Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fall to Layout #51- Take Two

Hello everyone!

This sketch may feel like a bit of a "throwback" for some of you. It features the Bigz Top Note die. For those that don't recall, this was when Stampin' Up! had just introduced carrying the Big Shot and had designed a few exclusive dies. Of course, feel free to use some other element for your card if you do not have the Top Note die.

Here's my card. Since I had to pull out an older Stampin' Up! die, I figured I would use other Stampin' Up! products with it. I used a few greetings from Bravo and some of the flowers from Flower Patch. I found my yellow base layer a little too plain, so I stamped one of the flowers from the same set repeatedly to make a nice simple pattern. 

Here's Chera's card:

Happy Sunday everyone!! Hope you had a great week!! Here's my take on this weeks sketch! Had to do a little digging to find that top note die from Stampin Up….might I add its the first stitched die I every owned! hehe!!

This card came together pretty quick (after finding the die of course). I decided to look through my patterned paper, something I don’t do often enough. I found this beautiful wood grain paper which led to me pulling out the Ellen Hutson stamp Bold blooms. I stamped the flower and leaves image then die cut them out with coordinating dies. I won’t lie it took me multiple tries to place those flowers. I even had the larger one on there as well…Once I got the layout together I pulled out a Papertrey Ink stamp “graceful greetings 2” and stamped get well. I added some wink of stella to the flowers (doesn’t show up in the picture unfortunately) 

Hope you like today's sketch and I look forward to seeing what you create!!

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Fall to Layout #50 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

I hope you're all having a good new year so far! I've got a birthday card today since it's my birthday this coming week!

Here's the sketch- once again, I'm encouraging the use of ribbon or some other sort of fibers!

The dimensions I used for this card are super simple:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Panel: 4-1/4 x 2-3/4 (or a bit smaller works too)
Image: around 1/2-1 inch each

 As I was pondering what to make with the sketch, I started to look through my stash looking for a fun small image. One that would look good if repeated. I quickly found the Sprinkles Turnabout by Concord & 9th. One of the things I love about this set is that in addition to the "turnabout" part of the stamp set, it comes with a few images and sentiments too. I stamped 6 cupcakes and felt inspired to make lemon and strawberry cupcakes. I used the dotted pattern in the stamp set for the cupcake holder. The icing and cupcake itself were coloured with Copic markers.

I used these colours for the rest of my card too. Harvest Gold became the card base, stamped with a few rotations of the Sprinkles Turnabout. Aqua Mist became the base layer for the images and Berry Sorbet for the Mat. I found some old Pool Party ribbon from my stash that always coordinated nicely with Aqua Mist. Finally, I wanted a simple greeting, so I pulled out an old favorite, Birthday Basics. This has to be one of my most used birthday sentiments, after all these years!

Stamps: Sprinkles Turnabout,  Birthday Basics
Ink: Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Tuxedo Black
Paper: Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Stamper's Select
Accessories, etc.: Copics (E33, R22, R32, Y32, Y35),  Pool Party Ribbon

Here's Chera's card:

This sketch made me have to pull out my emoji dies cuts!! And seriously how fun are they!! I actually bought the set originally for the poop emoji that's in there but decided to use the faces today!! 

First off I die cut the circles on the white using my t-ruler to make sure they were all lined up and straight.  Once that was done I die cut them again in the yellow. I then used scrap paper to add the additional colours to their faces! Once that was done I glued it all down onto a kraft piece of paper so the rest of their faces were that colour!! I tried to replicate as best I could ;) Once that was finished I took a piece of Kraft card stock and stamped a linen background onto it just for a little more detail. I pulled out some twine for the ribbon aspect of the sketch and then popped up the panel onto the card front! Stamped the thank you and there's the finished product!!

This is such a fun card I think I’ll be making it for kids birthday cards as well!! And maybe add the poop emoji! How can you tell I live with all boys!!

Happy 2018 to you all!! Can't wait to see what you create with us! If you play along, please leave a link below:

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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