Thursday, December 5, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 414

Well, I don't know why I forgot to publish this post on Wednesday, but I figured I better do it or else!  So here we go:

One of these days I will make a card that doesn't have a Christmas theme.  Today is not one of those days!  😉 Today is our debut of a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and our hostess, Karren, designed a sketch that I decided would fit my Christmas card needs perfectly...... if I flipped it on its side.

I had a vague idea in my head of what I wanted my Freshly Made Sketches card to look like when I stumbled upon the color challenge at CAS Colours and  Sketches.  The colors there were just the inspiration I needed to turn my vague idea into an actual idea.  I turned the sketch counter-clockwise and used some gold washi at the bottom of the card. Then I added a big sentiment in red outlined with gold glimmer paper along with a few green enamel dots.  My green dots are not exactly the color they are looking for but they'll have to do!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my tardy Freshly Made Sketches post.  Better late than never!

Stamps:  Fa La La (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!); gold glimmer (Recollections)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Fa La La die (Simon Says Stamp); enamel dots (Doodlebug Designs); washi tape

CAS(E) This Sketch 350

Hello!  We've got a great new sketch for you this week at CAS(E) This Sketch.  That big layer inspired me to dig into my never-ending stash of patterned paper and put together a fun card with some color and sparkle.

I've had this patterned paper for ages and very rarely use it (I think I have a hoarding problem)!  It's got a retro-modern vibe to it that I like so I took this sketch and rounded some of the edges, which to my eye gives it more of a retro feel, and used the patterned paper as a focal point.  I die-cut this fantastic "joy" sentiment from silver glimmer paper and attached it at a jaunty angle!  A slim Christmas sentiment stamped on white finished the look.

It's also the last challenge of the year at Just Us Girls so I wanted to play along.  The theme is "anything goes" so my card fits!  😉

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow CAS(E) This Sketch teammates have made some great cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Joy Stamp (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); silver glimmer (Recollections); Holiday Lounge DSP (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Joy die (The Stamp Market); Stitched Rounded Rectangle die (My Favorite Things)

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Fusion Christmas

First things first...happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!  It's a day to be thankful for what we have and for me it's also a day to be thankful that I'm eating out and I don't have to cook or clean!

But on to the real reason for this post:  Today we've got a new challenge with a Christmas theme at Fusion and this time around I sorta kinda combined the sketch with the inspiration photo.

I am mildly obsessed with plaid this Christmas season so I chose to do a rather simple plaid background on my card.  Then I added a layer with some embossed falling snow and some pointy trees that were arranged in a loose interpretation of the circles on the sketch.  See - I kinda sorta used the sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Fusion teammates have made some fantastic cards this week so be sure to check them out.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Peaceful Forest (Ink to Paper); December Typed Words (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Cherry Cobbler, Wrapped in Plaid DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink); Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Snowfall/Speckles embossing folder (Tim Holtz)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 413

Hello everyone!  We've got a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our challenge this week is brought to you by Cécile and I absolutely love how it is fluid and abstract.

For the squiggly line I went with a stencil (also with a squiggly shape) that I went over with embossing paste (if you click on the picture you can see the detail better).  Then came the hard part - deciding what to do with the other elements of the sketch.  I thought about snowflakes first but didn't have any that were small enough for the size of the card.  So I started searching through my stash of sequins and found these gold stars.  Then came the bold "peace" sentiment that I die cut with some gold glimmer paper.  For a little dimension I popped up an ending to the sentiment so that the card reads "peace on earth."

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some cards that are sure to inspire you to play along with us!  Please join us in our gallery!

Stamps:  Just Sentiments Be Merry (Ink to Paper)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); gold glimmer (Recollections)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Wonderful Words Holiday die (Papertrey Ink); Graphic Equalizer stencil (Sheena); Gold Star Confetti (Pretty Pink Posh); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

Friday, November 22, 2019

Starry Starry Night

About a week ago I decided to make a bunch of cards for my Christmas card stash.  Well, as it turns out those cards that I made fit a couple of new challenges this week.

As far as design goes, when I made these cards I just had an idea to sponge a night sky and to use this nativity silhouette die.  I tucked them away in my stash to await mailing.  Well, fast forward a week and I took a look at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is "starry starry night" and at CASology where the cue word is "faith" and I realized that my cards fit the bill for both challenges perfectly!  I don't think that's ever happened to me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Bristol Smooth; Basic Black (Stampin' Up!); gold glimmer (Recollections)
Ink:  Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Black Soot (Distress Oxide)
Accessories:  NativityScape (Sugar Pea Designs)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 349

I'm full on Christmas nowadays!  And this week the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch gave me a reason to use this fun Santa bursting through the front of my card!

I broke out my beloved stash of Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze for this card so that I could play along with the challenge at Color Throwdown I even managed to dig up some old designer series paper in the same color.  My Santa is a nod to the Christmas Kickstart Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teammates at CAS(E) This Sketch have some fantastic cards this week so be sure to check them out.  They will inspire you for sure!

Stamps:  Be Jolly (Your Next Stamp); Kelly's Fa La La La La (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Real Red, Ski Slope DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Basic Gray (Stampin' Up!); Copics

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 411

Hi all!  Wednesday means a new challenge from your friends at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is Jen Brum and I loved her sketch so much I managed to make two cards!

It's been a while since I've made a shaker card and that big rectangular layer on the sketch gave me the idea to make one.  I squared up the card so that the proportion of my snowflake square was just right a-la the sketch and I filled my shaker pocket with sequins in the colors of the season.

This is the second card that I made for this sketch.  I first made one a few days ago and it's a perfectly fine card - just not terribly exciting.  So back to the drawing board I went which lead me to this snowflake cutout which led me to this shaker design.  Here's card #1.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please check out the inspiration from the Freshly Made Sketches design team and be inspired to join us!

(Shaker card)
Stamps:  Seasons Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!); acetate (Oriental Trading)
Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Snowflakes Snippet die (Spellbinders); Classic Christmas sequins (Neat & Tangled)

(Holiday Blessings card)
Stamps:  Spruce & Sprigs (Papertrey Ink); Peace Love Joy (Right at Home)
Paper:   Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Soft Suede (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink); Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Subtle Embossing Folder (Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 348 Meets Fusion

This week we've got a super simple sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and an inspiration photo at Fusion that has got some beautiful flowers in the corners.  So I combined the two ideas and came up with this.

This is the first time I've inked up this particular floral stamp.  I think it's supposed to be a sunflower but look how just a change in color turns it into another flower entirely!  And I'm still intrigued with the "torn" challenge at Less is More so my vellum layer is a bit more interesting with it's torn edges.  And at CASology it's all about appreciation so I inked up this thank you sentiment from Stampin' Up!  It's an oldie but goodie - the copyright date on it is 2004!  That proves to me that everything old is new again!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teammates at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion have made beautiful cards with these challenges so check them out!

Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Wonderful Words (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Old Olive (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  black embossing powder