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.
Well, I have some awesome news for you today! It is Picket Fence Studios October Release day!! WOOHOO!! I have a special card to share today and will be sharing projects made with the new sets over the next week. So. Many. Awesome. Things!!!
I could hardly choose where to start but anyone who knows me, knows that I have a serious weakness for flowers. The Lily Bouquet set is too pretty to resist so off I went to my stamp room for some time coloring. I took a Copic coloring class from my friend Lori Craig a couple of years ago and this color scheme came from the time I had in that class. I thought it was worth re-visiting for this gorgeous flower set and I love it!! I used a sentiment from the wonderful Ways to Say Get Well set (a must have for any sentiment hoarder collector like me).
I liked the idea of a virtually uncluttered card front so I only added a few pink sequins but I wanted to add another special touch. I went to another technique that I love of using a colored base for a pretty surprise. The Cotton Cardstock from Simon Says Stamp was the perfect pink to coordinate with the lilies and I love the result.
You will be in love with all the new sets in this release! Make sure you go over to the Picket Fence Studios site to see them and check out projects from the rest of the design team that you will find shared on social media and their blogs. Thanks so much for stopping in today! I appreciate you sharing your time with me. See you soon with more from this release!
I created a card for both today’s Picket Fence Studios blog and for a product review for Splitcoaststampers on a new ink from Clearsnap. The inks are called Colorbox Dyestress Inks and they are really beautiful! I had such fun blending these colors together and creating a cool background using a new to me technique that is perfect for distress inks.
I’m going to send you to the Picket Fence Studios blog for the how-to but suffice it to say that you NEED these Life Changing Blender Brushes. I put off some backgrounds that required blending because I was forever getting streaks or edges or something that seemed to ruin what I was working on. Not with these brushes!
The other product I want to share directly here are the dies I used for this card. They come from Gina Marie Designs and they are wonderful. I used the Double Stitched Rectangles and the Flower Burst Trio. I love this site (and I have no affiliate there….simply loving her dies and her pricing!).
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you like this card and this technique. See you soon!
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