An Eclectic Valentine — FMS223

This is my week to be the hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches, and I really hope you’ll like the sketch and play along.  I have been having fun designing collage-style cards lately, so that is how I designed the sketch.

And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to make another card for the occasion.  I pulled out my Groovy Love stamp set, and then just kept pulling more and more sets off the shelf.  I think I ended up using an eclectic mix of four stamp sets.  I was out of control!

Be Mine eclectic mix fullI started by making a watercolor wash on some watercolor paper using Pink Pirouette and Pool Party inks.  Once that was dry, I stamped the row of hearts from Birthday Blooms and the row of sideways chevrons from You’re So Lovely with Melon Mambo ink, and added some washi tapes.

Be Mine eclectic mixThe focal heart is from Groovy Love and was stamped with Melon Mambo ink.  The pretty yellow circle on the layer beneath it is from You’re So Lovely and was stamped with Daffodil Delight ink.

The sentiment is from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and was embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss powder on Basic Black card stock.

I hope you’ll play along and create your own card with the sketch!  I love seeing how other people interpret the sketch and use it in their own ways.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the rest of the design team made.  You’ll be wowed by their creativity!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Cheerful Colors with Sympathy — Monday Montage #62

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten stampers who love to share what we create with you, and all you have to do to follow along is to click on the links at the bottom of each post.

My daughter needed a sympathy card for a favorite teacher who suffered a terrible loss recently.   Sympathy cards are so hard to make, and tears were running down my face as I made this one.  But we wanted her to know that she is loved and we are praying for her.

I hadn’t used my Helping Me Grow stamp set yet, so I pulled it off the shelf, and used some pretty, cheerful colors with it.

Helping Me Grow with SympathyI watercolored the image with my aquapainter on watercolor paper.  I used So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Soft Sky inks.

The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder set and so is the label border.

Helping Me Grow with Sympathy Close UpI kept this card really simple and the embellishments to a minimum because of the occasion.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  I always love seeing what she makes!  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing!

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Love You Birthday Blooms — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

With Valentine’s Day being less than two weeks away, I’ve been focusing on cards and gifts for this occasion.  I wanted to make something pretty and feminine for my mother-in-law, so I pulled out my Birthday Blooms stamp set and made a square card, just to be a little different.

Love You Birthday BloomsI colored the image with an aquapainter and Watermelon Wonder and Old Olive inks.  I used the gold Wink of Stella  Glitter Brush for the center of the flower to add some fun shimmer.  After I hand cut the flower, I placed it on top of a die-cut heart using the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die.

These layers were placed on top of a layer of the Fancy Foil designer vellum paper.  I attached some Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and Gold Sequin trip with a Bow Paper Clip Embellishment.

The sentiment was stamped on Basic Black card stock with Versamark ink and embossed with white Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  It comes from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

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You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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The Love Between Us — FMS222

It’s time for another sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches! And this week our talented Australian queen of fabulous layers and beautiful cards, Narelle Farrugia, has a great sketch for us:

I pulled out my Going Global stamp set and Perfectly Artistic dsp (hurry!  This paper is only available for two more weeks).  I stamped one of the images on the dsp and added some splatters.

Love Between UsI inked the image using my Stampin’ Write Markers, added a scrap strip of Going Places dsp and a little ribbon.  I cut out the Love banner and popped it up with a dimensional.

Love Between Us Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  You can venture over to the Freshly Made Sketches site for a big dose of creative inspiration from the design team.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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You’re Just the Sweetest

One of the stamp sets that I really loved at first sight in the Occasions catalog is the Apple of my Eye set.  The images are cute and I love the sweet sentiments.  I finally got a chance to play with it last week, and this is the first card I made with it.

Sweetest OrangeI started by inking the entire stamp with a Pumpkin Pie ink pad and then used a sponge dauber to add some Tangelo Twist ink to the edges.  Very easy!

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I added some fun embellishments and some Have a Cuppa dsp for the background.  Little scraps of dsp from the Pretty Petals dsp stack and Everyday Chic dsp were used as well.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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He’ll be 17 (Eeek!) — FMS221

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  And she has a great , clean and simple sketch for us.

I decided to make a birthday card for my oldest, who will be turning 17 next month. WHAT?!!  I’m not sure how that happened so quickly, but there it is.

I pulled out two new stamp sets, Number of Years and Timeless Textures to make his card.  I went with a color scheme of Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, and Real Red.

Look 17I started by stamping the numbers on Whisper White card stock and cutting them out with the coordinating Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  I then embossed the sentiment with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I stamped the grunge-y textures with Versamark ink, and then placed the elements on top.

Look 17 Close UpThe background dsp is from the Schoolhouse dsp pack.  A pretty quick and easy card!

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  For a dose of inspiration, hop over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the other design team members made.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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No Road is too Long — Monday Montage #61

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten stampers who love to share what we create with you, and all you have to do to follow along is to click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I am trying to get a little ahead on my Valentine’s Day cards.  My older daughter’s birthday is on that day and my son’s birthday is two days later.  So it’s a busy week in our house!  I don’t want Valentine’s Day to get lost in the shuffle, so I need to do some prep ahead of time.

I decided to make a Valentine’s card for my husband using the Beautiful Ride stamp set.  I love this cute little car!  My next-door neighbors in the small town where I grew up had VW bugs, which they used as delivery vehicles for their pharmacy store.  Yes, pharmacies used to deliver your prescriptions to your home!  Since their family had several of these fun cars, there seemed to always be at least one parked in their driveway.  Now, whenever I see a VW bug on the road, I always think of their sweet family.

Sorry for the trip down memory lane!  I decided to use a sheet of the Going Places dsp.  Not only does it have some prints which are perfect for masculine cards, but it has some sheets that look like maps, which I thought would pair perfectly with the car.

Good Company Love BugI crumpled up the piece of dsp and then flattened it out before adhering it to the card base.  I then stamped the image on some Watercolor Paper and colored it with an Aqua Painter and Pool Party, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Real Red, and So Saffron inks.

The sentiment was embossed with black embossing powder on Real Red card stock.  I added a little washi tape, Silver Metallic Thread, Silver Foil Sheet (punched with the Banner Punch), and staples.

Good Company Love Bug Close UpThis was a pretty quick card to make, and it was fun to color.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  I always love seeing what she makes!  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing!

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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