Little Bella — FMS251

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our hostess is Cindy Hall, the master of gorgeous details.  She wows me every week with the extra touches she adds to her cards.  Take a look at the sketch she has for us:

Since I really need to stock up on birthday cards and I haven’t had a chance to ink up the adorable Bella & Friends stamp set, I decided to embrace the opportunity to accomplish both goals with one card.

I think the dogs in this little set are so cute!  There is a little cupcake included in the set, so I figured I could make a birthday card out of it.

Bella BirthdayI watercolored this sweet little guy with an aquapainter using Smoky Slate, Pool Party, and Calypso Coral inks.  The dsp is from the A Little Foxy dsp stack.  I used the Sparkle embossing folder to add a little texture.

I kept this card really simple and stayed quite true to the sketch.  I didn’t even add any embellishments.  That may be a first for me!

Bella Birthday Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and play along with the challenge, making a card of your own.  If you do, please post it in the gallery at Freshly Made Sketches so we can see what you create.  We love browsing the gallery each week!  Meanwhile be sure to pop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team created for a big dose of inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Falling Flowers Birthday — Monday Montage #76

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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 click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I needed to make a birthday card for my sweet mother-in-law, who has been having a hard time since her knee replacement surgery last month.  I wanted to make something cheery and pretty, and I haven’t been able to play with the Falling Flowers bundle very much, so I thought it would be perfect for the occasion.

Falling Flowers Birthday

I started by stamping the beautiful flourish from the stamp set with Versamark ink onto a Pool Party card base.  I stamped the sentiment, which is a single stamp called Stylized Birthday, onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, which I cut out with a die from the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies.

I stamped the flowers with Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, and Daffodil Delight ink and colored them with a blender pen.  White Perfect Accents were added to the flower centers after they were cut out with the coordinating dies.

Falling Flowers Birthday Close UpThe fabulously detailed leaves were cut using the coordinating dies from Old Olive cardstock.

I added a piece of a Delicate White Doily and a bow made from Black Baker’s twine to finish things off.

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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Flourishing Phrases — 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.

Our focus for this hop is the Flourishing Phrases bundle and 2015-2017 In-Color Envelope Paper.  And what a beautiful bundle it is!  This bundle has everything — beautiful floral images, intricate coordinating dies, and fabulous sentiments.

August Flourishes Set

I started by making a square card, which is something I don’t often do.  This particular card is 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

A watercolor wash of Mint Macaron ink was applied by spritzing some water on a clean acrylic block and then adding a bit of Mint Macaron ink, letting it mix with the water.  The block was then placed on the piece of thick Whisper White Cardstock.

August Flourishes CardI then stamped some splatters using  a stamp from Touches of Texture and embossed them with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Two of the flourishes were cut from Vellum Cardstock and Whisper White Cardstock and placed over the dried watercolor wash piece.  I also added a bit of Copper Metallic Thread (so gorgeous), and added the sentiment which was placed over a piece of the Envelope Paper.

I also made a coordinating envelope using the Envelope Punch Board since my card is not a standard size.  Plus, it adds such a pretty touch.  This lightweight paper is perfect for not only making envelopes, but for adding layers on cards as well.

August Flourishes Card Close Up

August Flourishes Bag

The coordinating gift bag was made using the same products and techniques.  I started with one of the Petite Cafe Gift Bags and added some pretty embellishments, including some of the Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon, which ties so beautifully.

August Flourishes Bag Close Up

I love how easy it is to create an elegant project with this bundle.  And I love how versatile this bundle is with its many great sentiments and gorgeous dies.

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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A Jar of Love and Pretty Flowers — FMS250

We have another sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our wonderfully talented guest designer, Cècile Ribon, is our hostess.  Take a look at what she has for us:

I really love this sketch and I love all of the pretty flowers in the Jar of Love bundle, so it seemed like a natural decision to combine the two.  I wanted to make a card for a friend who is going through some terribly hard things right now, so I wanted to make something cheery and pretty.
Jar of FlowersI stamped the flowers with Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight inks.  The greenery was stamped with Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz inks.  The dsp is from the Fruit Stand dsp collection, and the sentiment is from the Here for You stamp set.

Jar of Flowers Close Up

I love how easy it is to use these two-step stamps and to cut out the images with the coordinating framelits.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to see your creations in the gallery and visit your blogs.  Meanwhile, be sure to move on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made.  You’ll surely be inspired!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!
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A Copper Medallion — FMS249

Another Wednesday, another sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches! And this week the super talented Kim Singdahlsen is our hostess. Take a look at what she has for us this week:

While I had the Moroccan Nights stamp set out I made another card with it.  I really love the medallion image in this set, and I can’t seem to stop myself from embossing it.  This time I used some of the gorgeous copper embossing powder.

Copper Moroccan MedallionI embossed the image on some Vellum cardstock, and placed it over a piece of the Moroccan dsp.  A piece of burlap ribbon and lace trim were attached, and a piece of Navy Baker’s Twine was tied on top.

Copper Moroccan Medallion Close UpI stamped the sentiment from Thoughtful Banners on a strip of Cajun Craze cardstock and added a little piece of Delightful Dijon doily.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love seeing what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to jump on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made.  It will be sure to give you a big dose of inspiration!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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You’re a Superstar — Monday Montage #75

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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 click on the links at the bottom of each post.

The Superstar stamp set has several fun star images, and they coordinate with some of the framelits sets.  Stars are always so versatile — perfect for birthdays, congratulations, encouragement, etc… and they are perfect for males or females.  Everybody needs a good star set!

Super Star

I started this card out with a strip of Dapper Denim dsp from the In Color stack.  I then stamped the starburst image with Cucumber Crush ink and used a Layering Circles Framelits die to cut it out.  The star and sentiment came from the Superstar stamp set.  I hand cut the larger star and the smaller star was cut using the Stars Framelits dies.

Super Star Close UpI could not get images of Mary Katherine Gallagher out of my head while making this card!  Any old SNL fans out there?  She’d totally approve of this card!  ha!

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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Frosty Moroccan Nights — 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.

Yesterday we had a special hop — showcasing the Thoughtful Branches bundle, and today we’re back to our regular schedule with an open project hop, where we use any of the products in our latest box.

I decided to use the Moroccan Nights stamp set, but with a different color combo than what the suite features.  I decided to use a color that I love but find challenging to use, Sweet Sugarplum.  I really like most purples, but for some reason when I’m crafting, I rarely use them.  Do you have a color that you usually avoid when stamping?  Since I have totally fallen in love again with Soft Sky, I decided to pair Sweet Sugarplum with this color. It makes for a pretty, frosty look, I think.

Moroccan Frosty NightsI started by making the card.  I stamped the medallion image with Versamark ink onto some Vellum Cardstock, and embossed it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I then cut it out by hand.

Moroccan Frosty Nights CardI then brushed some Sweet Sugarplum ink onto a piece of wet Watercolor Paper using an aqua painter.  Once that was dry, I stamped the splatters using a stamp from Touches of Texture.  The small medallions from Moroccan Nights were also stamped with Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Moroccan Frosty Nights Card Close UpI added some pretties — silver sequins, Soft Sky Enamel Shapes, White Perfect Accents (with the white backings peeled off) and Silver Metallic Thread.

The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  Some Silver 1/8″ Ribbon and Silver Sequin Trim were looped underneath.

I then made a little coordinating gift box using the Gift Box Punch Board.  This box is 2-1/2″ all around.

Moroccan Frosty Nights BoxSome Sweet Sugarplum and White embossed medallions were stamped on the box, and a tag was made from Vellum Cardstock with the Tags & Labels framelits.  I tied some of the pretty Sweet Sugarplum 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon into a big bow to finish the box.

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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