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FMS #440 and SPD Mix #68

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I have a combination of challenges for today’s card. I’m using the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches designed by the wonderful Amy O’Neill. Such a pretty one to use! I added this to this month’s inspiration from the Mix It Up Challenge #68 by SugarPea Designs.

I started with the Stacked Honeycombs cut out of vellum. After brushing on Hero Arts Hero Hues ink in Pool Party and Lemon Drop onto Bristol Smooth paper, I cut them out with the SugarPea Designs dies. Love the font on this big Hello die! The butterflies are an extra from this month’s orders. The card is pretty clean and easy but these dies really make it look special.

I hope you will join in on both challenges this week! And a reminder that by joining in the Mix It Up Challenge, you have a chance to win a $50 gift card from SugarPea Designs. Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon!

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!

Freshly Made Sketches #435

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Hi everyone! Sorry I missed you last week. I think like everyone else, I’m on a roller coaster. To be honest, I have not flown in over 6 weeks which saddens me greatly. But I know I’m not alone in having an industry that is full of the unknown. In theory that means I have more time to create but last week the mojo just flew away. But I’m back to creating this week and hope to have lots to share with you over the upcoming days. For today, it is Freshly Made Sketches. Our incredible Kim Singdahlsen is the sketch designer and she has a clever one for us.

I was inspired to use the Somewhere Kit by Erin Lee Creative today. Erin was waiting for a few backordered items to come in and now she is able to ship these kits again! Get them while you can! I thought this sketch was perfect for showing off the rainbow background and then adding a few strips of color to convey a rainbow. Versamark Ink on the Desert Storm card stock is subtle but really pretty. And it allowed me to add a sentiment easily. The sentiment is one of the stamps in the kit. They are all fabulous! In truth, though, this one speaks loudly to me. We need as many rainbows as we can get breaking through the clouds.

I hope you enjoy this and will play along with us too. Thanks for all you do and I very much appreciate your kind words. I’ll see you again on Friday. Until then, have a great rest of your week.

Freshly Made Sketches #433

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Happy Wednesday! Ready for the next great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches? Lucky you because the wonderful Jen Mitchell designed a fabulous one.

I pulled out the Summer Sketches stamp set from The Greetery. Thought it was perfect to add over an ink splatter. I inked it up using Altenew inks in pretty spring colors. I added the Beautiful die, also from The Greetery, to finish the sketch.

Thanks for stopping in today. Hope you will come over and play along. We love seeing all the beautiful creations in the gallery.

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!

Freshly Made Sketches #431

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A quick post for today using the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer this week is Lee Ann Barrett and her sketch is a great multi-tasker.

Now I would LOVE to take credit for the watercoloring on this image but I didn’t lift a brush. This art is actually washi tape. Yep, washi tape!! It is the Painted Florals tape from Pinkfresh Studios cut with the coordinating Floral Cluster Die. I laid the tape down on white paper and then just cut it out. About as easy as it gets. The sentiment is from another Pinkfresh Studios set called You’ve Got This. It seemed particularly fitting as we all continue to try to find order to the chaos. Or maybe that is just me… I stamped it in Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder.

I hope you enjoy working on this sketch. The team has created some beautiful work, as always. And while I might be biased, this really is the greatest of teams. We got to do a group Zoom last week. From across the edges of the world, there we were in each other’s homes. What an amazing gift technology can be! I hope that you are able to reach out and visit with your loved ones too. Phone calls, emails, live chats…they matter more than ever. Thanks for stopping in today. Back soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #430

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Happy Freshly Made Sketches day! Our wonderful Jacquie has such a clever sketch for us this week (which I kind of followed). I love unique shapes and this is their week to shine.

When I saw the diamond shape, I thought of this stencil. I don’t know why…it is sort of a diamond shape, I guess. But once it was in my head, that was all that was going to be in my head. Does that happen to you? Please tell me I’m not the only one. This is the Scandinavian Stencil from Erin Lee Creative. So pretty! I inked it up using a gradient of smokey blues from Altenew onto Bristol Smooth paper with my Taylored Expressions Blender Brush. I chose a sentiment from the Oh Emm Gee set by Erin Lee Creative. That set is really fun if you read them all!

So glad you stopped in today. Looking forward to seeing all the creative takes on this one during the week. Stay safe and I’ll see you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #429

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Happy Wednesday to you all! I hope this finds you healthy, safe and secure in your homes. Like many places, Virginia now has a stay at home order so we are hunkered down. I am still considered essential but with the flying pulled down for April, I’m on a reserve (on call) status. My boys are waiting for the real plan to start distance learning so we are trying to do what we can to stay engaged. My husband is also essential so works from his office every other day and teleworks on the others. All in all, we seem to be adapting as well as can be expected. The cats are confused and, no surprise, are the big winners. With all this at home time, I keep thinking that I’ll do so much crafting but somehow the mojo has just flown away. I’m glad for Freshly Made Sketches to keep me motivated! This sketch by the lovely Judy allowed me to follow my previous formula of finding a favorite stamp from a favorite company and just keeping it simple.

The Posie Fill-In stamp set from Concord and 9th remains a favorite of mine, especially on sketches with circles. I stamped using Altenew inks in Aqualicious, Lime and Jet Black. I found this piece of patterned paper in the stash and it seemed just right behind the flowers. The sentiment from the same set is bold and fabulous. I’m trying hard to mail more cards to friends. It makes me feel better and I hope it brightens their days too.

I just bet the cards from the design team will inspire you and I hope the sketch gives a boost to your creativity. I am grateful for you all. Please stay safe! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #428

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I can’t imagine that any of you are feeling different than I am. Every day seems to show new obstacles. I am overwhelmed at times. Clearly working for an airline right now is challenging. But so is working pretty much anywhere. I have come to the conclusion that the only way to maintain my sanity is to try to share kindness. Like many crafters, I have an insanely large stack of cards. And now is the moment! Time to mail them. Medical personnel, first responders, other airline people, all of these people need encouragement. So that is my inspiration for today’s card. Our latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches is designed by the lovely Amy O’Neill and I knew right what I wanted to use.

Mondo Hydrangea is a gorgeous set by Ellen Hutson. I love to watercolor it. And it jumped right out and I knew it would be perfect for the sketch. I stamped in VersaFine Ink and watercolored with Daniel Smith paints. The matching die was used to cut it out. I decided that the Nordic Frames layer would be a nice detail and I used it on Fog Gray card stock. Needless to say, I think this sentiment will be getting heavy rotation. It is from a new to me set called Everyday Sentiments from SugarPea Designs. It has awesome sentiments!! There is a coordinating die for it too (which I used).

If you are looking to mail some cards and don’t have any place to send them, message me and I’ll be happy to share the addresses. And speaking of grateful…I am incredibly grateful for all of you. These days are hard. Each of us has our own battle in this war against a wicked foe. We need to stay strong and we are stronger together! Make sure you go over to see my amazing teammates at FMS. They are some of the most remarkable people and I’m blessed to be a part of the team. Stay safe, stay home, let’s do this!

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