As a programming note, if you are looking for day 2 of the Newton’s Nook February Release it will be up in a second post. For this card, I’m working with another fantastic sketch for Freshly Made Sketches created by the queen of layers, Narelle. The way she has layered this sketch speaks to how she always has the most lovely details.
When I saw the scallop, I immediately thought of this flower from Altenew’s Botanical Garden set. I pulled out my Zig again and this time focused on Peacock Blue. Love that blue! I aded a little yellow in the center and combined greens for the leaves but generally some super quick coloring. With the blue being so striking, I chose this pale background, Fog from Simon Says Stamp. Using the scraps from where I colored the flower, I cut two banners and colored one with the green and left one plain. Finally I added this little Paper Pumpkin sentiment and some Basic Pearls. It was nice to stretch into a different set of colors this week and I think this sketch is going to be fun for everyone.
Back in just a few with today’s release card. You will be “egg-cited” to see it! Thanks for stopping in today.
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Botanical Garden (Altenew) ; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color 48 Pack, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Fog (SSS), Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper; Accessories: Basic Pearl, Zig BrusH2O
So on Saturday, I had the most lovely invitation to go to an event that was a “bring your own craft” kind of thing. There were Stampin’ Up demos and customers along with some other company reps and friends. These ladies get together each month to just make things all day. I know what you are thinking and you are right! It was awesome! I could only go for a few hours but it is amazing how much that time is good for the soul. Per my usual, I accomplished very little because I’m never sure what to pack (and I’m the slowest stamper). But I did bring along this flower to color and some things that I might be able to use for this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I have to say that I just love the creative possibilities that this week’s hostess, the lovely Jennifer Brum, has given us!
I only used two colors from my Zig Clean Color Pack (a bright pink and a yellow) to color this flower but I love how they work together and blend to create the orange. With the strength of the flowers colors, I opted to use a neutral base so I chose Smoky Slate. The sentiment is from the same Altenew set as the flower (Beautiful Day) and I stamped it in Versafine ink and the layered the white with some Melon Mambo. I added some Daffodil ribbon that I have
hoarded in my stash since it is so pretty with the flower. I think I’ll be adding this sketch to my go-to group. I see lots of ways to use it!
And yes, the team has definitely come up with some of them. As always, they are amazing! Well, lots of posts this week and I’m back to the stamp room to get ready for some more coming up soon. Until then, I hope you have a great day! As for the monthly gathering…I can’t wait to go back and this time actually finish some projects! See you soon!
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Beautiful Day (Altenew) ; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color 48 Pack, SU Black Stampin’ Write Marker; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate; Accessories: Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (SU ret), Basic Pearl, Sharpie Marker
My favorite stamping day of the week is here! Happy Wednesday to you! I’m so excited to share this week’s sketch by coloring genius Karren Johnson. Her split panel concept is so fun and can lead to so many great ideas!
So I’m hoping that I didn’t stretch too far from the sketch but I really tried to make my watercolor ombré layer into three distinctive sections. I used the beautiful Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to create the colors. I started with a light wash and then went back and layered on more ink. The heart is really one of the leaves from the Layering Leaves Die Set (Concord & 9th) and I just snipped the stem off to turn it into a heart. I colored a scrap of watercolor paper with my Wine Red Zig pen and washed it out a bit with water. Then I die cut with the leaf. So pretty! Finally, after some debate, I chose a sentiment. You see…I need a birthday card for my dear husband and I think this might hit the right masculine note (well, at least it isn’t a flower, haha!). I love that the Moon Rock ink from Altenew is a nice match to the distress ink on the panel with crisper stamping. The sentiment itself is from the January Paper Pumpkin kit. While the kit is an adorable Valentine’s 3-d set, the sentiments are going to be in your go-to list for a while. I love this font and this says it all!
I know the gallery will be full of inspiration this week. The design team has some amazing work already there for you to enjoy. Hope to see your take on the sketch! I’ll be back on Saturday with a fun hop that you are going to love. See you then!
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Paper Pumpkin January ; Ink: Altenew (Moon Rock), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke), Zig Clean Color 48 Pack (Wine Red); Paper: Thick Whisper White, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th)
After the whirlwind of posting last week, I have been taking advantage of this week’s quiet to take care of non-stamping things. But I finally got back into the stamp room yesterday and took a good look at the amazing Cécile‘s fun sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week. The first think that popped into my head was butterflies (not sure why since they are clearly circles….but she did say any shape!). Sometimes it is best just to go with it to see what happens!
I colored some Ranger Watercolor Paper (it is white) using Tim Holtz Distress Inks with the pretty aquas and pinks and set it aside to dry. While I was waiting, I used the Bold Butterflies and Butterflies Dies (they coordinate) from SU to cut the intricate butterflies from White Vellum Card Stock. Then I cut the colored paper with the outline dies of the same sets. I pulled the stamp set from the same family, Watercolor Wings, and used the dotted border and sentiment stamped in Smoky Slate. To help match the circle elements from the sketch, I added a white doily and some Silver Metallic Thread behind the butterflies. I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach the vellum to the colored butterflies and was amazed to see that you cannot see the adhesive. (I had planned to use pearls to conceal it but went with a cleaner look when I realized I could.)
All in all, this is such a fun and easy card to make. You could use DSP or watercolor different colors or even add glimmer paper to alter the feel of the card and make a pretty set.
I love how the design team has interpreted this one and I’m sure you’ll agree that they are amazing! I hope you have fun and will join us in the gallery this week. Back on Friday for this month’s Fancy Friday. Until then, have a great week!
Stamp: Watercolor Wings; Ink: Smoky Slate, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Ranger Watercolor Paper; Accessories: Big Shot, Bold Butterflies Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Silver Metallic Thread, Fine Tip Glue Pen, White Doily (ret)
Since it is release week for Newton’s Nook, please bear with me as I combine the two challenges from Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept this week. The sketch from the kind and amazing Cindy Hall seemed perfect to with the inspiration piece!
I came back to this gorgeous set from Concord & 9th called Hello Lovely because I really, really wanted to use this sentiment for the sketch. They seemed perfect for each other! I stamped using Versafine Black ink to ensure a crisp look. The two words are actually separate stamps and can be used in multiple ways (one of the things that drew me to the set) and then there is the flower. You may remember the flower from my last card for The Card Concept and it really is a full card size. But how wonderful that you can use a small portion of it too! I used the colors from the inspiration piece (orange, pink and gray) and I love how quick it was to create this pretty watercolor look. The image panel and the base are Shimmery White Card Stock (SU). This paper really does take ink well and is beautiful with a light coloring hand…nevermind the subtle shimmer which is so pretty in person. I added a layer of Tangerine Tango and colored some Basic Pearls with a black Sharpie marker to mimc the speckles from the image and add a little more dimension.
I know you have been getting tons of posts from me this week and I hope you have enjoyed my projects. This is my first post of the day and you will see the next in the January Release from Newton’s Nook Designs in just a bit. The FMS and Card Concept design teams have created marvelous projects for our challenges this week and I hope you will join us for both. Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!
Stamps: Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, WPlus9 Black Dye, Zig Clean Color Pens; Paper: Shimmery White (SU), Tangerine Tango; Accessories: Misti, Glue Dots, Zig BrusH2O, Basic Pearls, Black Sharpie Marker
Glad to see you on this lovely Wednesday! At least I hope it is lovely where you are. Just like in yesterday’s post, I am working to resist the winter weather with another pretty spring image. This time I’m using this awesome sketch by the incredible Kim Singdahlsen. Something about this sketch really spoke to me and it is going right into my “use again soon” favorites.
Last week I showed you a card with one of my gifts from Santa and this gorgeous Mondo Hydrangea was in the same package. I think Santa has my number when it comes to picking stamps! I had to admit that stamping cards like this with aligned images used to put me off because I knew they would never be quite aligned. No more! The Misti tool makes short work of this and the line up is perfect every time! I stamped onto SU Shimmery White paper using WPlus9 Black Dye Ink for the base. Then laid the little piece of DSP down and stamped again. I figured out the spacing for the top layer, moved the others out of the way and stamped one more time onto Shimmery White. While the Shimmery White paper is not true watercolor paper, it does watercolor nicely if you don’t need to add lots of color (or water). I love it for effects like this. And the added bonus is the subtle sparkle! I used Light Blue and Peacock Blue Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and my Zig BrusH2O for a quick coloring of the rectangle part of the flower. A little bit of Light Green and Yellow for the stems and centers. I thought the sentiment from yesterday’s card was perfect for this one too so I used the Happy Little Thoughts set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black to keep it crisp and clear. I popped the colored panel up on Dimensionals for a little more wow and then added some of my
hoarded beloved sequins from the SU Watercolor Wishes set. They really are just the right colors!
I do hope that you will enjoy this sketch as much as I did. Now I have to admit that as I just added the sketch in to my blog writeup, I realized that my sentiment is in the wrong place. Sigh. My computer issues have addled my brain. Good thing the team has exceeded their normally fabulous creative work! Yes, I am still facing computer issues so I’ll be a bit quiet still this week (it has gone in to the professional Apple people to see what they can do….perhaps a graphics driver) but I’m working busily in my stamp room creating projects for the upcoming Newton’s Nook Designs January release. I can’t wait to share! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
Stamp: Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs)Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Real Bush Markers; Paper: Shimmery White (SU); Accessories: Misti Stamp Tool, Sequins (Watercolor Wishes Kit – SU), Zig BrusH20, Dimensionals
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!! It was nice to have a little break but great to be back too. I have been busy creating for some upcoming projects and I look forward to sharing those with you! Word of warning…..part of my holiday fun is a computer that has decided to give me fits. I will probably have to send it in for repairs so I apologize in advance for any late posts or gaps in posting. You just don’t realize how much you rely on these silly things until you don’t have them!
My friend Linda Callahan has created just the right sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches and I know you will have fun with it. I kept it simple (because, well, the computer….) and I stuck with just the gold and the kraft. I used this sweet sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Butterfly Kisses and embossed it in gold. Then I added the gold glitter tape and the gold thread and a few sequins to finish. You can dress you version of the sketch up or keep it simple….your choice!
This is my first post of the day and the second one will be out soon. A great inspiration piece from The Card Concept! See you soon!
Stamp: Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink: Versamark; Paper: Kraft; Accessories: Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Gold Glitter Tape (SU retired), Gold Thread (SU), Gold Sequins
Wow….the last Freshly Made Sketches challenge of the year. Can you believe it?? I know, it snuck up on me too. Good thing my friend the amazing and talented Jen Mitchell created one that is good for last minute holiday cards or ready for your post holiday crafting. Hopefully with some new toys from Santa!!!
I could not do another Christmas card. Done, complete, no more! But I did need a birthday card for a special family member whose birthday is near the holidays. So the only rule was nothing at all holiday-like! Out came Pop of Pink DSP and this adorable little kitty from Newton’s Nook Designs. The stamp set is Newton’s Day Dream. And oh, this fellow is adorable! I colored him with my Zig Clean Color Markers to look like this certain someone’s kitty and I love how he turned out! I have to say that taking a short break from holiday madness to create this was EXACTLY what I needed!
Today I’m off for a trip so if you are going through Chicago O’Hare (or other parts of the country) keep an eye out for me. And please remember to pack your patience at the airport. This is a crazy time of year for us all. Many travelers are super stressed and, I promise, we really really want to get you (and us) there on time….safely!
I have some fun news coming up in the next few days that I look forward to sharing with you. But you can expect that I’ll be away a bit more over the next couple of weeks. I am off after Friday (like winning the lottery for an airline pilot) but will be spending time with family. I hope to fit in some bonus stamping too!
The team has such fun inspiration for you this week! It is sure to get you on your way to creating. Plus, this sketch is open until Jan. 2 so that the team can take a bit of a holiday too. Stop in to visit us though…we’ll see you in the gallery!!
Stamp: Newton’s Day Dream (Newton’s Nook); Ink: WPlus9 Black, Versafine Black; Paper: Pop of Pink DSP (SU), Watercolor Paper (Ranger); Accessories: Zig Clean Color Pens (48 pack), Zig BrusH2O Pen
Guess what?? I get to be the sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches this week! I’m pretty excited about this one because I think everyone will be able to find fun ways to use it. I first designed it as a panel to have colored images but then I realized it was great for DSP or sentiments too.
I went the sentiment route and springboard off my Fancy Friday card from a few weeks ago. I had one extra stitched star from the Stitched with Cheer kit and thoughts it would be good to use it here. To get the coordinating plaid on the bottom of the chalkboard panel, I cut a piece from the envelope insert. It will be tucked down in the envelope so no one will know it is missing. The sentiment comes from the same set as yesterday’s card (Santa’s Gifts). I think it is going to stay a go-to for me as I finish up my cards. I added the striped embossing on Kraft card stock to give a little more texture and the gems come from the kit.
I hope you are having a great week so far. After seeing all that the design team has done to inspire this week, I just know the gallery will be fabulous. I hope you will sneak down to your craft rooms and take a little time to create! Back on Friday for this month’s Fancy Friday. See you then!
Stamp: Santa’s Gifts (SU ret); Ink: Craft White; Paper: Basic Black; Accessories: Stitched With Cheer Card Kit, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Sponges, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Stylish Stripes EF (ret)
So it is officially crunch time. I am working like mad on Christmas cards and, somehow, I’m still behind. Thank goodness for this great sketch from Amy over at Freshly Made Sketches this week! I was able to put this together quickly and keep plugging away at my to-do list!
I started with the Stitched with Cheer Card Kit from the Holiday Catalog and modified it just a little. I took one of the trees and stitched it up per the directions (except did not attach) and that took about a minute. Really. The sewing adds a lot but not very much time! I cut a panel from Kraft card stock and heat embossed this sentiment from WPlus9 using Versamark ink and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The gold doily is from the kit as is the card base. Even the matching envelope was all ready for me to put together. This kit is a huge time saver!! The cards are cute as is but also fun to change with small modifications to personalize them.
Ok….back out on the road this week. Let me know if you’ll be flying on United for your holiday travels and look for me if you are!! I hope you have a fabulous day!
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Stamp: Drummer Boy (WPlus9); Ink: Versamark; Paper: Kraft; Accessories: Stitched With Cheer Card Kit, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals