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Freshly Made Sketches #433

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Happy Wednesday! Ready for the next great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches? Lucky you because the wonderful Jen Mitchell designed a fabulous one.

I pulled out the Summer Sketches stamp set from The Greetery. Thought it was perfect to add over an ink splatter. I inked it up using Altenew inks in pretty spring colors. I added the Beautiful die, also from The Greetery, to finish the sketch.

Thanks for stopping in today. Hope you will come over and play along. We love seeing all the beautiful creations in the gallery.

Happy Easter!

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A quick card today for a message to you all. I wish you joy and healing as we celebrate the Risen King at Easter! Blessings to you all and I look forward to the day where we can gather again. Today is a reminder that we can conquer despair and rise stronger.

This set is the Caring Cross from The Greetery. Beautiful for Easter and religious celebrations year round. Thank you for all you do and share in your kind words to me. More than ever, they mean so much. Stay safe, my friends!

Freshly Made Sketches #428

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I can’t imagine that any of you are feeling different than I am. Every day seems to show new obstacles. I am overwhelmed at times. Clearly working for an airline right now is challenging. But so is working pretty much anywhere. I have come to the conclusion that the only way to maintain my sanity is to try to share kindness. Like many crafters, I have an insanely large stack of cards. And now is the moment! Time to mail them. Medical personnel, first responders, other airline people, all of these people need encouragement. So that is my inspiration for today’s card. Our latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches is designed by the lovely Amy O’Neill and I knew right what I wanted to use.

Mondo Hydrangea is a gorgeous set by Ellen Hutson. I love to watercolor it. And it jumped right out and I knew it would be perfect for the sketch. I stamped in VersaFine Ink and watercolored with Daniel Smith paints. The matching die was used to cut it out. I decided that the Nordic Frames layer would be a nice detail and I used it on Fog Gray card stock. Needless to say, I think this sentiment will be getting heavy rotation. It is from a new to me set called Everyday Sentiments from SugarPea Designs. It has awesome sentiments!! There is a coordinating die for it too (which I used).

If you are looking to mail some cards and don’t have any place to send them, message me and I’ll be happy to share the addresses. And speaking of grateful…I am incredibly grateful for all of you. These days are hard. Each of us has our own battle in this war against a wicked foe. We need to stay strong and we are stronger together! Make sure you go over to see my amazing teammates at FMS. They are some of the most remarkable people and I’m blessed to be a part of the team. Stay safe, stay home, let’s do this!

Freshly Made Sketches #425

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It is Freshly Made Sketches day and today we have one that is super unique and absolutely fabulous. Our sketch designer is the amazing Cécile Ribon so you should not be surprised!

After a bit of looking around, I found what I wanted…right on my desk! That order from The Greetery that I recently made hasn’t even made it into organizing folders yet (if you are one of those who organize right away, I invite you over to help…I need it!). I love the palm from the Caring Cross set and thought it might be just right for the element on top of the trio. As with all the sets, it layered up perfectly!

I brushed some pink ink onto card stock and cut it out with a banner die three times. It seemed like I needed a bit of something else so I added in the Nordic Frame die. The sentiment is also from Caring Cross and I love it!

I hope you like this sketch as much as we do and that you will join in too! Thanks so much for joining in today. I’ll see you again soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #424

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I don’t know about where you live, but here in Virginia winter has kind of been a bust. In fact, I just saw some daffodils actually blooming. At the end of February. So, in that effort of accepting that we will have no real snow, I’m just moving on to stamping spring. Thankfully, the wonderful Jen Brum designed a great sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches to enable me.

I told you recently that I had just put in my order from The Greetery and guess what? It arrived!! I love the Let’s Have a Word – Beautiful die set for this sketch. And the little flower from Summer Sketches seemed perfect yet again. I started with a Strathmore Watercolor Card and brushed on Altenew inks from the same color family. The pretty yellow oranges seemed right for my spring mood. After brushing them on, I spritzed with a bit of water and got this pretty effect. I thought the words in black were a nice contrast. I stamped the little flower using the lightest (Sunday) and third (Snapdragon) colors in the set to coordinate. The little banner is also from The Greetery and comes from the Sentiment Suite Basic die set. I found some sunny sequins in my stash to match and done!

I hope you will join us this week for our challenge. As always, make sure you check out all the inspiration from the design team! Back tomorrow with a fun card (yes, created at Stamping Away). See you then!

Beautiful Roses

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I’m sharing a card made with another of the gorgeous sets from The Greetery. You know by now that I love the look of watercoloring. But let’s face it, sometimes there just isn’t time for coloring…the horror! This set gives you a similar style with just layered stamping. Fabulous!

I had not used The Greetery’s layered images before I went to Stamping Away but I knew I’d have a chance to try them there. I doubted whether the layering was as easy to achieve as it appeared. So the short answer…YES! It is! Based on advice from the gals there, I die cut first and then stamped onto the cut image using my Misti. The instructions on in the set are super clear and easy to follow. I chose some color families in the Altenew Ink lines which worked beautifully (I have them linked below). I was totally in love with this flower spray and then needed to create a card to showcase it.

I was sitting next to the very talented Alyssa Scritchfield and she created this card. I loved the stencil she used so pretty much grabbed it right away from her when she was done. It was the perfect background for my flowers. The sentiment is from the same set as the flowers. That script is gorgeous, don’t you think?! I thought a few little Sparkling Clear sequins were a nice touch to finish.

If you haven’t already seen it, The Greetery has a new release that went live today. And yes, I have just finished my shopping! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a beautiful day!

Hello, Beautiful

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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was wonderful. Today I’m sharing another of the cards I created while at Stamping Away. One of the fun parts of stamping at this event is the ability to use all kinds of products that I don’t own (yet…). I shared my Freshly Made Sketches card last week made with a set from The Greetery and today I’m sharing another made with the same set.

I love how forgiving the layering is on these images and the loose “sketch” lines are easy to use too. This is the Summer Sketches set and the sentiment is from the brand new Sketchbook Roses set. I found it is easiest to use the coordinating die and cut first. Then, using my Misti, I simply aligned the images into the negative, placed the positive in and stamped. Perfect! There is an easy stamping guide in the stamp sets too so it is super clear how to create the layers. I used Altenew inks for these flowers. The blues are Misty Morning and Nimbus. The green is Frayed Leaf ad the black is Altenew’s Jet Black. I know you are probably in love with that border die as much as I am. Isn’t it pretty?! It is also from The Greetery and it is called Nordic Frames. Sorry, not sorry for the enabling! *smile*

Well, that is all for today. Thanks to those of you who took advantage of my de-stash sale! I’m continuing my clean out this week and working on inks. Oh my! Hope you have a good start to your week! See you soon.

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