Hi everyone! Sorry for the quiet on the blog lately. I’ll explain a bit more at the end of my post. But for today, I get to share with you the latest from Freshly Made Sketches! Our sketch designer is the talented Lee Ann Barrett and she has a winner of a sketch for us this week.
I’m all in on Christmas cards now and I thought it was perfect to pull out an old favorite for this sketch. The Be Merry stamps and dies from WPlus9 are always a winner in my book. I stamped the sentiment onto Ivory card stock and then cut it out with the dies. I stamped some of the accessory images too for layering. I thought the sentiment needed a bit more oomph so I added a bit of the olive ombré on the Merry. The flowers and leaves were quick Copic coloring but they really add so much.
I seem to be drawn to plaid this year and I found this old Stampin’ Up patterned paper in my stash. Perfect! I added a couple of little pearls for flower centers and popped up all the elements with foam squares.
Now for the rest of the story. I never really share too much about my “day job” here but in this case, I wanted to explain my sporadic posting. This picture is from the last day of flying on my beloved Airbus 319/320. I have been in the right seat of that fleet for a long time and I needed to make a change for scheduling. Last week I started training on the Boeing 757/767 fleet. There is a lot that goes into training. Studying, of course, but we also come to our training center in Denver for over a month. Needless to say, I had lots to do to make that happen at home. So I did get a few cards made ahead of time (not as many as I had hoped) and will be posting those over the next couple of weeks. And then you probably won’t hear too much from me until I can get back home and in the craft room. Once I’m back home, I should be able to settle back into the routine quickly and get back to creating.
So with that, back to the Freshly Made Sketches challenge! Make sure you hop over and check out all the inspiration from the team. Thanks so much for stopping in today!
Happy middle of the week to you!! I hope you are having a great one so far. Today’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch is one that is sure to inspire. The lovely Amy O’Neill has given us one that can be used in so many ways! Love it!
When I saw the oval in the sketch, my brain immediately went to this sentiment from WPlus9. I love it as a focal point and it gets to be the star of the show. I stamped it in Versamark ink and embossed with Wow Bright White Embossing Powder. The coordinating dies make quick work of cutting it out. The little flower and foliage images are super fun to use as accents. I stamped them in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and the colored using Chameleon Pens. I thought the black sentiment would be great against a wood grain background so I turned to this Wood Textures DSP by Stampin’ Up. I cut it using the Lawn Fawn Cross Stitched Rectangles Dies. Finally I added some Basic Pearls to the flower centers after coloring them with a Sharpie marker.
I hope you have a great time with the sketch this week. I’m working hard to finish up my holiday cards. Christmas card-a-palooza, if you will. I’ll share some of those in the next few weeks. Thank you so much for dropping in today. See you again soon!
Happy Wednesday!! We have a fabulous new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches. The incredible Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch hostess this week and you are just going to fall in love!
It seems that traditional colors are the way I’m leaning this year on my Christmas cards. I remain obsessed with this Be Merry DSP from Stampin’ Up and I added on this speckled woodgrain print from Coffee Break DSP (also SU). I think the prints work really well together! I kept this pretty simple and used one of my go-to Christmas sentiments from the Be Merry Stamp Set by WPlus9. The little flower and holly leaves are from the same set and I did some quick Copic coloring. The sentiment is from the Be Merry Stamp Set from WPlus9 and it is one of my favorites again this year. It is stamped in Early Espresso ink to match the woodgrain paper. To create all the rectangles, I used the Stitched Rectangles Dies by Simon Says Stamp.
I’m trying to get a little more serious about my holiday cards so I think you can expect to see more of those in the upcoming weeks. Make sure you stop over to say hi to the team at Freshly Made Sketches. They have created wonderful projects this week! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon.
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Be Merry (WPlus9); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Be Merry DSP (SU), Coffee Break DSP (SU); Ink: Early Espresso (SU); Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Basic Pearls (SU)
I am so happy to be able to share another great sketch with you today! The amazing Rita Wright is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches and she has one that will be fun for lots of interpretations. Rita always has the most incredible coloring and that inspired me to pull out my Copics for today.
I love this Poinsettia stamp from Simon Says Stamp and I wanted to try to make it a white version. (Red would have been pretty for this card too.) Coloring white is always hard so I played around to see if I could do it. On the flower I started with my light Toner Gray markers (T0, T2). While I liked the look, I decided that I needed a little more color to make the flower look realistic. So I added in a little bit of G20. I think over all it turned out pretty. The leaves from the set set were colored with a combination of green markers (G20, G24, YG61, YG17, YG67). To add just a little more color to the card, I used this pretty Be Merry DSP from Stampin’ Up. Love those speckles on the paper! The sentiment and banner are from the Be Merry Stamp Set and Dies from WPlus9. Finally, I thought I needed a little “something”, so I added some pearls to mimic the patten on the paper.
I have been busily stamping this week and getting ready to a new release from Newton’s Nook Designs. You can expect lots of fun next week! Until then, I hope you have a good week. See you soon!
Hello friends!! Sorry about the long break. Pesky work and fun summer activities have gotten in the way over the last couple of weeks and I haven’t had any real time in the stamp room. GASP!!! So what to do when presented with a great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches? When it is a million degrees outside in July? Create the first Christmas card of the year, of course! I love this sketch by the witty and fabulous Linda Callahan.
As soon as I saw this one, I started pondering a meandering group of images on the diagonal. Somehow, these pretty little leaves and flowers practically jumped out of the stamp collection and a Christmas card was born. I stamped the images from WPlus9’s Be Merry in Momento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers using traditional colors. Something about the pops of red and green against the white base really made me happy. I confess that the sentiments in this stamp set are what drew me in and I LOVE this one.
Well, I’m back to my previously scheduled chaos. On the agenda today….back to school clothes shopping. For a rising high schooler and a rising middle schooler. Pray for me. *smile* Make sure you check out the inspiration from the team and I can’t wait to see how you interpret this sketch! Have a great day!
Stamp: Be Merry (WPlus9); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Big Shot, Be Merry Dies (WPlus9)), Mini Dimensionals, Misti
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