Freshly Made Sketches 188

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TGIW!  Is that even a thing?  It is for me because Wednesday is when there's a brand new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week Karren is our hostess and she's given us a sketch that I'm pretty sure you will love.  When I saw it I immediately thought of a shaker card.


That big old square was perfect for my bouncing sequins!  So that it wouldn't look so bare I stamped a little grungy image in the background then loaded up the sequins.  A little flower and some soft yellow leaves and I was done!  The colors come from the inspiration week photo at Just Us Girls.


As you can expect there are some great cards to be seen at Freshly Made Sketches so make sure you check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes, Thank You Kindly (SU); So 80's (WPlus9)
Paper:  Baja Breeze, So Saffron (SU); Classic White (Flourishes)
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Dusty Durango (SU)
Accessories:  Curvy Leaves die (Elizabeth Craft Designs); Nesting Squares die (Lifestyle Crafts); Winter Wonderland sequins, Fall Mix sequins (Neat & Tangled)

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colourQ 292 Reminder

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hi crafty friends!  I don't have a card to share today but I do want to tell you that the our latest colourQ challenge has been extended for another week!  So if you were planning to play along and thought you had missed the deadline you still have time to join us!


Judging by the gallery so far, this is a pretty popular color combo!  So I hope we'll see you in the gallery too!

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As You See It and Fusion

Monday, May 25, 2015

I had some extra time last night so I made my way into my craft room to try and make something with the pretty colors at Fusion.  I used the sketch from As You See It.



Isn't the cake in the inspiration photo beautiful?  I love how the aqua background looks with the flowers.  I didn't use quite as many flowers because I can never get those clusters to look right and instead went with a solitary bloom that I colored with pencils.  I went over the flower and the die cut sentiment with my Wink of Stella pen to give it some shimmer.  So pretty IRL!

Just a quick post today, as I've got loads to do.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Artful Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Hawaiin Shores (Papertrey Ink); Smoky Shadow, Daffodil Delight, Vellum (SU); Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Prismacolor Pencils
Accessories:  Thanks Script die (Mama Elephant); Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX (My Favorite Things); washi tape (SU); Wink of Stella pen

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Tag You're It 22

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thank goodness it's Friday!  And thank goodness it's a long weekend!  But before I get to that we've got a new challenge up at Tag You're It.  This week our inspiration comes from a very colorful, fruit-filled tag from Lynn Put.


Well, I didn't have any fruit but I was inspired by the colors and the way Lynn layered two tags together.  The floral stamp is quite artsy and I had a grand idea to add some splashes of color to the petals leaving lots of white space and generally making a grand statement.  But, as expected, things didn't quite pan out the way I wanted so I ended up coloring in the petals instead.

The challenge at Retro Rubber is May Flowers so I thought I'd add this over there too.  The sentiment I used is one I've had in my stash for a while and they like us to use stuff that's at least a year old over there.  I'm pretty sure I've had this for a year, but just in case my memory is faulty I used some ancient Stampin' Up! red gingham ribbon that is probably about 10 years old!


The Tag You're It design team has made some great tags to inspire you this week, so be sure to check them out.  We love to see your tags or your tags on cards or whatever other clever ways you can think of to use them!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Blossom (Precious Remembrance); Hello You (My Creative Time)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Cherry (Avery Elle); Old Olive (SU)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Old Olive (SU); Copics
Accessories:  Tag Die, Tag Layers Die (My Creative Time); red gingham ribbon (SU); washi tape

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Freshly Made Sketches 187

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hey there!  It's Wednesday so that means it's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Cindy Lovell who has designed a terrific sketch.  It's fresh and fun, just like Cindy's cards, and has got lots of room for interpretation.  If you take a peek at the design team cards you'll see what I mean!



I kept with Cindy's butterfly theme, although mine aren't 3D.  Instead I inked up these layered butterfly images in the colors of the Sunday Stamps challenge (along with some grays and black in the background).  I actually used PTI's Smoky Shadow for the dark layers which in the photo looks nearly black.  But in real life it's this wonderfully dark taupe-like gray.


Be sure and check out the Freshly Made Sketches design team cards for some great inspiration this week.  You won't be disappointed!  And thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Painted Butterflies (Altenew); Blossom (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Taken With Teal (SU); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Blueprints 13 die, Stitched Squares STAX (My Favorite Things); Winter Wonderland sequins (Neat & Tangled); washi tape

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colourQ 292

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hello and welcome to my latest addition to colourQ!  This week our palette is quite bold and is inspired by this wall art.



How's that for a bold color palette?  I took the inspiration colors one step further and used some rays on my card to mimic the rays in the photo.  I did the inlaid die technique and substituted Coastal Cabana for the rays of the sun.  I also added a slim black border around the focal layers to make them pop a bit more.

The CAS challenge this month at Happy Little Stampers is to use die cuts or punches so I'm going to add this over there too!


As usual our colourQ design team has made some beautiful cards with these colors so be sure to check them out.  You won't be sorry!  And thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Hashtags (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes); Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana (SU)
Ink:  Tangerine Tango (SU)
Accessories:  Sunshine die (Simon Says Stamp)

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Cupcake Inspirations 310 and Surprise Sweetie

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A little bit ago I got an email from Nina from Cupcake Inspirations inviting me to be their Surprise Sweetie this week.  Since I love playing along with their challenges there was no way I was going to say no!



Ooh boy, I love this color combo!  I think the lime green is what gets me.  It just makes a fantastic contrast with just about everything!  For my card I created a grungy background using the blue and gray shades then topped it off with the beautiful butterfly.


Special thanks to Nina and the Cupcake Inspirations design team for having me along this week. What a treat for me!  And thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (SU); Java Spills (Stamping Bella); Hashtags (Tim Holtz); Family is Everything (My Creative Time)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes); Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Vellum (SU)
Ink:  Basic Gray, Bashful Blue (SU); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accesories:  Cheviot Butterfly die, Delaney Butterflly die (Poppystamps); Basic Rhinestone (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches 186

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!  This week Jen Brum is our hostess and in a strange twist she put a circle on her sketch!  If you play along with us regularly at Freshly Made Sketches you know that Jen does not like circles on her cards, so imagine our surprise when we saw this sketch!  But rest assured, if you have a fear of circles too you can substitute something else in its place!

I don't have a fear of circles but I still substituted a poinsettia!  I'm woefully behind in making Christmas cards this year so I've resolved to try and make at least one a week and for some reason this sketch put me in mind of this poinsettia die.  This, of course, lead to kraft card stock and a splash of color which seem to be my go-to choices for Christmas cards.

Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has made some real beauties this week with this sketch.  Be sure you check them out!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R Stamps)
Paper:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Real Red, Vellum, Red Glimmer (SU)
Ink:  Real Red (SU)
Accessories:  Blooming Poinsettias die (Memory Box); Blueprints 20 die (My Favorite Things)

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