Thursday, August 27, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 387

Hey all!  We've got a great new sketch for you at CAS(E) This Sketch!  I did a little masking on my card to get those doodled flowers behind the sentiment "layer."

I fully intended this card to have some color but things didn't work out that way!  I started by masking off a rectangle with some frisket film and then stamped my doodled flowers around it.  I ended up hand drawing the rectangle - squiggly lines in all.  Then I decided to stop.  I really liked how this looked in black and white.

My card was also inspired by the "Doodles" challenge at Less is More.  My doodled flower images are from a set that I've had for ages and haven't used all that much.  It's nice to ink up the oldies-but-goodies once in a while!

Thanks for stopping! My CAS(E) This Sketch teammates have made some great cards with our sketch this week so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Doodlie-Doo (Papertrey Ink); Totally Random Sayings (Essentials by Ellen); Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White (Spectrum)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 450

It's time for a brand new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Karren and she's got a great sketch for us!

Well documented here, when I see a sketch with three of anything I go running for the hills!  But my go-to compromise is three things that are not identical to each other.  In this case it is a flower and two sets of leaves on either side.  That equals three!

I'm way behind on my Christmas cards this year and since I recently got this plaid DSP, and I love plaid on Christmas cards, I decided to take the opportunity to use the sketch for a Christmas card.  The three circles became a poinsettia and two sets of leaves - and to add a little more interest I added some copper cord behind them.  The leaves looked a little lost so I sponged a bit of green on the edges of them so they stood out a little more.  Pretty!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches design teammates have made some gorgeous card with this sketch - what great ideas they have!  So be sure to check them out!

Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Champagne Glimmer (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Garden Green (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Poinsettia die (Paper Smooches); Copper Cord (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 449

Hey everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Cécile and she's got this amazing sketch that, as you will see by checking out our design team cards, can be interpreted in so many different ways!

First I made a card with some triangles on it in the style of the sketch, but it was really boring and I had no choice but to scrap it.  So then I actually sat at my desk, chin in hand, and contemplated the myriad of stamp sets at my disposal.  Soon my eye was drawn to this set I've had in my stash for ages and my card was born.  I think karma might have had a hand in my choice because the set is called French Foliage and Cécile is from France.  It was meant to be!

I took some liberties with the sketch and opted for some different shapes than triangles but the placement of my shapes it the same.  The card is made from a kraft background and all the stamps were done in a dark brown.  The muted colors seemed perfect for a sympathy card so I added that sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you can join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Stamps:  French Foliage (Stampin' Up!); Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah)
Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, August 13, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 385

We've got a fun new sketch for you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  Originally I thought I would make a shaker card - big circles always make think of shakers, but I happened to have a stamp set on my desk that was chock full of spirals and circles and I realized those images would be perfect for my card!

So I inked up a few circular images in the colors of the Sunday Stamps challenge and my card was done.  I had a little trouble with ink pads that were just a bit too juicy for that striped layer behind the "hi" and that frustrates me to no end!  I tried a couple of different inks and kept getting blotchy results - meaning you couldn't tell that the image was supposed to be stripes.  I ended up choosing the best ink I could find (which isn't saying much and turned out being more purple than plum (sorry about that Sunday Stamps DT)) and reminisced about the red rubber days when stamping details was not a problem.  

And in other news the new blogger is inserting a double space each time I hit enter.  *SIGH* Every day it's something different with this new blogger interface - most of it bad!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow CAS(E) This Sketch teammates have made some absolutely gorgeous cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out.  


Stamps:  Sphere's & Spirals (Altenew); Circles Circles Circles (Whimsy Stamps)

Ink:  Desert Night, Hydrangea (Altenew); Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up!)

Accessories:  Happy Hellos die (My Favorite Things)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 448

Hey all!  It's time for a brand new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Jen Brum and I'm not surprised to see that her straight-forward sketch has not a circle to be found on  it - she hates circles for some reason!

Honestly, I think I've made some variation of this card a million times before but this stamp set of flowers and leaves is a long-time favorite of mine and I love how it pairs so well with a bit of a grungy background.  That diagonal line on the sketch was perfect for the sketchy chevrons stamp and I added a few grungy dots to make things a bit more interesting.  Then I chose a nice orange sherbet color for the flowers and complemented them with a bright green for the leaves.  The challenge at Less is More is calling for summer flowers which is why I chose to round out this sketch with some!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a chance to join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Our wonderful design team has made fantastic cards to inspire you to play along with us!

Stamps:  Sketchy Chevron Border (Impression Obsession); Distressed Patterns (My Favorite Things); Summer Silhouettes  (Stampin' Up!); Spheres & Spirals (Altenew)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Silver Stone, Fresh Leaf, Orange Cream, Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Blueprints 21 die  (My Favorite Things)

Thursday, August 6, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch 384 Meets Fusion

Today I've got a card that I made combining our latest sketch challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch along with the inspiration part of the challenge at Fusion.

Ok, I know the inspiration at Fusion is all about fruit, but I don't own a single image of fruit!  So I had to take my inspiration from the colors.  I chose to focus on the green, blue, and red and inked up some leaves and flowers and stamped them in the corners.  I love how this turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow design teammates at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion have made some fantastic cards this week so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Floral Art (Altenew); Celebration of Thanks (Verve)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Dusk, Ruby Red, Fresh Leaf, Jet Black (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches 447

We've got a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Kim and she has given us a great design that is wide open to so many interpretations!

I chose a sunflower for my card because I love them 😀and the inspiration challenge at TGIF was full of them!  I used a gingham patterned paper for the vertical layer then substituted the square for my sunflower.  Easy peasy and so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some amazing cards to inspire you to play along with us!

Stamps:  Simple Sunflower (Papertrey Ink); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Holiday Treasures DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Honey Drizzle (Altenew); Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink); Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)