Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches 268!

We are finishing up 2016 at Freshly Made Sketches with a sketch designed by yours truly.  And I'll bet you won't be surprised that it's a square one!  Of course, if squares are not your thing feel free to use whatever shape card you like best.  Our challenge will be open longer than usual so you'll have until January 2nd to play along with us.

Don't adjust your sets, folks.  That is indeed a Christmas card you see here.  In fact, it is the first Christmas card that I created for 2017!  Either that or I'm so far behind I'm ahead of myself!  There was a pretty color challenge going on at Cupcake Inspirations and a Christmas challenge at CAS-ual Fridays so I couldn't resist sneaking in one more Christmas card this year.

I've been a bit lazy about crafting this week since a lot of my favorite challenge blogs are on a holiday hiatus.  This is actually the only card I've made all week and I probably won't make any more until after Christmas.  But during my little mini-break I've managed to finish up my Christmas shopping and over the next couple of days I will wrap gifts and then the festivities can begin for real!

I hope that during this busy time of year you can find time to join us at Freshly Made Sketches for our last challenge of the year.  Remember, this challenge will stay open until January 2nd so there's plenty of time to play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Kraft Core Metallic (Tim Holtz); Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Blooming Poinsettia die (Memory Box); Linen impression plate (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch 202!

I've had a bokeh stencil in my stash for a long time and had never used it but the latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch, designed by Leigh Penner, gave me the perfect opportunity to.

I was a little intimidated by that sketch when I first saw it, but since this is a challenge I figured I better really think about how I could blanket the front of my card with a whole bunch of something.  Then I saw this card by Deepti Malik and thought maybe I could do something similar.  So I dragged out my long neglected Distress inks.

The first background I attempted was in shades of yellow but it was horrible so I scrapped that and went with shades of pink and purple.  I added some deep blue to the edges then went over it all with my bokeh stencils in white pigment ink.

I'm pretty horrible at sponging ink onto backgrounds but this didn't come out half bad.  Usually my attempts are all streaky but I tried to be careful about how I swirled my little spongy pad around and I'm happy to say that there's only one spot where there's a little streak and I stamped the sentiment over it so you can't see it.  There are no mistakes in stamping, right?

My CAS(E) This Sketch teamies have got some very inventive cards for this challenge so be sure to check them out.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Congratulations (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White (Gina K Pure Luxury)
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant (Stampin' Up!); Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire (Distress)
Accessories:  Bekeh Lights stencil (Simon Says Stamp)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches 267!

Welcome back to the all-Christmas all-the-time channel!  Yep, you guessed it - I've got another Christmas card to show you.  This time for the brand new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is our intrepid traveler Jen Timko!  Don't you just love the possibilities with this fantastic sketch?

I chose this pretty color combo of purples and silver because I had intended to play along with a particular color challenge, but I wasn't paying attention to the dates of that challenge properly and it closed already!  But the colors are beautiful and the silver gave me an excuse to use this snowflake die again.  Luckily I'm not too late to play along at Stamp Ink Paper where the theme is winter holiday.

I'm still slowly mailing out my Christmas cards and hopefully I'll get them all done by Friday.  That's my plan anyway!  Tomorrow I've got a card to show you that actually has nothing to do with Christmas!  And I even broke out my Distress inks and - dare I say it - actually did some sponging!  {gasp}

Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has some beautiful cards to show you this week so be sure to check them out.  I hope you can take some time to join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder (Stampin' Up!); silver foil (Recollections)
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Kate Snowflake die (Simon Says Stamp); Love and Sparkles Mix sequins (Neat & Tangled)

Friday, December 9, 2016

Tag You're It 62!

Friday!  Yay!  The end to a long work-week and the start to a (hopefully) relaxing, yet oddly productive, weekend.  There's a new inspiration challenge at Tag You're It designed by our Guest Featured Artist Laurie Willison.

I've always been a fan of Laurie's clean designs so for sure I love her beautiful Christmas tag.  On my tag I used green and red, and went with a Christmas tree theme too.

The colors at Sunday Stamps were perfect for what I wanted to do with my tag and at Creative With Stamps they are looking for Christmas stamps so I'll enter this over there as well.

Check out all the details about this great Tag You're It challenge where my teamies have made some fantastic tags to inspire you.  I hope we'll get to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sketchy Christmas (Precious Remembrance); Many Merry Messages (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Garden Green (Stampin' Up!); White (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Tag Sale Quilted die (Papertrey Ink); Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Basic Pearls (Stampin' Up!); baker's twine

Thursday, December 8, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch 201!

Years ago Stampin' Up! sold this gorgeous brushed metallic cardstock.  It is wonderful stuff - nice and heavy-weight, plus the colors are so beautiful.  I bought it in silver, gold, and copper and I love it to pieces.  Well, in true hoarder style, I had never opened the copper package.....until the other day.  I almost didn't do it, but quickly realized that was stupid.  And I'd got it in my head to use copper colors on my card for the latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch so open the package I did!

The sketch has got some simple elements so I inked up the grungy sunbeams with copper ink and layered on a couple of die cut trees - cut from my precious copper cardstock.  Behind the cutouts on those trees I used some sparkly silver paper.  The sentiment was stamped with the same copper ink and after only about 15 minutes this card was done!  It's been a long time since I've put a card together that quickly!

I'm still playing along with a bunch of Christmas themed challenges so I'm joining Just Us Girls where they are looking for a Christmas tree and Creative With Stamps who want Christmas stamps.

My CAS(E) This Sketch teamies have got some gorgeous cards to show you with this sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (Technique Tuesday); Grunge Cirque (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Pure White (Gina K); Brushed Copper (Stampin' Up!); Silver Foil Paper (Recollections)
Accessories:  Sapins die (Simply Graphic)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches 266!

It's time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is our resident color-mix-master Amy O'Neill.  I stumbled upon some snowflake challenges as I perused blogland for ideas for my card so that inspired my take on this fabulous sketch.

I know I sound like a broken record but this is way more sparkly in real life than it appears in this photo!  The snowflakes were both cut with some glimmer paper and I wove a bit of shiny red cross-stitch floss behind the silver one for a little interest.

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is for glitter and snowflakes - check - while Creative With Stamps is looking for Christmas stamps - easy peasy - and lo and behold The Paper Players want snowflakes too - double check! 🙌

My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some beautiful cards this week so be sure to check them out.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Red Glimmer, Wintergreen DSP (Stampin' Up!); Silver Foil paper (Recollections)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Snowflake Trio die (; Kate Snowflake die (Simon Says Stamp); red crochet floss

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Peace on Earth

We're on a little bit of an unanticipated hiatus from colourQ, but we should be back to normal soon.  In the meantime I am continuing my fast and furious pace of churning out Christmas cards.  Luckily some of my favorite challenges have been very accommodating in the sketch and color categories!  Today I've got a card that I made using the sketch at Mojo and the colors at Global Design Project.

I love these earthy colors for Christmas.  And the bit of red makes everything so festive!  I used a texture plate to emboss the Early Espresso layer (can you see it?) and I found some really old Christmas patterned paper to add some pizzazz.  I even used some of my ancient supply of grosgrain ribbon - accented by a bit of sparkly baker's twine!  And to finish this off, I stuck on a few rhinestones.  This went together pretty quickly!

I really need to start mailing out some of these Christmas cards I've been hoarding all these months.  That's my project for the next few days.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Peace on Earth (Verve)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red, Dashing DSP (Stampin' Up!); Naturals White (Neenah)
Ink:  Real Red, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Linen impression plate (Papertrey Ink); Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Basic Rhinestones (Stampin' Up!); baker's twine

Thursday, December 1, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch 200!

We are 200 sketches strong at CAS(E) This Sketch!  Boy how time flies.  I've been on the design team since sketch #148 so I'm super excited to reach this milestone alongside our fearless leader Chrissy and all the other supremely talented members of the design team.

Chrissy has got a prize to give away to a lucky someone who plays along with our challenge this week so be sure to check out the details here.  Now on to my card and the sketch.

I have mentioned a time or two (or three) that my photography skills are much lacking so it will come as no surprise to you that is card is actually a silvery-shiny-shimmery feast for the eyes.  Those two vertical stripes are a shiny silver washi tape.  I've got a couple of die cut snowflakes layered together and one of them is a gorgeous silver glimmer paper while the other is an iridescent shimmer.  You'll just have to take my word for it that this looks much better in real life!

Here's a pic from another angle that, I think, shows off the silver a little bit better.  There's a pretty inspiration challenge going on at Just Us Girls this week.  The picture is primarily silver and purple so I added some strategically placed purple sequins on my card to give it a splash of color.  I'll also be adding this to the Christmas challenges at CAS on Sunday and Christmas Card Challenges too.

I sure hope you can celebrate our 200th sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch by playing along with us.  We'd love to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Joyous Noel (Verve)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Silver Foil (Recollections); Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Silvery Shimmer (Delicata)
Accessories:  Eliza snowflake die, Kate Snowflake die (Simon Says Stamp); Blueprints 13 die (My Favorite Things); Burnished Foil Tape - Silver (The Ton); Love and Sparkles Mix sequins (Neat & Tangled)