A quick Wednesday post for you. Lots of flying this week! If you are out and about (especially at O’Hare), look for me! Our sketch hostess for this week at Freshly Made Sketches is the lovely Cécile Ribon. Her sketch is super fun and just awesome to use.
I finally got half a second to play with my new Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions (worry not, they are coming back to stock soon). No better way to play than to pair them with the Stacked Coffee Mug Dies also from TE. Aren’t they cute?! You see, I was waiting to order the brushes on launch day so naturally I added a few more things to my cart. These mugs will get heavy rotation! They have additional pieces that I inked with the colored brushes (they are color coded so you can just keep going without worrying about mixing colors). I used some Catherine Pooler ink from the Carnivale set. The dots behind the cups come from an old SU set I had and I just randomly inked it to create the background in the right size and orientation for the sketch.
I can’t wait to see the gallery this week. I foresee amazing things! And I know this because the team has already created some beauties to inspire! I hope your week goes well. Thanks so much for stopping in. See you soon!
Have you noticed a distinct theme to all the cards around on social media this week? Yes, indeed, it is Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop time! You have to go check out all the amazing coffee themed cards. It is seriously awesome! I could not bear to miss out so I thought I’d use this week’s new Freshly Made Sketches challenge to create a card for the hop. The oh-so-talented Cécile is our sketch designer this week and her sketch is unique and fabulous (just like her).
Because you are supposed to stick to a spring/summer theme, I opted to use bright happy colors for my clean cards. I used the cup from Coffee Understands (Picket Fence Studios) and stamped it three times. I colored each cup using Copic color families (they are listed below) and then cut them out by hand. After some debate on what to put behind them, I had an a-ha moment when looking through my stencils. I pulled out the Down to the Last Drop Stencil (Picket Fence Studios) and used it as an embossing folder. Now this was a test of sorts. You see, I just got a brand new Crafter’s Companion Gemini Jr. and I wanted to see how it would emboss. It came with the embossing mat and it worked perfectly with my stencil. To finish with the sketch, I thought a coffee sentiment would be good. I chose Cup of Thanks (Studio Katia) with the coordinating die and sentiment.
I’m off to get this entered over with the Coffee Lovers! Make sure you join in and you’ll get an opportunity to win prizes from their sponsors (so many awesome sponsors!!). Hope to see you in the Freshly Made Sketches gallery too! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
Happy New Year to you all!! I hope you have had a nice holiday season and are looking forward to what 2019 brings. I’ll admit that I’m pretty good with seeing 2018 leave. Not a great year for our family. But onward we go! I’m happy to share the first Freshly Made Sketches challenge of the year and we have some pretty exciting news too. More on that in a bit.
Let’s start with our new sketch. I fell in love with this classic look as soon as I saw it and thought it would be the perfect excuse to use the Cup of Thanks stamp that was sitting unused and calling to be colored. And I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers too. I haven’t used them in a while and I remember why I loved them from the first time I used them. Such vibrant colors and so easy to blend. I find that the blending is based on your paper and the Bristol paper really works wonderfully with them. I chose some bright, happy colors and just spent a few minutes coloring all the pretty details.After I finished the coloring I looked to the details of the sketch and how to finish the card. First, I found this lime green print in my stash of retired SU paper and cut it using the Double Stitched Rectangles Dies (Gina Marie Designs). I added a strip of Doll Pink card stock that I thought was a nice match to the coloring. Then I cut the sentiment from the coordinating Cup of Thanks Dies and cut out the colored image too.
Now for some exciting news! Our DT Call over at Freshly Made Sketches was more successful than we could have imagined!! So many talented designers entered and we had a really hard time narrowing down. In fact, we chose three because we just could not narrow further! So please hop over to the FMS challenge blog and give a warm welcome to Lee Ann Barrett, Judy Rozema and Jacquie Southas! Well, I’m off to my check ride at United today. We get these every 9 months and they are very important to maintaining safety and standardization. I’ll be happy to get this under my belt (no matter how many I do, they always bring a bit of stress). Back soon with more once I’m back from training. See you then!! Thanks for stopping by today.
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