FMS277 Watercolor with Garden in Bloom

Hello!  I hope your week is off to a great start and that you have lots of stamping time penciled in on your schedule this week!  Sarcastically, I think it’s time to start making Christmas Cards!  Can you believe it’s March??!!

The great news is that at Freshly Made Sketches we’re starting March off with an awesome sketch by our even more awesome designer, Jennifer Timko (Blog: Stampin on the Fly).  Get ready for a sketch that can be used SO MANY ways, and, as we all hope for, it’s very versatile and inspiring.  I had two other designs in mind before I settled with the Garden in Bloom and Suite Sentiments for the “main attraction”.

FMS277-Easter-CardI wanted to try a water coloring technique that Rita Wright shared on her blog, Cards by Rita, and Rita linked back to Wanda a A Blog Called Wanda, however I was unable to find that post so I could link directly to it for you.  I hope you do go look at Rita’s design… she’s way better at this than I am!  I’m still trying to find out what my water coloring niche is and she’s great at everything!

As usual on my water colored cards, this is “take #2”.  The first one was beginning to look like some weird hallucination.  I might have to give up water coloring all together.  Maybe my type A personality will never let me like water coloring as much as clean, crisp designs.

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I hope you are able to find Wanda’s video.  This style is done by stamping and then dabbing the stamped image with a wet brush to blend and spread the colors.  I used water color paper, and I would definitely recommend using it for this technique.  I don’t believe it would work as well with regular card stock.

I love this Easter Sentiment with the beautiful font.  My husband, the card critic, has informed me that the flowers on this card should have been Easter Lilies.  *Eye Roll*  Yeah, he’s right again.  However, what he didn’t know (neither did I until I had to make it up) was that these were wild Tiger Lilies and the pointy tips had just been worn off as it was an older breed.  Unfortunately for me, one of his first jobs was working at a nursery – the plant kind.  He did not buy my “psycho-babble” at all.

FMS277 Jen TOkay, in case you didn’t get the memo:   It is now time to go visit Freshly Made Sketches and check out the design team’s creations.  While doing that, a light bulb will light up in your brain, and at that time you must go directly to your craft space.  Do not stop at GO, do not collect $200 (unless ya can!).  Make the most amazing card you’ve ever made and post it in this week’s challenge at FMS.  Make it REALLY, REALLY HARD for Jennifer to pick the King or Queen of Clean!

Happy, happy stamping!

Stamp Sets:  Garden in Bloom and Suite Sentiments

Ink colors:  Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Always Artichoke (I can’t remember what color I used for the flower centers!)

Embellishments:  Clear Drops (Pretty Pink Posh) and an extinct SU heart-shaped paper clip

 

 

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FMS276 Hey, Chick

I’m so glad to be playing along with Freshly Made Sketches this week!  I’ve had a few hurdles recently, hence the periodic absences.  Fortunately, I have the most awesome teammates ever, and they’re so patient and compassionate with me and haven’t given me the boot.  I would cry forever if they did!  Over the years we’ve been on this team together, we have all become such good friends.  But with that being said, I’m going to tattle on them….  They are the BIGGEST enablers for stamping supplies!  There’s just nothing better than being able to get product recommendations from 9 exceptional and discerning designers.

One teammate In particular, Amy O’Neill, is the epitome of kind and caring, and that’s just an added bonus to her amazing talent.  Amy always has the most wonderful designs and her details leave me with my mouth hanging open.  Actually, I envy the entire team’s ability with perfect details!  Amy is our host for this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and I think you’re going to love her sketch; this sketch was instant mojo generating for me and it was fun to work with.

FMS276-Hey,-Chick!I searched for just the right image to fit into my star, and I also kept in mind that I need cards for “just because” that are light-hearted and cheerful; I enjoy enclosing handmade cards with catalogs that I send to my Thirty-One Gifts and Stampin Up businesses.  Hey, Chick (Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, free with a $50 purchase) just jumped into my hand, honestly, and I knew it was meant to be.  By the way, that same type of thing happens when I go to the mall….  I just walk past a store, and a piece of clothing comes out of the store, wraps around my neck and starts choking me and whispers “Buy me, or else!”  Now, naturally, I had no intention of spending any money (eh-hmmm), but certainly my husband wouldn’t want me to die over a few bucks.  Well, that’s the story he gets.  Usually works.  🙂

FMS276-Stampin'-Up!-Hey,-ChI stamped this cute little chick in Crushed Curry onto Watercolor paper and then went over the stamped lines with a matching marker.  I used a damp paint brush to blend the colors towards the center.  I repeated the process with Pumpkin Pie and then outlined the image with black.

I found a new, easier way to do the faux stitching and have short lines that are consistent…  I used a dual tip Zig Calligraphy pen.  So, so easy.  I used the small tip around the star and down the sides of the DSP and the wide tip on the edges of the card base.

All layers above the Crushed Curry matting are multiple layers for dimension.  The sentiment piece was “rolled” on the sides on a black ink pad and then mounted on two pieces of black cardstock.  I added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and colored a few with a golden yellow Sharpie marker.  The color DOES dry and does not rub off once dry.

FMS276 AmyNeed more examples of the awesome ways you can use this sketch?  Hop over to Freshly Made Sketches for an awesome display of unique and creative designs.  Grab your mojo and create!

Happy Stamping!

 

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FMS274 Love, Always

Isn’t it great when you find things you forgot about, especially in your craft supplies?!  I was doing a little “deep” cleaning and purging and came across some vellum sheets with printed sentiments.  I remember getting them, probably 7-8 years ago at a scrapbook convention.  Then I found Stampin’ Up! and most of those early purchases were tucked away to make room for new stuff!  🙂

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Jen Brum (Ladybug Designs) is our host and sketch designer for the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Jen is an awesome designer and I’m really attracted to her style; and then there’s the fact that she is one remarkable woman that you can’t help but love.  I hope, if you haven’t already, that you’ll visit Jen’s blog to see what she creates.  I’m sure you’ll see what I mean.

FMS274 Jen Brum

Isn’t this a wonderful sketch???  It’s such a new and fresh style, great lines, a little extra personality, and totally clean and simple.  Don’t forget to visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what the rest of our über-talented team has created for us (yes, me too!) to drool over.

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So simple.  A piece of printed vellum mounted on white, matted with black and the heart colored in with a red Copic marker.  I splattered the card on a diagonal with slightly watered down multi-purpose glue and sprinkled it with a fine silver glitter.  The two flags are prints from a retired DSP stack and the hearts of red glitter paper were cut with a retired mini punch (the larger heart) and the owl builder punch (smaller hearts).

I hope you liked today’s design and that you’re inspired to play along with us this week!

Happy stamping!

 

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FMS273 Happy Happy Happy

Happy February!  I’m flabbergasted that it’s already February.  I’m starting to wish that I hadn’t taken down our Christmas tree and décor; it’s almost time to put it back up.

The good news about the quickly passing time is that it’s time for another sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our dear friend in New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our host this week.  Karren creates the most fresh, innovative cards, using the latest trends and the talent doesn’t stop there.  Once you start working with this sketch, you realize how truly versatile it is.  Here’s my first card using Karren’s sketch:

FMS273-Cool-TreatsThe three panels of the sketch and the DSP background set the tone for this card.  The little panels became little message banners; I made the plain white banners coordinate with the DSP by simply adding some dots with the fine end of Stampin’ Write Markers.

FMS273-Cool-Treats-BundleI double stamped the sentiment, first in Smoky Slate and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  You can see the effect in the close up photo.  Overall, this card was so simple, it doesn’t require much explanation.  🙂

FMS273 KarrenI really hope you’ll come play with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  I’m so curious to see if anyone has similar ideas for this sketch that I still have in my head!  Hop over to the Blog to see what Karren and our Team have designed with this fun sketch, grab some Mojo that is overflowing, and get crafting!

Happy Stamping!

 

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FMS272 Kindness

I have quite a mish-mash of supplies on my card today…  a little something old, a little something new…  a little something borrowed… a little something…  uh-oh.  We’ll get into the stash after I give proper introduction to our host at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Cecile Ribon is an insanely creative cardmaker/artist, and she’s come up with a fabulous sketch challenge .  For me, it really is a challenge because I don’t do well with multiple circles.  I’m really grateful that Cecile is allowing us to us any shape.  Phew!

FMS272-Throw-Kindness-ArounLet’s start with the papers used.  The card base is Very Vanilla and the background DSP is from Falling in Love DSP (Occasions Catalog) and the hearts and paper ribbon are from an old SU paper stack, probably from last year’s Occasions.  The heart on the left was originally white with the little red hearts, and I inked that and the Paper Doily with Blushing Bride.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts Set, Acts of Kindness.  It was heat embossed with gold twice for more of a raised effect.

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I added a few Champagne Glitter hearts and a little strategically placed Wink of Stella sparkle for final touches.

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Here’s Cecile’s sketch with the circles, and, bless her, the words “Any Shapes”.  *sigh of relief*  Other than converting the circles into a mixture of circles and hearts, I think I stayed pretty true to the sketch.  I can’t wait to see how you use the sketch!  I think we will have a huge variety of interpretations… how fun!  Visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what the Design Team has created to give you further inspiration.

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FMS271 Suite Sentiments

I hosting at Freshly Made Sketches this week, and I hope you like my sketch.  I had no idea what I would do with it when the time came, and sometimes the vey sketch that you made causes more trouble than any other!  However, I was pleasantly surprised how this came together so quickly.

FMS271-Sweet-SentimentsThe Suite Sentiments stamp set was the basis of this card.  I love the sentiment and I love the font.  The very best of two worlds!  This is the only stamping on this card, yet it’s enough to be the focal point and highlight of the card. The rest is almost all punched pieces and a few DSP pieces.

FMS271 Sketch Cindy HallI hope you like my sketch and that after visiting Freshly Made Sketches to see what the Design Team has created to jumpstart your creativity, I hope you’ll play along with my sketch this week!

 

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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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