An Eclectic Valentine — FMS223

This is my week to be the hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches, and I really hope you’ll like the sketch and play along.  I have been having fun designing collage-style cards lately, so that is how I designed the sketch.

And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to make another card for the occasion.  I pulled out my Groovy Love stamp set, and then just kept pulling more and more sets off the shelf.  I think I ended up using an eclectic mix of four stamp sets.  I was out of control!

Be Mine eclectic mix fullI started by making a watercolor wash on some watercolor paper using Pink Pirouette and Pool Party inks.  Once that was dry, I stamped the row of hearts from Birthday Blooms and the row of sideways chevrons from You’re So Lovely with Melon Mambo ink, and added some washi tapes.

Be Mine eclectic mixThe focal heart is from Groovy Love and was stamped with Melon Mambo ink.  The pretty yellow circle on the layer beneath it is from You’re So Lovely and was stamped with Daffodil Delight ink.

The sentiment is from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and was embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss powder on Basic Black card stock.

I hope you’ll play along and create your own card with the sketch!  I love seeing how other people interpret the sketch and use it in their own ways.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the rest of the design team made.  You’ll be wowed by their creativity!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Fond Farewell to Betsy’s Blossoms

Farewell to Betsy's BlossomsI’ve got another favorite stamp set on the retiring list to share today — Betsy’s Blossoms. This is just such a cheery, happy stamp set.  I decided to pair it with some cheery, happy dsp — Gingham Garden.  I don’t have much of it left, and it’s retiring too!

Farewell to Betsy's Blossoms Close UpI embossed the sentiment with Melon Mambo Stampin’ Emboss powder (also retiring).  I used the Large Scallop Edgelits die for the Pear Pizzazz layer.  And I haphazardly arranged some white crochet thread under the large bloom.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Hello There Old Favorite and Some Milestone Blog Candy

Today’s post marks my 500th post on this blog.  Wow!  Time flies!  It just doesn’t seem like it’s been that long.  I thought I should give the blog a little bit of an update, so I redesigned the blog header using My Digital Studio and gave it a Spring look.  Easy-peasy!

I decided to pull out an old favorite set that I haven’t used in long time, Betsy’s Blossoms.  I just used some new colors and other new products with it to give it a fresh look.  I still love this set!  The large flower is embossed with gold embossing powder, and I added some other fun gold embellishments as well.

Hello There Old Friend


Since 500 posts deserves something to mark the occasion, I decided some blog candy is in order.  Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post by 4 pm (CST) on Monday, and I’ll randomly pick one winner to receive this:

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The winner will get a package of Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, a roll of Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine, and a Cloudy Day  Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Please be sure to check back on Tuesday to see if you’ve won, as I’ll need the winner to email me his/her shipping address.

What I have most enjoyed about these past 500 posts is getting to make new friends through my computer.  I love hearing from all of you, and I am so thankful for the comments and support!

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Betsy’s Blossoms, Happy Day
Ink:  Versamark, Pool Party, Gumball Green, Basic Black
Paper:  Strawberry Slush, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley dsp
Embellishments:  Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape, Gold Baker’s Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels, On Film Framelits, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder

Bird, Blossom, and Banners — PP143

The super talented Ann Schach has a great sketch for us today at the Paper Players.

I pulled out a neglected stamp set, Betsy’s Blossoms, which I am glad to see is not being retired next month.

Blue Betsy's Blossom

Go check out what the other designers made for this sketch.  It’s always fun to see how other people interpret the same sketch.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Betsy’s Blossoms, Made for You
Ink:  Marina Mist, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Marina Mist, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Neutrals dsp stack, Tea for Two dsp, Sunshine & Sprinkles dsp
Embellishments:  Subtles designer buttons, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Perfect Pennants Bigz die, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch, Chevron embossing folder

Betsy’s Blossoms — Fall Edition

I wanted to play along with the sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches today.  I always love their challenges!

I started this card by choosing the paper.  I knew I wanted to use the Comfort Cafe paper because I’ve barely used any of it.  And when I went to select a stamp set, Betsy’s Blossoms called out to me because I haven’t used it in a while.

Have a great Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Betsy’s Blossoms, Sweet Essentials
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Comfort Cafe dsp
Embellishments:  Floral Frames framelits, In Color Dahlias, Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon

A Pleasant Surprise

Don’t you just love it when you have a vision for a project and it turns out better than you thought it would?  That’s what happened to me with this project.  I started out knowing I wanted to participate in the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

And then I decided I really wanted to try the color challenge at Color Throwdown, as the inspiration picture is just gorgeous.

But when I pulled out the card stock in these colors, I was a little stumped.  So I just picked a stamp set off my shelf and focused on the sketch, and the colors kinda took care of themselves.  I ended up liking this combination of colors a lot!  What a pleasant suprise!  I love it when that happens!  That’s one of the reasons I like participating in these challenges — sometimes you end up pleasantly surprised at what you like.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Betsy’s Blossoms, Curly Cute
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Embellishments:  Chevron embossing folder, 2-1/2″Circle punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Pearls Basic Jewels, In Color Dahlias

Autumn Awaits Betsy’s Bird

I haven’t played along with Moxie Fab World’s Tuesday Trigger in a long while, and since I was especially inspired by this week’s trigger, I thought it was time.  Here’s a look at the trigger:

Other than her tee-niny waistline, the colors are what stand out to me.  I love these colors!  So here’s what I came up with:

Well, thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Betsy’s Blossoms, Made for You
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black
Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, First Edition Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  Houndstooth embossing folder, Apothecary Accents framelits, Labels Collection framelits, Adorning Accents edgelits, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, 3/8″ Designer Printed Brads