Friday, October 11, 2019

Tag You're It 98

It's fall y'all!  And our latest challenge at Tag You're It celebrates those special colors and leaves that we only see this time of year! I decided to simplify those leaves from the inspiration photo into one big one.



It's been a while since I've used this stamp set from Concord & 9th and I thought it might be good for this tag.  So armed with colors inspired by The Color Throwdown I stamped the base of this leaf with red and yellow and topped the lace overlay with a brown.


I added a few enamel dots for a bit of dimension and twill ribbon tied with some brown crochet thread completed the look of this card.

Thanks for stopping by!  My teammates at Tag You're It have made some fantastic tags this week so be sure to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Lace Leaf (Concord & 9th); Great Friend (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Truffle (Avery Elle); Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Traditional Tags STAX, Pierced Traditional Tags STAX (My Favorite Things); Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Natural Twill Ribbon (Stampin' Up!); enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); crochet thread

Thursday, October 10, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 343

We are going back into the CAS(E) This Sketch archives this week and reprising sketch #175!  Back when this sketch debuted I made a very different card than the one I've got here.  But it's  October now and I've got Christmas on my mind - as in I hope I've got enough Christmas cards in my stash!



For this card I used a background of triangular trees and then added a nice holiday sentiment over them.  Easy peasy!  I think I had a more difficult time deciding on colors than I did on the execution of this card!  There's a Christmas theme going on at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge so I'm going to add this there too.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teammies at CAS(E) This Sketch have made some fabbo cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out! 

Supplies
Stamps:  Triangle Trees (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Fresh Snow Linen, Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink); White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink); Silvery Shimmer (Delicata)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 406

It's Wednesday again which means it's time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Jacquie and she's got a great sketch for us!



I love how those three circles in the corner lend themselves to a wide interpretation.  I chose to do a sunflower - since it's fall and that is the flower I tend to associate with late summer/fall.  I was also inspired by the inspiration photo at The Paper PlayersThe color of the berries put me in mind of the sunflower and the woodgrain background had me digging into my patterned paper stash!


Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammies have made some great cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Cement Gray (Simon Says Stamp); Chocolate Chip, Marigold Morning, Old Olive (Stampin' Up!); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Fallen Leaves (Versafine Clair)
Accessories:  Sunflower die (My Favorite Things); Stitched Leaves die (Lawn Fawn)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 342 Meets Fusion

Every other Thursday I have the distinct pleasure of melding two challenges:  the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and the inspiration photo at Fusion.  It's fun to stretch my creative processes - but not always easy.  This week those two vertical layers gave me pause.  Until I decided to loosely interpret them as a particular letter!




Ironically my CAS(E) This Sketch teammate Michele had the same idea and used the letter U as well!  Great minds think alike!

The rest of my card involves some pretty watercolor patterned paper and this fantastic dragonfly die.  I love how this turned out!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Supplies
Stamps:  You Matter (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Tempting Turquoise, Perfect Plum, Basic Black, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Watercolor Wash Brights (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Libellules die (4enscrap)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 405

Hello friends!  It's Wednesday so that means we've got a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week Judy is our hostess and at first glance I was afraid of those three squares!  But then I got the bright idea to make a Halloween card using a digital cutting file I recently bought.



I sponged some colors to create a night sky with a giant moon then added a witch and some bats in place of those squares.  My first Halloween card in the books for this season!  Yay!  I have a fascination with making Halloween cards.  In real life I don't like scary things - I'm not a horror movie fan at all -  but when it comes to my cards I love fun, spooky themes - just not too spooky!  LOL!  I think these images are fun!

My fellow Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some amazing cards with this sketch.  What an array of themes and designs you'll find there so be sure to check them out.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Bite Me (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Bristol Smooth; Black Licorice (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot (Distress Oxide); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Witches svg (AMstudiosvg); Bat Silhouettes svg (sequint design)

Thursday, September 26, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 341

We've got a great new challenge for you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  This week our host and sketch designer is Brian and my first instinct when I saw the sketch was to dip into my never-ending stash of patterned paper.



But I ended up going in a different direction.  After all what could be more fun than piecing a million tiny pieces back into an inlaid die cut?  LOL!  I was inspired by the argyle image on the sketch but I chose to do a slightly different interpretation.  I cut this honeycomb die in the middle of the white cardstock, creating the negative image, then cut it two more times in pink and gray.  Then I started the process of inserting the pink and gray pieces back into the negative space.  I added this sentiment because I think that this sort of card is something only a fellow card maker can appreciate!  The colors come from the challenge at Happy Little Stampers.



Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow design team members at CAS(E) This Sketch have made some great cards for this challenge so be sure to check them out!  I hope you join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Simple Sentiments (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Ring Collage die (Poppystampers)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 404

The calendar says Wednesday so that means it's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  The calendar also says autumn but the temperatures outside are saying summer, so what do I know!  I am loving these dog days of summer, though. Winter is coming so I want to enjoy this warm weather as long as possible.  But back to our Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  This week our hostess is Amy and I love her classic sketch.



I used some scraps I had on my desk from my favorite poinsettia die plus the colors from the latest Just Us Girls challenge pointed me in the direction of a Christmas card.  I loved that little oval on Amy's sketch so I dug deep into my stash to find my long-neglected oval nesties.  I put that altogether and voilà!  My card was born!


Thanks for stopping by!  I've checked out the cards my Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made and you do not want to miss them so be sure to check them out!  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Tiny Words Christmas (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mint Julep (Papertrey Ink); Basic Gray (Stampin' Up!); Solar White (Neenah); vellum (Graphix)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Petite Scallop Ovals Small die (Spellbinders); Layered Poinsettia die (Penny Black); Subtle embossing folder, silver cord (Stampin' Up!); enamel dot (Freckled Fawn)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch Meets Fusion

So today is that day when I show off a card made by blending the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration at Fusion.  This week I was served a coffee theme and since coffee stamps are sorely lacking in my stash I turned to Etsy for help.  And I found a great image!




The coffee lifeline image was easy to print on a piece of cardstock then I stamped some coffee rings on top of it.  Done!  So easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by! My fellow design team members at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion have made some great cards to inspire you so I hope you can play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Java Spills (Stamping Bella); Coffee Lifeline (BeleCherCreations)
Paper:  Naturals White (Neenah)
Ink:  Espresso (Altenew

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Freshly Made Sketchles 403

Another week has come and gone 😳 and it's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch is designed by Narelle.  Her sketches always look so simple.  Yet she manages to take those sketches and layer them up while still keeping them clean and simple.  She's so gifted!  For my card I chose the traditional CAS route!

I went with a Christmas theme because I'm always worried that I don't have enough Christmas cards in my stash for the new season!  I'd rather have too many than not enough come December.  For my card I heat embossed the first layer of angled stripes in gold then added a strip of dark red cardstock and another slim white layer with a sentiment.  In between are a couple of pine boughs and a sprig of berries.  Super simple and relatively easy to put together! 

At Jingle Belles they are looking for a "peace" theme so my little sentiment fits the bill there.

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches design team members have made some great cards with this sketch so check them out!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin' Up!); Tiny Word Christmas (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green (Stampin' Up!); gold glimmer (Recollections)
Accessories:  Pine Boughs die, Berry Sprig die (Poppystamps); gold embossing powder

Friday, September 13, 2019

Tag You're It 96

We've got a fun new challenge for you at Tag You're It.  It's a button theme and as luck would have it I've had some button/flower dies in my stash for ages and finally I've got a good excuse to use them!



I liked the pretty patterns on the buttons in the inspiration photo so I combed through my patterned paper stash and found some pretty paper with patterns that made cute buttons!  Then I thought it would be fun to add a flourish background to my tag and strategically place my faux buttons around the flourish.  I actually ended up using quite a few things in my stash that have gone un-loved for a long time so I'm happy about that. 😀

I especially liked this challenge because my mother is a bit of an amateur seamstress.  She sewed when I was a child and taught me some basic skills (which I complemented in high school with some sewing classes).  She's 84 years old and recently started working with a volunteer group that sews dresses that are donated to children in poor countries.  She's become known in her group of seamstresses for embellishing her dresses with buttons, and bows, and lace so I plan on giving her some supplies so that she can continue to do that.  This tag is perfect to add to my little gift!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Tag You're It design team members have made some fantastic tags for our challenge so I hope you have a chance to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Canvas (Stampin' Up!); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink): Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Medium Flourish die (My Favorite Things); Button Stacks die, Button Stacks II die (Papertrey Ink); black seam binding ribbon; black crochet thread

Thursday, September 12, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 339

Sometimes when I see a sketch an idea for a card does not immediately spring to mind and I have to spend a bit of time pondering.  I ponder in the car, I ponder when I go for a walk.  I even ponder at work - when I'm supposed to be working. 😉  And then suddenly an idea pops into my head.  It's a miracle!  This week my sudden idea came about for the latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch!




I thought replacing the heart on the sketch with a paw print was a really cute idea!  Then I only needed a complementary sentiment and I was done.  Super easy!  That doesn't happen often so I celebrate those small victories.  My colors are based on the challenge at TGIF.


Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow CAS(E) This Sketch teammates have made some amazing cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out!  I hope you can play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  Dog Talk (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Dog Icons die (Paper Smooches)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 402

Well it's Wednesday again!  How did that happen?  And if it's Wednesday that means we've got a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Karren.



The weather has turned a bit cool here reminding me that fall - and eventually the dreaded winter - is just around the corner.  So I had the warm colors of fall on my mind (inspired in part by the challenge at Sunday Stamps) when I sat at my desk to make this card.  I found some some lovely gingham paper in my stash which formed the horizontal layer on my card then I filled those circle shapes with layered flowers (and leaves)! 


Thanks for stopping by! My fellow design team members at Freshly Made Sketches have made some fantastic cards for this challenge so be sure to check them out!  I hope we'll see you in our gallery!

Stamps:  Much Appreciated (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Clasic Ivory (Flourishes); Marigold Morning, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Orchard Harvestg DSP (Stampin' Up!); 
Ink:  Marigold Morning, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Wood dots (My Mind's Eye)

Thursday, September 5, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 338 Meets Fusion

It's that time again when my design teams collide and I try to combine the sketch challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration at Fusion.  Fall was definitely on my mind when I sat at my desk to make my card.  And I was helped along by a couple of other challenges too.  How accommodating the crafty world is!




I loved the fall street scene in the Fusion photo so I dug into my extensive stash of leafy dies and chose one that had leaves just the right size.  I got a bit sidetracked by colors and decided to use the ones from the As You See It Challenge - I love how the gold contrasts with the shades of green and teal.   Then I got sidetracked once again by the "splash something on your card" challenge at Just Us Girls!  I see a pattern here!  So, I splashed some color behind those leaves.



Well that's it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!  There are two great challenges on the block:  CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion.  I hope you have time to check them out! 

Supplies
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin' Up!); Scripty Sayings (Gina K)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, More Mustard (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Leaves die (Impression Obsession)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 401

Whew!  That was quite a month we had at Freshly Made Sketches!  We reached our 400th sketch with a small trip down memory lane and capped it off with a brand new sketch and prizes for some of our lucky participants!  So now it's time to get back to business with a brand new sketch.  This week our hostess is Cécile.



I really tried to channel my inner Cécile with my card.  I so admire the way she artfully designs her cards.  She always uses interesting backgrounds and unusual die cuts and each card is a masterpiece.  So I tried to keep my card clean and yet still be interesting.  I gold embossed some coffee rings to add a metallic touch, added some soft vellum leaves, and a bold, yet simple, birthday sentiment.  I'm really pleased with how this turned out!

There are a couple of other challenge I'm playing along with too.  Less is More is looking for metallics and TGIF wants us to use embossing powder.  That's a match made in heaven!


Thanks for stopping by.  We are well on our way to another 400 sketches at Freshly Made Sketches 😳so I hope you'll go along with us for the ride!

Supplies
Stamps:  Java Spills (Stamping Bella); Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink); The Big The Bold and The Happy (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versamark; Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Curvy Leaves die (Elizabeth Craft Designs); gold embossing powder

Thursday, August 29, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 337

I had a few ideas swirling around in my head for our latest CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.  I thought of using bright colors or possibly patterned paper.  In the end I chose a rather eclectic blend of Christmas patterned paper!




I think my card is fun.......in a sort of "say what???" kind of way!  I like the juxtaposition of the cute, traditional Santa images with the sassy Santa sentiment!  I'm not sure anyone on my list of Christmas card recipients would appreciate this card, but I'll tuck it away for future use just in case!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow CAS(E) This Sketch design team members have made some great cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out! 

Supplies
Stamps:  Tis The Season (Essentials by Ellen)
Paper:  Soft Stone, Smoky Shadow (Papertrey Ink); Heidi Swapp patterned paper
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 400

Will the real Freshly Made Sketches challenge #400 please stand up!  It seems like we've been playing a sketch challenge version of To Tell the Truth these last few weeks!  After taking a bit of a stroll down memory lane and digging some old sketches out of our archives we are ready to reveal the ACTUAL sketch #400!

It's quite a milestone, to be sure, and to celebrate properly we have PRIZES!  That's right anyone who plays along with us is eligible to win a prize from one of our generous sponsors!  We reached out to our crafty friends and asked if they would help us celebrate our 400th sketch and we were seriously overwhelmed by their generosity.

So let's get to it!



Isn't that a fabulous sketch?  SO. MANY. POSSIBILITIES.  For me, I saw that wide strip and new immediately that I needed to dip into my never-ending stash of patterned paper.  I love gingham so I chose this pretty blue one that was a perfect match to some cardstock that I also had (I love it when different brands collide and make something special)!  Then I added a two-tone butterfly.  It's been a while since I've used one of my pretty butterfly dies and this seemed like just the right occasion to use one of my favorite accents.

I also incorporated a couple of other challenges into my card today.  One for color (The Color Dare) and one that gave me an excuse to use a splatter stamp behind the butterfly (TGIF Challenges).



And now for those sponsors!  Drum roll please...........


Wouldn't you love a chance to win a prize from one of these awesome companies?  It's easy!  All you have to do is play along with our 400th sketch celebration at Freshly Made Sketches.  Winners will be randomly drawn from everyone who plays along!  I hope you'll join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle); Ink Splats (Indigo Blu)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Cool Caribbean (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Cool Caribbean (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Vivienne Butterfly die, Darla Butterfly die (Memory Box)

Friday, August 23, 2019

Tag You're It 94

Hi folks!  Today I've got a tag to show you for our current challenge at Tag You're It.  We are in our second week and there's still time to play along!  Our inspiration is all about summer....and flamingos!


I didn't have a single flamingo in my stash so as per my usual off to Etsy I go to find a digital stamp.  I found this cute set that not only had a flamingo but also this palm tree and some other fun tropical images. I tried to use some of the colors from the inspiration and added some colorful circles in the background to mimic the floating balls in the photo.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check out the inspiration at Tag You're It and play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  Tropical (digital stamp from Terevela Design)
Paper:  Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink); Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!); Lemon Grass (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Copics
Accessories:  Basic Bookmark I (Papertrey Ink); seam binding ribbon; crochet thread