A CAS Masculine Birthday for FMS238

It’s time for another exciting and enticing sketch for a new Freshly Made Sketches challenge and Kim Singdalsen is our host this week, and she has given us exactly that: an exciting and enticing sketch!  The layers made me want to use By The Tide stamp set, and I generally make cards for men when I use this set.

FMS238-By-the-Tide I stamped the coral directly onto the white background piece and then washed it with very watered down Soft Sky ink.  The shell was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and colored with Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake and the fish was stamped with Marina Mist ink on Marina Mist Cardstock, his eye was enhanced with a black marker and glossed with Glossy Accents.  For a final touch to the fish, a light layer of Wink of Stella gave the fish that scaly shininess.

FMS238-By-the-Tide-BirthdayThe Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set.  The dots suggested by the sketch worked perfectly for my card and I used clear droplets (Pretty Pink Posh) for bubbles.  At the last minute, I added some natural twine with a knot.  This was a super-simple card and if you like it, I hope you’ll give it a try.

Be sure to stop by Freshly Made Sketches to see what the other Clean Team members have created for your pleasure and inspiration.

FMS238 KimIt’s a really good week to see a wide variety of styles for a wide variety of occasions.  We hope to see you in the gallery!

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Another Recipe…

Raise your hand if you love clean and simple cards.  (In case you didn’t see it, my hand just flew up.)  I know it’s a favorite of many.  That’s one of the reasons that I love playing along with Freshly Made Sketches as a Design Team member.

This week, our Super-Clean Team Member, Linda Callahan, has created our sketch.  Linda’s sketches are always easy-to-work-with and clean and simple, and I’ve seen some of the most gorgeous cards created based on Linda’s sketches (this week included!).  I combined Linda’s sketch with MFT’s Recipe for Happiness stamp set:

FMS237-MFT-Recipe-For-HappiSometimes it’s so hard to get colors correct when editing photos, and Blackberry Bliss is one of those colors that are extremely hard to photograph.  It looks black in the photo, but there is Blackberry Bliss in the DSP and the thin strip of matting is also Blackberry Bliss.  I had hoped that the DSP looked enough like olive branches with the green and “black olive” colored leaves/berries.  I stamped the sentiment and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder directly on the panel, created some shadow for the figure, and add a few black Candy Dots.   The Chef was quickly trimmed with a coordinating die and he’s popped up on the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

FMS237 Linda

I hope you enjoyed today’s clean and simple card with the most adorable little chef, and I hope you’ll leave me to go see what the Clean Team gals at Freshly Made Sketches have conjured up in their craft spaces for your pleasure and inspiration.   We all hope you’ll join us this week and share your card in our gallery.

Happy stamping!

 

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Sweet Sympathy

The time is flying by, and it’s time for another sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  The ridiculously talented Rita Wright created our sketch and I know you’re going to love it.

FMS236-Bird-Builder-PunchI loved the suggested bird idea and since, for some reason, I love birds on Sympathy cards, I decided to go for it.  I felt like my bird needed to be flipped facing the sentiment, though.  The Bird Builder Punch is one of the most important and loved tools in my arsenal.  The sentiment is from Rose Wonder and the flourish is from Timeless Textures.  A little floral patterned paper and the softness of the dotted lace ribbon make this a warm and friendly greeting.

Well, I’m going to get back to enjoying the very best of Florida weather while you go whip up a card to put up in the gallery for me to see!  I really do hope you’ll visit Freshly Made Sketches and play along with Rita’s sketch.  Check out the blog for more inspiration from our Design Team.

FMS236 Rita Wright

Happy stamping!

 

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Colorful Thank You

Yay!  I’m back for another week with the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Jen Mitchell, who I think has the most gorgeous style of cardmaking and I like her sketches, too.  :)  Jen’s sketch is wide open for interpretation, and I went with a watercolor background and a big, bold sentiment.FMS235-Another-Thank-YouI love one-layer cards (technically, this is two layers) and the simplicity of them.  The bright watercolor background makes a cheerful thank you card.  I love the big bold sentiments, and these two words are both from Another Thank You photopolymer set, and for the first time ever, I cut stamps!  I separated the words.  Now I know stampers have been doing this for a long time, but I’ve never had the courage to cut one of my precious stamps.  But I do love how these two specific words look together and cutting them apart from the words that they were paired with made this so much easier to stamp.  A small scattering of yellow and clear sequins and one easy-peasy card.

FMS235 Jen MI hope you already have an idea for this sketch and are heading to your craft area to start working on it!  Don’t forget to visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what our ‘Clean Team’ has prepared to get your creative juices flowing.  We’ll be looking for you in the gallery this week!

Stamp Set:  SU Another Thank You;  Paper:  Tim Holtz Water Color Paper and SU Thick White Card Stock;  Ink:  Zig Clean Color Markers and VersaMark Black Onyx;  Accessories:  Yellow and Clear Sequins (old stash).

 

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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!

 

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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!

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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.

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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!

 

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