Saturday, August 1, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Orchard

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Orchard!

We are starting to come back around to my favorite time of year - autumn!  I love the colors, I love the smell of autumn air, I love apples and pumpkins, I love crisp, cool mornings - I love it all!!  This apple orchard says "autumn" to me.  Since we're still in the heat of August, I couldn't quite bring myself to stamp fall-colored leaves on my card - but I definitely embraced the orchard!

CC Apple Orchard

I pulled out an older set by Papertrey Ink - Falling Leaves.  I love the fresh and open look of this set so pull it out quite regularly.  If you like it, I hope you own it already, because as I was creating the supply list for this post - I realized it was in their "vault" which makes it twice as expensive (sorry!)

The sentiment was quite long for a vertical card, so I solved it by cutting down the card front to less than 4 1/4" and letting the sentiment go off the side.  The card still fits into a regular envelope.

I hope to see you playing along with your "Orchard" card!


The red polka dot is from Stampin' Up before they changed the patterns in their basic pads.  The woodgrain was in my scrap bin.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: An Owl Hello

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

I recently realized that my stash of never used dies is bigger than my stash of never used stamps, so I went digging through the pile for a square-shaped die to use on this sketch.  I did find squares, but I also found this charming owl that has been unused for way too long!

An Owl Hello

I was making this card Sunday evening and it was one of those rare times that my entire family was also hanging out.  I asked them what color an owl's nose was and they all looked down at their phones/tablets/computers and almost simultaneously said "black".  So I said that I really needed to add a bit of color to this guy and, bless their hearts, they looked up "orange beaked owls" and there is an owl with an orange beak!  There's nothing like participatory card-making with my husband and teenage boys!!

Besides the Memory Box owl being a never used die - I also just got the hello.  It's an older die from WPlus with three speech bubbles and the words "hi", "hey", "hello" in the bubbles.  I had never paid much attention to it until I saw the "hello" used recently on a charming card.  Isn't it funny how that works?  I have the same problem with the annual Stampin' Up catalog.  Each summer when I go through the new catalog, my wishlist is often more full of old product than with new product.  I think it's just because the set is displayed in a different way, or I love the sample card, or perhaps in the old catalog it was displayed on a page with another set that distracted me, but somehow a stamp set that has been around for a year suddenly appears on my wishlist.  (Or maybe I'm just never satisfied and want everything I see!!)

Have you heard the big news?  Mark your calendars - this is going to be big!

Be sure to check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team on the FMS Blog and also spend some time browsing Jen's blog, Ladybug Designs.  Then play along - I'd love to see what you create.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: Life Can Be Tough

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

When I sat down a few days ago to make this, I knew that I needed words of encouragement for my oldest.  As a new high school graduate, he's starting to get a dose of the real world and it's really got him down.  Does anybody remember that moment when you realized that many people really don't care about their jobs or about the people around them?  I kind of hate to destroy his outlook and tell him to get used to it, but life IS tough and it's not always fair. 

I had purchased this sentiment set with this situation in mind.  I knew at some point, he'd be caught off guard by real life. 

Life Can Be Tough

It's so hard to make for teenage boys.  I put heart and soul into his graduation card.  I bought a sentiment set with just the right sentiment that I thought would speak to him and guide him through the next few years.  That card is still crumpled and muddy on the floor of the car.  On the other hand, I know he has a plastic box in the drawer next to his bed, and I know it includes a variety of cards that I and others have given him over the years.   I'll let you know where this card ends up!!

FYI - I can't believe I hadn't used the Stampin' Up Perpetual Birthday Calendar set yet.  I didn't get it for calendar purposes, I got it for the little sprinkles.  I don't think this picture does it justice - but these sprinkles look so dimensional when randomly stamped with lighter and darker colors.  

Be sure to check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team at the FMS challenge blog. Also check out Cindy at Pretty Impact - you'll love her work!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Mountains!

When I was thinking about a birthday card for a wonderful man, I quickly decided it needed mountains.  He lived for years in my favorite all-time mountain town and they still go regularly for mini-vacations.  I count his wife as a dear friend - we spent a wonderful afternoon not long ago wandering around that town and I realized that the family was an institution.  Everybody knew her and she showed me hidden gems throughout the town. My foodie son counts one of the restaurants she pointed as his second favorite restaurant!!

I pulled out the WPlus9 set Encouraging Words and added a birthday sentiment from Strictly Sentiments 5.  I love the scenes that can be built with the images in Encouraging Words.

Happy Birthday Mountains

I created purple mountains, but I originally saw the set used with that stamp as a lake - check it out here.  It's gorgeous either way.  She also used one of the images that I used as trees as a misty mountain background.  I so love flexible sets.

Happy Birthday Ken!!  Carol, we need to find time for coffee!


FYI - I used different areas of the Ombre pad to get the different greens.  I was hoping for a little more variation on the image - but it just doesn't show up well.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: You Are Too Kind

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

It's a little nerve-wracking to put a sketch out there and hope that people like it enough to play along. But at the same time, it's very fun to see what you all do with it.  I hope you enjoy it.

I very carefully added the "any shapes" phrase to the sketch because I knew that I wanted to use butterflies - specifically the new Watercolor Wings from Stampin' Up.

FMS Too Kind

Be sure to check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team.  Just pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog.  And then I hope to see you play along!


I did use three retired Stampin' Up inks: Peach Parfait (with Pumpkin Pie for the orange butterfly), Coastal Cabana (with Pool Party for the blue butterfly), and Going Gray for the butterflies.  Also, you'll see that I used Papertrey's Smokey Shadow for the dark gray - I think a dark gray is the one thing that is missing from the Stampin' Up color line-up.  My Basic Gray ink is dark - but the paper isn't - so I tend to regularly bring out Smokey Shadow.