Dragonfly Friend — FMS276

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week I get the privilege and joy of being the hostess.  I think I came up with a simple sketch, and I think it can be used in many different ways, so I can’t wait to see what everyone does with it.  Here’s the sketch:

fms-final-276-001One of the sets I immediately fell in love with in the Occasions catalog when I first saw it was the Dragonfly Dreams set.  I love dragonflies, and this set of products has gorgeous images and framelits.  It immediately went into my cart.  And it has set on my shelf for the past two months.  I’m not sure why I’ve avoided using it.  I think that sometimes when I get a stamp set that I absolutely love, I get a little intimidated.  I feel like whatever I make with it should be absolutely gorgeous and I create this pressure on myself.  It’s almost easier for me to make a project with a set that I’m not crazy in love with because if I make something halfway decent with it I feel like I’ve done well.  But when I work with a set that I think is gorgeous, my project should be gorgeous too or I’ve failed. How silly!  So while I may not feel like this card is up to the high standards worthy of this set, I’ve used it and now I can get over it and use it again.  🙂

dragonflyI started by die cutting the dragonfly from some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  That stuff is so pretty and sparkly!  I stamped the dragonfly image and cut it out, coloring it with a sponge dauber and Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky inks.  Some Sweet Sugarplum dsp from the In Color DSP stack was added underneath on the sides.

dragonfly-close-upI hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create and I am looking forward to browsing through the gallery this week.  Meanwhile, be sure to jump over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  They always inspire me!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Sweetest Kitty — FMS275

It’s time for a new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our favorite Aussie, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess.  I love what she gave us to work with:

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My daughter had her 16th birthday yesterday, and she needs some thank you cards so I thought I’d make a special one for her to give to a friend who threw her a surprise party last weekend.  It’s a special friend that would do that, so a special card would be in order.  She is a cat lover, so I pulled out the Pretty Kitty stamp set.

sweetest-kittyI stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored it with an aquapainter and blender pen.  Some black splatters were added with a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set.  A little strip of dsp from the Tasty Treats dsp collection and a little Dapper Denim ribbon were added as well.  Some black metallic thread was looped behind the doily and focal image.  The sentiment comes from the Tasty Trucks stamp set, which was on my desk.

sweetest-kitty-close-upWe hope you’ll join us and  make 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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A Taco Truck — FMS274

We have a new sketch for you over at the Freshly Made Sketches site today.  Our favorite Canadian, Jen Brum, is our hostess this week and take a look at this fun sketch:

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I love the cute food truck image in the Tasty Trucks stamp set, which is one of the free Sale-a-Bration offerings.  One of the many benefits of living in Texas is that we have access to many delicious taco options, as well as Mexican and Tex-Mex food in general.  One of our favorite taco places is a small little store in a Shell gas station not far from our house, which is run by a local family.  There is just one big table at which to sit and eat your food, so most people just get their tacos to go or sit and eat with whoever else is there.  They are just like street tacos and are delicious.  Stamping this food truck made me wish they had a taco truck and would come down our street everyday at lunch time.  Yum!

taco-truckI started by stamping the cute little tacos on the Pool Party card base.  I then stamped the truck on some watercolor paper and colored it with an aquapainter and blender pen using my ink pads (Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Smoky Slate, and Crumb Cake).

I added a little ribbon and black metallic thread, as well as some black Baker’s Twine.  Pretty easy!

taco-truck-close-upWe hope you’ll join us and make 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 viewing pleasure.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Simple I Love You — FMS273

We have another new sketch for you to try over at the Freshly Made Sketches site today.  And this week, our favorite friend from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch that she has made for us:

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I used this one to make another Valentine’s card.  I love the super simplicity of this sketch, and chose to keep my card just as clean and simple.  I used the Sending Love suite of products.

love-heartsI embossed the hearts with clear embossing powder on Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, and Pink Pirouette card stock, and cut them out with the coordinating die.  Very quick and easy!

I dusted off my sewing machine and added a little crazy stitching around the edges.  It was just so much white space, I felt I had to add something but wanted to keep it clean.

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I love the sentiments that come with this set.  They are just beautiful.  I also finished the inside of the card with this gorgeous sentiment below.

love-hearts-insideI think this card will go to my hubby.  It’s clean and doesn’t have any frills — no ribbon, sequins or bling of any kind.  It does have pink, but I think that’s perfectly acceptable for Valentine’s day.  ha!

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  Meanwhile, be sure you drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site and take a look at what the design team has created.  You’ll be inspired!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Bitty Love Note — FMS271

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Floridian, Cindy Hall, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fabulous, classic sketch that she has for us:

fms-final-271-001I decided to get a jump on Valentine’s Day cards.  That’s always a busy week in our house — two birthdays, kids’ Valentine parties at school, etc…  The Sending Love suite has so many sweet images/dies in it, that it was hard to decide what to include on this card because I wanted to play with them all.  In the end, I chose the adorable little envelope and notecard dies, the arrow die, and the striped heart die.

hello-bitty-love-noteI started with a piece of paper from the Sending Love DSP stack.  After embossing the sentiment with some Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, I added a strip of Silver Foil Sheets and attached them to the card base, tying some of the Real Red Sending Love Ribbon around it.

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We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch this week.  We love to browse the gallery and 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.

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A Tower of Ice Cream — FMS270

It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches already!  And this week our friend in the Rockies, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch that she has for us:

fms-final-270-001I was trying to select an image that is tall and skinny, and decided that a tower of ice cream scoops would be perfect.  Guess I have ice cream on the brain as I am trying to be a healthy eater and shed those holiday pounds since the new year started.  I guess if I can’t eat it, I can have fun stamping it.

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The Cool Treats suite was right at the top of my list from the new Occasions catalog.  I love the fun fonts of the sentiments and I love ice cream.  I think this set will be fun for so many occasions.

I chose to make my towering cone with Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, and Watermelon Wonder inks.  The vertical sentiment was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink.

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We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch and post it to the gallery.  We love seeing 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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A Good Egg — FMS269

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  I loved having all of our little chicks at home in the nest, but I must confess that I also felt pretty good dropping them off at school yesterday morning.  It’s good to get back in a routine (and not have to load/unload the dishwasher twice a day).  We’re back with another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend from the snowy Northeast, Linda Callahan, is our hostess.  She has a super versatile sketch for us that I think you’ll love:

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Since today is the first day of Sale-a-Bration (woohoo!!), I thought I should use some Sale-a-Bration products.  I’ve used two stamp sets for this card.  One will be obvious, but you may have to look closely for the second one.  Each Sale-a-Bration set is FREE with any $50 purchase.

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I’m not sure why, but I love the Hey, Chick stamp set.  All of the chickens are adorable and I love the sentiments.  I stamped the images on watercolor paper and colored with an aquapainter.

The other stamp set that I used is another Sale-a-Bration set called Delicate Details.  It has some fun border images, and I love how it is photopolymer and therefore easy to line everything up.  I stamped one of the borders on the strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock with Basic Black ink.

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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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!
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