It’s Your Birthday — FMS156

Hooray for Wednesday!  Wednesday means it’s time for another sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week the queen of layers and monochromatic loveliness, and overall fabulousness, Narelle Farrugia has a superb sketch for us:

I loved this sketch at first sight!  And I actually pulled my card together pretty quickly.  I knew right away that I wanted to use the #hello stamp set.  I love this set!  I thought I’d keep true to the sketch and use some fun bright colors — Real Red, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, and Pool Party to the rescue.

Ampersand BirthdayI even pulled out my sewing machine and added a little wonky stitching because all of that white space made me a little uneasy.

The sentiment comes from a stamp in a previous month’s My Paper Pumpkin kit.

Ampersand Birthday Close UpYou should head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to check out what the design team made this week.  I already took a peek, and was amazed as usual.  We hope you’ll play along this week and post your creation to the gallery.  We always love seeing what you make.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Circle of Thanks — FMS153

Hooray for Wednesday!  Wednesdays bring us a new challenge over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week the oh-so-kind and lovely Jen Brum is our hostess.  She is so talented with her CAS style, and she has a great sketch for us this week.

This is a nice, simple sketch which offers so many possibilities.  But for some reason, I really spun my wheels with it.  It took me forever to settle on a stamp set, then it took a long time to pick colors, and then I just couldn’t get happy with my layout.  But I had a deadline and after wasting lots of time, it’s amazing how much I can get done with just fifteen minutes left on the clock when I have to.  🙂

Circle of ThanksI ended up using the #hello stamp set and a color combo of Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry with a little gold thrown in there.  These are two colors I really like but rarely use anymore, so it was nice to dust those ink pads off a little.

The splatters are from the Gorgeous Grunge set (does it even need to be introduced anymore?), which I embossed with gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Circle of Thanks close upWe would love for you to join us and make your own card for this challenge.  We love looking at all of the cards in the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made this week.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Birthdays Rock

I needed to make a birthday card and when I saw the challenge over at The Paper Players this week, I thought it would be fun to play along.

I thought the first column looked right up my alley — I needed a birthday card, I love yellow (and it’s a perfect happy color for birthdays), and I love patterned paper.

Yellow Birthday

I started by selecting a couple of Project Life cards from the Everyday Adventure pack (I love these things!).  I then cut the filmstrip using one of the On Film Framelits dies and stamped the big “@” with a stamp from #Hello.

yellow birthday close UpI added a few little embellishments and I was done.  Pretty easy!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Just for Fun Card

I decided to sit down and make a card just for fun yesterday — no recipient nor design team obligation in mind.  But then I didn’t know where to start.  I have a box full of fun Fall and Christmas themed goodies from the Holiday catalog that I’ve barely looked at yet, but I just can’t get in the mood to use them when we’re in the dog days of Summer here (97 degrees outside).

So I went over to a favorite challenge site, The Paper Players, and was inspired by Nance’s fabulous color challenge.  Color challenges often scare me, but I love the colors in this one.

I wanted to play with the Decorative Masks again, so I chose the polka dot one and washi-taped it on the card base.  I then took my Versamark pad and rubbed it on the mask and then applied clear embossing powder.  I love the tone-on-tone look of clear embossing.

Gray Dots
The stamp set I used is #Hello, which is such a fun set.  And I LOVE this color combination!

Gray Dots Close Up
I added minimal embellishments as I want to actually mail this one.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Two in a Row!

I believe this may be a record, but I have used purple two days in a row.  On today’s card I used Rich Razzleberry, which is my favorite purple.  I like how it looks good with so many different colors.

Ampersand LoveI went a little crazy with a circle theme — Large Polka Dot embossing folder, Flowerpot dsp, Regals Designer Button, and the stamped image from #Hello.  I just got this stamp set and I think this it is so fun.

Ampersand Love Close UpThis was a super simple card to make and came together very quickly.

Well, don’t expect another purple card tomorrow.  I haven’t made my card for tomorrow’s Freshly Made Sketch yet, but three days in a row of purple for me would be quite incredible.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!