Saturday, March 25, 2017

Celebrate You, FMS280

It has been a little while since I've posted to my blog.  Life has just gotten in the way for awhile. But it was a good thing.  We had good friends stop and stay in their coach.  We spent a lot of time showing them the sights, and just visiting.   Any time left over I needed to recoup, I am far from where I would like to be with my energy and strength yet.

So, this week at FMS the sketch is so open to most anything. I had several ideas in my head, but this is something I haven't done in some time so I went with it as we do have the perfect stamp set for it.

When I first started stamping, way, way back in the dark ages, we used to make our own backgrounds, there was no (gasp) pattern paper.   I choose 2 leaves and one flower for my background, then looked over the colors until I found 3 I liked together.

Here is the sketch for this week:

The leaves have 2 stamps each, one for the base and one for the veins in the leaves. I used the same color for the veins, after I was done stamping all the elements. You could use a darker color, up to you, but I liked the subtle effect here.

I used a bit of black twine for some contrast and a stitched oval framelit for my sentiment.
There is a die set for this as well and I thought about cutting one of two pieces to layer under the sentiment piece, but it seemed busy enough to me.   I generally keep my on the simple side.

I hope you enjoyed, please check out all the cards, they are all wonderful.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Oh Happy Day, FMS challenge 278, card 2

I just can't decide which one I like better, this one or yesterdays black and white card.  What do you think?

I just had so much fun with this technique I had to try it  with  different colors.
For this one I used Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum with the Blooms and Bliss DSP. Then I had a hard time decided if I liked it better with a white flower or this razzleberry flower.   I really do love the pattern in the DSP a lot!

If you haven't seen the first one, just scroll down after clicking on the header of this blog. That will open it up to all content. Or just go HERE.

Here is the challenge again and you can click on the link to go to FMS.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches#278, Happy Birthday

Happy Wed everyone.  I've been doing about 2 cards a week for my blog and picking and choosing which challenges I want to play with.   FMS has been one I've done a lot.  They have some awesome sketches.   They also have an awesome team, you  just have to check out this weeks team cards!

In the SU occasions catalog there is a new set called Special Reasons  and a matching die set called Stylish Stems Framelits. The really neat thing you can do is die cut the flower into your top layer so that it stays a flower and not just a big cutout.   I really wanted that look for this card, but budget and all, you guys know about budgets, I haven't gotten it yet.

But, I do have the May Flowers dies so I set out to create the same thing here.  And it worked!  I die cut my flower in my top layer, punched out the inside pieces keeping the outside edge attached. As you see it worked great.   It is just a matter of sticking your flower back into its hole.

I do love black and white every so often, it's just so classic, but I also love just a pop of color. So, my sentiment is done in Watermelon Wonder.  BTW, it is one of the incolor sets and will be  leaving us at the end of May, so if you want them or need cardstock to match or refills, you might want to take care of that pretty soon here.

The banner I used for the sentiment actually cuts out like this, however all in one color. So, I stamped my sentiment, cut it out of white, then cut one from black and put them together. I love how it worked out.    I sure hope you do as well.   Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any questions just ask them in the comment section, then you will have to come back for your answer though as Blogger does not give me a way to reply directly to you.

Here is the sketch, and you can find the challenge here:

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mojo Monday 487, Small things

This was a fun card to make.  It took awhile to come up with something I was happy with, but I love how it turned out.  I did the Mojo Monday sketch this week.

After the colorful background, I decided I wanted to do black and white to offset the colors and bring your eye to the front.

The flower was die cut from the Flourish Thinlits die set, and layered over one of the Stitched Shapes.

Here is this weeks sketch:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Thinking of You for Freshly Made Sketches 277

I just received a pack of this set of ribbon in the mail yesterday.  It's gorgeous.  Very, very soft, a bit thicker then what we normally think of as ribbon.   The color is so right on.  It comes with the Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.  The die set that goes with the stamp set, Flourishing Phrases, has the flourish as a die as well as being able to stamp it. I decided to stamp it out and add the die cut flower over top.  I did use Always Artichoke, but be careful.

I used the Shimmery White paper instead of reg white so I could us an Aqua pen if I decided to do that, but I ended up stamping in die ink so I used the blender pen.  Rule of thumb is to use 2 mediums if you are going to be using water or alcohol as well as ink.   The blender pen will work with the die ink except that you really have to be careful, as it will bleed the colors.

So, my colors for this card are Soft Sky, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Sweet Sugarplum.
Here is the sketch for FMS as well as the link if you would like to go check it out.
Do go and give it a look, the team's cards are so cute!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Just a Note, GDP076

Welcome! It's a dark, rainy day here in N AZ.  Not all that normal for here, but we have sure had way more then usual this winter.  My husband was in town today and it snowed there. Kingman is just a little higher then we are as we live down in a valley.  A great day for crafting!

So, here is my card for the Global Design Project for this week. It made up just a bit too quick actually.    So simple to do.  The DSP that I used is retired, but there is a newer version called Irresistible Floral specialty DSP, and it's even prettier then this with lots of patters and a gorgeous swirly pattern.  I thought I had some, but seems I have not ordered it yet so it's on my list for this week.

It is so easy to make whatever color you want to use into a gorgeous card.  You simply sponge color on from your ink pad.  I used Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Pear Pizzazz. The design doesn't take the color.  I used Esspreso for my little dark color under my leaves. 

The idea this week is to CASE a designer. Kylie has given us a gorgeous card to CASE.  Here is this weeks: If you  would like to play or just see all the pretty cards, they are here.

I hope you give it a try.   Have a great week. Simply click on the graphic and you will be taken to my store where you can check things out better.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blossoms perfect day, Freshly Made Sketches #276

I'm seeing a lot of cards that appear to be a wish for spring.  So that is also what I did for this weeks FMS.  I haven't used the Bunch of Blossoms stamps and punch for a long time.  Seems like the Annual catalog just gets here and it's time for the Holiday catalog.

Here is the sketch, maybe you would like to come have some fun. 

I know it looks like there isn't much to the set, but this is just one tiny part of it.  You can stamp and do your own watercoloring, or you can use the 2 or 3 stamp technique to make it look watercolored.  I took the easy way out and just use the 3 stamps starting with Pink Pirouette, then Blushing Bride and finally for the outline Melon Mombo.  Plus there are still a bunch of different stamps.

The images below will take you to my store if you'd like to look around or purchase.

Monday, February 20, 2017

GDP075 card challenge, Just for You

Good morning from the gray, dark skies of North AZ.  Been like this for several days, for sure not our usual winter.

I loved the theme for the GDP challenge for this week:

How fun, right?  So much to choose from.  I decided not to use any of the newer sets, and went back to  my Bold Butterfly and Butterfly thinlits.

On top of my solid butterfly, I have a vellum detailed butterfly.  I love using vellum.  I also used another favorite set, Swirly Scribbles, oh gosh, so much you can do with that!  I took the long piece and laid it on my paper and used a brush to brush a little color from my ink pad, very gently.

So, colors for this are: Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron and Whisper White.

You will find the product listed below, just click on any one of the images and you will be take to my store. There you can purchase, but also just look around, just because you go there doesn't mean you will end up with a bill. LOL

Listed below are the products.