Yes, you read that right. Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating 500 sketches. A decade ago, the amazing Lesley started this challenge during a time when “clean” stamping was not a dominant style. She put together an idea of clean, but not always simple, designs based on layouts. BRILLIANT! I played along as a player from the first challenge and soon joined the team. It has been my biggest consistent inspiration in my stamping and it has been a great joy to be on this team for so many years.
As you can imagine, 10 years of a challenge is really worth celebrating. We have sponsors and the winners will simply be randomly chosen from all the players this week. Additionally, I have a personal prize too! As a thank you for the support you have given me over these many years, I will choose a winner from all who comment on this post. See the end of the post for details.
I love that Linda chose 5 layers for the sketch as a nod to the 500 milestone. I wanted to explore a little more on some of the products from the Honey Bee Stamps release we just featured. The Garden Harvest Florals is such fun to color and I thought it would be perfect for this sketch. All of the elements were colored with Copic Markers. I chose a pretty gingham from the Summer Stems paper pack that had a bit of a late summer/early fall feel.
The sentiment is my favorite part of the card. It comes from the Bitty Buzzwords: Fall stamp and die set. Truly, this sums up how I feel about this team. Some have been together for the whole 10 years, some joined us more recently, but all are amazing. In every possible definition of the word, our happy little group is a team. And one that has given me immeasurable joy!
For my personal giveaway, I will send the above products to one lucky winner, randomly chosen from those who comment on this post. Giveaway is limited to those in the US only. It include: Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry Ink and products from Honey Bee Stamps: Team Tie Dye Paper Pack, Precision Tip Glue, Bee Young: Blooms Stamps and Dies. Winner will be contacted via information left when you comment.
Again, thank you for playing along, supporting our fun challenge and for always sharing your time and talents in our gallery. We are so grateful you have included us in your crafty adventures!
Welcome to the Honey Bee Stamps Autumn Splendor Release Sneak Peeks! Today is day four of our peeks at the new release and, as usual, you will be totally wow’d by all the amazing sets. Tonight the release goes live!!
I am going to confess that fall is my favorite season. I love all the fall things! And pumpkins rank really high on the list. This Patchwork Pumpkin set comes with so many options to build adorable pumpkins with a never-ending variety of patterns. I thought that copper embossing would be a fun way to show a couple of the patterns. For the inner oval, I stamped, embossed and then cut. But for the outer layer (which is actually only a mid sized layer in the set) I cut the paper first and then lined up the stamp in my Misti for stamping with Versamark and then heat embossing. I only had to line up the image once since the die is symmetric. I just turned it around to stamp the other side!
I stamped some fo the elements in the set, embossed and cut them out too. I love the little vines! The frame is part of the new Sentiment Frames die set. I cut it from white paper and then “smooshed” it into my Versamark pad and added embossing powder, then heated. The sentiment is from the Inside: Thankful Sentiments set introduced on day 2. I cannot wait to use this set more and try all the patterns!
So glad you stopped in today. I hope you will consider shopping with me via my links when they go live later tonight. There is no additional cost to you and it helps me keep my little blog running. Thanks for joining me for all the fun on this release!
I’m going to be real here. Based on the reaction to the last flower (the Coneflower), I’m sure this Sunflower Honey Cut set is going to fly out the door. Fly! So be ready to get it fast. I went on a tried and true path and used the dies on the prints from the Team Tie Dye paper. Then, on the flower petals, I added some Copic Marker shading for more depth. The paper had already done most of the work so the shading was super easy but adds so much.
I added gold and black splatters on all the elements and set them aside to dry. Then I started working on my base. I used Neenah Desert Storm paper with the new Mini Slimline Sweet Stacks dies. Once cut, I brushed on Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo then added splatters to match the flower. Once dry, I pondered my sentiment. And then… the obvious, most awesome sentiment jumped right out. I know, I know. But I really made me happy! I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.
Putting the card together was easy after that. I used strategic foam tape to give the flower dimension and then attached it to the base. But I wasn’t done yet. This card needed its very own special envelope! The new Mini Slimline Envelope Honey Cuts are brilliantly designed. There are a couple of styles: rounded edges or the ticket edge I used here. It is super easy to piece together too so your special card can have that last special touch! I added the same ink and splatters to the envelope that I used on the card. And now just look. When the recipient goes to pull out the card, they see the sentiment first!! Oh. My. Word. Again, I may be overly pleased with myself but this just make my creative day!
So glad you stopped in today. Back tomorrow for day four of the peeks! Have a beautiful day!
There are so many things to be made with this Grapevine Wreath! I’m thinking holiday cards already, to be honest. But today, I just wanted to go monochromatic and elegant. I love the result. I cut the wreath twice, once from white and once from Desert Storm. I also cut the bow and then used the Itty Bitty Fall Flowers Honey Cuts for even more elements. I added splatters of gold and white shimmer to my base and all the elements.
To add even more shine, I stamped the sentiment from Inside: Thankful Sentiments in gold ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I admit that getting a good photo on this card was a challenge but I think you can see enough of the details to appreciate the shimmer.
So glad you stopped in today. Back tomorrow for day three of the peeks! Have a beautiful day!
The Bold Botanicals set is really a flower lover’s dream. So many solid images that are great for layering with the coordinating dies like I did or direct to card stamping. They line up easily and have thoughtful designs. I stamped them using Altenew inks in a variety of summer colors. Then, I pulled out the new Stacking Art Deco Labels as a layer for arranging the flowers. I love this shape and it will be so easy to use on so many kinds of cards.
When I saw the shape, it reminded me of the style in the Quatrefoil A2 Coverplates so I added those as a base for more interest. Now let’s get to the sentiment. The new Praying Big Time set is full of kind sentiments. So naturally, I chose the only one with a bit of snark. Yep, I do speak fluent “southern”! Something about this with the rest of the card using pretty elements made me chuckle. And if you can’t make yourself laugh while stamping….. Needless to say, you will enjoy this whole set and I will use it a lot.
For my next card, I moved on to fall! The Garden Harvest set is so incredibly beautiful with fall images you will not be able to resist. I stamped a number of them (and the sunflowers twice) and just sat down to enjoy coloring with my Copic Markers.
Once done, I added them onto a circle cut with the new Sweet Stacks: Circle Dies which will be a workhorse in the stamp room. The older Farmhouse Check Background was the perfect detail for the base. And that sentiment…a bit of a peek into tomorrow’s showings.
So glad you stopped in today. Back tomorrow for day two of the peeks! Have a great start to your weekend.
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