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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