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Freshly Made Sketches #54

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It is another fabulous Wednesday and I get to share a new Freshly Made Sketches Challenge with you.  This week’s sketch is courtesy of…me!  I know this is kind of a classic sketch but I love how it leaves room for lots of interpretation.  Just take a look at the design team to see what I mean.  All those wonderful cards from one sketch!  Love it!!

Leave it to me to design a sketch and then change it!  That is what happens when you design the sketch well before you make the card!  Hmmm….  In any case, I am so happy with this card.  We made this one at my Holiday Catalog Class last week and we all had a good time with it!  The star of the show are Stampin’ Up’s Glimmer Papers, both Silver and Champagne.  The Snow Flurry Die creates this amazing snowflake and is just perfect for the sketch.  I tried a number of colored backgrounds before I settled on this tone-on-tone Very Vanilla.  I always love this look and was so happy that it works well here.  The sentiment is from More Merry Messages and was sponged with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint then stamped (I used a Sponge Dauber).  It keeps the sentiment subtle but adds another element of sparkle!  Because apparently all that shine wasn’t enough, I finished the snowflake with a Vintage Faceted Button and a Basic Rhinestone.  The button picks up the shimmer from the snowflake and is so awesome!

I can’t wait to see what everyone makes with the sketch this week!  Make sure you hop on over to the challenge site to see all the inspiration!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you again soon!

Stamp:  More Merry Messages; Paper:  Very Vanilla, Silver Glimmer Paper, Champagne Glimmer Paper; Accessories:  Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Sponge Daubers, Big Shot, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Freshly Made Sketches #53

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Wow, it was quite a week over at Freshly Made Sketches with the big one year anniversary!  The entries were all so spectacular and the design team ended up choosing two Queens of Clean (because it was just too hard to narrow it down any further!).  Congratulations to LeAnne and Narelle!  I’m so excited to work with them during October.  This week we are back to new sketches and wow does Tui have one for us!  The design team has come up with some awesome inspiration with this cool layout!

It seems that I can’t count because I obviously used the wrong number of strips behind the image but I think I kept to the intent of the sketch.  Somehow, these were just the sizes the panels “needed” to be and this is all the fit!  All the work here is really done by the Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.  I mimicked the angles in the patterns in my cuts to the DSP.  I kind of like the overall effect.  The mummy just called out to be used again so I popped him up on a Dimensional and added the sentiment.  The button is really a Cajun Craze button from the Regals set but it really goes well here.  The texture on the circle and the background is from the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

Ok….I hope you enjoy this fun and challenge sketch!  You’ll be glad you tried it and we can’t wait to see what you make!

I got a little extra stamping time this week so I’ll be back tomorrow with another card!  Yea!!  Have a super Wednesday!

Stamp:  Googly Ghouls; Paper:  Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Basic Gray; Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Googlies, Regals Buttons

Freshly Made Sketches First Anniversary

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Happy Wednesday to you all!!  It is a very exciting day and the whole team at Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating the first anniversary of the challenge!  You’ll notice that I don’t have a sketch posted….hmmm.  That is because we are opening up EVERY sketch from the last year as a choice.  Good luck with that because I had a very hard time choosing!!  Click on over to the blog and there is a link to all the previous sketches.  Not surprisingly, the team has outdone themselves.  We are even welcoming back Rita Wright and Linda Callahan for this one!

I went with this awesome sketch originally created by Linda Callahan.  I loved so many cards that were made with this sketch and I thought it would be fun to make one really different than my original.

I am so completely in love with the new 3-1/2″ Scalloped Tulle Ribbon and have been wanting to make one of these flowers with it.  It is so easy now that Stampin’ Up has the new 2-1/2″ Jumbo Sticky Rounds.  I simply tied a knot in the end of the ribbon and stuck it to the middle and started wrapping in circles.  You twist the ribbon as you wrap and I love how some of the loose scallops add to the look of the flower.  I applied the ribbon straight from the roll of ribbon so I don’t have a length for you.  I do recommend this technique, though, since you won’t waste one little bit of the ribbon that way!  A Naturals Ivory panel was embossed using the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder and then lightly brayered with Crumb Cake ink to highlight the pattern.  Now that background panel on the base…you’ll notice it matched the embossing folder perfectly.  Nope, it isn’t a stamp….I used the embossing folder to stamp it!  Just brayer the ink onto the folder and carefully stamp it down.  Now of course it doesn’t hold ink like the rubber but the effect is pretty for a card like this.

This is what it looks like when the panel is stamped with the folder.  Cool, huh?  I love so many of the patterns on our embossing folders so I think I’ll be using this technique again.

I want to take the time to thank Lesley Croghan and the whole team at Freshly Made Sketches!  I am so inspired by your artistry and so grateful to have the privilege of working with you all.

I was looking back to my post for the first challenge and my card was for the 10th anniversary of 9-11.  I guess that is fitting since my post yesterday reflects on that in a different way.  What a great year it has been for this challenge and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone makes for this one (and all the challenges in the upcoming year!).  Hope you will be able to join us!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Brayer, Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, 3-1/2″ Crumb Cake Tulle Ribbon, Jumbo Sticky Rounds, Jewelry Tag Punch, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

Freshly Made Sketches #51

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After yesterday’s shabby chic box, today’s project will look seasonal in another way!  This week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches comes from Cindy Hall and she has brought us a fabulous one!  So many ways to use that little panel on the side, so many shapes that fit perfectly here!  Cindy’s card is absolutely gorgeous and the rest of the team has some awesome projects too.

Ok, I finally did it!  After all the adorable projects I have been seeing with Googly Ghouls, I could resist no longer.  I love them!  I love the little mummy and the spider (which is crazy because in general, spiders are NOT a favorite) and the Frankenstein guy!  I see so many cute things to be made with these….so I got the whole  Ghoulish Googlies Bundle.  Guess what, it isn’t just for treat bags!!  I used one of the little tags here as my shape and I am so excited about this card.  I don’t even normally make Halloween cards but I will this year!  I used the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and it fits perfectly just below the mummy.  The mummy is cut out and popped up on a Dimensional and I added the Pumpkin Pie/White Baker’s Twine from the kit to a button to finish it off.  The Googlies googly eye is part of the kit but can also be gotten separately.  How adorable is it on this guy??!!  The DSP is from my Brights Designer Series Paper Pack but the new Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP is on the way…could not resist that either!

Now you will notice that this is sketch #51.  You know what…next week is #52 and we will be celebrating the one year anniversary of Freshly Made Sketches!  You will not want to miss it.  Plan some stamping time now!!

*Blog Candy*

Speaking of celebrating, I just realized that I am about to go over 100,000 hits on my blog (at least based on that counter on the side).  To celebrate, I just have to give away something cool!  How about a Googly Ghouls clear mount stamp set??!!  Seems appropriate.  All you have to do is comment on this post, yesterday’s SUO Challenges post or tomorrow’s Fab Friday post to be entered.  I’ll select one winner from all the comments (sometime after 6p Eastern Time on Sunday, Sep. 9th).  Feel free to comment on all of them for more chances.  Sorry but SU rules don’t allow me to ship outside of the U.S.  Thanks for all the support you give to me via this blog!  How lucky I am to be in such a fabulous community of stampers!

So glad you could drop in today.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a card for the brand new Fab Friday Challenge (and also for The Paper Players).  Hope to see you then!

Stamps:  Googly Ghouls, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Brights DSP Pack, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Basic Black; Ink:  Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker; Accessories:  Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Scallop Edge Border Punch

Freshly Made Sketches #50

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Happy middle of the week!!  I hope yours is going well.  It is time for the latest Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and Lesley has brought us an awesome sketch!!  This is one you will reach for again and again.  I know that I already have some CASEing to do from the design team’s samples this week!

I told you the other day that I am starting to make my “seasonal stamper’s disorder” transition to fall colors (SSD = inability to stamp in anything but the seasonal colors, enabled by Stampin’ Up’s beautiful DSPs).  I needed to make a card for my mom to use for a friend.  You see, she has used some others that I have made for the wife in this family and the poor husband just could not be slighted!  We got to work and created a card with last year’s Well Worn DSP (perfect for a masculine card and I keep it just for that!) and the always just right French Foliage.  Now, I was looking at the sketch when I made the card with my mom but somehow still didn’t follow it.  So that card is pictured below.  I liked it enough that I created a new version with the actual sketch and will have it for a family birthday coming up in September.  Wow, I’m actually ahead??!!  The sentiment is from the new set You’re Amazing and I love how it is large enough to be the focal point!  The leaves were stamped and then cut out and attached with an Early Espresso button.

Here is the original version I made.  Some panels flipped around but otherwise the same card.  Well, I was feeling pretty proud of these and THEN…I saw what the rest of the team has made.  WOW, WOW, WOW!!  Get right over there because their cards are fabulous!

I have spend the last two morning re-organizing my stamp area and you know what???  I am ready to get stamping!!  Really…it was that bad.  I couldn’t even think to stamp with the clutter.  I suspect you will start seeing the results next week and I will have the paint can/tag information from the blog hop (over a week ago) on Friday.  So glad you stopped in today.  I hope your week is wonderful!

Stamps:  You’re Amazing, French Foliage; Paper:  Well Worn DSP, Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso; Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze; Accessories:  Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Freshly Made Sketches #48

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I hope your week is going well so far!  Hard to believe it is Wednesday already but here we are with another Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  This week’s sketch is courtesy of the amazing Tui Nathan.  I love the opportunities this one gives with those little panels across the card.

I have been making a number of Christmas projects lately (which you will get to see soon) so I was drawn back to some of the summer colors for this card.  I thought the prints from Twitterpated DSP would be fun to use again.  I realized that they worked perfectly with Betsy’s Blossoms…what a bonus!  The best part is the layout does all the work and is quick and fun.  I pulled out the sentiment from Made For You since it is still one of my new favorites.

The team has so many creative uses for this sketch and you are sure to love them.  Make sure to go right over and take a look!

I’ll be back on Friday for the Stampin’ Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop (sneak peek is on the previous post).  Hope to see you then.  Until then, have a great week!

Stamps:  Betsy’s Blossoms, Made For You; Paper:  Twitterpated DSP, Whisper White;  Ink:  Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz (ret); Accessories:  Dimensionals


Freshly Made Sketches #47

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Happy Wednesday and welcome back to see another sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. This week the sketch is mine and I hope you love it!  I thought it would be a fun way to show of scraps of designer papers and punches or framelits.  The design team has done their usual fantastic job and you will love their cards!

Keeping with my original idea, I chose to use some scraps from the beautiful Everyday Enchanted DSP I have left from Sale-a-bration. I still love this paper and want to use every little bit of it!  I thought using a butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit would be a pretty way to top off the circle (a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch).  But what sentiment?  I used part of a bigger stamp from the Convention set I Am and thought that “One of a Kind” was perfect for the single butterfly.  I think I know just who this is for…she too is one of a kind.  I did do just a little sponging but without frames and too much extra, I think it still holds to the clean rules for the Freshly Made Sketches concept.

Now…off with you to go see what the team has created!  You will be so inspired!  Can’t wait to see what you will create.  Hope you will join us this week.

Trying to get some extra stamping time this week and I might even get back with an extra post.  Until then, thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Stamp:  I Am (Convention exclusive); Paper:  Everyday Enchanted DSP (SAB), Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Soft Suede; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Sponges

Freshly Made Sketches #46

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Wow, where did the week go??!!  Well, I know where mine went…the summer schedule is in full swing at United Airlines and there is no rest for a reserve pilot!!  In fact, I am out again today for another trip.  Back to this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

Our sketch this week is from Lesley Croghan of Always Playing with Paper.  Lots and lots of potential with this one!

With my lack of time to stamp, I decided to go with a tried and true color combination that uses some of the new products from the Holiday Catalog.  The snowflakes are from Snowflake Soiree and I think they are just beautiful!!  The sentiment is from the new More Merry Messages that is in the main catalog.  Along with the new stamps…Scalloped Tulle Ribbon.  I knew I would love this immediately but I didn’t know how much I would love it.  It is so awesome!!  I didn’t do anything that required work and it STILL adds so much to the card (it looks a little dark here but in person it adds such pretty texture).  I have all kinds of visions of bows and rosettes too.  I added some pearls to finish everything off.

My first Christmas card post of the year…get ready, there will be lots more!!  Today is the last day of my stamp drive so if you haven’t been able to join me yet, please just roll down and read the details.

Hope your week is great.  Given the fact that I am gone, I suspect I won’t have another card for at least a few days.  Thanks so much for dropping in today.  See you soon!!

Stamps:  Snowflake Soiree, More Merry Messages; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Snow Burst EF (retired), 3-1/2″ Scalloped Tulle Ribbon – Espresso, Basic Pearls


Freshly Made Sketches #45

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I’m back for a second post for the day with a new Freshly Made Sketches layout.  This awesome sketch is courtesy of Cindy Hall from Pretty Impact.  Great one, don’t you think?

I decided to use the stamp set Moving Forward.  This is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set for the year from Stampin’ Up and $3 of every set purchased goes straight to RMHC.  WOW!!  I love this blimp and inked it up as soon as I could on Monday morning.  I will say that it probably needs to be sanded a little (I find that is always best for crisp images on stamps with large flat surfaces) but I was too excited to play with it.  The sketch was flipped and I chose this Summer Smooches DSP print as my color inspiration.  The blimp was colored using Stampin’ Write Markers in Island Indigo, Real Red and Daffodil Delight.  A little White Baker’s Twine and a Real Red Button were perfect for the ribbon element and I added some Jewelry Tags that punched the words from the stamp.

This stamp was given to every demonstrator that was at Convention.  Cool, huh?  Please come back tomorrow to see some more information about this set and all it can do for families.

Until then, make sure you go see the design team’s fabulous cards!  Hope your day is wonderful!

Stamp:  Moving Forward; Paper:  Summer Smooches DSP, Whisper White, Island Indigo; Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo; Accessories:  White Baker’s Twine, Brights Buttons, Jewelry Tag Punch, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch


Freshly Made Sketches #44

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Today is the day!!!!  I am at Convention and today is check-in day!!  Yippee!  I have been looking so forward to this and I can hardly believe it is finally here.  It is also Freshly Made Sketches day and Jen Mitchell has brought us a cool layout!  At first I wasn’t so sure I would like it but my card came together so easily.  Frankly a miracle given the clutter in my brain leading up to Convention.

First the details on the card, then how I came to this design.  I started with a Crumb Cake base and using my Simply Scored Scoring Tool, placed two scored lines 3/4″ apart.  I added a little Crumb Cake layer between the two scored lines and wrapped black embroidery thread around the panel.  This allows you to have the one layer card look and not see the thread when the card is opened.  I punched 8 circles — 4 with my 1-3/4″ Circle Punch and 4 with my 2-1/2″ Circle Punch — out of First Edition DSP.  On the larger circles I made sure to find some line art so that it would show in the flower.  I took each circle and folded it in quarters then glued them to a 1″ circle base using Crystal Effects as the glue.  The Crystal Effects holds really well and I only had to glue the corners that came together.  This allows for the quartered circles to raise up a bit and give texture.  I added a couple of Cherry Cobbler buttons to the centers.  The smaller flower is popped up on a Dimensional to allow it to layer properly.  The sentiment comes from my new favorite set from the catalog.  I know, I know….really??  Your favorite set is a WORD SET???  Well, a good word set is like a great pair of shoes.  It makes everything look better!  This is one of those sets that has three always needed sentiments and is just the right size.

Now, I was a little worried about getting this card done last weekend.  I am on reserve (on call) with United this month and I got called to go out on a one-day trip Sunday.  I had a REALLY early departure out of Baltimore which is a pretty good distance from my house.  I flew to Chicago and then had to ride back to Washington Dulles and be taken back to my car in Baltimore.  Yes, this is what the schedulers do to make sure those flights go out on time.  Well, I was sitting in the back of the plane on the ride back to Dulles and was next to a man in khaki pants reading a newspaper.  I had the sketch with me and was trying to come up with a plan so I could make the card right when I got home.  The light bulb came on with the newsprint and the khaki pants.  I had wanted to make these flowers but then I knew what colors and paper to use.  The card came together so fast when I got home.  I love it when that happens!  So now you know how I spend layover times and “deadhead” (riding in the back) time…planning the next card.

Ok, enough chatter.  Make sure you go check out the cool cards from the rest of the team. Works of art as usual!!  I’ll be back tomorrow with one of my swap cards from Convention!  I am pre-scheduling my posts but will update with current information if  I can.

I am entering this in the So Shelli Creative Challenge for this month, the New to You Challenge.  She wants us to focus on our new favorite stamp set and I thought this was the perfect card to share why I love Just For You!

Stamp:  Just For You; Paper:  First Edition DSP, Crumb Cake; Ink:  Stazon Black; Accessories:  Circle Punches (1″, 1-3/4″, 2-1/2″), Regals Buttons, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Crystal Effects, Thread

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