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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