A Remarkable Farewell — FMS336

We’re back with another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our Boston-area friend, Jen Mitchell, is our hostess.  She has a super versatile sketch that was so easy with which to work.  Take a look:

I wanted to use a favorite retiring stamp set, Remarkable You, and make a Mother’s Day card, and this sketch worked perfectly for both requirements.

I colored the image with my Stampin’ Blends markers and used a piece of Petal Garden dsp.  The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  Not only is the dsp and stamp set retiring, but so is Soft Sky.  I was sad to see it on the retiring list, and wanted to use it once more before it is gone.

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!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Callas Congrats — FMS248

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site!  And this week, the ever clever and terrifically talented Linda Callahan is our hostess.  And she has an original and clean sketch for us, which leaves so many opportunities for interpretation:

I needed to make a wedding card and decided that I could substitute flowers for the feathers in the sketch.  As I was looking through my floral sets, I saw the calla lilies in the Remarkable You set.  Calla lilies always make me think of weddings.  When it came time to color the image, I decided to Google pictures of them, because I always think of Calla lilies as being white, and I wanted to see if they come in other colors.  And they do!  Lots of other colors!

pink callasI decided to color mine with Watermelon Wonder ink using an aquapainter.  The dsp from the Pop of Pink dsp pack and a strip of Watermelon Wonder 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon were used as accents.  The sentiment comes from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.

pink callas close upI added a very light wash of Soft Sky ink around the blooms, which is so light, you can hardly see it in the photo.

We hope you’ll join us and play along this week!  Make your own card using the sketch and post it in the gallery.  We love seeing what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made for your viewing pleasure.  You’re sure to be inspired and wowed!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!
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Remarkable You with a Watercolor Wash — Monday Montage #56

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  There are ten of us stampers who love to share what we create every other week.  All you have to do to follow along is to click on the link at the bottom of each post.

I have been admiring so many of the beautiful cards that feature a watercolor washed background out in blog land lately.  It is such an easy technique and can work with so many stamps, so I decided to make another card using this technique.

I started by pulling out my Remarkable You stamp set and some watercolor card stock.  After brushing the watercolor paper with some water to get it a little wet, I dipped my wet paintbrush in some Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Old Olive inks and brushed them over the paper where I planned to place my stamped image.  After the card stock had completely dried, I embossed the stamped image with white embossing powder.

Watercolored Remarkable YouI then added some black ink splatters and using my fine tip glue pen, added some tiny dots of Gold Stampin’ Glitter.  I also added some gold sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim and some Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment.

I’ve also been hooked on using touches of black on my cards, so I added the sentiment from the Greetings Thinlits Dies and some peeks of the black striped Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum.

Watercolored Remarkable You Close UpI made this card for a display board sample at the Dallas On Stage Stampin’ Up! event yesterday, which was so much fun.  They gave us copies of the upcoming (releases in January) Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure, and I am so excited!  There are so many fabulous products in them.  I know I need to focus on finishing up Thanksgiving and Christmas stamping first, but my mind is already thinking about how I want to use some of these new products.

Another fun thing about the On Stage event yesterday — they announced the new Artisan Design team, and I’m pretty sure my name was on the list.  I say “pretty sure” because to tell you the truth, I’m still pinching myself in disbelief, and the whole experience of the announcement yesterday is pretty much a blur.  I was given a beautiful box (with a couple of cool gifts in it) but unfortunately, I can’t show it quite yet because it has some new product on it from the upcoming Occasions catalog and we’ve been asked (told) not to show any sneak peeks.

I am really looking forward to this next year, and I’m so grateful for this Monday Montage team.  We have all entered this contest in the past, and some of my teammates are past winners and some will be future winners.  They are so supportive and inspire me all of the time to try new things and grow.  I love them!

You’re ready to hop on over to the incredible Breelin Renwick’s blog for a huge dose of creativity.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can hop over to Wendy Weixler’s blog to see her amazing work.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all ten blogs.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Remarkable Leaves — FMS199

Hello, and happy Wednesday!  It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week Karren Johnson, our fabulous friend from New Zealand, is our hostess and she has a great sketch for us that you are sure to love:

I’ve been on vacation with my family and have missed the past couple of challenges.  In fact, I haven’t stamped in over three weeks (and that’s a LONG time for me).  I was worried I wouldn’t remember how to make a card.  But Karren’s sketch made it easier to jump back in and get my feet wet.

I pulled the Remarkable You stamp set off my dusty shelf because it has large images and there’s a lot of blank space on this sketch, which kinda scared me a little.  I paired the image with the Pretty Petals dsp stack, and that is where I got my colors.

Remarkable LeavesI started by stamping the leaves with Old Olive ink and then colored them with a blender pen.  I cut them out with my paper snips and added some punched Calypso Coral flowers. The sentiment was cut from Mint Macaron card stock using the Greetings Thinlits dies.

Remarkable Leaves Close UpWe hope you’ll play along with us and make your own card using the sketch.  You can jump on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see how the design team interpreted the sketch this week for some inspiration.

Be sure to join us next week when we celebrate the 200th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  We’re all excited to celebrate this milestone, and we have some fun surprises for you — we have lots of awesome sponsors lined up.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Remarkable You — Monday Montage #49

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage blog hop.  We have ten stampers who share our creations every other week, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

This is the third and last swap I made for convention.  It was for a swap with a group of stampers that were all convention display stampers last year.  I love every single one of the swaps I received!

I used the Remarkable You stamp set for my card, and started with a watercolor wash of Pool Party ink on the Whisper White Thick Card Stock to add a soft blue background.  I then added some black splatters with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.  Some Silver Metallic Thread was swirled around, and then I fussy cut one of the flowers from Remarkable You, which I had watercolored with Watermelon Wonder ink.

Remarkable You Convention SwapI thought the sentiment was appropriate, as so many of the ladies in this group are stampers that I so admire.

Remarkable You Convention Swap Close UpSpeaking of ladies that I admire, you are ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.   If you prefer to work your way backwards you can venture over to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way be sure to work your way through all ten blogs.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!