Freshly Made Sketches #271

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Well this week is whizzing by!  It's already Wednesday which means it's time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!  This week Cindy Hall is our intrepid hostess and her sketch is an absolute classic.  There are so many ways to interpret this sketch!


The other day I got one of those Pinterest notifications that someone liked a card I had made.  It was one that I made a long time ago using this stamp set embossed in gold on vellum.  I had forgotten all about it and when I saw it again I thought to myself "that's a really cool card!"  Then along comes the Everything Turns to Gold challenge at CAS-ual Fridays and I knew that this was a sign that I should emboss those flowers all over again.  The flowers don't look very vellum-y here but they are (and the leaves too).


I haven't made a birthday card in forever so I found a nice birthday sentiment that tucked into the space between the leaves perfectly.  This card is very elegant in real life (if I do say so myself)!

Thanks for stopping by and head on over to Freshly Made Sketches to check out the inspiration from our amazing design team.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Henneh Elements (Altenew); Friendly Flowers (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Kraft Core Metallic (Tim Holtz); Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  gold embossing powder

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CAS(E) This Sketch 204!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Excuse my tardiness!  I have no idea where my brain has got to, but it suddenly occurred to me today that I never posted the card I made for the latest CAS(E) This Sketch challenge!  Oops!  So here it is!



I wanted to make a valentine without using reds or pinks so I took my cues from a couple of current color challenges.  There's one at Cupcake Inspirations that is looking for black, white, and silver and CAS on Sunday is looking for black, white, plus one other color.  The silver paper that I used to cut one of the sketchy hearts is very shiny in real life but it looks a little gray here.  And you'll have to trust me when I say that this looks better in person!


So I guess I'm better late than never with my CAS(E) This Sketch card (she said rather sheepishly).  I hope you have a chance to join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Label Love (Altenew)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Basic Black (Stampin' Up!); Silver Kraft Core (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altnew)
Accessories:  Scribble Heart die (Simon Says Stamp); Midnight Blend sequins (Avery Elle)

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Freshly Made Sketches 270!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Wednesday!  The last two weeks were four-day work weeks for me because of the holidays and I think I could get used to that!  I'm only halfway through a regular five-day week and I'm already burnt out!  But luckily we've got a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches to cheer me up.  This week our hostess is Kim and she's given us such a creative sketch and I know you will love it.



There's an ombre challenge going on at Less is More and I thought that vertical layer was perfect for that.  I sat at my desk contemplating my inks and sponges and whether I could color a halfway decent ombre background.  But then I remembered that I had a stack of patterned paper with some ombre coloring and as luck would have it I found a scrap that was the perfect size for the sketch!  I arranged some intricate butterflies on that scrap, added a quick sentiment and I was done.  I love it when details come together without too much fuss!

Be sure to pop on over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out our latest challenge - the design team has really got some great ideas for this sketch!  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Butterflies (7Gypsies); Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Taken With Teal (Stampin' Up!); Adorbs (My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)

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With Sympathy

Monday, January 9, 2017

Today I'm posting a card that I made for a couple of challenges.  I loved the colors at House of Cards and I thought I could pair them with the sketch at Sketch Saturday.



I started layering colors on in a way that looked pleasing to me without really having an idea of how I was going to fill that focal layer on top.  Once I had the colors done I poked around in my stash of dies for something interesting and I chose these leafy ones.  The colors seemed a little moody to me so I chose to make this a sympathy card.

I'm not sure if you can see it in the photo but I stamped that top layer with a really old background stamp that I dug out from my stash.  It's funny how everything old is new again, isn't it?  I've got quite a few of these big background stamps and I never purged them from my stash because I really like them and I just knew that I'd use them again, even if only occasionally.  And look, I was right!

We had our first snowstorm here in Massachusetts over the weekend.  I think I got about a foot of the light fluffy stuff.  And in a few days it's supposed to be 50 degrees.  Go figure!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  French Script, Warmest Regards (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Bravo Burgundy, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Cement Gray (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Feuillage die (4enscrap); Petit Assortment d'automne die (Simply Graphic); Washi Tape die (My Favorite Things); clear embossing powder  

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CAS(E) This Sketch 203!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

It's time for our first new challenge of the year at CAS(E) This Sketch.  The holiday hiatuses are over at some of my favorite challenge blogs so I'm excited to dive back into my craft room and see what I can come up with.  This week our sketch is designed by one of the sweetest stampers around Michele Ferguson. 😀



I had an a-ha moment when I was contemplating my design for this card.  I knew that I wanted to use a bold, contrasting patterned paper for the bottom part of the sketch when all of a sudden I remembered that I had a small piece of this black and white gingham paper in my stash.  Eureka!  I added a pretty layered flower, some crimped leaves (yes, I dragged out my crimper for those)! Then I stretched the sentiment a bit to follow the curve of the white layer somewhat.

I am also playing along with the Color Throwdown challenge.  It has been almost one year since I played along over there!  I used to play along a lot more frequently but my usual stamping schedule means that I just miss their challenge window.  So it was a fun treat to join them this week!


Be sure to check out the amazing cards from the CAS(E) This Sketch design team.  There is a lot of inspiration there!  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Artful Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Blueprints 21 die, Plentiful Petals die (My Favorite Things); Dotted Borders die, Modern Leaves die (Avery Elle)

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Freshly Made Sketches 269!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy new year!  It's been two whole weeks since I've posted anything on my blog!  It was a nice distraction to take a break from my craft room, but now I'm ready to get inky again.  And I'm starting off 2017 with a card I made for the new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our first sketch of the year is designed by the talented and oh-so witty Linda Callahan.


Those stripes were a bit of a stumper for me at first but once I decided to stamp a sentiment vertically on a piece of vellum the rest of the card just fell into place.  I chose this birthday themed stamp set and took some of my cues from the challenge at Global Design Project.  The navy blue and rose color (the ribbons on my gifts) plus the brown bear (which was supposed to look more like the caramel color in the inspiration photo but ended up more brown and tan) were inspired by the photo.  Plus the celebratory theme of the balloons was what inspired me to make a birthday card.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful holiday and a happy new year.  Make sure to pop on over to Freshly Made Sketches, if you haven't already, to see the fantastic cards made by the design team.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Birthday Bears (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Jet Black (Stazon)
Accessories:  Birthday Bears die (My Favorite Things); sequins

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Freshly Made Sketches 268!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

We are finishing up 2016 at Freshly Made Sketches with a sketch designed by yours truly.  And I'll bet you won't be surprised that it's a square one!  Of course, if squares are not your thing feel free to use whatever shape card you like best.  Our challenge will be open longer than usual so you'll have until January 2nd to play along with us.



Don't adjust your sets, folks.  That is indeed a Christmas card you see here.  In fact, it is the first Christmas card that I created for 2017!  Either that or I'm so far behind I'm ahead of myself!  There was a pretty color challenge going on at Cupcake Inspirations and a Christmas challenge at CAS-ual Fridays so I couldn't resist sneaking in one more Christmas card this year.


I've been a bit lazy about crafting this week since a lot of my favorite challenge blogs are on a holiday hiatus.  This is actually the only card I've made all week and I probably won't make any more until after Christmas.  But during my little mini-break I've managed to finish up my Christmas shopping and over the next couple of days I will wrap gifts and then the festivities can begin for real!

I hope that during this busy time of year you can find time to join us at Freshly Made Sketches for our last challenge of the year.  Remember, this challenge will stay open until January 2nd so there's plenty of time to play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Kraft Core Metallic (Tim Holtz); Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Blooming Poinsettia die (Memory Box); Linen impression plate (Papertrey Ink)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 202!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

I've had a bokeh stencil in my stash for a long time and had never used it but the latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch, designed by Leigh Penner, gave me the perfect opportunity to.


I was a little intimidated by that sketch when I first saw it, but since this is a challenge I figured I better really think about how I could blanket the front of my card with a whole bunch of something.  Then I saw this card by Deepti Malik and thought maybe I could do something similar.  So I dragged out my long neglected Distress inks.

The first background I attempted was in shades of yellow but it was horrible so I scrapped that and went with shades of pink and purple.  I added some deep blue to the edges then went over it all with my bokeh stencils in white pigment ink.

I'm pretty horrible at sponging ink onto backgrounds but this didn't come out half bad.  Usually my attempts are all streaky but I tried to be careful about how I swirled my little spongy pad around and I'm happy to say that there's only one spot where there's a little streak and I stamped the sentiment over it so you can't see it.  There are no mistakes in stamping, right?

My CAS(E) This Sketch teamies have got some very inventive cards for this challenge so be sure to check them out.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Congratulations (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White (Gina K Pure Luxury)
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant (Stampin' Up!); Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire (Distress)
Accessories:  Bekeh Lights stencil (Simon Says Stamp)

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