Good Thoughts — FMS183

It’s time for another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the crazy talented Linda Callahan, who has the best sense of humor (though she might not have it right now while her home is undergoing a kitchen remodel — ;)), is our hostess.  And I can’t wait to see what y’all do with this one.

I made this card before Stampin’ Up! released the retirement list.  When I saw that Too Kind was included on the list yesterday, I was so sad.  I love this set!  Which ones are you going to miss most?

I decided I need to use the retiring In-Colors as much as possible before June arrives, so I used one for this card.  These In-Colors are my favorite ones that they’ve ever had.  I am really going to miss Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I can’t wait to see what the new In-Colors will be!

Too KindI used a color combination of Crisp Cantaloupe, Blushing Bride, and Old Olive.  A couple of strips of washi tape are on the bottom of the card.

Too Kind Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch this week.  You can go by the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the design team made for some inspiration.  They always inspire me!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!06

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Birthday Candles and Stars — Monday Montage #41

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  There are ten of us stampers who are participating, and all you have to do to see all of the crafty creations is to click on the links at the bottom of each post.  You won’t want to miss a single one.

I needed a birthday card for a teenager, so I pulled out my Big News stamp set and my aquapainter and had a little fun.

Big BirthdayI started by embossing the card base with the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I then took my aquapainter and brushed on some ink in Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Strawberry Slush onto the focal panel.  After that was dry, I stamped the sentiment and added some black splatters.

I then stamped the candles, fussy cut them out, and added some of the In Color Sequins.  For a fun touch, I crazy-stitched around the edges with my sewing machine (after I dusted it off).

Big Birthday Close Up

You’re ready to hop on over to see Breelin Renwick’s awesome creativity.  I love everything she makes.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can hop on over to Wendy Weixler’s amazing blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the other nine blogs.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hello, Flower Shop — FMS182

It’s Wednesday, and it’s April 15.  For those of us in the US, that it not a very fun day as it is the day when our annual income tax returns must be filed.  I finished and clicked the “Send” button last night (yeah, I procrastinate when it comes to doing taxes), so I can relax today.  Hopefully, you are done too and you can kick back and check out the new challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches.  The super talented Rita Wright is our hostess this week and she has a great sketch for us.  This one really leaves you lots of room to be creative.

I decided to use a flower set that was getting a little dusty on my shelf, Flower Shop.  I stamped the flower three times and then colored them with my aquapainter.  I added some splatters with a stamp that was included in a Paper Pumpkin set a long time ago.

Flower ShopI used a sentiment from Four You, and used two of my favorite In-Colors, which will soon be retiring — Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush.  The other color is Daffodil Delight.

Flower Shop close Up

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We do love to see what you create.  Meanwhile, you can venture over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to see what the design team made for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday, even though it is tax day.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Felt Flowers

One of the things that I love most about Spring is the beautiful flowers and the arrival of color into the landscape again.  I decided to pull out my Flower Patch stamp set and coordinating Flower Fair Framelits Dies.    I also pulled out my Flower Frenzy Bigz Die because I love the leaf branch in it.  I decided to use some pretty green felt with it.

Felt and FlowersI’ve been thinking about how three of my favorite colors will soon be retiring, and it makes me quite sad.  I’ve used two of them on this card — Strawberry Slush and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I am really going to miss them, so I will probably be using them a lot before June gets here and I have to say farewell.

Felt and Flowes Close UpI paired a Project Life Grid Card with some Stacked with Love dsp for this card,  The sentiment is from Hi There.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Coral Blooms

I have never played along with any of the challenges at The Card Concept, and I’ve liked so many of them.  I finally got to join in this week, and I love the colors in the inspiration photo.

Calypso Coral and Pool Party are two of my favorite colors with which to work.  I have to stop myself from using them all of the time.

I pulled out Bloom with Hope, a hostess set, for my card as the flowers in this set resemble those in the inspiration picture.  Plus, I have barely used this set before, so it needed some ink.

I’d say that this card would fit in with the Clean and Layered style.  However, I think it could also be called a Freestyle Collage style.

Coral BloomsI started by selectively inking the Positively Chevron background stamp with some Versamark ink, and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I punched out a couple of circles from dsp.  I watercolored the focal image with an aquapainter,

Coral Blooms Close UpEnjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Birthday Balloons Celebration — FMS181

Here we go — another Wednesday is upon us already.  And that means it’s time for another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, the super stamper, Jen Mitchell, is our hostess, and she has a fun sketch for us.

I needed to add to my birthday card stash, so I pulled out Celebrate Today and paired it with some Birthday Bash Specialty dsp.

Celebrate with BalloonsI have the hardest time taking pictures of cards that have a tilted panel.  So please forgive my crooked picture.

I used a color scheme of Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush and Bermuda Bay.  Bright, cheery colors.

Celebrate with Balloons Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  It’s always fun to see what you make.  Meanwhile, you should jump over to the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the design team made for some inspiration.

Have a great Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Easter Jellybeans Treats

I made some little treats for my kids and put them in their lunches for school yesterday.  I kept them really simple, as I know that though they may appreciate the packaging, it’s what’s inside that they really care about.

Easter JellybeansI stamped the cute eggs with a stamp from the For Peep’s Sake set and colored it with my Stampin’ Write Markers before stamping.  It is stamped on some Whisper White card stock cut with a die from the Label Collection framelits dies.  I folded a doily in half and placed that under it.  I just picked colors that matched the jellybeans. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Easter Jellybeans close upSince I didn’t think my 16 year-old son would necessarily appreciate the doily, I left it off of his.

I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your loved ones.  I always love the Easter service at church, and my youngest still likes to hunt for Easter eggs.  Even though it is supposed to rain here on Sunday, I know it will be a special day.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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