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Freshly Made Sketches #458

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Another week has flown by and I’m busy getting used to combining flying and stamping again. But I have a quick card for you using the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our wonderful Kim Singdahlsen has created a unique and fun sketch.

I kept it pretty straight to the sketch and tried to just focus on the shimmer and shine of glitter paper. The fabulous sentiment die is the Happy Word SugarCut and I used its coordinating stamp set, Happy Thoughts.

The background texture is an old Stampin’ Up embossing folder.

I hope you will enjoy playing along with us this week. Lots of fabulous inspiration from the team, as always. Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #457

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Happy Wednesday! I am happy to be back with this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Our ever so wonderful and witty Linda Callahan is the sketch designer this week and this one is great for all of you who love layers.

I decided to go all in on fall and pulled out this Leafy Layers die set by Concord and 9th. I love all the leaves, the banner, the options! Using some old patterned paper from my apparently never-ending stash, I opted for plaid and textures. The effect from cutting the outline and the solid die from the same print surprised me with its “just right” pop. I love how you can die cut a sentiment into the banner and thought that just a bit of the pattern peeking through would add a nice detail. Best of all, cards like this are easy to make and put together in bulk.

I hope you have as much fun with this one as I did. Lots of room to play with colors and textures, stamped images or none at all! Come on over and join us. Back tomorrow with a new card for SugarPea Designs. See you then!

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.

SPDMix71, FMS452 – Thanks

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Back for my second card of the day. If you missed the first one, it features the SugarPea Designs Stamptember set so scroll down to take a look. For this card, I’m combining the SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge and the newest Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

It has been at least a couple of weeks since I have used Meadow Motifs so I figured I was cleared to pull it out again. *smile* I mean, there is a flower in the inspiration!! Besides, these little sprays were perfect for Amy‘s sketch. And it is a great sketch!

After a bit of temptation to leave the panel plain, I decided to add some of the script text background from Handwritten Letter to make it a little less plain. I stamped off the ink a bit to give it a varied look. The sentiment is the new Thanks SugarCut and the die has the shadow with it. Love that in vellum.

I hope you will join me for both challenges! Thanks for stopping in today! Hope you have a good one.

Freshly Made Sketches #451

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Happy middle of the week. I hope yours is going well. I’m happy to bring you the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Our lovely Narelle is the sketch designer and this one is fabulous.

I was in a bit of a watercolor mood and I really wanted to play with my new release products from Concord and 9th. I watercolored the green as a background and then layered color onto the varying die cuts. These leaves are from the retired Layering Leaves and the new Leafy Layers. The sentiment and banner are from the new set too. I just watercolored a panel, cut the letters and used the negative as a guide for setting the letters on the panel.

I hope you will have some time to join us this week. We love seeing all the beautiful creations in the gallery. Thanks for stopping in today. Look for me on Friday for a great Instagram hop with SugarPea Designs.

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.

Freshly Made Sketches #446

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We have something really awesome for you today over at Freshly Made Sketches!!! It is a sketch…but not. The fun and fabulous Linda Callahan has challenged us to make slimline cards! I’m so glad she did!

I had not yet made one of these so nothing like a kick start to get me going. I opted to go with one of my favorite Christmas sets from last year, Classic Christmas by Neat & Tangled. I used its background pairing Holiday Wishes to stamp on some Desert Storm paper.

I then colored the poinsettias and foliage images using my Copic markers. Something about these flowers really make me happy every time I color them. Layering them up adds a little more balance on this wide card, I think.

I added a few Ladybug Spots Confetti Mix to finish the card and then starting thinking about the envelope. My finished card is 8-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ so it needed a unique envelope. I took a piece of coordinating green card stock and just created a quick one. A simple style with flaps was quick to make and is the perfect way to mail this special card. A standard business size would work just fine too!

I hope you will enjoy the beautiful creations by the team and that you will come over and join us! Thanks so much for stopping in today! I’ll be back tomorrow with a project for SugarPea Designs.

Freshly Made Sketches #445

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Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well. I’m happy to share the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches designed by Jen Mitchell. This one is fabulous!

I took a pretty literal view of the sketch. The truth is, I wanted to play with my brand new, hot off the presses colors from Concord and 9th. I picked a little flower from the Furry Friends stamp set and stamped it with a variety of the new colors. The outlines, sentiment and wreath are stamped in Mushroom. This is a fantastic neutral that is kind of a dark taupe. Wonderful! The flowers here are Honeysuckle, Ballet Slipper, Buttercup, Sprout and Aqua Sky. I got the bundle of Ink Cubes and Card stock and the colors are beautiful! In the card stock, there came white and black as well. This white is really nice. I find that using the same brand of paper and ink tends to work well since they are tested together and this combination backs this up. The Mushroom was perfect on the sentiment (always a good test of ink/paper).

I think you will have a great time wit this sketch. Those little circles give lots of room for fun! I hope you will come over and join us. Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you soon!

FMS444 and SPDMix69

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Hope your week is going well! I cannot believe it is already the middle of July. This whole “groundhog day” effect is messing with my sense of time. But today, I get to share a card that I made for two of my favorite things. First, I am the sketch designer for Freshly Made Sketches and I used the inspiration from SugarPea Designs monthly challenge!

I have been seeing some beautiful cards with dark Copic backgrounds (Yana Smakula is one of the stampers I have seen). I decided that it was time to give it a go. I started by stamping the flower and butterfly from Meadow Motifs with Momento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Solar White paper using my Misti. I colored images with inspiration from the SugarPea Designs challenge.

Once done with the images, I started on the background using a dark Copic marker. It took a bit but ultimately not too hard to do. Then, I slid the whole panel back in the Misti. First I used a static bag to make sure stray powder would not stick. Then I overstamped the image with Versamark Ink and added Wow Gold Rich Superfine Powder, then heat embossed. The effect is stunning! I pulled a sentiment from what is now my “go to” sentiment set, Everyday Sentiments. On my Fog Gray base, I stamped the Handwritten Letter in Versamark for more texture and added a small gold panel for the sketch.

I hope you’ll come over and join me in both challenges! Thank you so much for stopping in today! See you again soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #443

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Happy Freshly Made Sketches day! We have a fabulous sketch today from Lee Ann…super fun and different that one I have used before. Love that!

I started with stamping this beautiful flower from The Greetery (Summer Sketches Stamp Set) using Distress Inks for a softer feel. I played around with watercoloring the panels behind it but found that I liked it better with leaving everything uncolored. I kept the watercolor paper for texture though. The sentiment is from Caring Cross, another great set from The Greetery. Thankfully this is not a card I needed for any particular reason but they are always good to have on hand.

I hope you are having a great week and will join us for this sketch. I think the gallery is going to be really spectacular! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon.

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