Freshly Made Sketches #193

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I hope you are having a fabulous week so far!  Mine has been pretty full of work and fun.  Got back from a trip on Monday and I got to spend some time with two of my amazing FMS teammates – Linda and Jen M – while I was on my trip.  I know….you are jealous, right?!  And they are just as awesome in person as you could ever hope for.  How lucky I am that United affords me the occasional visit with my stamping friends.  Now for trips to TX, FL, CO, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Australia…..you know, to visit the rest of the team!  At least the first 3 are manageable in my Airbus!

Ok…on to our sketch this week.  It is courtesy of the lovely Rita has created this beauty for Freshly Made Sketches and it is a real winner!  It is unique yet there are so many possibilities!

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So I got this lovely care package a bit ago from my dear friend Becky Cowley.  It included this Bohemian DSP and some In Color Blossom Accents (why yes, she is fabulous and so generous to send me a care package of goodies!!).  This bold diamond pattern is a bit more manageable when cut down into strips and the cool Hello Honey pattern is one of my favorites from the pack!  I grouped them with the Watercolor Thank You stamp and added a little Hello Honey Blossom Accent to stay true to the sketch.  The Blackberry Bliss ribbon adds another layer of detail and I framed my layers (and created a base) with Blackberry Bliss card stock.  This card is super fun and easy to make as a group of cards.

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The fabulous versions of this sketch already have me ready to Pin so I know you’ll love what you see this week.  Hope you have fun playing along with us!

I busily using my two days off between trips to catch up but hoping for some stamping tomorrow.  I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping in.

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Stamp:  Watercolor Thank You; Ink:  Blackberry Bliss; Paper:  Very Vanilla, Bohemian DSP, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories:  In Color Blossom Accents, Blackberry Bliss 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon (ret)

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Fancy Friday – Artistic Flowers

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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 “New Products”.  With all that the new Stampin’ Up catalog has to offer, the hardest part of the challenge was choosing what to use!

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I loved the Awesomely Artistic stamp set the minute I saw it and it was on my first order.  These little flowers are so fantastic to color!  And guess what I found out?!  You can use the new Thick Whisper White for watercoloring!  I didn’t do a whole lot of blending but it held up to my Aquapainter with no pilling at all.  Yippee!!!!  I stamped the image with Stazon Black and colored the flower with Rose Red, Tip Top Taupe and Soft Sky.  Pretty quick to color and so fancy!  I added the sentiment from the set and some new black sequins from the Metallics Sequins Assortment.  The side bar is retired washi tape. There are some new ones (Everyday Chic comes to mind) that would work here too.

I’m so glad you stopped in to visit today.  I hope you have a great time seeing all the beautiful things on our hop.

My oh so talented friend Becky Cowley is up next!   Wait until you see the fancy watercolor card she created!

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

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Stamp:  Awesomely Artisitc; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Ink:  Stazon Black, Rose Red, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Sky; Accessories:  Metallic Sequins, Glue Dots, Washi Tape, Aquapainter

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Freshly Made Sketches #192

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Happy first Wednesday of summer (at least for those in North America)!  I am full into summer flying and summer activities with the boys.  Camps, swimming and a little more of a relaxed schedule (at least for the kids).  I’m working in a little bit of crafting time and I even have an open house/open stamp event today.  Nothing like getting to see my stamping friends to brighten a week!

Speaking of stamping friends….my friend Jen Mitchell has our sketch for us over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and you are going to smile and head right to your crafting room!  I was so excited for a reason to pull out this gorgeous flower again.

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I remain obsessed with this peony stamp from You’ve Got This and am happy just to sit and color it over and over in different shades.  For today, I used a combination of retired Blendies and Copics.  I joined the image up with this fabulous sentiment from Garden in Bloom…another new favorite!  All of the black was stamped using Momento Black.  I layered the image panel onto some Smoky Slate and then put it on a Pink Pirouette base.  To add a little something special I included these pretty sequins that I just got from Pretty Pink Posh.

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The team has created gorgeous inspiration again.  No surprise, I know!  Every week they never cease to make my jaw drop!

I’m hoping to be able to visit with two of my FMS team mates this weekend (weather and flying permitting).  If so, I’m sure you’ll here the squeals and laughs from wherever you are!!  I will be back on Friday with the monthly Fancy Friday hop too!  YAY!!  See you then!

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Stamp:  You’ve Got This, Garden in Bloom; Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Blendabilities; Paper:  Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  PPP Sparkling Clear Sequins, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #191

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The middle of the first week with both kids out for summer break and so far, so good.  I have actually made a couple of things (yay!) and they seem to be settling into a routine that is so much calmer (yay, again!).  We finished the first swim meet of the season last night and both boys did a great job moving across those lanes.  Fun stuff!  And speaking of fun, I get to be the hostess for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

FMS191 - Goalie Thanks

In other posts I have spoken of my kids’ soccer.  Well, it is that time of year and we are ending another year of training with great coaches.  I created this card for my oldest son’s coach.  My son asked me to color it to look like him and I did my best to capture that.  He has blue cleats and wears an orange goalie jersey so I think I came close.  The image is from Lili of the Valley and is called Goalie Saves.  I colored it with a combination of the discontinued Blendabilities and Copics.  Then I added a sentiment created using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.  I love that I can create an individualized sentiment with that cool little tool!  I backed the image with some retired DSP that matched my green grass.

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The team has some marvelous interpretations of this pretty basic sketch that I know you will love…I certainly do.  I hope you will find some time to play along too.  I just love looking at the gallery every week.

I’m off on another trip soon so am trying to fit some more stamping in today before I go.  Hopefully I will have something to share with you later this week.  Until then, have a great day!

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Stamp:  Goalie Saves (LOTV); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Blendabilities; Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Print Poetry DSP Stack (ret); Accessories:  Alphabet Rotary Stamp, Dimensionals

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Stamp Review Crew – Petite Petals

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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 Petite Petals.  This set is just so sweet and the different styles of flowers are fun to use!

If you just came over from the wonderful Lisa Young, 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 stamp set with some new things from the 2015-16 Stampin’ Up Catalog and wow am I glad I did.  I chose the Greeting Thinlets for my sentiment and combined it with a stamp from And Many More.  I think they work really nicely together!  The ‘hello’ is popped up on small pieces of Dimensionals that I cut from the edges of my sheet of adhesive.  I stamped the polka dot flower from Petite Petals in some of the Brights colors and punched them out with the Petite Petals Punch (the perfect coordinating tool for this set).  I added Candy Dot centers on the flowers and layered them together.  The flowers are attached with Glue Dots except for the Razzleberry flower which is attached with a Dimensional to give better layering.  Now the biggest product wow that I need to talk about is one you can’t really see in this picture.  We need to have a chat about the new Thick White Whisper White Card Stock.  That is what I used here and I’m going to yell it from the rafters…..I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS PAPER!!!!!  All the yummy goodness of Whisper White in a thicker texture.  It holds up well to this kind of layering and with no bending.  I cut it with the fun angle to give a modern feel and put it up on some Dimensionals too.  This will be my new go-to card stock.  Good thing I already ordered two packs!!

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 Shana Gaff to continue on your way around.  So glad you dropped in today.  See you again soon!

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Stamps:  Petite Petals, And Many More; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Whisper White (for stamping the flowers); Ink:  Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Momento Tuxedo Black; Accessories:  Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Brights Candy Dots, Petite Petals Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

 

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Freshly Made Sketches #190

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You know what happened yesterday??!!  My order from the new Stampin’ Up catalog arrived!!!  I got to pull everything out (and all the great stuff my hostess club ordered) and admire it.  Then….wait for it…I had to take it to the craft room to wait for me until I return from a trip.  I know.  I almost cried too.  But it is lovely stuff and when I get to stamp next week it will be such fun!!  For today over at Freshly Made Sketches we have a sketch for you from the lovely Amy O’Neill.  We all know Amy as the color queen but I have to tell you, she really is quite the enabler when it comes to certain stamp sets.  When you see her card this week, you’ll understand.  Good thing I already committed to the one she used!!

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This card seems to be one of those that doesn’t photograph quite as pretty as it seems in person.  Some cards are just like that no matter what I do for angles and lighting.  I chose the Typeset Specialty DSP as my muse for this card and I love how this Black/Vanilla combination can have such a wow.  I layered the striped paper onto a Basic Black base (the paper looks better against a black background than a light one due to the the page-like nature of the DSP).  The I cut the oval frame using two sister ovals from the Ovals Framelits.  It creates a really pretty effect!  The flower is layered using 3 punches but maybe I did too good of a job lining up the designs….it is hard to see the dimension on the flower in this picture.  But trust me, it is cool in person!  I colored my Basic Pearls with a black Sharpie and added them for some interest.  Then finally I stamped this sentiment from Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays stamp).  I just loved working with Amy’s sketch and I know you will too!

The team has such a lovely variety of cards to share.  And I look forward to another gallery full of inspiration!  I hope that you are having a wonderful week and that you get a little time to stamp too.  See you soon…thanks for dropping by!

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Stamp:  Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Typeset DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals; Pansy, Petite Petals and Itty Bitty Accents Pack Punches

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PPP Watercolor Blog Hop

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watercolor.bloghopPaulina over at Pretty Pink Posh has been hosting a Watercolor Blog Hop all weekend!  I could not help but be inspired by all the beautiful designs and had to join in!

So Very Giving - Watercolor FlowersSo I’ve had this stamp set for a while.  A long while.  A year to be exact.  It was from the Occasions Catalog 2014 and it was one of my very favorites.  But in all of the Artisan Design Team flurry of activity, this stamp never got used.  I know….it is a tragedy.  Because it is awesome.  Finally, I had just the reason to pull this out and give it the time it deserves.  I stamped the image in Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto watercolor paper.  I colored with Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush with a soft shading of Tip Top Taupe around the flowers.  The banner was stamped in Tip Top Taupe and hand cut.  I shaded some Basic Pearls with my Copic W5 marker to give them a little more depth.  I attached the image panel to a Tip Top Taupe base.

I just love the look of white embossed watercolored images and this card makes me really happy!  I hope you find a little bit of watercolor inspiration here and will go take a look at the beautiful work of all the participants.  Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Have a great week!

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Stamp:  So Very Grateful (ret); Ink:  Versamark, Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe, Copic W5; Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Watercolor (Tim Holtz); Accessories:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Aquapainter, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #189

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Sorry to be up just a little late today.  I was out on a trip and forgot to bring my charge cord for my laptop….eeeeeek!  Fortunately I had enough power to make the order for me and my club from the new Stampin’ Up catalog so at least it wasn’t a total crisis.  *smile*  The fantastic Narelle is our sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches today and she has done it again.  This one can be layered or simple…either way, will be totally fun for you!

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I kept it REALLY simple for today but I still love the result.  I used some now retired DSP from the Occasions Catalog.  I punched a circle with my 2-1/2″ Circle Punch and cut the rectangle.  I cut the sentiment with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit words die and embossed a piece of Whisper White with the Large Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  A bright button and some Baker’s Twine, then I popped the layer onto a Bermuda Bay base.  This is one that could easily be duplicated with any DSP and super to make in a pack to have on hand.

The team has shown so many amazing variations with this sketch and you will be happy you stopped over to take a look.  Before I forget, I want to make sure that you saw that Freshly Made Sketches is now on Instagram!  We can be found at @freshlymadesketches!

I’m so glad you joined me today!  Now….off to take a quick nap before the kiddos get home from school.  Have a great Wednesday!

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Paper:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Painted Blooms DSP (ret); Accessories:  Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Brights Buttons, Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine, Large Polka Dots TIEF, Dimensionals

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Fancy Friday – A Butterfly in Gold

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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, 11270325_10204003131390964_700205068466670104_owelcome 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 a sketch designed by me!  Hope you like this one!

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There are so many crafting influences that focus on gold and foil and I have found them so inspiring.  So I thought it would be fun to create a card focusing all on gold.  I started by stamping the cross-hatch from the new You’ve Got This in Versamark and then heat embossing with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Then I cut out the butterfly from White Vellum with the Butterflies Framelits.  I “smooshed” the sides of the butterfly in more Versamark and then embossed those with the gold powder again.  So pretty (and even more so in person).  I used an old gold marker to color the pearls and added them to the body of the butterfly.  Finally for the vertical element I used some Gold Sequin Trim and tied it with Gold Baker’s twine.

I’m so glad you stopped in to visit today.  I hope you have a great time seeing all the beautiful things on our hop.  I’d love it if you use the sketch for your own projects.  Make sure you link to your work in my comments if you do!

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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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

Stamp:  You’ve Got This; Paper:  Very Vanilla; Ink:  Versamark; Accessories:  Big Shot, Butterflies Framelits, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls, Gold Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #189

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Happy middle of the week to you!  I hope you have had a great one so far.  We have a fabulous new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches from the amazing Karren Johnson.  I think you are going to love it.

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I know my colors seem a little out of season but I was playing around with possible color combinations for the new In Colors and happened upon this one.  The Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon and Blackberry Bliss make a spectacular grouping!  I pulled out French Foliage (retired) and keep this pretty clean.  The pop of color from the leaves is a perfect focal point on an otherwise clean card.  The Basic Gold Button seemed like a good way to keep a bit more true to the sketch.

FMS Final 188-001Now take a good look at this fun sketch.  You just know that the team has had a ball with it!  Oh the possibilities.  Our friend Rita isn’t joining in this week because she has been in the midst of all this dreadful weather hitting the Houston area.  Her little one has been very disrupted by all the storms, as you can imagine.  Make sure you stop over and say hi and give her an encouraging word.  And our friend Amy too.  She is another Texan dealing with this non-stop rain.  Please keep them both in your thoughts and prayers.

I’m so glad you stopped by today.  I’ll be back on Friday with our Fancy Friday team.  Until then, so glad you came over to visit today.  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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Stamp:  French Foliage (ret); Paper:  Very Vanilla; Ink:  Tip Top Taupe, Blackberry Bliss, Delightful Dijon; Accessories:  Basic Gold Button, Linen Thread

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