Happy Day at the Beach — FMS289

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  We have Linda Callahan, our delightful friend from New York, to thank for this fabulous sketch.  I almost squealed with joy when I saw it.  I do love a good collage-style sketch.

I reached for a retiring stamp set, Day at the Beach, when I saw this one.  I also used a retiring sentiment set, Suite Sentiments and some retiring dsp, By the Shore.

I embossed the images by stamping with Basic Black ink and using clear embossing powder and then watercolored them with an aqua painter and ink pads.  I cut them out with my paper snips.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.    We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Crafting Forever — Monday Montage #93

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’ve got a couple of cards for you today that use the Crafting Forever stamp set, which will be available in just a few days, starting on June 1.  It is a cute set that includes several images of fun crafting supplies.

I started this card by stamping the pot of paint brushes on some watercolor paper and coloring with an aqua painter and blender pens.  Once it was dry, I cut it out with my paper snips.  I’m one of those who finds fussy cutting to be relaxing — as long as it comes in small doses.

I then smooshed some Crushed Curry ink on a piece of piece of window sheet and directly applied it to a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Some splatters were added to that once it was dry.

Some sequins and baker’s twine were added as little embellishments, and the card front was adhered to a Dapper Denim card base.

For this second card, I started with a piece of Shimmery White card stock and stamped two of the baker’s twine spools with Basic Black ink.  I stamped a third on a scrap of Shimmery White card stock and cut it out with my paper snips before adhering it onto the card.

Some sequins and baker’s twine were again added as embellishments.  A new In Color, Powder Pink, was used as the card base.  It is such a pretty pink.

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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Hello There New Stuff — FMS288

We’re back again with another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week our hostess is Jen Mitchell, who is absolutely amazing with butterflies and everything clean and beautiful.  Check out this fun sketch she has for us:

I decided to take a little break from just using retiring sets and use some of the new stuff, which will be available in the new annual catalog on June 1st.  My pre-order had been sitting in an unopened box, and when I finally opened it to put everything away, I couldn’t resist using some of it for this sketch.

One of my favorite suites in the new catalog is the Pick a Pattern Suite.  It is an eclectic mix of images ranging from dinosaurs to pretty flowers and uses such a fun combination of colors.  I thought this sketch would be perfect to feature one of my favorite dsp sheets.  The colors and patterns in this just make me happy.  I used the coordinating stamp set, Pieces & Patterns for the sentiment and focal image.

I stamped the sentiment with Crushed Curry ink on Whisper White cardstock  and punched it out, mounting it on a Basic Black punched circle.  Some ribbon, a doily, and linen thread were added as fun embellishments.  I didn’t feel the need to add too much, as I wanted the pretty paper to be the star of this card.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to look through the gallery and see what you make.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Farewell to Helping Me Grow — FMS287

These weeks are flying by!  I know December gets billed as the busiest month of the year, but I really think it’s May.  Especially as a parent.  There are so many end-of-the-school-year activities, and even more so when you have a Senior.  Fortunately it’s all good stuff, and with memories to treasure.

Since it is Wednesday, that means it’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week our hostess is our favorite pilot and clean stamper extraordinaire, Jennifer Timko.  She has a great one for us too:

I’m still trying to use as many of my favorite retiring stamp sets as possible.  I thought the Helping Me Grow set would work well with this sketch, so I pulled it out.  I also used my favorite retiring In-Color, Watermelon Wonder.

I started by stamping the floral image with Basic Black Archival Ink and coloring it with a blender pen and ink pads.  I then applied some washi tape into a rectangle as a mask, and colored in some Soft Sky ink, removing the tape when finished.

The sentiment was embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Basic Black card stock.  I added some splatters and called it a day.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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So Long Sublime — FMS286

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week, our hostess is our incredibly talented friend from Australia, Narelle Farrugia.  She has a great sketch that will be easy to dress up or down.  Take a look:

I’m trying to give some love to the sets I will miss most when they retire at the end of the month.  For this sketch, I knew that one of the images from the You’re Sublime set would work well and I think all of the images in this set are so cute.

I started by stamping the image on some watercolor card stock and coloring it with an aqua painter and my ink pads.  A little scrap of Succulent Garden dsp, metallic thread, and some silver ribbon were added to finish it off.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you make and look through the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Places You’ll Go — Monday Montage #92

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 have another graduation card for you today.  This one uses another retiring stamp set, Places You’ll Go.   Though I wouldn’t call this stamp set a graduation set, it does work perfectly for the occasion.

I started with a watercolor wash of Soft Sky ink on a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  For this particular card, I pressed an acetate sheet directly onto the ink pad, spritzed the sheet with some rubbing alcohol and then pressed the acetate sheet directly on the cardstock.  Once this was dry, I stamped the base of of the globe with Versamark ink and embossed it with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The globe was then stamped with Basic Black ink.

The Luck Stars embossing folder (also retiring) was used on a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock, and a little piece of dsp from the Sending Love dsp stack was also added for a bit of a fun pattern.  The cute little paper clips and the Night of Navy baker’s twine will also be retiring.

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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Class of ’17 Graduation Card– FMS285

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my turn to have the privilege of playing hostess, which means I get to design the sketch.  Since I love simple collage-style cards, that is what I designed for this week:

My oldest is a Senior this year and will be graduating from high school in just a few short weeks, and then will be heading off to college over 600 miles away in August.  There… I said it.  I have really been in denial most of the year, and I have to say this is SO HARD for me.  I have so many conflicting emotions when I think about this whole graduation thing.  On one hand, I am so proud of this kid!  He is a great student and has earned a really awesome scholarship.  He is responsible and kind, and he’s ready to start this next great adventure.  But on the other hand, I tear-up every time I think about him putting on that cap and gown, and thinking about leaving him at his dorm three states away is just too much.  But I’m praying that God will prepare my heart, and I keep reminding myself that this is what I’ve always wanted for him (though maybe a little closer to home).  He is a great kid and I will miss having him around every day, but I know he will do well.  Seeing that first one leave the nest is really tough on this momma’s heart.

Since I know I will be needing several graduation cards this year, I decided to get a jump start.  I pulled out a stamp set that is retiring next month and made a card with my son’s school colors.  The stamp set is called Superstar, and the coordinating Stars Framelits Dies are also retiring.

I really wish alphabet stamp sets and dies would include an apostrophe in their collections, but it is rare to find one.  I made do by cutting off a part of the number 3 and using it for an apostrophe here.  The “class of” is from the Labeler alphabet set.

The numbers were cut from some Night of Navy card stock using the Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  I added some little stars from the Regals Enamel Shapes and some old washi tape for some embellishments.  This card came together really quickly.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  I am looking forward to browsing the gallery this week to see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to visit the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  I took a peek earlier, and I love what they’ve done!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!