Lots of Happy Lavender — FMS322

We’re ready with another sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite French friend, Cecile Ribon, is our hostess.  She has a classic style sketch for us that can be used in so many ways.  Take a look:

One of the products I love in the Occasions catalog is the Lots of Happy Card Kit.  It comes with some fabulous die-cuts that are ready to be colored, as well as lots of other beautiful elements to make 20 cards.  As soon as I pulled out some of the contents from the fabulous kraft box, I knew I wanted to use them for this sketch.  It seems that I rarely use these kits as they were intended to be used.  But that’s ok — creativity is a good thing.

I started by coloring the pretty lavender flowers with watercolor pencils (two new colors are exclusive to this kit — Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist).  Once that was finished, I just arranged them with the vellum die-cut leaves that are also in the kit, and tied a bow on top.  The sentiment was stamped using a set in the kit (you also get a beautiful stamp set in the kit) on a gold foil die (which, you guessed it, is also in the kit).  Once I went to add the sentiment, I noticed I didn’t follow the sketch.  I couldn’t make it work, so I did deviate a little.  Oops!

The striped dsp background is from the Petal Passion dsp, and the pretty piece directly behind the flowers is from the kit.  It was all mounted on a Sweet Sugarplum card base.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create as we browse the gallery.  Meanwhile, be sure to drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see the fabulous cards the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Happiest of Birthdays

I needed to make a birthday card for a friend this week and when I saw the sketch over at the Global Design Project, I knew it would be perfect for what I had in mind.

I love the Picture Perfect Party Suite in the Occasions catalog.  The images are festive and the fonts for the sentiments are so fun.  I started by stamping off the candles first onto a piece of scrap paper before stamping on my card panel to get a lighter image.  The sentiment was then stamped over the candles.

Some dsp pieces were added from the Bubbles & Fizz Sale-a-Bration offering.  I love this stuff, and it’s free!  Some of the self-adhesive sequins were added and a bit of baker’s twine was tied into a bow.  I love decorating envelopes, so I had to stamp on it as well.

This color combo makes my heart happy!  Hopefully, it will make my friend happy as well.

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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.

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From All of Us — Monday Montage #108

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of nine 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.

When I saw the new We Must Celebrate stamp set in the new Occasions Catalog, I knew it would be going onto my first order.  These little animals are adorable, and I knew they’d be fun to color.  My son, who is away at college, has a birthday next month.  I thought this card would be perfect to send to him.  I’ll just label each of the characters with the names of his two sisters and his dad and me before sending it to him.

I started by stamping the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on thick Whisper White card stock.  After allowing it to dry, I colored the image with my Stampin’ Blends markers.  One of the Lots of Labels framelits dies was used to cut it out.

Once I had finished all this work, I decided to stamp the fun confetti image repeatedly on the card base.  In my carelessness, I accidentally dropped the inked stamp right on my freshly completed focal panel.  *!@*%  That’s where the decision to add sequins came in.  🙂

Some of the new Basic Gray Shimmer Ribbon was looped underneath, as was a bit of black Mini Sequin Trim.

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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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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Wild Dinosaurs — FMS319

It’s time for another new sketch, after a break for the holidays, over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And to get us started for 2018, our hostess is Rita Wright.  Take a look at this great sketch:

It has been the best of times this week and it has been the worst of times.  My son who goes to the University of Alabama won a free Taco Bell Student Section ticket to the National Championship football game Monday night.  He had a fabulous night, which was made much more fun by their late come-from-behind victory (sorry, Georgia fans — that was a tough loss and I truly feel for you).  We had fun celebrating with him via technology, and then the next morning, one of my daughters woke up with the flu.  So my job yesterday included unplanned nursing duties.  I’m so glad I could be here for her, as she is miserable.  Now I’m praying (and going through many Lysol wipes) that none of the rest of us get it.

I needed to make a quick card, as I haven’t done much stamping with all three kids at home until Sunday.  I decided to let some dsp be the star of the show, so I pulled out some of my favorite dsp from the Pick a Pattern dsp.

I love the cute dinosaurs on this paper and my sixteen year old, flu-stricken daughter loves dinosaurs, Dr. Who, Harry Potter, musicals, Star Wars, and a few other varied subjects, so I thought it would be perfect to stick in her backpack when she is well enough to go back to school.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  We love to look through the gallery and gain inspiration from your creations.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for you.

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Magical Dragon Day — Monday Montage #107

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of nine 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 hope you’re having a happy 2018!  We’ve had a quiet and cold Christmas break here at our home.  All of my kids go back to school this week.  My son left this morning to go back to his university, and I have to say it was almost as hard to say goodbye today as it was when we left him at his dorm for the Fall semester.  Watching my babies grow up is hard!  But he loves it, and he is excited to go back.  That makes it a little easier for this momma, I guess.

I think my favorite suite in the new Occasions catalog is the Myths & Magic suite.  I knew my daughter would love it, as she is a huge Harry Potter and Disney fanatic.  So this is the first stamp set I knew I had to play with.

I colored the image with the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends markers.  I then added a little bit of Wink of Stella on parts of the dragon to add a little sparkle.  The dsp also has some added shine, as this is a specialty dsp pack where many of the patterns have a little something extra.

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 Melissa Stout’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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