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Freshly Made Sketches #532

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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!


Blog drama and a thank you

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My dear stamping friends, hello! You may have gotten a rather weird “post” from me this week and I had no real ability to explain. My blog had a fundamental breakdown and honestly, I thought it was all lost in cyberspace. Thankfully, my service provider, Go Daddy, was able to recover and fix the entire mess but it took days. I do think that it is all fixed and all the safety protocols are in place to protect you and me. But it took a lot of brain space and time to get through the mess of it.

With that, I’m just going to let you know that I will be off of the blog for about a week more for some family time. I have also been flying a bit more (which is a good thing for the travel industry) and that has required some adjustment to my time management. I am so very grateful for all of you and so glad I still have this format to reach out to you and share. Wishing you a beautiful day!

Freshly Made Sketches #529

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Hi everyone! I am the sketch designer this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I hope you will like it. I definitely did and actually created two cards.

I actually created the same card in two ways. I don’t do this often but usually have a lot of fun when I do and that is what happened with this. My inspiration was the Seeds of Kindness stamp set and dies from Honey Bee Stamps. The actually has a seed pack die too but I stuck to just the basic set today.

I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and colored with my Karin Markers (colors shown at end of the post). I added a little bit of vintage looking Distress Ink on the edges of the image to add to the feeling of age. Some lace ribbon from my stash was perfect for the sketch and I love the overall look.

For my second version, I chose Copic Markers and colored in a similar palette but more spring-like and new. Instead of lace, I added a colored border and a few pearls instead of splatters.

With this one, I used an alternate sentiment and masked the original sentiment and then stamped it in. The banner cuts right on the edges for a clean effect (the banner was used on the first one too, just with the image sentiment).

I hope you are inspired to play along with this. I had such fun just playing in the stamp room on these. Make sure you come see what the team created too. Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon.


Freshly Made Sketches #528

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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.

Wingin’ It with Ellen Hutson Essentials

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Today I have a fun surprise for you! I’m the guest over at Ellen Hutson but I wanted to share here too. I showed you some of the new Bear Ware product line during the latest release and I have a new project using them.

I think you can see the motivation in today’s project! Did you know that only about 6% of commercial pilots are women? And far less of those are Captains (left seat and in command). There are lots of reasons for those numbers but it starts with young people understanding that flying is a career option for women. And THAT starts with a vision. If you can see it, you can be it!

And you know, it can be as simple as images for stamping. And THAT was my goal for today’s project. Normalizing the idea that women are pilots and that women are the Captain! I have all the how-to on this card over at the company blog including how I turned a pitchfork into a yoke (steering column). I hope you will go over to visit and leave me a note there. If you are inspired to shop, I’d appreciate you using my affiliate links below.

I hope you have a fabulous day! Thanks so much for stopping in.

Power Poppy Sunflower Power

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A quick post today sharing another pretty sunflower card. This one uses an image from the amazing Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy. She has her sunflower image downloads available for free right now (and add a few non-free ones in while you are there as a thank you).

This set is called Sunflower Power and that seems perfect for right now, doesn’t it? I sized it to fit an A2 panel and then used the sentiment from the same download, also sized to fit in space I wanted. I love the digital option of changing sizes and perspectives. I have just realized that my printer can handle this with Hammermill card stock and watercolor paper. Game changer for me!

I colored using Copic Markers (colors listed below) and then added just a little shading behind the flower for depth. I felt like that color wasn’t showing enough so I added a stippling pattern using the same pale color but did some tip to tip color pick up for just a little more depth.

Flower Petals: Y13, Y08, YR24, Y38, YR68, E37
Flower Center: Y11, Y13, Y08, YR21, YR24, E35, E37, YG95, YG97, YG67, G99
Leaves: YG93, YG95, YG97, G99, YG67
Background: BG70 with stippling using BG70 tip to tip with BG72

Thanks for dropping by today. Back tomorrow with a fun surprise. See you then.

Freshly Made Sketches #526

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Another week, another amazing sketch from Freshly Made Sketches! This week’s sketch designer is Amy O’Neill and I love her classic vibe for this one.

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.

You’re So Fly – Ellen Hutson March Release

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Sometimes you get the feeling that a stamp set was made with you in mind. And today, I finally get to share one that just made me smile so much! The Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson March Release is live!

New additions to the Bear Ware line of products are part of today’s release and I had such fun with them. First of all the hair for the bear. Oh my goodness! And while there are a number of professions represented, clearly I had to turn her into a pilot. I mean really. Like it was a choice. I gave her a uniform and a hat and then colored up the requisite black roller board bag.

I also took the airplane in the set and imitated the paint scheme for a certain airline I know. The clouds are from a Honey Bee Stamps die set and I have it listed below as well. And finally the sentiment. Not be be an airplane snob or anything, but I am so relieved to see a fresh sentiment with a flying theme.

I hope you will go over and check out the whole release. There are some some fun florals, great sentiments and, of course, these adorable bear add ons. You can click the graphic at the start of the post or click below on the products. All contain my affiliate code (with no additional cost to you). Have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #525

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I’m sure at this point you detect a theme. Since for me creativity is a stress outlet, I have been focusing on Ukraine themed projects. And before I get into this too much, I want to make sure you know about a card auction on Instagram. I have two cards up for auction. The simple explanation, people bid on the cards and commit to pay that much to one of the charities the organizers have listed (you choose from the list and they are well vetted). If you win, you donate and show the receipt and the designer sends the cards. Simple. No money exchanges with the designers or organizers. Click here to see more: Ukraine Card Drive

Now to the card for today. Using the latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches designed by the fabulous Karren Johnson. It was exactly the sketch I needed! There are a number of companies and designers giving personal use images to inspire. This one is from the amazing Emily Midgett.

I printed Emily’s image on watercolor paper with my printer. I wasn’t sure my printer could do that so a happy surprise. Using Daniel Smith watercolors, I just sat and colored away.

I did have to cut away a part of the image (bad planning on my part on the print size) but for this, I wanted the focus mostly on the sunflower anyway. I chose a Honey Bee Stamps sentiment from a set where Emily had designed the art. And it seems just right.

I hope you are doing well and staying safe. I’m grateful every day for all the crafty friends in my life. None of us are alone. Back Friday with something fun and new (and not a sunflower). See you then!

Sunflowers – #cardsforukraine

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The world is feeling heavy. I’m sure you agree. Among the card makers I follow are some amazing people who are Ukrainian. This week they have been in bomb shelters. They are buying supplies to make Molotov cocktails. It is horrific. But we must acknowledge it and say out loud that this is wrong. The bravery of average citizens is inspirational. I will be participating in a card drive for charity later this week (details to come but you can follow Ukraine Card Drive for Peace on Instagram for more). I had a hard time focusing so I decided coloring was the answer.

I pulled out the Sweet Sunflowers stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps. I’m sure you know by now that sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine so it was the perfect choice. I colored the flowers, leaves and wheat and then cut with the coordinating dies. As part of the latest release from Honey Bee Stamps, there were new hot foil plate sentiments which I just had to have.

I was inspired by the foil (I chose matte gold) and decided the base needed a little more something. I tapped the edges into Versamark ink then added Gold Rich Embossing Powder from WOW. To finish, the new Warm Pearls from Honey Bee Stamps were perfect (they also come in cool colors and are self adhesive!). So this is a combination of old and new products that work together perfectly.

If you are looking for inspiration, you can search for the #cardsforukraine all over social media. Stampers are creating beautiful tributes to courage and to support under attack. Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you are safe and will give all your families extra hugs today. See you soon.

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