Sunday, December 31, 2017

Fall to Layout #49 Take Two

Happy New Year's Eve! Whether you're doing something fancy out and about or enjoying a chill night at home, I hope you have a great time!

Here's this week's sketch.

Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Image Panel: 2-1/2 x 3
Image Panel Mat: 2-5/8 x 3-1/8
Strip: 1-1/4 x 4-1/4

Here's my card. Despite it being one of the coldest days of this year (oh you know -35 C with -47 windchills, no big deal), I was feeling inspired by the leaf images on the sketch and decided to pull out some Tropics and Palm Prints! I usually do my ink blending directly on the stamp, but I had recently seen someone use the MISTI and do each colour as a separate impression. I started with the lightest colour- Summer Sunrise. To ensure that you get softer transitions, instead of inking up the second and third colours directly on the stamp, use an ink blending tool. It works SO good!

Stamps: Tropics, Palm Prints
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz, Royal Velvet
Paper: Stamper's Select, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz
Dies: Tropics
Accessories, etc: Raspberry Fizz baker's twine

Here is Chera's card:

Happy New Year's Eve everyone!! Hope you’re having a great holiday season!! Here's my take on this week's sketch card for you! Keeping it nice and simple with Wplus9 fanciful feathers!! I die cut the feathers and chose the solid image of them to stamp. And for some added texture I also decided to die cut one from vellum! For the background of the card base I pulled out a We R memory Keepers 3D embossing folder just to give some more added texture to the card still keeping it simple! 

Hope you all have a great New Years and I look forward to creating in the new year!!!

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fall to Layout #48- Take Two

Happy Sunday and Happy Christmas Eve!

I've got a circle card challenge for you today. Although if that's too intimidating for you, feel free to place it onto a square card instead.

Some basic dimensions:
Circle: approximately 4-3/4 in diamter
Circle-Left side:1-1/2
Circle-Right side: 3-1/4

Onto the card! Don't mind the slight tilt to the photo. Because I decided to do a standing shot instead of a flat lay style it rolled a bit to the one side.

This is one of those cards that just slowly came together. It started with the circle, of course. I chose my largest circle die and cut the base and then a layer in Smoky Slate and another layer in white. Next I decided on my repeated image element. It's not yet Christmas, so I might as well bring in one last Christmas card to share! I had a few of these Lawn Fawn light bulbs left from a different card project, so I thought, why not use them! I also had the string cut out and I thought that would be a fun element to use in place of the ribbon or vertical strip element.

I placed the string piece on my white cardstock and traced a line in pencil so I could cut it out to line up with the string piece. Because the light bulbs were coloured with Distress Oxide inks, I thought I would bring in some more for the background. I sponged it with Salty Ocean, and just a touch of Faded Jeans and spritzed some water. All in all, I think it is a really fun interpretation of the sketch!

Stamps: Hand Lettered Holiday (MFT)
Ink: Versafine- Black Onyx; Distress Oxide- Wild Honey, Candied Apple, Wild Clover, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans
Paper: White, Silver, Smoky Slate, Black
Dies: String of Lights (Lawn Fawn), Circle dies

We've got Chera back this week! She also made a festive card featuring some snowflakes and one of my favorite holiday colour combos- white, light blue and red!

Happy Christmas Eve to you all!!! Hope you're all ready for this holiday season! 

It's not to often I make a circle card but I sure did enjoy making this one!! Almost looks like a Christmas ornament! I pulled out my Stampin’ Up! circle die set as that's the largest one I own to make the circle shapes!! Once the base was done I took the circle the next size down from the scallop and die cut it from the blue! The blue seemed a little boring so I clear stamped a background stamp just for some added details on it! I pulled out the Simon Says Stamp set, Christmas Cheer and die cut the snow flakes out and heat embossed them with some platinum embossing powder. Once that was done I added the red strip of cardstock popped up the snowflakes and added the sentiment! 

It was actually a pretty quick card to put together!!! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Fall to Layout #47 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Time for another sketch. This is one I love! It's a good one for when you want to keep something feeling clean and simple, but maybe you want to break out of your usual layout.

Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Yellow Layer:  3-3/8 x 4-3/4
Sentiment: 3-1/4 x 3/4 (some goes under the circle and is hidden)
Teal Strip: 3-1/4 x 1/8
Circle: 2 inch diameter
Scalloped Circle: 2-1/8 diameter

As much as I am still in the mood for Christmas cards, I needed a few birthday cards, so this one served two purposes-sketch card and birthday card! I started off with this fun 3-tiered cake from the Happy Hippos set. I coloured that with Copics (BG11, BG15, Y32, Y53, YR07 and R32). I attached that to a dotty stitched white circle. I still wanted a bit more contrast, so I die cut one more slightly larger scalloped circle for the frame. For my lemon layer, I stamped the single cupcake from that same set all over to make a subtle patterned paper. I brought in another scalloped element with the eyelet lace die. Finally, the sentiment was stamped on some aqua paper and I added a tiny strip of teal for added interest.

Stamps: Happy Hippos, Ways to Say: Happy Birthday
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Tropical Teal, Harvest Gold
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Melon Berry, Lemon Tart, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores
Dies: Happy Hippos, Eyelet Lace, scalloped circle, stitched dots

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Fall to Layout 46 Take Two

Happy Weekend everyone!

Here is this week's sketch:

This is one of those cards that just fell together... I just recently got a few new Papertrey Ink items, including the Tag Sale: Quilted die and the Sweet Holiday Wishes set. I stamped and die-cut three of the candy cane cookies. Next, I cut out the main scalloped tag. I chopped off the tab, and covered it with the die-cut, stamped "sweet". The stitched banner from the tag set works nicely with the "Holiday Wishes" sentiment. It's a bit long, but I like how it covers the same horizontal width as the word "sweet"

Supplies (all by Papertrey Ink, affiliate links provided at no cost to you):

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Fall to Layout #45 Take Two

When sketch #45 originally debuted, the idea was to make two 3x3 notecards. However, it's several years later, so I'm going to just do my thing. I decided to only make and feature the first sketch of the two.

I don't know why, but I was having issues photographing this one today.  It looks skewed, but I assure you, it's all straight! Guess it's too late for me, haha! Anyway, I pulled "a Chera" and flipped the sketch. I also didn't end up including a button. However, I brought a dimensional element to the panel strip by stamping and embossing the little leaf sprig in gold embossing powder.

For the ornament and sprig, I stamped it twice on watercolour in archival black ink, then once in versamark so I could add clear embossing powder. You really get a cleaner look this way than by just using black embossing powder. And if you use the MISTI, it doesn't even take much longer. I watercoloured the image then adhered it to a scalloped Pure Poppy circle. 

Dimensions: Card 5x5
Strip: 1.75x5

Stamps: What the Doodle: Ornament (seriously, that Betsy is a design genius and at a mere $5, this set is a steal!)
Ink: Versamark, Black, various distress inks for watercolouring
Paper: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Gold, White, watercolour paper
Accessories, etc.: Clear EP, Gold EP, circle nestabilities,

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Fall to Layout #44- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Here's this week's sketch.

In addition to the dimensions, I also have a few tips, but I'll start with the measurements I used first:

Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Red Frame Layer: 3-3/8 x 4-5/8
Base Pattern: 2-1/4 x 4-1/4
Scallop: 1/2 x 3-1/4
Sentiment Layer: 1-1/2 x 3-1/4
Middle Layer (note I made this bigger and adhered the bottom pattern on top because the patterned paper is thinner than the cardstock): 3 x 3-1/4
Pattern 2: 1-1/2 x 3-1/4

In my original sketch, the intent was not to have the 3 panels be the same size, but I found that worked nicely here- so each panel is 1-1/2 x 3-1/4

Now, for my tips:

  1. Decide on your patterned paper first- but try and pick two sheets that are from the same line or that coordinate nicely.
  2. In order to achieve a mostly clean and simple look, make sure these patterns aren't too busy either-  (like how I went with dots and stripes and how this product line has 4-5 colours in it).
  3. Complete the other card elements by pulling out the colours from these patterned papers to bring it all together.
  4. If necessary, bring in another neutral- like for my card, the paper itself uses Very Vanilla. I wanted a neutral card base, so I decided on Kraft. I thought white may clash with the Vanilla tones. A darker brown may have also worked here. If I had decided on dark brown, I would have tied that back into the panel piece too- probably doing the sentiment in that same colour.

Once again, this card was unintentionally old school. I was feeling a bit Christmas and started going through my patterned paper stash. I pulled out this classic Stampin' Up paper (I believe it was called Dashing). I found two pieces that weren't too busy and pulled the colours out- Very Vanilla, Real Red, Old Olive, and River Rock (I realize now I could have also used Certainly Celery).

Next, I found a stamp set that had also had a Christmas theme that would work to add the three smaller circular-ish elements. I found this discontinued gel-a-tins set, Merry and Bright and used three of the ornaments. I stamped those in my chosen colours on Very Vanilla and cut them out. The sentiment comes from a retired Papertrey Ink set- Monthly Moments: December.

Because of how I layered the one panel of patterned paper directly on the River Rock, I needed to bring in something to create separation. Because I hadn't yet used any ribbon (like the sketch features), I decided to use a touch of red and white baker's twine here. I have to say, I was quite pleased with how it all came together!

Something I like to do once I've finished a "take two" is go back and look at my original card. I thought it was funny that I decided on a Kraft base for that one too! Check it out here! It's also interesting to see what dimensions I chose 8.5 years ago!

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fall to Layout #43 Take Two

Good morning! Time for another sketch. This one is great when you have a small image you want to use as a focal point.

I just recently got these Polar Bear Pals by My Favorite Things. I don't know why, but in the last few months I've just been obsessed with getting many of their cute animal/creature sets.

Anyway, I loved the smallest bear image in this set and thought it would be great for the sketch. I stamped the bear in Memento Gray Flannel and coloured it was a few Copics (RV29, C3, W3, andYR15). I cut it out and popped it up on a stitched circle die cut. For my background line elements, I used Summer Sunrise for the sentiment strip. The other two are thin Basic Black strips. The base of the card is on some Pure Poppy to coordinate with the bear's scarf.

Approximate sizes:
Card: 4.25 x 4.25
Circle: 2 inch diameter
Sentiment Strip: .75 x 4
Other line elements: 3/16 x 2-9/16 and 3/8 x 3-3/8 (how you can tell I just free handed these ones- haha- I don't normal use 16ths in my pre-determined measurements.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fall to Layout #42 Take Two

Good afternoon!

Here's this week's sketch. I really love this one. I decided though since it's already winter here, I would change out the flowers for a snowman!

Some basic measurements:
The card is 4.25 x 5.5
The image panel is 3.25 x 4.5. 
The side plain part is .75 x  4-3/8. 
The card is 4.25 x 5.5

For my card, I pulled out an "oldie". I didn't realize it, but this classic from Papertrey Ink is retired. I felt like colouring, so I stamped the various pieces to build my snowman in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used B99 and B95 for the blue components. When I showed it to my husband, he requested that I make it Blue and Gold in honour of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers playoff game today. So I thought, why not! That would still work for a fun holiday card! I used YR23 for the yellow components and then went over it with a gold Spica pen. I used a little bit of YR07 for the carrot nose and some B41 for shading on the snow parts.

I cut out the snowman and added him to a little stitched snow drift. The sentiment is also from a retired set- Holiday Button Bits. The background is a star/snow coverplate out of Enchanted Evening. I used a little bit of Honey Nut for the side panel. I added a little bit of gold cord for my ribbon element. Finally, I pulled out a super old retired blue from Stampin' Up. I think it was Bordering Blue?  And that was it! I suppose it's a bit "fussy" to be totally classified as clean and simple, but I think the clean layers and single focal point help keep it on the CAS side.

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sketch post delay

Good morning everyone!

In case anyone is anxiously awaiting for the projects right at 10am- just a heads up that the post will be delayed. I haven't been at home much this weekend and am not feeling 100% today. But it will be up by the end of the day. The link up will still be live for a full 7 days from whenever I publish the post.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fall to Layout #41- Take Two

Happy time change day? This day always is met with mixed feelings. All the childless families (or families with teen/adult children) rejoice over the extra hour of sleep. Any with younger kids get to be reminded of just how much of a routine their kids had.

Anyway, the extra hour meant that I actually had time to do up my blog post this morning. I was at an all day crop yesterday and didn't get home til a bit after midnight, which meant I was in bed by around 1AM and up at the new 8AM.

Here is the sketch!

 I actually quickly threw this card together at the very end of the crop.My main panel with the circles is 3.75x2. The snowflake panel is just a touch smaller 3-5/8x1-3/8 (approximately). I actually adhered this a little higher than I meant to on the card, but it was late and I had already embossed the greeting. I just didn't feel like a do-over.

Here's Chera's card. She also featured snowflakes. I guess we both were inspired by the snowfall in our respective cities. Ha!

Happy Sunday everyone!!! Here's my sketch card for this week! I decided to switch it up a little by changing the direction of the card! Natasha laughs at me because my visions are usually a lot different then the actual sketch! But that's ok right?? Its a place to be inspired!! I decided to pull out my Distress Oxide inks for that clean crisp look they give! then stamped the snowflake images inside the coloured circles! Then I added some twine to the bottom of that piece before popping it up on my card base! After that part was all together I added the sentiment! It was a pretty quick 10 minute card to pull together. My favourite kind! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Look forward to your creations!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fall to Layout #40- Take Two

Happy Sunday everyone!

This week's sketch is such a good basic for when you want to feature a background pattern and a sentiment.

Here's my card. I brought out some old/retired Stampin' Up products for this one. I started off with this Paisley pattern background stamp. I inked it up with Citron Twist, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch. I spritzed it with water and pressed it against some cotton paper for several seconds to make sure it transferred well.

Next I went through my stash and found another old/retired Stampin' Up image that coordinated somewhat with the background image. I used the same colours, but in the Distress Oxide ink for the stamping. The sentiment comes from Ways to Say: Birthday set. I die cut the sentiment layer and frame using Oval Nestabilities. The final touch was some 5/8 apple green grosgrain ribbon (again another oldie from the stash!). I don't know why, but apparently I felt like walking down memory lane and using old products. I think it's good to do every now and then- assess if you still like the old and can make it current. See if things still fit your current style, that sort of thing.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fall to Layout #39 Take Two

Hello! Here is this weeks's sketch!

The dimensions I used:
Card Base 4x6
Image panel:  2-5/8 x 5-5/8
Image Mat layer: 2-3/4 x 5-3/4 (plus about another 1/2 inch to account for the scallops)

Here's my completed card. I decided to make a stamped background using the large script from MFT All Smiles. I chose a selection of rainbow themed colours. I added a some ribbon and a floral button to the main image and then also added a sentiment from the All Smiles set. The dots come from an oldie PTI set, Faux Ribbons.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall to Layout #38 Take Two

Here is this week's sketch

The dimensions I used:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Image Layer: 3-1/2 x 2-3/4
Mat Layer: 3-5/8 x 2-7/8
Sentiment Strip: 5-1/8 x 7/8

I just got this adorable set, Beast Friends by MFT. I stamped my scene and masked the Yeti to get the look of the trees behind it. Next I drew the ground using a pencil, and went over it with a black .5 micron pen.

The scene was coloured with Copics and I used a white gel pen and a shimmer gel pen to add bits of highlights.

To make the rest of the card a little less plain, I ran the green layer through a dotted embossing folder.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fall to Layout #37- Take Two

Happy Sunday and a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to my fellow Canadians!

Here is this week's sketch! I think this may be one of my all time favorites!

Some dimensions for you:
Card Base:4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Main Layer: 3-13/16 x 4-9/16 (lol, sorry, I wasn't originally planning on matting this piece and when I went back to measure it, I was like really??)
Main Layer Mat: 3-7/8 x 4-5/8
Scallops: 1/2 x 4-5/8
Sentiment Strip: 7/8 x 2-3/4

Again- these are JUST a suggestion. Feel free to interpret the sketch however works best for you!

Here is my card! I decided to do something different from the flower suggestion of the sketch. I need to rebuild my Christmas card stash, so I figured, I better start now!

I stamped one of the images from Vintage Ornaments II as my background on Hawaiian Shores. I also stamped another one of these images on watercolor paper and embossed it using Ranger Platinum embossing powder. I watercoloured it with various distress inks. The scallops are out of Harvest Gold and were cut using the Small Scallop Border die.  The final touch was a bit of a silver frame for the background and then a sentiment from the same stamp set on a Summer Sunrise strip.

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Stamps: Vintage Ornaments II
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Versamark, Versafine Black Onyx, Distress Minis
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, Silver, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, White, Watercolour Paper
Accessories, etc.: Platinum embossing powder, Small Scallop Border die

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall to Layout 36- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far!

Here's this week's sketch.

Measurements I used:
Card Base: 4.25 x.5.5
Background Strip: 1-1/4 x 5.5
Background Strip Mat:1-3/8 x 5.5
Main Panel:  2.75 x 3.75
Main Panel Mat: 2-7/8 x 3-7/8

It was getting a bit late last night and I wasn't feeling super inspired after a day of teaching/running a card class. However, I went to my craft room, got stuff put away from the event and then sat down to create. I found this bit of splattered background in my scraps and thought I'd use that as a spring board. I decided to go with stars. I added a bit of silver to the background then stamped and embossed three stars from Super Stars. I also used stamps from this set to jazz up the Dark Indigo background strip. Finally I added a sentiment from Star Prints (retired).

Stamps: Super Stars, Star Prints
Ink: Versamark, Dark Indigo, Distress Oxide-Salty Ocean, Silver Reinker
Paper: White, Pacific Point, Dark Indigo, Silver
Accessories, etc.: Silver embossing powder

Now for Chera's card!

Happy Sunday everyone! Here's my take on today's card! It actually doesn't involve any stamping! I was digging through my paper stash and found this paper. I'm thinking it's from an older Simon Says Stamp card kit! I didn't want to cover up the design on the paper so I pulled out this Lil' Inkers die! So if you're looking for a 10 minute or less card this ones for you! I look forward to see what you create!!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fall to Layout #35- Take Two

Happy Weekend everyone!

Here's this week's sketch:

I've got a wedding card inspired by fall colours today. I really love using the platinum embossing powder for outlines and watercolouring detailed images with Distress Inks. We're taking things a bit outside the standard A5 card. I made my card 3.5 x 6.5. This card size is ideal for a wedding card in case you are deciding to include cash or a cheque inside.

Stamps: Adore You (Altenew), Keep It Simple: Wedding (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark, Distress Inks
Dies: Long Rectangle and Long Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities
Accessories, etc.: Platinum embossing powder

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