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!

 

Happiest Birthday from the Ice Cream Shop — FMS284

It’s time for a new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week it comes to us all the way from New Zealand.  Our good friend, Karren Johnson, has a sketch for us that I think you will love:

My favorite suite in the Occasions catalog is the Cool Treats suite.  It could be due to my love of ice cream, or it could be that I love the colors in this suite.  Or it could be that the images are just so darn cute, plus I really love the fonts on the sentiments.

I found that an easy way to get the tone on tone look on the bottom ice cream cone is to use a sponge dauber to lightly and evenly apply ink to the base image layer.  Then I inked up the swirls image with the ink pad and stamped over the base image.  Sometimes when I try stamping off once with a solid image like this base layer, it doesn’t look very good.  Using a sponge dauber works so much better for me.

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 journey over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team created for your inspiration.  They always inspire me!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Falling Flowers for Mom — FMS283

It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week our lovely Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  Look at this fun one:

This one had me stumped for a while.  I had some flowers on my desk that I had cut and colored for another card but didn’t end up using.  I knew I wanted to use them for a Mother’s Day card, so I decided to make them work for this sketch.  I may have taken some creative liberties with the sketch, but hopefully you can see it in my card.

I used a couple of retiring products on this card — the Irresistibly Floral Specialty DSP and my favorite retiring In Color, Watermelon Wonder.  The images were stamped on Shimmery White card stock and colored with a blender pen and ink pads.  The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card with the sketch.  We love seeing 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!

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Sending Sunshine — FMS282

It’s time for a new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our sketch comes to you from France.  Our talented friend, Cecile Ribon, has a fun one for us this week.  Here it is:

I love square cards, and they aren’t something I normally think to make on my own.  So I love it when one of our design team members makes a sketch using one.  I made a five inch square card for my card today with a base of sunny Daffodil Delight.

 

I stamped the images on watercolor paper and then watercolored  them with an aquapainter and a blender pen.   There are lots of fun summery images in this set.  The hard part was deciding which three to use.  The sentiment comes from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.

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 venture over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A You-Don’t-Have-to-Color-It Card — FMS281

It’s time for another sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our favorite Coloradan, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  She has a fun and simple sketch for us that I think  you’ll love:

One of my favorite Sale-a-Bration offerings has been the Inside the Lines dsp.  It’s so fun to color, but it’s also beautiful when you just leave it as is, which is what I did for this card.

I thought I’d get a jump on a Mother’s Day card, and made this one using the Crazy About You stamp set.  The pretty leaves are from the May Flowers Framelits dies..

We hope you’ll join us and play along with the challenge this week!  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 Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Welcome Little Miss Croghan Blog Hop

Today is a special day, as this is a day where we are celebrating the upcoming arrival of Little Miss Croghan.  This sweet little baby girl is due soon and is the daughter of Lesley Croghan, designer extraordinaire.  Lesley is the creator of so many of our favorite challenge sites (Freshly Made Sketches, The Paper Players, Fusion, Merry Monday, The Card Concept, Dynamic Duos, and so many more) and makes some of the most beautiful cards herself.

To honor her and her husband, Corey, we are linking up for a giant blog hop featuring cards we made for her baby.

I realized when I sat down to make a card for this occasion that I don’t have many baby sets.  But I do have one that I love, Made with Love.

I colored this sweet little onesie with a blender pen and layered it over some die-cut shapes.

You can venture over to the blog hop site HERE to see all of the other cards made for this special baby and her mama.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

A Dozen Eggs — FMS280

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week the ever-clever and creative Linda Callahan is our hostess.  She has a fun one for us too:

I recently acquired the Perfect Mix stamp set, and thought this set would be perfect to use for the sketch.  I ended up making a super clean and totally mail-able (is that a word?) card.  This card is so flat and is so different from everything else I make.  I masked the two images so I could layer them without using layers.

I colored the images with my Watercolor Pencils and used a blender pen to finish it up.  Some enamel shapes were added as the sole embellishments.

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

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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