Falling for This Leaf — FMS350

Well, this has been a busy week!   With the girls starting school on Monday and preparing to take my oldest back to college (and moving him into an apartment this year) on Friday, I am worn out!  These are all good things though and my heart is full.  However, it is emotional.  I have a high school senior this year, which makes me tear up just saying that.  And I was just getting used to having my son back home from college, and now he’s about to move 9 hours away again.  I just wish Summer would last longer!

With another week, we have another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is our favorite stamper from the land down under, Narelle Farrugia.  She has a great one for us too.  Take a look:

I recently received my pre-order of new goodies from the Holiday Catalog, which will go live on September 5th.  But with all that’s been going on in our house, I’ve barely had time to look at it, let alone play with it.  But when I saw this sketch, I immediately thought of a leaf in an upcoming stamp set, Falling for Leaves.  There is a beautiful leaf stamp and there is a beautifully detailed leaf die as well.  I used the die for this card.

I started with the background by using a couple of stamps from Artisan Textures.  I then die-cut the leaf from a piece of dsp that will be available in the Holiday Catalog called Country Lane Designer Series Paper.  The strip of paper under the leaf is also from that pack.  I die-cut the solid leaf image from a piece of vellum paper and placed it under the dsp leaf.

This one came together pretty quickly, and I love the color combination.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  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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Triple Topiaries — FMS338

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week, our favorite Colorado resident, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  Take a look at her fun sketch:

I dusted off a stamp set, Vertical Greetings, that has been on my shelf for a while for this sketch.  Fortunately, this set will not be retiring this month and is sticking around for another year in the new annual catalog.  I haven’t used it enough, so I am glad to see it stay.

I have also used a new stamp set, Artisan Textures, on this card.  I stamped one of the images four different times, slightly overlapping the images to fit the space I wanted.  This created a background for the topiaries and provided a little color.

While playing around with different color combinations, I decided to compare some of the different greens.  On my card, I used Granny Apple Green (new color) for the topiary on the left, Lemon Lime Twist (returning In-Color) for the topiary in the center, and Old Olive (returning color) for the one on the right.

I have to say that the Granny Apple Green is really pretty.  I think these three greens will be my go-to greens.

Another new color, Mango Melody, was used for the pots on this card.  I have been waiting forever for Stampin’ Up! to add a pretty and fun yellow-orange to its color palette.  And this one will fit the bill.  I think Mango Melody and I will be very good friends.  You will probably see me using a lot of this color, as I love how it pairs with many other colors, and it’s just a beautiful, happy color on its own.

The blue on this card is Soft Sky.  I’m sad to say I’m down to my last sheet of card stock of this color.  I will miss it.  Sigh…

The sentiment is from a new Paper Pumpkin stamp set and was stamped with Early Espresso ink.

We hope you’ll join us and create 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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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