I’m humbled to be this week’s hostess for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. I’ve created a sketch that can be interpreted many ways…I can’t wait to see what you do with it!
How are you inspired to create a card? Do you start by going through your paper stash? Or going through your stamp stash? Do you cruise through Pinterest? All of those are great options and work well for me. I’d love to hear what inspires you!
For today’s card, I browsed my paper stash and found two patterns of paper in the Scenic Sayings 6×6 paper stack. I loved the way the colors played off of each other so I pulled out them out!
Color Coordination – Delightful Dijon and Old Olive are both colors used in the Serene Scenery 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack and look amazing together! I paired them up with Chocolate Chip and rounded off with Very Vanilla
It’s easy to keep design minimal with the bold and graphic images in the Remarkable You stamp set.
Have you seen the Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set? It will be only be available for purchase August 1st through 31st! The font on the sentiments is amazing!
A simple way to ground your design is to make sure all three elements, in this case the flower, the sentiment and the heart, touch.
I borrowed a trick from my up-line Mary Fish’s bag and punched a heart from the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinly Dies in Cherry Cobbler. I love the pop of color it provides!
I had so much fun with this week’s sketch and I look forward to seeing your creations on the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog!
The talented Rita Wright of the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team has created a fun sketch for us this week!
I combined this sketch with the Black & White challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper to come up with a classic wedding card!
The Lots of Labels Framelits Dies make a beautifully shaped tag element. I stamped my image from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, used one Lots of Labels Framelit Die to die cut the image and then ran it through the Big Shot again, using the the next size down Lots of Labels Framelit Die.
Yep, I used the Bunches of Banners Framelit Dies again…they are SO versatile! And there are SO many options of stamp sets to combine it with…you can’t go wrong!!
This lovely sentiment can be found in the Basket for You Hostess Stamp Set, available for purchase with any order $150 or more!
Black Metallic Thread satisfies one of the design elements while also adding a touch of elegance. Three strategically sequins are the perfect final touch of pizzazz!
Here is the banner for the Stamp Ink Paper challenge, such a fun idea!
Thank you for stopping by today! Please be sure to visit the Freshly Made Sketches page to see all the awesome designs for you this week!
This sweet little bird is rockin’ this week’s Pals Paper Arts color combination! Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum and Sahara Sand are a knockout combination for the Best Birds Stamp Set and Birds and Blooms Thinlits Dies! This sweet set can easily fit so many styles!
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The Sahara Sand card base is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″.
The white panel is 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. I trimmed two pieces each of Island Indigo and Sweet Sugarplum to 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and used Snail to attach them to the Whisper White focal panel.
I stamped the branch, the bird and all the flowers on one sheet of Thick Whisper White card stock. The coordinating dies together with the Magnetic Platform make die cutting all the shapes SO easy!!
Stampin’ Up!’s 3/8″ Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon is just the most darling ribbon ever!!
See the little stem with the flower and the bud on the far right of the branch? Stampin’ Up! designed this stamp in such a way that it is quick and easy to ink up and stamp just the stem in one ink color, and then ink up and stamp just the flowers in another ink color. Just ink up using the corner of your ink pad and get perfect results! I love the planning that goes in to Stampin’ Up! products!
Perhaps I got carried away with the sweet little flowers, but they are so cute I just couldn’t resist!
Pearls Basic Jewels add a touch of sweetness to the flowers! And of course, would a flower be complete without Wink of Stella??
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Do you love this color combination as much as I do? It is courtesy of the very talented Katy McGloin and the Pals Paper Arts Design Team. Definitely pop on over there to see more color inspiration!
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I just love the clean look of this stamp set, Vertical Greetings, by Stampin’ Up! It’s so clean and fresh! I brought it out to use as I thought it would work perfectly with the sketch this week over at Freshly Made Sketches:
Masking! It is the perfect thing to do when working with a solid rubber image such as this. I simply used a Post-It note to mask off all the areas that I did not want to ink up. Of course, the MISTI is the perfect tool for stamping this image as well! Love my MISTI!
I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit with these colors (okay, a LOT out of my comfort zone). I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I inked up either Garden Green or Elegant Eggplant but wow, I sure love how they turned out! They really pop against the bright white!
Choose the unexpected. The Real Red sentiment is quite unexpected amongst the rest of the color palette and that’s what makes the card (in my humble opinion). The color makes the message jump right of the paper. And isn’t the enamel heart too precious?? xoxo
This card was created with my husband in mind, he has really gone the extra mile lately and I want him to know I appreciate him! He may not however be thrilled with the bow or the Wink of Stella I added to the greenery, I just couldn’t stop myself….
Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for July 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring projects using our favorite Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper as well as coordinating embellishments. What we love about Stampin’ Up! is they make it so easy to mix and match colors. And, the amazing selection of embellishments provides a wonderful finished look to our projects. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.
A quick post today so you can continue hopping along…but really, I’m not sure I could find a theme more suited to me than Stampin’ Up!’s coordinated products! I absolutely LOVE to mix the patterns!
I chose to showcase the Festive Birthday Designer Series Papers. Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, YUM!!
And Stampin’ Up! takes all the guesswork out of the design by having coordinating card stock, ribbons, and embellishments!
I hope you love this mix of colors and patterns!!
Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!
I have a confession. This stamp set, Pretty Kitty, was on my first order. I have been pulling it out to look at it and then putting it back again because it requires COLORING. Which gives me terrible anxiety 🙁
But I finally put on my big girl pants and colored. Isn’t this little guy a sweetie?
The Real Red card base combined with the Real Red banner and the Real Red flowers use the rule of thirds to keep everything in balance.
The Black and White are neutrals which, when used together, give the red an extra boost.
I used a blender pen to color the image. I find it leaves less streaking than the full strength marker as well giving you the ability to go back and add darker detail.
Stampin’ Write Markers colors used: Real Red, Cucumber Crush, Perfect Plum, Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake.
You can never have too much bling. I’m just saying. And…did I forget the sentiment? Nope!
This sweet little kitty truly does make me happy!
The inspiration for today’s card is Ann Schach of the Pals Paper Arts design team’s darling sketch:
I just flipped it over onto it’s side:)
I would love to hear what you think of today’s card, the Pretty Kitty stamp set, and any comments on coloring…do it terrify you too?
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Parting is such sweet sorrow. But saying good bye with this simple yet elegant card will hopefully let the recipient know how very special they are!
This is the second time I have used the Banners for You Photopolymer Bundle, it is SO versatile…so many occasions can be covered with the sentiments included!
The Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper was the launching point for this card…the combination of the graphic black and white with Melon Mambo is stunning!
Did you note that I used three different patterns from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper? I must admit that adding pattern to the back flap of the envelope is usually done just because I like the challenge of mixing LOTS of patterns:)
I used the Layering Scallops Dies again, this time only one scallop with two circles…but there are lots of options with these dies!
Honestly, the banner die speaks for itself. The photopolymer stamps make creating custom banners a snap, and they look like a million bucks.
I could have stopped with just the banner but have been dying to try the new-to-me Botanical Builders Framelits Dies. I admit that these did not catch my eye when they arrived in the Spring catalog (I think I was not a fan of the colors in the paper pack), but I have seen these framelits used on their own and decided they were quite beautiful and needed to come live with me. I think they are the PERFECT accent to use here. And yes, I added Wink of Stella to the flowers, I couldn’t resist!
Don’t forget to decorate the inside of the card! I found the perfect sentiments to use in the Wild About Flowers Stamp Set:
This awesome sketch by the fabulously talented Jen Timko of Freshly Made Sketches was the inspiration for my project today:
Isn’t it fun? I would love to see your project in the Freshly Made Sketches gallery!
Hello to you and an exciting long holiday weekend here in the States! The very talented Brian King has created a fun color challenge this week for the Pals Paper Arts challenge so I thought I would play along! The color challenge can be patriotic, or not, depending on your whim and I appreciate that.
I went a bit wild experimenting with the Layering Squares Framelits Dies. My final decision is that they are perfectly sized to nest and offer SO many creative options!
Don’t be afraid to keep building up layers with the Layering Squares Framelits Dies…the more the merrier!
The new Festive Embossing Folder adds a fun element of texture and really, any embossing folder would work well here
I stamped this bold sentiment twice. Once in Night of Navy and then again in Real Red. I snipped just the banner out and then layered it on top of the Night of Navy image with Stampin’ Dimensionals to add a bit of depth.
The 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon is a dream to work with, so soft and SHINY 🙂
Here’s a quick peek at some of the products I used to make today’s project:
It’s such a clean sketch with LOTS of possibilities! My first thought was how perfect the sketch would be to showcase a designer series paper!
The beautiful nautical paper inspired me to pull out a new-to-me stamp set called From Land to Sea. I paired the lovely Dapper Denim with two neutral colors, Early Expresso and Crumb Cake to keep the focus on the lovely pattern and color. The clean lines really emphasize the masculine feel to the card, as does this sentiment from the Guy Greetings stamp set. Also a new-to-me set, even though they have both been around for at least one catalog cycle. I am thrilled that with how well they work together and foresee more masculine cards in my future!
A quick peek above at the main products used for today’s project as well as a detailed listing below.
Thank you for popping in today and I do hope you will stop by the Freshly Made Sketches blog to see all the wonderful projects the design team has created for you this week!