One of a Kind Mermaid — FMS333

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

In my quest to use retiring stamp sets before they officially retire, I pulled my Magical Day stamp set off the shelf.  I love the sweet little mermaid in this set, and can’t help but think of Ariel from the Little Mermaid.  Boy, I saw that one many times when my girls were little.

I started this one by coloring a little bit of embossing paste with a drop of Pool Party ink on my silicone mat and then spreading it over a Pattern Party Decorative Mask.  I used a little bit of leftover ribbon from Sale-a-Bration to add a bit of color.

For the focal circle, I stamped the the mermaid and sea horse and colored them with Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write markers, and then die-cut them with the coordinating framelits.  The other circle was cut from a piece from the Myths & Magic dsp.

This is such a fun suite, and it will only be available for a short time so get it now if you want it.

When I was deciding on which stamp set to use this week, I remembered The Paper Players current challenge, and thought this would work with their theme as well as our sketch.

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

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A Fond Farewell to Cool Treats — FMS332

It’s time for a new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our favorite New Zealander, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

Since Stampin’ Up! released the list of retiring products, I’ve been inspired to use those that I have loved before they will be gone.  When I saw this sketch, I grabbed the Cool Treats set off my shelf, dusted it off, and got to work.  This set and coordinating framelits make the cutest ice cream treats and popsicles.

I used another retiring product on this card — the Ticket Tear Border punch.  I feel like I barely got to know that punch.

The dsp I used is from the Tutti Frutti dsp stack.

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 inspiration.

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Mother’s Day Pumpkin — FMS331

Ready or not, it’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week, our favorite French friend, Cecile Ribon, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch she has for us:

I needed to make something in a hurry, and I had the newest Paper Pumpkin kit out on my desk.  Have you seen it?  It is beautiful!  I decided I could easily use some of the elements in it to fit the sketch, so that was the direction I took.

I love how the kits make it so easy to put beautiful cards together.  And I love how most of them come with a stamp set that you can use even when the kits’ contents run out.

Everything on this card came from the kit except the Gold Metallic Thread.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! is running a special right now on Paper Pumpkin?  You can get the first two months’ kits at 50% off.  What a great way to try it!

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.  We have a new guest designer for April.  Tracey McNeely is joining the team this month, and we are so glad to have her on board.

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Birthday Panda — FMS330

All you have to do is blink your eyes and it’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  It sure seems like that anyway.  Our hostess this week is our favorite Canadian designer, Jen Brum.   Take a look at this fabulous sketch:

I knew I wanted to make a card using the Party Panda set as this is the last week of Sale-a-Bration and this is one of the sets offered.  I love the sweet images in this set, and it was one of the first Sale-a-Bration items I had to have.  And now that it’s the last week of the offering, I figured that I should actually use it…for…the…first…time…  Argh!  As I said, all you have to do is blink your eyes…  Time flies!

I colored this party animal’s hat with Stampin’ Write markers and added a little shading to him with a gray watercolor pencil, and then I cut him out.  The balloon is from the Balloon Celebration stamp set, and I hand drew the string.  The paper is from the Picture Perfect Party dsp stack.

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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Celebration Candles — FMS329

The days are flying by, and it’s already time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is our friend from the Rocky Mountains state of Colorado, Kim Singdahlsen.  Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I needed to make a quick birthday card — like in less than 20 minutes quick.  I thought that giant circle could be filled with some dsp, and the Picture Perfect Party dsp stack seemed like a great choice.  I had planned on adding a thin strip of cardstock under the sentiment to more closely follow the sketch, but I felt like it covered too much of the candles.  So I just used a die-cut sentiment from the Celebrate You Thinlits dies, which enables one to see more of what’s underneath.

There’s not a bit of stamping on this card.  The dsp does all of the work.

The card base is note card sized — 3-1/2″ x 5″.  I tried toying with adding some embellishments — ribbons, twine, or sequins.  But nothing looked quite right.  I decided that sometimes simple is best.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to 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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Amazing Lilacs — FMS328

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week, and our favorite Up-State New Yorker, Linda Callahan, is our hostess this week.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

While our hostess, Linda, may be buried in snow from another Nor’Easter, it’s beginning to feel like Spring here in Texas.  The grass is starting to green, the Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom, and the tulips are showing off their beautiful colors.  The pollen counts are also starting to soar, but we’ll just focus on the pretty stuff.

All of this Springtime activity made me want to create something with flowers.  As I still have some of the Lots of Happy card kit pieces available, I decided to use that with today’s sketch.

I colored the die-cut flowers with watercolor pencils, using a blender pen to blend the colors.  I cut out a square frame from Gold Glimmer Paper using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.  Some gold thread was looped underneath the flowers.

The sentiment die-cut is from the Celebrate You Thinlits dies.  I originally cut the sentiment out three times using Basic Black card stock and layered the three die-cuts on top of each other.  However, when I placed it on the finished card, I thought it needed a bit more contrast.  So I cut out the sentiment one more time using Gold Foil Paper.  When I placed it on top, I intentionally let  a little bit of the black show underneath.  It adds a bit of a neat shadow effect.

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

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Lots of Feminine Happy — FMS327

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Massachusetts resident, Jen Mitchell, is our hostess.  She has a sketch that I love, which is easy to use and is very versatile.  Take a look:

I wanted to use some more of the Lots of Happy Card Kit, so I pulled out some pieces from it to get started.  I think these pieces are so pretty and feminine, so I decided to embrace that and made a very feminine card.  I colored the pieces with watercolor pencils and used a blender pen as well.

 

The Powder Pink card base (this is such a pretty shade of pink!) was stenciled on the bottom portion with some embossing paste and a stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  I added a little strip of gold foil paper to further distinguish the two layers on the card base.

Some other little gold touches were added and this card came together pretty quickly.

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 stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has made for your inspiration.

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