Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 430

Hey all.  I hope that you are all healthy and safe.  I'm grateful that I'm able to escape into my stamp room once in a while to make something that (I hope) is pretty and gives me a chance to forget that the world has turned upside down.  To that end my friends at Freshly Made Sketches want to help inspire you to create along with us.  We've got a new challenge debuting today and Jacquie is our hostess.

I substituted that diamond for an oval and did some kind of inverse stamping technique that I'm sure has a name but I have no idea what it is!  I basically stamped the floral image onto two pieces of card stock, then cut an oval out of one of them, then layered the one with the missing oval over the other layer, and popped it up on foam tape so the other images show through.  I'm sure that makes no sense but if you click on the image I'm sure you'll get the gist!

I wanted to do a floral image because I just got this stamp set that has been on my wish list for a while plus the challenge at Challenge Up Your Life is to use flowers.  I love it when two ideas come together!

This card is going to my Mom.  Even though we talk on the phone all the time it's been weeks since I've seen her in person.  I know she loves to get a card in the mail so hopefully this will put a smile on her face.  I know she's bored silly - watching movies all day long can only go so far - so I email her the crossword from the daily newspaper every day.  What a strange world we live in now!

Stay safe everyone. We'll get through this together.

Stamps:  Floral Art (Altenew); Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up!); Coral Berry, Grapevine, Fresh Leaf, Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Oval Stax 2 die (My Favorite Things)

Thursday, April 2, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 366 Meets Fusion

It's that time again when I get to combine the challenges from CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion into one card.  This time around I had some layers and a fun Easter gnome to play with.

Those gnomes are so cute with their bunny ears, but I didn't find anything in my stash that I could use to approximate those ears so I had to satisfy myself by making a "regular" gnome in soft pastel colors with some polka dots thrown in for good measure.  The soft colors at Cupcake Inspirations inspired my color choices.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please play along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up!); Circles Circles Circlesl (Whimsy Stamps)
Paper:  Solar. White (Neenah); Blushing Bride, Sweet Pea DSP (Stampin' Up!); Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Gnome die (Simon Says Stamp)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 429

If you love circles you will love our new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches I took those circle into overdrive with my card!

Although I do love square cards I went with a rectangular design for my card to accommodate this sketchy ring die.  I used colors inspired by the challenge at Fab Friday and picked this sentiment because I know many people who are feeling overwhelmed right about now and thought a little reminder that we are strong and we'll get through this crisis might bring a smile to someone's face.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the inspiration from my fellow design team members at Freshly Made Sketches and join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Daffodil Delight, Marigold Morning, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up!); Watercolor Wash Brights (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Sketchy Rings die (Memory Box)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 365

I had to think long and hard about our latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  The obvious choice to me was to use patterned paper for those fun angled layers...but which patterned papers should I choose out of my extensive stash?

I went with a dark one contrasted with a colorful patterned one and capped off with a white one.  I love the juxtaposition of the colors and patterns.  A bold die cut sentiment finishes this off nicely.

Thanks for stopping by.  My fellow CAS(E) This Sketch teammates have got some great cards to inspire you to play along with us.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  All About You (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Gingham Linen Rainbow Petite Prints (Doodlebug Designs); Sweet Sorbet DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  You Trio die (My Favorite Things)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 428

The world has turned upside down but I've very grateful that I can retreat to my stamp room and get crafty now and again.  Today I've got a card to show you that I made for our newest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Out hostess this week is Amy and I predict that you will love her sketch!

I hope that Amy forgives me because I completely missed an entire layer on my card - I'm obviously not paying attention!  The colors I used were inspired by the Sunday Stamps challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow design team members at Freshly Made Sketches have made some amazing cards to inspire you to play along with us.  I hope you do!

Stamps:  Dream Big (Verve); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Basic Black, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!); True Black Gingham (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Orange Cream (Altenew); Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Petite Scallop Circle die, Standard Circle die (Spellbinders); Dreamy Leaves die (Verve)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

CAS Colours & Sketches 363

I'm late again for my CAS Colours & Sketches post. 😞Work is crazy - I'm an essential worker amid the COVID-19 crisis - so sometimes I get home and all I have time for is a quick meal, a cuddle with my fur babies, and I'm off to bed.  But I am determined to get back on track and first up is the sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches - and special thanks to the ladies there for inviting me along this month and for being so patient with me.

Often when I see a circle on a sketch I reach for a floral stamp.  Well this sketch was no different!  I used a sunflower stamp inked with colors not usually associated with a sunflower - the colors at Less is More inspired me to think outside the box on this one.  Raspberry and red on a flower and some gray leaves fit the bill.

Thanks for stopping by!  And special thanks to CAS Colours & Sketches for inviting me as their guest designer this month.

Stamps:  Painted Harvest (Stampin' Up!); Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Basic Gray (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink); Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, March 19, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 364 Meets Fusion

Hey all!  It's that time again when I get to combine the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration challenge at Fusion.  This week at CAS(E) This Sketch we've got a retro one for you:  all the way back to the first challenge ever!

I actually played along with that challenge that debuted on October 11, 2012 and my card was a Christmas one.  At the time I was convinced that CAS cards were going to take over the world - my prediction wasn't necessarily true but I'm pleased to say that those cards are alive and well and I'm happy to add one more to the pile!

The colors on the Fusion inspiration are absolutely gorgeous so I made my card using those colors.  I made a line of circles accented with a wee flower and a simple gold enamel dot.  Easy peasy and so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Stamps:  Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pool Party (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 427

In keeping with my recent tradition of posting my cards late, I bring you my card for our newest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  😀Our hostess and sketch designer this week is Narelle.

I took a little bit of liberty with the sketch but I love this snowflake die so much that when I came across it in my stash I figured I could sort of-kind of make it work.  Don't judge me, it's been a long week!  This die also gave me the opportunity to play along with the challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  This card is super sparkly in real life and I love it!

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

Stamps:  December Typed Words (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); glimmer paper (Recollections)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Snowflake Cluster Fancy die (Hero Arts)