Thursday, April 15, 2021

Fusion - Poppies

We've got a great new challenge for you at Fusion!  The inspiration photo is full of beautiful poppies but, alas, I didn't have any of those in my stash so I took my cues from the colors and from flowers in general and combined them, along with the sketch, to make this card.

The filmstrip is inspired by the vertical element on the sketch and was the first stamp I thought of using when I saw the sketch.  I stamped it in gray, so that it would be a little muted behind the brightly colored flowers.  I colored the flowers by scribbling some colors with Copic markers then stamping the flowers over my scribbles and fussy cutting them out.  I made this a slimline card to add to the TGIF Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!  My Fusion teammates have made some fabulous cards so be sure to check them out!  I hope you'll join us!

Stamps:  Pocket  Full of Posies, Petite Posies (Technique Tuesday); Film Strip I (Creative Embellishments)
Paper:  Whisper White, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 481

It's time for a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is CΓ©cile and her unique sketch had me a bit nervous at first!

But my initial nervousness at all those circles gave way to snowflakes!  It's well documented here that I only like snow when it's on a card so I let a whole lot of snowflakes loose on this card.  I cut them from silver glimmer paper and carefully arranged them in a grid.  The sentiment was embossed in silver.  At the last minute I added a slim silver border to break up the white background a bit.  All that silver was inspired by the color challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can join us at Freshly Made Sketches for our latest challenge!

Stamps:  Ways to Say Merry Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer (Recollections)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Let It Snowflake Too die (My Favorite Things); silver embossing powder

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Mojo Sketch for Mother's Day

By some happy accident I just found that an old favorite sketch challenge of mine, Mojo Monday, is back!  As a new papercrafter, Mojo Monday was one of the first challenges that I played along with regularly as I stretched out my creative wings and I was sad when it retired back in 2017.  But it's back and I'm playing along with the current sketch.

One of the things I always loved about the Mojo sketches were the layers!  They allowed me to get creative with pattern and texture so for this card I dug deep into my patterned paper stash and used a lots of different SU papers.  And in a nod to Julee, the Mojo creator, I used a favorite flower from Verve.  The colors from the latest challenge at The Color Throwdown inspired the floral theme and since Mother's Day will be here before you know it I thought this was a perfect card for that.  And at Tic Tac Toe I managed to squeeze in the first row down - as long as "mother" is a good enough substitute for "mom' LOL! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Dream Big (Verve); Keep It Simple Mother (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Old Olive, So Saffron, Cameo Coral, Whisper White, Sweet Pea DSP, Patterns Stack Brights DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Cameo Coral, Old Olive (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Dreamy Leaves die (Verve); Dotted Borders die (Avery Elle)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #480

Ok, full disclosure here.  Today we've got a new sketch challenge debuting at Freshly Made Sketches and Jen Brum is our hostess.  She designed a beautiful sketch with a beautiful curvy layer and I thought I'd try to get a little creative with that curve.  But I veered off...

First I decided that flipping the sketch would be the thing to do, then I decided a slimline card would be fun, then I decided that this skyline somehow mimicked the curvy line on the sketch.  By the time I was done my card bore little resemblance to the sketch but I was too far in to the project to change it.  For the background I sponged on some shades of yellow and orange and thought they might be a sunrise.  And the sentiment fit my emerging new-day theme.  

I wanted to scrap my project because I thought it was too far off from the sketch but my awesome teammates at Freshly Made Sketches encouraged me to post this card and Jen Brum, our hostess, told me to be a rebel and post it.  So here it is!

And at AAA card the challenge is "two quarters" which according to my math is the same as one-half.  I think that my skyline only takes up half of this card so I'm going to throw this up over there as well.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope that my non-traditional take on the sketch will inspire you to see the sketch in new ways and that you'll play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps:  New Day (Precious Remembrance Shop)
Paper:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up!); Bristol Smooth
Ink:  Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade (Distress Oxide); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Slim Film City die (Mama Elephant)

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Fusion - Bee Kind

Our new challenge at Fusion is a celebration of bees!  After an exhaustive search of my stamping stash I determined that I didn't have a single bee in it 😞 But I did have a few honeycomb accents so I thought I'd use one of those and keep at least one part of the theme!

So using the colors from Fab Friday and our Fusion sketch I put a die cut honeycomb along the bottom of the card and added a totally different winged creature:  a dragonfly.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can join us at Fusion.  You can choose the sketch, the inspiration or both!

Stamps:  Tons of Type (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Misty Moonlight, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Honeycomb Remnant die (Memory Box); Libellules die (4enscrap); Wink of Stella

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #479

It's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Kim and her terrific sketch inspired me to take a trip around my craft room and rummage for supplies!

I went seriously old-school on my card this week.  The stamp set is an old favorite and the patterned paper is a tiny remnant that fit the card front perfectly.  I even used some grosgrain ribbon - part of a monster stash that has been sadly neglected over the years!  I did add a bit of the new though - the sentiment is thoroughly modern and from a set that I bought recently!

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have some gorgeous cards to wow you with this week!  I hope they inspire you to play along with us!

Stamps:  Best Blossoms (Stampin' Up!); Easy Expressions Thanks (The Ton)
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Pierced Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things); Little Leaves Sizzlet, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #478

Alright folks - we've got a great new CAS sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week is our hostess is my favorite pilot - and by that I mean CAPTAIN - Jennifer Timko!  πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

I went with a one-layer card and using the colors from the Sunday Stamps challenge inked up some leafy images along the bottom.  This in turn, was good to play along with the AAA challenge of Along the Edge.  

I added the butterfly at the last minute because I think the card needed a little something to finish it off.  I'm pleased at how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!  Please check out our challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and play along with us if you can!

Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes (Stampin' Up!); Beautiful Butterflies (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Bamboo, Parrot (Altenew); Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 477

We've got a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches....and I'm the hostess!  I feel a little bit like a broken record because, once again, my sketch is square (I love those).  But if squares aren't your thing feel free to use a different shape.

The lovely colors at The Paper Players inspired me to use this turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th.  It's gorgeous and gigantic!  Once I've stamped it I can't bring myself to cut off those glorious edges so that it fits into an A2 envelope so I just make proportionately giant cards.  This one is 5 1/2 inches square.  I even dug out my envelope punch board to make an envelope for it! I didn't want to detract from the background too much so the center square on the sketch became a shimmery vellum rectangle on my card to which I added some shimmery letters.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  As you probably already know my Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some beautiful cards with my sketch so I hope you are inspired to play along with us!

Stamps:  Botanical Turnabout (The Stamp Market); All About You (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!); Vellum (Grafix); foil paper (Recollections)
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  You Trio die (My Favorite Things)