Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches 578

After a busy week and a missed challenge I'm back at Freshly Made Sketches for our newest challenge.  Our hostess this week is Jacquie and after contemplating her sketch I went with a layered stenciled design.

I think it's a fun design to layer images over one another - and pop one up on foam tape over the other. I chose to use vellum for the horizontal layer on the sketch so that the stamped images on the card base were still visible.

I was inspired by the spring challenge at The Paper Players too!

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches design team has made some beautiful cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out!

Paper:  Whisper White, Vellum (Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultraviolet, Forest Glades (Altenew)
Accessories:  Climbing Cosmos layering stencil (The Ton); Pierced Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things)

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches 576

Hi friends!  It's time for a great new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches with our hostess Amy!  I was lucky enough to meet Amy in real life a few months ago.  She lives in Texas and I live in Massachusetts so it's not like we can get together for lunch whenever we want!  It's a strange crafty phenomena that we have these friendships that are created from a shared interest and chance meetings on design teams.  We live in different states, countries, or even different continents and sometimes our chances of meeting each other are very slim.  So I consider myself lucky that I have gotten to meet three of my fellow Freshly Made Sketches design team members in person.  Would that I could meet them all!  ❤️

But now on to our challenge.  Amy's circles became sweet little daisies on my card.  I took a chance and did some white flowers on a white background (always hard for me to photograph) and then took a bigger chance by adding in some white blobs of Nuvo drops that I prayed would flatten out into artistic discs after a bit of finger flicking from below.  They did -- whew!

I was going to stamp a sentiment somewhere but was afraid of smudging it and messing up the whole thing so I opted to leave it off.  I can always add one later when I'm feeling more brave!

Thanks for stopping by!  There are some great interpretations of this sketch from my fellow Freshly Made Sketches design team members so be sure to check them out.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Cardstock:  Solar White (Neenah); Green Parakeet (Papertrey Ink): Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Upsy Daisy die (My Favorite Things); Gloss White Crystal Drops (Nuvo)

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches 575

Hi stamping friends!  Today at Freshly Made Sketches we've got a challenge for you designed by Karren and, no surprise, it's a great one!  It's now March and I don't think I've made a Christmas card in a while so I thought I'd better add one to my stash.  This sketch gave me the inspiration I needed.

I recently discovered flocked (or velour) paper and I bought a paper pack recently.  It came in handy for the poinsettia on my card.  Look, what gorgeous texture it adds!  I added some leaves in a shimmery vellum, some enamel dots for texture, and the vertical strip of patterned paper for some extra interest.  The colors I chose were inspired by the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!  As usual my fellow Freshly Made Sketches design team members have made some amazing cards to inspire you to play along with us!

Stamps:  Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White Linen (Essentials by Ellen); Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Twitterpated DSP (Stampin' Up!); vellum (Graphix); velour paper (Hygloss)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Blooming Poinsettia die (Memory Box); enamel dots (Studio Calico)

Friday, February 24, 2023

Pinks & Pearls

I'm excited to share that I am the guest designer at As You See It for their Pinks & Pearls challenge.  It seems that the design team over there liked one of my cards recently and invited me to be a guest designer!  I always get a goosebump or two when I get recognized for one of my cards!

It's no secret that I tend to gravitate towards clean and simple cards so I love a challenge that has got lots of elements to it.  I get to stretch my creative wings!  For my card I embossed the background and sponged on some color to give it a little depth.  Then I added two layers cut with a deckle die set in shades of pink.  The top layer was cut in white with the same deckle die and sponged on the edges to create an aged look.  Then it was stamped with a simple branch.  The blossoms on the branch were colored with different shades of pink.  I added a few pearls and I was done!  I love how this came out!

Thanks again to the design team at As You See It for inviting me to play along with them!

Stamps:  Artfully Asian (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Strawberry Slush, Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Weathered embossing folder (Taylored Expressions); Deckled Rectangle dies (Spellbinders); Basic Peals (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches 574

Hi stamping friends!  We've got a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Jen Brum and her tilty sketch is so fun!

I thought patterned paper would be a good idea for this sketch and the color challenge at Sunday Stamps got me doing a deep dive in my stash to find something suitable.  I was pretty sure that I had some that would fit the bill and sure enough, I did!  I added the diagonal paper in complementary colors and stamped a sentiment on the widest layer.  

Thanks for stopping by!  This is such a great sketch and our fearless Freshly Made Sketches design team has made some fabulous cards with it, so be sure to check it out!

Stamps:  Biggest Wish (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Pool Party, Certainly Celery, Island Indigo, Everyday Enchantment DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Island Indigo (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches 573

We've got a fabulous new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess and sketch designer this week is Kim.  Those vertical banners can be interpreted in so many different ways!

I used a rainbow of colors to create that horizontal layer.  I decided to lighten it up a bit with a sentiment in white and I thought I was done.  But after looking at the finished card I thought there was a little something missing so I added the wee flowers.  I used this very strange tool in my stash that has a little ball on the end to make a small depression in the center of the flowers.  This made them pop up a bit and I added some Nuvo drops in the center so they didn't look so plain.  The whole card is so cute!

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have some fabulous interpretations of this sketch so be sure to check them out!  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy, Vintage Violet (Stampin' Up!); Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Smile die (Impression Obsession); Trio Flowers punch (Stampin' Up!); Gloss White Nuvo Drops

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches 572

Hi all!  It's Wednesday, so that means we've got a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess is Linda and those big circles on her sketch turned into dahlias on my card!

This dahlia stamp set is very tricky to try and layer but after several years of trying, I think I've finally got it down!  For my card I used blues on the flowers and reds on the background, both inspired by the color challenge at As You See It Challenge.  That horizontal layer is actually some ombre glimmer paper and it is so pretty in real life!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches design team friends have made amazing cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Delightful Delightful Additions (Papertrey Ink); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper: Whisper White, In Color Glimmer Paper2022-2024 (Simply Sentiment)
Ink:  Iceberg, Eastern Sky, Ultramarine, Azurite (Altenew)'; Onyx Black (Versafine)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches 571

Hi friends.  Today I am the hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches.  I made a sketch that kinda-sorta looks like a slimline, but don't let that shape fool you.  You can do whatever shape you want!

I went way into my stamping archives to make this card.  The patterned paper is from Basic Grey that I've had it in my stash for years but I don't know the name.  And the card base is some confetti cardstock from Stampin' Up! that I'm sure was retired ages ago, but I love it because it's a warm color with flecks of color in it.  It was perfect for this card.  And the sentiment.  Seriously, how true is this?

Thanks for stopping by!  I sure hope that you check out the inspiration from our Freshly Made Sketches design team and join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Favorite Thoughts (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:   Convetti White (Stampin; Up!); Basic Grey
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  silver cord (Stampin' Up!); enamel dots (Doodlebug Designs); silver eyelets