Happy Cake Day!

I {LOVE} Jennifer Timko’s sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  I have so many ideas of ways to use it, so you’ll be seeing it again!  The three panels make this sketch feel very contemporary to me, so it gave me the perfect opportunity to use my new Age Awareness stamp set.  I knew I had to have this super-versatile set as soon as I saw it and I’m so glad it resides in my collection now!

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As you can see (or will see when you see Jennifer’s sketch below), I rotated the sketch to accommodate the cake and balloons.  The cake is from Sketched Birthday, and the other images are from Age Awareness.  I accentuated two of the “HAPPY”s and one of the “CAKE DAY” and the entire row of candles with Crystal Effects, which gives it a really shiny embossed look.  The little tiny circles of Gold Foil were cut with the smallest circles in the Owl Builder Punch.  They make great little gold brads, right?

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One balloon was stamped with the balloon from Age Awareness, and then trace onto Gold Foil for the second and third balloons.  All balloons were coated with Crystal Effects, sprinkled with gold glitter and given Gold Baker’s Twine strings.

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The cake stamp, which includes a candle, was colored with Stampin’ Write Markers, and the candle was omitted.  After coloring the image with markers, I added a little glue with a Glue Pen and sprinkled on some sugary-looking Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.Age-Awareness-Sketched-Birt

And here’s the card interior trimmed out with a little Gold Soiree DSP:

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Here’s Jennifer’s sketch:

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What a great sketch!  I hope you love it as much as I do and that we’ll see you in the gallery this week!  Don’t forget to visit Freshly Made Sketches to see this week’s FABULOUS (seriously!) creations by the “Clean Team’!

 

Don’t forget to add Age Awareness to your Wish List for the perfect Birthday stamp set that can be either sweet and whimsical or funny and snarky!  :)

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Awesomeness for Freshly Made Sketches!

Amy O’Neill is our host this week at Freshly Made Sketches, and I LOVE the sketch that she’s created for us to play with!  I love Amy’s style, and her sketches are always ones that I love to work with and get so much inspiration from.  This one is no exception!

First, my card:

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This was my first chance to break out my new Flower Patch stamp set an d the coordinating Framelits, Flower Fair.  I can hardly wait to play with it again.  One thing that’s very apparent from the first time you use this bundle… the sky is the limit.  This will probably be my best investment this year!  You’re only getting basically a peek of very few components of the bundle.  I can’t wait to use them for two-step (and more!) stamping.

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The Gold Foil center piece for the flower was cut with the NEW Little Pieces Embosslits die and topped off with a Subtles Candy Dot.  Beneath the Gold Foil pieces, a few wisps of frayed Gold Baker’s Twine gave this card some much-needed textile.  The flower was layered over strips of Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape (Gold).

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To coordinate with the Strawberry Slush card base and the gold elsewhere on the card, I created a two-tone sentiment, part in Gold Embossing and part in Strawberry Slush ink.

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To complete the card, I added a few splatters with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge, a few gold sequins and a few rhinestones.  Presto!

I hope you’ll check out the fabulous designs that the ‘Clean Team’ has prepared to get you excited, and that you’ll play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches with Amy’s fabulous sketch as your starting point!

 

 

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Flower Shop Hello

It’s time for another awesome sketch by Margaret Moody for the Pals Paper Arts challenge this week!  I don’t usually get too excited over circles, especially more than one, but I saw my Flower Shop stamp set and coordinating Pansy Punch coming to the rescue!

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This is a quick-n-easy, fun and contemporary greeting card.  I played up to the black and white by adding texture with the Argyle Embossing Folder.  The little banner strip is from a piece of DSP from the Back to Black Collection with a string of Strawberry Slush Baker’s Twine wrapped and tied into a bow.

Two black Neutrals Designer Buttons trimmed with circles of Silver Shimmer Paper add dimension and shine to the “textile” flowers.  A simple “hello” sentiment was perfect for this clean and whimsical card.

I hope you’ll come play along with us and Margaret’s fun sketch this week at Pals Paper Arts!

 

 

 

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FMS145 – With You…

I’m back after a short “time-out”.  My husband had a week’s vacation for the first time since his new job (two years), and I ended up getting totally off schedule, so I ended up taking the week off with him, with the exception of a class that we had Saturday.  Ahhhhhh.  Much needed.

I love the sketch that our uber-talented Narelle created for us to play with at the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week!  I’ve declared Narelle the Queen of Flowers, Colors, Patterns, Layering, Fussy-Cutting and Bow-Making, just to name a few of her titles.  I can’t wait to see what she’s done with this sketch, and I hope you’ll come check out the ‘Clean Team’s’ creations and play along with us!

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I chose to use the circle element to highlight the adorable image from For the Birds.  I didn’t ink the sentiment for the main image, but then inked it in three parts for the banners.  This was my first chance to use the new Blendabilities, even though I wasn’t intent on a lot of blending or fussy-coloring, but I will say that I really love these already!  Can’t wait to get into some real coloring and blending with them!

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This was a super-simple quick-n-easy card.  The Flowering Flourishes always make a quick tone-on-tone background, with the use of a little VersaMark, and I took it up a notch with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing.  You may have noticed that this card is void of many embellishments, and that’s because it’s for my best friend and husband.  I was really pushing my luck with the Flowering Flourishes and a single Pearl and Rhinestone.  :)

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PPA210 In Big Ways, Small Ways

The colors for this week’s color challenge at Pals Paper Arts are fabulous!  The combination of Basic Gray, Lost Lagoon and Pool Party conjure up many summery themes like sunny blue skies and seaside retreats.  Ahhhhhhh.PPA210-Elegant-Butterfly

This was a really simple card to make. A few punches and an embossing folder make quick-work out of this design.

The larger flower was stamped with a stamp from Papillion Potpourri in black ink on Pool Party Cardstock, cropped with the Elegant Butterfly Punch and then embellished with Rhinestones and Silver Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue.

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The smaller butterfly was cropped with the Bitty Butterfly Punch and embellished with Silver Dazzling Details.

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The Label Brackets Punch works wonderfully as a background piece with this sentiment and a circle punch. The Labels Bracket Punch is on this week’s Weekly Deals at 25% off!  See the weekly deals here.  Only available while supplies last.

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The interior, with the second half of the sentiment from Something to Say, along with a few more butterflies gives the inside a beautiful finish!

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I hope you’ll take a moment to stop in at Pals Paper Arts to see what wonderful creations the Resident Artists have designed to inspire you!

Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Daydreaming

Yes, I must have been daydreaming!  I forgot to send my sister-in-law a card for her birthday, hence, the belated birthday card.  Thank you, Stampin’ Up!.  The belated birthday message is in the Remembering Your Birthday set (ironic name, don’t you think?), and this set must be for me!

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Daydream Medallions was not an intention choice to go with the belated theme, but it does work.  I guess you could say I was daydreaming when I let that birthday come and go!  Daydream Medallions coordinates with the Floral Frames Collection Framelits, and therefore, makes a card like this a breeze to make.

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The colors for this card were picked out of the gorgeous Retro Fresh Washi Tape:  Coastal Cabana, So Saffron and Tangerine Tango.

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I love how the flower’s center is on the inside of the card, so the inside is beautiful, too!

This week’s awesome sketch was created by the talented designer, Cindy Lovell, for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I loved working with this sketch, and I think you will, too.  I hope to see your creation in our gallery this week!

FMS143 - Cindy LovellThanks for stopping by!

 

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Man-Card Alert!

This is not at all the card that I went in my craft room to make.  Not at all.  The second I saw the graph paper in the Moonlight Paper Stack, the card began its life.  This card was created based on this week’s sketch for the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and it was made for us by the super sweet and extremely talented ‘Clean Team’ Designer, Jen Brum.

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I think that the holes make this a little more interesting for a guy.  Just use your paper piercing template and paper piercing tool to mark where you want the holes cut.  I used my Crop-a-Dile to make these.  The gray circles were cut with a regular paper hole punch.

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Using Crystal Effects on the closely cropped words make them bolder and more of a statement!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card, and I know you’ll love what the ‘Clean Team’ at Freshly Made Sketches has created to inspire you this week!  I hope we see you in the gallery this week!

 

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