Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 490

It's time for a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Jen Brum and her sketch inspired me to make something a little whimsical.

Using colors from the latest Sunday Stamps Challenge I stamped a grungy image as my vertical layer then stamped these fun flowers and popped them up on foam.  The sentiment is a little on the fun and whimsical side too.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches teammates totally rocked this sketch to be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Rugged Edge (IndigoBlu); Funky Florals (Papertrey Ink); Easy Expressions Birthday (The Ton)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Teal Cave, Rouge, Crimson, Jet Black (Altenew)

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Fusion - Seashells

Hi all!  It's time for a new challenge at Fusion.  This week the inspiration is about seashells, but as luck would have it I don't own any seashell stamps.  So I had to content myself with just the sketch! 

Summer seems to have started off with a bang here in Massachusetts, and it's not even technically summer.  A week ago it was rainy and cold and the last several days have been over 90 degrees.  Welcome to New England folks!  So all this hot weather put me in mind of summer flowers - which I have been feverishly watering in this heat.  Lucky for me the challenge at The Paper Players is about the signs of summer so all my summer thoughts went in to this floral card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Fusion design team has made some great cards for this challenge so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes, By Definition (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!); Lemon Grass (Avery Elle); Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Lemon Grass, Daisy (Avery Elle); Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)
Accessories:  Blueprints 15 (My Favorite Things); Scallop Edge punch (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 489

Hi friends!  It's Wednesday so that means we've got a new sketch challenge for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Linda and her sketch has a bunch of circles on it. ๐Ÿ™ˆWhat to do, what to do?? In true Freshly Made Sketches fashion circles are not necessary (you can always substitute other shapes) but that's what stuck in my brain when I sat at my desk to make my card.  So circles lead to rain drops which lead to an umbrella which lead to the only stamp set I own with an umbrella in it.

The "umbrella man," as I have taken to calling him, was a perfect image for some masculine colors so I used the challenge at TGIF for my color choices.  My raindrops are 3D enamel dots.  Whoever gets this card will get it hand-delivered because I'm sure those dots won't survive the post office and their sorting machines!

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Freshly Made Sketches team has made some fabulous cards with this sketch so I hope you check them out and join us!

Stamps:  Life's Possibilities (Tim Holtz)
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Basic Gray, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Clear Droplets (Pretty Pink Posh)

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Addicted to CAS - Beach

I'm super excited about my post today because I am a guest designer at Addicted to CAS this week!  They liked one of my cards a few weeks ago and invited me to play along with this challenge.  Since CAS cards and I get along really well, I jumped at the chance!  And then Kylie sent me the challenge graphic and I had a mini panic attack!  The cue word was "beach."

Don't get me wrong, I love the beach.  I grew up close enough to Cape Cod in Massachusetts that I spent many happy summers frolicking in the ocean.  The problem is that I don't own a single stamp about the beach.  So for inspiration I turned to Splitcoast Stampers and searched the gallery for the word beach.  What I found was that Stampin' Up! had a stamp set with an abstract images that, if stamped in the right colors, mimicked beach, ocean, and land and while I didn't have that stamp set I had some abstract images of my own that just might work for a similar look.

So I took that abstract image and stamped it multiple times in colors that would call to mind land, sand, and sea.  I couldn't believe how well it turned out!  I know it's an abstract design but I hope you can see the beach there!  And since I find the beach to be a place of calm - there's nothing like feeling the hot sun on my face while the sea breeze is blowing and the sounds of the ocean are around me - that I added this particular sentiment.  To me the beach is a place to just be.

This is a one-layer card, another favorite of mine, so I'm going to join in with the Less is More challenge too.  They are looking for a favorite technique.  I'm not sure a one-layer card is a "technique" but it is in my book!

Thanks for stopping by!  And thanks again to Kylie and everyone at Addicted to CAS for inviting me to be a guest for this challenge.  I loved thinking a bit outside the box with this one!

Stamps:  Celebrate Artsy (Stamplorations); Words of Wisdom (Verve)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Sand Dunes, Rocky Shores, Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, Dusk (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 488

Hi friends!  It's my time to be the hostess at Freshly Made Sketches - always a nail-biter for me!  This time around I made a no-frills sketch, but it's still got some room for your clever interpretation.

When I make a sketch I don't work backwards, meaning I don't make a card and then draw up the sketch based on the card.  I just come up with the sketch and hope for divine inspiration when it comes to actually making a card with it. ๐Ÿ˜Š This time around when I sat at my desk to make my card I was lucky enough to have some extra inspiration in the form of the dots challenge at Just Us Girls and the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at The Paper Players (middle row across). 

Originally the ribbon and sentiment layers were a bit longer and I tried to add a few staples on the right side of them to be interesting, but my stapler wouldn't cooperate (read:  user error) and I made a big mess and had to cut down both layers to get rid of said big mess.  However, since I firmly believe in the old adage "there are no mistakes in stamping" I forged ahead with my modified version and all is right in the world.

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some awesome cards with my sketch so please stop on by to check them out.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  Tons of Type (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versfine)
Accessories:  Subtle embossing folder (Stampin' Up!); enamel dew drop (Freckled Fawn); seam binding ribbon

Friday, May 28, 2021

Thanks So Much

The color challenge this week at Color Throwdown is one of my all-time favorite combos so I wanted to make sure that I played along.

To my great disappointment I didn't make a card with cats on it as is suggested by the challenge prompt.  I have three cats and I love them dearly, but none of them are black, gray, or yellow so  I had to resort to ........ flowers!  

Thanks for stopping by!  The strange weather here continues.  Wednesday was 90-degrees, Thursday was 80-degrees and today I've got a sweater on because it's only about 55-degrees.  I wish warm weather would arrive already!

Stamps:  Best Blossoms (Stampin' Up!); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum, Night & Day DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Maple Yellow (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories: Little Leaves Sizzlet (Stampin' Up!); Binding Edge punch (EK Tools)

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Fusion - Laugh Decor

Hi friends!  We've got a great new challenge for you at Fusion.  As always there's a sketch and an inspiration photo - this one about laughter - and I chose to make a card for the sketch this time.

Despite that the vertical panel and the three circles strongly suggested layers I decided to challenge myself and do a one layer card.  Sometimes drawing lines to mimic a layer is just what the doctor ordered!  I stamped three dotted circles in a {somewhat} approximation of the colors at Global Design Project and then drew the lines around them.  I added some squiggles just for fun!

As always at Fusion you have the option of following the sketch, the inspiration photo, or to combine them both.  It's totally up to you!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Dot Spot (Papertrey Ink); Tons of Type (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Volcano Lake, Evergreen (Altenew); Crisp Cantaloupe (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 487

It's been a busy week around here but at the last minute I managed to squeak in my card for our newest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Jen Timko and she's given us my new favorite kind of design - a slimline!

I will say that I don't love photographing these cards!  But I do love that big blank canvas on the sketch.  I decided to keep it really clean and simple and just added some white daisies and a simple script sentiment.  I colored the leaves with a Copic marker that just happens to be a nearly exact match for the green layer.  Serendipity!  BTW, the daisy idea came from the challenge at Just Us Girls.

Thanks for stopping by!  The weather is crazy around here - 90 degrees one day and 60 the next and no rain in sight.  Today we're on tap for another 90-degree day, which I'm totally okay with!  Bring on summer, I say!

As you would expect my fellow Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some beauties with this sketch so check them out.

Stamps:  Scripty Sayings (Gina K Designs)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Call Me Clover (Stampin' Up!); Xpress It Blending Card
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine); Copics
Accessories:  Upsy Daisy die (My Favorite Things)