Thursday, May 26, 2022

Fusion - Rainbow Plates

We've got another great challenge for you at Fusion.  The inspiration photo features "rainbow plates" but since I made a rainbow card yesterday I decided to follow the sketch this time around.



Ok, work with me here.  I know the sketch has a couple of circles but I opted for a bit of creative license on my card.  The top of the sketch has a partial circle.  On my card that became a leaf that has a circular shape.  The other circle on the sketch became a flower on my card.  Ta da!  My colors were inspired by the colors of the Global Design Project.


Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Fusion teammates have made some great cards to inspire you to create along with us so be sure to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Strength Blooms (Altenew); Simple Sentiments 02 (Simon Says Stamps)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Forest Glades, Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Purple Wine, Cosmic Berry (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Bricked embossing folder (Tim Holtz)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 537

Hi everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess is Judy and, with a few tweaks, I embraced her sketch wholeheartedly!



The rainbow challenge at Less is More inspired my colorful horizontal layer and I thought a simple "HI" sentiment mimicked the circle on the sketch.  The banner underneath those layers was paper pierced using a Stampin' Up! stencil.  Remember stencils!!  This is why I am a stamping hoarder.  I might only use something once every five years but I'm eternally grateful that it exists in my stash for just the perfect moment!


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Supplies
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Island Indigo (Stampin' Up!); Enchanted Evening, Royal Velvet (Papertrey Ink)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 536

Pardon my late entry (again) for our newest Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I've got to say that the circles on the sketch initially put me in a bit of a panic, but after poking around in my stash I came up with a card that makes me so happy!  Karren is our hostess and her sketch got me thinking out of the box!



So, when I first saw the sketch I was thinking about something along the lines of three flowers, or maybe three geometric shapes, or maybe three butterflies.  But as I was looking through my stash I stumbled on this JUMBO stamp set from The Ton which had three poinsettias in roughly the same placement as the circles.  Perfect!

I embossed the background with some subtle burlap texture because I didn't like the flowers against a plain white background.  The poinsettias and leaves have amazing dimension - perfect with the textured background - and the black die-cut sentiment just makes the whole thing pop!  I love this card!

Thanks for stopping by!  The amazing Freshly Made Sketches design team has some fabulous cards to inspire you to play along with us, so I hope you do!

Supplies
Stamps:  Boundless Poinsettia (The Ton)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades (Altenew)
Accessories:  Rustic Burlap impression plate (Papertrey Ink); Merry Christmas die (Impression Obsession)

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Fusion - At the Movies

Hi all!  I'm a bit late to share my Fusion card with you but here we go!  The theme is at the movies, but it was the sketch and the colors from the photo that caught my eye.  The red couch prompted me to incorporate red in my card and the movie theme got me digging around in my stash for this film strip stamp.



I stamped the flowers on this card first then stamped the film strip over them.  I was not happy with how it looked so I stamped the flowers again on some vellum, added some clear embossing powder over those images (a trick I learned because ink and vellum = wet) and then fussy cut the flowers.  I placed them over the original stamped images and I liked this so much better! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Fusion challenge is going on now.  You can play with the sketch, the inspiration photo, or combine the two.  It's your choice!

Supplies
Stamps:  Film Strip I (Creative Embellishments); Zig Zag Floral (Altenew); Celebration of Thanks (Verve)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!); Vellum (Graphix)
Ink:  Crimson (Altenew); Nocturne (Versafine Clair); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  clear embossing powder

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 535

Hi all!  I'm a wee bit late with my card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches but here it finally is!  Our hostess this week is Amy and I love the banner she incorporated into the sketch.  So many possibilities!  



I chose to use the colors from The Paper Players and the flowers challenge from Just Us Girls and combine them with the sketch to create a CAS thank you card.  The banner was die cut with some parchment-style vellum and I stamped the sentiment on it using my go-to ink for crisp images.  But by the next day the sentiment was a fuzzy, blurry mess.  This looks cute as long as you don't look too close!  😂


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can join us at Freshly Made Sketches! Our fabulous design team has made some cards that will surely inspire you to play along with us so check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Celebration of Thanks (Verve)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Lavender Moon, Green Parakeet (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Weathered embossing folder (Taylored Expressions); Pierced Fishtail Flags die, Plentiful Petals die (My Favorite Things)

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 534

Hi all!  It's a new day and time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess and sketch designer is Cécile and, as usual, her design has me wishing I had her design instinct.  I tried my best to channel my inner Cécile, so here goes!



I started by using a watercolor background stamp in a pale pink topped with a grungy image stamped in one of my favorite grays (Smokey Shadow). Then I added the square die-cut and a couple of pink flowers.  I toyed with adding a small leaf in a bright green, but it looked to busy to me so I left the flowers alone.  I tucked in a small Verve sentiment to the right.  You can't go wrong with a Verve sentiment!

Thanks for stopping by!  My amazing teammates at Freshly Made Sketches have got some fabulous cards to WOW you so be sure to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Jumbo Abstract Art (My Favorite Things); Summer Silhouettes (Stampin' Up!); Hope Blooms (Verve)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Blush, Coral Berry (Altenew); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Quadrangle Frames die (Simon Says Stamp)


Thursday, April 28, 2022

Fusion - Blue Butterfly

We've got a great new challenge for you at Fusion.  I'm a big lover of butterflies so you would think this challenge would be easy for me, but I'm here to tell you that I made at least three iterations of this card before I decided this was the one!  In the end I opted to create some fusion of my own by combining the butterfly theme with the sketch.



I loved the varying shades of blue and green in the inspiration pic so I sponged some similar colors onto my background.   (The color on the right looks purple but it's called "chipped sapphire" so I promise in real life that it looks blue).  I randomly stamped butterflies onto the background and then I added the big banner die cut in vellum so the colors and butterflies below would show through.  I topped the banner with a couple of die cut butterflies and a sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out our Fusion challenge and play along with the sketch the inspiration photo or both!

Supplies
Stamps:  Butterfllies (7Gypsies); Keep It Simple Just a Note (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Bristol Smooth; Island Indigo, Whisper White, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers (Distress Oxide); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)
Accesories:  Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX (My Favorite Things); Delaney Butterfly die (Poppystamps)

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 533

Hello!  It's Wednesday so that means we've got a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is my hiking hero Jen Brum, who created this wonderful sketch that got me thinking outside the box!



I first made a card using washi tape for the vertical stripes but hated it when all was said and done.  Then when I was at work on Monday I remembered this birch tree die that I had.  (I'm supposed to be working but while I'm at work but I can't help obsessing about my card designs when I'm there.  Don't tell the boss)!  I thought I could use the birch trees to replicate the vertical stripes.  I think they do very well!

The background of the card is the shimmery white cardstock from Stampin' Up!  It doesn't look like much in the picture but it sure is pretty in real life!  The white birch trees really show up nicely against it because they are different shades of white.  I added a few little birds in red because this little scene I created reminded me of winter.  And cardinals are one of those few birds are a bright (red) spot in a white winter scene.

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches design teammates have made some fabulous cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out

Stamps:  Joy (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Real Red, Shimmery White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Forest Majesty die (Whimsy Stamps)


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 532

Hi all!  It's Wednesday so that means we have a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is Kim and I know her sketch will inspire so many designs!



I love to take a sketch that looks like it has layers and make a card that has none.  So I stamped a sentiment, masked it off, then stamped the floral design over it.  I drew a box around the whole thing and voila!  I made a card using the sketch!  My colors were inspired by the Just Us Girls challenge and the one layer design was inspired by Addicted to CAS.



Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches design team members have made some great cards to inspire you to play along with us so be sure to check them out.

Supplies
Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Clair); Crimson (Altenew)

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Fusion - Tulips

Hi all!  We've got a great new challenge for you at Fusion.  I chose to use the sketch while picking up the floral theme and some of the colors from the inspiration photo.



I don't have tulip stamps in my stash so I chose to use this lovely dahlia stamp instead.  It's a layering-style stamp and was a good choice for showing of the range of pinks that are in the inspiration photo.  It usually takes me forever to line up the layers on that stamp correctly but luck was shining on me because I figured it out on the first try!  I picked up the bright green from the inspiration for my leaves and continued the pink with the long vertical layer.  The horizontal layer is a piece of shimmery vellum.  My sister's birthday is on the 19th so this card will go to her.  She's hosting Easter dinner so I'll be able to give it to her in person!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can play along with us at Fusion!

Supplies
Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia Additions (Papertrey Ink); Simple Sentiments 02 (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Whisper White, Twitterpated (Stampin' Up!); vellum (Graphix); 
Ink:  Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Olive (Altnew); Onyx Black (Versafine)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 531

Hey all!  Today we've got a brand new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and Linda is our hostess.  My take on the sketch was heavily influenced by my friend Judy who made a card last week that made me realize my stamping stash needed bunnies.  Cute bunnies.   So I did a little shopping...



I arranged the bunnies in an approximation of two of the squares on the sketch and sponged some clouds on the background because otherwise it looked quite plain.  As for the the third square on the sketch I die-cut a small pierced square that I sponged with a few clouds and added a little sentiment.  I stuck that square under the bunny on the left.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out our Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the inspiration from our design team.  I hope you'll join us!

Supplies
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Dusty Durango, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine); Misty Morning (Altenew)
Accessories:  Carrot Bunnie die (Tim Holtz); Grassy Edges die, Mini Cloud Edges stencil, Pierced Square STAX die (My Favorite Things)


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 530

Hi all!  I'm the hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I think I created a sketch that you can wrap your creative hands around!



For the colors of my card I perused the Compendium of colourQ for some inspiration.  (What a great source of inspiration)!  Years ago I was on the design team at ColourQ and I will forever credit my time there for making me think outside the box in terms of color.  Colors that you think might not match, actually complement each other in fun and surprising ways.  For this card I chose the colors for ColourQ #66.

The big florals are layered on some splashes of abstract shapes.  I think it's clean, simple, and colorful all at the same time!

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have some great cards to inspire you to play along with us so be sure to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Funky Florals, Watercolor Wonder (Papertrey Ink); Simple Sentiments (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Soft Sky, Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Soft Sky, So Saffron (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Fusion - Cloth Bunnies

We've got a fun new challenge for you at Fusion!  I was inspired to use the colors in the photo along with the sketch to create a birthday card.



I love these little bunnies with their rustic colors and fabrics.  But alas I didn't have any suitable bunnies in my stash so I borrowed the colors from the photo and incorporated them into the sketch to make a birthday card!

I used a dotted border circle die for my half-circle layer because I thought it was much more interesting than a plain-old-boring-regular-circle.  Then I took a little dive into my stash and found something called "naturals ivory" from SU.  I used it to die cut the flowers.  It's a little more earthy version of ivory and went perfectly with the kraft colors.

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Fusion design team has got some fabulous cards to inspire you to play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  Simple Sentiments 02 (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Night of Navy, Naturals Ivory (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Daisy die (La-La Land Crafts); Circles die (Little B); matte sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 529

It's been a while since I've made a Christmas card so I used Jen T's awesome sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to add one to my meager 2022 stash.



The plaid challenge at Jingle Belles inspired the background for my card.  The bright color of the plaid I chose got me pondering contrasting colors I could use for the other layers of the sketch.  I went with traditional green and red Christmas colors and at first thought I had made a huge mistake!  But after a while I came to like this combination.  It's a little fresh and fun, I say to myself!

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some fabulous cards to inspire you to play along with us!  I hope you check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White Linen (Essentials by Ellen); Mossy Meadow, Real Red (Stampin' Up!); Perfectly Plaid Rainbow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Blooming Poinsettia die (Memory Box); enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 528

Hi folks!  It's that time of the week when we debut a brand new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Jacquie and her sketch has a lot of fantastic white space that you can fill - or not - to your hearts content!



Originally, inspired by the colors at Sunday Stamps, I was going to do floral images of some sort.  But then I got thinking about some of my old grungy stamps that were languishing in my stash and decided to use a few of them to create a little splash of color in the corner and highlight it with a colorful dragonfly.  I have no idea if dragonflies come in this color in real life but I think it looks pretty so who cares!  For the three vertical layers on the sketch I stamped a trio of sentiments.  Easy peasy!


Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow teammates at Freshly Made Sketches have got some great cards to inspire you to play along with us!  I hope you do!

Supplies
Stamps:  Distressed Patterns (My Favorite Things); Fonds Grunge (4enScrap); Simple Sentiments 02 (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Whisper White, Rose Red, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Maple Yellow, Forest Glades, Evergreen (Altenew); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)
Accessories:  Libellules die (4enScrap)

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Fusion - Bookshelf (or Cats)

For some reason daylight savings time really messed me up this year.  Before I knew it, Sunday was coming to an end and I hadn't accomplished much besides vacuuming up cat fur.  Not for nothing, but sometimes I manage to vacuum up enough fur to make my own cat. 😹  So when it came time to make my card for the latest Fusion challenge, there wasn't a whole lot of gas in the tank, so to speak.




I was pretty sure that I didn't own any book stamps but I rooted around in my stash to see if I could find something book-related just in case.  I stumbled on this cat-on-a-line die and thought that it would mimic the horizontal layer on the sketch.  Well, I guess it does but once I put it together I was very under-whelmed.  However, by now it was Monday night and I had no time to go back to square one so this had to do!  And wouldn't you know, the challenge at Addicted to CAS is feline.  That's serendipity!



Thanks for sticking around this long to make it to the end of the post.  I appreciate it!  And head on over to the Fusion challenge to see the beautiful cards cooked up by our design team.  

Supplies
Stamps:  You Crazy Cat (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  FeLine die (Penny Black)

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 527

We've got a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess and sketch designer this week is Judy and I love her sketch!



I used the same colors as I did last week for my FMS card for two reasons:  they are quite lovely together and there was a color challenge going on at another blog using these but I didn't read carefully enough because said challenge is now closed!  Too bad for them because they'll miss out on this beauty!  LOL!

I dug into my Stampin' Up! DSP stash and selected a bright yellow pattern for the vertical strip, chose vellum for the rectangles so they didn't detract from the pretty DSP, and topped them all with lovely butterflies.  I was going to add a vertical sentiment right alongside all that lovely-ness but couldn't find anything that caught my eye so this will remain sentiment bereft.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop on over to Freshly Made Sketches to see what my fellow DT members have cooked up for your viewing pleasure.  Hopefully you will join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  White Linen (Essentials by Ellen); Whisper White, Vellum, Beyond the Garden DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Pacific Point (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Elegant Butterfly punch (Stampin' Up!)




Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 526

We've got a great new sketch for you this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess is Amy and she gave us this classic design that you can interpret in so many ways.  In light of what is going on in Ukraine I felt compelled to take the sketch and make a small homage to the Ukrainian people.


The background layers on the sketch gave me the perfect layout to mimic the colors of the Ukrainian flag and then I added the top layer with sunflowers against a cloudy sky.  The sentiment is from a breast-cancer-survivor set from Verve but the sentiment seemed apt.

Many years ago I worked with a woman from Ukraine.  She didn't work at my company for very long so I didn't get to know her well, but I hope she and her family are safe.  I'm not exactly sure why I made this card other than that I felt compelled to use these bright colors at a time when the days are so bleak and dark.  What I really want is to send a fleet of fighter jets, but I only have paper and ink.  And prayers that the people of Ukraine triumph over the evil they face.

Thanks for stopping by.  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches teammates have some fabulous cards to inspire you to play along with us, so be sure to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Believe (Verve)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Pacific Point (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Mini Cloud Edges stencil, Sunflower die (My Favorite Things)


Friday, March 4, 2022

Fusion - Turquoise Rose Bouquet

Sorry I'm late with my Fusion card post.  Apparently I forgot to hit Publish 😕  



The challenge inspiration has these beautiful roses in a lovely turquoise color with little bits of gold thrown in for good measure.  Using that as my first clue, I opted to use a die-cut flower (definitely not a rose) in the shades of blue as I saw them along with a bit of gold.  I incorporated that into the sketch and used some lovely corrugated kraft paper for the panel on the left side of the sketch.  I stuck some clear droplets in the center of the flowers then sprinkled a few sequins around to take up some of the blank space and add a little interest.  The script sentiment sits perfectly in the right bottom corner.

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget at Fusion you can use the sketch, use the inspiration photo, or create a little fusion of your own by combining the two!

Supplies
Stamps:  Painted Sayings (Whimsy Stamps)
Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Gold Foil (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Daisy die (La-La Land Crafts); Winter Wonderland sequins (Neat & Tangled); Clear Droplets (Pretty Pink Posh)

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 525

Hi all!  It's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is Karren and her design had me thinking and re-thinking my card.  Sometimes big blank spaces provide so much inspiration I don't know where I want to go!  I finally settled on a design featuring some eclectic colors and a leafy design.



The colors at Color Throwdown were interesting to me and I decided to use them to stamp leaves in a random pattern.  I added a script sentiment in black and I was done!  What started out as complicated ended up being super simple!



Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some great cards to inspire you to play along with us so be sure to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Leaf Clusters (Altenew); Just Saying (Wow!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Rocky Shores, Bamboo, Orange Cream (Altenew); Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches 524

We've got a great new challenge for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Cécile and she's given us one of those sketches that makes me want to think outside the box!



I got the idea to make this a one layer card and opted to use the colors at Sunday Stamps.  For the square shape I stamped a background in a watercolor style then overlaid it with the leafy image in a dark brown.  To mimic the chevrons in the sketch I used wee staples.  They are a bit crooked and not well spaced -- but that's what you get with a handmade card!  It adds to the charm, right?



Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have made some gorgeous cards to inspire you to play along with us, so be sure to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Distress Patterns (My Favorite Things); Faith in Nature (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Whisper White
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Marina Mist (Stampin' Up!); Fallen Leaves (VersaFine Clair)