Sweet Valentine — FMS321

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  She has a fabulous sketch for us that I absolutely love.  Take a look:

I wanted to make another Valentine, but I wanted to use some non-traditional Valentine colors.  Starting with a watercolor wash, I applied some Daffodil Delight ink with a watercolor brush onto some wet watercolor paper.  I stamped a few leaves from the Heart Happiness set onto the watercolor paper, and then stamped the hearts and flower from the same stamp set and cut them out.

Some little embellishments were added here and there — a piece of a doily, iridescent sequins. tiny pearls, and a little bow from linen thread.  The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

This card came together pretty quickly.  A great sketch will often do that.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you do with the sketch 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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Heart Full of Flowers — FMS320

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Rocky Mountain resident, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  She has a fun sketch that is perfect to get you inspired to start creating Valentines, or it can be used for a variety of other purposes with a little creativity.  Take a look at the sketch:

 

I adore the hearts in the Heart Happiness set, and the floral heart is my favorite so I decided that I needed to use it first.  I stamped it with Memento ink and then colored it with Stampin’ Blends markers.  A Pink Pirouette heart is an added layer between the focal heart and the the doily.  The sentiment is from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

Square cards are so fun, and I love how the sketch has the focal image cropped off of the side.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you make 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.  We even have a special guest designer, Teresa Kline, joining us and you will love her card.  We are so excited to have her on board.

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A Simple I Love You — FMS273

We have another new sketch for you to try over at the Freshly Made Sketches site today.  And this week, our favorite friend from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch that she has made for us:

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I used this one to make another Valentine’s card.  I love the super simplicity of this sketch, and chose to keep my card just as clean and simple.  I used the Sending Love suite of products.

love-heartsI embossed the hearts with clear embossing powder on Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, and Pink Pirouette card stock, and cut them out with the coordinating die.  Very quick and easy!

I dusted off my sewing machine and added a little crazy stitching around the edges.  It was just so much white space, I felt I had to add something but wanted to keep it clean.

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I love the sentiments that come with this set.  They are just beautiful.  I also finished the inside of the card with this gorgeous sentiment below.

love-hearts-insideI think this card will go to my hubby.  It’s clean and doesn’t have any frills — no ribbon, sequins or bling of any kind.  It does have pink, but I think that’s perfectly acceptable for Valentine’s day.  ha!

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  Meanwhile, be sure you drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site and take a look at what the design team has created.  You’ll be inspired!

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A Kraft-y Valentine — FMS272

We have another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for you today.  And this week our hostess is Cecile Ribon, our newest team member who inspires us all.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

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I’ve been making a big dent in my Valentine’s Day cards and I’ve been having so much fun with the Sending Love suite.  I love all of the images in this set, but I think my favorites are the arrows.

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This was really a simple card to put together.  Die-cuts, embellishments and ribbon do most of the work.

krafty-valentine-close-upWe hope you’ll play along and make 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 created for your inspiration.

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A Big Love You — Monday Montage #86

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten stampers who love to share what we create with you, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I am still on my Valentine cards kick.  For this card, I made myself step away from the Sending Love suite (but I do have another one coming this week), and decided to just use some die-cuts.  I pulled out the Sunshine Wishes dies and the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies, as well as some Sending Love dsp (so I guess I didn’t totally step away from this suite — baby steps).

gray-heartsI used a Basic Gray card base.  The “you” part of the sentiment was made with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.  This card came together pretty quickly.  The hardest part was deciding which sheets of dsp to use.

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You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  I always love seeing what she makes!  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing.

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Bitty Love Note — FMS271

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Floridian, Cindy Hall, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fabulous, classic sketch that she has for us:

fms-final-271-001I decided to get a jump on Valentine’s Day cards.  That’s always a busy week in our house — two birthdays, kids’ Valentine parties at school, etc…  The Sending Love suite has so many sweet images/dies in it, that it was hard to decide what to include on this card because I wanted to play with them all.  In the end, I chose the adorable little envelope and notecard dies, the arrow die, and the striped heart die.

hello-bitty-love-noteI started with a piece of paper from the Sending Love DSP stack.  After embossing the sentiment with some Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, I added a strip of Silver Foil Sheets and attached them to the card base, tying some of the Real Red Sending Love Ribbon around it.

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We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch this week.  We love to browse the gallery and see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Lots of Hearts

Embossed HeartsHere’s a Valentine’s card I stuck in the mail yesterday.  I used the very cool Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing folder for the card base.  Then I stamped and punched three of the hearts from Groovy Love, and embossed the sentiment from last month’s My Paper Pumpkin kit.  I also punched out an arrow from the Gold Glimmer Paper using the What’s Up? punch.

Embossed Hearts Close UpThe little heart on the animal print heart is one of the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, which I colored with one of my Blendabilities.  I added some crochet thread and gold sequins, and arranged it all as best I could.

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Valentine Smooch

Valentine Snuggles and SmoochesI have another card for you using the Snuggles & Smooches set.  When I showed this to my youngest child and asked what she thought about this card, her reply was “it’s kinda messy.”  I love how she’s always honest.

I used Gorgeous Grunge to add the splatters.  I also used some washi tape and sequins.  The color scheme is Real Red, Crisp Cantaloupe, Smoky Slate, and black.  The dsp is from the Stacked with Love dsp stack.

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Pirate Valentine — FMS171

One of the best things about Wednesdays is that we have a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week you are in for a treat, as the truly talented Rita Wright has a fun sketch for us.

I decided to make another Valentine’s card and I really wanted some coloring therapy, so I used one of the adorable images from the Hey, Valentine set.  This little pirate is so sweet, and so fun to color.

Pirate ValentineI added a strip of dsp from the Stacked with Love dsp stack, and cut a strip of stars using one of the dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  I also added a little star clip from the Essentials Hardware Clips.

Pirate Valentine Close UpI wasn’t comfortable with all of the white space (I know — It’s a fault of mine), so I added some Crushed Curry splatters, and called it a day.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We always love looking through the gallery and seeing what you make.  You should hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and see what the rest of the design team made.  They always inspire me.

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Valentine Smooches — Monday Montage #36

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWe’re back with another Monday Montage Blog Hop for you.  There are ten of us participating, and we don’t want you to miss a single one.  All you need to do is click on the links at the bottom of each post to work your way through all ten posts.

Scribbled HeartI played around with a new photopolymer set this past week and had so much fun with it.  I’m going to share two of the cards in this post and I have another one to share later in the week.

Scribble Heart Close UpI pulled out some felt from my stash and cut out a couple of hearts with the Hearts Collection of framelits.  I love the texture that felt adds to a card.  I added some strips of dsp from the Stacked with Love paper pack and a little washi tape.  I used Blushing Bride, black and Real Red inks.

Smooches ValentineFor this second card, I took a piece of watercolor paper and embossed the scribbled image and heart image with white Stampin’ Emboss powder and Versamark ink.  I then took my aquapainter and applied some Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana inks over the paper.

Smooches Close UpOnce that was dry, I stamped some little hearts and added some embellishments.  I love how easy it is to make collage-style cards with this stamp set!

You’re ready to venture over to Breelin Renwick’s blog, where you should be prepared to be wowed.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can hop on over to the fabulous Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, make sure you work your way through all ten blogs.

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