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Freshly Made Sketches #567

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Happy New Year!! I hope you will excuse the quiet but the truth is that I have not had time to make a thing for the last few weeks. Holiday flying (and the chaos from the weather events didn’t help), oldest home from college, husband finally home from a 4 month deployment (yes, I don’t talk about these until they are all done for safety reasons) plus some time with extended family where it could fit. Frankly, I need a vacation! *smile* Things are quieting down a bit so I’m hoping to find some routine over the next few weeks. I did have time to make a quick card yesterday for this marvelous new sketch by the lovely Amy O’Neill for Freshly Made Sketches. Our first challenge of the year and this is a good one to get the creativity moving.

When I saw the circles, I saw snowflakes and went searching through my pile to find these from Gina K Designs. Aren’t they pretty?! Not sure how these didn’t make it into the holiday card rotation but they are perfect for holiday thank you cards. I cut them out using Simon Says Stamp Silver Glitter Cardstock and they sparkle so much in person.

For the design panel, I blended on Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Inks and then added the Festive Stencil from Gina K Designs and inked with Chipped Sapphire. So pretty! I chose a sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Inside: Thankful set and heat embossed in silver. A few gems from my stash to finish the centers of the snowflakes and done.

It was nice to get back to crafting and I hope to fit in a little more this week. I am, however, back to flying and on call. Given the weather, I suspect more flying and less stamping will be on my agenda. I hope your holiday season was good and that the new year is treating you well so far. Thanks so much for stopping in today. As always, stop over to see us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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.

Flowers for You – Gina K Designs

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Well, as I told you, been a bit quiet here. If all moves along as scheduled, I’ll be finishing my training in Denver today. A pesky blizzard has impacted our training center so there is a chance of delay but here’s hoping all is successfully accomplished by the end of the day.

I created this card before I left and it is the last one I have for you. I cannot wait to have some creative time when I get home!

I started with the Flowers for You set by Gina K Designs. This was part of her latest release and I was thrilled to be able to join in the launch. I stamped this with Distress Ink in Antique Linen onto Fabriano Cold Press paper. Then I just played with no-line watercoloring.

I feel like this kind of coloring is still a work in process for me but I do love the look so much. So…practice, practice, practice! It helps with the image is as pretty as this one! The sentiment comes from the same set and there are many to choose from.

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

Beautiful Birds for Gina K Designs

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I’m thrilled to be able to offer you inspiration for Gina K Designs new release! It goes live tonight (when this post goes up) so you can head right over to see all the amazing products.

For today, I’ll be showing you Beautiful Birds. And the title says it all. The images are incredible and were designed by Melanie Muenchinger.

I’m sure Melanie had a specific bird in mind when she drew this but I decided it was a bluebird. Because I love them. The image shading is great for showing where colors go and makes it fun to color. I thought my bluebird would be perfect on a cherry tree (I “might” be looking towards spring) so I colored the branch that way and added another branch and leaves from the set too.

After splattering the Kraft card stock with some distress ink, I cut a vellum circle as a layer for the bird. All of the sentiments in the set are beautiful but this one called out to me. And how pretty is the combination of script and print on the fonts?

I hope you enjoy this showcase of the Beautiful Birds set. Again, the shopping is live and I’d very much appreciate you shopping with me here: Shop at Gina K Designs

Freshly Made Sketches #466

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As we approach the end of the year, I am happy to share with you the last sketch of 2020 from Freshly Made Sketches. I am the sketch designer and I hope it is one you will enjoy over the next few weeks.

To be very honest with you, I am really behind on Christmas cards. I probably will have a seriously curtailed mailing this year but I think we all just have to pick what gives. When I designed this sketch, I had another stamp configuration in mind but I thought this set was too good to pass up! Pretty much ignored the sentiment placing on my own sketch. Yep, a 2020 move for sure.

I pulled out the Sparkle and Shine Kit from Gina K Designs. I love this snowflake and decided to heat emboss it and one of the coordinating sentiments. But which color? Clearly, I could not decide so I just made three of them. I used three of the colors from Gina K’s Glitter Card Stock as accents and then three colors of Wow Embossing Powder.

Since gold was my youngest son’s favorite, I thought I’d show it a bit closer. As always with metallics and glitter, it is hard to capture all that you see in person. The key to the “production line” on this was dueling MISTIs. I had one set up with the snowflake and one with the sentiment. I stamped them each with Versamark and then added the embossing powder, then heated. Once I had it set up, making multiples was the obvious choice.

I hope you will have some time for crafting over the next few weeks. This sketch will remain open until January 4th so come over and play along. I’m off to finish a few more cards and then I’ll be moving on with some new things for the new year. Thank you so much for stopping in. Please remain safe! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #463

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Happy Thanksgiving Week to those of you in the US! I hope you are all safe, first and foremost! While this is not the holiday many of us want, I pray for us all to stay vigilant and follow whatever best guidance you have for your area. If nothing else, I hope that you have a bit of down time and time to craft. Our new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is fun for using your papers or maybe even some other elements. The lovely Amy O’Neill is the sketch designer so of course it is fun!

I continued playing with the Gina K Designs Sparkle and Shine Kit and used the Holiday Tapestry Stamp Set from the kit. The rectangle stamp had such a pretty design that I thought it would be nice for the panels under the sentiment. I also love that this set has a Hanukkah stamp. I didn’t have one in my repertoire and so happy I do now.

So glad you stopped in today. I am so incredibly thankful for each of you!

Freshly Made Sketches #462

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Happy middle of the week! Here with our weekly challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer is Narelle Farrugia and this one is really fun. Go read about her inspiration for the sketch too…I love how we can be inspired to create by so many things.

If any of you have ever tried to get good photos of glitter and embossing, you are now feeling my pain! *smile* This card is all about shimmer and shine and my camera just cannot capture it in its full glory. But you get the idea. I used products by Gina K Designs today. The Double Stitched Squares were my logical starting place for the sketch and then I went all in on the Sparkle and Shine Kit. The snowflakes dies come from the kit and I used them on gold Glitter Card Stock. The sentiment is from the Holiday Tapestry set from the kit. I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

I hope you will come over and join us this week. It is always such a joy to scroll through the gallery looking at your beautiful creations. Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #460

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We have a wonderful new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches today from our wonderful designer Judy Rozema. I love the big banner shape and lots of great ideas immediately came to mind.

I fell in love with the Sparkle and Shine Kit from GinaK Designs the moment I saw it. And this particular stamp set was one I could not wait to get my hands on. I opted to use the round ornament image and embossed in silver. Perfect for the sketch and so pretty! I layered on a sentiment from the set and then….. Yes, I added GinaK’s Glitter Card Stock.

This is such a different kind of glitter paper! It has all the sparkle but is almost “sealed” if that makes sense. No shedding of the glitter whatsoever. Perfect from someone like me who likes the looks but can’t stand the mess.

I hope you enjoy this card and will come over to play with our sketch this week. Thanks so much for stopping in. See you tomorrow with a new card for SugarPea Designs.

Freshly Made Sketches #432

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Three posts in a row! Don’t faint! It has been fun to be able to share different things with you and today I’m back to my standard Wednesday with Freshly Made Sketches. I am the sketch designer this week.

I started coloring these images over the weekend (and shared on Instagram) from the new Superhero Scrubs stamp set by Erin Lee Creative. Erin’s husband is one of these superheroes so the set is near and dear to her! I was really hoping that I could make them work for my sketch this week and I love how they turned out. I stamped them onto XPress-It Copic Coloring Paper. This paper is made just for Copic and it makes blending easy. I fussy cut them out and then went to work on the rest of the card. For the top, I decided to use the Tumbling Hearts Stencil from Newton’s Nook Designs for textured embossing. It is really easy with the right sandwich. I often say that stencils are a cost effective workhorse in your crafting and this is an example why. I stamped the bottom portion with a sentiment from the same stamp set. To add extra dimension, I glued the red card stock to the base and then popped up the white pieces. Red sequins seemed like a good addition so on they went.

The design team has created all kinds of wonderful takes on the sketch. What amazing talent they have! Hope you will join in and share with us too. Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon!

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