Tea Flowers — FMS341

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend from down under, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch:

Narelle has many paper crafting talents, but one that really stands out is her way with flowers.  When I saw the two circles in the sketch, I thought that flowers would work great.  I just got my box of new catalog goodies, and the stamp set at the top of my list was the Time for Tea stamp set.  This set has some pretty floral and greenery images, so I decided to use them.

I love this suite!  The coordinating dsp is beautiful — the colors and patterns are right up my alley.  And the coordinating framelits make these flower arrangements easy.

The sentiment is from the new A Big Thank You stamp set.  This will be another fun set with which to play.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love browsing the gallery and 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.

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Pretty Pens for a Fabulous Teacher — FMS340

It’s Wednesday, and it’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our friend from half-way around the world in New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

It is the last day of school for my girls, and one of our favorite teachers will be moving to a different school next year.  We are really sad and will miss her.  I wanted to make a card for her to write her a little note, and thought the pens in the Crafting Forever stamp set would be perfect.

I started with a card base made with Gray Granite card stock.  The pens were stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends markers.  I then cut them out with my paper snips and adhered them with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

We hop you’ll join us and create 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.

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Celebration Pennants — FMS339

We’ve got a new sketch for you over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our hostess is our fabulously talented Canadian friend, Jen Brum.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

While I adore this sketch, I have to admit it gave me fits.  I had an idea right away, but couldn’t make it work after trying for a while.  Same issue with my second idea.  My third idea just looked too boring and plain.  Then I finally had a decent idea.  But it wasn’t easy.  I had almost finished the card when I somehow smudged some ink on the white space.  Grrr…  Started over and then the sentiment didn’t stamp well (which of course, was my last step) and since I hadn’t used the Stamperatus, it couldn’t be easily fixed.  Grrr…  So I stamped it on scratch paper, cut it out, and placed it over the original sentiment.  Two hours later, I’ve finished this card.  Man, some days are just like this.  But even the worst stamping days are still pretty good.

Some masking and sponging were involved with the base layer on this card.  I used Smoky Slate and Mint Macaron ink.  I then cut out the banners from the new Pick a Pennant stamp set, which will be available in the new catalog (only two more days until it’s released).  It has a coordinating framelits set, but I don’t have that yet so I cut them out by hand.

The pennants were stamped with Daffodil Delight and Grapefruit Grove ink.  I then stamped the patterns with Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral ink.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create.  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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Triple Topiaries — FMS338

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week, our favorite Colorado resident, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  Take a look at her fun sketch:

I dusted off a stamp set, Vertical Greetings, that has been on my shelf for a while for this sketch.  Fortunately, this set will not be retiring this month and is sticking around for another year in the new annual catalog.  I haven’t used it enough, so I am glad to see it stay.

I have also used a new stamp set, Artisan Textures, on this card.  I stamped one of the images four different times, slightly overlapping the images to fit the space I wanted.  This created a background for the topiaries and provided a little color.

While playing around with different color combinations, I decided to compare some of the different greens.  On my card, I used Granny Apple Green (new color) for the topiary on the left, Lemon Lime Twist (returning In-Color) for the topiary in the center, and Old Olive (returning color) for the one on the right.

I have to say that the Granny Apple Green is really pretty.  I think these three greens will be my go-to greens.

Another new color, Mango Melody, was used for the pots on this card.  I have been waiting forever for Stampin’ Up! to add a pretty and fun yellow-orange to its color palette.  And this one will fit the bill.  I think Mango Melody and I will be very good friends.  You will probably see me using a lot of this color, as I love how it pairs with many other colors, and it’s just a beautiful, happy color on its own.

The blue on this card is Soft Sky.  I’m sad to say I’m down to my last sheet of card stock of this color.  I will miss it.  Sigh…

The sentiment is from a new Paper Pumpkin stamp set and was stamped with Early Espresso ink.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create.  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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Animal Welcome — FMS337

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess, Linda Callahan, who loves a good pun even more than I do, has a great sketch for us.  Take a look:

I needed a baby card this week, and was disappointed to see that my stash was totally depleted.  So I pulled a new set off my shelf which will be available with the new catalog next month, Animal Outing, and used it.  It was the only set I have left that is appropriate for a baby card after pulling all of my retiring sets off the shelf.  Fortunately, there are some really cute ones in the new catalog, and I will have to get a couple.

I colored the sweet pair with my watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  When I got this set, I didn’t notice that the kangaroo had a koala bear in its pouch.  When I went to color it, I was taken by surprise — wait, that’s not a baby kangaroo.  I guess this would also be a great card for an adoption.

I did use some retiring products on this one — the dsp, washi tape, and doily (tears are sliding down my face right now for this one).

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you do with 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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A Remarkable Farewell — FMS336

We’re back with another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our Boston-area friend, Jen Mitchell, is our hostess.  She has a super versatile sketch that was so easy with which to work.  Take a look:

I wanted to use a favorite retiring stamp set, Remarkable You, and make a Mother’s Day card, and this sketch worked perfectly for both requirements.

I colored the image with my Stampin’ Blends markers and used a piece of Petal Garden dsp.  The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  Not only is the dsp and stamp set retiring, but so is Soft Sky.  I was sad to see it on the retiring list, and wanted to use it once more before it is gone.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create!  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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Thankful Bouquet — FMS335

Ready or not, it’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our crafty pilot friend, Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  She has a simple, classic sketch for us and it is one that is super versatile.  Take a look:

Since Stampin’ Up! has made some of the new products from the upcoming annual catalog available a month early, I thought I should feature this suite today.  There is some gorgeous dsp and a new stamp set, Love What You Do, that you can order now.

I started with a Mint Macaron (I’ve missed this color — It’s so good to have it back) card base and stamped the clusters of small flowers with Mint Macaron ink.  The sentiment was stamped with Tranquil Tide ink.

The flowers were all cut out with paper snips (lots of fussy cutting) from a sheet of Share What You Love Specialty DSP.  They were arranged and a bit of Fresh Fig ribbon (this is retiring) was added, as were some new Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.

Stampin’ Up! is offering three different bundles, which all include free products, when you purchase products in this new suite.

 

 

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!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!