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You’re in my Thoughts

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You're in my ThoughtsI hope your weekend is going well!  We are finally digging out of all the snow and life is returning to normal.  Both boys may even go to school tomorrow!  Yay!!  My oldest missed a whole week.  Eek!  I know a lot of people make fun of this area and how it handles snow but the reality is that we have equipment that is good for regular little snows and NOT for gigantic storms like Snowzilla.  So it takes a bit.  But I did have a great time with sledding along with all the shoveling.  Over all, a mom win for time spent with the boys!

Meanwhile, back at the stamp table, I was able to finally put together something that I worked on over a week ago.  I showed a peek of the coloring in progress on my Instagram page (link is over in my sidebar if you want to follow).  I was practicing my no-line coloring using just grays.  In this case, Copic Toner Grays T0, T2 and T5.  The flower is from Altenew’s Beautiful Day.  I stamped in SU Smoky Slate ink and then did the coloring.  I added a little white to the center with a White Gel Pen.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes and also stamped in Smoky Slate.  I cut the white layer with a Lil’ Inkers Border Builders Die and added a piece of Basic Grey Vivienne DSP underneath.  Some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh were a nice finishing touch.  You can get most of these products all in one place at Simon Says Stamp.

wednesdayblog-logoI hope you enjoy this one.  I had fun practicing my coloring.  Even more fun when it turns into something worth showing (not everything does but the practice is still worth it!).  Thought I’d add this in on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week – the theme is Anything Goes.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Smoky Slate (SU), Copic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Gray Vivienne DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builders Die (LID), Sequins (PPP), White Gel Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #221

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FMS221 - Thank YouQuick post today.  I just got back from a long day of sledding. Taking advantage of the snow while we have it!  The neighborhood sports complex has some fabulous hills that are simply crazy for the boys!  Good stuff.  Speaking of good stuff, Freshly Made Sketches has an awesome one for you this week courtesy of the wonderful Karren Johnson.  I just love it.

Had no stamping time this week due to the snow madness here.  I was able to put this together quickly yesterday.  I tried a technique I had seen on a card made by Tasnim over at Altenew to create the flower.  Her’s, admittedly, is far more spectacular but I think this creates a nice effect.  I simply used Distress Ink in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Hickory Smoke on wet watercolor paper and then added more water with my Zig Water Pen to move ink a little more.  The sentiment comes from Another Thank You stamped in Basic Gray ink (SU).  Despite using my Misti to overstamp multiple times, the sentiment just would not stamp completely clean.  Ah well….that is how it goes sometimes.  I cut the panel out with my Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS) and put the image panel on a Smoky Slate base.

Hope you have a fun time with the sketch this week!  So much room for fun and interpretation!


Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Another Thank You (SU); Ink: Basic Gray, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Zig Water Pen, Misti, Big Shot, Stitches Rectangles Dies

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Freshly Made Sketches #220

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FMS220 - Sending Hugs

Do you hear the panic in my typing??!!!!  The snow is coming, the snow is coming!!!  And apparently lots of it to Northern Virginia.  So I did what any reasonable stamper would do…..I created a happy spring card with not a snowflake in sight!  Over at Freshly Made Sketches this week we have an awesomely fun one for you to try.  It comes courtesy of the lovely Jen Brum who has clearly decided to embrace her fears as a new year’s resolution.  She notoriously does not like it when we put circles in the sketch and then she went and created this one!  Bravest woman I know, haha!

I played around with the idea of flowers and was looking through the stash when I saw this little floral spray in my Beautiful Day stamp from Altenew.  I thought it would be perfect to use in the corner and I just love how this turned out.  Using WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, I stamped the image onto Shimmery White Paper (SU) then added a couple more little flowers from the set to fill out gaps.  With my Zig Water Pen, I colored using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  Easy and so pretty!  Then I lined up the sentiment on my Misti and stamped in the WPlus9 Ink again.  I stamped another few flowers inside the card (you can see them peeking out) and colored them up to.  Fast and oh so happy!

FMS Final 220-001I hope you enjoy this one as much as I liked making it.  Now hop right on over to the challenge and let’s see what you make of the circles!

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Back on Friday with a fun Valentine card!  See you then!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: WPlu9 Black Dye Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Shimmery White, Bermuda Bay (SU); Accessories:  Zig Water Pen, Misti

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Freshly Made Sketches #218

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FMS218 - Beautiful Thanks

Happy first Wednesday of the new year and welcome back to another year of challenges from Freshly Made Sketches!!  I have to admit that it was nice to have a little bit of time off but wow, were you all busy in the FMS gallery.  We were so thrilled to be a part of your holiday stamping and really enjoyed seeing your creations!  The oh so talented Kim Singdahlsen has a fun and unique sketch for this week and it is sure to get you right to playing with all your new holiday gifts!

The focal point of my card today is this gorgeous flower from Altenew from the set Beautiful Day.  I had been showing a friend how to use the Zig Clean Color Markers one day and this flower was the result (hers was really lovely too).  Because it was sitting on my desk calling to be used, I built the card up around it.  I stamped with the diagonal image from Gorgeous Grunge (SU) using Versamark Ink onto Basic Gray card stock and then heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I did the same with the sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set.  After fussy cutting the flower and leaves, I popped them up on Dimensionals.  These lovely sequins from Pretty Pink Posh were the perfect finish, don’t you think?!

Now I will let you get to the rest of the team’s gorgeous work!  You can tell they were happy to get back to the sketches too!

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I hope your week is fantastic!  See you soon!

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Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Gorgeous Grunge, Watercolor Wishes; Ink: Versamark, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Dimensionals, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins 6mm Sparkling Clear

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Freshly Made Sketches #215

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I hope your December has been good to you so far!  I am having a hard time accepting that it is already December…surely I am not alone!  I have not had a lot of crafting time over the last week but I’m hoping to get back to it today.  If you have had the same thing going on, I have just the solution for you.  This week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches will get you moving right along!  The incredible Jen Mitchell is our hostess this week and she has created one that is sure to inspire.

FMS215 - Beautiful Hello

I am still completely obsessed with this flower from Altenew’s Beautiful Day.  For today’s card, I stamped it onto White Vellum with Versamark Ink and embossed it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Pretty, isn’t it?!  I picked the backdrop of Winter Wonderland DSP because the prints are so subtle but yet add so much.  Using the Banners Framelits, I cut some Very Vanilla card stock and stamped the sentiment from Watercolor Wishes with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I added a little border of Gold Foil to the DSP which coordinates nicely with the embossed flower and gives the print later a little more stability for raising it up on Dimensionals.  The center of the flower is a Basic Pearl that I colored with a Sharpie black marker.  I love how it brings your eye more to the flower!

It was nice taking a break from Christmas card stamping but I need to get back to work if I’m to get stuff mailed in time.  Please tell me I’m not the only one with lots more to stamp!!

I hope you enjoy this week’s sketch and the lovely work from our Design Team.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!!  Happy stamping!

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Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Watercolor Wishes (SU); Ink: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  White Vellum, Very Vanilla, Winter Wonderland DSP (SU), Gold Foil, Basic Black; Accessories:  Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Basic Pearl, Sharpie Marker

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Beautiful Day

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Beautiful Day

A quick card for today.  I had some time to stamp last week and wanted to play with a new set I got.  I was the lucky winner of an Altenew Instagram giveaway and used the gift certificate on this stamp set called Beautiful Day.  The images in the set really are gorgeous!  Even better, they layer really well so you can put together quick cards that look hard.  I can’t wait to spend more time with it but this turned out pretty even with my limited time. I used Distress Inks to layer the colors.  Two different blues stamped on watercolor paper that I had dampened with a clean paint brush.  The leaves are the same color.  The first layer was stamped off and the next layer was full strength on the Mowed Lawn ink.  Once the paper was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Basic Gray ink.  I sewed around the edges to add a little something extra and added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  I know you’ll see more with this set in the future!

Back tomorrow with a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I’m the hostess this week and I have one that I think you’ll enjoy.  Until then, have a, well, beautiful day!  Thanks for stopping in!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Basic Gray (SU), Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass and Broken China; Paper:  Watercolor (Fabriano), Basic Gray (SU); Accessories:  Sewing Machine, Watercolor Brush, Sequins (PPP)

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