Are you ready for Freshly Made Sketches this week?? I know I certainly was! Totally needed something to kick my mojo in gear!! I’m not sure why exactly but the last few weeks have been a scheduling mess at my house and my stamps sat collecting dust. It was good to sit down yesterday with a sketch and see what happened. The amazing Rita gave us some layers this week but not too many. Just enough to make it interesting!
The only thing I knew when I sat down was that I wanted to use the “negative” of the Merry Tags dies and this tree in particular. The actual die is an ornament with the tree cut from the middle (totally awesome tag!). So I ran the die through with some Bermuda Bay card stock. Once it was cut, I put the little pieces back into the ornament and covered the whole front with Glad Press and Seal (Just a small square). This effectively holds the little pieced in place so you can flip it over and add glue without all the little pieces running away on you. (No, I’m totally not the first person to come up with this. First saw it from Jennifer McGuire but others have shown it perfectly too.) I added my adhesive to the back of the tree elements the then put the whole thing down onto Thick Whisper White card stock. Then just pull away the Press and Seal and the ornament piece and you are left with the tree perfectly placed. YAY!!!! Then I pulled out some retired stuff because seriously, I need to use it!! The sentiment is from the Jingle All The Way stamp set (retired, last year’s Holiday Catty). I just straightened it a bit before stamping to make it work for the sketch. The Real Red striped DSP and the button are from previous holiday offerings as well. They just all seemed to work together for this!
I am happy to say that I’m off this week from work so I really, really hope to get in some more stamping. I have some more ideas for this fabulous die set (and matching stamp) so that is a good start. Until then, off you go to join the FMS team on this sketch. You will love their never-ending creativity and I think you will have fun with this one. See you soon. Thanks so much for dropping in!!
Stamps: Jingle All The Way (SU retired); Ink: Bermuda Bay; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Real Red, DSP (ret), Bermuda Bay; Accessories: Big Shot, Merry Tags, Banner Punch (SU retired), Button (SU retired), Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine, Press and Seal Wrap