Thursday, July 21, 2016

CASE this Sketch: Happy Happy

Today is the birthday of a long-time church friend and then family friend.  I got to know him in his role as the accountant at church.  He was great at it - he made darn certain he shepherded the church's funds and made thoughtful and appropriate decisions - even if he made people or even pastors mad (and good for him!).  He's retired now and the church misses him, but our families get together although not nearly as much as we would like.  The husbands are both strong-willed and a bit grumpy, Carol and I talk crafts - it's perfect!

A week ago, I had earmarked the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch as perfect for his card. I didn't know what I'd do with it, but I loved the idea of images/patterns across the middle with lots of clean, open space.

I went through my not-yet-used stamps and came across these big balloons by Stampin' Up. At first glance, a small horizontal strip on the sketch and big balloons that would seem to be vertical images didn't quite seem to fit.  But I made it work!!

CtS Happy Happy

Ken doesn't read my blog, but I know Carol does.  Give him a big Happy Birthday from us!!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches: You're the Coolest

This is my second post today. Be sure to scroll
down for The Color Throwdown.

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

I went right to my not-yet-used dies and found a great tag - then when I realized there was also a word die, everything came together quickly!  I did start with the idea of a big sun, but then got it in my head that I needed a tag line to the "thanks" like "you brightened my day".  I couldn't find anything in my stash that would work, but the idea of a tag line stuck with me.  So a card with an ice cream cone and "you're the coolest" came together!

FMS The Coolest

I hope to see you playing along this week!


The paper is from a discontinued MME pad - it's their Cut & Paste series and it's called Flair.  The embossing folder is an early folder from Lifestyle Crafts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Color Throwdown: Hugs

I am thrilled to announce that I was asked to be a guest designer at the color throwdown and just look at this fabulous color combination!

I spent some time wishing I had that living room.  Wouldn't it just make you smile to sit in that room every day?!  My house is a little on the bland side - I'm just not brave enough to put together all of those colors and patterns and have any confidence that it would look right in the end.  Besides, I can play with colors at my craft table and if I hate it, the most that I waste is a bit of cardstock!

I went to my not-yet-used stash of stamps thinking I'd go bright and graphic - just like the photo. But right away I saw some stamps that I just had to have a few months ago and I haven't used them.  It's two different sets from the same company - I love how the flowers and sentiments can be intertwined. I put the aqua in the background, colored an orange flower and added an orchid-colored hug!

CTD Hugs

I did realize as I was writing this post and saw the card and the graphic together that I'm off on the green.  Sorry!! I wish I would have noticed because I really like the green in the graphic.

If for any reason, you are not familiar with the color throwdown and the amazing design team, run right over and check them out.  There's not a week that I don't carefully study their cards and get all kinds of ideas and inspiration!

The Color Throwdown


Friday, July 15, 2016

Curtain Call InspirationChallenge: Unicorn

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Unicorn.
I haven't done this in a long time - but I went out a bought a unicorn stamp set for this challenge!! A year or so ago, I realized that I was buying stuff for every challenge. First of all, there's no "challenge" if I'm buying products to fit!  Second, half the time, I didn't even love the stuff.  I used it and tucked way back in the storage drawers.  There's too much good stuff out there for me to be buying stuff I don't like.

However, in this case, I didn't have a unicorn in my collection and I have unicorn lovers in my life.  I searched some of the big stamp stores for unicorns and decided I particularly liked this set by Pink & Main mostly because of this particular unicorn and the big eyes.  (Not to mention it gave me an excuse to buy the rounded stitched rectangles and the "sweet" set from the same company.)

CC Sweet Birthday Wishes

I wanted to keep this very white and very fresh - so I kept most of my color confined to the "sweet" die.  I used my new very favorite stamping tool - my Clarity Stencil Brushes - and added some soft color to a rectangle of paper before cutting out the "sweet".  I love how soft you can keep the colors with the brushes and how smooth the colors go on.  It's not magic - but it's a whole lot easier than any other method I've tried.

Be sure to head over to the Curtain Call blog to see what the rest of the design team has done with the "unicorn" challenge.  We do have a new member of the design team - the amazing Tammy Hershberger.  AND we have a fabulous guest designer - Anni Lerche, from Annikarten. LOTS of great inspiration over on the Curtain call blog!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches: Summer Blooms

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

I needed a birthday card for a new workmate.  It HAD to have a flower because she is a master gardener. I haven't seen her garden yet but she's invited is all over in August for a garden party.  I do know she's in the garden from the time she gets home until dark and then 8-10 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday. I deliberate went for a fun and graphic flower - I didn't want to go for anything realistic and then get the coloring or something wrong - because she would know!

FMS Wishes

Sadly, it took me four tries to get the placement right in the frame.  I had to force myself not to go for five, because I really wanted to move the leaves down so there was a little more weight on the bottom panel!  I love building sets like this one, but they stress me out. That simple flower took 11 stamps and without a doubt, every darn time one won't stamp clearly or will be crooked - and I am just too obsessive to let that happen!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you all create with this week's sketch!