I am so happy to say that all of my blog stuff seemed to actually work as planned last week so I think the month of technology woes is finally over. YAY! I have the latest from Freshly Made Sketches with an outstanding sketch from the always amazing Karren. I see a great gallery in our future!
I thought this was a good sketch for the Citrus Blooms set by Pinkfresh Studio. It is an interesting style of stamp where you just stamp one time for all the image, then cut them all. Nice for when you don’t want to cut lots of little images. I colored these up with Copic Markers and just chose colors that made me happy. Quite certain the flowers are incorrect but artistic license is my excuse.
Once I had the images colored, I decided I would use my Foilpress for the sentiment. Instead of foiling and cutting it out with dies, I just foiled straight onto the panel. This is the Fancy Script Words Foil Plate (also Pinkfresh Studio) using Matte Gold Foil. I like how that coordinates with the Matte Gold Pearls from them too.
I hope you have a beautiful week. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon!
Hi everyone! Another week of lots of flying and fixing my blog behind the scenes. But…I think, maybe, it is done. Maybe. We will see. One of the issues was that my posts would not go live after scheduling…. So this one is a test! In the mean time, I got a fun card made for Freshly Made Sketches with an adorable sketch by our lovely Amy.
I’m just totally in love with this sweet set from The Rabbit Hole Designs. Something about these little rain boots and the flowers…so great! I stamped it using Versafine Clair Ink and then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing powder. And I got to try out my new Cottontail Embossing Powder Tool. This is a game changer. No residue, no embossing powder sticking where it shouldn’t. It is patent pending because it is awesome!! And the price is so great. Seriously. If you need an anti-static tool, just get this one and please don’t get a knock-off. There are some out there and they will made you sad. Supporting an innovative entrepreneur is a great thing to do!
I don’t often combine brands on cards (really this should not be an issue unless it is a DT card but somehow I struggle to do it). For this, I was short on time and I had this pretty sentiment all ready foiled so, naturally, it just jumped on the card. It is from Pinkfresh Studio and I love that touch of shine. All the watercoloring was done with Distress Ink, including the little panel. I added a vellum flag and then some fun pearls. The pearls are part of a bonus pack that came in my order from The Rabbit Hole Designs. Yep, beautiful!!
I hope you will join us this week for the challenge and I’m so grateful for all the patience on my blog. I know it mostly hasn’t been apparent on the front side but it has taken so much of my time away from crafting. Wishing you a great rest of the week!
Hi everyone! Another week has flown by. Sorry for the intermittent posting. Things have been a little crazy here. I do have a quick card for you today. To sum things up, the back side of my blog is still having a lot of issues that I have been spending too much time one. Given my limited time to devote to all things crafty, this has seriously cut into my creating. I hope to be getting this fixed this week (I have given it over to some tech experts and I hope it can be handled). In the mean time….a fabulous sketch from the wonderful Cécile!
I pulled out some bee themed products from Honey Bee Stamps (naturally!). The Lovely Layers: Bugs makes an appearance again with the bee die. Isn’t it cute?! I used the Just BeeCause stamp set for the sentiment and the Honeycomb stamp for the background from the sketch.
The little bee is so fun and easy to create. I just it him from Hammermill white card stock and colored it with Copic Markers. Super quick and easy. I added shimmer to the wings using some Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust just painted on with a brush. The pearls are from the Cool Pearls pack by Honey Bee Stamps.
I hope you will be able to join us this week. I think this sketch is just brilliant! All kinds of possibilities! Thanks for stopping in today for for your continued support. Have a wonderful rest of your week and see you soon.
Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week. Another one has flown by here! Today I have the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and our sketch designer is the wonderful Jen Brum. I admit I took a bit of liberty with the sketch and I hope Jen isn’t too upset with me. But I just “had” to color flowers.
As soon as I saw the sketch, I thought about this stamp set called Wildflowers by Honey Bee Stamps. The images are so pretty and I thought they would be nice for the vertical panels. The little greenery plants mimicked the bottom blocks (at least in my head) so I went with it. Plus I was really in the mood to color.
I chose a sentiment from the My Favorite Flowers set and then decided that I needed to add the little bee from the flower set. The background is a patterned paper ombré piece from the Playful Pastels pack.
I hope you enjoy this sweet card and will come over to play along at the challenge. The team has some beautiful cards to share! Thanks so much for stopping in. See you soon.
Hello, friends! I’m so glad to be back with you today to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer this week is the lovely Kim Singdahlsen and I love her classic choice.
After so long away, I needed to start with something that didn’t take too much thought. Die cuts! Definitely die cuts! I was super inspired by some garden flowers from my recent trip to visit my college kid in Williamsburg, Va. I found some pretty anemones (shared below). I dug into my stash and pulled out the Lovely Layers: Anenome Dies and then added some newer products too – the Lovely Layers: Bugs and Lovely Layers: Greenery.
I shaded the flower using a Bitty Bunny Blending Brush. I love how the small size works for adding color more specifically. I inked the leaves and then decided to use Copic markers on the body of the dragonfly for a little more specific color. The wings were cut from vellum and then I added some Clear Wink of Stella to make them shimmer. To go with that shimmery effect, I though a foiled sentiment would be nice so I used the Small Card, Big Hug Foil Sentiments and Aura foil. And here is my muse:
I hope you will come over to join us this week. Thank you all for your patience as I took some needed time away. Lots has been going on for the family and I hope for a little more calm in the coming weeks. Make sure to head over to the team blog to see all the amazing work!
Hi everyone! Hope you are having a good week. Spring is starting to show itself here in Virginia complete with cherry blossoms. I was able to go down to the Tidal Basin last Friday with my sister (visiting during her spring break) and the flowers were just about to go full bloom. There were a few trees starting though so the day was definitely nice. I was thrilled to have a bit of time to play with the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and I just love this one from the wonderful Jacquie Southas.
The new Little Birdies stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps has such a spring feel to it and the images are darling. I colored a few of them and decided the little bird house stand could work as one of the elements in the sketch. I added two sentiments from Small Card, Big Hug which is a set of go-togethers phrases. I brushed on some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink to give it a sunny feel and done.
I hope you will come over to join us this week. Thanks for stopping in today. Affiliate links below if you are inspired to shop.
I continued to play with the new Bear Ware product line and the new additions from Ellen Hutson. I fell in love with the teacher accessories in Bear Ware Dress Up 2 so that is what I used today. Let’s face it, teachers are all heroes and this sentiment could not be more true. I just stamped her, the desk, her computer and books and then colored.
She definitely needed some cool glasses so I added those stamped in a coordinating teal ink. I dotted in the eyes with a black pen to match the placement of the bear. Finally, I added some gold stars…because the sentiment said I had too. I stamped a bunch of them, colored them up and cut some out. I found this star pattern in some Honey Bee Stamps paper so just added the gold stars into the pattern.
I hope you enjoy this fun card today. Hop over to see all the inspiration from the team too. For any of you readers who are teachers, THANK YOU!! You all deserve so much more but the least I can say is how grateful I am for all you do for our children. Glad you stopped in today. See you soon.
It is Wednesday so it must be Freshly Made Sketches day! Our sketch designer is the marvelous Cécile and she has created a basic yet innovative sketch. Such fun!
I saw the sketch and my mind went to sets with horizontal elements. And when I saw the Let’s Get Crafty Stamp Set from Honey Bee Stamps, I stopped and knew exactly what I wanted to make. I pulled out this design from the Team Tie Dye Paper Pack for color inspiration (ok, I’m biased, this is the one I designed). I colored the different elements using Copic Markers and then cut them out with coordinating dies.
I choose a different pattern from the same pack to cut with the Color Word die and backed it with some vellum to help it stand out a bit. This card was such fun to make and I’m so happy for the sketch inspiration that had me pull this out.
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you are having a good week. Make sure to check out all the work from the DT this week. They all enjoyed this as much as I did!
Hi everyone! So happy to see you today. I actually have two cards to share for Freshly Made Sketches. The same card made two different ways. Our sketch hostess is the wonderful Jen Brum and she has such a clever layout for us this week.
I started with the new Citrus Bloom suite of products from Pinkfresh Studio. I stamped the images in Versamark then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Using my Daniel Smith watercolors, I just spent a bit of time coloring. When you stamp the flowers, it is all one stamp and so the die is the same. One cut, all the flowers done!
To keep with the sketch, I watercolored a background and then used a background die (retired) as a stencil of sorts for the texture. I added a sentiment and these pretty Matte Gold Pearls (Pinkfresh Studio) and some gold thread.
In a totally different yet totally the same version, I used the same elements. The flowers were “colored” using the coordinating stencils and Altenew inks. I used the same die except in the traditional way.
I used some patterned paper from Honey Bee Stamps in the background and some pretty sequins from Catherine Pooler instead of the pearls.
I hope you like both of these! The sketch is super flexible and I think you will have fun with it this week. Let me know which of these you like better! Thanks for stopping in.
I went with a super clean version of the sketch. Maybe a little too clean but I just could not get this set out of my head to use. It is called Botanical Borders from the Ink Blot Spot. I love the sweet little images in the set and the super usable sentiments too. I did some quick Copic Marker coloring and then added a few sequins.
Thanks for dropping in today. Just a reminder, I still have one of the mystery boxes available if you are interested. Check out the last post for details. Hope you have a great day!
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