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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Star Graduate

It’s time for another sketch challenge, and Narelle Farrugia is our host this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  If you’re familiar with Narelle, then you know it’s all in the details, details, details when it comes to her designs.  I love everything she creates and this week’s sketch is no exception!  Amongst all of her other reigning titles, Narelle was crowned the Queen of Layers quite some time ago (by me :) ).

I needed a quick graduation card for a young man, and Narelle’s sketch made the perfect layout for an interesting card, since I can’t add all the embellishments and foo-foo that I would for a girl.

FMS189-Be-The-Star-GraduatiThis was so quick and easy with the Star Framelits Dies, star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack along with the Be A Star and Crazy About You stamp sets.  A little glimmer paper emphasizes the Wow! factor of a graduation.  This card is great for either gender, and keep this design in mind if you need a card that can be easily mailed, too!

Here’s Narelle’s fabulously “user-friendly” sketch:

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I hope you will join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

 

 

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Birdie Wishes Your Way

I’m so glad to be back and playing along at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Karren Johnson is hosting this week with a fresh and unique sketch, but don’t interpret that as “difficult”.  Karren is a very talented card maker/papercrafter, and that clearly carries over into her sketch designing.  I chose to use a bird and leaves in place of the three flowers…

FMS188-Bird-Builder-PunchI realized as I was finishing this card, the sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, “Sending Wishes Your Way”, doesn’t have to be used with the “Happy Birthday” that also comes with it.  So, I’ll leave it up to you to decide what kind of wishes I’m sending.  :)

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This was my first attempt with embossing paste (the stuff I used was called “Modeling Paste”, but I guess it’s the same thing).  If you’ve never tried it, it is actually pretty simple.  I had a old stencil (don’t remember when or where I bought it – maybe Memory Box ???) that I used because somehow, when I totally rearranged my craft room/office several months ago, I put my SU stars and hearts stencils somewhere really logical.  I’m sure of it.  I just don’t know where.  I know where they were BEFORE I moved the craft supplies around.  Oh, well.  Anyway, I really like the paste and love the texture.  Good news for impatient people like me:  the paste dries pretty quickly.

Another quick and easy card.  Thank you, Karren, for the inspiration:

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 I hope you’ve been inspired by Karren’s sketch and my card.  Please visit Freshly Made Sketches for more inspiration from the ‘Clean Team’ and then take the challenge to make a card with this sketch.  I hope we see you in the gallery this week!

Additional Supplies (Non-SU):  Natural Twine, Palette Knives, Modeling Paste and Stencil.

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Good Wishes Your Way

Happy Wednesday!  I have a question for you… is this year going by as fast for you as it is for me????  I can’t believe it’s almost mid-May.  I probably should start thinking about Christmas cards already, but I’m just having too much fun playing with spring/summer colors and designs.

Another question:  Are you ready to play along with a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches? I think you will be when you see Jennifer Brum’s sketch this week! Jen’s sketches are always creative and fun to work with, and her talent in both designing sketches and creating cards is amazing.  Be sure to stop over at Freshly Made Sketches to see what Jen and the ‘Clean Team’ have designed to inspire you this week!

Here’s what Jen’s sketch inspired me to create:

Butterfly-BasicsI am still crazy in love with the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits.  In looking a Jen’s sketch, I first saw a diagonal line, suggesting maybe a piece of ribbon or card stock applied on top of the background piece, but then I decided to make the top and bottom pieces split with a peek-a-boo of Washi Tape showing through.  The two diagonal panels were attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the Washi Tape is recessed on the card base.  The Color Me Autumn Washi Tape (currently on the Clearance Rack, so get it quickly if you want it!) was applied to a strip of Whisper White to keep it bright.  The pretty DSP prints are from the Flower Pot DSP Collection.

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I have to tell you about the super-technical method that I used to make the butterfly sparkly-glittery:  I put a dab of Dazzling Details Glitter Glue on my finger tip and dabbed it on.  Super-technical, like playing with Elmer’s Glue in Kindergarten.  Just thought you might want to know.

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The sentiment was super-technical. too.  Use your regular Classic Stampin’ Pad, apply ink, and quickly add clear embossing powder (this ink dries faster than VersaMark, but it you have your embossing powder ready to apply, it stays wet just long enough) and heat emboss as usual.  A splash of Rhinestones and Viola!  You’re done.  Quick and easy card – my favorite.

Here’s Jen’s sketch, and I hope to see you in the FMS gallery this week!

FMS186 Jen BrumI hope you’ve been inspired by today’s card and are on the way to your crafting space!  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  I seriously considered taking a picture of my glittery finger for the supply list, since it was an official tool in the making of this card, but it’s priceless and not for sale.  :)

 

 

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Amazing Painted Petals

Yay!  It’s time for me to host at  Freshly Made Sketches this week and I’ve created a sketch for you that’s very easy to work with, and I think it’s a no-fail design for a great card.  I had an idea for what I was going to do with it when I drew it up, but the idea morphed into something else, as it often does.

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I LOVE the Painted Petals suite… the stamp set, embossing folder and DSP are all awesome.  I couldn’t ever get tired of this stamp set, and there are so many ways to use it.  I added a little extra color to the flowers by first stamping with Pacific Point and then coloring the edges of the flowers on the stamp with Perfect Plum and stamped again.  I strongly recommend purchasing the photopolymer version of this stamp set.

The background was created by adding three light stripes directly from the stamp pad onto the Spring Flowers embossing folder.  This was done very quickly without a lot of concern of great coverage, because I wanted it to be subtle.  The card stock was laid on the inked embossing folder, and I gently rubbed the paper with my fingers to pick up some color.  I know you can’t tell in the photo, but I spritzed the piece with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritzer to give it gorgeous shine and soften the colors a little more.  After the card stock was completely dry, I lined up the pattern on the embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot.

Painted-Petals-Stamp-SetOne fussy-cut flower was added with a candy dot brad center.  I love the extra shine from the silver rim of the brad.  This card was a lot of fun, because it was one of those cards where you just let your creativity flow as you go, never knowing where it’s going to take you.  Isn’t that the best part of creative time?  :)

If you want to play along with the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches this week (I would love that SO MUCH), here’s my sketch for your starting point:

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I can’t wait to see where your unbridled creativity takes you!  Please stop over at Freshly Made Sketches to see what the ridiculously talented ‘Clean Team’ designed to get your Mojo cookin’.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Stamping!

 

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