FMS242 Simply Sweet Birthday Card

Simple and Sweet.  SAS.  That’s how I would describe today’s card.  Narelle Farrugia, our famous Queen of Layers, is our host for Freshly Made Sketches this week, and as we can expect, we have some layers to play with.

FMS242 Cindy HallI used the little flower, as well as the sentiments, from Butterfly Basics.  The flower was stamped using VersaMark for a tone-on-tone look.  The sentiment stamp was colored with markers (Soft Suede and NEW Flirty Flamingo), and then re-inked and stamped with VersaMark to add a layer of clear heat embossing.  Add a strip of paper (I used glitter paper) and scatter a few rhinestones and it’s soup!  (Paper-piercing optional – mine was supposed to be stitching but my thread ran out at the very end, so I took it out and now it’s just piercing!)

FMS242 Narelle

I hope you come join Narelle and the rest of us at Freshly Made Sketches to see what two surprises we have, see the Design Team’s inspiring cards, and play along with us!

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Flowers Just For You

I’m so glad to be back for this week’s sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Karren Johnson is our extremely talented designer and our host this week, and she’s created a wonderful sketch that has sooooo many possibilities.  This one will go into my ‘favorites’ file!  My card started with my desire to use the “Just for You” and “Happy Birthday” sentiments.  The garden just grew from there.

FMS241-Just-for-You

I chose the Melon Mambo and a combination of oranges to mimic a beautiful bouquet that my daughter sent me last week.  It’s so cheerful, bright, and beautiful with it’s hot-pink and orange flowers.

FMS241-Garden-in-Bloom

I wanted the sentiment to stand out, which isn’t easy when you’re competing with big, bold flowers, but a bright colored ink that was reinked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder made a statement.

FMS241-Embossed-Sentiment

I hope you enjoyed my card and are intrigued with Karren’s sketch.  Get more inspiration from the Design Team at Freshly Made Sketches, and play along with us this week!

FMS241 Karren J

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A Very Special Birthday

Today’s my Mom’s birthday!  Yay!  She’s a young 84 today.  I wanted to make her a card like the favorites she loves when we make cards together.  She loves cards with flowers and/or butterflies, so I’ve given her both on this card with my beloved Butterfly Basics stamp set.

FMS239-Butterfly-BasicsI’m still smitten with this stamp set and butterfly dies.  I’ve seen the vellum card stock embossed with a polka dot embossing folder and I love how it looks.  I sandwiched the delicate butterfly between two layers of vellum and added pearls.

FMS239-Butterfly

And here’s the sketch that this card is based on:

FMS239 Cindy HallIt’s my week to host Freshly Made Sketches’ sketch challenge.  I hope you have enjoyed my card and are intrigued enough with my sketch to come play along with us.  Don’t forgot to go to the FMS Blog to see the incredible cards that design team has created to inspire you.

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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.

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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

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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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