HB 2 a Teen Boy — FMS188

It’s time for another new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week, our favorite paper crafter from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  She has a fun one for us:

I needed a birthday card for a teenage boy, so I thought the little flowers in the sketch probably wouldn’t work for my card.  I thought the cute little banners from Banner Banter would be perfect.

HB to You GuyI stamped the background using the Hardwood stamp using Versamark ink.  I thought that added a “manly” touch.  And I used bright colors for the sentiment and banners — Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive.  The sentiment is from one of the stamp sets included in a My Paper Pumpkin kit.

HB to You Guy Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and participate in the challenge.  We love looking through the gallery each week and seeing what you make with each sketch.  You should drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made.  They are always inspiring!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Cute Herd

I needed to make a belated birthday card for my cousin.  She and her husband are farmers in Kansas, and I knew right away what stamp set I wanted to use.

Pasture BirthdayThis stamp just makes me laugh every time I see it.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored with an aquapainter and ink pads.  The next time I use this set I want to use my Blendabilities, but I felt like watercoloring last night.

Pasture Birthday Close UpI placed the watercolored panel on a Crumb Cake base, which I stamped with the Hardwood background stamp.  I think it was almost worth being a little late with this card just so I could use this sentiment.  It makes me giggle too.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Hardwood Season

Another convention display board sample for you.  I hope you’re not getting tired of seeing the same three stamp sets.

The card today uses the new Seasonally Scattered stamp set which will be available in the upcoming Holiday catalog.  So you can consider this to be a sneak peek as well.

SS Card 1

Out of all my cards that I made for the display boards, I’d say this one is most “me.”  And I had to laugh when a couple of stamping friends saw it on the boards and asked me if I had made it — even they knew.

I stamped the background with the Hardwood background stamp and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I added some scallops and paper piercing and a big bow.

SS Card 1 Close Up

I think what I like most about this card is the color combination — Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, and Very Vanilla.  I’ll definitely be using these colors together again.

All of the convention display stampers are posting their projects to a special Pinterest board so you can see all of the display projects in one convenient place.  Just click on the button below to see it.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Butterflies and Newsprint

The Card Concept has a fun butterfly theme challenge this go-around, and since I love butterflies, I had to play along.  I went with a Clean and Layering style this time.

I love the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, so I pulled it out and paired it with some pretty Spring-like dsp, Afternoon Picnic.  I love the colors in this dsp.

Hardwood ButterflyI started by using clear embossing powder with the Hardwood background stamp on Very Vanilla card stock.  I then cut two banners using the Banners Framelits dies — one with the dsp and the other with vellum card stock.  Using Pewter embossing powder, I embossed the sentiment from Express Yourself.

Hardwood Butterfly Close Up

I die cut two of the butterflies and added some little flowers for the center using the Boho Blossoms punch and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.

Enjoy your Saturday!  We’re taking the kids to the movies today and I’ve been sewing some draperies for our master bedroom and our newly remodeled bathroom.  I’m not much of a seamstress, so it takes me a while to make simple ones.  I haven’t had to rip out any mistakes yet, so I’m hoping I can finish them up today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Warm Woodgrain Wishes & Blog Candy Winner

I love the sketch over at Retro Sketches this week, so I decided to play along this morning.

I pulled out Blooming with Kindness, which I haven’t used in a while.  I inked up the stamp with Crisp Cantaloupe ink and put some Pistachio Pudding ink on the stem with my Stampin’ Write marker.  Then I took a sponge dauber and applied a little bit of Calypso Coral ink on part of the flower.  It’s subtle, but it adds a little bit of depth.

I used clear embossing powder to emboss the woodgrain pattern on the Crumb Cake card base.

Warm Woodgrain Wishes

Thanks for all of the kind comments on the blog candy post.  I always enjoy hearing from you!  I used a random number generator (which is frustrating me because I can’t seem to copy and paste the results) to pick the winner, and that person is:

Judy Dunn says:

Love to open my email and see one of your posts, they are always so inspiring, love the old set bring back, makes you see you can revisit oldies and make they new, your ideas are fabulous!! Judy

Congratulations, Judy!  Just send me an email with your mailing address and I’ll get your goodies to you right away.

Come on back tomorrow and I’ll have a new card for the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Rita Wright has a great sketch for us!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Hardwood and Flowers — Spring-Style

Blue woodgrain

Yeah!  Spring Break is here at our home, and that has inspired me to make a Spring-like card.  The daffodils have already bloomed around here, only to suffer a hard freeze last weekend.  But the tulips should be coming soon, and I’ve noticed that the Bradford Pears are about to bloom as well.  I love flowers!

Blue woodgrain close-up

I pulled out a Sizzlit I haven’t used in a long time, Little Leaves, to go along with these pretty flowers from Simple Stems.  I think this color combo turned out so cheery.  I’ll have to remember to use it again.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Simple Stems, A Dozen Thoughts, Hardwood
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Basic Black, Versamark
Paper:  Soft Sky, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Brights DSP stack, Modern Medley dsp
Embellishments:  Regals Designer Buttons, Soft Sky 1/2″ Seam Binding ribbon, White Baker’s Twine, Little Leaves sizzlit

Hello, Spring (?)

I decided to take a break from Valentine’s preparations, and make something a little Spring-like using some of the fun new Sale-a-Bration dsp (it’s available tomorrow, and for free with a $50 purchase).

Hello Sweet SorbetOne color that I haven’t used much yet is Pistachio Pudding.  I’m glad to see it’s included in the new Sale-a-Bration dsp, Sweet Sorbet.  The patterns in this dsp are so pretty and fresh.

I embossed the Pistachio Pudding base with clear embossing powder, and I used the fabulous new Hardwood background stamp.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hardwood, Four You
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Sweet Sorbet dsp
Embellishments:  In Color Boutique Details, Delicate Details Lace Tape, White Baker’s Twine, Clear and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Circle Framelits, 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon


Rustic Bling

This card uses a fun mix of products in the new Occasions catalog — a little bit of gold sparkle, and a little bit of rustic burlap and wood grain.  Who says you can’t have/use it all?  🙂

Rustic Bling


I’ve used another one of the flowers from the Simple Stems set, which I also used yesterday.  Stampin’ Up has also added another wood grain background stamp in this new catalog, Hardwood, and I love it!  You can check out the supply list below to see all of the new products used on this card!

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Lots of Thanks, Simple Stems, Hardwood
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Versamark
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
Embellishments:  1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Baker’s Twine, Banners Framelits Dies, Secret Garden Framelits Dies, Pearl Basic Jewels