You’re Lovely — FMS220

We’re ready with another sketch challenge for you over at the Freshly Made Sketches site today.  And this week, our Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  Look at this fun sketch she has for us:

I think Jen has been secretly abducted by aliens and replaced with an impostor because this sketch has six circles, and Jen has a strong aversion to circles.  That’s the only way I can explain it.  😉  Regardless,  I love the sketch and thought of several different ways to approach it.

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I ended up pulling out my Balloon Celebration stamp set, and repeatedly stamping and embossing the circles.  I then watercolored over them, using the emboss-resist technique.  I used a color combo of Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay.

You're Lovely Close UpI stamped and embossed the sentiment from the You’re So Lovely stamp set.  The banner frame comes from that stamp set as well.  It has a coordinating die in the Large Numbers Framelits.

We hop you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch this week.  We love looking through the gallery!  Meanwhile, you can jump over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team did with all of those circles.  You’ll be inspired!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Balloon Congrats — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

It is only one week away until the Occasions catalog is live, and it will mark the start of the biggest annual event at Stampin’ Up!  — Sale-a-Bration!  We all love Sale-a-Bration!  With each $50 (US) purchase, you can get a Sale-a-Bration product for free.  Woohoo!

There is a fun new set in the Occasions catalog called Balloon Celebration, and it has a coordinating punch.  I love how punches can make projects so much quicker and easier.

Balloon Congrats

I started with a Pool Party card base.  A piece of Watercolor Paper was washed with some Pool Party ink and water.  Once that dried, I hand drew the strings with a Project Life Journaling Pen, and stamped the bitty stars with So Saffron ink, which I then covered with a Wink of Stella Gold Glitter Brush.  It adds a fun touch of shimmer.  I also applied some of this magical stuff to the wood sentiment.

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I created the balloons by first stamping off some Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder and Mossy Meadow ink once or twice onto some Whisper White card stock.  I love how there are two sizes of balloons with this stamp set and punch.

The cute little gold bow is actually a paper clip, and will also be available next week in the Occasions catalog.

All of these products will be available starting January 5.

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!