Balloons Just for You — FMS187

We have another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site for you today.  And this week, the super talented Cindy Lovell has a great sketch for us:

I decided to use a little new and a little retiring product on my card.  I started with the balloons from Balloon Bash, which is retiring in just two short weeks.  I stamped them in new colors — Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush.  I stamped the focal panel using the new You’re So Sweet stamp set and Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry ink.

Balloons Just for YouThe dsp is from a new paper pack that I LOVE, Cherry on Top.  I added some sequins and a strip of Watermelon Wonder card stock and was finished.

Balloons Just for You Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and play along with the challenge.  We love seeing what you make.  If you’d like a little inspiration, head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team did with the sketch.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Celebrate Real Nice

Celebrate Real NiceI needed another birthday card, so I pulled out my Balloon Bash stamp set and Birthday Bash dsp.  Both are perfect for a birthday card.

Celebrate Real Nice Close UpThe little swirls on the stamp set reminded me of an embossing folder I hadn’t used in a while.  I don’t think it’s available anymore as I think it was offered in the last holiday catalog, and I can’t remember what it was called.  Oh well, it’s fun to bring out an old favorite once in a while.

Celebrate Real Nice Close UpEnjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Long Happy Birthday — FMS 176

Happy Wednesday!  And with another Wednesday comes another sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the super talented Cindy Hall is our hostess.  She has such a knack for adding such beautiful details to her cards.  I always look forward to studying everything she makes.

She has given us such a great sketch with which to work.  I love that it’s a different size than a normal A2 card, and there’s lots of room to be original and creative.

I still have some old envelopes that Stampin Up! sold a while back, for long and skinny cards.  I cut my card base to a 6-1/2″ by 6-1/2″ square, and then folded it in half to fit in the envelope.  It was fun to play with a different sized card.

Long Happy BirthdayI ended up using three different stamp sets for this card — Dotty Angles, Balloon Bash and Crazy About You.  I also pulled out lots of ink pads — Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Hello Honey and Memento Black.

I love the word dies in the Hello You Thinlits collection.  Some of them are a little long, so I thought they’d be perfect for this sketch.

Long Happy Birthday Close UpI used one of the Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets for the striped bit at the bottom of this card.  I love this stuff!

We hope you’ll join us and play along with the challenge this week!  We love seeing what you create and post to the gallery.  You should jump over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the rest of the design team made for a little inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Crooked Happy Birthday — FMS173

It’s Wednesday, so that means we have a new sketch for you over at the Freshly Made Sketches blog.  And this Wednesday, the amazing Kim Singdahlsen is our hostess.  Look at what she has for us:

I had some birthday themed products out on my desk, so I decided to start there.  I used the Balloon Bash stamp set and the Birthday Bash dsp.

Crooked HBI embossed the focal image with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, cut it out, and popped it up with dimensionals.  I love how the specialty dsp also has gold embossing on some of the balloons.

Crooked HB Close UpWe hope you’ll join in and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to look through the gallery and see how you use the sketch.  You can see what the rest of the design team made this week over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  They always wow me.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Celebrate Real Nice — FMS172

It’s Wednesday yet again, and this week the ever clever and always talented Linda Callahan is our hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches.  She has a great sketch for us:

I am in need of birthday cards this month, so I decided to make one using the Balloon Bash set.  I took a few liberties with the sketch, but stuck to it for the most part.

Celebrate Real NiceI stamped the focal image/sentiment and then fussy cut it out.  I wasn’t happy with it when I placed it against the white card base, as I thought it needed something to make it pop.  So I decided to sponge a little Crushed Curry ink behind the image.  I am definitely not very skilled at that technique, but I do think it served its purpose.

Celebrate Real Nice Close UpI colored the little banner in the top corner from Celebrate Today with my Stampin’ Write markers before stamping and then cut it out with the Balloon Framelits Dies.  The dsp is from the Birthday Bash dsp collection.

We hope you’ll make your own card using the sketch and share it in the gallery so we can see it.  Be sure to go by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the rest of the design team made this week.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Balloon Bash

Balloon Bashed Birthday I needed to make a birthday card for a friend, so I pulled a new set off my shelf, Balloon Bash.  I paired it with Dotty Angles and used a color scheme of So Saffron, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate.

Balloon Bashed Birthday Close UpI used a Stampin’ Write marker to draw the balloon strings, and used a dimensional to pop up the balloons.  This was a pretty quick and easy card.

I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch for my card.  I love how a good sketch can make the creative process so much easier.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!