Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches: Lift Me Up

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

I am using a set that I've had for a number of years - so many years in fact that the person I was going to use it for has gone from a bright-eyed child to a moody tween and the set definitely no longer works.  But it was sitting in my not-yet-used stash and I needed to let it see ink!  I do watch for calls for cards (are you all in the Because Kindness Facebook group?) so I'm sure this will be used.

FMS Smiles

I haven't colored in longer than I can remember.  Nothing fancy here - I went back to the early days of my coloring - I did a little highlighting, added a bit of shadow around the outside and called it good. I had SO much fun!!  I plopped on a few sequins as sun spots so it sparkles a bit more IRL.

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  This sketch really lets your creativity shine!

Stamps: Simon Say Stamp/Clearly Besotted Lift Me Up (a limited edition Simon Says Stamptember release from years ago - no longer available), sentiment from an old Papertrey Ink set - Everyday Button Bits
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders
Paper: Honey Bee Stamps Over the Rainbow
Other: Honey Bee Stamps Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Confetti

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches and New Year Changes

It's the new year!!  And it's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Judy.

I have a friend's birthday coming up (so sorry friend because my timing was off and you'll see this before you receive the card!)  I wanted it fresh and simple - preferably with a flower because she lives in a very wintery climate.  I had this flower die in my not-yet-used stash; I love its graceful look.  Then I had to use my favorite new sentiment sets - the "suites" from The Greetery.

Birthday Blessings

A new year brings some changes for me. My husband and I became empty-nesters last fall but I was surprised that it didn't feel all that different.  I realized that I still had so many "have-tos" in my life - and I wanted more "want-tos".  I still have to go to work and I still have to pay bills.  And I'm not paying for a house cleaner or a chef - so I still have to clean and cook.  But many of the things that I enjoy in life had also become "have-tos" - the main one for this post is my cardmaking.  I have been serving on various design teams since 2011. I've loved it all, but it definitely means I have to make certain cards even when I'd rather make something else.

I decided to let go of the Taylored Expressions design team.  That was a very hard decision because I adore their products. They have such a fun mix of sweet, elegant, sarcastic, Christian and so much more.  I was with them for four years so definitely some regrets; however, it's not like I'm banned from their store!!  (They had a new release yesterday! Did you see the new Mini Strips sentiments and the new die?!)  So you will definitely see their products regularly on my blog.

But I am staying on with the Freshly Made Sketches team!  It's a "have-to" but it doesn't feel like it - because I can use the stamps, dies, and themes that I want to use for that week.  I felt very fresh and simple this week - and it shows in the card.  Besides, it's an amazing group of designers who have really bonded over the years.  They are friends - and that definitely keeps it in the "want-to" category!

I want to create cards as much as I ever have but you may not see quite as many posts from me or you might see more when the mood strikes. And that's how I envision my empty-nester years!!

Stamps: The Greetery Sentiment Suite: Birthday
Dies: The Greetery Sentiment Suites Basic Die, Simon Says Stamp Floral Bundle
Paper: Sunny Studio Dots & Stripes Pastels

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: Very Merry

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  This sketch will be around for three weeks!!!  We are taking a Christmas and New Years break and we are guessing you will be too!  Today we have a sketch by Amy.

Not only is is the last sketch for the year, this is my last Christmas card for the year!!  This is going out to my Stampin' Up demonstrator! (I did cheat on the sentiment)

A Very Merry Christmas

The design team was having a little side discussion on the wonky panels on this sketch and one said that the wonky panels seemed like how she was feeling during the busy Christmas season. I immediately realized that feeling would be perfect for my Stampin' Up lady.  Besides selling Stampin' Up and holding a very stressful full-time job, they sold their house this past summer - then their new house got delayed. They've been living in a small apartment and just got into their new house a week ago.  That REALLY makes the Christmas season busy for her! I'm sure she's feeling a little wonky.

Not only is FMS taking a holiday break, I won't be blogging the next few weeks. I'm ready for Christmas but my youngest is back from college for the first time and my oldest will be home soon. I'll only be taking a few days off work and when I'm home, I plan to simply relax and enjoy my family.

A very Merry Christmas to you!!

Stamps: Hello Bluebird Typed Christmas
Dies: Neat & Tangled Skinny Strips
Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up Seasonal Wreath 3D and Pinewood Planks 3D
Paper: Stampin' Up Garden Green, Real Red DSP (the old version)
Other: Stampin' Up Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

One More Joy Noel Wreath

It's my second to the last Christmas card!  I've actually been enjoying the crunch of getting these cards done.  There's something to be said for being an empty-nester because I can really focus on cards and not on the stress of all of the kids' holiday commitments and their panic over semester finals and papers.

I used one of my favorite sets for this season one more time.  I've used it multiple times (which really beats my typical use of a purchase - one card or even none!).  It's Honey Bee Stamps Joy Noel Wreath.  For my previous cards, I used that center wreath without adding all of the little leaves (see this card for example).  I do like simple cards so that worked for me but given there was a die that cut dozens of leaves at once - I had to give it a try!  It's a bit tedious - thank goodness for tweezers - but I really like the look.

Joy Wreath

I added a bit of pattern to the bow to differentiate it from the letters.  I just did tone-on-tone but I wish I would have used a slightly different color because it's very hard to see.  The bow itself has polka dots and the middle has stripes.  

Joy Wreath CLOSE

This card definitely makes me happy!!  It was designed for my boss's boss - so hopefully it makes her happy too!!

Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Patterns (on the bow)
Dies: Honey Bee Stamps Joy Noel Wreath
Paper: Martha Stewart Snowflace Mat Pad (very old - and yes, that is spelled correctly!), Taylored Expression Watermelon and Mushroom

Monday, December 16, 2019

The Card Concept: 'Tis the Season

I am down to needing three more Christmas cards. The inspiration at The Card Concept was exactly what I needed for one of them.

I have a workmate who is retiring very soon so she just bought a "farm".  (I guess for her retirement doesn't mean being lazy!) I even heard her on the phone last week buying a tractor!!  You have to understand - I work with accountants and auditors, so this farm thing is unique.  I don't know if she has a little red truck, but the inspiration this graphic gave me was just right for her card.

Tis the Season

This card is somewhere between their definition of CAS and of Clean and Layered.  I'd call it CAS but it doesn't have one main image and it's not particularly easy to recreate due to the fiddly little pieces.  So I guess it's probably Clean and Layered. Interestingly, I would have said I was CAS cardmaker until years ago when I read the definitions at The Card Concept, I realized I was totally a Clean and Layered person!!

Stamps: Taylored Expressions Simply Stamped - Christmas Tree (the sentiment) and Buffalo Plaid Background
Dies: Taylored Expressions Transportation (retired) and all of the following Little Bits: 'Tis the Season (the tree), Holiday Bloomers, Bows, Snowflake Confetti
Cardstock: Cherry Pop, Sweet Basil, Oreo, Sugar Cube

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Honey Bee Stamps: Joy Noel Wreath

One of my favorite purchases this year was the Joy Noel Wreath from Honey Bee Stamps followed closely by the Winter Bouquet set.  I used the Joy Noel Wreath last week on this cheerful pink/blue/green JOY card. I used Winter Bouquet on this card and this card.

Now I've combined them on this card. It's for my mother-in-law so needed to be richly colored and traditional.  I used the letters from the Joy Noel Wreath set then used the poinsettia from the Winter Bouquet set.


There's nothing particularly unique or creative about this card but it looks special.  That's why I've fallen in love with these die sets - quick and easy, but gorgeous!

Dies: Honey Bee Stamps Joy Noel Wreath
Paper: Simple Stories Cozy Christmas, Papertrey Ink Pinefeather, Taylored Expressions Mulled Wine, Concord & 9th Neutral Foils
Other: Taylored Expressions Holly Embossing folder, Corrugated Embossing Folder

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: Merry Trees

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

I'm still on the final Christmas card push but I'm down to local and work friends so I can relax a bit and totally enjoy the last few cards - of course, with Christmas music playing and tree lights twinkling!!

FMS Merry

The background on this one might seem familiar if you watch my blog.  I used the same background here just two days ago.  When I get out the embossing paste and know there will be some serious cleaning up to do - I typically make several backgrounds and often not all of those are usable (I seem to have an issue with stray embossing paste!)  But in this case, they both worked and I couldn't let them go to waste.

I hope to see you playing along with use this week!

Dies: Reverse Confetti Branching Out and Winter Words
Paper: Fancy Pants Oh Deer!, Taylored Expressions Peapod and Granny Smith, Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede
Other: YNS Gumdrops, Neat and Tangled Fa La La Stencil