Thursday, May 26, 2022

Fusion - Rainbow Plates

We've got another great challenge for you at Fusion.  The inspiration photo features "rainbow plates" but since I made a rainbow card yesterday I decided to follow the sketch this time around.

Ok, work with me here.  I know the sketch has a couple of circles but I opted for a bit of creative license on my card.  The top of the sketch has a partial circle.  On my card that became a leaf that has a circular shape.  The other circle on the sketch became a flower on my card.  Ta da!  My colors were inspired by the colors of the Global Design Project.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Fusion teammates have made some great cards to inspire you to create along with us so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Strength Blooms (Altenew); Simple Sentiments 02 (Simon Says Stamps)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Forest Glades, Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Purple Wine, Cosmic Berry (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Bricked embossing folder (Tim Holtz)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 537

Hi everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess is Judy and, with a few tweaks, I embraced her sketch wholeheartedly!

The rainbow challenge at Less is More inspired my colorful horizontal layer and I thought a simple "HI" sentiment mimicked the circle on the sketch.  The banner underneath those layers was paper pierced using a Stampin' Up! stencil.  Remember stencils!!  This is why I am a stamping hoarder.  I might only use something once every five years but I'm eternally grateful that it exists in my stash for just the perfect moment!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Island Indigo (Stampin' Up!); Enchanted Evening, Royal Velvet (Papertrey Ink)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 536

Pardon my late entry (again) for our newest Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I've got to say that the circles on the sketch initially put me in a bit of a panic, but after poking around in my stash I came up with a card that makes me so happy!  Karren is our hostess and her sketch got me thinking out of the box!

So, when I first saw the sketch I was thinking about something along the lines of three flowers, or maybe three geometric shapes, or maybe three butterflies.  But as I was looking through my stash I stumbled on this JUMBO stamp set from The Ton which had three poinsettias in roughly the same placement as the circles.  Perfect!

I embossed the background with some subtle burlap texture because I didn't like the flowers against a plain white background.  The poinsettias and leaves have amazing dimension - perfect with the textured background - and the black die-cut sentiment just makes the whole thing pop!  I love this card!

Thanks for stopping by!  The amazing Freshly Made Sketches design team has some fabulous cards to inspire you to play along with us, so I hope you do!

Stamps:  Boundless Poinsettia (The Ton)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades (Altenew)
Accessories:  Rustic Burlap impression plate (Papertrey Ink); Merry Christmas die (Impression Obsession)

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Fusion - At the Movies

Hi all!  I'm a bit late to share my Fusion card with you but here we go!  The theme is at the movies, but it was the sketch and the colors from the photo that caught my eye.  The red couch prompted me to incorporate red in my card and the movie theme got me digging around in my stash for this film strip stamp.

I stamped the flowers on this card first then stamped the film strip over them.  I was not happy with how it looked so I stamped the flowers again on some vellum, added some clear embossing powder over those images (a trick I learned because ink and vellum = wet) and then fussy cut the flowers.  I placed them over the original stamped images and I liked this so much better! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Fusion challenge is going on now.  You can play with the sketch, the inspiration photo, or combine the two.  It's your choice!

Stamps:  Film Strip I (Creative Embellishments); Zig Zag Floral (Altenew); Celebration of Thanks (Verve)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!); Vellum (Graphix)
Ink:  Crimson (Altenew); Nocturne (Versafine Clair); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  clear embossing powder

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 535

Hi all!  I'm a wee bit late with my card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches but here it finally is!  Our hostess this week is Amy and I love the banner she incorporated into the sketch.  So many possibilities!  

I chose to use the colors from The Paper Players and the flowers challenge from Just Us Girls and combine them with the sketch to create a CAS thank you card.  The banner was die cut with some parchment-style vellum and I stamped the sentiment on it using my go-to ink for crisp images.  But by the next day the sentiment was a fuzzy, blurry mess.  This looks cute as long as you don't look too close!  😂

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can join us at Freshly Made Sketches! Our fabulous design team has made some cards that will surely inspire you to play along with us so check them out!

Stamps:  Celebration of Thanks (Verve)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Lavender Moon, Green Parakeet (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Weathered embossing folder (Taylored Expressions); Pierced Fishtail Flags die, Plentiful Petals die (My Favorite Things)

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 534

Hi all!  It's a new day and time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess and sketch designer is Cécile and, as usual, her design has me wishing I had her design instinct.  I tried my best to channel my inner Cécile, so here goes!

I started by using a watercolor background stamp in a pale pink topped with a grungy image stamped in one of my favorite grays (Smokey Shadow). Then I added the square die-cut and a couple of pink flowers.  I toyed with adding a small leaf in a bright green, but it looked to busy to me so I left the flowers alone.  I tucked in a small Verve sentiment to the right.  You can't go wrong with a Verve sentiment!

Thanks for stopping by!  My amazing teammates at Freshly Made Sketches have got some fabulous cards to WOW you so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Jumbo Abstract Art (My Favorite Things); Summer Silhouettes (Stampin' Up!); Hope Blooms (Verve)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Blush, Coral Berry (Altenew); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Quadrangle Frames die (Simon Says Stamp)

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Fusion - Blue Butterfly

We've got a great new challenge for you at Fusion.  I'm a big lover of butterflies so you would think this challenge would be easy for me, but I'm here to tell you that I made at least three iterations of this card before I decided this was the one!  In the end I opted to create some fusion of my own by combining the butterfly theme with the sketch.

I loved the varying shades of blue and green in the inspiration pic so I sponged some similar colors onto my background.   (The color on the right looks purple but it's called "chipped sapphire" so I promise in real life that it looks blue).  I randomly stamped butterflies onto the background and then I added the big banner die cut in vellum so the colors and butterflies below would show through.  I topped the banner with a couple of die cut butterflies and a sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out our Fusion challenge and play along with the sketch the inspiration photo or both!

Stamps:  Butterfllies (7Gypsies); Keep It Simple Just a Note (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Bristol Smooth; Island Indigo, Whisper White, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers (Distress Oxide); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)
Accesories:  Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX (My Favorite Things); Delaney Butterfly die (Poppystamps)

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 533

Hello!  It's Wednesday so that means we've got a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is my hiking hero Jen Brum, who created this wonderful sketch that got me thinking outside the box!

I first made a card using washi tape for the vertical stripes but hated it when all was said and done.  Then when I was at work on Monday I remembered this birch tree die that I had.  (I'm supposed to be working but while I'm at work but I can't help obsessing about my card designs when I'm there.  Don't tell the boss)!  I thought I could use the birch trees to replicate the vertical stripes.  I think they do very well!

The background of the card is the shimmery white cardstock from Stampin' Up!  It doesn't look like much in the picture but it sure is pretty in real life!  The white birch trees really show up nicely against it because they are different shades of white.  I added a few little birds in red because this little scene I created reminded me of winter.  And cardinals are one of those few birds are a bright (red) spot in a white winter scene.

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches design teammates have made some fabulous cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out

Stamps:  Joy (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Real Red, Shimmery White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Forest Majesty die (Whimsy Stamps)