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Freshly Made Sketches #216

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FMS216 - Merry Poinsettia

Today I have such a treat for you!  Another fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  It is brought to you by our sketch hostess Rita Wright.  As always, she comes up with something fun and fresh!  Love it!

I tried to keep it clean and played with using watercoloring as one of the “panels”.  I like the effect and how the stitched frame works with it.  I layered two Stitched Rectangle Dies (Simon Says Stamp) to create the frame…easy peasy.  All the stamps from from Paper Pumpkin.  The poinsettia is the flower from October’s kit layered and colored with Zig Markers.  The holly and sentiment come from the November kit.  The picture doesn’t do it any justice but the flower and holly are topped with Clear Wink of Stella and the sparkle in person is lovely.  I cheated a little on the scalloped element because I just could not seem to make it work with any strips of paper there.  So I added Gold Thread instead.  Hope Rita gives me a little latitude on that!  A little gold sequin in the center of the flower ties into the gold.

I hope you enjoy this week’s inspiration and all that the design team has created.  I’ll be back on Friday with a couple more quick holiday cards because, well, it is time for QUICK holiday cards now isn’t it?!  *smile*  See you then!

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Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin kits (Oct/Nov); Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Watercolor (Tim Holtz Distress Paper), Real Red; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Gold Thread,  Metallics Sequins, Clear Wink of Stella

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CTS#151 – My Friend

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CTS#151 - Butterflies

I had some time to stamp last week and thought I would give the latest sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch a go.  All the circles were a little daunting at first but then I found my butterfly stamp from Garden in Bloom.  It works perfectly.  Using my handy dandy Misti, I was able to line these up just by moving the card stock in fixed intervals.  Worked pretty well!  The butterflies are stamped first using Pool Party and then the outlines were stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black.  I cut the panel using  the Stitched Rectangles die from Simon Says Stamp and added the sentiment from the CAS-ual Fridays set Mon Ami.  I added a black background panel and some black sequins from the Metallics Sequins pack.

CTS_151Hope you enjoy this one today.  There is still some time to give the sketch a go and you’ll be happy you did.  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great day!

Stamps:  Garden in Bloom, Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps); Ink: Pool Party, Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Black; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Metallic Sequins, MISTI

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Freshly Made Sketches #215

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I hope your December has been good to you so far!  I am having a hard time accepting that it is already December…surely I am not alone!  I have not had a lot of crafting time over the last week but I’m hoping to get back to it today.  If you have had the same thing going on, I have just the solution for you.  This week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches will get you moving right along!  The incredible Jen Mitchell is our hostess this week and she has created one that is sure to inspire.

FMS215 - Beautiful Hello

I am still completely obsessed with this flower from Altenew’s Beautiful Day.  For today’s card, I stamped it onto White Vellum with Versamark Ink and embossed it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Pretty, isn’t it?!  I picked the backdrop of Winter Wonderland DSP because the prints are so subtle but yet add so much.  Using the Banners Framelits, I cut some Very Vanilla card stock and stamped the sentiment from Watercolor Wishes with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I added a little border of Gold Foil to the DSP which coordinates nicely with the embossed flower and gives the print later a little more stability for raising it up on Dimensionals.  The center of the flower is a Basic Pearl that I colored with a Sharpie black marker.  I love how it brings your eye more to the flower!

It was nice taking a break from Christmas card stamping but I need to get back to work if I’m to get stuff mailed in time.  Please tell me I’m not the only one with lots more to stamp!!

I hope you enjoy this week’s sketch and the lovely work from our Design Team.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!!  Happy stamping!

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Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Watercolor Wishes (SU); Ink: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  White Vellum, Very Vanilla, Winter Wonderland DSP (SU), Gold Foil, Basic Black; Accessories:  Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Basic Pearl, Sharpie Marker

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Beautiful Day

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Beautiful Day

A quick card for today.  I had some time to stamp last week and wanted to play with a new set I got.  I was the lucky winner of an Altenew Instagram giveaway and used the gift certificate on this stamp set called Beautiful Day.  The images in the set really are gorgeous!  Even better, they layer really well so you can put together quick cards that look hard.  I can’t wait to spend more time with it but this turned out pretty even with my limited time. I used Distress Inks to layer the colors.  Two different blues stamped on watercolor paper that I had dampened with a clean paint brush.  The leaves are the same color.  The first layer was stamped off and the next layer was full strength on the Mowed Lawn ink.  Once the paper was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Basic Gray ink.  I sewed around the edges to add a little something extra and added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  I know you’ll see more with this set in the future!

Back tomorrow with a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I’m the hostess this week and I have one that I think you’ll enjoy.  Until then, have a, well, beautiful day!  Thanks for stopping in!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Basic Gray (SU), Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass and Broken China; Paper:  Watercolor (Fabriano), Basic Gray (SU); Accessories:  Sewing Machine, Watercolor Brush, Sequins (PPP)

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Fancy Friday – Joy

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I know it isn’t the last Friday of the month yet but the Fancy Friday team decided to hop a little early this month (and we will next month too) in order to get ahead for the holidays.  And you know what?!  I have some fun news.  This team of amazing designers has just added some new fanciness!!!  Many of you know that Fancy Friday developed after the 2013-14 Artisan Design Team’s tenure was up.  We enjoyed hopping together so much that we wanted to keep sharing with you once a month.  Some of our team has needed to take a hiatus so we thought we should add stampers to the team that you are sure to love!  The one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from my dear friend Cindy, welcome to the next stop.  For November we are creating a Fancy Christmas, but with a twist.  We are using non-traditional colors and hope to inspire you to try some of them!

FF Nov - Joy

I have to say that I went pretty far out of my normal Christmas color scheme on this one but I love it so much!  I have told you many times that Holly Jolly Greetings is my favorite stamp of the Holiday Catalog.  This is totally why!  I love the snowflake (a lot) and I love the versatility of the sentiments.  And they will be great sentiments for years to come.  You see, I tend to “collect” Christmas sets.  Especially the ones with great sentiments.  They rarely leave once I have gotten them.  That also makes me picky when it comes to sets because I have so many from previous years.  But this one…..unique and flexible!  And guess what?  It is one of the continued and not retiring sets from the Holiday Catalog so I think Stampin’ Up agrees!

So how did I create this?  Using watercolor paper to start, I placed down some water on the paper.  Then using Distress Inks, I added three different colors (Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry) to the stamp.  I spritzed the stamp with water and stamped.  I did the same with the “Joy” and then took a wet paint brush and added a little ink then splattered it.  The clear sequins are from the Metallic Sequins pack and I just love the little bit of special something they add!  The panels are cut with Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS).  The card base is Tangerine Tango and I think it is a nice foundation for these crazy colors.  This is a fun card to make and I may play around with some other color combinations as I get more serious in my Christmas card production.

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As you hop around, please make sure you add a special welcome to Allison, Kaitlyn, Krista and Marisa.  These ladies are seriously talented and totally fancy!!

The fabulous Mercedes Weber is up next!   Wait until you see what she created!

And you can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!

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Stamps:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Paper:  Watercolor (Fabriano), Tangerine Tango, Thick Whisper White (base);  Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Metallic Sequins, Dimensionals, paint brush

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CTS#149 – Amazing

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CTS#149 - Amazing Mon Ami

I got some time to sit down and stamp last week and I saw the fabulous sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch…I knew I had to play along.  But what to make?!  I also saw that Michele from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is hosting a Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop for a very special release.  In honor of Michele and her amazing cause, I thought I should make a card with one of her sets.  Please read her story and the background on this hop HERE.  I am in awe that she has taken this news and turned it into a way to help others.  I have no doubt that her mission to get us all to check “the sistahs” will help someone else have early detection!

I used the Mon Ami stamp set…such a beautiful image collection!  I stamped the flower 3 times with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I colored the back of the flowers using Zig Clean Color Pens.  It is only one color that I used to create this ombre look.  Then I cut them out with the matching Mon Ami dies.  I stamped the sentiment with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using my Misti to make sure I got perfect coverage.  The Stitched Rectangles made another appearance to add a little interest.  Finally, I added Silver Thread (SU) and silver sequins.

CTS_149Michele has a product launch today and she will be sharing some of the proceeds with very good causes.  You can read all about it from her and her talented team.  So go hop with them, get inspired and make sure you take care of your self check!

I got called out on a trip so I will not have a card for tomorrow’s Freshly Made Sketches.  With any luck, I will have time on Thursday to catch up and join in.  It is a really fabulous sketch!!  I’ll definitely be back on Friday with a new Fancy Friday blog hop and we have some fun new things to share with you!!  Until then, have a great week!

Stamps:  Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps); Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Zig Clean Color Pens; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), White Vellum (SU); Accessories:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Sequins, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Zig Watercolor Pen, Silver Thread (SU)

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Watercolor Drummer

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Watercolor Drummer

I told you a few post ago when I was coloring this adorable little drummer boy that my oldest son was a bit put out that I had made the drummer blonde like his brother.  So the other day I had some time to color while he was home.  He colored one version of himself and I colored another.  This is the one I ended up with!  I used my new Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create the background and my Zig Clean Color Markers for the images.  Super fun and pretty quick too!  I cut the image sheet with my Stitched Rectangles from Simon Says Stamps (I’m addicted to these dies) and then embossed the base (Night of Navy) with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  My oldest gave it his thumbs up of approval!!

Quick post…still recovering from the 3 days of simulator madness.  Fortunately it all went well and I’m good to go for another 9 months.  Back next week with some more fun.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!

Stamp:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9); Ink:  Black WPlus9 Pure Color Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Night of Navy; Accessories: Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies(WPlus9), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Zig Water Pen, Dimensionals, Softly Falling Embossing Folder (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #212

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FMS212 - Hydrandgeas

As promised, I have a fun card to share with you today plus a video.  We have this super sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches from the queen of layers, Narelle.  She makes layering look effortless and always elegant!  As for me….it wasn’t working.  So I took a step back and simply layered the images instead.  I hope she doesn’t mind too much.  Here is the how to on my card:

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I’m still in Denver taking my check ride (3 days of fun in the simulator) but I did get to have coffee with the amazing Kim Singdahlsen from the team.  I tell you what, it made facing all those engine out approaches much more tolerable!!  *smile*

Ok….back to studying.  I hope you enjoy the video and this fun sketch.  Go check out all the inspiration from the team, of course, too!  See you again Friday with another fun card!

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Stamps:  Best Thoughts, And Many More; Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Fabriano Cold Press 140 lb Watercolor, Soft Sky; Accessories:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Sequins (Watercolor Wishes Card Kit), Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Zig Watercolor Pen

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Santa!

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Santa

Happy Friday to you!  I hope your week has been great!  We have been unseasonably warm but I’m still plugging away at my Christmas cards.  I pulled out this amazing set called Santa from Lili of the Valley.  It has wonderful detail, doesn’t it?!  I used my Zig Clean Color Markers to color him.  I love that my 48 pack of pens gives me enough to get all the shading and colors that I could possible need.  The image was stamped with Black WPlus9 Pure Color Dye Ink and the sentiment was stamped after I colored everything in Black Versafine Ink.  The WPlus9 ink really holds up to the watercoloring and the Versafine is great for sentiments.  This sentiment comes from A Gift from Santa (SU).  I cut the image panel and a Real Red panel using the Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangles Dies.  I tied a double layer of Basic Black Baker’s Twine onto a Basic Black card base.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I did coloring it.  I actually colored the panel last week and was happy to finally turn it into a finished card.

Over the next few days I will be taking a check ride with United so I’ll be off from the blog.  Lots of studying and fun with emergency training in the simulator.  But I already have a card ready for next Wednesday’s Freshly Made Sketches complete with a video.  Until then, I hope you have  wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping in.

Stamp:  Santa (LOTV), A Gift from Santa; Ink:  Black WPlus9 Pure Color Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers, Smooch Accent Ink; Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Real Red, Basic Black; Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Zig Water Pen, Black Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #211

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FMS211- Drummer Boy

Wow, where did the week go??!!  Back to Wednesday and another new challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, our sketch hostess is the incredible Karren Johnson and I love what she gave us to work with this week!

I pulled out my Drummer Boy set from WPlus9 again and played with a different set of colors.  I tried to pare down the colors into gray and red to help keep this clean.  I used my Copic Markers to color the drummer boy and his little friend.  I was going to grab a sheep again but my oldest told me that the poor donkey needed some love.  Kind of cracked me up and who was I to argue?!  I used the coordinating dies to cut the boy and his friend.  Then I used my 2-1/2″ Circle Punch to pop out the partial circle from Thick Whisper White card stock.  I added Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper behind it (wish you could see it in person….so much prettier!).  I added some Silver Thread and used a sentiment from the same stamp set to finish the sketch.

I think that you will have such fun with this sketch!  So many ways to go with it!!  The team certainly used it creatively and I know you’ll be in awe, as always.

Back on Friday with a fun card using some coloring I did last week.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!!

Stamps:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9); Ink: Momento Black, Copics; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer; Accessories:  2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Silver Thread, Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies

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