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Freshly Made Sketches #222

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FMS222 - Floral WingsYou know when you see a sketch and know right away what you want to do?!  That is exactly what happened to me for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  Narelle always has a knack for layering and this sketch shows why!  You can have such fun with how to build you layers!

I knew right away that I wanted to use a butterfly instead of the rectangle (just popped in my head so I went with it) but which butterfly?  I realized that I had not used this one from the hostess set Floral Wings and I really think it is so pretty!  I stamped it in Pool Party and layered on Calypso Coral flowers with Pear Pizzazz leaves.   It is cut out with the Bold Butterflies framelits.  Now for the layers.  I thought a little banner would be fun on top but that I should maybe to a stamped layer under the butterfly.  I pulled the vine image form the set and stamped it across some Thick Whisper White card stock in the same colors.  I took a little bit of latitude with the sketch but I like the result.  The sentiment is from the same set.  Once I had everything ready to assemble, I cut the image panel with my Stitched Rectangles dies.

I hope you have fun with this week’s challenge!  The team has all sorts of cool variations to inspire you!  I think I’ll get some stamping time over the next couple of days.  I’d love to fit in some more coloring for sure!  Until next time, thanks for stopping in!  See you soon!

 

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Stamps:  Floral Wings; Paper:  Thick Whisper White;  Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterflies Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Banner Punch, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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You’re in my Thoughts

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You're in my ThoughtsI hope your weekend is going well!  We are finally digging out of all the snow and life is returning to normal.  Both boys may even go to school tomorrow!  Yay!!  My oldest missed a whole week.  Eek!  I know a lot of people make fun of this area and how it handles snow but the reality is that we have equipment that is good for regular little snows and NOT for gigantic storms like Snowzilla.  So it takes a bit.  But I did have a great time with sledding along with all the shoveling.  Over all, a mom win for time spent with the boys!

Meanwhile, back at the stamp table, I was able to finally put together something that I worked on over a week ago.  I showed a peek of the coloring in progress on my Instagram page (link is over in my sidebar if you want to follow).  I was practicing my no-line coloring using just grays.  In this case, Copic Toner Grays T0, T2 and T5.  The flower is from Altenew’s Beautiful Day.  I stamped in SU Smoky Slate ink and then did the coloring.  I added a little white to the center with a White Gel Pen.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes and also stamped in Smoky Slate.  I cut the white layer with a Lil’ Inkers Border Builders Die and added a piece of Basic Grey Vivienne DSP underneath.  Some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh were a nice finishing touch.  You can get most of these products all in one place at Simon Says Stamp.

wednesdayblog-logoI hope you enjoy this one.  I had fun practicing my coloring.  Even more fun when it turns into something worth showing (not everything does but the practice is still worth it!).  Thought I’d add this in on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week – the theme is Anything Goes.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Smoky Slate (SU), Copic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Gray Vivienne DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builders Die (LID), Sequins (PPP), White Gel Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #221

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FMS221 - Thank YouQuick post today.  I just got back from a long day of sledding. Taking advantage of the snow while we have it!  The neighborhood sports complex has some fabulous hills that are simply crazy for the boys!  Good stuff.  Speaking of good stuff, Freshly Made Sketches has an awesome one for you this week courtesy of the wonderful Karren Johnson.  I just love it.

Had no stamping time this week due to the snow madness here.  I was able to put this together quickly yesterday.  I tried a technique I had seen on a card made by Tasnim over at Altenew to create the flower.  Her’s, admittedly, is far more spectacular but I think this creates a nice effect.  I simply used Distress Ink in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Hickory Smoke on wet watercolor paper and then added more water with my Zig Water Pen to move ink a little more.  The sentiment comes from Another Thank You stamped in Basic Gray ink (SU).  Despite using my Misti to overstamp multiple times, the sentiment just would not stamp completely clean.  Ah well….that is how it goes sometimes.  I cut the panel out with my Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS) and put the image panel on a Smoky Slate base.

Hope you have a fun time with the sketch this week!  So much room for fun and interpretation!

 

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Another Thank You (SU); Ink: Basic Gray, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Zig Water Pen, Misti, Big Shot, Stitches Rectangles Dies

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Freshly Made Sketches #219

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FMS219 - Just Believe

Well, winter has finally found its way to Northern Virginia….wow it is cold today!!  The good news is that the weather was just the excuse to hang out in the stamp room yesterday.  My mom is visiting so we did some stamping and hanging out.  She was a big help on this card because I kept running into creative road blocks.  Which is crazy because this sketch is awesome!  The oh so amazing Cindy Hall created this one and it is a classic for sure.

Over the Black Friday time frame, I took advantage of some great deals from Lil’ Inker Designs and purchased this Fancy Feathers stamp set that I had wanted for quite a while. I just love these feathers and their matching dies!  The sentiments in the set fill some holes I had too so this was a big win to find it on sale!  Now that the holidays are over, I finally had the chance to break out the set and I love it even more than I thought!  I kept this to all gold and white.  I cheated a little, maybe, on the sketch because I didn’t create two panel colors on the base but I think I kept to the spirit of the layout at least.  Good thing Cindy already told us that we could not be fired with her as the boss this week!  Whew!  *smile*  I inked up the feathers using Versamark and heat embossed them with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The same for the sentiment.  I created the frame by layering the Stitched Rectangles Dies from Simon Says Stamp.  The Gold Thread and gold sequins from the Metallics Sequins (SU) add a little more gold goodness!  For some reason it looks dark here but the shine in person is really pretty.  I just love the sentiment and my mom had a great suggestion for the perfect recipient!

Ok, the team has rocked the sketch and you are going to have a great time with it for sure.  So off to the stamp rooms!  Can’t wait to see your creations!

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Stamps:  Fancy Feathers (Lil’ Inker Design); Ink: Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Dimensionals, Metallics Sequins, Gold Thread, Glue Dots

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Tree Hugs for You + Me

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Tree Hugs for You + Me

I’m so happy to be able to share this fun card I created last week for the Simon Wednesday Challenge!  The challenge was “Something New” and I totally just had to pull out the latest stamp that I got from Concord and 9th called Tree Hugs.  I just love that you can create your own birch trees and add a little carving.  I suppose that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (already?!) and this set makes awesome masculine cards!  I stamped the trees onto Whisper White using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  It took a little bit of masking to create the angled trees and the branch but nothing too time consuming.  Then I set about coloring.  I used two Copic colors and that was it!  BG11 is the light aqua background and then E31 adds a little shading to the trees and carving.  I was so happy that Santa brought me some Copics for Christmas and E31 was in that little pack of neutrals that he knew I just had to have!!  When I was all done coloring, I trimmed the image layer using my Big Shot and the Stitched Rectangles Dies from Simon Says Stamp.

Hope you enjoy this fun card.  Back on Wednesday for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!  See you then!

wednesdayblog-logoStamp:  Tree Hugs (Concord and 9th); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black; Accessories: Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies(WPlus9), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Zig Water Pen, Dimensionals, Softly Falling Embossing Folder (SU)

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Holly Jolly in Silver & Gold

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Holly Jolly Gold

I’m here today with two cards that are pretty much exactly the same but with a very different look.  Let’s face it, this is the time of year to work smarter not harder!  So the basics….  I stamped the awesome snowflake from Holly Jolly Greeting with Versamark and heat embossed with Gold (and Silver) Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The image panels were cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Die (Simon Says Stamp).  Using the lovely sentiment dies from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits, I cut multiple layers from Thick Whisper White.  I then stacked them up and glued them together using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  For the top layer, I used Watercolor Paper (Fabriano) and Silver Glimmer paper respectively.  On the watercolor paper, I colored the sentiment with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mowed Lawn) and an Aquapainter, dabbing some off to create an ombre look.  Once dry, I covered the sentiment with Clear Wink of Stella (coming in the new Occasions catalog!).  I added sequins onto each to add a little more shine.

Holly Jolly Silver

So there you have it!  Two versions of the same card.  Easy to duplicate and fun to make!  I think I need to make a few more!

Hope you had a great week.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink:  Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Thick Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper; Accessories: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Heat Tool, Metallics Sequins, Retired Sequins, Basic Rhinestones, Clear Wink of Stella, Fine Tip Glue Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #216

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FMS216 - Merry Poinsettia

Today I have such a treat for you!  Another fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  It is brought to you by our sketch hostess Rita Wright.  As always, she comes up with something fun and fresh!  Love it!

I tried to keep it clean and played with using watercoloring as one of the “panels”.  I like the effect and how the stitched frame works with it.  I layered two Stitched Rectangle Dies (Simon Says Stamp) to create the frame…easy peasy.  All the stamps from from Paper Pumpkin.  The poinsettia is the flower from October’s kit layered and colored with Zig Markers.  The holly and sentiment come from the November kit.  The picture doesn’t do it any justice but the flower and holly are topped with Clear Wink of Stella and the sparkle in person is lovely.  I cheated a little on the scalloped element because I just could not seem to make it work with any strips of paper there.  So I added Gold Thread instead.  Hope Rita gives me a little latitude on that!  A little gold sequin in the center of the flower ties into the gold.

I hope you enjoy this week’s inspiration and all that the design team has created.  I’ll be back on Friday with a couple more quick holiday cards because, well, it is time for QUICK holiday cards now isn’t it?!  *smile*  See you then!

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Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin kits (Oct/Nov); Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Watercolor (Tim Holtz Distress Paper), Real Red; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Gold Thread,  Metallics Sequins, Clear Wink of Stella

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Fancy Friday – Joy

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I know it isn’t the last Friday of the month yet but the Fancy Friday team decided to hop a little early this month (and we will next month too) in order to get ahead for the holidays.  And you know what?!  I have some fun news.  This team of amazing designers has just added some new fanciness!!!  Many of you know that Fancy Friday developed after the 2013-14 Artisan Design Team’s tenure was up.  We enjoyed hopping together so much that we wanted to keep sharing with you once a month.  Some of our team has needed to take a hiatus so we thought we should add stampers to the team that you are sure to love!  The one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from my dear friend Cindy, welcome to the next stop.  For November we are creating a Fancy Christmas, but with a twist.  We are using non-traditional colors and hope to inspire you to try some of them!

FF Nov - Joy

I have to say that I went pretty far out of my normal Christmas color scheme on this one but I love it so much!  I have told you many times that Holly Jolly Greetings is my favorite stamp of the Holiday Catalog.  This is totally why!  I love the snowflake (a lot) and I love the versatility of the sentiments.  And they will be great sentiments for years to come.  You see, I tend to “collect” Christmas sets.  Especially the ones with great sentiments.  They rarely leave once I have gotten them.  That also makes me picky when it comes to sets because I have so many from previous years.  But this one…..unique and flexible!  And guess what?  It is one of the continued and not retiring sets from the Holiday Catalog so I think Stampin’ Up agrees!

So how did I create this?  Using watercolor paper to start, I placed down some water on the paper.  Then using Distress Inks, I added three different colors (Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry) to the stamp.  I spritzed the stamp with water and stamped.  I did the same with the “Joy” and then took a wet paint brush and added a little ink then splattered it.  The clear sequins are from the Metallic Sequins pack and I just love the little bit of special something they add!  The panels are cut with Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS).  The card base is Tangerine Tango and I think it is a nice foundation for these crazy colors.  This is a fun card to make and I may play around with some other color combinations as I get more serious in my Christmas card production.

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As you hop around, please make sure you add a special welcome to Allison, Kaitlyn, Krista and Marisa.  These ladies are seriously talented and totally fancy!!

The fabulous Mercedes Weber is up next!   Wait until you see what she created!

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

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Stamps:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Paper:  Watercolor (Fabriano), Tangerine Tango, Thick Whisper White (base);  Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Metallic Sequins, Dimensionals, paint brush

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Watercolor Drummer

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Watercolor Drummer

I told you a few post ago when I was coloring this adorable little drummer boy that my oldest son was a bit put out that I had made the drummer blonde like his brother.  So the other day I had some time to color while he was home.  He colored one version of himself and I colored another.  This is the one I ended up with!  I used my new Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create the background and my Zig Clean Color Markers for the images.  Super fun and pretty quick too!  I cut the image sheet with my Stitched Rectangles from Simon Says Stamps (I’m addicted to these dies) and then embossed the base (Night of Navy) with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  My oldest gave it his thumbs up of approval!!

Quick post…still recovering from the 3 days of simulator madness.  Fortunately it all went well and I’m good to go for another 9 months.  Back next week with some more fun.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!

Stamp:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9); Ink:  Black WPlus9 Pure Color Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Night of Navy; Accessories: Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies(WPlus9), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Zig Water Pen, Dimensionals, Softly Falling Embossing Folder (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #212

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FMS212 - Hydrandgeas

As promised, I have a fun card to share with you today plus a video.  We have this super sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches from the queen of layers, Narelle.  She makes layering look effortless and always elegant!  As for me….it wasn’t working.  So I took a step back and simply layered the images instead.  I hope she doesn’t mind too much.  Here is the how to on my card:

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I’m still in Denver taking my check ride (3 days of fun in the simulator) but I did get to have coffee with the amazing Kim Singdahlsen from the team.  I tell you what, it made facing all those engine out approaches much more tolerable!!  *smile*

Ok….back to studying.  I hope you enjoy the video and this fun sketch.  Go check out all the inspiration from the team, of course, too!  See you again Friday with another fun card!

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Stamps:  Best Thoughts, And Many More; Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Fabriano Cold Press 140 lb Watercolor, Soft Sky; Accessories:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Sequins (Watercolor Wishes Card Kit), Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Zig Watercolor Pen

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