Happiest Watercolored Birthday Wishes — FMS202

It’s time for another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week I have the pleasure and privilege of serving as the hostess.  I have a pretty simple and clean sketch for you that I think would be pretty easy to dress up or keep super clean — however you want to use it.

I pulled out my Watercolor Wishes card kit and used some of the element from the kit.  This kit is amazing!  I love everything in it, including the stamp set.  I chose one of the card bases in the kit, which has a lovely Pool Party watercolor wash already on the card.   The flowers and leaves are printed, die cut, and ready to go.  All I had to do was arrange them.  The Calypso Coral banner is a sticker, and the sequins were also included in the kit.

Watercolor Birthday WishesActually, the only stamping I did on this card was the sentiment.  Pretty easy, huh?  I love how these kits give you great sample ideas, which you can follow to the T, or you can mix and match the elements and make your own cards however you want.

Watercolor Birthday Wishes Close UpI hope you’ll play along with the sketch this week.  We love seeing what you create, and I’m looking forward to seeing how you interpret the sketch.  You should head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made this week.  They are inspiring and always amaze me.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Howl-o-ween Treat — FMS201

Wow!  What a great week we had celebrating our 200th sketch last week at Freshly Made Sketches!  We had such a great turnout, and it was so fun to look at all of the cards in the gallery.  I hope you enjoyed it too, and I hope you’re ready for sketch number 201.  Our so-very-talented friend from Australia, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess this week.  Narelle is the queen of layers, so it is no surprise that there are some layers on her fun sketch:

I have another sneak peek of some new products in the Holiday Catalog, which will be released on September 1.  There were two stamp sets with coordinating dies that immediately went to the top of my wish list, and I’ve used one of them today — the Howl-o-Ween Treat stamp set and coordinating Boo to You Framelits Dies.  I love Halloween, but I’m not a fan of the scary stuff.  I like cute Halloween stuff.  And this set is perfectly cute.

Howl-o-ween TreatI’ve also used some other fun new products — the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Black Glimmer Paper, and Happy Haunting dsp.  I also used the new Basic Black Archival ink pad, which I am loving.

Howl-o-ween Treat Close UpWe hope you’ll play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  You should click on over to the Freshly Made Sketches website to see what the design team made with this sketch for a big dose of inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!



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Autumn Box Cheer — Monday Montage #50

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We have ten  stampers who love to share what we create, and every other Monday we get together for a blog hop.  All you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I have some sneak peeks for you tonight.  One of the items I was most excited to see in the new Holiday Catalog is a Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die.  It comes with all sorts of cute embellishment dies and even comes with some cute window dies.

I decided to make another Fall-themed project because I LOVE Fall.  So I decorated it with some Fall-themed products from the Holiday Catalog.

Autumn BoxI started by cutting some Tip top Taupe card stock with the Square Pillow Box die and then embossing it with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I then sponged on a little White Craft ink to highlight the trees.  I thought they reminded me of some of the beautiful Birch trees we saw while in Alaska last summer.

I added a square of window sheet behind the window, which I cut out with one of the dies in the pillow box framelits set.

Autumn Box Close UpThe feathers, acorn and sentiment were stamped using a super cute new set in the Holiday Catalog called Cheer All Year.  I love every image and sentiment in this set.  I used Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso ink for my color combination.

Next time I go to the store I’ll need to pick up some Fall themed M&Ms and fill the box with them.  It will make a cute surprise for a teacher or one of my kids.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  She is amazing and you will love what she has to share.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can hop over to Wendy Weixler’s blog for a dose of stamping inspiration.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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It’s a Celebration for FMS#200!

Are you ready for this?!?  I know I am, and the rest of the design team at Freshly Made Sketches is too.  We are celebrating our 200th sketch this week, and we’ve invited some amazing sponsors to help us celebrate.  They have all generously donated prizes for this milestone.

We would love to have you join us and share in the fun.  All you have to do is make a card using the sketch and follow the simple rules shared on the Freshly Made Sketches post and you will be eligible to win some great prizes.  Two winners will be selected as the Queen (King) of Clean and will win the grand prize packages, and 20+ others will randomly be selected as winners of other fabulous prizes.  How fun!

I guess I should share the sketch, so you can start planning your card, right?

Super simple and lots of room for creativity with this one!

I pulled out my new Vintage Leaves stamp set for this challenge.  It has been so hot here in Texas, and I am ready for Fall.  My girls went back to school this week so I feel like it’s fair to start pulling out the Fall-themed sets.  Hopefully, Fall is right around the corner.

Vintage Leaves ThanksI used a color combo of Old Olive ( with Mellow Moss ink), Tangelo Twist (with Cajun Craze ink), Crushed Curry (with Delightfully Dijon ink), and Cajun Craze (with Cajun Craze ink) for the leaves.  I used a sponge dauber and Early Espresso ink to color the Expressions Natural Elements sentiment.  The “from all of us” sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set.

I sponged a little Soft Sky ink onto the Very Vanilla card base and spritzed on some Early Espresso splatters as well.

Vintage Leaves Thanks Close upNot only can you see the rest of the design team’s inspiring work with this sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, but you can also see lots of cards made by our sponsors’ design teams as well.  You’d better go refill your coffee and settle in for a fun viewing experience.  Just make sure to save some time to make your own card so you can be eligible to win one of our great prizes!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Remarkable Leaves — FMS199

Hello, and happy Wednesday!  It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week Karren Johnson, our fabulous friend from New Zealand, is our hostess and she has a great sketch for us that you are sure to love:

I’ve been on vacation with my family and have missed the past couple of challenges.  In fact, I haven’t stamped in over three weeks (and that’s a LONG time for me).  I was worried I wouldn’t remember how to make a card.  But Karren’s sketch made it easier to jump back in and get my feet wet.

I pulled the Remarkable You stamp set off my dusty shelf because it has large images and there’s a lot of blank space on this sketch, which kinda scared me a little.  I paired the image with the Pretty Petals dsp stack, and that is where I got my colors.

Remarkable LeavesI started by stamping the leaves with Old Olive ink and then colored them with a blender pen.  I cut them out with my paper snips and added some punched Calypso Coral flowers. The sentiment was cut from Mint Macaron card stock using the Greetings Thinlits dies.

Remarkable Leaves Close UpWe hope you’ll play along with us and make your own card using the sketch.  You can jump on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see how the design team interpreted the sketch this week for some inspiration.

Be sure to join us next week when we celebrate the 200th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  We’re all excited to celebrate this milestone, and we have some fun surprises for you — we have lots of awesome sponsors lined up.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Remarkable You — Monday Montage #49

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage blog hop.  We have ten stampers who share our creations every other week, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

This is the third and last swap I made for convention.  It was for a swap with a group of stampers that were all convention display stampers last year.  I love every single one of the swaps I received!

I used the Remarkable You stamp set for my card, and started with a watercolor wash of Pool Party ink on the Whisper White Thick Card Stock to add a soft blue background.  I then added some black splatters with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.  Some Silver Metallic Thread was swirled around, and then I fussy cut one of the flowers from Remarkable You, which I had watercolored with Watermelon Wonder ink.

Remarkable You Convention SwapI thought the sentiment was appropriate, as so many of the ladies in this group are stampers that I so admire.

Remarkable You Convention Swap Close UpSpeaking of ladies that I admire, you are ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.   If you prefer to work your way backwards you can venture over to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way be sure to work your way through all ten blogs.

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Snappy Crab Convention Swap

One of the things that I most love about attending Stampin’ Up’s annual convention is seeing friends that I usually only get to see electronically during the rest of the year.  Our group does a swap and dinner each year and I always look forward to it.  It’s such a great group of women, and they happen to be talented stampers as well.

This is the card I made for our swap using the You’re Sublime stamp set.

snappy crab convention swapI used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set for the background, and I watercolored Mr. Crab with Real Red and So Saffron ink.  I added some gold metallic thread (because I am completely addicted to this stuff) and some punched Gold Foil stars from the Confetti Stars Border Punch and a gold star sequin.  The dsp is from Everyday Chic.

snappy crab convention swap close upThis crab makes me smile, so it wasn’t too hard to make 30 of these cards.  Even after coloring him that many times I still think he’s cute.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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