Leafy Topiary — FMS357

We have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches this week and it has come all the way from France, the home of our die-cut guru, Cecile Ribon.  She has an interesting and fun sketch for us this week.  I think it’s super versatile, and here’ s a look:

When I saw the vertical sentiment, I immediately thought of the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  I love the topiaries in this set, and there is a sheet of dsp in the Share What You Love collection, that I think is a perfect match.  So this card came together quickly and easily.  I love when that happens!

I kept the embellishments to a bare minimum since there is already quite a bit going on with this card, with the dsp and sentiment strip.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  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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Triple Topiaries — FMS338

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week, our favorite Colorado resident, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  Take a look at her fun sketch:

I dusted off a stamp set, Vertical Greetings, that has been on my shelf for a while for this sketch.  Fortunately, this set will not be retiring this month and is sticking around for another year in the new annual catalog.  I haven’t used it enough, so I am glad to see it stay.

I have also used a new stamp set, Artisan Textures, on this card.  I stamped one of the images four different times, slightly overlapping the images to fit the space I wanted.  This created a background for the topiaries and provided a little color.

While playing around with different color combinations, I decided to compare some of the different greens.  On my card, I used Granny Apple Green (new color) for the topiary on the left, Lemon Lime Twist (returning In-Color) for the topiary in the center, and Old Olive (returning color) for the one on the right.

I have to say that the Granny Apple Green is really pretty.  I think these three greens will be my go-to greens.

Another new color, Mango Melody, was used for the pots on this card.  I have been waiting forever for Stampin’ Up! to add a pretty and fun yellow-orange to its color palette.  And this one will fit the bill.  I think Mango Melody and I will be very good friends.  You will probably see me using a lot of this color, as I love how it pairs with many other colors, and it’s just a beautiful, happy color on its own.

The blue on this card is Soft Sky.  I’m sad to say I’m down to my last sheet of card stock of this color.  I will miss it.  Sigh…

The sentiment is from a new Paper Pumpkin stamp set and was stamped with Early Espresso ink.

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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Topiary Trio — Annual Catalog International Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us today for our International Stampin’ Up!® Blog hop.  When Kylie Bertucci contacted me asking if I’d like to participate in a hop showcasing items from the new annual catalog, I said “Absolutely!”  There are so many new sets I love, and it’s fun to get to share them with you.

You may be just starting here or have come from Inge Groot’s blog.  Either way you can make your way around the world by using the list below so that you don’t miss any projects.  We have an incredible group of talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who wanted to highlight our brand new annual catalog products.  At the moment, you are currently in the USA and you are about to go around the world to different locations.

One stamp set that caught my eye in the new catalog is the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  Every once in a while, I wish I had a greeting that is vertically oriented and this set has six such greetings.  And as a bonus, it has three super cute topiaries.

Topiaries GroupDid you know that Stampin’ Up! sells note cards and envelopes?  I made a little set of note cards using this set with three greetings which I often need for the mail.  They are 3-1/2″ x 5″, and come with coordinating envelopes.

Topiaries Happy BirthdayI used a color scheme of Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Perfect Plum.  I wanted the pots to look like terra cotta pots, and the Cajun Craze works well for this.

Topiaries Just BecauseI used a ruler to draw the outlines with a Perfect Plum Stampin’ Write Marker.  I wanted a little overlap at the corners for interest.  Plus it’s easier to not have to worry about getting everything lined up exactly right.

Topiaries Thank YouI tied little bows with Linen Thread and attached them with glue dots to add a little dimension and texture.

The little bits of earth under the pots were made with a stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set, which I stamped with Crumb Cake ink.

You’re ready to hop on over to the blog of the next person on the list, Mercedes Weber. She is an amazing stamper and you will love what she has in store.  I always do!  Make sure you work your way through the whole list — you won’t want to miss a single post.

Kylie Bertucci
Cornelia Janssen
Amy Koenders
Sylvia Ploeg
Nicole Tugrul
Bruno Bertucci
Sarah Berry
Inge Groot
Amy O’Neill <— you are here
Mercedes Weber

Thanks for stopping by!