Poppies for FMS437

I’ll admit it, this sketch, while simple, really left me struggling for an idea. I’ve tried, and discarded, a few attempts but couldn’t find something that satisfied me. Until this morning when I pulled out my Painted Poppies stamp set.

Here’s my card front and inside:

Here’s the challenge banner:

What to Do With Five Blocks

The challenge cards from the design team and other challenge participants are so creative and do justice to the challenge sketch. Like I said, I struggled until I pulled out the Poppies DSP to create another card. A lightbulb went off and I figured out what I needed to do.

The Painted Poppies stamp set, which is carrying over (YES!), contains a single poppy and the leaf/stem combination. Three poppies and two leaf/stem combinations and I thought I finally had an idea. I used the light and dark Poppy Parade blends. In the poppy DSP, the greenery is Old Olive, so I colored mine using the Old Olive blends.

When I finished coloring, I thought this card definitely fit #simplestamping, so I stayed with that for the sentiment. Using sentiments from Sending You Thoughts, I simply stamped the sentiment on the front directly on the white cardstock.

Since I used Poppy Parade cardstock for the base of the card, I needed a Whisper White cardstock panel on the inside of the card as well. The inside sentiment continues well wishes from the front. Next, I stamped half of the stemmed poppies on the bottom, left-hand corner. Then I colored the poppies in just the light Poppy Parade blend.

Putting It Together

I did want some dimension on the front of the card, so I used dimensionals to pop the front panel off the base of the card. When I finished adhering the panel to the front I realized I had a tiny little smudge of black. I tried to use my Tombow sand eraser, specifically for ink, to no avail. Therefore, I had to come up with something as unobtrusive as possible to cover that tiny smudge. I have just a few of these black rhinestones left, and three of them on the front covered my smudge and kind of framed the flowers and sentiment.

After adhering a piece of the poppy DSP to the envelope flap, I stamped the stemmed poppies on the front, bottom left-hand corner of the envelope. Ta-da! I’d finished this card/envelope set and I think I stayed true to the sketch.

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Sue

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Ornate Garden for FMS436

The Ornate Garden suite is available now as a sneak peek for the 2020 catalog, which comes out on June 3rd. I’ve seen it and it is spectacular! As a demo, I’ve even been able to pre-order select items. My pre-order arrived yesterday and I have been playing with my new toys, er, products! Ask me how you can pre-order now as well!

Ornate Garden’s Floral DSP Does All the Work

As soon as I saw the challenge sketch I knew I was using Ornate Garden.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

The Freshly Made Sketches challenges are all about clean and simple. Since the Ornate Garden DSP does all the work and carries the card. I used three of the coordinating colors for the different mats. When I am planning a card and need more than one mat, I lay pieces of cardstock on top of each other in layers. I moved the cardstock around in different orders underneath the DSP. That’s how I decided that the Early Espresso needed to be the mat for the DSP. That mat really frames the cardstock and helps it to pop off the card.

I used Old Olive for the base mat, then topped it with Terracotta Tile. Honestly, this color didn’t impress me until I purchased the Ornate Garden products. Now, I really like how it coordinates with this suite! It’s a show stopper for this pattern! After running this mat through my Big Shot in the Subtle 3D embossing folder, I layered it on top of the Old Olive.

Following the Sketch

The sketch calls for a simple sentiment banner, but the banner I created just seemed too plain by itself, even with this fabulous font and sentiment. I decided to use the Terracotta Tile ink, the Daisy Lane stamp set, and the small daisy punch to create a daisy. After stamping and punching two daisies, I just needed to layer then together.

I used dimensionals for the layered sentiment banner and the daisy. In order to keep the daisy on the same level of the banner, I only put one dimensional on the left side of the daisy. The liquid multipurpose adhesive allowed me to glue the right side of the daisy directly onto the sentiment banner.

Finishing Touches

The clean and simple lines of this card are very pleasing to the eye, at least in my humble opinion. The only embellishment I thought I needed was for the center of the daisy. I used my clear Wink of Stella to cover just the center. It’s a very subtle touch, which works well with the challenge to keep it clean and simple.

I used the fern stamp from Daisy Lane to triple stamp the inside bottom right corner. I did the same thing to the bottom right corner of the envelope.

After adhering a piece of the same pattern DSP to the envelope flap, I had finished this card set.

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Sue

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Another Flowering Foils Two-Fer

Color Throwdown #589 and Freshly Made Sketches 431 seemed, to me, to be made for each other. Throw in the Flowering Foils, and I seemed to have a match made in heaven.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners that inspired my card

Flowering Florals

These SAB Specialty DSP papers take color from the blends very well. I’ve seen many cards with the uncolored DSP as well. Either way, they are gorgeous. I’ve already posted another two-fer card using this DSP and you can see that post here.

The color combination for ctd#589 is one of my all time favorites of gray, black, red, and white. The description on the color challenge includes “a neutral card with a pop of color,” This pop of red for the card base definitely fulfills the requirements.

I used my Smoky Slate blends combo to color all the petals, for the lack of a better word. While I did leave traces of outlines, I wanted to make sure I randomized the coloring patterns.

Basic Black provided the middle mat for the DSP and also the mat for the sentiment. I like the pops of black just as much as I like the pop of red. The Whisper White sentiment background provides another pop of a neutral color.

I tied a piece of the Gray Granite textured ribbon into a square knot around the DSP/black section. Then, I ran the Poppy Parade cardstock through my Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder. When I put everything together, I used dimensionals to pop up the DSP. I also put them between the sentiment block and the black mat. Then, I realized that I wanted to pop up the sentiment on the ribbon somehow. So, I used my really large glue dots to accomplish that goal. The really large glue dots provide just enough of a lift to even off the sentiment over the ribbon.

Bringing It All Together

This card would definitely fall in the easy-peasy category. As I am sure you know, I really enjoy combining challenges. This combination worked out exactly how I saw it in my head.

As always, I added a piece of DSP to the envelope flap. For this card, I used a piece of the Neutrals 6 x 6 DSP.

I stamped “With a Great Big Wish for happiness,” also from the Sending You Thoughts cling stamp set.

If you like this color combo, feel free to copy the image below:

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Sue

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A Two-fer with ctd585 and FMS427

I just love combining a color challenge with a sketch challenge, especially when it works out. Truth be told, the final result is not at all I started out creating.

Here’s my card, outside and inside:

Here are both challenge banners:

 

Color Throwdown 585

These four colors combine to create a beautiful combination. I had many choices for the teal requirement, but I thought Pretty Peacock would create a sharp contrast with the Calypso Coral. For my green, I chose Old Olive. I used Very Vanilla for the background, which I ran through the Big Shot with the Subtle 3D embossing folder. I also stamped the flowers on Very Vanilla so the neutral color would frame each flower. After many bouts of trial and error, I finally decided to use the basic pearls for the centers of the flowers.

Freshly Made Sketches 427

As you can see, I sort of, kind of followed the sketch. I do have the horizontal strip of paper, for which I chose to emboss using the Leaves 3D folder. The decision to just use dry embossed cardstock after trying a number of the Pretty Peacock DSP patterns. None of them really worked, so dry embossed cardstock seemed like the best choice.

Adding the Calypso Coral ribbon around the strip of cardstock helps with the movement of the card from the flowers to the ribbon, and down to the sentiment.

I used the cluster and the individual leaves from the Thoughtful Blooms stamp set (a FREE SAB item with $100 purchase) and stamped them in Old Olive. Originally, I thought I’d have leaves showing out of the bottom of the cardstock strip as well with more flowers there. Then, I decided that would stray too far from the clean cards for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge.

The last thing I needed to figure out was what to do with the senitment. I didn’t want to cover the dry-embossed strip of cardstock, so I started playing around with sentiments, what would fit, and how to include it. Finally, I decided to add an un-embossed strip of Very Vanilla under the Pretty Peacock. To help it stand out, I outlined it using an Old Olive marker.

Finishing Up

The sentiment on the inside is from Peaceful Moments, but the chain is from Thoughful Blooms. Originally, I wasn’t going to put a flower on the chain, but I had a smudge of Pretty Peacock ink and had to cover it. Happy accidents, right? At least I was able to get the three challenge colors on the Very Vanilla background, so it all worked out.

Finally, I added a piece of the Pretty Peacock DSP to the flap of a Very Vanilla envelope. Ta-da! This coordinated set was finished!

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Sue

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More Poppies for Freshly Made Sketches 423

The poppies DSP, available in the current mini-cataog, is simply stunning. The colors are rich or soft, but always vibrant and beautiful. For today’s card, I chose the DSP with the soft Pool Party background. No matter the pattern with which you choose to work, Basic Black provides a grounding neutral color.

FMS423

I’d been thinking about what to do for this challenge for a few days. While driving home from work Friday evening, the whole card came together in my head.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

The first thing I did while creating the card was to run the white cardstock through the Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder. Then, I trimmed the front down to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8. Trimming down cardstock before running it through the Big Shot for a deep embossing might cause a smaller piece than you want.

The shadows on the inside circle of DSP hints at the popped up front cover. There are so many dimensions on the backside of the front in an effort to keep it from caving in when I worked on the front.

I knew I wanted a black border around the circle, so I used the largest scalloped layering circle die. To crop out the inside of the scalloped frame, I used another of the circle dies. It required some carfeul placement, but I was able to get the frame even all the way around.

Choosing the DSP for the banners required some trial and error with different patterns from the Poppies DSP. Finally, I decided to use the Pool Party Subtles 6 x 6 DSP. The two strips needed something bold to make them stand out, so I used a strip of Basic Black. It’s a sharp contrast, but the black frame, strip, and sentiment allows the eye to travel down the card.

Finishing Touches

This wonderful two part sentiment is from the Sending You Thoughts stamp set, which is free with a qualifying order through Sale-a-Bration. Yes, Free. The inside of the card says “you’d be better already”. After stamping the front sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I cropped it using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I outlined the sentiment block using the brush end of the black Stamping Write marker. Then I used the Pool Party Stamping Write marker to outline the stitches in the ditch.

With that, I only had to stamp the front of the envelope, then adhere DSP to the envelope flap. Another card and coordinating envelope set was complete.

As always,

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Sue

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Golden Honey & Honey Bee for FMS417

Freshly Made Sketches 417

Each week, FMS crowns a new “Queen of Clean” winner. Sometimes, it’s easy to create a clean card. Sometimes it’s not. My card for FMS417 was somewhere in the middle.

Here’s the challenge sketch:

The sketch is very definitely clean, but I really, really wanted to use some of the Golden Honey DSP. Quite frankly, I adore this DSP and will be ordering another pack with my next qualifying order since it’s FREE during Sale-a-Bration! Yes, FREE I tell you!

Here’s my card:

What I Did

I needed to pick a piece of this (FREE with qualifying order) DSP that looks light and airy. This flower pattern fit the bill. The flower DSP gave me the inspiration for the focal image: the vase and flower sprays. The Honey Bee bundle makes it so easy to stamp and crop these flowers.

So Saffron’s soft pastel color coordinated beautifully with the fresh and clean challenge sketch. I didn’t color any of the flowers on the background piece of DSP. For these flowers, I wound up using the Stamping Write marker as my coloring tool of choice. I tried using the blends combo, and they just didn’t work for me. The resulting color on the flowers seemed too deep for the card, so I went with the marker. I left the stems and leaves black so I would only have three colors on the card, again looking for a clean card.

The Subtles DSP in this random dot pattern allows the vase to be playful and airy. Finally, I decided to use the smallest square die from the Stitched Shapes die set.

This happy and versatile sentiment fit beautifully inside the thinnest die from the Stitched Rectangle die set. I knew I needed something to tie the vase and sentiment together while also grounding both. I chose the Flax Ribbon and simply wrapped it around the card, adhering it in the back with double-sided tape.

This sentiment is so versation that it can be used for birthday, congratulations, supportive, or here for you cards.

Putting It Together

Using the flax ribbon meant I needed to do something to the sentiment block to make it stand out as a separate element. Therefore, I outlined it with the brush end of my Stamping Write So saffron marker.

After putting all these elements together, I originally thought I would be done with the card. I was wrong. I kept squinting at it (meaning I owe my upline, Brian King, another nickel) and decided to find a very, very subtle embellishment. Enter the Pearl Basic Jewels which I easily colored using the Stamping Blends. I used the So Saffron dark blend, and achieved the look I wanted: three tiny circle of just-there color for the centers of three flowers.

Then all I needed to do was the envelope. I stamped two of the flower sprays on the front, bottom, left corner and which I colored.

I cut a piece of the flower DSP pattern and decided I needed to color every flower. Coloring in those flowers really gives the DSP a different look. I can almost see a card with the colored flowers taking shape in my mind.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Supplies Used

Honey Bee stamp set, item # 151527

Detailed Bee die set, item # 151526

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Golden Honey DSP, FREE with a qualifying purchase!

Dark So Saffron blend, item # 149556

Stitched Rectangle die set, item # 148551

Stitched Shapes die set, item # 145372

Whisper cardstock, item # 100730

Basic Black cardstock, item # 121045

Subtles DSP, item # 149615

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 147110

5/8″ Flax Ribbon, item # 148764

Pearl Basic Jewels, item # 144219

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

Whisper White Medium envelopes, item # 107301

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