A Little Springtime

It’s time for another fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and our hostess, Jen Brum, doesn’t let us down!  Jen’s sketch is clean-lined and simple.  No special tools are needed to follow this sketch, and if you’re like me, you’ve already come up with ways to put that sketch on paper.

I chose to use Simon Says Stamps Springtime Critters stamp set, which I originally bought for Easter cards, but the set never got inked up.  Fortunately, there are lots of stamps in the set that are not necessarily “Easter Only” stamps, and sentiments, too.  I couldn’t resist this set because of my love for anything with sweet little birds and/or birdhouses.

FMS230-SSS-Springtime-Critt

I’m still practicing water coloring, as you can see, and still needing more practice, but at least it’s a card I’ll actually use.  For this card I used a variety of Zig Watercolor Markers paired with an Aqua Painter.  I will never get over my love for coloring with any type of medium.

FMS230-You're-A-TweetheartHere’s a close up photo that shows more details of the coloring.  I just need a little more patience to let one color dry before I try to color the area adjacent to it to help stop the colors from running into each other for this type of water coloring.

FMS230 Jen BrumI hope you enjoyed my card and that you see as many possibilities with Jen’s sketch that I do.  Please come visit us at Freshly Made Sketches to see the extraordinary collection of designs that the “Clean Team” has created to inspire you.  We hope you’ll play along with us this week!

 

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email
  • RSS
  • YouTube
  • Google Plus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

My Little Italian Chef Hero

I love the stamp set and coordinating dies from My Favorite Things (Recipe for Happiness) that I used for today’s sketch, and since I’m the host at Freshly Made Sketches, I was able to create a sketch that worked just perfectly for this idea.  :)

Forgive me, but life’s thrown some little rocks in my path and I’m behind on everything, so this post is going to be brief.  First, my card:

FMS229-Recipe-for-HappinessThe strip of DSP was black and white and I used markers to make it coordinate with the colors used on the card.  Here’s a close up of the card that shows the layers and the embossed sentiment:

FMS229-MFT-Recipe-for-HappiAnd, finally, here’s this week’s sketch for Freshly Made Sketches.  I hope you’ll visit and play along!

FMS229_2-001

Wishing you lots of time to stamp!

Supplies (All SU unless noted)  Stamp Set and Dies:  MFT Recipe for Happiness;  Ink:  Zig and SU Markers, Black Ink Pad, VersaMark;  Paper: SU Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Basic Black and Stacked with Love DSP and Ranger Watercolor Paper;  Tools and Accessories: Big Shot, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aqua Painter, Regals and Neutrals Candy Dots.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email
  • RSS
  • YouTube
  • Google Plus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Foiling with Rose Wonder Bundle

It’s time for another sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches and the lovely and talented Kim Singdalsen is our hostess this week.  Kim has designed a sketch for us to start with, and the sketch is intriguing and brought several ideas to mind for me.  I chose to go with Rose Wonder Bundle, using the sentiment from the stamp set and one die from the die set.

FMS228-Rose-WonderI finally broke down and bought the Mini Minc, which is similar to a laminator, but is designed for card making.  It’s super simple and I love how it looks.

FMS228-Foiled-Rose-WonderIts really hard to capture the true look of the foil in a photo (at least for me!), but it’s really pretty.  I added a little gold cording and a Cucumber Crush lace ribbon as accents.

FMS228 - Kim SI hope you’ve been inspired by Kim’s sketch and that you’ll join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Don’t forget to drop by the blog to see what the Design Team has created to send you running to your craft space!

Happy Stamping!

 

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email
  • RSS
  • YouTube
  • Google Plus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Freshly Made Sketches #227

A Day In Paris.  Ooh-la-la, that sounds good.  I’ve used Penny Black’s A Day In Paris stamp set for my design for this week’s sketch challenge at Freshly Made SketchesLinda Callahan is our hostess this week, and we can always look forward to a very versatile and creative sketch from her.  It mirrors her work as a card maker.  Linda is so creative and uses stamp sets in the most creative ways.  I am amazed by each and every card she makes.  If you haven’t been to her blog, you really must check out her designs at Stampin’ Seasons.  I didn’t change Linda’s sketch on my card, but because my image was a little large, I turned the base card and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d the sketch to fit appropriately.

FMS227-A-Day-In-Paris---PenThis image was so much fun to color!  I tried a new (to me) water color medium by Peerless with a #6 Silver Black Velvet brush and I loved working with it.  The brush has such a fine tip that you can color anything with it.  I think I’ve found my preferred medium for water coloring, at least for coloring images!  (Finally.)  I still need to learn not to overwork water colors; they’re just not meant to be perfect.

FMS227-Penny-Black-A-Day-In

SThis was a simple card to put together.  The both DSP packs are from Stampin’ Up!:  the striped DSP is from the Go Wild DSP stack and the black with tiny white hearts is from a retired DSP stack.  I tossed in a few clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for my finishing touch.

I’m really excited to do more coloring with my new water colors.  I have a few more images (just a few, right?) that I want to color now.

FMS227 Linda Callahan

In the meanwhile, I hope you’ll visit Freshly Made Sketches and leave some love for the girls who work each week to bring you inspiration via fresh and new designs.  And we’d love it if you would play along with us this week!

 

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email
  • RSS
  • YouTube
  • Google Plus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Sunshiny Hello

I had fun making a card for Rita Wright’s fun sketch.  Rita is our hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches, and working with a sketch design by Rita’s is pure pleasure.  I wanted to try misting water on this inked Polka Dot Background stamp from My Favorite Things.  I cropped it with MFT’s Inside Out Stitched Rectangle dies, and then paired with my free dynamic, Sunny Skies, that came in the same order, it makes for a fast, super-cheerful card.  FMS226-Dots-and-Hello-You-T

I used 6 colors, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Marina Mist and Elegant Eggplant.  I worked from the Daffodil Delight going out in both directions; I applied the colors directly from the ink pads and this helped eliminate contaminating lighter colors with darker ones.  The inks overlapped slightly.  After getting the stamp inked up well, I misted it with water and stamped it on Ranger Watercolor Paper (smoother side).  FMS226-Hello-You-ThinlitsI used two layers from the “hello” from the Hello You Thinlits, the top in Gold Foil and the bottom in Daffodil Delight.  I used 3 layers of Daffodil Delight for the sun.  I thought my card would be done, but I felt like it was missing something.  I added Wink of Stella to the sun and a few random dots.  It still needed something, so I freehanded the face on the sun with the Project Life Marker and added a little White Gel Pen to the eyes and a little blushing bride for some rosy cheeks.  And THEN it was finished!

FMS226 RitaBI hope you enjoyed my fairly simple card and Rita’s sketch this week and I hope you’ll check out what my fellow design team members have created to inspire you, and that you’ll play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Happy stamping!

[sigI]

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email
  • RSS
  • YouTube
  • Google Plus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

FMS225 By The Tide Fishies

Hello!  It’s time for another Freshly Made Sketches blog challenge, and our host this week is the uber-talented Jen Mitchell.  Jen’s sketch brought me immediate ideas; I hope it does the same for you!

 

FMS225-By-The-Tide-2

Whenever I use Stampin’ Up’s By The Tide stamp set, I almost always heat emboss the fish, and if I don’t have the right color of embossing powder, I just add clear embossing over top of my already inked image.  After inking and clear embossing, I colored each fish with a blender pen and Daffodil Delight ink and then added a light layer of Wink of Stella.  Their eyes got a little filling in with a black marker and a dab of Crystal Effects.  They have such wonderful texture when they’re done.

FMS225-By-The-Tide-Fishies

For the ‘U’, I used 3-4 layers of clear embossing powder to really make the image pop.  The ‘thank’ is also heat embossed with clear, but it’s one layer.  Both stamps are from Simon Says Stamp Big U Words.

FMS225-Big-U-Words

Everything was placed on the vertical strip made with My Favorite Things Lots of Dots background stamp (stamped in Pool Party ink on Pool Party card stock).  A few Rainstones by Pretty Pink Posh gave this card its finishing touch.

 

FMS225 Jen MPlease come check out Freshly Made Sketches blog to see what the ‘Clean Team’ has made to inspire you this week.  I hope you’ll play along with us!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email
  • RSS
  • YouTube
  • Google Plus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Sweet and Simple Birthday

It’s Jennifer Timko’s turn to be hostess at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’m always excited to see what Miss Jennifer has for us to play with and this week’s is extra fun.  The idea for my card came to me almost immediately, but it required me to take the liberty of turning the sketch.

FMS224 Botanicals for YouThis card was so easy to make with a simple rectangle of a pretty floral DSP (this one’ from Love Blossoms) and a rectangle, slightly wider, of Vellum card stock.  I used my Misti and stamp the main image, “just for you” from Botanicals For You, several times with Memento black ink.  To make the DSP piece stick out like on the sketch, a little piece of Blushing Bride was cropped with the Scallop Border Punch to add more to the feminine look.  For finishing touches, I added a little gold cord ribbon and some crystal sequins to finish the ultra-feminine look.

FMS224 Jen T

I hope this card and/or Jennifer’s sketch has inspired you.  Hop on over to Freshly Made Sketches for more inspiration and to play along with us this week.

Happy stamping!

 

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email
  • RSS
  • YouTube
  • Google Plus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Older posts «