Farewell Mosaics — FMS184

It’s Wednesday and it’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week the fabulous Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  She likes to live life on the edge (I don’t really know that), and so has designed her sketch accordingly (note how part of the sketch hangs over the edge of card base).

I’m trying to use as many of my retiring stamps as I can before they are gone for good.  I pulled out Mosaic Madness for this card and some watercolor paper.  I started by embossing three of the small images in the set with clear embossing powder and then I used my aquapainter and some Daffodil Delight ink to make the background.

Farewell MosaicThe larger mosaic images were stamped with Strawberry Slush, Coastal
Cabana, and Pear Pizzazz inks and then punched out with the coordinating punch.

The sentiment is from another retiring set, Lots of Thanks.  I added little rhinestones, which I colored with a black Sharpie, for embellishment.

Farewell Mosaic Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and play along with the challenge this week.  It’s always fun to peruse the gallery and see what you make each week.  You can go by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the rest of the team made for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Mosaics Everywhere — FMS131

Happy Wednesday!  And Wednesdays mean it’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is the fabulous Cindy Hall, who always adds amazing details on her beautiful cards.  She is one gifted card maker, I tell you.

I struggled for a little bit in figuring out what to put in that long focal panel.  But as I was looking through my stamp sets, the Mosaic Madness set jumped out at me.  I haven’t used it in a while and it is such a fun set.  So I went all out with the mosaics — stamps, punch, dsp, embossing folder…

A Mosaic HelloI even used some of the cool mosaic window sheet paper.  I love how the Modern Mosaic embossing folder coordinates so well with the Mosaic punch and the stamp set.

The two little white flowers with the black candy dots centers were made using a punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, which is one of the weekly deals this week.  I also used the sentiment from the Four You set.  It is embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

We hope you’ll make your own card using the sketch above and then share it in the gallery. You can hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site and view the other designers creations for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Golden Thoughts

Mosaic Thoughts with Gold

I needed to make a card for someone who has been on my mind a lot lately.  I hadn’t used the Mosaic Madness set in a while, so I decided to pull it out.  I also used some of the fun gold accents as well.

This was an easy card to make, but it took a while.  By the time I pulled out all of the ink pads and punches I needed and selected the patterned papers, I could have made a couple of other cards.  But sometimes it’s just fun to pull out a bunch of different products and play around and see where creativity takes you.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  A Dozen Thoughts, Mosaic Madness
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper:  Whisper White, Venetian Romance, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
Embellishments:  Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Baker’s Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels, Mosaic punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

A Mosaic Thanks

Quatrefancy Mosaics

Here’s a pretty quick and simple card for you today.  It’s sometimes fun to let your dsp do your work for you.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Four You, Mosaic Madness
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Quatrefancy Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  Mosaic punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, sequins (non-SU)

You’re the Best

One of the new products that I really love is the 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon.  I wanted it to be the star of this show, so I didn’t use any other embellishments.  I decided to pair it with a couple of new stamp sets — Hello, Lovely and Mosaic Madness.  I also used some new dsp, I am Me, and a new In-Color, Coastal Cabana.  Lots of new stuff!

You're the Best

I think it will be fun to mix and match these two stamp sets.  They go together so well.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hello, Lovely and Mosaic Madness
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, I am Me dsp
Embellishments:  Calypso Coral 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon

Mosaic Squared

It’s Memorial Day in the U.S. today — a time to remember the more than one million men and women who have given their lives in service for their country.    What a sacrifice for those of us who can enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted each day.  I am truly thankful for their sacrifice and that of their families and loved ones.

I was able to spend a little time in my stamp room yesterday and made a card for the challenge at Retro Sketches.

It was fun to make a square card.  I don’t do that often enough.

Square Mosaic

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Mosaic Madness, Sweet Essentials
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Quatrefancy Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  Brights designer buttons, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Mosaic Punch, Borders Scoring Plate

A Mosaic Celebration

Mosaic Celebration

I was playing around with the Mosaic Madness set again, and whipped up this card.  I love the colors with this dsp, and the coordinating punch makes it so easy to use this set.  Fun, Fun!

A follow up on Tuesday’s post — Some of you asked me to let you know what my daughter thought of this card, which I posted on Tuesday.  I put it in her lunchbox before she left for school and wrote her a little note inside about how I was so proud of her for adjusting so well to a new school this year and for making wise choices about the friendships she has developed.  When she came in the door from school, she said thanks for the nice card and then she said, “But the front was kinda weird.”  When I asked her what was weird, she said, “Love your GUTS?  Why guts?” as she wrinkled her nose.   Hmmm… so maybe I’m not as old and un-hip as I thought I might be.  A successful test!

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Mosaic Madness (available May 31), Perfectly Penned
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo
Paper:  Strawberry Slush (available May 31), Whisper White, Quatrefancy Specialty dsp (available May 31)
Embellishments:  Mosaic punch (available May 31),

Mosaic Sneak Peek 2 — FMS84

Take a look at the great sketch that Linda Suarez has for us at Freshly Made Sketches this week:

When I first saw this sketch, I thought it would be great for a masculine card (and I never have enough of those).  And since I still had my new Mosaic Madness set sitting on my desk from yesterday, I decided to use it again.

FMS Mosaic

On yesterday’s card I used the coordinating embossing folder and punch.  On this card I used the coordinating dsp.  It has great patterns and fun, bright colors.  It also includes two printed window sheets.  That is what I used on top of the white flag.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  I hope you have time to go check out what the other designers did with the sketch, and to play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Mosaic Madness (available May 31), Made for You
Ink:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Whisper White, Quatrefancy Specialty dsp (available May 31)
Embellishments:  Mosaic punch (available May 31), Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Mosaic Sneak Peek

One of the cool things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is that we are allowed to see and pre-order selected items from catalogs before they are released to the public.  Last week we were given the opportunity to do this for the upcoming new annual catalog.  One of the new sets I ordered is called Mosaic Madness, and it has a cool new embossing folder and punch which coordinate with the stamp set.  I love coordination!

Mosaic Sneak Peek

This stamp set is super fun!  I can’t wait to play with it more.  I love how it is so easy to build mosaic patterns because you can easily layer the stamps.  Plus, the punch makes it easy to cut them out.  And since the embossing folder coordinates with the punch and stamps, you can use either (or both, as I did with this card) directly on the embossed card stock.  So many possibilities!  So much versatility!

I used the layout from this awesome card made by Christina MacLaren.  I used different colors and different stamp sets, but the same layout.  She always makes such beautiful CAS cards.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Mosaic Madness (available May 31), Hey There (from My Paper Pumpkin)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Gumball Green, Basic Black
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Mosaic punch (available May 31), Modern Mosaic embossing folder (available May 31)