Saturday, September 17, 2011

Freshly Made Sketches: Grateful

I have a box on my desk in my craft corner.  It's an overflowing, in-the-way box of stamps-that-will-not-be-put-away-until-they-are-used.  It's usually a pleasant box of stamps, sparkling clean and full of potential.  But at the point that it starts to overflow, it becomes an incredible irritant.  So...I have a new motto:

Thou Shalt Use No Other Stamps Until THE Box is Empty!!

This is a worthy goal but, of course, completely unobtainable.  Right now, I have orders coming from three places.  But maybe if I stick with it this week, it will no longer be an irritating, overflowing mess!!

FYI: These are stamps that are new to me - not necessarily brand new products.

As soon as I saw this week's Freshly Made Sketch, I knew that I had the perfect fit in THE box.


I used some shimmer paint dabbed randomly on the berries.  Not only does it add shimmer, but it slightly lightens the color, so IRL there is some very nice berry varieties!



This is a new challenge - it's only on sketch 2. The goal is to be clean, but not necessarily simple - this totally works for my style!  Although you can use any product on entry, the design team uses Stampin' Up.  Generally, I would use Stampin' Up because they use it - but...remember...I have THE box staring at me!


I entered last week's challenge and was thrilled to be named a Perfect Princess!!  Who would have thought that this slightly-more-than-middle-aged, a little more than slightly-over-target-weight, bespectacled mom would be a Princess???  It made my day!!

  • Stamps: Papertrey A Wreath for All Seasons, Stampin' Up Cute Converse (sentiment)
  • Paper: Papertrey Fine Linen, Vanilla Cream, Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler ribbon, tag punch and Frost White Shimmer paint; Papertrey buttons, Cuttlebug embossing folder

20 comments:

Melissa said...

This is fabulous, Kim! Love those buttons! I really like how you tied all the dots together with your image and embossing! This really makes me think of fall! :)

Lesley Croghan said...

Hi Kim!
So happy you enjoyed being a Princess last week!! Way to go! Your card this week is so pretty! Love the shimmer on the berries and all the white space! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

kingstonmama said...

This is gorgeous, Kim. I love your colors and the shimmery berries are so great. This stamp set is on my must have list. :) Ann

Linda Callahan said...

Love your new motto! Good advice for me as well! This is such a pretty wreath - especially with the extra bit of shimmer !

Suze Bain said...

What a fabulous wreath. A beautiful card. xx

Aileen said...

Well done on your win! Love your card is so tastefully executed. x

Susan said...

Beautiful color combo...love that wreath!

Jenny said...

This is so gorgeous Kim, love the buttons placed as decoration on the wreath :)
Jenny x

LeAnne said...

Well, princess, this is really pretty....and another reminder that I have this set (just thinking about it the other day) and it hasn't seen ink for a while!

Ann Schach said...

This is an absolutely perfect card, Kim! Clean, classy, and oh, so beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Rita said...

Kim, this is so pretty. Cherry Cobbler is such a great color and I how you used it on your card. The buttons and tiny tag are perfect for the "any shape" portion of the sketch. Congratulations on being a Princess last week and thanks for joining us again this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jen W. said...

You go, Princess! Congrats on the win and I'm sure there will another as this wreath card is gorgeous! Use It Tuesday's challenge this week is to use uninked stamps. Sounds you you'll have a few cards to enter there! :)
http://useittuesday.blogspot.com/

Kris Dickinson said...

Such a lovely, elegant card Kim!

Dana said...

Kim this is stunning. Simple and elegant at the same time. Your ribbon detail is the perfect touch.
Thanks for your sweet comment this morning--I laughed out loud at your comparison of my youngest to Tim Holtz! He would eat that attention up and grin the whole time.

Tui Nathan said...

Wow ... this is super gorgeous Kim ... love this combination of colours I love your super clean design ... oh, and that ribbon is so classy looking ... love it!
Thank you for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Jen said...

That wreath stamp is a pefect focal point on your card. The shimmer paint adds some yummy sparkly goodness. Thanks for joining us again at Freshly Made Sketches and so glad you enjoyed your princess status!

Christy Q said...

That is one gorgeous wreath! I love the shimmer detail you added to the berries. It definitely looks like the iced cranberry wreaths one always sees around the holidays.

Stampin by the Bay said...

I love the wreath on your beatiful card. Love how you paint the berries.

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Wow! This stamp is sensational. I don't know why it was sitting unused in your "box". Good on you for setting yourself a goal. I hope you get to the bottom of the box ... before you add anything new to it!!!!! Hugs xxaxx

Mandi said...

Stunning Kim

mandi