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Freshly Made Sketches #447

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Happy middle of the week! Honestly I’m glad for the Wednesday challenge to help me keep track of the days right now. The oh so talented Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch designer at Freshly Made Sketches this week and this one is such a classic.

In fairness to Kim, I truly started on a path of following the sketch completely. But sometimes designing goes a different path. I think I stayed true enough to the intent at least. I thought a Halloween card was just what I needed to shake it up. And what could be more fun that this Trick or Treaters Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios. I just love these sweet images! I colored the adorable witch and her, um, friend with Copic Markers. Then using the Outdoor Scene Builder Stencil from SweetPea Designs, I inked the grass. I added a bit of a purple sky and used the same stencil for the stars. I had a couple of great sentiment choices but this one made me smile when used with this little cutey.

I hope you’ll come over and play with us this week. The team has created such wonderful inspiration, as they do each week. Thank you for stopping in today. I’m always grateful for the chance to share with you. Have a great rest of your week.

Retro Tree

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The amazing Peace, Love and Happiness Kit from Erin Lee Creative has been so fun for creating 70s vibed cards. But along came my oldest child while I was creating one day and he took one look at the Retro Swirls stamp set and said, hey that would make a cool tree. Yes, yes it would.

So that is exactly what I did. I stamped it in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with white embossing power on watercolor paper. I pulled out some Distress Ink and just added layers of yellows, greens and a bit of brown util I was happy with it. And added some splatters too, of course.

Using more watercolor paper, I cut out the sentiment with the Big Hello Love Die and colored it with some of the same ink. I love how artsy I feel when creating a project like this and it really is a joy to do! I hope you’ll be inspired to give it a go. Thanks for stopping in today!

Honeycomb Hello

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I am sharing this project I created for the SugarPea Designs blog today. I love graphic geometrics and these cards are an easy way to create them.

I inked some Bristol paper using the graduating color palettes of Distress Ink.  Once I had it inked all I had to do was put in my nesting SugarCut – Stacked Honeycombs and cut a few all at once.  With the even spacing and the variety of sizes, this was so fast and created a bunch of honeycombs to play with.


I just chose random sizes and color combinations and formed patterns until I got them how I liked them.  Originally I planned a stamped sentiment (which would be totally great too) but thought the SugarCut – Hello was an even better choice.  A little more ink brushing and some quick cuts and those were done too.


For the black card, I used GinaK Black Foam Tape to pop up the elements. The black really blends and makes the adhesive less obvious. For the white card, I used the GinaK White Foam Tape. With all the honeycombs, I have enough to make one more card too. I hope you enjoy these cards and will give this technique a try. Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #446

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We have something really awesome for you today over at Freshly Made Sketches!!! It is a sketch…but not. The fun and fabulous Linda Callahan has challenged us to make slimline cards! I’m so glad she did!

I had not yet made one of these so nothing like a kick start to get me going. I opted to go with one of my favorite Christmas sets from last year, Classic Christmas by Neat & Tangled. I used its background pairing Holiday Wishes to stamp on some Desert Storm paper.

I then colored the poinsettias and foliage images using my Copic markers. Something about these flowers really make me happy every time I color them. Layering them up adds a little more balance on this wide card, I think.

I added a few Ladybug Spots Confetti Mix to finish the card and then starting thinking about the envelope. My finished card is 8-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ so it needed a unique envelope. I took a piece of coordinating green card stock and just created a quick one. A simple style with flaps was quick to make and is the perfect way to mail this special card. A standard business size would work just fine too!

I hope you will enjoy the beautiful creations by the team and that you will come over and join us! Thanks so much for stopping in today! I’ll be back tomorrow with a project for SugarPea Designs.

Freshly Made Sketches #445

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Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well. I’m happy to share the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches designed by Jen Mitchell. This one is fabulous!

I took a pretty literal view of the sketch. The truth is, I wanted to play with my brand new, hot off the presses colors from Concord and 9th. I picked a little flower from the Furry Friends stamp set and stamped it with a variety of the new colors. The outlines, sentiment and wreath are stamped in Mushroom. This is a fantastic neutral that is kind of a dark taupe. Wonderful! The flowers here are Honeysuckle, Ballet Slipper, Buttercup, Sprout and Aqua Sky. I got the bundle of Ink Cubes and Card stock and the colors are beautiful! In the card stock, there came white and black as well. This white is really nice. I find that using the same brand of paper and ink tends to work well since they are tested together and this combination backs this up. The Mushroom was perfect on the sentiment (always a good test of ink/paper).

I think you will have a great time wit this sketch. Those little circles give lots of room for fun! I hope you will come over and join us. Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you soon!

Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Ellen Hutson Essentials

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I’m so excited that today is Crafty Friends Blog Hop day! We are celebrating Ellen Hutson today with a focus on Ellen Hutson Essentials. Our timing is particularly great because Ellen Hutson is holding The Summer of Stamping event and today there is a new release (along with many other fun reveals all month).

I just recently got the Be the Change Stamp Set and coordinating dies and the first thing I thought to do with it was to create “real” lightning bugs. I mean, who can resist with such a cute image and the perfect sentiment? Want to see it lit up?

I LOVE THEM!! With a card like this, the best way to explain how to make it is to show you. So I created a video on how I built my circuit using the Chibitronics kit. If you have any questions after watching, let me know. These are just so fun to make and I highly recommend it when you want to create something special.

I am so happy to share this shopping code that is good for today and tomorrow (July 20 and 21, 2020). Just click the button above to shop and use the code: CRAFTYFRIENDS. I have linked my affiliate link and appreciate you shopping with me.

Now to the rest of the hop. I’m sending you to my friend Amy Kolling and I know you will love what she created. Here is the whole hop in case you get lost along the way.

I hope you enjoy our hop and have fun shopping too! Thank you so much for stopping in today. Let me know what you think about my lightning bugs! See you soon.

FMS444 and SPDMix69

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Hope your week is going well! I cannot believe it is already the middle of July. This whole “groundhog day” effect is messing with my sense of time. But today, I get to share a card that I made for two of my favorite things. First, I am the sketch designer for Freshly Made Sketches and I used the inspiration from SugarPea Designs monthly challenge!

I have been seeing some beautiful cards with dark Copic backgrounds (Yana Smakula is one of the stampers I have seen). I decided that it was time to give it a go. I started by stamping the flower and butterfly from Meadow Motifs with Momento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Solar White paper using my Misti. I colored images with inspiration from the SugarPea Designs challenge.

Once done with the images, I started on the background using a dark Copic marker. It took a bit but ultimately not too hard to do. Then, I slid the whole panel back in the Misti. First I used a static bag to make sure stray powder would not stick. Then I overstamped the image with Versamark Ink and added Wow Gold Rich Superfine Powder, then heat embossed. The effect is stunning! I pulled a sentiment from what is now my “go to” sentiment set, Everyday Sentiments. On my Fog Gray base, I stamped the Handwritten Letter in Versamark for more texture and added a small gold panel for the sketch.

I hope you’ll come over and join me in both challenges! Thank you so much for stopping in today! See you again soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #443

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Happy Freshly Made Sketches day! We have a fabulous sketch today from Lee Ann…super fun and different that one I have used before. Love that!

I started with stamping this beautiful flower from The Greetery (Summer Sketches Stamp Set) using Distress Inks for a softer feel. I played around with watercoloring the panels behind it but found that I liked it better with leaving everything uncolored. I kept the watercolor paper for texture though. The sentiment is from Caring Cross, another great set from The Greetery. Thankfully this is not a card I needed for any particular reason but they are always good to have on hand.

I hope you are having a great week and will join us for this sketch. I think the gallery is going to be really spectacular! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon.

Peace, Love and Happiness

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Needing something to brighten your day? I think I might have just what you need. I’m thrilled to share this peek of Erin Lee Creative‘s newest kit called Peace, Love and Happiness.

I chose this smiley face image (and its coordinating die) as the first thing to color. I mean really, who could resist it?! I kept the coloring bold and without shading. My oldest told me it looked just like a retro sticker…win!! I thought this stencil (one of two in the kit) would help me create the perfect background. I chose a coordinating pink ink and brushed it on to a white panel and then cut it down with wonky angles. The same color was sponged onto the base. Then I added one of the sentiments using Versafine Clair.

I have so many ideas with the elements of this kits. Expect more over the next few day! And YOU can get this tomorrow, July 1st at Midnight Central time. If you want to shop with me, I now have an affiliate link with Erin Lee Creative. Happy shopping!

Sending Smiles

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I am over at the SugarPea Designs blog today with a card using one of my favorite sets from the last release, Floral Envie.

I stamped in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with Wow White embossing powder. Then I pulled out my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I had not used them in a long time and forgot how much I enjoy them. With the white embossing, I worked to keep the colors light and airy.

I love the Everyday Sentiments stamp set too. I’m a fan of work horse sentiment sets, as you know, and this has pretty much everything! And the SugarCut Sentiment Strips dies to cut them all out makes this a powerhouse duo. I hope that you will hop over to the SugarPea blog and say hi there (and poke around for lots more inspiration from my fellow designers). Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!

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