Freshly Made Sketches 193

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hello!  Wednesday is, of course, Freshly Made Sketches day around here and this week our hostess is Rita.  Her sketch is both a great way to use up some patterned paper scraps and also a great way to think outside the box when contemplating those rectangles!  Here's my card:


I had been thinking about making a 4th of July card for a while and last week attempted one for this very same challenge but failed miserably.  So this week I tried it again and I love how it came out.  I stamped all the images onto a rectangular piece of card stock then cut it vertically and took out a small sliver to make a little void between the pieces.  I love that look but don't ask me to explain why!

Coincidentally the challenge at Retro Rubber is 4th of July too so I'll be adding this over there.  The stamps I used have been in my stash for a while, but maybe not a year as they like to see, so I dug out my crimper for one of the layers.  Nothing says early 21st century like a crimper I like to say!


Once again the design team at Freshly Made Sketches will knock your socks off with their interpretations of this sketch.  I hope you check them out and join us in the gallery!  We love to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  USA 1776 (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper:  Pure Luxury White (Gina K); Night of Navy, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Night of Navy, Real Red (SU); Silvery Shimmer (Delicata)
Accessories:  Real Red button (SU); baker's twine; enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

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ColourQ 297

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday and welcome to the latest edition of ColourQ! I just love the colors this week and I took the opportunity to use them to make a Christmas card.



The sketch at Paper Players worked out perfectly for this cute Santa. And the big circle was just calling out for some sparkly Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  In fact this card is full of sparkle in real life because I added some to Santa's hat and beard!



The always amazing ColourQ design team have created some beauties with these colors so be sure to check them out.  I hope you can find some time to join us this week. And thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps: Jingle All the Way (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink: Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Poppy Parade (SU); Copics
Accessories: Femme Frames (Mama Elephant); Blueprints 15 die, Stitched Circles STAX (My Favorite Things); Love and Sparkles sequins (Neat & Tangled); Wink of Stella pen

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Freshly Made Sketches 192

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm the hostess at Freshly Made Sketches and I had a hard time deciding what looked good with this sketch!  I made two cards, one of which was pretty awful, before I went back to the drawing board and made a card with a format that is very familiar to me.




My teamies at Freshly Made Sketches have all made some beauties with this sketch so make sure you check them out.  I hope you have time to join us in the gallery this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Off the Grid, Gorgeous Grunge (SU), Textures 2 (Florileges Design), Hashtag (Tim Holtz)
Paper: classic White (Flourishes), Basic Black (SU)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versamark), Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Leafy Branch die (Taylored Expressions)

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colourQ 296

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hello!  It's time for a new palette from your friends at colourQ!  This week the colors are inspired by these flip flops.  They are so gorgeous and I love that bit of bling!  Here's my card:



I've created a bit of an abstract version of the Match the Sketch layout here by layering images rather than card stock or patterned paper.  Then I topped it off with a bright yellow flower and some blue leaves - yes, blue!  That's what I call artistic license!


Thanks for stopping by today!  And please pop on over to colourQ and check out the cards our amazing design team have created with these colors.  I hope you have time to join us in the gallery this week!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (SU); Ink Splats (Indigo Blu); Artful Flowers (Simon Says Stamp); Family is Everything (My Creative Time)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Night of Navy (SU)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Marina Mist Night of Navy (SU)
Accessories:  Curvy Leaves die (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

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Peace

Sunday, June 21, 2015

It is a very dreary, dull, and rainy Sunday here today.  It's raining to beat the band and it's so humid that there's a fine sheen of moisture on every surface in my house:  the counters, the floors, yuck.  Unfortunately I live in an old house with no AC to take care of the moisture so I have to wait for the rain to stop to dry things out!   But on to my card...


I was inspired by the colors and the design of the Muse Christmas Visions card this week and tried to recreate the watercolored background by using some stamped images.  The deer die was cut with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and looks really snazzy in real life.  The sentiment die was cut three times and layered together for some dimension.  For my layout I used the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch.



Well that's it for me.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps: Watercolor Wonder (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink); Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU)
Ink:  Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink); Bashful Blue (SU)
Accessories:  Vertical Stitched Strips die (My Favorite Things); Leap Deer die (Memory Box); Wet Paint Holiday die (Papertrey Ink)

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Tag You're It 24

Friday, June 19, 2015

TGIF everyone!  Friday's around here are a happy day not only because it is the gateway to the weekend but also because it's the day a new tag challenge starts at Tag You're It.  This week Anja is our hostess and she's given us some wonderful inspiration with her tag.  Here's my take and her original.



I wanted to follow the basic layout of her tag, although I did rotate it, and I almost used a dog on mine!  But as I was looking through my stash I came across this big blossom and since I hadn't used this stamp in a long while I thought it was high time I should!  I kept the base layer of my tag a neutral color like Anja's card and added a splash of color to the top of the tag.  The blossom was stamped on vellum so that the color could be seen through it and also it allowed me to hang part of it off the edge of the tag.  I kept the die cut sentiment the same word and added a wee stamped word underneath.  Easy peasy!  Now this tag is ready to be added to a card front or used on its own.

Our wonderful Tag You're It design team has created some wonderful tags this week so be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Pocket Full of Posies (Technique Tuesday); Hand Lettered Hello (WPlus9)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum (SU)
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink); Onyx Black (Versamark)
Accessories:  Traditional Tags STAX, Pierced Traditional Tags STAX (My Favorite Things); Hand Lettered Hello die (WPlus9); black embossing powder

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Freshly Made Sketches 191

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I've been so busy the last few days trying to get caught up in my stamp room.  All that time lounging around outside in the sunshine is good for the soul but wreaks havoc on a stamping schedule!  On a happy note today is Freshly Made Sketches day so let's get to it.  Jen Timko is our hostess this week and her sketch is got a big space that is perfect for pretty much anything you might have in mind!



I thought that big space was perfect for some fluttering butterflies.  And speaking of butterflies that happens to be the challenge at Addicted to CAS and I also stacked the "be" sentiment die cut because that's what they are looking for at Just Us Girls!


Well that's it for me today!  The Freshly Made Sketches design team has made some beautiful cards with this sketch so I hope you are inspired to join us in the gallery!  I hope to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Painted Butterflies (Altenew); Happy (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Soft Sky, Basic Black So Saffron, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Soft Sky, Night of Navy (SU); Onyx Black (Versamark)
Accessories:  Be die (Simon Says Stamp); enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

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colourQ 295

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The weather has been so fantastic around here that I have been totally neglecting my stamp room!  I can't possibly justify holing myself up inside when the sun is shining, the temperatures are warm and the flowers and veggies need watering.  But I did manage to get inside a time or two to make a card for today's colourQ palette!



This one is pretty CAS and I'm sure you recognize the CAS(E) This Sketch layout! When I started making this card I was going to use an entirely different floral image stamped in shades of pink than the one you see here but changed my mind at the last minute.  There was a piece of vellum hanging around my desk and when I saw it I thought that it would look pretty embossed in gold with this image instead.


Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other colourQ designers cards this week!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Hennah Elements (Altenew); Beautiful Butterflies (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Blushing Bride, Night of Navy, Vellum (SU); 
Ink:  Night of Navy (SU); Distress Embossing Ink
Accessories:   Pierced Square STAX (My Favorite Things); enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); embossing powder

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