You want to know something about blogging? You can write up a post and then, if you don’t set the time to go live, it can sit in the holding pattern for days. Yeah. Ask me how I know. So, while this was supposed to go live yesterday, just write it off to summer crazies.
I’m continuing my sharing of the Picket Fence Studios July Release today with a fun Christmas card. As soon as I saw this pretty Fern Picture Frame image, all I could think of was Christmas options. So I created this bright happy and almost summery version of a Christmas card.
I used the Colorbox Dyestress Inks from Clearsnap and blended together two colors (Citronella and Inchworm) for a quick and easy background to the wreath. I over stamped the image on the blended section and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give it a little more texture. I found this sentiment in the String of Lights set and simply masked off part of it. I found a coordinating green card stock (SU) and some sequins to give a little more shine.
I love all the possibilities with this set and I’m sure you can see them too! Make sure you hop over and look at the whole release. So much to love!
Thanks for stopping in today. I appreciate you spending a few minutes with me and look forward to seeing you again tomorrow for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.
Happy New Year to you all!! I hope you have had a nice holiday season and are looking forward to what 2019 brings. I’ll admit that I’m pretty good with seeing 2018 leave. Not a great year for our family. But onward we go! I’m happy to share the first Freshly Made Sketches challenge of the year and we have some pretty exciting news too. More on that in a bit.
Let’s start with our new sketch. I fell in love with this classic look as soon as I saw it and thought it would be the perfect excuse to use the Cup of Thanks stamp that was sitting unused and calling to be colored. And I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers too. I haven’t used them in a while and I remember why I loved them from the first time I used them. Such vibrant colors and so easy to blend. I find that the blending is based on your paper and the Bristol paper really works wonderfully with them. I chose some bright, happy colors and just spent a few minutes coloring all the pretty details.After I finished the coloring I looked to the details of the sketch and how to finish the card. First, I found this lime green print in my stash of retired SU paper and cut it using the Double Stitched Rectangles Dies (Gina Marie Designs). I added a strip of Doll Pink card stock that I thought was a nice match to the coloring. Then I cut the sentiment from the coordinating Cup of Thanks Dies and cut out the colored image too.
Now for some exciting news! Our DT Call over at Freshly Made Sketches was more successful than we could have imagined!! So many talented designers entered and we had a really hard time narrowing down. In fact, we chose three because we just could not narrow further! So please hop over to the FMS challenge blog and give a warm welcome to Lee Ann Barrett, Judy Rozema and Jacquie Southas! Well, I’m off to my check ride at United today. We get these every 9 months and they are very important to maintaining safety and standardization. I’ll be happy to get this under my belt (no matter how many I do, they always bring a bit of stress). Back soon with more once I’m back from training. See you then!! Thanks for stopping by today.
I thoughts I’d share a sweet little Monday card with you. I created this just for fun using the new Rustic Floral set from Picket Fence Studios. I love this darling little image and the sentiments in the set are perfect for note cards for many occasions. I stamped this in the new Black Hybrid Ink from Picket Fence and wow! Hybrid it is! I tested it with Copics and this was my watercolor test. PERFECT! I love a one stop black ink! It doesn’t budge or smear with either. Not sure how that is possible but some things just don’t require an explanation. I’ll accept that it is crafting magic!
I love it so much that I’m going to gift it and the Crafty Friends stamp set to one lucky person. I’m going to make this an Instagram drawing so hop over and follow me there and enter for your chance to win. You can find the details HERE.
After coloring the image and the background of this with Daniel Smith watercolors (just some quick and easy coloring) I cut it out using the Wonky Circle Dies by Gina Marie Designs. The stitched background is made with the same set…it cuts the stitches separately from the circle cutting die. So clever!
That’s it for today. I hope you hop over and find me on Instagram to enter. Back on Wednesday with an awesome announcement from Freshly Made Sketches! You will not want to miss it! Until then, have a happy start to your week.
A quick post today with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. The lovely Jennifer Brum is our sketch hostess and I love her sketch this week. Well, in truth, I loved her original version….and I also love the flipped version that I had in my head (without going back to the team page to confirm the sketch). Ah well, that is how it goes some weeks. So imagine, if you will, that my layers are properly aligned. Jen, sorry!!
I used the O Christmas Tree stamp set by Concord and 9th. This is a go-to set for me and has been for a while. Love the sentiments but these trees seemed to be perfect with all the prints. I stamped them with Momento Tuxedo Black and added a little bit of Copic coloring to add a pop. It still needed something so I colored some pearls to match. The printed papers are from Stampin’ Up (Festive Farmhouse – Holiday Catty).
I hope you enjoy this sweet sketch. I love all the possibilities! I’ll be back later this week and I’ll look forward to seeing you then. Hope you have a great week!
Just a quick share today with one of the new October release sets from Picket Fence Studios called A Gnome Winter. I love this fellow! Tons of personality!
I stamped our little friend onto white cardstock and colored him with Copic markers. Then I pulled out this sweet background die by Gina Marie Designs (Falling Snow Background Die) and cut out the layer. I stamped the sentiment from the set and put the image layer on a blue background. Finally I found these Shark Bite sequins matched perfectly.
I hope you are enjoying the release as much as I am. Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you soon!
I created a card for both today’s Picket Fence Studios blog and for a product review for Splitcoaststampers on a new ink from Clearsnap. The inks are called Colorbox Dyestress Inks and they are really beautiful! I had such fun blending these colors together and creating a cool background using a new to me technique that is perfect for distress inks.
I’m going to send you to the Picket Fence Studios blog for the how-to but suffice it to say that you NEED these Life Changing Blender Brushes. I put off some backgrounds that required blending because I was forever getting streaks or edges or something that seemed to ruin what I was working on. Not with these brushes!
The other product I want to share directly here are the dies I used for this card. They come from Gina Marie Designs and they are wonderful. I used the Double Stitched Rectangles and the Flower Burst Trio. I love this site (and I have no affiliate there….simply loving her dies and her pricing!).
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you like this card and this technique. See you soon!
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