A Painted Petals Easter

Yay!  It’s Wednesday and another awesome sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  I know I always say this, but you really are going to love this week’s sketch by our lovely, talented and super sweet Amy O’Neill.  I love Amy’s style in both her card designs and her sketch designs.  You’re going to want to bookmark her sketch this week because it’s so clean, easy and really produces a great card… you can’t go wrong with this one!

Amy’s card inspired me to do something with flowers, so I chose my new favorite flower stamp set, Painted Petals.

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With Amy’s great design, this was a quick and easy card to put together.  I used the Painted Blooms, which is design to coordinate with the stamp set (don’t you love easy?).  I chose my cards from the DSP, Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss and Wild Wasabil

To step it up a bit, I added Dazzling Details Glitter Glue to the stamped flowers, purposely putting it on in raised rows and curves to give it dimension and sparkle.  A quick and simply butterfly made with a stamp from Papillon Potpourri and the Bitty Butterfly punch and colored with Stampin’ Write Markers.  I decided a little extra sparkle never hurt anything, so I added a little trail behind the butterfly.

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I hope Amy’s sketch and my card have inspired you to play along at Freshly Made Sketches.  Don’t forget to stop there first to see what the other designers have created to rev you up!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

SUPPLIES:  Stamps:  Painted Petals, Papillon Potpourri and Crazy About You (sentiment);  Paper:  Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White and Painted Blooms DSP;  Ink:  Black, Wild Wasabi and Melon Mambo;  Stampin’ Write Markers:  Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie;  Tools and Accessories:  Bitty Butterfly Punch, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue and Brights Candy Dots.

 

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High Five! It’s Party Time!

It’s time to party with Freshly Made Sketches!  This week’s challenge is hosted by Narelle Farrugia, her blog is Stamplicious, and if you’ve visited, you know that her blog is very appropriately named.  Those of you who follow Narelle know that she always uses lots of layers, but she took it easy on us when she created this fresh and clean sketch with a lot of interest and oh-so-many possibilities.  I, personally LOVED working with her sketch, and I hope you will, too! FMS178-Boket-Effect FMS178-High-Five-Party-TimeFMS178-Balloon-Bash     I finally took my first shot at attempting the Bokeh Technique (the background), and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, but I’m not too sure that I didn’t go overboard on the number of circles I created… I may have gotten a little carried away. I created the shadow effect on the “PARTY TIME” sentiment from the High Five stamp set by first stamping with black ink, and then embossing with white.  This was done with the help of my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for perfect alignment. The candles and sentiment (one stamp) from the Balloon Bash stamp set was inked with Stampin’ Write Markers, then they candles were colored a little more and were finished with a little Glossy Accents for dimension and shine. So much fun with one card! FMS178 Narella Farrugia I hope you’ve been inspired to run to your craft space and play along with us this week! STAMPIN’ UP SUPPLIES (Unless otherwise noted):  Stamp Sets:  Balloon Bash, High Five and Gorgeous Grunge (used with VersaMark on Yellow Banner for subtle striping);  Paper:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango;  Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Black Memento, White Craft Ink and VersaMark;  Stampin’ Write Markers:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango;  Acetate Window Sheets, 1/2″,3/4″, 1″ and 1-1/4″ Circle Punches, Stamping Sponges, Circle Collection Framelits, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Paper-Piercing Pack (Essentials), Glossy Accents, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Crazy Middle-of-the-Night Card Ideas

I have some information for you that I don’t think you already know.  Or maybe I’m the last to know?  We’ll see.

But first…  Welcome to my blog and Happy Wednesday.  It’s time for another fun sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and our host this week is the incredibly talented and always inspirational Karren Johnson.  Her sketch this week is one that I liked the moment I saw it and I knew I’d have ideas galore with this one.   And here’s my first creation using the sketch (I know there will be more!).

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Okay, here’s the part that I thought you might not already know…   St. Patrick’s Day Official Beverage is GREEN TEA!  Did you know that?  I grew up thinking it was green beer.  Now, I’ve never drank a green beer, and I probably never will, but I do drink green tea.  Makes sense, right?  The crazy sentiment and idea for this card popped in my head out of nowhere in the middle of the night and I had to go with it, so I found a funky looking font and printed the sentiment with the help of my computer and printer, cut it to size and framed it with a Decorative Label.   For the cup of tea, from the Perfect Blend Stamp Set, I simply colored on the stamp with Stampin’ Write Marker around the outside of the cup and left the ‘paper band’ off, and stamped it a second time to get just the lid.  The tea bag tag was cut freehand and attached with one strand of thread from white baker’s twine.  The ‘shadow’ at the bottom of the cup was stamped with one of the stamps included in the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set (Occasions Catalog).

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This was such a quick and easy card to make, and one that made me grin while I was working on it!  I hope you were inspired and that you will join me in declaring Green Tea the Official St. Patrick’s Day Beverage!

Even though I intended to and thought I was following Karren’s sketch exactly, my memory apparently isn’t what it used to be.  I completely forgot about the banner piece, and will include it when I use this sketch again in the very near future!

FMS177 Karren Johnson

For more inspiration and a chance to be chosen as the King or Queen of Clean this week, please visit Freshly Made Sketches and play along with us this week.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Perfect Blend and Sheltering Tree;  Ink:  Smoky Slate Stampin’ Pad, Basic Black and Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers, Blendabilities Old Olive Collection and Color Lifter;  Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi and Stacked With Love DSP Stack;  Tools and Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, 1/16″ circle punch, White Baker’s Twine, Candy Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals.   Other:  Personal computer and printer.  NOTE:   Blendabilities Markers are currently unavailable for ordering until SU works out some quality control issues with the manufacturer.

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Live The Life

Happy Wednesday!  As the host at Freshly Made Sketches this week, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit and challenge the ‘Clean Team’ and you to different size card… a 4″ x 9.25″ elongated card.  I purposely designed this card so it would be easy to rotate to be used vertically instead of horizontally.  But with that being said, as always, our sketches are just a starting point, and if you’re more comfortable making a regular (4.25″ x 5.5″) card, or a slightly elongated note card, feel free to do what you want!

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I really like this size, and I love that if I need a quick and easy envelope, it fits perfectly in a regular #10 business size envelope.  But it’s even more fun to get out your envelope punch board and make your own coordinating envelope.

I also like this size, because I can make more of a landscape stamped image and still have room for a sentiment across the face of the card.  However, with that being said, I use this card size most often when I want to include cold-hard-cash or a check, like for graduation.

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The Painted Petals Stamp Set (Occasions Catalog) was perfect for this card…  stamped across the front in different hues of the same colors, Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi gave it a little bit of a watercolor look.  I also sponged in a little green ‘fill’ at the based of the flowers/leaves and stamped across the entire card with a lined stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.  The Perfect Plum butterfly image is from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and cropped with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  And, last, but not least, choosing more of the best of my favorites, I grabbed a fantastic sentiment from Really Good Greetings: great for a graduation card or just a card of support, encouragement and/or friendship.

I hope you’ll play along with the Freshly Made Sketches ‘Clean Team’ and me, and that you’ll give this card size a try!  Please stop by the challenge blog to get more inspiration from the team, and to see how each team member used the sketch and sketch size…

 

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SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Painted Petals (OC), Really Good Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge and Papillon Potpourri;  Paper:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi and Regals DSP Collection;  Ink  Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum;  Tools and Accessories:  Scallop Border Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Crushed Curry/White Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Stamping Sponges.  NOTE:  OC – Occasions Catalog.  All other supplies are from the Annual Catalog.

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Shimmering Butterfly Notecard

It’s Freshly Made Sketches Wednesday!  Jennifer Brum is our host this week, and not only is she a fabulously creative card maker, she designs wonderfully fresh and clean sketches that auto-inspire me.  This uncomplicated sketch, lacking those sometimes pesky circles or shapes, it works for virtually any stamp set, yet it provides enough design to create a beautiful and balanced card.

 

Butterfly Basics

I’m back to my new favorite, Butterfly Basics for my stamp set of choice this week.  I have new stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure that I haven’t inked up yet, but I keep coming back to this set because there are SO MANY possibilities with it.  I now know that this will be a favorite for years, just like Lovely As A Tree.  Hang on a little longer; I’ll get to some of my other new stamp sets soon!

I wanted to use Rich Razzleberry for no particular reason and I went to my Color Coach to see what color suggestions was offered.  One of the color schemes was Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black and Basic Gray.  Oh, yeah.  I knew this was exactly what I wanted for this card.  And out comes another ‘yet-to-be-inked’ background stamp, Something Lacy.  This will also be a very versatile stamp set for me, creating beautiful ‘DSP’, especially in black and white and tone-on-tone with VersaMark.

Butterflies ThinlitsThe beautiful and intricate butterfly was jazzed up with a little Dazzling Details Glitter Glue painted on (two thin coats) and layered over another butterfly cut out of Silver Foil paper.  A flower of Silver Glimmer Paper was cut with the Petite Petals Punch and enhanced with a circle of Rich Razzleberry covered with one of the new Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers.  So super simple and such a finished look!   You might notice the lack of a sentiment.  Well, today, I just couldn’t be pinned down to a certain sentiment… I think this one will more likely be used for a notecard, but a sentiment banner can be added at a moment’s notice, should it need be.  :)

This card is a little ‘busier’ than my usual style, but I think I like it and I hope you do, too!  I also hope you’ll play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches… be sure to hop over and check out the ‘Clean Team’s’ fantastic designs that will be sure to stir up your card making mojo.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you’ve been inspired!

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics and Something Lacy;  Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer and Silver Foil;  Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray and Basic Black;  Tools and Accessories:  Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Big Shot, Petite Petals Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, Rich Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon, Aqua Painters, Basic Black Ink Refill, Stamping Sponges, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Other: small craft paint brush.

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Beautifully Shaded Lotus Blossom

Hooray!  It’s Wednesday!  With my increasingly busier schedule and my total lack of knowing how to work from home, it seems like making my card for Freshly Made Sketches card is the only time I get to stamp much these days, and ohhhhh, how I miss it.  I WILL find a way to work it back into my regular routine because I NEED the creative and stress-free time! This week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is hosted by the lovely and supremely talented Cindy Lovell.  Cindy is always on the cutting-edge of new techniques and she masters each and every one with total skill and ease.  I envy her watercoloring; mine always looks like I spilled the ink.  Make sure you check out her blog for extreme inspiration and a lot of jaw-dropping talent! I love Cindy’s sketch this week; it is the epitome of Clean and Simple and a provided a perfect opportunity to ink up my super cool Lotus Blossom stamp set. FMS174-Lotus-Blossom-SilverThe new Spring Flowers embossing folder made a pretty back ground and made the Silver Foil strip look more like a piece of metal.  I reversed the embossing for the white paper and kept it forward for the foil paper just to be different. FMS174-Lotus-BlossomTake note of that incredibly shaded flower!  One color (Rose Red), yet all that dimension.  It’s three-step stamping, and oh-so-simple.  And do you know what’s even better than pretty and easy?  FREE!  This is one of your choices for a free item from Sale-A-Bration when you spend a minimum of $50 before tax and shipping!  Another no-brainer, right? Be sure to stop over at Freshly Made Sketches to see the wonderfully inspiring cards that the ‘Clean Team’ has whipped up for you, and if you’re so inclined, we hope to see you in the gallery this week!  Here’s your starting point: FMS174 Cindy L Okay… what are you still doing here?  Shouldn’t you be in your craft room?  :) Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES:  Sale-A-Bration Brochure Free Item: Lotus Blossom Stamp Set

Occasions Catalog:  Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, Artisan Embellishments Kit (Crochet Trim)

Annual Catalog:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi and Silver Foil Card Stock, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi Ink Pads and Stampin’ Write Markers, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Circles Framelits, Strawberry Slush Cotton Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Non-SU: Scallop Circle Die

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Celebrate Your Big Day!

Hooray!  It’s Wednesday and time for another Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  I’m really sorry, but I don’t have any pictures of my house with huge snow drifts or anything exciting like that.  It’s the same ol’ look as always… green palm trees and flowering shrubs.  Boring, huh?

Our exceptionally talented and wildly creative team member, Kim Singdahlsen, has created a really great sketch to work with.  I already have so many ideas of other ways to use her sketch, but here’s my first go at it…

FMS173-Big-Day-Stamp-SetWhat’s not to love about the Sale-a-Bration stamp set, “Big Day”?   And it’s FREE with a $50 minimum purchase.  That’s a lot to love!  I love the look of this stamp used on the Chalk Board paper with Stampin’ Write Markers (directly on the stamp) and Blendabilities (directly on the card).  A Big Day needs a little sparkle and shine, right?  Easily accommodated with a little gold glitter, a peek of gold foil paper and gold baker’s twine.  :)  Despite the bits of glitter and sparkle, I think this would be okay for a guy.  What do you think?  I used one of the stamp set sentiments to complete the interior of the card:

FMS173-Big-DayI hope you’ll join us at Freshly Made Sketches, check out the inspiring designs by the ‘Clean Team’, and play along with us this week.  I can’t wait to see if any of you use one of the other ideas that I have for this sketch!

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SUPPLIES:  Stamp Set:  Big Day (free Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set);  Paper:  Whisper White, Gold Foil, Burmuda Bay and Birthday Bash DSP (Occasions Catalog);  Stampin’ Write Markers:  Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay;  Blendabilities:  Daffodil Delight Assortment:  Tools and Accessories:  VersaMark, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, Go,d Stampin’ Glitter, Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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