Quick post today. Sorry if you stopped in earlier and got a white screen or other messages. Apparently a plugin update cause the whole site to have a fatal error. Good times! Now to happy things!
We have the most wonderful sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches from the lovely Cécile. I just love the idea of the layered squares! It didn’t take me long to decide on the smallest squares from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits but then what to add? I was looking through my stamp sets and the most counterintuitive set jumped out at me. Mondo Hydrangea by Ellen Hutson! So yes, the mondo flower was not the right fit for the squares but the little blossoms were perfectly sized! I stamped them in Versafine ink onto Fabriano watercolor paper and colored with my Zigs. Simple coloring but oh so pretty! I added on a little sentiment from another Ellen Hutson set called Lovely. Am I allowed to say how happy I am with this card? I was fighting with my mojo a bit this week and having this card come together quickly saved a bit of my sanity.
Ok…off to visit the amazing team. Make sure you stop in to let us know what you think of the sketch and I hope you’ll join in with us. I’ll be back at the beginning of next week with the April release week from Newton’s Nook Designs. Until then, I hope you have a great week! See you soon.
Stamp: Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson), Lovely (Ellen Hutson) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper: Thick Whisper White; Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Thinlits (SU), Dimensionals
If you have been around stamping for a while, you are sure to know the lovely Lesley Croghan. She is personally responsible for some of the most successful and fun challenges! But beyond that, she has encouraged stampers to join her design teams and to play along with all kinds of inspiring ideas, making our stamping world a happier place. I know that I personally can never truly pay Lesley back for the joy, friends and confidence I have due to one little contact. The day she asked me to join the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team is one that I can mark as one of those days that changes your life in a meaningful way. At the time, I squealed and jumped around like a fool because I was so excited to be asked to join such an amazing group of stampers. Little did I know that I would also make some of the most incredible friends and find a support network that makes me a better person….and enables more that I can even admit to!! *smile*
So Lesley, thank you! For you and Corey, I am so very happy for this new little girl to arrive and she will have more stamping “aunties” than she can even imagine!
I created this card using the Moon Baby stamp set from Stampin’ Up. I think these little images are too cute and they seemed perfect for Lesley’s little girl. The nursery colors are Cameo Coral, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and White. I took a little bit of liberty and added some pale yellow to help the colors pop but tried hard to stick to this fabulous combination. I colored the images with my Zig Clean Color Markers and used some Distress Ink in the background. After coloring, I cut out the image panel with Stitched Shapes Framelits and layered another stitched oval cut from Thick Whisper White. I added some retired coral ribbon (SU SAB) and put the whole thing on some Lemon Card Stock (SSS).
Now you need to check out all the marvelously talented stampers who feel just the same way I do about Lesley. We have a whole hop going on and you can find the link to all of us here: It’s A Girl Blog Hop for Li’l Miss Croghan
Many of us sent our cards to the hop coordinator, Lori Turner, who bundled everything up and sent it to Lesley and Corey. They get to open it this morning (Saturday) and I hope it brings much joy and happiness!! Thanks for hopping through today. I hope you enjoy sharing in the love and appreciation we have for Lesley! Have a great weekend.
Stamps: Moon Baby; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Pens, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor, Thick Whisper White, Lemon Card Stock (Simon Says Stamp); Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Ribbon (SU Retired), Dimensionals
So is it acting like spring where you are? Well, it certainly has been in Virginia and that inspired my card for today. I’m the sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I hope you will love the sketch I created for you. It is also the beginning of Kathy Racoosin‘s 30 Day Coloring Challenge (The Daily Marker 30 Day) which is a month of amazing inspiration that fills IG feeds with lovely art. It reminds us, as crafters, to take a little time every day just to make a little something that is pretty.
I kept my coloring pretty simple for today and used this gorgeous flower from Mama Elephant. Inspired by some of the cherry blossoms that are sure to be popping out any time here in my yard, I chose a soft pink for the flowers. The sentiment comes from the set too and I think it is a favorite of mine. The image and sentiments were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and the flower was coloring using Tim Holtz Distess Inks.
I hope you will join us with this sketch. I tried to make one that is open to techniques, large images or even pretty DSP. The team, of course, used all of these ideas and I’m sure you will come up with even more! Thanks for stopping in today. Remember….YOU make the world a better place! You certainly make mine better! Have a great day.
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Twisted Citron); Paper: Shimmery White (SU), Pink Pirouette; Accessories: Sequins (SU and Pretty Pink Posh)