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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.

You’re So Fly – Ellen Hutson March Release

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Sometimes you get the feeling that a stamp set was made with you in mind. And today, I finally get to share one that just made me smile so much! The Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson March Release is live!

New additions to the Bear Ware line of products are part of today’s release and I had such fun with them. First of all the hair for the bear. Oh my goodness! And while there are a number of professions represented, clearly I had to turn her into a pilot. I mean really. Like it was a choice. I gave her a uniform and a hat and then colored up the requisite black roller board bag.

I also took the airplane in the set and imitated the paint scheme for a certain airline I know. The clouds are from a Honey Bee Stamps die set and I have it listed below as well. And finally the sentiment. Not be be an airplane snob or anything, but I am so relieved to see a fresh sentiment with a flying theme.

I hope you will go over and check out the whole release. There are some some fun florals, great sentiments and, of course, these adorable bear add ons. You can click the graphic at the start of the post or click below on the products. All contain my affiliate code (with no additional cost to you). Have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #525

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I’m sure at this point you detect a theme. Since for me creativity is a stress outlet, I have been focusing on Ukraine themed projects. And before I get into this too much, I want to make sure you know about a card auction on Instagram. I have two cards up for auction. The simple explanation, people bid on the cards and commit to pay that much to one of the charities the organizers have listed (you choose from the list and they are well vetted). If you win, you donate and show the receipt and the designer sends the cards. Simple. No money exchanges with the designers or organizers. Click here to see more: Ukraine Card Drive

Now to the card for today. Using the latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches designed by the fabulous Karren Johnson. It was exactly the sketch I needed! There are a number of companies and designers giving personal use images to inspire. This one is from the amazing Emily Midgett.

I printed Emily’s image on watercolor paper with my printer. I wasn’t sure my printer could do that so a happy surprise. Using Daniel Smith watercolors, I just sat and colored away.

I did have to cut away a part of the image (bad planning on my part on the print size) but for this, I wanted the focus mostly on the sunflower anyway. I chose a Honey Bee Stamps sentiment from a set where Emily had designed the art. And it seems just right.

I hope you are doing well and staying safe. I’m grateful every day for all the crafty friends in my life. None of us are alone. Back Friday with something fun and new (and not a sunflower). See you then!

Sunflowers – #cardsforukraine

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The world is feeling heavy. I’m sure you agree. Among the card makers I follow are some amazing people who are Ukrainian. This week they have been in bomb shelters. They are buying supplies to make Molotov cocktails. It is horrific. But we must acknowledge it and say out loud that this is wrong. The bravery of average citizens is inspirational. I will be participating in a card drive for charity later this week (details to come but you can follow Ukraine Card Drive for Peace on Instagram for more). I had a hard time focusing so I decided coloring was the answer.

I pulled out the Sweet Sunflowers stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps. I’m sure you know by now that sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine so it was the perfect choice. I colored the flowers, leaves and wheat and then cut with the coordinating dies. As part of the latest release from Honey Bee Stamps, there were new hot foil plate sentiments which I just had to have.

I was inspired by the foil (I chose matte gold) and decided the base needed a little more something. I tapped the edges into Versamark ink then added Gold Rich Embossing Powder from WOW. To finish, the new Warm Pearls from Honey Bee Stamps were perfect (they also come in cool colors and are self adhesive!). So this is a combination of old and new products that work together perfectly.

If you are looking for inspiration, you can search for the #cardsforukraine all over social media. Stampers are creating beautiful tributes to courage and to support under attack. Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you are safe and will give all your families extra hugs today. See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #524

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It is Wednesday so it must be Freshly Made Sketches day! Our sketch designer is the marvelous Cécile and she has created a basic yet innovative sketch. Such fun!

I saw the sketch and my mind went to sets with horizontal elements. And when I saw the Let’s Get Crafty Stamp Set from Honey Bee Stamps, I stopped and knew exactly what I wanted to make. I pulled out this design from the Team Tie Dye Paper Pack for color inspiration (ok, I’m biased, this is the one I designed). I colored the different elements using Copic Markers and then cut them out with coordinating dies.

I choose a different pattern from the same pack to cut with the Color Word die and backed it with some vellum to help it stand out a bit. This card was such fun to make and I’m so happy for the sketch inspiration that had me pull this out.

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you are having a good week. Make sure to check out all the work from the DT this week. They all enjoyed this as much as I did!

Companion Cube Card – Ink Blot Shop

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I have a just for fun card to share with you today! I mentioned recently about upping my game on cards for the males in my house. Today is one of those. You see, when you live in a house of “boys” (big and little), video games are a way of life, apparently. While I’m content to leave them at it, I also get to hear lots about the games. When I actually remember stuff, they are impressed with me. So that brings me to today’s card.

When I recently got a fun new set of products from Ink Blot Shop, one of the things I got was the Pixel Grid Stencil with Pixel Grid Masks. I had it out on my desk when my husband said that it looked like a “companion cube”. Not shockingly, I had no idea what he was talking about. So the boys showed me. And then, I actually got one (with chocolate inside) as part of a funny gift. See, the love language of our house. That inspired me to go forth and create an actual card. I used the grid, the small heart stencil and Karin Brushmarker Pros. I started with the center and then just kind of went from there. I added a sentiment from the coordinating Spaced Out Greetings set. The boys gave me feedback as I went along and my husband was pretty impressed when he got the card. Proof that I do listen (sort of) to all the conversations they have!

Hope your week starts great and I’m glad you stopped by today. Back soon with more that I have been making.

Freshly Made Sketches #523

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Hi everyone! So happy to see you today. I actually have two cards to share for Freshly Made Sketches. The same card made two different ways. Our sketch hostess is the wonderful Jen Brum and she has such a clever layout for us this week.

I started with the new Citrus Bloom suite of products from Pinkfresh Studio. I stamped the images in Versamark then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Using my Daniel Smith watercolors, I just spent a bit of time coloring. When you stamp the flowers, it is all one stamp and so the die is the same. One cut, all the flowers done!

To keep with the sketch, I watercolored a background and then used a background die (retired) as a stencil of sorts for the texture. I added a sentiment and these pretty Matte Gold Pearls (Pinkfresh Studio) and some gold thread.

In a totally different yet totally the same version, I used the same elements. The flowers were “colored” using the coordinating stencils and Altenew inks. I used the same die except in the traditional way.

I used some patterned paper from Honey Bee Stamps in the background and some pretty sequins from Catherine Pooler instead of the pearls.

I hope you like both of these! The sketch is super flexible and I think you will have fun with it this week. Let me know which of these you like better! Thanks for stopping in.

Freshly Made Sketches #522

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I hope you are having a great week so far. The latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches is designed by the lovely Kim Singdahlsen and I had such fun with it.

Recently, when going through my cards, I came to the clear awareness that I make lots of cards with flowers, lol. I mean, I cannot say no to a good flower image. But with that, I don’t have cards to send to some on my list…especially my oldest while he is in college. While I will still make lots of flower cards, I am making a point to add other things in. Thus, today’s card. I reached for the Caffeinated – Bee stamp from The Rabbit Hole Designs because it cracks me up. And because he loves the coffee cards I send him. I colored it with Copic Markers and then pulled out some things from Honey Bee Stamps (because bee!) to go with him.

I chose patterned paper from the Funfetti Birthday pack because of honeycomb print. Super fun! I thought the Art Deco Label shape was fun for the center and a little unexpected. I stamped it with the sentiment from the stamp set and added the little chemical stamp from the Caffeinated – Reindeer set (it is the formula for caffeine, btw). I look forward to sending this one to the kid!

So glad you stopped by today. Come over and join us this week. Make sure you check out the inspiration from the team too. Have a great week. See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #521

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Oh do we have a fun sketch for you this week at Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer is Linda Callahan and she has created one that is super versatile.

I went with a super clean version of the sketch. Maybe a little too clean but I just could not get this set out of my head to use. It is called Botanical Borders from the Ink Blot Spot. I love the sweet little images in the set and the super usable sentiments too. I did some quick Copic Marker coloring and then added a few sequins.

Thanks for dropping in today. Just a reminder, I still have one of the mystery boxes available if you are interested. Check out the last post for details. Hope you have a great day!

A new crafty de-stash

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Multi-company Product De-stash!

I just completed a January cleaning of my stamp room and it is time for another de-stash!  I have put together mystery boxes packed with a variety of products that are valued at more than twice the price of the box.  In each box there are many different brands (Picket Fence Studios, Newton’s Nook, Altenew, Concord & 9th, Honey Bee Stamps and SugarPea Designs are examples).  If I had coordinating dies to match the stamp, they are included.  While some of these are gently used (with some staining), there are also brand new and unused sets in each box. My supervisor has helped make sure the boxes are FULL of fun!

I have two medium sized flat rate boxes for $150 each.  Priority shipping is already included in the pricing.  All products are “as is” and all sales are final.  All items are from a smoke free, cat-friendly home. Buyers must pay using PayPal and must be in the US. First come, first served and I will use time stamps to keep it straight since I will be posting in multiple locations. Please email or message me as soon as possible to secure a box (email at I will send you an invoice for your selected box. You have 24 hours to pay the invoice and I will ship within 3 business days of payment receipt.

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