Wednesday, February 22, 2012

So Sweet with Freshly Made

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This stamp set has such an open and airy feeling to it, I thought it would be a perfect fit for this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches because that trio of squares would serve to "ground" the image.

Does anybody else struggle with "random" gems?  So many cards have those three gems that highlight the image or the sentiment.  When I study other cards, usually two are together and one is separate.  They always look like they were just plopped on - but PERFECTLY "plopped"!  I can't tell you how hard I work at getting that random, perfectly-plopped look.  I place them, pull them up, try again, and usually keep trying until the paper rips a little and I have to leave the gems where they are.  Sad, isn't it??!!

My image was a little narrower than the image area in the sketch and it made the right side look too big and out of proportion.  So I added the border punch and then backed it with a piece of dsp to fill in that side.

I also used the soft and sweet colors at CR84FN.

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Up in the Air
  • Paper:  Stampin' Up Wisteria Wonder CS and dsp, Lucky Limeade CS and dsp, misc silver
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Going Gray pad, then I wiped off the butterflies and colored with markers in Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade
  • Accessories: All Night Media butterfly punch, Stampin' Up border punch, misc gems and ribbon
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The Copic Marker Matches documents found
on my side bar have recently been revised!!

The majority of the changes relate to the 2012 Copic new marker release and to new Papertrey colors.  Here are the specific changes in case you simply want to note them on your current document or simply download/print the new version.

Copic Matches for Papertrey Ink
  1. Added Canyon Clay, a new PTI color. Papertrey selected E97, E99 and E19.  I prefer the new 2012 color, YR27
  2. Revised Fine Linen single match to be the new 2012 color, E84
Copic Matches for Stampin' Up
  1. Revised Tempting Turquoise to the new 2012 color, BG57
  2. Revised Certainly Celery to the new 2012 color, G43
  3. Added Going Gray to the retired list, W4
  4. Added Rose Romance to the retired list, R85


  1. Your 'plopping' works for me on this lovely card! Zx

  2. I think this is really lovely and I agree that the image has a light, airy feel. I adore the tiny butterflies and the sweet gems! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN!

  3. Beautiful! Love the pop of the green and the "plop" of the gems :)

  4. Very pretty Kim! Love the sweet trio of butterflies! Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

  5. This is really pretty! I love how you added the border. I can't use random gems to save my brain is too linear. Seems to me that you have it just right!

  6. LOVE the butterfly panels on the bottom and the other fluttering butterflies on your card! The decorative edge is a super detail, too! THX for playing with us at

  7. Love the pretty colours with the line drawn image Kim, I like that sketch too :0)
    I too spend ages trying to position those three gems..... I just don't know how they do it either !
    Jenny x

  8. Whenever I try "random" anything it always comes out wrong! But I think you've got the hang of it. I love how the sweet outlined flowers are the perfect companion to the little colorful butterflies.

  9. Kim, this is beautiful! I love how well the three butterfly punchies complement the stamped image on your card. I laughed out loud at your 'random bling' explanation, because that is me to a T!! Your gems look perfectly placed ... as if it were effortless!

  10. How funny! I was going to put those two challenges together for my card today! Yours is soooo delicious, Kim. Thanks for my giggle for the day! I have exactly the same prob when it comes to randomly but perfectly plopped pearls! Hugs xxx

  11. This is so pretty! I've yet to even mount this set. What an inspiration to get to it.

  12. Love this card Kim ... I really like the black and white image with the pops of colour from the butterflies and then the reverse in the three panels ... this is creative and your designing superb!
    Loove your perfectly plopped random gems ...

  13. OMG - I love this card! It is BEAUTIFUL!!

  14. Your plopped gems look perfect to me, like they've just been casually put there! Hee Hee. The little butterflies are so sweet and I like the flowers uncoloured. Great way to fill up your extra space too. x


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