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Freshly Made Sketches #559

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Happy Wednesday to you! I’m the sketch designer over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I went with a little more detail than my normal design. But you can choose to interpret those circles however you want!

Taking a short break from the seasonal cards, I thought I’d use some of the pieces I had left in my pile of unused extras. I had these flowers from the Citrus Blooms set that I had previously watercolored and thought they would be pretty grouped together. I chose a the Inverted Stitched Scallop Circle (also Pinkfresh Studios) because I love the extra bit of detail on it.

I liked the idea of all the white but I thought a bit of gold would make it more special. I used the Fancy Script Words Hot Foil Plates and dies for the sentiment. A little bit of gold splatter and then some Matte Gold Pearls to finish.

The team, as always, has some amazing interpretations of the sketch and I look forward to seeing how you use it. I hope you have a good rest of your week! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #535

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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!

Freshly Made Sketches #523

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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.

Flowers for You – Gina K Designs

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Well, as I told you, been a bit quiet here. If all moves along as scheduled, I’ll be finishing my training in Denver today. A pesky blizzard has impacted our training center so there is a chance of delay but here’s hoping all is successfully accomplished by the end of the day.

I created this card before I left and it is the last one I have for you. I cannot wait to have some creative time when I get home!

I started with the Flowers for You set by Gina K Designs. This was part of her latest release and I was thrilled to be able to join in the launch. I stamped this with Distress Ink in Antique Linen onto Fabriano Cold Press paper. Then I just played with no-line watercoloring.

I feel like this kind of coloring is still a work in process for me but I do love the look so much. So…practice, practice, practice! It helps with the image is as pretty as this one! The sentiment comes from the same set and there are many to choose from.

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

Freshly Made Sketches #474

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Hi everyone! A quick update before I get to my card for today. Starting tomorrow, I will be going to training at United Airlines for about 3 weeks. I’ll have a picture at the bottom of the post (gasp…yeah, I know, I never share pictures of me here). The short answer is that I’ll be going to the Captain seat of the Airbus 319/320. So I’ve been working ahead on DT cards and other projects. Even with that, I’ll be pulled back here and will probably miss a couple of FMS weeks. Hope the team doesn’t fire me! *smile* That said, I will have cards coming late tomorrow for Gina K Designs and also on Friday for Honey Bee Stamps so stay tuned.

Now for our scheduled programming! The sketch this week for Freshly Made Sketches from the wonderful Judy Rozema lends itself to lots of interpretations. I pulled out some favorite things from SugarPea Designs.

I started with Meadow Motifs, because it is a great place to start. I stamped this sweet flower and did a quick watercolor with Daniel Smith paints. I cut it out with the coordinating dies. Using one of the stitched squares from the Card Front Element Builder III dies seemed like a good choice for the sketch and then I decided to pull out some ribbon.

I haven’t played with a shabby bow in quite a while and I thought it was a nice fit the flower and colors. I do love them! I added a few confetti elements and then put the entire layer on an Eggplant base (Concord and 9th).

Now back to the beginning. In January, I went to a Captain leadership training class in Denver. It was a top-notch event which culminated with us getting our Captain wings from the Executive Chairman, Oscar Munoz.

Thanks for stopping in today. The Gina K Designs release goes live at 7p Central Time tomorrow so I’ll share at that time and then again a card for Friday. Until then, I hope you have a wonderful day.

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.

Erin Lee Creative – Release and Blog Hop + Giveaway

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We have been leading up to this through sneak peeks and today is August release day from Erin Lee Creative!

I’m going to be honest. I LOVE the look of hand-drawn watercolor. I have taken classes on how to do it but my efforts are always a bit lacking. So enter this Floral Wreath Stencil. I put a bit of Pixie Spray on the back of the stencil and laid it down on watercolor paper. Using the outline, I started laying on Daniel Smith watercolor paints.

All it really takes is patience. Start with light colors and just build as you go. Leave the stencil in place and let the layers dry. I just worked around on different colors while waiting. The stencil contains each design element and helps keep them from becoming a “blob” as you add color…usually my biggest flaw. Once you get the colors like you want, just remove the stencil and all evidence that you didn’t just magically freehand this is gone. To finish, all I wanted was a simple sentiment. I chose one from another new release set called Fall Critters. I chose a gray ink and love how this has a handwritten look to match the coloring.

Prizes: We are giving away three $25 gift certificates to three lucky winners chosen from comments left across all of the blogs participating in this hop. Please leave a comment on any participating blog by Monday, August 24. Three winners will be announced that week on the Erin Lee Creative Blog. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Now on to the rest of the hop! I’m thrilled to send you off to visit the wonderful Michelle McDaniel. Here is the entire team if you get lost along the way.

Retro Tree

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The amazing Peace, Love and Happiness Kit from Erin Lee Creative has been so fun for creating 70s vibed cards. But along came my oldest child while I was creating one day and he took one look at the Retro Swirls stamp set and said, hey that would make a cool tree. Yes, yes it would.

So that is exactly what I did. I stamped it in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with white embossing power on watercolor paper. I pulled out some Distress Ink and just added layers of yellows, greens and a bit of brown util I was happy with it. And added some splatters too, of course.

Using more watercolor paper, I cut out the sentiment with the Big Hello Love Die and colored it with some of the same ink. I love how artsy I feel when creating a project like this and it really is a joy to do! I hope you’ll be inspired to give it a go. Thanks for stopping in today!

Spellbinders – Jane Davenport’s Fairytale Fox

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Today I’m sharing a brand new stamp set from Spellbinder’s Whimsical and Wild Collection by Jane Davenport. If you are familiar with the Jane Davenport style of art, it is beautifully textured and rich with color. The Fairytale Fox set became my focus for two cards that are exactly the same and yet totally different.

I stamped the images in Versafine Clair ink onto multimedia paper. I was inspired by Jane’s color palettes and just simply splattered watercolor paints over the paper. I thought it was fun and, well, whimsical.

Using the same setup that I had on my MISTI, I stamped again on a rougher watercolor paper. This time I played with adding more strategic color and then colored the background too. I added some teal, gold and pearl splatters for a bit more detail.

The whole Whimsical and Wild collection can be found at Spellbinders and you’ll want to see all the fun and fantastic images. Thanks for stopping in today. Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. See you soon!

Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Gina K. Designs + Discount Code

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One of the best days of the month is here! Crafty Friends day! My friends and I have a company focus this month on the fabulous Gina K. Designs and I’m so thrilled. Not only do I love her designs, but I have come to see that Gina herself is such a leader in the industry on how to succeed in business and still be amazingly kind and generous. Now THAT is something to celebrate for sure!

I chose the Tropical Blooms stamp set to work with since it remains a favorite of mine. Something about this image and the sentiments just simply works. I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with gold powder. The raised embossing helps contain the water and made this quick coloring even easier. I used coral and rose Daniel Smith watercolor paints to create a bit of variance in the petals. Then I played with a couple of greens and a bit of blue for the leaves. Nothing particularly fancy because I wanted the colors to remain pale on the flowers.

To help them pop a bit, I decided to blend on some green Distress Inks onto another watercolor paper layer. I started with Twisted Citron Oxide but it wasn’t the right shade. So I added some Peeled Paint regular Distress Ink over it to get it right. That is the beauty of these inks, they blend and mix and they are not overly persnickety. I cut the panel out with an old Pretty Pink Posh scalloped rectangle (it must be retired, I could not find it to link). I stamped on part of the sentiment and then used the die set for part too. All of the cut outs were popped up using my favorite Foam Squares by Gina K. Designs. For this I used white but they also have black ones that are great for those dark panels and images. Finally, after some playing around, I decided the base needed some ink too so I brushed Tattered Rose Oxide Ink onto it.

I continue to be so thrilled that companies are working with us to give you discounts for our hops. Shop with Gina K. Designs on Feb 20 – 22 and use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 at checkout to get a 20% Discount. Click the graphic above to get to her shop.

Now on to the rest of the hop. I’m thrilled to send you to the lovely and talented Amy Kolling. Here is the list in case you get lost along the way:

I hope you enjoy the hop as much as we do. Thanks so much for stopping in today!

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