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!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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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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Sending Sunshine — FMS282

It’s time for a new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our sketch comes to you from France.  Our talented friend, Cecile Ribon, has a fun one for us this week.  Here it is:

I love square cards, and they aren’t something I normally think to make on my own.  So I love it when one of our design team members makes a sketch using one.  I made a five inch square card for my card today with a base of sunny Daffodil Delight.

 

I stamped the images on watercolor paper and then watercolored  them with an aquapainter and a blender pen.   There are lots of fun summery images in this set.  The hard part was deciding which three to use.  The sentiment comes from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.

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 venture over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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A You-Don’t-Have-to-Color-It Card — FMS281

It’s time for another sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our favorite Coloradan, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  She has a fun and simple sketch for us that I think  you’ll love:

One of my favorite Sale-a-Bration offerings has been the Inside the Lines dsp.  It’s so fun to color, but it’s also beautiful when you just leave it as is, which is what I did for this card.

I thought I’d get a jump on a Mother’s Day card, and made this one using the Crazy About You stamp set.  The pretty leaves are from the May Flowers Framelits dies..

We hope you’ll join us and play along with the challenge this week!  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 Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

A Dozen Eggs — FMS280

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week the ever-clever and creative Linda Callahan is our hostess.  She has a fun one for us too:

I recently acquired the Perfect Mix stamp set, and thought this set would be perfect to use for the sketch.  I ended up making a super clean and totally mail-able (is that a word?) card.  This card is so flat and is so different from everything else I make.  I masked the two images so I could layer them without using layers.

I colored the images with my Watercolor Pencils and used a blender pen to finish it up.  Some enamel shapes were added as the sole embellishments.

We hope you’ll make your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to 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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Crazy, Fantastic Birthday Cake — FMS279

Greetings, from warm, sunny Texas!  That’s for all of you snow-bound Northeastern friends.  🙂  We have a new sketch for you today over at Freshly Made Sketches, which would be perfect for a day when you’re stuck at home — or any day, for that matter.  Look at this great sketch that my friend, Rita Wright, has for us this week:

I recently acquired a new stamp set, Cake Crazy, and I thought this was the perfect sketch with which to get it inky.  I love bright colors for a birthday card, and this one is definitely bright.  Maybe it will melt some of your snow for you.

I had so much fun playing with this set!  I love how you can add whatever layers you like to the cake, and I love how easy it is to stamp the layers in different colors.  That bottom layer of cake is made up of three different stamps that layer together perfectly so you can use three different colors (I used Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, and Tangerine Tango).

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card with this set.  We love to look through the gallery and see what you make.  Meanwhile, be sure to venture over to 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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Super Duper You — FMS278

We have a new sketch for you over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week the ever-talented Jen Mitchell is our hostess.  She has a sketch with fun layers, that I think is quite versatile.  Check it out:

I recently acquired the Super Duper stamp set and wanted to get it inky.  Since any shape can be substituted for the star in the sketch, I chose to use one of the images in the stamp set for the focal image.

I started with a layer of dsp from the Party Animal pack.  For the next layer, I stamped two of the star images with Tangerine Tango and Rich Razzleberry inks and splattered some Emerald Envy ink on top.  I stamped the focal image with the same inks plus Crushed Curry ink on a piece of scrap Whisper White, coloring the stamp with my Stampin’ Write markers, and fussy-cut it out.  Some Crushed Curry enamel dots and Gold Metallic Thread were added to finish it off.

This came together pretty quickly.  That’s how a great sketch helps out!

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

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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