Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches: Oh What Fun

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by C├ęcile and here’s what I did with it!

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I thoroughly enjoyed working on this card.  I had the snowman idea right away, but I was thinking of an elegant, open-style snowman that I thought I had with beautiful snowy papers behind him.  It turns out my mental image of that particular snowman was wrong. So I flipped through the other snowmen that I had and this guy just kept saying "Pick me! Pick me!" and I'm so glad I did.  I found some cheerful papers and smiled the entire time that I was working!

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I used some soft fluffy paper in the hat and then some glitter paper for the snowflake. I struggled with the sentiment a bit because "oh what fun" fit size-wise but I kept singing " a one-horse open sleigh" and there's no sleigh here and that bothers my obsessive side.  But there is "fun" here so I stuck with it. 

I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamps: Hello Bluebird Typed Christmas

Dies: Paper Smooches Snowman 2, 

Paper: Bella Blvd Holly Jolly Christmas (the only paper not in this pack are the orange nose, the very light gray outline and the specialty fluffy paper (SU) and sparkly snowflake (Michaels))

Other: Studio Katia Pink Carnation gems

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches: New Home Congrats

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Jen Brum and here’s what I did with it!
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I needed a "congrats on your new home" card for my brother and his family. They have lived in Colorado just a suburb or two away for the last 25 years so I have had my young nieces (currently 13 and 16) nearby to do girl things with. (My family consists of a husband and two grown sons - all guy, all sports, all stinky bedrooms, all the time!) Sadly for me, my brother's family just moved far away to Milton, Georgia.  It's a great move for them - it makes so much sense for where their life is headed - but I am so going to miss my nieces.  

I wanted to get a congrats card in the mail right away - maybe even the first mail in their mailbox!  I planned it in an entirely different direction.  They bought a house on 3 acres surrounded by big, gorgeous trees so my card was going to be in rich, fall colors. But I was paging through my papers and this one popped out at me. It's a totally different direction, but the paper along with some pink sparkle was just perfect for my nieces.

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.


Paper: Patterned is unknown, Papertrey Ink Limeade Ice, Simon Says Fog And Smoke, Memory Box Delicate Pastel Glitter pad

Dies: Papertrey Ink Love Lives Here, Taylored Expressions Congrats Script, Sizzix Funky Wreaths

Other: Stampin' Up Woodgrain Embossing Folder

Card Concept: Blessed

The Card Concept is back!!  We had so many players during our extended summer challenge, thank you for playing along all summer. I do hope that you continue playing especially with our amazing fall challenges.  Check this one out! And notice the helpful color swatches on the graphic.

I adore autumn leaves.  I can guarantee that if a graphic has a fall leaf, it will be on my card! In this graphic, the brilliant purple caught my eye - so here's my card.

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I created my Clean and Layered card with this amazing Botanicuts set from The Greetery. I was surprised to find it in my not-yet-used stash because I loved it from the moment I saw it. In using it, I loved it even more than I thought I would.  I didn't realize it when I got it, but that branch including the veins for the leaves is already put together so you get that graceful swoop without any extra work.  Of course, there are extra pieces so you can arrange it yourself too.

I did a bit of work on the leaves to make them fall-like.  The edges are sponged with a coordinating color.  Then I splattered them with some sparkle ink (I love frost on the leaves in the fall) and with some dark brown ink. I'm a bit afraid of splattering (I prefer having complete control) so they are a bit too subtle. I stopped before I got a big unplanned splatter!

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To keep it "in the company", I used the Brick Layer and the Blessed Blooms stamp and die (for the sentiment) also from The Greetery.  

I hope to see you playing along with us this week on our first week back after summer vacation!!


Stamps: The Greetery Blessed Blooms

Dies: The Greetery Botanicuts Mighty Oak, Brick Layer, Blessed Blooms dies

Cardstock: Stampin' Up Soft Suede, Crushed Curry and Soft Succulents, Taylored Expressions Plum Punch, Fruit Punch, Toffee, Sea Salt and Mocha

Ink: ditto

Other: Fun Stampers Journey Sparkle Silk and Dark Roast Silk

Monday, September 6, 2021

Poppystamps: Oak Leaves and a Forest Squirrel

 I'm on the Poppystamps blog today with this charming Whittle Forest Squirrel and a rainbow of leaves using the Whittle Oak Leaf.

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Fall is my favorite season.  I love the cooler weather and I love the brilliant colors.  Mostly I love them together.  The brilliant colors look even more amazing against the wintery skies and with a bit of frost. So behind my squirrel, I added a bluish-gray background and I used the Memory Box Waves 3D Embossing Folder since the waves looked like blustery weather to me. 

Pop on over to the Poppystamps blog for many more pictures and details!


Stamps: Poppystamps Whittle Everyday clear stamp set

Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Forest Squirrel and Whittle Oak Leaf, Memory Box Stitched Square Layers

Paper: Memory Box 6x6 cardstock packs in Stormy Blue, Earth Neutral, Berry Red, Sunny Orange, Lush Green, Vibrant Violet

Other: Memory Box Waves 3D Embossing Folder, Bright Jewels

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches: Autumn Greetings

 Wasn't last week an amazing celebration of 500 sketches at Freshly Made Sketches?!  Have you checked out the list of prizes on the FMS Winner's post? If you played along you might be there!!  I also had prizes with the winner's announced here

Now it's time for our 501st sketch and I created it!!  It's always such a thrill to do a sketch and then see how all of you have used it.  Here's my card, then the sketch.

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Usually when I do the sketch, I have a solid idea of what I'm going to do with it; in fact, sometimes I've even made the card.  I had a solid idea for this card, but then Honey Bee Stamps had their release that included the Patchwork Pumpkin set and everything changed.  I adore this pumpkin; I hit the order button the second it was available.  

There's actually another layer you can use behind so you have five patterned section and then there's ten patterns to choose from.  Isn't this patchwork look just what autumn is all about?!  (BTW - definitely check out this Patchwork Pumpkin card from my teammate Jen Timko - it's stunning.)  I used an earlier set also from Honey Bee - the Autumn die and the coordinating stamp set to add the sentiment.  Then the patterned paper is from their new release - Gingham Galore: Fall.

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  I hope to see you playing along this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps Patchwork Pumpkin, Autumn

Dies: ditto!

Paper: Honey Bee Stamps Gingham Galore: Fall

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Winners for the FMS 500th sketch!

 Our week of celebration for the 500th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is over and tomorrow we'll start fresh on sketch 501.  132 people played along with us on the FMS blog and the winners of the prize packages from our sponsors have been announced there.

I put together two packages of items from my not-yet-used stash.  I had pictures and described them on this post. I randomly selected two winners from the comments on my post - and here they are!

The Fun Package:

JoAnn from Crafty Nana's Blog

The Floral Package:

Anita from Stampin with Anita

Congrats!  And thank you for taking the time to comment!  

You can contact me using the form to the right - or email me at sing.email62 at gmail dot com. As soon as I get your address, I'll get a package right off to you!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Giving Gifts: Peace

I sent my youngest off to his junior year in college yesterday morning.  He and my husband are driving from Colorado to Illinois then my husband will fly back Friday.  It's really nice having the house to myself for a few days after a busy and chaotic summer!!  So last night I celebrated with an easy dinner (my son is an excellent cook but makes a horrible mess so the real celebration was the lack of a mess with my dinner), a glass or wine or two and by making a card.

It was good timing to have last night free because the current challenge at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge includes "alphabet dies" in the grid and with my current passion for Stampin' Up's Giving Gifts dies and the Playful Alphabet (see Monday and Tuesday's posts), it inspired me to do my next card.  I went across their grid with alphabet dies, CAS and blue.

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My original plan was to use a bluer blue but when I stumbled on this older Stampin' Up Ombre pad with Coastal Cabana the idea of the color fade behind the snowflakes seemed just right. I found a coordinating glitter paper in my stash and some jewels that matched it perfectly.

I centered the first snowflake and then I added a piece of removable tape across the bottom so I could line up the other two. The letters for "PEACE" are layered with two pieces cut in plain cardstock to make them stand out.

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Now the pumpkins in the Giving Gifts die set are calling my name so we'll see what ends up on my craft table next. After all, it's still a quiet house tonight before my husband gets home tomorrow night!

Thanks to the Tic Tac Challenge for the inspiration!

Dies: Stampin' Up Giving Gifts dies and Playful Alphabet dies
Paper: Stampin' Up Oh So Ombre, glitter paper unknown
Other: Studio Katia Jade Crystals