Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 444

Hello!  Today at Freshly Made Sketches we are debuting a brand new sketch designed by Jen Timko.  Check out this sweet square number!

This card turned out so much better than I thought it would when I designed it in my head!  That big square space actually had me a little stumped!  So when that happens I usually start looking through my stash of stamps for tried-and-true ones that make me smile.  I found this Funky Florals set and stamped them in the colors of the Paper Players challenge.  I added a small grungy stamp behind the flowers to provide some contrast to the white-on-white layers and found a slim vertical sentiment that tucked in around the flowers perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some gorgeous cards to inspire you to play along with us.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  Funky Florals (Papertrey Ink); Posted Note Sentiments (Reverse Confetti); Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Smoky Slate, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Pierced Square STAX (My Favorite Things)

Thursday, July 9, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 380 Meets Fusion

Every couple of weeks I get to stretch my creative arms, as it were, and combine a sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch with an inspiration challenge at Fusion.  This time around a curvy sketch met some flowers.

I spent a long time on that curved layer.  I really didn't have a die in my stash that could do it for me.  I tried free-hand cutting the shape - not a good idea 😳but ended up using a combination of a landscape die and some free-hand cutting.  To add a bit of interest I poked holes along the uppermost curve.  It looked too plain without some kind of embellishment.  Then I added a line of wee flowers along the gentle bottom slope.  The inspiration photo had a pale gray background for those little pink and yellow cupcake flowers so I tried to recreate some of those colors here.  The sentiment was gently curved to follow the same track as the curved layer.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teammates at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion have made some super fantastic cards for you to see.  I hope you are inspired to join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Birthday Messages (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Soft Stone, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Basic Pearls (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 443

Hey all!  Apologies for being a wee bit late with my Freshly Made Sketches post. Our hostess and sketch designer this week is Lee Ann.  What a fun sketch she made for us!

I opted for a subtle design for those triangles on the top and bottom so I used embossing paste and a stencil to create the design on those layers.  Then I layered a leafy die cut on top and added some sequins.  My colors were inspired by the Less is More challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow design team members at Freshly Made Sketches have got some beautiful cards for you to see.  I'm sure they'll inspire you to play along with us!

Stamps:  Botanical Print (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Whisper White, Hello Honey (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Silver Stone (Altenew)
Accessories:  Fresh Foliage die (Memory Box); Distress Grid stencil (Sheena); Love and Sparkles sequins (Neat & Tangled); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

Thursday, July 2, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 379

So we've got a new sketch for you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  And it's a throwback one all the way back to Number 62 which debuted in January 2014.  I didn't play along with that particular challenge but I sure was inspired by one of the design team cards!

Back then Jen Wills made a card that struck me as super fun.  It was lines of random letters that she spotlighted with a particular sentiment.  I loved the idea and that sent me on a search of my stamp sets to see if I could do something similar.  I found this Christmas background stamp and set to work figuring out what size card I would need to accommodate the size of the stamp.

The end result is the strangest card size I think I've ever made!  It might actually suited to be a tag rather than card!  The size of the background stamp just wasn't big enough to accommodate a diagonal layer on an A2 card.  So I kept cutting my card down so that the diagonal layer would fit.  Then I popped up a HO HO HO in red to make things a bit more interesting!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow CAS(E) This Sketch teammates have made some great cards to inspire you to play along with us.  

Stamps:  Ho Ho Ho Background (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Claire); Real Red (Stampin' Up!) 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 442

Hey all!  It's time for a new sketch from your friends at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Jacquie and I [suddenly] had the perfect thing for that cluster of ovals and circles!

I have long coveted the Upsy Daisy die from My Favorite Things.  Alas, it is retired and all my attempts at finding it at eBay or Splitcoast have amounted to disappointment.  Recently, I happened to mention my love for it to my papercrafting friend Claire of Life on the Scrap Heap and she graciously offered to send me a bunch of the die cuts.  They arrived on Monday and immediately realized they would be perfect for this sketch.  Claire was nice enough to send me a generous supply so I've got a bunch to last me a while!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stop by Freshly Made Sketches and check out the inspiration there.  I hope you'll join us!

Stamps:  Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Daffodil Delight, Sweet Pea DSP (Stampin' Up!); Truffle (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Truffle (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  Upsy Daisy die (My Favorite Things)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 378 Meets Fusion

Hey all.  It's Thursday and it's time for me to combine the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration at Fusion

I loved the bright colors in the Fusion pic so I chose to pick up the blue, yellow, and green I saw.  I think my bright yellow flower really pops against that gingham background!  And since the challenge at The Paper Players this week is clean and simple thanks I think I'll play along over there too!.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teammates at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion have got some great cards to inspire you to play along so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Dream Big (Verve); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Dreamy Leaves die (Verve); enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 441

Summer is in full swing here.  The sun is shining, the weather is hot, and the vegetable garden is growing.  So, of course, this put me in mind of snowflakes for my Freshly Made Sketches card this week!  LOL!  Our hostess is Judy and that big ol' circle is what made me think of the snowflakes.

I went with a white on white card even though I have such trouble photographing those!  But the snowflakes look so pretty layered in white.  I used some sparkly paper and some sparkly vellum to cut them and layered them against a falling snow background.  Even I love a good snowflake - as long as it is a feature on a card.  And they are especially easy to take when it's 90-degrees outside!  At Christmas Card Throwdown they are looking for snowflakes so I'm playing along there as well.

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has got some great cards to inspire you to play along with us!  

Stamps:  Tiny Words Christmas (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up!); vellum (Graphix)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versamark)
Accessories:  Snowfall/Speckles embossing folder (Tim Holtz); Snowflake Trio die (Amuse Studio); silver cord (Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, June 18, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 377

Hey all!  We've got a new challenge for you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  

This card was actually super easy to make.  Using the colors from Sunday Stamps and an old die from Spellbinders I created this birthday card.  Those blues were perfect for a beautiful hydrangea and a pop of color from the red sentiment finished off my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the amazing cards made by my fellow CAS(E) This Sketch teammates.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia Additions (Papertrey Ink); Scripty Sayings (Gina K Designs)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Carribbean Sky, Parisian Blue, Sapphire, Ruby Red (Altenew)
Accessories:  Labels Two die (Spellbinders)