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.  :)

FMS188---Bird-Builder-and-B

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:

FMS188 - Karren

 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.

Butterfly-Basics-and-Butter

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.

Lovely-Amazing-You

 

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:

FMS185 - Me!

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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Birdie Birthday (Hello Love)

Happy Wednesday!  It’s going to be a great day.  Yesterday I got together with my Mom, and two of my stampin’ students (friends), who all signed up for Paper Pumpkin and we had a fabulous afternoon putting our cards together.  It was really nice to be able to stamp along with them and have a relaxing time and great conversation.  We’re going to get together every month to do our kits.  Another excuse to stamp-n-chat.  What could be better than that?  :)

It’s time for a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, and Kim Singdahlen is our host this week.  She’s already an “old pro” at making wonderful, user-friendly sketches.  I LOVE her sketch this week.  I had ideas the moment I saw it and here’s the idea that I went with:

FMS184-For-the-BirdsSome of the fabulous products used in making this card are retiring in June…   Hello Love Hostess Set (image and sentiments) and Positively Chevron background stamp.  The Chevron was heat embossed with clear embossing powder, and I love the look it creates:  a perfectly matched darker hue.  In addition, the 2013-2105 In Colors will retire.  Coastal Cabana is on the top of my list of favorite colors.  I love these, and I will definitely be keeping these in my stash.  If you don’t have them yet, I suggest you get them now before it’s too late.

FMS184-A-Little-Birdie-Told

FMS184-Oh-Happy-Day

The following products used on this card will retire.  Please note that the sequins are on sale at 50% off the listed price (only $2.48) and the Stampin’ Write 2013-2015 In Color Markers are 40% off ($8.97).  For the full list of retiring products, CLICK HERE.

 

We hope you’ll take a moment to hop over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at what the ‘Clean Team’ has whipped up for you using Kim’s awesome sketch, and that you’ll play along with us this week!

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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:

FMS183-Cheerful-Critters

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!

 

SUPPLIES:

NON-SU SUPPLIES: Flat wood toothpick

 

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Did You Miss It?

If you missed them the first time around, I have good news!  The Butterflies Thinlits Dies are back!

Per Stampin’ Up!:

“After a (very) long migration, the Butterflies Thinlits Dies have landed in our warehouse and are now available for purchase!”

Stampin’ Up! is offering a little extra for those of you who have waited so long to add these to your collection:

Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20! (The correct discounted price will be on your order at checkout)

 

 AND, buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles–already discounted 15 percent–and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last).  No $50 minimum order required!

 

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And, last but not least, here’s our WEEKLY DEALS:  

What’s your favorite?

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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.  :)

PPA248-Bloom-with-Hope

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.

PPA248

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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