Monday, 1 November 2010

FTL Challenge 114 with Seeing Stars

You must have heard stories of people falling in love with the boy/girl next door. You know - he was there all along but she just didn't notice how attractive he was until... Well I've just had a stamping moment like that! I was looking for something to inspire me for this week's Clean and Simple FTL sketch (see right) and my new Seeing Stars set was sitting on my desk and we looked at each other and suddenly I realised it was The One! Seeing Stars and I are going to be spending a lot of time together from now on!

Here's my offering for this gorgeous sketch:

I am a huge fan of one-layer cards as they are easy to mail and can be very classy-looking. I'm also an enormous fan of this wonderful stamp set  - it's one of those amazing sets that is perfect for anybody on almost any occasion. In fact, it's quite hard to think of something it wouldn't work for!

Of course I couldn't make the card without making a matching gift bag...

Yay! It's the return of the bag-a-lope! Now, who couldn't you give this set to? Answers on a postcard please...!

Here's how to make the card:

  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 9cm x 18cm (3 1/2" x 7"), score and cold in half to make a card blank.
  • Stamp a sentiment, then stamp a design above and to the sides of it. Fabulously fast!

Here's how to make the matching bag-a-lope:

  • Cut the sticky top off a C5 envelope.
  • Score 2cm (3/4") in from each edge except the open one and crease the score lines with a bone folder.
  • Stamp a design on both sides
  • Open out into a bag shape and fix the triangular flaps under the bag with the super-strong Sticky Strip (While doing this, don't forget to say in an advertising voice: 'Sticky Strip - for complete and utter confidence'!) 
  • Cut an oval through both layers at the top of your bag with the large oval punch.
  • Once you've filled your bag (mine contains a box of brads and a spool of ribbon) you can close it with ribbon if you like.

Stamps: Seeing Stars, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Marina Mist
Card stock: Whisper White
Other (for bag-a-lope): White C5 envelope, Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon, large oval punch

We had the most wonderful, relaxing weekend away with my brother-in-law and his family. It was lovely to catch up with him and his lovely wife while the cousins romped about like puppies - and it was carnival weekend where they live so we also had an bonus outdoors evening of fun!

Hope you all had a great weekend too.
I'll be back tomorrow with a musical offering. Intrigued? See you then!


  1. I love this! The colors and the cas style!


  2. Oh this is just gorgeous.. Love seeing the Stars.. and a star this card is :D

  3. Oh Super Vicky. Love the colours, the designs, everything!
    Lynne xxx

  4. Hi Vicky - what a great card - and so versatile. I like the bag too.

  5. I really love this card and matching gift bag. I love all things stars and this is so CASE-worthy!

  6. Your card and matching gift bag are fabulous! I love those stars and they use that FTL perfectly. I can see so many different colour combinations, too!

  7. What a fun and fantastic use of the stars for both the sketch card and the gift bag.

  8. This is very pretty! I really love how you stamped the scattering of stars!! Great job with FTL 114! ♥♥♥

  9. Your card and matching gift bag are just fabulous! I am a lover of matching things and this hits the spot for me!!

  10. Great job on last week's FTL sketch. Love the way you used the stars -- and how you made a matching bag. Such a good idea. I really should adopt that habit.

  11. Love the look of the card and bag, I tried making a bag from an envelope ( great idea)but it looks nothing like yours??and what does the back of the bag look like, mine has flaps and doesn't look right at! Viv xx

  12. Aha now I see it ! just watched the link to the other video. It's made from a straight edged envelope and not one with 4 flaps.Now it becomes clear lol :O)


I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x