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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