Bloom for You — FMS325

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it’s my turn to provide the sketch.  I’ve used some shapes in this sketch (a star and a circle), but of course you can use any shape you prefer.

I’ve had the itch to color with the Stampin’ Blends markers lately, so I pulled out a stamp set that hasn’t seen ink in a while but I thought would be perfect for coloring.

This flower from Birthday Blooms is such a fun flower to color.  I fussy-cut it and placed it on half of a doily.  The striped dsp is from the Petal Passion collection.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone does 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.  I love all of their different interpretations of this sketch.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Let’s Go to the Beach — FMS324

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  I hope you all get to eat some chocolate and spend time, whether in person or via technology, with someone you love today.  I also hope you get to spend some time doing what you love today too — like maybe some stamping.  If so, we have a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches that would be a great place to gain some inspiration.  Our good friend from down under, Narelle Farrugia, has a sketch that is sure to inspire you.  Take a look:

I’ve had a stamp set sitting on my shelf for the past month that I hadn’t even opened yet.  I decided it was time to ink it up, and it is so fun!  I stamped several little scenes, that I’ll have to make into other cards in the days to come.  But with the cold weather we’ve been having, I was drawn to scenes of a warm beach.  A girl can dream, right!?!

I started by stamping the images on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The images look like they’ve been watercolored, but it’s the stamps that provide this effect.

A little strip of Tutti-Frutti dsp and a piece of washi tape were added for the sketch elements.  This was all layered on a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock, which was stamped with the splatter stamp in the set.

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

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy Bubbles — FMS323

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend from way over in beautiful New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch!

When I first saw the sketch, I thought it would be perfect to showcase some dsp.  And my favorite dsp right now is the free Sale-a-Bration offering, Bubbles & Fizz.  I love the fun patterns and I love the fun colors.

One of the dsp sheets has little soda bottles (or pop bottles, or Coke bottles, or what do you call them?).  I cut some out with my paper snips and added them as embellishments.

The Calypso Coral base layer was stamped with one of the images in the coordinating stamp set, Bubble Over.  The sentiment is also from this stamp set and was embossed with white embossing powder.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see how you use the sketch.  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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Lots of Happy Lavender — FMS322

We’re ready with another sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite French friend, Cecile Ribon, is our hostess.  She has a classic style sketch for us that can be used in so many ways.  Take a look:

One of the products I love in the Occasions catalog is the Lots of Happy Card Kit.  It comes with some fabulous die-cuts that are ready to be colored, as well as lots of other beautiful elements to make 20 cards.  As soon as I pulled out some of the contents from the fabulous kraft box, I knew I wanted to use them for this sketch.  It seems that I rarely use these kits as they were intended to be used.  But that’s ok — creativity is a good thing.

I started by coloring the pretty lavender flowers with watercolor pencils (two new colors are exclusive to this kit — Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist).  Once that was finished, I just arranged them with the vellum die-cut leaves that are also in the kit, and tied a bow on top.  The sentiment was stamped using a set in the kit (you also get a beautiful stamp set in the kit) on a gold foil die (which, you guessed it, is also in the kit).  Once I went to add the sentiment, I noticed I didn’t follow the sketch.  I couldn’t make it work, so I did deviate a little.  Oops!

The striped dsp background is from the Petal Passion dsp, and the pretty piece directly behind the flowers is from the kit.  It was all mounted on a Sweet Sugarplum card base.

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 drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see the fabulous cards the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Heart Full of Flowers — FMS320

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Rocky Mountain resident, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  She has a fun sketch that is perfect to get you inspired to start creating Valentines, or it can be used for a variety of other purposes with a little creativity.  Take a look at the sketch:

 

I adore the hearts in the Heart Happiness set, and the floral heart is my favorite so I decided that I needed to use it first.  I stamped it with Memento ink and then colored it with Stampin’ Blends markers.  A Pink Pirouette heart is an added layer between the focal heart and the the doily.  The sentiment is from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

Square cards are so fun, and I love how the sketch has the focal image cropped off of the side.

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.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  We even have a special guest designer, Teresa Kline, joining us and you will love her card.  We are so excited to have her on board.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wild Dinosaurs — FMS319

It’s time for another new sketch, after a break for the holidays, over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And to get us started for 2018, our hostess is Rita Wright.  Take a look at this great sketch:

It has been the best of times this week and it has been the worst of times.  My son who goes to the University of Alabama won a free Taco Bell Student Section ticket to the National Championship football game Monday night.  He had a fabulous night, which was made much more fun by their late come-from-behind victory (sorry, Georgia fans — that was a tough loss and I truly feel for you).  We had fun celebrating with him via technology, and then the next morning, one of my daughters woke up with the flu.  So my job yesterday included unplanned nursing duties.  I’m so glad I could be here for her, as she is miserable.  Now I’m praying (and going through many Lysol wipes) that none of the rest of us get it.

I needed to make a quick card, as I haven’t done much stamping with all three kids at home until Sunday.  I decided to let some dsp be the star of the show, so I pulled out some of my favorite dsp from the Pick a Pattern dsp.

I love the cute dinosaurs on this paper and my sixteen year old, flu-stricken daughter loves dinosaurs, Dr. Who, Harry Potter, musicals, Star Wars, and a few other varied subjects, so I thought it would be perfect to stick in her backpack when she is well enough to go back to school.

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

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Another Lantern for Christmas — FMS318

We have one last sketch for you in 2017 at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week, our favorite upstate New Yorker, Linda Callahan, is our hostess.  She has a great sketch for us that is full of Christmas cheer.

When I saw this rectangular focal panel, I immediately thought of the Seasonal Lantern stamp set.  I think this set has been my favorite this year, and I wanted to use it again one more time.

After coloring the image with Stampin’ Blends markers, I applied some Wink of Stella glitter over the lantern to add some shimmer.

The white background was repeatedly stamped with an old Paper Pumpkin stamp using Smoky Slate ink that was stamped off once.

We are leaving this challenge open for longer than usual — January 8 to be exact, so you’ll have lots of time to create a card (or two) using this great 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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  And have a wonderful Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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