FMS251 Wonderful Year

Guess who’s hosting at Freshly Made Sketches this week?  I’m excited to share a sketch for everyone to play with, and to share my own design based on it.FMS251 Cindy Hall

 

It’s a pretty simple sketch with only a few layers, and when I designed the sketch, I wanted something that I could use a large sentiment with.  I chose the Wonderful Year stamp set (awesome stamp set!), which fit perfectly on my white oval.  I used Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Markers to ink up my stamp.

FMS251-Wonderful-YearThe stamp and Pretty Pines Thinlits do all the work.  I really love the little extra cuts in the pinecones for texture.  The DSP is from the Warmth and Cherry DSP Stack, and I combined it with Gold Foil to add some color and shine.  This is a wonderful card to make for out-of-town family and friends as it is flat and mail-friendly.

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I hope you’re inspired by my card and the other awesome creations by the Design Team at Freshly Made Sketches, and that you’ll play along with us this week.  I love making a sketch and seeing what your creative minds come up with!

Happy Stamping!

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Just a Note (for you!)

I absolutely love the Flowering Flourishes Bundle!  Both the stamp set and the thinlet dies are so versatile and super simple to create with, either separately or together, but for this one I strongly recommend buying the bundle.  Also, although you can create a better cutting experience with intricate dies by adding addition sheets of paper or with wax paper, again, I recommend the Precision Plate if you like to take the work out of stamping.  I’ve put the bundle to use on this week’s sketch for Freshly Made Sketches by our super-awesome Guest Designer, Cecile Ribon.  If you haven’t checked out Cecile’s blog yet, I urge you to do so, because she is an amazing designer.

FMS250-Cindy-Hall-3I started by masking off the shape of the background piece and sponged it with Pool Party from the outsides in, leaving a slightly lighter spot in the middle and then stamped the sentiment in black.  FMS250-Flourish-Thinlets-2After cutting out the flower and leaves with the die, I did a little trimming on the leaves, added some Wink of Stella and a rhinestone to the flower for a little more pop and finished with clear droplets.

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I hope you love Cecile’s fresh and clean sketch as much as I do!  Please come see what the ‘Clean Team’ at Freshly Made Sketches has created for lots of inspiration, and hopefully, you’ll be inspired to play along with us this week!

Happy Stamping!

Supplies: Stamp Set: Flourishing Phrases;  Paper: Whisper White Thick Card Stock, Rose Red, Delightful Dijon and Old Olive;  Ink: Pool Party and Black;  Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Precision Cutting Plate, Flourish Thinlets Dies, Wink of Stella, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Glue Pen.  Non-SU:  Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets.

 

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Friendship

It’s time for another sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our host is Kim Singdahlsen.  I really admire Kim’s style and talent, and that carries through to her sketch designs.  This week’s sketch is fabulous and it has so many ways to use it, make sure you add this one to your book of favorites

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I chose to use the Sheltering Tree stamp set for the main panel, with the leaves overlapping on to the base card.  I stamped the leaves twice, once with Old Olive and then with Garden Green. I stuck a few heart sequins from my stash of retired items in the tree.  For a final step, I re-stamped the tree with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear powder.  It gives it lovely dimension.

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I also re-stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with clear.  It needed one more thing.  I added a heart that was made with Blushing Bride card stock and  a retired (I know, I’m sorry!  I hope you have these items or something similar!) heart shaped mini punch.  A little Wink of Stella and a good coat of Crystal Effects makes the most beautiful enamel-look heart.

FMS249 Kim SI hope you were inspired by Kim’s awesome sketch and my simple card!  Please check out Freshly Made Sketches to see the wide variety of stunning designs by our ‘Clean Team’, and if you’re up to the challenge, we’ll see you in our gallery!  🙂

Happy Stamping!

 

 

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FMS249 – Botanical Builder Framelits

It’s so easy to make a quick card with a great set of Framelits, and with Botanical Builders Framelits there are endless ways to use them.  This week’s sketch for the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is by our creative and inspirational designer, Linda Callahan, is sure to inspire you.  It was perfect inspiration for me to use my Botanical Builders.

FMS248-Botanical-BuildersFor this card, I simply arranged some die cut flowers and leaves on a piece of woodgrain embossed and smoky slate sponged white card stock.  I used Candy Dots, a Candy Dot Brad and rhinestones for the flower centers and I added some Wink of Stella to random flower parts.  The sentiment, from Sheltering Tree stamp set, is stamped on white and then “shadowed” with a piece of Smoky Slate card stock.FMS248-Botanical-Builders-AI hope you find some inspiration in Linda’s sketch and the card I designed, as well as with the Design Team cards over at Freshly Made Sketches.

FMS248 LindaI hope to see your design in our gallery this week!  In the meanwhile, Happy Stamping!

 

 

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FMS245 Timeless Textures

Are you ready for a fresh challenge for Freshly Made Sketches?   This week’s sketch comes to you from Jen Mitchell.  I’m always excited to see Jen’s sketch because they’re always great to work with.  Jen is so talented and creative.  I wanted to keep my card super-simple, and maybe gender neutral, but maybe highlight it with some stitching and this is what I came up with:

FMS245-Cindy-HallI used Mint Macaron card stock and stamped the bottom portion with a stamp from Timeless Textures in Rich Razzleberry.  The sentiment is from Perfect Pennants (retired), and it fit so perfectly for the sketch.  I had a difficult time capturing the colors on this card, but the stamping is all done in Rich Razzleberry, and the ‘enamel dots’ are done with a marker in Rich Razzleberry and coated with Crystal Effects.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s card and that you love Jen’s sketch, too.  Please come see what our Freshly Made Sketches Design Team has created for your eyes to feast over and, hopefully, you’ll be inspired to play along with us!

Happy Stamping!

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Simple Masculine Birthday Card

My mom called and said she needed a birthday card to give a gentleman neighbor that she doesn’t know well.  I love the Wetlands stamp set and frequently use it for gents cards, and for today’s card, my goal was to keep it from seeming too personal.  This definitely called for CAS!

FMS244-Simple-Wetlands-BirtTo keep the base one layer I used an oval mask (Ovals Framelits), and then used masking tape to create my layers of sponged colors: So Saffron, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake.  The duck is stamped in black and then re-stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  For a final touch to give the water, sand and duck some glimmer, I added a light coat of Wink of Stella.

My card was inspired by our talented, super-efficient and lovely Jennifer Timko‘s sketch for this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’m serious.  I was inspired the moment I saw it and I knew it was perfect for my masculine card.  So, thanks, Jennifer!

FMS244 Jen TI hope you are inspired, too, by Jennifer’s sketch, and that you’ll come play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’d love to see you there!

Happy stamping!

 

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A REAL Note for FMS243

This card was made with one of my favorite stamps that I’ve ever bought from MFT – it’s Who’s That Girl (WTG) Musical Girl.  It was also made with the inspiration by Amy O’Neill’s fabulous sketch (inspired my shaker card) for this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our super-sweet Amy always creates clean and easy to work with sketches.  Thanks, Amy!

FMS243-WTG-Musical-GirlEven though I was extremely tempted to add some color, especially since I love coloring this particular image, but I forced myself to keep it black and white with the exception of gold sequins.  This card was super simple to make.  I stamped the sentiment and a few musical notes on the base card, then built the shaker part from there.  The little music die cuts are were also from My Favorite Things.  I don’t know the availability because I purchased it so long ago.

FMS243-MFT-WTGI need to add something to the image and since I had eliminated the option of color, I added Crystal Effects to the keyboard: two layers with the first being over the entire keyboard and the second just on the ebonies.  What a fun card this will be to send!

FMS243 AmyAmy’s great sketch is versatile and we can’t wait to see what occasion you use it for!  Don’t forget to stop by Freshly Made Sketches to see what our Design Team has created to inspire you this week.

Happy stamping!

 

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