A Long Happy Birthday — FMS 176

Happy Wednesday!  And with another Wednesday comes another sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the super talented Cindy Hall is our hostess.  She has such a knack for adding such beautiful details to her cards.  I always look forward to studying everything she makes.

She has given us such a great sketch with which to work.  I love that it’s a different size than a normal A2 card, and there’s lots of room to be original and creative.

I still have some old envelopes that Stampin Up! sold a while back, for long and skinny cards.  I cut my card base to a 6-1/2″ by 6-1/2″ square, and then folded it in half to fit in the envelope.  It was fun to play with a different sized card.

Long Happy BirthdayI ended up using three different stamp sets for this card — Dotty Angles, Balloon Bash and Crazy About You.  I also pulled out lots of ink pads — Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Hello Honey and Memento Black.

I love the word dies in the Hello You Thinlits collection.  Some of them are a little long, so I thought they’d be perfect for this sketch.

Long Happy Birthday Close UpI used one of the Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets for the striped bit at the bottom of this card.  I love this stuff!

We hope you’ll join us and play along with the challenge this week!  We love seeing what you create and post to the gallery.  You should jump over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the rest of the design team made for a little inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Posted in Balloon Bash, Crazy About You, Dotty Angles, Freshly Made Sketches Challenge | 3 Comments

You Brighten My Day

You Brighten My DayI’m ready for a bright day — a bright, Spring day!  How about you?  Well, since I can’t have that quite yet, I’ll have to settle for some bright, happy colors on a card.

I’ve used a fun Sale-a-Bration set, You Brighten My Day, for this card.  I made a little tag with Crushed Curry card stock and stamped some Gorgeous Grunge splatters.

I used a fun stamp set that I got not too long ago but hadn’t used yet, Borderettes, to stamp the little line of semi-circles at the bottom of the card.  I’m looking forward to using this set more — I love all of the different patterns.  The dsp is from Birthday Bash and All Abloom.

You Brighten My Day Close UpI hope you have a bright day!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Purple Birthday Flowers

Birthday LilliesPurple is the one color I fear when it comes to card making.  I don’t know why because I like purple when other people use it.  It is rare for me to use it, but when I do it is usually in moderation and I have to make a conscious effort to use it.  When I saw this pretty stamp and decided to color it with my Blendabilities, I decided it was time to use Rich Razzleberry, which is my favorite Stampin’ Up purple by far.

Birthday Lillies Close UpI like how this turned out.  I need to use purple more I think as it wasn’t really that hard this time!

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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You Made My Day — FMS175

It’s Wednesday.  At least, I think it is.  We’ve had snow days the past two days and with everybody at home these extra days after the weekend, I’ve lost track of what day it is.

Even though we’ve had snow days, we haven’t had any snow — just lots of sleet and ice. But the forecast for today is snow.  We haven’t really had winter weather all winter, but in one week — bam!  Hopefully this will be it and we can go back to normal next week.

We have a great sketch for you this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our lovely and talented Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess this week.  And she has a versatile, fabulous sketch.

I’ve been making an effort to ink up any unused stamp sets on my shelf lately.  One that hadn’t yet seen ink was the Best Day Ever stamp set, which is one of the Sale-a-Bration offerings.

You Made My Spring DayI love how easy it is to build your own images with this set.  These winter days we’ve been having inspired me to use some pretty Spring colors — Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, and Daffodil Delight.

you Made My Spring Day Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and play along with the sketch this week!  We love to see what you create.  You can check out what the rest of the design team made over at the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration.  They always inspire me!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Posted in Best Day Ever, Freshly Made Sketches Challenge, Sale-a-Bration 2015 | 10 Comments

Just Because It’s a Garden Party — Monday Montage #38

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberIt’s time for another Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We have ten stampers who have made beautiful projects to share with you, and all you have to do is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

Just Because It's a Garden PartyI made some bright flowers since we’re having an icky gray day here.  I wanted to make the card look clean and bright.

I used the Garden Party stamp set and fussy cut the flowers with my paper snips.  The embossed frame is one of the Fun Frames embossing folders, which I also cut out with my paper snips.  The card base uses some of the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP from the Sale-a-Bration offerings.  I love how this looks plain just as much as when it’s colored.

Just Because It's a Garden Party Close Up

You are ready to hop on over to the amazing Breelin Renwick’s blog.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can go over to the fabulous Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either  way, make sure you make your way through the other nine blogs — you won’t want to miss any of them.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Cute Herd

I needed to make a belated birthday card for my cousin.  She and her husband are farmers in Kansas, and I knew right away what stamp set I wanted to use.

Pasture BirthdayThis stamp just makes me laugh every time I see it.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored with an aquapainter and ink pads.  The next time I use this set I want to use my Blendabilities, but I felt like watercoloring last night.

Pasture Birthday Close UpI placed the watercolored panel on a Crumb Cake base, which I stamped with the Hardwood background stamp.  I think it was almost worth being a little late with this card just so I could use this sentiment.  It makes me giggle too.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Lovely in Lace — FMS174

Happy Wednesday!  And with the arrival of Wednesday, we get a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the most talented Cindy Lovell is our hostess, and she has a great sketch for us.

I have a stamp that I’ve been wanting to ink up but it just hasn’t fit any of the cards I ‘ve needed to make lately.  But now that birthdays in our house and Valentine’s Day are behind us, I can move on to other cards.

I love the look of clear embossing on Very Vanilla card stock.  When I first saw Something Lacy, I knew that I’d want to use this technique with it.  I love the detail on this stamp.

Lacy Happy Together

I paired this stamp with a flower made from the Typeset dsp using the Flower Frenzy Bigz die.  I also used some of the White Jute Ribbon and Sahara Sand Lace Trim.

Lacy Happy Together Close Up

We hope that you’ll love the sketch and decide to play along this week, as we love to see what you create.  You can check out what the design team did with the sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Posted in Flower Frenzy, Freshly Made Sketches Challenge, Something Lacy | 13 Comments