Sending you Playing with Patterns Hugs — FMS443

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our very talented friend, Lee Ann Barrett, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

When I first saw this sketch, I thought it would be a great one to use some designer series paper.  So I turned to my favorite pack, Playful Patterns, and found a piece that I love.  Cutting it out and matting it on pieces of Purple Posy was the hard part.  I’ll admit it took a few tries to get everything right — or at least right enough that my sentiment could cover the tips that didn’t line up quite right. ha!

I used the super fun Playful Alphabet dies to make the sentiment from pieces of card stock that coordinate with the dsp.  The letters were placed on a label cut using a die from the Tasteful Labels dies.  I love the embossed edges on this die.  The “Sending You” part of the sentiment is from the A Wish for Everything stamp set.  Some little resin dots were added as accents to balance out the card.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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4th Birthday — FMS442

It’s a new week in the Freshly Made Sketches land and that means it’s time for a new sketch.  Our hostess this week is the very talented Jacquie Southas and she has a great one for us.  I love sketches that contain a collage!  Take a look:

My dad’s birthday is on the 4th of July.  I always thought that was so cool!  He gets fireworks and family barbecues every year to celebrate his birthday.  Except for this year — no big gatherings during Coronavirus.  I decided to use the sketch for his birthday card, and since masculine cards are always such a challenge for me, I was thankful to get to use the 4th of July theme for his card.

 

I started the card by cutting out three stars from Poppy Parade, Misty Moonlight and Whisper White card stock using the Stitched Stars dies for the focal images in the collage.  I placed them on a card base that was sponged with some Balmy Blue ink and stamped with an old stamp set that was the closest thing to fireworks that I have.

The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin stamp set and I added some little stars from the Snowflake Sequins collection.

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.

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Monogram Birthday — FMS441

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the lovely Judy Rozema.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

I still had my Playing with Patterns dsp on my desk and the other half of a piece of Purple Posy card stock from my previous card making experience, and when I saw this sketch I immediately had a vision of what I wanted to do with it.  Since that seldom happens, I decided to run with it.

Using a Night of Navy ink pad, I stamped the H from the Monogram Messages stamp set and cut it out with my paper snips.  I then stamped the remainder of the sentiment on some white paper scraps and cut them out.  I used the Layering Circles dies to cut out the two circle shapes and stamped the two balloons using Crushed Curry ink that had been stamped off twice and drew the strings with a Purple Posy marker.

This piece of dsp is one of my favorites from this pack.  And I am really loving this color combo.

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.

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Good Things Peonies — FMS440

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week it is my privilege to be the hostess, which means that it’s my turn to make the sketch.  When I designed the sketch, I had flowers on my mind.  There are so many pretty, new floral stamp sets and I’ve been itching to get them all inky.  So here is what I came up with:

One of the new floral sets that I was eager to use is the Prized Peony set.  I started by stamping the flowers and leaves on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green inks.  I then cut them out using the coordinating dies.

The sentiment is from the Tasteful Touches stamp set and was cut out using one of the new Tasteful Labels dies.  Everything was arranged on a piece of white card stock that had been run through the Big Shot with the Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder.  I love that thing!  The detail is just beautiful!

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create as we browse the gallery.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration!

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Monogram Baby — FMS439

We’re back with another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our sketch comes all the way from the land down under.  Narelle Farrugia, our resident Artisan and floral queen, is our hostess this week and she has a good one for us.  Take a look:

I just got a box of new goodies from the new catalog yesterday, so I knew I wanted to use something from it for the sketch.  One of the items that made it into my cart at the last minute was the Monogram Messages stamp set.  I didn’t have any current baby themed sets and this particular set looked very versatile for other occasions as well.  Plus, the sample in the catalog totally sold me on it.  When I saw this sketch, it reminded me of that sample so I decided to use it.

This card actually has lots of new things.  I started by stamping the images with new colors — Bumblebee, Magenta Madness and Just Jade.  I placed the focal panel on one of the new Square Vellum Doilies, which was placed on a square of a piece of paper from the Flowers for Every Season pack.  All of this was placed on a piece of card stock run through the Big Shot using the new Dainty Diamonds embossing folder.  This folder is incredible — I love the intricate detail.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Rest and Relax, Dad — FMS438

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite New Zealander, Karren Johnson, who has mad coloring skills and creates absolutely gorgeous cards.  Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I thought I would try to get ahead on the Father’s Day cards since it will be here before we know it.  Male cards are so hard for me.  I always struggle with finding a stamp set on my shelf that is good for these cards.  The Timeless Tropical set has a great palm tree stamp that I thought would be perfect, especially when paired with one of the sentiments in the set.

I started by cutting out the panel for the focal image with a stitched die and sponged a little color on for the sky and sand.  I then used my Stampin’ Write Markers in Old Olive and Soft Suede to color the stamp before stamping it on the focal panel.  I lightly colored in the tree trunks with a Sahara Sand marker.  I then embossed the sentiment with some black embossing powder.

Some strips of coordinating Tropical Oasis dsp were used on the side of the card base and the focal panel was adhered with dimensionals.

This card came together easily and quickly.

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.

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Farewell to Crafting Forever — FMS437

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from France.  Cecile Ribon, who is our resident master of die-cuts, has a great one for us.  Take a look:

Were you wondering about the alarming title to this blog post?  I’m still trying to use some of the retiring stamp sets before they are gone next week for good.  One I haven’t used in a long time is the Crafting Forever stamp set.  I loved this set when it came out and I remember using it a lot as I made display board samples with it.  My favorite image in the set is the pens.  I have used these pens for lots of different types of cards, but I needed to make a graduation card and I thought it would work for that too.

I started by stamping the pens and coloring them with markers before cutting them out with my paper snips.  I then adhered them to the card base with the small dimensionals.

The sentiment is from another retiring stamp set, Seriously the Best.  This is a set that I will really miss.  I love the big, bold sentiments.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  They have some fabulous interpretations of the sketch this week!

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A Tropical Father’s Day — FMS436

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from Canada, as Jen Brum has provided a great one for us.  Take a look:

This is such a versatile sketch — you could do so many things with it.  But since I haven’t been feeling very creative lately, I decided to let some dsp be the focus of my card.  I decided to make a Father’s Day card and try to get ahead of the game a little bit.

I cut a piece of dsp from the Tropical Oasis dsp pack and mounted it on some Pretty Peacock dsp to frame it.  This was all mounted on another piece of dsp from the same pack.

The sentiment is from the Word Wishes die collection and the Well Said stamp set.  I added a little bit of Braided Linen Trim as an embellishment.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Birthday Positive Thoughts — FMS435

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite Coloradan, Kim Singdahlsen.  She has a good sketch for us.  Take a look:

This one threw me for a loop with those stripes.  I decided to use some ribbon for some of them and card stock for others.  I’m not entirely sure you can see the sketch with my card, but it really was my starting point.  🙂

I wanted to use the Positive Thoughts stamp set and coordinating dies for my card, and I needed to make a birthday card for a sweet friend, so I started by stamping several flowers and leaves.  I die-cut some of the stems from vellum card stock as well.  Once I had all of that done, I splattered some Petal Pink ink on the card base, and arranged the Metallic-Edge Ribbon and a die-cut piece of trim to represent the sketch’s stripes.  I then arranged the flowers and greenery.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I added some champagne rhinestones as embellishments.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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A Bird for Mom — FMS434

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the talented and very witty New Yorker, Linda Callahan.  She has a good one for us!  Take a look:

I finished my last card for mother’s day with this one.  My mother-in-law loves birds, so I knew exactly what I wanted to use for this card — the beautiful Free as a Bird Bundle.  I think this dsp is some of the prettiest ever that Stampin’ Up has made.

I started by using my paper snips to cut out this pretty bird and the flowering branch.  I placed it on a labels die-cut and stamped the sentiment which is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

I stamped some of the little flowers from the coordinating stamp set on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock and placed the dsp pieces and focal piece on top.  A little bow made from linen thread and some Champagne Rhinestone jewels were added as embellishments.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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