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Freshly Made Sketches #519

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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!

Freshly Made Sketches #516

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I have a special version of our FMS challenge this week. Every year the team takes a two week break so we leave the last sketch of the year open through the holidays. Well, this is the one. Our lovely Narelle has created the perfect sketch for your last minute holiday card, your “moving on from the holidays” cards or just to goof around with some down time cards. We hope you will come over and join us!

My card falls into the first category and I’m pulling out all the tools for shortening the creating time. In this card, using patterned paper with dies! I went back to the Pine Trees Honey Cuts Dies from Honey Bee Stamps because I thought they were a good fit for the sketch. Yet again, the Vintage Holiday Paper Pack provides all the color and texture I wanted.

My other work horse of this holiday season has been the Inside: Holiday Sentiments set. So many great sentiments that are a fantastic size. I just popped up the trees and the sentiment on foam tape for more dimension. This background print is so pretty I just opted not to add additional embellishments.

Thanks for stopping in today. I will be sharing a little over the next couple of weeks but this will be a quiet stamping time for me. I’ll be flying a lot over the holidays so when I am home, I’ll be taking as much family time as I can. If you are out traveling, look for me. I’ll be all over the domestic US system! And please, please if you are flying, be extra nice to all of those people working. Pack your patience, add extra time and follow the guidelines for your mode of transport. All of us just want to get you there as safely and drama-free as possible! I hope you have a lovely rest of your week. See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #513

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Super quick today. Sharing for the latest amazing sketch for Freshly Made Sketches. This week we have one from designer Jen Brum and it is wonderful!

A funny thing happened on the way to posting today. I made the card and then forgot to take a photo before leaving on a work trip. So my 15 yo son took the photo for me, complete with setting up props. What a great kid!!

I pulled out some of my season favorites from Honey Bee Stamps (listed below). Love how the dies and paper did most of the work. More flying tomorrow and I’m pretty tired so I’ll send you off to the FMS for all the inspiration from the awesome team. Thanks for stopping in today! For this in the US, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. If you are flying today or tomorrow, look for me in the system!

Freshly Made Sketches #510

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I am so excited to share my latest card with you today. Sorry for being so quiet. I’ve been flying a lot more (a good thing) but that seriously cuts into my creative time (not so good thing). I got home from a trip yesterday morning and decided to give this sketch a go because I love it so much. The incomparable Jen Mitchell is the sketch designer at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I love her take on a classic!

For the circle element, I pulled out my Gina K Designs Snowflake Trio dies and cut two of them from Glitter Cardstock (it was part of a kit with the dies). I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating Sparkle and Shine Stamp Set and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

I chose to use an unexpected color for the crossing panel and pulled out my new Villianous Potion Oxide Ink. This is a beautiful color!! I brushed in on and then sprayed the panel with my Hero Arts Shimmer Spray. So much shine, so little effort! I added a gem from my stash for the middle of the snowflake for one last bit of shine.

Hope you will come over and join us this week. Thank you so much for stopping in today. See you tomorrow for a SugarPea Designs feature.

Honey Bee Stamps IG Hop + FMS

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I’m super excited to share a combination card today. It is Honey Bee Stamps Instagram Hop day (with chances to win!!) and I used the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for my sketch inspiration. Perfect timing for this fabulous sketch designed by the fabulous Jacquie Southas.

When I saw the sketch, I knew just the focal point I wanted to use. Sleigh Bells Ring is a new stamp and die set from Honey Bee Stamps and it is a treat to use. The sled die is so fun and full of details but yet easy to put together. I used some wood grain paper from my stash for the sled. Then I used some of the elements from the stamp set to decorate the sled.

Once I had the sled built, I thought this cool print from the Vintage Holiday paper pack was added wonderful texture and was great for the sketch. I inked a panel with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink and put it all on a taupe base.

Come over to Instagram to hop with us for a chance to win and I hope to see you playing along with the sketch. Thanks for stopping in today!

Freshly Made Sketches #506

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Happy middle of the week! Time for a new Freshly Made Sketches challenge and we have a fun one designed by the lovely Amy O’Neill. I think you will like the sketch too.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use the new Bear Ware Grand Tour stamp set by Ellen Hutson. This set is just so cute!! I lined up the sentiments on a block and just stamped them on the angle. A fun way to use little sentiments, don’t you think? Then I did some quick Copic coloring on the bear and a few of the elements.

After some debate, I cut the panel down a little and put it on a colored base to help it pop a bit. I think it was the right choice. And that’s it. Easy and fun!

Glad you stopped by today. Hope the rest of your week is good and I’ll see you Friday.

SPD Mix #83 and FMS 504

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Today I get to share a combination card joining two of my favorite challenges! I started with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and use the inspiration from SugarPea Designs’ Mix It Up Challenge. So fun!

Using the Autumn Background stamp set, I stamped in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed in Gold Rich from Wow on Dark Chocolate card stock. Something about the gold on the dark brown is so pretty and a bit unexpected. This was the color from the inspiration that really drew me in!

In keeping with the sketch layers, I used some gold twine from my stash for the crossing panel. In truth, I first added more layers but then just could not cover up all the pretty detail of the background. Instead, I just chose the SugarCut – Thanks Word die and cut the top piece from gold card stock and the bottom from more Dark Chocolate. I pulled a few gold sequins from my stash to add even more shine.

Thanks for stopping by today! Back on Friday with more fun! See you then.

Freshly Made Sketches #503

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My second post of the day and a quick interruption of the SugarPea Designs Sweet Peeks. I am so happy to show you the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. The amazing Cécile is our designer this week and she has brought her flair to the sketch.

This weekend I got the chance to participate in a crafty retreat and it allowed me to play with some new to me products. For today’s card, I am using Taylored Expressions items and they are gorgeous to use. It started with the Sketchbook Florals stamp set and dies. This was designed by the talented Lori Craig and it is HER set I used. Lucky me!! I also tried out Karin Markers on this and suffice it to say that I’m a believer. Some will arrive here shortly. I stamped the flower in Versafine Clair ink and then colored with the markers. The way the ink moved with water is really fun.

Once the flower was dry, I cut it out with a coordinating die and got to work on the sketch. The little squares are the insets from the Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate and I love how their shape added just a bit of embellishment. For the perfect splatters, I used the Splatter Background stamp. Love the detail without the risk of a messy splatter.

I hope you enjoy this card and our sketch this week. Come over to join us for the fun! See you again tomorrow with more from SugarPea Designs.

Freshly Made Sketches #501

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Whew…we made it! Sketch #500 was such fun and I am just in awe of the support we got from the crafting community! Even after the challenge started, companies joined us to add gifts. Amazing!!

With that, I’m thrilled to announce my winner from my blog! Our random “spin” says that Janelle E is the lucky recipient of the products and I’ll be getting in touch with her later today. Thank you all for your kind words and support!

Last month there was a coloring challenge on Instagram (the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge) where you try to color a bit every day. I missed some days but I posted along the way while I was coloring this image from the Pretty Postage Stamp Set by Honey Bee Stamps with Copic Markers. I finally got to finish it! I had fun taking a spring like image and using fall colors. The new Stacking Art Deco Dies cut the image perfectly and it made me so happy!

I used a sentiment from the set to follow the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and I love this unique idea. A brilliant sketch by designer Kim Singdahlsen. I added a button from my stash along with some linen thread to help the top of the banner feel more finished.

Well, as I just posted my photo of the sketch, I realized that I forgot the crossing layer. Ah well. I am going to pull the distracted mom card on this one. I just moved my oldest to college over the weekend and I’ll admit, I’m a bit sad. He is in a GREAT place and doing exactly the right thing, just missing him. And yes, this card will accompany a batch of cookies. I’m going to take a few days off and actually go fly. But back next week with more! Until then, have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #500 – A Decade of Sketch Inspiration

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Yes, you read that right. Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating 500 sketches. A decade ago, the amazing Lesley started this challenge during a time when “clean” stamping was not a dominant style. She put together an idea of clean, but not always simple, designs based on layouts. BRILLIANT! I played along as a player from the first challenge and soon joined the team. It has been my biggest consistent inspiration in my stamping and it has been a great joy to be on this team for so many years.

As you can imagine, 10 years of a challenge is really worth celebrating. We have sponsors and the winners will simply be randomly chosen from all the players this week. Additionally, I have a personal prize too! As a thank you for the support you have given me over these many years, I will choose a winner from all who comment on this post. See the end of the post for details.

I love that Linda chose 5 layers for the sketch as a nod to the 500 milestone. I wanted to explore a little more on some of the products from the Honey Bee Stamps release we just featured. The Garden Harvest Florals is such fun to color and I thought it would be perfect for this sketch. All of the elements were colored with Copic Markers. I chose a pretty gingham from the Summer Stems paper pack that had a bit of a late summer/early fall feel.

The sentiment is my favorite part of the card. It comes from the Bitty Buzzwords: Fall stamp and die set. Truly, this sums up how I feel about this team. Some have been together for the whole 10 years, some joined us more recently, but all are amazing. In every possible definition of the word, our happy little group is a team. And one that has given me immeasurable joy!

For my personal giveaway, I will send the above products to one lucky winner, randomly chosen from those who comment on this post. Giveaway is limited to those in the US only. It include: Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry Ink and products from Honey Bee Stamps: Team Tie Dye Paper Pack, Precision Tip Glue, Bee Young: Blooms Stamps and Dies. Winner will be contacted via information left when you comment.

Again, thank you for playing along, supporting our fun challenge and for always sharing your time and talents in our gallery. We are so grateful you have included us in your crafty adventures!

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