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  1. FTL1- Take Two!
  2. Get Inspired
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  5. FTL312 Merry
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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!

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!



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:



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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FTL312 Merry

Hey Everyone!! Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!! Heres my card for this weeks sketch!!

When I originally saw this weeks sketch I dreamt of snow flakes…but I just got the matching dies for these poinsettias this week and figured I could use those for something a little different!! For the leaves behind the poinsettias I just used the larger image from the set. Just to add a little something more to the card!!

Hope you enjoy!!

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