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Freshly Made Sketches #535

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Hi everyone! Another week of lots of flying and fixing my blog behind the scenes. But…I think, maybe, it is done. Maybe. We will see. One of the issues was that my posts would not go live after scheduling…. So this one is a test! In the mean time, I got a fun card made for Freshly Made Sketches with an adorable sketch by our lovely Amy.

I’m just totally in love with this sweet set from The Rabbit Hole Designs. Something about these little rain boots and the flowers…so great! I stamped it using Versafine Clair Ink and then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing powder. And I got to try out my new Cottontail Embossing Powder Tool. This is a game changer. No residue, no embossing powder sticking where it shouldn’t. It is patent pending because it is awesome!! And the price is so great. Seriously. If you need an anti-static tool, just get this one and please don’t get a knock-off. There are some out there and they will made you sad. Supporting an innovative entrepreneur is a great thing to do!

I don’t often combine brands on cards (really this should not be an issue unless it is a DT card but somehow I struggle to do it). For this, I was short on time and I had this pretty sentiment all ready foiled so, naturally, it just jumped on the card. It is from Pinkfresh Studio and I love that touch of shine. All the watercoloring was done with Distress Ink, including the little panel. I added a vellum flag and then some fun pearls. The pearls are part of a bonus pack that came in my order from The Rabbit Hole Designs. Yep, beautiful!!

I hope you will join us this week for the challenge and I’m so grateful for all the patience on my blog. I know it mostly hasn’t been apparent on the front side but it has taken so much of my time away from crafting. Wishing you a great rest of the week!

Freshly Made Sketches #534

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Hi everyone! Another week has flown by. Sorry for the intermittent posting. Things have been a little crazy here. I do have a quick card for you today. To sum things up, the back side of my blog is still having a lot of issues that I have been spending too much time one. Given my limited time to devote to all things crafty, this has seriously cut into my creating. I hope to be getting this fixed this week (I have given it over to some tech experts and I hope it can be handled). In the mean time….a fabulous sketch from the wonderful Cécile!

I pulled out some bee themed products from Honey Bee Stamps (naturally!). The Lovely Layers: Bugs makes an appearance again with the bee die. Isn’t it cute?! I used the Just BeeCause stamp set for the sentiment and the Honeycomb stamp for the background from the sketch.

The little bee is so fun and easy to create. I just it him from Hammermill white card stock and colored it with Copic Markers. Super quick and easy. I added shimmer to the wings using some Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust just painted on with a brush. The pearls are from the Cool Pearls pack by Honey Bee Stamps.

I hope you will be able to join us this week. I think this sketch is just brilliant! All kinds of possibilities! Thanks for stopping in today for for your continued support. Have a wonderful rest of your week and see you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #533

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Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a great week.  Another one has flown by here!  Today I have the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and our sketch designer is the wonderful Jen Brum.  I admit I took a bit of liberty with the sketch and I hope Jen isn’t too upset with me.  But I just “had” to color flowers.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I thought about this stamp set called Wildflowers by Honey Bee Stamps. The images are so pretty and I thought they would be nice for the vertical panels. The little greenery plants mimicked the bottom blocks (at least in my head) so I went with it. Plus I was really in the mood to color.

I chose a sentiment from the My Favorite Flowers set and then decided that I needed to add the little bee from the flower set. The background is a patterned paper ombré piece from the Playful Pastels pack.

I hope you enjoy this sweet card and will come over to play along at the challenge. The team has some beautiful cards to share! Thanks so much for stopping in. See you soon.

 

Freshly Made Sketches #532

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Hello, friends! I’m so glad to be back with you today to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer this week is the lovely Kim Singdahlsen and I love her classic choice.

After so long away, I needed to start with something that didn’t take too much thought. Die cuts! Definitely die cuts! I was super inspired by some garden flowers from my recent trip to visit my college kid in Williamsburg, Va. I found some pretty anemones (shared below). I dug into my stash and pulled out the Lovely Layers: Anenome Dies and then added some newer products too – the Lovely Layers: Bugs and Lovely Layers: Greenery.

I shaded the flower using a Bitty Bunny Blending Brush. I love how the small size works for adding color more specifically. I inked the leaves and then decided to use Copic markers on the body of the dragonfly for a little more specific color. The wings were cut from vellum and then I added some Clear Wink of Stella to make them shimmer. To go with that shimmery effect, I though a foiled sentiment would be nice so I used the Small Card, Big Hug Foil Sentiments and Aura foil. And here is my muse:

I hope you will come over to join us this week. Thank you all for your patience as I took some needed time away. Lots has been going on for the family and I hope for a little more calm in the coming weeks. Make sure to head over to the team blog to see all the amazing work!

 

Blog drama and a thank you

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My dear stamping friends, hello! You may have gotten a rather weird “post” from me this week and I had no real ability to explain. My blog had a fundamental breakdown and honestly, I thought it was all lost in cyberspace. Thankfully, my service provider, Go Daddy, was able to recover and fix the entire mess but it took days. I do think that it is all fixed and all the safety protocols are in place to protect you and me. But it took a lot of brain space and time to get through the mess of it.

With that, I’m just going to let you know that I will be off of the blog for about a week more for some family time. I have also been flying a bit more (which is a good thing for the travel industry) and that has required some adjustment to my time management. I am so very grateful for all of you and so glad I still have this format to reach out to you and share. Wishing you a beautiful day!

Freshly Made Sketches #529

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Hi everyone! I am the sketch designer this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I hope you will like it. I definitely did and actually created two cards.

I actually created the same card in two ways. I don’t do this often but usually have a lot of fun when I do and that is what happened with this. My inspiration was the Seeds of Kindness stamp set and dies from Honey Bee Stamps. The actually has a seed pack die too but I stuck to just the basic set today.

I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and colored with my Karin Markers (colors shown at end of the post). I added a little bit of vintage looking Distress Ink on the edges of the image to add to the feeling of age. Some lace ribbon from my stash was perfect for the sketch and I love the overall look.

For my second version, I chose Copic Markers and colored in a similar palette but more spring-like and new. Instead of lace, I added a colored border and a few pearls instead of splatters.

With this one, I used an alternate sentiment and masked the original sentiment and then stamped it in. The banner cuts right on the edges for a clean effect (the banner was used on the first one too, just with the image sentiment).

I hope you are inspired to play along with this. I had such fun just playing in the stamp room on these. Make sure you come see what the team created too. Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon.

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Freshly Made Sketches #528

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Hi everyone! Hope you are having a good week. Spring is starting to show itself here in Virginia complete with cherry blossoms. I was able to go down to the Tidal Basin last Friday with my sister (visiting during her spring break) and the flowers were just about to go full bloom. There were a few trees starting though so the day was definitely nice. I was thrilled to have a bit of time to play with the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and I just love this one from the wonderful Jacquie Southas.

The new Little Birdies stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps has such a spring feel to it and the images are darling. I colored a few of them and decided the little bird house stand could work as one of the elements in the sketch. I added two sentiments from Small Card, Big Hug which is a set of go-togethers phrases. I brushed on some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink to give it a sunny feel and done.

I hope you will come over to join us this week. Thanks for stopping in today. Affiliate links below if you are inspired to shop.

Wingin’ It with Ellen Hutson Essentials

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Today I have a fun surprise for you! I’m the guest over at Ellen Hutson but I wanted to share here too. I showed you some of the new Bear Ware product line during the latest release and I have a new project using them.

I think you can see the motivation in today’s project! Did you know that only about 6% of commercial pilots are women? And far less of those are Captains (left seat and in command). There are lots of reasons for those numbers but it starts with young people understanding that flying is a career option for women. And THAT starts with a vision. If you can see it, you can be it!

And you know, it can be as simple as images for stamping. And THAT was my goal for today’s project. Normalizing the idea that women are pilots and that women are the Captain! I have all the how-to on this card over at the company blog including how I turned a pitchfork into a yoke (steering column). I hope you will go over to visit and leave me a note there. If you are inspired to shop, I’d appreciate you using my affiliate links below.

I hope you have a fabulous day! Thanks so much for stopping in.

Power Poppy Sunflower Power

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A quick post today sharing another pretty sunflower card. This one uses an image from the amazing Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy. She has her sunflower image downloads available for free right now (and add a few non-free ones in while you are there as a thank you).

This set is called Sunflower Power and that seems perfect for right now, doesn’t it? I sized it to fit an A2 panel and then used the sentiment from the same download, also sized to fit in space I wanted. I love the digital option of changing sizes and perspectives. I have just realized that my printer can handle this with Hammermill card stock and watercolor paper. Game changer for me!

I colored using Copic Markers (colors listed below) and then added just a little shading behind the flower for depth. I felt like that color wasn’t showing enough so I added a stippling pattern using the same pale color but did some tip to tip color pick up for just a little more depth.

Flower Petals: Y13, Y08, YR24, Y38, YR68, E37
Flower Center: Y11, Y13, Y08, YR21, YR24, E35, E37, YG95, YG97, YG67, G99
Leaves: YG93, YG95, YG97, G99, YG67
Background: BG70 with stippling using BG70 tip to tip with BG72

Thanks for dropping by today. Back tomorrow with a fun surprise. See you then.

Freshly Made Sketches #526

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Another week, another amazing sketch from Freshly Made Sketches! This week’s sketch designer is Amy O’Neill and I love her classic vibe for this one.

I continued to play with the new Bear Ware product line and the new additions from Ellen Hutson. I fell in love with the teacher accessories in Bear Ware Dress Up 2 so that is what I used today. Let’s face it, teachers are all heroes and this sentiment could not be more true. I just stamped her, the desk, her computer and books and then colored.

She definitely needed some cool glasses so I added those stamped in a coordinating teal ink. I dotted in the eyes with a black pen to match the placement of the bear. Finally, I added some gold stars…because the sentiment said I had too. I stamped a bunch of them, colored them up and cut some out. I found this star pattern in some Honey Bee Stamps paper so just added the gold stars into the pattern.

I hope you enjoy this fun card today. Hop over to see all the inspiration from the team too. For any of you readers who are teachers, THANK YOU!! You all deserve so much more but the least I can say is how grateful I am for all you do for our children. Glad you stopped in today. See you soon.

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