Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 133

Half way through the work week - Yay!  And Wednesday's are also the day when we get to show you the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week Cindy Lovell is our hostess and her sketch provided some great inspiration for the design team.  Just wait 'til you see!  Here's my card.

For my part this is the second card that I made with this sketch.  The first one had a misguided attempt at a burlap layer that I wish had stayed buried in my subconcious.  It goes without saying that I like this one much better.  The colors in this DSP are so pretty.  I love it when a little black is thrown in with color!

The Freshly Made Sketches design team have once again created some beautiful cards for you to see this week.  Don't forget to check them out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Greenhouse Garden (SU); Hashtags (Stamper's Anonymous); Distressed Background Blocks (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Pool Party (SU); Pitch Black (Adirondack)
Accessories:  Meadow Leaf die (Poppystamps)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

colourQ 238

Hi everyone!  Since it's Tuesday we've got a new palette of gorgeous colors at colourQ.  This week our inspiration comes from this hat.  I don't know about you, but when I see yellow and purple together I think of pansies (or Johnny Jump Ups)!

I didn't think I had any stamps that resembled pansies and I fully expected to have to make do with something else.  Then I found SU's Stippled Blossoms in my stash which I had completely forgotten that I had.  Oops.  I guess someone should take a look around a bit more often!

I didn't want to detract from the blossoms and leaves too much so I layered them on a Daffodil Delight layer that I embellished with some translucent embossing paste.  I think the bright yellow is a bit more "in your face" than I wanted but it's certainly bright and cheery!  My layout comes from the latest Sketch Saturday where I substituted the two small round circles for a bit of hodgepodge hardware and a tiny length of ribbon.  

These colors have clearly inspired the colourQ design team because they have served up a whole lot of beautiful cards this week.  Be sure to stop on by and check them out.  Then join us in the gallery - we'd love to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Stippled Blossoms, Artfully Asian (SU)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories:  Fresh Foliage die (Memory Box); Honeycomb stencil (Heidi Swapp); translucent embossing paste (Dreamweaver); Hodgepodge Hardware, Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon (SU); crochet thread

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hashtag Happy

My sister's birthday is today and I started making a card for her on Tuesday.  It's been a busy week at work and each night when I got home I only had so much steam before I ran out so it took me until Friday to get this done.  Ack!  Hopefully next week, I'll be a bit better prepared.

The good news is that I really like this card that I made using the sketch at Cardabilities and the colors from The Color Throwdown.  I combined a little clean style grunge with a floral and leafy accent.

Busy day ahead for me so I'm keeping this short and sweet.  If you celebrate Easter I hope that you have a lovely one with your family.  And thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes (SU); Hashtags (Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous); DIY (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Basic Gray, Whisper White, Urban Garden DSP (SU)
Ink:  Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Melon Mambo (SU)
Accessories:  First Place Ribbon die (My Favorite Things); Cambridge Court enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); Pretty Pink Color Mist (Mister Huey's)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 132

I'm pretty sure that this weeks sketch for Freshly Made Sketches designed by Jen Brum is going to make for a very interesting and eclectic gallery. I know when I saw it I thought about adding layers of stamped images rather than layers of paper and I had a lot of fun while doing it.  So I image there's lots of ways you will interpret this sketch.

The colors from the latest challenge at The Paper Players gave me some license to add very different stamped images for my "any shape" part of the card.  I love it when I can blend colors like these with such different images.  And I just had to ink up this bold sentiment from my brand new Winnie & Walter set.  Where have these stamps been all my life?

It's been like a typhoon here lately with some high winds that I can't help dreading that this spring will be awful on the heels of the awful winter we had.  And we were doing so well with the sunny skies and lovely warm temperatures :(

As always, the Freshly Made Sketches design team has got some amazing cards to show you to get your creative juices flowing.  So don't be shy - check them out!

Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (SU); Jofy Collection 12 (Jofy); Sketchy Chevron Border (Impression Obsession); The Big, the Bold and You (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  White Linen (Ellen Hutson); Coastal Cabana, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Always Artichoke (SU)
Accessories:  My Girl enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

colourQ 237 and Seize the Sketch 18

Hello, hello!  It's Tuesday so that means the big reveal of a new colour palette at colourQ and a new sketch from Seize the Sketch.  This week Arielle has found color inspiration in this gorgeous bag and our sketch is designed by Jessica!  So let's get to it.

I dipped into my very precious supply of Walk in the Park DSP for this card.  There's no sense having all this pretty paper if I can't show it off every so often (is what I said to myself as I put the paper under the knife).  Seriously, I've been on a mission to use up my existing stash of patterned paper FOREVER and I think it must be secretly multiplying when I'm not looking because I don't feel like I'm all that much closer to seeing the end of it.  So using a treasured bit of paper is really no hardship.  Not. At. All.

I took an inordinately long time arranging the white thread on my card.  I wanted it to appear like it randomly appeared and was not contrived in any way, which is actually harder than it looks.  I think I fiddled with it for about 10 minutes before I was satisfied that it didn't look like I spent 10 minutes fiddling with it.

So you know the drill.  My stamping friends at both colourQ and Seize the Sketch would love it if you joined us for these challenges.  Just hop on over to the blogs to check out the details.  And while you're there I guarantee that you will be awed and amazed at the cards the design teams have created.  See you in the gallery!

Stamps:  Subway Series:  Basics (Fresh Squeezed Stamps)
Paper:  Basic Gray, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Walk in the Park DSP (SU)
Ink:  Basic Gray, Peach Parfait (SU)
Accessories:  Vertical Greetings II die (My Favorite Things); My Girl enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Hello for PPA199 & SS305

I have really been on a roll the last few days in my craft room churning out cards left and right.  I must be neglecting my house work because I've had all kinds of extra time to get down and dirty with my stamping stash.  Today I've got a card using the colors from Pals Paper Arts and the layout from Sketch Saturday.

I went with a little abstract interpretation of the sketch.  I briefly thought about dragging out my old scallop circle nesties and doing a layered circle-thing but I thought it would be more fun if I created that circle with a stamp instead.  So I grabbed a big ol' grungy stamp and that became my "circle".  For some reason, I stamped one of the dotted images from PTI's Feather Finery over the grungy image in Versamark and heat embossed it with white and I really don't know why I bothered since you can't see it.  It would have looked better if I had done it in a color that actually showed up!  And for a little added oomph I went over the little flower with my brand new Wink of Stella pen and although you can't see it in the photo, the glimmer it adds is absolutely fabulous!  Hands down, this is the best new thing I've purchased in ages!

Mother Nature must have got the memo that we're all pretty much fed up with winter around here because she's been delivering us some wonderful spring-like weather lately.  It's so nice to open the windows in the house and let in some fresh air!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Extreme Elements, Summer Silhouettes (SU); Sunny Days (Verve); Feather Finery (Papertrey Ink), The Big, the Bold and the Happy (Winnie &Walter)
Ink:  So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral (SU); Onyx  Black, (Versafine); Versamark
Accessories:  Leafy Sprigs die (Verve); white embossing powder; Wink of Stella pen

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Christmas Cheer

I've been lucky the last couple of days to find myself with some extra time so I've been putting it to good use in the old craft cave.  Today I've got a card to share that I made for the inspiration challenge at Festive Friday using the sketch at Cardabilities.

The antique mirror coupled with all that white in the inspiration photo made me think of vellum and the brown from the twigs made me bring in some natural colors so I used Crumb Cake as my card base and added some Chocolate Chip for depth.  Although it might not look like it, the vellum is not an ordinary flower but is actually a poinsettia (my nod to festive).  The sketch made me, once again, lament that I don't own any doilies so I improvised the big lacy circle by using a stamp instead.

This Christmas card may be a bit over the top for some on my mailing list since not everyone will understand why I put images of a coffee stain and some ink splatters with my poinsettia!  But that's what I saw in my head when I found the sketch so that is what I made!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Dot Spot (Papertrey Ink); Java Spills (Stamping Bella), DIY (Precious Remembrance); Jingle All the Way (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Vellum, Champagne Glimmer (SU)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green (SU)
Accessories:  Blooming Poinsettia die (Memory Box); Sentiment Strips 2 die (My Favorite Things)

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hello Lovely

Trying to incorporate the use of stencils for Virginia's View challenge and the interesting sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch I tried something a little different for me.  I've made cards before where I've stamped an image onto card stock then cut the card stock into squares to create a sort-of mosaic look.  But today I did that with a stencil and some embossing paste.

I kinda-sorta like how it turned out but the truth is the jury is still out.  I like the soft colors, which are for the Color Throwdown challenge, but I wish the embossed leafy design showed up a little better.  It looks pretty neat in real life but it doesn't quite have the oomph I was going for!  I thought about doing a little layered flower for a focal point but I seem to be stuck on butterflies lately (especially these delicate ones) so I layered a couple of these pretty die cuts together.

The weather here has been spectacular this week - it looks like spring is finally making an appearance!  Hopefully I'll have a chance to enjoy it this weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Wet Paint (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes); Solar White (Neenah); Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding (SU); Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Leanna Butterfly die, Leaves stencil (Simon Says Stamp); embossing paste (Dreamweaver); Bluebell Smile enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

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