Live The Life

Happy Wednesday!  As the host at Freshly Made Sketches this week, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit and challenge the ‘Clean Team’ and you to different size card… a 4″ x 9.25″ elongated card.  I purposely designed this card so it would be easy to rotate to be used vertically instead of horizontally.  But with that being said, as always, our sketches are just a starting point, and if you’re more comfortable making a regular (4.25″ x 5.5″) card, or a slightly elongated note card, feel free to do what you want!

FMS176 Cindy H

I really like this size, and I love that if I need a quick and easy envelope, it fits perfectly in a regular #10 business size envelope.  But it’s even more fun to get out your envelope punch board and make your own coordinating envelope.

I also like this size, because I can make more of a landscape stamped image and still have room for a sentiment across the face of the card.  However, with that being said, I use this card size most often when I want to include cold-hard-cash or a check, like for graduation.

FMS176 Painted Petals

The Painted Petals Stamp Set (Occasions Catalog) was perfect for this card…  stamped across the front in different hues of the same colors, Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi gave it a little bit of a watercolor look.  I also sponged in a little green ‘fill’ at the based of the flowers/leaves and stamped across the entire card with a lined stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.  The Perfect Plum butterfly image is from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and cropped with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  And, last, but not least, choosing more of the best of my favorites, I grabbed a fantastic sentiment from Really Good Greetings: great for a graduation card or just a card of support, encouragement and/or friendship.

I hope you’ll play along with the Freshly Made Sketches ‘Clean Team’ and me, and that you’ll give this card size a try!  Please stop by the challenge blog to get more inspiration from the team, and to see how each team member used the sketch and sketch size…

 

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SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Painted Petals (OC), Really Good Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge and Papillon Potpourri;  Paper:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi and Regals DSP Collection;  Ink  Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum;  Tools and Accessories:  Scallop Border Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Crushed Curry/White Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Stamping Sponges.  NOTE:  OC – Occasions Catalog.  All other supplies are from the Annual Catalog.

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Shimmering Butterfly Notecard

It’s Freshly Made Sketches Wednesday!  Jennifer Brum is our host this week, and not only is she a fabulously creative card maker, she designs wonderfully fresh and clean sketches that auto-inspire me.  This uncomplicated sketch, lacking those sometimes pesky circles or shapes, it works for virtually any stamp set, yet it provides enough design to create a beautiful and balanced card.

 

Butterfly Basics

I’m back to my new favorite, Butterfly Basics for my stamp set of choice this week.  I have new stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure that I haven’t inked up yet, but I keep coming back to this set because there are SO MANY possibilities with it.  I now know that this will be a favorite for years, just like Lovely As A Tree.  Hang on a little longer; I’ll get to some of my other new stamp sets soon!

I wanted to use Rich Razzleberry for no particular reason and I went to my Color Coach to see what color suggestions was offered.  One of the color schemes was Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black and Basic Gray.  Oh, yeah.  I knew this was exactly what I wanted for this card.  And out comes another ‘yet-to-be-inked’ background stamp, Something Lacy.  This will also be a very versatile stamp set for me, creating beautiful ‘DSP’, especially in black and white and tone-on-tone with VersaMark.

Butterflies ThinlitsThe beautiful and intricate butterfly was jazzed up with a little Dazzling Details Glitter Glue painted on (two thin coats) and layered over another butterfly cut out of Silver Foil paper.  A flower of Silver Glimmer Paper was cut with the Petite Petals Punch and enhanced with a circle of Rich Razzleberry covered with one of the new Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers.  So super simple and such a finished look!   You might notice the lack of a sentiment.  Well, today, I just couldn’t be pinned down to a certain sentiment… I think this one will more likely be used for a notecard, but a sentiment banner can be added at a moment’s notice, should it need be.  :)

This card is a little ‘busier’ than my usual style, but I think I like it and I hope you do, too!  I also hope you’ll play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches… be sure to hop over and check out the ‘Clean Team’s’ fantastic designs that will be sure to stir up your card making mojo.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you’ve been inspired!

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics and Something Lacy;  Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer and Silver Foil;  Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray and Basic Black;  Tools and Accessories:  Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Big Shot, Petite Petals Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, Rich Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon, Aqua Painters, Basic Black Ink Refill, Stamping Sponges, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Other: small craft paint brush.

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Beautifully Shaded Lotus Blossom

Hooray!  It’s Wednesday!  With my increasingly busier schedule and my total lack of knowing how to work from home, it seems like making my card for Freshly Made Sketches card is the only time I get to stamp much these days, and ohhhhh, how I miss it.  I WILL find a way to work it back into my regular routine because I NEED the creative and stress-free time! This week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is hosted by the lovely and supremely talented Cindy Lovell.  Cindy is always on the cutting-edge of new techniques and she masters each and every one with total skill and ease.  I envy her watercoloring; mine always looks like I spilled the ink.  Make sure you check out her blog for extreme inspiration and a lot of jaw-dropping talent! I love Cindy’s sketch this week; it is the epitome of Clean and Simple and a provided a perfect opportunity to ink up my super cool Lotus Blossom stamp set. FMS174-Lotus-Blossom-SilverThe new Spring Flowers embossing folder made a pretty back ground and made the Silver Foil strip look more like a piece of metal.  I reversed the embossing for the white paper and kept it forward for the foil paper just to be different. FMS174-Lotus-BlossomTake note of that incredibly shaded flower!  One color (Rose Red), yet all that dimension.  It’s three-step stamping, and oh-so-simple.  And do you know what’s even better than pretty and easy?  FREE!  This is one of your choices for a free item from Sale-A-Bration when you spend a minimum of $50 before tax and shipping!  Another no-brainer, right? Be sure to stop over at Freshly Made Sketches to see the wonderfully inspiring cards that the ‘Clean Team’ has whipped up for you, and if you’re so inclined, we hope to see you in the gallery this week!  Here’s your starting point: FMS174 Cindy L Okay… what are you still doing here?  Shouldn’t you be in your craft room?  :) Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES:  Sale-A-Bration Brochure Free Item: Lotus Blossom Stamp Set

Occasions Catalog:  Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, Artisan Embellishments Kit (Crochet Trim)

Annual Catalog:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi and Silver Foil Card Stock, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi Ink Pads and Stampin’ Write Markers, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Circles Framelits, Strawberry Slush Cotton Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Celebrate Your Big Day!

Hooray!  It’s Wednesday and time for another Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  I’m really sorry, but I don’t have any pictures of my house with huge snow drifts or anything exciting like that.  It’s the same ol’ look as always… green palm trees and flowering shrubs.  Boring, huh?

Our exceptionally talented and wildly creative team member, Kim Singdahlsen, has created a really great sketch to work with.  I already have so many ideas of other ways to use her sketch, but here’s my first go at it…

FMS173-Big-Day-Stamp-SetWhat’s not to love about the Sale-a-Bration stamp set, “Big Day”?   And it’s FREE with a $50 minimum purchase.  That’s a lot to love!  I love the look of this stamp used on the Chalk Board paper with Stampin’ Write Markers (directly on the stamp) and Blendabilities (directly on the card).  A Big Day needs a little sparkle and shine, right?  Easily accommodated with a little gold glitter, a peek of gold foil paper and gold baker’s twine.  :)  Despite the bits of glitter and sparkle, I think this would be okay for a guy.  What do you think?  I used one of the stamp set sentiments to complete the interior of the card:

FMS173-Big-DayI hope you’ll join us at Freshly Made Sketches, check out the inspiring designs by the ‘Clean Team’, and play along with us this week.  I can’t wait to see if any of you use one of the other ideas that I have for this sketch!

FMS173 Kim S

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SUPPLIES:  Stamp Set:  Big Day (free Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set);  Paper:  Whisper White, Gold Foil, Burmuda Bay and Birthday Bash DSP (Occasions Catalog);  Stampin’ Write Markers:  Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay;  Blendabilities:  Daffodil Delight Assortment:  Tools and Accessories:  VersaMark, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, Go,d Stampin’ Glitter, Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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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.

FMS171 Rita

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!

FMS169 Jen T

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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