is one of those limited edition kits that I was on the fence about buying, and later regretted not getting.

I started with cutting out the Sprinkled word. I covered it with glossy accents to jazz it up a bit. I stamped the other sentiment pieces around it on the white oval piece. I used the other frame dies to bring more interest to the focal point. I added some of the floral sequins from the kit as well. Then I found a piece of paper by Doodlebug Design that went just perfectly!

Stamps: Sprinkles & Shakers
Ink: Orange Zest
Paper: Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, White, Doodlebug Design
Accessories, etc.: sequins, Sprinkles & Shakers dies

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FTL303 - Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hi, everyone! Heather P. here with my take on the current FTL303 sketch.  To create my card, I started with a white card base, and stamped a chicken wire background in pink ink.  Next, I stamped three balloons in yellow, green and orange, then cut them out with their coordinating dies.  

I then die cut the large Sweet sentiment in aqua card stock.  Next, I stamped the banner outline and birthday wishes sentiment in versamark ink onto gray card stock before heat embossing with white powder.  Once that was done, I fussy cut the banner and adhered it to the card front.  To finish up, I stamped the balloon tails in black, and adhered the balloons and die cut sentiment with pop dots to the card front before embellishing with pink enamel dots.

Have a great one!

Monday, August 18, 2014

perfect pear FTL303

Happy Monday everyone!!! I had a moment today so I thought I would whip up this weeks sketch card for you!! I'm so happy with how it turned out!! Even better then I had envisioned!!!

I had originally only had one pear die cut for this card…but with the sentiment thought I better add another!! I did a little water colouring of the pears and I just love how they turned out!!

Hope this gives your some more inspiration to do this weeks sketch!!!
Thanks so much!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

FTL303 Masculine Birthday Card

Hi folks! It's Cindy here, and yes, I'm still alive. LOVE THIS SKETCH! I love them all. I say it every week. I actually do make a card weekly but I don't know where my time goes. I had every intention of getting my tan on today and the next thing I know, it's 5 pm. It happens to me all the time. It's true that time goes by fast the older you get. I'm still unpacking and I look around and nothing looks different. It's been like 6 weeks since I moved and I haven't even turned off the PG&E at my old house! I know that Harriet is sitting there if she reads this calling me a nut and hollering, "Don't you realize we pay over $4.00 for a gallon of gas and you don't turn off your PG&E?!" She lives down the street from me which means about an hour in California.

Anyhoo…..I made this masculine birthday card using all My Favorite Things products from their July release of Celebrate You stamp set and coordinating Die-Namics, along with the Celebrate Die-Namics and Happy Birthday background stamp. I like how I got out of my box with the sentiment compared to the sketch. I'm quite proud of myself for doing that and even adding the background stamp to the "Happy" Die-Namics. I used Black Licorice, Fuse Green, Kraft, Nightshift Blue and Orange Fizz Hybrid Ink and some card stock. The base is Sweet Tooth. My bow is a simple bow that I tied bunny ear style using some Hemp by Hemptique. There's like 68 yards of this stuff on a roll. Seriously. And it comes with a price point of $2.99. I'm going to go to their website to see what else they have. This is my favorite kind of "twine" to work with. It's not too thick and not too skinny. It's just right. Very pliable and forgiving but tight when you need it to be. You can even use your bone folder to curl this stuff. I don't work or design for this company, but just thought I'd share my experience with you. It's very cool.

I hope that you like my card and it inspires you to make a card with this great sketch. Give it a try and have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by to visit us today!

Friday, August 15, 2014


Happy Friday!

I found myself needing a bit of a break, so there was a bit of an unscheduled week there with no sketch. Today however, I am back with a sketch!

Here's my card!

I wanted to make stamp the word "birthday" all over the balloon, so I did the unthinkable! I cut apart the "happy birthday" image. This allowed me to work at a much quicker pace than if I had to mask or selectively ink just the word birthday. After stamping that, I sponged ink all around the edge to give it some depth. I tied on a little bit of baker's twine and then I moved on to the rest.

I really wanted to use this stencil, but it's currently MIA in my craft room. So I decided that I wanted small dots instead. I scoped around my stash for small dots and came across the heart shaped dotty confetti die from PTI's Sprinkles & Shakers set. Perfect, I thought! By positioning the heart die cut carefully, I could control the shape of the sponged dots. It kind of resembled a rectangle and gave the card the extra depth I was seeking!

I attached the balloon over top of my dots, and used a bit of tombow multi to place the string exactly where I wanted!

Next step- I wanted a popped up sentiment banner. Now that I had that birthday word solo, I stamped just that on a small piece of Orange Zest. Next I die cut the word happy and then covered it with clear embossing. I pieced those two elements together and then placed those over the balloon.

It all sounds a touch complicated, but it probably took me just as long to write up the whole process as it did to actually make the card!

Stamps: Birthday Balloons
Paper: White, Orange Zest
Ink: Orange Zest, Summer Sunshine, Spring Rain, Black
Accessories: Balloon Dies, Happy Birthday Die, Sprinkles & Shakers heart confetti die, baker's twine, clear embossing powder

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sending lots of love FTL302

Happy Saturday everyone!!! I've been busy in my craft room today trying out a new technique called the Bokeh made easy and it really really is easy! Make sure you go check out the video!!!

Here is my take on this weeks sketch. I had so many ideas running through my head and I had a few happy mail days this week…but this is what I decided to share with you today!!

Hope you enjoy and have a great week!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014


Happy Friday!
Hope you're ready for another sketch. Here's the sketch:

Here's my card:

I really like making backgrounds with this Ledger Drop stencil. I taped it down, and then blended the Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Evergreen Bough inks to make a gradient pattern. I was hoping that the scallops would be of a similiar size to one of my many scallop die or punches; however it was not. Instead, I cut around it. It worked out really well though!

Finally, I added some ribbon and my sentiment. I was going to do a birthday sentiment (like normal), but my husband thought that the drops looked like rain and suggested making it a cheer up sort of card. I found this sentiment from Scattered Showers and thought it seemed appropriate!

Also, I like to take my card photos on my balcony when the lighting is decent. The evening I went out to take my photos, I had a certain kitty follow me out there, and then he thought the table was a good place to be as well. Here's Rocco!

Stamps: Scattered Showers (PTI)
Ink: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough (Distress)
Paper: Tropical Teal, White
Accessories, etc.: Ledger Drop stencil, satin ribbon, oval nestabilities

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