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Freshly Made Sketches #430

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Happy Freshly Made Sketches day! Our wonderful Jacquie has such a clever sketch for us this week (which I kind of followed). I love unique shapes and this is their week to shine.

When I saw the diamond shape, I thought of this stencil. I don’t know why…it is sort of a diamond shape, I guess. But once it was in my head, that was all that was going to be in my head. Does that happen to you? Please tell me I’m not the only one. This is the Scandinavian Stencil from Erin Lee Creative. So pretty! I inked it up using a gradient of smokey blues from Altenew onto Bristol Smooth paper with my Taylored Expressions Blender Brush. I chose a sentiment from the Oh Emm Gee set by Erin Lee Creative. That set is really fun if you read them all!

So glad you stopped in today. Looking forward to seeing all the creative takes on this one during the week. Stay safe and I’ll see you soon.

SugarPea Designs – April Guest Designer

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Hi everyone! I hope this finds you healthy. I’m excited to share some happy news. Which is really nice to give and get these days. You know that I’m such a fan of our crafty industry and most especially, I’m a fan of the small business owners that drive it. SugarPea Designs is owned by Wendy Ramlakhan and she is the embodiment of all that is great with stamp companies. Not only are her stamps and products fantastic, she is a genuinely awesome human! And in this time of difficulty, I very much want to support companies like hers! She has supported challenges and celebrations with gift cards and chances to win. Now is a great time to pay that back. And good news, she is still able to ship from her inventory!!

For my card today, I used the SugarCut Interlocking Circles Die which is really unique and such fun to use.  I first cut it out using black card stock and then it got really fun.  Using multiple colors from the “spots” pattern in the Spots & Stripes Brights Patterned Paper, I used the die to capture the negative parts of the die.  I like puzzles and I had a blast fitting the colors into the different areas in the circles.  Best part, with the cut outs you can create multiples of this just putting different colors in different places.  

After adhering the circles to the white panel, I chose the SugarCut Friends Word Die as the focal sentiment.  I cut the shadow from vellum and the word from black card stock.  The Everyday Sentiments set was perfect to complete the sentiment.  I chose the Happy Birthday, stamped it in black and cut it out using the SugarCut Sentiment Strips Dies.  I put the whole panel on a black card base and the card is ready to brighten someone’s day.

I hope that you are finding some time to create. I try to eek out a bit of crafting every day. Usually I do it while watching one of my dear friends on their “Lives” or in a tutorial. This new normal is not at all normal so I just try to roll with each day as it comes. I hope you are able to do the same.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you again soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #429

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Happy Wednesday to you all! I hope this finds you healthy, safe and secure in your homes. Like many places, Virginia now has a stay at home order so we are hunkered down. I am still considered essential but with the flying pulled down for April, I’m on a reserve (on call) status. My boys are waiting for the real plan to start distance learning so we are trying to do what we can to stay engaged. My husband is also essential so works from his office every other day and teleworks on the others. All in all, we seem to be adapting as well as can be expected. The cats are confused and, no surprise, are the big winners. With all this at home time, I keep thinking that I’ll do so much crafting but somehow the mojo has just flown away. I’m glad for Freshly Made Sketches to keep me motivated! This sketch by the lovely Judy allowed me to follow my previous formula of finding a favorite stamp from a favorite company and just keeping it simple.

The Posie Fill-In stamp set from Concord and 9th remains a favorite of mine, especially on sketches with circles. I stamped using Altenew inks in Aqualicious, Lime and Jet Black. I found this piece of patterned paper in the stash and it seemed just right behind the flowers. The sentiment from the same set is bold and fabulous. I’m trying hard to mail more cards to friends. It makes me feel better and I hope it brightens their days too.

I just bet the cards from the design team will inspire you and I hope the sketch gives a boost to your creativity. I am grateful for you all. Please stay safe! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #428

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I can’t imagine that any of you are feeling different than I am. Every day seems to show new obstacles. I am overwhelmed at times. Clearly working for an airline right now is challenging. But so is working pretty much anywhere. I have come to the conclusion that the only way to maintain my sanity is to try to share kindness. Like many crafters, I have an insanely large stack of cards. And now is the moment! Time to mail them. Medical personnel, first responders, other airline people, all of these people need encouragement. So that is my inspiration for today’s card. Our latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches is designed by the lovely Amy O’Neill and I knew right what I wanted to use.

Mondo Hydrangea is a gorgeous set by Ellen Hutson. I love to watercolor it. And it jumped right out and I knew it would be perfect for the sketch. I stamped in VersaFine Ink and watercolored with Daniel Smith paints. The matching die was used to cut it out. I decided that the Nordic Frames layer would be a nice detail and I used it on Fog Gray card stock. Needless to say, I think this sentiment will be getting heavy rotation. It is from a new to me set called Everyday Sentiments from SugarPea Designs. It has awesome sentiments!! There is a coordinating die for it too (which I used).

If you are looking to mail some cards and don’t have any place to send them, message me and I’ll be happy to share the addresses. And speaking of grateful…I am incredibly grateful for all of you. These days are hard. Each of us has our own battle in this war against a wicked foe. We need to stay strong and we are stronger together! Make sure you go over to see my amazing teammates at FMS. They are some of the most remarkable people and I’m blessed to be a part of the team. Stay safe, stay home, let’s do this!

Erin Lee Creative March Release and GIVEAWAY

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This is my second post for today. If you are here for Freshly Made Sketches, please scroll down.

I have wonderful news today! I have joined the Erin Lee Creative design team and I’m so thrilled. Erin is an amazing human and I had the joy of meeting her in person a month ago. And her new release is fabulous! She released it early (over the weekend) as additional incentive to stay home and craft! And today our team is holding a blog hop complete with a GIVEAWAY (details below).

One of the new sets is called Sweet Succulents and it is just that! Sweet! I took a few moments for watercoloring last week and I enjoyed playing with the greens and violets. I cut out the images using the coordinating dies. I then created a watercolor frame to highlight the violets but still needed a sentiment. The You Are Enough die is also part of the new release. I cut it out a few times and layered them to give the words a bit of dimension.

I hope you enjoy this card but now it is on to more inspiration! Here is a look at the whole team!

Hop details: 3 random winners who comment across all blogs will receive a $25 gift code to use in the ELC shop. Winners will be announced March 25. So be sure to comment!

One to the amazing Ceal who is sure to make you smile! Here is the whole hop if you get lost along the way.

Freshly Made Sketches #427

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This is the first of two posts today for me. Our latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches is designed by the lovely Narelle Farrugia. Another beauty for sure! First though, a brief update. Like everyone else worldwide, I’m finding my world turning upside down. A week ago I was on my way to Amsterdam when the first travel ban went into place. Since then, my airline has been trying to adjust and adapt. As pilots we are conflicted. We understand the need for social distancing but we also know there are circumstances that require people to fly. We love bringing people together safely. My airline is suffering (like so many businesses) and we have no idea what will come next. I’m trying to focus on one day at a time, as I’m sure you are too. So, with that, crafting! I’m thankful I have this hobby for respite.

I had trouble focusing even with such an inspiring sketch so I went to what makes me happy. I started with a stamp from a company I love (Gina K Designs) and colored it with my favorite Copic colors. After some debate, I just kept the rest of the card white. The pretty circle behind the butterfly is from Pinkfresh Studios and the sentiment is from Tonic Studios. All the links are below.

Our design team has created marvelous works of inspiration. How lucky I am to work with such an extraordinary group of people! My friends, as always I am thankful for you all. While we all have some turbulent days ahead, I have faith in the kindness of people. I have confidence that we can find our best selves. Please be safe, stay home and know that I hold you in my prayers.

Make sure you come back for my second post and a fun announcement too!

Freshly Made Sketches #426

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I love our fun sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches, as always. Our dear Karren is the sketch designer and this is a classic you are sure enjoy using.

I took advantage of the circle to use a new to me stamp from Erin Lee Creative called Coffee Girl. Isn’t she sweet? I met Erin at Stamping Away and found her to be such a joy (and super funny!!). When you see her fun line of stamps you are sure to enjoy the humor. This image was fun for working on shading and hair. A work in progress but always fun to play!

After coloring her, I used a stitched circle die to match the sketch. Then I went searching through my stacks of patterned paper and found this old set from Stampin’ Up. Perfect colors too! I thought this sentiment from the stamp stamp set was perfect for the little hearts and it is fitting for this week of the time adjustment.

It seemed easier to just show you which markers I used on my coloring that to write them all out. The top picture contains the colors for her clothing and accessories. The bottom has her skin and hair (the top row is hair, the bottom is skin).

I hope you have fun with this one and find inspiration from the team! So glad you stopped in today. Thanks for visiting and see you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #425

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It is Freshly Made Sketches day and today we have one that is super unique and absolutely fabulous. Our sketch designer is the amazing Cécile Ribon so you should not be surprised!

After a bit of looking around, I found what I wanted…right on my desk! That order from The Greetery that I recently made hasn’t even made it into organizing folders yet (if you are one of those who organize right away, I invite you over to help…I need it!). I love the palm from the Caring Cross set and thought it might be just right for the element on top of the trio. As with all the sets, it layered up perfectly!

I brushed some pink ink onto card stock and cut it out with a banner die three times. It seemed like I needed a bit of something else so I added in the Nordic Frame die. The sentiment is also from Caring Cross and I love it!

I hope you like this sketch as much as we do and that you will join in too! Thanks so much for joining in today. I’ll see you again soon!

Here For You

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A quick share today! I thought a pretty blue butterfly might be just the thing during our current environment of uncertainty.

I love this amazing butterfly image from the Butterfly Blossoms set by Reverse Confetti. The flowers in the set are created to be able to layer for dimension or you can just keep it to one layer. I opted to color the flowers separately and pop them up. All of the coloring is using Copic Markers.

I thought that playing with blues would be a nice change for a butterfly and I’m pretty happy with how the light blues here almost seem to glow. I’d love to claim that it was my intention but just a happy accident that comes with experimenting. The sentiment comes from the same set. Don’t you love that font?! The pretty panel uses the Lacy Scallop Frame dies, also from Reverse Confetti.

Thanks for stopping in today. I’m sure you are like me in not liking how unclear things are with this awful virus. My industry is affected strongly, as you might imagine. But I take comfort that my friends are here for me and I’m here for them. I hope you have a good day and know how much I appreciate you!

Best Day

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I think the “hardest” part about going to Stamping Away (other than leaving) is getting started on stamping there. So many products, so much inspiration, so many talented stampers…oh my! So when it came to my first project I decided to go with what I know. A bit of Copic coloring on an image that wasn’t overly complicated. I looked through some sets and immediately gravitated to this Just Vines stamp by The Stamp Market.

Instead of just the yellow greens, I decided to combine them with my BG family for something a bit unexpected. So I sat for quite a while coloring and listening to the chatter and admiring the work others were doing and….it was perfect! I didn’t have a particular plan for the panel when I was working on it but quickly realized that it might be nice for a birthday card for my husband. So that became my mission. After a few starts (and fails) I finally just kept it simple. I found this sentiment from the For My Bestie set. A Pink and Main Sentiment Strip die was just perfect for the sentiment and I added on a few sequins to finish.

I love the overall effect of the coloring here and, though it took a bit, it was the perfect “warm up” for my crafting weekend. And it made me happy to make too! I hope you get a bit of time for some “just because” crafting this week. I’m trying to make sure it becomes a bigger part of my creative time. Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!

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