Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sketches Have Moved

Good morning everyone!

I have decided to move the weekly sketch challenge to my personal card and crafting blog: 

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This week's sketch can be found here. I hope to see you all over there!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fall to Layout #74- Take Two

Happy Sunday. Time for another sketch. This one is pretty simple. I love the potential for making blended backgrounds with this one.

Card Dimensions:
Card: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Image/Sentiment Panel: 2-1/4 x 5

This is one of the few sketches where I always remember the "take one" version. I did the baby wipe swipe technique with reinkers back then. I look back and feel like it could've been made more recently. Background blending and ombre type images weren't quite as big then as they are now. But perhaps that's just because the products to make these techniques so easy weren't as readily available?

I started by cutting my watercolour paper to size. Next I decided on my palette. I went with Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon.

I created my palette on a larger clear block and then brushed water on the paper and started to add colour. The first pass of everything was quite faint, so this is probably 3 or 4 layers or colour.

While letting that dry, I went through my stamp stash to see what kind of image would go well. I decided on this lovely floral image from the Fresh Florals set by Clearly Besotted. I placed the painted panel in my mini MISTI and then inked up the stamp with white pigment ink. I did three separate impressions of the white ink. I find that because the pigment ink sits on top of the paper (rather than absorbing into it) a colourful background can end up shining through and muting the pigment. Stamping three times (letting it dry each time) helps to prevent this.

Next, I chose this nice little Thank You sentiment from the same set. The final step was to adhere that to my card base.

Stamps: Fresh Flowers (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon, Fresh Snow, Tropical Teal
Paper: Cotton paper, stamper's select

Up next, Chera's returns!

Happy Sunday everyone! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted a card for you guys! Life has been super full these days! But this week I found some time to do some ink blending! Love me some good ink blending. The colours I used today were seedless preserves, Victorian velvet and tattered rose. I wanted to try
another idea instead of making the image white on my pretty purple background I decided to do some rose gold embossing and painting in some more seedless preserves inside the butterflies to make them darker then the panel! The butterflies are from Simon Says Stamp “beautiful day” and the sentiment is from an oldie but a goodie from Wplus9 “basic banners”. 

Hope you enjoy and feel inspired! We look forward to seeing your creations!! 


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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Fall to Layout #73- Take Two

Happy Sunday! I have a summery, ocean themed card to share today!

Here's the sketch and some measurements for you.
  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Circles- 1-1/4
  • Panel- 1-3/4 x 4-1/4
  • Panel layer- 1-7/8 x 4-1/4

Here's my card!

I just picked up the So Jelly set today and had to get that little starfish stamped and coloured! I think the card will also work for the summer/beach themed Inspiration Challenge over at the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog.

I stamped three of the stars and coloured them with Copics. I fussy cut those out and placed each one on a 1-1/4 circle that was punched out of Berry Sorbet. I placed those on a strip of Summer Sunrise cardstock and then placed that on a Tempting Turquoise card base. The greeting comes from the same set. I also added a bit of shimmer to the stars to jazz it up just a touch.

Stamps: So Jelly
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Stamper's Select, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories, etc.: Circle Punch (1-1/4), Copics, white gel pen,

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Fall to Layout #72- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Time for another sketch.

This one is great for using scraps of paper. I decided to make my own stamped patterned paper using Altenew's Coffee Love and Coffee Talk. Apparently I was in the mood for another coffee themed card!

Here's the sketch:

Some handy measurements:
Card Base: 4.25 x 5.5
Total size of patterned paper layer: 3.5 x 4.75
Each layer strip from the top down:
  • 3.5 x 1.5
  • 3.5 x .75
  • 3.5 x .5
  • 3.5 x 2

To make the card, I started with a white piece of cardstock 3.5 x 4.75. Next, I gathered various brown cardstocks to see which ones looked best together. I decided on Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, and Close to Cocoa (all retired or retiring Stampin' Up colours) and some Kraft. I chose different image stamps from the Coffee Love and stamped a different item on each strip. The sentiment is from Coffee Talk. Once all the strips were stamped, I adhered them to the white piece of cardstock I had cut out previously. The final step was adhering that to the card base using foam tape.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fall to Layout #71- Take Two

Happy Sunday! And happy long weekend if you're in Canada. It's warming up here, so I thought a card featuring an iced coffee could be fun!

Some measurements:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Sentiment Layer: 3-1/4 x 4-1/2
Sentiment Layer Mat: 3-3/8 x 4-5/8
Top strip: 1 x 4-1/4

I found this sketch a bit of a challenge this week. I originally designed it around Christmas time, and I had a really hard time figuring out what to use in place of the ornament.

I started by stamping a few images from the Stampin' Up! set Coffee Cafe. I've had this one for a bit and had yet to put ink to it. I stamped the images in Memento ink and then die cut the 3 components. Next I lined up the cup and lid and stamped the straw. Next I coloured the coffee with a blend of 3 Copic markers. To make the ice more "icy" I used a blender marker to remove some of the colour.

The sentiment is from Summer Sweetness by Papertrey Ink. For the top sentiment strip I pulled out an oldie colour (Creamy Caramel)and die cut it with the straight border die from MFT's Stitched Scallop Basic Edges.

I ended up omitting the ribbon element since it interfered with the cup.

Supplies (affiliate links used at no cost to you):
Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Summer Sweetness
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White,  Kraft, Real Red, Dark Chocolate, Creamy Caramel
Accessories, etc.: Coffee Cafe dies, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dies, Copics

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Fall to Layout #70- Take Two

Happy Sunday! And a Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, pet mamas and any other mom figures :)

Here's this week's sketch. I know the sketch itself uses birthday images, but I still needed to make one last Mother's Day card, so I decided to make it work!


  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Frame: 3-1/4 x 4-1/2
  • Focal Layer portion: 3-1/8 x 2-5/8
  • Plain Layer portion: 3-1/8 x 1-3/4

I used the Simple Sunflowers mini set earlier in the week, and decided I just wasn't quite done with it yet! I stamped the center first using Dark Chocolate. Next I inked up the sunflower image using Bright Buttercup. I added a touch of depth by inking the edges with Summer Sunrise.

For the leaves I used New Leaf. I fussy cut out the flower and leaves. I wanted to add some sort of pattern or texture to the background, so I used an old Swiss Dots embossing folder on some Green Parakeet. The sentiment is from Women of Life (a now retired PTI set)

Stamps: Simple Sunflower, Women of Life
Accessories, etc.: Brown Grosgrain Ribbon, Swiss Dot embossing folder

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Fall to Layout #69 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

This week's sketch is one of the cleanest and simplest of all my sketches. It can be a one layer (or mostly one layer). It's all about the stamping and the sentiment!

I decided to bring out some WPlus9. I started with the set Fresh Baked. I chose my colour palette (Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Soft Slate) and then assigned one of the cooking utensils to each colour.

Next, I stamped my greeting from Smokey Shadow and then die cut a few layers of the word "happy" (from the WP9 Happy Trios die set) from Terracotta Tile cardstock.

I decided against a one layer card and adhered the stamped layer to a Soft Slate layer. The final step was to add a few jewels in similar colours throughout the stamping. Simple, fun and perfect for a friend or family member that loves baking!

Stamps: Fresh Baked
Paper: Stamper's Select, Terracotta Tile, Soft Slate
Accessories, etc.: Jewels, Happy trio dies

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fall to Layout #68- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Here is this week's sketch.

I don't have a card ready to share yet this week.I'm at a crafty weekend retreat, so I had packed up most of my supplies by Wednesday night. Don't worry, there will be plenty of card making there, and I hope to have a card ready to share later today or tomorrow.


I finally have a card to share.

How cute are these aliens from the Lawn Fawn Beam Me Up set?

I coloured them with Copics and cut them out. I also added a few stars from the Upon a Star set to jazz up the background.The greeting is from Tiny Treats: Birthday.  For the little "tab" element, I coloured and cut out one of the stars from the Upon a Star set.

I made this as a 4-Bar size (3-1/2 x 4-7/8). Since I used the smaller aliens, I thought the smaller card size would be more ideal.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fall to Layout #67- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Here's the sketch:

  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Patterned Paper: 4-1/4 x 3-3
  • Circle with Frame: Approximately 2-1/2 diameter

I decided to use a bit of Stampin' Up today. Even though I'm not a demo and haven't been for years, I'm a little bummed that these two sets are retiring. I really enjoy seeing current projects with them. I know I can still use them for years to come, but it's nice to go on Pinterest or Instagram and see people still sharing projects with these products, which just won't happen as much once they are retired.

Anyway, enough sad talk! The project was fun to make! I pulled out the coordinating paper to the Cool Treats and found one of the more neutral patterns that I could stamp a greeting from Fruit Basket on.

Next, I die cut the ice cream components- the cone from Kraft, the ice cream from White and the chocolate drizzle from Chocolate Chip. I went into my ribbon stash and found this older Bermuda Bay Swiss dot grosgrain (back when Bermuda Bay was an In Color!) Once it was all together, I added glossy accents to the chocolate.

Stamps: Cool Treats, Fruit Basket
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Paper: Cool Treats (sorry I don't have the correct name available), Kraft,White, Chocolate Chip, Aqua Mist
Accessories, etc.: Bermuda Bay ribbon, circle dies, Frozen Treats dies, glossy accents

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fall to Layout #66 Take Two


Happy Sunday! I hope everyone's having a good April so far. Our spring here has been on the slower, chillier side, so I decided to visit the tropics via card-making supplies!

Here's the sketch:

Measurements I used:
  • Card Base: 5-1/2 x 5-1/2
  • Square Layer: 4-3/4 x 4-3/4
  • Main Image Layer: 4-1/4 x 2-3/4
  • Main Image Mat Layer: 4-3/8 x 2-7/8
  • Darker Horizontal Strip: 4-3/4 x 1-3/4

 Here's my card!

I started with the flamingo image from the Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo. I pulled out three pink inks from my stash- Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz. I die-cut the image first and then used the mini Misti to align all the layers.

The rest of the card is pretty basic, it was just a matter of determining the layers. I added a bit of baker's twine and sequins to match the "fabulousness" of the greeting.

Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo
Ink: Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Black
Paper: Smokey Shadow, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Stamper's Select
Accessories, etc.: Flamingo die, sequins, baker's twine

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Fall to Layout #65 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Here's this week's sketch:

Measurements I used:
Basic Card Front: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Panel: 4-1/4 x 1-3/4

I've got a cheerful birthday card for the sketch this week. I decided to pull out PTI's birthday balloon die. I made my own stencil and used that to make my background. I used Distress Oxide inks- Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, and Squeezed Lemonade. I had several plain white balloon cut outs from making the stencil, so I decided to ink-blend a few of those to add to the card for extra interest.

Next, I inked up some plain cardstock using the same distress inks, as well as Salty Ocean. I die cut this fun scripty hooray word by MFT. To add some extra strength and shine, I embossed it with clear embossing powder. I decided to use a small piece of vellum as the panel element since I didn't want to cover the background too much. I also added a sentiment from Sentiment Staples: Birthday to complete the greeting.

Stamps: Sentiment Staples: Birthday
Ink: Ranger Archival Black, Distress Oxides: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron,and Squeezed Lemonade
Paper: Stamper's Select, Vellum
Dies: Birthday Balloon, Hooray

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Fall to Layout #64- Take Two

Happy Easter Sunday!

Today, I have a bright and summery card to share!

This card is a bit similar to last week's in that the main layers will work in various sizes, as long as you remain proportionate to the card front you choose!

For my card I used:
  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Hawaiian Shores Layer: 3-3/4 x 5 (note- I adhered my patterned paper on top of this layer)
  • Black Mat Layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8
  • Patterned Paper Strip: 1-3/4 x 5
  • Grosgrain Ribbon 5/8 width

This card started as I perused the Stampin' Up Tutti Frutti paper pack. I thought this patterned paper with the watermelons and aqua-ish background was super cute. I dug into my Paper Pumpkin kit stamps and pulled out this one from last year that features watermelons. I stamped two of those and cut one in half to make a smaller wedge. I used Berry Sorbet for the flesh and a combination of New Leaf and Simply Chartreuse for the green.

A couple of tips: First, I used a black .5 micron pen to add the little seeds. Second, I wanted a white rind for each fruit, as well as a thin white frame around each fruit. To achieve this, I simply used a white gel pen and added lines where I wanted them. A good white gel pen can be a craft saver!

I stamped my greeting from Papertrey Ink's now retired Scentimentals set. I wanted a punny greeting, so I figured this one was appropriate. Next I adhered the patterned paper to the Hawaiian Shores layer. Next up I added a strip of Berry Sorbet Ribbon and adhered that whole panel to a black mat. I attached my cut out watermelon wedges with foam tape and then the whole panel was placed on a white card base.

The final step was adding a few of the tear drop epoxy shapes (Stampin' Up!) to show just how juicy the fruit is.

I think I will definitely be using this colour combination again soon! Isn't coral, aqua, green and black fun!?

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Fall to Layout #63 Take Two

Happy Sunday everyone!

We're skipping sketch #62. Do you ever look back at a sketch or card design and think why? Well that's how I felt about sketch #62, so I decided that I would take the easy way out and just move onto #63, which is below.

This card works well using various measurements. For the card below I made my image panel 3.75 x 5, and framed that with 3-7/8 x 5-1/8. Essentially as long as you keep the image panel proportionate to your card front it feels pretty balanced.

The sentiment strip is 3 x 1- this also has some wiggle room. I just stamped my greeting on a larger piece of the Harvest Gold cardstock and then cut it to size and used a circle punch to round the one edge.

I love making stamped backgrounds. These three leaves from Palm Prints work exceptionally well for this stamping style. I especially love that you can layer them and it doesn't take away from the whole image.

When doing this kind of background, start with your largest image (the green leaves in this case). I stamped the leaf with Limeade Ice and the lines with Simply Chartreuse. After that, work your way down in size. So the next batch of leaves I did was the Hawaiian Shores and Tropical Teal ones. Finally, I finished with the Harvest Gold and Summer Sunrise leaves. In this case, I also wanted to finish with the lightest colour since I knew it'd be okay to layer that one a bit on top of the other images.

As mentioned above, I stamped my greeting (using Sentiment Staples: Happy Birthday) onto some Harvest Gold paper and then trimmed it to about 1 inch wide. I then used a 1-1/4 circle punch to do the rounded edge. I've attached an image below, in case this is a new idea/concept for you:

The final few steps were to assemble it all and then I added little clear droplets with some Morning Dew Nuvo drops.

Supplies (affiliate links used when possible)
Accessories, etc.: 1-1/4 circle punch,  Nuvo Crystal Drops- Morning Dew

Here's Chera's card:

Natasha and I had a chat before making our sketch cards and butterflies (my favourite) came up! I first stamped some flowers (which I really like how they turned out btw) but remembered this Hero Arts Stamp and die set (DC182)  in my stash! And then it hit me! Let’s pop up those butterflies for an added effect. I used Wplus9 ink V.I. Pink and Shell pink. And for the sentiment I pulled out Simon says Stamp thankful heart! Think I’ll be making more of this one! Perhaps in purple?? Looking forward to see what you all create for us this week!


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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Fall to Layout #61: Take Two

Happy Sunday! I've got a fruity themed card for you today, full of summery colours!

Some measurements:
Card: 4.25 x 5.5
Orange layer: 5 x 3.75
Patterned paper: 4.25 x 2
Circle: 1.75, plus coordinating layer

Here's my card. I used Stampin' Up's Fruit Basket and a bit of the coordinating paper from the Tutti Frutti paper pack. I used the Limitless Layers: Circles and one of the greetings from Ways to Say: Thank You by Papertrey Ink. Simple and sweet!

I started by stamping the bowl and several pears. I cut out the bowl and adhered that to my circle layer. Next, I punched out several pears and arranged them in the basket. That went on a Summer Sunrise circle layer. Next I stamped my greeting on the Orange Zest layer and then added the green patterned paper. Originally, I was going to follow the sketch, but I grabbed an orange scrap from my card stash that was a touch smaller than a card front. I like the white frame of the card base.

Stamps: Fruit Basket, Ways to Say: Thank You
Paper: Tutti Frutti, White, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest
Accessories, etc: Limitless Layers: Circles, Itty Bitty Fruit Punch pack

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fall to Layout # 60 Take Two

Happy Sunday! Hope you're ready for the next sketch.

Some measurement suggestions:
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Larger layer:  3-1/2 x 2-3/4
Rounded top: 5/8 x 3-1/2

Here's my card! I just got the birthday balloons stamp set and thought it would well with the sketch. I started cutting out and stamping several of the the balloons, undecided at first about colour. I ended up going with a Hawaiian Shores balloon. I used the starry background image and some gold embossing powder to jazz it up. I decided not to have my extra balloon die cuts go to waste, so I glued them all together (4 total) to give dimension to the balloon. Next I stamped the balloon string and the sentiment, as well as a few stars on the Aqua Mist layer. I cut the gold cardstock and used a punch to round the corners. I added a few wooden stars from my embellishment collection. The final step was added a line of simple paper piercing.

Stamps: Birthday Balloons
Ink: Black, Tropical Teal, Versamark
Paper: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Bermuda Bay, Gold
Accessories, etc.: gold embossing powder, wooden stars, birthday balloon die

Here's Chera's card:

Hello everyone! Thanks for popping by today! Hope you enjoy today’s sketch card and feel inspired to share with us your interpretation!

I wasn’t to sure the way this card was going to go today but when I sat at my craft table I had that yellow card stock out with that die over I decided to make something work with the inspiration I had a few days ago when I was crafting! I went through my dies and also found these fun feathers I’ve not used in forever and thought they’d look fun with some ink blending! I used 4 colours....I went with the 4 that were on top of the pile not knowing if they’d work or not, but I’m happy with them! (Picked raspberry, fossilized amber, cracked pistachio and seedless preserves oxides). The sentiment is from Wplus9 strictly sentiments 2. Once my card was all put together it needed some bling! Added some pretty pink posh clear sequins. Just classed it up some ;)

Hope you have a happy Sunday!!


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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Fall to Layout # 59 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

We're off to a bit of a later start today. Both Chera and I got our cards made last night (over a Skype session together too), but we felt like having a lazy Sunday morning, so the post is going live a little later.

Anyway, here's the sketch. It's another square one. Don't be thrown by the purse image in the sketch, it's just a fun graphic to designate that your main focal point is there. Apparently we were both in the mood for food themed cards.

Here's my card. I'm featuring an "oldie" from Lawn Fawn- Roll With It:

Some dimensions:
Card Base: 5.5x5.5
Main Image Layer: 4.5 x 4.5
Side Pattern: 4.5 x .75
Image Layer Mat: 4-5/8 x 4-5/8

For the card, I stamped all the sushi platter components, cut them out and coloured them and then arranged them on the white square base. I stamped the greeting (from MFT Soda Pop set) and then adhered it all. Next I used the two blossom images from the Roll With It set to make a bit of patterned paper. I added some brown and white baker's twine for the ribbon element and then put it all together on a kraft card base. 

Here's Chera's card:

Happy Sunday everyone! Today’s card may look like it’s not so clean and simple in the details, so let me share with you why it is! On my craft table I keep a bowl of scraps from previous projects I’ve done in the past! The texture paste ice cream stacks I made way back in June of 2016! (Won’t lie it didn’t feel like that long ago that I was playing around making ice cream!). I really wasn’t to sure what I wanted to do for this week's card so I pulled out my bowl and found my inspiration there! The stamp set I used today is from Hero Arts “colour layering ice cream”

Hope you find inspiration and I look forward to seeing what you create!!!


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