Freshly Made Sketches #185

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Another week is flying by!  I hope that your week has been wonderful so far.  I know it is shocking to hear but mine has been full of more…..soccer.  Yes, I knew you’d be surprised.  *smile*  My oldest son is on his school soccer team as well as his travel team.  Between both boys, someone has been in a game for the last 4 days.  It is so fun to watch the dedication of these kids, coaches and parents.

Over at Freshly Made Sketches, we have a fun new challenge from our hostess Cindy Hall.  Cindy is one of the kindest people and her beautiful cards are a sure way to make you smile!  She has come up with a fun sketch that can be super clean or a bit fancy.  You’ll have fun with it for sure!

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I needed a boost of some fresh art last week so I ordered this new stamp from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps – Mon Ami.  I love this simple, modern flower and that great font on the sentiment.  And it is perfect for simple coloring with Copics.  I played pretty quickly with them for this one and I am pretty happy with the result.  The strips in the background come from the retired Fresh Prints DSP stack which is topped with some Real Red card stock.  A quick card for a busy week.  With any luck, I’ll be able to share some pictures of what else I’ve been working on soon.  Painting….but not on cards!

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I do have something fun coming up that is card related.  I’ll be participating in a retiring stamp hop starting on Friday.  Can’t wait to have you come join us!  My team mates over at Freshly Made Sketches have created some real beauties for our challenge today.  Make sure you head on over to see what they have to share!

Thanks so much for dropping in today.  See you again soon!
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I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

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Stamp:  Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps); Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Fresh Prints DSP; Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics (shown above); Accessories:  Big Shot, Mon Ami Fleur Fri-dies, Dimensionals

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Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

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I’m so excited to share my latest edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

This month’s sketch takes a current trend and uses it in a variety of ways…so much fun!  The card styles vary so they are perfect for any stamper’s repertoire.  This month’s cards focus on different uses for DSP and fun punch/die cut ideas.  How do you get it??  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

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Stamp Review Crew – Butterfly Basics

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I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators!  If you haven’t heard of “The Crew” yet, you are going to be so thrilled with this.  We are here to show you the versatility of one stamp set every time we hop (the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month).  We have a whole team of people and different stampers participate each time.  Like you, we look to find ways to maximize our investments and the single focus on one set allows you to see all the possibilities!  This week, our featured stamp is Butterfly Basics.  This set is a favorite from the Occasions Catalog and I’m so thrilled it has made it to the new 2015-16 Stampin’ Up Catalog too!

If you just came over from the wonderful Tanya Boser, I’m so glad you are here!  If you want to see everyone who is hopping or if you get lost along the way, just click over to The Stamp Review Crew blog.

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I thought I’d combine this beautiful stamp set with some retiring favorites!  This Natural Filter paper is so  pretty especially when texture is added to it.  I used the Honeycomb TIEF to add the background design and then sewed it onto a Crumb Cake card base.  I stamped the retiring Dictionary stamp in Crumb Cake ink onto this tag from Chalk Talk that was cut from Naturals Ivory card stock, added the little watermark and then the leaves from Butterfly Basics in Mossy Meadow.  The butterfly from the set is stamped in Blackberry Bliss and cut by hand.  I added some Basic Pearls, the Venetian Crochet Trim and a mini clothespin to finish.

I hope you like today’s card.  Like you, I can’t wait to see all that the others have for inspiration!  Hop on over to Betty Traciak to continue on your way around.  So glad you dropped in today.  See you again soon!

Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamps:  Butterfly Basics, Dictionary; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories:  Big Shot, Honeycomb TIEF, Venetian Crochet Trim, Basic Pearls, Mini Clothespin, Sewing Machine, Dimensionals

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May Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

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Freshly Made Sketches #184

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Such a great day here in Northern Virginia!!  We are finally having real live beautiful spring weather (complete with the requisite pollen, of course).  I was out planting flowers and some herbs yesterday!  So wonderful!  All my outside time, and the continuing soccer-palooza, has cut into my crafting time.  Thank goodness for Freshly Made Sketches to keep me on track!  My friend Kim is sending us “over the edge” this week with her sketch.  Perfect for how I’m feeling with our family schedule this week!!  *smile*

FMS184 - Be You(tiful)Kim’s sketch is so smart and fun.  She has an element hanging over the edge of the card.  Just narrow your base to accommodate how much the element goes over.  That keeps it able to be mailed easily.  I made my card base 5-1/2″ x 4″ (once folded).  Now….I need a moment of silence for the retiring Naturals Ivory Card Stock.  This has been a favorite of mine for, well, forever.  I love the little speckles and I especially love it in the fall.  I love how it takes ink just a little differently than the smooth card stocks which adds to a vintage look with no actual work.  I stamped the border from Butterfly Basics twice in Crumb Cake.  Then I stamped the big flower from Flower Patch in Crumb Cake and the smaller one in Pool Party and fussy cut them out.  There are framelits but I didn’t want the borders on this.  The sentiment is from Flower Patch too and I love this one!!!  A Basic Gold Button tied with Linen Thread to finish.

I hope you are having a lovely week too.  Don’t forget that the Retirement List (and sale) is still on and you can see what is still available at my Online Store.  I’m excited to be learning more about the new catalog as the Convention in Australia gets underway tomorrow (stalk the demos from down under to see the exciting developments…I will be….).  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

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SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamp:  Butterfly Basics, Flower Patch; Paper:  Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party; Accessories:  Basic Gold Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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Fancy Friday – Good bye friends

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I am so excited to share with you this month’s project with for our Fancy Friday monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over our year on the 2013 Artisan Design Team,  “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month our theme is “We will miss you”!  We are making projects with items on the newly released Retirement List.

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I think this sentiment from Hi There is so fabulous!  The perfect cursive!  And a great size to combine with other stamps.  I created the ‘friend’ with my Alphabet Rotary Stamp (not retiring, thank goodness) using Lost Lagoon and they work together perfectly.  The ‘hello’ is stamped and embossed with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I used my Piercing Tool down one side of the Whisper White panel and attached a button tied with Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine.  I added the background polka dot pattern from the Flowerpot dsp for some color and a Night of Navy panel underneath the image for a little pop.  This is such a fun card to make and you can change your sentiment to fit whomever you want to say hello to!

My oh so talented friend Mercedes Weber is up next!   As always, you are going to love what she created!

And you can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!

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Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

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Stamp:  Hi There*, Alphabet Rotary Stamp; Paper:  Whisper White, Flowerpot*, Night of Navy; Ink:  Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder*, Essentials Piercing Mat*, Piercing Tool, Button (colored with Blendabilities*), Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine

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Freshly Made Sketches #183

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Wow, oh wow….we really did break the internet yesterday with the release of Stampin’ Up’s Retirement List.  The site was overwhelmed with orders and was even down for a while.  I suspect things have calmed down a bit today so if you weren’t quite ready to jump into the fray, it should be safe today.  *smile*

Our sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week comes from my friend Linda Callahan.  She always seems to come up with just what I need to prod my mojo along!  Since I had seen a preview of the retiring items on Monday when the Australian retirement list came out, I pulled out one of my favorite sets from the list to show you.

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First of all, I’m channeling a little bit of my friend Amy O’Neill here, don’t you think?!  These seem like her kind of colors!!  I can safely say that I’m using her kind of stamp set because she is the one who “made” me buy it.  Regarding Dahlias is a set that is never, ever the wrong choice.  I resisted it at first but after seeing all the amazing cards Amy was making with it after it was released, I just had to have it.  One of my best purchases!!  My FMS friends are all well known enablers but I have to really thank Amy on this one!!  Almost everything on this card will be retiring.  The Epic Day Washi Tape along the bottom is on the list (and isn’t Washi perfect for the sketch?!).  The stamp set, of course, and the Basic Gray Baker’s Twine along with the Coastal Cabana (an In Color) base and the Basic Gray Ink Pad (which I used for the sentiment).  Now they are reformulating the Basic Gray and the Basic Black so never to fear.  They aren’t REALLY gone.  I used Calypso Coral ink for the flower and a button in the same color.  Those are staying.  Whew!

FMS Final 183-001You are going to have a blast with the sketch this week.  I predict a gigantic gallery!!  The team has done their usual brilliant work.  Watch out for them…..you are sure to be enabled!!

I’ll be back on Friday with this month’s edition of the Fancy Friday Blog Hop.  My fancy friends and I have a real treat planned for you!  I hope you are having a wonderful week and I can’t wait to see you Friday.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!
SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamp:  Regarding Dahlias; Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Basic Gray; Ink:  Calypso Coral, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Epic Day Washi Tape, Subtles Button, Basic Gray Baker’s Twine

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Butterflies and Retirements!

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One of the rituals of the Stampin’ Up year is saying goodbye to an annual catalog.  The farewells start with the release of the Retirement List.  Today is the day and it has been released.  And great news, the items are discounted!!  Oh yes they are!  You can see all the items in list form by clicking here:  2015 Retiring Products.  But the easier way is to go over to my Demonstrator site and just start adding things to your shopping bag.  Because these are as supplies last on accessories!!  Click here to get right to the shopping page (and don’t forget to use hostess code XKWBHEMQ and get your Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition tutorials FREE with a $35 order):  Jennifer’ Stampin’ Up Store.

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I thought I should share this card that uses Dictionary in the background.  This stamp set is on the retiring list and is one of my favorites!  You will want to have this one!!  Also, Stampin’ Up has created this cute video showing some more of the items.

On to other news….

THE BUTTERFLIES ARE BACK!!

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

Remember, you and your customers can take advantage of two special offers through April 30:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at a 15 percent discount and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamps:  Dictionary, Another Thank You; Paper:  Watercolor, Basic Black; Ink:  Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Momento Black; Accessories:  Button, Thread, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Splashy Thank You

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I know you already know what an amazing resource Splitcoaststampers can be for your crafting, but did you know that they also have a Product Review Team??  Imagine how thrilled I was to be asked by the awe-inspiring Lori Craig to join the team!!  I’m sure you’ve noticed my use of this fun embossing folder from Spellbinders lately.  Well, that was one of the items in the latest review.  Hop on over to the Product Focus page to see my first review (right at the top of the page – Spellbinders 3D Embossing Folders – just click on in).  This is a fantastic resource for you and I know you’ll be happy to get info on the latest products.

I love showing how beautifully Stampin’ Up products with with those from other companies and this card is a great example!  I chose this sentiment from Another Thank You and stamped on a Project Life by Stampin’ Up (PLxSU) card.  I kind of kept to the nautical feel of the embossing by using the log look on the sentiment panel and the little banners.  Cut the panels with my SSS Stitched Rectangles dies.  I had this retired Calypso Coral button that had added just the right detail to finish.

Hope you had a great weekend!  I’ll be back on Wednesday with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!  Thanks for stopping in today!
SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamps:  Another Thank You; Paper:  Neenah White, Pool Party, Stacked with Love DSP Pack; Ink:  Calypso Coral; Accessories:  Big Shot, Splish Splash 3-D Em-bossibilities Fold’er, SSS Stitched Rectangles, PLxSU, Coral Button, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Banners Framelits

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Freshly Made Sketches #182

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It is official.  I have entered the spring crazy season.  Otherwise known in my house as soccer-palooza!  Both boys play soccer and my older one also made his middle school team.  My feet hurt just watching them.  *smile*  Two days a week, the older one has both a school practice and a travel team practice and then there are the days that he has a school team game and then a practice.  But they are outside and happy and THAT is a good thing!  I am recovering from the two weeks of spring break and catching up on some things too.  My yard got the first mowing of the year and I am tending to the plants and even planting some new stuff.  Spring is awesome!  What else is awesome??!!!  Ok, you know the answer because it is Wednesday.  Yes, Freshly Made Sketches is awesome!!!   I just love my friends on the design team and I can’t wait to see what they make each week.  This week is going to make you happy.  REALLY happy!  My friend Rita Wright is the hostess this week and her sketch nearly made me giddy. This is one you’ll go back to again and again.

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I have a local friend who has had a rough month or so.  She is such a tough person but even tough has a breaking point.  We were talking about stamping together because she needed some extra sympathy cards (hers have been used up…yep, rough month) but then more stuff just got in the way.  So instead I thought it might be good to make a couple for her to have on hand.  Because these are something you don’t want to make when you need them.  I just knew Rita’s sketch was a perfect place to start and this came together quickly.  I pulled out some hostess sets (one from this year and one from last) and stamped this clean image.  The flower from Bloom with Hope is so pretty and just the right size for this image panel.  The sentiment is from Simply Sketched.  I stamped in Early Espresso and colored with my Blendabilities (Soft Sky, Old Olive).  I cut the layers with my Simply Stitched dies (SSS).  Finally a few pearls to finish.  Clean but perfect for anyone who needs to know you are thinking of them.  I had a few other cards already made and I just sent them over.  I’m praying she just doesn’t need them.

So it hit me (as it does every now and then) that for all the cards I make, I’m just awful about putting them in the mail.  I am going to make an effort over the next few weeks to simply “clean out” the stash and get them off in the mail.  Maybe you’ll consider joining me.  It will brighten someone’s day for sure!!

Ok…off you go for the weekly dose of FMS inspiration.  You know you won’t be disappointed!!  I hope that your week is fantastic and I’ll see you soon. Thanks for stopping in!SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

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Stamp:  Bloom with Hope, Simply Sketches; Paper:  Very Vanilla; Ink:  Early Espresso, Blendabilities; Accessories:  Big Shot, SSS Stitched Rectangles, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls

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Splashy Tide

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I have a quick post for you today.  Got some extra stamping time and I made a card using the stamp sets By the Tide and the sentiment from World of Dreams.  I had this beautiful embossing folder from Spellbinders (Splish Splash) out and wanted to see what else I could create with it.  I inked up one side of the folder and created this letterpress look.  Pretty!  It goes beautifully with the image from By the Tide and this sentiment, don’t you think?  The medallion is from a retired Artisan Kit and I stitched around the edges.  Hope you are having a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamps:  By the Tide, World of Dreams; Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake; Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Splish Splash 3-D Em-bossibilities Fold’er, Edge die and embossing, Artisan kit, Pearl, Thread, Sewing Machine

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