Little Miss Sass’ second birthday for FMS341

Miss Sass is turning 2!

Miss Sass is my great-niece and she’s turning 2!  I’ve already done the baby shower for my pregnant niece.  Last summer I did the vast majority of Little Miss Sass’ first birthday party.   Both parties, the decorations, and the themed snacks, were a big hit.  I’ve been working with my niece for a number of horse-themed 2nd birthday party ideas since Miss Sass is a HUGE horse lover.  My sister has 5 horses who love Miss Sass as much as she loves them.  

This card for Freshly Made Sketches 341 was my sample for the thank you cards after the party.  My niece loved them, and the Melon Mambo boots match Miss Sass’.  Melon Mambo, and other pinks, are the party colors.  Fun!

Here’s my card:

Here’s the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches 341:

FMS is the Perfect Sketch for this card

When I knew I  needed to have a card with the boots and also a sentiment, I remembered this week’s sketch.  Impeccable, and lucky, timing!  I used the Country Living stamp set for the boots then colored them with the Melon Mambo, Basic Black, and Petal Pink (top inside of boots) Stamping Write markers.  A quick layer of Wink of Stella clear and the coloring was done.  

The longest part of this card was trying to figure out what shape would be best for both the boots and the sentiment.  I tried all kinds of sizes of circles, and then started with squares.  Happiness followed when I was able to match the boots’ dimensions with a square from the Stitched Shapes die set.  I pulled out the Melon Mambo marker again to outline the stitched ditch.  

The All Things Thanks stamp set provided the sentiment, and it is perfect for this card.  I know the sketch calls for the sentiment in the middle of the card, but I needed an element on the bottom left side.   I cropped the sentiment using the Layering Squares framelits.

Garden Impressions DSP boasts a gorgeous set of patterns in this 6 x 6 stack, and it provided the perfect center banner.  The card needed something else in the middle, so I pulled out the retired Melon Mambo ribbon, which was leftover from Miss Sass’ baby shower. 

Hint of Layers

The banner, boots, and sentiment needed a mat, but I didn’t want to put an actual mat underneath each piece.  Therefore, I outined these elements with Melon Mambo ink and I achieved the look of a mat without actually creating one.

My final decision was to use the Decorative Dots embossing folder for the Whisper White layer.  I really think these dots create a playful element to the card.

One down, 19 to go

I’ve got 2 months to make 19 more of these.  However, we are moving in a month and 4 days.  These will be done before we move, as will as many decorations as possible.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

True Gentleman for FMS339

True Gentleman

My DH was with me when I picked up my freshly spiral bound catalog, complete with plastic front and back covers.  Since I was driving, he started looking through the catalog and commented while looking for sets to create masculine cards.   He challenged me to make a completely masculine card.  The retired True Gentleman DSP fit the bill.  I love this paper!

Freshly Made Sketches 339

Sometime this past week, which was exam week and the last week of school, I vaguely remembered seeing this sketch.  However, I had to go back and find the challenge, which was the inspiration for this card.  

Here’s my card:

OCD moment:  Is it just me, or does everyone have to have even numbers for the dimensions of the enlarged photo?

Here’s the challenge sketch:

What I love about the Freshly Made Sketches challenge is the clean and simple sketch posted each week.  I enjoy creating cards with lots of white space, and, once again, this challenge delivers loads of inspiration.

It’s all about the DSP and the colors!

I loved this DSP as soon as it came out in the Holiday catalog this past year.  The combination of the Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, and Very Vanilla is classic.  For this card, I used the bold plaid print combined with the subtle stripes with accents of Very Vanilla.  The angled cuts have a thin border of Night of Navy.  The card itself is Very Vanilla, and the base is Tranquil Tide. 

I used the Truly Tailored companion stamp set for the simple greeting.  Originally, this is where I stopped, took the post picture and realized the card needed a bit of something.  When I pulled out my Night of Navy enamel shapes and found I only had hearts (not for a masculine card), two stars and one circle,  Never fear, the Rule of Threes could still be implemented using the stars and circle.  After I added the enamel shapes, I squinted at my card to check for balance, and decided I was done.

 

Petal Palette for FMS331 and PP387

Paper Players 387 and Freshly Made Sketches 331

I’ve been looking at this theme challenge all week.  I knew I wanted to use the Music Sheet background stamp and the Wood Words stamp set has the sentiment I needed.  Two color combinations were floating around in my head: Basic Black and either Cherry Cobbler or Crushed Curry.  Crushed Curry would provide a striking contrast to the Basic Black, so that’s what I chose.

Then I saw the FMS challenge for this week and it all came together in my mind.  I paired the Music Sheet and Wood Words with Petal Pallete stamp set and Petals and More thinlits.   My original thought was to emboss the Crushed Curry mat.  But then I decided to keep it simpler by stamping the music sheet in Crushed Curry on the mat.  This gives a very subtle, but much needed, texture to the base of the card.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge sketches:

       

Completely Hooked on the Petal Pallette Bundle

I am absolutely and completely hooked on this bundle.  During SAB, demonstrators were notified that the stamp set and die set are carrying over into the next annual catalog.   YEAH!!  These branches, the sentiment tag, the detailed banner, and this adorable watercolored bird stamp have been used in a number of cards over the last week or so.  

In order to ensure that the sentiment tags would not appear to be floating on the card, I simply wrapped Basic Black bakers twine around the panels.  The twine almost disappears with everything else going on with the card, but it serves it’s purpose.

Have a Peachy Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A two-fer for FMS329 and PPC Color Challenge #285

Have to love a two-fer

Freshly Made Sketches # 329 is a clean and simple sketch challenge, as always.  Paper Craft Crew Color Challenge #285 was to use 3 of the 4 colors of turquoise, shades of purple, yellow, or mint.  I chose Bermuda Bay for my turquoise, mainly because it’s not as bright as Tempting Turquoise, and also because it’s current.  My shade of yellow was Daffodil Delight, and my shade of purple was Wisteria Wonder.   

Here’s my card:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I’m Thankful for You

It’s been a rough week and a half for my family and I wanted to let my sisters know how thankful I am that I have them to help us adjust to our new normal.  I picked the clear-mount Heartfelt Blooms because I thought it matches the sentiment.   I needed to use the three colors, so Bermuda Bay is the base, ribbon, and sentiment ink.  My first layer of blooms I used Daffodil Delight stamped on Whisper White, then matted on Daffodil Delight cardstock.  For the inset layer of blooms, I used Wisteria Wonder stamped on Whisper White, then mounted on Wisteria Wonder cardstock.

I knew the sentiment I wanted, and it comes from the Painted Harvest photoplymer stamp set from the holiday catalog.  The punch I used was the Everyday Punch, again from the holiday catalog.  The punch was chosen mainly because the sentiment  would fit on it.  I used my Stamping Write Marker in Bermuda Bay to subtly outline the punch because there were already enough layers, and I didn’t want to add another one to the card.   I then squinted and realized that I needed something to balance the card out, so I added 3 Daffodil Delight enamel shapes.  This means I owe my upline, Brian King, another nickel, since the squint technique is his idea.

A whole lot of ugly……

I’ve said it before, but my mats are always ugly for two reasons:  first, I don’t want to waste the cardstock, and second, it cuts down on the weight of the card, even if just a little.  Every little bit counts when I am trying to avoid using extra postage on the envelope.  I punched out three kinds of labels from these mats, and then put them in my “free” storage containers (read Extra gum plastic containers).  This time I remembered to take pictures of the ugly, and also of my punch containers.

These Extra gum containers are also the perfect size (!!) for the enamel shapes, and I have those next to my label punches on a shelf within arm’s reach of my work desk. 

 

I teach high school, and kids bring me these containers.  I am now the happy owner of a growing stash of containers ready to be filled and labeled.

Challenge boards

Bermuda Bay is not the shade of turquoise pictured, but it is a shade of turquoise, so it works.   At least I think it works.

I took the “Any Shape” literally and used a rectangle.  Bermuda Bay ribbon attaches the sentiment to the card and also covers the strip element on the challenge sketch.

Have to love a two-fer!

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comments are always welcome!

Have a Peachy Day!

Pick-a-Pattern for FMS326

Freshly Made Sketches #326

The weekly FMS challenge is all about clean and simple design.  For this week’s challenge I knew I wanted to use one of my fav DSP sets in the annual catalog, Pick-a-Pattern.  Every pattern in this DSP set is so much fun; full of cute characters, fun patterns, fabulous colors, and B&W papers as well.  

This is actually my second card based on this sketch, the first of which also used the Pick-a-Pattern DSP.  While I thought my first card was fun, it didn’t turn out clean and simple, so I tried again.

This is my second card for this challenge:.

Sending a Smile

The adorable characters and happy camper paper just make me smile.  Each pattern on this card is from the same DSP set, which makes coordinating the colors a snap.   Emerald Envy is one of my favorite greens, and I love it with the Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, and a touch of Flirty Flamingo.  I really thought I needed to mat everything on Basic Black cardstock to tone it down a bit and give your eyes some place to rest.   The Wood Words stamp set provided the sentiment because I thought the block lettering fit with the basic camper theme. 

I finished by fussy cutting the bear, the little bird and a stump from the DSP.  The bird was attached so it sits on the stump, and then I popped it up on dimensionals.  The bear is popped up on dimensionals as well and placed over the bear on the paper.  I put the little bird and stump next to the bear, and TA-DAH! Done.

FMS Sketch

Here’s the sketch which inspired my card:

I hope this sketch and my card inspire you to create something adorable today.

Have a Peachy Sunday!