Freshly Made Sketches 243!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

There's a long weekend coming up and I'm half-way to it.  But before the Independence Day festivities start around here we've got a new sketch to show you at Freshly Made Sketches designed by Amy.  I wish it had occurred to me to use some red, white, and blue but flowers were calling to me instead!



Taking my color cues from the inspiration photo at Just Us Girls I went quite literal with the sketch.  To add some texture I dry embossed the card base (which is really hard to see in the photo) and used some embossing paste on the white layer behind the flowers.  Then I added the fussy cut flowers and some die cut leaves.  Easy peasy.


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the inspiration from our amazing Freshly Made Sketches design team.  I hope we'll get to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Modern Blooms (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Solar White (Neenah); Wild Wasabi, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy (SU); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things)
Accessories:  Guidelines Impression plate (Papertrey Ink); Dot Fade stencil (Tim Holtz); Bold Greenery die (My Favorite Things); white embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi); enamel dots (Freckled Fawn)

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colourQ 348!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It feels like summer is in full swing here where I live and what better way to celebrate than a new challenge at colourQ  where the colors are inspired by a pretty bathing suit!



Despite the obviously feminine inspiration, the colors put me in mind of a more masculine design so that's the direction I took.  I actually think this card is gender neutral, but since I left off flowers and butterflies I call it a man-card!

I based my card on the sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Instead of separate rectangular layer, I created a frame with some post it tape then colored in some stencils right up to the edge of the mask to create the impression that a rectangle is there.  I had no idea how it was going to look when I started but I think it came out pretty good.  (The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed, which resisted the ink I used on the stencil).  And I did another little substitution when I used a couple of enamel dots to take the place of the two little squares on the sketch.  The challenge this week at Less is More is to use a stencil so that's what I did!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can join us at colourQ this week.  Be sure to pop on by there to check out the inspiration from our design team!

Supplies
Stamps:  Big Words (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things); Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie (SU); Versamark
Accessories:  Blueprints 20 die (My Favorite Things); Splatters stencil (Tim Holtz); enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); clear embossing powder

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Tag You're It 50!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Yay, it's Friday!  And that means it's time for a brand new challenge at Tag You're It.  This week we've some colorful inspiration from Kelly.



I don't believe I own a single fruit stamp so I drew my inspiration from the layers of the tag itself and the colors.  I used a different shade of green, though, and made a Christmas tag.  In keeping with the leafy theme, I die cut a poinsettia and leaves from vellum and arranged it in a similar way to the strawberry and leaves.

The sun is shining, my veggie garden is looking good, and the weekend is nearly here.  Life is good!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the inspiration from my teamies at Tag You're It.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Great Friend (SU)
Paper:  Real Red, Old Olive, Vellum, Red Glimmer, Ski Slope DSP (SU)
Ink:  Old Olive (SU)
Accessories:  Tag Sale #5 die (Papertrey Ink); Blooming Poinsettia die (Memory Box); white seam binding ribbon; crochet thread

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CAS(E) This Sketch 178!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

This week at CAS(E) This Sketch we've got a perfectly clean and simple layout for you.  I went one layer with this one using the colors from Can You Case It and the CAS celebration challenge at the Paper Players.



Over at the Paper Players they are celebrating their 300th challenge!  Can you believe it?  That's an amazing milestone to achieve and I couldn't be happier for them. My celebration card features some dandelions that are doing double-duty as fireworks and the coolest celebration sentiment there is!

Many, many years ago Lesley, who created the Paper Players, asked me to be a guest designer over there for a month.  Once I got over the shock that someone who wasn't related to me actually liked some of the cards I created, I replied with a resounding YES!  That was the first time I got to share some of my projects with a new audience and the experience gave me confidence to realize that what I was creating was pleasing to people.  What a cool thing that was.  Well fast forward a few years and here I am celebrating with them again.  Some of the faces have changed over there, but the inspiration and craftiness prevails!  So ladies, congratulations on this wonderful achievement and here's to 300 more!



Thanks for stopping by and I hope I'll get to see you in the CAS(E) This Sketch gallery this week!

Supplies
Stamps:  Dandelion Dreams (Clearly Besotted); Exclamations (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Real Red (SU); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  sequins

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Freshly Made Sketches 242!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

This week at Freshly Made Sketches we not only have a cool new sketch brought to you by our friend down under, Narelle, but we also welcome two new designers who will be with us through September!  Shannon Jaramillo and Cecile Ribon have graciously agreed to join our little cult group.  We are so excited that they were coerced ecstatic to join us and I hope you have a chance to pop over to their blogs and see what they've been up to!  Now on to my card and the sketch.




One of my circles is a grungy stamp, but you already knew that right?  The colors for this come from the latest challenge at Sunday Stamps and I was lucky enough to have some washi in the brown-ish color that also sort-of matched the Soft Suede I used on those speckles.  I love how washi always steps up to the plate when I need it.  This little horizontal layer was a bit of a stumper for me until I remembered that I've got oodles of washi hanging around for just this purpose!


Incidentally, I wanted to use a white button on the center of the flower, but guess what.  I don't own any white buttons!  How can this be?  It's shocking to be sure and I can assure you that white buttons have been added to my wish list!  In the meantime I used a little textured circle from another flower die set to create an interesting center to my little blossom.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you in the Freshly Made Sketches gallery this week!

Supplies
Stamps:  Dream Big (Verve); Gorgeous Grunge (SU); Distressed Backgrounds and Ink Splats (Whimsy Stamps)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Pear Pizzazz, Kiwi Kiss (SU)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Wisteria Wonder (SU)
Accessories:  Scalloped Flowers die (Verve); Curvy Leaves die (Elizabeth Craft Designs); Gerbera Daisy die (My Favorite Things); washi tape

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colourQ 347!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

There was something very cool that appealed to me about the colors this week at colourQ.  Despite the blouse-wearing model in the inspiration pic I could see these colors as masculine.   And yet I could also see them as very warm and not-so-masculine.  As is my habit when I see colors I go looking for a sketch and stumbled across this great one from Match the Sketch which tipped me into the masculine camp.



I used some translucent embossing paste to create some texture on the brown layer then dug into what I believe is the last piece of Blush Blossom card stock I own to cut those little squares.  I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of Blush Blossom but it is pretty and I confess to feeling a little twinge when I cut it.  It's like the end of an era because I know of no color that is similar to it.  Do you?

As you will not be surprised to read, our colourQ design team has created some really beautiful cards using these colors so be sure to check them out.  I hope we get to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Tech Talk (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Peach Parfait, Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White )SU)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Distress Grid stencil (Sheena); Pierced Square STAX (My Favorite Things); translucent embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 177

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Almost done with the work-week!  Who hoo!  But before Friday rolls around we've got Thursday to get through and that means a new challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch!



I went quite literal with the sketch, unless you count the placement of my sentiment which is decidedly lower than it ought to be.  I've had this leafy die cut forever and have never used it so I put it to work here.  The actual arrangement of the die was too wide to fit on my card base so I snipped it in the middle and stuck it down so that it fit in the corner.  The sentiment was die cut with some black card stock and fun foam to give it some dimension.

As you can imagine, the CAS(E) This Sketch design team has made some pretty amazing cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black (SU)
Accessories:  Lavish Branch die (Memory Box); The Big the Bold and the Happy die (Winnie & Walter)

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Freshly Made Sketches 241!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday again.  How did that happen?  It's so clique but true.  Every day seems to go by faster and faster and before you know it it's your birthday and you are one year older!  Good thing a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is enough to cheery me up.



This week our sketch comes to you from Karren.  It is the kind of sketch that inspires just about any combination of color, pattern, or texture.  I combined her sketch with the colors at Cupcake Inspirations to come up with this.

Apparently a while ago I used the stencil with some sponged color before using it on today's card.  I don't think I cleaned it very good because traces of yellow showed up on my embossing paste.  I love how it gives a bit of subtle color to the rays so I decided to use.  Luckily yellow is one of the colors I was supposed to use!


Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the inspiration from our Freshly Made Sketches design team.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Neenah Solar White; Vintage Jadite (Papertrey Ink); Hello Honey, Basic Black (SU)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Shine stencil (Memory Box); Daphne Butterfly die (Poppystamps); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver); Blueprints 13 die (My Favorite Things)

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