Happy Day at the Beach — FMS289

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  We have Linda Callahan, our delightful friend from New York, to thank for this fabulous sketch.  I almost squealed with joy when I saw it.  I do love a good collage-style sketch.

I reached for a retiring stamp set, Day at the Beach, when I saw this one.  I also used a retiring sentiment set, Suite Sentiments and some retiring dsp, By the Shore.

I embossed the images by stamping with Basic Black ink and using clear embossing powder and then watercolored them with an aqua painter and ink pads.  I cut them out with my paper snips.

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

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Hello There New Stuff — FMS288

We’re back again with another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week our hostess is Jen Mitchell, who is absolutely amazing with butterflies and everything clean and beautiful.  Check out this fun sketch she has for us:

I decided to take a little break from just using retiring sets and use some of the new stuff, which will be available in the new annual catalog on June 1st.  My pre-order had been sitting in an unopened box, and when I finally opened it to put everything away, I couldn’t resist using some of it for this sketch.

One of my favorite suites in the new catalog is the Pick a Pattern Suite.  It is an eclectic mix of images ranging from dinosaurs to pretty flowers and uses such a fun combination of colors.  I thought this sketch would be perfect to feature one of my favorite dsp sheets.  The colors and patterns in this just make me happy.  I used the coordinating stamp set, Pieces & Patterns for the sentiment and focal image.

I stamped the sentiment with Crushed Curry ink on Whisper White cardstock  and punched it out, mounting it on a Basic Black punched circle.  Some ribbon, a doily, and linen thread were added as fun embellishments.  I didn’t feel the need to add too much, as I wanted the pretty paper to be the star of this card.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to look through the gallery and see what you make.  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 Helping Me Grow — FMS287

These weeks are flying by!  I know December gets billed as the busiest month of the year, but I really think it’s May.  Especially as a parent.  There are so many end-of-the-school-year activities, and even more so when you have a Senior.  Fortunately it’s all good stuff, and with memories to treasure.

Since it is Wednesday, that means it’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week our hostess is our favorite pilot and clean stamper extraordinaire, Jennifer Timko.  She has a great one for us too:

I’m still trying to use as many of my favorite retiring stamp sets as possible.  I thought the Helping Me Grow set would work well with this sketch, so I pulled it out.  I also used my favorite retiring In-Color, Watermelon Wonder.

I started by stamping the floral image with Basic Black Archival Ink and coloring it with a blender pen and ink pads.  I then applied some washi tape into a rectangle as a mask, and colored in some Soft Sky ink, removing the tape when finished.

The sentiment was embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Basic Black card stock.  I added some splatters and called it a day.

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 viewing pleasure.

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So Long Sublime — FMS286

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week, our hostess is our incredibly talented friend from Australia, Narelle Farrugia.  She has a great sketch that will be easy to dress up or down.  Take a look:

I’m trying to give some love to the sets I will miss most when they retire at the end of the month.  For this sketch, I knew that one of the images from the You’re Sublime set would work well and I think all of the images in this set are so cute.

I started by stamping the image on some watercolor card stock and coloring it with an aqua painter and my ink pads.  A little scrap of Succulent Garden dsp, metallic thread, and some silver ribbon were added to finish it off.

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

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Class of ’17 Graduation Card– FMS285

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my turn to have the privilege of playing hostess, which means I get to design the sketch.  Since I love simple collage-style cards, that is what I designed for this week:

My oldest is a Senior this year and will be graduating from high school in just a few short weeks, and then will be heading off to college over 600 miles away in August.  There… I said it.  I have really been in denial most of the year, and I have to say this is SO HARD for me.  I have so many conflicting emotions when I think about this whole graduation thing.  On one hand, I am so proud of this kid!  He is a great student and has earned a really awesome scholarship.  He is responsible and kind, and he’s ready to start this next great adventure.  But on the other hand, I tear-up every time I think about him putting on that cap and gown, and thinking about leaving him at his dorm three states away is just too much.  But I’m praying that God will prepare my heart, and I keep reminding myself that this is what I’ve always wanted for him (though maybe a little closer to home).  He is a great kid and I will miss having him around every day, but I know he will do well.  Seeing that first one leave the nest is really tough on this momma’s heart.

Since I know I will be needing several graduation cards this year, I decided to get a jump start.  I pulled out a stamp set that is retiring next month and made a card with my son’s school colors.  The stamp set is called Superstar, and the coordinating Stars Framelits Dies are also retiring.

I really wish alphabet stamp sets and dies would include an apostrophe in their collections, but it is rare to find one.  I made do by cutting off a part of the number 3 and using it for an apostrophe here.  The “class of” is from the Labeler alphabet set.

The numbers were cut from some Night of Navy card stock using the Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  I added some little stars from the Regals Enamel Shapes and some old washi tape for some embellishments.  This card came together really quickly.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  I am looking forward to browsing the gallery this week to see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to visit the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  I took a peek earlier, and I love what they’ve done!

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Happiest Birthday from the Ice Cream Shop — FMS284

It’s time for a new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week it comes to us all the way from New Zealand.  Our good friend, Karren Johnson, has a sketch for us that I think you will love:

My favorite suite in the Occasions catalog is the Cool Treats suite.  It could be due to my love of ice cream, or it could be that I love the colors in this suite.  Or it could be that the images are just so darn cute, plus I really love the fonts on the sentiments.

I found that an easy way to get the tone on tone look on the bottom ice cream cone is to use a sponge dauber to lightly and evenly apply ink to the base image layer.  Then I inked up the swirls image with the ink pad and stamped over the base image.  Sometimes when I try stamping off once with a solid image like this base layer, it doesn’t look very good.  Using a sponge dauber works so much better for me.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to journey over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team created for your inspiration.  They always inspire me!

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Falling Flowers for Mom — FMS283

It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week our lovely Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  Look at this fun one:

This one had me stumped for a while.  I had some flowers on my desk that I had cut and colored for another card but didn’t end up using.  I knew I wanted to use them for a Mother’s Day card, so I decided to make them work for this sketch.  I may have taken some creative liberties with the sketch, but hopefully you can see it in my card.

I used a couple of retiring products on this card — the Irresistibly Floral Specialty DSP and my favorite retiring In Color, Watermelon Wonder.  The images were stamped on Shimmery White card stock and colored with a blender pen and ink pads.  The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.

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

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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