Tuesday, March 3, 2015

FTL1 - Take Two!

I think this is a fun idea... revisiting the sketches we've done before!  I think I did this sketch before.... wonder if I could find the photo of the card.

Anyway... it's been FOREVER since I've stamped and even longer since I played along with the sketches.  I was introduced to the Bokeh technique a few weeks ago and I love it... it's a water colour technique.  Google it, it's fun!  I used it for the squares on this card.

Friday, February 27, 2015

FTL1- Take Two!

Hello all!

After a bit of an unplanned hiatus, we are back!

Just a bit of background information before we get on to the sketch- I started the blog back in May 2008. I had quite a different vision for it, I was hoping to cycle between clean and simple sketches, techniques, tips, and products. However, the blog quickly turned into a sketch blog. We've completed over 300 sketches over 7 years! Since the blog started, we as stampers have evolved and so has this industry. So with that in mind, we are going to start back at the beginning!

Here is the very first sketch! Fall-to Layout #1, the one that started it all!

Here's my card! I decided to use a fun summery colour combination. I always find myself drifting towards these types of colour combinations at this point in winter!

Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Up Up & Away
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet, Fresh Snow
Paper: White, Smokey Shadow
Accessories, etc.: Swiss Dot Black Organdy Ribbon

If you play along, please leave a link in a comment!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Get Inspired

Good morning!

I don't have a sketch this week. It's getting to be that time of the year where there are barely any spare moments. However, I saw this amazing card by Laura Bassen, and I was inspired!

I wanted to see what I could do using a few dies and punches. I created my main panel by running white card stock through with a star die. I did this 5 times, moving the die to achieve the desired placement. I wanted a few more stars, so I used a star punch.

I wanted a colourful background to show behind the stars. I blended Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, and Fired Brick. I stamped a combination greeting using the hello Wplus9 and the superstar from a Verve. I popped up the starry panel using thick foam tape and then placed that on a black card base. I was totally thrilled with how it turned out.

Stamps: Hand Lettered Hello (Wplus9), Great Expectations (Verve)
Ink: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, and Fired Brick (Ranger Distress), Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper: White, Black
Accessories, etc.: Star die (PTI), Star Punch (Stampin' Up!), Blending Tool (Ranger)

If anyone is interested in seeing a video of any of my cards or creative process, please let me know!

Friday, November 28, 2014


Good morning!

Here is this week's sketch!

Here is my take on it:

I just got several more distress inks and I wanted to play with making a watercolour background. To make the side panel, I misted my cotton paper with water, then inked and stamped the stamps. I wanted a slightly softer look, so I misted the whole thing one more time, about 2 feet away from the paper. The panel is 1 inch wide.

The focal point leaves were stamped on Vintage Cream cardstock and fussy cut out.

Stamps: Leave it be, Through the trees (PTI)
Ink: Pine Needles, Crushed Olives, Forest Moss ( Distress Inks), Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Pinefeather (PTI)
Paper: Cotton Natural White, Simply Chartreuse, Vintage Cream
Accessories, etc. Corner Rounder punch

If you play along, leave a link here:

Friday, November 21, 2014


Here is this week's sketch!

Here's my card:

In order to make the happy die cuts dimensional, I layered two layers of thick black cardstock then the coloured cardstock on top.
Stamps: Keep it Simple: Happy Birthday
Paper: White, Black, Royal Velvet, Raspberry Fizz, Taken with Teal
Accessories, etc.: Wet Paint Dies #1

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