Dragonfly Friend — FMS276

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week I get the privilege and joy of being the hostess.  I think I came up with a simple sketch, and I think it can be used in many different ways, so I can’t wait to see what everyone does with it.  Here’s the sketch:

fms-final-276-001One of the sets I immediately fell in love with in the Occasions catalog when I first saw it was the Dragonfly Dreams set.  I love dragonflies, and this set of products has gorgeous images and framelits.  It immediately went into my cart.  And it has set on my shelf for the past two months.  I’m not sure why I’ve avoided using it.  I think that sometimes when I get a stamp set that I absolutely love, I get a little intimidated.  I feel like whatever I make with it should be absolutely gorgeous and I create this pressure on myself.  It’s almost easier for me to make a project with a set that I’m not crazy in love with because if I make something halfway decent with it I feel like I’ve done well.  But when I work with a set that I think is gorgeous, my project should be gorgeous too or I’ve failed. How silly!  So while I may not feel like this card is up to the high standards worthy of this set, I’ve used it and now I can get over it and use it again.  🙂

dragonflyI started by die cutting the dragonfly from some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  That stuff is so pretty and sparkly!  I stamped the dragonfly image and cut it out, coloring it with a sponge dauber and Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky inks.  Some Sweet Sugarplum dsp from the In Color DSP stack was added underneath on the sides.

dragonfly-close-upI hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create and I am looking forward to browsing through the gallery this week.  Meanwhile, be sure to jump over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  They always inspire me!

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Birthday Week — Monday Montage #88

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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.

It was birthday week in our house this past week.  My daughter turned 16 on Valentine’s Day and my son turned 18 just two days later.  I shared the card I made for her in our last blog hop, so I thought I’d share the card I made for him today.  It was a fun week to celebrate these milestone birthdays with my kids (can I still call him that now that he’s 18?), but it was also bittersweet.  I know that next year, he’ll be away at college on his birthday and I won’t get to celebrate with him in person.  But I’m excited for him and the opportunities before him.  I just try to focus on today and not think about what’s coming in a few short months too much.

18-birthday-hopI pulled out a set I haven’t used in a while, Celebrate Today.  I used a color combo of Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, and Watermelon Wonder.  This is a fun set, as it has banners, balloons, and great sentiments.  Plus it has coordinating framelits!

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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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Sweetest Kitty — FMS275

It’s time for a new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our favorite Aussie, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess.  I love what she gave us to work with:

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My daughter had her 16th birthday yesterday, and she needs some thank you cards so I thought I’d make a special one for her to give to a friend who threw her a surprise party last weekend.  It’s a special friend that would do that, so a special card would be in order.  She is a cat lover, so I pulled out the Pretty Kitty stamp set.

sweetest-kittyI stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored it with an aquapainter and blender pen.  Some black splatters were added with a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set.  A little strip of dsp from the Tasty Treats dsp collection and a little Dapper Denim ribbon were added as well.  Some black metallic thread was looped behind the doily and focal image.  The sentiment comes from the Tasty Trucks stamp set, which was on my desk.

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

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A Taco Truck — FMS274

We have a new sketch for you over at the Freshly Made Sketches site today.  Our favorite Canadian, Jen Brum, is our hostess this week and take a look at this fun sketch:

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I love the cute food truck image in the Tasty Trucks stamp set, which is one of the free Sale-a-Bration offerings.  One of the many benefits of living in Texas is that we have access to many delicious taco options, as well as Mexican and Tex-Mex food in general.  One of our favorite taco places is a small little store in a Shell gas station not far from our house, which is run by a local family.  There is just one big table at which to sit and eat your food, so most people just get their tacos to go or sit and eat with whoever else is there.  They are just like street tacos and are delicious.  Stamping this food truck made me wish they had a taco truck and would come down our street everyday at lunch time.  Yum!

taco-truckI started by stamping the cute little tacos on the Pool Party card base.  I then stamped the truck on some watercolor paper and colored it with an aquapainter and blender pen using my ink pads (Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Smoky Slate, and Crumb Cake).

I added a little ribbon and black metallic thread, as well as some black Baker’s Twine.  Pretty easy!

taco-truck-close-upWe hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your viewing pleasure.

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Sweet 16 — Monday Montage #87

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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.

Two of my children have milestone birthdays next week.  My oldest will turn 18 on Thursday and my middle child will turn 16 on Tuesday.  It is fun to see them grow and mature, but I wish it didn’t have to happen so quickly.

Since my middle child is a Valentine’s baby, when she was little I always made her birthday party invitations and cards with a heart theme.  As she got older, she asked me to stop — she wasn’t into that and wanted a Star Wars theme or a Dr. Who theme, or a whatever-she-was-interested-in-at-the-time theme instead.  I must say it made me a little sad, but I could understand her desire.  But now that she is turning 16, and she is a sweet 16, I couldn’t resist.  One last time!  It’s just too fitting to make her card with hearts for this milestone occasion.

sweet-16I at least tried to use colors that I know she loves — Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, and Bermuda Bay.  She loves bright, happy colors which suits her personality.

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The “sweet” on the sentiment was stamped by selectively inking up part of a sentiment from the Birthday Banners stamp set.  The stamped hearts are from the Sealed with Love stamp set.  The large heart was cut from the Carried Away dsp with a Sweet & Sassy Framelits die.  The tiny hearts are from a Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

I got my inspiration for this card from the current sketch over at the CAS(E) this Sketch site.  Here’s their sketch for the week:

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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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A Simple I Love You — FMS273

We have another new sketch for you to try over at the Freshly Made Sketches site today.  And this week, our favorite friend from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch that she has made for us:

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I used this one to make another Valentine’s card.  I love the super simplicity of this sketch, and chose to keep my card just as clean and simple.  I used the Sending Love suite of products.

love-heartsI embossed the hearts with clear embossing powder on Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, and Pink Pirouette card stock, and cut them out with the coordinating die.  Very quick and easy!

I dusted off my sewing machine and added a little crazy stitching around the edges.  It was just so much white space, I felt I had to add something but wanted to keep it clean.

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I love the sentiments that come with this set.  They are just beautiful.  I also finished the inside of the card with this gorgeous sentiment below.

love-hearts-insideI think this card will go to my hubby.  It’s clean and doesn’t have any frills — no ribbon, sequins or bling of any kind.  It does have pink, but I think that’s perfectly acceptable for Valentine’s day.  ha!

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  Meanwhile, be sure you drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site and take a look at what the design team has created.  You’ll be inspired!

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A Kraft-y Valentine — FMS272

We have another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for you today.  And this week our hostess is Cecile Ribon, our newest team member who inspires us all.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

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I’ve been making a big dent in my Valentine’s Day cards and I’ve been having so much fun with the Sending Love suite.  I love all of the images in this set, but I think my favorites are the arrows.

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This was really a simple card to put together.  Die-cuts, embellishments and ribbon do most of the work.

krafty-valentine-close-upWe hope you’ll play along and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create.  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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