Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall to Layout #38 Take Two




Hello!
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.

Here is Chera's card!




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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fall to Layout #37- Take Two

Hello!
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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Supplies:
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).



Supplies:
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.


Supplies:
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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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fall to Layout #34 Take Two


Hello!

Here's this week's sketch. The old version of #34 was a little lackluster, so I updated the sketch to better match what I meant to convey with this design.


Some dimensions 
Patterned Paper- 3.75x4.75
Rectangle Frame layer: 2.5x3.5
Square: 2x2


For my sketch, I decided to start with some patterned paper and see where that took me. I have no idea what company makes this paper, but it's from an old Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  I paired that with a Vintage Cream card base and some Baja Breeze card stock. I stamped a flower from Concord and Ninth's Wildflower set and coloured that with Copic markers. The sentiment comes from Papertrey Ink's Butterfly Hope.

To finish it off, I added a little bit of Pool Party ribbon and I added a row of pierced holes and rounded the corners of the card base.



Here's Chera's card:

Hello crafty friends! Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!! Here's my take on this week's sketch card! I kept this card super clean and simple with the white on white! I double stamped the Mondo Mangolia (essentials by ellen) with versamark ink on watercolour paper, then heat embossed it in liquid platinum embossing poweder. Once that was done I got out abandoned coral oxide ink for the watercolouring of the flower. Its nothing fancy just did a super quick job of it! I then used the coordinating die to cut the flower out. Stamped the Hello in versamark as well using the liquid platinum to heat emboss then stamped sending you hugs on some vellum to make the ribbon embellishment aspect! Hope you enjoy today's card! I look forward to seeing what you create!


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fall to Layout #33 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

I hope your September is going well so far! It's been a mix of hot days and cool nights here, so I've been kind of feeling "fall", but still not ready to say good bye to summer just yet.



Here's this week's sketch:


I decided to pull out Gran's Garden (PTI) and just used that for the trio floral element. I stamped the flowers only at first, but it felt empty so I made a few masks and added the leaves. I added a birthday greeting from the Ways to Say It: Birthday. I made my own stamped pattern paper for the bottom portion. Finally I added a ribbon (old Stampin' Up! one)



Here are Chera's cards. She made two this week:

Happy Sunday everyone!!! Today I had a couple of card ideas rolling around in my brain so I thought I’d make them both for you!!  Figured with fall just around the corner I'd pull out some Wplus9 leaves and some pretty fall ink colours (papertrey ink)! And the second card was the first idea that came to my mind!! It's an oldie Papertrey ink stamp set (cutting garden) that has been in my pile to use again!! Went with some classic colours, I had a wedding card in mind but the sentiment (from simon says stamp) works well for other cards as well!! Hope you all have a great day! I look forward to seeing what you create!





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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fall to Layout #32 Take Two



Happy Sunday (a long weekend Sunday to boot!) Here's this week's sketch. Although the sketch is square, feel free to stretch it out like I did. Instead of a circle on a square card, I did an oval on a rectangle card. Same basic layout applies.


Here's my card. I made this for Ashley's leather challenge for Stamp-A-Faire last weekend. I didn't post it in the challenge links, as I was a presenter this year and didn't think I should play for prizes. But that didn't stop me from playing along!!

The basic leather technique was to use water and glycerin to give the paper more flexibility. I didn't know where my glycerin was (although I found it today, ha!), so I used a tiny bit of Versamark reinker. I think it achieved a similar effect. Be sure to check out her video for the details on this technique.

I used a piece of Dark Chocolate card stock and completed the leather technique. Once that was dry, I sponged some Dark Chocolate Ink on it. I die-cut it with the stitched oval die from the Shakers and Sprinkles kit. Next I die cut two of the Meadow Greens leaves and stamped the corresponding leaves using Ripe Avocado and Prairie Grass. I made a little banner and stamped a sentiment from the Ways to Say: Thank You mini set. The final touch was stamping leaves in Classic Kraft on the Kraft card base. I also added rounded corners, just because!



Here's Chera's card:

Happy Long weekend Sunday everyone!! Here's my take on today's Sketch cards! Sad to not be crafting with my gals this weekend like I was last!!! Today's card is featuring a lot of Wplus9 goodies including ink colours and the circle die is from Simon Says stamp! I first cut a circle from the front of my card base then used that same smaller circle with a later circle to give the five that kraft border around. My next step was stamping the flowers and leaves out. I wasn’t originally to sure which ones I wanted to use so there were many extra stamped flowers….maybe another project on the horizon!!! I stamped the sentiment inside of the card added the flowers and done! Oh for some added shine I added some water droplets to the flower centres!! Hope you enjoy today's card!!!






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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fall to Layout #31- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

I have a special guest today! Chera happened to be in town this weekend for a family wedding so me and our other stamping buddy Fran all got together for some crafty fun! We even convinced Fran to play along in the sketch challenge! So I've got three cards to share! Between the three of us, we're featuring several different companies- Concord and 9th, Altenew, Stampin' Up, Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn!

Here's the sketch!  I made the sketch originally in 2009, when ribbon was a much more popular item. We had an interesting conversation about this one as we reminisced about all the pretty ribbon we HAD to have and STILL have, but it's not as trendy. But you know what I say, ribbon is still pretty, make it work!



First up, we have Chera's card. She started with a white panel of card stock and used some Early Espresso ink and the coffee bean images to make her own stamped paper. Next she chose one of the sentiments and this fun mug, also from the Coffee Love stamp set, and stamped those on Kraft. Those panels had some jute twine added and then she adhered those to a white card base. How fun, right??


Next up, Fran's card. Fran doesn't share much of her card making online, but she is super talented and has a great eye for details! She changed up the sketch a tiny bit, but was still inspired by the general layout. She started with some donuts stamped on the pink cardstock. For the sprinkles, she embossed them with white embossing powder. Next, she made these two cute embellishments. The donut comes from the Donut Worry set by Lawn Fawn and the adorable coffee mug is from Simon Says Stamp's Coffee Love. She loved how the coffee cup had the little arms and used the same arms from that die to add to the donut.  To add some additional dimension, Nuvo drops in black were used for the little eyes. Since the jute twine was still on the table, she added that as her ribbon element too. She was going to apply it horizontally- like in the sketch, but we all decided that it worked better visually vertically. Super cute right?


And just a close-up of the adorable coffee and donut pair!


Now, it's time for my card. Since we were at Fran's house, I wanted to make use of some stamps that I don't own. This is one of those sets- Orange You Sweet by Concord and 9th. I started with the large outline Sweet image. I stamped that in Memento black and coloured it with Copics using a slight ombre look. I finished off the sentiment with another line from that set. I was in a pink grapefruit mood apparently, so I stamped my side panel with the rind and sliced profile images as well- using Berry Sorbet and Sweet Blush on Sweet Blush card stock. It was feeling too plain, so I die cut a few slices from the Orange You Sweet dies. I also added a touch of Wink of Stella to give them that fun shimmer. The final touch was some sheer Basic Grey ribbon. I added the main panel to some Basic Grey card stock and then onto my Berry Sorbet card front.


And here's a close up of those shimmery slices!


And here are all our projects together! Just to prove we were actually together haha!


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fall to Layout #30 Take Two


Happy Sunday!

Here's this week's sketch. I love how this one really allows for so many different backgrounds.


Dimensions:
A2 Card base: 4.25x5.5
Patterned layer: 4x4.25
Solid layer: 1.5x4.25

I decided to make two cards. I just got some Concord & 9th products and wanted to use those some of the new to me products.


First up the Wildflower set and a sentiment from the Sunshine Turnabout set. I stamped the flowers all over some watercolour paper. Then I painted a different colour over each image. To finish it off, I added some splatters. I paired that with a Bermuda Bay panel. The sentiment was stamped on the scalloped circle of the Sunshine dies.

The next card features some of the other images included in the Sprinkles Turnabout set. One thing I love about this is that the Sunshine circle die works perfectly with the sentiments included in this Turnabout set as well!



Here's Chera's Card:



I know this isn’t the simplest of CAS cards, but I just love making a background out of text words to match the card! For today's sketch I used Wplus9 Sending Sunshine. I used the longest sentiment to stamp on my card base “you make me happy when skies are gray”. Once I had the background all stamped I die cut out the element pieces: sun clouds and the word sunshine from the matching die set (sunshine layers). I placed everything into position, added some glossy accents to the word sunshine, the outer layer of the clouds and the inside of the sun for some added detail!! Sure hope you liked today's card and I look forward to seeing your creations!

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fall to Layout #29- Take Two


Hello!
It's time for another sketch!


Dimensions:
Card Front: 4.25 x 5.5
Patterned Panel: 3.75 x 5
Patterned Panel Frame: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8


Here's my card. I wanted to make my own patterned paper for the main panel. I got out some Harvest Gold card stock and started stamping stars all over in Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, Harvest Gold, and Summer Sunshine. Next I die cut the "wish" from some Melon Mambo, and added some glossy accents to that. I adhered that to the patterned piece and then added the popped up "make a" portion of the sentiment. For some added interest, I added a few die cut stars, cut from black card stock. I used sheer black polka dot ribbon for my small horizontal element. One thing I really like doing with this sort of layout is adding a black mat. When using black elsewhere on a card, this black mat really ties it all together.


Supplies
Stamps: Count the Stars
Ink: Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunshine, Black
Paper: White, Black, Harvest Gold, Melon Mambo
Dies: Stars & Wishes, Superstar Borders, Small sketched stars
Accessories,etc.: Glossy Accents, Sheer ribbon

Here's Chera's card (this is one of my favorites from her!):


Happy Sunday!! Here's my take on this weeks sketch! Had fun with this one…pulled out another old set from Wplus9 Quilt print. I started off by stamping the card panel with versa mark in and then clear embossing powder over it. Once the while card front was covered I pulled out my distress inks to give this ombre look (seedless preserves, victorian velvet and spun sugar) Added the happy birthday and some sequins for sparkle!! 


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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fall to Layout #28- Take Two





My dimensions:
Card Front: 4.25 x 5.5
Side Panel: 2.5 x  4.25h
Side Panel Frame: 2-5/8 x 4-3/8


I started with a branch from Spring Woods. I die cut that and used the MISTI for accurate placement. One tip for this set-if you are going to use the dies,  be sure to die cut first and then stamp. After that I  die cut the bird and stamped that. I suppose there aren't that many pink birds out there but I thought it went nicely with the colour scheme.  The greeting comes from the Winter Woods set
  
Here's Chera's card:


Happy Sunday everyone!! Here's my take on this week's sketch for you! I’ve been going through my stash of stamps lately and pulling out sets that have been neglected for a while! Todays set is Wplus9 pretty peonies! The Thank you is from Altenews Many Thanks set!  I stamped the leaves image onto a piece of white cardstock I die cut from MFT tag die set. Once that I then die cut the flowers and stamped the images on them and popped up a few just for added dimension! Hope you feel inspired! I look forward to see what you've created!


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fall to Layout #27- Take Two

Good morning everyone! Hope you're all having a great weekend.

Here's the sketch for this week. We are taking things square again.


Some measurements:
Card is 5 x 5
Background layer: 4.5 x 4.5
Background mat layer: 4-7/8 x 4-7/8
Sentiment square: 1.5 x 1.5
Sentiment square mat: 1.75 x 1.75


 It's been a hot one here this week, so how about some ice cream!

I did two versions, one with dye inks on white cardstock, and one with distress oxide inks on kraft.  I stamped the ice cream first, masked it, and then stamped the cone image.


Supplies:
Stamps: Cool Treats (SU!) Summer Sweetness (PTI)
Ink: Classic Kraft, Pale Peony, Mint Julep, Summer Sunrise, Lilac Grace, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Paper: Kraft, White, Mint Julep, Dark Chocolate
Accessories, etc.: Label Dies, Stitched Label Dies, Pink Ribbon


Supplies:
Stamps: Cool Treats (SU!) Summer Sweetness (PTI)
Ink:  Pale Peony, Dark Chocolate, Fresh Snow (PTI), Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalde, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo
Paper: Kraft, White, Mint Julep, Dark Chocolate
Accessories, etc.: Label Dies, Stitched Label Dies, Ribbon, twine


Here's Chera's card!


Happy Sunday!!! For today's card I pulled out the new distress oxide inks! I just love the bright summery colours in this release! For my sentiment I pulled out the Simon Says stamp and coordinating die sending happy thoughts! Hope you feel inspired! I look forward to see what you create


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