A Valentine for Mom

Yay!  Rita Wright is hosting at Freshly Made Sketches this week, and she’s designed an awesome sketch for us to play with!  I chose to make a Valentine for my Mom with Rita’s sketch and finally got an opportunity to ink up my new Painted Petals stamp set, which I LOVE.

FMS171-Cindy-HallFirst, I have to say I’ve never been good with multiple ribbons or banners, especially the vertical ones.  I will say that I did try, but didn’t like any combination I came up with to go with my focal point.  So a common standby for those of us that have trouble with those banners is to stamp where the banners should be.  Painted Petals stamp set has this great strip of dots (kinda the bokeh-look), which worked great.  I only used two colors and stamped off for the second row of each color.  The photopolymer set makes it a breeze to line up the rows.

The sentiment is my own, typed on my computer and printed on my printer.  As I think about it, I don’t know if this card can wait until Valentine’s Day.  I just might have to give it my Mom early, just as a thank you card for being a great mom.

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After having seen the rest of the ‘Clean Team’s’ creations, I’d say they didn’t have any trouble at all with the banners.  Just wait until you see what they designed to inspire you (and ME!)… visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what I mean.  I hope you’ll find lots of samples that inspire YOU and that you’ll play along with us this week!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!  :)

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Set:  Painted Petals;  Paper:  Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding and Whisper White;  Ink:  Calypso Color, Pistachio Pudding and Wild Wasabi;  Tools and Accessories:  Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, Hearts Framelits Dies, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Glue Dots.  Other:  Personal Computer and Printer.

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A Valentine For Your Man

Okay, I’m a girlie-girl.  Period.  Making masculine cards can be a challenge for me.  I love ribbons and bows and lace and baubles.  To me, sometimes a masculine card can be sort of like getting all dressed up and going out without any earrings on. Today’s card is made based on The Bryce Hall Rules for Making Man-Cards: Absolutely no flowers, bows, lace or pearls; texture is “cool”; animals images should be realistic, not fluffy and “cute”, if buttons must be used, they have to resemble what would be on men’s clothing, preferably metal; a ribbon with a knot (no bow) is acceptable, but it’s better without any button at all; color is good as long as it’s not pink; glitter can be okay if used in the proper situation, like maybe stars; hearts are acceptable for anniversary cards, Valentine’s Day cards and “I love you because you’re the best husband in the whole world” cards.  Actually, I like his rules.  It equates to E-A-S-Y! FMS170-You-Plus-Me It’s also inspired by Jen Mitchell’s fabulously clean and simple sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Jen is our host this week, and I must have sent her telepathic waves to give us something great for making a Man-Card.  I have to admit, I have a ton of ideas on how to use this sketch for a totally girlie-girl card, too.  :)  I also found inspiration at The Paper Players:  their theme this week for Challenge #228 is to make the sentiment the focal point of a CAS card.  Like LeAnne stated, there are so many fabulous sentiments available now, it’s easy to make it the focal point without adding a lot of embellishments and fluff.  Again, perfect for a Man-Card. FMS170 Jen M This card is so basic that it doesn’t need much explanation, but there are a couple of things that I want to bring attention to.  The Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (heart punch) and Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers are PERFECT with the new Happy Heart embossing folder and the sentiment from the new You Plus Me stamp set.  Just color the heart on the stamped image with the color of your choice and apply the epoxy sticker.  Can you say “Easy”?  It’s so great for a impatient person like me who can never wait until the Crystal Effects dries and ends up messing it up. FMS170-Masculine-Valentine I hope you enjoyed today’s super clean and extraordinarily easy card!  Please visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what Jen and the ‘Clean Team’ have made with Jen’s sketch, and try to make time to play along with us this week!  Don’t forget to check out the Design Team’s creations at The Paper Players, too.  In a nutshell:  lots of FABULOUS inspiration. Happy stamping!

STAMPIN’ UP! SUPPLIES:  Stamps:  You Plus Me;  Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black and Real Red;  Ink:  Tempting Turquoise;  Stampin’ Write Marker:  Real Red;  Tools and Accessories:  1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Circles Framelits, Basic Black 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (heart), Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers (small heart), Happy Hearts Embossing Folder, Big Shot and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Cheerful Critters Wishing a Happy Birthday

It’s another wonderful Wednesday at Freshly Made Sketches!    This week, our fabulously talented and cutest pilot ever, Jennifer Timko, is taking us on a fun trip with a great sketch, and just wait until you see the awesome creations that the ‘Clean Team’ have designed with it!

I wanted to play with my new Cheerful Critters stamp set, and thought this would be such a fun sketch to pair it with.  I chose to change the shape on the sketch from a circle to a square for a ‘window’ for my cute little critter to pop out of.

FMS169-Cheerful-CrittersIs this the cutest little guy!?  I love how the stamp set has a few different encouraging sentiments, but also has a blank sign for you to add a personalized sentiment.

 

The birthday sentiment is from Crazy About You and the larger gold balloon was created by simply stamping a balloon from the Balloon Bash stamp set on the back of Gold Foil paper and cutting it out.  The stamps and sentiments called for one of the specialty designer sheets from the new Birthday Bash DSP.

FMS169-Happy-Birthday-with-What a fun card, and great for any age, any gender, too.

I hope you’ll visit Freshly Made Sketches to see the jaw-dropping inspiration from the ‘Clean Team’ and that you’ll play along with Jennifer’s fun and versatile sketch this week!

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Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

SUPPLIES:  Stamps:  Cheerful Critters, Crazy About You and Balloon Bash;  Paper:  Night of Navy, Whisper White, Gold Foil and Birthday Bash DSP;  Ink:  Black Memento, Burmuda Bay and Night of Navy;  Stampin’ Write Markers:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede;  Accessories:  Gold/White Baker’s Twine and Brights Candy Dots.

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New Butterfly Basics!

Santa was very good to me this year, and somehow he knew EXACTLY what I wanted for Christmas!  One of the items on my list was the new! Butterfly Basics stamp set.  Amy O’Neill, our host for this week’s sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, gave me the perfect opportunity to ink it up with her fabulously fresh sketch…

FMS168 AmyAmy’s sketch provides endless options for stamp sets, and after narrowing it down to about 10, I picked Butterfly Basics for a super-duper fast and easy card.

FMS168-Butterfly-Basics-BirThis card is so “full”, yet it is all done with stamping, no DSP.  Just wait until you see the supply list for this card.  It may be the shortest ever!

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Be sure to check out the new feature below!  If you go all the way to the end of the list of supplies, you’ll see a link for a printable PDF Supply List!  You have to click on it to see how cool it s!  This table is provided by “My Stampin Blog” and is a wonderful tool to help you to easily access the products in my online store by simply clicking on either the photo of the product or the link beside it.  The downloadable supply list also provides links.  I love it and hope you will, too!

Don’t forget to visit Freshly Made Sketches and join us with our first sketch challenge of 2015!

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PPA232 Endless Wishes

This card is for Pals Paper Arts ‘Team One’s’ last sketch for 2014, and also Margaret Moody’s last sketch design for us.

Please forgive my brief post today.  My husband had shoulder surgery on Tuesday, and I always knew he was wonderful and did so much to help around the house, but I appreciate it even more now that he has one arm in a sling and I’m trying to pick up the slack AND be a nurse (definitely not my field of expertise!).

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This was another fun sketch from Margaret, and gave me the perfect ‘palette’ for my last Christmas card for this year.  (Hopefully, I have all that I need now, since I really ,really need to get them in the mail!

PPA232-Endless-WishesIf you need a quick and easy last-minute card, this sketch is great to get the job done!  The Endless Wishes stamp set and All is Calm Specialty DSP can work together in so many fabulous combinations.

PPA232 Dec 18I hope you’ll play along with our sketch challenge at Pals Paper Arts this week!

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Set: Endless Wishes;  Paper: Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White and All is Calm Specialty DSP;  Ink: Lost Lagoon and Soft Sky;  Accessories: Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon, In Color 2013-2015 Sequin Assortment and Crystal Effects.

 

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A Jolly HO HO HO!

baOur very own Queen of Layers, Narelle Farrugia, created a fabulous sketch with a few luscious layers this week for our challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Her sketch inspired me to pull out a stamp set that I often overlook:  Embellished Events.  Do you tend to forget about those great stamp sets that cover a variety of occasions?  Well, honestly, I’ve never used the cute little Santa hat with the “HO HO HO”.  I knew it would be perfect in the circle suggested in the sketch.FMS167-Embellished-Events

I jazzed up the hat with a good, thick and uneven layer of Multi-Purpose Glue to give it a puffy texture and then coated it with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  For more sparkle and shine, some Silver Glimmer Paper dauber with Garden Green was cropped with a scallop punch to complement the circle and a few Champagne Glitter Paper stars were scattered across the card.

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Now it’s time to go visit my amazing and talented friends at Freshly Made Sketches, get a little more inspiration and give Narelle’s sketch a whirl!

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Be sure to stop back tomorrow for what I think will be my last Christmas card of 2014.  :)

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Set: Embellished Events;  Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Trim the Tree DSP Stack;  Ink: Garden Green;  Stampin’ Write Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate and Garden Green;  Tools and Accessories: 1-3/4 Circle Punch, Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon, Itty Bitty Accessories Punch Pack (star), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Sponge Dauber, Glue Dots and Multi-Purpose Glue.  Non-SU: Scallop Die.

 

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Thank You for Another Great Sketch!

Karren Johnson is an amazing and talented designer (if you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out her blog at Stamping Stuff),   Karren is our host at Freshly Made Sketches this week, and I want to thank her for this wonderful sketch that allowed me to make a much-needed Thank You card using a nice, big font from the Another Thank You photopolymer stamp set. FMS166-Another-Thank-You-PlEven though I still need to make more Christmas cards, it was nice to take a break and make a pretty, feminine card with light pinks.  This card features the Pleasant Poppies and Another Thank You stamp sets, and even though I wasn’t sure about using the big, bold Thank You with the soft pink poppies, I ended up loving the results.  The emphasis is on the Thank You, as it should be in this case, yet the flowers make a lovely background. FMS166-Pleasant-PoppiesThe Pleasant Poppies stamp was hand colored with Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Markers, and then colored with a blender pen and both Pear Pizzazz and Pink Pirouette ink pads.  To define the images and contrast, I went over a few of the lines and edges with Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz markers. FMS166-Another-Thank-You The three photos make the paper appear anywhere from white to a light pink, but it is actually Very Vanilla.  I just couldn’t manage to get a consistent look when editing the photos.  (Sorry!)  Anyway, for the sentiment, I used VersaMark and Early Espresso Embossing Powder for a little added texture and shine.  Karren’s sketch suggests a scalloped edge and a ribbon or twine (see below), and I wanted to stay close to the sketch, but also wanted to use the Venetian Crochet Trim, so I backed it with Blushing Bride so it wouldn’t disappear against the Very Vanilla background.  In place of the ribbon or twine, I created faux stitching, topped with a heart and embellished with a few pink pearls (colored with a Copic Marker – R32, which is a very close match to Blushing Bride. FMS166 Karren I hope you love Karren’s sketch as much as I do and that you’ll play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Be sure to check out the amazing (always!) designs that the ‘Clean Team’ has created for you. Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES:  Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies and Another Thank You;  Paper:  Early Espresso, Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla;  Ink:  VersaMark, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette;  Stampin’ Write Markers:  Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz;  Tools and Accessories:  Blender Pen, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Owl Builder Punch (smallest heart), Itty Bitty Accessories Punch Pack (larger heart), Pearls Basic Jewels, Venetian Crochet Trim, Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Non-SU: Copic R32

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