Sunday, August 31, 2008

Embrace Bling!

I use these Amuse Twinklers Micro and Mini dots a lot. They really step a CAS card up a notch. Supplies: Stamps - Verve, PTI; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select; Ink - Palette Noir; Misc - SU! Markers, Score-Pal, Cuttlebug Border Embossing Folder, Amuse Twinklers Micro dots.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Embrace Bling Stickers

I embraced bling today with these glittery stickers by K & Co. They are much more glittery and the letters much more subdued in color in real life. Thickers letters by American Crafts, ribbon by Papertrey Ink.

Embrace that bling!

Here are few ultra simple but lovely holiday cards. The product focus today is bling. We already focused on glitter, so it's now time for some of those other dazzling embellishments. I am featuring some twinkling gem stickers on these two cards. I love how small they are, they add just the perfect about of sparkle to the cards. It's also nice how they are stickers, no annoying glue dots or tape to apply! Several companies out there make self-adhesive gems. I used Martha Stewart gems that I found at Walmart. Supplies: Stamps: Retro Flakes, Oh Christmas Tree (gel-a-tins) Paper and Ink: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky by Stampin' Up! Clear Gem Stickers by Martha Stewart

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

FTL 10

Natasha and I had similar ideas, lol! I clustered my flowers a bit more than the sketch shows, and layered them.
stamps - On Your Birthday
paper - chocolate, chocolate patterns, white
ink - chocolate, baja breeze
acc - sweet blush gg (PTI), Flower Fusion Too, silver brads, chocolate brads (Darice)


What a fun and quick sketch! This took me about 10 minutes to make. The embellishments were already put together - found them in the $1 Spot at Target. Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts; Ink - Memento; Paper - PaperTrey Stampers Select, Bazzil; Misc - Nestabilities, ribbon, 3D stickers.

Monday, August 25, 2008


It's time for another sketch. This one works really well for simple cards or if you want something a bit more. It all depends on your layers and your other elements. I planned to use flowers as my dark element when I designed the sketch. However feel free to use anything there, circles, stars, whatever! A small tip, when adding in elements it's a good idea to keep to odd numbers. In my sketch I have 8 flowers plus the sentiment equally 9 (obviously an odd number).
I have to say, I quite like this sketch and use variations of it often. Here's my card, I timed it, it took 15 minutes. The longest part? Attaching the brads to the felt flowers.
Stamps: Birthday Basics (PTI)
Ink: Old Olive
Paper: Bali Breeze, Rose Red, Old Olive, Confetti White
Accessories, etc.: white brads, felt fusion flowers, glue dots, pop dots, olive ribbon

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tips: Change up your dimensions!

This week's tip is to change up your dimensions! By this I mean step outside the 4.25x5.5 box. No squares either! Making cards with different dimensions really allows you to use your supplies differently. Maybe you have a large alphabet set you are dying to use, but it's too big for a standard size card. Try a bigger style card. Maybe you have some really big primas that would work well on a larger format. On the other side of the spectrum, maybe you have some cute, but tiny stamps. They would go nicely on a smaller format, perhaps you'd want to look into using the notecard size. Popular sizes include the 6x3 or 7x3.5, the 3.5x5, I've even had fun with 6x5 cards. For my card today I went with an A Muse 4 bar blue notecard. These ones measure 5 1/8"w x 3 5/8"h. They work really well with the slightly smaller size of the A Muse stamps. This card was definitely on the quick side. I cut a 2 inch vanilla square, stamped my scene and sentiment (both from the Sushi clear set) . I coloured in the leaves and flowers with Copics and then applied a thin coat of stickles.

Not Your Normal Rectangle

Here's a quick 3 x 6 card using chipboard, punches and patterned paper. Enjoy! Supplies: stamps - On Your Birthday paper - olive, navy, white, Maine Blueberry ink - navy acc - chipboard, star punches, brad, dimensionals

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tips: Using black cardstock or embellishments

One thing I have found, is how using just the smallest bits of black cardstock can really bring extra dimension and 'pop' to a card. This applies to other media as well, like ink or embellishments. The darkness of it helps to separate elements which seems to make things more exciting to our eyes. When I am stuck on a design, sometimes I find that a thin black mat, a touch of ribbon, or a black sentiment can really bring it up to that next level. *photo removed for publication* Supplies: Stamps: Birds Clear Set by Inkadinkadoo, Three for You Punch set by Stampin' Up! Ink: Bamboo Leaves, Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black (Memento) Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cranberry Crisp Accessories, etc.: pop dots

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Embrace Alphabet Stickers

I stamped the owl and colored her in with copics. I blinged up her hat and glasses with stickles, too! I created the sentiment with alphabet stickers and added a few large brads at the top.
stamps - QT Hootie (PCS)
paper - eggplant, lavender, kraft, ww
ink - memento tuxedo, copics
acc - alphabet stickers (SEI), lavender brads (Darice), stickles, oval nesties, dimensionals

Embrace Stickers

I was looking for number stickers to use on graduation cards and found some of these sparkly foam stickers at Michaels. They added a lot of dimension to this card. Supplies: Stamps - Paper Inspirations; Ink - Versamark; Paper - Papertrey Stampers Select, DCWV All Dressed Up; Misc - Silver Glitter embossing powder, Mrs. Grossman's sticker (grad cap), Number stickers (unknown).


Alphabet or number stickers! There's loads of styles, textures, and fonts out there. We all seem to have them, let's use them on a clean and simple card!
This card actually fulfills several challenges. I wanted to do something here, something that fit as a birthday card, and something that fit into this month's DDA challenge (Make a birthday card using numbers and don't use the word birthday)
These stickers are what I like to call "no-name thickers". They are foam stickers from the dollar store. They are decent quality and sometimes there is even a decent selection available! Underneath the numbers the phrase "it's your day!" is stamped.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fall-To Layout 9

Another great sketch layout, easy peasy! I took my color combo from SU's In Color Combination Chart. Makes picking colors simple! I glued a chipboard piece to red paper, then cut off the excess. The button is attached with a dimensional, added a few strips of colored paper, and a sentiment finishes it off! Supplies: stamps - Hugs & Wishes paper - ww, kiwi kiss, baja breeze, riding hood red ink - black acc - chipboard, mustard button

Fall-To-Layout 9

What a great simple and easy sketch! I picked out the ribbon and made the card around it. The ribbon and stamps were from the $1 bin at Michaels! The card size is 3x6. This definitely can be done in under 10 minutes! Supplies: Stamps - Studio G; Paper - Bazzil, PaperTrey stampers Select; Ink - Versafine Black Onyx; Misc - Ribbon, Circle punch, SU! Markers


This week's sketch is intended to be for a longer style card, something along the lines of 3.5x7 or 3x6. It's pretty straight forward. For once, the strip in the middle is not necessarily knotted ribbon! Feel free to change the shape or dimension of the circle and the sentiment placement.
I recently went to Michaels and was inspired by all the fun Halloween product. I went into my Stampin' Up! paper stash and pulled out this paper from last year. I still really love it, so I have been using it sparingly. Whenever I make long style cards I find that I like to use my corner rounder on at least 2 of the corners. It just seems to add a nice finished touch to this style of card.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Some more blue and orange

Here's another card featuring my favorite complimentary colour combination. I was in the the mood for glittery flowers, so I inked up some chipboard, covered them with Mod Podge, then sprinkled on the glitter and went from there.

Supplies: Stamps: Stampin' Up! Chipboard: Stampin' Up!, Colorbok Ribbon: American Crafts Patterned Paper: Scenic Route Ink: Bahama Blue, Tangelo by Memento ,Accessories, etc.: Glitter (some Michaels brand)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Complementary Colors

I love purple so I decided when I was casing the featured stamper on SCS last Sunday that I would make a card using purple and yellow so I was ready for this post. I used watercolor pencils and my aquabrush to color the image and then went over the image with a Stardust Gel pen though it isn't very obvious in this photo. I used the faux stitching technique here as well. Supplies: Stamps - Rubbernecker; Ink - Versafine Black Onyx; Paper - PaperTrey, Bazzil; Misc - SU! Mat Pack, white gel pen, black marker, watercolor pencils, aquabrush, Stardust Gelly Roll pen

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tips:Complimentary Colours

Colours can really be a wonderful starting point when you're having a motivation slump. Complimentary colours are one of those nice combinations that you can rely on. If you choose 2 colours that lay across from each other in the colour wheel, it will generally be pleasing to the eye. One of my favorite complimentary colour combinations is orange and blue. I cannot get enough of it! When I saw this Scenic Route paper from last season I had to have it because of its lovely blue and orange tones. Something to keep in mind, be sure to keep things in the same tone. If you're going with a dark green (say hunter green), it will pair better with a dark red (like crimson). If you're going with an earthy orange or rust, they will look better with an earthier blue. It's important to keep those undertones and brightness in mind when going with that colour selection!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fall-to Colours

In keeping with the glamorous style this week, the fall-to colours are all things metallic. Gold, silver, bronze, anything that has that extra sparkle or sheen is game! This is a card I made while on the Dirty Dozen. The frame was made from some copper cardstock, I embossed the leaves on that in copper EP. I stamped the leaves on the vellum layer with versamark, then brushed some Copper Pearls over top. The greeting was also embossed. I added in a bit of organdy for that extra bit of elegance. Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs and Stampin' Up!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

CAS Friendly Techniques

Polished Stone This is one of the first stamping techniques I ever learned. I thought the result was so stunning that I had to have the supplies immediately. For this technique, check out HERE for a step by step guide. The only thing I do differently, is I put ALL the reinkers on the soaked cotton ball. There are several reasons I consider this a CAS friendly technique.
  • You can do a whole 8.5x11 sheet very quickly. Cut it up and place on several cards.
  • The versatility of looks you can get make it great for virtually any kind of card.
  • Minimal supplies needed, and if you don't have them, they are relatively inexpensive and they go a long way.
  • The look that is achieved with polished stone is conducive to a CAS type card. You really don't want to cover up all that pretty patterned paper you just made!

Supplies: Stamps: Asian Flair (Verve Stamps), Ink: red, black, gold reinkers Paper: black, white, red, glossy white Accessories, etc.: rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, gold EP, ribbon, gold cord

Friday, August 8, 2008

Embrace Grosgrain!

One thing that's so great about grosgrain ribbon is the versatility of sizes, colours, and patterns it comes in! I have been a big fan of the 5/8 inch wide ribbon this past year. I use it all the time and can't get enough colourwise! Here's a really quick card featuring some of my favorite orange American Crafts grosgrain. I used it here as a boundary between the white and the patterned paper. Supplies: Stamps: Borders and Corners Monogram Ed. Ink: Tangelo Paper: White, Orange, Summer Picnic Accessories, etc.: Prima flowers, Making Memories brads, American Crafts ribbon

Embrace...Grosgrain Ribbon

I love using ribbon. This ribbon has a layered look but is only a single layer. I made this card for the Verve Anniversary Sketch #3 and uses more layers than I normally use for a CAS card but I used this pretty ribbon so I thought I'd post it. Supplies: Stamps - Verve; Paper - PaperTrey, MME dp; Ink - Momento; Misc - Gorsgrain ribbon, MM Brads, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Border embossing folder.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Just a simple silhouette for the main focus of another fabulous layout! Supplies: stamps - Fundamental Phrases, Inspired by Nature paper - ruby red, mellow moss, creamy caramel, white, stella ruby (basic grey) dsp ink - chocolate chip acc - oval nesties, chocolate grosgrain, scallop border punch, dimensionals


I just got this beautiful 6x6 paper from Memory Box called Grove and wanted to use it on today's sketch. So I decided to put the patterned paper on the main part of the card front instead of showing underneath (where the green is). The only stamping here is the larger butterfly in the scalloped circle. I also pierced the flight path of the smaller butterfly that is printed on the paper.I used my Martha Stewart border punch to make the scallops and my Nestabilities to punch out the scalloped circle. I edged the circle with Momento Bamboo Shoots ink. I used my Scor-pal to make 2 sets of parallel scores along the bottom and left off a sentiment until I decide what to use this for. Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts Designer Butterflies; Ink - Momento, Pallette Noir, SU! Pale Plum; Paper - DCWV Card stock, Memory Box Grove; Misc - piercer, Nestabilities, May Arts ribbon, MM ribbon slide, MS border punch, Scor-pal, dimensionals.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

FTL 8!

So here is this week's sketch. I really like using this one when I want to show off a bit of patterned paper. As usual, my rectangle strip with the circle represents some sort of ribbon and knot or bow. However, feel free to put some sort of embellishment there instead!
For my card today, I went with some "old friends". This card is all Stampin' Up! I even did the scallops using the corner rounder instead of my nestabilities!

For my scalloped circle I went with a patterned paper covered flower. It's so nice to choose 4 different papers that you know are going to coordinate nicely! I've been on a bit of a chipboard kick these past few days. I have so much of it, and it really covers up or inks up nicely! It's a pretty quick process too! For these ones, I didn't feel like dealing with Mod Podge, so I taped the paper on.
Speaking of using the chipboard I have... I'm trying really hard to use more and more of all the stuff I have. I think it's really good to step back and evaluate all the stuff you have. Figure out new ways to use your supplies before going out and buying more! If you can use a certain supply for a quick CAS type card, all the better! It'll give you more motivation to use that supply again and make more cards!
Stamps: It's your birthday
Ink:Brilliant Blue
Paper: Jersey Shore, Bashful Blue
Accessories, etc.: On Board Blossoms & Basics, Sanding Block, Wasabi Ribbon, Corner Rounder
Remember, if you want to play along, put a link here or use the keywords FTL8 at SCS!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Tips: Repetition

Repeating an element on a card is a really quick and easy way to unify your theme. There are several different ways you can do this, listed below are just a few ways to use repetition to your advantage.
  • You can use a shape, such as circles or squares, for your repeated element.
  • You can use a specific theme as a repeated element, say all flourish type stamps.
  • You can use the same stamp over and over to make a background, then use it again for your focal point.
  • You can even use a monochromatic colour scheme as your repeated element.
For my card, I went with the third option. I used the cat head stamp and paws several times to make a fun background. The cat head is also stamped once in a brighter colour as my focal point. One thing to keep in mind if you are doing a random type background with more than one image- start with the biggest image first. You'll be able to fill in spots with your smaller images. Supplies: Stamps: Inkadinkadoo Cat clear set, Sun Spirit Studio Sentiments Paper: Summer Sun, Only Orange, White Ribbon: American Crafts Ink: Canteloupe, Tangerine