I’m happy to have the last Freshly Made Sketches card of the year to share with you today! Whew….always amazing to look back at all the sketches and inspiration!! It is fitting that our resident birthday girl, Linda Callahan, is also today’s sketch hostess. I could sing Linda’s praises all day long but suffice it to say that she is one of a kind in her humor, talent and overall amazingness! And she, thankfully, gave us a really great sketch that will carry us through the holiday season. Feel free to use it multiple times and make sure to share with us!
As Christmas sneaks up on me (how…I cannot explain), I knew that it was time to reach into my pile of UFOs (Unfinished Objects). You may recognize this flower as the same one I used back on FMS304 but it has the flower name along side. I colored with the Chameleon Color Tops Pens and cut it out with a stitched oval. While it didn’t work how I wanted it to then, it works perfectly for today’s sketch. And all the stamping/coloring/cutting was already done! I backed it up with this awesome striped ribbon and pretty much called it done. Yay for UFOs…of course this justifies my keeping that pile so not sure if it is an overall win, haha.
As we get closer to Christmas, my “day job” schedule is really busy. Not sure how much stamping I’ll get to do but I’m already looking forward to having things to share with you in the new year. Until next time, thank you so much for stopping in!
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Vibrant Thanks (Power Poppy); Paper: Thick Whisper White(SU), Basic Black (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Chameleon Color Tops Warm Tones ; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), 7/8″ Striped Ribbon (SU)
I know this week has been full of posts from me but I have one more for you! I was part of a Product Focus for Splitcoaststampers on Wednesday and now I have a little more time to share that with you. As you may have noticed, I have been featuring the Chameleon Pens and Chameleon Color Tops lately. These projects are part of the review of the Color Tops and today’s card is my final project for it.
I recently got this gorgeous large flower image, Dahlia XL by Power Poppy, and could not wait to have time to color it. I knew immediately that my first time using it just had to be with the Color Tops. Just to put the Chameleon system to the test, I used only one pen and one Color Top and the results are a real wow! The depth of color on this is really extraordinary. You can read my thoughts on the pens (and those of the whole Product Focus team) here: Color Tops Product Focus
I created a short video showing a little more on how the pens work with the tops and how I colored part of this flower. Sometimes it really is just easier to show you!
Once I finished all the coloring, I created a pretty simple card since the flower did all the work. I stamped a sentiment from another Power Poppy set, Vibrant Thanks, using Versafine Onyx Black. Then I put it on a layer of Wisteria Wonder (SU) that is a lovely match to the Lavender tones. I cut the flower so that I could use both sections on the image layer (and yes, I did hesitate just a second before cutting into all that coloring). A few sequins from Studio Katia and SU to highlight the Turquoise as a finish.
If you have any questions about these pens, I’m certainly happy to answer. Just drop me a note here or send a comment over at Splitcoaststampers for the Product Focus team. Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you have a great weekend!
Stamp: Dahlia XL (Power Poppy), Vibrant Thanks (Power Poppy); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Chameleon Color Tops, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Wisteria Wonder (SU); Accessories: Misti, Sequins (Studio Katia and SU), Mini Dimensionals, Dimensionals
I decided that this was another image that was great for the Chameleon Color Tops. I looked at the coloring on coreopsis flowers and the blend from red to yellow was a natural for these cool pens. I used the YO2 Mellow Yellow pen and infused with RD3 Vermillion. Fun, right? The transition from red to yellow is just like the flowers. I added a sentiment from the set too. The image was cut out using the Stitched Shapes Dies (SU). The corrugated paper gives a little detail for the sketch and I added some jute twine.
Now, back to the coloring. If you haven’t heard about the coloring challenge or have not yet joined in, consider it. Kathy encourages just a little coloring every day. Just for fun! Every time I have participated, I have had such fun. Creating just to create! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a happy Wednesday.
Stamp: Vibrant Thanks (Power Poppy); Paper: Thick Whisper White, Corrugated Paper (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Chameleon Color Tops; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Twine (SU), Dimensionals
So today is a very special day for the whole team at Freshly Made Sketches. We have hit another milestone and we are thrilled to celebrate! Sketch #300!! WOW! I’m personally just in awe of the inspiration that all the players over the years have given. I might be a little biased but this has been an amazing challenge from the very beginning. And yes….I actually played along on Sketch #1. I even got chosen as a Perfect Princess by my friend Linda (I knew I loved her, haha!!!). Jen Mitchell, Linda Callahan and Rita Wright have been on the team since the beginning and we have had amazing stampers with us along the way. What a privilege it is to work with people who are not only extraordinarily talented but also are simply incredible people!!
So that was my inspiration for today’s card. The sentiment pretty much says it all (it is from the gorgeous new Vibrant Thanks by Power Poppy)! Thanks to you, my blog readers, and to all who play along each week and keep this challenge fresh week after week. I enjoy seeing your creations, and watching as you all grow in your crafting along with us. After all, we are first and foremost enablers! I used this beautiful paper from last year’s Stampin’ Up Catalog (this year’s catalog features a fresh version in the new In Colors). I love how the leaves in the paper coordinate with the new Layered Leaves embossing folder so I combined them for the panels. I added some Navy twine that I unravelled to give it a looser look. I even lined the envelope with designer paper to make it extra special.
And I really tried to make this extra special since one of our players this week will win all the cards created by the team for this challenge. I know. And I already asked if I could enter again…. Apparently it would look suspicious if I won. *smile* I continue to be astonished at how different cards can be that are created from the same sketch and the design team has created a beautiful variety for you this week. I very much hope you will have time to join us in our celebration. Having a hard time not getting too “sappy” (as my kids call me) so I’ll leave it there. I’ll see you in the gallery.
Stamp: Vibrant Thanks (Power Poppy); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Floral Boutique DSP (SU); Ink: Night of Navy; Accessories: Big Shot, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder (SU), Ovals Dies (SU ret), Night of Navy Twine (SU ret), Misti
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