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Here For You

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A quick share today! I thought a pretty blue butterfly might be just the thing during our current environment of uncertainty.

I love this amazing butterfly image from the Butterfly Blossoms set by Reverse Confetti. The flowers in the set are created to be able to layer for dimension or you can just keep it to one layer. I opted to color the flowers separately and pop them up. All of the coloring is using Copic Markers.

I thought that playing with blues would be a nice change for a butterfly and I’m pretty happy with how the light blues here almost seem to glow. I’d love to claim that it was my intention but just a happy accident that comes with experimenting. The sentiment comes from the same set. Don’t you love that font?! The pretty panel uses the Lacy Scallop Frame dies, also from Reverse Confetti.

Thanks for stopping in today. I’m sure you are like me in not liking how unclear things are with this awful virus. My industry is affected strongly, as you might imagine. But I take comfort that my friends are here for me and I’m here for them. I hope you have a good day and know how much I appreciate you!

Best Day

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I think the “hardest” part about going to Stamping Away (other than leaving) is getting started on stamping there. So many products, so much inspiration, so many talented stampers…oh my! So when it came to my first project I decided to go with what I know. A bit of Copic coloring on an image that wasn’t overly complicated. I looked through some sets and immediately gravitated to this Just Vines stamp by The Stamp Market.

Instead of just the yellow greens, I decided to combine them with my BG family for something a bit unexpected. So I sat for quite a while coloring and listening to the chatter and admiring the work others were doing and….it was perfect! I didn’t have a particular plan for the panel when I was working on it but quickly realized that it might be nice for a birthday card for my husband. So that became my mission. After a few starts (and fails) I finally just kept it simple. I found this sentiment from the For My Bestie set. A Pink and Main Sentiment Strip die was just perfect for the sentiment and I added on a few sequins to finish.

I love the overall effect of the coloring here and, though it took a bit, it was the perfect “warm up” for my crafting weekend. And it made me happy to make too! I hope you get a bit of time for some “just because” crafting this week. I’m trying to make sure it becomes a bigger part of my creative time. Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #423

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The newest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches was created by the amazing Kim Singdahlsen and oh wow! I’m sure it is not really surprising for you to find that I “think” in sketches when designing. When I see one, I usually know almost immediately what to make (I think it is my math brain). But with this sketch, I saw multiple choices right away! That rarely happens and usually means that it is going to be a super cool week.

I showed you recently what I gave for the gift exchange at Stamping Away but I was negligent in showing what I received. Well, this darling little stamp set from Avery Elle was part of my amazing package (also a wonderful paint palette and some pens that will live in my craft room without being stolen by certain teenagers because they are awesome and immediately identifiable!). The set is called Beary Good Friends and is part of the latest release. So many little images to mix and match! I love sets like this.

I stamped a bunch of images and just started coloring, not sure what I would use. Well, I pretty much used all the things! Because how could I not?! In keeping with the sketch I used a circle stencil and brushed on some Distress Oxide ink. I used a sticky note to block the bottom part of the circle. I used the bear as one of the horizontal layers and then built up the scene around him. To “ground” the grass a bit, I used another of the layers and brushed on green ink. By doing this instead of using colored card stock, it kept the depth of color throughout and keeps the focus on the images. I did the same with some yellow ink on the sentiment panel.

I guess it is not a surprise that the design team has come up with some pretty amazing cards with the sketch and quite a variety too. Make sure you go see what they made and come over and join us! Back tomorrow for this month’s Craft Friends Blog Hop. Until then, have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #420

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Happy Wednesday! Today I’m the sketch designer over at Freshly Made Sketches and I hope you will like my choice. I love square cards so I went with a square design (you can make it a rectangle, of course). I planted a big old circle in the middle which pretty much means you can put about anything there.

I opted for a big flower…the Big Blooms Daisy from Taylored Expressions to be specific. I started coloring this flower quite a while ago and it sat unfinished on my desk all through the holidays. Well, this was the week to finish it! I wanted to play with the idea of creating a white flower that had some depth and shading. I chose the Y and YR families to add the shadows and I’m pretty happy with the result. I added an orange center to give it a bolder look and then found it popped perfectly off a colored base. I chose Coastal Cabana (left from last week’s card) and added a bit of Distress Oxide ink with the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes to give it more depth. The sentiment is from Picket Fence Studios and I added some sequins from my stash.

I’m off on a crafty adventure as of today and hopefully I’ll come back with some cards and new to me product to share. I hope you’ll join us with this sketch too. Make sure you go see all the amazing work from the DT. Until next time, have a great week!

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 #418

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Holy smokes, another week has flown by and it is time for another Freshly Made Sketches day. I’m super excited about this one from the amazing Jacquie Southas and you are sure to love it too!

I thought it would be fun to use a big image and a great choice was the Hello Lovely floral spray by Concord and 9th. This image is just so pretty and fun to color too! I decided I’d take some time just to play with shading and color combinations and really found some great results.

The foundation of my coloring was the BV20 family (BV20, BV23 and BV29). I used it on almost every part of the image as an underlayer. It muted my BGs and added depth and shadows to the leaves and flowers alike. I also played with combining my BGs and my G20s for variation on the leaves. I’m definitely going to play around more with these combinations!!

These are all the colors I used. I did link a few of them below in my Link Deli list but it is much easier just to show you the whole group in this format. For the scalloped edge in this card I used a retired die set from Lil’ Inkers.

I hope you enjoy this card and that it inspires you to try playing with color families that may not be obvious go together sets. You may love the results! Make sure to go see the inspiration from the whole team and I hope you will have time to join us this week. Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #415

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I’m thrilled to be back today with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch hostess this week is our resident Artisan, Narelle Farrugia. Yep, not even one bit of a surprise to any of us who know her, she has again made the Artisan Design Team for Stampin’ Up and I could not be happier for her or SU. Her sketch this week made me breathe a sigh of relief because I was already set up to go for it from last week. Yeah, I told you I was leaving this background stamp on my Misti!

I do love how this card has a totally different vibe that the one last week with virtually the same elements. I stamped the Holiday Wishes background stamp (Neat and Tangled) onto black card stock using Versamark ink and then heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Superfine Embossing Powder. I used the same little greenery elements as last week from the Classic Christmas stamp set.

I first stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black in my Misti, did the quick Copic coloring and then put it back in the Misti, over-stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with WOW Gold Rich Super Fine powder. I stamped the sentiment (from Classic Christmas but meant to coordinate with Holiday Wishes) in Versamark and embossed it with Gold Rich too.

I hope you enjoy this sketch as much as I did! These little vertical panels lend themselves to images, patterned paper and I’m sure other things you’ll think of. Hope you’ll join us for the challenge! Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #414

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Can I confess that I’m starting to think I won’t get all the Christmas cards done this year. In fairness, I lost about 5 weeks of crafting during prime holiday card season but still…. So I’m working to have a few ideas that I can lean on for a bit of mass production (which I generally do not prefer). And I’m going to tell you, I just left this new background stamp from Neat and Tangled in my Misti because I’m going to use it over and over.

Karren is our sketch designer this week at Freshly Made Sketches and she has given us one that is perfect for just this kind of background. I stamped the sentiments in Momento Tuxedo Black and then cut the panel to size. I then stamped these little holiday leaf elements from Classic Christmas and colored them quickly with Copic Markers, then cut them out using the coordinating dies.

I added a thin layer of red card stock to help the background feel finished and then put the whole thing on some green card stock (SU). I just got these awesome stamps from Neat and Tangled and they included a little bonus of the Crystal Clear Mix Sequins in my package. I LOVE THAT!! Reason #5003 to shop small. They love their customers!

I think this little vertical element is going to lend itself to some clever ideas this week and I can’t wait to see what the gallery does with it. Hope you’ll join us. Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #397

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I’m so happy to share the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches today! It is really fun and you are sure going to love how many options you have when creating with it. The amazing Kim Singdahlsen is the sketch designer and she really outdid herself.

I did try, at first, to make this in the vertical. In fact I had all the elements colored and ready when I realized it was WAY better to go landscape. Now these little Happy Birds from WPlus9. What can I say?! I saw circles and I just knew these birds were perfect. I mean seriously, you just have to love them. I had not pulled out my Copics for a bit so out they came. I admit that I really needed some time just coloring and these were such fun. The little stitched lines were a great way to stick with the sketch and I added some leaves from the set as accents. The sentiment is great with these little guys and I hope this really will bring a smile.

I’m going to share a little bit of a secret with you. Actually kind of a sneak “peek”, if you will. You can see from the number above that we are closing in on a big number sketch at FMS. And we have some fun things planned. Can’t quite let you in on that yet but you need to be ready for some August fun! Keep your eyes out for more details in a few weeks. In the mean time, thanks so much for stopping in today. 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!

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