More Poppies for Just Add Ink # 497

Just Add Ink #497 has a pretty incredible sketch for this week. I went back to my current favorite DSP, Peaceful Poppies, for this card. Every pattern in this pack is fabulously gorgeous!

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s my card:

The DSP Does All the Work

I knew right away which pattern I wanted for the focal point of the card. One of the things I love the most about this paper is that it’s possible to get six gorgeous cards from one 12 x 12 piece of DSP.

At first I thought I’d out the green striped pattern in the middle tier. Even after I outined the three pieces with the Basic Black marker, I still tried to have it next to the floral pattern. It just didn’t work. Therefore, I moved the Blackberry Bliss polka dot pattern next to the floral. Score!

I actually tried stamping the THANK you sentiment directly on the floral DSP, but it just blended into the design and didn’t pop at all. So, I had to rethink what to do since perfectly clean was not going to work. I decided to use the Calypso Coral ribbon so there would be three pops of each color on the card. Calypso Coral is in the flowers, ribbon, and sentiment mat. Blackberry Bliss is the bottom mat, flowers, and polka dotted DSP. The various greens are in the stems, the bottom of the floral piece, and in the striped pattern. Follow the rule of threes to create a balanced card.

The Finishing Elements

This card falls into the easy peasy category, especially since I knew what DSP was going to be the focal pattern. While the bottom two layers are glued directly on the Whisper White background, I used dimensionals to pop up the floral piece of DSP. The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals as well.

I stamped the tall coordinating poppy on the front of the envelope and used blends to color it. Using the Calypso Coral and Old Olive blends combos on the front and the coloring was simply relaxing. Finally, I adhered a piece of the striped DSP to the envelope flap, which completed this set.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and every comment is greatly appreciated!

Have a Peachy Day!


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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!


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

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New Wonders for Just Add Ink # 468, Congratulations and Celebrate

Just Add Ink # 468 says Just Add “C”

For this letter challenge, Just Add Ink meets Just Add “C”, meaning the project created needs to somehow incorporate “C”.    A friend is celebrating a new job, and I created a card for her for to “celebrate” and for me to send “congratulations”.

Here’s the challenge banner:

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


I am completely and thoroughly in love with the New Wonders hostess stamp set.  While my first thoughts were not related to Christmas cards, I’ve already made two cards, which you can see here and here.  I’ve already created some I’ve yet to blog, and am sure I will have many more to share.  Love the versatility of this set!

The Process and Elements

I started going through my DSP, current and retired, and found my leftovers from the retired First Frost, but any DSP would work for this layout.  The regal Blackberry Bliss provides the background mat glued, with my go-to TomBow liquid adhesive, onto a border of Blackberry cardstock.  Since I don’t have those blends (yet!!) I needed a coordinating bold color, which I picked up from the flower banner, also from First Frost.  I’d already colored the leaves using the Mint Macaron light and dark blends, and pulled the her hair color from the Crumb Cake on the banner as well.  Coloring with the blends is such a relaxing process, and it’s interesting to play with the depth of the blended colors.

The Night of Navy flowers are just visible peaking out from the banner under and over the focal panel, so I grabbed those blends for the angel’s dress, with touches of Petal Pink for her slippers and the dots on the dress.  I also used three retired Night of Navy enamel heart dots to pull in another touch of the color.  Once again, I used clear Wink of Stella for the angel’s wings.

This sentiment and stamped image are beautiful together.   I really think the font really picks up on the whimsical nature of the stamp set perfectly.   I used the “Congratulations” stamp on the inside, and the “Celebrate” stamp on the front of the envelope.  The set also includes a single leaf and swirl.  I used it for three leaves on the inside to emphasize the “Congratulations” and also on the envelope for “Celebrate”

(See how the “C” words match the challenge?  It definitely works!)

Finally, I decorated the front and back of the envelope. I am pleased with the way the bold colors balanced with the subtle Mint Macaron accents.

Thank You and a Little Bit More

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today. As always, I greatly appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy day!


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Supply list:

New Wonders stamp set,  item 149426

Blackberry Bliss cardstock, item 133675

Mint Macaron cardstock, item 138337

Whisper White cardstock, item 100730

Night of Navy blends combo, item 144040

Crumb Cake blends combo, item 44601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item 147283

TomBow liquid adhesive, item 110755

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item 104430


Another Two-fer with Fab Friday 168 and Just Add Ink #467

By Now You Know…..

I love two-fers!  Any time I can combine a color challenge (FabFriday168) and layout challenge (Just Add Ink #467), I am game. 

Here are the banners for both challenges:


The Fab Friday colors are bright and happy and, to me at least, lend themselves to a whimsical card.  Just Add Ink’s layout can be sophisticated, just as easily as it can be fun.  I went with whimiscal and fun.  

Here’s the inside and outside of my card:





Fab Friday Colors 

In keeping with all my other blonde angels, I used the Pineapple Punch marker to color this angel’s hair.  However, with just that one color, her hair looked very flat, so I pulled in Mango Melody to highlight her hair.  I also used the Pineapple Punch DSP for the top 2/3 of the card.

Lovely Lipstick provided the color for the angel’s shoes and the enamel dots on her dress.  I also used  Lovely Lipstick DSP for the bottom third of the card.

I used Bermuda Bay in three somewhat subtle areas.   First, I colored the dress using the blends combo.  Second, I used the marker to color the stitching in the ditch created by the Stitched Shape dies.   Finally, I pulled some retired ribbon to create a border between the two DSP pieces.

The final color, Pacific Point, provides the card base and the rotated mat for the angel.   

Four colors accomplished.  All the pieces were dry-fit and then attached using dimensionals and Tombow liquid glue.  


The four colors are pretty bright, but I really thought it worked all the way around.  My DH and DD did not think so because they both thought the Pineapple Punch DSP on the top of the card was too bright.  Did I mention that I had already adhered all the pieces?

In an effort to appease both of them, I decided that I would use a piece of vellum over the Pineapple Punch DSP to mellow it out.  After some measuring, cropping, and very careful placement, I was able to get the vellum adhered behind the Pacific Point mat.  At that point, I needed to figure out how to adhere at least the top corners of the vellum.  I used the thin line glue to place a dot in each of the top corners and then covered the very small dots of glue with two more enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms dots.  

I stamped the inside, decorated the front and flap of the envelope andshowed the new version of the card to my DH (dear husband) and DD (dear daughter).  They both thought it looked “better”.  I have to say, I agree that the more muted Pineapple Punch DSP helps to tone down all the bright colors. 

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today.  I greatly appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy day!


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Wishing You Well meets Just Add Ink #464

Something New, Times Two

At one point or another, I am fairly certain that everyone buys a stamp set with all intentions of using it.  However, new sets come along and the “WOW I MUST use this set” feeling starts anew.  That’s exactly what happened with Wishing You Well.  So, the stamp set is new, and I am fairly certain I haven’t participated in the Just Add Ink challenge before.  So, two new things for this card.

Here’s the challenge banner:

The card I created is a window card and these type of cards are not necessarily difficult to create. 

Here’s my card:


I used Granny Apple Green dark and light blends to color the foliage and Soft Sea Foam marker for the recessed, for the lack of a better word, stems and leaves.  The Flirty Flamingo marker created a beautiful bow and buds on this card.  

I can hear you asking yourself where in the SU catalog can you find Granny Apple Green pearls.  It’s simple and you can do it as well!  The Stamping Blends will transform the standard pearls to any color you want.  Just color, let dry thoroughly, then add to your project.    Ta-Da!  

Creating the Window

The Rectangle Stitched Dies have become my go-to dies.  I’ve always, as much as possible punched out shapes from my mats.  These dies allow me to do that on a larger scale.  Rarely, if ever, will I create a card with a full base.  

This fabulous die set always makes creating a window card easier.  First, I needed to decide where to place the focal stamp, and then I placed the larger die.  The only tricky part was the inside Granny Apple Green layer.  I used my Sea Foam Green layer to center the next smaller die and then cropped that as well.

I did make a mistake on one of the corners of the top layer, so I used a corner rounder on each corner.  

After I was finished with everything, I realized I didn’t have room for a sentiment.  Miscalculation – check.  Once again used the Rectangle Stitched dies and figured out what size I would need for the sentiment.  It was also important that the cropped rectangle would be centered and rest on the Granny Apple Green layer.  Problem solved.

Card is Done

Now that I have used this (retired) stamp set, I can see myself using it again and again.  Isn’t that bow simple beautiful?

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Have a Peachy Day!