Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches: A Button Note

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

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Besides the sketch, my idea for this card came from cleaning out a large container of supplies that I kept because I might need them someday.  But they definitely haven't been used since my move to the new house around three years ago - and probably years before that.  One of the small containers was a box that I thought had a couple of punches - but it appears it was a button box.  It had punches and dies and some of the old Sizzlit Embosslits - all buttons. 

When the church card ministry was at its peak - real buttons were in style on cards and we used them a lot.  But people were complaining about the difficulty of mailing them. So I made an effort to get rid of some of the bulk with diecut buttons. Interestingly, it wasn't long after that before buttons became less of a thing - probably for the same reason - just too darn hard to mail! My stash disappeared into a box only to be found again in the last few weeks!

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Obviously buttons - or even circles - weren't on the sketch, but I had a ric rac die which I could use to create a banner shape and it tied into the button theme beautifully. The sentiment was chosen mainly because it was the "shape" I was looking for, although I think the sentiment is charming.  (I'm more picky about my sentiments than about anything else on my card - the saying, font, style, shape, etc. - all have to be just right.)

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


Stamps: The Stamp Market Just a Note

Dies: My Favorite Things Vintage Buttons and Stitched Ric Rac

Paper: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody

The Card Concept: Garden Pleasures

There’s a new inspiration challenge at The Card Concept and the theme is Garden Pleasures.

The little house in the center of the photo looked exactly like a beehive in a stamp set that I love.  My Clean and Layered card uses that beehive (and the gorgeous bee in the same set) on a little green table surrounded by the same color flowers (even to the brown centers) as is in the inspiration.

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Everything except the little table is by Stampin' Up.  (I had a die for the little table so I used it but it would be just as easy to hand cut the pieces).  I adore that bee - he's absolutely stunning.  The beehive looked exactly like the center house in the inspiration - I even tried to match the color.  There's nothing unusual about yellow and purple flowers - just not my normal go-to colors - and that's why I love inspirations! They inspired (and challenge) me to try new things! Even the brown gems in the center were inspired by the photo.

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The sentiment was one of this year's Stampin' Up sale-a-bration sets.  I love the font. I don't have a lot of delicate scripty sentiments - I lean towards bold and unique

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at The Card Concept!


Stamps: Stampin' Up Honey Bee, Heal Your Heart (the sentiment)

Dies: Stampin' Up Detailed Bee, Wreath Builder (the flowers) and Rectangle Stitched Framelits, My Favorite Things Cat and Plant Perches (made longer)

Other: Stampin' Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder, Little Things Bronze Mix Jewels

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Inspired By: Hugs and Butterflies

I love both the Inspired By photo and the sketch.  So I was flipping through my stash for a wreath and saw this butterfly wreath.  The Inspired By wreath is all flowers, but these butterflies called my name.  So I was inspired by the wreath and I kind of used the colors although my green isn't as minty and there isn't as much of it. The sketch inspired me to put the sentiment in the middle although I offset mine a bit so the extra little butterfly stood out.

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I also didn't use a "mother" theme - however, this is destined for my mother-in-law as I have been sending weekly cards.  She is an extreme people-person and the isolation has been tough on her.  She's out more now since she has both vaccines, but not like she used to be.  I hope this cheerful butterfly wreath brightens her day.

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Thanks so Inspired By for the inspiration to pull out this wreath, for the colors and for the sketch!


Stamps: Reverse Confetti Butterfly Wreath

Dies: Reverse Confetti Butterfly Wreath dies and Along the Dotted Lines Cover Panel, Paper Rose Hugs Layered

Other: Caribbean Sea Doodadz

Monday, May 10, 2021

The Color Throwdown: Adulting is Hard

I had not used the wonderful retro-look set from Stampin' Up - Nothing's Better Than.  I need something fun to send to my sons as they go into finals week and the colors at The Color Throwdown had the perfect masculine/retro look.

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(Forgive me for the tiny bit of green, but it just needed a lime!)

My oldest son is almost at the end of his long college career with his focus being on things like Physics and Applied Math so his finals week is just darned hard. My youngest is a sophomore and doesn't have particularly hard classes.  But he did just have a multiple hour surgery to repair a shattered thumb on his writing hand (a lacrosse goalie injury) - so having a timed essay as a final is not going to go well.  The poor guy is also recovering from a  major reaction to his second vaccination so he definitely wants this semester to be done.

This card will go to my oldest.  He's all about the coffee or tea.  And he really prefers what he terms "girly" drinks. He and his friends laugh about the fact that they go to bars and think they have to be macho with their drinks when they really want the fruity frou-frou drinks!!  

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These are such fun stamps - they are fun to work and they are so fun on cards!  

Thank you to The Color Throwdown for the inspiration!


Stamps: Stampin' Up Nothing's Better Than

Dies: Stampin' Up Love You More Than, Rectangle Stitched Framelits

Cardstock: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake

Ink: Stampin' Up Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Crumb Cake

Other: Stampin' Up Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder

Saturday, May 8, 2021

To Email Subscribers

The standard email service used by my Google blog is being shut down.  I have transferred to a different service.  Today you may get emails from both services.  If not, check your spam to see if the new service got sent there.  The content is the same - it's just a different method of getting it to you!

This isn't something I've done before - it used to be almost automatic - so expect some fine-tuning as we go. For instance, I'm not currently thrilled with the image quality and am researching.  Just hang in there - I'll get it eventually!!

I'm sorry for any inconvenience. 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Poppystamps: Chin Up, You Goat This!

 I'm on the Poppystamps blog today using the charming Whittle Goat sending lots of words of encouragement.

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This was such a fun card to make.  Those little guys have the sweetest expressions and they looked at me and made me smile the whole time I was making the card!!  I cut ten different word balloons and I spent some very happy time trying different sentiments and rearranging until I got the right flow. 

There are more pictures and many more details on the Poppystamps blog - check this card out here!

Stamps: Poppystamps Whittle Wild Animals Sentiments and Whittle Love
Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Goat and Word Balloons
Paper: Memory Box Garden Folly 6x6 pad
Other: Poppystamps Bold Fairy Jewels

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches: Pig Time

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

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I'm not sure what got into me with this card.  I started with the idea of a critter instead of the leaf element. Then somehow the square became a barn! The barn is a giant die set that makes a full-size easel pop up card - it's absolutely charming.  But that didn't fit the sketch, so I just cut the top part down through the window - then I trimmed the edges so that I have a mini barn.  It's just the right size for my "Whittle Pig"!

The sentiment is actually a long sentiment.  I trimmed it very close so I could also cut it right down the middle.

I must have enjoyed making this. I very rarely make a card with no idea to whom I will send it but I have absolutely no plans for this one.  My 21- and 25-year old sons would die if they happened to open a card like this in front of their friends.  My nieces are girly teenagers - a pig really doesn't work. But I enjoyed every minute of making this - mostly because the pig made me smile every time I looked at it - so it will go in my stash and hopefully come out someday. 

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


Stamps: Poppystamps Whittle Wild Animal Sentiments

Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Pig, Whittle Sun, Little Bits of Turf and Country Barn Pop Up Easel set (just the top), Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Rectangles

Paper: Memory Box Berry Red, Lush Green and Earth Neutral Cardstock Collections

Other: Wooden heart