Hooray! With Cheerful Critters

Hooray!  It’s time for a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, and our host this week is the sweet, clever and humorous Linda Callahan!   If you don’t know Linda as clever and humorous, you haven’t been to her blog.  She’s witty in her writing and all of her cards are so cleverly designed.  I always look at them and say to myself “Why didn’t I think of that?”.  In fact, I know I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating… our whole team is awesome!  It’s sort of like Hotel California at Freshly Made Sketches… “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave”!  Anyway, on with today’s card:

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Cheerful Critters is not the kind of stamp sets that I usually choose, but I’ve been having so much fun with these adorable little critters.  You can put just about anything on his little sign (the sentiment “congratulations” on the sign today is from Something to Say).   The other sentiments on the vertical panel are all from the Cheerful Critters stamp set.  I love photopolymer!  It makes doing stamping like this so easy, since you can see through the stamps for perfect alignment.

FMS183-Cheerful-Critters-So All the parts of my little Critter were paper pieced.  I did make a slight adjustment to his tiny wing holding the sign, because the wing was too small to hold the sign post.  This is another one of those cards that made me smile the entire time that I was working on it.  Don’t you love it when stamping make you literally smile while doing it?!

I hope you find Linda’s sketch as much fun as I did.

FMS183 Linda CPlease check out the fabulous creations that our ‘Clean Team’ at Freshly Made Sketches has created to inspire you and then come play along with us this week.  Looking forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!

 

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Shhhhh… Don’t Tell Mom!

I found this really great sketch by Kerry Willard Bray at Pals Paper Arts this week (PPA248), and just HAD to make something with it.  I decided to go with a pretty floral design and make my Mom’s Mother’s Day card.  Remember, if you know my Mom, this is a secret!  This is one of those times were I’m glad she’s not computer literate.  :)

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These colors are perfect for my Mom.  She loves pastels and florals, so this DSP print from Gold Soiree was the perfect place to start.  In fact, Mom has a blouse that looks almost exactly like this print!  The beautiful flower focal point is a image from the Bloom With Hope stamp set and was colored with a blender pen and Calypso Coral, Crisp Canteloupe and Pistachio Pudding, with a little gray for shading.

PPA248-Bloom-with-Hope-Mother's-DaI added lots of pearls for my Mom, too.  The pearls in the centers of the flowers were colored with the Blendabilities Calypso Coral Assortment.  The sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set.  I just love all the separate words in the set; you can put them together for the perfect combination of words for just about any occasion.  There are 47 words on 28 stamps, and the photopolymer set makes it so easy to line them up in a jiffy.  The sentiment banner was layered on a strip of 1-1/4″ Jute Ribbon that was cut in half lengthwise.

Kerry’s great sketch equaled a super quick and easy card.

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Thanks for the inspiration, Kerry, and thanks to everyone who stopped by to look at my card!

Happy stamping!

 

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(NOTE:  BLENDABILITIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME DUE TO MANUFACTURING PROBLEMS)

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Sharing the Love

I have to show you this very thoughtful and super-adorable card that my friend, Susan Macquarrie sent to me.  It certainly cheered me up and made me feel loved!

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It just doesn’t get cuter than this!  Susan cleverly used the owl builder punch to create this card.  I love how she adorned each one to give them their own “style”, and woe is me, I’m hanging upside down from the branch, which is exactly how I was feeling at the time.  I had a rough few months, first with asthmatic bronchitis, then pneumonia, and finally a 3-day visit to the hospital with an abdominal hematoma from the coughing.  Fortunately, with loving family and friends, my spirits were good through the entire ordeal and I’m fully recovered now.

Two things made this card extra-special.  First, the really fun googly-eyes.  I’ve never seen googly-eyes with eyelashes.  Is that too cute or what?!  Secondly, I love the way Susan did the sentiment on the paper blocks.  Can you believe that it is Susan own handwriting done with a gel pen?!  I would have thought it was stamped if I didn’t know what beautiful penmanship she has.

 

Hang-In-There-by-Susan-MacqI am blessed to have Susan as a friend.  She is the type of person that goes above and beyond for her friends.  She’s the most thoughtful and caring person and has helped me in so many ways since we first met at one of my card classes.  And, in case you didn’t notice, she is amazingly talented and makes awesome cards!  :)

Blessings to Susan and to all of my blog readers!  You all make my day with your kind comments and love you send me.

 

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Something Lacy with Banner Blessings

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means…  A new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our host this week is the always awesome designer, Rita Wright.  I truly am in awe of her amazing talent.  I LOVE all of her creations, and she’s one of the most modest people I’ve ever met.  If I were her, I be holding everything up and saying “See what a great card I made?!”  :)  Rita created a great sketch this week, too.  Very easy to work with, but enough design to make a really great card and show off a great stamp or DSP.

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Of those two items (stamp or DSP), I chose to highlight a fabulous background stamp, Something Lacy, heat embossed with Pool Party Embossing Powder on Early Espresso card stock.

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The lacy background needed a border, so strips of Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, Island Indigo card stock and Gold Glimmer paper cut with the Scallop Border Punch came to the rescue.  A Bitty Butterfly and some little flowers from  the Itty Bittly Accents Punch Pack, all adorned with Basic Rhinestone Jewels added a little dimension.

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I love the Banner Blessings stamp set, and I love how each of the four sentiments have a scripture on them.  On this one, embossed with Early Espresso, I also colored in the large letters with a Island Indigo Stampin’ Write Marker.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy card (and one that’s mail-friendly), this one fits the bill!

Here’s Rita’s sketch…

FMS182 Rita Wright

I hope you’ll come play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Happy stamping!

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Happy for Freshly Made Sketches

I hope you’re all having a happy day!  It’s time for another fabulous sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and today’s sketch comes from the very clever and creative Jen Mitchell.  I loved using this sketch.  I haven’t designed a card so quickly and easily in a long time!

 

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Does this card make you feel happy like it does for me?  This is the first time I’ve used my Hello You Thinlit Dies, and I am in love with them!  I double stacked two slightly offset cutouts, So Saffron and Basic Black, to create a shadow effect and more dimension, and then added a thin layer of Crystal Effects to give it an enameled look.

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The Stacked With Love DSP and Lovely Amazing You stamp set work well together for the theme of this card, and the card from my Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection inspired the color palette and made this so quick and easy to create.

I hope you’ll join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week and show us how Jen’s sketch inspired you!

FMS181 Jen M

 

Thanks for stopping by!

STAMPIN’ UP! SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Lovely Amazing You and Work of Art;  Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Stacked With Love DSP Stack and Everyday Adventure Project Life Cards;  Ink:  Daffodil Delight Ink Pad and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker;  Tools and Accessories:  Owl Builder Punch (for heart and circles), Big Shot, Hello You Thinlits, Crystal Effects Multi-Purpose Glue and Glue Dots.

 

 

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Something Lacy

Love doilies and lace?  Then this card design is for you!  I started with Jennifer Timko’s really unique and interesting sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this week.  As soon as I saw the sketch, I saw a ruffled doily.  The doily was easy to ‘ruffle’ by cutting half way to the center of the doily and accordion folding it.

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The Something Lacy Stamp Set was heat embossed in white, and colored in random areas with Stampin’ Write Markers.  The sentiment, from Sheltering Tree Stamp Set was heat embossed with gold on vellum to keep the look very soft and feminine.  TIP:  The Candy Dots hide the glue dots on the back side of the vellum that adhere it to the background piece.

ANOTHER TIP:  I was going to dry emboss the bottom portion with Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, which I think would have been so pretty, but I glued it all together before I remembered my plan.  I hope that if you CASE this card, that you remember that step!  :)

I hope you’ll join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week and play along with Jennifer’s fun sketch!

FMS180 Jen T

Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Sheltering Tree (sentiment) and Something Lacy (background stamp);  Ink:  VersaMark;  Stampin’ Write Markers:  Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Pink Pirouette;  Paper:  Blushing Bride, Whisper White and Vellum Paper;  Tools and Accessories:  Heat Gun, White Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Blushing Bride Thick Twine, Doilies, Pearls Basic Jewels.  Pearls were colored with Blendabilities, currently unavailable for purchase.

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