FMS394 and ctd549 for a Colorful Combination
These two challenges are two of my “favorites”, at least this week. The clean, fresh FMS sketch seemed to pair perfectly with ctd this week to create a cute little thank you card.
The challenge banners follow:
I chose to use the newly retired Bella and Friends stamp set, which I just realized was actually retired when the new catalog launched. Sadness.
Here’s my card:
Keeping it Clean and Simple
I needed all the white space on this card, but didn’t want it to just be plain white. Therefore, I used the Subtle TIEF, which quickly becamse my favorite and most used embossing folder. I get the best of both worlds: white space and a little, subtle texture.
My choice for the orange on this card is inspired by the Painted Seasons DSP using Grapefruit Grove. I’ve only recently opened the package of DSP and love the colors and most of the patterns, especially this simple repeating pattern.
Following the FMS layout and the ctd colors, I layered the DSP on a piece of Basic Gray. I also used Basic Gray for all the stamping, and for coloring in the bone, which seemed to fade right into Bella so I outlined it in Basic Black. While I thought this plan would work, I quickly found out the outline jumped off the card, and not in a good way. Therefore, I colored over the black and the gray with Smoky Slate, which really toned the bone down.
Putting the Card Together
The layering circle die set provided the perfect sizes of circle for Bella, and the scalloped mat peeking out from under her. Blueberry Bushel cardstock provided all the mats: card base, Bella’s circle, and the sentiment mat. I cropped both of the sentiment pieces using the Rectangular Stitched layering die set (a must have!). I also colored Bella’s collar using Blueberry Bushel. Originally, the heart from the stamp was colored using Grapefruit Grove, but I later decided to cover the heart with a single piece of bling from the metallic exposy shapes.
That’s it. Finished. A fresh, clean, card using a great color combination. All is well. Life is good.
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Combining a Color Challenge with a Sketch Challenge
The Painted Seasons DSP was a limited time product during Sale-a-Bration. However, I did not break into it until a week ago and now want to use it all up. I am trying to be much better about using my DSP rather than hoarding it. Sometimes I cut it up, sometimes I don’t. I immediately thought of this DSP stack when I saw the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week. Personally, I think it is the perfect paper for it. When I broke into the DSP pack, I found a few papers which are going to be transformed into One-Sheet Wonders this weekend!
Here’s the FMS382 sketch:
As always, clean and simple rules with FMS.
Here’s my card:
Color Choices Abound
This gorgeous pattern contains a multitude of colors, but I chose to highlight the Poppy Parade and Pumpkin Pie, with accents of Early Espresso. All of the papers used were outlined using the Early Espresso Stamping Write Marker. While the challenge had only one mat, I chose to use two. I ran the Poppy Parade cardstock through the Big Shot using the Swirls and Curls TIEF just for a bit of dimension peeking out from the DSP.
The sentiment is from Varied Vases and, poof, this card is an all-ocassion card. I snipped one end into a banner, and tied the Poppy Parade ribbon onto the other end. Ta-da. Clean and Simple, and it matches the challenge.
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This Should Have Been a Three-fer.
When I created this card, it was for the What Will You Stamp Challenge, WWYS#211 for the Vibrant Vases, and Freshly Made Sketches FMS380 provided the layout. I missed the deadline for WWYS#211, but I am going to make the FMS380 deadline. The color pallette was provided by Color Throwdown, ctd535.
Here are all the challenge banners:
Here’s my Vibrant Vases, Freshly Made Sketches, and What Will You Stamp card:
I first stamped all the flowers in Basic Black, and then used the two-step stamps for the roses and the daisies in Daffodil Delight. Coloring over the stamped Daffodil Delight ink with my Stamping Up Stamp Write markers allowed me to lightly shade the flowers.
I thoroughly enjoyed coloring these flowers with the Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Real Red Stamping Write Markers. I didn’t dare try to use the Stamping Blends because the flowers were small and I didn’t want it to run. Coloring relaxes me, and when the SU stamps provide beautiful images, how could I not love the coloring.
The sentiment is also from Vibrant Vases. I used the Stitched Shapes small rectangle to crop the flowers, and the Rectangle Stitched dies for the sentiment. All the squares and the sentiment got the popped-up treatment from some dimensionals. Finally, I placed some of my current fave ribbon, the tulle polka dots, under my greeting and I was done.
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.
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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.