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!

Crazy About Irresistibly Yours

It’s been too long since I’ve played along with a challenge at The Paper Players, so I decided I needed to remedy that situation.  I love the versatile sketch this week:

I also decided that I needed to use a stamp set that hasn’t seen ink yet, so I pulled the Crazy About You bundle out.  I love how this stamp set has coordinating framelits.

PPA Flower and Polka DotsI stamped the flower three times using Daffodil Delight ink and then fussy-cut the top two layers of the flower.  I stamped the leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink and punched out a Calypso Coral circle, which I then pierced using my paper piercer.

For the background dsp I used some of the Irresistibly Yours Specialty dsp and used a paintbrush and some Smoky Slate ink mixed with a little water to watercolor the dsp.  I have really enjoyed trying different techniques with this dsp.  I also added a little Wisteria Wonder scalloped edge along the bottom.

PPA Flower and Polka Dots Close Up

The sentiment is from a Sale-a-Bration set, Simply Wonderful.  I love the sweet sentiments in this set.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!