Sunshiny Hello

Well, it appears that everyone has survived the big 200 celebration at Freshly Made Sketches!  Congratulations to our two Queens of Clean and our random drawing winners!  Some of my teammates are probably wanting to throw their hats in and resign after working day in and day out for these last few weeks to make this celebration perfect for our supporters, but FMS is the Hotel California, and they’ve checked in and they can never leave.  Hahahaha!

So, here’s week 1 of the next 200 (officially #201)!  Our host this week is Narelle Farrugia, our Queen of layers, fussy-cutting, flowers, ribbons and bows and color combinations.  There’s probably more, but it’s late and I can’t think of all of her crowns at the moment.  Her sketch this week is a good representation of her style… she’s added a few layers!  I was excited about working with the sketch the moment I saw it, and I hope you experience the same excitement.

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This was such a fun card to spend time on.  It came together piece by piece, the way creativity should work.  I fell in love with Delightful Dijon while making this card.  It’s a yellow that you can use a lot of without it being overwhelming.  Both layers of the flower are Delightful Dijon; it’s just stamped off once on the top layer.  Both of the rectangular panels are So Saffron, but the horizontal panel has an overlay of Delightful Dijon Dotted Lace Trim.

FMS201 NarelleI stayed true to Narelle’s sketch to the best of my ability.  I couldn’t see any reason to change a thing!

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Although there’s a sweet little bumble bee in the Garden in Bloom stamp set, I cut this cute little bee from one of the English Garden DSP prints.  With a little Crystal Effects and some Dazzling Details mixed with So Saffron, the little bee got a 3-D face lift.  I just noticed that the bee’s left antenna is bent back in photo, but it really is still there! I just fixed it on the card laying beside me.  :)

I hope you’ve been inspired by today’s card, and that you’ll hop over to Freshly Made Sketches to see what the Clean Team has whipped up for your viewing pleasure this week.

All of our long-time supporters were there for our 200th Celebration, and we met quite a lot of new card makers/stampers.  We hope to see all of you again this week!

Happy stamping!

 

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Hello There, Sketch 200!

I really, really, really hope you’re ready for this!

Hooray!  We’re celebrating sketch #200 at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  That’s exciting all itself, but some of our Design Team members have friends in high places in the stamping world, and they’ve collectively gathered a LOT of companies who want to help us celebrate by donating prizes to our participants this week.  And, if that’s not amazing enough, those companies have sent us their very best Design Team members to play along with us.  So much inspiration in one place is going to blow you away (and me, too!).

I’m going to give you a quick look and description of my card this week so you can get over to the party!

FMS200-Vivid-VasesThis week’s sketch is probably one of the simplest and cleanest ever.  Almost a blank canvas with endless options.  I immediately knew it was my chance to use my Brick Wall embossing folder, which I am now totally in love with.  I added a little more realistic look by coloring the “mortar” with a gray marker.  My husband informed me that it’s the best embossing he’s seen so far.  It’s always nice to have his endorsement!  I’m thinking maybe he should offer his consulting services to Stampin’ Up!.

FMS200-Brick-EmbossingA little shading and some Crystal Effects brings those vases to life.  The sentiment from Hero Arts sentiment set, and was just the fun font and sentiment that I wanted for this card.

Okay, I’ve kept you here long enough.  It’s time to get to the party.  But before you go, here’s a quick look at the sketch that you are DEFINITELY going to want to play along with for a chance to win some of the treasure trove of prizes at Freshly Made Sketches.

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We’re all so grateful that so many companies have generously sponsored us and made this a celebration to remember.  I hope you’ll reach out and give them your thanks, too!

Good luck in the prize drawings!

 

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Masculine Thank You with Wetlands

Here we are, at our 199th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our fabulous Karren Johnson has the honor of presenting her sketch design this week and I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this one.  I know it’s going in my stash of favorites.

Sometimes when there’s wide-open spaces on a card sketch, I see it as a canvas.  I think it comes from my very early years of drawing and then the later years of painting.  Isn’t that one of the great things about making cards?  You can use all of your favorite crafting skills to make something really special.  I’m still working on replenishing my Man Card stash, so this week is a masculine thank you card using the Wetlands stamp set.

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I did something on this card that I’ve never tried before.  I wanted to do a watercolor background, but I still haven’t mastered that yet.  I have a round stiff-bristle paint brush that lives in my desktop storage carousel.  I think I originally bought it for stippling, but it now mainly serves as a brush to get the glitter off of my work space.  For some reason, that brush caught my eye and suddenly I thought of using it to color the background.  Because it’s not flat on the end, not all the bristles touch the surface, so it creates a lot of fine lines.  Hmmm.  Worked out pretty well.  :)  The best part was that I was able to color the water background (Pool Party) with horizontal lines and the ground and reed portion (Tip Top Taupe) with vertical lines.  It was so easy and I like it way better than my water coloring!

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After doing the background and stamping the reeds, I stamped my duck with VersaMark and heat embossed with Early Espresso and then colored him with a blender pen and Tip Top Taupe.  No masking necessary!  Don’t you just love it when things come together?

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I hope you were inspired by my card and are ready to go over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out my team members awesome creations.  Use Karren’s fabulous sketch to play along this week and to get for next week’s big party for our 200th Sketch Challenge!

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You won’t want to miss this celebration!  We’ve got lots of awesome stamping companies sponsoring us, so if you don’t have a blog, make sure you have a Pinterest or Splitcoast Stampers account ready to go so you can upload your card and link to our challenge!

Happy, happy stamping!

 

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Endless Birthday Wishes

Hooray!  It’s time for a new challenge at Freshly Make Sketches.  Our host this week is Cindy Lovell, and not only does she have a fabulous new sketch for us, but wait until you see the card she designed using the sketch!   Be sure to check out Cindy’s and all of the amazing Design Team cards.

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My card is quite simple, using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set and a print from the English Garden DSP collection.  I purposely made this card gender neutral, as well as mail-friendly.  I also used a stamp from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set – the cluster of stars in the upper right corner.

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Although the birthday cake image can simply be stamped as-is, I stepped it up a bit by coloring a little with an Aqua Painter and coordinating inks, added a tiny bit of gold glitter on the flames of the candles, and made the cake plate look like white porcelain by adding some Crystal Effects.

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I hope you’ll come play along with us this week!  Now, for some exciting news of what’s coming very soon…

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Mark your calendar and don’t miss the fun and the prizes!

 

Happy Stamping!

 

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Garden in Bloom

It’s time for another sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, and our host this week is the lovely and talented Jen Brum.  I love Jen’s style of card making and I love her sketch this week; it’s a great design to get you started on your way to making a fabulous card.

I chose to work with the Garden in Bloom stamp set and Pretty Petals DSP Stack for this week’s card.  It’s a perfect example of why I love Stampin’ Up! and why I think they make coordination for a beautiful project so easy.  I used ink colors that are in the DSP:  Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.

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I was able to watch some of the General Sessions from this year’s SU convention that took place last week, and I saw how to easily add glittery “splatters”.  Simply put a dab (maybe nickel-size) of liquid glue on a plastic lid, use an Aqua Painter and add a little water to thin the glue, and then tap the Aqua Painter on your other hand, making splatters of glue on your card stock.  Add glitter and you’re all set!  Too easy!  I’ve always just done dabs of glue with a glue pen, but this method looks so much better and more like splatters.  I also added splatters of Old Olive.

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I inked the “Friends” portion of the sentiment stamp with VersaMark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder, and added a heart sequin.  The other half of the stamp was inked with Soft Suede.  The finally touch was adding a little bow of Gold Baker’s Twine.

I hope you are inspired by today’s card and by Jen’s fabulous sketch.

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Please stop by Freshly Made Sketches to see what the Design Team has created to inspire you, and we hope you’ll play along with us this week!

 

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Gent’s Birthday Card

Gentlemen’s cards.  Tough subject for some of us.  Yesterday, my mom asked me if I had a sympathy card appropriate for a gentleman.  No, I did not, but I was doing a birthday card that would be good for a guy, and I put sympathy cards on my to-do list.

So, I’m the host at Freshly Made Sketches this week, and I hope you find my sketch to be as easy and inspiring as I did.  Sometimes I design a sketch and then when I go to make a card based on that sketch, I ask myself “What the heck were you thinking?!”  This one didn’t leave me feeling frazzled, and it actually led me to making an actual quick and easy card.

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The front portion of the base card (Whisper White) was cut 1-1/4″ short so that the Pacific Point strip with the candle was visible with the card open or closed, and it still leaves plenty of room on the inside for a sentiment and writing.

The candle was created by using the striped stamp from the Perfect Pennants stamp set, adding a piece of White Baker’s Twine and a hand cut ‘flame’.

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If you’re looking for a seriously quick and easy (and mail friendly!) card,  this is it!  I hope you’ll hop over to Freshly Made Sketches to see what the ‘Clean Team’ to see what my fellow designers have created for you this week.  I have to say, they’ve done my sketch proudly, but would someone please tell them that they’re not suppose to upstage the host?! :)

Here’s the sketch…

FMS Final 196-001I hope you will come play along with us!

Happy stamping!

 

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Garden in Bloom

The Garden in Bloom and Watercolor Wings stamp sets are the PERFECT summertime stamp sets!  I just received them and couldn’t resist using both of them on my card for today’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Kim Singdahlsen is our wonderful, kind, talented and amazing host this week, BUT she gave us a challenge with three circles.  Did I mention that our friendship is teetering on the edge???   I’m just kidding about that, but I’m not crazy about working with multiple circles, especially when they overlap.  The great disclaimer is that she also said that we can use any shape, as long as it resembles the sketch.

I have to admit that I have created three cards with this sketch already!  Hopefully, I’ll be showing you the other two soon; were both created with the leftover supplies and scraps from the June Paper Pumpkin and they are SO CUTE!  I can’t wait to show you how I used the pieces that were meant to be thrown away.  I should have called my blog “The Frugal Stamper”!

Anyway, on to my card:

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Leaving so much white-space is hard for me, but I always love the way it looks on other people’s cards.  So I resisted adding any splatters, sequins, rhinestones or pearls.  *Sigh*  But I have to admit, I do like the way it looks on this card.  The gorgeous flowers (Garden in Bloom) and butterfly (Watercolor Wings, Butterfles Thinlets and Bold Butterfly Framelits) get all of the attention, as they should.

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I did add one extra accessory, some Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, which is very subtle (see first picture), but it adds softness and dimension.  I also used a Project Life Journaling Pen and created some purposely kinda messy lines around the label piece with the sentiment, since I was using white-on-white.  The look complements the black lines on the flowers.  Okay, one last admission… the flowers were originally going to be stamped directly on the card base, and they were.  Then came the big black smudge dead-center on the front of the card.  Scissors to the rescue!  :)

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So, you can see Kim’s circles, and I think my flowers and butterfly are close. Well, maybe.  Hopefully, Kim will say we can still be friends!  Speaking of friends, I hope you’ll go see my friend’s awesome creations (and I don’t say that lightly!) at Freshly Made Sketches.  I truly believe that I work with some of the best card designers in the world, and, in addition, the entries in our gallery are amazing, too!  On average, you’ll get over 100 ideas each week.  Will you join us in inspiring others this week?

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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