Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 159 and Colour Me...! 43

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today we've got a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week the sketch is brought to you by little ol' me!  I hope you find lots of inspiration in it!

My card incorporates the palette at Colour Me...! where I am the guest designer this month.  I've never been a big fan of Crisp Cantaloupe but I've got to say that I've got a new appreciation for it now.  It seems to go with just about everything!

I recently got this new stamp set and I've been dying to ink it up.  The big square layer on the sketch was perfect for showing off the flowers stamped in these beautiful colors.   It was a little tricky at first figuring out how the layers of these stamps went together but I have to admit it was fun figuring it out and seeing how the flowers gained depth each time I added a layer.

The ladies at Freshly Made Sketches and Colour Me...! have created some beautiful cards for you to see so be sure to check them out.  We'd love to have you join us this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Painted Flowers (Altenew); Celebration of Thanks (Verve)
Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Soft Cantaloupe (Hero Arts); Calypso Coral, Elegant Eggplant (SU); True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Pierced Square STAX (My Favorite Things); Banner Trio die (Wplus9); Antique Brad (SU); white seam binding ribbon

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

colourQ 264

Hello there!  Today is the reveal of a new color palette at colourQ and it just so happens that the colors, inspired by this table runner, are perfect if you are in the mood for a Halloween card or, as in my case, you would like to try something new.

The challenge this week at Friday Mashup is to try something that I'd never heard of called the Galaxy Technique.  You basically create a card where the background looks like some of the views you've probably seen from the Hubble space telescope.  They've got a couple of links to video tutorials on the challenge post - one using watercolors and one using Distress Paints.  And both are very cool.

This is actually the second version I attempted using this technique.  The first one I made was using watercolor paints and since me and watercoloring are barely on speaking terms you can only imagine the hot mess that followed.  For my second attempt I wanted to try something more like the Distress Paint version even though I didn't have any paint, Distress or otherwise.

I started out by tapping some Distress Ink on my craft sheet in the orange, green and purple colors.  I misted them with water then smooshed my cardstock in the mess I created.  Then I took some black dye ink and tried the same thing.  The black didn't look so good.  (Note to self, put black Distress Ink on my wish list).  Not to be deterred I dried the cardstock with my heat tool then set about sponging black ink all over it.  The darker areas you see are actually the smudgy effect of using the black dye ink misted with water so even though I thought it looked terrible when I first did it, I ended up liking how it gave my little corner of the universe some depth.

I added some little splatter stars by dipping a brush in some shimmer paint and tapping it against my finger so that it would leave splatters all over the place.  I heat embossed, in white, some bigger stars and something I like to think of as a comet tail to finish off the look.

I'm quite pleased with how it came out except for the part where I messed up and used Wisteria Wonder ink and Vintage Violet cardstock.  You've already stuck with me this long so I won't bore you with THAT story, I'll just thank you for stopping by.

ETA:  I'm also submitting this card over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the challenge is to add a piece of sky.  Thank's LeAnne for letting me know about that!

The colourQ gang have again made some outstanding cards using these colors so please pop on over there to check them out.  We always love to see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  So 80s (WPlus 9); Mini Stamp Brilliant, Mini Stamp Right Now (Heidi Swapp)
Paper:  Vintage Violet, Whisper White (SU); White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Crushed Olive, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord (Distress Ink); Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black (SU); Versamark
Accessories:  white embossing powder

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


Aside from one rainy day this past week we have had some fantastic weather here in Massachusetts.  The sun has been shining, the temperatures have been more like June than October and it's been truly wonderful.   And it's all coming to and end.  Starting today fall is back and while fall is nice, it really just means that winter is not that far behind.  Good news for some, but bad news for a snow hater like me.

One thing I do like about this time of year is making Christmas cards.  I've been meaning to make a card for the Festive Friday challenge and finally found some time on Saturday to get in my craft room.  The Sketch Saturday provided a nice layout for my idea too.

I was inspired by the colors, the red ribbon and the greenery so I fussy cut some pine branches then added some red circles to simulate berries.  A little ribbon, a simple sentiment and I was done.  The white chairs sure give an impression of white space, so I made sure to leave lots on my card.

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

Stamps:  Fantastic Foliage (SU); Joyous Noel (Verve)
Paper:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Garden Green, Early Espresso (SU)
Accessories:  Pierced Square STAX (My Favorite Things); Real Red grosgrain ribbon (SU)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 158

Half way through the work week.  Yay!  And, of course, since it's Wednesday we've got a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week Jen Timko is our hostess and as soon as I saw the sketch I loved it and I know you will too.

This is also my third week joining the talented design team at Colour Me...! and I've got to say that they have quite a knack for picking color palettes.  The Island Indigo and Soft Sky are complementary and the Crisp Cantaloupe adds such an interesting contrast.  I LOVE how these colors look together!

Don't forget to check out the inspiration from Freshly Made Sketches and Colour Me...!  The design team cards are amazing and I hope you'll join us this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Friendly Flowers (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Crisp Cantaloupe, Island Indigo DSP, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Crisp Cantaloupe (SU)
Accessories:  Finishing Touches Edgelit (SU)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

colourQ 263

Halloween is only a few weeks away so to get you in full swing this week at colourQ we've got some great colors inspired by this wicked door swag.

I thought the graphic sketch at Fusion was pretty cool and that I could take the circles and make them seem like full moons.  Then I just added some icky spiders - because really, all spiders are icky - and a razzleberry bat.  I just happen to have some baker's twine in my stash that I bought especially for Halloween projects and since it has the perfect colors for the challenge I wrapped it around the bottom of my vertical layer. 

The colourQ team have got some great cards to show you, as always, so pop on over there to have a look.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Bite Me, Autumn Apparitions (SU)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes); Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Cast-a-Spell DSP (SU)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark (SU); True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Tangerine Tango embossing  powder; Harvest Corn twine (Maya Road)

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn Wishes

I was so productive yesterday.  I managed to make three cards, try a different take on some shepard's pie, go to the supermarket, watch some football and all of that in plenty of time to watch the season premier of The Walking Dead.  That's a good day I say to myself!

The first card I made was for the color challenge at The Paper Players, uses the layout at Deconstructed Sketch, the Autumn theme at As You See It and a button and sentiment for Sentimental Sundays.  Whew!

I wish the three leaves showed up a little better, but they all seem to blend together a bit.  I rock and rolled the colors on them but was having a hard time adding a little definition between them with my extra juicy Mossy Meadow ink pad.  It kept adding much more color than I wanted so I stopped trying to do it before I ruined them.  They look better in real life!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  French Foliage (SU); Distressed Grid (Creative Embellishments); Fall Colors (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink:  Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, Mossy Meadow (SU)
Accessories:  Candy Cane button, Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon, Decorative Dots embossing folder (SU); Pierced Square STAX (My Favorite Things)

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Sunday, October 12, 2014


Day one of the long weekend here found me with some extra time stamping-wise.  Usually my weekends are pretty busy with cleaning, running errands and trying to get design team cards made for the coming week.  But the prospect of an extra day off from work gave me some time to do a little leisurely stamping for no particular reason.

Not surprisingly I made another card to play along with the splatter challenge at CASology and combined it with the one layer challenge at Less is More.

I played no part in adding the splatters on this card - they came with the floral stamp.  I briefly toyed with the idea to add a few more but figured there was a good chance that I'd ruin it so I left it alone.  The flowers are stamped with Distress Ink and after I inked up the stamp I sprayed it with water to smoosh the colors around.  This isn't watercolor paper so the effect is subtle but in real life I can see some depth of color amid the flower petals.

Today I've not nothing planned but some grocery shopping, football watching and card making!  Fall is definitely in the air here and I actually turned on the heat yesterday because it was getting a bit chilly in the house.  Apparently the cats thought I should have done it sooner because as soon as the radiators got warm they were draped all over them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Poppy Field (Rubbernecker Stamps); Mini Stamp Brilliant (Heidi Swapp)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Jet Black (Archival); Worn Lipstick (Distress Ink); Onyx Black (Versafine)

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Splatters, Colors and Thanks

The cue card this week at CASology is splatter.  If ever there was a challenge with my name written all over it, this is it!  I love me some grungy splatters, that's for sure.  After seeing that I poked around some and found the gorgeous color challenge at Stampin' Royalty and decided to combine the two.

I've got some coffee splatters to go along with some ink splatters.  And a sentiment die that I cut three times and layered together.  Simple and sweet!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Java Spills (Stamping Bella); Abstract Art (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Blackberry Bliss (SU)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Soft Sky (SU)
Accessories:  Thanks Word die (Lil' Inker Designs)

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