I’m sure you have already been blown away by the amazing Cécile Ribon in her time as a Guest Designer at Freshly Made Sketches. Well, this week she took on the task of being our sketch hostess. And look at what she came up with!! It really is fun!
I wanted to play a little more with O Christmas Tree from Concord and 9th as a continuing celebration of their first birthday. The fonts from this set are so fabulous and the variety of images are super fun. I took a panel of watercolor paper and inked it up with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in a variety of blues. Then I splattered it with some water to see what would happen. True confessions….this was actually my third panel….I messed up the embossing on the first two….yes, it was THAT stamping day. The interesting finding in all this was the differences you get with varying brands of watercolor paper. This paper is the Fabriano 140 lb Cold Press but I has also played with the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper. They have different textures (Tim Holtz has a smooth side and a rougher side) and the water spots move the ink in different ways. It is like a fun experiment to play with them!! I found that the Fabriano held onto the color just a little more and the texture really shows when you sponge on the colors. I think the effect on this is pretty and I didn’t want to distract too much from it. I added the snowflakes from the set by stamping in Versamark and heat embossing with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I pulled a snowflake wooden element from my stash (SU) and heat embossed it in white too. The sentiment was stamped onto a Night of Navy panel the same way. I added a few Sparkling Clear sequins which I love for how they morph depending on the background.
I hope you have a great time playing with this sketch! The angled panel allows for so many great options. Make sure you stop by and say hi to Cécile too. This is her first sketch and I think she did a great job!! Trying to fit in some more stamping today. Hope to have more to share soon. See you then!
The most wonderful week of inspiration continues today over at Splitcoaststampers!!! It is Dare To Get Dirty Challenges week and you will not even believe all that SCS has already done! As a former “Dirty Girl”, I get to participate on the planning side and today is the day for my challenge!! How do you get to see all this fabulousness?? You simply have to be a Fan Club Member at Splitcoaststampers. Not only can you see all the details of the challenges, you can participate with present and past Dirty Girls. My sample makers have created the most awesome inspiration. I hope you will come check it out! You can see all the cards for my challenge HERE.
I can’t share the details of the challenge but I think you will not be too surprised by my choice of challenge! As I was making cards, I was actually inspired to make two variations. Gold and Silver! They used the new set from Concord and 9th called O Christmas Tree. I am totally in love with the sentiments and the great trees! As an extra bonus, Concord and 9th is celebrating their first birthday so I wanted to join in on their party! I heat embossed the trees on Thick Whisper White card stock (in gold and silver) to put as the base of my shaker cards. For the gold version, I used Pop of Pink DSP’s gold confetti pattern and cut it using the Stitched Rectangle Dies (SSS). The silver version uses a retired DSP. I added sequins based on the color of embossing. The gold is from SU’s Metallic Sequins and a retired holiday pack while the silver are the Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins. Now for that bit of sparkle on the sides. Remember back during Sale-a-bration when the Glitter Tape was one of the choices? Yeah. I HAD to have that and I got it with the holidays in mind. It is so easy to use and it adds so much!! I heat embossed the sentiments again and done! Now…..which is your favorite??!! My house is split on their decision (which is why I posted both).The challenges this week really are amazing and your need to come check out the gallery!! I hope you will go over and check out my challenge and join in!! Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you soon!
I’m a little late with this today but I have been in full snow prep mode! The snow started at noon and we are hunkered down for whatever comes! My boys have promised me they will help me shovel along with their playing in the snow. Good lads!
I have a fun little Valentine for you today using a set I used recently called Tree Hugs from Concord and 9th. I used the retired Canvas Creations as my base and sponged on a little Crumb Cake ink to start. I stamped the big heart, the sentiment and the little heart and added in the “birch” lines and marks using Momento Tuxedo Black ink. A little bit of a red Copic marker for the little heart and I put it on a Real Red base. A nice, clean and masculine Valentine!
Just a note…over the next couple of days I’m doing a little construction on the blog. Bear with me if things seem a bit off as I get widgets and details rebuilt. Hoping for a cleaner look that works better with devices when I’m done.
Thanks so much for stopping in today
Stamp: Tree Hugs (Concord and 9th); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Real Red; Accessories: Canvas Creations (SU ret), Copic Marker
I’m so happy to be able to share this fun card I created last week for the Simon Wednesday Challenge! The challenge was “Something New” and I totally just had to pull out the latest stamp that I got from Concord and 9th called Tree Hugs. I just love that you can create your own birch trees and add a little carving. I suppose that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (already?!) and this set makes awesome masculine cards! I stamped the trees onto Whisper White using Momento Tuxedo Black ink. It took a little bit of masking to create the angled trees and the branch but nothing too time consuming. Then I set about coloring. I used two Copic colors and that was it! BG11 is the light aqua background and then E31 adds a little shading to the trees and carving. I was so happy that Santa brought me some Copics for Christmas and E31 was in that little pack of neutrals that he knew I just had to have!! When I was all done coloring, I trimmed the image layer using my Big Shot and the Stitched Rectangles Dies from Simon Says Stamp.
Hope you enjoy this fun card. Back on Wednesday for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches! See you then!
Stamp: Tree Hugs (Concord and 9th); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black; Accessories: Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies(WPlus9), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Zig Water Pen, Dimensionals, Softly Falling Embossing Folder (SU)
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