Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Freshly Made Sketches: Happy Hearts Day
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Freshly Made Sketches: Serene Bird
I cut him out from a golden-yellow and added two of the branches. I added a small white frame behind him then decided that rays of sunshine were perfect for him. The sentiment is also from Memory Box (Open Studio). I spend a lot of time picking the sentiment because it had to be in that shape to fit with the branches but I also loved how this card was all coming together so the sentiment needed to be something I'd be sure to use (vs. going into my stash of cards to maybe be used in the future.) (Yes...I definitely obsess over my sentiments!!!)
I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.
Stamps: Memory Box/Open Studio Joyful Moments
Dies: Memory Box Serene Bird and Branch, Ellen Huston Essential Squares, Reverse Confetti Stitched Rays Cover Panel
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Bumblebee, Mint Macaron
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Marigold Gems
The Card Concept: Cuppa Coffee
It's time for a new challenge at The Card Concept: Cuppa Cocoa or Coffee. My Clean and Layered card was inspired by the theme and then the colors led me toward a masculine card.
Both of my sons are just moving into the world of "adulting" - although perhaps a bit slower than I would like! Having said that, I know I am underestimating the challenges of college life over the last few years. Back in my day (when we walked to classes up hill both ways in 3 feet of snow!), it was a transitional time - it was the start of adulting but in a protected environment. You knew you'd have a job and you knew it would likely be in an office cubicle somewhere. So college was a time to thoroughly enjoy life and have some innocent fun before entering the real world. Now my sons have to deal with so much - obviously COVID but so many other things that simply don't allow for "innocent fun". As a distraction from it all, I regularly send them cards. I'm sure they roll their eyes each time, but I also know at least one of them always keeps the most recent card on their desk. Along with my constant prayers, I want them to know that I'm always in their corner!
And that was a serious sidetrack, but I had all of this in mind when I got this stamp set from Stampin' Up! It had a quirky look and lots of sentiments that I knew would work for my sons. Not only did it include coffee but also cookies, chocolate and cocktails which also worked!! I've had the set for a while but it got put aside in the Christmas chaos so expect to see more in the coming weeks!
A big thank you to The Card Concept for pointing me in this direction! I hope to see you playing along with us for our Cuppa Cocoa or Coffee challenge!
Stamps: Stampin' Up Nothing's Better Than
Dies: Stampin' Up Love You More Than
Paper: Honey Bee Stamps Fresh Brewed
Monday, January 17, 2022
Poppystamps: Hugs and a Happy Fox
I am on the Poppystamps blog today with Hugs and a Happy Fox!
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Freshly Made Sketches: Get Well with Spring Flowers
Stamps: Waffle Flower Essential Sentiments (and die)
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Spring Corner Frame
Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy and Granny Smith , Stampin' Up Pale Papaya and Pumpkin Pie
Other: Stampin' Up Tasteful Textiles Embossing flder, Studio Katia Apricot Glaze Pearls
Poppystamps: Birthday Fishes
I'm on the Poppystamps blog today using a variety of fun Whittles to make a "birthday fishes" card for one of my sons.
I cut the Whittle Seascape Background out of the center of a white panel. Then I cut it in the blue - and layered both on top of another blue panel. The fish are glittery with a few a clear drops for bubbles. I used the Word Balloons with the Whittle Sealife Sentiments and happily there were three punny sentiments that were just right! (FYI - if you look closely at the third balloon I had to doctor it a bit. I used the balloon that fit the sentiment but the little curved part went the wrong way. So I cut it off and adhered part of a second balloon that went the right way behind it.)
Stamps: Poppystamps Whittle Sealife Sentiments
Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Fish Trio, Whittle Seascape Background, Word Balloons
Paper: Memory Box Frosted Glitter pad, Fresh Aqua 6x6 pack
Other: Clear Fairy Drops
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Freshly Made Sketches: Hello in Squares
After taking a few weeks off over the holiday, I felt very rusty sitting down to make a card. I did have an earlier post this week, but the card for this post was actually the first card I made after taking a few weeks off for the holiday. Thank goodness for the sketch. If you look carefully, I followed it almost exactly with the shapes and the angles - it really helped get me going again!
I thought the quirky layout just begged for a classic Paper Smooches die from the Hello Words set. Then I just needed a cute little flower an a gem to decorate it. Completely quick and easy but the fun sketch gave it all the interest it needed!
I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!!
Dies: Paper Smooches Hello Words, My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio
Paper: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Marigold gem
The Card Concept: Fresh New Year
It's time for a new challenge at The Card Concept! Check out the amazing tablescape in the photo! My Clean and Layered card was inspired by the fabulous colors, the bold stripes and the hint of metallic!
I hope to see you playing along with us at The Card Concept. It's always fun to see what inspires each of our players!
Dies: Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved and A2 Thin Frames, Paper Trey Ink Cover Plate Stripes Horizontal
Paper: Honey Bee Stamps The Bees' Knees, Simon Says Stamp Assorted Holographic, Taylored Expressions Pink Champagne
Other: Studio Katia Magic Heart Gems
Monday, January 3, 2022
Poppystamps: Gilded Birthday
I'm on the Poppystamps blog today with the Poppystamps Gilded Plate and a rainbow of Bright Jewels!
Dies: Poppystamps Happy Birthday Poe Script, Gilded Plate
Other: Poppystamps Bright Jewels