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Freshly Made Sketches #519

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Hi everyone! Another week has flown by and I hope you are doing well. I’m the sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches. There are lots of ways to go with this one but I had a specific stamp set in mind.

My friend Linda Callahan sent me this stamp set from Colorado Craft Company (Snowmen and Bunnies) and I finally got a chance to use it. This sketch is PERFECT for the images. I stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and got to coloring with my Copic Markers. The first thing I did was put a base layer on the dark blue background (B37) to help me judge the rest of the color depth.

I played with the concept of coloring “white” for the snowman. Using a base of my Toner Grays (T2, T1, T0), I added a pale purple to give it a little more of an icy depth. Pretty happy with the result and this larger image is the perfect place to play with shading. After I finished the coloring, I masked the border around the image and then splattered on some Gouache to mimic snow. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and pretty much sums up the weather we have been having in Virginia lately. I actually love snow (when I don’t have to drive or fly in it).

I hope you will come over and join the fun this week. Our team has created beautiful projects, as always, so make sure to leave them some love. Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!

Sending Happy Your Way

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Happy New Year!!! As promised, I was working A LOT over the holidays. Out again today but I did have a minute to make a card this week. Amazing how the break in creating makes it hard to get back to it. I just kind of sat in the craft room. Started cleaning up from the holiday mess and then inked up some Copic Markers that needed love. I finally got some inspiration from this wonderful new to me set from the Ink Blot Shop. You know that I love small shops and she is absolutely the nicest owner! Stop over to visit her! I don’t have an affiliate, I just appreciate an owner who is wonderful to the crafting community and Tiffany is just that.

I fell in love with this Giant Rainbow Stamp Set the second I saw it. It has a coordinating stencil but I just wanted to use those freshly inked Copics. And coloring is almost always the best way to get my mojo back. I chose simple rainbow colors and added just a little shading.

I originally planned to make a single layer card but then I realized how easy this was to cut out. So I did that and popped it up on a base that I brushed with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink. The sentiment is from the same set an there are a few all meant to coordinate perfectly with the rainbow.

Ok, that’s it. I hope you had a happy and safe holiday season. I hope to get back to more creating over the next few weeks but I have to admit that I’ll be doing a bit of mom time. My oldest is home from college for a bit longer so I’m going to enjoy that as much as he can stand. Thanks so much for stopping in. See you soon!

Merry Christmas

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I am over on Instagram for Honey Bee Stamps today but a quick share here as well. I created these as a simplified version of a card I did during the Vintage Holiday release. A bit better for mass production, which is inevitably where I end up this time of year.

I inked up a panel of Hammermill white card stock with Salvaged Patina Oxide Ink and then ran it though with the Pierced Fancy Flakes Cover Plate. I love the piercing detail! After I got a few of them done, I took them over to my splatter box (just a cardboard box) and sprayed with Hero Arts Iridescent Shimmer Spray. This shine takes this to a new level!

I cut the “merry” using the Bitty Buzzwords: Holiday Honey Cuts and added the “Christmas” from the Tag You’re It: Holiday Stamp Set. I love the gold with the Salvaged Patina!! A few gold pearls from my stash to finish.

Thank you for stopping in today! I suspect this will be my last post until after Christmas. I’m going to pick up my oldest from college today and then next week starts the busy season for my flying! Lots and lots of holiday flying! Normally, that is hard but I’m happy to see people traveling to their families this year.

I appreciate each of you so much and sending you best wishes for a very happy holiday season!!

Freshly Made Sketches #516

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I have a special version of our FMS challenge this week. Every year the team takes a two week break so we leave the last sketch of the year open through the holidays. Well, this is the one. Our lovely Narelle has created the perfect sketch for your last minute holiday card, your “moving on from the holidays” cards or just to goof around with some down time cards. We hope you will come over and join us!

My card falls into the first category and I’m pulling out all the tools for shortening the creating time. In this card, using patterned paper with dies! I went back to the Pine Trees Honey Cuts Dies from Honey Bee Stamps because I thought they were a good fit for the sketch. Yet again, the Vintage Holiday Paper Pack provides all the color and texture I wanted.

My other work horse of this holiday season has been the Inside: Holiday Sentiments set. So many great sentiments that are a fantastic size. I just popped up the trees and the sentiment on foam tape for more dimension. This background print is so pretty I just opted not to add additional embellishments.

Thanks for stopping in today. I will be sharing a little over the next couple of weeks but this will be a quiet stamping time for me. I’ll be flying a lot over the holidays so when I am home, I’ll be taking as much family time as I can. If you are out traveling, look for me. I’ll be all over the domestic US system! And please, please if you are flying, be extra nice to all of those people working. Pack your patience, add extra time and follow the guidelines for your mode of transport. All of us just want to get you there as safely and drama-free as possible! I hope you have a lovely rest of your week. See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #513

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Super quick today. Sharing for the latest amazing sketch for Freshly Made Sketches. This week we have one from designer Jen Brum and it is wonderful!

A funny thing happened on the way to posting today. I made the card and then forgot to take a photo before leaving on a work trip. So my 15 yo son took the photo for me, complete with setting up props. What a great kid!!

I pulled out some of my season favorites from Honey Bee Stamps (listed below). Love how the dies and paper did most of the work. More flying tomorrow and I’m pretty tired so I’ll send you off to the FMS for all the inspiration from the awesome team. Thanks for stopping in today! For this in the US, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. If you are flying today or tomorrow, look for me in the system!

Merry Everything for Honey Bee Stamps

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I am so happy to share today’s card with you. I have been wanting to try an edge-to-edge shaker card and this technique does not disappoint. And it is time for the Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Hop! I knew just what to pull out!

Mug & Kisses is a new die set from the latest release by Honey Bee Stamps. So cute with adorable elements! I opted to make a cup of hot chocolate complete with the candy cane and marshmallows on the side. YUM! I inked the cup with Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Ink and added a little Copic shading on the marshmallows. The whipped cream, marshmallows and the snowflake were all spritzed with Hero Arts Shimmer Spray for more sparkle.

For the shaker portion, I cut down the packaging from a stamp set (which I’m now hoarding for just this reason) to about a half inch bigger than my patterned paper layer all around. Using double sided tape, I attached three sides of cellophane down at the back, leaving the top open to put in the sequins. I chose a random assortment from my stash to match the colors in the paper (which is from the Vintage Holiday Paper Pack). Then you just seal the fourth side with the double sided tape. No foam tape, no drama, just simple! I was so hoping this was true and it is!! I glued on an extra panel behind the shaker layer for stability since the patterned paper is thinner and then attached the whole thing to the base. My mug and other elements were attached using the Honey Bee Stamps Precision Glue. I stamped the sentiment from another new release set, Tag You’re It: Holidays, onto vellum and cut with the Tag Builder Honey Cut Dies.

So glad you stopped in today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Christmas Tree Cat

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m just sharing a card for fun. Back in September I was able to go to a craft retreat which means I was able to use stamps borrowed from other crafters. I have been a bit remiss in sharing some of those and will be pulling them out to show you over the next few weeks.

First up is this card made using the Christmas Tree Cat Stamp Set by Colorado Craft Company. This is the first card I made at the retreat and I chose this stamp because, well, cats. I colored the little criminal to match my sweet little gray kitty. She is the cat most likely to end up in this predicament! I did a bit of Copic Marker coloring and then added some distress ink blending in the background for a little extra pop. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set. I just stamped it and hand cut it.

I hope you enjoy this sweet card. Hoping that you have a wonderful weekend! See you soon.

Vintage Pine Trees for Honey Bee Stamps

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A quick post to share a card for social media today (just in case you are not there with me). I am focusing on die cuts and pretty papers, because that makes for quick work on holiday cards!

I used the Pine Trees Honey Cut dies along with the Vintage Holiday Paper Pack from Honey Bee Stamps to make quick work of this. I chose a few patterns that I thought would be pretty together and used the wooden background print as a base. Seriously, I didn’t do anything other than sponge the edges a bit. I added a sentiment from the Tag, You’re It: Holiday set and a twine bow.

I love that I can make a few more of these just using different prints and patterns too. Definitely trying to get serious about finishing my cards this year so I can mail them out a bit earlier than usual.

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Freshly Made Sketches #510

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I am so excited to share my latest card with you today. Sorry for being so quiet. I’ve been flying a lot more (a good thing) but that seriously cuts into my creative time (not so good thing). I got home from a trip yesterday morning and decided to give this sketch a go because I love it so much. The incomparable Jen Mitchell is the sketch designer at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I love her take on a classic!

For the circle element, I pulled out my Gina K Designs Snowflake Trio dies and cut two of them from Glitter Cardstock (it was part of a kit with the dies). I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating Sparkle and Shine Stamp Set and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

I chose to use an unexpected color for the crossing panel and pulled out my new Villianous Potion Oxide Ink. This is a beautiful color!! I brushed in on and then sprayed the panel with my Hero Arts Shimmer Spray. So much shine, so little effort! I added a gem from my stash for the middle of the snowflake for one last bit of shine.

Hope you will come over and join us this week. Thank you so much for stopping in today. See you tomorrow for a SugarPea Designs feature.

CASE Me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton

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I am so excited to be sharing a card today as part of Michelle Lupton‘s CASE Me a Christmas Card series. For those not familiar with the term, CASE = Copy and Selectively Edit (or Copy and Share Everything). For this, I have taken a card I chose from Michelle’s amazing array of cards and used it to inspire a new Christmas card. HERE is her card (also shared below with Michelle’s permission).

I completely fell in love with the Faux Tiles and wanted to try something similar. Since she used a pretty cover plate die, I also chose a new favorite of mine, the Fancy Flakes Cover Plate Die by Honey Bee Stamps. I thought that the shine on her card so just so cool so I got to work finding a way to give a similar effect. On my background panel, I brushed on Distress Oxide Inks in Peacock Feathers and Broken China. I used Versamark Ink on top of it all and added clear embossing powder. Just like Michelle, I did that a total of three times to get it evenly embossed and totally shine.

Where Michelle added shimmer to her colored panel, I thought the white needed a bit more, so I sprayed on Hero Arts Shimmer Spray. I am totally addicted to this right now and it is pretty much finding itself on everything! My sentiment is from the Bitty Buzzwords: Holidays set and dies. I inked some more paper with the same colors, cut with the dies. I also stamped with Peacock Feathers for the “Merriest” panel. More shimmer spray on everything, of course! This has so much shine in person with the shimmer spray and the embossed panel! I felt like a few pearls were the perfect finish after positioning my sentiment to mimic Michelle’s.

Here is Michelle’s beautiful Faux Tile Card:

Michelle also CASE’d one of my cards and I cannot wait to see the result! You can see her card HERE. Thanks for coming over to visit today! See you again soon.

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