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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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Fall to Layout #58 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

In case you're wondering, we're skipping the Take Two of #57 and jumping right onto to #58.

I changed mine up a little from the sketch, but kept some of the main themes- using a group of 3 type image and using some scallops.

Although the original sketch was designed to make a narrow card, I decided to go with the standard 4.25 x 5.5.

A few other measurements:
Image Panel: 2 x 4-1/8
Image Layer: 2-1/8 x 4-1/8
Scalloped Layer (approximate):  3-1/4 x 4-1/8

Here's my card. I kept it pretty simple, using this fun stack of cups image from 
 Latte Love. Heads up, this one is retiring forever in May, so if you like it, go get it! I trimmed off the bottom two cups to make it a stack of three. I coloured the cups with a mix of Copics and Stampin' Up! markers.  I finished it off with a sentiment from that same stamp set, as well as a few Nuvo drops.

Stamps: Latte Love
Ink: Tuxedo Black- Memento
Other: Nuvo Drops- Teal, Clear

Here's Chera's card:

Happy Sunday everyone! Here's my card for this weeks sketch! I pulled out some Papertrey ink Butterflies to make my card!! Of course using my go to colour combo from Wplus9!! 

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fall to Layout #56 Take Two!

Happy Sunday!

It's a long weekend here, so I am loving having the extra day to get some crafting in!

Here's the sketch:

Some dimensions for reference:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Image Panel: 3-3/8 x 4-1/4
Mini Patterned Panel: 1-1/4 x 4-1/4
Optional Layer for Image Panel: 3-1/2 x 4-1/4

This card is also my entry for one of the Olympic Challenges over at My Favorite Things. It's for the 20 minute challenge. One of the great things with doing a sketch is that most of the guesswork is gone since you have your layout. You just have to find some paper, ink,and stamps.

I used a retired MFT set- Pretty Poppies. I love this set! It has great sentiments. It also has a nice long word background (which is what I used to make my patterned panel)

Stamps: Pretty Poppies
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Olive Olive, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Accessories, etc: Brown tweed ribbon

Here's Chera's card:

I absolutely love this sketch! It's so simple but yet so elegant!! I also realized that MANY of my cards are purple. In case you didn’t notice I love purple!! Love it! So I told myself this sketch was not allowed to be purple….(might have to make another one tho that is purple. hehe) For this card I pulled out Papertrey Ink bitty bouquet set! I love this set I’ve used it many times but every time I use it I think I should use it more! The ink colours for this card are Wplus9 wild mango, pumpkin spice and nautical navy. The green is from Simon says stamp green leaf!

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fall to Layout #55 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

I think Chera and I are wintered out. You may notice a certain Spring vibe in our cards today!

Here is the sketch:

The original idea when sketched was to coordinate the pattern paper with the larger focal image. The "button" part of the sketch can be anything- just ribbon, an actual button, or a bow or knot.

Here is my card:

Some dimensions for you:
Standard Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Purple Layer: 4 x 5-1/4
Image/Sentiment Layer: 2-3/8 x 3-1/8
Image Frame Layer: 2-1/2 x 3-1/4

I don't typically combine challenges, but when I saw that the Beautiful Butterflies set was on the Papertrey Ink 2018 retirement list, I had to use it for the retirement list challenge! This set has served me well over the years. I love the sentiments in and have made many birthday, wedding, and mother's day cards with it. If you love it, but don't have it, check out the link above- it can still be purchased until May. After that it's gone for good!

I mixed the old, with the new (kind of). Lilac Grace is a colour that was released a bit more recently and I hadn't even cracked open my pack of cardstock!

I arranged the smaller butterflies on my MISTI and stamped a nice background with them. I rearranged them a few times to fill the whole panel. Next, I stamped the large butterfly on my image panel. To make it a bit more interesting, I cut out the one side of the wings so that it would "fly" off the page. I stamped my greeting over the butterfly and then also added a bit of white Nuvo drops to the wings. The image panel was placed on some Amethyst Allure card stock and then the card was finished off with a touch of light purple sheer polka dot ribbon.

Supplies (affiliate links used):
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies
Ink: Lilac Grace, Black
Paper: Stamper's Select, Lilac Grace, Amethyst Allure
Accessories, etc.: Ribbon, Nuvo drops

Now onto Chera's card!

Hello Everyone! Hope you had a great week!!! Here's my card for this week's sketch! Pulled out some oldies (which I seem to do often) This set is from Wplus9 called Mother's Day Bouquet. I used the smaller images from the stamp set to create the background base for the card! Just another way to utilize smaller stamps and create your own designer paper in whatever colours work for you!! Once that was done I then cut out the square using a MFT stitched die and stamped the flowers onto it. One of the flowers I cut out by hand and popped up with a glue dot to give a little dimension to it! After that was stamped I pulled out another oldie from Wplus9, strictly sentiments 2, as it fit perfectly inside the die cut square! Once that was done I cut a strip of white paper and used my purple ink pad to colour it for the perfect match! 

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

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Fall to Layout #54 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

This week's sketch is another one that has the potential to be a one layer (or mostly one layer) card! When I originally designed this one, the idea was to draw a thin-lined rectangle on the main layer, leaving a gap for the sentiment. The image element can be placed in a gap as well, or popped up. 

Here's my card. I was in the mood for a birthday card. Originally I was going to just have the one red balloon, but it felt a little too lonely. So I added the orange one. And then I just couldn't deal with having an even number, so the third yellow balloon was added. The little stars are from the same stamp set and I thought they added some fun interest. They also helped cover a few stray ink boo-boos. It never fails hey? Making a one layer card and you get some stray ink transfer somewhere. Grr! Embossed stars to the rescue!

Stamps: Birthday Balloons (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Archival Black, Versamark, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup
Accessories, etc.: Micron .5 pen, silver embossing powder.

Here is Chera's card:

Hey Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week!!! Here's my take on this week's sketch card! It was recently my husband's birthday and this was the card I made for him!! Gave me an opportunity to showcase some Concord and 9th plaid background!! I just can’t get enough! Wanted to keep it masculine and I find a neutral tone on tone good for that!!  For the white panel in the middle I wanted it to say something about birthdays so I found an old wplus9 set and stamped birthday wishes diagonally on the there in wplus9 fairy dust ink, so it was super light but still visible! I then die cut the numbers using a set from Paperytrey ink along with the bold sentiment on the bottom as well. 

I often forget to make him a birthday card so he felt extra loved this year ;) 
Hope you feel inspired! I look forward to see what you create!!

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fall to Layout #53 Take Two

Happy Sunday everyone!

Here's this week's sketch. We're going back to the CAS roots with this one! It's a one layer (or mostly one layer) delight!

Here's my take:

Apparently we both felt like using products from our Hero Arts stash for this week's sketch. I really love this paper layering pineapple die, but don't have the need or opportunity to use it all that often. Since it's a larger die, I figured it would work nicely with this sketch. I die cut it on some cotton letterpress grade paper and then started watercolouring the image with twinkling H2Os. Once it was dry, I pushed the cuts out. Because of the boldness of the colours, I decided to use a die cut word for the sentiment. Just as I'm typing this, I realize that this wasn't really an option back when I first featured this sketch. Dies were barely just a thing, and word dies really were not common.

Technically, the card was fine as it was, but I have these fun yellow and green sequins, so I thought I would add a few for some interest.

Dies: Paper Layering Pineapple, Thanks Die (both from Hero Arts)
Paper: White cotton, white, black
Accessories, etc.: Twinkling H2Os, sequins

Here's Chera's card:

This sketch screamed stencil to me! I pulled out a few and tested them out and this leaf and flourish stencil from Hero Arts was the winner!! I decided to use my distress oxide inks (picked raspberry and peacock feather) on some Kraft card stock! Love that these inks stay so vibrant on coloured card stock!! Once I was done with the ink blending I took out the Hero Arts congrats die with stamp set to finish off the card! Then mounted it onto black card stock! This card is a pretty simple one to make! Would love to use some other oxide ink combos to switch it up!!! 

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing what you create!

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Fall to Layout #52 Take Two

Good morning! I hope you're all ready for the next sketch!

I decided to make a Valentine. I love the XOXO set and the coordinating dies, so I decided to use those. I stamped my own pattern paper using Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, and Autumn Rose on some Stamper's Select. 

Next I died cut a heart out of Autumn Rose and white. The "Be Mine" was cut out of Berry Sorbet, although I also cut out a white layer. A good tip when placing die cuts with openings is to cut out a second image in white, and place that in the openings to make it "pop" more and not blend into the background as much. I also added a touch of Wink of Stella on the die cuts.

Stamps: XOXO
Dies: XOXO dies

Here's Chera's card! She went with an awesome birthday card- would be great for teens or when you need a more neutral card.

Hello again everyone! Hope you all had a great week! Here's my take on this week's card sketch!!! Had some fun using the Dotty Turnabout set from Concord and 9th. It's been in my stash for a while now and my first instinct with it was to do greys. These are 3 greys from the Simon Says Stamp line: Smoke Fog and Slate, with a few added black details from other stamps in the set as well. I cut down my stamped image to make a panel on my card front and lined the one side with some black card stock, then adhered it to the card base. Then I pulled out a Papertrey ink Birthday die and added the small sentiment under it. And there you have it!! 

Had a lot of fun with the turnabout stamp!!! Look forward to seeing your creations!

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