Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: Hip Hip Hooray

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Amy!

I love the sweet elephants that came out from a number of companies.  I picked the set Ellie by Avery Elle.  It only comes with one elephant while others come with a number of elephants in various cute positions. My all-time favorite elephant is the little guy peeking over an edge in the set Unforgettable by WPlus9 but I just couldn't justify buying all the other elephants since I really have no reason to own even one!!  I thought I better give myself a reason to use the one elephant that I do own so I brought Ellie out for this sketch

Hip Hip Hooray

It doesn't get much sweeter than little Ellie and the heart-shaped balloon!

There is more dimension in the card than the above picture shows.  

Hip Hip Hooray CloseUp

I am most definitely going to have to find more reasons to use Ellie!

I hope to see you playing along.  Be sure to check out the FMS Blog for inspiration from the entire design team.  Also head to Amy's blog Amy's Paper Crafts to see her wonderful, clean style.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 2: Happy & Princess

It's day 2 of sneak peeks for the September release from Taylored Expressions!!  Day 2 of our sneak peeks includes a variety of products and I want to focus particularly on the fun sentiments.

Be sure to check all of the other designers starting on the Taylored Expressions blog because there is just too much for one designer to show off in just a few days.

All the products that I have used are linked at the bottom, but remember that new products aren't live until Thursday, September 3, 7 a.m. PST.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.

I gasped aloud when I read this next sentiment - He is God - what a fabulous message.  I knew that I wanted to keep the card incredibly simple to keep the full focus on the words.  This release also includes a variety of dies with a princess theme so I pulled out Little Bits - Crown to top the sentiment.


I knew that I wanted to include a cross, but it needed to be subtle.  After I stamped the sentiment I used the Old Rugged Cross dies to cut it right out of the sentiment.  I cut two other crosses out of Earl Grey cardstock and layered them.  I used the Earl Grey to give just a bit more shadow and dimension to the cross.  I put the whole thing back into the original panel.


There are even more great new sentiments with this release - there's a full set of great sayings in fun fonts called C'mon Get Happy.  What I like about this type of sentiment set is they don't need much to look great.  Obviously you can totally decorate them - but I'm showing how just a few die cuts and the sentiments, and it's a complete card!  Here's one with sunshine and clouds.


And here's one with greenery and a teeny flower.


You are also getting a peek of a sneak peek on this card!  The greenery and the flower will be shown off further tomorrow - but I just couldn't resist using them today with this sentiment.


Be sure to head over to the TE Blog to see the rest of the sneak peek products for today - and don't forget to enter for your chance to win prizes.


He Is God

Thinking of You

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Shades

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Shades.

My plan for this one came pretty quickly - mostly because I love woodgrain backgrounds and I happened to have this set of three dies on my desk when I first saw the inspiration photo.  The colors gave me a little trouble.  I originally started with a plain wood background paper and tried to match the glasses exactly with tan and brown.  It seemed so dark and somber, and I realized that I have made a big mental switch from browns to grays.  I used to have a favorite brown cardstock that came out on virtually every card - but now I actually had problems finding it - strange how tastes change, isn't it?

Anyway, I went digging my piles of paper and saw this printed woodgrain.  I don't use a lot of paper with scenes like this - but in this case, it solved all of my problems - LOVE the print and the woodgrain!  Plus it allowed me to go back to my beloved grays!!  I hope you can still see the inspiration in my card even though it took a few twists and turns along the way.

CC Hi Hey Hello

I hope to see you playing along this week!  Those are some cute sunglasses by which to be inspired!


This must be an older patterned paper because I can't find a 6x6 pad to link to, although there are a number of sites with bits and pieces.  It's Simple Stories The Story of Us.