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Freshly Made Sketches #423

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The newest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches was created by the amazing Kim Singdahlsen and oh wow! I’m sure it is not really surprising for you to find that I “think” in sketches when designing. When I see one, I usually know almost immediately what to make (I think it is my math brain). But with this sketch, I saw multiple choices right away! That rarely happens and usually means that it is going to be a super cool week.

I showed you recently what I gave for the gift exchange at Stamping Away but I was negligent in showing what I received. Well, this darling little stamp set from Avery Elle was part of my amazing package (also a wonderful paint palette and some pens that will live in my craft room without being stolen by certain teenagers because they are awesome and immediately identifiable!). The set is called Beary Good Friends and is part of the latest release. So many little images to mix and match! I love sets like this.

I stamped a bunch of images and just started coloring, not sure what I would use. Well, I pretty much used all the things! Because how could I not?! In keeping with the sketch I used a circle stencil and brushed on some Distress Oxide ink. I used a sticky note to block the bottom part of the circle. I used the bear as one of the horizontal layers and then built up the scene around him. To “ground” the grass a bit, I used another of the layers and brushed on green ink. By doing this instead of using colored card stock, it kept the depth of color throughout and keeps the focus on the images. I did the same with some yellow ink on the sentiment panel.

I guess it is not a surprise that the design team has come up with some pretty amazing cards with the sketch and quite a variety too. Make sure you go see what they made and come over and join us! Back tomorrow for this month’s Craft Friends Blog Hop. Until then, have a great day!

Beautiful Roses

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I’m sharing a card made with another of the gorgeous sets from The Greetery. You know by now that I love the look of watercoloring. But let’s face it, sometimes there just isn’t time for coloring…the horror! This set gives you a similar style with just layered stamping. Fabulous!

I had not used The Greetery’s layered images before I went to Stamping Away but I knew I’d have a chance to try them there. I doubted whether the layering was as easy to achieve as it appeared. So the short answer…YES! It is! Based on advice from the gals there, I die cut first and then stamped onto the cut image using my Misti. The instructions on in the set are super clear and easy to follow. I chose some color families in the Altenew Ink lines which worked beautifully (I have them linked below). I was totally in love with this flower spray and then needed to create a card to showcase it.

I was sitting next to the very talented Alyssa Scritchfield and she created this card. I loved the stencil she used so pretty much grabbed it right away from her when she was done. It was the perfect background for my flowers. The sentiment is from the same set as the flowers. That script is gorgeous, don’t you think?! I thought a few little Sparkling Clear sequins were a nice touch to finish.

If you haven’t already seen it, The Greetery has a new release that went live today. And yes, I have just finished my shopping! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a beautiful day!

Freshly Made Sketches #422

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The Freshly Made Sketches challenge is up and running and the amazing Linda Callahan is our sketch designer this week. This one has all the hallmarks of a big week since I can see lots of ways to use the sketch.

I opted to keep it pretty straight to the sketch and chose this fun image from My Favorite Things called Miss You A Latte. She is fun to color and pretty quick too. Colored her in using Copics in my RV, B and Y families. I used a sentiment from the same set cut out with the MFT Slanted Sentiments Dies. The patterned paper is from my stash (SU) and I used some bold pink card stock and brushed on a little ink at the edges to give it some depth.

A fun little card to brighten someone’s day and get me back into the swing of creating after all the cleaning I’ve been doing. I hope you will have a few moments to join us on the sketch this week. Hope to be back later this week with another creation from my weekend at Stamping Away. Until then, have a wonderful day!

Hello, Beautiful

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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was wonderful. Today I’m sharing another of the cards I created while at Stamping Away. One of the fun parts of stamping at this event is the ability to use all kinds of products that I don’t own (yet…). I shared my Freshly Made Sketches card last week made with a set from The Greetery and today I’m sharing another made with the same set.

I love how forgiving the layering is on these images and the loose “sketch” lines are easy to use too. This is the Summer Sketches set and the sentiment is from the brand new Sketchbook Roses set. I found it is easiest to use the coordinating die and cut first. Then, using my Misti, I simply aligned the images into the negative, placed the positive in and stamped. Perfect! There is an easy stamping guide in the stamp sets too so it is super clear how to create the layers. I used Altenew inks for these flowers. The blues are Misty Morning and Nimbus. The green is Frayed Leaf ad the black is Altenew’s Jet Black. I know you are probably in love with that border die as much as I am. Isn’t it pretty?! It is also from The Greetery and it is called Nordic Frames. Sorry, not sorry for the enabling! *smile*

Well, that is all for today. Thanks to those of you who took advantage of my de-stash sale! I’m continuing my clean out this week and working on inks. Oh my! Hope you have a good start to your week! See you soon.

Crafty De-stash!!

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Multi-company Product De-stash (All Multi-company boxes SOLD)

I just completed a big 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, WPlus9, Concord & 9th, Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things, The Ink Road, Winnie and Walter 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.

I have three $120 boxes and two $60 boxes. (SOLD!)  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. Please email or message me as soon as possible to secure a box (email at Specify which price point please.  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.

Stampin’ Up De-stash

Additionally, I currently have 2 boxes of retired Stampin’ Up products for sale. Each box is loaded with products and is priced at $30. That is an insane discount! I’m hoping that my de-stash is your gain. Each box is a unique compilation of products that I grouped into “families”. (Note: these are the only two I had left, thus the seemingly random numbering)

I have them packaged into USPS Priority Medium Flat Rate boxes so you will pay the $30 plus the flat rate shipping ($14.35). All stamps are “as is”. Many are lightly used or unused. There may be slight staining on one or two per set but that in no way affects the use of the stamps. Punches are in good working order upon being boxed. Ribbons have been used and the rolls included are partial rolls. Extra ribbon may be included that is not pictured.  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 email time stamps. Please email me as soon as possible to ensure your choice. I will send you an invoice if you are the first to claim the box. You have 24 hours to pay the invoice and I will ship within 3 business days of payment receipt. Instructions and box inventory listed below each “bundle” picture.

BOX 3:  If you would like Box 1, send me an email at  Include your name, PayPal email address, preferred mailing address and let me know which box(es) you want.  I will send you an invoice.  Timelines above in general instructions.

Fabulous Four, Outlined Occasions (SAB), Big Wish, High Five, You Brighten My Day (SAB), Metro Type, Morning Post, Circle Card Thinlits, What’s Up Punch, Confetti Stars Punch

BOX 7:  If you would like Box 2, send me an email at  Include your name, PayPal email address, preferred mailing address and let me know which box(es) you want.  I will send you an invoice.  Timelines above in general instructions.

Hip Notes, So You, Dotty Angles, Express Yourself (Hostess), Geometrical, Triangle Punch, Project Life Point and Click, Oh Hellow, Chevron Border Punch, Pinwheel Sizzlet, Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Rainbow of Happiness

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I mentioned on Wednesday that I had the pleasure of attending a crafty retreat called Stamping Away. It is an event coordinated by two of the kindest women, Laurie Willison and Amy Kolling. It is held at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, KS and it is a magical gathering of friends. The house itself it bright and happy and rainbow themed. So you just need to be ready for me to be rainbowing all the things for a while! I have a double inspiration for today’s card.

One of the funniest parts of the weekend event is a White Elephant gift exchange. Standard rules where you can steal from another and wow, are those women vicious, lol! No, not really. But the stealing is hilarious and the laugh until your sides hurt joy is the kind of happy we all need in our lives. I asked another amazingly talented crafted to help me with my gift for the exchange and she delivered more than I could have hoped! Her name is Melissa Bickford of Honey and Pine Signs. I told her that I wanted a rainbow sign for the exchange and she created a custom one for me!

This is what she created (this is also her store photo). WOW!! I fell in love with it immediately. Because she came up with multiple designs, I also fell in love with another one for my own stamp room.

Isn’t it wonderful?! Well, needless to day I had rainbow inspiration going into my weekend so I was super happy to find a wonderful die set from The Stamp Market called Rainbow Stripes Die. I cut it out from watercolor paper and then inked it with Distress Inks in rainbow colors. So pretty! So fun! I added some Tumbled Glass Oxide Ink behind the rainbow to help it pop. Then I found this sentiment from SugarPea Designs called Whatever the Weather and it was PERFECT! I stamped it in Catherine Pooler Twilight Ink.

This card makes me SOOOO happy! I love it. I love where I made it. I love all the things! I hope you do too!

Well, that is it for today. I’ll be sharing lots more cards over the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by today. And if you go shop with Melissa, tell her I sent you! I’m just so grateful for her awesomeness! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #421

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A quick post today (sorry I’m up a little late). I just got back from the most marvelous weekend of stamping and laughing and hanging with crafty friends. It is called Stamping Away and I’ll be sharing more cards I made there over the next few weeks. But now, I’m in “re-entry” phase and catching up.

This week the wonderful Jen Mitchell is the sketch designer for Freshly Made Sketches. I love this design and think you will too.

I used a set from The Greetery to create this and just love this sweet little flower from Summer Sketches. I have loved this company for awhile and had the chance to use their sets last weekend. You’ll be seeing more! The die is from Reverse Confetti and seemed perfect for the sketch.

I hope you like this card and the sketch. I hope your week is going well! Back later this week to share some more of what I made over the weekend. Until then, have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #420

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Happy Wednesday! Today I’m the sketch designer over at Freshly Made Sketches and I hope you will like my choice. I love square cards so I went with a square design (you can make it a rectangle, of course). I planted a big old circle in the middle which pretty much means you can put about anything there.

I opted for a big flower…the Big Blooms Daisy from Taylored Expressions to be specific. I started coloring this flower quite a while ago and it sat unfinished on my desk all through the holidays. Well, this was the week to finish it! I wanted to play with the idea of creating a white flower that had some depth and shading. I chose the Y and YR families to add the shadows and I’m pretty happy with the result. I added an orange center to give it a bolder look and then found it popped perfectly off a colored base. I chose Coastal Cabana (left from last week’s card) and added a bit of Distress Oxide ink with the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes to give it more depth. The sentiment is from Picket Fence Studios and I added some sequins from my stash.

I’m off on a crafty adventure as of today and hopefully I’ll come back with some cards and new to me product to share. I hope you’ll join us with this sketch too. Make sure you go see all the amazing work from the DT. Until next time, have a great week!

Freshly Made Sketches #419

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Glad to see you for my latest card using this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Our sketch designer is Lee Ann and she really gave us one to stretch with this week. I love the off angle panel!! (and I hope that she will forgive that I forgot one of the elements)

I pulled out an underused favorite called Folk Hummingbird by Pinkfresh Studios (yes, there is a fabulous bird in the set!). I did a bit of quick coloring with Copic and then cut the flowers with the coordinating die set.

I felt like it was missing a bit of something so I added a bit of sunny yellow ink using my Taylored Expressions Blender Brush and then put the panel on a pretty aqua panel (Coastal Cabana by SU). The sentiment is from the soon to be retired Monogram J by Concord and 9th.

I hope you like this happy little burst of spring. It got super cold here in VA this week and it seemed like a little sunshine was in order. Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you will join us over at the challenge this week! See you soon.

Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Picket Fence Studios

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Hi everyone! It is Crafty Friends day and I’m thrilled to be sharing that our hop focuses on one of my favorite companies, Picket Fence Studios! If you are new to the hop, welcome. We are a group of friends who have a similar craft background and wanted to work together to share inspiration each month.

I had a hard time narrowing down what to use for this hop but thought that a focus on the “BFF Girls” was a great place to start. I love this whole line and “Kate” is one of my favorites. I created the background with the Watercolor Brush Strokes stencil and some Hero Hues ink.

I colored “Kate” in a coordinating green Copic color and worked on some distressed jeans for her. After coloring her pants, I dabbed some Blending Solution with a piece of terry cloth to create texture. I love this when I remember to do it and it is such fun! The sentiment is from the set called Your Eyeliner Straight and is a new favorite of mine (also part of a current gift special from Picket Fence Studios!). It seems perfect for this fashionista too.

As you have come to expect, we have a 20% discount code that is good for Jan 20th – 21st. Just use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 when you shop. Click the graphic above to go straight to the shop.

Now on to the rest of the hop. I’m thrilled to send you to Jenny Hall who is next in the rotation. And here is the list in case you get lost along the way.

I hope you enjoy all the inspiration from the hop this month. Make sure you go over and see all the new products that have been announced at Creativation by Picket Fence Studios. You are going to fall in love with them!

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