Hello fellow stampers! I’m not even going to say how many days are left until Christmas; you do the math. It’s too scary for me. And, if you have all of your decorating done, cards in the mail, presents wrapped and under the tree and your holiday meal planned and the table set, I don’t want to know about it! I have bits and pieces of each of those things (except for setting the table), but I always want to do a little more, so I always feel behind. Otherwise known as ADHD! My daughter is in town, so we’re having some “girl days” with my Mom. We are so blessed to all be able to be together. That’s my true joy for the holidays!
Today’s inspirational sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge is being brought to you by our very special Rita Wright. If you want proof of how talented and fantastic she is, just click on her name to see for yourself. She is an amazingly talented and creative papercrafter, and she’s a great mom to a super-adorable little girl. That says a lot!
I wanted to make a special card for my husband’s boss (the owner), who runs a wonderful company that really takes care of their employees. Coincidentally, his boss is a woman. 🙂 Does that surprise you? She’s kind, generous and does everything she can to recognize the good things that her employees do, and she runs a tight ship, too!
I turned to one of my favorite stamp sets, Butterfly Basics, for the main “ingredient” of this card. The background image was stamped directly onto the card base. I masked a rectangular shape, stamped the ferns and then sponged in the blue. After I started putting other components on the card, I decided that the background image was being washed out and lost behind the brighter, bolder elements, so I created a “frame” with a Tip-Top Taupe marker, just making squiggly lines around it. The “Thank You” is from the “Another Thank You” photopolymer set and was gold embossed on vellum. There are a few sprinkles (created simply with one of the stamps from “Gorgeous Grunge”) behind the vellum.
I wanted to show you a close up so you could see the little hints of sparkle on the butterflies and ferns that was added with Wink of Stella (non-SU). I love this simple way to add some super-fine glitter and shine, and it’s so easy to just brush it on the areas that you want it on.
Rita’s sketch was so much fun and I had so many ideas of what I could make with it that I already have a few more cards started with it! I hope you are inspired by it, too, and for those of you that are over-achievers and have EVERYTHING ready for Christmas, we expect to see your card in the gallery this week, since you have so much extra time on your hands. 🙂 For those of you that don’t have everything ready, then you are like me and need an escape, so you should go stamp, too, and join us! Come visit us at Freshly Made Sketches to see what the Clean Team has created with Rita’s sketch, too.
Okay, I really do want to know… which of you have everything already done and which of you don’t???? Leave me a comment below. I want to know if I’m the only person in the stamping world that doesn’t have her Christmas cards in the mail.
Happy stamping and decorating and preparing!