Holy smokes, another week has flown by and it is time for another Freshly Made Sketches day. I’m super excited about this one from the amazing Jacquie Southas and you are sure to love it too!
I thought it would be fun to use a big image and a great choice was the Hello Lovely floral spray by Concord and 9th. This image is just so pretty and fun to color too! I decided I’d take some time just to play with shading and color combinations and really found some great results.
The foundation of my coloring was the BV20 family (BV20, BV23 and BV29). I used it on almost every part of the image as an underlayer. It muted my BGs and added depth and shadows to the leaves and flowers alike. I also played with combining my BGs and my G20s for variation on the leaves. I’m definitely going to play around more with these combinations!!
These are all the colors I used. I did link a few of them below in my Link Deli list but it is much easier just to show you the whole group in this format. For the scalloped edge in this card I used a retired die set from Lil’ Inkers.
I hope you enjoy this card and that it inspires you to try playing with color families that may not be obvious go together sets. You may love the results! Make sure to go see the inspiration from the whole team and I hope you will have time to join us this week. Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!
I have an extra card to share with you today in support of Layton’s Legacy. I’m sure many of you saw the amazing work being done to launch this card drive and fundraiser yesterday and I’m up on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog today with my card made for the card drive.
This drive is the dream of Lea Lawson as a way to honor her sweet little boy Layton. Please read the story about this tiny warrior and his amazing parents. While he was in the NICU getting some of the world’s finest care, Lea and her husband found themselves in emotional anguish and exhausted. At one point, someone gave them a Starbucks gift card so they could walk across the street from the hospital for a small break. Lea speaks of that moment bringing tears to her since for a small moment it felt like someone was taking care of her and her husband.
This story is heartbreaking and yet heartwarming at the same time. Because to honor Layton’s second birthday, she is choosing to bring good to other parents at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. She is doing a card drive and a fundraiser to buy more Starbucks cards so that other families in the same situation can feel like people are looking out for them and remembering them. You can find out how to donate HERE and know that your donation may even make you the winner of some amazing prizes. Yes, in all of this, she has sponsors that are sharing generously to help encourage generous giving. This crafting community is truly a blessing!!One of the sponsors is Newton’s Nook Designs. I created my card for today using the mood board for the Layton’s Legacy Hop and will be sending it to Lea as a way to deliver one of her gift cards. I ask that you consider doing the same. Think about how special a handmade card would be for any of these families and we have the power to bring a smile and love to someone who could really use it.I love the color choices Lea gave us and the wonderful pictures provide so much inspiration. Using the little animals, I immediately thought of Cottage Garden and stamped the owl in a pretty teal color. Then I chose to add some yellow flowers for a pop of color. The rest of the card is based on the chevron curtains and the gray room palette.
I hope you will join Lea and help her pay it forward with her event. If you do make a card, make sure to link it up HERE.
Supplies (some affiliate links included):
Stamp: Cottage Garden (Newton’s Nook Designs), Sending Hugs (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink: Smokey Slate (SU), Lawn Fawn Candy Store Cubes – Peacock, Fresh Lemon (Altenew); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Ombré Chevrons Paper Pad (Lil’ Inker Designs), Smokey Slate (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Cottage Garden Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Basic Gray Baker’s Twine (SU), Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Frames and Flags Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs)
Happy Saturday to you! I’ve been busy creating for next week’s Newton’s Nook Designs April Release (starts on Monday) but I wanted to quickly share this card that I made for a friend.
I got this sweet rainbow image in a set called Dream On (Pinkfresh Studio) at Stamping Away. Isn’t it darling? I thought it would be fun to use repeat stamping and then color a few. I used Copics to shade the rainbows in some bright, happy colors. Little images are perfect for this technique!! I found some coordinating sequins to add a little more color and then popped up the layer on a dark blue card base. I hope it will bring some joy to the recipient! Well, off to some more soccer….all soccer, all the time around here! Hope the day is great. See you Monday!
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Dream On (Pinkfresh Studio), Fancy Feathers (Lil’ Inker Designs); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Midnight Muse (SU retired); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals, Sequins
Dropping in today to show you some sweet little note cards that I made. Something about a little card that you can tuck into a package always makes me smile. And I don’t seem to make them enough. This little die with the sentiment comes from Lil’ Inker Designs and was among the sweet products I got at Stamping Away (I might as well warn you that I have many posts worth of enabling as I get to use these items). I made little 3″ x 3″ squares and then used the die to cut out the centers. Because I used Bristol Smooth paper, I was able to add these fun watercolor looks using Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I simply smooshed the ink onto a small acrylic block, spritzed with water and dabbed the color onto cut sentiments. So easy and yet so fun! Once dry, I attached them onto 3″ x 3″ cards and they are all ready to go. These already have homes that they are going to so I think I need to set about making more to have on hand.
Thanks so much to Lil’ Inker Designs for sponsoring Stamping Away. You are, indeed, so very kind!
Back tomorrow with a fun hop that you are going to LOVE! Until then, have a great day!
Supplies (affiliate links may be included):
Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry); Accessories: Big Shot, So Very Kind Greetings Die (Lil’ Inker Designs)
Where did the week go?? Wow, it is already Wednesday!! And what a sketch we have for you today. The amazing and oh so talented Karren Johnson is our sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches and she created a really clever one for us this week.
I opted to show off this gorgeous new DSP from Stampin’ Up called Color Theory. There are tone on tone variations that are simply fabulous. This one is an ombré effect that I just love. I not only cut out the shaped panel with it but I used the bottom piece that I cut off (for size) for the die cut word. I LOVE when paper does all the work for you! This fun edge is cut using the Border Builders Dies from Lil’ Inker Designs. The sentiment is a retired SU die. Just a few sequins added for that extra dimension. My husband needed a thank you and I think this is the perfect masculine card for him to send. I struggle with that sometimes but I think this one is just right.
The team has such a variety of cards this week and that is always a great indicator of a fun gallery. I cannot wait to see all that you create! I hope you have a super rest of your week. Thanks for stopping in!
Paper: Color Theory DSP (SU), Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Border Builder Dies (Lil’ Inker Designs), Greetings Thinlits (SU retired), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)
It seems that I have a theme going this week. But sometimes when stuff is out on the craft table, it cries out to be used more than once! We have this super sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week from our resident queen of layers and fussy cutting, Narelle. And while she gave us layers, she certainly allowed for some great ways to use the sketch.
I immediately thought of washi tape for the vertical pieces and thought this Floral Boutique Washi Tape was fantastic for the job. I LOVE those prints!! And frankly, the tape did the vast majority of the work. I have the new Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson) set called Lovely that was designed by Julie Ebersole and it is a seriously great word set. I’ll be continuing to use it for a while so just plan for that, haha! Isn’t this one great?!! It is perfect for so many people I know!! I cut it out with a Stitched Circle and added the little flower from the Flourish Thinlets set that coordinates with the tape. Nothing too complicated but what a great sketch for another busy day. I got this one done so fast that I had time for a second. That almost never happens!!
Hope you enjoy this one. Hop on over to see the gorgeous variations presented by the team. Time well spent for sure! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
Stamps: Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Night of Navy; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy; Accessories: Floral Boutique Washi Tape, Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)
Today starts the most wonderful week of inspiration over at Splitcoaststampers!!! It is Dare To Get Dirty Challenges week and you will not even believe all that SCS has planned! As a former “Dirty Girl”, I get to participate on the planning side and will even be hosting my own challenge later in the week. 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. And trust me….I have seen the challenges! You will want to play!
My card today is a sample for Lori Craig’s Challenge (DTGD16stampmomma). I can’t share the details of the challenge but you really need to see the inspiration for this card! I started by coloring these flowers from Altenew’s Botanical Garden using Chameleon Pens (a technique I learned from my friend Ilina Crouse). I am completely in love with these flowers!!! I added them to a white base that I stamped with a sentiment from the July Paper Pumpkin (SU). Don’t you love this one?? I cut the edge with my Border Builders die from Lil’ Inker Designs. I added some sequins from my stash. I love how the brushed gold ones match the Crumb Cake!I am a sample maker for another challenge on Aug 4th and my challenge will be on Aug 5th. I hope you will join in the fun!!
We have an awesome week for you over at Freshly Made Sketches! To start, we have a super fun sketch that you are sure to love. It comes from our resident queen of layers and fussy cutting…the lovely Narelle! And we also have a great announcement! GUEST DESIGNERS!! And in true FMS style, you are going to be wow’d by these two stampers!!
First to my card. I am all in on copper! I mean seriously ALL IN!!! Stampin’ Up has new copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and Copper Metallic Thread in the new catty and it is so pretty. Coppery, kind of rose gold-ish….and gorgeous! I kept this card super clean to show it off! I stamped using the great flower from Flourishing Phrases in Versamark Ink onto White Vellum Card Stock and heat embossed the image with the Copper EP. Then I cut this little flower our using the coordinating Flourish Thinlits from Thick WW Card Stock. I “smooshed” the flower into Versamark and heat embossed it too. To get it nice and thick and metallic looking, I re-stamped and re-embossed. It looks just like it was cut from a piece of metal. I layered the white banner piece under the sentiment to help it pop more. The hardest part of this card is securing it together. We all know that vellum is particularly fussy on that. I used Glue Dots that were folded in half (ish) and tucked them under the bases of the flowers in the stamped image and on the die cut too. There is also one under the ‘o’ in Hello. One more note: this copper is way prettier than in the picture. Something about metallics and sparkles that never quite photograph true.
Now to our guest stampers! Shannon Jaramillo and Cécile Ribon have bravely agreed to join our happy little band of enablers through the summer! In fairness, I did warn them to hold on to their wallets but I have it on good authority that they might be enablers themselves!! *smile* We are so happy to have them with us! Make sure you go check out their work along with that of the rest of the DT. Beautiful!
I’ll be back on Friday with the latest from Fancy Friday. We have a doozy of theme this month so you won’t want to miss it! Until then, thanks for stopping in!
I have something incredibly special to share today! I am participating in a very special kind of blog hop. Not only are designers sharing their beautiful work, but we are working together for a very special cause! Skipping Stones Design has coordinated this Blogs 4 Boobies Hop and Auction to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. There is no doubt in my mind that cancer has touched each of you in some way. For me, personally, I lost my father to cancer and have another dear family member who is fighting the good fight right now. So how can you help?Shopping at Skipping Stones Design: Between June 1st and June 14th, there will be $2 donated for every stamp sold at SSD.
You can help by bidding on the auction items.
1. To bid on the card set I’ve posted today:
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4. My auction closes at 8 pm Mountain Time on June 11th (10 pm Eastern Time).
The winning bid will be the highest valid bid at the close of the auction. I will notify the winner by email. Skipping Stones Design will send the winner an invoice for the amount of the winning bid. Once the invoice is paid, I will mail the card!
Please spread the word! When more people know about this event, we have a better chance of raising more money for this great cause!
This is a 7 day event and I’m am hopping on day 5. You can go refer to the Skipping Stones Design link at the top of my blog roll to see all of the designers who are participating (there are more than 60).
Now for my card set! I created a set of 4 cards that I hope you will love. These use the butterfly from Healing Wings and the sentiment from Breathtaking Butterflies. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Watercolor Paper to color this amazing image. Once they were colored, I hand cut them to help them pop on the page. I started with blue and green inks combined with a Coastal Cabana base. I had so much fun making it, that I made two. Then I decided I should make a set of four cards and wanted to try another color scheme. So I played around with yellows and oranges and found that the resulting butterfly matched my new Flirty Flamingo card stock. I colored in much the same way and simply added different sequins to match the inks.I love the results on both colors of cards!!
So now we get down to the nitty-gritty! I hope you will consider bidding on this set. Please remember to leave your bid and your email address in the comments of this post to be eligible. You are also most welcome to leave comments without a bid since I always appreciate hearing from you!Supplies:
Stamps: Healing Wings (SSD), Breathtaking Butterflies (SSD); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White, Coastal Cabana (SU ret), Flirty Flamingo (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Bold Butterflies Thinlits, Border Builders Die (LID), Summer Mix Sequins (PPP), Share Kindness Sequins (PPP)
With my youngest on Easter break this week, my stamping time has still been a little limited but I have been able to sneak down to the stamp room some. And I even got my son to join me for a few minutes! Mom win! What tempted him away from Legos and his iPad?? Well, a cute cat stamp of course! I just got this little adorable set from Newton’s Nook called Newton’s Day Dream. I have been infatuated with the Newton images for a while but always had a hard time choosing which one I wanted. I knew that this was one I had to have because my, um, “muse” tends to look a lot like this a lot of the time. My kitty Kate (the little princess calico) is such a sweet girl. She is an inside cat so I suspect being out amongst the flowers and grass is in her day dreams. But we have loads of pictures of her just like this curled up on book bags, toys, chairs, stamp tables, and everywhere in between.Here is one at Christmas. Like all calicos she has the most unique markings and it was fun to be able to mimic them on this sweet image. I stamped in black using WPlus9’s Dye Ink onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper and then used my Zig Clean Color Pens to color Kate in (Bright Yellow, Light Brown and Black). I added a sentiment from the February Paper Pumpkin kit and then cut the image using the Stitched Mats Circles from Lil’ Inker. The background paper is retired SU DSP.
I mentioned that my son came down to stamp with me after seeing this adorable image and he decided to use a Minecraft Lego cat (yes…..the perfect storm of toy greatness for a 10yo = Legos + Minecraft) for his coloring choices. Here are our cards together.He used some of my retired Blendabilites and colored on Thick WW card stock. He liked the red polka dots behind the kitty so we just used the same layout as mine.
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