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Freshly Made Sketches #536

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I am so happy to say that all of my blog stuff seemed to actually work as planned last week so I think the month of technology woes is finally over. YAY! I have the latest from Freshly Made Sketches with an outstanding sketch from the always amazing Karren. I see a great gallery in our future!

I thought this was a good sketch for the Citrus Blooms set by Pinkfresh Studio. It is an interesting style of stamp where you just stamp one time for all the image, then cut them all. Nice for when you don’t want to cut lots of little images. I colored these up with Copic Markers and just chose colors that made me happy. Quite certain the flowers are incorrect but artistic license is my excuse.

Once I had the images colored, I decided I would use my Foilpress for the sentiment. Instead of foiling and cutting it out with dies, I just foiled straight onto the panel. This is the Fancy Script Words Foil Plate (also Pinkfresh Studio) using Matte Gold Foil. I like how that coordinates with the Matte Gold Pearls from them too.

I hope you have a beautiful week. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #535

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Hi everyone! Another week of lots of flying and fixing my blog behind the scenes. But…I think, maybe, it is done. Maybe. We will see. One of the issues was that my posts would not go live after scheduling…. So this one is a test! In the mean time, I got a fun card made for Freshly Made Sketches with an adorable sketch by our lovely Amy.

I’m just totally in love with this sweet set from The Rabbit Hole Designs. Something about these little rain boots and the flowers…so great! I stamped it using Versafine Clair Ink and then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing powder. And I got to try out my new Cottontail Embossing Powder Tool. This is a game changer. No residue, no embossing powder sticking where it shouldn’t. It is patent pending because it is awesome!! And the price is so great. Seriously. If you need an anti-static tool, just get this one and please don’t get a knock-off. There are some out there and they will made you sad. Supporting an innovative entrepreneur is a great thing to do!

I don’t often combine brands on cards (really this should not be an issue unless it is a DT card but somehow I struggle to do it). For this, I was short on time and I had this pretty sentiment all ready foiled so, naturally, it just jumped on the card. It is from Pinkfresh Studio and I love that touch of shine. All the watercoloring was done with Distress Ink, including the little panel. I added a vellum flag and then some fun pearls. The pearls are part of a bonus pack that came in my order from The Rabbit Hole Designs. Yep, beautiful!!

I hope you will join us this week for the challenge and I’m so grateful for all the patience on my blog. I know it mostly hasn’t been apparent on the front side but it has taken so much of my time away from crafting. Wishing you a great rest of the week!

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 #441

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I have the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches to share with you today! Our lovely Judy Rozema has designed this wonderful layered challenge and it is fabulous.

I chose the bird from Folk Hummingbird (Pinkfresh Studios) as the focal point for the card. It had been a bit since I had colored it and since it is hummingbird season here, I thought it was perfect to use. I colored it using Copic Markers. Then I set to layering. I brushed on Salty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Inks for the layers. Then I realized the base needed a bit more oomph so I added a bit of Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to it. The sentiment comes from the same set and fit nicely into the rectangle die.

I hope you will come over and join the fun this week. Make sure you visit the rest of the team to see their beautiful work! Back tomorrow with a card for SugarPea Designs. See you then!

Freshly Made Sketches #431

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A quick post for today using the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer this week is Lee Ann Barrett and her sketch is a great multi-tasker.

Now I would LOVE to take credit for the watercoloring on this image but I didn’t lift a brush. This art is actually washi tape. Yep, washi tape!! It is the Painted Florals tape from Pinkfresh Studios cut with the coordinating Floral Cluster Die. I laid the tape down on white paper and then just cut it out. About as easy as it gets. The sentiment is from another Pinkfresh Studios set called You’ve Got This. It seemed particularly fitting as we all continue to try to find order to the chaos. Or maybe that is just me… I stamped it in Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder.

I hope you enjoy working on this sketch. The team has created some beautiful work, as always. And while I might be biased, this really is the greatest of teams. We got to do a group Zoom last week. From across the edges of the world, there we were in each other’s homes. What an amazing gift technology can be! I hope that you are able to reach out and visit with your loved ones too. Phone calls, emails, live chats…they matter more than ever. Thanks for stopping in today. Back soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #427

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This is the first of two posts today for me. Our latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches is designed by the lovely Narelle Farrugia. Another beauty for sure! First though, a brief update. Like everyone else worldwide, I’m finding my world turning upside down. A week ago I was on my way to Amsterdam when the first travel ban went into place. Since then, my airline has been trying to adjust and adapt. As pilots we are conflicted. We understand the need for social distancing but we also know there are circumstances that require people to fly. We love bringing people together safely. My airline is suffering (like so many businesses) and we have no idea what will come next. I’m trying to focus on one day at a time, as I’m sure you are too. So, with that, crafting! I’m thankful I have this hobby for respite.

I had trouble focusing even with such an inspiring sketch so I went to what makes me happy. I started with a stamp from a company I love (Gina K Designs) and colored it with my favorite Copic colors. After some debate, I just kept the rest of the card white. The pretty circle behind the butterfly is from Pinkfresh Studios and the sentiment is from Tonic Studios. All the links are below.

Our design team has created marvelous works of inspiration. How lucky I am to work with such an extraordinary group of people! My friends, as always I am thankful for you all. While we all have some turbulent days ahead, I have faith in the kindness of people. I have confidence that we can find our best selves. Please be safe, stay home and know that I hold you in my prayers.

Make sure you come back for my second post and a fun announcement too!

Freshly Made Sketches #419

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Glad to see you for my latest card using this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Our sketch designer is Lee Ann and she really gave us one to stretch with this week. I love the off angle panel!! (and I hope that she will forgive that I forgot one of the elements)

I pulled out an underused favorite called Folk Hummingbird by Pinkfresh Studios (yes, there is a fabulous bird in the set!). I did a bit of quick coloring with Copic and then cut the flowers with the coordinating die set.

I felt like it was missing a bit of something so I added a bit of sunny yellow ink using my Taylored Expressions Blender Brush and then put the panel on a pretty aqua panel (Coastal Cabana by SU). The sentiment is from the soon to be retired Monogram J by Concord and 9th.

I hope you like this happy little burst of spring. It got super cold here in VA this week and it seemed like a little sunshine was in order. Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you will join us over at the challenge this week! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #394

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The latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches is one that I hope you will like. I am the sketch designer this week and I went for a straight-forward look. These are my favorite during the summer since I seem to have limited crafting time (kids home, lots of work, etc).

I could not wait to color this hummingbird from the Folk Hummingbird Stamp Set by Pinkfresh Studios. I had such fun coloring this with my Copic Markers! Then I continued the fun by creating this background with Hero Hues Ink Reactive Ink in Pool Party. It swirls on the Bristol paper like a dream and creates such great texture with just a little water. I found this sentiment in my stash and it is an Ellen Hutson set called Be Strong. I thought the Passionate Pink base was perfect to coordinate with my RV Copics on the bird.

I hope that you will enjoy playing along with us this week! Thanks for stopping in today. See you again soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #393

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I’m happy to share the latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches today. Today our sketch designer is the lovely Lee Ann Barrett and I love this one.

I needed a card for a dear friend who has suffered at tremendous loss. These are truly the worst cards to make. Thankfully I had this new sentiment set called You’ve Got This by Pinkfresh Studios. This set was designed by my friend Caly Person and the script is Caly’s own writing. Elegant and gorgeous. I was even lucky enough to have the set sent to me by Caly…thank you so much!! I chose this pretty little flower from Serene Garden (Stampin’ Up) and did simple watercoloring on it.

The sketch is fabulous and I hope you will join us this week. Make sure you come over to see all the inspiration from the team too. Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #392

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Another week is flying by (or maybe I’m doing too much flying). In any case, we are back to Wednesday and the best day of the stamping week! Freshly Made Sketches day! Today the lovely Jacquie Southas is our sketch designer and I love this fun and innovative challenge.

I opted to play with some watercoloring and I chose this new to me Folk Hummingbird Stamp Set from Pinkfresh Studio. I was in a bit of a hurry and use my Daniel Smith dot card instead of my full paints. But I love how easy it is to find colors that coordinate from those cards. A little bit of loose and fast coloring since I was out the door for a trip. I colored an extra panel using the same colors and stamped the sentiments on them. The Cut Align allowed me to trim them down perfectly and even separate the “Many thanks”. I used a base of Bubblegum Pink by Gina K (such a pretty color!) to highlight some of the pinks.

I hope you will stop over to see all the inspiration from the team and take some time to join in. Lots of options on this one (I may need to re-visit it to try some more myself). Thanks for stopping in today. Back on Friday with the latest release from Picket Fence Studios. Until then, have a great week!

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