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Freshly Made Sketches #453

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Happy Wednesday! We are up with the new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and our lovely Judy is the sketch designer. This one is so clever and I love it.

When I saw the big circle, the first thing that came to mind was this Dahlia XL Stamp by the amazing Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy. Her art always puts me in awe. And her gardening…oh my. Yes, I’m a total fan girl. I was reading my Martha Stewart magazine and saw these and knew I wanted them as inspiration.

My colors fell somewhere in the middle but I’m happy with the peachy hues. Side note, Marcella worked at Martha Stewart for a while. Because she is awesome like that. I tried the sentiment on a circle and it just didn’t work for me so I went with a rectangle and will beg Judy’s forgiveness. To add a little more texture, I used my Torn Strips Stencil (SugarPea Designs) to emboss.

So glad you came to visit today. I hope you are inspired to come over and join our team with the challenge.

I’m Glad We’re Friends

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And wow, am I glad! Thank you all for your continued support of my little stamping world. It makes such a difference in helping me stay positive. A quick share of a card I created for the Mix It Up Challenge #70 from SugarPea Designs. You can go join in and play for a chance to win!

I was inspired by both the sketch and the colors. I love these Cottontail Cuties and thought they’d make a fun scene. It is such a joy to color the little images!

I used the Outdoor Scene Builder Stencil to add a bit of a cloud background and then used my favorite little Sentiment Strips to cut a sentiment from the stamp set.

I hope this brightens your day a bit! Remember to come over and join the fun and earn a chance to win. Have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #448

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I’m super excited to share today’s card with you. Of course it all started with a great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. So many do! This week’s sketch designer is my dear friend Jen Brum and I love all the potential with this one.

I pulled out a beautiful background stamp from Erin Lee Creative called Sketched Floral Background. It is so wonderful! Even without coloring it is gorgeous. Emboss it, watercolor it and for me, Copic color it. I chose my R80s (R81, R83, R85, R89) for the flowers and G20s (G20, G21, G24, G28) for the greenery. It is a joy to color! Once the panel was colored, I debated a few ways to complete the sketch. I finally decided that vellum was the answer. The sentiment is a bit of a sneak peek of an upcoming release from Erin Lee Creative. Couldn’t resist using it!

I hope you will enjoy this sketch as much as I did. Make sure you go over and see the inspiration from the team. Beautiful cards! Thanks for stopping in today. See you tomorrow with a card for SugarPea Designs.

We’re In This Together

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There are times when stamp companies come out with a release that is perfect for the moment. And you have to know that these companies work months before a release to design and manufacture so it generally isn’t something they just put together last second. So I will say that I’m thrilled that my friend Erin from Erin Lee Creative has done it again.

She has a new release coming out on June 12th and this image is a part of a set called Here For You. The sentiment is from the same set. I stamped the hands three times using my Misti for spacing and then colored away. It took a few days of coloring and taking my time to work on skin tones. Which is a wonderful thing to do when one likes to Copic color. I also realized that I need a few more colors to get the colors of the human rainbow right.

I generally avoid discussions of any political nature here but this moment in time is bigger than just “politics”. It is a time of learning and listening. It is also a time to realize that we have to figure this out. Really. We need to understand at our core that humans of all colors, shapes, sizes, genders and any other defining characteristic have value and worth. We have the ability to fix these problems. Together.

I hope you will be inspired by this card and by Erin’s release. Keep your eyes out for more details. I’ll be sharing them here and on social media. Until tomorrow, I hope you are safe and healthy. Thanks for stopping in!

Freshly Made Sketches #438

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We have a beautiful new sketch today from Freshly Made Sketches. It is designed by the lovely and talented Karren Johnson.

I chose this fabulous new image from Erin Lee Creative as the focal point. It is from the Tropical Leaves stamp set and will be available on June 12th as part of her new release. I colored with Copic and then cut it out with an oval die. I realized that one of the sentiments in the set fit perfectly so I added it on the oval. I did some scoring to complete the sketch.

Thank you for stopping in today. I hope you are safe and well. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #437

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Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed the flurry of posts last week. It was such fun being part of that exciting release. Back to “normal” this week and up with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer is Cécile and wow, did she create a wonderful challenge.

At first the sketch had me a bit stumped. But then….an a-ha moment!! This City Stacks Stamp Set by Concord and 9th was perfect!! I stamped it onto white card stock with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and then pulled out my Copic markers. I kept to generally muted colors that seemed right for my imaginary city. And I’m going to be truthful, I love many cities across the country (and world). And I miss them. I miss traveling a lot. I miss the people I work with and I miss seeing friends on my occasional visits to their cities. And that is ok. Because I know I have also been part of a greater good. But won’t it be wonderful when we can gather again?!

I think you are going to find all kinds of ways to use this sketch and I cannot wait to see them! I hope you are able to join us. Make sure to go see all that the design team has created. Honestly, they are just the best!! Thanks for stopping in today. I appreciate you so much!

SugarPea Designs – Sweet Peek Week Day 4

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Today is day 4 of the Sweet Peek Week from SugarPea Designs! Are you impressed yet?! Well, we have just a little more to blow your sock off before unleashing you to shopping. Today’s stamp set and coordinating die are the Floral Envie Set and SugarCut plus the Handwritten Letter background stamp.

I am utterly in love with this envelope image. Just wow! The details are spectacular. If you love to color as much as I do, you will have so much fun with this. I colored the image using Copic Markers and just played with shading. To be truthful, I got just a bit lost in the process and that was such a gift!

Once I was done coloring, I cut the image out with the coordinating SugarCut die. It lines up perfectly and easily. Which is critical after all the time spent coloring for sure. I wanted to keep all the focus on my work so I used a piece of Kraft paper and stamped the Handwritten Letter background in Versamark. Subtle, beautiful, classic! I could not resist adding a couple of butterflies from the set popped up and the simple sentiment is from the Floral Envie set too.

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to the SPD store? Leave a comment below for your chance to win. TWO lucky commenters will be randomly selected from the Sweet Peek Week comments to win a $50 Gift Voucher! Winners will be announced on our blog: Monday, May 25th.

Thank you for stopping in today. Back tomorrow for one additional card and the entire release will be available on Friday, May 22nd at 2p Eastern.

Freshly Made Sketches #432

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Three posts in a row! Don’t faint! It has been fun to be able to share different things with you and today I’m back to my standard Wednesday with Freshly Made Sketches. I am the sketch designer this week.

I started coloring these images over the weekend (and shared on Instagram) from the new Superhero Scrubs stamp set by Erin Lee Creative. Erin’s husband is one of these superheroes so the set is near and dear to her! I was really hoping that I could make them work for my sketch this week and I love how they turned out. I stamped them onto XPress-It Copic Coloring Paper. This paper is made just for Copic and it makes blending easy. I fussy cut them out and then went to work on the rest of the card. For the top, I decided to use the Tumbling Hearts Stencil from Newton’s Nook Designs for textured embossing. It is really easy with the right sandwich. I often say that stencils are a cost effective workhorse in your crafting and this is an example why. I stamped the bottom portion with a sentiment from the same stamp set. To add extra dimension, I glued the red card stock to the base and then popped up the white pieces. Red sequins seemed like a good addition so on they went.

The design team has created all kinds of wonderful takes on the sketch. What amazing talent they have! Hope you will join in and share with us too. Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon!

Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Trinity Stamps + Discount Code

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So happy to be here today with Crafty Friends Blog Hop day! We have another amazing company for our focus this month: Trinity Stamps.

I just fell in love with this sweet little set called Hopeful Flowers. That little watering can with the flowers captured me! I colored it using my Copic Markers and cut it out with the coordinating dies. In order to keep focus on the petite image, I kept the rest of the card simple.

The Thank You Senti-mini set has these “go-with” sentiments for the Thanks and Thank You. This one seemed just right for the flowers. I sponged on a little ink in a happy yellow for a bit of a halo effect and added Polkadot Party: Shiny and Matte White Confetti Mix sequins.

I continue to be so thrilled that companies are working with us to give you discounts for our hops. Shop with Trinity Stamps on Feb 20 – 21 and use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 at checkout to get a 20% Discount. Click the graphic above to get to the shop.

Now on to the rest of the hop. I’m thrilled to send you to the lovely and talented Jenny Hall. Here is the list in case you get lost along the way:

I hope you enjoy the hop as much as we do. Thanks so much for stopping in today!

SugarPea Designs – Guest Week 2

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I am happy to be back over at SugarPea Designs for week 2 of my April guest posts. First, I’m so grateful that many of you visited their site last week and did some shopping. I can’t wait for you to see the sweet box her products come in and the darling packaging. And if you didn’t have a moment to visit last week, I hope to inspire you to this week.

You know by now that I cannot resist a flower and these Meadow Motifs images are the best! Pretty flowers, extra images to pop up for texture. Beautifully designed! I blended pink into orange and then yellow to create the shading with Copic Markers.  I went right to my YG markers for the perfect spring green leaves that also happen to perfectly match the Key Lime Pie Envelopes.  I colored up one of the butterflies from the set in lavender as a contrast to the pink/orange.

Once I completed the coloring, I cut all of the images out with the coordinating SugarCut Meadow Motifs dies.  To create the background, I inked some white card stock in Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and then cut the cover plate from more white with the SugarCut Large Striped CoverPlate die.  The sentiment came from the multitasking workhorse Everyday Sentiments stamp set.  Finally, I found some purple/green iridescent sequins in my stash to finish.

So a reminder about shopping with any of the craft companies right now, there are limitations, just like on all the other aspects of our lives. If something is showing as “sold out”, it may be because they cannot get to their warehouse or their distributor cannot come in to make additional products. Some companies cannot even ship. For now, SugarPea Designs is able to ship what she has in stock but re-stock may take time. Please just make a wish list or notify when available. These companies want your business very much but sometimes there is only so much they can do. When they do ship to you, go over to their social media sites and share photos! They LOVE this and are super excited when they see you happy. I hope you enjoy this bit of spring today. I’ll be back Wednesday for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Have a good Monday!

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