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!  :)

FMS195 Kim Singdahlsen

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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Summertime with Summer Silhouettes

Another amazing sketch with am amazing ability to inspire!  This week Linda Callahan is our challenge host and sketch designer at Freshly Made Sketches and her sketch is Wow!-inspiring.   Linda’s classically clean style is reflected in the sketch and I think you’ll find it very easy to work with.  Thanks, Linda!  We love you!

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Other than some rounded corners, I stayed very true to Linda’s sketch.  I knew I wanted to use black and gold, but wasn’t sure what to pair with it.  After trying several neutrals, I found that Soft Suede kept it very elegant without competing with or being drowned out by the black and gold.  Since I’m waiting for my first order from the 2015-2016 catalog to arrive (any day now!) and I don’t have any current DSPs in my stash, I’m relying on “homemade” prints.  The border stamp included in Summer Silhouettes worked perfectly for a golden mosaic look and it inspired me to include the use of the Mosaic Embossing Folder for the background.

Now here’s where the real fun came in.  I’ve never worked with glitter much, other than glitter glue,  I really wanted to use black glitter on this card.  With glitter, you can’t have one massive glob, at least I don’t think you should, so I used the fine-lined flower (two stamps) in the stamp set.  At first I used Heat & Stick Powder, but found that the glitter was coming off after a short time leaving lots of bare areas.  To correct it, I used a fine-tip glue pen and more glitter to touch it up.  I still haven’t mastered the Heat & Stick for using glitter.  Anyone else have this problem?  Better yet, anyone else have any helpful tips???

FMS194-Gold-Black-Summer-SiI hope you are inspired by today’s card and are ready to go get all glittery.  Black glitter is a new twist for me as far as having it all stuck to my face goes!  I’ll keep this in mind at Halloween time.  :)  Unfortunately, while doing this post, I think I just discovered that SU’s Black Glitter has been retired.  (Pout)

Here’s Linda’s sketch for Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #194:

FMS194 Linda Callahan

Okay, get going!  First to FMS to see what the ‘Clean Team’ has created for you (some VERY clever uses of this sketch) and then to your craft space to play along!  Hope to see you in the gallery…

 

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used:

Retired SU:  Black Stampin’ Glitter (suggested substitute: Black Emboss Powder), Beautiful Wings Embosslits (suggested substitute: Bitty Butterfly Punch)

Non-SU:  Sentiment stamp set (Hero Arts), black hemp cord for jewelry-making, fine-tip glue pen.

 

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Life With You Is… Well… Um…

I can’t help but laugh at the second photo, and it’s what inspired the title of this post, but more about that in a minute.

This week I’ve made a card for my wonderful husband for our 18th Anniversary, which will be on the 4th of July.  Wow… 18 years.  Pretty good for a marriage that wouldn’t last 6 months.  Why does someone always have that negative prediction about marriages???   I met my “Axe-Murderer” online in 1996 (before online dating sites when the first chat rooms were launched).  We were married in 1997 and have been blissfully in love ever since.  I am a very blessed woman.

My card was inspired by Rita Wright’s awesome sketch (and very unique!) for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  Even though this sketch is really quite different, it wasn’t scary to me.  I felt more intrigued.  Do you know how difficult it is to create an original sketch after having seen so many sketches?  Leave it to Rita to continue to amaze us with her unending creativity!.

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I like using By The Tide for any Man Card for summer months, and I like it for this one.  Well, as long as you look at the whole card.  Again, more about that in a minute.  It may or may not look like it on your computer, but the card stock is Ivory Naturals and Island Indigo with a little Soft Sky.  I had a really difficult time trying to get the colors correct in the photo editing.

I only have small Anniversary sentiments from SU right now, and they just got lost in the design of this card.  I found this set that I found in my stash, which I felt was a little more personal for my husband, and it was a great size for this card.

Now, for what made me laugh and inspired the title of this post…

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I wanted to give you a close-up of the fish, and only got the first part of the sentiment in this shot.  Okay.  Well, “LIFE WITH YOU IS”…  a little fishy?  I just can’t quit giggling over this!  I hope he sees the whole sentiment right away!  Geez.  Leave it to me to somehow stick my foot in my mouth!

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The fish was stamped with Marina Mist on Whisper White card stock, quickly coated with Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed.  After cutting it out, I colored it in with an Aqua Painted and Wild Wasabi Ink Refill and gave it’s eye more definition with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  With the heat embossing, it really looks shiny and scaly.

FMS193 Rita Wright

I hope you are intrigued by Rita’s sketch as much as I am and it makes you run to your craft room to create something with it!  If you need a little more inspiration, be sure to hop over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out the wide variety of awesome creations the Design Team has created for you.  Hope to see you in the gallery this week!

 

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Be Careful What You Wish For!

Well, as we begin a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, I’ve been forced to do a little reflecting.  First, I recently learned that a person SHOULD NOT PRAY FOR PATIENCE.  Kinda late in learning this… I thought it was a good thing for an impatient person to do.  Well, I’ve recently been told that you will be given consistent obstacles to help you learn to be patient.  4 years of it to be exact.  So I hereby declare that I am now patient!

Secondly, in being careful what you wish for…  I secretly wished for a little birthday vacation.  It’s been too long since the last.  I got a vacation; 8 days in the hospital with pneumonia!  Okay, technically, I guess that’s a vacation.

Please be advised that I usually don’t post about things like this.  I do NOT like pity parties for myself and therefore avoid anything that will attract one.  So PLEASE do not send condolences!  :)  I’m just fine!

Now, for the fun stuff.  I finally was able to create again, and even though it came slowly, it feels so good!  My card is based on Jen Mitchell’s awesome sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week, and I am so glad to say that it wasn’t too hard for me with my Mojo being on vacay, too.  I really love the creative liberty that Jen provides with this sketch.

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Such a great sketch, and I came very close to using it completely as-is for a Graduation stash card, but right now I have so many special cards to make for so many special friends.

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One of my all-time favorite techniques is the “Faux Linen Look” and it’s been quite some time since I’ve created anything with it.  So easy, yet so much texture and fun.  A stamped and crinkled piece of tissue paper glued onto card stock (Soft Sky) with a thin layer of glue stick.  LOVE IT!  The Everything Eleanor stamp set provided the flourish and flowers, Trust in God for the sentiment, and Butterfly Basics for the diagonal borders.  The borders were accented with a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker, with one solid line and one “stitched” line.  A little paper piercing on the main panel and sentiment piece, some pearls and a pretty little bow were the finishing touches.

I hope you’ve been inspired by Jen’s sketch and that you’ll join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Be sure to check out the awesome cards made for you by our ‘Clean Team’… they are all AMAZING, as usual!

 

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Gone, Gone, Gone

I was just told that today’s post hadn’t gone live this morning at 5:30 AM like it usually does.  Oh my, I must have forgotten to “Publish” it…   Nope.  Went to hit the publish button, a quick and easy fix, but there’s no post, period.  So here I am starting over and 2:00 PM.

Hopefully I can remember most of what I wrote.  Thank heavens the pictures do most of the talking.

Let’s start out with “Yay!  It’s Wednesday and time for another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!”  This week our beautiful, sweet and supremely talented Amy O’Neill is our host.  I love working with Amy’s sketches, since we tend to have the same likes when it comes to card making. A design came to mind the moment i saw her sketch.

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This week I needed to add to my Birthday Man-Card stash, and the sketch worked beautifully with the Wetlands stamp set and Crazy About You sentiment set.  You’re going to notice a vast difference in how the colors appear between the photo above and the one below, but trust me, it is Crumb Cake with Soft Suede.

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I think the second looks much more true to the color, but I couldn’t get the color right on the first one no matter what I did.  I guess I was having a technically challenging day yesterday, hence the missing post!  To give the card some depth, I added some linen thread on top of the reeds at the bottom of the image, popped the duck, and used the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  Vellum was used for the sentiment so I wouldn’t cover the “picture” completely, and remember those metallic brads???  I still have some, but everyone tells me how much they’d like to see Stampin’ Up! bring them back.  I cut the pieces off of the back so I could use them more like Candy Dots and cover the glue dots that adhere the banner to the card.

Super easy card… I hope you like it and that you’ll give it a try.

Make sure to stop in over at Freshly Made Sketches to see what the “Clean Team” has created to inspire you using Amy’s sketch:

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On behalf of the team, we all hope we’ll see you in the gallery this week!

 

 

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