I’m back today with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches! Our sketch is by the oh so talented Karren Johnson and it is super fun to use. I, of course, saw flowers in the circles. And I’ve opted to pull out some old favorites and some brand spankin’ new colors!!
I thought the Elegant Asters from Gina K Designs was perfect for the flower elements. And then the colors. If you haven’t heard (can’t imagine that is possible), Concord and 9th just added colors to their line and I had my order in 10 minutes after it went live. I love their papers and the little ink cubes are so great for expanding color options on a reasonable budget. And this is TWENTY-FIVE new colors! Using a sponge dauber, I added a little color with some fade on white card stock and then stamped over them with the images using Versafine Clair Ink.
I cut them out with their respective dies and started with the sketch. The flowers are Pink Lemonade and Lilac, the leaves are Lemongrass, the centers are touched with Honeycomb and the background paper is Powder (I’m going to need a whole pack of this ASAP). I mixed companies on this one and used the Clover Petals 3D Embossing Folder and then pulled a sentiment from my already foiled pile (I tend to make a bunch when I’m foiling for using later). This one is from Pinkfresh Studios. You can expect to be seeing these colors in all the things for a bit!!
I keep thinking things will calm down a bit here but nope. I’m flying max schedules and still trying to finish some end of school year things for the boys. Last week and next week, college visits for the youngest. And nope, can’t even talk about it because it is happening too fast. So glad you stopped in today. I appreciate you all so much!
Another amazing sketch from my friends at Freshly Made Sketches this week! This week’s sketch is courtesy of the incredible Amy O’Neill and I love the options on this one. So many choices!!
I’ll admit I had a few starts and stops on this one. One idea seemed smart until I started trying to line up the images and then…nope. So I moved on and started scouring through the stash. I came upon an old die that matched some washi tape from Pinkfresh Studio called Painted Florals. It is since retired but they have others that are similar. I thought the cluster looked a lot like the sketch so I went with it. I put the tape down on white card stock and then cut it out with the die. Easy as that.
And then I had an a-ha moment. I had not used the new Spring Medley 3D Embossing Folder yet and all I can say is wow. I mean really wow. I truly had underestimated my need for these folders (worry not, I’ll be fixing that). I cannot even believe how much it adds to this card. I ran some Concord and 9th Peacock Card Stock through with the fold and I’m in awe. I love how this folder goes with the image and I think it will be great with so many of my florals. I added a Pinkfresh Studio foil sentiment since the lines in the washi tape are gold and then put on a few matte gold pearls. For not a lot of work, this card packs a lot of texture!
I hope you’ll come over to visit the challenge and see all that the team has done with the sketch. An amazing variety! Thanks for stopping in today. See you again soon!
Happy Wednesday to you! I’m the sketch designer over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I went with a little more detail than my normal design. But you can choose to interpret those circles however you want!
Taking a short break from the seasonal cards, I thought I’d use some of the pieces I had left in my pile of unused extras. I had these flowers from the Citrus Blooms set that I had previously watercolored and thought they would be pretty grouped together. I chose a the Inverted Stitched Scallop Circle (also Pinkfresh Studios) because I love the extra bit of detail on it.
I liked the idea of all the white but I thought a bit of gold would make it more special. I used the Fancy Script Words Hot Foil Plates and dies for the sentiment. A little bit of gold splatter and then some Matte Gold Pearls to finish.
The team, as always, has some amazing interpretations of the sketch and I look forward to seeing how you use it. I hope you have a good rest of your week! See you soon.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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