My dear stamping friends, hello! You may have gotten a rather weird “post” from me this week and I had no real ability to explain. My blog had a fundamental breakdown and honestly, I thought it was all lost in cyberspace. Thankfully, my service provider, Go Daddy, was able to recover and fix the entire mess but it took days. I do think that it is all fixed and all the safety protocols are in place to protect you and me. But it took a lot of brain space and time to get through the mess of it.
With that, I’m just going to let you know that I will be off of the blog for about a week more for some family time. I have also been flying a bit more (which is a good thing for the travel industry) and that has required some adjustment to my time management. I am so very grateful for all of you and so glad I still have this format to reach out to you and share. Wishing you a beautiful day!
Hi everyone! I am the sketch designer this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I hope you will like it. I definitely did and actually created two cards.
I actually created the same card in two ways. I don’t do this often but usually have a lot of fun when I do and that is what happened with this. My inspiration was the Seeds of Kindness stamp set and dies from Honey Bee Stamps. The actually has a seed pack die too but I stuck to just the basic set today.
I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and colored with my Karin Markers (colors shown at end of the post). I added a little bit of vintage looking Distress Ink on the edges of the image to add to the feeling of age. Some lace ribbon from my stash was perfect for the sketch and I love the overall look.
For my second version, I chose Copic Markers and colored in a similar palette but more spring-like and new. Instead of lace, I added a colored border and a few pearls instead of splatters.
With this one, I used an alternate sentiment and masked the original sentiment and then stamped it in. The banner cuts right on the edges for a clean effect (the banner was used on the first one too, just with the image sentiment).
I hope you are inspired to play along with this. I had such fun just playing in the stamp room on these. Make sure you come see what the team created too. Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon.
I’m sure at this point you detect a theme. Since for me creativity is a stress outlet, I have been focusing on Ukraine themed projects. And before I get into this too much, I want to make sure you know about a card auction on Instagram. I have two cards up for auction. The simple explanation, people bid on the cards and commit to pay that much to one of the charities the organizers have listed (you choose from the list and they are well vetted). If you win, you donate and show the receipt and the designer sends the cards. Simple. No money exchanges with the designers or organizers. Click here to see more: Ukraine Card Drive
Now to the card for today. Using the latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches designed by the fabulous Karren Johnson. It was exactly the sketch I needed! There are a number of companies and designers giving personal use images to inspire. This one is from the amazing Emily Midgett.
I printed Emily’s image on watercolor paper with my printer. I wasn’t sure my printer could do that so a happy surprise. Using Daniel Smith watercolors, I just sat and colored away.
I did have to cut away a part of the image (bad planning on my part on the print size) but for this, I wanted the focus mostly on the sunflower anyway. I chose a Honey Bee Stamps sentiment from a set where Emily had designed the art. And it seems just right.
I hope you are doing well and staying safe. I’m grateful every day for all the crafty friends in my life. None of us are alone. Back Friday with something fun and new (and not a sunflower). See you then!
Recently, when going through my cards, I came to the clear awareness that I make lots of cards with flowers, lol. I mean, I cannot say no to a good flower image. But with that, I don’t have cards to send to some on my list…especially my oldest while he is in college. While I will still make lots of flower cards, I am making a point to add other things in. Thus, today’s card. I reached for the Caffeinated – Bee stamp from The Rabbit Hole Designs because it cracks me up. And because he loves the coffee cards I send him. I colored it with Copic Markers and then pulled out some things from Honey Bee Stamps (because bee!) to go with him.
I chose patterned paper from the Funfetti Birthday pack because of honeycomb print. Super fun! I thought the Art Deco Label shape was fun for the center and a little unexpected. I stamped it with the sentiment from the stamp set and added the little chemical stamp from the Caffeinated – Reindeer set (it is the formula for caffeine, btw). I look forward to sending this one to the kid!
So glad you stopped by today. Come over and join us this week. Make sure you check out the inspiration from the team too. Have a great week. See you soon.
I just completed a January cleaning of my stamp room and it is time for another de-stash! I have put together mystery boxes packed with a variety of products that are valued at more than twice the price of the box. In each box there are many different brands (Picket Fence Studios, Newton’s Nook, Altenew, Concord & 9th, Honey Bee Stamps and SugarPea Designs are examples). If I had coordinating dies to match the stamp, they are included. While some of these are gently used (with some staining), there are also brand new and unused sets in each box. My supervisor has helped make sure the boxes are FULL of fun!
I have two medium sized flat rate boxes for $150 each. Priority shipping is already included in the pricing. All products are “as is” and all sales are final. All items are from a smoke free, cat-friendly home. Buyers must pay using PayPal and must be in the US. First come, first served and I will use time stamps to keep it straight since I will be posting in multiple locations. Please email or message me as soon as possible to secure a box (email at firstname.lastname@example.org). I will send you an invoice for your selected box. You have 24 hours to pay the invoice and I will ship within 3 business days of payment receipt.
Hi everyone! Another week has flown by and I hope you are doing well. I’m the sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches. There are lots of ways to go with this one but I had a specific stamp set in mind.
My friend Linda Callahan sent me this stamp set from Colorado Craft Company (Snowmen and Bunnies) and I finally got a chance to use it. This sketch is PERFECT for the images. I stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and got to coloring with my Copic Markers. The first thing I did was put a base layer on the dark blue background (B37) to help me judge the rest of the color depth.
I played with the concept of coloring “white” for the snowman. Using a base of my Toner Grays (T2, T1, T0), I added a pale purple to give it a little more of an icy depth. Pretty happy with the result and this larger image is the perfect place to play with shading. After I finished the coloring, I masked the border around the image and then splattered on some Gouache to mimic snow. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and pretty much sums up the weather we have been having in Virginia lately. I actually love snow (when I don’t have to drive or fly in it).
I hope you will come over and join the fun this week. Our team has created beautiful projects, as always, so make sure to leave them some love. Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!
Hi everyone! Happy to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches this week. Our sketch designer Judy Rozema had given us a sketch that is sure to get you crafting! I love the simple circle in the corner which can be taken literally or used for another shape. I opted for another shape.
I’m definitely slow out of the gate when I haven’t been crafting much and I needed something that was just an easy color. I shuffled through the stamp stash and saw this Be The Change stamp set from Ellen Hutson and knew it was just right. I stamped the moth and colored using my BG 70 series and T series Copic Markers. It seemed a little too clean so I decided to add some stenciling behind the image for a little more pop.
To match the color in the moth, I had to blend two Distress Oxide Colors. On top of the Basketweave stencil from Honey Bee Stamps, I blended Iced Spuce and then some Tumbled Glass on top. The sentiment comes from another Ellen Hutson set, the Mondo Gerbera Daisy. Finally I added some Sparkling Clear sequins using Honey Bee Stamps Precision Glue.
I hope you are doing well in this new year. Still been busy with work and now this week I’m enjoying time with my oldest before he heads back to college. Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you soon!
I used the fun candles and colors as my inspiration on this. The Birthday Wishes stamp set from SugarPea Designs was perfect, don’t you think? I love the fun patterns on the candles! I stamped them to match this pretty paper from Honey Bee Stamps using Catherine Pooler Inks.
There are tons of fun sentiments in the stamp set but this one seemed right for a card to add to my stash. Then I noticed the confetti in the inspiration photo so I added some confetti sequins!
I hope you will come over and play along with the challenges! Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!
Just a quick share today. This watercolored card using a gorgeous stamp set from Pinkfresh Studio called Season’s Greetings.
I fell in love with this beautiful wreath and did a simple watercolor on it. Nothing fancy, for sure. Then I die cut it with its coordinating die. The sentiment from the same set fits beautifully in the middle and I simply added a few splatters. That’s it! Easy!
Thanks for stopping in. I’m trying to finish up the last of my holiday cards and get them in the mail this week. Wish me luck! See you soon.
I was in a bit of a creative funk a couple of weeks ago and needed to create without a real purpose. I watched the amazingly talented Dawn Woleslagle (of Wplus9 Design) when she was teaching a Live on her FB page and was super inspired. I rarely CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) but for today’s card, that is exactly what I did. And I’m so glad!
Naturally, when Dawn made her card, she used greenery from her line of stamps but I just sent with what I had. And what I had was a couple of sets from The Greetery. I started with a piece of Evergreen card stock (C9) and stamped the background leaves in Evergreen ink. On top of that, I stamped a different leave group in Mowed Lawn Oxide Ink, trying to keep it a bit shadowy.
Once I had the leaves done, I chose this big banner sentiment from the Be Merry set (WPlus9). I stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder for a bolder look. I then splattered using some Hero Arts Metallic Ink in Gold and with white gouache.
Dawn has not posted her card yet but I’m sure she will at some point. In the mean time, just go over and admire all the beautiful things she creates at her Instagram page HERE. Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon.
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