Free as a Bird Meets FMS413

Freshly Made Sketches 413

A friend asked me for a card for his mom, who is in a rehab center up in the Plains States. I tried to create a card using purple as one of the major colors since it’s her favorite. I also wanted to create a card with a light, springtime feel to it, because their weather is anything but springtime right now.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the FMS413 banner, which inspired the layout of my card:

I’ll admit, this sketch intrigued me, so I’ve been coming back to it for most of the week trying to figure out what I could do. The card must be clean with lots of white space around the center focal point. Today, it hit me ~ Free as a Bird.

I’ve seen so many cards on challenges and on Pinterest using a white on white base. The cards have always impressed me with their beautiful simplicity. I’ve tried it before, and always wind up going back to add texture through embossing on the background. Today, I pushed myself to leave it just white. I only added a Highland Heather outline to the popped up layer of Whisper White. This outline adds just a tiny bit of color, which added dimension. Just what I wanted.

For the Birds and the Flowers

The Free as a Bird bundle really saved me for this card. After stamping the birds, I cropped them using the Stitched Nested Label die set. My friend didn’t really want a “get well” card. I thought the “wishing you well” sentiment, from the retired Lasting Lily stamp set, would fit perfectly. Thankfully it did and doesn’t overpower the bird and flower stamp. I’ve used the Lasting Lily set twice within the past two weeks. Until two weeks ago, the stamp set had been unused.

I used Stamping Blends for all of the coloring. So Saffron blend combo and the light Soft Suede colors were used for the birds. I used a Soft Suede marker for the beaks.

After I used the Soft Suede blend combo for the branch, I decided I needed to do something to highlight the birds talons. Therefore, I using the bullet tip of a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker to trace the talons. Now, the birds don’t look like they are standing on stumps.

Old Olive blends combo provided all the color I needed for the leaves. In order to follow the challenge sketch, I needed something on the top and bottom on the left. After playing around and dry-fitting, I decided on two fussy cut leave sets. I really had to play around with the leaves, and the fussy cut flowers, quite a bit. Finally, I settled on the finished design. The leaves provide the up and down movement I needed. The flowers added the items to cover the three stars in the challenge sketch.

Original Thoughts

Originally, I thought I would color the birds with the Purple Posy blend combo and use So Saffron on the flowers. I tried that on one bird, and didn’t like it at all. Therefore, I started over, restamped everything, recolored all the branches and leaves. Then, I colored the flowers using the Purple Posy blend combo. Ta-da! I wanted the purple to be a pop of color, and it worked. At least it worked in my humble opinion.

I added a piece of the Bird Ballad DSP to the envelope flap. I also stamped and colored a single flower on the front of the envelope, and this coordinated card set is complete.

Since I was done, I sent a picture of the card set to my friend, and he approved.

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 cards.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Supplies Used

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123 ~~~ 10% savings

OR Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

AND Stitched Nested Labels Dies, item # 149638

Bird Ballad DSP, item # 149592

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Old Olive blends combo, item # 144597

Soft Suede blends combo, item # 147273

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 147111

Dimensionals, item # 104430

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

Again, thank you for stopping by today!

Feels Like Frost for FMS 412

Feels Like Frost Sympathy Card

It’s been a rough almost 3 weeks. I’ve been sick, on my third round of antibiotics, and am very thankful for this week for Thanksgiving break.

However, the circle of life keeps moving on, and I needed to create a sympathy card for one of the administrators at school whose father recently passed away. I think these cards are the most difficult to create, especially for a male, and I don’t keep a stash of these cards on hand. It’s also important for me to create these cards when I need them, and this one is for a male and his family.

The Freshly Made Sketches 412 challenge really helped me with this particular card. The sketch allowed me to create a very clean card using some gorgeous DSP.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

Clean and Simple

The FMS412 sketch inspired a clean and simple card. My list of supplies was minimal as well. In addition to the base, I used a sentiment from the retired Lasting Lily stamp set. I don’t really have many sympathy sentiments, and forget that until I need another card. Therefore, I must remember to order a current stamp set for these cards. I then cropped the sentiment using the Stitched Rectangle die set.

The DSP really does all the work for this card. When I was trying to figure out the base, I wound up choosing Highland Heather, which isn’t on the coordinating color list. Purple Posy is on the list, but I wanted something bolder for the base.

At first, I thought that I would run the base through the Big Shot using the Sublte 3D embossing folder. However, I wanted clean lines, so I decided against doing that.

Dimensionals added a pop to the sentiment. The ribbon added texture and a much needed “something” to balance the card. Feels Like Frost DSP carried the whole card. I left the inside blank because a number of us needed to sign the card.

In the Freshly Made Sketches way, I finished with clean lines. In my humble opinion, it’s a beautiful card, and the sketch easily lends itself to a multitude of options.

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 cards.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Wrapped in Plaid for Freshly Made Sketches 409

Wrapped in Plaid and FMS409

I feel like I’ve just been creating holiday and Thanksgiving cards for a while now, which includes this week’s FMS409 challenge.  I actually created a Thanksgiving and also a Christmas card, the latter of which follows:

Here’s the Freshly Made Sketches challenge banner:

It’s All About Clean Cards

FMS challenges are all about creating a clean card while interpreting the sketch.  I wanted to use the Wrapped in Plaid, and needed to find a plaid pattern that would allow the card to remain clean.  This white plaid worked perfectly!  It took me longer to decide on a coordinating plaid for the vertical banner.

Staying with the Cherry Cobbler, I cropped the larger focal sentiment circles I used the Stitched Shapes die set.  I grabbed my Wink of Stella to carefully color the portion outside of the stitches on the largest circle.  The Cherry Cobbler marker fine point allowed me to outline the ditch of the sentiment circle.

I tried to just use those two circles for the focal image, but it seemed unfinished.   I pulled out the gold thread and painstakingly created a random group of circles.  This was made infinitely easier by using double sided tape on the back of the Whisper White circle.  I popped both circles up on dimensionals and attached them together.

The Gold Ink

The ink is stunning!  However, I would strongly recommend using your Stamparatus when applying it.  One layer of ink would not have been able to create such a clear, beautiful, and raised sentiment.  I think I used at least eight times of stamping for this sentiment.  When finished, I found that all these layers created an embossed effect for the sentiment.  Beautiful!

I colored three pearls using my dark Cherry Cobbler blend and attached them to the sentiment circle.  Maybe I should have used smaller pearls, but once attached I didn’t want to try to get them off.

I also used the gold ink on the inside of the card, as shown below:

Once again, I used the Stamparatus so I could stamp and restamp and stamp again.  I love how the circle stamp from Swirly Frames mimics the gold thread on the front of the card.

Masking the Sentiment Stamp

The Everything Festive stamp set has a sentiment for so many occassions.  In this case, I wanted to use the “Wishing you pease, love, & laughter in the New Year”.  However, this is for Christmas, so I had two choices:  cut the New Year part off the stamp, or mask it.  I have cut stamps before, but was concerned that I would mess up the stamp so it would be unusable.  Therefore, I masked “in the” and “New Year” using transparent tape.  I did remind myself to remove the tape before stamping on the card.  The resulting sentiment worked perfectly inside the gold circle.

Finishing Touches

I stamped three of the distinctive pine cones from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set on the front corner of the envelope.   A couple of layers of the gold ink on the pinecones added a touch of bling.

I used the same piece of Cherry Cobbler DSP for the envelope flap.  With that, I was done with this card and envelope set.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Contemplating placing an order today?  Of course you are, especially because the new Stamping Trimmer is now available!  If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to work with you.  Please contact me or visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.

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Supplies

Perfectly Plaid photopolymer stamp set, item # 149418

Everything Festive photopolymer stamp set, item # 150566

Swirly Frames photopolymer stamp set, item # 146519

Wrapped in Plaid DSP 2018 – 2020, item # 149596

Stitched Shapes Dies, item # 145372

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Cherry Cobbler cardstock, item # 119685

Golden Glitz ink pad, item # 150711

Cherry Cobbler ink pad, item # 147083

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301

Stamping Dimensionals, item #  104430

Tombow Liquid Adhesive (my fav!!), item # 110755

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  I recieved my October Paper Pumpkin card kit and it is fabulous!!   The November kit will be the coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well:    https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155072 

Free as a Bird Bundle for #GDP285 and FMS401

Free as a Bird Bundle

This stamp set and the Stitched Nested Label Dies are gorgeous, and I’ve used it for these two challenges.  I’ve also created a card with this set for another challenge, which will be posted tomorrow.  

Jumping right in, let’s look at the challenge banners:

          

Here’s the inside and outside of the card I created:

       

Easy Peasy Card

The Freshly Made Sketches challenges just beg to have clean and simple cards created.  Sometimes I have a real problem with that, but I did not today, and the Global Design Project sweet color combination just seemed to work with FMS.

My card really follows the sketch very closely.  The smaller offset circle comes from the In Color 2019 – 2021 DSP for the Rococo Rose.  The larger Mint Macaron circle comes from the Subtles DSP set.  Both circles have been outlined with their respective inks by lightly rolling the circles in their respective colors.  I decided to use Mint Macaron for the card base, topped by a layer of Whisper White, which I ran through the Subtle 3D folder.  I know I have used it a lot already, but the texture allows the whole card to have much needed white space without it being bland. After I ran the white through the Big Shot, I outlined it using the Rococo Rose ink pad.  I like the way the outlining creates a clean edge without adding bulk, so I tend to do it quite frequently.

Instead of using the triple leaf punch for this card, I chose to use sprig punch.  I already had a scrap piece of Mint Macaron stamped with the dots in Mint Macaron, so that’s what I used.

Easy Peasy Coloring with the Stamping Blends

I judged the size of the Stitched Nested Label Die by the height of the bird stamp.  She fits perfectly right inside this while allowing room for the simple sentiment, also from Free as a Bird.  I colored her using the So Saffron and Crumb Cake blends combos.  She is standing on a kind of sloppy patch created by the Mint Macaron blends combo.  I like the on purpose sloppiness and think a solid patch of Mint Macaron would be too much ink for this clean card.

As I tend to do, I colored in the stitches in the ditch using the Rococo Rose marker and thought I was finished.  Then I realized I wanted just a hint of So Saffron outlining the label, so I gently tapped each side into the ink pad.  

Time to Assemble

Assembly was easy peasy.  Everything is glued down using the Tombow liquid adhesive except the label, which sits on dimensionals for depth.  

I wanted to add just a little something something, and I remembered I have the In Color Faceted Dots.  Three of those for across the top, and I really wanted to add something down in the right corner of the label.  Thankfully, I had a Mint Macaron Faceted Dot from the Share What You Love suite.  

The card was then mounted on a white card base.  I wanted a sentiment on the inside, but did not want it just floating in space.  Therefore, I stamped another bird in So Saffron and then stamped the sentiment in the Momento Tuxedo Black, which is what I used to stamp the bird on the front.

Finishing Touches

As always, I finished by decorating the envelope.  I used a piece of the Rococo Rose DSP for the envelope flap.  Then, I stamped and colored a bird on the lower, left corner of the front of the envelope.  With that, I was done.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

You Know You Want to…….

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pink and green leaf kit

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Supply list:

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123

OR

Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

Stitched Nested Label dies, item # 149638

2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, item # 149617

Sprig Punch, item # 148012

2-1/4 Circle punch, item # 143720

Mint Macaron cardstock, item #  138337

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Rococo Rose ink pad, item #  150080

So Saffron ink pad, item #  147109

Mint Macaron ink pad, item #  147106

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item # 147283

2019 – 2021 In Color Faceted Dots, item # 149607

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430

 

 

 

 

 

Wildly Happy for FMS200

Freshly Made Sketches is Celebrating!

Since the challenge has hit 400 sketch challenges, the design team has been celebrating all month!  This team chose FMS 200 to celebrate this week.  This very simple sketch actually lends itself to so many interpretations.    

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the outside of my card:

Baby Cards are Cute Just By Nature!

The new Wildly Happy cling stamp set in the annual catalog is so versatile!  Can’t you just see these two rabbits on an Easter card?

I used the retired Twinkle, Twinkle DSP, but any baby DSP would work.  Once I had the top and bottom DSP pieces cut, I thought the rest could just fall in place.  In all honesty, though, I kept hearing Bob Ross saying that we don’t make mistakes, just happy accidents.  

Because of the DSP colors,  I knew I needed to use either the mother/baby rabbits or the mother/baby elephants.  I wisely chose the rabbits and stamped then colored them in using the light and dark Smokey Slate blends.  Light Petal Pink provided the inner ear color for both.   Right after I colored the rabbits, I stamped the sentiment.  While adding the grass using the tiny grass stamp from Over the Moon was an afterthought, it turned out to be a grounding element.  I simply stamped and second generation stamped over and over.  I think it looks more natural than just a single, or even double, row of grass stamps.  

Happy Accidents

My first happy accident occurred when I tried to crop the rabbits and the sentiment.  Since I had stamped both the rabbits and sentiment on one piece 3″x4 ” of Whisper White cardstock, I couldn’t get everything cut out in one shape that would fit within the challenge.  Therefore, I had to improvise, and cropped the image using the third oval from the Stitched Shapes die set.  Then I started playing around with the sentiment trying to get everything to fit so it looked like I meant it all to work.  I figured out that I could use the partial “SO” on the oval to my advantage and layer it over the sentiment so it looked double stamped.  Once I carefully adhered the oval to the sentiment, I realized my happy accident worked, Once I trimmed a tiny bit off the left side of the oval, everything fell into place. 

My second happy accident occurred when I chose and adhered the faceted dots for the bottom right corner.  It turns out those little beauties are actually Mint Macaron.  However, they seem to work because they appear to have a deeper grey tint than the Soft Sea Foam in the rest of the card.

Finally, I knew I needed something under the strip for the sentiment.  I tried different ribbons and then finally remembered I have theDecorative Ribbon Boarder punch.  Since I’d already placed dimensionals on the back of the rabbit/sentiment combination, I needed to be very carful when gluing the border into place.  I really like the little shadow the raised border creates.

Finishing Details

Here’s the inside of the card:

My third happy accident occurred when I first stamped the Soft Sea Foam rabbits and sentiment directly onto the inside of the card.  In order to cover my crooked sentiment, I restamped on a piece of Whisper White and cropped it using the same oval die as the front.

Thankfully, all I had left was the envelope, for which there were no happy accidents.  I stamped the rabbits on the front and used a piece of the grey DSP from the bottom of the card for the flap decoration. 

I’d finished the card and envelope, happy mistakes and all.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy day!  

Supply List:

Wildly Happy cling stamp set, item # 149408  WILDLY HAPPY CLING STAMP SET

Over the Moon cling stamp set, item #  149331           OVER THE MOON CLING STAMP SET

  Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Soft Sea Foam cardstock, item #  146988

Gray Granite cardstock, item #  146983

Smoky Slate blends combo, item #  145058

Soft Sea Foam ink pad, item #  147102

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

Decorator Ribbon Border Punch, item #  143721

Stitched Shapes die set, item # 145372

Dimensionals, items #104430

TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

You Know You Want to …….

If you would like to order this versatile cling stamp set today and live in the U.S. please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  Be sure to check out the 6 x 6 DSP paper, pictured below, for all of the color families!  The possibilities are endless, especially for baby cards!

NEUTRALS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Neutrals, item # 149614

BRIGHTS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Brights, item # 149613

REGALS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Regals, item # 149616

SUBTLES 6 X 6 (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Subtles, item # 149615

   

 

 

 

 

 

A Celebration for FMS, combined with Just Add Ink

Freshly Made Sketches Turns 400!

FMS has a month-long celebration planned, and this week’s sketch is from FMS#1.  The original sketch remains classic.  I’ve combined the two challenges, mixing the old classic with new colors.

Here are the banners for both FMS and Just Add Ink:

   

Here’s my card:

Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile, and Grapefruit Grove, Oh My!

The bold, new In Colors of Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile are balanced with the subtle Grapefruit Grove.  I chose to use two of the In Color DSP patterns.  Imagine my happiness when I noticed that the Terracotta Tile square could easily be lined up on a perfect diagonal from the Pretty Peacock pattern.

After putting those two DSP pieces down, I tried to figure out what shape I wanted to add.  Basically, this card came together very quickly and easily, especially when I decided to use the large and medium daisy stamps and punches from the Daisy Lane cling stamp set.  I used Grapefruit Grove for all three pieces of the daisy, and stamped two with Terracotta Tile and one with the Grapefruit Grove, which I then punched out.  For the required horizontal component, I layered Polka Dot tulle ribbon and the end of the SAB Grapefruit Grove ribbon tied in a square knot.  A little tip for layering ribbon:  I used tear and tape on the ribbon on the underside of the card before I tried tying it.

Adding Height and Interest

Dimensionals add dimension to the top two parts of the daisy.   I just glued the bottom layer to the front of the card. After adhering the daisy, I really thought I needed to add something to it without adding any more height.   Therefore,  I added a couple of layers of clear Wink of Stella to the center of the daisy.  As I colored, I thought I would also add dimension to the middle layer, especially since I stamped Grapefruit Grove on itself.  It would have been much easier to outline each petal with the Wink of Stella before putting all the layers together.  However,  the clear bling on the petals really created a more detailed middle layer.  

Here’s a close-up of the daisy with the Wink of Stella:

I added Pretty Peacock punched sprigs under the flower, and three Grapefruit Grove enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms enamel dots.  The sentiment comes from the same stamp set, as does the inside sentiment, which I also stamped in Pretty Peacock.  I stamped the inside sentiment over a two layer large daisy.  The first stamping was full strength and without reinking, I stamped the second set of petals. 

Here’s the inside of the card:

With that,I’d finished the card.  After glueing In Color DSP on the envelope flap, I stamped the smaller daisy on the front of it.  Now, I’ve finished all the parts of this card/envelope set.

Thank you for stopping by today to check out Daisy Lane for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches and Just Add Ink challenges.  

Happy a Peachy day!

Sue

Supply List:

Daisy Lane cling stamp set, item # 149325

In Color DSP 2019 – 2021, item # 149617

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item #150083

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

Grapefruit Grove cardstock, item # 146972

Terracotta Tile ink pad, item # 150086

Daisy punches,  item # 143713, medium daisy, item # 149517

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Dimensionals, items #104430

TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, item # 146912

Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots, item # 148805

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

You Know You Want to …….

If you would like to order this fabulous stamp set today and live in the U.S. please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  Be sure to check out two of the kits featured in the annual catalog, since they are all inclusive.   The first kit is the Poppin’ Birthday Past Kit, item 152024.  The second kit is the Looking Up Card Kit, item 149651.