Vivid Springtime Vases — FMS179

Happy Wednesday!  And Wednesdays bring new challenges at Freshly Made Sketches each week.  This go around, I get the pleasure of being the hostess and I have a pretty simple and clean sketch for you to try.

Since the sketch is pretty simple, I wanted to keep my card clean and simple.  I pulled out my Vivid Vases stamp and watercolored it with an aquapainter.  I used a card base of Soft Sky card stock which was embossed with the Polka Dot embossing folder.

Vivid Springtime Vases

I used a little strip of dsp from the Stacked with Love stack, and added a button.  I rounded two of the corners, and made myself stop.

VIvid Springtime Vases Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and create your own card.  We’d love to see what you do with the sketch.  Meanwhile, you can go by the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the design team made for some inspiration.  You won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Yippee Skippee Stars

I love the sketch this week over at CAS(E) this Sketch, so I really wanted to play along and I made a card just for fun.

I still have some of the Sale-a-Bration dsp that I need to use up, and I love the pretty pinkish patterned sheet in the Best Year Ever package.  So that is what I pulled out to start my card.

Yippee Skippee StarsI added a Silver Glimmer Paper star cut out with one of the Stars Framelits Dies and some Calypso Coral stars punched out with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  I also punched out some circles — one from vellum card stock and one from the Typeset dsp.  I looped some white sewing thread in a crazy pattern, and added some rhinestones and sequins.  The sentiment is from the Yippee-Skippee! stamp set.

Yippee Skippee Stars Close UpEnjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


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Birthday Rock Stars — Monday Montage #40

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberIt’s time for another Monday Montage Blog Hop, and this week is our 40th hop.  Wow!  I love working with these fun and talented ladies.  To follow along and see the creations of the other stampers, all you need to do is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

Birthday Rock StarsI needed to make a birthday card for one of my teenagers to give to a friend.  I always find those so hard to make.  I pulled out a stamp set that I have loved, #hello, for this card as I think the images are good for this age group.

I used some of the Irresistibly Yours dsp, and took my aquapainter and colored on some Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango ink to highlight some of the stars around the focal image.  The “@” is stamped with Coastal Cabana ink.

Birthday Rock Stars Close UpI used some white sewing thread to loop behind the focal image and added a strip of die cut stars from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies set.  The sentiment is embossed with white Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Basic Black card stock.  I scattered some black candy dots, and decided that was enough.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog for some truly creative inspiration.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can venture over to Wendy Weixler’s blog to see her amazing work.  Either way, be sure to work you way through all ten blog posts.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hippity Hoppity — FMS178

It’s Wednesday, and with each Wednesday comes a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our fabulous friend from the land down under, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess and she has a versatile sketch for us that I love.

Since Easter is right around the corner, I decided I’d better ink up my Easter stamps.  This is from a cute little set called For Peeps’ Sake.  The sentiment is from And Many More.  I added a piece of Best Day Ever dsp, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering.

Hippity Hoppity

I think these little chicks are adorable.  I used my Stampin’ Write markers directly on the stamp to color the image.

Hippity Hoppity Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and play along with the challenge this week.  You should go by the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out what the design team made for some inspiration.  They always inspire me!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Feathers and Butterflies

Well, Spring Break just flew by.  Too bad we didn’t have Spring weather to go with it, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.  I did make a Spring-like card last week, so I’ll share that.

Butterfly and FeathersI die cut this beautiful butterfly out of vellum card stock with one of the Butterflies Thinlits dies.  I just love the detail on this die.  I use a layer of wax paper and a dryer sheet when cutting it out, and it come out cleanly and easily.

The layer behind the butterfly is a piece of the Irresistibly Yours dsp, which I sponged with a little bit of Pink Pirouette ink behind the butterfly.  I also sprayed some Crisp Cantaloupe ink with my retired spritzer tool.

Butterfly and Feathers Close UpI added a couple of feathers from the Four Feathers stamp set and cut them out with the Feathers Framelits dies.  They are stamped with Crisp Cantaloupe and Soft Sky ink.

This was definitely an “add a little bit of this and a little bit of that” kind of card.  Sometimes it’s fun to just mix and match away to one’s heart’s content.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Celebrate Real Nice

Celebrate Real NiceI needed another birthday card, so I pulled out my Balloon Bash stamp set and Birthday Bash dsp.  Both are perfect for a birthday card.

Celebrate Real Nice Close UpThe little swirls on the stamp set reminded me of an embossing folder I hadn’t used in a while.  I don’t think it’s available anymore as I think it was offered in the last holiday catalog, and I can’t remember what it was called.  Oh well, it’s fun to bring out an old favorite once in a while.

Celebrate Real Nice Close UpEnjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Watercolor Rainbow — FMS177

We have another great sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Our super talented friend from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess this week.  Look at what she has for us:

I’ve been itching to do a little watercoloring lately, so I thought I’d try something different for me.  I made a watercolor resist background.  I embossed some watercolor paper with white Stampin’ Emboss Powder using a cool stamp from the Boutique Borders stamp set.  I love how easy it is to line up this stamp set and add row upon row with the photopolymer stamps — no Stamp-a-ma-jig needed.

Rainbow of WatercolorsI used a paintbrush and a set of watercolor paints to color the background.  Even though I chose most of the brightest colors in the set, this card turned out so soft and muted once it dried.  This is a different look for me, but I kinda like it.

The sentiment is from a Sale-a-Bration set called Simply Wonderful.

Rainbow of Watercolors Close UpWe’d love to have you join us in this challenge.  You can check out what the design team made over at the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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