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Freshly Made Sketches #533

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Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a great week.  Another one has flown by here!  Today I have the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and our sketch designer is the wonderful Jen Brum.  I admit I took a bit of liberty with the sketch and I hope Jen isn’t too upset with me.  But I just “had” to color flowers.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I thought about this stamp set called Wildflowers by Honey Bee Stamps. The images are so pretty and I thought they would be nice for the vertical panels. The little greenery plants mimicked the bottom blocks (at least in my head) so I went with it. Plus I was really in the mood to color.

I chose a sentiment from the My Favorite Flowers set and then decided that I needed to add the little bee from the flower set. The background is a patterned paper ombré piece from the Playful Pastels pack.

I hope you enjoy this sweet card and will come over to play along at the challenge. The team has some beautiful cards to share! Thanks so much for stopping in. See you soon.

 

Freshly Made Sketches #532

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Hello, friends! I’m so glad to be back with you today to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer this week is the lovely Kim Singdahlsen and I love her classic choice.

After so long away, I needed to start with something that didn’t take too much thought. Die cuts! Definitely die cuts! I was super inspired by some garden flowers from my recent trip to visit my college kid in Williamsburg, Va. I found some pretty anemones (shared below). I dug into my stash and pulled out the Lovely Layers: Anenome Dies and then added some newer products too – the Lovely Layers: Bugs and Lovely Layers: Greenery.

I shaded the flower using a Bitty Bunny Blending Brush. I love how the small size works for adding color more specifically. I inked the leaves and then decided to use Copic markers on the body of the dragonfly for a little more specific color. The wings were cut from vellum and then I added some Clear Wink of Stella to make them shimmer. To go with that shimmery effect, I though a foiled sentiment would be nice so I used the Small Card, Big Hug Foil Sentiments and Aura foil. And here is my muse:

I hope you will come over to join us this week. Thank you all for your patience as I took some needed time away. Lots has been going on for the family and I hope for a little more calm in the coming weeks. Make sure to head over to the team blog to see all the amazing work!

 

Freshly Made Sketches #528

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Hi everyone! Hope you are having a good week. Spring is starting to show itself here in Virginia complete with cherry blossoms. I was able to go down to the Tidal Basin last Friday with my sister (visiting during her spring break) and the flowers were just about to go full bloom. There were a few trees starting though so the day was definitely nice. I was thrilled to have a bit of time to play with the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and I just love this one from the wonderful Jacquie Southas.

The new Little Birdies stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps has such a spring feel to it and the images are darling. I colored a few of them and decided the little bird house stand could work as one of the elements in the sketch. I added two sentiments from Small Card, Big Hug which is a set of go-togethers phrases. I brushed on some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink to give it a sunny feel and done.

I hope you will come over to join us this week. Thanks for stopping in today. Affiliate links below if you are inspired to shop.

Sunflowers – #cardsforukraine

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The world is feeling heavy. I’m sure you agree. Among the card makers I follow are some amazing people who are Ukrainian. This week they have been in bomb shelters. They are buying supplies to make Molotov cocktails. It is horrific. But we must acknowledge it and say out loud that this is wrong. The bravery of average citizens is inspirational. I will be participating in a card drive for charity later this week (details to come but you can follow Ukraine Card Drive for Peace on Instagram for more). I had a hard time focusing so I decided coloring was the answer.

I pulled out the Sweet Sunflowers stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps. I’m sure you know by now that sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine so it was the perfect choice. I colored the flowers, leaves and wheat and then cut with the coordinating dies. As part of the latest release from Honey Bee Stamps, there were new hot foil plate sentiments which I just had to have.

I was inspired by the foil (I chose matte gold) and decided the base needed a little more something. I tapped the edges into Versamark ink then added Gold Rich Embossing Powder from WOW. To finish, the new Warm Pearls from Honey Bee Stamps were perfect (they also come in cool colors and are self adhesive!). So this is a combination of old and new products that work together perfectly.

If you are looking for inspiration, you can search for the #cardsforukraine all over social media. Stampers are creating beautiful tributes to courage and to support under attack. Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you are safe and will give all your families extra hugs today. See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #524

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It is Wednesday so it must be Freshly Made Sketches day! Our sketch designer is the marvelous Cécile and she has created a basic yet innovative sketch. Such fun!

I saw the sketch and my mind went to sets with horizontal elements. And when I saw the Let’s Get Crafty Stamp Set from Honey Bee Stamps, I stopped and knew exactly what I wanted to make. I pulled out this design from the Team Tie Dye Paper Pack for color inspiration (ok, I’m biased, this is the one I designed). I colored the different elements using Copic Markers and then cut them out with coordinating dies.

I choose a different pattern from the same pack to cut with the Color Word die and backed it with some vellum to help it stand out a bit. This card was such fun to make and I’m so happy for the sketch inspiration that had me pull this out.

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you are having a good week. Make sure to check out all the work from the DT this week. They all enjoyed this as much as I did!

Freshly Made Sketches #523

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Hi everyone! So happy to see you today. I actually have two cards to share for Freshly Made Sketches. The same card made two different ways. Our sketch hostess is the wonderful Jen Brum and she has such a clever layout for us this week.

I started with the new Citrus Bloom suite of products from Pinkfresh Studio. I stamped the images in Versamark then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Using my Daniel Smith watercolors, I just spent a bit of time coloring. When you stamp the flowers, it is all one stamp and so the die is the same. One cut, all the flowers done!

To keep with the sketch, I watercolored a background and then used a background die (retired) as a stencil of sorts for the texture. I added a sentiment and these pretty Matte Gold Pearls (Pinkfresh Studio) and some gold thread.

In a totally different yet totally the same version, I used the same elements. The flowers were “colored” using the coordinating stencils and Altenew inks. I used the same die except in the traditional way.

I used some patterned paper from Honey Bee Stamps in the background and some pretty sequins from Catherine Pooler instead of the pearls.

I hope you like both of these! The sketch is super flexible and I think you will have fun with it this week. Let me know which of these you like better! Thanks for stopping in.

Freshly Made Sketches #520

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Another week has flown by and back with a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. This fabulous version is courtesy of the amazing Jen Mitchell. Some fun layers to inspire you!

I had a VERY important birthday card to create and this was just what I needed. My youngest son turns 16 today! Oh my word, how can that be??!!! He is such a fun kid and I wanted a card that reflects that. Plus, we have an ongoing family joke around cake (based on an old video game) so this image was an easy choice. The image is from the Fancy Frosting set by Honey Bee Stamps. Super fun and so versatile for designing your cake. I stamped the basic cake, added the frosting layer and then cut it out with the coordinating dies. I colored with Copic Markers to coordinate with the Funfetti Paper Pack (also Honey Bee Stamps). I added some Rainbow Sherbet Confetti from Trinity Stamps as an extra cake decoration.

So happy you stopped in today. I hope to be back to more stamping soon. Just got the oldest off to college for his spring semester and I think I am getting back to a more normal household pattern. So until next time, have a wonderful week.

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!

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