FMS270 Cool Treats

This week at Freshly Made Sketches, our sketch challenge is brought to you by Kim Singdahlsen.  Kim has an abundance of artistic skills for both designing cards and sketches.  If you haven’t already, check out Kim’s blog of creativity and talent, Joyful Creations with Kim.  I love the simplicity of Kim’s sketch for this week; it’s clean and wide open for your own interpretation.

fms270-sweet-treatsI was a good girl last year, so Santa brought me this fabulous stamp set and coordinating dies, the Cool Treats bundle .  I was reeaaaalllly good, because he brought me even more stamping treasures.  WooHoo!

This bundle can make card making super quick and simple, yet still have a nice, complete look.  I grabbed one of the stamps out of my FREE Sale-a-Bration set, Delicate Details, to create the strip next to the main panel, and at the same time, using my Misti, I stamped the sentiment, both on the card base.  I constructed the ice cream cone with die cut pieces, added some matte finish glue and spinkled the Sprinkles Embellishments on (LOVE THESE!).  The main panel piece is cut from  Tasty Treats DSP and textured with an old SU embossing folder.

fms270-sweet-treats-2(Forgive me… the glue was still wet when I photographed this card…  it will dry matte.)  My last little addition was Crystal Effects on the cherries to give them shine and roundness.  (NOTE:  After finishing and photographing this card, I found myself wondering if coloring in the loops of the border stamp with 3 or 4 colors of the sprinkles would be pretty or too much.  I think I’ll try it on scrap paper before adding it to this card.  Just wanted to tell you, in case you wanted to try it, too.)

fms270-kimIsn’t Kim’s sketch fabulous?!  I think I could really get carried away using this one over and over!  I hope you’re inspired by Kim’s sketch and my card.  BUT WAIT!  THERE’S MORE!  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration from our amazing Design Team.  We hope you will play along with us this week.

Happy Stamping!

 

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Beautiful You!

Happy New Year!  I hope your holidays were wonderful!  I got some great Christmas presents from Santa… lots of Stampin’ Up! products from the New Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration.  🙂  The Occasions Catalog made it easy for him to shop… when I handed it to him I said that I wanted everything, so he couldn’t go wrong.  Gotta love it.

Linda Callahan is our host this week at Freshly Made Sketches, and she’s created a wonderful sketch to get your designing mind flowing.  It helped me immensely!

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I chose the DSP, Falling in Love to accentuate the beautiful image from the Beautiful You stamp set (I LOVE this set!)  The lace and the DSP both fall in the Vanilla category, so this was created on a Very Vanilla base.  The image was stamped on white card stock, colored with a variety of markers and enhanced with both gold and clear Wink of Stella (gold on the hair, clear on the dress and hat).  Then she was fussy-cut and adhered directly to the card base.

A few extra details kicks it up notch.  For added dimension, I heat embossed with clear over the “live laugh love” words only and I stepped up the DSP by adding color to some of the hearts with a Stampin’ Write Marker, Watermelon Wonder.  By adding a little Crystal Effects to the hearts, they have an enamel look.

fms269-linda-cI love the inspiration sketch that Linda created for this week’s challenge.  I love the wide-open space, yet it is structured by the vertical lines.  I had fun playing with this one and I hope you do, too!  Visit Freshly Made Sketches for more inspirational designs and to link up your entry!

Happy New Year and Happy Stamping!

 

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FMS267 A Happy Wonderful Christmas

I hope this post makes it out there in the real world.  My little world has a sick modem that’s travelling to the Comcast store as I type this.  My husband turned my iPad into a “Hot Spot” for my laptop (somehow connects my laptop to the internet, I guess ????).  Let’s hope it helps me make this post go live!

This week at Freshly Made Sketches, our extraordinarily wonderful Jennifer Timko, has a sketch challenge for you to play with.  Clean, simple, perfect inspiration for a tired holiday brain.

fms267-wonderful-wreath-senCan you see how easy it can be to pull something together with a well-designed sketch?  And to make it fast and easy, it’s primarily just cut papers, a few die cuts and a stamped and embossed sentiment.

fms267-pretty-pinesI couldn’t get it to show it the photos, but I put a glue dot on each snowflake sequin and covered it with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  It’s subtle and pretty.  The sentiment was done in two steps with my Misti.  I used a piece of masking tape for stamping and stamped the sentiment on it.  Then I cut between the words so I could pull the appropriate pieces back to stamp the “Happy” and “Christmas”, replace them, and then pull back the center to stamp the “wonderful” in VersaMark to heat emboss with gold.

fms267-jen-tWell, I think this pretty much wraps up Christmas cards for me this year, except for my immediate family.  Thanks, Jennifer Timko, for a great sketch and for all you do for our team and for all of our stamping friends.

I hope you’ve been inspired by Jennifer’s sketch and that you’ll play along and share with us.  We need inspiration, too!  🙂

Happy Stamping!

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FMS264 Love at Christmastime

Happy Thanksgiving a day early!  I’m sure you are all busy in one way or another, like me, with your preparations, and in the back of our minds is the knowing that Thursday, Thanksgiving in the US, is just the beginning of the real hustle-bustle!  Take a deep breath.

Karren Johnson, our lovely and talented designer, is hosting the sketch challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I have to admit, when I looked at it, I sighed and said “Another circle”.  Somehow when searching for the right dies, I stumbled across the scribbly heart and the rest of the card just flowed from there.  It was super simple to make.  I really like the unlikely pairing of the Sunshine Wishes and the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  No stamping on this one, only because I really wanted the sentiment shown and I didn’t have a stamp for that, so I ran the cardstock through my printer.  While I was at it, I flipped the paper and printed it again so I could make two cards.

fms264-christmas-card-2I adhered Stick It Sheets to some Real Red, Basic Black and Gold Foil card stock before I cut the pieces with the dies.  That made the assembly of this card a breeze.  The mistletoe and bow are attached with glue dots.

And, because I forgot about the second layer of card stock suggested by the sketch, I “fixed it” at the last second by adding scoring around the borders.

fms264-mistletoeThe red berries are SU’s medium sized pearls that were colored with a red Sharpie pen.  I tripled the loops on the gold twine bow so it wouldn’t get lost in the heart and mistletoe.  And that’s that.  Seriously simple.

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I hope you were inspired by my card and are excited to come play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

I’m wishing you a little stamping time on this busy weekend.

Blessings,

 

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FMS263 Merry Mice and The Mini Minc

Let me start with a kind thank you to Cécile Ribon, our incredibly talented and very artistic designer at Freshly Made Sketches, has created an interesting sketch for us this week.  I say interesting because it has my nemesis, multiple circles.  Sigh.  All things considered, I think it turned out okay.  Despite my phobia with circles, I got so involved in those that I missed a couple important points of the sketch, the division of the panel with a top and bottom and the sentient in the lower left corner.  So, I’m not a very good example; don’t forget to take a good look at the actual sketch below.

fms263-merry-mice-and-circlI saw this really cool video by Becca Feeken on adding foil borders to die cuts and I really wanted to try it.  It shows how to use a Mini Minc and Circle Dies to create these foil bordered circle cutouts.  NOTE:  I used Nestabilities Dies for this project; the dies have the cutting edge in the middle of the dies and therefore, leaves a border on both the main panel and the cutout.  I’m having some issues with my toner pritnter and that makes issues with the foil sticking solidly.  I still have lots of learning and practicing to do with my Minc.

Anyway, for easy placement of the stamped images, I drew a circle with pencil around each hole onto the cardstock that would be behind it, stamped the images in Smoky Slate (exception: sentiment in Garden Green) and colored them with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils.  No water.  Sidenote:  It’s soooooooo relaxing to stamp it up and take it out on the lanai to color while enjoying this glorious weather.

fms263-glitter-and-glossy-aThere are lots of tiny little places to add glitter and Glossy Accents… noses and eyes, string of lights, stars and ornament.

Here’s the sketch that you really should follow more closely than I did!

fms263-cecile-ribonI hope that you look at this sketch and say “Oh, cool!” and run to your craft room with an overabundance of ideas!  But, first, don’t forget to jump over to Freshly Made Sketches to see awesome designs that follow the sketch!  I hope I see you in the gallery this week!  Remember, stamping is therapeutic, so make sure you get lots of stamping time throughout the holidays!

Happy Stamping!

 

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FMS262 Basket of Wishes

Hi!  I have a fun sketch challenge and my design to show you today.  The sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge was created by the super sweet and Über-talented Jen Brum of Ladybug Designs.  I loved working with Jen’s sketch and I had many more ideas for using it as I was creating today’s card.

fms262-su-basket-of-wishesI’ve been using so many photo-unfriendly products on my cards lately, and editing is making me crazy!  Ooh-la-la. The background of dots was first masked, then inked, then mask removed before stamping onto the card base to leave white space for the ribbon and sentiment.  Then I quickly and lightly added Wink of Stella to the yellow dots.

The basket of sunflowers from Basket of Wishes stamp set is wonderful for simple coloring.  When coloring small images like this, I control how much ink I’m adding by using a blender pen and picking up color from my ink pad.  TIP:  When you intend to color an entire image, try using a light-to-medium gray for stamping the image.  It turns into a wonderful addition to your shading.  I forgot to use the gray for the basket, but remembered for the flowers.  For my image, I traced over some of the main lines with appropriate colors (fine tip of Stampin’ Write Marker).

fms262-basket-of-wishes-cirI built up some texture/dimension to the basket with Crystal Effects.  When I want a “painted” or “varnished (shiny)” wood look, I use a super-cheap synthetic brush that has coarse bristles.  Just lightly brush the areas that you want to look a little grainy.  I used a super-fine tip bottle to apply Crystal Effects to the narrow vertical pieces and the strips on the handle, as well as the centers of the sunflowers.  Looking at it now, I will be going back and adding a few more dots of Crystal Effects to the little berries.  You know, most of us are our own worst critics, and it’s prettier rare that I {love} one of my own cards, but this is one of my favorites.  Maybe it’s the dots, because one of my other all-time faves had them, too!  See it here.

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I think I’m going to head straight back into my craft room and use this sketch to design more cards.  I encourage you to visit Freshly Made Sketches; be sure to check out the fabulous cards that the ‘Clean Team’ has designed to inspire you, and I welcome you play along with us.  I’d love to read what you think about working with Jen’s awesome sketch.

Happy Stamping!

 

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FMS261 Star of Wonder

Hey, it’s time for another freshly made sketch and I can guarantee you that this one is freshly made because I’m hosting this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I thought this would be easy to use for a slew of Christmas cards… I hope you like working with it!

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Wow.  November.  Can you believe it?  I’ve barely squeaked a fall card or two out and now I feel like I’m already behind on Christmas cards.  Okay, maybe it’s more than a feeling.

Please forgive the dark photo; when I lightened it, the sparkle would disappear, so I opted for the darker version.  Today’s card features Star of Light Stamp Set and Starlight Framelits (available as a bundle, too).  It also features lots of heat embossing, which seems to be my passion lately.  The die cut star and the strip of Pool Party were embossed first with Iridescent Ice followed with a coat of clear embossing,  The flourish was stamped with pool party and then heat embossed with both Iridescent Ice and Clear.  And, finally, the sentiment was double-embossed with silver.

fms261-cindy-hallI hope you’ll visit Freshly Made Sketches to see the amazing cards that my fellow enablers, the ‘Clean Team’, have designed to inspire you; we hope you’ll play along with us this week!

Happy Stamping!

 

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